Human Resources

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

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

Employee Recognition


Welcome

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

Golden Grizzly Recognition

University faculty and staff interested in recognizing colleagues for notable accomplishments or contributions to the campus community at any time are encouraged to submit a Golden Grizzly Recognition nomination. There is no limit to the number of recognitions one can submit or receive. Submissions are reviewed by University Communications and Marketing and members of the university's Employee Recognition Committee for appropriateness and issued to designated recipients promptly upon approval.

2022 Years of Service Recognition (based on 2021 as year of service)

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

August 2022 Employee of the Month

Spencer Alexander

Custodian 1/Facilities
Campus Cleaning
Length of Service: 10 years
Employee of the month for August 2022

Spencer Alexander will be celebrating his 10th year as an Oakland University employee this year. This unassuming, polite, hardworking man is well liked by his co-workers and is always willing to help others to get things done in our department. Spencer is always willing to go above and beyond to help out his fellow staff. His positive attitude and winning smile is contagious and brings joy to all the people around him.

He is one of campus cleaning's most dedicated employees. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and takes pride in making sure that his area is meticulous. He is diligent and thorough with his work and is not afraid to try new things for the betterment of the university.

Working on the 2nd floor in Hannah Hall, students, faculty, and staff have nothing but positive things to say about Spencer. His hard work and dedication leads to the success of our department. I can't think of a more deserving member of our Oakland University community.

Congratulations to Spencer on his selection as the August 2022 Employee of the Month!

July 2022 Employee of the Month

Dawn GorrisProfessional head shot of Dawn Gorris

Helpdesk Technician
School of Medicine
Length of Service: 9 years
Employee of the month for July 2022

Dawn is an amazing person to work with. She is someone that takes her time to work with the OUWB students, faculty, staff and guests. She has been someone that you can count on to get the job completed. She works well on training others on simple problems so others can fix them on their own. She works with individuals outside OUWB, and she helps them set up their screen when they come to do presentations in our building.

Dawn always goes above and beyond in everything that she does for others. During 2020, she worked with Fred Hayden to make sure the incoming students received their backpacks and computer equipment.

Dawn is always there for others, and we are very lucky to have her working with us.

Congratulations to Dawn on her selection as the July 2022 Employee of the Month!

June 2022 Employee of the Month

Vicki GossettProfessional head shot of Vicki Gossett

Administrative Secretary
Human Development & Child Studies
Length of Service: 33 years
Employee of the month for June 2022

If ever there were a person deserving of recognition, it is Vicki Gossett. She is genuinely indispensable given her depth of experience, the range of her skills, and the extent of her importance as the point of contact in this department!

Vicki not only attends to all of the responsibilities within the Human Development & Child Studies department, but she openly assists others in the School of Education and Human Services and anyone who needs assistance.

In addition:

- Vicki's tireless and conscientious actions to support the department are impressive. She will contact students who have enrolled incorrectly in a course because she noticed an issue while completing an entirely different task.

-She shares her experience by noting gently that certain parties may want to be invited to meetings--adding to efficiency of outcomes.

- She creates ways to complete paperwork for signatures (that are not part of the ever-changing electronic processes of OU) so not impose burden on faculty schedules—a true advantage, certainly during the pivot to remote work under the pandemic.

It's impossible to express her breadth of excellence in under 200 words. We are so appreciative to Vicki and all she does for both this department and Oakland University!

Congratulations to Vicki on her selection as the June 2022 Employee of the Month!

May 2022 Employee of the Month

Patrick GrayProfessional image of Patrick Gray

Lamp Specialist
Plant Maintenance
Length of Service: 13 years
Employee of the month for May 2022

Patrick Gray has completed many work orders for departments throughout OU over the years and he is always very pleasant, professional, efficient, and gets the job done. He goes above and beyond to complete requests and always has a positive attitude.

Recently Patrick came over to replace a light for our IT Specialist and he ended up replacing several lights in other work spaces in our department. While here, he noticed that the lights were out in one of the entrances to our hallway, and fixed those as well. His attention to detail is truly appreciated. Patrick goes out of his way to ensure all issues are resolved.

OU and Facilities Management are proud to have Patrick on the OU team!

Congratulations to Patrick on his selection as the May 2022 Employee of the Month!

