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HR Monthly Bulletin July

Please Welcome:

Matthew Cannella

Matthew Cannella
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Athletics

Brooke Florea

Brooke Florea
Office Manager
Office of the President

Katey Mason

Katey Mason
Admissions Representative
Admissions

Brittany Metezier

Brittany Metezier
Transcript Specialist
Registrar

Tristan Mistretta

Tristan Mistretta
Admissions Representative
Admissions

Jacqueline Sher

Jacqueline Sher
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Athletics

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Rick Swalley Groundskeeper Landscape Services
Lauren Struthers Project Assistant: C&I RPDC
10 Years
Nikki Hackett Office Manager Fine & Performing Arts
Jennee Gregory Director RPDC
Belinda Fisher Project Assistant: C&I RPDC
Dr. John Jasinski President President
25 Years
Frank Baudino Asst Lib Dir/Research/Asst Prof Library

Events, Trainings and Deadlines

New Student Employment Supervisor Training
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Human Resources Conference Room, AD 101
For detailed information, please see Student Employment section below.

Employee Performance Reveiws
Employee Performance Reveiws 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: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1M9vzWW1KnDoEDBR2m-tBmu8sWWSS5ucz8h0jz2Mrb_E

Spring 2020:
Faculty and Staff training/Jan 14th from 12:30-4:30 in Union Boardroom
Sign up link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TQoYCHRPwonbL_QKlu2xG01xzKay-VhAyBvBpbo9HFw

Advantage Week, Move-In Day, and Summer Parking

Advantage 2019 – Lot Closures

The purpose of closing parking lots and rerouting traffic during Advantage Week is to allow for students and their guest to better navigate campus and allow for the safe unloading of items.  It is important that we all set the example and follow the direction of UPD members directing traffic.  All parking lots noted below will be unavailable for parking for employees and current students during the stated dates and times.  Advantage week 2019 will have the following lot closures, time restrictions and traffic flow (See map located below):

  • Friday, August 16 – Parking Lots 9, 10, 39, 42 and 57 will be closed at 9pm and remain closed until 5pm Saturday, August 17.  Specifically within Lot 42 from Phillips Hall east to College Park Drive will be closed.  Lot 57 will allow parking in the row North of the sidewalk as well as ADA parking with a valid permit.  All vehicles within the lots after 9pm will be towed.
  • Traffic Flow – Traffic will be restricted from heading South and North on College Park Drive from Dietrich Hall to Memorial Drive.  Traffic will be restricted on Northwest Drive from Millikan Hall heading East.  All traffic on University Drive will be stopped in order to lesson confusion of our new arrivals.  Please be cautious of our UPD members that will be directing traffic.  Traffic direction will begin at approximately 6:45am on August 17.
  • There will be an early move-in period on Friday, August 16 from 3pm – 6pm in all residential halls.

Move In Day 1 Move In Day 2

We encourage the sharing of this information.  Thank you for your support and together let’s make this a great experience for all.

Please follow UPD on social media for updates: Twitter: @NW_UPD; Facebook: Northwest Missouri State University Police Department. 

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.

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://www.nwmissouri.edu/police/parking/index.htm)
  • 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/index.htm
  • Please refer all questions to police@nwmissouri.edu.

Student Employment

New Student Employment Supervisor Training
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Human Resources Conference Room, AD 101
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 Wednesday, August 7. 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. Click here to register.

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

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

Benefits and Wellness Information

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)

Due to lack of attendance at the TOPS meetings in the month of May and June, it has been decided to NOT meet in the month of July.  We will start again August 22nd with our noon meetings.  We hope we will have enough attendance when we start back in August to continue on with the program.  In the meantime all members have access to many resources on line at https://www.tops.org/  

Please feel free to reach out to Judy jfrueh@nwmissouri.edu or Brooke Hull BBADGER@nwmissouri.edu   with any questions.

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.

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.

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 www.northwestwesley.com.

There is still fun to be had for the Staff Council Appreciation Week!

Come see us for the social at the Pavilion tonight from 4-6, or join us for Chat with a Cat at the Track on Friday from 12-1 at the Hughes Field House! We appreciate all you do and would love to see everyone out in the beautiful weather!
Staff Appreciation Week

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

Click here for details on new promotions from Sprint.

Miscellaneous

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

"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. 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: 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 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