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

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

Employee Recognition

Outstanding AP
of the Year
To recognize the contributions of the Administrative Professional (AP) community, the AP Assembly established an annual Outstanding Administrative Professional Award in 1984. This award is given to an AP who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her professional role. Oakland University provides a $1,500 stipend that accompanies this award.

2017 Outstanding AP Nomination form

2016 Outstanding AP of the Year: Nancy Schmitz
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.

For more than 30 years, Nancy has demonstrated these exceptional qualities in her work at OU and has moved steadily through positions of increasing responsibility. As the assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, colleagues describe Nancy as highly professional, selflessly dedicated to OU and its mission, kind, caring, supportive, collaborative, knowledgeable, versatile, motivated and positive, and she is an exceptional mentor to colleagues. Nancy played an instrumental role in creating the highly successful First Year Advising Center and championed physical and mental health services for students through Graham Health Center and OU Counseling Center.

A celebratory reception honoring Schmitz’s accomplishments and dedication to the University will take place in the Banquet Rooms in the Oakland Center on Tuesday, June 14. All are welcome to attend the event, which is set from 3-5 p.m.

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
AP Awards
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 2016. The award this year is $1,000.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, March 20, 2017. This year's AP Award recipients will be announced in late March. AP Awards will be distributed in April 2017 paychecks. 

Supervisors, peers or coworkers may nominate colleagues, or employees may self-nominate using the AP Award Nomination Form. The nomination form should state the basis for the nomination, focusing on the employee contributions above and beyond his or her job responsibilities. Contributions should be explained within the context of AP award meritorious performance criteria.

The AP Award Fund, established specifically for this recognition, honors exemplary service and exceptional contributions made by individual AP employees. Nominations for this award are separate from the Outstanding Administrative Professional Award.

Nominations may include additional comments from the Nominee’s supervisor. To be eligible for the awards, AP employees must have been hired before January 4, 2016. Employees who received "Needs Improvement" ratings on their last performance appraisals will not be eligible to receive this award. There are no restrictions placed on the frequency an employee can receive an award. 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.

Any employee with questions regarding this award program should call Kevin Venet at ext. 3477 or e-mail to kevinvenet@oakland.edu.
Sharon Wilhelm
Award
This award is established in honor of Sharon Wilhelm, who served the University in various support and administrative roles for 45 years.

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
Nomination forms are available to download here or using the button below. All nominations must be submitted to Gail Ryckman in University Human Resources, 428 Wilson Hall or ryckman@oakland.edu, by Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
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


April 2017 Employee of the Month

Kendra Agee

Pre-College Programs
Administrative Project Coordinator Kendra Agee
Length of Service: 2 years
Employee of the month for April 2017

Kendra has proven to be an outstanding ambassador for Oakland University.  Her primary work is working with 12th grade students in three different high schools, three days a week.  She has earned the trust and respect from principals, teachers, parents and most importantly the students.  

Kendra worked in the Pre-College Programs office as a student mentor and office assistant.  As a result, her passion grew surrounding the program mission: “help middle and high school students discover the potential of a college education”.  In March 2015, Kendra became the Administrative Project Coordinator for the department. 

Kendra displays a passion for inspiring, motivating and cultivating helpful relationships.  Her engagement with OU’s student mentors (a role she once held), has been exceptional.  She also has a dedicated commitment to the pre-college students that participate in the varied programs provided by Pre-College Programs.  Kendra’s resoluteness is revealed in her ability to help, encourage and guide the pre-college students with preparing academically, socially and culturally so that they are equipped for a successful entrance into college.

Recently, during winter break for one of our service schools, several of the 12th grade students asked if they could come to campus and would she assist them with completing their college applications.  Even though she was not obligated, she readily agreed, and the students had a successful visit.  Moreover, at least two of the students are admitted for Fall 2017 at OU!

Congratulations to Kendra on her selection as the April 2017 Employee of the Month!


March 2017 Employee of the Month

Allison Radell

ISSO
Assistant Director Allison Radell
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the month for March 2017

Allison always has a smile on her face and is willing to help our International Students in all capacities necessary, never wavering from her positive attitude. She is always thinking of ways to increase the programming offered to our students so that they can feel welcome and excel at their studies.

She has taken her new position as Assistant Director to new heights, using it to hire and train excellent student workers and expects a lot out of them to help our office run smoothly. Employees love working for and with her, and enjoy learning about their position, as well as developing a passion for helping the international population.

