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

2020 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 May 8. Letters of support can be emailed to Dan Arnold (2020 Committee Chair) by email at arnold23@oakland.edu, or mailed to Dan Arnold, 430 Kresge Library, 100 Library Drive, Rochester, MI 48309.

If you have questions, please contact Dan Arnold (2020 Committee Chair) by email at arnold23@oakland.edu, or by calling 248.370.3669.

2020 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
Rebecca (Becky) Lewis, 2019
Krista Malley, 2018
Laura Schartman, 2017
Nancy Schmitz, 2016
Angie Schmucker, 2015
Greg Jordan, 2014
Peggy Cooke, 2013
Eleanor Reynolds, 2012
Steve Shablin, 2011
Samuel Lucido, 2010
Jennifer Gilroy, 2009
Mila Padgett, 2008
Tricia Westergaard, 2007
Melvin Gilroy, 2006
George Preisinger, 2005
Sheryl Klemanski, 2004
Gerald Compton, 2003
Leonard Brown, 2002
Vicki Larabell, 2001
Dawn Aubry, 2000
Glenn McIntosh, 1999
Felecia Bumpus, 1998
Katie Kazarian, 1997
Lynn Hockenberger, 1996
David Herman, 1995
Virginia Allen, 1994
Ron Kevern, 1993
Elizabeth Millwood, 1992
Thomas Kirchner, 1991
Arthur Griggs, 1990
Jean Ann Miller, 1989
Clair McVety, 1988
Elaine Chapman Moore, 1987
Joan Stinson, 1986
Patrick Nicosia, 1985
Rosalind Andreas, 1984
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 2020. The reward for 2020 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, 2019. 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 was Friday, May 8, 2020. AP Rewards will be distributed in June 2020 paychecks.

The list of AP Reward recipients for 2020 can be seen by clicking here.
The previous year's AP Reward recipients can be seen by clicking here.

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 2020 nominations must be received by Friday, May 8, 2020.


2019 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
Shanna Dawson, 2019
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

June 2020 Employee of the Month

NingNing Zheng

Technical Support Coordinator
School of Nursing
Length of Service: 14 years
Employee of the month for June 2020

NingNing comes to work every day with the most positive attitude! She is always looking for ways to save the University funds and also works very efficiently. Since joining this team, she has shown great amounts of team work and inclusiveness. She is always looking for ways to improve the SON.

NingNing is always available to help and explain IT matters. Her knowledge is in depth and expansive. She always has a smile on her face and she is very willing to explore issues and come up with the best solution. She thinks out of the box!

NingNing is extremely devoted to the SON and is well organized with all the responsibilities she carries. She has devoted much time to the simulation issues/needs. She has brought many fresh and new ideas into sim. She has helped us think of different ways to get things done in a cost effective manner (phone wiring, tracking student hours, developing a program for scheduling, etc.). NingNing is a true team player.

Everyone on the team is important to her. She listens intently to everyone's ideas. She has been instrumental in facilitating vendors and other OU departments with our lab needs. She keeps in line with the mission/vision of OU and the SON. She is devoted to the SON and to each of us as well. Her core values focus on teamwork, trust, and positive morale. She is a most caring supervisor. A true bond is formed, which makes it a positive experience as we work to complete tasks and achieve goals. NingNing is a pleasure to work with and it’s great to be part of her team.

Congratulations to NingNing on her selection as the June 2020 Employee of the Month!

May 2020 Employee of the Month

Susan “Katie” Loodeen

Administrative Secretary
School of Engineering & Computer Science
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the month for May 2020

Katie works in the SECS as an Administrative Secretary. The department receives feedback from students, faculty and staff, saying many good things about Katie - her professionalism, her dedication, her kindness, and her willingness to serve people. Here are examples of these comments:

- Katie is eager to learn new things and is willing to take on challenging tasks. She is always on top of the tasks and produces high quality work on time. No matter the task – she can be relied on to complete it successfully.
- In addition, Katie is extremely organized. She has initiated several projects to better organize student records, monitor student progress, and collect survey results, etc. She is always willing to walk extra miles to serve others. Whenever there is a need, she volunteers to help.
- Katie works closely with the PhD students. She is very patient and has a caring heart. When dealing with student issues, she always keeps the students’ benefit in mind and tries her best to assist them.
- Katie is always helpful and kind to faculty, staff, and students that come into the Dean's office. She is eager to be helpful and is always seeking ways to increase her OU knowledge base and her skill level. She delivers all services of her position with a smile.

