Archives for February 16, 2017

Winners of survey drawing announced

Participants in Missouri S&T’s campus climate survey, held in the fall, had the opportunity to enter their names for a prize drawing. Congratulations to the winners:

Staff winners:

  • iPad: Sylvia Strackeljahn, development officer
  • The S&T Store merchandise: Douglas Morehouse, electronics technician
  • Miner Bucks for Chartwells: Brooke Bell, coordinator for advancement records

Resources available for retirement planning

On Jan. 1, 2018, employees’ eligibility for the University of Missouri System’s retiree health insurance plans will change. Eligibility will differ based on whether you fall into category A, B, C or D. Some employees may make the choice to retire in 2017 before the changes are made. UM Total Rewards is offering seminars and one-on-one consultations to help educate faculty and staff in order to make informed decisions. The following are open to all employees, but designed specifically for employees planning to retire in the next 10 years.

Speaker to discuss concrete with high volumes of recycled material

The Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies (CIES) and the Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) University Transportation Center will host a webinar 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 107 Fulton Hall. Dr. Jeffery Volz, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma, will present “Concrete Pavement Containing High Volumes of Recycled Materials.” Bagels and coffee will be served.

AT&T to host case competition for S&T students

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in a business and information technology (BIT) case competition sponsored by AT&T in March. Teams of four students will be given a case study from AT&T and one week to find the best solution. The first-place team will receive $1,000 plus a mentoring session with AT&T’s vice president. The second-place team will receive $500 and the third-place team will win $250. Teams can register online.

Rental house available

Student Affairs has a small rental house available for rent to faculty, staff or students beginning Wednesday, March 1. Located close to campus, the house has two bedrooms and one bathroom. Rent is $500 monthly. The house has central air conditioning and utility costs are not included in the rent. A lease agreement and a deposit of $250 is required. For information, please contact Mark Potrafka, director of student services and operations, at 341-6246 or email

Concerned about a student reporting test anxiety?

Counseling, disability support and student wellness (CDSW) offers a three-session workshop, “Worriers to Warriors: Conquering Test Anxiety,” to help students manage anxiety and perform better academically. The series will be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8. For the location and to reserve their space, students should contact or call CDSW at 341-4211.

Emergency fund helps students

The S&T Student Emergency Fund has been created by counseling, disability support and student wellness (CDSW). This fund assists S&T students by providing financial support with unexpected emergency expenses that greatly affect their lives, including their ability to succeed academically. The financial support from this fund allows students to have their needs met and continue their education. Funds may be used for situations including medical care or prescriptions, groceries, or essential academic expenses.

Mindfulness stress reduction program begins soon

Join an eight-week program to get tools for using formal mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, yoga and body scan, to respond to stress. An orientation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22. Classes will be held from Wednesday, March 1, through Wednesday, April 26. Classes will not be held Wednesday, March 29. A retreat is planned Saturday, April 15.

The program costs $40 for faculty, staff and retirees, which covers you and your spouse or partner. Participants who attend at least seven of eight classes will receive a $20 rebate. To register and get more information, please visit The class is sponsored by the Healthy for Life wellness program. Eligible employees can earn 100 points for the University of Missouri System’s 2017 wellness incentive.

Mental Health Awareness Week coming up

Counseling, disability support, and student wellness (CDSW) reminds you that Mental Health Awareness Week will be observed next week, from Monday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 24. Join CDSW for these events:

  • “Pop the Stigma” on Monday, Feb. 20, at the Miner Well outside the Curtis Laws Wilson Library
  • Free mental health screenings will be offered during lunch Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Havener Center
  • Drop-in relaxation session at noon Friday, Feb. 24, in Room 201 Norwood Hall

Nominate a coworker for ‘Caught in the Act’ by Feb. 28

Do you know a coworker who practices wellness in the workplace? Nominate someone for Caught in the Act to acknowledge his or her efforts by Tuesday, Feb. 28. Nominees are entered into a weekly raffle. One name is drawn weekly on each University of Missouri System campus and the weekly winner chooses a prize that supports wellness. Nominators also will have a chance to win a prize at the end of the program.