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Fall semester is in full swing!  Students have returned in multitude and higher learning is in the air!  Autumn is also the perfect time for Oakland University employees to take advantage of
all that the University Human Resources department has to offer. 

In this issue of UHR Connections we will highlight a few of the services and learning opportunities designed just for you!

Staff Member News

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in September, 2009! 

Judith Martin, CIBRE Education Coordinator; School of Business Administration
Atefeh Jenrow, Research Compliance Manager; Grants, Contracts & Sponsored Research
Patrick Gray, Custodian; Campus Cleaning
Gabriel Jackson, Help Desk Technician; UTS Help Desk
Christine Bartholoma, Post Doctoral Psychologist; Counseling Center
Carmen Archer, Office Assistant I; Admissions


Joann Denby, Assistant Registrar, has been with Oakland University for 12 years.
Read about Joann's contribution to the University on her Employee of the Month page.

Nominate a shining star for Employee of the Month!

The OU staff Employee of the Month sets the standard at above and beyond. Their cheerful, upbeat attitude stands out among their peers and positively impacts working relationships. They consistently strive to work more efficiently and increase productivity. This person is invaluable to the OU team.

Staff members who are selected for Employee of the Month receive much earned recognition as well as a designated parking space for 30 days, their name in lights on the sign at Adams/Walton and in the OC plus an invitation to a year end dinner with Dr. Russi and other VP's.

Anyone can nominate a staff employee who is past probation and has not received Employee of the Month recognition during the last 5 years. Click on the Nominate link to complete the online form.

Benefits Corner

Open Enrollment and Benefits & Wellness Fair

It is that time of year again when you have an opportunity to make decisions about your benefits.

Remember this is the one time you can make changes to your benefits without experiencing a life status change. Any changes you make will be effective January 1, 2010 and continue until December 31, 2010.

Oakland University will kick off Open Enrollment with a Benefits and Wellness Fair. Our benefit providers will be on site to address any questions you may have regarding your coverage. There will also be vendors from our community on site to share helpful benefit and wellness related tips.

For questions please contact:
Wellness: Mila Padgett  248-370-4910
Benefits:  Main Office 248-370-4207

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Oakland Center Banquet Rooms

Blues Cruiser

Cruise on over to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Blues Cruiser during the Health and Wellness Fair for a free health screening, as well as wellness resources, refreshments and giveaways. 
More Information >>

Health Benefit Informational Meetings

Representatives of the university's three medical plan providers will be on hand in Banquet Room A of the Oakland Center for informational presentations at 8:30 am and 10:30 am. on Wednesday, October 21.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the 2010 medical plans, as well as to ask questions.  Click here to enroll in a session.

Pre-Retirement Workshop

If you are 5 to 10 years from retirement and want an introduction to the retirement planning process, then this workshop may be ideal for you. Reps from the Social Security Administration, TIAA-Cref, and Fidelity Investments will be present for your questions.
 More Information >>

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
9:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Rooms

To set up a one-on-one consultation with one of our retirement experts, click HERE.

If you have questions about the new 2010 medical plan offerings stop into the Benefits Office in 142 NFH or contact us at

Training Update

There are a lot of things underway in the Technical Training and Professional Development department. Look for upcoming trainings on preventing identity theft, using the new OU event calendar, and adding forms and blogs to your university websites.

Please visit our website to enroll in training. 

Current Training

Access Users Group
Banner Resources on Moodle
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System
Events Calendar
Google Overview
Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007
MailMan Overview

Coming Soon!

Banner Shared Data Policy
CareWorks CMS - Form Editor
CareWorks CMS - Blog
Google Analytics
Red Flag Identity Theft Prevention

Online Learning

Take A Hard Look At SkillSoft . . .

Discover new technology, reinforce existing skills or expand your professional knowledge at no cost and on your timetable. That's the beauty of SkillSoft™!

Under the UHR Training Services menu option Available Training is where you'll find the link to SkillSoft™ and over 1500 course topics such as Interviewing, Recruiting, Team Building, Presentations, Microsoft Office 2007 (includes Visio, Project & Publisher) and for IT professionals – Web Design, Server Technologies, and Microsoft Certification.

SkillSoft™ is filled with practical information, distinctly user friendly, conveniently accessed from the internet, and compatible with adult learning styles. This software is animated, interactive, plus effectively uses audio and interval testing to move learners through the course work. SkillSoft™ also provides an abundance of support materials listed on each course overview page. Job Aids like surveys, checklists, and evaluations in addition to short articles on topics such as listening skills, applicant screening, and writing effective emails - called SkillBriefs - can all be printed for future reference.

Short on time? That's easily solved with SkillSoft™! Sessions can be completed in small 15-20 minute segments and your return spot will automatically bookmark should you leave the application. Beyond the obvious learning opportunities, SkillSoft™ training completed with an 80% or higher proficiency will be included in your University training history and learners are issued certificates of completion.

Are you a new SkillSoft user?  Just click on the Request an Account link to get started.

Already have an account?  Get reacquainted today with all the tools SkillSoft has to offer!

Featured training course:
Preventing Workplace Violence at Oakland University

The sad reality is that workplace violence can happen anywhere. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, homicides accounted for nearly 10% of all workplace fatalities in 2008. While trending downward from previous years, that number is still too high.

Oakland University seeks to educate everyone on campus with the training course "Preventing Violence at Oakland University". This 15 minute online presentation talks about campus violence, causes, warning signs and methods of prevention.

Click on the link Preventing Violence at Oakland University to view the presentation as well as locate additional campus contact information. Please take a few moments to watch "Preventing Violence at Oakland University" today.

Be sure to notify to update your Training History.

SkillSoft Leadership Channel

SkillSoft's Leadership Development Channel is designed to help organizations develop their managers and leaders to be more effective at managing people and driving results. Leadership Development Channel is a unique collection of on demand programs (videos) in multiple learning formats featuring best-selling business authors, experts and CEOs, who can have the biggest impact in motivating and challenging the thinking of learners.

In addition to the vast array of online, on-demand leadership education that the Leadership Development Channel offers, customers benefit from live Web events, offered throughout the year, on a range of leadership topics.

There are limited licenses for this channel, so please contact Dana Pierce at to request access!


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October 2009
UHR Home

Available Training

Academic HR
Important Dates to Remember!!

October 28 - November 13

October 28
Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair

November 13
All enrollment forms must be submitted to Benefits Department

January 1, 2010
2010 Benefits Effective Date
University Human Resources
138 North Foundation Hall
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309