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HR Monthly Bulletin December

Please welcome our new bearcats!

Westly Bertha
Officer
University Police

Valentina Davenport
Officer
University Police

Brittany Roberts
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Glenna Schantz
Beef Production Technician
Agricultural Sciences

Emma Webb-Kirkpatrick
Custodian
Custodial Services

Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to these employees for their milestone years of service in December 2020!

10 Years
Anthony Williams Lieutenant University Police

Employee Recognition

Northwest Missouri State University this month is recognizing 96 employees who have attained milestone years of service at the University.

The cumulative years of service for the recognized employees is 1,285 years. Those employees recognized and their years of service are listed below.

5 years

  • Jeffrey Andrews, pellet plant operator, Facility Services
  • Cathy Barr, assistant coordinator of field experience, School of Education
  • Dr. Rhonda Beemer, associate professor of health and physical education, School of Education
  • Paul Bennett, coordinator of leadership and development, Office of Residential Life
  • Brandy Brady, assistant library director for information services, B.D. Owens Library
  • Dr. Denise Case, associate professor of computer science and information systems, School of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Melissa Chesnut, secretary, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Hannah Christian, assistant director, Career Services
  • Amanda Cullin, lieutenant for operations, University Police Department
  • Dr. Nathan Eloe, associate professor of computer science and information systems
  • Nikki Falcone, custodian, Facility Services
  • Joseph Frueh, advisor and success coach, Student Success Center
  • Jessi Gard, office manager, School of Agricultural Sciences
  • Dr. Arghya Goswami, assistant professor of geology, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Dustin Greenlee, technology specialist, Office of Information Technology
  • Ashlee Hendrix, senior graphic designer, Office of University Marketing and Communication
  • Dr. Charles Hoot, assistant professor of computer science and information systems
  • Dr. Nissa Ingraham, associate professor of professional education, School of Education
  • Kathleen Kobayashi, office manager, Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business
  • Erika Lees, assistant director of international affairs, International Involvement Center
  • Kristin Little, campus visit coordinator, Office of Admissions
  • Rachel Mayfield, counselor, Wellness Services
  • Charles Mayfield, director, Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance
  • Kristen Peltz, assistant director, Wellness Services
  • Dr. Robert Pippin, assistant professor of music, Department of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Jennifer Pitts, academic success specialist, Student Success Center
  • Wesley Rockwood, web designer, Office of University Marketing and Communication
  • Kevin Royal, instructor of agricultural science, School of Agricultural Sciences
  • LaTessa Ruehter, office manager, Horace Mann Laboratory School
  • Dr. Devlin Scofield, assistant professor of history, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Brian Swink, instructor of mathematics and statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Cassandra Tavorn, director, TRIO
  • Beth Wales, human resources specialist, Office of Human Resources
  • Todd Weddle, senior multimedia specialist, Office of University Marketing and Communication
  • Mary Welch, groundskeeper, Facility Services
  • Cynthia Williams, executive secretary Graduate Office
  • Melvin Withington, custodian, Facility Services

10 Years

  • Dr. Casey Abington, associate professor of economics, Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business
  • Stacy Carrick, vice president of finance and administration, Office of Finance and Administration
  • Kurt Davis, pellet plant operator, Facility Services
  • Clinton Farnan, custodian, Facility Services
  • Mark Hornickel, communication manager, Office of University Marketing and Communication
  • Brooke Hull, human resources generalist, Office of Human Resources
  • Dr. John Katsion, associate professor of communication, School of Communication and Mass Media
  • Dr. Jacqueline Kibler, associate professor of psychology, School of Health Science and Wellness
  • Michael Mandrick, technology specialist, Office of Information Technology
  • Dr. Mohammed Meziani, associate professor of chemistry, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Evan Rand, assistant director, Wellness Services
  • Cindy Rouner, director, Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families
  • Lawrence Shackelford, senior plant operator, Facility Services
  • Dr. Tiebing Shi, associate professor of marketing, Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business
  • Dr. Rena Smith, senior instructor of chemistry, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Anthony Williams, lieutenant, University Police Department

