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Mercy Convenient Care

  • Dislike the sometimes long waits in the Emergency Room?
  • Where else can one go for treatment on a minor illness?

Get quicker and less costly relief by visiting a Mercy Convenient Care Center.

  • No appointments needed
  • Open Seven days a week
  • Open evenings and weekends

Visis mercy.net/quickrelief to downloawd a free Where to Go When guide.

Questions? Call 6-5102 or email HumanResources@Missouristate.edu

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Dine out for Fairbanks

The Drew Lewis Foundation at the Fairbanks is partnering with several locally-owned franchises to raise money to help under-served urban neighborhoods in the community. The Drew Lewis Foundation aims to improve the quality of life in these under-served areas through a variety of ways, “including educational and vocational programs, garden-to-table initiatives, public health services and community events.” The Drew Lewis Foundation is located in the landmark Fairbanks building.

Eat at any of the listed restaurants at the specified day and time to donate.


You may be asked to show one of the images below in order for the funds to be donated to this cause.



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Fall Credit Course Fee Waivers


Benefit Eligible Employees

As a reminder, the deadline for submitting a fee waiver for Fall 2016 is Thursday, December 16.

Below are the instructions if you still need to:

  1. Log in to the MyMissouristate Portal
  2. Click the Profile tab
  3. Scroll down to the Employment Details window
  4. Under Benefits, click Fee Waiver.

Please contact Denise Lofton at 6-5892 in the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions.

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Mercy/Med-Pay Onsite Support – Final 2016 Session

Mercy/Med-Pay onsite support will be available again from 2pm – 4pm December 8 in Carrington 110. This will be the last session this year with the next session during the month of January

This support may be helpful to you if you:

  • Currently participate in the medical health insurance provided by the University
  • Have had any issues with claims or the processing/billing of your claims
  • Wish you had a better understanding of how your benefits worked

No appointment necessary, just show up.

For a complete schedule, please visit the Human Resources site.

Please contact the office of human resources at 6.6616 if you have any questions.

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Today’s the Last Day – Take Action

Make a Plan for 2017

All employees are encouraged to go through the open enrollment process to select, decline and review the benefits that we offer at Missouri State.

You should also complete the Health Risk Appraisal now. If you complete the HRA, avoid tobacco usage (or make a plan to quit), and complete an additional qualifying activity, then you will be eligible to receive a $30/month health insurance premium reduction.

Your benefits

You might be surprised by what we offer for you and your dependents:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance (New Carrier)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Accident Insurance

Since Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long Term Disability are 100 percent paid for by the university, they will not require action on your part.

It’s important to do it NOW – the deadline is 11:59 pm on Dec. 1. Once elections or changes have been made, no changes can be made during the year unless they are due to a qualifying/life changing event, e.g. marriage, divorce, birth, etc.

Enrollment will be online using our Online Benefits Platform. Visit the open enrollment page to begin.

Your elections/changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Contact the Office of Human Resources at 417-836-6616 if you have any questions.

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Cafeteria Plan Enrollment

Enroll in the Cafeteria Plan

The cafeteria plan is a way for you to set aside tax free funds for qualified expenses that you anticipate making in the coming year. December 1 is the last day to enroll in the cafeteria plan. Even if you participated this year, you need to re-enroll if you wish to continue next year. This benefit is sponsored by the State of Missouri.  Please visit the Cafeteria Plan website for details, or go directly to the MOCafe website to enroll.

New this year, part-time employees can enroll in the Dependent Care FSA. Visit the MoCafe site referenced above for details and to begin your enrollment.

Please take these opportunities to structure your benefits to be most beneficial to you and to save on your health insurance premiums! It all depends on YOU! 

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616 or by email at HumanResources@Missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

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Faculty advisers needed for immersion trips

Students lying on the ground in a circle around an MSU flag.Join Missouri State students as we engage in meaningful service, immerse in different cultures, and explore new cities! Community Involvement and Service is looking for faculty members to serve as advisers for immersion trips. These student-led trips will be traveling to different cities in the U.S. to engage students with different social issues and community-based change. There are several trips offered throughout the year:

Fall Weekend Immersion | Nov. 4-6, 2016

  • Homelessness and Hunger: St. Louis, MO
  • Child Welfare: Kansas City, MO

Winter Break Immersion | Jan. 8-14, 2017

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention: Atlanta, GA

Spring Break Immersion | Mar. 12-18, 2017

  • Health and Wellness: Asheville, NC
  • Poverty: Atlanta, GA
  • Homelessness: Chicago, IL
  • Children and Education: Dallas, TX
  • Sustainability: Indianapolis, IN
  • Community Revitalization: New Orleans, LA

For more information about the trips, check out Immersion Programs.

For information about the role of advisers, check out the Faculty Advisors page.

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Open Enrollment Webinars – Last Chance!

Benefit Eligible Employees – 

As part of Open Enrollment, free informational webinars are being offered. This is the last session of the webinars being offered:


Tue, Nov 22, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CST 

Click: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/488168621 
Call In Number:
United States (224) 501-3312 
Access Code: 488-168-621

Call the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616, 6-5102, or contact us via email at HumanResources@Missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

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