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September 2020 | HR Monthly Bulletin

Please welcome our new bearcats!


Chandra Bain
Facility Services


Bryce Cardwell
Financial Assistance Counselor
Financial Assistance


Anthony Christian
Facility Services


David Fletchall
Facility Services


Jill Kain
Faculty Technology Support Asst/Secretary
Learning & Teaching Center 


Aaron Layton
Facility Services 


Kaitlyn Miller
Online Academic Coordinator
Learning & Teaching Center


Prakriti Pokharel
Accessibility Coordinator
Title IX & Equity


 Robert Welch
Plant Operator

Employee Anniversaries

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

5 Years
Kristin Little
Campus Visit Coordinator
Wesley Rockwood
Web Designer
University Marketing & Communication
10 Years
Evan Rand
Assistant Director
Wellness Services
Lawrence Shackelford
Senior Plant Operator
20 Years
Michelle Allen
Lab Coordinator
Natural Sciences
35 Years
Barbara Walk
Payroll Manager


Homecoming 2020

Northwest Missouri State University has announced changes to its October Homecoming week activities as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the MIAA’s suspension of fall sports competitions.

Northwest will alter its Homecoming week activities, scheduled for Oct. 4-10, to meet University mitigation measures and limit spread of coronavirus. The annual Homecoming Variety Show is canceled, and the Department of Athletics has postponed its annual M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony until an undetermined date.

The Homecoming parade will be part of Walkout Day activities on Friday, Oct. 9, and streamed live online. Beginning at 3 p.m., the parade will proceed through the Northwest campus, starting at the corner of College Avenue and College Park Drive and proceeding north to Centennial Drive, then south on University Drive and ending at the Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center. Parade entries are being limited to student organizations and on-campus departments only; large floats, jalopies or dancing clowns are not being admitted. Click here for a map of the parade route

Additionally on Walkout Day, the Northwest community is invited to celebrate its international students during the annual International Flag-Raising Ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza. Later, at 5 p.m., the Northwest community is invited to the Memorial Bell Tower for a Homecoming showcase event featuring performances by the Bearcat Marching Band and the Bearcat Steppers. Homecoming royalty and award winners also will be announced at that time.

Northwest employees are invited to attend the parade and/or any other associated events. Employees are encouraged to attend but must have prior approval from their leader to do so.

Also, once the parade begins, those parked within the parade route will not be able to move their vehicle until the parade ends.

For additional information about Northwest’s 2020 Homecoming week, including updated schedules and activities, visit

The tradition of Homecoming at Northwest dates back to 1924. The University's modern day Homecoming week began during the late 1940s when the Variety Show and house decorations were added to the festivities, and the parade grew to include more marching bands, large floats, jalopies and clowns. On the Friday of Homecoming week, all classes are canceled and students participate in a variety of activities on the campus – a tradition that began Oct. 22, 1915, when students walked out of classes and declared the day an unscheduled holiday.

Northwest continues to evaluate all University-sponsored activities and is modifying or postponing events to help protect the health and safety of its community and prevent the transmission of COVID-19. For more information about Northwest’s response to COVID-19, visit

Policy & Required Training Updates

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

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

Diversity & Inclusion Training

Implicit Bias and How to Address It
October 14, 2020
Dr. Justin Mallett

This presentation is a continuation of developing cultural competency and understanding of bias, privilege and power. In this session, Dr. Justin Mallett will define implicit bias, identify the different types of implicit bias and provide a roadmap on how to address implicit bias. This session will allow people in attendance to understand the role implicit bias has in their everyday life. This presentation will take place in person in the Union Ballroom to allow for more sharing and individualized learning. Due to COVID-19 mitigation, the maximum attendance at each session is 30 people. As an alternative, a Zoom session is offered at 6 pm.

