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The sixth annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is right around the corner on the campus of Oakland University.  Learn more about this important community event, register to participate or volunteer! The event takes place on September 29, which is a particularly beautiful time of year in Rochester!

The July 4 holiday falls on a Thursday this year, and the University will be closed both Thursday and Friday.  All benefit eligible employees that are required to fill out leave reports will need to use a personal or vacation day for Friday, July 5.  See our official Holiday Schedule for more information.

Keeping Youth Safe

The university's Youth Protection Committee has been hard at work to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of minors remain the top priority of university-affiliated camps and other youth programs. All faculty, staff and volunteers involved in such programs should be familiar with youth protection protocols and guidelines. Helpful information is available at the new Youth Protection website.

Benefits Corner
HAP Members to Receive New ID Cards
HAP is currently undergoing a system upgrade that will allow them to adapt to the changes coming next year to health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act. As a result of this system upgrade, new ID cards will be issued to all HAP members in July. The new cards will list your new HAP ID number, new group numbers and will no longer include PCP information. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Flexible Spending Account Processing
Processing of Meritain flexible spending account claims for the first week of July will be delayed slightly due to the July 4th holiday. Payments will be delayed approximately 4 days.

Priority Health Coverage Information
As you may know, preventive care is covered at 100% for all members of Priority Health.

Those services that are defined as "Preventive" are very specific and are identified in the Preventive Health Care Guidelines found on the Priority Health website. Please take the time to review the guidelines before visiting your PCP.

You may also want to view a one-page summary describing the services covered at 100% when you visit your doctor to complete the Qualification Form.

Physicians see patients with many different medical plans. They may not be familiar with what each plan covers. It is your responsibility to know what your plan covers. If you have questions about your coverage, please feel free to stop by the Benefits Office in Wilson Hall.

Increasing your FIQ (Financial Intelligence Quotient) - Tips from our investment vendors
In volatile markets, it's common to feel uneasy about your investments. This is only natural. But rest assured, market volatility is completely normal and is to be expected. In fact, whether you invest in a life-cycle fund, manage your own investments, or choose to have them managed by a professional investment manager, the current market conditions may actually work to your advantage. Check out Fidelity's 7 Principles of Investing in a Volatile Market.

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

Tuesday, July 23, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, July 24, 129 Oakland Center
Tuesday, August 20, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, August 21, 129 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, July 15, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, July 29, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, August 5, 12 6 Oakland Center
Monday, August 19, 126 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, July 16, 126 Oakland Center
Tuesday, August 20, 126 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!

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in June, 2013!
Timothy Akers - Helpdesk Coordinator - Classroom Support/Technical Services
Shawna Boomgard - Admin Coord for Special Svcs - Public Schools Academies - Charter Schools
Matthew Brockington - Helpdes Technician - Classroom Support/Technical Services
Daniel Gilot - Coordinator of Athletics Communications - Athletics Administration
Sherrill Kerby - ACHIEVE Education Coordinator - School of Business Administration
Melissa Mondro - Accounting Clerk IV - Library
Adrianne Penney - Assistant Director of Annual Giving - D.A.C.E.
Helena Schmitt - Office Assistant III - School of Medicine


Janet Chandler is an Administrative Secretary in the History Department, and has been with Oakland University for 18 years.

Read about Janet'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.

Academic Human Resources is Relocating
Effective July 1, 2013, the Academic Human Resources department will be located at 417 Wilson Hall.  The office phone numbers will remain the same.  Thank you for your patience during this transition!

New Employee Resource Site launched

As part of a lean initiative for onboarding new employees, University Human Resources has developed a New Employee Resources website directed to newly hired staff members. An extensive FAQs page and a comprehensive timeline of new employee expectations are some of the features. Take a moment to check it out!
Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for July, 2013
Google Overview
7/11/2013 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
Embracing Organizational Change
It is normal to struggle when changes occur, but the proper coping methods can help you not only survive organizational change, but empower you to take control of your career, recognize new opportunities that come with the change, and propel your career forward.

This course covers best practices to help you accepting a new reality when things change, including acknowledgement of the changes and coming to terms with your new reality. This course also introduces the idea of reframing as a coping method for accepting organizational change. Finally, this course covers the importance of recognizing and capitalizing on the career opportunities presented by organizational change, including the importance of a career plan. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Business Skills Curricula > Personal Development > Dealing with Organizational Change

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
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! Incentive Giveaway: Be the 100th person to 'LIKE' our page and receive a Be Well Padfolio, the first of many new incentives for the upcoming year!

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. More information coming soon on the Campus Recreation website! Enrollment will open in August.

Summer Fest
Join us for Summer Fest, Thursday, August 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Summer Fest is a fun, social event for all OU employees to attend! This event will take place outside in front of the Rec Center (weather permitting). Gourmet Everyday will be back to provide lunch available for purchase, enter to be a contestant in our Homemade Salsa Cook-off, take part in Zumba demos, and much more!!! Event sign up and detailed information will be available in July on the Campus Rec website!

Sunrise Yoga, Employee Only Yoga Class
This summer we will be offering an outdoor, employee only yoga class! This class will be held on Tuesdays starting July 9th from 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. No previous yoga experience is necessary; please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Please sign up for this class at under the 'Wellness' tab.

Social Media #Bootcamp
Are you looking to get a better handle on navigating Facebook and Twitter? Are you trying to figure out how to manage your accounts without it taking over your life? This Lunch and Learn series will do just that! Social media is the new go-to source for breaking news, connecting with old friends, and staying connected with family. We will walk you through, step-by-step, on how to navigate Facebook and Twitter, and provide you with tools and suggestions on how to manage your accounts with our Social Media #Bootcamp series. Join us on Wednesday July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st from 12:10 – 12:50 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom. Please sign up for this class at under the 'Wellness' tab.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Pets @ OU
Meet Milo!  Milo is an 8 1/2 month old Italian Greyhound.  He weighs about ten lbs.  According to his dad, Matt Mangold from CSITS, Milo enjoys shoe-thievery and uses a litterbox because he doesn't like to get cold or wet.


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Rochester, MI 48309