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January 2020 | HR Monthly Bulletin

Please Welcome our new bearcats:

Wendy Berthiaume

Wendy Berthiaume
HR Compliance Specialist
Human Resources

Amanda CampbellAmanda Campbell
University Police

Wick Cunningham Wick Cunningham
Academic Advisor & Success Coach
Academic Success & Retention

Kala Dixon 

Kala Dixon
Annual Giving & Alumni Relations Specialist
Alumni Relations


Dr. Tara Fortner
Assistant Professor
School of Education

N'ninah Freelon

N'ninah Freelon
Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion
Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Sarah Freeman 

Sarah Freeman
Collections & Billing Coordinator

Laura Kauzlarich
Assistant Professor
Booth School of Business

Beth Russo Beth Russo
Collections & Billing Coordinator

Brad Scott
Brad Scott
AVP - Enterprise Risk Management
Enterprise Risk Management


Todd Sturdy
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Jeffrey Andrews Pellet Plant Operator Maintenance
Paul Bennett Complex Director Residential Life
Melvin Withington Custodian Custodial Services
Jennifer Pitts Academic Success Specialist Academic Success and Retention
10 Years
Mark Hornickel Manager of Communication University Marketing & Comm
15 Years
Kristina Martinez Officer University Police
20 Years
Karen Money Custodian Custodial Services
30 Years
Patricia Holley Programming Director Radio-TV

Call for Nominations: Northwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony

Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Monday, April 6
3 p.m. – refreshments
3:30 p.m. – program begins
J. W. Jones Student Union Ballroom

**Call for Nominations**

Do you have an outstanding student, student organization, faculty or staff member who should be recognized for their exceptional dedication to Northwest students, the campus community or the Maryville community? 

Nominations for the Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony are now open. There is no limit for number of nominations by an individual. 

Click here for the nomination forms. 
(Sign in using your Northwest username and password.) 

B.D. Owens Library

Deadline for nominations, Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m.  

Student Employment Awards

 Graduate Office Awards

Office of Student Involvement

Student Organizations and Leadership Awards

Student Success Center

Office of Human Resources

Student Impact Awards  

International Involvement Center Award

Student Senate

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m., unless indicated otherwise.
This event is a collaborative celebration to recognize excellence among Northwest students, faculty and staff. For the list of award descriptions, click here.

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.

RESPOND Training Dates
Spring 2020:
Feb 24 and Feb 26th from 3:30pm-5:30pm/Union Towerview  *MUST attend both 2 hour trainings

Career Pathing is Back!
Check the Student Employment section below for details and to register!

Student Employment


Click here to register for any of the following topics!


Rachel Mayfield, Counselor
University Wellness Center
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Sunday, February 9, 2020
Time:               1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Length:            4 Hours
Location:          The Station (Center Room)

Date:               Monday, February 17, 2020
Time:               1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Length:            4 Hours
Location:          The Station (Center Room)

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

Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, and an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment, support, referral, and taking care of self (including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference). The course is designed to be interactive about 70% of the four hour day.

*Please be sure to bring your Bearcat ID card in order to record your attendance at this session.
**Attending one RESPOND training session counts for 2 Career Pathing Sessions.

Career Development Workshop

Sahil Punamia, Marketing Consultant for Netflix
The Aspiring Professional 

Date:               Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time:               5:00 p.m.
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union - Meeting Room D


Date:              Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time:              7:00 p.m.
Length:           60 Minutes
Location:         The Charles Johnson Theater

Sahil Punamia is currently a creative consultant for Netflix and committee member in the National Association of Colleges and Employers where he is a certified course instructor on managing gen z in the work place.. Throughout his career, Sahil has worked with movie studios, professional sports teams, and businesses and universities across the country.

*Students attending this workshop should bring a printed copy of their resume and any questions they have about job searching and networking. This event will be limited to the first 25 students to register.

This seminar will teach students:

  • How to better stand out to employers
  • How to craft a better resume
  • New strategies for networking

Mock Interview Day

Mock Interview Day
Career Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time:               8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Length:            30 Minutes
Location:          3rd Floor, Student Union

The goal of this event is to help students gain interviewing experience by meeting face-to-face with real employers. During the interview, the employers will provide students with feedback on their resume, interview responses, and overall impression. We encourage employers to use their own interview format to make mock interviews as close to a real interview as possible.

The event is located in the Union, 3rd floor from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Each mock interview session will be approximately 30 minutes, which allows:

  • 20 minutes to conduct the interview
  • 5-10 minutes to critique the resume/interviewing skills and provide feedback  

Spots will fill up quickly!