April 2022 Employee of the Month

Theawiana (Theo) BracewellProfessional image of Theawiana Bracewell

Events Manager
Academic Affairs
Length of Service: 25 years
Employee of the month for April 2022

Over the years, Theo has proven to be exceptional with her leadership skills, especially, lately when we lost our other events staff person. She has taken on the additional duties without reservation or complaints. Going over and beyond to make sure our office, department and divisional events are COVID-19 safe, budget friendly and captivating.

Theo brings class, wit and charm to all she does. When asked: "Are you ready to be flexible? You ready to pivot?" - her answer normally is, "Ready or not, here we GO!" With a smile she laughs and makes it happen.

We are confident of Theo’s ability, integrity, energy, and resourcefulness as she professionally contributes especially to OU, even on campus committees.

Theo also builds relationships, connecting academic and social events, while collaborating with other divisions.

Congratulations to Theo on her selection as the April 2022 Employee of the Month!

March 2022 Employee of the Month

Ruel RamosProfessional head shot of Ruel Ramos

Supervisor Building Maintenance
Oakland Center
Length of Service: 35 years
Employee of the month for March 2022

If there were any one person that is dedicated to this university and specifically the Oakland Center, it would be Ruel Ramos. Ruel has spent his entire 30+ year career at Oakland University, serving as a line cook back during the Marriott days, to serving as a custodian for over 20 years until his recent promotion to Supervisor Building Maintenance in August 2019.

With an infectious smile and demeanor, students, staff, faculty and colleagues together seem to be drawn to Ruel as if he is an old family friend. Ruel is probably known to most as the “AV” guy and is requested specifically when someone has a technology issue in their room.

Ruel can be counted on for most anything, whether it is to open the building early in the morning, to staying late so everything runs smooth for an event, and even being called in when there is a flood in the building, he always answers the call!

The Ramos name is no stranger to this university as many other family members have or still are working here and have won this award. It is now Ruel’s turn to earn this honor.

Congratulations to Ruel on his selection as the March 2022 Employee of the Month!

February 2022 Employee of the Month

Joshua MooreProfessional image of Joshua Moore

Mastery Level VII - Plumber
University Housing
Length of Service: 5 years
Employee of the month for February 2022

Joshua Moore has worked in University Housing for 5 years in the position of plumber. His great attitude, work ethic, and knowledge of the Residential facilities is unmatched!

Josh always goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to taking care of service calls and working with the students that live on Campus. The quality of work that he performs every day, consistently, contributes greatly in cost savings for the University by not using an outside contractor.

Josh never complains about coming in for midnight calls or staying late after work to make necessary repairs for students living on campus. Josh gets the job done.

Josh maintains a fantastic rapport with the students, our custodial staff, and our skilled trades’ team with his great sense of humor and his dependability. He constantly educates himself on the newest innovations in his technical field and the equipment that Housing uses.

University Housing is very proud to have Josh as a team member in the skilled trades plumbing division.

Congratulations to Josh on his selection as the February 2022 Employee of the Month!

January 2022 Employee of the Month

Adam PanchenkoProfessional head shot of Adam Panchenko

Senior Recruitment Adviser
Undergraduate Admissions
Length of Service: 11 years
Employee of the month for January 2022

Adam Panchenko is certainly the spirit of OU! His loyalty and commitment to OU is honorable! Here are just a few examples of Adam’s OU passion:

Enrollment always seems to be at the center of attention, especially during a pandemic. This Undergraduate Admissions Department is doing really great work, and Adam is one of those contributors! He works late nights, early mornings, and travels across the country (even internationally) to recruit new Grizzlies. He recently has taken on additional workload for 2 coworkers on maternity leave, in addition to his own higher level responsibilities.

Not only is Adam a great employee, he's an even better coworker and will always be there when you need him. Adam will be your biggest cheerleader on your hardest day at work. Adam has truly demonstrated what it is like to be an exceptional member of the OU family. His patience and persistence when looking for solutions to any problem does not go unnoticed. Adam not only assists colleagues, but also follows up with them to ensure they understand how to approach different situations. He is efficient not only in his own work, but also in his ability to go above and beyond.

Nowhere on campus is there an individual more dedicated to this institution. Adam came to Oakland back in 2003 as a freshman, left for a few years to get his Master’s Degree, then came back to work for the school he loves. Presently, he works with students in one of our largest feeder counties and with international students - recruiting students to attend Oakland. His passion for OU is seen in every meeting he takes and every student/parent he speaks with. He is Mr. OU - heck, he was even the Grizz!

