Recreation Center
Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889
Benefits and Wellness Fair

Employee Well-Being

Oakland University Employee Wellness strives to support the enhancement and maintenance of Oakland University faculty and staff’s quality of life. In collaboration with campus and community resources, our goal is to provide you with valuable educational programs, resources, and activities that support your personal goals to live a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness programming is open to all Oakland University Faculty and Staff to participate.

Be Well Pass Card

The goal of the new Be Well Pass Card is to provide you with the opportunity to earn prizes through participating in wellness programs throughout the semester. We hope you will not only use this as motivation to improve or maintain your healthy lifestyle, but also become more involved balanced in overall well-being. 

There are a number of different well-being opportunities we are challenging you to complete on and off campus. There are three levels available on the Be Well Pass card; Level One with the least amount of items to complete, and Level Two has the most. Please click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. 

If you missed the Be Well Pass Card pick up deadline, but are still interested in receiving information about Employee Wellness Events and Programs, simply fill out this contact form, and we will happily add you to our email list. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Stephanie Willis, Coordinator of Wellness and Educational Outreach at or call 248.370.4968

Exclusive for OU Employees – Meet privately with Registered Dietitian Debra Cavender to discuss your unique health and nutrition needs. Have a mini-health plan designed for you and gain an understanding of the science that validates:
  • Many medical problems can be treated by appropriate lifestyle and nutritional changes
  • There are some nutrition alternatives to medications and surgery
  • Asking key questions and reviewing options with a healthcare practitioner can give you better outcomes
Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you. Appointments must be scheduled online and are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Fall 2016 Consultation Dates:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

To schedule an appointment, please contact Kelsey Zuchowicz at, or call 248-370-4511.

Nutrition Consultation Cancellation Policy: Any employee wishing to cancel their appointment must do so within 48 hours of their scheduled appointment time.  Cancellations may be made by calling Kelsey Zuchowicz at 248.370.4511 or email at with no penalty.  Any persons making a cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will be prohibited from booking another nutrition consultation for 6 months past the date of their original appointment. 
and Events
Benefits and Wellness Fair
Save the Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Benefits and Wellness Fair will return this fall from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Recreation Center! Kicking off Open Enrollment, all benefits providers will be available to all OU employees to answer questions about their individual plans. Local business and non-profit organizations will also be on site with a variety of information on well-being programs and services. Open to the entire campus community (Faculty, Staff, and Students).

For questions, please contact Stephanie Willis at or 248-370-4968.

Employee Kickball Tournament
Congratulations to our winners, the Plant Maintenance Hammer Toe's!

employee kickball tournament

The Hammer Toes walked away victorious, beating Development and Alumni Relation's K-Ballers 7-6. Both teams played a fantastic game, and we hope all teams enjoyed themselves.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Weekly Meditation Group
Thursday Meetings
12:15 p.m.
436 Pawley Hall

Are you looking to practice meditation regularly in your life? Meditation can relieve stress and make you feel happier, more calm, and peaceful. Medical studies have shown that meditation can improve health, increase energy, and help you function at your optimum. For meditation to work, just like exercise, you have to do it regularly. 
The weekly meditation group offers a time a place for you to meditate with others and support you in your commitment. 

New members are asked to attend on the first Thursday of the month, and thereafter, to receive and introduction to the group and meditation materials.

For more information please contact Nicholas Lauer at

Walk with Campus Leaders
FALL 2016
Gather at 12:00 p.m., Walks Begin at 12:10 p.m.
Elliott Tower

Confirmed Dates and Leaders:
September 21, 2016 - Libby Ciliberti, Chief Human Resources Officer
September 26, 2016 - Greg Kapme, Men's Head Basketball Coach
September 29, 2016* - Erin Sudrovech, Director of Alumni Engagement
October 10, 2016 - Jasmine Bailey & Petra Knoche, WERG Co-Presidents

Are you looking to be more active during your lunch break? Join us for a casual walk to socialize with other individuals on campus and recharge for the rest of the day. WWCL will return this fall with a selection of new and returning campus leaders to walk with at lunch time. This is time to discuss hobbies, family, and vacations – no work talk allowed. Dates for Spring are coming soon! All walks will begin at 12:10 pm from the Elliott Tower or indoors on the track in the Recreation Center (depending on the weather).

*We will meet at John Dodge House for this particular WWCL. The Bear Bus will be available to transport Employees to this location, leaving promptly at 12:10 p.m. Please meet in the Athletics circle drive. 

Employee Friendly Group Exercise Pass
Are you an OU Employee interested in taking Group Exercise classes at the Rec Center?  There is now a pass designed especially for employees to purchase that allows you to participate in certain Group Exercise classes at a lower out of pocket cost!

The Employee Friendly Pass can be purchased at any time (online or at the Rec Center), starting Thursday, September 1 for $25.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the 2016 Fall Semesters.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us September 1 through September 10 for our "Try-Us-Out" week where you can attend as many classes as you would like at no cost, and no passes required.  There will be no classes held on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day), Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Holiday), and passes will be required starting September 11.  For more information on the Employee Friendly Pass, please contact Stephanie at or call x.4968.
Online Registration is required if you wish to attend any Workshop or Lunch & Learn session. 

Lunch & Learn: Snack Attack Portion Control 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Click here to register!

All Lunch & Learn sessions now involve some sort of cooking and nutrition component! Join us to learn and create three different types of healthy snacks that you will be able to try. This hands on Lunch and Learn will give you new ideas for curbing hunger while staying within proper portions! Registration required, maximum of 30 attendees. *Open to OU Faculty and Staff Only.

Lunch & Learn: Pack a Punch with Breakfast 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Click here to register!

All Lunch & Learn sessions now involve some sort of cooking and nutrition component! Join us to learn and create unique healthy breakfast options, great for on-the-go mornings for the entire family. Registration required, maximum of 30 attendees. *Open to OU Faculty and Staff Only.

Lunch & Learn: Salty, Savory, Sweet Potato 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Click here to register!

All Lunch & Learn sessions now involve some sort of cooking and nutrition component! Join us to learn different, unique ways to include sweet potatoes in your diet. Registration required, maximum of 30 attendees. *Open to OU Faculty and Staff Only.

Workshop: Farm Tour w. Fay Hansen and Deb Cavendar
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Student Organic Farm*
Register Here!

Tour the Student Organic Farm with Director Fay Hansen to learn about how the farm functions and provides wonderful produce, available to the campus community. Deb Cavendar will also facilitate the tour, providing nutrition information about eating produce in season, and the benefits of a wide variety of vegetables. Transportation will be available to the first 20 individuals that sign up. *Open to OU Faculty and Staff Only.

Workshop: Back Safety presented by Rochester Family Chiropractic

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Register Here!

Beware of the chair! 
To help our valued staff understand and overcome the risks of being a “desk jockey,” Dr. Laura Nicholson will be here on Tuesday, October 4 at noon to give a brief presentation on what happens to your body while sitting and how to make movement part of your work day. Open for all to attend; pre-registration required.

Workshop: Nutrition and Women's Health

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Register Here!

Learn from Registered Dietitian, Debra Cavendar how nutrition can play a key role in women's health. Open for all to attend; pre-registration required.

Workshop: Nutrition / Maintain Don't Gain Checkpoint

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Register Here!

In combination with the program, Maintain Don't Gain, use this nutrition workshop as a check point to talk about how you did over the Thanksgiving Holiday in terms of nutrition. Debra Cavendar will talk about best practices to help you get through the holiday season. Open for all to attend; pre-registration required.


For questions or additional information, please contact Stephanie Willis at or call 248-370-4968.