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HR Monthly Bulletin September

Please Welcome our new bearcats:

Megan Runde
Humanities and Social Sciences

Christian Falcone
Facility Services

Sagar Ghimire
Software Developer
Information Technology

Dr. Helen Skinner
Visiting Professor of Nursing
School of Health Science and Wellness

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Crista Chappell Registrar Services Specialist Registrar
B.K. Taylor Assistant Director, Wellness Services:  Prevention, Outreach, Education Wellness Services
10 Years
Robert Redig Stationary Engineer Maintenance
Brad Landhuis Advisor/Coach Academic Retention Services


Health Risk Assessments with Blue Cross Blue Shield

The Health Risk Assessments will begin Thursday, Oct. 10. This is a free event for all Northwest employees and spouses covered by the University health insurance plan. Both employees and spouses on the plan are required to complete the Health Risk Assessment. The Health Risk Assessment consists of two parts, the biometric screening and the online health risk assessment. For your Health Risk Assessment to be complete, you must participate in both activities. The online health risk assessment can be completed at anytime prior to your scheduled biometric screening and through November 29.

The Health Risk Assessment will be offered on the following days and times:

Thursday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Northwest employees and spouses covered by the health insurance plan who choose not to participate in the Health Risk Assessments will experience a premium differential of $20 per month for health insurance starting in January of 2020 (premium differential will begin on your December 2019 paycheck). For employees and spouses, that will be $20 each for a total of $40.

How to Register for Your Health Risk Assessment
Employees and spouses must register through Blue Cross Blue Shield for an appointment to attend the Health Risk Assessment. There are multiple options available to register for an appointment. For more detailed information and ways to register, please visit:

Upcoming Events, Training and Deadlines

Employee Performance Reveiws are due to the Office of Human Resources Oct. 1st, 2019. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Professional Development Training Opportunities:

The CAT’s 2.0 Decision Making Model: 1-day class:  8am-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 1pm-5pm
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.

These trainings will be held on the following dates:

September 19 – CATS 2.0 - Student Union, Meeting Room D
October 1 – CATS 2.0 - Student Union, Meeting Room D
October 17 – CATS 2.0 - Student Union, Meeting Room C
November 6 – CATS 2.0 - Student Union, Meeting Room D

November 21 – 8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm – 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. We are excited to see you there!

Career Pathing is Back!
Understanding Your Leadership Strengths - Systematic Leadership
Date:               Monday, September 23, 2019 
Time:               10:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

The Systematic Leadership model identifies five attributes that help shape effective leadership. These attributes are Envision, Involve, Develop, Plan, and Act.

This interactive workshop will help you as a leader…

  • Discover your leadership strengths within this model through a self-assessment.
  • Learn the Systematic Leadership process in order to move vision to action.
  • Recognize how the five attributes impact one another from a systems perspective in order to lead even better.

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:

September 9
October 7
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:

Student Employment

Career Pathing is Back!

Fall 2019:

September 23: Understanding Your Leadership Strengths - Systematic Leadership, Todd Long
October 8: Upgrading Your Personal Best, Jackie Cochenour
October 17: Triggers: Are You Reacting or Responding? Identifying Your Ultimate Key to Success, Kathleen Randall
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:
Level 2: $8.70
Level 3: $9.00
Level 4: $9.50

Benefits and Wellness Information

Fall Wellness Opportunities


The Benefits and Wellness Committee will resume the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) program beginning Aug 22. TOPS is a weight loss and educational support program that focuses on making small, steady lifestyle changes that provide lasting weight loss and better health.

If you are interested in participating, weekly meetings are held at noon every Thursday. The location can be found on the University calendar. Weekly meeting topics will include information like nutrition, portion control, healthy recipes, encouragement from leader and each other, weekly challenges, and exercise.

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.

Local 5k Opportunities

Northwest Athletic Training is hosting the Bearcat Family Weekend 5k on Saturday, Sept 28.

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

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

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 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.


"We Gotchya!" 

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

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: