Nomination Deadline 6/21 for Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards & Retiree of the Year Awards

The deadline to nominate an outstanding Staff member for the Chancellor’s Excellence Award is this Friday, June 21st!  That is also the deadline to nominate a deserving retiree for this year’s Retiree of the Year Award (see details near end of post, below).

Each year the Chancellor awards $1,000 each to three outstanding UMSL staff members for the Chancellor’s Excellence Awards. These awards are intended to recognize their contributions to the University. One recipient comes from each of the three staff categories:

• administrative/professional
• office/technical
• service/maintenance

A committee, appointed by the Chancellor, reviews nominations and recommends one individual from each category to receive an award. All staff members, except those who have won the award in the past three years, are eligible for nomination.

Complete and submit the online nomination form by June 21, 2019. Recipient’s will be announced at the Chancellor’s State of the University Address.

As a nominator, you will be entered into a random drawing as our thank you!

Please nominate employees who consistently demonstrate professionalism and reflect our core values:
Trust/Integrity – Respectful interactions, serving others, building goodwill, transparency, and accountability.
Inclusion- Intentionally creates an inclusive, equitable community.
Innovation- Drives change for the purpose of the greater good.
Access- Keeps our campus accessible and removes barriers for individuals that makes the environment better for all of us.
Success- Inspires and empowers others to reach their goals, break through barriers and achieve their goals.
Engagement- Open minded, inviting and solution-oriented. Forges collaborative partnerships on campus and in the community.

2018 Chancellor’s Excellence Awardees:   (From left) Theda Renee Oliver, Gaiyan Zhang, Robert Wilson, Vicki L. Sauter, Grace Chaudet Derda, Linda Wells-Glover and Timothy Makubuya each received awards from Chancellor Tom George (right) at Wednesday’s Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony after the State of the University Address. Not pictured were awardees Kathleen Butterly Nigro and Henry L. Belton. (Photos by August Jennewein)

Retiree of the Year Award

The UMSL campus, and the UMSL Retirees Association, are beginning an annual recognition of retirees who have made extraordinary contributions to the campus and/or community since retirement through involvement in volunteer service to the University, civic and welfare services, career and professional activities, or other noteworthy accomplishments. Achievements prior to retirement are not considered in the selection process for the Retiree of the Year awardees. Nominations may be submitted using the online nomination form.

The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to this Friday, June 21st (11:59 p.m.).

Two awards will be given per year, one for a retired faculty member and one for a retired staff member. Each award consists of a $500 stipend and a plaque. The awardees will be announced at the Chancellor’s State of the University Address.

Criteria for Candidates:

• Nominees must have retired from UMSL before January 1, 2014.
• Recipients should be able to attend the annual Chancellor’s State of the University Address to receive the award.
• Nominees must be fully retired from UMSL and not in any paid University position since January 1, 2014.

The UMSL Retiree Association Board of Directors will review the nomination and select awardees based on information provided. To nominate a worthy retiree for this important award, please complete the online nomination form.

If you need assistance, please contact Kathleen Falcon at X4130.

New Employee Orientations: 5.28.2019 & 6.10.2019

Welcome New Employees!
The following employees were in attendance at the May 28th and June 10th, 2019 New Employee Orientations.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

Left to Right:
Miles Trudo- Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Sarah Shapiro- Office Support Assistant III (Language and Cultural Studies)
Stephen Bondurant- Office Support Assistant II (Child Advocacy Center)
Tayler Leverenz- Business Ops Associate II (College of Business)
Corie Creasy- Office Support Assistant III (Admissions)
Steven Vance- Custodian (Facilities)

** Not Pictured: Sarah Willey- Associate Director, Annual Giving (Alumni)
Phelisitie Voss- Project Manager- Specialist (ITS)

Front Row (L to R):
Cortasha Thomas- Office Support Assistant IV (Cashiers)
Brad Dowling- School Psychologist (Center for Behavioral Health)
Emily Schepker- Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)

Back Row (L to R):
Jacob Bolzenius- Research Lab Manager (MIMH)
Blake Schliesser- Business Support Specialist II (Touhill)
Sophie Broz- Program/Project Support Coordinator II (KWMU)
Jason Johnson- Tutoring Manager (University Tutor Center)
James Owen- Grants & Contract Manager (Child Advocacy Center)



Merit Increases


As the performance cycle closes and the merit process begins, we wanted to update everyone on the process through September when merit increases will be effective.