In summary, Katie is an excellent and dedicated team player for SECS. She is one of the most helpful and positive people in the Dean's office. She is the go-to person for anything and everything that the staff and faculty need help with. Katie is the glue that holds the Dean's office together. She is an excellent example to her peers and she is as great a coworker as she is a person.

Congratulations to Katie on her selection as the May 2020 Employee of the Month!

April 2020 Employee of the Month

Mike Grzech

Custodian III/Facilities
Campus Cleaning
Length of Service: 6 years
Employee of the month for April 2020

Mike Grzech is one of the most dedicated, professional, and kind custodians you will meet on campus! He is unbelievably thorough and hard-working in all that he does in North Foundation Hall. Mike ensures that each student service office is spotless to offer the best first impression for future and current students and families that come through the building.

Mike is always smiling and laughing. He courteously and graciously greets everyone he comes across. He works around the busy schedules of building offices to ensure that he is not a disruption. Mike proactively looks for ways to improve the cleanliness of the building and offices.

Mike is a leader. While incredibly humble, he quietly leads through his organizational, time management, detail-oriented, and customer service skills. He takes initiative in all that he does while going above and beyond his call of duty. Mike scrubs the floor baseboards on his hands and knees in the vestibule, ensuring that they shine. He meticulously vacuums, notices carpet stains and cleans them, preemptively empties garbage during office gatherings/events, and cleans office space during furniture moves or staff transitions – all without being asked!

Mike is truly an outstanding employee that has an upbeat, can-do attitude, strives for excellence in all that he does, and consistently performs above and beyond the call of duty. North Foundation Hall offices are grateful to have such a star custodian to take care of the building that houses offices that serve our students and ensure their success. Mike’s service contributes towards this success, and he is most deserving of the employee of the month honor!

Congratulations to Mike on his selection as the April 2020 Employee of the Month!

March 2020 Employee of the Month

Kelly SmithProfessional head shot of Kelly Smith

Assistant Director of Marketing
University Communications & Marketing
Length of Service: 16 years
Employee of the month for March 2020

Kelly has quickly turned-around and completed a multitude of projects for Graduate School recently. She Shines by Her Attitude, Performs Exceptionally, Promotes Teamwork, and Rallies in Support of OU. She has helped take Graduate Recruiting promotional and marketing materials to the next level to display professionalism, project strong branding, tell intriguing student stories, and capture prospective students' attention.

In addition, she has a team of UCM people working on graphics, web, content, creative, etc. which she has expertly pulled together to produce key marketing materials. Namely, our new table top banners, graduate Career Cards, brochure folder, graphics for our Virtual Graduate Open Houses and Information Sessions, promotional materials, and stories among other projects are exceptional.

We credit Kelly's friendly and professional attitude, marketing expertise and prowess, and vision to develop effective branding for the Graduate School. All of these will positively contribute to the institutional priorities of growing graduate enrollment, increasing graduate research involvement, and outreach within the community. We appreciate Kelly's (and her team's) hard work, commitment to excellence, response time, friendliness, and professionalism. Thanks for many jobs well done.

Kelly leads by example and inspires the rest of the department to improve their work. She is always pushing the limit of what’s possible through her writing and campaign management. Her work is a constant source of pride for UCM as a whole and continues to improve with each campaign. Her ability to work with a wide variety of creative personalities within the department makes us feel included, heard, recognized and appreciated, and serves to promote strong team work and collaboration. Since day one at the University, Kelly has served as an amazing colleague, mentor and professional role model, and she deserves this recognition and much more.

Congratulations to Kelly on her selection as the March 2020 Employee of the Month!

February 2020 Employee of the Month

Amy PelkeyProfessional head shot of Amy Pelkey

Office Assistant III
Library
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the month for February 2020

Amy has such a friendly disposition that is so welcoming to our patrons! Our patrons, even public patrons, often know her by name and remember her from their interactions at Kresge Library. Our team enjoys her sense of humor and good-naturedness. Our student assistants really enjoy working with Amy and keep in touch even after graduation.

Amy is detail-oriented and efficiency-focused. She continually reviews work statistics and schedules of our student assistants to provide the best service with appropriate coverage. She also compiles/summarizes this student assistant data for our annual reporting.

Amy does a fantastic job of maintaining supplies for our entire building. This streamlined process allows any of our Kresge Library staff a single point of contact for ordering supplies.

