Management Update

State Minimum Wage Increase

The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced that Ohio’s minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2019, from $8.30 to $8.55 per hour.  More information on Ohio’s 2019 minimum wage is available on the Department of Commerce website.

With this increase, the Student Employment Pay Plan will be adjusted accordingly. 

Please keep in mind that departments do not need to take action on the minimum wage increase.  Student Employment will adjust the hourly wage for all students who are below the new minimum pay rate for each of the three pay levels effective Jan. 1, 2019.  Student employees who are already at or above the new minimums will not have their pay rates adjusted.  If you wish to increase the hourly wage for a student employee who is at or above the new minimums, please submit a Pay Raise Request Form.

Feel free to contact Ami Hollis at 28380 or ahollis@kent.edu for more information.

 

Kent State Veterans Day Ceremony

All are invited to pay tribute to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. A special invitation is extended to Kent State faculty, staff, students and community members who are veterans, active service members, or who have family members in the military.

Kent State will hold its annual Veterans Day Commemoration on Thurs., Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva.

 The program, Honoring All Who Serve, will include:

  • A flag-raising ceremony conducted by a joint color guard from the Army and Air Force ROTC programs on the Student Green at Risman Plaza at 10:30 a.m.
  • National Anthem and Service Song Medley performed by Momentum (Kent State student organization) and Kent State Flasher Brass Pep Band, respectively.
  • Remarks from Kent State President Beverly Warren.
  • Guest speaker Captain Russell Galeti, Jr. ’05, who has over 20 years of ongoing service in the Ohio Army National Guard. He serves as the Civil-Military Partnerships Officer in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

For up-to-date information, please visit www.kent.edu/veteransday.

Guests seeking an accommodation in order to attend this event should contact the Office of Compliance, EOAA 330.672.2038 or aa_eeo@kent.edu prior to the event date to discuss their request.

 

Fall Rec and Play Day is Friday, Nov. 2!

Get re-energized at our Fall Rec and Play Day on Fri., Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

During Rec & Play Day, you'll have an opportunity to pick and choose from a variety of fun activities, such as archery, badminton, Giant Jenga, spinning classes, rock climbing, Bullzibucket (next generation corn hole), and more! 

In addition, we'll have light refreshments and opportunities to win prizes, mix and mingle with co-workers, and learn what's new for 2019 from your Employee Wellness team. 

Kent State Dining Services and Recreational Services staff will also be on hand to share in the festivities and provide updates on what's new in dining and rec.

All full- and part-time faculty and staff are invited. As you visit various activity stations and information tables, get your card stamped and you can enter your completed card into our prize drawings. We have lots of fun giveaways!

Registration is requested for refreshment purposes. Click here to register. All activities will take place in the lower level basketball courts. An information page for Rec & Play Day can be found here

For questions, contact Employee Wellness at 330-672-0392 or wellness@kent.edu. We can't wait to see you there!

 

"Know Your Numbers" Sign Up Today for Health Screenings and/or Flu Clinics

The following onsite dates remain to get your jump start on 2019 for your "Know Your Numbers" health screening and/or flu vaccine. Follow the "How to Schedule" instructions below as registration is required.
 

Date

Location

Time

Nov. 6*

Kent, Student Center Balcony

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Dec. 6*

Kent, Student Center Balcony

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 15

Heer Hall, Wellness Resource Room

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 23

Heer Hall, Wellness Resource Room

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 7

Heer Hall, Wellness Resource Room

7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

*Indicates “Know Your Numbers” health screening available AND flu vaccine clinic also available at same time/location. May register for either option or both. Bring your insurance ID card for the flu vaccine clinic.

How to Schedule Your Appointment

  • Once you are logged in, select "My Appointments," then "Worksite Screening." Choose the date and location that best meets your schedule. Please keep in mind that you will need to fast for 8 to 10 hours prior to your health screening and blood draw is via a finger prick.
  • To complete or update your online health risk assessment for 2019, while logged into Be Well, select "My Wellness" and then select "Health Risk Assessment." 
  • Results of your screening remain confidential at all times and will be provided directly to you by Be Well at the time of screening.

For questions regarding the Be Well portal or wellness point tracking, please contact Be Well directly at 1-888-WEL-SERV (935-7378). For all other questions, you may contact the Employee Wellness Office at 330-672-0392 or wellness@kent.edu.

Employee Health Coaching: Sessions Available to Support Your Wellness Goals

Health coaching is provided by Be Well Solutions as part of our employee wellness program for all full-time, benefits-eligible employees on all campuses. Health coaching appointments are individualized, 30-minute sessions with certified health coaches who have expertise in a variety of areas, including exercise, nutrition, diabetes management, stress management, tobacco cessation and general health. Appointments are available face-to-face or telephonically to suit all schedules and are unlimited.

The next onsite health coaching dates are Wed., Nov. 7, and Tues., Nov. 20. All onsite sessions take place in 103 Heer Hall in the Employee Wellness Room. To schedule your coaching session, simply do the following:

1. Login to your personal Health Portal at portal.bewelldata.com. If you have not yet set up a Be Well account, see instructions for first-time login here

2. Under My Appointments select Worksite Coaching. Choose the date and time that fits your schedule. Spaces are limited.

Onsite Visits Don't Fit Your Schedule? We Have a Solution for That!

Sign Up for Telephonic Coaching and Get Started Immediately

If an on-site health coaching visit doesn't fit into your schedule, unlimited telephonic health coaching is also an option and is available Monday-Friday year-round.  To take advantage of this offer to work on your individual health goals, simply login to Be Well at portal.bewelldata.com and select "My Appointments" and "Telephonic Coaching." You will be able to quickly set up your first session and you’re on your way!

