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HR Monthly Bulletin July

Please welcome our new bearcats!

Dana Barnes

Facilitator: C&I

Jacqueline Cason

Assistant Volleyball Coach

Jake Coffman
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Quaid Curtin

Assistant Soccer Coach

Erin Kaplan

Resident Director
Residential Life

Paul Kessler
NW Foundation Accountant

Nicholas Kirse

Assistant Director of Academic Support
Academic Success and Retention

Sondra Langley

Academic Success and Retention

Pamela Madison
Project Assistant: C&I

Benjamin Moran

Green Dot Coordinator
Wellness Center

Tiffany Otto

Project Assistant: C&I

Alec Scroggie
Plant Operator
Facility Services

Reesa Smiddy

Project Assistant: C&I

Taylor Suiter

Academic Success and Retention

Naomi Tellez
Head Softball Coach

Chase White

Assistant Strenth & Conditioning Coach

Lacy Williams
Resident Director
Residential Life

Employee Anniversaries

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

25 Years

Dale Grasty Technology Specialist Information Technology
Matthew Symonds Professor Health & Physical Education
Angela Wolters Senior Buyer Purchasing 

15 Years

Debra Korell Project Assistant C&I RPDC
Mike Miller Assistant Director of Residential Life Residential Life

10 Years

Chad Bostwick Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Athletics
Karen Wigger Project Assistant: C&I RPDC

5 Years

Jamie Hooyman Provost Provost
Kendra Watson Project Assistant: C&I RPDC

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, 2021 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

RESPOND Training

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
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 Sept 20th from 3-5pm and Sept 22nd from 3-5pm. *You must attend both trainings.

Please register here:

Questions can be directed to Rachel Mayfield at or Kristen Peltz at

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

The Office of Human Resources would like to highlight the following resources that employees can use if needed. 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 can be reach 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. 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. 

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.

New Directions Resource Program Center

Provides reliable information on a variety of mental and behavioral health topics. Visit here for their main page.

New Directions Substance Use Disorder Center - 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

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.

Employee Resource Groups

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 


Benefits and Wellness Information

MOSERS Educational Webinar

MOSERS is offering an educational webinar for employees who are newer 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. If they have opted to receive their correspondence from MOSERS through the mail, we will mail their statement to their home address. It is also available as described above. Please encourage your employees to 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 ten years from your first normal retirement eligibility date? If so, register to attend (if you haven't already) a Mid-Career Webinar!

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 can be reach 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 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 and offers year-round discounts on gym memberships, fitness gear, healthy eating options and more. To register and browse available discounts, log in to your 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 to provide 24/7 access to a dentist, 365 days a year. 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 on 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. 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.  

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.


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 5 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 destress 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 // and if you are already a customer, you can verify with on the payment page of your account to begin receiving 10% off all future orders.


COVID Vaccine

University Wellness Center has COVID vaccine for those wishing to be vaccinated. CDC strongly advises everyone be vaccinated.  It is our best defense in ending the pandemic. Call 660 562 1348 for 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 and requires a signature by both the employee and the supervisor.

Employee Evaluations

Employee evaluations will be due October 1st . Evaluation Forms are located on myNorthwest. If you have questions or need further assistance please call us at 660-562-1127 or email

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

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 here: How To Purchase Office Supplies.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 instructional videos explaining how to create a purchase requisition and a Central Stores purchase requisition in Banner/INB. The videos are available in MyNorthwest - Employment Resources

Workstation Safety Guidelines

It is important for employees to apply good egonomic 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 August 1, 2021, through CatPaws. Permits will be available for pick up in the Cashiering Office after registration.
  • All parking permits will be honored in all lots on campus until August 6.
  • All traffic and parking policies are enforced 24/7.
  • Refer to the “policies” tab at for further traffic and parking information.
  • Direct questions or requests to or 660.562.1254.

The Bearcat Alert testing is scheduled for August 20, 2021.

Advantage Parking and Football Parking

Information about Advantage 2021 – Lot Closures

The purpose of closing parking lots and rerouting traffic during Advantage Week is to allow for students and their guests to better navigate campus and allow for the safe unloading of items.  It is important that all individuals representing the Northwest community set the example and follow the direction of University Police Department members directing traffic. 

 Advantage week 2021 will have enforce lot closures, time restrictions, and traffic flow listed below and on the attached map. All parking lots noted below will be unavailable for parking for employees and current students during the stated dates and times. 

 University Police will enforce the following lot closures, time restrictions and traffic patterns listed below and on the attached map.

  • Friday, Aug. 13: Parking lots 10 (behind Hudson and Perrin halls), 39 (between Dieterich and Millikan halls), 42 (from Phillips Hall east to College Park Drive) and 57 will be closed at 9 p.m. and remain closed until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Lot 57 will allow parking in the row north of the sidewalk as well as ADA parking with a valid permit. All vehicles within these lots after 9 p.m. will be towed.

  • Saturday, Aug. 14: The east row closest to Dieterich Hall and the west row closest to Millikan Hall in Lot 39 and the north row in front of Tower Suites East and West in Lot 42 will be blocked at 9 p.m. All vehicles within these lots after 9 p.m. will be towed.

  • Lot 44 between Franken and Dieterich halls will be blocked during move-in hours on both Saturday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug. 15. 

Traffic flow information

  • Traffic on College Park Drive will be restricted between Dietrich Hall and Memorial Drive. 
  • Eastbound traffic on Northwest Drive will be restricted between Millikan Hall and College Park Drive. 
  • All traffic on University Drive will be stopped to engage with new arrivals and reduce confusion. 
  • Be cautious of UPD members directing traffic. Traffic direction will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13; 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14; and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15.  

We encourage the sharing of this information.  Thank you for your support, and – together – let’s make this a great experience for all. 

Follow UPD on social media for updates:

Football Game Parking Lot Closing:

The purpose of closing parking lots during football games are to provide accessible parking and augment institutional cost associated with the program.  Lot 59 (adjacent to Bearcat Stadium) and Lot 2 (adjacent to the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building) will be closed at 6 a.m. on game dates.  Lot 25 (the lower lot adjacent to the Administration Building) is periodically reserved for visitor tailgating on game dates.  Unauthorized vehicles will be towed from all lots at 6 a.m. 

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 for additional tailgating information.