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HR Monthly Bulletin December

Please Welcome our new bearcats:

Jeremy Werner
News Director

Kayley Lager
Facility Services

Cassie Lager
Accounts Payable Coordinator

Brian Archer
Swine Production Technician
School of Agricultural Sciences

Karen Patterson
Office Manager
President's Office

Employee Anniversaries

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

Name Title Department

5 Years

Kathleen Cross Custodian Custodial Services
Jeremiah Johnson Senior Driver Maintenance

15 Years

David Sickman Custodian Custodial Services

20 Years

Lisa Ruehter Office Manager TRIO Program

35 Years

Laurie Long Planned Giving & Senior Major Gift Officer Development

Employee Recognition Dinner


Holiday Closings and 2020 Holiday Schedule

Upcoming holiday closings and 2020 holiday schedule
As the holiday season approaches, we give thanks and take time to celebrate our performance excellence at Northwest as well as the blessings in our lives. In that spirit and to provide our employees with much-needed time off in solitude or in the company of family and friends, President Jasinski is adjusting the Thanksgiving and winter holiday schedules.

In 2019, Northwest will close for full days on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Monday, Dec. 23; both days were previously scheduled as half days.

Non-exempt staff will treat both days as a typical eight-hour holiday. Please contact the payroll office at 660.562.1108 with questions regarding timesheet entry.

Following is Northwest’s 2020 Holiday Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Holiday
    Please plan to return to work from the Winter Break on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020
  • Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, March 9: Spring Break Holiday
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day
  • Friday, July 3: Independence Day
  • Monday, Sept. 7: Labor Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Thursday, Dec. 31: Winter Break
  • Friday, Jan. 1, 2021: New Year’s Holiday
    Please plan to return to work from the Winter Break on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

The Office of Human Resources thanks you for your endless contributions and dedication to Northwest and wishes you a joyous holiday season and a great 2020!

Upcoming Events, Training and Deadlines

Employee Performance Reviews were due to the Office of Human Resources Oct. 1st, 2019. If you have not yet completed your performance reviews, please do so as soon as possible. Please contact the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions.

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

Student Employment

Student Employee and Student Employee Supervisor Satisfaction Surveys
Congratulations to the following winners!  The student employees listed below completed the Student Employment Satisfaction Survey and were randomly selected to win a prize. We thank these students for their feedback and we appreciate our student employee supervisors for their efforts as well.


  • Aubrie Marshall-Mcdonald
  • Spencer Clubine
  • Kati Steinman
  • Krissi Cox
  • Caroline Finnerty
  • Jacob Wheeler
  • Pasang Gyalzen Sherpa
  • Delaney Lynam
  • Alex Lerch
  • Alan Ottman
  • Maryanne Matzen
  • Dana Marsden

Benefits and Wellness Information

 HRA Prize Winners

Thank you to all employees who participated in this year's Health Risk Assessment. Congratulations to all door prize winners! Please stop by the Office of Human Resources to claim your prize if you have not already done so. Prizes are provided with wellness funds from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

  • Scott Calfee
  • Sarah Creason
  • Rob Voss
  • Crystal Ward
  • John Ogle
  • Rebecca Dunnell
  • Emily Mattson
  • Jody Strauch
  • Brad Landhuis
  • Tye Parsons
  • Teibing Shi
  • Ann Heidendal
  • Brian Swink
  • Charles Hoot
  • Patt Wyatt
  • Jaime Collins
  • Kathy Pankau
  • Jacque Lacy
  • Eric Mosier
  • Les Chesnut
  • Mike Adwell
  • Dana Mallett
  • Kelly Quinlin
  • Brandy Brady
  • Deb Toomey
  • Samuel Offutt
  • Clint Farnan
  • Katie Machovsky
  • Terry Long
  • Arley Larson
  • Paula McLain
  • Caleb Booth
  • Angie Wolters
  • Kathleen Spears
  • Sam Cole
  • Jackie Kibler
  • Amber Kenny
  • Hannah Christian
  • Kristin Little
  • Brandon Clayton
  • Kat Falke
  • Rob Veasey
  • Robert Archer
  • Robin Moser
  • Steve Chor
  • Kevin McMahon
  • Rick Swalley
  • Amy Barton
  • Erika Lees
  • Cindy Kenkel
  • Jackie Cochenour
  • Shannon Heitman
  • Lisa Raasch
  • Roger Stone
  • Michelle Drake
  • Ron Adamson
  • Danton Green
  • Matt Johnson
  • Mark Hendrix
  • Rick Toomey
  • Christian Falcone
  • Joe Kreizinger
  • Kori Binnette
  • Wes Parker
  • Mary Knowles
  • Kayla Troutwine
  • Terry Coalter
  • Mike Stegall
  • Jordyn Dreher
  • Tanya Riley
  • Garland George
  • Mike McBride
  • Tammi Grow



Blue Cross Blue Shield Updates

Prescription Drug List Updates - BCBS will be making changes to some prescription drugs that will go into effect January 1, 2020. To see a list of prescription drug updates for 2020, read 2020 Prescription Drug List Updates.

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transition - Beginning January 1, 2020, pharmacy benefits for BCBS will be administered by a new pharmacy benefit manager, OptumRx. This new partnership will allow BCBS to drive greater affordability for customers through highly competitive pricing and continued innovation. For complete details, read Pharmacy Benefit Management Transition

Change to BCBS ID Cards - BCBS will be issuing new member ID cards for 2020 with the following changes:

  1. Cards will reflect new pharmacy information
  2. Copays will no longer be listed on the ID cards. Copays and member responsibilities can vary based on different services, providers and other circumstances. Copay references were removed from ID cards to reduce member confusion at point of care.
  3. Cards will have clear description of Behavioral Health and Substance Use next to the customer service phone number related to those benefits. 

Foster Fitness Center
Don’t forget, the Foster Fitness Center is free for all employees and spouses! For more information on hours and amenity services, visit Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center.

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.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

The Office of Human Resources would like to highlight the following resources that employees can use if needed. Both resources are confidential:

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

TAO-Therapy Assistance Online
This is a private online library of behavioral health resources. Use your Northwest email to log in to use this free resource. This is available to faculty and staff as well as students. For more information, visit Therapy Assistance Online.

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

Employee Discounts

State Employee Discount
The State Employee Discount Website provides Missouri State Employees and Retirees opportunities to purchase deeply discounted tickets for events the whole family can enjoy. In addition to Attractions and Entertainment, the website also offers year round savings for Education, Products and Services, and Technology. To find more information on other products and services available, visit

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.


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.

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

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 office supplies?
Please check the “How to Purchase Office Supplies” guide here: There are various binders, hanging file folders, and other office supplies available at no cost to departments at the Materials Distribution Center.

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: