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With September comes a busier campus, and of course, more traffic.  Crews have been working hard to ensure that the parking and roadways would be ready for the start of the new semester, and things are looking good!  Just give yourself a little extra time in the morning, and be sure to read Chief Lucido's email updates as they come out. 

Also, get to know what makes OU so great by looking at the new Sails of Success website!

Benefits Corner
2010 Total Compensation Statements

2010 Total Compensation Statements were mailed to your home address late in August. All full time faculty and benefits eligible employees, hired by June 30, 2010, should have received a statement.  Your compensation is made up of two parts – the income you receive in your paycheck and the benefits that the university provides. The cost of these two pieces added together makes up your total compensation. Your Total Compensation Statement provides you with information about the dollar value of each of your benefits plus your salary or wages.

Along with the benefits that Oakland provides, you will see the voluntary benefits in which you participate including any contributions you make to the retirement plans. All of the information on the statement has been annualized based on the information in our system as of June 18, 2010.

If you have any questions about the information or have not received your statement, please contact the Benefits Department at extension 4207, or stop by and visit us on the 4th floor of Wilson Hall.

Online Change of Status Form Available

Online forms are a paperless solution to submitting and routing forms within Oakland University's community. Forms are completed online and when submitted, an email is sent to notify an individual that action is required by them. Routing instructions are displayed on the form to aid in the appropriate electronic approval process and expedite the processing of the request. All transactions that are being done on the paper form can now be done using the online form.

The new online Change of Status Form instructions are now available as part of the Managers' Toolkit on the UHR website at:

You can access the form directly at:

You will need to enter your NetID information to access the form.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Stewart in Personnel Records at x3482.
Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in August, 2010! 
Michael Alberts - Engineer - Plant Engineering Department
Jasmine Bailey - Administrative Project Coordinator - SEHS/Professional Development Dept
Michael Cox - Senior Database Analyst - UTS Data Administration
Corina Downey - CRM Specialist - Admssions - Enrollment Management Department
Matthew Herrema - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Athletics Department
Michael McLean - Systems Specialist I - Outreach
Melissa Pope - Coordinator of the Gender & Sexuality Center - Center for Student Activities
Susan Scrafano - Director of University Relations Special Events - University Relations
Evan Sprague - Library Assistant II - Kresge Library

Keith Swann - Skilled Trades VI - Electrical for the Plant Maintenance Department
Kelly Wood - Office Assistant I - Student Affairs Department

Dan Kirkland, Network & Telecom Systems Engineer for UTS Network Support has been with Oakland University for 3 years.

Read about Dan'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.

Employee of the Month Honoree Dinner
Individuals honored with the Employee of the Month award between January and June this year didn't have to wait until February for what was once an annual celebratory dinner at Meadow Brook Hall. The six honorees joined Dr. Russi for a celebration a few weeks ago, enjoying the more conversational setting a smaller group offers. The next dinner celebration will be held in February to honor employees selected for the award during the second half of 2010.

New Hire Performance Review Process for OUPSA and OUCMT Employees
Oakland University Professional Support Association (OUPSA) and Oakland University Campus Maintenance and Trades (OUCMT) new hire performance review process has been successfully launched.

Use of the Total Employee and Management Source (TEAMS) system for new hire performance reviews has been operational since April 1st.

The system automatically notifies supervisors when their new hires probationary reviews are due. The review process online appears seamless. Feedback from supervisors and employees has been positive. UHR team members are working on the development of a website to help users with the annual review process. Additional information will be forthcoming.


Academic Human Resources Announcement
In order to provide additional support for the important functions of the office, Academic Human
Resources pleased to announce that Michelle Piskulich, Associate Provost, has been assigned
responsibility for this office. Leigh Dzwik will report to Michelle, and continue in her role of
supervising the office staff, including Janine DeWitte, Janet Tull and Deirdre Pitts. Michelle
will provide oversight to Leigh and her staff in the administration of faculty hiring, payroll,
benefits authorization and faculty and labor relations. In addition, Michelle is charged with strategically moving the office forward to continually improve operations and our service to faculty.

Please join us in welcoming Michelle to her new role in Academic Human Resources.
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for September 2010
Google Overview
9/8/2010 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007
9/9/2010 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
CareWorks CMS - Web Page Mgmt
9/15/2010 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
New Employee Orientation
9/16/2010 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
 CareWorks CMS - News and Events
9/16/2010 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder Module
9/22/2010 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9/23/2010 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Effort Reporting and Professional Commitment
9/28/2010 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

If you have any questions, please contact the training department at x4579.  You can click here to enroll in these and many other courses.

Training Review: Event Planning Essentials for the OU Professional
This editor recently attended a class presented by the Executive Events Department and definitely walked away feeling very informed. The class, Event Planning Essentials for the OU Professional, is for individuals who plan or assist in the planning of OU events. The presenters shared a store-house of valuable information from their "help site" which is filled with important event planning tools and resources. They also invite a campus professionals from the OUPD, University Communications & Marketing, Classroom Support/Technical Services, Chartwells and Meadow Brook Hall to discuss their involvement in OU events. The Executive Events site may be found by following this link: .

One of the most valuable tools on the website is a form titled "Engagement Request – President/Provost". It is listed under Event Forms. This document is critical to those planning events but also to anyone that needs the president or provost to attend an event/meeting.

To ensure your event hits OU's high standards for event quality, be sure to be watching the UHR training page for an upcoming Event Planning Essentials for the OU Professional class.
Online Learning
IT Business Professional
So you know your stuff! Our brilliant IT staff is vital to turning the gears of the OU machine. And not only is our IT team smart, they are professional and proactive. The business skills required to be a true IT professional are just as important as the technical skills. If you think you might need to know a little more about how to balance your business and technical skills, check out SkillSoft's Business Skills for the IT Professional Solution Area. Learn better customer service, professionalism, project management, team building, and how to manage other IT pros.

Check it out at IT Professional Curricula>Business Skills for the IT Professional Solution Area.

NEW!!  Microsoft Office 2010 Courses on SkillSoft!
Office Backstage, Live Preview Paste, Sparklines, Slicers, graphic and video creation and editing tools, PowerPoint Broadcast Service, screenshot capture and clipping tools, Web Apps and Office Mobile... what does this all mean to you, the Office Professional?  Learn more in the Office 2010 New Features section of the Desktop Curricula in your SkillSoft Catalog.

Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.
Building a Better U
Oakland Employees: Get Fit and Stay Well With The Help of Campus Recreation!
There has never been a better time to take charge of your health! Oakland employees can take advantage of excellent workout opportunities and various fitness/wellness programs and services right on campus! Come to campus early, or stay a little late and avoid the traffic and parking rush. The Rec Center opens at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Get a Recreation Center membership today for just $30/month for an annual plan! Monthly payroll deduction options are available.

Not ready to buy a membership in September? Use the Recreation Center for FREE on PREVIEW DAY, Thursday, October 28 from 5:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Work out or try one of the many programs/services available for members. Bring your OU ID for entry.

Coming Fall, 2010…
  • Shape Up OU (for benefits-eligible employees, DCR membership required)
  • Wellness Wednesdays (free, beginning September 22, DCR membership NOT required)
  • NEW! Sole Power Walking Program (free, open to everyone)
  • Faculty/Staff Group Exercise Classes and Lunchtime Fitness Classes (DCR membership required)
  • Wellness Fair (free, open to everyone)
  • Latin and Belly Dancing Classes (DCR membership NOT required)
Join Weight Watchers at Work
A new 12-week "Weight Watchers at Work" session will be starting soon. Registration is from noon to 1:00 on Monday, September 13, in the first floor Student Lounge of Vandenberg Hall. The first official week to go over the program will be the following Monday, September 20. The prices are: HAP members $25 for 12 weeks (You can do four separate 12 week sessions at this price, then it will be $99 per 12-week session. You must attend 10 of the 12 weeks either here or other locations with the HAP prices). For Non-HAP members, the price is $135 for 12 weeks (or $150 if we don't reach a minimum of 15 members-this has not been a problem in the past). Payment must be made at registration. If you cannot make it on the 13th, but would still like to join, please contact Judy Dorchock at X-2118.
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