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HR Monthly Bulletin August

Please welcome our new bearcats!


Kristina Adanin

Assistant Professor
Recreation


Faith Adkins

Academic Scheduling Specialist
Registrar

Dyan Akkouche
Assistant Professor
Art


Ali Yassen Al Ali
Lecturer
Computer Science & Information Systems


Julie Boucher-Moore 
Secretary
Mathematics & Statistics


Rhonda Brown
Instructor
Mathematics & Statistics


John Dailey

Assistant Professor
Mass Media


Hannah Dudley
Secretary
Nursing


Tina Ellsworth
Assistant Professor
Professional Education


Rebecca Ferris

3rd/4th grade faculty
Horace Mann


Taylor Harrison

Assistant Professor
Mathematics & Statistics


Chandra Kotteti
Assistant Professor
School of Computer Science & Information Systems


Ratan Lal

Assistant Professor 
School of Computer Science & Information Systems


Shelby Letuli

Admissions Representative
Admissions


Heather Montenguise
1st/2nd grade faculty
Horace Mann


Bryan Pickering
Assistant Professor 
Music


Sanjay Prabhakar

Assistant Professor
Physics

Genna Sarcione
Custodian
Facility Services


Narges Sareh

Assistant Professor
Professional Education


Susan Smith

Registrar Services Specialist
Registrar


Isabelle Stewart

Student Involvement Coordinator
Office of Student Involvement


Anna Swink
Advertising & Business Manager
Communication & Mass Media


Nicole Wetstein

Assistant Track & Field Coach
Athletics


Kylie Wilson
Instructor
Communication


Adam Zrust
Assistant Professor
Music

Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to these employees for their milestone years of service in August 2021!

35 Years

Mark Rosewell Head Tennis Coach Department of Athletics
Stephen Town Professor of Music Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Cynthia Wood Purchasing Manager Purchasing

25 Years

Gregory Haddock Associate Provost Graduate Office
James Walker Professor of Marketing Booth School of Business

20 Years

Timothy Carlyle Director of Infrastructure Services Office of Information Technology
Joeseph Kreizinger Professor of Theatre /Associate Chair Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Jacqueline Lamer Senior Instructor of Mess Media School of Communication & Mass Media
Jacquelyn Loghry Assistant Director/Academic Success Coach Student Support Services
Stephen Ludwig Associate Professor of Business Booth School of Business
Paula McLain Senior HR Generalist Office of Human Resources
Matthew Walker Director  School of Communication & Mass Media

15 Years

Himadri Chakraborty Professor of Physics Department of Natural Sciences
Alice Foose Associate Professor of Recreation School of Health Science & Wellness
Alisha Francis Professor of Psychology School of Health Science & Wellness
Justin Long Custodian  Facility Services
Deborah Redmond Custodial Supervisor Facility Services
Jennifer Rytting Associate Professor English

10 Years

Jill Baker Senior Instructor of Professional Education School of Education
Kimberly Casey Associate Professor of Political Science Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Shantel Farnan Associate Professor of Professional Education School of Education
Elyssa Ford Associate Professor of History Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
William Gordon Associate Professor of Professional Education School of Education
Matthew Schieber Senior Instructor School of Computer Science & Information Systems
Roger Stone Custodian Facility Services
Brian Swafford Senior Instructor of Communication School of Communication & Mass Media

5 Years

Erica Buck Early Child Teacher Leet Center
Luke Campbell Assistant Professor of Political Science Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Jiwon Choi Staff Accompanist Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Cari Cline Instructor School of Computer Science & Information Systems
Abdelaziz Fellah Associate Professor School of Computer Science & Information Systems
Selena Foreman Office Manager Auxiliary Services
Tolina Fufa Assistant Professor of Economics Booth School of Business
Jessica Gracey Assistant Professor of Political Science Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Damon Leiss Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education School of Health Science & Wellness
Jodie Leiss Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education School of Health Science & Wellness
Michael Miller Assistant Professor  School of Agricultural Sciences
Zhengrui Qin Associate Professor School of Computer Science & Information Systems
Megan Roberts Staff Nurse/RN Wellness Services
Sarah Sipling Assistant Professor of Art Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Linda Smith Associate Professor of Professional Education School of Education
Kamala Tabor Instructor of Political Science Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Zhiling Tu Associate Professor School of Computer Science & Information Systems
Natasha Young Research Librarian/Acquisition B.D. Owens Library

Policy & Required Training Updates

Mandatory Training

Northwest is again partnering with Vector SafeColleges to provide training related to a variety of topics throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • Diversity Awareness (Aug. 1 through Sept. 15, 2021)
  • Title IX (Sept. 15 through Oct. 31, 2021)
  • FERPA (Nov. 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022)
  • Hazard Communications (Nov. 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022)
  • Drug Free Workplace (Nov. 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022)
  • Organizational Profile (Nov. 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022)
  • Email & Messaging Safety (Nov. 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022)
  • Password Security Basics (Nov. 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022)
  • Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight (Nov. 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022)

Additional Trainings and Development Opportunities

Career Pathing 

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

RESPOND Training

RESPOND Training for faculty and staff only:

RESPOND is designed to teach the campus community 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.

