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HR Monthly Bulletin August

Please Welcome our new bearcats:

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You might notice a few items or photos missing below. We are still welcoming new Bearcats, so keep checking back as we make updates and add our new employees for August!


Rachel Anderson
Green Dot Coordinator
Wellness Services


Dr. Hua Bai
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Sciences


 Dr. Amy Underwood Barton
Assistant Professor

Dr. Michelle Bateman
Assistant Professor


Dr. Robert Bergland
Associate Professor
Mass Media

Andrea Blackford
Language Arts
Horace Mann


Adam Bochart
Assistant Professor
Mass Media


Dr. Karen Britt
Assistant Professor

Tristan Mistretta

Kamirah Brown
Instructional Aide
Horace Mann


Kelsey Bruno
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Sciences

Alexandra Gallagher
Instructional Aide
Horace Mann

Dr. John Greathouse
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Sciences


Giselle Greenidge
Assistant Professor

Whitney Hansen
Project Assistant: C&I

Jill Horton
Music Instructor
Horace Mann


Dr. Adrienne Isakovic
Assistant Professor

Kristi Kirkpatrick
Instructional Aide
Horace Mann

Deanna Mandrick
Instructional Aide
Horace Mann


Dr. Jason McCain
Assistant Professor

Julie Michaelsen
Instructional Aide
Leet Center

Ryan Milke
Assistant AD: Marketing & Promotions

Kevin Noyes
University Police

Tucker Peve
Director of Equipment Operations



Miranda Pollock
Assistant Professor

April Protzman
Office Assistant
Leet Center

Sierra Rains
Lead Advisor/Coach


Brenda Rourke
Assistant Professor

Michael Ruberto


Jason Satchell
Assistant Professor

Cynthia-Schairer-Kessler-fall2019-tw-0571.jpgDr. Cynthia Schairer-Kessler
Assistant Professor
Professional Education


Cathi Schwienebart
Instructional Aide
Horace Mann


Dr. Sara Taylor
Assistant Professor
Professional Education

Mollie Von Behren
Instructional Aide
Leet Center

Employee Anniversaries

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

Name Title Department

5 Years

Philip Hull Director, International Involvement Center International Affairs
Brandy Haughey HM Faculty: 2nd Grade Horace Mann
Laura King HM Faculty: Principal/Instruct Horace Mann
Michelle Vaught HM Faculty: Kindergarten Horace Mann
John Carr Instructor Emergency Disaster Management
Kyle Hoyt Criminal Investigator University Police
Paul George Custodian Custodial Services
Ajay Bandi Associate Professor Computer Sci & Information Sys
Richard Bell Associate Professor Computer Sci & Information Sys
Katheryn Bilbo Assistant Professor Theatre
Keely Cline Assistant Professor Psychology
Douglas Hawley Director of CSIS Computer Sci & Information Sys
Justin Hoffmeier Assistant Professor Mathematics and Statistics
Stephanie Jorandby Assistant Professor Theatre
Jacqueline Lacy Instructor Agricultural Sciences
Victoria Seeger Associate Professor Professional Education
Sandy Seipel Assistant Professor Professional Education
Tyler Tapps Associate Professor Recreation
Michael Taylor Custodian Custodial Services
Courtney Koch Counselor Wellness Services
Tammy Murphy Custodian Custodial Services

10 Years

Robyn Akins Instructor Professional Education
Kori Binette Senior Instructor English
Benjamin Blackford Associate Professor Management
Eric Dickey Associate Professor Modern Languages
Dawn Gilley Associate Professor/Chair Humanities
Ildiko Olasz Associate Professor English
Shelley Rabel Riley Associate Professor Chemistry
Michael Rogers Associate Professor Computer Sci & Information Sys
David Shadinger Associate Professor Communication
Csilla Tasi Senior Instructor Mathematics and Statistics
Gretchen Thornsberry Associate Professor Biology
Michele Veasey Instructor Psychology