Amy’s positivity is an immeasurable asset to Kresge Library. Her focus on exemplary customer service is right in line with the Strategic Goal #1 of Fostering Student Success.

Congratulations to Amy on her selection as the February 2020 Employee of the Month!

January 2020 Employee of the Month

Professional head shot of Willie TuggleWillie Tuggle

Learning & Organizational Development Manager
University Human Resources
Length of Service: 3 years, 10 months
Employee of the month for January 2020

Willie is deserving of recognition as employee of the month for so many reasons. Willie is an exceptional trainer. Not only are her presentation skills excellent, but she is a caring and conscientious presenter. She makes sure her audience understands and checks in with them often. She is poised in dealing with difficult questions, and always has a warm smile on her face.

Willie has transformed Learning and Organizational Development at OU. She has brought new and engaging training opportunities to OU. She is present, supportive and encouraging. She embraces new challenges with enthusiasm and excitement. No matter what the topic has been (Tuition Assistance, Leadership Academy, Training opportunities, competencies) she brings a fresh perspective and keeps the initiatives moving forward.

There is no question that OU is a better place because we have such an amazing person centered at the heart of our Learning and Organization Development department.

Congratulations to Willie on her selection as the January 2020 Employee of the Month!

December 2019 Employee of the Month

John ArseneauProfessional head shot of John Arseneau

Mastery Level VII - Carpentry
Structural Maintenance
Length of Service: 10 years
Employee of the month for December 2019

John is assigned to the Athletics Center, servicing both the Athletics Department and the Department of Well-Being. He is frequently given everything from small scale fixes, to large scale complex projects. Regardless of the project or task, John always goes above and beyond what is asked to make sure it is taken care of. He is a tremendous asset of knowledge and expertise.

John is someone who will reach out and help with literally anything you might need help with. He always finds a solution. He is not problem focused and always looks to see how he can help solve issues. John is always one of the first people to call for questions about our building or who to talk to for something around campus. This is a testament to John's personality and the relationships he has been able to build across campus.

These relationships don't just stop with Faculty & Staff, over the past few years John also makes those connections with our students as well!

John is an avid user of our building and often can be seen shooting hoops or playing racquetball. He is someone who really has a passion for what he does and that shines through not only in his work, but also in the way he supports the University.

Congratulations to John on his selection as the December 2019 Employee of the Month!

November 2019 Employee of the Month

Linda SchwartzProfessional head shot of Linda Schwartz

Office Assistant III
SBA Advising
Length of Service: 20 years
Employee of the month for November 2019

Linda has worked for the School of Business for over 18 years. During her time in the School of Business, Linda has been essential in keeping the advising office running and students progressing to their degree. Not only does she support the essential functions of the advisers, but she personally supports all the students within the School of Business. Students have regularly been seen coming into the advising office with many urgent concerns and Linda will stop what she is doing, take them into her office and solve their problem right then and there. Students leave with their problem resolved and feeling much better about the progress to their degree. She is an absolute joy to work with.

In addition, Linda has helped: streamline operations; become paperless; and to move processes to technology solutions. She implemented Advisor Trac, BDM, Degree Works, and Major Standing, Degree Checklist, and Reporting databases. In addition, Linda meets with prospect students because of her transfer knowledge and helps with Transfer Student Orientations. With new advisers, Linda gets them set up and provides training on our operations. She also coordinates the daily tasks of student workers.

Linda is a strong team player, has trained numerous student assistants and has been a mentor and a leader to all of them. Linda supports an entire team of advisers, backs up the front desk receptionist, trains student assistants, finds answers to difficult questions through her research, and has always been dependable and dedicated. She has been a star performer in this supportive role for our advisers. Linda's work is key to improving student success and retention in the SBA, and in bringing in transfer students. Her transfer evaluation skills and troubleshooting have helped our advising office resolve issues and provides the basis for informed decision-making.

Linda always has a can do spirit and has been a key contributor to increases in enrollment (25%), students advised (30%), retention and graduation rates, and smooth running of the office. Overall, Linda has an incredible attitude, has helped us to reach new heights. She is an exceptional performer, and is a wonderful teammate.

Linda works tirelessly to support our staff, the students, and the school. Her vast knowledge makes her the go to person in the office. Her retirement this December will leave a hole in our hearts, she will be deeply missed in SBA Advising and at Oakland. Her welcoming demeanor shines with students, faculty and staff alike. She has served the advising team exceptionally for nearly two decades, enhancing our performance as advisers and grizzlies.

