WE'RE ON THE MOVE!
As part of the university's ongoing effort to make North Foundation Hall the one-stop destination for all student services, Career Services will be moving from Vandenberg Hall to North Foundation Hall. We'll be relocating to the 4th floor of Wilson Hall on March 23, and the Office of Budget and Financial Planning will move to Wilson Hall the following day. We'll still be open for business in North Foundation Hall through the end of the day on March 22, and will reopen in our new home in Wilson Hall on March 24.
Please note that our phone extensions will remain the same, and our staff directory will reflect our new office addresses on March 23.
|PLEASE NOTE: Faculty members enrolled in HAP
do not need to complete the Health Risk Assessment, the required doctor visit, or the Physician
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW HMO PLANS?
Representatives from Priority Health, HAP and
Blue Care Network will be on campus Monday, March 15, 2010 from
1:00 - 4:00 PM in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center to answer
questions you may have about the new health-engagement HMO plans.
If you have questions about:
* The health risk assessment (HRA) questionnaire
* Choosing a PCP
* Required doctor visit and Qualification Form
* Coverage related questions
Please stop by during the event to get your questions answered. Representatives from Staff Benefits will also be present.
**The representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield
will also be able to answer questions about the PPO plans and the
ATTENTION HMO MEMBERS!
are approaching for the online Health Risk Assessment and Physician
Qualification Forms. March 31 is the deadline to have both of these
STEP ONE: Register online at your HMO's website.
Click on the icon to take you to the health assessment. The following
table tells you where to go and what to look for once you've signed up!
| HMO||Website ||Assessment|
|Look for This |
|Priority Health |
Health by Choice
|www.priorityhealth.com || WebMD Health Quotient|| |
| HAP Health Engagement|
| www.hap.org|| iStrive|| |
| BCN Healthy Blue Living|| mibcn.com|| Health Assessment|| |
you have difficulty getting logged into your account, please contact
the benefits Office at 248-370-4207, or stop by 142 NFH between 8 am
and 12 pm, or 1 pm and 5 pm for personal assistance.
Contact your primary care physician to set up an appointment to fill
out the qualification form for your HMO. Do this as soon as possible,
as some doctors are already booked months in advance for well-care
appointments. Copies of these forms can be found at your HMO's website
if you'd like to print it out to take to your appointment.
All three of these steps need to be completed prior to MARCH 31, 2010
in order to continue to receive enhanced benefits from your HMO. If
you do not get these steps completed, your copays and deductibles WILL
CHANGE. Please contact the Benefits Office if you have any questions.
|Staff Member News|
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in February, 2010!
Joseph Vizzaccero, Reproduction Machine Operator, University Services
Erika Kindlimann, Helpdesk Technician, Help Desk and Desktop Services
CONGRATULATIONS TO FEBRUARY 2010 EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH CYNTHIA FERRERA!
Cynthia Ferrera, Administrative Secretary for the department of English, has been with Oakland University for 6 years.
Read about Cyndie'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.
SKILLCHECK SKILLS ASSESSMENT TOOL
supervisors will receive summaries of job applicant assessment results
and may use them to compare all internal and external applicants for
positions that include these skills as minimum qualifications. Each
summary will provide overall scores and the total time used for taking
the assessment. Clerical-technical bargaining unit members who meet
minimum qualifications for a position will not be denied an interview
based on their assessment scores. There is no pass/fail standard.
Rather, the scores will be used as a component in the overall selection
process in determining the final candidate.
Human Resources is pleased to announce the rollout of the Skills
Assessment Tool. This computer-based program will be used to assess job
candidates' level of expertise and skill on Microsoft Office suites
including Access, Excel and Word. In addition to technical skills, the
program includes assessments on general clerical office skills such as
grammar, spelling, data entry, etc.
positions posted March 8, 2010, and thereafter will be required to
complete the skills assessment if it is a minimum "required" /
"additional" qualification on the job posting. We encourage everyone to
take this opportunity to assess their individual skills utilizing this
tool as soon as possible. Doing so, job candidates can minimize the
pressure and anxiety of completing assessments for positions they're
seeking. The completion time for taking an assessment varies depending
on each person. A maximum of 90 minutes will be allowed for a testing
period covering three assessments. Employees should work with their
managers to coordinate reasonable release time to take the skills
After completing any specific assessment for the
first time, an individual may complete additional assessments no more
than once each month or upon application for a position. Results will
be retained in University Human Resources for a period of one year.
