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Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair

Mark your calendars! Wednesday October 24th come to the Rec Center three court gym for our Annual Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Representatives will be available from health care providers, retirement, vision, and dental to answer any questions you may have. In addition, local vendors will be present to offer you information and screenings related to health and wellness. Check out this website for more information!

Benefits Corner
HMO Information Sessions Coming in October
Important changes are coming to the HMO plans that will be offered in 2013. On October 11 we will present information about the new "Outcomes Based" HMOs. Representatives from our three HMOs, HAP, Blue Care Network and Priority Health, will also be present to answer questions. Meetings will be held in Banquet Room A in the Oakland Center at 10:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Representatives will be available after each meeting to answer your individual questions. Please take the time to attend one of the information sessions to learn about the new HMOs. You can sign up for the HMO Information meetings on the UHR Training website. Scroll down to University Human Resources and choose the "HMO 2013 Information Meeting" that works best for you.

2013 Benefit Open Enrollment October 24 - November 9, 2012

This is the time each year when you have the opportunity to make changes to your benefits. Later this month, 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.

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus

Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:
  • Tuesday, October 23, 128 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, October 24, 128 Oakland Center
  • Thursday, October 25, 130 Oakland Center
  • Monday, November 19, 125 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, November 20, 128 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, November 21, 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, October 8, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, October 15, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, November 5, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, November 12, 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, October 30, Room 130 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, November 27, Room 130 Oakland Center
To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727, to schedule an appointment with Michael Meyer.

Stop by the DreamTrips table October 24 during the OU Benefits & Wellness Fair in the Rec Center and enter the drawing to win a Vacation Gift Card!

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 September, 2012!
Cassandra Barragan - Assessment Coordinator - Institutional Research
Andre Basin - Police Officer - Oakland University Police Department
John Cebelak - Compliance Coordinator - Athletics Administration
William Johnson - Information Technology Specialist - First Year Advising Center
Denise Jones - Academic Adviser - Health Sciences
Connie Miner - Head Softball Coach - Athletics Administration
Shannon Sirpilla - Financial Aid Coordinator - Financial Aid Department


Robert works as a Mastery Level VII Carpenter in the Structural Maintenance department, and has been with Oakland University for 23 years.

Read about Robert'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.

Attention All Employees:
State of Michigan Income Tax Reduction Effective October 1, 2012

Effective October 1, 2012, the State of Michigan personal income tax rate decreases to 4.25 percent from 4.35 percent and the standard deduction increases to $3,950 from $3,700. If you have any questions, please contact the payroll office at or x3034.

The Payroll Misc. Pay Form for Staff Employees - New Online Form
Attention all departments that have used or may need to use the payroll Misc. Pay Form in order to make a payment to a staff employee. The payroll Misc. Pay Form is now an electronic form. Click here for REVISED information and instructions. Please direct questions to the Payroll Office at (248) 370-3034.
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for October, 2012
COU Events Calendar
10/3/2012 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
OU Events Calendar
10/3/2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Overview
10/9/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management
10/10/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Purchasing for New Employees
10/10/2012 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
10/17/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
10/23/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/24/2012 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.

Training Enrollment Site Changes
NOTICE: The UHR Training Enrollment site will be undergoing some aesthetic changes in the month of October to align it with the University's wellness initiative dimensions.  Most of our technical training offerings will be considered part of your Occupational wellness.  For more information about Wellness, see the Better yOU website.
Online Learning
Customer Service Fundamentals that Every Employee Should Know
How do you handle angry and confrontational customers? One of the most challenging, and potentially uncomfortable responsibilities of a customer service person is dealing with angry customers. By following a few simple techniques such as letting the customer vent, and expressing empathy towards the customer's situation, you can usually defuse tense situations without incident.
This course explores typical trouble spots in dealing with angry customers, including reasons for customer dissatisfaction and things customer service people should refrain from saying or doing to avoid adding to the customer's frustration.

Business Skills > Customer Service > Customer Service Fundamentals

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

Fall Into Healthy Habits!
Are you nervous that fall and winter weather will take your spring and summer eating habits off track? Stay on track as the weather begins to change by attending one, or all five scheduled Nutrition Lunch & Learns! A Registered Dietitian will be coming on campus to offer FREE information to you on several nutritional health topics! Sessions are FREE in the Rec Center Classroom from 12:05 – 12:55 p.m. Visit for information on dates, topics, and registration.

OU Walks! Is Back…This Time We're Walking to Paradise
Lace up your walking shoes OU! Join this fun and exciting walking challenge and see if you can walk to paradise! Choose one of four locations and track the steps you take each day using a pedometer. If you make it to your location, you will be entered into a drawing to will great prizes, including a travel voucher to a secret destination! The program runs from October 1 – December 7th. Registration for this program has been extended to Friday October 5th. Click here to register today and get walking!

Take the Next Step
Do you have free access to the Recreation Center at OU, but you're not sure what to do with free access? A great way to get familiar with the Rec is to come in for a FREE Fitness Center Orientation. Learn about the exercise equipment in the Fitness Center, be shown demonstrations of proper use, and learn how to incorporate the equipment into your personal workout. Orientations are FREE and are on a drop-in basis, so stop in anytime! Free access to the Rec Center gets you access to the track, pool, fitness center, locker rooms, racquetball courts, activity center, and the three court gym! Learn more at

NEW Rec Center Pioneer Cardio Room
Check out the new Pioneer Cardio Room on the main entrance floor of the Rec Center! Additional treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals have been added for you to try out. Enjoy the panoramic view while getting in your cardio exercise!

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Information Security
Phishing: the act of attempting to acquire information (and sometimes, indirectly, money) such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Can you recognize an email phishing scam?

Click here to find out! (pdf)

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

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