Management Update - November 2017

November 2017

Volume 15 | Issue 5

Turbine Testing Scheduled in November


Kent State University generates a large portion of the power used on the Kent Campus and at times can 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 Friday, Nov. 10, when the university will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. 


The purpose of the exercise is to test the turbines' ability to power the Kent Campus without being connected to the Ohio Edison grid. The turbine test is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately two hours. 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 brief power outage while the university switches back to utility power. If this happens, the power is expected to be off for approximately five minutes.


Upon completion of the test, an email will be sent to the building curator listserv to let them know of any interruptions in power during the testing period.  


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


Questions should be directed to Frank Renovich , D. Eng., associate director for energy operations, at 330-672-0775 or

Page Up Update -- Revised Dates

The Human Resources Talent Acquisition team continues to work on the new applicant tracking system with the new vendor, Page Up. As the project team is completing the final phase of this very important initiative, we will begin the training process later in November 2017. We are planning on a go-live date of Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

Additional updates will be provided in the upcoming weeks to internal department users (hiring managers), including how to sign up for the training sessions. Please direct questions to the Talent Acquisition Office at 330-672-2100 or

Save the Date for Veterans Recognition Program

Kent State University will hold its annual Veterans Day observance on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 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.
  • Remarks from Kent State President Beverly Warren.
  • Guest speaker Kevin Lacz, a decorated former U.S. Navy SEAL and author of The New York Times bestselling memoir The Last Punisher. He is also the co-star of the blockbuster movie American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper.
  • Mr. Lacz will also speak Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom, where he will present on the importance of taking risks. A book signing will follow. This speech is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

All are invited to come and pay tribute to America's veterans. 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. Refreshments will be offered in the Kent Student Center Kiva lobby.

The 2017-18 Holiday Schedule

Kent State University's holiday closure schedule for 2017 will begin Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at 10:30 p.m. All offices will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

  • The December biweekly pay will be on Dec. 8 and 22. The December semimonthly pay will be on Dec. 15 and 22
  • The January biweekly pay will be on Jan. 5 and 19. The January semi-monthly pay will be on Jan. 12 and 31.

Employees not eligible for the paid leave include student employees, classified temporary staff, temporary agency staff, short-term unclassified appointments, unclassified intermittent appointments and employees in a lay-off status. More information on the holiday schedule, including how employees should report time during that period, will be communicated in early December.

Please direct questions to

Title IX Training for Faculty and Staff


Please join us for our Facilitator-led Title IX Workshop on Nov. 15 in 107 Heer Hall. 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 1.0 hour of your annual Beyond Compliance credit. 

Lunch will be provided and space is limited. Please register at


Know Your Numbers - Kent Campus Health Screenings Available 

Don't delay, sign up today! On-site health screenings are filling up quickly but you can still register for a health screening on the Kent Campus on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Kent Student Center Balcony.

As part of the Wellness Your Way employee incentive program, full-time, benefits-eligible employees are invited to attend an on-site health screening, or have one completed in their primary care physician's office. 

Screenings conducted from Sept. 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018, will go toward your Tier One requirement for 2018 incentives, putting you well on your way toward your first $150, which will be paid out during February 2018.

If your health screening is completed on-site with Be Well Solutions, Kent State University's wellness partner, it will automatically be loaded into your personal portal for 2018. 

Registration is required and appointments for October and November have already been filled. Don't miss out on your date. Schedule today!


How to Schedule Your Appointment

  • Log in to your private Be Well portal at If you have never logged in to Be Well, there are special instructions for first-time access at
  • 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 eight to 10 hours prior to your health screening and blood draw via a finger prick.
  • To complete your online health risk assessment while logged in to Be Well, select "My Wellness" and then select "Health Risk Assessment."

2018 Wellness Reward Payout Information

Payouts will begin in February 2018 for early adopters who have completed Tier One requirements prior to Jan. 1. 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 regarding employee wellness programs, please contact the Employee Wellness Office at 330-672-0392 or

Financial Wellness: Retirement Income Strategies

As part of our continued commitment to building financial wellness, the Employee Wellness Office is pleased to present the Retirement Income Strategies workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from noon-1 p.m. in 107 Heer Hall on the Kent Campus.

Sean Deasy will be your presenter for this very important topic to assist employees in preparing for retirement. Deasy will discuss the new realities retirees are facing and will help employees plan for the five essential risks in retirement, including tips for creating a retirement income plan. A light lunch will be provided. Register to attend. Space is limited and livestreaming is not available for this workshop.

If you have questions, you may contact the Employee Wellness Office at 330-672-0392 or To see a complete list of upcoming employee wellness programs and offers, visit our online calendar at We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Wellness Workshop: Diabetes and the Holidays

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or have pre-diabetes? Join Tanya Falcone on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Seminar Room A at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and learn how to enjoy your favorite holiday meals, such as mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, all while managing diabetes.

This program is open to Kent State students, employees and community members. Space is limited and registration is required. 

If you have questions regarding this workshop, contact Ben Cope at or 330-672-4798.

Dates to Remember

Nov. 7             
Open Enrollment Health Benefits closes

Nov. 9             
Kent State's Veterans Day Recognition Program, Kent Student Center Kiva

Nov. 11           
Veterans Day (Campuses closed Nov. 10)

Nov. 17           
Great American Smoke Out Resource Table, Kent Student Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 23           
Thanksgiving Day (Campuses closed)

Nov. 24           
Columbus Day Observed (Campuses closed)

Tell Us What You Think 


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POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 02:48 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 02:48 PM