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Benefits Corner
Are You Enrolled in an HMO for 2012?
Are you enrolled in one of the following HMOs for 2012?

HAP Health Engagement (Non-faculty)
Blue Care Network Healthy Blue Living
Priority Health HealthbyChoice Incentives

If you and your spouse are enrolled in one of the HMOs listed above, remember that you must both complete the on-line health risk appraisal and visit your primary care physician to complete the Qualification Form BEFORE THE END OF MARCH 2012 to qualify for the higher level of benefits. This is true even if you were in the same plan in 2011. If you are in the Enhanced level of benefits, you must complete the above process to remain in the Enhanced level for the remainder of 2012. If you are currently in the Standard level of benefits, this is your chance to move to the Enhanced level by completing the required steps identified above.
If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact the Staff Benefits office at extension 4207 or stop in to see us at 401 Wilson Hall.

HMO Information Sessions Coming in April
Changes are coming to the non-faculty HMO plans that will be offered in 2013. On April 24 representatives from our three HMOs, HAP, Blue Care Network and Priority Health, will be on campus to present information about the new 2013 "Outcomes Based" HMOs. Information about the times and locations of the meetings will be coming soon. Please take the time to attend one of the information sessions to learn about the new HMOs.

Flexible Spending Account Reminder
If you are enrolled in the 2011 Health Care Flexible Spending Account, you had until December 31, 2011 to use your funds. Claims for the Health Care Account must be filed with Meritain no later than MARCH 31, 2012. Claims forms are available on the UHR website at: Be sure to keep a copy of all claims sent to Meritain for processing. Remember, money that is not used by the end of the year will be forfeited.

TIAA Cref Retirement Seminar - "Preparing for and thriving in retirement"
Today, retirement is a journey – a time to explore new possibilities, and a time that could last for 30 years, or more. Most people tend to work to the very end – paying little attention to their retirement income readiness. Then, they attempt to make a host of decisions under a tight time constraint. Planning for and thriving in retirement takes time, some research and many well thought-out decisions. This seminar will help you to reach your long-term objective of a financially secure retirement. Click here for information on enrollment!

NEW! DreamTrips vacation membership will be highlighting one of their fabulous vacation deals each month.  Click here to see March's deal!

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in February, 2012! 
Meaghan Ashurst - Executive Secretary - Finance & Administration
Claudia DiMercurio - Executive Assistant - Vice President for Government Relations
Jason Fultz - Skilled Trades VI - Electrical - University Housing
Julianne Hamilton - Buyer - Purchasing & Risk Management
Mitchell Roe - User Support Services Specialist - Library
Suzanne Rossi - Program Coordinator - Political Science


Corey Brittingham, Benefit & Compensation Analyst in the University Human Resources Department, has been with Oakland University for 6 years.

Read about Corey'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.

Contract Informational Sessions
Managers Informational Sessions were held on February 8 and February 14 to update managers on significant OUPSA and OUCMT contract changes. These sessions also included a presentation on the importance of Timely Accident Reporting and the impact on Workers' Compensation Costs. For those unable to attend, this presentation is available at

Payroll Updates

New Overtime Time Sheet for Clerical Technical Employees
Effective 2012, there is a new overtime time sheet available for Clerical Technical (CT) employees.  To read the entire article regarding overtime calculation, time sheet due dates, and to access the link to the time sheet, click here.

New Changes to Pay Stub Detail and Leave Reports in SAIL, Employee Services
A recent Banner update includes the following changes:

  • Employee name and address has been added to the pay stub detail page.
  • Lines have been added to the Leave Report screen making it easier for monthly staff employees to enter hours.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Non-Visiting Bargaining Unit Faculty Members

Applications are invited for professional development and research leaves for next year. Please see the attached guidelines, which are provided to assist faculty in making application. Please note the application deadline of February 6, 2012. Questions may be directed to any member of the Joint Committee on Faculty Professional Development and Research Leaves.

Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship Fashion Show Luncheon & Fundraiser
The Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship Committee is hosting a Fashion Show luncheon and fundraiser open for the campus community on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. The theme will be "Escape to the Tropics" featuring a diverse group of Oakland University employees and students as models, from former Critical Difference Scholarship recipients to University Vice Presidents. The models will be wearing outfits from Parisian of The Village of Rochester Hills.
Training Update

Second City coming in March
The popular Chicago-based Improvisational group called Second City will be coming back to O.U in late March to present two half day sessions on Communication, Collaboration & Teamwork. Second City is known for facilitating high energy group exercises which use fundamental improvisational skills to teach people to listen more effectively, communicate in a way that builds productive conversations, and think more quickly in the moment.

