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

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
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 2017. The award this year is $1,000.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, March 19, 2018. This year's AP Award recipients will be announced in late March. AP Awards will be distributed in April 2018 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 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 3, 2017. 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. Also, an eligible AP employee who has been nominated more than once will be eligible for only one award.

Employees with questions regarding this award program should contact Monica Haines at ext. 4951 or
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.

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

Nomination forms are available to download here or using the button below. All nominations must be submitted to Tracey Zang in University Human Resources, 429 Wilson Hall or, by Tuesday, March 12, 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

March 2018 Employee of the Month

Michael McClain headshot of Michael McClain

Custodian III/Facilities
Campus Cleaning
Length of Service: 7 years
Employee of the month for March 2018

Michael does an awesome job in North Foundation Hall.  Not only does he do an awesome job cleaning, but he is very professional, friendly and he always goes above and beyond to help with any request. Wherever and whenever you see Michael, he is always smiling, he will wave to you, and he is always busy completing his tasks. If you ask him a question or need anything he will drop what he is doing to assist you with no questions asked. He is very accommodating and a pleasure to work with.

Congratulations to Michael on his selection as the March 2018 Employee of the Month!

February 2018 Employee of the Month
Demetrius Murchison

Demetrius Murchison

Accounting Clerk III
Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the month for February 2018

Demetrius’ workload can be absolutely overwhelming during the academic year because of the number of financial transactions he does on a daily basis for 300 student organizations and the Center for Student Activities. He is responsible for over 650 general fund and agency accounts. He accomplishes this with such a positive attitude and he never complains. He is always upbeat, optimistic, patient, and professional working with OU students, staff, and vendors. There is a genuine willingness to help – above and beyond every day expectations. He has productively grasped the policies and procedures of Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Purchasing, works cooperatively and collaboratively with OU staff, as well as with business vendors and OU students, submits paperwork in a thorough and timely fashion, and is extremely resourceful in finding solutions to financial problems and concerns.

Due to a CT vacancy in the office, Demetrius has graciously taken on the responsibility of student payroll (for around 100 student employees), which is another time-consuming responsibility every Monday morning. The quality, quantity, timeliness, and accuracy of his work is always notable and so appreciated.

Congratulations to Demetrius on his selection as the February 2018 Employee of the Month!

January 2018 Employee of the Month

Penny Stilwell headshotPenny Stilwell

IT Project Manager
Academic Affairs
Length of Service: 11 years
Employee of the month for January 2018

Penny is an absolute pleasure to work with. She has a continually positive attitude, bringing new ideas and advanced solutions to many problems.

Penny stands out as someone who is continually pushing beyond her own responsibilities in her role, promoting growth and teamwork among her peers and those who report to her. She has a unique ability to focus in on a problem and provide great service to her internal clients, helping those in the Provost Office and around to provide better, faster, more accurate service to our students.

Penny brings an exceptional amount of technical knowledge to solve functional problems, and is always a team player.   She provides encouragement, is a mentor, and someone to look up to as a peer.

Congratulations to Penny on her selection as the January 2018 Employee of the Month!

Employee of the Month Archive


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


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, a President-sponsored luncheon celebration 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

  • 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.

  • 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.