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August 2022 | HR Monthly Bulletin

Please welcome our new bearcats!


Karima Alabasi
Assistant Professor

Derrick Cessorsmo
Facility Services

Guangzhou Chen
Assistant Professor



Jessica Cook
HM Faculty 3rd/4th Grade

Matthew Cook 
Assistant Professor

MaKayla Cross
Transcript Specialist


Coltin Dorrell
University Police Department

Beth Gregory
Assistant Professor
Professional Education



Amy Haddock 
HM Faculty: P-T Music
Horace Mann


Polly Havard
HM: P-T Instructional Aide
Horace Mann

Amy Hillard
Assistant Professor 

Paul Hindemith
Assistant Professor


Chanwoo Jin
Assistant Professor 


Kyunjoong Kim
Assistant Professor 


Hunter Lambdin
P-T Assistant Softball Coach


Jesse Lane
Assistant Professor

Gene Martin


Tanner McKinney
University Police


Thomas Merlot
Director of International Involvement Center
International Involvement Center


Kyle Miller
Assistant Professor
Mass Media


Mohammad Mobarok
Assistant Professor 
Agricultural Sciences


Michelle Pence

Oscar Perez-Hernandez
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Sciences


Bao Pham
Assistant Professor
Mathematics and Statistics


Tina Pulley
Assistant Professor
Health & Physical Education

Kaleatha Roberts
Assistant Professor
Professional Education


Grace Stephens
Career Services Specialist
Career Services


Ann Stiens
HM Faculty: Associate Teacher
Horace Mann

William Sutton


Jacob Tuell
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Sciences


Jonathan Uhl
Assistant Professor

Rachel Valarde
Assistant Professor



Kelli Wilmes

Sarah Winters
HM Faculty: T-K Teacher
Horace Mann

Fan Yang
Assistant Professor
Mass Media


Scott Yocom
Assistant Professor
Textbook Services


Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to these employees for their milestone years of service
in August 2022!

5 Years

Johnnah Baugher Instructor Professional Education
Matthew Bax Instructor School of Agricultural Sciences
Debra Brown Assistant Professor/Associate Chair Music
Linda Hersh Custodian Facility Services
Abdelmonaem Jornaz Assistant Professor Mathematics & Statistics
Alex Kirt Associate Professor Mass Media
Tamara Lynn Assistant Professor Professional Education
Michael McVinua Academic Success Coach NW Kansas City
Chase O'Gwin Assistant Professor  Psychology
Joseph Tomasso Assistant Professor Music

10 Years

Daniel Biegelson Senior Instructor English
Steven Bliley Plumber Maintenance
Stancy Bond Senior Instructor English
Elizabeth Bressler Data Analyst Institutional Research
Steven Chappell Instructor/Director of Student Publications Mass Media
Alex Cruz Associate Director of IR Institutional Research
Joy Daggs Associate Professor Communication
Bryan Freemeyer Groundskeeper Landscape Services
Mary Shields HM Faculty: Resource Teacher Horace Mann
Connie Wallace Custodian Custodial Services

 15 Years

Allison Hoffmann AVP Admissions/Student Success Admissions and Student Success
Rebecca Lobina Director Continuous Professional Education Northwest Kansas City 
Jeffery Nickerson Senior Instructor Management
Robert Veasey Director of Fitness and Informal Recreation Campus Recreation

20 Years

LeAnne Carmichael RN  Wellness Services
Gregg Dieringer Professor Biology
Rebecca Dunnell Professor Music
Brian Hesse Associate Professor Political Science
John Pope Associate Professor Geology
David Richardson Associate Professor Physics
David Vlieger Assistant Professor Mathematics & Statistics

 25 Years

Brian Haile Associate Professor/Chair Mathematics & Statistics
Rochelle Hiatt Professor Counseling
Rafiq Islam Professor Chemistry
Carol McCulloch Accounts Receivable Clerk Student Account Services/Cashiering
Michael Steiner Associate Provost/Undergraduate Dean College of Arts & Sciences
Amee Wilmes Assistant Director of Financial Assistance Financial Assistance

 45 Years

Michael Jackson Senior Network Administrator Information Technology

Policy & Required Training Updates

Mandatory training

Northwest is again partnering with Vector SafeColleges to provide training related to a variety of topics throughout the 2022-2023 academic year.

Additional Training Opportunities

RESPOND Training

The dates for the 2022-23 RESPOND trainings have been set. Register at

Staff dates are Aug. 30-31 or Jan. 30-31. The two-day training sessions are 3 to 5 p.m., and attendance on both days is required to receive credit.

Student dates are Sept. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m., Oct. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m., Feb. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m., March 21 from 1 to 5 p.m., and April 15 from 1 to 5 p.m.

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.

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Contact Giselle Greenidge 


Contact Elyssa Ford 

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Employee Resource Groups

These employee-led groups aim to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace. Contact each group individually. 

Diversity Groups

Staff Council

Northwest Staff Council represents a unified voice for all Northwest staff. To learn about staff, upcoming events or voice 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 who have gone above and beyond and deserve recognition. Each month Staff Council representatives will send links from the previous month’s Kudoboard, so employees may view all of the kudos and see if you received a shout-out. We encourage everyone to use this frequently as a way to say thanks to our coworkers who work so hard.

You can now access the Kudoboard at myNorthwest. To view past Kudoboards and submit a shout-out, visit


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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.

Family Guidance partnership to assist employees

Northwest is committed to providing employees with a resource to assist with mental health needs.

The University has established a partnership with Cali Lloyd at Family Guidance, who can provide assistance to employees with locating available resources based on need. Cali will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. In addition to those days, she can be available as needed by appointment.

Contact Cali via email at

This service is confidential, and employees will work directly with Cali for assistance.

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1127.

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.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All Northwest employees are eligible to use 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. It 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

Benefits & Wellness Information

Upcoming Health Risk Assessment Event

Mark your calendars, the 2022 health risk assessment event is scheduled for the below dates and times. An email will be sent in early September when registration for the event is open. 

Health insurance is an important tool for your personal health and wellness. Every year Northwest hosts the Health Risk Assessments, sponsored by our health care provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. The Health Risk Assessment provides important information about your health and can help detect or prevent major chronic illness. We encourage you to understand your numbers and risks and feel empowered to make more informed choices regarding your health.

BlueKC SmartShopper

BlueKC is partnering with Sapphire Digital to offer SmartShopper, an incentive platform that can save members money on healthcare expenses every time they select a reward-eligible, lower-cost care for qualifying procedures such as MRIs, colonoscopies or blood work. 

SmartShopper is embedded within the provider finder and cost estimator tools in your portal. To watch a short video about SmartShopper, click here.

MOSERS educational programs

MOSERS offers educational programs to help members learn information about their benefits as they progress through their career and experience different life events along the way. 

Newer Employees and MOSERS Webinars: Start learning about the state benefits administered by MOSERS.

Mid-Career Webinar: Learn how different career and life events may affect your pension benefit.

Ready to Retire Sessions: Learn about the retirement process and how different decisions may impact your pension benefit.

Stay up to date and visit frequently for more information, including schedules and how to register. 

MyBlueKC mobile app includes virtual care

Blue KC offers members digital tools to allow quick access to health insurance plan information to support them along their health journey.

Today, many members enjoy the convenience of Blue KC Virtual Care from their mobile device or laptop computer. Virtual care offers a fast, simple way to see a doctor 24/7 for sick care or to make an appointment with a behavioral health provider.

The Blue KC Virtual Care has moved from its own, standalone app to the MyBlueKC mobile app. This change means virtual care is now a feature in an app that members frequently use. With just a few taps, members can have a video visit with a doctor as well as get benefit information, view claims, download digital ID cards, and connect to health and wellness programs – all in one place. Make sure you have updated to the latest version of the MyBlueKC mobile app through your device settings for the virtual care functionality.

For instructions on how to get the MyBlueKC app, click here

Reimbursement for over-the-counter COVID tests

On Jan. 10, the Biden administration released new guidance requiring health plans to reimburse covered individuals for over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 diagnostic tests. This policy went into effect Saturday, Jan. 15, and will remain in effect through the end of the public health emergency.

Coverage is limited to eight tests per covered individual per 30-day period for OTC rapid antigen diagnostic tests. Tests must be for personal use, not for employment purposes, have not or will not be reimbursed by another source and may not be resold. OTC COVID-19 tests purchased prior to Jan. 15, 2022, are not eligible for reimbursement.

How does it work?

Eight OTC tests with no out-of-pocket expense

Members who have pharmacy benefits through Blue KC are eligible to obtain eight tests directly from their local in-network pharmacy with no out-of-pocket costs. They simply show their Blue KC member ID card at an in-network pharmacy and ask them to process up to eight tests through the pharmacy benefit*. Please note, members are limited to a maximum of eight tests with no out-of-pocket costs at the in-network pharmacy; the tests can be obtained all at once, or incrementally over time, but cannot exceed the maximum of eight. Members who purchase OTC COVID-19 tests and pay out of pocket can be reimbursed as described below. Additional tests are limited to eight per 30-day period per member.

*If the pharmacy will not process the member’s test(s) through their pharmacy benefit the member is asked to follow the subsequent test reimbursement direction listed below.

OTC test reimbursement:

Individuals will be reimbursed for 100 percent of the cost of the test. Sales tax and delivery charges are not covered and will not be reimbursed. Individuals can use this form to request reimbursement for tests. Please note the reimbursement eligibility requirements, including the link to a list of FDA-approved tests, are listed at the top of the form.

Types of tests eligible for no out-of-pocket expense and/or reimbursement:

Tests must be authorized or approved by the FDA. For a list of EUA authorized tests, click here and enter OTC into the list search box located under the article titled "Individual EUAs for Antigen Diagnostic Tests for SARS-CoV-2" and above the table. The list may be subject to change. Please note, tests must be self-administered and self-read. Any COVID-19 test that requires a healthcare provider to administer or read is not eligible under this OTC benefit but may be eligible under your medical benefits.

Beware of financial planning emails

It has come to our attention that some employees have received emails from financial planning companies implying they are partnered with MOSERS. The content of the emails suggests that members must pay for a meeting with a retirement counselor and that they can learn how to increase their retirement savings. This is inaccurate. MOSERS has not authorized any outside financial planners to advise our members on their MOSERS benefits. 

As a reminder, the services offered through MOSERS and MO Deferred Comp are provided to MOSERS members at no cost. In regard to increasing their retirement savings, MOSERS members have the ability to meet with MO Deferred Comp financial education professionals to help make savings decisions as they prepare for retirement.

We advise all MOSERS members to stay vigilant and double-check the addresses of email senders before clicking any links. 

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 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.

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 also may earn points for completing health actions and can potentially win digital gift cards to retailers such as Amazon, Target and Walmart.

For information about logging in to your AHY portal, visit Accessing A Healthier You. To learn how to earn points and be entered into the gift card sweepstakes, click here

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, 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 the fees and memberships.  

The Mozingo Outdoor Education and Recreation Area (MOERA) is located nine miles east of 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 or 660.562.1759 for information and reservations. 

View campus recreation hours by clicking here

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.

Employee Discounts


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Home Chef

Home Chef is recognizing our nation’s educators and school support personnel with a 50 percent 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 already are a customer, you can verify with on the payment page of your account to begin receiving 10 percent off all future orders.

Campus Parking

Football game parking lot closures

The purpose of closing parking lots during football games is to provide accessible parking and augment institutional costs 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 days. Lot 25 (the lower lot adjacent to the Administration Building) is periodically reserved for visitor tailgating on game days. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed from all lots at 6 a.m. 

Lot 62 has 17 reserved spots for RV tailgating. Individuals who have reserved parking spaces have access, starting at 6:30 p.m. the day before home games until noon on the day after home games; special hours occur during Homecoming weekend. All parking lots that allow tailgating are open five hours prior to game time.

Click here for additional tailgating information.


Hughes Fieldhouse Walking Hours

Beginning Monday, August 15th Hughes Fieldhouse will be open until 1:00 p.m. Monday -Friday.  The additional hour will allow our campus and community members to take advantage of the indoor space over lunch, a popular time for people to get some exercise. Opening time will remain the same, 8:00 a.m. Please enter through the south doors and feel free to contact Campus Recreation at (660) 562-1606 if you have any questions. Parking is allowed south of the facility during this time.


Authorization for Fee Reduction

The Authorization for Fee Reduction form used to request and authorize fee reductions for faculty, staff, senior citizens, retirees and dependents of faculty, staff and retirees is now an online Dynamic Form. To complete the form, login with your network ID and password.  Please be sure to complete the form prior to the first day of the semester.  The form is available through the Student Account Services website.  

COVID-19 vaccine

The Wellness Center is offering Pfizer vaccine for first and second doses as well as first and second boosters.

Call Wellness Services at 660.562.1348 if you are interested in a vaccine. Wellness Services will provide the vaccines once five people are registered to avoid wasting vaccine.

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 

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. Monday through Friday.

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.

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 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

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.