Murray State University Alumni Enewsletter
August 2010
Non-Exempt Compensation Study Results
Benefits Info
Administrative Notes
Serving you in HR

Non-Exempt Compensation Study Results
The study findings are in! Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Mercer consultants and HR will hold information sessions to present the results from the study. In the weeks following these sessions, HR will brief department heads on the results for their employees within their respective areas. Department heads will then meet individually with employees to discuss their particular outcomes under the new compensation program.

All regular hourly staff and their supervisors are asked to attend one of the following mandatory information sessions.  Please send an email to HR’s compensation staff at if you are unable to attend.

Tuesday, August 31
5:00 pm , Wrather Auditorium

Wednesday, September 1
7:15 am, Wrather Auditorium
10:00 am, Wrather Auditorium
2:00 pm, Wrather Auditorium

Thursday, September 2
1:00 pm, BVC – Conference/Classroom (Presented by HR staff only)

The hour-long meeting will be led by consultants, Scott Cook & Andrea Bailey, from the HR consulting firm of Mercer, Inc.  These sessions will cover the study’s findings and recommendations for changes.   In addition, HR will remark about timing and other details.  Q&A’s will follow.

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Benefits Info
Benefits Open Enrollment information sessions details will be announced in the next PersonnelMatters e-newsletter.

Retirement Statements Sent to Your Home - KERS and KTRS participants will receive annual statements via mail to home addresses some time in late August or early September.  This statement will show the amount of earnings and service time reported for FY 09-10 as well as the total service time and account balance in the retirement system.
Healthy Weight Challenge - Details will be announced soon about a 12-week challenge for MSU health plan participants to lose weight.  The individual or team challenge will be conducted by Anthem’s Healthy Lifestyles program with the support of MSU’s wellness plan.  Prepare to join the 12-week challenge and earn points toward various awards.

Wageworks Changes – In WageWorks’ continuing effort to “Go Green” and reduce waste while providing better and more access to participants, a Statement Redesign will be implemented on October 1, 2010.  Paper statements will no longer be available.

Two weeks later, WageWorks will be launching a new online feature called Statement of Activity which will help participants achieve a previously stated goal while enabling participants to access, review and print real-time account information at anytime, 24/7.  WageWorks will be spending a considerable amount of time prior to the launch date communicating this important change to all participants.

Some key things that you should note are the following:

  • Balance information will be made available to participants via Mobile Smartphone Applications and by accessing online accounts at
  • All participants with at least a balance of $20 will continue to receive a reminder postcard (electronic or mailed copy) prior to the end of the plan year which will include any available remaining balance.
  • Receipt requests for debit card transactions will be provided via email unless an email address has not been provided.
  • There will no longer be any overlap timing of a CUV (Card Use Verification) from the time it’s requested and the statement date.

Additional features will be released in December 2010 and mid 2011.

Free Eye Exams - MSU medical plan participants can have a free eye exam at an optometrist as part of the $750 preventive care provision.  This and other preventive care visits are covered up to $750 per year.

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Administrative Notes

PA routing change – PA’s will follow the same routing as in the past, except that VP office staff are asked to send them to the Budget office or, for grant-related positions, the Grant Accounting Office, instead of HR.  The Accounting Office will then send them to HR.  The Current and New routing steps for PA’s are shown below.  The PA form is being revised now to reflect this change, and will be on Forms Central soon.


Effective Sept 1

All except grant-related


  • Dept
  • VP
  • HR
  • President
  • HR
  • Dept
  • VP
  • Budget
  • HR
  • President
  • HR
  • Dept
  • VP
  • Grant
  • Budget
  • HR
  • President
  • HR


Leave reporting for 2 weeks or more – Please send a PA for employees who take leave, either paid or unpaid, for more than two weeks.

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Serving you in HR


Beverly Barnes
Assistant Benefits Manager

Mary Armstrong
Benefits Manager


Rita Culver
Admin Secy II for hourly employment

Patrice Chew
Employment Specialist for Fac & Prof Hiring & PA processing

Lori Mathis
Employment Specialist for Temps & PA processing

Teri Ray
Employment Manager

Banner & Workers Comp

Lisa Dick
HRIS Coordinator

Marcie Clark
HRIS Specialist

Tuition Waivers & General HR Questions

Brittany Mardis
Admin Secy III


Amelia Dodd
Wellness Plan Coordinator

General HR Questions

Robbie Marine
HR Associate

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