Since being hired as Assistant Director, Allison has improved efficiency and productivity in the office, most of all by re-vamping our new student orientation from the ground-up. She has thought of many new and innovative ways to keep the students engaged throughout the day, as well as make the process run much more smoothly for the staff. 

Allison is always thinking of ways to collaborate with other departments, meeting with them to think of ways to bring their expertise to our students. Allison willingly takes on the responsibilities of any other employee without notice. She has worn every hat, and excels at every position.

Congratulations to Allison on her selection as the March 2017 Employee of the Month!


February 2017 Employee of the Month

Tracey Kosaski

ChemistryTracey Kosaski
Administrative Secretary
Length of Service: 9 years
Employee of the month for February 2017

Tracey Kosaski, Administrative Secretary of the Chemistry Department, truly deserves the “Employee of The Month Award" as a result of her towering work output and excellent communication skills.  Tracey has consistently provided exemplary service to OU, and to both faculty and students. Tracey serves in a key position at the crossroads of the department, by location and responsibility.

One of the essential elements in this office starts with interacting with prospective and guest students. We encounter a large contingent of students from other schools, who are seeking to take OU summer classes. Those students often lack the required prerequisites, sometimes have difficulty identifying appropriate courses, and are unfamiliar with OU regulations and registration system. Tracey is essential to a successful admission. Her knowledge and competence not only streamlines the registration process, but also increases OU's enrollment.

Tracey is highly knowledgeable (beyond her position) and committed to OU which leads to registration/tuition growth. It should be mentioned that many of our classes are rich in prerequisites, and linked to laboratories (listed as separate courses), which need to be taken concurrently. As a result, the number of overrides is skyrocketing. Tracey never responds in a negative way or complains; the "positive rays" are always coming from her office, increasing departmental morale.

Another important example of Tracey's work is assistance in travel.   Travel is required to present findings and results of our laboratory at symposia, conferences, workshops and at various Universities.  Filling out the travel forms, are really cumbersome. Tracey takes care that all the steps from travel authorization to the travel expense summary are handled correctly, and she follows up on the travel reimbursements.  

Tracey's friendly and helpful attitude cannot be overstated. Although she is constantly in demand with her phone ringing off the hook and nonstop interruptions, she always is willing to set aside her plans to offer help when you step into her office. Students frequently need assistance and Tracey makes them feel welcome, offers assistance, and sometimes just listens to their frustrations. She is like a "Supermom", always available to meet their needs.

Whatever Tracey does, she always goes the extra mile. Her assistance for faculty members preparing for review also illustrates this exemplary work ethic.

In short, Tracey is a remarkable asset to the Chemistry Department, making our jobs easier and more enjoyable!

Congratulations to Tracey on her selection as the February 2017 Employee of the Month!


January 2017 Employee of the Month

Nick Flores

HVAC - Plant Maintenance Flores
Mastery Level VII - HVAC
Length of Service: 2 years
Employee of the month for January 2017

The School of Health Sciences Team is excited and honored to work in the Human Health Building (HHB) - a building whose very design and construction exemplifies the best science and engineering practices that advance human-environment interactions. We understand that humans impact the environment and that our environment to a large degree determines the quality and quantity of our lives. HHB is our work environment and it surely has impacts on our daily lives and work.  Nick Flores - more than anyone - makes it possible for all of us to teach, learn, research, and engage in meaningful service here. We've struggled with getting the heating and cooling regulated sufficiently and to everyone's satisfaction. Impressively, Nick works tirelessly and without complaint, striving to meet our needs, make fine adjustments, and frankly to reconcile entirely incompatible personal preferences. He is, every day and in every way, patient, thoughtful, caring, and humble. Nick isn't just our building's HVAC guy - he is an extension of the Health Sciences Team and a key part of our larger HHB family.  

Nick was on call this past holiday time between Christmas and New Year’s. He was amazing taking care of 3 emergency water main breaks as well numerous other emergency calls. Nick isolated the water break single-handedly at 2:00 a.m., saving thousands of gallons of water. He is an awesome HVAC Technician that is a huge asset to the University and we are lucky to have him on the OU Team!

Nick has a great sense of humor and takes frequent issues with heating/cooling in HHB in stride. He works hard and is dedicated to solving problems.  His efforts are appreciated by all!

Congratulations to Nick on his selection as the January 2017 Employee of the Month!


Employee of the Month Archive

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