The four-hour training is divided into two two-hour trainings from 3-5 p.m. on Sept 20 and Sept 22. You must attend both trainings.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTaSBe4fwuQnZxkgGlRh0ePYuRAR261aeGy6xwqLcYt-LWsg/viewform

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

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

The Office of Human Resources highlights the following resources that employees may use as necessary. Mindful by BlueKC, the EAP and TAO are completely confidential:

Mindful by BlueKC

Mindful by BlueKC is a behavioral health initiative dedicated to reducing stigma around behavioral health in our communities while making care accessible and affordable for members. Mindful by Blue KC is a commitment to covering the health needs of the whole person and comes to life as a set of tools and resources to address stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and more. This ensures that members can access and afford the behavioral healthcare they need.

 

Mindful Advocates are available 24/7 and are licensed behavioral health clinicians who match members to providers and guide care plans. Mindful Advocates may be contacted at 833.302.6463. Click here for additional information about the Mindful by BlueKC initiative.

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. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All Northwest employees are eligible to utilize Ability Assist Counseling Services sponsored by The Hartford. 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. Click here for more information. 

Wellness Services is offering a variety of online programing. Follow Wellness Services on Twitter and Instagram at @nw_wellness for updates.

New Directions Resource Program Center

The center provides reliable information about a variety of mental and behavioral health topics. Click here for resources.

Click here for information specific to substance use, or call the Substance Use Disorder Hotline at 877.326.2458.

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

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. For more information, click here.

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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, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/staffcouncil/.

Benefits and Wellness Information

MOSERS Ready to Retire Fall 2021 Webinar

Employees who are within five years of retirement eligibility are invited to attend a Ready to Retire webinar. Click here for details.


MOSERS Educational Webinar

MOSERS is offering an educational webinar for employees who are new to state employment. This is a great opportunity to start learning about the employee retirement plan administered by MOSERS. To accommodate different work schedules, both day and an evening sessions are available. Click on the day or evening link to register.


MOSERS Annual Benefit Statements

The 2021 Annual Benefit Statements for active members are now available online. Employees can access their statement by logging in to myMOSERS, clicking on Online Documents, then on Document Express. For members who have opted to receive their correspondence from MOSERS through mail, we will mail statements to their home address. Employees should review their Annual Benefit Statements. They are a great tool for planning and assessing retirement readiness. 


MOSERS Mid-Career Webinar

Do you have at least five years of service (vested) and are more than 10 years from your first normal retirement eligibility date? If so, register to attend (if you haven't already) a Mid-Career Webinar.


Dependent Care Flexible Savings Account

Effective immediately, you may newly enroll or increase your existing election for the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through the Missouri State Employees’ Cafeteria Plan (MoCafe). The IRS increased the limit for the 2021 plan year from $5,000 to $10,500. If you are married and file separate tax returns, that limit is increased from $2,500 to $5,250.

We anticipate at this time that the annual maximum will revert back to $5,000 for the 2022 plan year. This is your opportunity to take advantage of extra tax savings for the 2021 plan year.

Please keep in mind that this change is prospective only. You cannot file claims for expenses that have already been incurred prior to this change going into effect. So set aside money for expenses that will be incurred after your election is approved. And, remember that you need to incur these expenses on or before March 15, 2022, and file your claims on or before April 15, 2022, in order to be reimbursed. If the funds are not used, then the funds are forfeited.

You can enroll or modify your existing enrollment by completing a 2021 Dependent Care Special Election form (available under the Resources tab on the MoCafe website, mocafe.com). The election change will become effective on the first of the month, following approval of the request.

 If you have questions about this information, please contact the Office of Human Resources.


MO Deferred Compensation 

The MO Deferred Comp team of education specialists offer individual appointments via web or phone and live webinars. If you have questions about your MO Deferred Comp account or would like to learn more about saving for retirement, click here to register for an upcoming event. 


Mindful by BlueKC

Mindful by BlueKC is a behavioral health initiative dedicated to reducing stigma around behavioral health in our communities while making care accessible and affordable for members. Mindful by Blue KC is a commitment to covering the health needs of the whole person and comes to life as a set of tools and resources to address stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and more. This ensures that members can access and afford the behavioral healthcare they need.

 

Mindful Advocates are available 24/7 and are licensed behavioral health clinicians who match members to providers and guide care plans. Mindful Advocates may be contacted at 833.302.6463. Click here for additional information about the Mindful by BlueKC initiative.

 


MyBlueKC Mobile App Available for Download Today

The MyBlueKC app makes it easy to manage your Blue KC coverage - no matter where you are. The app will help you understand your healthcare plan and how it works. The app provides a customized experience based on your plan and coverage and includes the following benefits:

  • find doctors and specialists in your network
  • access benefit information about your plan
  • view details about your claims
  • download your digital ID card

If you have already registered your account on the MyBlueKC.com website, you can use the same log in for the app. For additional information, click here.

