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September 2021 | HR Monthly Bulletin

Please welcome our new bearcats!

Nikita Alimohammad 

AD, Wellness Education & Prevention
Wellness Services

Brianna Billie

P-T Assistant Softball Coach

Ruma De
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Natural Sciences

Timothy Mattson
Adjunct Coordinator
Academic Operations & Development

Bryan Nigh
Graphic Designer
University Marketing & Communication

Alyssa Striplin
Coordinator of Academic Support
Academic Success and Retention

Linda Woodward
Custodial Services

Employee Anniversaries

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

25 Years

Clarence Green Jr. VP of Culture University Police

15 Years

Sonny Scadden Project Manager Facility Services

10 Years

Meghaan Binkley-Hopper Operations Support Specialist NW Kansas City
Michael McBride Associate Director, Accreditation/Assessment Institutional Research
Andy Peterson Director of Athletics Athletics

5 Years

Lisa Finey Primary Care Provider Wellness Services 
Courtney Gard Library Circulation Specialist 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.

Additional Trainings and Development Opportunities

New Student Employment Supervisor Training 

Tuesday, October 5th 9:00-11:00 am
HR Conference Room

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.

Register for New Student Employment Supervisor Training

We are offering one last opportunity to attend the Graduate Assistant and Student Employment Supervisor Training. Some supervisors indicated that they were not available the past three sessions and in order to make sure each department receives this important compliance information, in which each department will be held accountable, we are offering this additional date. 


Career Pathing 

Staff may register for Career Pathing opportunities on the Human Resources website.


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. For more information, visit 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. 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. For more information, visit TAO-Therapy Assistance Online

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. For more information, visit New Directions Health Resources.

For information about a specific substance use, visit New Directions Substance Use Disorders Center, 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. For more information, visit Northwest Affinity Groups.

Employee Resource Groups

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 Northwest Staff Council.

Employee Recognition

The Employee and Recognition Committee of Staff Council has initiated the use of Kudoboard! This is a way for any employee to give thanks to colleagues that have gone above and beyond and deserve recognition. Each month your staff council representative will send out the links from the previous month’s Kudoboard, so that you can view all of the kudos and see if you received a shout out, and also the following month’s Kudoboard. We encourage everyone to use this frequently as a way to say thanks to our coworkers who are all working so hard.

Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser

For more information, visit the Staff Council Bake Sale.


Benefits and Wellness Information

New Optum Financial Website

Optum Financial is excited to bring you more value and choice as we launch enhancements to the solutions, online experience, and resources you use today. Please review the details and timeline below so you know what to expect as we prepare to deliver these enhancements later this fall.

October 15–21, 2021

Read-only access for employee accounts: Employee MyCDH accounts will be set to read-only access for 7 days. During this time, you can view balances but cannot complete account activities such as transactions and reimbursement requests. Your current debit card will be inactivated as of October 15 and a new card will be issued.

October 22, 2021

Employees will access their account at the new Optum Financial website: On this date, employees will access their account at the new site and will no longer have access to the MyCDH account. Employee’s will receive a new debit card in the mail by October 22.

If you have any questions, please email Optum Financial client services at

For complete details about this transition, please visit the Transition Resource Center.

MO Deferred Compensation Seminar

MO Deferred Comp will host a "Completing the Retirement Paycheck Puzzle" seminar in meeting room D of the Union on Tuesday, October 5. There is also an option to make an appointment for individual consultations.

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.

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.

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?

Register to attend 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, 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, visit MO Deferred Comp Event Registration

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. For more information, visit 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:

If you have already registered your account on the website, you can use the same log in for the app. For additional information, visit MyBlueKC Mobile App.

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.

For information on how to log in to your AHY portal, visit Accessing A Healthier You. To learn how to earn points and be entered into the gift card sweepstakes, visit Live well, earn points, & reap the rewards

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 portal and select Health Programs in the Health & Wellness menu. For more information, visit Join Blue365® and start saving today!.

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 about this service, visit Delta Dental - Virtual Visit.

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 Fees & Memberships.  

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, visit Hours

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, visit Healthy Lifestyles: Personalized Weight Management Program.

Health Risk Assessment & Open Enrollment

Health Risk Assessments

The Health Risk Assessments will begin Thursday, Oct. 14. 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 26.

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

Thursday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 15 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 18 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 20 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 2022 (premium differential will begin on your December 2021 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, visit Information about upcoming health risk assessment event.

 Flu Shot Clinic Schedule

Flu shot clinics are being offered during Health Risk Assessments. You must bring your BCBS membership ID card to this event to receive a flu shot. Flu shots will be available during the following days and times in conjunction with the Health Risk Assessments in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

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.  

To find more information on other products and services available, visit State of Missouri Employee Discount website.


View T-Mobile's perks for Northwest Missouri State employees »

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.

Get Started with Home Chef

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:

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-19 Vaccine

Wellness Center currently has Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine.  Walk in from 2-3pm Monday through Friday or 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 are due Oct. 1. Evaluation forms are located on myNorthwest. If you have questions or need further assistance, call 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 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, visit Bearcat Food Pantry. 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, contact board members at or visit

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

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 ergonomic practices. To view a complete list of ergonomic suggestions, visit Workstation safety guideline.

Missouri State Emergency Management

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency will be conducting an exercise at the Hughes Fieldhouse and in lot 62 (south of the building) on October 20 and 21, 2021.

Football Parking

Football Game Parking Lot Closing:

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency will be conducting an exercise at the Hughes Fieldhouse and in lot 62 (south of the building) on October 20 and 21, 2021. The lot and facility will be unavailable during those times. 

University Police reminds the campus community that the following lots are reserved for all home football games from 6 A.M. to Midnight.

All remaining vehicles will be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owners’ expense.

View a map of parking lot locations on the Northwest campus »

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.