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Wishing our entire OU family a healthy and happy 2012!
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 each year 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 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.

Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account Reminder
Claims for 2011 expenses for Dependent Day Care must be filed with Meritain no later than January 30, 2012. 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.

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:
  • January 18th - 8 am – 5 pm, Oakland Center, Lake Superior B
  • February 14th – 8 am – 5 pm, Oakland Center 126
  • March 14th - 8 am – 5 pm, Oakland Center 126
  • April 18th – 8 am – 5 pm, Oakland Center 126
  • May 9th – 8 am – 5 pm, Oakland Center 125
  • June 13th – 9 am – 4 pm, 118 North Foundation Hall
To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727, to schedule an appointment with Michael Meyer.

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in December, 2011! 
Theresa Cordon - Interactive Designer, Developer & Web Analysis - Graduate Study
Arthur Hampton, Jr. - C.O.R.E. Program Coordinator - Center for Multicultural Activities
Aimee Symington - Clerk Receptionist II - International Students & Scholars
Debra Valla - Administrative Secretary - Engineering & Computer Science
Andrea Zech - Project Manager - School of Education & Human Services


Michelle Gruca, Payroll Analyst, has been with Oakland University for 2 years.

Read about Michelle'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.

WHO: Oakland University Professional Support Association (OUPSA)
Oakland University Campus Maintenance & Trades (OUCMT) Employees
Supervisors of OUPSA and OUCMT Employees

Supervisors should begin the process by entering ratings and comments in the TEAMS (Total Employee And Management Source) system. Then schedule a meeting with the employees to discuss performance from the 2011 calendar year.
Between January 3 and January 31, 2012
TEAMS System Link
The performance review was created to encourage dialogue between employees and supervisors which will serve as a tool for job effectiveness, progress and growth. In addition, the review process will foster mutual understanding of job requirements and employee contributions, lend insight into what motivates optimal performance, and provide an opportunity for feedback regarding development and other career interests.
Effective November, 2011
In an effort to streamline our login process to Oakland University's Total Employee and Management Source (TEAMS)/PeopleAdmin system, we have integrated the TEAMS system with the OU NetID account system. This change has already gone into effect. When you log into the TEAMS system at you will use the same NetID user name and password which you use for e-mail.
For those of you who have not accessed or set up your e-mail account and/or use your OU NetID, it will be important for you to contact Kim Crawford at x3489 to help you set this up.

With this change Employment Services can no longer reset your password and if you need to have your password reset you will have to contact the HelpDesk.
Quick Reference Guides:
Performance Review Process Site:
Training Opportunities:

All Employees Should Verify Social Security Number on W2
The Oakland University Payroll Office is requesting all employees verify their Social Security Number on the W2 Form when they receive it at the end of January, 2012.  Please make sure the Social Security Number matches the number on your Social Security Card.  If you discover an error, contact the Payroll Office immediately at 248-370-3034 or
2012 W-4 Form – Federal Withholding Allowances
Employees should review their Federal Withholding Allowances and consider whether or not they may need to make changes for 2012.  If filing status (married or single), exempt status, or exemption allowance qualifications have changed at some point during the past calendar year, a new Form W-4 may need to be submitted to Payroll.  The new 2012 Form W-4 is accessible on the Payroll Website and the IRS Website.

NOTE:  Any employee claiming "EXEMPT" in 2011 MUST submit a new Form W-4 for 2012 in order for this status to remain active.

Please contact the Payroll Office at 248-370-3472 or if you have any questions.  No action is required on your part if you have not claimed exempt and/or you have no changes in tax status to report.

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.
Training Update

Check out the training schedule and sign up today at!

Training Courses Offered for January, 2012
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management
1/11/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Overview
1/12/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
1/18/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
1/19/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
1/25/2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 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
Goals and Setting Goals
Most achievements, great or small, begin with an important first step: setting a goal. A clearly defined, attainable goal embodies a vision of what is possible. It's a guide star for those who navigate a course through obstacles to a desired accomplishment. However, the process of setting appropriate goals is often oversimplified or overlooked entirely. A well-constructed goal is challenging, yet achievable. It takes into account the abilities and resources available and requires the goal seeker to make the best use of both. In this course, you'll examine the types of goals you can use to advance your career and personal life, learn to construct goals that are both challenging and achievable, discover how to embed the seeds of success within your goals, and explore ways to align your goals with your own priorities and the priorities of others who influence the way you use your time.

This two hour course can be found by logging into your SkillSoft account and navigating:
Business Skills>Personal Development>Doing Business Professionally>Goals and Goal Setting

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
Happy New Year and Welcome 2012
Focus your energy on a new year and new you in 2012!  Campus Recreation can be your partner in your quest for health and happiness in the coming months.  With free access to the Rec Center for all OU benefits-eligible employees, the opportunities are right at your fingertips and can be endless!
  • Participate in a Welcome Session and/or Fitness Center Orientation
  • Join the Getting Started Right program
  • Try some group exercise classes
  • Schedule a massage
  • Hire a personal trainer
Didn't see anything on the list that sparked your interest?  Here are five great reasons to use your free access to the Rec Center, regardless of whether or not you participate in a program or service!
  1. It's free!
  2. It's conveniently located and the facility is open 109 hours per week for use before work, during lunch or any time you can get away, after work, evenings, and on the weekends.
  3. The Rec is within a 3-5 minute walk of any campus building and you don't need to move your car or search for a parking spot!
  4. There are lots of things to do in the building!  
    • Fitness Center with 100+ pieces of cardiovascular and strength training equipment
    • Track
    • Pool and spa (hot tub)
    • Multipurpose courts and activity space
    • Locker rooms
    • Classrooms and social lounges
    • Racquetball courts
  5. The Rec provides a friendly and recreational environment.  It's about fun while getting fit!
  6. It's good for your health and personal wellness…all dimensions, not just physical!
We look forward to seeing you in 2012.  For more information on programs and services or access to the facility, visit us online at or call 248-370-4910.
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January 2012
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