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We hope you enjoy this premiere issue of your University Human Resources newsletter. Here you will find information on policy changes, training opportunities, employee recognition, and issues that are important to you, the employees of Oakland University.

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Welcome New Staff Members!!

Please join us in welcoming all of the new employees that have joined us in August, 2009!

Lainie Bisbe, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletics
Starr Cornell, Director of Annual Giving, University Relations
Ann Murphy, Adviser, College of Arts and Sciences
Marsha Packer, Office Assistant II, Writing and Rhetoric
Samantha Radel, Associate Athletic Trainer, Athletics

Benefits Corner

Non-Bargained, POLC and POAM Employees: As you know, there will be changes to the medical benefits offered for 2010. In an effort to give you information to make an informed choice during open enrollment, we held information sessions in July and had the representatives from each medical plan on campus in August to answer 1 on 1 questions. If you missed the presentations in July, you can view the materials at the UHR web site under Announcements or by clicking here.

Additional sessions will be held this fall prior to open enrollment. Detailed information about each plan will be included with the open enrollment materials you will receive in October.

If you have questions about the new 2010 medical plan offerings stop into the Benefits Office in 142 NFH or contact us at

Training News

There are a lot of things underway in the Technical Training and Professional Development department. Look for upcoming trainings on preventing identity theft, using the new OU event calendar, and adding forms and blogs to your university websites. Please visit our website it enroll in training.

Current Training

Access Users Group
Banner Resources on Moodle
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System
Events Calendar
Google Overview
Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007
MailMan Overview

Coming Soon!

Banner Shared Data Policy
CareWorks CMS - Form Editor
CareWorks CMS - Blog
Google Analytics
Red Flag Identity Theft Prevention

Take Advantage of Online Learning

Many of you are familiar with our online courseware, SkillSoft. Did you know that we recently expanded our SkillSoft catalog to include over 1500 technical and business skills courses? We have certification prep courses in Microsoft, Six Sigma, PMBOK, etc. You can learn more about Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Photoshop, or how to transition to a management position. Please check out for more information on the courses offered and registering for an account.

SkillSoft Course Highlight:

Defining Emotional Intelligence Course Full Description >>

Does IQ determine your destiny? For years, that was an overriding belief. However, new behavioral research shows that IQ provides, at best, a narrow view of human intelligence. Factors such as self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, zeal, self-motivation, empathy, and social deftness contribute greatly to an individual's success. These qualities, termed "emotional intelligence," often determine if people excel in life, relationships, and the workplace. In this course, you'll learn more about these specific characteristics and how they influence every area of your life.

Introducing the AP Management and Leadership Site

The AP Leadership Resource site is a rich and varied treasury of tips, hints, and guidelines for being a valuable leader and manager at Oakland University.

These resources are part of SkillSoft online courseware available from Oakland University at no cost to our employees. If you are interested in taking the full online courses, and do not already have a SkillSoft account, you will need to contact Dana Pierce at with your name, department, and email address.

Please feel free to read, download, and/or print the various Skill Briefs and Job Aids as they are sure to be helpful and useful to you!

Click here to log into PortAdm and select "SkillSoft Online Training"!

SkillSoft Leadership Channel

SkillSoft's Leadership Development Channel is designed to help organizations develop their managers and leaders to be more effective at managing people and driving results. Leadership Development Channel is a unique collection of on demand programs (videos) in multiple learning formats featuring best-selling business authors, experts and CEOs, who can have the biggest impact in motivating and challenging the thinking of learners.

In addition to the vast array of online, on-demand leadership education that the Leadership Development Channel offers, customers benefit from live Web events, offered throughout the year, on a range of leadership topics.

There are limited licenses for this channel, so please contact Dana Pierce at to request access!


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August 2009
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