15 Years

Lisa Bishop Senior Instructor Marketing
Tekle Wanorie Associate Professor Management
Yi-Hwa Wu Professor Geography

20 Years

Matthew Johnson Senior Instructor History
Michael Bellamy Professor Chemistry
Patricia Drews Professor Geography
Chi Lo Lim Professor Management
William Richardson Professor Music
Kyoung-Ho Shin Professor Sociology
Daniel Smith Assistant Professor Political Science
Richard Toomey Associate Professor Chemistry
Jason Hicks Plumber Maintenance
Darin Loe Head Baseball Coach Athletics

25 Years

Kurt Haberyan Professor Biology

30 Years

Nancy Farlow HM Faculty: Kindergarten Horace Mann
Cheryl Malm Professor Mathematics and Statistics

Upcoming Events, Training and Deadlines

Professional Development Training Opportunities:

The CAT’s 2.0 Decision Making Model: 1-day class:  8am-4 pm
CATS 2.0 is the foundational Decision-Making Model at Northwest.  This class teaches you how to use a standardized decision process that produces creative and logical solutions.  The CATS 2.0’s standardized process will enhance your problem-solving skills and aide in the production of information and decision papers and briefs at Northwest.  This will be the standard for making and receiving recommendations and solving problems at Northwest.  Attendees will learn how to utilize and produce decision briefs, analytical tools and R.A.C.I.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this development opportunity. 

Northwest Standardized Information Paper/Brief and NW Prioritization Tools: Four-hour class: 8am-12 pm or 1pm-5pm
The Northwest Standardized Information Paper/Brief are designed to teach you how to best present information to peers and leaders at Northwest.

The prioritization tools will specifically address how we can focus our work and deploy resources.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this development opportunity.

These trainings will be held on the following dates:

September 19 – CATS 2.0
October 1 – CATS 2.0
October 17 – CATS 2.0
November 6 – CATS 2.0

November 21 – 8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm – Prioritization and Information Brief Courses

You will need to register for this event by choosing the date you would like to attend. To register, visit Registration Form. We are excited to see you there!

Interested in being an Ally for social justice?
The Northwest Ally group is for you!
Meetings will be held at B.D. Owens Library Meeting room from 4-5pm on Mondays on the following dates:

September 9
October 7
November 11
December 9

For more details, read Northwest Ally Group Fall Meetings!

Career Pathing is Back!
Please see the Student Employment section below for details and dates!

Employee Performance Reviews
Employee Performance Reviews are due Oct. 1st, 2019.

RESPOND Training Dates
Fall 2019:
Faculty and Staff training/ Sept 4 from noon-4pm in Station Center:
Sign up link:

Spring 2020:
Faculty and Staff training/Jan 14th from 12:30-4:30 in Union Boardroom
Sign up link:

Student Employment

Career Pathing is Back!
Fall 2019:

September 23: Understanding Your Leadership Strengths - Systematic Leadership, Todd Long
October 8: Upgrading Your Personal Best, Jackie Cochenour
October 17: Triggers: Are You Reacting or Responding? Identifying Your Ultimate Key to Success, Kathleen Randall
October 30: Awakening the "Intrapreneur" Within You, Marquita Miller
November 13: Emotional Intelligence - Get Off The Roller Coaster, Candy Whirley

For more details about each training and to register, visit Personal and Professional Development Opportunities.

Level 1: $8.60
New Missouri Minimum Wage Rate

The Missouri Minimum wage has increased 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:

Level 2: $8.70
Level 3: $9.00
Level 4: $9.50

Benefits and Wellness Information

Fall Wellness Opportunities


The Benefits and Wellness Committee will resume the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) program beginning Aug 22. TOPS is a weight loss and educational support program that focuses on making small, steady lifestyle changes that provide lasting weight loss and better health.

