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Republican Presidential Candidate Debate
The Republican Presidential Candidate Debate sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party and CNBC will be a historic event on our campus, and one that will give Oakland a chance to shine. The event will have a number of logistical impacts on campus, however, and ensuring that the campus community is well informed will be critical to keeping or normal operations moving as smoothly as possible. For complete information on Oakland serving as the host site for the debate, visit

Benefits Corner
Benefits Open Enrollment Now in Progress
The Open Enrollment period for 2012 began with the Benefits and Wellness Fair on October 26th. If you are making a change to your benefits for 2012 or adding or dropping dependents, you must complete a 2012 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 11.

Enrollment information is available on the UHR website at: 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 2012 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 11.



Have you checked out the latest vacations being offered through the Oakland University DreamTrips Vacation Membership benefit program? How about a Western Caribbean Cruise, Hawaii, Italy or a Superbowl DreamTrip?

The DreamTrips Vacation Membership offers you the chance to take hundreds of 4 & 5 star vacations at 2 & 3 star prices and they are packed with added value and amenities. Aside from all the pre-packaged scheduled vacations, the membership also includes deep discounts on hotel and resort getaways you can go to whenever you want.

Through special arrangements, Oakland University has made the membership available to faculty, staff and retirees as a voluntary benefit at greatly reduced pricing.

Learn more at:
Username: oakland Password: vacation

***For questions or to schedule a personal 10 minute webinar about the DreamTrips Vacation Membership program at your convenience, contact our Rovia DreamTrips Vacation Benefits Specialist:
Lecia Brunetti/LMB Associates, LLC ph: 248-971-0442

View upcoming vacations and enroll today at:

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in October, 2011! 
Michele Applebee - Student Success Assistant - University Housing
Takina Cheatham - Police Dispatcher - Oakland University Police Department
Heidi Donnelly - Office Assistant III - School of Nursing
William Scott Dunford - Assistant Director of Athletic Communications - Athletics Administration
Megan Glinski - Financial Aid Adviser - Financial Aid Department
Christy Lee - Coordinator - Disability Support Services - Disability Support Services Department
Rachel Louzon - Grant Research and Compliance Officer - Outreach
Steven O'Neil - Police Officer - Oakland University Police Department


Marcee Daly, Laboratory Manager, Chemisrty Department, has been with Oakland University for 12 years.

Read about Marcee'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.

Come Meet New OU Faculty and Staff!!
The OU Community is invited to the 2011 Meet and Mingle Welcome Reception

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
Refreshments will be served

Please RSVP by November 8 to

The Total Employee and Management Source (TEAMS)/PeopleAdmin System Integrates with the OU NetID Account System.
In an effort to streamline our login process to the Total Employee and Management Source (TEAMS)/PeopleAdmin system, the TEAMS system will be integrated with the OU NetID account system. This change will take effect shortly. For those of you who have access to the system, watch for an email advising you to this change.

When notified, you will log into the TEAMS system at and you will enter the same NetID user name and password which you currently use for email. The system will use the same authentication from that point forward.

If you are a new employee, or current employee, who has not created an account, you can go to the TEAMS site noted above and create a new user account using your NetID user name and password. If you are a new employee, please note that this site is different from the applicant site and does require you to create a new user account.

If you have any questions, please contact the Employment Services Office at X3480.

Training Update

New Course:  SkillCheck Assessment Overview
By contacting UHR Employment Services, you can take the SkillCheck Assessments that can help you set goals for success in your career!

This 30 minute presentation will show you what to expect, what the assessment measures, and how you can use your results as a tool for your own professional development. 

Check out the training schedule and sign up today at!

Training Courses Offered for November, 2011
Performance Management Training
11/2/2011 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Google Overview
11/4/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CareWorks CMS -Content Management
11/9/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Banner - Purchase Requisitions
11/9/2011 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
New Employee Orientation
11/10/2011 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Performance Management Training
11/10/2011 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SkillCheck Assessment Overview
11/15/2011 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
11/16/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11/18/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
11/30/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
If you have any questions, please contact the training department at x4579.  You can click here to enroll in these and many other courses.
Online Learning
SkillSoft: Essentials of Electronic Communication
Being that email has basically replaced many of the ways we used to communicate, it is imperative that we know how to communicate through email correctly. A study done in 1998 stated that 9.4 billion emails are exchanged per day and it is estimated that this number has probably tripled since then. We all know the benefits of sending emails but the tone, content, validity and protection of the email are all important factors that need to be considered. When sending personal information, encryption should be added to emails for security purposes.

Emails can and are used in the court of law, so it is important that our content always be appropriate.  I never knew that you could get in serious trouble for sending your friend an email that was between the two of you; Ill be sure to send jokes to a personal email now. This course through SkillSoft reiterated the importance of professionalism at all times and I can guarantee has changed the way messages will leave my outbox.

Reviewed by Cindy Secondino, UHR Intern

Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.

**Having trouble accessing SkillSoft?  Contact Dana ( or Vicki ( to help troubleshoot the problem.**
Building a Better U
Are You Ready For A Healthy New Year?
2012 is just around the corner and the snow will soon be falling! Don't let the hectic holiday season or the weather ruin your health! Campus Recreation can assist you with exercise and weight management and keeping your holiday health in check with two upcoming programs!

Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Weight Management Campaign (members and non-members)
FREE! Visit the Rec Center between Monday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 23 (during open hours) and complete a private weigh-in with the fitness staff. Return between Tuesday, January 3 and Friday, January 6 for a post-holiday weigh-in. Those who stay within one pound of their pre-holiday weight will get a "congratulations" gift! Each week participants will receive a healthy holiday tips sheet via email to assist with motivation, staying on track, and helpful hints for managing the holiday hustle and bustle. Sign up is available at the time of initial weigh-in.

NEW! Biggest Loser Challenge (members)
You've seen it on TV and now you can experience it LIVE with OU Campus Recreation! Between January 9 and March 30 we will be working with selected individuals to help them lose weight the healthy way, and by the first of April will crown two (one student and one non-student) participants as the "Biggest Losers". Participation will be based on an on-line application submission, which includes an essay, and an in-person interview. Program cost is $75 for applications received between November 1 and December 25 and $100 for applications received between December 25 and January 2. Interviews will be held January 3-5. Selected participants will be notified on January 6th. Anyone not selected to participate will receive a refund of their application fee. The number of participants accepted will be dependent on the number of applications received. Winners will receive a prize valued at $150. For application materials and more details visit Campus Rec online at

Other Programs & Services To Look For This Upcoming Holiday Season
• Group Exercise Classes (including mind/body classes)- free for all members the first two weeks of January!
• Personal Training (members)
• Massage Therapy (members and non-members)
• Drop-in Body Composition Testing (members)
• BLAST Exercise Classes (members)
As always, building hours, membership information, and program and service information can be found online at

Please send an email to with your feedback on how we can improve your UHR newsletter!
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