Human Resources

Wilson Hall, Room 401
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-3480

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and by appointment

Employee Recognition

In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University’s employees, the University is pleased to offer various employee recognition programs. Please see the tabs below for details on each recognition program and how to apply or nominate.

Years of Service Recognition

2018 AP Reward Recipients

Outstanding AP
of the Year
To recognize the contributions of the Administrative Professional (AP) community, the AP Assembly established an annual Outstanding AP Award, commonly called the AP of the Year. This accolade has been given since 1984. Each year, a selection committee (selection committees are appointed by upper administration representing all divisions, a faculty representative, and a clerical representative) selects one AP who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their professional role. Oakland University AP Assembly provides a $1500 stipend that accompanies this honor.

This distinct honor is awarded to an individual that has been at Oakland University for more than six years, and has demonstrated achievement through extraordinary effort in support of the university mission and strategic plan, spirit of cooperation, and community and university service.

The AP Assembly invites all members of the Oakland University community to submit nominations for this distinction. Please submit your nominations per the information below. The nomination  period is March 1 through March 20. Letters of support can be emailed to Ann Voorheis-Sargent (2019 Committee Chair) at voorheissargent@oakland.edu, or mailed to Ann Voorheis-Sargent, 400 O’Dowd Hall, 586 Pioneer Drive, Rochester, MI 48309.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Voorheis-Sargent (2019 Committee Chair) by email at voorheissargent@oakland.edu, or by calling 248.370.4384.

2019 Outstanding AP Nomination form


2019 Outstanding AP of the Year: Rebecca (Becky) Lewis

Oakland University’s Outstanding Administrative Professional of the Year Award maintains a relatively succinct expectation of potential honorees – simply that they demonstrate outstanding achievement in their professional role.

As Associate Director of Programs and Administration in the Recreation and Well Being department, Becky puts the "extra" in the word extraordinary. She is an amazing and empowering person who leads without fear, guides with strength and supports with an open heart. Becky has always led by example; she encourages her team to work above capacity, to make the most of their experiences, to collaborate intentionally and effectively with others, and to gain new skills along the way.

She is a true driving force for so many initiatives around campus. In addition to teaching COM 101 for several years now, she works with and mentors the many students that are a part of the well-being suite. She provides them with sound professional advice, helping them to make connections with other professionals in and out of OU, helps them prep for Graduate Assistant interviews, and sometimes just lends an ear. Becky has also recently been named chair of the Healthiest Campus for Michigan committee.

Becky has been involved in multiple non-job related activities within the University's external community, including a member-at-large in the AP Association. This is her second year coordinating the OU Heart Walk, continuing the great working relationship she has maintained for years with the American Heart Association. Becky graduated from OU's Leadership Academy, and she has remained wonderfully connected through the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), where she builds relationships with people from all over the country and is able to bring back best practices to implement at OU.

Becky has a unique combination of intelligence, passion, compassion and dedication. As such, she has always been willing to go above and beyond when she encounters a student in crisis or in need of assistance. Simply put, Becky makes OU a better place.

Past Recipients
Rosalind Andreas, 1984
Patrick Nicosia, 1985
Joan Stinson, 1986
Elaine Chapman Moore, 1987
Clair McVety, 1988
Jean Ann Miller, 1989
Arthur Griggs, 1990
Thomas Kirchner, 1991
Elizabeth Millwood, 1992
Ron Kevern, 1993
Virginia Allen, 1994
David Herman, 1995
Lynn Hockenberger, 1996
Katie Kazarian, 1997
Felecia Bumpus, 1998
Glenn McIntosh, 1999
Dawn Aubry, 2000
Vicki Larabell, 2001
Leonard Brown, 2002
Gerald Compton, 2003
Sheryl Klemanski, 2004
George Preisinger, 2005
Melvin Gilroy, 2006 
Tricia Westergaard, 2007
Mila Padgett, 2008
Jennifer Gilroy, 2009
Samuel Lucido, 2010
Steve Shablin, 2011
Eleanor Reynolds, 2012
Peggy Cooke, 2013
Greg Jordan, 2014
Angie Schmucker, 2015
Nancy Schmitz, 2016
Laura Schartman, 2017
Krista Malley, 2018
AP
Reward
In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University’s AP employees, the university is pleased to open nominations for the AP Reward program for calendar year 2018. The reward for 2018 is $1,000.

The AP Reward 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 Reward Nomination Form.

The nomination form should state the basis for the nomination, focusing on how the employee excelled as well as the contributions above and beyond his or her job responsibilities. Contributions should be explained within the context of AP Reward meritorious performance criteria.

Nominations may include additional comments from the next level supervisor. To be eligible for the reward, AP employees must have been hired before January 1, 2018. Any employee who received a "Needs Improvement" rating during their last annual performance appraisal is not eligible to receive this reward.  

There are no restrictions placed on the frequency an employee can receive a reward. However, consideration will be made to ensure that all employees are given the chance to be recognized for their initiative to go above and beyond their daily responsibilities.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, May 10, 2019. This year's 2018 AP Reward recipients have been selected and can be seen by clicking here. AP Rewards will be distributed in June 2019 paychecks. Any employee with questions regarding this reward program should call Eric Herppich at ext. 4166 or send an e-mail to eherppich@oakland.edu.
Sharon
Wilhelm
Award
The Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award is given annually to a university Clerical/Technical employee who exemplifies the positive, “can-do” spirit of Sharon L. Wilhelm who spent her 45-year career delivering exceptional service and support to OU staff, faculty and students.

Mrs. Wilhelm began her career in 1962 when the University was still an extension of Michigan State University and its enrollment was less that 1,000 students. When she died in October of 2007, enrollment was more than 18,000 students.
Throughout the years, Mrs. Wilhelm’s devotion to outstanding service grew proportionately with the University’s enrollment.

Mrs. Wilhelm is remembered and celebrated for her extraordinary work ethic and supportive can-do attitude, which assisted faculty, staff and administrators in serving their most important constituency – University students.

The award will recognize eligible employees who provide high-level, administrative support and mirror Mrs. Wilhelm’s exemplary work standards.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost provides a stipend that accompanies this award. All members of the Oakland University community are invited to submit nominations.

Selection Criteria
To reward a full or part-time Oakland University clerical employee who:
  1. consistently demonstrates exemplary service to the University community;
  2. builds positive working relationships with supervisors, peers and students;
  3. serves the needs of the University with a positive attitude and work ethic;
  4. displays dedication by going above and beyond by participating in University activities outside of work responsibilities;
  5. exhibits sustained and proven methods of improving the efficiency of the work place; and exceptional performance in a project or task that results in a savings of money or time, or increases revenues, productivity and/or employee morale.

Qualifications
All OUPSA and excluded clerical staff with at least five years of service.

Deadline
Nominations are accepted by clicking here and completing the nomination form. All 2019 nominations must be received by Friday, March 29, 2019.


2018 Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award: Shanna Dawson

Shanna Dawson, Office Assistant II in Alumni Engagement, is being celebrated on campus as recipient of the 2019 Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award recipient. To learn more about Shanna's contributions to Oakland University, click here.

Past Recipients
Irene Cobb, 2018
Jill Lawson, 2017
Vicki Gossett, 2016
Eileen Arseneau, 2015
Ellen Keaton, 2014
Kimberly McWain, 2013
David Ollie Ray, 2013
Virginia Cloutier, 2012
Dorothy Farrior, 2012
Roxanne Knudson, 2011
Vernita Parker, 2011
Employee of
the Month

Do you know an employee who:
  • Shines by Their Attitude: Has a positive attitude and performance in serving the needs of the university staff from other department, students, visitors, faculty, etc.
  • Reaches Higher: Dedication and work ethic that is above and beyond that required.
  • Performs Exceptionally: Proven and demonstrated methods of improving the efficiency of the work place; exceptional performance in a project or task, which results in a savings of money/time, or increases revenues, productivity and/or morale.
  • Promotes Teamwork: Builds positive working relationships with individuals and with teams on cross-functional projects.
  • Rallies in Support of OU: Aligns their work in support of Institutional Priorities.
If so, please fill out the form below!

Nomination Form

July 2019 Employee of the Month

Katherine Stotts

Student Affairs Coordinator
School of Medicine
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the month for July, 2019

Katherine (Katie) could be considered the heart and soul of the OUWB Student Affairs team. All M1-M4 students will agree she is a pleasure to work with, be it via her devotion to Student Organization requests, her attention to detail on immunization compliance documentation, her cheerful disposition during composite photo day, or her smiles during commencement check-out. Within the Student Affairs team, she promotes teamwork on a daily basis, assisting with budget reconciliation, and training all things MedSync-related. There would be no MedBall without Katie! Everyone in Student Affairs values Katie as a colleague, peer, and friend!

