Management Update - February 2018

February 2018

Volume 15 | Issue 9

HR Training Registration System Name Change

ABC Signup, the registration platform supported by Human Resources, Training and Development department, is changing its name to Learning Stream. Learning Stream's registration management solution is designed to handle the unique challenges of education and training professionals across industries. Justice Technology Consulting LLC is the company behind ABC Signup and Learning Stream. Although the look and feel will be different for end-users, the new registration tool remains user-friendly. You will still use your FlashLine credentials to log in. 

If you have trouble accessing your courses or would like additional information, please contact Rene Romine at 330-672-0898 or email the department at

Mark Your Calendars - Spring Employee Recognition Events

KSU Appreciates You Visits Stark Campus

This event is for you - for all you do! Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Science and Nursing Building, Room 101, as we celebrate everyone who makes Kent State University a great place to work. Registration required

Employee Appreciation Day Coming Soon (NEW DATE)

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the Kent Student Center Ballroom will turn into a fun-filled employee appreciation event.

In addition to the daytime festivities, a special evening Employee Appreciation event will be held for second- and third-shift workers from 10-11:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on March 20. More information to come.

Office Support Staff Recognition Program
The event will be held Wednesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. This luncheon recognizes university employees who provide office support throughout Kent State's campuses. Invitations will be mailed the first week in April. Managers and supervisors should schedule coverage for their respective units so invitees may attend.

If you have questions, please contact the Employee Engagement and Outreach office at 330-672-2100 or

Employee Wellness

Gaining Resiliency, Optimism and Confidence

The session will be livestreamed; all-employee; all-campus access

This lunch-and-learn opportunity will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Employees may participate on the Kent Campus in 107 Heer Hall or via livestream to any location with internet access. 

Our presenter will be Thomas O'Reilly, M.S., PCC, from Impact Solutions. Mr. O'Reilly will examine the human traits of resiliency, optimism and confidence. He will discuss and explore what promotes or erodes these traits in a person's life, and how to gain new skills to develop resiliency, optimism and confidence during tough times. 

Registration is required whether participating in-person or via livestreaming. Please follow the following links for registration:

All employees are welcome to participate. For full-time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way employee incentive program, this session is worth 10 Tier Two wellness reward points for 2018.


Final On-site Health Screenings at Heer Hall on the Kent Campus

As part of the Wellness Your Way employee incentive program, all full-time, benefits-eligible employees are invited to attend an onsite health screening (you do not have to be covered by the university-sponsored health plan to take advantage of this onsite service).

Screenings conducted between September 2017 and April 30, 2018, will go toward the employee Tier One requirements for 2018. Once all requirements are complete for Tier One, eligible employees will receive their $150 wellness award. The deadline for completing Tier One is April 30, 2018.

If you have not already scheduled an on-site health screening, note that sessions fill up quickly. You must register in advance for your appointment on the Be Well Portal at Remaining dates are as follows:

  • Jan. 31 from 10 p.m.-midnight (geared toward 3rd shift)
  • Feb. 21 from 3-5 p.m. (geared toward 2nd shift)
  • Feb. 8 from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 13 from 6-8 a.m. 
  • Feb. 22 from 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Find instructions for setting up your Be Well appointment. Employees who have completed a health screening on or after Sept. 1, 2017, do not have to complete another one for 2018. Also, if you prefer to have your health screening done in your physician's office, simply print the Physician Screening Form from the Be Well website at, have your physician complete the form, and send the results directly to Be Well at the address shown on the form by April 30.


If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the Employee Wellness office at 330-672-0392 or


Take a Tour of Impact Solutions

The IMPACT Solutions Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers an array of resources and services available to employees and their families. IMPACT can assist with various work/life issues, such as eldercare, personal finances, family or marriage counseling, smoking cessation, resiliency skills training and so much more.

By participating in this informational webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 10-11 a.m., you will learn much more about how Impact Solutions can support you with a range of services and resources that promote healthier, more balanced living. With its enhanced web portal, IMPACT will introduce you to new resources, such as the Savings Center, Financial Fitness Center and Personal Growth resources.

This webinar will be led by Lisa Kirby, a member of the IMPACT Solutions Team. Ms. Kirby will guide you in learning all about these valuable resources and answer questions during this interactive webinar, which is encouraged for all full- and part-time employees and their supervisors and managers. For individuals participating in the Wellness Your Way employee wellness incentive program, this session is worth 10 Tier Two Wellness Your Way points.

Make sure to register for this invaluable showcase of services. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hauge, director of employee wellness, at 330-672-7505 or

Career Exploration and Development is Hosting Its Annual Spring Career Fair

Event: Spring Internship, Co-op and Career Fair

Date: Thursday, Feb. 22

Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Kent State Student Recreation and Wellness Center

This event is open to ALL Kent State students or alumni of ALL majors who are seeking full-time employment, co-op or internship opportunities. Please assist by spreading the word to your student employees!

In addition, please encourage prospective attendees to:

For more information, contact Kristen Washington at

New Adobe Creative Cloud Agreement

The Division of Information Services is pleased to announce it has finalized an agreement with Adobe Systems Inc. Kent State faculty and staff can now get discounted Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions for their university-owned computers. The cost to their departments is only $100 per year per subscription. Please work with your local support personnel to acquire a subscription. If your department is not able to provide you with a subscription, you may purchase one for your personal computer for only $75 per year. 


In addition, Kent State students can purchase Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions for only $75 per year. Students must purchase their subscriptions at Please encourage them to do so. This agreement will save Kent State students more than $1 million per year.


In support of the Adobe Creative Cloud agreement, Information Services  will be offering additional workshops on Adobe applications. These workshops will be featured on various days and times throughout the semester, including two Adobe Days on Feb. 2 and April 6, where all workshops will feature an Adobe application. Please view schedule and register for workshops at Additionally, Information Services provides full access to (via, which has a multitude of self-paced online video tutorials on all Adobe applications in the suite.


As always, TechHelp workshops and access to are free to all Kent State students, faculty and staff.

Dates to Remember

February is Black History Month

Feb. 3
National Wear Red Day

Feb. 4
Rosa Parks Day

Feb. 7
Employee, Family and Friends Appreciation Days, Women's and Men's Basketball: Women vs. Miami of Ohio, 4:30 p.m., Men vs. University of Akron, 7 p.m.

Feb. 10 
College of Podiatric Medicine Spring Classes End (third-year students)

Feb. 12
Lincoln's Birthday


Feb. 12-23
College of Podiatric Medicine Spring Finals (third-year students)


Feb. 14
Valentine's Day

Feb. 19
Presidents Day (university open)

Feb. 24
Employee, Family and Friends Appreciation Days, Men's Basketball: Bowling Green vs. Golden Flashes, 6 p.m. 


Tell Us What You Think 


This e-newsletter is designed to keep you, the managers and supervisors, informed. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think of it, along with any comments or suggestions. You may contact us at We look forward to hearing from you.   

POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 02:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 02:54 PM