Location: Union Ballroom (each session is limited to 30 people)

Session times:     




6:00pm-7:30 pm – Zoom session

Register for a session below:

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mallett at

COVID-19 Federal Leave Policies

Federal leave still available to Northwest employees

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:

EPSLA details

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

Benefits that are no longer in effect:

Important COVID-19, Payroll & Human Resources Reminders

Reminder to all leaders that performance evaluations are due to the office of Human Resources by October 1, 2020.

All of the below procedures will be evaluated in January.

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. 


All request should be submitted to 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. 


All request should be submitted to the respective NLT member. The NLT member will evaluate and forward to 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.

Human Resources

Fillable Forms & Electronic Signatures
In an effort to streamline processes and assist in easing our paper processes while working remotely, our IT team has been working to make many forms across campus fillable or electronic. The Bursar's office has updated the Tuition Waiver form to be fillable. You can access this form here.

Additionally, Adobe does have the capability for electronic signatures. If you need support regarding signing electronically, please let us know.

Finally, we have just a few friendly reminders when completing and submitting Personnel Action Forms:

Should you have any questions or need support in any of these areas, please contact Human Resources at As always, thank you for all you do!


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.

Federal W-4 Forms
The Internal Revenue Service, IRS, has released a 2020 Federal W-4 form that is different from previous versions. The IRS is not requiring all employees to complete the 2020 Federal W-4 form, but advises all employees to review their paycheck and evaluate the need to make adjustments to tax withholdings. If employees do not complete a 2020 Federal W-4 form, withholding will continue based on the most recent W-4 form completed.  Effective January 2020, all new employees and employees making withholding changes must complete the 2020 Federal W-4 form.

We encourage all employees to consult their tax advisor to review existing withholding status, evaluate the impact and make any corresponding changes using the 2020 FederalW-4 form on MyNorthwest. 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.

Health Risk Assessments With Blue Cross Blue Shield

The Health Risk Assessments will begin Thursday, Oct. 22. 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 27.

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

Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6 a.m. to 2 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 2021 (premium differential will begin on your December 2020 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:

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:


Blue KC Virtual Care App

If you download the Blue KC Virtual 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 programing 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
  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
  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

Maximize NWMO Survey

The regional Maximize NWMO Communications CollaborACTION Team needs your help! Please take a few minutes to complete an alumni & resident survey at the following link:

The link closes on September 30. Please contact Bob Machovsky in Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at or 660.562.1112 for more information.

Student Employment

Student Employment Fall Reminders

Fall student employment eligibility dates (must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours for the fall): August 1, 2020 – December 11, 2020

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

Career Pathing is Back!
Staff may register for Career Pathing opportunities on the Human Resources website at the following link:

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.

Employee Resource Groups
For more information please click here!

Benefits and Wellness Information

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 Virtual 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. 

Changes to Prescription Drug List

Effective July 1, 2020, Blue KC will make updates to its Prescription Drug List, affecting group members in Blue-Care® (HMO), BlueSelect Plus (PPO), Preferred-Care® (PPO) and Preferred-Care Blue® (PPO) plans. Please click here for a PDF that summarizes the PDL changes effective 7/1/2020. 

Blue KC is taking proactive steps in order to limit member and physician disruption, including the following:

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
  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
  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

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  

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 or 660.562.1759 for information and reservations. 

For a complete listing of campus recreations hours of operation, please visit

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

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

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

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


HelloFresh is celebrating all educators and school employees with a private offer for 10 free meals! Available to new members only.

If you haven’t yet tried HelloFresh, now is the perfect opportunity to destress your evenings with fewer trips to the grocery store, pre-planned meals, and little cleanup. Simply visit their website to select your meal plan according to your family size, recipe preferences and budget. HelloFresh will deliver the ingredients straight to your door. Each weekly box includes:

- Easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info
- High-quality ingredients straight from the farm
- Convenient meal kits that fit perfectly in the fridge
- A cooking experience that makes you feel like a chef
- No strings attached - skip a week or cancel at any time

Get your 10 free meals at //

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.


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.