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HR Monthly Bulletin November

Please Welcome our new bearcats:


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Kristy McDonald
Financial Assistance Counselor
Financial Assistance

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Ben Rogers
EHS Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety

Brandi Mayes
Coordinator of Assignments and Administration
Residential & Auxiliary Services

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Lori Haws Career Services Specialist Career Services
10 Years
Steven Mozier Custodian Custodial Services
30 Years
James Husz Farm Manager Agricultural Sciences

Employee Recognition Dinner

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Holiday Closings and 2020 Holiday Schedule

Upcoming holiday closings and 2020 holiday schedule
As the holiday season approaches, we give thanks and take time to celebrate our performance excellence at Northwest as well as the blessings in our lives. In that spirit and to provide our employees with much-needed time off in solitude or in the company of family and friends, President Jasinski is adjusting the Thanksgiving and winter holiday schedules.

In 2019, Northwest will close for full days on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Monday, Dec. 23; both days were previously scheduled as half days.

Non-exempt staff will treat both days as a typical eight-hour holiday. Please contact the payroll office at 660.562.1108 with questions regarding timesheet entry.

Following is Northwest’s 2020 Holiday Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Holiday
    Please plan to return to work from the Winter Break on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020
  • Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, March 9: Spring Break Holiday
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day
  • Friday, July 3: Independence Day
  • Monday, Sept. 7: Labor Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Thursday, Dec. 31: Winter Break
  • Friday, Jan. 1, 2021: New Year’s Holiday
    Please plan to return to work from the Winter Break on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

The Office of Human Resources thanks you for your endless contributions and dedication to Northwest and wishes you a joyous holiday season and a great 2020!

Upcoming Events, Training and Deadlines

Employee Performance Reviews were due to the Office of Human Resources Oct. 1st, 2019. If you have not yet completed your performance reviews, please do so as soon as possible. Please contact the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions.

Bearcat Dialogues
Wednesday November 20, 2019
Towerview Room
11:50am-1:00pm

The goal of Bearcat Dialogues is to create awareness while helping to foster an environment that encourages individual growth and increases others’ desires to embrace inclusion with the campus and local communities.

While Northwest encourages open and honest dialogue with students, employees and community members about topics not traditionally covered in the classroom, the theme and focus of this year’s Bearcat Dialogues is intersectionality. Intersectionality is a theory that the overlap of various social identities, such as race, gender, sexuality and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual.

The next Bearcat Dialogues series will take the information we have discussed in the past two sessions and focus on the question: “Where do we go from here?” Equipped with a greater awareness of the various intersecting social and personal identities and privileges, we will discuss the ways this knowledge can be used to enhance the role each of us plays in enriching the experience of every student at Northwest.

Professional Development Training Opportunities:
The CAT’s 2.0 Decision Making Model: 1-day class:  8:30 am-4 pm
CATS 2.0 is the foundational Decision-Making Model at Northwest.  This class teaches you how to use a standardized decision process that produces creative and logical solutions.  The CATS 2.0’s standardized process will enhance your problem-solving skills and aide in the production of information and decision papers and briefs at Northwest.  This will be the standard for making and receiving recommendations and solving problems at Northwest.  Attendees will learn how to utilize and produce decision briefs, analytical tools and R.A.C.I.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this development opportunity. 

Northwest Standardized Information Paper/Brief and NW Prioritization Tools: Four-hour class: 8am-12 pm or 1-5 pm
The Northwest Standardized Information Paper/Brief are designed to teach you how to best present information to peers and leaders at Northwest.

The prioritization tools will specifically address how we can focus our work and deploy resources.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this development opportunity.

Dates remaining for CATS training:
November 22 - Student Union, Meeting Room D
December 5 - Student Union, Meeting Room C

Dates remaining for Prioritization and Information Brief
November 21 – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. – Student Union, Meeting Room C
December 2 - 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. – Student Union, Meeting Room C

You will need to register for this event by choosing the date you would like to attend. Please click here to register.

Interested in being an Ally for social justice?
The Northwest Ally group is for you!
Meetings will be held at B.D. Owens Library Meeting room from 4-5pm on Mondays on the following dates:

December 9

Click here for more details!

RESPOND Training Dates
Spring 2020:
Faculty and Staff training/Jan 14th from 12:30-4:30 in Union Boardroom
Sign up link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfj3RbW70LLLGnOqsZYdwx7CVxlExFCEBGxJ5MpXBaw2GL_SA/viewform

Student Employment

Student Employee and Student Employee Supervisor Satisfaction Surveys
All student employees and student employee supervisors should have received communication this week regarding the satisfaction surveys. Please take the time to complete these surveys and remind your students to complete them as well. Your feedback is highly important to us as it helps us drive the program and make needed adjustments. The survey will be available until November 18, 2019. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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

2019 Health Risk Assessment Event

Reminder: Physician Screening Forms are due to BCBS by Nov. 15
If you were unable to attend the on campus event, you have the option of visiting your primary physician and having them complete the Physician Screening Form. This form should be faxed directly to BCBS. If you have already had an annual physical this calendar year, you don’t have to see your physician again, you can just ask them to complete the Physician Screening Form with those results and have those faxed directly to BCBS. 

For directions on how to access the form, click here

Reminder: Online health risk assessment questionnaire due by Nov. 29
The online health risk assessment is also required in order for the health risk assessment to be complete.

For directions on completing the questionnaire, click here.

Fall Wellness Opportunities 

Be a Better Bearcat
The fall session of Be a Better Bearcat will focus on wellness and professional development through the wellness workshops provided by Wellness Services and also through the Career Pathing program sponsored by Student Employment.

Employees who attend six of any of the workshops or Career Pathing presentations between Sept 3 and Dec 6 will be entered into a prize drawing for a choice of:

  • 2020-21 Parking Pass
  • Massage
  • Spa services
  • Fit Republic/Lean Kitchen
  • Personal training sessions at Foster Fitness Center
  • NutriBullet
  • TOPS membership

Click here to view the available wellness workshops and locations (note: locations are subject to change. Please see University calendar for up to date information). Click here to view available Career Pathing presentations.

Foster Fitness Center
Don’t forget, the Foster Fitness Center is free for all employees and spouses! FFC will be hosting a challenge this fall called Bearcat Strong, which encourages participants to learn to use the equipment and how to lift weights. For additional information about the challenge, contact FFC. Click here for more information on hours and amenity services.

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.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

The Office of Human Resources would like to highlight the following resources that employees can use if needed. Both resources are confidential:

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.

TAO-Therapy Assistance Online
This is a private online library of behavioral health resources. Use your Northwest email to log in to use this free resource. This is available to faculty and staff as well as students. Please click here for more information.

Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Challenge

Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge
During the dates of Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Benefits and Wellness Committee will sponsor a “Maintain Don’t Gain” challenge for employees who are interested in participating.

Participants will try to maintain their current weight or lose weight through the holiday season, but they cannot gain more than 2 pounds by the end of the challenge. Participants who lose, maintain or only gain 2 pounds will be eligible to enter a prize drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. 

  • Participants will weigh in at Wellness Services at the beginning of the challenge on Nov. 20, 21 or 22 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Final weigh-ins will occur at the end of the challenge at Wellness Services on Jan. 13, 14 or 15 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

All initial and final weigh-in information will be taken by a Wellness Services student or staff and kept strictly confidential. The prize drawing includes: 

  • Parking pass
  • Massage
  • Personal training sessions at the Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center
  • Workout gear up to $100
  • Hangar bucks
  • $50 at Bearcat Commons 

If you are interested in participating, please email healthybearcat@nwmissouri.edu.

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.

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

Employee Discounts

State Employee Discount
The State Employee Discount Website provides Missouri State Employees and Retirees opportunities to purchase deeply discounted tickets for events the whole family can enjoy. In addition to Attractions and Entertainment, the website also offers year round savings for Education, Products and Services, and Technology.   
Use this link to find more information on other products and services available on the State Employee Discount website.

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

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.

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

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 office supplies?
Please check the “How to Purchase Office Supplies” guide here: https://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/pdf/How%20To%20Purchase%20Office%20Supplies.pdf. There are various binders, hanging file folders, and other office supplies available at no cost to departments at the Materials Distribution Center.

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