 


A Healthier You (AHY)

A Healthier You is Blue KC's health and wellness program focused on achieving outcomes by improving the health of members. AHY offers helpful tools and resources, as well as a personalized empowerment portal and mobile experience - uniquely designed to learn more about each member and provide the appropriate support, incentives and interventions for the members health journey. Members can also earn points for completing health actions and can potentially win digital gift cards to retailers such as Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Click here for information how to log in to your AHY portal and here to learn how to earn points and be entered into the gift card sweepstakes. 


Blue365 Deals

Blue365 is a free health and wellness discount program offered to Blue KC members for year-round discounts on gym memberships, fitness gear, healthy eating options and more. To register and browse available discounts, log in to your mybluekc.com portal and select Health Programs in the Health & Wellness menu or click here for additional information.


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. 


Delta Dental Virtual Visits

Delta Dental has partnered with TeleDentistry.com to provide 24/7 access to a dentist, 365 days a year. Teledentistry.com dentists provide initial consultation services and can write prescriptions when appropriate. Members will be referred to a Delta Dental network dentist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. For additional information about this service, click here.


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. Employees and spouses must complete the assumption of risk and waiver of liability form on CatPAWS in advance of using the Foster Fitness Center. For more information, visit 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, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/recreation/Hours.htm


Mosaic Offerings

Mosaic Medical Center-Maryville offers 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.

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.


T-Mobile

To view T-Mobile's perks for Northwest Missouri State employees click here.


Home Chef

Home Chef is recognizing our nation’s educators and school support personnel with a 50% discount on their first scheduled Home Chef meal kit, and a $10 discount on five subsequent deliveries. Simply use code EDU50 at checkout to begin receiving your education discount. Click here to get started.

Home Chef makes home cooking simple. Their fresh, weekly meal kits are customized to your liking and delivered straight to your doorstep. Minimize your trips to the grocery store and distress your evenings with delicious, pre-planned meals starting at just $6.99 per serving. Here’s how it works:

  • Select recipes each week that fit your preferences.
  • Use their Customize feature to upgrade, swap, or double up on your favorite protein.
  • Receive fresh, pre-portioned ingredients delivered to your door.
  • Effortlessly create exciting dishes with step-by-step recipe cards.

Your education discount is available at //homechef.com/edu and, if you are already a customer, you can verify with ID.me on the payment page of your account to begin receiving 10% off all future orders.

Miscellaneous

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Wellness Center is offering the Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines Monday through Friday for all students and employees. Call 660.562.1348 to make an appointment.


Fee Waivers for Fall 2021

Employee and dependent fee waivers for the fall 2021 semester need to be completed and submitted to Student Account Services prior to the start of the semester. The form is available at https://www.nwmissouri.edu/studentaccounts/PDF/FeeWaiver.pdf and requires a signature by both the employee and the supervisor.


Employee Evaluations

Employee evaluations are due Oct. 1. Evaluation forms are located on myNorthwest. If you have questions or need further assistance, call 660.562.1127 or email hrwebpg@nwmissouri.edu.


Paperless Billing

Would you like to sign up for paperless billing? We can email your billing statement to the email address of your preference. You can sign up at any time by completing the Faculty/Staff email billing address under Personal Information in your CatPAWS account or complete the information at https://www.nwmissouri.edu/studentaccounts/paperless-billing.htm


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 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northwest accepts food donations for the pantry at the Student Engagement Center and the Office of Student Affairs located on the second floor of the 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, contact board members at FIS@nwmissouri.edu or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/international/services/friends/.


Does your department need office supplies?

Please check the “How to Purchase Office Supplies” guide at 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 at www.nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/videos/


Workstation Safety Guidelines

It is important for employees to apply good ergonomic practices. To view a complete list of ergonomic suggestions, click here.


Parking on Campus

Parking on Campus

  • A parking permit is required to park on campus.
  • Register for a 2021-22 parking permit through CatPAWS. Permits are available for pick up in the Cashiering Office after registration.
  • All traffic and parking policies are enforced 24/7.
  • Refer to the “policies” tab at https://nwmissouri.edu/police/parking/index.htm for further traffic and parking information.
  • Direct questions or requests to police@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1254.

Football Parking

Football Game Parking Lot Closing:

University Police reminds the campus community that it closes select parking lots during Bearcat football home games to provide accessible parking and augment institutional costs associated with the program.

Please note the following parking lot closures in conjunction with Northwest’s home football game at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9:

  • Lot 26 (north of the John C. Redden Jr. Power Plant) and select parking spaces in Lot 62 (south of Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse) will close at noon.
  • Lot 59 (adjacent to Bearcat Stadium) and Lot 2 (west of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building) will close at 1 p.m.

All remaining vehicles will be towed at the owners’ expense.

For a map of parking lot locations on the Northwest campus, click here.

Lot 62 has seven reserved spots for RV tailgating.  Those who have reserved a spot have access starting at 6:30 p.m. the day before home games until noon of the following day (Special hours occur on Homecoming).  All parking lots that allow tailgating are open 5 hours prior to game time. 

Please see https://bearcatsports.com/sports/2014/5/13/bearcat%20zone.aspx for additional tailgating information.