Upcoming Retirement Seminars at UMSL

This free seminar is offered by the UM System Office of Human Resources – Retirement Programs. It is designed for faculty and staff 10 years or less from retirement, however, all faculty and staff are welcome to attend. It is a single session offered multiple times throughout the year and provides an overview of all retirement plans offered by the University.

DATE: Multiple dates; see below
TIME: All dates 3:00pm 5:00pm
WHERE: UMSL JC Penney Building, Telepresence Room 61
COST: FREE , but registration is required and limited so register today!


Before Attending:
Participants of the DB Plan or Hybrid Plan (http://umurl.us/retplans), be sure to run an online pension estimate, prior to attending the seminar, using the online Pension Benefits Portal available through myHR: http://myhr.umsystem.edu (Click the compass in the upper right-hand corner and navigate to: Navigator >> Self Service >> Benefits >> Retirement Calculator. Then, click the Retirement Calculator link.). Print out your estimate and bring it to the seminar. This seminar will help you review and understand your personal estimate of your pension benefits.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020*
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020*
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

*This session is part of a series of retirement seminars. The other sessions will be listed on the Retirement Seminars webpage (http://umurl.us/retsem) once registration is available and cover additional topics such as financial planning, estate planning, Social Security and Medicare.

UMSL Homecoming 2020 – Office Spirit Competition

Office Spirit Competition

Decorate your Office or Department to show your UMSL Spirit during Homecoming! Demonstrate your school spirit, and bring excitement and energy to Homecoming Week. The winning office will have bragging rights across campus and win a $300 Sodexo co-sponsorship.

Campus Offices and Departments wishing to participate should register with the Homecoming Committee and have the office decorated by 5:00pm, Friday, February 21, 2020. After decorating is complete, members of the Homecoming Steering committee will come around to each office to judge. All decorations must meet the following requirements to receive participation spirit points and be considered for judging:

  • All artwork MUST include the following information:
    • The name of your office/department
    • The Homecoming slogan, “Timeless Tritons”
    • Judges will grade all submissions on the following criteria:
  • Entries will be judged in five categories – Effort, Appearance, Creativity, Originality, & School Spirit.

Remember – you must submit a 2020 Homecoming Office Spirit Competition Registration Form to be included in the contest.  Questions? Contact Rainer Gall at homecoming@umsl.edu

2019 Winners were:

1st Place – Human Resources

2nd Place – Honors College

3rd Place – College of Nursing

This is 2020

Welcome to 2020. Are you ready to crush your goals for the next decade? Here are some tools to help you achieve them.

  1. Write it down. By writing down your goals, you’re 42 percent more likely to achieve them. According to Forbes, there are two main reasons why writing down your goals works: external storage and encoding. External storage simply means that we’re taking a thought and putting it on a physical location, like a piece of paper. Plain and simple, we make things more of a priority when we’re reminded of them every single day.Encoding helps by sending messages to our brain and helping to decide what gets put in our long-term memory and what gets tossed away. When you write things down, your ability to encode them improves.
  2. Make your goals SMARTThe way a goal is written can make a big difference in whether or not you are successful. SMART is an acronym to remember when you are setting goals. Ideally speaking, each goal should be: Specific, Measurable, Action orientated, Realistic, & Timely. For example, “exercise more” would be too general. To make it more specific, try something like the goal in the box to the right.Here are some examples and tips to walk you through each step per myTotalRewards.
  3. Make A Vision BoardVisualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe. “So, what’s the big secret to creating a vision board that works? It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want.

There is only one major rule to creating a vision board that works, and it’s that there aren’t any rules. You aren’t going to mess it up, you can create your vision board on your own terms. Here are the answers to the most common questions people ask:

Q: What should I put on my vision board?

A: Anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health.

Join the Best Decade Ever with Mel Robbins for free.  Using Mel’s live videos, blog posts and “Dream Book” of assignments to complete side-by-side during the month of January, will teach you how to think and dream bigger, get through the inevitable roadblocks, and learn the small habits that you can use every day to get back on track over the course of the next decade. She has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice and life strategies provide tangible results and skills that help people push through the everyday challenges we all face in life, work, and love.

She is one of the most booked speakers in the world and an international best-selling author whose work has been translated into 32 languages. In 2017, Mel broke self-publishing records with her international best-seller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the #1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most read book of the year on Amazon. When Mel launched her science backed productivity planner, The 5 Second Journal, the first print run sold out worldwide within minutes. Her social media platforms inspire more than 60 million people every month and her TEDx Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with more than 18 million views.


New Employee Orientation: Jan 06 & Jan 13, 2020

Join us in welcoming the newest staff members to UMSL!