We are truly grateful for his endless support, leadership, and warm personality! Whether staff meetings are virtual or in-person, you can count on him to keep you smiling and laughing during these difficult times. If you need a safe space to get some guidance, just walk in and chat with Adam!

Working at OU Undergraduate Admissions for over 10 years, Adams dedicated experience is one you can count on! Always there to connect the dots of Admissions policies and procedures over the years as we move forward and create new change!

Congratulations to Adam on his selection as the January 2022 Employee of the Month!

December 2021 Employee of the Month

Susanna SkowronekProfessional head shot of Susanna Skowronek

Library Acquisition Assistant
Library
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the month for December 2021

Susanna (Susie) is an exceptional employee! She is extremely motivated and self-directed, and is not afraid to get dirty (literally!). You can find her in the stacks at Kresge Library, shifting, weeding, and dusting books and shelving to ensure the OU community can find and check out the items they need for their research. Most recently, Susie completed a multi-year journal shifting project, allowing the library to remove many ranges of unused shelving to allow for better seating spaces for students.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Susie has been incredibly diligent about ensuring the safety and health of library users by enforcing mask and social distancing rules.

Susie’s attitude, work ethic, and efficiency make her a wonderful team member and employee at Kresge Library, and an incredible asset to the OU community.

Congratulations to Susie on her selection as the December 2021 Employee of the Month!

November 2021 Employee of the Month

Jimmy Briggs

Mastery Level V - Groundskeeper
Grounds & Maintenance
Length of Service: 37 years
Employee of the month for November 2021

Jimmy has been a positive force for many years here at Oakland University. He represents his unit with grace, dignity, and high integrity.

Every year he assists with commencement set-up and tear down with no complaints or hesitations. He often asks to do extra to ensure that the student's commencement went off well.

This year, during the Wilson Hall renovation, many outdoor interruptions occurred. Jimmy was right there to fix the underground sprinklers, the grass and the pipes. Even if it was last minute and he had other responsibilities to do that day, he would smile and say "We need to make it happen". I even asked him jokingly, what are you really doing? And before I knew it he walked me through the entire process of what he was doing; and the fact that if it did not work, that the process would have to restart from beginning to end-- again until the problem was fixed. So, now I believe I could fix the pipes underground here! And before he left – he walked in my office and smiled – he said anytime you have questions let me know or if you need help - for me to give him a call!

Jimmy’s dedication and leadership model in his field is one of a kind! I have had the opportunity to witness his commitment and stellar work ethic! He hits the ground running and is quick to become an active productive community partner like a quiet storm!

Congratulations to Jimmy on his selection as the November 2021 Employee of the Month!

October 2021 Employee of the Month

Lakshmi MaktalaProfessional head shot of Lakshmi Maktala

Project Coordinator/Systems Integrator
UTS Enterprise Applications
Length of Service: 21 years
Employee of the month for October 2021

Lakshmi Maktala played a pivotal role in the recent success of the S/U grading modification process that was implemented due to the pandemic.

In 2020, working with the Registrar team, Lakshmi created an e-form that was exceptionally innovative, student-friendly, and which resulted in saving 100-200 staff hours. This e-form allowed students to select eligible courses to be converted to S/U grades, and then processed that change immediately and automatically. For students, this meant immediate certainty that request was completed, and access to an updated academic record for purposes such as transcripts.

The team made a soft launch of the form in late 2020, and there were some unexpected issues. Lakshmi participated in 44 tests, 88 grade changes, and 146 emails between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. starting on Friday, December 18, 2020. Most impressively, Lakshmi was committed to solving this problem and an improved version of the form was launched on-time at 8 a.m., Saturday morning (December 19, 2020) for the published rollout. Lakshmi continued to work on enhancements to the process over the weekend. The end result saved hundreds of manual hours, improved the student experience, and ensured that there would be no interruption of services for students during the December recess.

Congratulations to Lakshmi on her selection as the October 2021 Employee of the Month!

September 2021 Employee of the Month

Nancy DemoProfessional image of Nancy Demo

Executive Secretary
School of Health Sciences
Length of Service: 8 years
Employee of the month for September 2021

Nancy Demo keeps the School of Health Sciences running smoothly by being the one go-to person that everyone is looking to for help and support. For any problem, big or small, Nancy will find a solution and she will do it with a smile on her face and the warmest attitude.