Only assessments with the best scores will be retained. Employees may
receive a summary of assessment results and review the indicated areas
of need, which will guide them in designing future training
opportunities. Employees may take the assessment even if they are not
considering applying for a new job. This will give them a baseline for
determining their current skill set and what they can do to improve it
through UHR training services. Refer to the 2008-2011 OUPSA Bargaining
Agreement for more specific details.
For more information or to make an appointment for an assessment, please contact the Employment Services Office at ext. 3480.
The Pawley Learning Institute is offering a Lean Thinking webinar to Oakland
University Faculty and Staff. The Lean Thinking Webinar is a basic theoretical
introduction to lean. For those looking for some general background on what
lean is, this webinar provides an overview to answer those inquiries. It
includes three areas: an introduction to lean and its history, an introduction
to three philosophies of lean and an introduction to five organizational
practices of lean. You may access this training through portadm.oakland.edu.
For more information about the Pawley Institute, visit www.oakland.edu/lean.
Course offerings for March:
Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007 3/11/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System 3/16/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - WORKSHOP 3/18/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Overview 3/25/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events 3/30/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Please visit our website to enroll in training. Or call Dana Pierce at x4579 to talk about one-on-one training to meet your technical training needs.
|SKILLSOFT HAS GOTTEN A MAKEOVER!|
A recent upgrade to our SkillSoft software has given it a new look and feel. We hope that you find the new interface as easy to navigate as the earlier version.
Visit www2.oakland.edu/skillsoft for more information or to request an account.
Craving Microsoft Access 2007 training?
SkillSoft offers EIGHT classes on Microsoft Access 2007. 18+ hours of online instruction on Beginning, Advanced, and Power User Access.
- Getting Started with Access 2007 (1.5 hours)
- Basic Access 2007 Tables (2.5 hours)
- Basic Access 2007 Forms (2 hours)
- Queries and Reports in Access 2007 (2.5 hours)
Access for the Power User
- Importing and Exporting Data and Data Presentation in Access 2007 (2 hours)
- Advanced Data Management in Access 2007 (3.5 hours)
Also, the Technical Training and Professional Development Department can schedule a customized one-on-one training session to address your particular Access needs. Email Vicki Larabell for more information at email@example.com.
- Programmability and Administration in Access 2007 (1.5 hours)
- Database Administration in Access 2007 (3 hours)
|Building a Better U|
HEALTH AND WELLNESS OFFERINGS DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH
March 15 – March 19th: Love Your Body Campaign
A variety of programs will be held focusing on taking care of our bodies and living a healthy lifestyle. Look for more information on the web page at www.oakland.edu/campusrec
Wellness Wednesday. March 17th - Turmoil to Tranquility: Tools for Increasing your Focus Part 1 w/ Laura Rolands, Attention Coach
Do you feel like you need more hours in the day, have deadlines to meet, attend long meeting and feel like you procrastinate too much? Join Laura Rolands of LSR Coaching and Consulting, LLC to learn how to stay focused on your priorities, tasks, meetings and other conversations. This interactive workshop will explore ways to maintain focus and attendees will learn how to develop an action plan that can help them be more successful. Register for this program at www.oakland.edu/training This program is open to all OU community
Wellness Wednesday March 31st - Turmoil to Tranquility: Tools for Increasing your Focus Part 1 w/ Laura Rolands, Attention Coach
Continue on your journey of learning to harness your focus and implement strategies to keep you on track throughout your day. Register for this program at www.oakland.edu/training This program is open to all OU community
Visit http://www.oakland.edu/campusrec/ or http://www2.oakland.edu/wellness/ for more information
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