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HR Monthly Bulletin January

Please Welcome!

Matt Woolery

Matthew Woolery,
Web Designer

Jordan Greenhaw

Jordan Greenhaw,
University Event Coordinator

Jordyn Dreher

Jordan Dreher,
Academic Scheduling Specialist

Kaley Coulter

Kaley Coulter,
Accounts Receivable  Supervisor

Rebecca Meneely

Rebecca Meneely,
Research Librarian

Faith Fliflet,
University Police Officer

Jeffrey Thomas,
Director of IT

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years

 

Anna Summa

Report Analyst

Institutional Research

 

Christopher Redmond

Maint Tech--Carpenter

Maintenance

 

Brandon Clayton

Recruiting Coordinator

Athletics

 

Cris Jacobson

Instructor

Psychology

 

Dana Ternus

Instructor

History

 

Erika Yocom

LC: Early Child Teacher

Leet Center

 

Cindy Owens

Custodian

Custodial Services

10 Years

 

Karen From

Senior Instructor

Nutrition/Dietetics

 

Kori Hoffmann

AVP Student Affairs/St Eng&Dev

Student Affairs

15 Years

 

Jay Hart

Maintenance Technician-Plumber

Maintenance

20 Years

 

Doug Russell

Assistant Professor

Marketing

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 qualities so each will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please email the Office of Human Resources at hrwebpg@nwmissouri.edu 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!

Electronic W-2 and 1095-C

Electronic W-2 and 1095-C

Help us go green and you will be eligible to receive your W-2 and 1095-C earlier in January by printing these forms through myNorthwest. To consent electronically, use the following steps:

  • Log in to CatPAWS.
  • Click on the Employee tab.
  • Click on the Tax Forms menu.
  • Select Electronic Regulatory Consent (W-2 and 1095-C)
  • Select the boxes to “Consent to receive 1095-C electronically” and “Consent to receive W-2 electronically” to mark the forms you wish to receive electronically.
  • Select Submit.

By consenting to receive your W-2 and 1095-C electronically, you acknowledge that the university will not be mailing a paper copy of your W-2 or 1095-C. You are consenting to obtain a printed copy of your W-2 by returning to the site and clicking ‘W-2 Wage and Tax Statement'. You are also consenting to obtain a printed copy of your 1095-C by returning to this site and clicking ‘1095-C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Statement’. 

Your consent will be valid for all subsequent tax years unless revoked by you, or upon termination, or this service is not supported in a future given tax year. You may revoke your consent and receive a paper W-2 or 1095-C forms by accessing this site and unchecking each box.

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
Empathize
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, Jan 30th 12:00-4:00

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 lateset MO Deferred Comp Bulletin and more information click here.

TOPS Kick-Off Event

The Benefits and Wellness Committee is excited to sponsor a 15 week-weight loss and educational support program called TOPS (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly). Weekly TOPS meetings, led by a volunteer leader, focus on making small, steady lifestyle changes that provide lasting weight loss and better health.

If you are interested in participating, plan to attend the TOPS kickoff event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom. This is a come and go event. The event will start the 15-week program and you will:

  • Complete a membership application
  • Pay $32 membership fee (payable by check only)
  • Participate in an initial weigh-in
  • Option to receive percent body fat calculation and measurements
  • Receive “My Day One” new member booklet

If you are unable to attend the kickoff event, you can complete the above activities at one of the weekly meetings. Weekly meeting times are Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at noon and will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Weekly meeting topics will include information about nutrition, portion control, healthy recipes, encouragement from leader and each other, weekly challenges and exercise.  

If you have any questions, email healthybearcat@nwmissouri.edu

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

$8.60

Level 2

$8.70

Level 3

$9.00

Level 4

$9.50


New Student Employment Supervisor Training Tuesday, January 28, 2-4:30 pm 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. 

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

Call for nominations

Do you have an outstanding student employment employee, team or supervisor who should be recognized for their exceptional dedication?

Nominations for the Student Employment Awards are now open.

Click here for nomination criteria and forms.


Deadline for student employment nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. 

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 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

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

Miscellaneous

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 wegotchya.org.

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 https://www.nwmissouri.edu/staffcouncil/index.htm

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 sriley@nwmissouri.edu, or anonymous submissions may be made using a Comment Card. http://www.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: Pay It Forward Food Pantry

The mission of the Pay It Forward 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 Materials Distribution Center and is accessible from 9 am to 9 pm. Northwest accepts food donations for the pantry at the Student Engagement Center in the J.W. Jones Student Union and at the University Police Department. 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 FIS@nwmissouri.edu or check it out online https://www.nwmissouri.edu/international/services/friends/index.htm.

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: http://www.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: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/videos/index.htm