Inside BFSA

Your information source for BFSA - October 2019

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Fall Break - October 10-11

Homecoming 2019 - October 17-19

Next BFSA Meeting - October 21 @ 3 pm, 118 Wells Hall, Special Guest: Shawn Touney of Branding, Marketing & Communication (1st 15 minutes of the meeting)


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Work-Life Balance: Because We Have It Figured Out? (Strategies for Teaching & Learning Series)

10-23-19 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Designing and Organizing Modules in Canvas

11-6-19 12:30PM - 01:30 PM Promotion and Tenure Session for Early-Career Faculty

11-8-19 12:30 PM - 01:30 PMPromotion and Tenure Session for Midway-to-Tenure Faculty

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Shaun Touney to speak to BFSA on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 3PM

Join us at 3 pm on Monday, October 21, 2019 in 118 Wells Hall for a listening session with Shaun Touney, Executive Director of Branding, Marketing and Communications at MSU.
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The open enrollment process will be online through, which is supported by Benefitfocus. We are happy to offer assistance in the process through information and computer lab sessions. During computer lab sessions, Human Resources staff will be available for anyone needing assistance in the online enrollment process.

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for benefits, eligible faculty, and staff, to review their current benefits and make changes for the next calendar year. This year, Open Enrollment will be held from 8:00 a.m. October 18, 2019 – 11:59 p.m. November 1, 2019.

Please take this opportunity to review all of your benefit choices for 2020.

Open Enrollment is REQUIRED. If you do not complete the enrollment process and enrolled in health insurance in 2019, you will default to the Premium Saver Medical Plan. Also, if you do not complete the enrollment process all health savings, flexible spending accounts and voluntary benefits will be waived for the 2020 plan year.

Human Resources has scheduled information sessions on campus that are open to everyone, but you can also always contact HR at 270.809.2146 or stop by the office, which is located at 412 Sparks Hall.

2020 Open Enrollment Quick Guide
2020 Benefits Guide
2020 Benefit Rates
2020 Information Session Presentation

Getting Involved with BFSA

In the 9/27/19 email, there were references to some of the many areas where help with BFSA was needed:

  • BFSA Facilitator (formerly called President)
  • Welcome Online Viewbook
  • Welcoming Group for new job candidates to campus
  • Black Student Book Scholarship Review Committee
  • BFSA Website Manager
  • BFSA Organization Treasurer
  • BFSA Administrator (formerly called Secretary)

Participants both in the meeting and those unable to attend have expressed concern in some of the above content and wish to not have descriptors which appear to be similar to leadership roles. In an effort to move away from this perception, perhaps the following is a better list of ways to get involved with BFSA:

  • BFSA Operational Review Group (Facilitation and Administration functions)
  • Review and welcome group for online viewbook
  • Welcome Group for new job candidates
  • Review group for Black Student Book Scholarship

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VOTING - November 5, 2019

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 5 - Election Day! Not sure where you are registered? No problem! Check where they are registered to vote, precinct location, etc.: