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Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair – A great success!
Thank you to all that attended this year's Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair at the OU Rec Center this past Wednesday! Local vendors were present to offer information about local wellness services, give out free chair massages, and offer healthy fruit samples! We hope you enjoyed yourself and left with valuable information to assist with your health and wellness needs. Thank you for attending!

Important year-end information is coming your way.  Be sure to read your UHR newsletter for reminders on important year-end business!

Benefits Corner
Michigan's Healthiest Employer!
Oakland University has been recognized as the Metro Detroit winner of the Michigan's Healthiest Employers contest presented by Crain's Detroit Business. The honor comes as a result of the university's commitment to employee health, as demonstrated by special programs it offers such as free access to the Campus Recreation Center and smoking cessation programs.
Benefits Open Enrollment Now in Progress
The Open Enrollment period for 2013 began with the Benefits and Wellness Fair on October 24th. If you are making a change to your benefits for 2013 or adding or dropping dependents, you must complete a 2013 enrollment form. Forms can be dropped off anytime at 401 Wilson Hall. Staff Benefits representatives will be available to answer your questions. Completed enrollment forms are due to Staff Benefits by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 9.
Enrollment information is available on the UHR Open Enrollment 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.
Flexible Spending Accounts and Group Legal
If you wish to participate in the 2013 health care or dependent day care Flexible Spending Accounts or the MetLaw group legal plan, you must complete a new enrollment form. This is true even if you are currently participating in either of these plans. The completed forms are due to Staff Benefits by 5:00 pm on November 9.
Outcomes Based HMOs
If you missed the presentation regarding the new 2013 Outcomes Based HMOs, copies of the presentation can be found on the Faculty and Staff Training website.

Looking to see if your doctor accepts BCN, HAP or Priority?
Click the following links to find out!
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.
2013 403(b) Contribution Limit Increases to $17,500
The Internal Revenue Service announced new 2013 limits for employees for participants who participate in 403(b) plans and other retirement plans. For the 2013 tax year, the contribution limit for employees who participate in 403(b) plans will increase from $17,000 to $17,500. However, the catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in those plans remains unchanged and will continue to be capped at $5,500.
Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus

Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:
  • Monday, November 19, 125 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, November 20, 128 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, November 21, 128 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, December 4, Lake Huron, Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, December 5, 128 Oakland Center
  • Thursday, December 6, 128 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 5, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, November 12, 125 Oakland Center
  • Thursday, November 15, 412 Wilson Hall
  • Monday, November 26, 127 Oakland Center
  • Monday, December 3, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, December 10, 125 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 27, Room 130 Oakland Center
  • Thursday, December 13, Lake St. Clair Oakland Center
To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727, to schedule an appointment with Michael Meyer.

Learn more about the DreamTrips Vacation Membership and check out all the upcoming trips at: (Username: oakland Password: vacation)

For more info, contact: Lecia Brunetti 248-971-0442
Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in October, 2012!
Sarah Bowen - Office Assistant III - First Year Advising Center
Thomas Burke - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Johnnie Caleb - Financial Assistant - Budget & Financial Planning
Mark Drinkard - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Brianna Hendrix - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Christina Hollowell - Office Assistant III - Pre-College Programs
Tina Muncy - Office Assistant III - Graduate Study
Scott Obsniuk - Coordinator of Business Operations - Athletics Administration
Lindsay Pillow - Recruitment and Communications Coordinator - Graduate Study
Autumn Robinson - Financial Aid Adviser - Financial Aid
Kristin Rohrbeck - Program Coordinator - School of Education & Human Services
Raina Thomas - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Anthony Tomczyk - Financial Aid Adviser - Financial Aid
Touhue Vang - Financial Aid Coordinator - Financial Aid
Mary Williams - Executive Secretary - Finance & Administration


Sara is the Director of the First Year Advising Center, and has been with Oakland University for 10 years.

Read about Sara'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.
Performance Management Mid-Cycle Goals
During the month of 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, 2012. Employees should record comments regarding mid-cycle goals in the Total Employee and Management Source (TEAMS) System. For more detailed information, please read the full article.

New Reporting Required on 2012 W-2 Forms
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the University is required to report the value of employer-provided health care coverage on the 2012 W-2 Form that will be distributed in January, 2013. The amount reported must include both the portion paid by Oakland University and the portion paid by the employee. The value of the coverage provided will not be considered taxable income; however, reporting is required for information purposes only. Per IRS documentation, the purpose of the reporting requirement is to provide employees useful and comparable consumer information on the cost of their health care coverage. The amount will be reported in Box 12, using code DD on your Federal W-2 form for 2012. For additional information regarding the Affordable Care Act, visit the IRS website.

For questions regarding the 2012 W-2 Form, please contact the Payroll Office at x3034, or

All Employees Should Verify Social Security Number on W-2 Form
The Oakland University Payroll Office is requesting all employees verify their Social Security Number on the W-2 Form when they receive it at the end of January, 2013. Please make sure the Social Security Number on the form matches the number on your Social Security Card. If you discover an error, contact the Payroll Office immediately at x3034 or
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for November, 2012
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
11/1/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Mgmt System
11/6/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Overview
11/7/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Performance Management Process - 2012
11/7/2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Performance Management Process - 2012
11/13/2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
11/14/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11/20/2012 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.
Online Learning
Life, Family, Job: A Juggler's Tale
Do you fill your life with many activities and then find it's tricky getting a good balance between them? Getting the balance right can provide you with tremendous payback, but where does this balance lie? You want to feel fulfilled and in harmony with yourself and your world. You know finding a balance is good for you, and also impacts positively on your family, friends, and coworkers. Check out SkillSoft's series on Optimizing Your Work/Life Balance.

Business Skills > Personal Development > Optimizing Your Work/Life Balance
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
Financial Planning 101 Lunch and Learn
Get your financial wellness in order with updates and information on setting financial goals, the importance of saving over time, home and auto insurance coverage, mortgage planning, and more! Register online by Nov 2 or register at the Rec Center Welcome Desk.  Tuesday, Nov. 6 or Thursday Nov. 8, 12:05-12:55 p.m., Rec Center Wellness Classroom
FREE for OU Employees!

Looking Ahead to Wellness Programs & Services for Winter 2013
Programs being put together for next semester include OU Walks!, Biggest Loser, Nutrition Sessions, Group Walking, and many more! A detailed list of all Winter 2013 programs will be listed as the semester approaches on the OU Campus Rec website

National Employee Health and Fitness Day 3rd Annual Poker Walk
1-mile FUN walk, collect chips along the way, & best poker hand wins! You can participate individually or as a team. Prizes will be given away to those with the best poker hand! Wednesday May 15, 2013.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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