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HR Monthly Bulletin April

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Tyler Nehring
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Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to these employees for their milestone years of service in April 2019!

Name Title Department

15 Years

John Striplin Materials Dist Supervisor Purchasing

20 Years

Michelle Drake Human Resources Generalist Human Resources
Mitzi Marchant Director of Donor Engagement Development
Jeremy Waldeier Exec Dir, Student Recruiting Admissions-Recruitment

40 Years

Kimberly Hullinger Education Compliance Spec PEU Assessment

MO Deferred Compensation Sessions

You have options when it comes to saving for retirement. More importantly, you have options that can give you tax-saving advantages in the future. Roth deferrals allow you to pay taxes upfront so you can access your savings and any investment earnings accumulated on a tax-free basis in retirement.* Make sense? If not, or if you simply want to know more, your local MO Deferred Comp education specialist will be presenting the 457 Plan Roth Contributions seminar on the following date:

457 Plan Roth Contributions
April 24, 2019 at 11:30 am
Northwest Missouri State University - Student Union, Room D (3rd Floor)
Reserve your spot now:

Seminar     1-on-1

Participation in the deferred compensation plan is not required to attend this FREE event, but advanced registration is encouraged.

*You must meet certain distribution requirements in order to withdrawal your savings tax-free in retirement. Check out our ROTH 457 Savings Flyer for more information.

Summer Parking

From May 6, 2019 through August 5, 2019, the following applies to parking on campus:

  • A parking permit is required to park on campus
  • All parking permits (Faculty/Staff, Commuter, Resident) will be honored in all lots on campus.
  • All traffic and parking policies will be enforced 24/7, with the exception of lot designations (refer to above). (http://nwmissouri.edu/police/parking/)
  • Camp participants and guests may pick up a parking permit at UPD (open 24/7). Camp participants should be advised not to park in no-parking areas. If camp participants are given a citation, they should speak with the camp director regarding further action.
  • For updates on construction and closures visit http://nwmissouri.edu/maps/
  • Please refer all questions to police@nwmissouri.edu.

Benefits and Wellness Information

Blue KC Prescription Drug List Changes

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) Medical and Pharmacy Management Committee recently reviewed the Prescription Drug List and other pharmacy programs for drug safety, effectiveness, clinical outcomes and cost. The changes listed below will be effective January 1, 2019. Click on the links below for more information.

Wellness Workshops

Wellness Services have Wellness Workshops available to faculty/staff and students.  See the university calendar and/or the wellness services website for current dates and times.

Open Mic Night Whether you are a poet, a musician or just like to listen to others share their talents this is a fun evening with some great entertainment.

Wellness Wednesday We will focus on a different aspect of the Wellness Wheel each session (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational and intellectual).

Dare to Self-Care We will focus each week on a different topic to include: Goal setting, sleep, nutrition, purpose, and stress. University Calendar will have the topic of each meeting. 

Stress Busters Feeling nervous, stressed or on edge? Come learn some self-care and mindfulness techniques to help you handle stress.

#Relationships Learn more about healthy relationships and how to improve the relationships you already have (friends, roommates, love interests).

Meditation Meditation has been proven to help one focus better, be happier, and less stressed.  Come learn more and practice this technique.

Health Coaching 

Mackie Browning, Graduate Assistant in the School of Health Science and Wellness, will be offering health coaching on Mondays from 2:00pm-4:00pm. You can also schedule times to meet by appointment.

Change your life in 16 weeks – Diabetes Program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is pleased to announce a new benefit for qualified members. It’s a 16-week program that can help you lose weight, adopt healthy habits and significantly reduce your risk of developing diabetes. It is available to members who qualify at no cost. For additional information, read BCBS Diabetes Program Flyer.

Employee Assistance Program

All Northwest employees are eligible to utilize Ability Assist Counseling Services sponsored by The Hartford.

MO Deferred Comp 

For the latest information, read MO Deferred Comp Bulletin.