Katie has single-handedly carried the Student Organization Administrative processes within the School of Medicine. She has learned and mastered a new technology which facilitates many of our functions in Student Affairs. All along she has never complained and has flexed and adapted to these changes and new tools, all while considering every stakeholder in the process and looking out for their best interest. She has done these things amidst changing staffing and added responsibility. She is the consummate teammate and role models leadership and grit on a daily basis. It's inspirational to witness, and we are fortunate to have her here at OU.

Most recent, Katie has worked hard to prepare our students, staff, and faculty in a migration of our student organization technological platform, MedSync. This is no easy feat, but Katie has worked to make sure this is a seamless process for all. She’s a friendly face in the office, giving of her time to help others around her, all while wearing many hats of responsibility for Student Affairs.

Thank you Katie, for all of your hard work and contribution to OUWB School of Medicine. Congratulations to Katie on her selection as the July 2019 Employee of the Month!

June 2019 Employee of the Month

David Ziehm

Mastery Level VII – Mechanic
Grounds Maintenance
Length of Service: 3 years, 4 months
Employee of the month for June, 2019

David Ziehm is the only vehicle maintenance mechanic at Oakland University. He has taken it upon himself to organize the shop area, evaluate and order the needed equipment, and maintain over 200 pieces of equipment and vehicles for the many campus departments. His skill level is very high, and he regularly troubleshoots and repairs many different types of problems.

One problem in particular that David worked to resolve was the snow removal around the Dome on the Lower Fields. It is a fabric dome and the snow needed to be removed from the base of the dome on a regular basis after a significant snowfall. A large 10 - 12 person crew with shovels was the method for a couple of years. David devised a system of using a plow with a welded attachment that significantly reduced the labor hours devoted to removing the snow. He also then developed another piece of equipment that pulled the snow away from the fabric dome without tearing the fabric. These two pieces of equipment have saved many hours of labor that now can be used instead on the main campus during snow removal operations.

David Ziehm has excellent attendance and is always ready to lend his time and efforts to assist the Grounds and Vehicle Maintenance operation. David is a very valuable asset to Oakland University!

Congratulations to David on his selection as the June 2019 Employee of the Month!

May 2019 Employee of the Month

Mary Miramontiheadshot of Mary Marimonti

Office Assistant III
International Students and Scholars (ISSO)
Length of Service: 6 years, 5 months
Employee of the month for May, 2019

Mary has risen up to the challenges in the International Students and Scholars office in a period of great change. We are short a staff person and going paperless, while continuing to meet the challenges of serving an ever increasing international student population.

Mary has expanded her duties voluntarily to meet the new challenges and is always willing to jump in and help! She assists students with the many questions they have (both new students who have yet to get here, and current students that come in everyday) with very difficult immigration scenarios. She is also training the new ESL staff person in how to use the SEVIS system and how to enter their information in Banner.

Mary also co-teaches the English Conner program. This program gives the students an opportunity to interact with each other and with ISSO staff to improve English language skills and build relationships. She was the MC for our Fall 2018 orientation and kept the two day orientation on track and on time which is not very easy to do! Mary embodies the quote "Service Above Self" daily! She was a major player in the ISSO and GEO Department getting 100% participation for the first time ever in the all university fund raising drive.

Mary keeps the office running smoothly and efficiently in the ISSO, and we would be lost without her! The international students and ISSO staff and student workers all love her. We appreciate her endless efficiency, breadth of knowledge and sunny good humor!

Congratulations to Mary on her selection as the May 2019 Employee of the Month!

April 2019 Employee of the Month

Wayne Carylheadshot of Wayne Caryl

Mastery Level VII - HVAC
University Housing
Length of Service: 12 years
Employee of the month for April 2019

Wayne Caryl has worked in Housing for nearly 12 years. His great attitude, work ethic, and knowledge of the Residential facilities is unmatched. Wayne goes above and beyond the standard call of duty when it comes to the care he takes when working with the students that live on Campus.

Wayne's hard work and dedication shows through the quality of his performance every day. From coming in for midnight calls, to staying late at night to make a repair for students, Wayne gets the job done. He maintains a fantastic rapport with the students, our custodial staff, and our skilled trades’ team with his dry sense of humor and his dependability.

Wayne constantly educates himself on the innovations made in his technical field and the equipment that Housing uses.

Congratulations to Wayne on his selection as the April 2019 Employee of the Month!

March 2019 Employee of the Month

Elizabeth Adamsheadshot of Elizabeth Adams

Office Assistant II
Undergraduate Admissions
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the month for March 2019

Elizabeth Adams has been with Undergraduate Admissions for nearly three years. She has dedicated herself to serving future OU students and ensures that they have a positive experience with the admissions process. In particular, Elizabeth serves the international and non-citizen student population. Several of these students send cards and notes to thank her for her outstanding services. She happily works as their advocate, even after their enrollment.

Elizabeth demonstrates outstanding customer service, dedication to student success, and has a positive rapport with her peers. She is organized, patient, hardworking, and detail-oriented. These attributes, combined with her ability to positively interact with prospective students and their families, make Elizabeth an exemplary employee.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on her selection as the March 2019 Employee of the Month!

February 2019 Employee of the Month

Michael Coxheadshot of Michael Cox

Senior Database Analyst
University Technology Services
Length of Service: 8 years, 6 months
Employee of the month for February 2019

Mike is a consistent high-performer but since the departure of another staff member, he has truly gone above and beyond to make sure critical technology is up to date. He has advanced campus data analytics through his support of Argos. His work has been instrumental in moving the campus into a quality Banner 9 environment. He made sure that critical technology Clean Address was upgraded by the deadline. He supported Advancement Services with an important data update. He processed special Financial Aid data updates prior to their processing deadline. He has taken on a much work due to the staff opening, over his usual high volume, and we appreciate all that he has done.

In addition, Mike is an extremely dedicated and helpful colleague whose commitment to customer service and role as our DBA has led to many of our division successes. First, Mike has worked with staff in our department to further their professional development by answering SQL questions and demonstrating scripts and functionality. This has helped our division grow from no use of Argos in FY17 to 11 dashboards in production as of March FY18 with 20 users. He carves out time for other staff to ensure their success and thus the success of the Division of University Advancement. The impact of these Argos reports are felt through efficiencies in our stewardship area, better gift reconciliation, and helpful fundraising reports.

Secondly, Mike made a connection for us at the Ellucian live conference and arranged for us to demo the Rollins College Argos reports. This level of customer service and commitment to our reporting vision allowed us to gather ideas for reports and to measure our division activity. There were many ideas from Rollins that impact our campaign reporting design and will help us make decisions in the coming years.

Lastly, Mike is an extremely patient colleague who takes the time to further our knowledge of technology, specifically as it relates to Argos, the oracle database, and report design. We are grateful he has done this and furthered expertise so that our division can better use these tools and apply technology to our strategy.

Congratulations to Michael on his selection as the February 2019 Employee of the Month!

January 2019 Employee of the Month

Yeanina Hines

Assistant Managerheadshot of Yeanina Hines
Student Business Services (Billings & Collections)
Length of Service: 16 years, 4 months
Employee of the month for January 2019

Yeanina has been a great asset to the university since she was hired! Yeanina goes above and beyond to perform her job duties timely and accurately, calmly adjusting the daily task schedule of her office to incorporate the never ending additional task due to other initiatives.

Yeanina’s attention to detail is outstanding. She takes ownership of her responsibilities and performs them timely and accurately. She examines the current process, brings forward suggestions for change and implements change. She continually strives to create efficiencies and utilize technology; she is not satisfied until the process is working as efficiently as possible.

Yeanina participates in departmental projects, those that relate directly to her position or not. One area where Yeanina really stands out is customer service. Being part of Student Financial Services, the one stop shop in North Foundation Hall where all students are directed for assistance, customer service is essential. Yeanina’s customer service skills when dealing with students and parents is superb! She is always calm, patient, and a great listener. Dealing with confused or angry students and parents is an inherent part of what we do every day. Yeanina has every person she deals with walking away satisfied -- even if they did not get the answer they wanted.

Congratulations to Yeanina on her selection as the January 2019 Employee of the Month!

December 2018 Employee of the Month

Joe Carranza

Mastery Level VII-HVACheadshot of Joe Carranza
Plant Maintenance
Length of Service: 6 years, 7 months
Employee of the month for December 2018

Joe is nothing short of a miracle worker. The e-LIS 430 Kresge Library office suite has been plagued by heating and cooling issues for years, and no one has ever been able to fix it. Then Joe comes on the scene, and everything changes. He not only ensured things got fixed, he went above and beyond by bringing in Honeywell experts, identifying faulty equipment, and checking up on us constantly. Joe’s positive, helpful attitude let us know we’d be taken care of.

I can honestly say that the morale in the office is better for his efforts. Having a comfortable work environment was a serious issue that plagued our area, and thanks to Joe’s amazing efforts, we see actual results. His work ethic is something that goes far above what I normally see. In everything Joe has done for us, he shines with his positive attitude, he reaches higher than anyone else to solve what we thought was an insurmountable problem, and he performs exceptionally each and every time!. Joe is a shining example of employee excellence!

To reiterate, Joe has been nothing short of amazing. He has given countless hours helping our office, specifically with all our heating and cooling requests. He took the time to assess each room in the department, determined if there were any underlying issues, and then set out to remedy all issues he found. He’s even taken the time to check on us daily to make sure we’re comfortable and happy. As an added bonus, Joe has been the embodiment of friendly and professional throughout the duration of the project. He proudly spoke of his family and asked about ours during his time in our office. It’s not uncommon to chat with him whenever we see him on campus. Joe understands that it’s more than just an office with a concern; he’s helping create a positive work environment that values people above all else. Without a doubt, Joe has proven himself above and beyond what is normally expected!

Congratulations to Joe on his selection as the December 2018 Employee of the Month!

November 2018 Employee of the Month

Cheryl Rhodeyheadshot of Cheryl Rhodey

Site Manager, Macomb University Center
Macomb County Outreach
Length of Service: 11 years, 5 months
Employee of the month for November 2018

Cheryl has the most positive attitude. She is always smiling and welcoming. As a result, she builds amazing relationships with faculty, students and staff both on campus and off.

Over the last several months Cheryl has taken on additional responsibilities to support the new accelerated degree completion programs that will launch at the Anton/Frankel Center this Fall. In this role she has collaborated with academic advisers to develop strategies to better support students interested in these new programs. She has fostered ongoing collaboration among advisers that maintain hours in Macomb County, as well as encouraging stronger connections with the community college. She has been able to accomplish all of this while still exceeding at the expectations of her job as MUC Site Manager.

Cheryl goes above and beyond on a daily basis to serve OU students in support of OU's mission in Macomb County. She is very deserving of this recognition.

Congratulations to Cheryl on her selection as the November 2018 Employee of the Month!

October 2018 Employee of the Month

Shanna Dawsonheadshot of Shanna Dawson

Office Assistant II
Alumni Engagement
Length of Service: 13 years
Employee of the month for October 2018

Shanna is as dedicated as they come! Whether she is diligently pouring over budget spreadsheets or warmly greeting alumni and friends at events, she is quick to lend assistance when needed – oftentimes going above and beyond what’s been asked.

Shanna’s customer service acumen is second to none. She has an exceptional working knowledge of OU, which I know is put to good use on the many phone calls and emails she receives every day. In fact, in a given year, Shanna handles or assists with over 2,000 alumni questions, comments or other communications. This is an incredibly significant engagement opportunity, which Shanna manages with great care.

Shanna has become our staff Budget Master, our IT fix-it-person and the woman that you ask when you have no idea how to find an item or how to get a task done. Shanna has also taken budget management to a new level within our office. She has always been very detail-oriented and “good with numbers”, two traits that help immensely with budget tracking, but she recently showcased some special detective skills as well, having discovered an erroneous charge to our account that was nearly six times what the actual charge should have been! She saved us thousands of dollars!

Shanna rarely takes time off and we practically have to pull her away from her desk to make her leave. When she does take time off though, our team panics because it's so hard to cover everything that Shanna does when she is gone!

Shanna is extremely hardworking, dedicated to her tasks and very personable to all OU Alumni, donors and staff. She is often the first point of contact for anyone calling into the Alumni Office and handles it all so gracefully. She is hard-working, proactive, highly efficient and extraordinarily positive. She is a phenomenal asset to our team and is the glue that holds us all together. Shanna is a one-woman powerhouse who makes it look easy, always smiles and is truly a necessity to OU. I cannot imagine our staff, workload or campus events without Shanna's smile, support and professionalism.

Congratulations to Shanna on her selection as the October 2018 Employee of the Month!

September 2018 Employee of the Month

Ted Prisbeheadshot of Ted Prisbe

HVAC Maintenance Foreman
Plant Maintenance
Length of Service: 29 years, 10 months
Employee of the month for September 2018

Ted oversees the entire HVAC department within Plant Maintenance and supervises 12 OUCMT employees. Ted is self-driven and very effective in his role as HVAC General Foreman. Ted has a great sense of humor, dedicated to his work, is fiscally responsible, dependable and maintains an excellent attendance record. He leads by example and has an excellent rapport with his direct reports.

Ted embraces the team effort approach. The position of Construction Foreman was created in late 2016 to provide in-house construction remodeling using our current skilled trades employees from each of the trades groups in Plant Maintenance.

To ensure success for this newly created position, Ted made sure all questions or problems were addressed. This was in addition to handling all of his daily duties. His individual efforts played a crucial role in the teams accomplishments. Without successful implementation of the team concept, and the willingness to help from each of the Foremen at Plant Maintenance and their employees, none of our achievements would have been possible.

Congratulations to Ted on his selection as the September 2018 Employee of the Month!

August 2018 Employee of the Month

Taurienne Lauderdale

Secretary IIheadshot of Taurienne Lauderdale
School of Health Sciences
Length of Service: 2 years
Employee of the month for August 2018

Taurienne Lauderdale is appreciated for her hard work and dedication in her position with the School of Health Sciences!

Taurienne is the first face that the students see when they come into the office. She remembers everyone’s names and makes the students feel welcomed and tries her best to answer all of their questions. Students come in asking for her if she is not at her desk, just because they want to say hello. She plays a key role in helping make our office a welcoming and safe place for students to seek support and assistance.

The office staff and student support team are always saying how much they appreciate the work that she does. Everyone depends on her to help where needed. She always volunteers to help and never has to be asked. Taurienne is an irreplaceable member of our team. We appreciate her hard work and service to Oakland University and the School of Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Taurienne on her selection as the August 2018 Employee of the Month!

Employee of the Month Archive

 

2018 Employees of the Month

December - Joe Carranza
November - Cheryl Rhodey
October - Shanna Dawson
September - Ted Prisbe
August - Taurienne Lauderdale
July - Miguel Ramos
June - Charlene Waldorf
May - Kathleen Zeile
April - Judette Haddad
March - Michael McClain
February - Demetrius Murchison
January - Penny Stillwell

2017 Employees of the Month

December - Sarah Wood
November - Christine Talbert
October - Jenny Cloutier
September - Kelly Smith
August - Mark Mathiak
July - Christina Radowick
June - Brian December
May - Melissa Mondro
April - Kendra Agee
March - Allison Radell
February - Tracey Kosaski
January - Nick Flores

2016 Employees of the Month

December - Maggie Phelps
November - Heidi Donnelly
October - Amanda Fylan
September - Krista Malley
August - Stephanie Willis
July - Jennifer De La O
June - Lou Kondek
May - Christine Earl
April - David Ollie Ray
March - Rosezine Payne
February - Evan Dermidoff
January - James Silvestri

2014 Employees of the Month 

December - Roz Winchester-McCray
November - Maureen Greco
October - Heather Haughey
September - Marie Vanbuskirk
August - Anthony Smith
July - Kim Crawford
June - Loretta Presti
May - Brittani Hobbs
April - Susan Phelps
March - Jason Willis
February - Annie Ivery
January - Virginia May

2015 Employees of the Month 

December - Monica Haines
November - Andrea Mill
October - Emily Stepanian-Bennett
September - Carolyn Moss Hogan
August - Bill Johnson
July - Robert Perreault
June - Grace Wojcik
May - Renee Dembeck
April - Sarah Erskine
March - Amy Tuckfield
February - Joshua Stotts
January - Angelita Ramos

2013 Employees of the Month

December – Shannon Stribling
November – Siraj Khan
October – Beth Deverna
September – Wendy Allen
August – Anthony Gallina
July – Mary Zook
June – Janet Chandler
May – Jenifer Watson
April – Renee Jacques
March – Dawn Deitsch
February – James Zentmeyer
January – Joan Wancour

2012 Employees of the Month

December – Beth Ann Sutton
November – Juan Cantu
October – Sara Webb
September – Robert Hanson
August - Nicole Lucio
July – Mark Johnson
June – Michelle Serafino
May – Karen Pipitone
April – Xander Buckingham
March – Irene Fox
February – Corey Brittingham
January – Carmen Archer

2011 Employees of the Month

December – Michelle Gruca
November – Don Ritenburgh
October – Marcee Daly
September – Christina Riley
August – Micheline Walter
July – Peggy Cooke
June – Linda Sisson
May – Domenico Luongo
April - Matt Bruer
March – Patti Bowman
February – Leo Debiaggi
January – Bridget Green

2010 Employees of the Month

December – Andrew Keyosky
November – Marsha Packer
October – Robert Vaughn
September – Lateacha Carr
August – Dan Kirkland
July – Monica Milczarski
June – Luke Fleer
May – Cora Hanson
April – Sandra Sala
March – Joan A. Love
February – Cynthia Ferrera
January – James Leidel

2009 Employees of the Month

December – Sheryl Hugger
November – Todd Welscott
October – John Coughlin
September – Joann Denby
August – Dennis Bolton
July – Elisabeth Putnam
June – Julie Dermidoff
May – Ronda Ferguson
April – Deanna Wohlfeil
March – Greg Jordan
February – Claire Cooper
January – Jocelyn Baldwin

2008 Employees of the Month

December – Kellie Klinck
November – Kathleen Lesich
October – Sue MacDonell
September – Nancy Schmitz
August – Scott Allison
July – Kevin McDougall
June – Peggy Chiu
May – Manjit Gill
April – Mariann Hodge
March – Paul Battle
February – Kim Schultz
January – Ann Marie Besaw

Team
Award

Oakland University (OU) established a Team Award Program (TAP) to recognize a team of faculty and/or staff members for significant contributions supporting the University’s strategic plan initiatives or strengthening and improving the University’s effectiveness as a community/institution.

The individual team awardees shall receive a Team Award plaque and formal recognition at the annual Exemplary Employee event.

How the Team Award Program Works

  • On or before May 1, the nominator shall submit an online nomination form.
  • Online forms are automatically submitted to the TAP Committee. The TAP Committee will review each nomination based on the Team Award Program criteria.
  • In May, the TAP Committee will notify the nominators of the TAP Committee’s decision.

Nominators will notify the team member of the Team Award. Names of award recipients shall be announced in June.

Submit a team for nomination

Eligibility
  • All faculty and employee groups are eligible to receive a Team Award. A team must have a minimum of three cross-functional, divisional and employee group members.  Standing committees and/or task forces are not eligible.

Criteria
  • A Team Award shall be given for work or accomplishments that have significantly contributed to the University’s strategic plan initiatives or to its institutional strength and improvement. A Team Award shall be made for accomplishments during the one-year period preceding the May 1 deadline.

 Examples of accomplishments, work, or service that meet these criteria include: 

  • Successful completion of an action item related to the Strategic Plan or a significant contribution to the strategies and goals of the plan.
  • On-going engagement in efforts that have resulted in institutional strengthening and improvement measured against internal goals and/or external benchmarks.
  • Implementation of innovative leadership practices that have significantly strengthened an office, department, unit, or the University.
  • Implementation of financial planning and budget management processes or practices that demonstrate exceptional stewardship of University resources.
  • Effective and productive participation on special projects, institutional committees, or tasks forces that have advanced strategic initiatives or that have strengthened or improved the institution.
  • Team effort that results in substantial, measurable improvement to a required process, compliance regulation, business system, or direct service to students, employees, alumni, or other stakeholders.

Nomination Process
  • Nominator can be a team leader, a member of the team or a member of the OU community.
  • Nominator submits an online nominations for Team Award by May 1 deadline. Nominations are limited to a maximum of 500 words and should outline the team’s contribution to one or more strategic initiatives and/or to institutional strengthening or improvement.
  • Nominations for work, projects, or service that have clear end dates shall not be made until after the work or project has been completed. Nominations for on-going work that contributes to institutional excellence shall provide evidence of specific positive outcomes against institutional goals or external benchmarks.
  • The TAP Committee will review the nominations to determine the Team Award.
  • The Team Award will be announced to the campus community in June.

For questions please contact University Human Resources at (248) 370-3486.

Rising AP Award

To recognize the contributions of the Administrative Professional (AP) community, the AP Assembly established an annual Rising AP Award. This accolade has been given since 2018. Oakland University AP Assembly provides a $1000 stipend that accompanies this honor.

The recipient of the Rising AP Award is an individual who has worked for the university more than three (3) years, and has demonstrated leadership and exceptional work in their professional role in the following areas:

  1. Achievement beyond the call of the individual’s daily tasks and responsibilities that have created a positive impact on the university community (such as participating with AP Assembly/Association, committee work, and/or employee interest group work).
  2. Consistently demonstrates exceptional work in their current position.
  3. Displays leadership qualities within their department in addition to other university groups.

The AP Assembly invites all members of the Oakland University community to submit nominations for this award. Please submit your nominations per the information below.

The nomination period is March 1 through March 20. Letters of support can be emailed to Ann Voorheis-Sargent (2019 Committee Chair) at voorheissargent@oakland.edu. If you have questions, please contact Ann Voorheis-Sargent (2019 Committee Chair) by email at voorheissargent@oakland.edu, or by calling 248-370-4384.

Criteria/Description

Please describe in detail why the person you are nominating is deserving of this award. Please address the following criteria:

  1. Length of service at Oakland University (must be three years or more).
  2. Achievement beyond the call of the individual’s daily tasks and responsibilities that have created a positive impact on the university community.
  3. Demonstrates exceptional work in their current position.
  4. Displays leadership qualities, rising above the call of their day to day responsibilities.

Rising AP Award 2019: Kathy Livelsberger

Kathy Livelsberger has been with Oakland University for more than 13 years, the majority of which has been with the Career Services team. As a member of this team, she has supported Nursing and Business along with her current role as the Director of Employer Relations for the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS).

Kathy's achievements on the Career Services team are considerable. In her previous role as an Associate Director, she launched the Career Ambassador program, a peer-to-peer development program where student employees of Career Services assist other OU students with career readiness. At SECS, she continues to build a “Career Community" with the students, helping them to explore careers and connect to opportunities, all while continuing to grow partnerships with faculty, staff and employers.

Her can-do attitude of going above and beyond to help employers with hiring needs is proven in the numbers. For the fall of 2018, there was a 17% increase in on-campus interviews. In addition, the 2017/2018 SECS post-graduation results show that 88% of SECS students completed an internship and 95% are employed or pursuing continuing education. These are just a few of the statistics that highlight Kathy's dedication to her job, the employers and, most importantly, the students.


Past Recipients
Christina Moore, 2018
New Professional AP Award

To recognize the contributions of the Administrative Professional (AP) community, the AP Assembly established an annual New Professional AP Award. This accolade has been given since 2018. Oakland University AP Assembly provides a $1000 stipend that accompanies this honor.

The recipient of the New Professional AP Award is an individual who has worked for the university for three (3) years or less, and has demonstrated achievement in their professional role in the following areas:

  1. Achievement beyond the call of the individual’s daily tasks and responsibilities that have created a positive impact on the university community (such as participating with AP Assembly/Association, committee work, and/or employee interest group work).
  2. Has shown great potential in their position through contribution of unique ideas, collaborative efforts, streamlining processes and overall positive attitude.
  3. Displays promising leadership qualities, in their day to day responsibilities either within their department or other university groups.

The AP Assembly invites all members of the Oakland University community to submit nominations for this award. Please submit your nominations per the information below.

The nomination period is March 1 through March 20. If you have questions, please contact Ann Voorheis-Sargent (2019 Committee Chair) by email at voorheissargent@oakland.edu, or by calling 248-370-4384.

Criteria/Description
Please describe in detail why the person you are nominating is deserving of this award. Please address the following criteria:<
  1. Length of service at Oakland University (must be three (3) years or less).
  2. Achievement beyond the call of the individual’s daily tasks and responsibilities that have created a positive impact on the university community.
  3. Has shown great potential in their position through contribution of unique ideas, collaborative efforts, streamlining processes, etc.
  4. Displays promising leadership qualities, rising above the call of their day to day responsibilities either within their department or other university groups.

New Professional AP Award 2019: Jessie Hurst

Soon after Jessie began employment at Oakland University in the Dean of Students office, word got out among students that he was someone you could talk to and get help, advice and counsel. He has continually and consistently served students and colleagues in this manner during his entire time here at OU. Jessie has been promoted to the Associate Dean of Student and Deputy Title IX Coordinator and as a result, he is taking on even more responsibilities within the office – all while continuing to be an exceptional service provider to our students and the entire campus community.

Jessie works with both the Oakland University Student Congress and Greek Life. When he saw a need for both areas to receive more direction, guidance and support, he did not hesitate to step up and offer everything he could to these groups. He has infused these areas with new ideas and has raised the bar so the students have something to work toward and leadership qualities to emulate. This is just one example of how Jessie goes above and beyond, even when things are not within his official duties.

Jessie's example pushes all of us to work harder. He never backs down from a challenge or an opportunity to help someone else, and he is incredibly deserving of this recognition.


Past Recipients
Ben Fielder, 2018