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Save the Date for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon!

The sixth annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon has been confirmed for Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Discounts for OU faculty and staff will be available soon. Stay tuned for more information. For further information, visit or contact Greg Jordan at x4888.

Benefits Corner
Are You Enrolled in an HMO for 2013?
Are you enrolled in one of the following HMOs for 2013?

  • HAP Health Engagement Aspire
  • Blue Care Network Healthy Blue Living Rewards
  • Priority Health HealthbyChoice Achievements
If you and your spouse or other qualified adult are enrolled in either the HAP or Blue Care Network HMO listed above, remember that each year you must both complete the on-line health risk appraisal and visit your primary care physician to complete the Qualification Form before the end of March 2013 to qualify for the higher level of benefits. This is true even if you were in the same plan in 2012.

If you are enrolled in the Priority Health HealthbyChoice Achievements HMO, you and your spouse or other qualified adult must both complete the on-line health risk appraisal and visit your primary care physician to complete the Qualification Form. This can be done at any time during the year. Please note that you will remain in the Standard level of benefits until both covered adults have completed the requirements and have a satisfactory score on the Qualification Form.

If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact the Staff Benefits office at extension 4207 or stop in to see us at 401 Wilson Hall.

Flexible Spending Account Reminder
If you are enrolled in the 2012 Health Care Flexible Spending Account, you had until December 31, 2012 to use your funds. Claims for 2012 expenses for the Health Care Account must be filed with Meritain no later than March 31, 2013. Claims forms are available on the UHR website. Be sure to keep a copy of all claims sent to Meritain for processing. Remember, money that is not used by the end of the year will be forfeited.

Retirement Plan Limits Increased for 2013
The IRS has announced new limits for the amount of money you can set aside for retirement in our 403(b) and 457(b) plans. Beginning this year, the annual maximum that you can contribute to your 403(b) or 457(b) plan is increased to $17,500 for each plan. If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $5,500 at any time during the year. If you wish to make a change to your retirement contributions, complete the Retirement Salary Reduction Agreement found on the UHR website. The completed form should be turned in to UHR in room 401 Wilson Hall. If you have any questions, please stop by to see us or give us a call at extension 4207.

TIAA-Cref Learning Center
TIAA-Cref has launched a new website for education on a wide variety of financial topics.  Please see their Learning Center flyer for information and links.

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus

Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:
  • Tuesday, February 19, 129 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, February 20, 129 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, March 19, 126 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, March 20, 127 Oakland Center
Call (800) 732-8353 to schedule an appointment or go to the TIAA-CREF website.

The Fidelity representative will be on campus the following dates:
  • Monday, February 11, 130 Oakland Center
  • Monday, March 18, 126 Oakland Center
Call (800) 642-7131 to schedule an appointment with Bethany Pagnani or go to Reservations.

Auto and Home Insurance with Liberty Mutual
As an Oakland University employee, you could save money on car and home insurance with Liberty Mutual. Your local Liberty Mutual representative, Michael Meyer, will be onsite providing coverage evaluations on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, February 13, 127 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, March 19, Lake Superior Oakland Center
To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727, to schedule an appointment with Michael Meyer.

Employee Discount Program
Many of Oakland University's business partners offer OU employees a discount on their products and services.  Please see our Employee Discount page for more information, and check out the newsletter each month for some highlights! This month we are highlighting the DreamTrips Vacation membership and the Quicken Loans Mortgage Insiders program.  
Get away to Chicago in July and stay at the beautiful Palmer House Hilton! That's the DreamTrip Highlight of the month. You'll be treated to lunch, wine and guided tour of Chicago's downtown and the loop, and enjoy many other amenities at a fantastic price. CLICK HERE for more details on the Chicago DreamTrip, and about how to become a member.

Low Mortgage Rates! To find out if you qualify, contact your dedicated Mortgage Insiders team at (888) 600-6782 or

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in January, 2013!
Sharise Calhoun - Admissions Adviser - Admissions Department
Maureen Callaghan - Administrative Secretary - Industrial & Systems Engineering
Pamela Daniel - Financial Aid Adviser - Financial Aid Department
Michelle Drouillard - Employer Relations Consultant - Career Services Department
Sue Helderop - Director of Alumni and Community Engagement - DACE
Sandra LaBlance - Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Career Development - School of Medicine
Kimberly Martin - Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator - School of Medicine
Pamela Meyer - Office Assistant II - Tutoring Center
Diana Norgaard - Financial Aid Adviser - Financial Aid
Sara Olsztyn - Senior Academic Adviser - First Year Advising Center
Roberta Wells - Office Assistant I - Counseling Department
Thomas Yoder - Information Technology Specialist - School of Nursing
John Young - Associate Vice President for University Communications & Marketing


Joan is an Office Assistant III in the School of Business Administration, and has been with Oakland University for 2 years.

Read about Joan'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.

Congratulations to the 2012 Years of Service Employees
In January, all Oakland University faculty and staff that celebrated a benchmark anniversary in 2012 were honored. Employees with 10 and 20 years of service were honored with an afternoon reception in the Banquet Rooms, while 30 and 40 years of service were honored with a dinner reception at Meadowbrook Hall. Congratulations to all of our Years of Service Honorees.
Click here for a list of honorees

Important Proxy Information for Approvers of Monthly Leave Reports
The Payroll Office is required to conduct annual audits of proxies that have been set up in SAIL by approvers. If you approve monthly Leave Reports, please CLICK HERE for important reminders. 
Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for February, 2013
Google Overview
2/5/2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
If you have any questions, please contact the training department at x4579.  You can click here to enroll in these and many other courses.  Course schedule is subject to change, please check the training website for updates.

Banner Training for New Users
One-on-one training is available to help orient new users to the Banner interface.  Please fill out the Banner Training Request form with as much detail as possible, and one of our trainers will contact you soon to set up a training session.
Online Learning
Developing Your Reputation of Professionalism with Business Etiquette
Your reputation often precedes you in any work environment. It can define your creditability, impact your career opportunities, and shape your relationships with your colleagues. Because your reputation is so important, you must proactively build a positive one if you want to succeed in your career. Developing a professional reputation takes more than simply having the right skills and talents for the job. It's about being self-aware, polite, and essentially treating those you interact with in a respectful way.

This course introduces you to the basics of how to act professionally and practice proper business etiquette. It also explains how to present yourself in the work environment, including looking the part of a professional and ensuring your workspace reflects positively on you. And it looks at how to ensure your personal activities don't impact your work reputation, which is especially important in the time of far-reaching social media.
Business Skills Curricula > Personal Development> Business Etiquette and Professionalism
Please click here to request an account on SkillSoft, if you do not already have one.

**Having trouble accessing SkillSoft or not sure what to take?  Contact Dana ( or Vicki ( for help.**
Building a Better yOU
FREE! 40-minute Private Nutrition Consultation!
OU Employees are eligible to meet one-on-one with Registered Dietitian, Debbie Cavendar to discuss your unique nutrition needs! 40-minute consultations are available on Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 5, Mar 19, and Apr 2; time vary throughout the day. Please call the Wellness Coordinator 248-370-4968 to schedule your appointment today! SPACE IS LIMITED!
*One time consultation per employee please.

INFORMATION SESSION: Monday, January 28th at 12:15 p.m. in the OC Lake Michigan Room!
Colorful Choices is a great, interactive, online 8-week (Feb 11 – April 5) program with one simple goal: eat as many servings of different colored fruits and vegetables as you can! No calorie counting, no fat tabulating, no weighing or measuring! Just easy-to-remember daily selections of fruits and vegetables - more than 120 to choose from!

Colorful Choices is a team challenge! The goal of team participation is to reinforce healthy eating, with a fun friendly competition. Form a team of three to five OU employees to participate in this program! You can form a team with co-workers in your department or other departments at Oakland University. This program is exclusive to OU employees; Rec Center Membership/Access to the Rec is not required to participate in this program.

You will receive points based on the fruits and veggies you consume throughout the program. Individual's points on each team will be averaged; the teams with the highest averages will win prizes!

Team Registration Fee of $25 is required to participate per team; if you have 5 people on a team, that's only $5/person for an 8-week program! Registration for this program begins JANUARY 28th! Please visit under 'Wellness' for registration information.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Encrypting Data
Encryption is a security measure that can be added to your computer to protect your sensitive data. It uses software scrambling to make data unreadable to anyone who doesn't have the key (password). You can encrypt a file, a folder, or an entire drive.

Some things you might have encrypted would be passwords that are stored in a folder, sensitive information stored on a USB or mobile device, and email.

The University has a policy related to Information Security. Please read it and contact UTS if you have any questions.

Stay tuned for more tips on keeping your data secure!
Contact UTS for more information!

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