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HR Monthly Bulletin March

Please Welcome!


Joel Kosch
Gift Officer
University Advancement


Lea Briggs
Director of Library Services & Operations


Mathew Muston
Complex Director
Residential Life


Nancy Ozanne
Facility Services Operations Coordinator
Facility Services


Gary Zhao
Computer/Software Program Specialist
Learning & Teaching Center


Amber Stroud
Facility Services

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
David Atkins Groundskeeper Landscape Services
David Rodrick Custodian Custodial Services
Lonelle Rathje VP External Relations VP of External Relations
10 Years
Benjamin McCollum Head Men's Basketball Coach Athletics
15 Years
Richard Wright Head Football Coach Athletics

Department of Equity and Inclusion

As our institution continues to become more diverse, it has become imperative to understand the transition underrepresented students  face when making the decision to attend a Pre-dominantly White Institution (PWI). This presentation will look at ten primary factors that affect the overall retention of underrepresented students attending a PWI. Dr. Justin Mallett has conducted research which analyzes each factor and the role they play in the retention of underrepresented students. Please join us on April 8, 2019 from 11:30-1:00pm in the Union Boardroom to learn about these factors and how we can all collaborate to improve these barriers on our campus. 

This presentation will focus on underrepresented students. Underrepresented students is defined as African-American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Asians and Hispanic/Latinos who have historically comprised a minority of the U.S. population.

Employee Engagement Survey

The Employee Engagement Survey will be available to complete beginning this coming Monday, March 25th through April 8th. Employees will receive an invitation to participate in the survey via email. The email invitations will come from and will have a display name of “Workforce Science Associates” and a reply email address of “". These messages are administered by Workforce Science Associates, a qualified, third-party survey organization. Please know that responses will be kept confidential as a result of the survey being administered by a third-party vendor. Your participation is so critical to helping us improve our process and ensuring Northwest provides a positive work environment that inspires high performance and success.

You can influence the critical issues that shape our work environment, vision, culture and processes and help Northwest Missouri State University focus on what‘s really important – achieving success together. Understanding what motivates employees and drives success is a key factor in how we create a positive culture. Our goal is to cultivate a high-performing team environment that attracts, develops, recognizes, and retains the best people.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation. Focus workgroups will be organized and available to follow-up on key items revealed by the survey results.  Please be open and honest and know that leadership on this campus values this data collection.

Upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminar

Campus Pre-Retirement seminars for SPRING 2019 are fast approaching! You can click here for more information on dates, locations, and times for each of the seminars.

Benefits and Wellness Information

Benefits and Wellness presents: Bounce

The Benefits and Wellness committee will be hosting a new 6 week wellness challenge called Bounce, beginning on April 8th

The goal of this individual challenge is for players to perform a specific set of activities to earn points.  Points are earned for completing 10 minutes of cardio (up to 3 points total) exercise daily, 2 points for each day they drink at least 8 glasses of water, and 3 points each week they complete a Game Plan for the week detailing when they will exercise.  As points are accumulated, players move through the ranks. 

More information regarding in-person registration and prizes will be sent out soon.

Registration Information:
Registration begins March 25th and we will be hosting registration support the week of April 1st

To register early, click here and type in code: WH83  

Step 1:  Proceed to the challenge Website
Step 2:  Click on “Sign Up”
Step 3:  Read and approve the terms of service
Step 4:  When prompted, enter the company code
Step 5:  Complete the user registration screen


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

New Student Employment Supervisor Training Wednesday, April 9, 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, April 9. 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

Career Pathing Program

There only two more Career Pathing programs left this semester! Make sure to tell your student employees about the benefits of this program. Such as pay increases, professional work experience, and self enrichment! Click here to RSVP for one of the last two programs.

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: