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TIAA-CREF Upcoming Visit




TIAA-CREF will be offering Individual Counseling Sessions, where you can discuss your personal financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant on a confidential basis. Brian Buchmeier will be available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

TIAA-CREF can help you simplify your retirement by:

Providing objective advice and asset allocation based on your individual needs:   Showing you how you can obtain a personalized actionable plan; Recommending     fund selections to keep you on track to and through retirement; and Reviewing your retirement income options.

Date                                        Time                                    Location

March 17, 2015                       1pm – 5pm                           PSU 310

March 18, 2015                       8am – 5pm                           PSU 310

March 19, 2015                       8am – 5pm                           PSU 308C

March 20, 2015                       8am – noon                         PSU 310

To schedule a counseling session please call the scheduling group at 1-800-732-8353  



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Mercy/Med-Pay onsite support rescheduled for March 5

Mercy/Med-Pay onsite support will be available again from 10 a.m.-noon March 5 in Carrington 110. The session scheduled for Feb. 26 has been canceled.

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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Be a part of Missouri State’s 110th celebration

CarringtonnCraigMarch 17 marks the 110th  anniversary of the founding of our university. In addition, MSU celebrates ten years as Missouri State University. There will be a variety of events and activities on campus during the week.

Citizen Bears:
One of the projects involves featuring 110 or more students, faculty, staff or alumni who are living the public affairs mission. Participate by submitting yourself or a fellow Bear to be featured online during Missouri State’s birthday week.

How to participate:
Make a social post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Vine or Google+ including #birthdaybears in order to be included on the MSU TagBoard. A suggested post should look like:

_(name)_ is a #CitizenBear because _(reason)_ #birthdaybears

In the “reason” section we encourage you to tag the organizations you or the nominee volunteers. Including a photo or video wearing BearWear in your post is also suggested.

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Nechell Bonds named new director of admissions

BondsThe office of enrollment management and services has named Nechell Bonds the new director of admissions for Missouri State University. Bonds will be responsible for overseeing recruitment and admission of all undergraduate freshman and transfer students.

“Nechell brings experience in admissions from two public institutions similar to MSU in size,” said Don Simpson, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Nechell was especially attracted to the position and the university because of our Public Affairs mission.”

Previously, Bonds was the associate director of admissions at Grand Valley State University from 2001 to 2004 and the director of admissions at Old Dominion University from 2010 to 2012.

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Nominations being accepted for Woman Student of Distinction Award

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Missouri State University’s gender studies program will honor female students who are positively leading their peers with community involvement and support. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate any student displaying the following attributes:


  • Minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Current enrollment at MSU (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Significant on- and off-campus extracurricular involvement
  • Innovation and/or leadership in society, science, technology, culture or other areas
  • Demonstrated commitment to positively influencing the lives of others
  • Evidence of encouragement, mentoring, or support provided to other women

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Nomination is open to all female MSU students currently enrolled.
  • Awards will be given for graduate and undergraduate candidates.
  • The nominating professor is not required to provide a narrative; all nominees will be contacted and asked to provide some information about themselves.
  • Nominees may choose not to apply for the award.
  • Winners will receive a framed certificate. All applicants will be honored at the reception.


Email your nominations with the following information to Shannon Wooden at SRWooden@missouristate.edu by 5 p.m. Feb. 20:

Nominee Name
-Undergraduate or Graduate student

Nominated by


Winners, applicants and nominating professors will be recognized at a reception on March 27.

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2015 Benefit Notice Update


All benefit eligible employees!

In January, an email was sent to all full-time employees regarding their benefits enrollment.  The vendor for the new online Benefit system was testing the system and inadvertently released the e-mails which had errors.  We are working with the vendor to resolve  the problems and send out correct benefit notices within the next few weeks to benefit eligible employees.  When you receive your new benefit notice by email, please be sure it is correct.  We also encourage you to check your most recent payroll stub to ensure accuracy.  If for some reason you have a question, please call the Office of Human Resources at 417-836-6616.

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Web, database, portal and authentication server maintenance scheduled for 6:00 AM Saturday

The three servers that serve the www.secure.missouristate.edu website will be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Anyone using a web application on the www.secure.missouristate.edu website (including some applications linked to via My Missouri State) may be prompted to log in again.

A central MS SQL database server will also be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Several web applications depend on data which resides on that server, so there will be a brief interruption of service for those applications as the database servers restart.

The two servers that serve the mis.missouristate.edu website will also be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Due to server redundancy, this should not produce an interruption of service.

The two servers for the cas.missouristate.edu website will also be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Due to server redundancy, this should not produce an interruption of service.

My Missouri State (my.missouristate.edu) will have a brief interruption of service for system maintenance sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.

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Save for your Future – Deferred Compensation (457b)

The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a visit by our ICMA-RC representative on:

Tuesday, February 10th, 8:30-5:00 in Plaster Student Union Room 315A.

ICMA-RC is the University’s Section 457 (Deferred Compensation) plan provider.

Ms. Deborah Taylor will be available to meet individually with employees who already have a 457 account as well as employees who have questions about such accounts or about starting an investment program with ICMA-RC under 457.  Employees currently in the program are asked to bring their new account access user id and password, if they have set up account via Deferred Comp. website:  www.modeferredcomp.org.  Thirty-minute appointments are being scheduled for interested employees.

Ms. Taylor is also going to have a short presentation for anyone who is NOT currently enrolled in the 457 plan.  The presentation is to discuss the benefits and features of the deferred compensation plan and the process to enroll will start at 8:30 a.m. in PSU Room 315A for interested employees.

Employees who want to meet with Ms. Taylor can use the hyperlink to sign up:  State of Missouri Online Scheduling  this is used for an appointment time or to confirm attendance at the presentation meeting due to limited seating.  (Remember to go ALL THE WAY through the registration to get to the CONFIRMATION #).

Supervisors please post for those without immediate access to a computer

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