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Universal Life 101: Tip 1

Guaranteed Issue

Guaranteed issue is when a health insurance company offers/issues a policy to an applicant without the need for the applicant to be screened through health questions or medical review and possibly turned down for coverage. In other words, everyone qualifies! Therefore anytime an offer of guaranteed issue life insurance presents itself one should take the opportunity, if possible and affordable.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616 if you have in questions.

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Mercy/Med-Pay Onsite Support – August Session

Mercy/Med-Pay onsite support will be available again from 2pm – 4pm August 27 in Carrington 110.

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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Save for your Future – Deferred Compensation (457b)

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

Monday, August 24, 8:30-5:00 in Plaster Student Union Room 309.

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 309 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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TIAA-CREF Upcoming Visit




TIAA-CREF will be offering Individual Counseling Sessions onsite, where you can discuss your personal financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant on a confidential basis. Melvin Ballenger will be available to discuss achieving 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

August 11, 2015                       8am – 5pm                           Hill Hall 100

August 12, 2015                       8am – 5pm                           Hill Hall 100

August 13, 2015                       8am – 12pm                         Hill Hall 100

To schedule a counseling session please call the scheduling group at 1-800-732-8353  or by going to www.tiaa-cref.org/schedulenow.  



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Employee Assistance Program – (EAP)

Attention: Benefit Eligible Employees

Did you know you could get free help and benefits through the Employee Assistance Program?

Available benefits and services range from free counseling sessions to simply obtaining guidance on legal and financial decisions. All contacts you make are confidential and not disclosed to the University.

  • Schedule an EAP session online: You can schedule an EAP session online by logging in to ndbh.com
  • Assess your stress: an online toolkit is available to help you understand your stress level and tools for better managing your stress (Please contact HR for the company code)
  • Sign up for weekly emails: helpful and motivational weekly tips are directly sent to inboxes through e-Directions

Click the link below to learn more on how to take advantage of this free and confidential benefit available to Missouri State Employees.

Employee Assistance Program

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616 if you have any questions about how the Employee Assistance Program works.

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Considering Retirement?


All Employees

If you are considering retiring and would like to receive guidance please visit the link below for more information.

Retirement Information

If you need additional assistance after going over the information referenced in the link above, we invite you to contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616 and request to set up an appointment to meet with Julie Dubinsky, Associate Director of Human Resources.

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Ken McClure to retire after nine years at Missouri State

Headshot of Ken McClureKen McClure, vice president for administrative and information services, will retire on July 1.

McClure began working at Missouri State in 2006 as the associate vice president for administrative services after serving as Governor Matt Blunt’s chief of staff. As associate vice president, he led four major areas within the administrative and information services unit, including environmental management; facilities management; planning, design and construction; and safety and transportation.

In 2008, McClure was named interim vice president for administrative and information services and was eventually hired to fill the position permanently. Some of his responsibilities in this position included overall leadership for the unit and adding the specific areas of human resources, computer services and University Staff Ambassadors.

During his career, McClure has been active in a number of organizations, including the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Symphony, United Way of the Ozarks, Springfield Area Council of Churches and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation.

McClure was recently elected to the Springfield City Council and looks forward to spending more time with his children and grandchildren, as well as writing several historical book perspectives on Missouri politics.

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Summer Credit Course Fee Waivers


Summer Fee Waivers processed on June 12, 2015. Please check your bills/account statements.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a small window of approximately one week to make your payment before the next new billing is issued. Tuition payments made prior to the second billing will avoid finance charges on the tuition amounts paid.

Visit Summer 2015 Fee Payment and Refund Schedules for additional information on deadlines.

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


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Mobile mammogram bus to visit campus

Mercy’s Mobile Mammogram Bus will be on campus June 10 as a part of Wellness on Tour. The bus will be located at the Plaster Student Union Center Circle Drive 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Annual mammograms are recommended for women age 40 and over. The screening can detect a lump as early as seven years before one can be felt. Wellness on Tour is an extension of the Mercy Springfield Brest Center. X-rays will be read by Mercy mammography radiologists.

To schedule an appointment, call (417) 820-2790.

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Learn more about the International Friends Program

International students will be arriving in large numbers in Springfield this summer from around the world to attend classes at Missouri State University.  They don’t know anyone and need a friend to help in navigating the campus and immediate community. Please consider partnering with the International Friends Program by becoming a friend to one of these students.

Sign up to be a friend for one semester and meet with the student once a month to introduce them to the American culture and make them feel welcomed to the community.  In return you will learn about their country and culture and gain a life-long friend in the process.

Sign up now at www.international.missouristate.edu/friends. Contact Joyce Eddy, Coordinator of International Friends, at 836-8943 for more information.


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