Each health coaching session is worth 10 Wellness Your Way incentive points towards your Tier 2 total for individuals participating in the Wellness Your Way incentive program.

Note: Onsite health coaching appointments open at the beginning of each month for the following month. If you find it necessary to cancel after securing an appointment, please notify Be Well immediately at 1-888-935-7378.

For questions or assistance with registration or coaching, you may contact Be Well Solutions directly at 1-888-935-7378.

 

IMPACT Solutions Provides Expanded Eldercare Services
IMPACT is the university-sponsored employee assistance program for all Kent State employees

Caregiving for a loved one with chronic health conditions can be overwhelming at times. It can be very confusing to understand all the available options, services, and professionals who are providing care while balancing the demands of work and family. 

Your IMPACT Solutions Employee Assistance Program now offers expanded resources to help caregivers address these challenges. Expanded services include: 

  • Up to three months of unlimited telephonic access to a care c­­­­onsultant for family caregivers of older adults with chronic health conditions.
  • Assessment, action planning, and ongoing support to create practical solutions for family needs.
  • Personalized assistance to help connect caregivers to available services and resources in the community.
  • Coaching on how to effectively communicate with doctors and other health care providers.
  • Strategies to help organize assistance from family members and friends so it is most beneficial to the caregiver and the older adult.

To learn more about IMPACT's expanded eldercare resources, simply contact IMPACT at 1-800-227-6007. As a reminder, all of IMPACT's services are available to full- and part-time Kent State employees, their dependents in and away from home, all household members, and parents/parents-in-law.

Turbine Testing Scheduled During Veterans Day Holiday

Kent State University itself generates a large portion of the power used on the Kent Campus and at times can in fact supply all the power requirements for the campus. In order to test the operation and integrity of the power generation, control and distribution systems, a test of the turbines will be performed on Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, when the university is closed in observance of Veterans Day. The turbine test is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately two hours. 

The purpose of the exercise is to test the turbines’ ability to power the Kent Campus without being connected to the Ohio Edison grid. If all goes as planned, the test will be completed without any interruption in power. If the test is not successful, the Kent Campus will experience a short power outage while the university switches back to normal electric grid power. If this happens, the power is expected to be off for approximately five minutes.

An email will be sent to the building curator listserv to let them know of any interruptions in power during the testing period and to confirm that the test has been completed.

Kent Campus employees are asked to take appropriate precautions by shutting off all computers and any unnecessary equipment before leaving for the day on Friday, Nov. 9.

Questions should be directed to Frank Renovich, associate director, Energy Operations, at 330-672-0775 or frenovi2@kent.edu.

 

Register for Kent State of Wellness Mindfulness Training

Learn mindfulness and meditation skills to better manage stress

 

Discover how to incorporate mindfulness skills and meditation into your life to better manage stress during a free, four-week, 75-minute mindfulness class at Kent State University.

 

Kent State of Wellness, a university-level initiative to promote health and wellness, is offering Kent State faculty, staff and students the opportunity to participate in Koru Mindfulness training, an evidence-based training specifically designed for emerging adults. Students who practiced Koru Mindfulness were found to be:

 

·      Less stressed;

·      More mindful;

·      More rested; and

·      Reported greater self-compassion.

 

Kent State faculty and staff can use these skills for themselves and also help their students become more mindful and better manage stress.

 

Melissa Celko, director of Kent State of Wellness and a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher, will facilitate the classes.

 

Register for Koru Mindfulness Training


Participants will receive a free Koru Mindfulness book.

 

Fall 2018 Semester:

Nov. 19 and 26, and Dec. 3 and 10 (5:30-6:45 p.m.)
DeWeese Health Center, Lower Level, Conference Room A

Register here

 

Spring 2019 Semester:

Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 (5:30-6:45 p.m.)
DeWeese Health Center, Lower Level, Conference Room A

Register here

 

For more information, visit www.kent.edu/stateofwellness/meditation/koru or contact Ms. Celko at mcelko1@kent.edu.

 

Title IX Training for Faculty and Staff

Please join us for our facilitator-led Title IX Workshop on Wed., Nov. 7, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Heer Hall, Room 107. This session will give an overview of the university's 5-16.2 policy of gender discrimination, gender/sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking and intimate partner violence. This workshop counts toward one hour of your annual Beyond Compliance credit. 

Space is limited. Please register.

 

Watch Out for Toner Scam
The Procurement Office staff is advising employees who deal with copier/printer supplies to be aware of an active toner scam.
 
The scam involves a phone call from someone checking to see if the department has received their automatic black toner renewal from Xerox. The caller then says there should have also been a color toner with the shipment and offers to send one out. In order to do this, the caller says the department will be invoiced directly and asks for confirmation of contact information.

Kent State has a partnership with ComDoc/Xerox for copiers, printers and associated supplies, and does not contact departments via phone for this type of purchase. All toner transactions from ComDoc will be transparent to the user.  
If you receive a phone call about toner purchases, please do not give out any contact information to the caller and please notify Procurement at copi@kent.edu.
 

 

Dates to Remember

Nov. 2             
Open Enrollment Healthcare Benefits closes
Faculty/Staff Rec & Play Day!  11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Nov. 7
State of the University Address
Kent Student Center Kiva, 3 p.m.
Reception to follow in the Kent Student Center, Room 204

Nov. 8             
Kent State's Veterans Day Recognition Program, Kent Student Center Kiva. Please visit www.kent.edu/veteransday for details.

Nov. 11           
Veterans Day (Campuses closed Nov. 12)

Nov. 22           
Thanksgiving Day (Campuses closed)

Nov. 23           
Columbus Day Observed (Campuses closed)