With calibration meetings complete we will use the calibrated ratings to create the merit grid that will distribute our merit pool using performance ratings and compa-ratios to determine the amounts of increases.  This process will be complete by the end of July and exceptions will be considered and completed by the first week of August so that increases can be effective on September 1.

The UM merit pool this year keeps pace with increases in higher ed.  In a June 12 press release, CUPA-HR reported results from their annual Staff in Higher Education Annual Report which collected data from 857 higher education institutions with over 205,000 staff in 153 positions.

The survey shows the median salary increase for staff over the past year was 1.88 percent, a slight decline from the 1.93 percent median salary increase in 2018. The median salary increase was highest at baccalaureate institutions (1.99 percent) and lowest at associate’s institutions (1.52 percent).

Award-winning CEO to Speak at Focus on the Future (6/4/2019)

We’re excited to announce a unique opportunity to learn from an award-winning CEO and the global expert in The Language of Leadership, Krister Ungerböck, at our Staff Enrichment Day on June 4th, 2019. We are only two weeks away, so be sure to register via myLearn for 25 wellness points.

Please take a moment to view a preview of the inspiring message that Krister will be sharing with us.

Prior to retiring at age 42, Krister led one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world. As a coach to CEOs and their highest potential leaders, Krister helps great leaders craft the words they use in high-stakes conversations, the million-dollar conversations that can make their year or their career, as well as the countless thousand-dollar conversations those leaders have every day.

Krister is passionate about sharing the leadership and communication secrets that his team used to win 5 consecutive Top Workplace awards and achieve remarkable employee engagement levels of 99.3%.

Krister’s upcoming book, The Language of Leadership: Words to Transform How We Lead, Live and Love will be published next year.

You can follow Krister on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Register for Focus on the Future: June 4, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Focus on the Future: Staff Enrichment is now open!
Register for Focus on the Future (004)
Check out our great sessions below, and click on the above link for instructions on howto register today.
* Wellness Points can be earned for each event, up to 100 points total (points can take up to 1 month to be entered at the System level).


Session:  Happiness – Health Session
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Speakers:  Mandy Schick, UM System Wellness
Description:  Tips and tricks to becoming a happier healthier person
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: RWC Studio 4

Session:  Language of Leadership
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Speakers:  Krister Ungerbock, CEO and global leadership expert
Description:  A presentation on relationships and leadership
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: JC Penney Auditorium

Session:  Up Your Social Media Game
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Speakers:  Judith Kaplan and Jessica Rogen, UMSL Marketing & Communications
Description:  Learn how to optimize your social media strategy
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: MSC Century Room A

Session:  Building a Budget
Time: 1:30 am – 2:30 pm
Speakers:  Craig Fischer, Fidelity Investments
Description:  Identify best practices to create and maintain your budget
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: MSC Century Room C

Session:  UMSL Hidden Gems Campus Tour
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Speakers:  Welcome Center Tour Guides
Description:  Join an exciting scavenger hunt guided across campus
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: Meet in front of the Welcome Center in the MSC

***And don’t forget the FOOD TRUCKS AND RESOURCE FAIR
Enjoy food from trucks like Bombay Food Junkies, Sweet Divine and The Southern
Time: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:  Lot C

A Bad Day or Burnout? UMSL’s EAP can Help!

Do you know the difference between a period of bad days and “burnout?”  To read about the distinction, Kristin Micelli, Counselor for the UMSL Employee Assistance Program (EAP), recommends a post from by Shelly Tygielski, “Is It a Bad Day, or Is it Burnout? How to Identify the Symptoms and Navigate Your Way Through Burnout.”

If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs mentioned, the Employee Assistance Program can help.

the UMSL Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) provides counseling services for the EAP, and is available to employees, their spouses and their children, as well.

A FREE confidential service, the EAP is available to all employees, their families, retirees and organizational work units. The EAP helps prevent or resolve personal, family and workplace problems affecting your wellbeing.  They provide services and give referrals to help employees affected by a range of personal concerns or stressors including:

Stress Management
Emotional Distress
Family Concerns
Work / Life Balance
Substance Abuse
Financial Pressure
Relationship Difficulty
Legal Problems
Phase of Life – Transition Management

In addition to on-campus appointments on Tuesdays, you have options for appointments at the CBH’s main location in Town and Country:

Dr. Kristen Miceli, of the Center for Behavioral Health, provides EAP counseling to UMSL employees and their families.  Dr. Miceli is a licensed clinical psychologist who has experience treating adults, and families. She has worked in school, forensic, residential, hospital, outpatient, and in-home settings. Dr. Miceli specializes in the treatment of complex trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and interpersonal difficulties as well as psychological assessment. She has provided evidence-based treatment, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Miceli also employs strength-based, solution-focused, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals.

Dr. Miceli obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the APA accredited clinical psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. She completed her APA accredited internship at Ohio Guidestone, a community mental health organization dedicated to helping clients cope with complex trauma, attachment difficulties, and manage affect and behavioral regulation.  She completed her post-doctoral residency at Community Psychological Service and is currently employed at UMSL – Center for Behavioral Health. She also works part-time at a group practice providing therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition, a survey is available on the Employee Assistance Program webpage.  Please take a few moments to complete this voluntary survey about the type and frequency of stressors that affect your ability to function. Responses are confidential, will only be viewed by the EAP staff, and are only used for the purpose of planning and implementation of EAP activities.

Update Your Education Information in myHR

UMSL’s Spring 2019 Commencement, celebrated the nearly 1,500 students who earned their degree last weekend.  What better reminder to update your education information in myHR?  After logging in, click on the “my personal details” tile, then go to “education information” in the left-hand navigation pane, and review/update the fields.  If you need assistance, contact Human Resources at 314.516.5805.

New Employee Orientation 5.13.2019

Welcome New Employees!
The following employees were in attendance at the May 13, 2019 New Employee Orientation.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

George Wilson- Custodian (Touhill)
Angel Mims- Police Officer (Campus Police)
Brian Gertler- Student Support Specialist II (College of Business)
Douglas Rosemann- Police Officer (Campus Police)
Carole Dawn Arrendale-Child Development Assoc.Teacher (Child Development Center)
Georgia Knoll- Office Support Assistant III (Admissions)
Jamie Bartzel- Office Support Assistant, Sr. (Graduate Related Activities)

Job Spotlight: Opportunities at UMSL

Featured Job:  Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
We are accepting applications for the Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. If you know someone with excellent organizational skills and experience supporting an executive, please let them know about this opportunity. For a full job description of this job and other UMSL opportunities, and to apply online, visit and select
Explore Staff Careers.

UMSL to Partner with STL Youth Jobs

This Summer UMSL is partnering with STL Youth Jobs to provide summer employment for local area youth as part of our Anchor Mission ( ). This program provides job coaching and placement to 16-24 year olds in summer jobs (28 hours/week, 160 hours total) that expose them to career possibilities which build their employability and work readiness, while increasing their motivation for future schooling, training and employment. As a result, UMSL has the opportunity to impact our community while forging important connections as both a potential employer and/or educator for youth in the program.

Below are just some of the UMSL campus jobs program participants can fulfill:

A/V technicians
Building Trades/Maintenance
Child Care
Finance and Accounting
Information Technology
Marketing and Communications
Stage services

Stay tuned for more information as program planning unfolds.