Student Employment

New Missouri Minimum Wage Rate

The Missouri Minimum wage will increase for all private, non-exempt businesses effective January 1, 2019.  The Missouri law does not apply to public employers. It has been decided to implement the 2019 Missouri minimum wages for 2019, although it is not required.  Effective January 1, 2019 the student employment wages will be as follows:

Effective Jan. 1st

Level 1:
8.60
Level 2: 8.70
Level 3: 9.00
Level 4: 9.50

Employee Discounts

Interstate All Battery Center $10 Off Coupon

Interstate All Battery Center in St. Joseph is offering a $10 off coupon for any mobile device repair. Valid only at the St. Joseph location.

AT&T Personal Account Discount

All Northwest Missouri State University employees are eligible for a savings of 17% on monthly service charges of qualified AT&T Wireless plans. View a special offer on the new iPhone 7 at AT&T »

Verizon Wireless Personal Account Discount

Verizon Wireless is offering employees of the University an 18% discount on their personal Verizon Wireless accounts. Employees will need to go to www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/employee/eleLanding.jsp to get the discount set up. You will use your work email address as verification of employment. 

Sprint Works Program

For details on new promotions from Sprint, read Sprint Works for employees of MO Higher Education.

Miscellaneous

Northwest Staff Council

Northwest Staff Council represents a unified voice for all Northwest Staff. To learn about the staff, upcoming events, or if you have any concerns please visit us at nwmissouri.edu/staffcouncil/

"We Gotchya!" 

"We Gotchya!" is supplying feminine products in high-traffic ladies’ rooms on campus. For more information about “We Gotchya!” visit wegotchya.org.

Books Before Birth 

Dr. Keely Cline is collaborating on a research project that some employees might be eligible to participate in. The study gathers parents' perspectives on books made to be read to their babies in utero. For more information, read Books Before Birth.

Call for Health and Safety Concerns

The purpose of the Institutional Viability Committee is to investigate issues pertaining to the well-being of faculty, staff, and students on Northwest Missouri State University campus. Examples could include issues related to physical safety or access on campus, prevention/spreading of illness, or concerns regarding hazardous objects or conduct. The issue(s) to be addressed will be selected by committee members each term. The 2017-2018 Institutional Viability Committee is therefore soliciting input from faculty, staff and students who may have concerns related to health and safety. Please send your feedback directly to Shelley Riley at sriley@nwmissouri.edu, or anonymous submissions may be made using a Comment Card. nwmissouri.edu/aboutus/comment.htm. Health and safety issues that require immediate attention or involve threats or concerning behavior should be reported to University Police at 660-562-1254.

Reminder: Bearcat Food Pantry

The mission of the Bearcat Food Pantry is to provide a source of food and necessities for Northwest students and employees experiencing food insecurity and hunger. The food pantry is located in the J.W. Jones Student Union and is accessible from 8 am to 5 pm. Northwest accepts food donations for the pantry at the Student Engagement Center and the Student Affairs office both located on the 2nd floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. For a list of most needed items, visit Bearcat Food Pantry. Monetary donations to support the food pantry should be directed to the Northwest Foundation and are tax deductible.

Friends of International Students

Friends of International Students (FIS) is a community-based organization established to match interested area individuals and families (friends) with international students at Northwest. The program goals are to provide support to the students as they become adjusted to their new home and to promote friendship and understanding between people of different nationalities.

FIS is currently recruiting more friends to connect with international students. Friends are asked to make contact with assigned students at least once a month during their year-long commitment to the program. Contact can take many forms including family dinners, attending sporting events, pumpkin carving, and various other activities involving two-way cultural tradition sharing. For more information or to apply, please contact the board members at FIS@nwmissouri.edu or check it out online nwmissouri.edu/international/services/friends/.

Does your department need used supplies or furniture?

The Purchasing Department has a link to photographs of available used supplies and furniture on their website. Go here: nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/info.htm and click “Used Supplies & Furniture Photos.” All items are available on a first come first served basis. The photographs are updated weekly. 

Purchase Requisition Training Videos

The Purchasing Department has created two instructional videos that explain how to create a purchase requisition and a Central Stores purchase requisition in Banner/INB. The videos are available here: nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/videos/