Front Row (L to R):

Tiffini Rushing– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Maryann Brennan– Sr. Program/Project Support Coordinator (MIMH)
Tasnim Haq– Program Coordinator, CIAC (CIAC)

Back Row (L to R):
Laura Kilcullin– Director of Development (College and Units)
Danielle Wilson– Sr. Program/Project Support Coordinator (MIMH)
Ahmad Nikbeen– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Dijana Menkovic– International Student Advisor (UMSL Global)
Audri Adams– Business Support Specialist II (Honors College)
Grant Cravens– System Support Analyst- Entry (Academic IT Services)

Front Row (L to R):

Monet Demming– Business Support Specialist II (Political Science & Economics)
Elizabeth Richter– OSA IV (Library)
Michael Akin– Police Officer (UMSL Police)
Shelley Robison Leiva– Patient Service Representative (College of Optometry)

Back Row (L to R):

Jarvis Wright– Custodian (Facilities)
Alex Ebert– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Tyronica “Ty” Dowdy– Assistant Director of Development, Donor Relations (University Development)
Mikale Elliott– Outreach and Retention Coordinator (MIMH)
Brenna McGahan– Programmer Analyst-Specialist (ITS Operations)

Trauma Awareness Training, January 30th

Alive & Well Communities presents: Trauma Awareness Training

This program is free of charge and open to all faculty, staff, & students. Registration is required via myLearn to reserve your seat.

  • This free training provides a framework for everyone interested in understanding the impact and prevalence of trauma, and how it affects well-being.
  • The program meets one of the training requirements required for becoming an Alive and Well Ambassador.
  • This activity will be eligible for UM wellness points.
  • The next opportunity will be April 2, 2020

To register, visit myLearn ‘UMSL Instructor Led Training’ or click here.

For more information or questions, please contact Julie Bertram PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Employee Volunteer Program Opportunities

Go from ordinary to extraordinary by helping those in need this holiday season!

Each year United Way of Greater St. Louis produces a digital guide of all holiday-related volunteer opportunities that take place between now and December 31. Under the UMSL Employee Volunteer Program, eligible UMSL staff employees will receive up to eight hours of non-accruing paid time per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) to volunteer for qualifying volunteer organizations in the Greater St. Louis area. This time may be taken in two-hour, half day or whole day increments at the discretion of the employee during regular working hours subject to pre-approval by the employee’s supervisor and the volunteer organization to which the time is being donated. Hours will be reported, tracked, and approved utilizing the Time and Labor system.

Go to the Employee Volunteer Program webpage for more information, as well as the fillable EVP Approval Form.  (If you receive an error message, click the download arrow in the upper right corner, and save the form before opening.)

For more information about the Employee Volunteer Program, contact Audra Bickline at galla@umsl.edu.

Welcome to UMSL!

Join us in welcoming the newest staff members to UMSL. Be sure to say hello when you see them around campus.

New Employee Orientation 12.09.2019

L to R:
Moses Banks- Custodian II (Facilities)
Ashley Marsh- Assistant Director of Annual Giving (University Campaign)
Tyler VonJensen- Career Services Coordinator (Career Services)
Marlo Goldstein Hode- DEI Program Manager (Special Units Office of Equal Opportunity)

Winter Break Leave

Some how it’s already time for Winter Break!  Here are a few reminders for how to handle reporting time off:

There will not be a general, campus-wide early release on Christmas Eve.  Deans and non-academic Department Heads have discretion to staff accordingly to meet customer demand on Christmas Eve.  If a department closes early, employees may take the time as unpaid or use their Vacation or Personal days to be paid for those hours.

Winter break days are governed by CRR 340.045 Winter Break Reduced Operations which specifies that Winter Break occurs “during the period starting the day after Christmas Day holiday is observed and running through the end of the day before New Year’s Day holiday is observed.”  

You can right click on the image below and open in a new browser to view UMSL’s Winter Break Operating Plan.

Please call or email your HR Consultant or the HR Department if you have questions, and have a pleasant holiday season!


UM System Updates – Organ & Bone Marrow Donor Leave

On Thursday, November 21, you should have received an e-mail from President Choi in regard to a new CRR: Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave.

This policy authorizes paid time off for eligible employees who are organ or bone marrow donors, up to specified limits. Such leave is considered paid leave and is not charged to accrued vacation, sick or personal days. Eligible employees include benefit-eligible faculty and staff. All requests are subject to approval by the appropriate university, MU Health or UM System Human Resources office. Donations covered under this policy include solid organ and bone marrow donation, upon approved application.

The following positions are eligible for organ and bone marrow donor leave, regardless of the funding source of their salaries:

Staff – Regular employees as defined in Section 320.050 of the Collected Rules and Regulations who have completed at least one year of continuous benefit-eligible employment immediately before the leave; and

Academic – Academic staff with fully benefit eligible academic appointments as defined in Section 320.050 of the Collected Rules and Regulations who have completed at least one year of continuous benefit-eligible employment immediately before the leave.

All Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave requests are subject to approval by the appropriate university, MU Health or UM System Human Resources office.

Please call or email your HR Consultant or Mallorie Nelson, Total Rewards Generalist, if you have questions.