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HR Monthly Bulletin October

Please Welcome our new bearcats:


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Taylor Dodson
Part-time Custodian
Facility Services

Will Sabio
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs - Title IX and Equity
Student Affairs

Dan Haslag
Assistant Vice President - Facility Services
Facility Services

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Linda Guess Medical Office Manager Wellness Services
Samantha Cole Advisor/Coach Academic Success & Retention Services
Julie Johnson Advisor/Coach Academic Success & Retention Services
Jose Palacios Perez Assistant Professor Modern Languages
Shandy Beck Instructor Accounting
Rachel Peter Staff Nurse/RN Wellness Services
10 Years
Joseph Geller HVAC Technician Maintenance
Laszlo Fodor Plant Operator Maintenance
30 Years
Scott Walk EHS Specialist Environmental Health & Safety

Employee Appreciation Day with Bearcat Football

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Employee Appreciation Day reception

Saturday, Nov. 2
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse (south entrance)

The Office of Human Resources and Bearcat Athletics invite all full-time Northwest employees to an Employee Appreciation Day reception in conjunction with the Northwest vs. Northeastern State football game.

Employees are invited to a pre-game reception on the south end of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Employees and guests should use the doors on the south end of the facility to access the reception. Light refreshments will be provided and employees will receive one free T-shirt and have a chance to register to win some great prizes. Employees must attend the pre-game reception to receive a T-shirt and enter the raffle.

All full-time faculty and staff members may receive one (1) free ticket and may purchase up to three (3) additional tickets at the discounted price of $7. Tickets MUST be picked up in advance at the Cashiering Office on the first floor of the Administration Building between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please bring your University ID/919# when picking up your ticket(s). Additional tickets can be purchased at this time as well. This option will not be available on the day of the game at the stadium.

Employees are encouraged to RSVP for the reception by Wednesday, Oct. 30. Game tickets can be picked up through Friday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Cashiering Office, while supplies last; complimentary tickets will not be available on the day of the game.

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.

New Student Employment Supervisor Training
Wednesday, October 23, 9-11:30 a.m.
For details and registration, please see the Student Employment section below.

Professional Development Training Opportunities:
The CAT’s 2.0 Decision Making Model: 1-day class:  8 a.m.-4 p.m.
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 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
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 6 – CATS 2.0 - Student Union, Meeting Room D
ADDITIONAL DATES ADDED:
November 22 - CATS 2.0 - Student Union, Meeting Room D
December 5 - CATS 2.0 - Student Union, Meeting Room C

November 21 – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. – Prioritization and Information Brief Courses - 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:

November 11
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

New Student Employment Supervisor Training
Wednesday, October 23, 9-11 a.m.
Human Resources Conference Room (AD 101)

The Office of Human Resources is hosting training for new Student Employment Supervisors. This training is offered recurrently throughout the year.  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
Dates remaining in Fall 2019:
October 30: Awakening the "Intrapreneur" Within You, Marquita Miller
November 13: Emotional Intelligence - Get Off The Roller Coaster, Candy Whirley

Click here for more details and links for each training and to register.

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 Open Enrollment Period

The open enrollment period for 2020 insurance plans is Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. If you are not making any changes, no forms are needed for medical, dental, vision or supplemental life insurance.

Northwest is committed to offering a benefit plan to its employees that is flexible, accessible and affordable now and for years to come. We work diligently to provide you and your family with the best benefits for the best cost. Please take time to review the summary and follow the enrollment instructions.

The 2020 health insurance renewal equaled approximately a 9.3 percent overall increase in premiums. The Benefits and Wellness Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Finance, considered several options to address the increase. Each option was scored using a decision matrix. The decision criteria included the impact to the employee, impact to the University, impact to Strategic Objective 3.3 and sustainability.

We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Leadership Team has approved no changes to employee contributions or plan design for health insurance plans in 2020. The University will absorb the increase in premiums for the health insurance renewal of approximately $500,000. In 2020, the Benefits and Wellness Committee will focus on the sustainability of our current health insurance model and Strategic Objective 3.3, improving faculty and staff well-being.

Our benefit consultant, Lockton, has provided a Plan Cost Calculator to help employees select the right health care plan. The calculator, complete open enrollment guide, rate sheet summary, and insurance enrollment form can be found at www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/bulletin/events/2019enrollment.htm.

2019 Health Risk Assessment Event

The biometric screenings provided on campus for the health risk assessment event concluded on Oct. 16. Thank you to all who were able to make the event. 

Employees or spouses covered by the plan who are unable to attend the Health Risk Assessment event on campus have the option of completing a Physician Screening Form as part of your annual physical with your personal physician. The Physician Screening Form is due to Blue Cross Blue Shield by Nov. 15, 2019. For directions on how to access the form, click here

Don't Forget! The online health risk assessment is also required in order for the health risk assessment to be complete. The online questionnaire must be completed by November 29. 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.

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.

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.

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

Fall Parking

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.

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

"We Gotchya!" 

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

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