Information on the date and times will be will be available soon.

Google Apps New Look
Some of you may have noticed a change to Google Apps, including the calendar and email. Google decided to change to provide a consistent look across all of the Google applications that's clean, simple, and intuitive, and to provide an interface that adjusts to meet your needs. It also wanted to take advantage of newer web technologies in order to further enhance your Google Apps experience.

Google Calendar has seven major changes. The first is the quick add feature, which allows you to quickly add a new appointment to your calendar. The second is minimizing calendar selections. This enables you to hide calendars that you may not want to see, and add calendars that you do want to see. The third adjustment is calendar settings. In the settings you can create a new calendar, browse interesting calendars, and edit your calendars settings. The fourth modification to Google Calendar is the new event indicators. For example, if an event is dimmed that means it is in the past. The fifth change is the calendar icons, which appear when you hover over an event allowing you to find out more information. The new event details window is the sixth change. It allows you to view information at a glance and modify the color of the event. The final change for Google Calendars is the new look for buttons, including the print, refresh, and back commands.

Google Mail has made five major changes to enhance your experience. The first change is that you can now IM, voice and video chat with anyone in your email. The second modification is that you can now have anywhere access to your email. This allows you to be on the road and check your email at the same time. The third change is that you can now sync your Android, iPhone, or Blackberry to your email. Searching and finding emails easily, is the fourth adjustment that Google Mail made. The last modification that Google Mail decided to make is getting less spam. You can now customize your spam protection to help you focus on what is most important.

Google Apps is about further enhancing your experience by making it easier to navigate your calendar and email. For additional information on the new Google Apps changes, Click here.
Training Courses Offered for March, 2012
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System
3/7/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Overview
3/8/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SkillCheck Assessment Overview
3/13/2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
3/14/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
3/21/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - Workshop
3/22/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Introduction to SkillSoft
3/28/2012 9:00 AM - 10:00 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
Microsoft Office 2010: Beginning Access
Nowadays, many jobs that you apply for require you to know how to use some sort of database. Microsoft Access is one of the most popular databases that companies use to collect and organize information. If you have never used a database, but want to gain experience in how to use one, "Microsoft Office 2010 Beginning Access" course is perfect for you. It consists of seven, one hour courses, which take you through all the necessary steps that you need to know in order to use the Access database. It takes you through the basics of Microsoft Access including how to create a new database from scratch or from a template. It shows you how to create tables, forms, queries, and reports, as well as how to manipulate and modify the data in fields.

Coming from someone who has very little experience with Access, this course was easy for me to follow, and is highly recommended to anyone that needs to learn how to use the Microsoft Access database. You can skip over certain topics if you are already familiar with them, and review the ones you need depending on your own personal development. This class is a total of seven hours, but you can pause a session whenever you like, and pick up from where you left off hours later. Overall, this is a very beneficial class that can help you learn the basics of Microsoft Access.

Reviewed by Jennifer Hanks, UHR Intern

This course can be found by logging into your SkillSoft account and navigating: Desktop Curricula>Microsoft Office 2010>Microsoft Office 2010: Beginning Access.

Please click here to request an account on SkillSoft, if you do not already have one.

**Having trouble accessing SkillSoft?  Contact Dana ( or Vicki ( to help troubleshoot the problem.**
Building a Better U

OU Employees Can Continue Improving Health with Three Upcoming Programs from Campus Recreation
Take advantage of two FREE Wellness Wednesday sessions scheduled for March for all OU employees! On Wednesday, March 14 a Basics of Weight Management session will be held from 12:10-12:55 p.m. in the Recreation Center Wellness Classroom. The Basics session is intended to help those trying to become healthier in 2012 by losing or managing weight, or preventing weight gain. The session will cover simple nutrition strategies and exercise guidelines to assist with managing weight, eating healthy, and increasing daily physical activity.
A second session, titled Stress Management, will be held on Wednesday, March 28 from 12:10-12:55 in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom. Stress Management is geared towards employees who find themselves running around, juggling a million things at once, and never feeling like they have time for anything! This session will introduce and help employees experience effective ways to manage the daily stressors in life!

Both sessions require pre-registration through the Building A Better U website at:

Mark Your Calendar for the 2nd Annual Poker Walk!
Last year was a hit so we're doing it again! Plan to participate in the 2012 Employee Health and Fitness Day Poker Walk on May 16 any time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.! Get excited for prizes, socializing, fitness, fun, and more! Look for more information and registration materials in mid-April.
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March 2012
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OUCMT and OUPSA reviews were due on January 31st. We encourage completion no later than March 16th.

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