Congratulations to Linda on her selection as the November 2019 Employee of the Month!

October 2019 Employee of the Month

Clarisse Mikami Headshot of Clarisse Mikami

Assistant Director
The Tutoring Center
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the month for October, 2019

Clarisse consistently exceeds her goals and expectations. She eagerly accepts assignments given to her, but very often initiates projects to enhance services provided by The Tutoring Center or that help to streamline current processes or procedures. For example, she developed an online Basic Tutor Training for new hires, which cut the amount of time staff needed to be present from two hours to 15 minutes. She has also designed forms to eliminate confusion with student payroll. Her efforts to coordinate training sessions for our student employees has led to many collaborations with our campus partners.

Clarisse also took the lead in gathering the necessary documentation that led to The Tutoring Center's Supplemental Instruction program being named as a certified program through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This was a yearlong process which involved data collection and analysis, in-person observations, and accumulation of individual session plans. She worked tirelessly to prepare the documents submitted to the College Reading and Learning Association for professional tutor program certification through their organization. Her efforts paid off and The Tutoring Center is a certified tutoring program.

Due to staffing changes and departures over this past year, Clarisse took on additional responsibilities with a positive attitude and no complaints. When new staff was hired, she was instrumental in training and mentoring them. Her effort in everything she does is always 110 %!

Congratulations to Clarisse on her selection as the October 2019 Employee of the Month!

September 2019 Employee of the Month

Marlene McKean Headshot of Marlene McKean

Office Assistant II
Engineering & Computer Science
Length of Service: 33 years
Employee of the month for September, 2019

Marlene’s steadfast commitment to our students, SECS, and OU is unmatched. Her remarkable ability to connect with students, especially in times of need, is laudable. Not long ago, a stop-out student called our office when they were considering returning to OU; Marlene immediately remembered this student, and happily welcomed them back. The student indicated that this exchange helped them feel much more at ease to return, knowing that they were remembered and cared about. Marlene makes everyone feel like part of the OU family.

Marlene’s work and actions have a direct impact on the University community. She is a friendly smile, welcoming voice, and listening ear for all who need her. She is always willing to stop what she’s doing to help others. Marlene has put countless hours accommodating the many requests that come her way. She applies her experience, her patience, and her skills to meet the needs of the University.

Marlene consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty. Her logical, “get-it-done” attitude is an ever-present positive influence on our office. She is someone who takes pride in a job well done, but does not seek recognition or boast about achievements, but unquestionably holds our office together.

Congratulations to Marlene on her selection as the September 2019 Employee of the Month!

August 2019 Employee of the Month

Joshua Dunn headshot of Joshua Dunn in a black Oakland University shirt and cap

Custodian I/Facilities
Campus Cleaning
Length of Service: 4 years, 7 months
Employee of the month for August, 2019

Joshua excels in meeting job requirements on a daily basis, seamlessly becoming a supportive co-worker and leader among his fellow custodians. He is unfailingly enthusiastic, energetic and positive in his approach to work. His smile is nearly as contagious as his wisdom, gleaned from a lengthy career in the postal service, and is inspiring.

If setbacks arise, Joshua not only resolves the issue quickly but finds a way to accomplish expectations anyway.

Joshua easily consolidates his tasks, making lengthy projects far simpler. He leads by example - but if something needs to be said - he does so briefly, directly and appropriately. He has the knack of connecting with his co-workers and inspiring them to want to cooperate and achieve.

Joshua provides valuable support with his innate understanding of the value of consistency and process in accomplishing the departmental objective to provide a clean and attractive learning space for students.

Congratulations to Joshua on his selection as the August 2019 Employee of the Month!

July 2019 Employee of the Month

Katherine Stotts headshot of Katherine Stotts in a pink shirt

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 Headshot of David Ziehm in an Oakland University shirt

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!

Employee of the Month Archive

 

2019 Employees of the Month

December - John Arseneau
November - Linda Schwartz
October - Clarisse Mikami
September - Marlene McKean
August - Joshua Dunn
July - Katherine Stotts
June - David Ziehm
May - Mary Miramonti
April - Wayne Carl
March - Elizabeth Adams
February - Michael Cox
January - Yeanina Hines

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

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

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

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 8, 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.
  • By end of 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 employee group members with preference of more than one division. 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 April 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 April 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 $1,000 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 May 8. Letters of support can be emailed to Dan Arnold (2020 Committee Chair) by email at arnold23@oakland.edu. If you have questions, please contact Dan Arnold by email at arnold23@oakland.edu, or by calling 248-370-3669.

2020 Rising AP Nomination form

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
Kathy Livelsberger, 2019
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 May 8. If you have questions, please contact Dan Arnold by email at arnold23@oakland.edu, or by calling 248-370-3669.

2020 New Professional AP Nomination form

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
Jesse Hurst, 2019
Ben Fielder, 2018
Community
Service
Recognition

The Grizzly Engagement, Action and Thoughtfulness (GrEAT) Recognition program is a University of Choice initiative in which all employees can applaud and reward colleagues for performing community service.

OU Community Service

Thanks to generous support from the Oakland University Credit Union, OU employees can acknowledge a colleague with a $5 gift card once each year. They can do so using the CARROT app, which the University already uses to promote health and wellness among faculty and staff members.

Along with enhancing OU’s already strong campus community, another important goal of this initiative is to encourage all employees to offer greater contributions of time, knowledge and resources to their local communities.

Learn about and download the CARROT app


Instructions for sending gift cards

If you have not yet downloaded the CARROT app, do so using the link above.

  1. With the app downloaded and linked to the OU wellness program, select “OU” from the top menu of the app’s homepage.

  2. Select the OU Community Service Program icon at the top of the app’s OU page.

  3. Select the Oakland University – Celebrate Community Service icon at the top of the OU Community Service Program page.

  4. Select a Recipient and Community Service Category from the app’s dropdown menus.

  5. Include any thoughts to be shared with the recipient in the “My Comments” field.

  6. Select “Submit” at the bottom of the page.

FAQs
 

Q: What is the Grizzly Engagement, Action and Thoughtfulness (GrEAT) Recognition Award?
A: The GrEAT Award is a new program that celebrates the significant community service efforts of Oakland University employees. The award program is being run through the “CARROT Wellness” mobile app.

Q: What is “CARROT Wellness”?
A: Developed here in Southeast Michigan by an OU graduate, CARROT Wellness is a mobile application that rewards users for walking and meeting personalized activity goals. Oakland University utilizes CARROT to encourage all faculty and staff members to be more physically active.

Q: Is there a cost for the program?
A: Downloading and using the CARROT app is free. In addition, participating in the CARROT Health & Wellness program is free for all OU benefits-eligible staff members. Participants can utilize it to earn gift cards and other rewards for maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Q: How do I nominate a co-worker for this award?
A: Open the CARROT app, select the "OU" option from the top menu and tap on the “OU Community Service Award” image. On the screen that appears, begin to enter the coworker's name and then select the employee's name from the dropdown list that appears. Next, identify the reason you are recognizing this person from the list of options, or use the "other" option to describe the employee's community service work. Finally, enter comments regarding the reason the employee is deserving of community service recognition and submit the information.  

Q: Is using the CARROT app the only way I can send a gift card to a colleague?
A: Yes. The app provides the University the most convenient and efficient means of managing the GrEAT program.

Q: Does the recipient of a gift card need to use the CARROT app to access it?
A: No. Regardless of whether the recipient has downloaded the app, he or she will receive an email from CARROT notifying them that they’ve received this honor, along with instructions on how they can select and receive the $5 gift card of their choice. Recipients who are using the app will also receive a notification from it if they have set their preferences to allow notifications.

Q: Can I recognize a colleague anonymously?
A: Yes. The CARROT app does not provide recipients with sender names. In this way, senders can choose whether to let recipients know who sent the acknowledgement.

Q: Can I recognize as many colleagues as I wish?
A: The program allows benefit-eligible employees to recognize one colleague per year.

Q: Can I acknowledge my own community service through this initiative?
A: No. The GrEAT Recognition Program is designed to acknowledge and encourage the community service of others.

Q: Can I recognize a colleague that has sent me a gift card?
A: No. Reciprocal rewards are not allowed through this program.

Q: What kinds of gift cards are available?
A: Many options are available, including Amazon, AMC Theaters and Apple gift cards.

Q: Can an OU employee be recognized for community service more than once?
A: Yes. There is no limit to the number of acknowledgements and gift cards and employee can receive. Because employees can send only one acknowledgement per year, however, each acknowledgement that an employee receives would come from a different sender.

Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions about this program?
A: Human Resources Assistant Emily Block at emilyblock@oakland.edu.