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The Office of Human Resources supports the mission of Minot State University through programs and services to attract, develop and retain a highly talented and diverse workforce dedicated to student success.

2018-19 Staff Handbook

News and Information

Getting to Know Fluid 

HRMS has been upgraded with PeopleSoft Fluid, a new self-service interface. When logging in, you will notice that the employee self-service homepage has interactive tiles that provide easier navigation across platforms. MSU will launch fluid pages, in full, with our next HRMS upgrade in 2018. Access the user guide for additional information on the current upgrade.

User Guide: Getting to Know Fluid

MSU Announces Faculty and Staff Voluntary Separation Incentive Program

In order to achieve budgetary objectives, MSU is offering a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program to eligible employees whose combined age and years of service add up to 70 or greater (“Rule of 70”). Applications must be received by December 1, 2017. 

Faculty Documents:
1) Tenured Faculty Voluntary Separation Incentive Program  2) Program Guidelines  3) Application

Staff Documents:
1)  Staff Voluntary Separation Incentive Program  2) Program Guidelines  3) Application

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Human Resources Director.

TIAA Link TIAA Live Webinars  December Schedule:

  • Healthy Numbers: Integrating healthcare into your retirement plan - December 5 at 12 p.m. (ET)
  • Gaining Insight: Navigating debt consolidation - December 5 at 3 p.m. (ET)
  • Special Topic: Giving with an educational focus - December 6 at 12 p.m. (ET)
  • Halfway There: A retirement checkup - December 7 at 12 p.m. (ET)
  • Charting Your Course: A financial guide for women - December 7 at 3 p.m. (ET)

IRS Announces Contribution Limits for 2018

You can contribute up to $18,500 to your retirement account. And if you’re 50 or older, you’re eligible to contribute an additional $6,000, for a total of $24,500. Learn More

Supervisor Insight for the Holiday Season - Strengthening Morale in the Workplace

This quarter's issue of VBI provides a refresher on "Strengthening Morale in the Workplace" during this particular time of year. The holiday season, along with end-of-semester to-dos, can be a particularly stressful time for supervisors and employees. The holiday season may also present unique and personal challenges which call for sensitivity. Supervisory support can make all the difference!

Save money on health care and dependent care costs

With open enrollment around the corner (October 16 - November 3), it's time to consider all of the options. Can you possibly save money on health care and dependent care costs by using a flexible spending account (FSA)? Here is some useful information to help you decide.

Hiring Managers: Candidate Screening & Evaluation Tools

HR has posted applicant screening and evaluation tools to assist hiring managers with federal and state compliance (e.g. veteran's preference, EEO, affirmative action) while also helping to achieve a more efficient screening/hiring process. Please access the Interviewing Kit on SharePoint and contact HR if you have any questions.

Employee Self-Service Update

You can now access your Annual Statement and estimate your Retirement Benefit with the updated factors through PERSLink Member Self Service (MSS).

New TIAA Mobile App  

Stay connected to your financial goals with the TIAA mobile app. Track investments, check balances, find/send documents or contact your advisor on your Apple or Android device.   


Special Topic: Basic Estate Planning, 8/16, 1 p.m.  
Register for this and other live webinars (click to enlarge) at

2017 tiaa summer seminars

Minot State University has been named one of the best four-year colleges of 2017, according to the website

The website ranked more than 1,600 schools across the country, and looked at affordability, flexibility, and other factors.

The $250 Wellness Benefit is Back

Effective June 1, 2017, the NDPERS Dakota Wellness Program $250 Benefit will be reinstated for all eligible members and their covered spouses participating in the NDPERS group health insurance plan. For more information contact our Wellness Center.

Employee Recognition Awards

On Wednesday, May 10, MSU faculty and staff came together at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall to honor our retirees and those who have reached 5-year milestones including 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. The celebration included hors d’oeuvres, achievement awards and outstanding academic advising awards.

MSU Strategic Plan - Newsletter (May 2017)

Twenty-Three Administrators
Twenty-Five Faculty
Sixteen Students
Twelve Staff
Four Deans
One Team
One Plan


April is Financial Literacy Month

Keep on building your financial know-how. TIAA-CREF is introducing live and on-demand webinars at Live TIAA Webinars start on April 14th and on-demand webinars can be viewed now. Our TIAA financial consultant will be on campus April 19-20. Book an appointment 

The Art of Mindfulness in Managing Stress (April 3)

If there is one condition that describes our lives today, it is “stressed out”. Recent changes in our community have increased stress levels for many of us. High stress levels take a toll on our life, work, physical health and relationships. Learning how to recognize and reduce stress is key to living a healthy life. Take some time out of your “busyness” to practice the techniques for managing stress. This program is brought to you by your Staff Senate, Wellness Center, Marketing and Human Resources team. Questions:

Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Administration Building – Missouri Room 

Leading for Wellness (March 28)

In today's corporate world of hiring talented employees and the need to manage health care spending, organizations that create a culture surrounding wellness dimensions will hold a competitive advantage. All Minot State University employees are welcome to attend “Leading for Wellness” in the Aleshire Theater. Please RSVP to if you plan on attending. For more detailed information, visit

Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Location:  Hartnett Hall - Aleshire Theater

MSU Announces Tenured Faculty Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (March 17)

MSU is offering a limited-time Tenured Faculty Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (TFVSIP) in an effort to reduce salary, benefit and wage costs given the current financial situation. The Program provides eligible tenured faculty members with a severance package based on annual base salary. Information and applications are available at Faculty who would like additional information can contact Dr. Marc Wachtfogel, Director of Human Resources.

MSU Announces Staff Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (March 17)

The Program provides eligible staff members with incentive compensation based on their annual base salary and completed years of service if they choose to separate from employment at MSU under the conditions of the program. Information and applications are available at Staff members who would like additional information can contact Dr. Marc Wachtfogel, Director of Human Resources.

New Applicant Screening Process

MSU HR has contracted with Sterling Talent Solutions to conduct background investigations as part of the application process. Through this partnership, we are reducing cost while increasing workflow efficiency and customer service. If your department has part-time or student workers who require screening (NDUS 602.3), please contact HR for access and training. Training will take place on February 22 via web meeting. Faculty and staff applications will continue to be handled by HR.

Please note that consent forms will only be used when an applicant's email address is not available.

NDUS Faculty Leave Task Force

The NDUS Faculty Leave Task Force resumed meetings on January 11.  Chancellor Hagerott charged the task force with providing one consistent policy for all 11 institutions for annual leave and sick leave for faculty.
If you have any questions for MSU representatives on the Task Force, please contact Ernst Pijining (Faculty SBHE Representative) or Marc Wachtfogel (HR Director)  List of Task Force Members

Frontline-AppliTrack Recruiting and Hiring Platform (updated January 11)

HR goes LIVE with Frontline-AppliTrack Recruiting and Hiring.  Visit the Frontline-AppliTrack page (sidebar on left) for system access, a step-by-step user guide and Frontline Learning Center resources. 

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