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Congratulations to the 2009 AP Award Recipients

In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University's AP employees, the university is pleased to announce the winners for the AP Award for 2009.  The award is $1,000.


The AP award fund, established specifically for this recognition, honors exemplary service and exceptional contributions made by individual AP employees.

Teri Abbo, University Technology Services
Brad Barrett, Government Relations
Jon Barth, Facilities Business Management
Perry Busse, Golf Course
Frank Ciavarro, Academic Affairs
Ruth Ann Clark, Development Services
Peggy Cooke, Academic Affairs
Sally Daniel, Physics
Joann Denby, Registrar
Janine DeWitte, Academic Affairs
Bonnie Dragan, Communications & Marketing
Ben Fielder, Admissions
Luke Fleer, Admissions
Bryan Fleming, UTS Technical Support
Amanda Fylan, University Housing
Jennifer Gilroy, Registrar
Jason Gurzell, Financial Aid
Jo Hairston, President
Jayson Hall, General Counsel/Board of Trustees
Cora Hanson, Purchasing & Risk Management
Susan Hartman, UTS Help Desk & Desktop Services
Nancy Jansen, Counseling Center
Kellie Klinck, Business Administration
Stephanie Lee, Academic Affairs
Jim Leidel, Plant Engineering
Julianne Leigh, Outreach
Kathy Livelsberger, Career Services
Matthew Mangold, Classroom Support/Tech Services
Glenn McIntosh, Student Life
Jean Miao, Grants, Contracts & Sponsored Res
Traci Nies, UTS Database Applications
Linda Rauhut-Robak, SEHS Continuing Education
Rhonda Saunders, General Counsel/Board of Trustees
Angie Schmucker, University Relations
Maura Selahowski, Campus Recreation
Laurie Shano, Business Administration
Michelle Southward, Health Sciences
Dorothy Stilwell, UTS Database Applications
Steve Szalay, Academic Affairs
Tina Tyrer, Payroll
Christy Van Solkema, New Student Programs
Cheryl Verbruggen, Controller's Office
Kathryn Walters, University Services/Property Mgmt
Ron Watson, University Human Resources
Evelyn Yaeger, University Relations
Benefits Corner
Priority Health HMO and Graham Health Center

OU employees with Priority Health HealthbyChoice Incentives HMO coverage now have the opportunity to use their insurance at Graham Health Center. The urgent care copay of $15 Choice/$30 Standard will apply.

Employees can continue routine care with their primary care provider and utilize Graham Health Center for other non-emergency health care services.

If you have any further questions or to schedule an appointment please call 248-370-2341.

Additional information is available at
Staff Member News
Performance Management for Non-Bargained Employee Groups

It is now time to begin the 2009-10 end-of-cycle performance reviews. As you may already know, this process has a solid, positive impact on individual and university success because it promotes a positive understanding between employees and supervisors regarding acceptable job performance.

Some employees may have concerns about engaging in this process this year given that a salary freeze is in place. Compensation is certainly an important consideration in the typical review process, but the open, productive and ongoing communications component of this process also is critical. This helps prevent misunderstandings relative to job expectations and maintain a steady progression toward the realization of employees' career objectives.

Please click the following link for the full article: Full Story >>

Change of Status Form NOW ONLINE

Online forms are a paperless solution to submitting and routing forms within Oakland University's community. Forms are completed online and when submitted, an email is sent to notify an individual that action is required by them. Routing instructions are displayed on the form to aid in the appropriate electronic approval process and expedite the processing of the request.  All transactions that are being done on the paper form can now be done using the online form.

The new online Change of Status Form instructions are now available as part of the Managers' Toolkit on the UHR website at: 

You can access the form directly at:
You will need to enter your NetID information to access the form.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Stewart in Personnel Records at x3482.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in March, 2010!

Tiera Davis, Accounting Clerk III, Student Business Services Department
Kathleen Doyle, Instructional Designer, School of Medicine
Jaime Finn, Office Assistant II, Department of Human Development & Child Studies
Jacqueline Glover, Director of Operations, Detroit Riverview Center, School of Nursing
Todd Henley, Greenskeeper II, Golf Course
Dena Norrod, Coordinator for Medical School Admissions, School of Medicine
Stephen Sklar, Manager Information Technology, Finance & Administration
Melonie Summers, Electronics Resources Manager, School of Medicine 

Sandy Sala, Administrative Secretary for the Department of Philosophy, has been with Oakland University for 12 years.

