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OU employees trying out a zumba class at Campus Rec's Summer Fest on August 15.

Effective September 3, 2013 Oakland University is a smoke-free campus as outlined in Administrative Policy #475. For more information on this initiative, visit For information on smoking cessation resources, visit

Benefits Corner
Benefit and Wellness Fair in the Rec Center October 23
Our annual Benefit and Wellness Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 23 in the Recreation Center. Representatives from all of our benefit providers will be present, so be sure to stop by the fair to visit them. It is a great place to learn more about your benefits and get questions answered. The fair will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Save the date!

2014 Benefit Open Enrollment October 23 - November 8, 2013

This is the time each year when you have the opportunity to make changes to your benefits. In October, you will receive a packet of information explaining the benefits and including the necessary enrollment forms. Please take the time to review this important information before open enrollment begins.

Increasing your FIQ (Financial Intelligence Quotient) - Tips from our investment vendors
How do you know which investments are right for YOU?  Check out this Fidelity article to find out!

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

Tuesday, September 24, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, September 25, 129 Oakland Center
Tuesday, October 22, 129 Oakland Center
Monday, October 28, Lake St Clair, Oakland Ctr

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, September 09, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, September 23, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, October 07, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, October 21, 126 Oakland Center
Thursday, October 24, Lake Superior A, Oak Ctr

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, September 10, MACOMB, Bldg 2 Ste 103
Tuesday, September 17, Lake Superior B, Oakland Center
Tuesday, October 15, Lake Superior B, 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!

New to OU: Corporate Shopping Employee Discounts
Corporate Shopping Employee Discounts connects employees to over 250 top national retailers offering incredible employee discounts and private offers. A few popular retailers include: Target, Lands' End, Costco, Ralph Lauren, Orbitz,, J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, 1800Flowers, ProFlowers, FTD,, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Citibank Mortgage Program,, TicketsNow,, FragranceNet and many more! Go to the Employee Discount page for more info!

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in August, 2013!
Jonathan Behnke - Assistant Coach-Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field - Athletics
Denica Brooks - Admissions Adviser - Admissions
Claire Coates - Associate Athletic Trainer - Athletics
Timothy Gorman - Engineer - Plant Engineering
Rachelle LaPorte - Manager, Library Circulation and Reserves - Library
Gerri Mann - Office Assistant I - Admissions
Claire Paszkiewicz - Assistant Volleyball Coach - Athletics Administration
Haroldeane Perzyk - Administrative Secretary - Engineering & Computer Science
Diane Prainito - Office Assistant III - University Housing
Allison Radell - Clerk Receptionist II - International Students and Scholars
Ann Voorheis-Sargent - Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Medical Education
Carrie Wilks - Assistant Softball Coach - Athletics Administration
Emmanuel Wilson - Systems Analyst - School of Medicine


Anthony is an Admissions Adviser in Undergraduate Admissions, and has been with Oakland University for 2 years.

Read about Anthony's contribution to the University on his 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 September, 2013
Google Overview
9/17/2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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

Using E-mail, the Internet, and Social Media Safely in a Corporate Environment

E-mail has become the most used communications medium in corporate networks today, with this high usage, comes an ever increasing need to understand the security considerations involved and how the end user can help in making sure E-mail security is maintained. Social networking, and the use of social media websites has added another level of complexity to network security as users are able to open security holes if the wrong type of information is made public. This course examines the ethical use of E-mail, guidelines for using E-mail safely, and how to deal with issues as they arise. This course also examines social networking, social media, the proper use of the Internet at work, and the security issues that can arise from posting or discussing corporate information on social media sites.

Desktop Curricula > Desktop Best Practices > Information Security for End Users

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
Summer Fest – Thank You Employees!
Thank you to all Employees the came to Summer Fest, we hope you had a great time! We could not have asked for a more beautiful day and hope you were able to get rejuvenated for the upcoming fall semester. Congratulations to our 1st Place Salsa Cook Off Winner, Loretta Presti in the Registrar's Office!

Fall Employee Wellness Preview

Below is a list of programs that will be available for you to participate for FREE this fall!
  • OU Moves: Fall Into Walking
  • Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Date Night Cooking Demonstration
  • Financial IQ: 30 Day Challenge – 3 Winners will receive a computer tablet!!
  • Private Nutrition Consultations with a Registered Dietitian
Wellness programs are open to all Oakland University Employees. Full details on each program will be available on the Campus Rec website by the beginning of the Fall semester. Registration OPENS September 3rd.

NEW! Employee Wellness Incentive Program!
At the start of the Fall 2013 semester, a new employee wellness incentive program will be launched called Be Well Points+. This program will allow employees to earn points when they participate in certain wellness programming. You will then be able to look at a list of incentives and turn in your points for the incentive(s) of your choice! You must enroll in Be Well Points+ in order to be eligible to earn points. This program is open to any Oakland University employee. Please email for registration forms.

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!

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Phish Education
Check out this short, interesting training on how to protect yOUrself from phishing scams!

Pets @ OU

This is Lily, a five year old rescue cat. Her roommate, Nancy Murphy from University Human Resources, says that Lily loves posing next to the pottery cat that shares her blue eyes! Her second favorite activity is watching deer that appear in the backyard...she thinks they are the biggest dogs she's ever seen!

Submit your pet photo and story to
University Human Resources
4th Floor Wilson Hall
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309