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HR Monthly Bulletin February

Please Welcome!


Robert Carlson
Facility Services


Monica Zeigel
Hope 4 You Coordinator
Wellness Services


Jana Hanson
Major Gifts Officer
University Advancement

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Joshua Wiederholt Crop Production Technician Agricultural Sciences
10 Years
Diane Hargrave Executive Secretary Provost
Heather Kline Academic Services Assistant Registrar

MO Deferred Comp

MO Deferred Comp - The Essentials
February 26, 2019 at 11:30am
Northwest Missouri State University - Student Union, First Ladies Dining Room

Looking for some basic information on saving for retirement? The Essentials seminar will supply you with all the information you need to know about the deferred comp plan; covering topics such as Roth and Pre-Tax contributions, investment options, the power of compounding, online calculators, savings tips, examples,and much more.

Click here to reserve your spot.

Call For Nominations

Call for nominations

 Do you have an outstanding student, student organization, faculty or staff member who should be recognized for their exceptional dedication to Northwest students, the campus community or the Maryville community? Nominations for the Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony are now open. There is no limit for number of nominations by an individual. Click here for the nomination forms. (Sign in using your Northwest username and password.) 
Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Mar. 1, at 5 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

Student Employment Awards

  • Student Employee of the Year
  • Student Employment Supervisor of the Year
  • Student Employment Team of the Year
  • Northwest Awards of Excellence for: Quality of Work, Initiative, Reliability, Professionalism, Uniqueness of Contribution

Graduate Office Awards

  • Graduate Assistant of the Year

Office of Student Involvement
Student Organizations and Leadership Awards

  • Commitment to Diversity
  • Community Leadership Award
  • Outstanding New Organization
  • Outstanding Organizational Advisor
  • Outstanding Program of the Year
  • Outstanding Student of the Year
  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Student Organization President of the Year
  • Sustainability Leadership

B.D. Owens Library

  • Undergraduate Library Research Awards

International Involvement Center Award

  • Outstanding International Student of the Year

Office of Human Resources
Student Impact Awards  

  • Faculty Individual
  • Staff Individual

Northwest-Kansas City

  • Outstanding Student of the Year

Student Senate

  • Tower Service Award

Employee Gifts

If you have not picked up your gift, please stop by the Office of Human Resources at your earliest convenience!

If you did not submit a gift order form, we do have extra of the following items if you would like to choose one! We do have limited quantities so each will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please email the Office of Human Resources at to make your selection!

  • Yeti mug
  • Blanket
  • Bluetooth

Please contact the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions regarding the employee gifts. Once again, thank you for your wonderful work in 2018 and we look forward to what you will do in 2019! Way to go, Bearcats!

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. Click here for more information.

RESPOND Training

RESPOND is a program designed to teach the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns.

The course is organized around the acronym RESPOND

Recognize signs
Share concerns
Pose open questions
Offer hope
Navigate resources and policy 
Do self-care

Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. We define mental health problems broadly to include both subclinical concerns as well as mental illness. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self (including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference). We address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and very briefly Title IX and confidential sources. The course is designed to be interactive about 70% of the four hour training.

RESPOND training is available to faculty and staff on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 3rd, 12:00-4:00pm 

To register for RESPOND training contact Kristen Peltz KPELTZ@NWMISSOURI.EDU or Rachel Mayfield RMAYFIELD@NWMISSOURI.EDU 

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. Click here for additional information.

Employee Assistance Program

All Northwest employees are eligible to utilize Ability Assist Counseling Services sponsored by The Hartford. Please click here to read about the many benefits this program provides.

MO Deferred Comp 

For the latest MO Deferred Comp Bulletin and more information click here.

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 January 1, 2019

Level 1


Level 2


Level 3


Level 4



New Student Employment Supervisor Training Wednesday, February 27, 9-11:30 am in the Human Resources Conference Room

The Office of Human Resources will be hosting training for new Student Employment Supervisors, on a frequent basis, throughout the year. Our next training will be offered on Tuesday, January 28. If you are a new student employment supervisor or an experienced supervisor and would like to refresh your student employment knowledge this training is for you. Come join us as we review student employment policies and procedures. 

The Office of Human Resources will be hosting training for new Student Employment Supervisors, on a frequent basis, throughout the year. Our next training will be offered on Tuesday, February 5. If you are a new student employment supervisor or an experienced supervisor and would like to refresh your student employment knowledge this training is for you. Come join us as we review student employment policies and procedures. 

We will be covering the following information.

  • Student Labor Budgets
  • Job Descriptions
  • Job Postings
  • Electronic Personnel Action Form
  • Employment Verifications
  • Payroll - Web Time Entry
  • Career Pathing Program
  • Job Performance Evaluations
  • Student Employment Handbook, Portal & Website

Click here to register for New Supervisor Training

If you have any questions, please contact Paula McLain

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. Click here  to access the coupon. This is only valid 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. Also see this link for 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

Here is a link for new promotions from Sprint. Click here for details.


Northwest Staff Council

"We Gotchya!" 

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

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

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. Click here for more information.

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, or anonymous submissions may be made using a Comment Card. 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, click here. 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: