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Benefits Corner
Are You Enrolled in an HMO for 2011?
Are you enrolled in one of the following HMOs for 2011?

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 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 2011 to qualify for the higher level of benefits. This is true even if you were in the same plan in 2010. If you are in the Enhanced level of benefits, you must complete the above process to remain in the Enhanced level for the remainder of 2011. If you are currently in the Standard level of benefits, this is your chance to move to the Enhanced level by completing the required steps identified above.

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.

Health Care Flexible Spending Account Reminder
If you are enrolled in the 2010 Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts, you had until December 2010 to use your funds. Claims for the Health Care Account must be filed with Meritain no later than March 31, 2011. 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.

In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University's AP employees, the university is pleased to open nominations for the AP award program for calendar year 2010.  The award for 2010 is $1,000.

The AP award fund, established specifically for this recognition, honors exemplary service and exceptional contributions made by individual AP employees.

Supervisors, peers or co-workers may nominate colleagues or employees may self-nominate using the AP Award Nomination Form, which is available on the University Human Resources web site.

The nomination form should state the basis for the nomination, focusing on the employee contributions above and beyond his or her job responsibilities as they relate to the AP award meritorious performance criteria.

Nominations may be forwarded to the next-level supervisor for additional comments or sent directly to the president or divisional vice president.  Employees who were rated as Needs Improvement on their last performance appraisal will not be eligible to receive this award.  
The deadline for submitting a nomination is Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.  The AP Awards will be announced in late March.  If you have any questions, please call Mike LaFave at ext. 3477 or send an e-mail to
Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in January, 2011! 
Sharon Bailey - Workshop Director - Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Barbara Begin Campbell - Coordinator Educational Resource Lab
Michael Fluture - Library Technician I - Kresge Library
Brittani Hobbs - Admissions Adviser
Tina Jakubiak - Office Assistant III - Financial Aid
Deirdre Pitts - Director of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development - OUWB School of Medicine
Tony Roberts - Network & Telecom System Engineer - Network Communications
James Seyuin - Skilled Trades VI - HVAC
Kathleen Sweeney - Director of OU Cares - SEHS
 Anita White - Assistant Director for Administrative Services - Oakland Center
Joshua Wyatt - Police Dispatcher


Bridget Green, Assistant Director of the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, has been with Oakland University for 10 years.

Read about Bridget'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.

Performance Review Process for Oakland University Professional Support Association (OUPSA) and Oakland University Campus Maintenance and Trades (OUCMT) Employees
Although the performance reviews for clerical/technical and service maintenance and trades staff were due in January, it is not too late to complete the reviews for staff in your area. Please refer to the Performance Review website for additional instructions and information. Please complete the reviews as soon as possible for performance in calendar year 2010.

Years of Service 2010 Celebration

In January, the annual celebrations for Years of Service took place to honor those who reached milestone anniversaries in 2010.

There were 1,860 years being celebrated by 116 faculty and staff who celebrated 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of service as of 2010.  The celebrations included a dinner at Meadow Brook Hall for 30 and 40 years and a reception in the Oakland Center for 10 and 20 years. Please click here for a full list of honorees.
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for February 2011
Careworks Content Mgmt System
2/3/2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Google Overview
2/10/2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2/11/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Intro to Microsoft Office 2007
2/17/2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Careworks CMS - Form Builder Module
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
2/24/2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 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.

Social Media in the Workplace
LinkedIn. Facebook.Twitter.  Social media platforms are becoming increasingly popular and powerful tools for business marketing and networking. But are they a good thing?

On Tuesday, February 8, Attorneys from Butzel Long's Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration Law practice will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of using social media in the workplace.  Click here to enroll.

Banner Training
University Human Resources is evaluating a new training tool from Sungard called the Banner Digital Library. The library contains a series of short instructional aids for the Student, Student Financial Aid, Finance, and Human Resource modules.  If you would like to review any of the above modules, please contact Dana Pierce to schedule a time in our Wilson Hall testing room (423 Wilson Hall). You will be sent an evaluation form afterward so you can offer your feedback regarding the tool. 
Online Learning
How to get results without being in charge
Just because you are not "The Boss" doesn't mean that you can't make a difference and get results.  Check out the six new SkillSoft courses that show you how building relationships, gaining allies, and improving communication can enable you to make changes and obtain results in your jobs.

In the SkillSoft catalog:
Business Skills Curriculum > Communication Curriculum > Obtaining Results Without Authority

Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.
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