Social justice and the roles of allies: How does it look?
Join us as we review a pertinent article written by a person of multicultural heritage to learn how we can be more effective allies. We’ll react to the article and share our ideas and stories while developing a plan of action for being stronger allies for people of diverse groups or cultures in our community and beyond.
Week 1: March 29 at 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., PSU 314 A & B Week 2: April 12 at 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., PSU 312 A & B Facilitator: Rhonda Lesley, director of the counseling center
Tough Talks on the road: College students and inclusion…What do we think we do?
In the past, Facilities Management has transitioned buildings from heating to cooling mode when outdoor temperatures consistently reach highs of approximately 70 degrees and lows remain above 45 degrees. We have developed historical temperature data which indicates these temperatures are normally reached in April. This year has been unseasonably warm at times but we are still experiencing lows below the mid-40’s. We will continue to evaluate the extended weather forecast during the next several weeks and if we find the low temperatures are remaining above the mid-40’s will begin the switch over process.
Though the district chilled water system eliminated some of the complexities of switching buildings from heating to cooling, several of our buildings are still only capable of being in either the heating or cooling mode at any one time. Once we switch from heating to cooling it is difficult and labor intensive to switch back to heating if the need arises, that is why we wait for consistently warm outdoor temperatures before making the switch. Those buildings that are more complex include the following:
Greenwood Lab School
Plaster Stadium west grandstand
University Bookstore (Morris Hall)
This does not apply to facilities within Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services. A separate process is used to determine the timeline for transition from heating to cooling for those buildings. If you have questions regarding the transition from heating to cooling for facilities within Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services you can contact them directly via email at ResidenceLifeFacilities@MissouriState.edu.
Prior to the transition of any building, a message will be posted on the University web site in the Administrative Services Notifications blog. Please subscribe to this blog to ensure you receive notifications. Instructions for subscribing to Administrative Service Notifications can be found online. Please keep in mind that during the transition each building may go from heating, to just forced air ventilation, and finally to cooling.
If the building is in the heating mode and occupants are consistently too warm, please contact the Work Management Center by phone at 836-8400 or by email at WorkManagement@MissouriState.edu. We log this information and take it into consideration with regard to building changeover.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we do our best to serve you.
Vicki Mattocks, director of financial aid, was awarded the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel’s (MASFAP) highest award, the Missouri Award. From associate director Rob Moore:
“The Missouri Award is the highest award bestowed upon a MASFAP member to recognize contributions made to the field of financial aid. Nominations are solicited from the membership prior to the annual fall conference. The selection committee is made up of prior Missouri award recipients. Normally, the Missouri Award is presented at the fall conference, however because Vicki Mattocks was not able to attend, the selection committee let the conference attendees in on the secret of who was selected, swore them to secrecy and plotted with her staff to plan a presentation on MSU’s campus.”
Mattocks was presented with the award Jan. 26.
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Taylor Health and Wellness was among several other college facilities honored at the White House as a White House Health Campus. The event, which occurred Jan. 13, featured First Lady Michelle Obama speaking on how the colleges had made efforts to improve student health and wellness. Jerilyn Reed was on hand to receive the recognition and represent Missouri State University.
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The first payroll is the best time each year to check your deductions and make sure everything is correct for the rest of the year. As you know, Open Enrollment was held from October 3rd to December 1st, 2016. That was the period during which employees reviewed/elected/declined/ or made changes to their benefits for the 2017 calendar year. We encourage employees to check their most recent payroll stub to ensure accuracy with that review and the choices made.
To access your paystub:
Log onto Mymissouristate.edu
Select the Profile tab
Scroll down to Payroll
Click on Pay Stub
Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-65102 if you have any questions.
The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a visit by our ICMA-RC representative on:
Tuesday, January 24,8:30-3:00 in Plaster Student UnionRoom 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.
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