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Important reminder regarding July holidays
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.

Benefits Corner
Did you miss the FMLA presentation on May 7?
Representatives from our FMLA insurance provider, CIGNA, were on hand to answer questions about the Family Medical Leave Act and leaves of absence that all non faculty benefit eligible employees may encounter while at Oakland University. The presentation materials are available on the Benefits and Retirement Training page.  Please contact the Benefits staff at x4207 if you have questions about FMLA or other leaves of absence.

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.

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
Take a moment to make sure you are Getting on the Right Path with your Workplace Savings Plan with this eLearning module from Fidelity.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 125 Oakland Center
Wednesday, June 19, 129 Oakland Center
Tuesday, July 23, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, July 24, 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, June 03, Lake Superior B Oakland Center
Monday, June 17, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, July 15, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, July 29, 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, June 18, 126 Oakland Center
Tuesday, July 16, 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 May, 2013!
Kelli Chapman - Senior Financial Aid Officer - Financial Aid Department
Kathryn Christlieb - Assistant Manager, Library Access Services - Library
Emily DeLano - Coord. of Leadership and Service-Learning Programs - CSA
Renee Dembeck - Executive Office Assistant - Office of the President
Dave Derderian - Java Developer Analyst - UTS Database Applications Department
Robin Lewis-Bedz - Assistant Director of Clinical Skills Training & Simulation Center - SOM
Donna Mirabito - Director of DACE Communications - Communications & Marketing
Jason Pennington - Academic Adviser - School of Engineering & Computer Science
Lindsay Scarlatelli - 3rd Assistant Women's Basketball Coach - Athletics Administration


Jenifer is an Office Assistant III in the School of Business Administration, and has been with Oakland University for 8 years.

Read about Jenifer'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.

It's June and by now the supervisor and employee should be in the home stretch with regard to the Performance Management Process. By the week of June 3rd the supervisor and employee should meet to discuss performance. Note: It is important for employees to certify that they have met and discussed the performance evaluation with their supervisor.

All evaluations are due into UHR by June 17th. Further information about the process is available on the UHR website at or you may direct your questions to UHR at x3480.

Have a position to fill? Looking for the best candidate?
As a hiring manager, the Manager's Toolkit can be your best resource for getting that position filled without delay. When looking for a candidate to fill the vacancy in your department it can often be difficult to determine who might have the best combination of skills, experiences and personality to blend into your team. After all, you only have a small window of opportunity to meet and talk with the candidates.

Consider using a combination of closed and open-ended questions in your interview. If you ask a candidate if they have ever had to deal with a difficult employee, the answer could be as simple as yes or no. Instead, ask them to describe a time when they had to deal with a difficult employee or situation. That will prompt a more detailed response and give you an indicator as to how they handle themselves. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Here is a list of Suggested Interview Questions and Styles.
Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for June, 2013
Google Overview
6/13/2013 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
First Time Manager - Understanding a Manager's Role
Most new managers don't realize how much their new role differs from that of an individual contributor. Often, they have misconceptions about what managing entails, and they may be surprised to learn that the skills and methods required for success as an individual contributor and those needed for success as a manager are very different. This course describes some of the myths about management and their corresponding truths in order to clarify what managers really do. It also points to the typical demands and constraints of a manager's job. Finally, it describes strategies for dealing with common mistakes of first-time managers.

Business Skills Curricula > Management Skills > First Time Manager Essentials

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

Poker Walk 2013: A Great Success!
Stephanie, Becky, and all of Campus Recreation would like to take a minute to thank everyone that participated in this year's annual Poker Walk! It was a BEAUTIFUL day with more than 290 OU Employees participating in this year's event. This year we had over 90 random and grand prizes donated by some awesome businesses, non-profits, and insurance providers.

You can find a list of the top three individual winners, their prizes, and the team winners online at the Campus Rec website or our new Employee Wellness Facebook Page.

NEW! Employee Wellness Facebook Page
The month on May launched the start of a new, employee wellness Facebook page! OU Employee Wellness was created on Facebook to provide you with another avenue to learn and keep individuals up to date on all things wellness. This page will have the latest and greatest information not only on employee wellness programming, but will also have info and updates from Graham Health Center, Environmental Health and Safety, and University HR. Take a look if you have a minute and give us a "like!"

Nutrition Follow Up Appointments with Debbie this Summer!
Debbie will be back on campus this summer to do follow up consultation for those employees that had an initial appointment with her in the Fall 2012 or Winter 2013 semesters. Please visit the Summer Wellness website for a full list of available dates and times to meet with her. Please email Stephanie at to schedule you appointment today!

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? 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 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.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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New VOIP phones are coming!
Oakland University is moving to a new phone system with new features. Your building is already scheduled for this change! Check out the Info Page for details!

Pets @ OU

Meet Izzy, a 105 lb female blue merle great dane.  Izzy is 4 years old, and loves spending time at Partridge Creek with her mom, Joann Dybash.

Submit your pet photo and story to
University Human Resources
4th Floor Wilson Hall
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309