Being a central part of the dean's office, the faculty and staff of every SHS department gravitate towards her - may it be for assistance or a friendly conversation. Nancy not only serves the needs of SHS faculty, staff and students, but also makes sure that visitors and prospective students feel welcomed and taken care of.

Nancy always volunteers to be part of important negotiations and planning, such as the OUPSA Negotiating Team and thrives to support OU's institutional priorities. She goes above and beyond by handling tasks that are often not part of her regular job description, yet never complains or loses her friendly demeanor!

Congratulations to Nancy on her selection as the September 2021 Employee of the Month!

August 2021 Employee of the Month

Dena FloresProfessional image of Dena Flores 2

Assistant Manager
Student Business Services
Length of Service: 23 years
Employee of the month for August 2021

Dena goes above and beyond to perform her job duties timely and accurately:

- Dena constantly creates audits to identify potential issues in processing that could result in non-compliance with Federal or State regulations or institutional policies.

- Dena’s attention to detail is outstanding and her skill set with Access is extremely strong.

- Dena continues to prove that she was an excellent choice for the Assistant Manager, Student Business Services (Cash Management Regulations, Reconciliations, Refunds & Loan Program Administration).

- Dena understands and continues to execute her departmental responsibilities. She jumps at the opportunity to work on projects that are above the daily responsibilities of her position. She takes ownership of her responsibilities and performs them timely and accurately. She examines the current process, brings forward suggestions for change and, after approval, implements change.

- Dena continually strives to create efficiencies and utilize technology; she is not satisfied until the process is working as efficiently as possible. Her technical skills are excellent and allow her to utilize technology in streamlining her office.

- During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dena has been deeply involved in the distribution of the federal CARES Act funding and the COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund awards to our students. Dena helped develop a process to quickly release the awards to students all the while ensuring that the number of students and total funds distributed was accurate.

- Dena was also instrumental in the accuracy and quickness with which the University Housing contract release process for winter 202010 was done as a result of the shutdown of university housing due to the pandemic.

Congratulations to Dena on her selection as the August 2021 Employee of the Month!

Employee of the Month Archive

 

2022 Employees of the Month

December - 
November - 
October - 
September - 
August - Spencer Alexander
July - Dawn Gorris
June - Vicki Gossett
May -  Patrick Gray
April - Theawiana (Theo) Bracewell
March - Ruel Ramos
February - Joshua Moore
January - Adam Panchenko

2021 Employees of the Month

December - Susanna Skowronek
November - Jimmy Briggs
October - Lakshmi Maktala
September - Nancy Demo
August - Dena Flores
July - Karen Conn
June - Rolante (Rolly) Cristobal
May - Sarah Griffith
April - Cheryl McGinnis
March - Craig Boe
February - Christopher Goeth
January - Ryan Ghedotte

2020 Employees of the Month

December - Christa Koerner
November - Kathy Dailey
October - Mailon Robinson
September - Adrian “Addie” Benedict
August - Kerri Hubbard
July - Greg Meehan
June - NingNing Zheng
May - Susan “Katie” Lodeen
April - Mike Grzech
March - Kelly Smith
February - Amy Pelkey
January - Willie Tuggle

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

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 selects one AP who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their professional role. The Office of the President 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.

Award Criteria:

Criteria I: Length of service as an AP at Oakland University (must be six (6) years or more as of 2/2022).

Criteria II: Extraordinary effort in support of the institutional mission and strategic plan

The nominee demonstrates exceptional initiative in completing job responsibilities, or takes on greater responsibility than is required. The nominee conducts professional responsibilities effectively and efficiently, and is in support of the university's mission and strategic plan.

Criteria III: Spirit of cooperation

The nominee's collaborative efforts have resulted in accomplishment of individual, departmental or university goals.

Criteria IV: Community and university service

The nominee initiates or participates in non-job-related activities within the university and/or external community which enhance the university's image and mission. Such participation may include the AP Assembly/Association, OU Day of Service, professional organizations or volunteer services among many others.

The nomination period opens on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 and closes on Monday, March 14, 2022. If you have questions, please contact the 2022 AP Awards Committee Chair, Zach Zuchowicz, at zuchowicz@oakland.edu.

Click here to nominate an AP for the Outstanding AP of the Year award.


2022 Outstanding AP of the Year: Marie VanBuskirk

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.



