Human Resources
Wilson Hall, Room 401
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(map)
(248) 370-3480

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and by appointment
We Are OU

Roberta Wells picture

“I help students get their state licensing so they can assist others in the community.”
Roberta Wells
Office Assistant I
Department of Counseling

Mick Ide
“I provide a well-maintained campus, making each student experience the best it can be.”
Mick Ide
Grounds Keeper
Grounds Maintenance


Kelly Smith
“I have the freedom to create a vision for future students.”
Kelly Smith
Marketing Writer
University Communications and Marketing

We Are OU

Students. It’s the reason we’re all here. In one way or another, we all contribute to students succeeding at Oakland University and beyond. And their success starts with how we interact with them, and each other.

We are a small university with big strengths — countless people attest to our small-town feel and personalized service. Let’s take that to the next level. Let’s band together and make Oakland the absolute best place to get an education. After all, that’s why we’re here. We all contribute and matter and can make a difference.
We are OU. Every one of us.


Get Involved

Ask Me

Ask meWhether you interact with students regularly or only as you walk to/from your car or a restroom, we hope you'll join the campus community in showing that we're all ready to help students — both new and old — as the academic year begins. 

Please wear the Ask Me pin from September 5-19 and display the Ask Me poster in your department/office.

Need a button or poster? Email fyac@oakland.edu and we'll send you one!

How to be OU
Small actions leave lasting impressions. Here are some easy ways you can create a positive experience for our students. Even if you don’t typically interact with students, practicing these simple ideas can make all the difference in their time at OU.

Smile and say "hello"
  • Make eye contact and acknowledge others as you pass them.

Ask if someone needs help
  • Avoid using acronyms. Students don’t always know them like we do.
  • No question is a stupid question. Think back to when you were a student and how unfamiliar university processes could be.
  • Listen for the answer.

Announce a call when transferring it
  • Try not to blindly transfer a student call. Before you connect the student to the appropriate OU staff, take a minute to explain the situation so the staff member is up to speed — and the student doesn’t have to repeat the reason for calling.

Avoid the "OU Shuffle"
  • Try to figure out what the student really needs. Even if it doesn’t fall into your job duties, a few minutes of helping will go a long way.
  • Don’t assume the first question asked is the real question. You may need to dive deeper to get to the root of the question.
  • Utilize campus resources to find answers. Look online or ask others who may know the answer. 

Wear OU gear with pride
  • Show your spirit by wearing OU-branded gear on casual Fridays, or other days (as designated by your department). Remember, OU employees get a discount on merchandise at the bookstore!
  • Wear your gold OU pin during on- and off-campus professional events.

Be visible
  • Attend events on campus and get to know your colleagues.
  • Become known in your building by wearing your OU nametag. It’s an easy identifier for students who are seeking help.
  • Make sure you have OU business cards at your workstation, and with you, for further assistance and networking opportunities.
  • Consider having your photo placed on your department website. UCM hosts monthly headshot sessions so you can have a professional photo taken at no charge.
  • Verify that your name and correct contact information (phone and email) are in the university directory. Changes can be made through SAIL.
Join Us
Like what you see? Be a part of our team to brainstorm more ideas on how We Are OU. Join us on the first Friday of the month in the Vandenberg Cafeteria for $5 lunches during the fall and winter semesters.