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One more month of summer!
Be sure to take time to enjoy our beautiful campus.  See our fountains and artwork, rest in a hammock and enjoy the breeze on Bear Lake, walk in the gardens at Meadowbrook Hall, or take a swing at one of our world-class golf courses.

Lots of important info this month! Make sure you don't miss anything important!
Benefits Corner
Accessing your Retirement Plan Information just got easier!
Get the guidance you need at our new Retirement Plans Education Websites

You may find these new websites helpful whether you've been participating for years or just getting started. The sites are easy to use. There is no login or password required.

It's your connection to:
  • Learn more about the Retirement Plan and Investments
  • Get up-to-date investment option information
  • Schedule a one-on-one consultation
  • Explore a variety of interactive tools, calculators, and online workshops to help you set financial goals and better understand your plans for retirement
Please click the images below to visit the sites.

These sites can be found under the Retirement Information section found on the UHR home page



Oakland University is offering the DreamTrips Vacation Membership exclusively to Faculty, Staff & Retirees. Enjoy hundreds of 4 & 5 Star vacations at 2 & 3 Star pricing! DreamTrips are packed with extra values and amenities. Choose from Cruises, All-Inclusive, Resorts, Weekend Getaways, Sporting Events, Hunting & Fishing Trips and more. Create lifelong memories with your family and friends. Participation in this program requires a monthly membership.

Find out more information by stopping by during your lunch and discuss this program with a DreamTrips representative:
  • August 25th - Room 128 Oakland Center 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • September 21st - Room 125 Oakland Center  11:30am – 1:30pm
  • October 12th - Room 125 Oakland Center  11:30am – 1:30pm
View upcoming vacations and enroll today at:

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in July, 2011! 
Sandra Alef - Assistant Director Residence Life - University Housing
Reta Brantley - Office Assistant II - Admissions & Orientation Department
Suzanne Flattery - Office Assistant II - Center for Excellence in Teaching/Learning
Pamela Mitzelfeld - Associate Director of the Writing Center - College of Arts & Sciences
Daniel Schlegel - Anatomy Lab Manager - School of Medicine
Allison Webster - Assistant Director of Student Org Programs - Center for Student Activities
Betty Jane Youngblood - Assoc Vice President for Outreach and Exec Director of OU-Macomb


Peggy Cooke, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, has been with Oakland University for 25 years.

Read about Peggy'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.

Faculty Search Chair Training Fall 2011
The Offices of Academic Human Resources and the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives are hosting their annual faculty search chair training. Highlights of the session include: basics of employment law relative to the search process, tips for hiring a diverse faculty, hiring of foreign nationals, and troubleshooting. Those who will be participating in faculty search committees, those who sign off on faculty searches, or do the processing of faculty searches are especially invited to attend. Each session will contain the same material.
Note: These training sessions have been revised to complement the implementation of our new hiring system, PeopleAdmin, and contains some new material from previous years. PeopleAdmin system training will be offered separately.

Please click here to enroll in this valuable training opportunity.

Training Update

2011 Training Survey
Thank you to the 160 employees who responded to the Training Survey. The results from the 2011 Training Survey are in and thank you all for participating. Overall, participants rated UHR training programs very positive. Employees also commented that supervisors were supportive of their training efforts.  The major frustration for employees was lack of training time in their schedules, and many employees cited self-teaching as a primary learning tool.  Most employees were interested in management training, such as supervisory skills, conflict management, and performance management.  Technology training was next as employees continued to identify a strong interest in Banner and Access training

Participants identified SkillSoft to be a helpful tool for learning basic management and technical skills, but some reported that the training program does not operate on their computers. There are  many different versions of Windows, different browsers (i.e., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome), and different versions of the various software needed (such as Java), that it is impossible to trouble shoot on a global level. Please contact the UHR Training Department (X4579) if you have trouble running the SkillSoft application on your computer.   Look for more training options to be available soon!

Training Courses Offered for August, 2011
Google Overview
8/9/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management
8/10/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
8/16/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
8/17/2011 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.

Coming Soon! Understanding SkillCheck
There have been a lot of questions about SkillCheck, the evaluation software that is available through UHR to assess employee skill levels in Microsoft Office products and other business skills.  This presentation will address what SkillCheck is, what it is NOT, and how to best utilize this valuable tool.  Look for it in September.

CareWorks Tip: 
Internet Explorer version 9 does not work well with CareWorks. If you want to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9, you must click on the Compatibility View button before editing your page. Click here for more information about the Compatibility View button.
Online Learning
Effective Interfunctional Relationships
Whom did you talk with at work this week? To accomplish your goals in today's workplace, you not only have to interact with personnel in other departments, you often have to coordinate or even rely on them. Tasks are fluid and flow across functional boundaries. The products or services your company offers require a cooperative effort to produce. But by nature, most companies are structured territorially. Every department head and manager has his or her own troops on call and a personal domain to defend. Protecting your turf may be instinctual, but it's also counterproductive. By not cooperating openly with other sections or departments, you not only interfere with their ability to accomplish their tasks, you undermine your own efforts as well. In this course you'll discover how you may be inadvertently sabotaging yourself when you let your territorial instincts guide your interactions. Once you understand how interfunctional relationships benefit you and your work goals, you'll be ready to learn some communication skills that will help you develop stronger, more productive work alliances across functional boundaries.

Business Skills > Communication > Building Improved Work Relationships > Interfunctional
Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.

**Having trouble accessing SkillSoft?  Contact Dana ( or Vicki ( to help troubleshoot the problem.**
Building a Better U
Why Wait? Campus Recreation Can Get The "New Year" Started Right!
Fall is a great time to start a fitness program. Like the kids going back to school and the change of seasons, it's a great time to rethink and restart, so why wait for January? Make September your new year and start creating good habits for the upcoming holiday season and winter months. Take advantage of what the fall season and Campus Recreation has to offer and you'll be looking good and feeling better for 2012.

For a list of Fall programs please read the full article.
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