Past Recipients
Michelle Southward, 2021
Sara Webb, 2020
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
Rising
AP Award

Established in 2018, the recipient of the Rising AP Award is an individual who has worked for the university more than three 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 Office of the President provides a $1,000 stipend that accompanies this honor.

Award Criteria:

Criteria I: Length of service as an AP at Oakland University (must be three (3) years or more as of 1/2022).

Criteria II: 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).

Criteria III: Consistently demonstrates exceptional work in their current position.

Criteria IV: Displays leadership qualities within their department in addition to other university groups.

The nominee initiates or participates in non-job-related activities within the university and/or external community which enhance the university's image and mission. Such participation may include the AP Assembly/Association, OU Day of Service, professional organizations or volunteer services among many others.

The nomination period opens on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 and closes on Monday, March 14, 2022. If you have questions, please contact the 2022 AP Awards Committee Chair, Zach Zuchowicz, at zuchowicz@oakland.edu.

Click here to nominate an AP for the Rising AP Award.


Rising AP Award 2022: Annie Hegedus

The Rising AP Award calls for an individual who achieves beyond their current career responsibilities to help create a positive university community; demonstrates exceptional work in their current position; and displays leadership qualities. The 2022 AP Awards Committee is honored to recognize Annie Hegedus as the 2022 Rising AP who embodies all of these stated qualities.



Past Recipients
Melanie Chamberlain, 2021
Lt. Nicole Thompson, 2020
Kathy Livelsberger, 2019
Christina Moore, 2018
New
Professional
AP Award

Established in 2018, the recipient of the New Professional AP Award is an individual who has worked for the university for three 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 Office of the President provides a $1,000 stipend that accompanies this honor.

Award Criteria:

Criteria I: Length of service as an AP at Oakland University (must be three (3) years or less as of 2/2022).

Criteria II: Achievement beyond the call of the individual’s daily tasks and responsibilities that have created a positive impact on the university community.

Criteria III: Has shown great potential in their position through contribution of unique ideas, collaborative efforts, streamlining processes, etc.

Criteria IV: Displays promising leadership qualities, rising above the call of their day-to-day responsibilities either within their department or other university groups.

The nominee initiates or participates in non-job-related activities within the university and/or external community which enhance the university's image and mission. Such participation may include the AP Assembly/Association, OU Day of Service, professional organizations or volunteer services among many others.

The nomination period opens on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 and closes on Monday, March 14, 2022. If you have questions, please contact the 2022 AP Awards Committee Chair, Zach Zuchowicz, at zuchowicz@oakland.edu.

Click here to nominate an AP for the New Professional AP Award.


New Professional AP Award 2022: Emily Cutlip

Emily Cutlip is the recipient of the 2022 New AP Award. The award exemplifies an AP who achieves beyond the call of duty; shows great potential through their contribution of ideas; and displays leadership qualities.

Past Recipients
Kelli Dowd, 2021
Zach Zuchowicz, 2020
Jesse Hurst, 2019
Ben Fielder, 2018
AP
Reward
The list of AP Reward recipients for 2022 can be seen by clicking here.

The previous year's AP Reward recipients can be seen by clicking here.

In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University’s AP employees, the university is pleased to open nominations on Friday, April 1, for the AP Reward program for calendar year 2022. The reward this year 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, 2021. 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.

Nominations will be accepted between Friday, April 1, 2022, and Monday May 9, 2022. AP Rewards will be distributed in June 2022 paychecks.

Any employee with questions regarding this reward program should call Eric Herppich at ext. 4166 or send an e-mail to eherppich@oakland.edu.
Sharon
Wilhelm
Award
The Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award is given annually to a university Clerical/Technical employee who exemplifies the positive, “can-do” spirit of Sharon L. Wilhelm who spent her 45-year career delivering exceptional service and support to OU staff, faculty and students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline
Nominations are accepted by clicking here and completing the nomination form. All 2022 nominations must be received by Monday, March 15, 2022.


2022 Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award: Tonya Freeman

Tonya Freeman, Administrative Secretary in the Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) department, is being celebrated on campus as recipient of the 2022 Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award recipient.

Past Recipients
Darlene Mathiak, 2021
Carrie Sliwinski, 2020
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
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 colleagues with $5 gift cards up to six times each year, or once every two months. 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 up to 6 colleagues per year, or one every two months.

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.

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 March 15, 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 April.

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 March 15 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 March 15 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 April.

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