If you are interested in participating, weekly meetings are held at noon every Thursday. The location can be found on the University calendar. Weekly meeting topics will include information like nutrition, portion control, healthy recipes, encouragement from leader and each other, weekly challenges, and exercise.

Be a Better Bearcat

The fall session of Be a Better Bearcat will focus on wellness and professional development through the wellness workshops provided by Wellness Services and also through the Career Pathing program sponsored by Student Employment.

Employees who attend six of any of the workshops or Career Pathing presentations between Sept 3 and Dec 6 will be entered into a prize drawing for a choice of:

  • 2020-21 Parking Pass
  • Massage
  • Spa services
  • Fit Republic/Lean Kitchen
  • Personal training sessions at Foster Fitness Center
  • NutriBullet
  • TOPS membership

To view available wellness workshops and locations, read Wellness Workshops Fall Schedule. (Note: locations are subject to change. Please see University calendar for up to date information). To view available Career Pathing presentations, read Personal and Professional Development Opportunities.

Foster Fitness Center

Don’t forget, the Foster Fitness Center is free for all employees and spouses! FFC will be hosting a challenge this fall called Bearcat Strong, which encourages participants to learn to use the equipment and how to lift weights. For additional information about the challenge, contact FFC. For more information on hours and amenity services, visit Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center.

Local 5k Opportunities

Northwest Athletic Training is hosting the Bearcat Family Weekend 5k on Saturday, Sept 28.

2nd Annual Ben’s Stockings of Hope 5k on Saturday, Sept 7.

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.

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. To learn about the many benefits this program provides. read Ability Assist Flyer.

MO Deferred Comp 

For the latest information, read MO Deferred Comp Bulletin.

Payroll Reminders

REMINDER: 2019 Missouri W-4 and withholding tax changes

The state of Missouri has altered the way state income tax will be withheld from employee paychecks beginning in 2019. At Northwest, the updates were made effective for the February 2019 payrolls. There are no longer allowances in the Missouri withholding tables. Therefore, employees can no longer increase or decrease the amount withheld from their paychecks by claiming allowances. If the employee needs additional amounts withheld, they should add the additional amount on line 2 of the 2019 Missouri W-4. 

Now that tax day has come and gone, we would like to again remind all employees to evaluate the effects of these changes and consult your tax advisor to review existing withholding status, evaluate the impact and make any corresponding changes using the 2019 Missouri W-4 form. Both the Federal and Missouri state W-4 forms are available on myNorthwest under the My Employment tab, in the Office and Personal Forms section. Employees should complete the form online, print, sign and submit to payroll. Forms received by the 10th of the month will be included in the respective month’s payroll.

Contact the payroll office at 660.562.1108 if you have questions.

Staff Council

Northwest Wesley Foundation wants to introduce additional services to the Bearcat community!
What: Prayer/ Meditation Space
Purpose: To support interfaith practices, as well as, stress reduction. It is available for quiet contemplation, meditation, reflection and prayer.

Available for all students, faculty, and staff during normal hours of operation and when space is available. The Wesley Center is located just south of Hudson-Perrin at 549 W 4th St. For more information about the Wesley Center please visit

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

Fall Parking

Football Game Parking Lot Closing:

The purpose of closing parking lots during football games are to provide assessable parking and augment institutional cost associated with the program.  Lot 59 (Adjacent to the Stadium) and Lot 2 (Adjacent to Fine Arts) will both be closed at 6am on game dates.  Lot 25 (the lower lot adjacent to the Administration Building) is periodically reserved for visitor tailgating on game dates.  Unauthorized vehicles will be towed from all lots at 6am.

Lot 62 has seven reserved spots for RV tailgating.  Those who have reserved a spot have access starting at 6:30pm the day before home games until the noon of the following day (Special hours occur on Homecoming).  All parking lots that allow tailgating are open 5 hours prior to game time.

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 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.


"We Gotchya!" 

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

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.

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 or check it out online

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: 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: