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Benefits Open Enrollment Now in Progress
Open enrollment for your 2014 benefits is now in progress. Enrollment for 2014 is being done online using the Open Enrollment feature in Sail. Instructions for the online process were included in the open enrollment packet that was sent to your campus address. Your online enrollment must be completed by midnight, Friday November 8, 2013.

If you need help with enrolling online you can stop by the Benefits Office in 401 Wilson Hall between 8am and 5 pm through Thursday November 7. Additional assistance will be available at the following locations:
November 6: 200C Elliott Hall – 9am – Noon
November 8: 430 Kresge Library – 9am – Noon
November 8: 401 Wilson Hall – 8 am – 7pm
You can also access your Open Enrollment information on our website.  Sign in using your email username and password. From this website you are able to access all forms and information.
If you have questions about open enrollment, please contact the benefits office at extension 4207 or stop by to see us in 401 Wilson Hall.

Priority Health HMO Qualification Changes
Priority Health is changing the process for new 2014 enrollees and those who are in the Standard level of benefits as of Dec 31, 2013. Below is a description of the process that will be in place for 2014. 
  • Current members in the Standard level as of December 31, 2013 and new members will start in the Standard level and have 90 days to meet their Health by Choice Achievement requirements (online Health Risk Appraisal and doctor's visit to complete the Qualification Form). 
  • If the member qualifies for the Choice level any time during that 90 day period they will immediately be moved to the Choice level retroactive back to 1/1/14. Priority will pull a daily report identifying these individuals, manually move them to the Choice level and reprocess any claims incurred since 1/1/14. 
  • At the end of the 90 day qualification period anyone that is still in Standard will remain there until they meet their requirements at a later date.
Note: existing members at the Choice level in 2013 will continue in Choice in 2014 without having to meet the requirements.

Davis Vision Providers
If you are currently enrolled in Davis Vision or thinking of changing to Davis Vision and would like to see a list of network providers, you can find it on the Davis Vision website. To view a list of network providers go to and click on Members at the top of the page. In the area labeled Open Enrollment, enter code 3217 and click Submit. This will take you to the Oakland University Welcome page. Click on Find a Provider and another page will open up that will allow you to enter your zip code for a list of providers in your area.

Increasing your FIQ (Financial Intelligence Quotient) - Tips from our investment vendors
Test your financial know-how and you could win a tablet computer! We've teamed up with TIAA-CREF to bring you the What's Your Financial IQ Challenge.

From October 22, 2013 to November 18, 2013, take this educational challenge to have fun and learn important information about financial planning. Each day 5 new questions are added to the Challenge. Every time you play, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three tablet computers. The more you play, the better your chances of winning – so sign on every day! (All responses are confidential.)

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus
Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:

Friday, November 15, Lake St Clair, Oakland Ctr
Monday, November 18, 129 Oakland Center
Tuesday, November 19, 129 Oakland Center
Monday, December 9, Lk St Clair, Oakland Ctr
Wednesday, December 11, 129 Oakland Center
Thursday, December 12, 129 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, November 04, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, November 18, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, December 02, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, December 16, 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:

Tuesday, November 12, Gold Room B, Oakland Center
Tuesday, December 17, 125 Oakland Center

To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727.

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!
Staff Member News
Performance Management Mid-Cycle Goals
During the months of October and November, employees and supervisors should meet to discuss progress they've made toward reaching the goals they set when the performance cycle began on April 1, 2013. Employees should record comments regarding mid-cycle goals in the Total Employee and Management Source (TEAMS) System. For more information and detailed instructions, please read the full article
Meet and Mingle
Come out to meet OU's newest Faculty and Staff on Tuesday, November 19 from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. The program starts at 3:00 pm.

Enjoy special messages from Interim President Dr. Betty Youngblood and Dr. James P. Lentini, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  Enjoy an afternoon treat, meet the university's newest employees, and have a chance to win prizes! We will be raffling off 6 Nooks!

Please RSVP to by November 12, 2013.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in October, 2013!
Matthew Boltz - Financial Analyst - Budget & Financial Planning
Benjamin Ehrmann - Custodian I - Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Ronald Fleischer - Skilled Trades VI - Electrical - University Housing
Maureen Greco - Financial Assistant - Budget & Financial Planning
Amanda Grimm - Police Dispatcher - Police Department
Scott Hillman - Academic Adviser - School of Health Sciences
Richard Rachner - Development Officer - SECS - Development, Alumni & Community Engagement
Cesar Rasalan - Custodian I - Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Kai-Lynn Rim - Academic Adviser - School of Health Sciences
Ashley Samson-O'Connor - Events Coordinator - School of Nursing
Debra Wenner - Office Assistant II - Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Debra Wheeler - Academic Adviser - School of Business Administration
Johnny White - Custodian I - Facilities - Campus Cleaning

Beth is the Director of The Tutoring Center, and has been with Oakland University for 13 years.

Read about Beth'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
UHR Training Courses Offered for November, 2013
Google Overview
11/12/2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Performance Management Process - 2013-2014
11/12/2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Banner New User Training
Ongoing - by appointment
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
Managing Workforce Generations: Working with the 21st-century Generation Mix 
Many of the same influences have shaped the lives and work experiences of the newer generations – the Millennials and the Generation Xers. Widespread Internet usage, for example, means that, typically, these generations are adept in technology. Globalization is another shaping influence, with the result that both generations value diversity. At the same time, however, each generation has its own distinct attitudes, priorities, and work habits. By using strategies that recognize the differences, managers can get the best from each generation. This course describes best practices and successful techniques for managing Millennial and Generation X employees.

Business Curricula>Management>Workforce Generations.

If you are unsure which courses to take, contact the UHR Training Dept at x4579, or email

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
Thank you to all employees that attended the Wellness Fair last week! We hope you enjoyed yourself and were able to walk away with your questions answered along with some goodies from local companies and non-profits that also attended! SAVE the DATE for next year – Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

All photos from the Benefits and Wellness Fair have been posted on the Employee Wellness Facebook page!

There are only two Lunch and Learns left in 2013! Sign up through the Campus Rec website under Employee Wellness 'Lunch and Learns' to reserve your spot today! All are welcome to attend!

Nutrition: Know Your Numbers
This session reviews blood test results and blood pressure readings, and what these numbers should mean to you. Learn how to reduce potential negative sources that may be impacting these numbers and limiting your ability to live optimally. Arm yourself with a new understanding of what diet and supplementation, an active lifestyle, and stress management can mean to your overall health.
Tuesday, November 19
12 – 1 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom

Stress Management: Beyond the Basics
Stress is an inevitable part of life, but if left unmanaged, it can have a major impact on your overall health and wellness. In this class, we will take a closer look at how stress impacts our body and learn effective stress reduction strategies and coping techniques to help you live a happy and healthy life.
Tuesday, December 3
12 – 1 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom

Financial IQ 30 Day Challenge: Oakland University Employees!
Test your financial know-how and you could win a tablet computer! We've teamed up with TIAA-CREF to bring you the What's Your Financial IQ Challenge.

From October 22, 2013 to November 18, 2013, take this educational challenge to have fun and learn important information about financial planning. Each day 5 new questions are added to the Challenge. Every time you play, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three tablet computers. The more you play, the better your chances of winning – so sign on every day! (All responses are confidential.)

Do you want to earn incentives for participating in wellness programs?

OU Employees are now eligible to earn points throughout the entire academic year by participating in a an array of wellness programs, including your own personal workouts! Pictures of incentives and their point value are posted on the Campus Rec website under Employee Wellness 'Be Well Points+.' Once you earn enough points, you are able to cash your points in and redeem and item of your choice! Sign up today, enrollment is open year round. Simply turn in the Registration and Interest forms via Campus Mail to Stephanie Willis, 155 RAC. Forms are also available on the Campus Rec website under Employee Wellness 'Be Well Points+.'
Employee Wellness Facebook Page!
Our new Employee Wellness Facebook page is certainly growing! Be sure to 'LIKE' our page OU Employee Wellness to receive up to date information on wellness programs, read articles, get a little exercise motivation, and much more! 

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Pets @ OU

Nancy Foltz from Facilities Management shared this photo of her dearly departed friend, Big-Big. He was named for his large size, but she says he was a gentle giant with a motorboat purr! 

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Stay tuned for a Pets@OU Pet of the Year contest!
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