Read about Sandy's contribution to the University on her Employee of the Month page.

Nominate a shining star for Employee of the Month! 

Click on the Nominate link to complete the online form.
Training Update
Online Banner Training on Shared Data Elements

Shortly, all employees that have the ability to make name and address changes in Banner will be notified of the Banner Shared Data training course and test.  Each employee that has the ability to make name and address changes must take the online training course and score at least 80% on the associated test. Supervisors will be receiving a notification email with more information regarding training. 

This training will help ensure that Banner shared data entry will conform to Oakland's shared data entry standards (administrative policy 218) and US postal standards.  Also, it will help eliminate the creation of duplicate records in Banner. Training and associated test instructions will be provided.

Supervisors, please be on the lookout for the roll-out email soon!
Departmental Time Entry (DTE) for Student Timesheets

In an effort to apply the lean thinking process to the student employee time sheets, the University will be implementing an electronic process called Banner Departmental Time Entry (DTE) for Students.  DTE will have many advantages, including the elimination of data re-entry, the elimination of walking paper time sheets to the Payroll Office, and the extension of the deadline for departments to submit student hours to Payroll.

Thank you to the nine departments from across campus who have assisted with this project.  An instructional notification will be e-mailed soon to all Department Timekeepers and Approvers.  Training will be available in May and DTE will be implemented in June.  Please contact the Payroll Manager, Tina Tyrer, at x3034 or for additional information. Click here to enroll in a training session.
Online Learning
New this month on SkillSoft:

Problem Solving Fundamentals on SkillSoft

The problem,' says author and psychiatrist Theodore Rubin, 'is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.' A problem is a question or situation that presents doubt, perplexity, or difficulty. It's an issue that needs to be corrected or overcome in order to achieve a desired state. Problem solving involves goal-oriented thinking and action in situations for which no ready-made solutions exist.

Whether consciously or unconsciously, everybody solves problems relating to their personal or work life every day. However, you can greatly improve your problem-solving effectiveness by gaining a better understanding of the problem-solving process, essential skills, and required competencies, as well as an awareness of the mind traps and pitfalls that impair the process.

See Catalog>Business Skills>Personal Development>Problem Solving and Decision Making Strategies

Click here to learn more about SkillSoft, or to request a SkillSoft Online Learning account.
Building a Better U

Join us in the OU Recreational Center to try out the facilities for free, refresh and revive with snacks and massage, and learn about managing pain without drugs.  Door prizes and drawings!

Click here for more information!

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010
Join us on the rolling campus of Oakland University Rochester, Michigan for a 10k run, a 5k run or a 5k walk to benefit the autism community.

To register online

For more information on the run or how to volunteer, and how to be a sponsor please visit or call (248) 370-2424 .

On May 1, 2010, Michigan residents and visitors will be protected from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in all restaurants, bars and businesses (including hotels and motels), thanks to the Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Law.

Clean air is fundamental to good health. The public health and wellbeing of workers and customers alike is the best reason for state government to ensure smoke free businesses, including restaurants and bars. Smoke free air is good for Michigan residents, workers and visitors - and now - Michigan is serving smoke free air.

For more detailed information about the law, exemptions allowed, frequently asked questions, tobacco dependence treatment and how to report a violation of the law, please read the full story.

For Questions, call 1-866-59-SMOKE

Adapted from an article on the Michigan Department of Community Health Website.


Wickets, Wine and Wheels - New Event at Meadowbrook Hall

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon! On Sunday, June 13, celebrate the life of leisure at our Great American Estate.

Highlights include:
  • Take a Croquet lesson and watch a match
  • Learn how to play bocce ball
  • Sample some of Michigan's finest wines
  • Take a wine tasting class or become a VIP for the day and taste fine French and rare wines inside the elegant Christopher Wren Dining Room
  • Listen to live music on the lawn
  • Take a ride in a classic car or view classic cars displayed throughout the estate grounds
  • Taste delicious summertime fare
  • Shop for unique gifts
  • Tour the historic home
  • Learn the history of the Dodge Brothers
  • Watch Plein-air artists paint in the rose garden
  • Enjoy our children's activities 
General Admission $25 per person, $5 per person 17 & Under, Free 2 and under

General Admission includes parking, concert, dance entertainment, tours, Dodge Brothers Lecture, watch and learn croquet, Bocce ball tournament, vendor sales area, artists in the garden,
classic car exhibition and children's activities at Knole Cottage.

Additional Add-On Ticket Options available.

More Information and Tickets >>
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