15 Years

  • Nikki Bucy, assistant director, Auxiliary Services
  • David Hilsabeck, custodian, Facility Services
  • Kristina Martinez, officer, University Police Department
  • Connie Murphy, international support specialist, International Involvement Center
  • Dr. Susan Myllykangas, professor of recreation, School of Health Science and Wellness
  • Jason Offutt, senior instructor of mass media, School of Communication and Mass Media
  • James Scott, plant operator, Facility Services
  • Scott Shields, assistant director for operations, Auxiliary Services
  • Derick Swaney, pellet plant operator, Facility Services
  • Jody Throener, buyer, Purchasing Office
  • Terri Vogel, registrar, Registrar’s Office
  • Dr. Jennifer Wall, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

20 Years

  • Leslie Abarr-Cuenca, associate director of academic success and retention, Student Success Center
  • Michelle Allen, lab coordinator, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Dr. Loren Butler, associate professor of health and physical education, School of Health Science and Wellness
  • Dr. Wayne Chandler, associate professor of English, Department of Language, Literature and Writing
  • Christopher Drennen, network administrator, Office of Information Technology
  • Dr. Terry Long, director, School of Health Science and Wellness
  • Dr. Ahmed Malkawi, professor of chemistry, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Karen Money, custodian, Facility Services
  • Armin Muhsam, professor of art, Department of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Anthony Olson, professor of music, Department of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Jennifer Schieber, custodian, Facility Services
  • Danny Smith, landscape zone supervisor, Facility Services
  • Michael Stegall, plant operator, Facility Services
  • Brenda Untiedt, advancement database, research and communication specialist, Office of University Advancement
  • John Viau, sustainability coordinator, Facility Services
  • Dr. Rose Viau, Assistant vice president of student affairs and auxiliary, Office of Student Affairs
  • Kenton Wilcox, senior instructor of English, Department of Language, Literature and Writing
  • Amy Wilson, teacher education student service coordinator, Professional Education Unit

25 Years

  • Leslie Chesnut, groundskeeper, Facility Services
  • Steven Chor, telecommunications engineer, Office of Information Technology   

30 Years

  • Jeff Bradley, senior instructor of geology, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Lisa Crater, office manager, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Sandra Francis, financial assistance counselor, Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance
  • Patricia Holley, programming director, KXCV-KRNW
  • Dr. Bayo Joachim, professor of communication, School of Communication and Mass Media
  • Carolyn Johnson, research librarian for outreach, B.D. Owens Library
  • Lori Zech, senior instructor of communication, School of Communication and Mass Media

35 Years

  • Dr. Kurtis Fink, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Christina Heintz, senior instructor of mathematics and statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr. Ernest Kramer, professor of music, Department of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Barbara Walk, payroll manager, Payroll

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Holiday Schedule

2020 Holiday closings and 2021 Holiday Schedule

To express the gratitude for excellent performance and give all of our employees a chance to relax and celebrate with friends and family, Northwest will be closed on the following holidays.
Please contact the payroll office at 660.562.1108 with questions regarding timesheet entry.

2020 Holiday Closings:
November 25-27, 2020           Wed-Fri           Thanksgiving Break
December 23-31, 2020           Wed-Thurs      Winter Break

2021 Holiday Schedule:

January 1, 2021                       Friday              New Year’s Holiday

Please plan to return to work from break on Monday, January 4, 2021.

January 18, 2021                     Monday           Martin Luther King Day
March 8, 2021                         Monday            Spring Break Holiday
May 31, 2021                          Monday            Memorial Day
July 5, 2021                            Monday            Independence Day
September 6, 2021                  Monday            Labor Day
November 24-26, 2021            Wed-Fri            Thanksgiving Break
December 23-31, 2021            Thurs-Fri          Winter Break
January 3, 2022                      Monday            New Year’s Holiday
Please plan to return to work from break on Tuesday, January 4, 2022
We would like to thank you for your endless contributions and dedication to Northwest and wish you the best of breaks and a great 2021!

Updates from UPD

Parking Update
Lot 25 (between the Administration Building and Garrett-Strong) signage on the east side of the upper lot is updated due to traffic flow. Contact the University Police Department at police@nwmissouri.edu for questions or concerns.

Policy & Required Training Updates

Employees will be required to complete the following trainings annually (deploy dates listed):

  • FERPA - 11/01/2020
  • Diversity Awareness: Faculty & Staff - 08/01/2021
  • Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight - 01/01/2021
  • Sexaul Harassment: Staff to Staff - 09/15/2020
  • Title IX - 09/15/2020
  • Hazard Communications - 11/01/2020
  • Drug Free Workplace - 11/01/2020
  • Cyber Security - 11/01/2020
  • Email & Messaging Safety - 11/01/2020
  • Password Security Basics - 11/01/2020

Northwest is revising its process for email access after employees separate employment from the University. Email access will be terminated at the end of the employee’s shift on the last day of employment. The last day of employment can be defined as last working day, resignation date or end of contract.  This process change will be effective August 31, 2020.

Northwest has also developed a Staff Remote Work Policy. For more information, click here. If you have questions, please contact Krista Barcus at x1128 or via email at kbarcus@nwmissouri.edu.

Additional Training & Development Opportunities

New Student Employment Supervisor Training
Wednesday, January 6, 9:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom
(a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent after your register).

Please see the Student Employment section below for details.


Career Pathing Information:
Staff may register for Career Pathing opportunities on the Human Resources website at the following link:  http://www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/trainingopps.htm


RESPOND Training for Faculty and Staff only:
RESPOND is 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
Empathize
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. 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 are breaking the 4 hour training down into two, 2 hour trainings on Feb 1st from 3-5pm and Feb 2nd from 3-5pm. *You must attend both trainings. We are adhering to COVID mitigation measures and will adjust the training as necessary.

Please register here: https://docs.Google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFtBpXqknzTB1THPGtLkCHfcbZJOsDWgHDQUroiXlKXzlj5g/viewform

Questions can be directed to Rachel Mayfield at rmayfield@nwmissouri.edu or Kristen Peltz at kpeltz@nwmissouri.edu.


Spring Bearcat Diversity Book Club

We will start the next book club the week of January 4 and we will continue our pattern of going every other week. The book that we will read next semester is titled: “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race” by Dr. Beverly Tatum. This book will allow us to continue our discussion on issues of race, but start to hone in on education as a primary focus. This is a great book and I hope many of you decide to join us again for the book club.

We are asking that each person purchases the book themselves. The paperback book is available on Amazon for $11.39 (used for $7.59) or you can get it electronically on Kindle for $12.99. The book can be purchased from the following link: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=why+are+all+the+black+kids+sitting+together+paperback&crid=SHGU7E3ALE77&sprefix=Why+are+al%2Caps%2C198&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-apa-p_3_10

Here is the link to the Google forms for sign-up:
https://docs.Google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkERU7kdh0XQ_yAvwCwCyYr-TccAE_qKQ84IFdT4sbhUtaGA/viewform?usp=sf_link

The deadline for signing up is Friday December 11, 2020 by 5:00pm. Please contact Dr. Mallett with any questions at jmallett@nwmissouri.edu.

COVID-19 Federal Leave Policies

Federal leave still available to Northwest employees until December 31, 2020.

Federal leave options are still available to Northwest employees who need to use time off as a result of COVID-19 until Dec. 31, 2020.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), effective April 1, 2020

Employers must provide 80 hours of paid leave to full-time employees (or the respective number of hours a part-time employee works on average during a two-week period) for qualifying purposes. These provisions apply to all employees of a covered employer, regardless of how long they have worked for the employer.

EPSLA qualifying conditions:

  • The employee has been placed under a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to coronavirus.
  • The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine for reasons related to coronavirus.
  • The employee is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and seeking medical diagnosis.
  • The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order or advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine for reasons related to Coronavirus.
  • The employee is caring for a child under the age of 18 because the child’s school or place of care has closed, or because their child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to coronavirus. A “child” follows the same definition as the FMLA guidelines. Please note, the school or place of care must be CLOSED due to COVID-19 in order to qualify. If there is an option available for attendance either in-person or online, federal leave does NOT apply.
  • The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.

EPSLA details

  • Employees will complete an application form to qualify for EPSLA and submit the form to Wendy Berthiaume (wendyb@nwmissouri.edu) in the Office of Human Resources for approval.
  • Employees will record approved hours in the new Federal Leave code on their Northwest timesheet.
  • This leave is required in addition to an employer’s current leave policies, and EPSLA does not relieve an employer of its duties to provide leave under existing laws or policies.
  • Leave entitlement is immediate as of the effective date, with no unpaid waiting period.
  • An employer may not require an employee to use his or her accrued leave under another policy before taking EPSLA leave if the employee qualifies for EPSLA leave.
  • Employers cannot require an employee to provide or attempt to provide coverage for the hours he or she takes under this leave.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), effective April 1, 2020

EFMLEA qualifying leave

Up to 12 weeks of EFMLEA leave may be taken by any employee who has worked for a covered employer for at least 30 days for the purpose of caring for a child under the age of 18, if the child’s school or place of care is CLOSED due to coronavirus. A “child” follows the same definition as the FMLA guidelines.

EFMLEA details

  • Employees will complete an application form to qualify for EFMLEA and submit the form to Wendy Berthiaume (wendyb@nwmissouri.edu) in the Office of Human Resources for approval.
  • Employees will record approved hours in the new Federal Leave code on their Northwest timesheet.
  • Employees are allowed up to 12 weeks of EFMLEA leave within one calendar year.
  • The first 80 hours of leave will be covered under EPSLA.
  • After the first 80 hours, the remainder of the EFMLEA leave must be paid.
  • Part-time employees are entitled to the respective number of hours a part-time employee works on average during a two-week period.
  • EFMLEA leave is considered to be job-protected as are other types of FMLA leave; an employee who takes leave under these provisions is entitled to job restoration upon the conclusion of his or her leave.

Benefits that are no longer in effect:

  • Northwest 80
  • The option for employees to go into a negative Vacation Balance
  • The ability to use Vacation Leave and Sick Leave interchangeably

Important COVID-19, Payroll & Human Resources Reminders

Employee Performance Reviews were due to the Office of Human Resources Oct. 1st, 2020. 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.

All of the below procedures will be evaluated in January.

Payroll

All employees, please enter your time for payroll on your timesheet at the end of each scheduled shift.
This will allow Human Resources and Payroll to track the COVID-19 Leave codes correctly and timely.  Make sure you are using code Federal Leave for any of the 6 Federal Leave options that you are specifically approved to use.  Please continue to use personal Vacation and Sick Leave after the approved leave hours are exhausted.

Contact the payroll office at 660.562.1108 if you have questions.


Hiring Freeze (Does not apply to student and/or GA positions)

Northwest will freeze all academic and non-academic staff positions for hire until further notice. All faculty and staff positions will be reviewed by the team noted below. Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the President. All reviews for exceptions will be evaluated by the Provost, the Vice President of Finance and Administration, the Vice President of Culture and the requesting NLT member prior to forwarding a recommendation to the President. Fully funded grant positions are automatically approved as an exception. 

Process:

All request should be submitted to JHENRY@nwmissouri.edu by noon on Wednesdays for review. Please allow for a 10 day review. 

Considerations to address:

  1. What is the rationale for filling the position? (i.e. student demand, viability, enrollment, workload, etc.)
  2. What are the unintended consequences of not filling the position?
  3. If you fill the position, are you comfortable with reducing salaries across the campus?
  4. Are there alternatives? (i.e. consolidate/merge work, reduce process, stop doing, etc.)
  5. Is the proposed position funded within the current budget? If not, what is the proposed funding source?

Travel Restrictions

All University-related/funded travel, both international and domestic, is prohibited until further notice and should not be planned or scheduled at this time. This applies to all University community members— (students, faculty, and staff). Northwest encourages individuals and teams to explore creative options for alternative study, research, work, and collaboration. Exceptions will be granted for recruitment of students and donors, athletic team travel, and fully funded grant-required expenditures. Additional exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the President. All exceptions will be evaluated by the Provost, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Vice President of Culture and the requesting NLT member prior to forwarding a recommendation to the President. 

All international travel granted will require a 14 day quarantine following return (CDC Guidance). 

Fleet vehicle rentals are unavailable until further notice. 

Process:

All request should be submitted to the respective NLT member. The NLT member will evaluate and forward to JHENRY@nwmissouri.edu by noon on Wednesdays for review. Please allow for a 10-day review. 

Considerations to address:

  1. What is the purpose of the travel?
  2. Length of stay and location of the travel?
  3. What alternative options have been explored?
  4. Are meals needed for students if travel is approved?

Travel (meals)

All University-related/funded travel, both international and domestic will prohibit the use of institutional funds for the purchasing of meals until further notice. This applies to all Northwest community members—students, faculty, and staff. Exceptions will be granted for donors and athletic team meals.

 

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

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

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Blue KC Virtual Care App

If you download the Blue KC Vitual Care app, you will have affordable access to virtual behavioral health care. You can schedule a visit with a board-certified behavior health therapist right from your smartphone tablet or computer. 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.

TAO-Therapy Assistance Online

This is a private online library of behavioral health resources. This is a free and confidential resource available to faculty and staff as well as students. Please click here for more information. Additionally, if you sign up with Be a Better Bearcat you will be eligible for prizes while also reducing your stress.

Wellness Services is offering a variety of on-line programming while we are all social distancing.  Make sure to follow us on social media @nw_wellness for all the updates. 

Personal and Professional Development Webinars

All BCBS members have access to free live webinars available through New Directions each month. Several topics are available for employees, leaders and parents.  

To register for a live webinar:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Register for Live Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box

You can also view a number of archived webinars. To view:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “View all Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box
  4. Once in the Webinar Center, click "Live Webinars Archive" at the bottom of the screen
  5. After you register for the webinar, you will need to download Adobe connect to be able to view the webinar

 If you have any questions, please email healthybearcat@nwmissouri.edu.

Student Employment

New Student Employment Supervisor Training
Wednesday, January 6, 9:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom
(a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent after your register).

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 Student Employment Supervisor Training.


In an effort to improve the student employment experience, supervisors will now be expected to contact the Office of Human Resources any time a student employee resigns from their position, for any reason other than graduation. We will be contacting those students for an invitation to participate in an exit interview. You will need to email me directly their name, 919 and position. We appreciate your support in assisting us with opportunities for improvement.

Contact Student Employment with any questions at 660.562.1140 or contact Paula McLain at pmclain@nwmissouri.edu.


Career Pathing Information:
Staff may register for Career Pathing opportunities on the Human Resources website at the following link:  http://www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/trainingopps.htm

Opportunities to Get Involved

Northwest Affinity Groups

Affinity groups are designed to create safe spaces for members to share and process experiences. As allies, our affinity group also allows participants the opportunity to identify ways in which we can appropriately use our privilege to bring about social change.

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For more information please click here!


Northwest 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

Benefits and Wellness Information

COMING SOON: New MyBlueKC Mobile App!

As Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) continues to enhance our digital capabilities, we are launching an experience-based mobile app that will allow our members to access their health insurance information anytime, wherever they go. The new MyBlueKC app will be available to download for free through the App Store or Google Play in December. It will provide a solid foundation for 2021 enhancements, designed to provide a member-centric user experience. For the upcoming release, the app will be available to commercial members only with plans to expand in the future.

Please find a “sneak peek” of what the MyBlueKC app will offer here. Members will only see options in the app that are applicable to them based on their coverage, ensuring a unique and personalized experience.

Initially members will be able to leverage the app to make informed healthcare decisions and manage their family’s healthcare dollars. They can easily:

  • Find in-network providers
  • Download and access digital ID cards
  • Access benefit information to learn about their plan
  • Review spending for the current plan year
  • View details about claims
  • Understand costs for common services

We look forward to releasing the new MyBlueKC app next month as well as future releases, which will continue to elevate our digital opportunities. We will share more details when the app officially launches.

Note: If members have downloaded the MyBlueKC app to their device prior to the launch of this version, the update process will be seamless. They will either be prompted to run the app update, or their smartphone will auto-update if turned on in their settings.


Dietician Services

Dietitian services with Aramark Registered Dietitian Nathan Slinkard are provided as a free resource for faculty and staff. Click here for latest newsletter.


MOSERS - Annual Benefit Statements Now Available

Annual Benefit Statements for active members are available online. You can access your Annual Benefit Statement today by logging in to myMOSERS. Click on Online Documents then on Document Express. Explore your benefits with this tool along with the Highlights of Your Total Compensation brochure.


MOSERS Virtual Counseling Sessions

Virtual Benefit Counseling is now available through the GoToMeeting app. Please contact MOSERS to speak with a benefit counselor by phone or to make a virtual counseling appointment. You will then receive an email confirmation followed by another email closer to the date with instructions on how to attend the virtual meeting.


MO Deferred Compensation

The MO Deferred Comp plan is a retirement savings plan for state of Missouri employees, include faculty and staff. Click here to find important deferred comp information pertaining to your retirement savings including new videos, valuable surveys, participant updates, and more!


Blue KC Virtual Care App

If you download the Blue KC Vitual Care app, you will have affordable access to 24/7 health care. You can schedule a visit with a board-certified doctor or behavior health therapist right from your smartphone tablet or computer. Blue KC Virtual Care is convenient for everyday medical and behavioral healthcare. Click here for additional information. 


Personal and Professional Development Webinars

All BCBS members have access to free live webinars available through New Directions each month. Several topics are available for employees, leaders and parents.

To register for a live webinar:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Register for Live Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box

You can also view a number of archived webinars. To view:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “View all Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box
  4. Once in the Webinar Center, click "Live Webinars Archive" at the bottom of the screen
  5. After you register for the webinar, you will need to download Adobe connect to be able to view the webinar

 If you have any questions, please email healthybearcat@nwmissouri.edu.


Campus Recreation Offerings 

The Foster Fitness Center, the Student Recreation Center and the Hughes Fieldhouse walking track are free for all employees and spouses to use. Please complete the assumption of risk and waiver of liability form on CatPAWS in advance of Foster Fitness Center use https://www.nwmissouri.edu/recreation/memberships.htm.  

The Mozingo Outdoor Education and Recreation Area (MOERA) is located nine miles from Northwest at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park. It offers a variety of outdoor programs, including a high ropes challenge course with a Carolina climbing wall, Alpine obstacle tower and TDC team-building course as well as a shotgun range, and canoes and kayaks on the lake. Contact Chase Hall at crec@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1759 for information and reservations. 

For a complete listing of campus recreations hours of operation, please visit https://www.nwmissouri.edu/recreation/Hours.htm


Mosaic Offerings

Mosaic Medical Center - Maryville is offering a personalized weight management program called Healthy Lifestyles. The program is designed to help people of all ages and sizes achieve an improved quality of life through medical nutritional counseling, teaching and lifestyle changes. For additional information about the program, click here.  

Staff Council

Thank you to everyone who purchased a T-shirt in our fundraiser or otherwise contributed to the Staff Scholarship fund.

Staff Council members serve two-year terms that follow the university fiscal year schedule. To find contact information for all current council members visit the Staff Council website at https://www.nwmissouri.edu/staffcouncil/council.htm.

The 2020-2021 Staff Council will start in July and your representation may have changed from last year. Look for an email from your new representative soon. Questions are always welcome to staffcouncil@nwmissouri.edu.

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.

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.

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