  • To reserve an interview spot, come into the Career Services office in Administration Building 130, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must submit a resume to reserve an interview spot. Interviews are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Sign-up as soon as possible for best availability! Sign-up begins January 21.
  • Check out to see what employers have registered to attend:  

Turning Disruption Into Your Competitive Advantage

Steven Iwersen, CSP
Keynote Speaker & Author
Aurora Pointe, LLC

Date:               Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Time:               11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Industry Disruption. Innovation. Managing Chaos.  The new expectation of every leader and industry is to rethink and retool their approach to business if they want to be relevant, see results, and increase revenue. How individuals and organizations respond to this new business culture will determine if they thrive or die. 

Steven Iwersen presents the 4 essentials that the best leaders of large corporations and small businesses are using every day to stay ahead of the crowd and to help avoid getting stuck. Discover how turning chaos into an advantage is as easy as herding porcupines.


Wellness Services

Dates:              Tuesdays (January 21 - April 28) Attending one session counts as one Career Pathing
Time:               2:00 p.m.
Length:            60 minutes
Location:          The Station

Social connections are interwoven in every part of your life. This workshop series will focus on topics, such as improving communication skills, making new friends, defining healthy relationships, addressing roommate conflict, and much more! This event is open to students, faculty and staff

Make sure to follow Wellness Services on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information about their workshops and groups (including potential last-minute changes to times, locations, or cancellations)!

Dare to Self-Care

Wellness Services

Date:               Thursdays (January 23 - April 30)* Attending one session counts as one Career Pathing
Time:               11:00 a.m.
Length:            50 minutes
Location:          Student Union - Meeting Room D**

Topics include self-care, nutrition, stress, sleep, purpose, goal setting and home remedies.

Make sure to follow Wellness Services on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information about their workshops and groups (including potential last-minute changes to times, locations, or cancellations)!

*No session February 6, 2020
**February 13th's Session will be in Hughes Fieldhouse

Stress Busters

Wellness Services

Date:               Mondays (January 27 - April 27) Attending one session counts as one Career Pathing
Time:               4:00 p.m.
Length:            45 minutes
Location:          The Station

Learn to recognize and effectively manage stress in fun, healthy ways!

Make sure to follow Wellness Services on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information about their workshops and groups (including potential last-minute changes to times, locations, or cancellations)!

Generations At Work - Interaction Guidelines to Increase Performance

Lauren Schieffer, International Speaker & Author
High Road Solutions

Date:               Thursday, January 23, 2020*
Time:               11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

For the first time in American history, there are four generations in the workplace. The “old folks” are not obsolete, and the “kids” are not sloppy and lazy. Each brings an important energy and contribution to the team. This fun and interactive session allows you to understand each generation’s driving influence and gives you what you need to communicate for greater effectiveness and harmony.

Key Takeaways:

  • Core characteristics of each of the four generations
  • Influencing factors that create emotional drivers
  • Tips for communicating with and motivating each generation – especially the largest and still growing generation: Millennials.

*This session has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Benefits and Wellness Information

Blue Cross Blue Shield Updates

Prescription Drug List Updates - BCBS will be making changes to some prescription drugs that will go into effect January 1, 2020. 

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transition - Beginning January 1, 2020, pharmacy benefits for BCBS will be administered by a new pharmacy benefit manager, OptumRx. This new partnership will allow BCBS to drive greater affordability for customers through highly competitive pricing and continued innovation. 

Change to BCBS ID Cards - BCBS will be issuing new member ID cards for 2020 with the following changes:

  1. Cards will reflect new pharmacy information
  2. Copays will no longer be listed on the ID cards. Copays and member responsibilities can vary based on different services, providers and other circumstances. Copay references were removed from ID cards to reduce member confusion at point of care.
  3. Cards will have clear description of Behavioral Health and Substance Use next to the customer service phone number related to those benefits. 

On Campus Fitness Opportunities
The Foster Fitness Center is free for all employees and spouses! 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.

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.

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

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 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.


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

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 office supplies?

Please check the “How to Purchase Office Supplies” guide. Various binders, hanging file folders and other office supplies are available at no cost to departments at Central Receiving.

Purchase Requisition Training Videos

Purchasing has created instructional videos explaining how to create a purchase requisition and a Central Stores purchase requisition in Banner/INB. The videos are available in MyNorthwest, Employee Resources - Finance

Workstation Safety Guidelines

It is important for employees to apply good ergonomic practices. To view a complete list of ergonomic suggestions, visit Workstation safety guideline.