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HR Monthly Bulletin June

Please Welcome!

Jordan Eggman Troy Katen Zach Ragen

Jordan Eggman
Beef Product Technician
School of Agricultural Sciences

Troy Katen
Deputy Athletics Director
Athletics
Zach Ragen
Graduate Records Specialist
Graduate Office

Chase Hall Jim Gulbranson
Chase Hall
Associate Director of Outdoor Services/MOERA
Campus Recreation
James Gulbranson
Greek Life Coordinator
Office of Student Involvement

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Kenneth Dixon Custodian Custodial Services
15 Years
Kris Guthrie Executive Secretary VP of External Relations
20 Years
John Coffey News & Sports Prodcr/News Dir Radio-TV
Kevin McMahon Driver Maintenance
25 Years
Steven Redmond Elevator Tech/Electrician Maintenance
Tabatha Verbick Help Desk Specialist - 3 Information Technology
 

Student Employment Supervisor of the Year Award

Congratulations to Auxiliary Service's Selena Foreman for receiving both Missouri's Student Employment Supervisor of the Year Award, and the Midwest Regional Student Employment Supervisor of the Year Award!

Selena Foreman has been named the Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for both the state of Missouri as well as the Midwest region. Selena is the first supervisor from Northwest to receive the regional award, which encompasses 14 states, and we could not be more proud of the work she does. Congratulations Selena! Please join us in congratulating Selena next time you see her! Click here for the full story. 

Events, Trainings and Deadlines

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

There will be no TOPS meeting in July

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Jan. 1st

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

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