New Employee Orientation | October 28 & November 11

New Employee Orientation October 28, 2019

L to R
Stephanie Williams– Social Worker/Counselor/Mental Health Professional (Child Advocacy Center)
Sarah McKay– Receptionist (Center for Behavioral Health)


November 11, 2019

L to R front row:

Burnea Lester, Community Evaluator – CIAC, Karen Holman, Public Relations Writer – Marketing|Comm., Sarah Ashbrook, Copywriter – Marketing|Comm.

L to R back row:

Ashley Keegan, Student Recruitment Specialist – UMSL Global, Annie Hyde, Student Recruitment Specialist – UMSL Global, Beth Buerke, Event Asst. III – Child Advocacy Center, Joseph McBride, Research Specialist I – MIMH, Rachel Timberman, Asst. Veteran’s Center Director for Academics – Sociology

Not pictured: Saad Tariq Siddiqui, Research Evaluation Coordinator – MIMH


Upcoming Events

Join us as we celebrate the retirement of Deborah Burris, director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Please RSVP online at or call 314-516-5789.

Contact the Office of Executive Events at or call 314-516-5789 with any questions. We hope to see you there.

The 2019 Annual Staff & Faculty Holiday Reception will be held Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 8 – 10 A.M. in the Century Rooms. Mark your calendars! No RSVP required & breakfast will be provided.

Join us in welcoming our new team members to HR!

We are  pleased to announce the additions and changes that have recently taken place in Human Resources.

Ericka Webb joined the HR team on August 26th as the new Executive Assistant to Executive Director Jim Hertel. Ericka brings over 10 years of administrative experience working in academic and corporate office environments.  She has worked extensively in public K-12 institutions and brings a wealth of knowledge in office procedures and customer service.  Ericka enjoys working with people and helping them solve urgent workplace problems.

Ericka is a self-starter, ready to take the lead on projects relating to office procedures and see them through to completion.  Her exceptional people skills, motivation and ability to problem solve, make her an ideal executive assistant.

Ericka received her undergraduate degree here at UMSL. She is a U.S. Army Veteran and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

The HR Team is excited to have Kelly Adams join the team as the Leader of Staff Recruiting, Selection & Onboarding. Kelly is passionate about recruiting quality hires and the overall candidate experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies and continues to seek learning opportunities, especially topics related to candidate experience and retention. Kelly is anxious to explore ways to communicate and engage effectively with talent, and assist our campus in creating high performing teams. Prior to joining our team, her previous HR related work experience was in Staffing and Healthcare. Kelly also spent several years as the Volunteer Services Supervisor at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation. In this role, Kelly worked closely with the patients and donors cultivating relationships, allocating volunteer resources and sharing the hospital’s mission. As the Staff Recruiter, Kelly is excited to extend the same level of service to UMSL, by supporting our mission of “We Transform Lives”. As the Staff Recruiter, Kelly will work closely with hiring managers and HR Consultants to recruit, select, onboard and engage quality talent to continue the university’s mission to transform lives. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, Netflix binge watching, a perfect margarita, and afternoon naps. She is an extreme foodie.

Jennifer Heck, already part of the HR Team, will move to a new position joining Kelly in our efforts to transform Recruitment. Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Business, and a certificate in Multicultural. For the past 4 years  at UM System, Jennifer worked in HR in payroll, recruitment, and records. Jennifer’s true passions within the HR are compensation and recruitment. She is looking forward to implementing process improvement strategies to ensure an efficient recruitment process for hiring managers, recruiters, and candidates alike. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys visiting her family in Iowa (she promises there is more to Iowa than corn :-), playing disc golf, and catching up on all the DC Marvel shows on Netflix. Jennifer looks forward to contributing to UMSL’s mission by transforming recruitment.

Michelle Klump, Records Assistant, is taking on the responsibility for ePAF processing, I-9 verification, and general inquiries.

“I am excited to start a new career with UMSL!  Being a part of the HR department allows me to work with a great team every day! My family is just as excited for this great opportunity! I want to say thank you to everyone here at UMSL that I have met in these past few weeks for making me feel so welcome!

When Michelle is away from her UMSL family, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, specifically, catching up with their two older sons or spending weekends watching their younger daughter play her favorite sports.

Andrea Dunbar, HR Specialist,  transferred from the College of Arts & Sciences to the HR Records team effective August 25th.  Over the past 35 years, she has built successful, collaborative, meaningful working relationships and everlasting friendships.  According to Andrea, the best thing about working at UMSL has been “the ability to witness the mission of this great University fulfilled by educating not just St. Louis area students, but those in surrounding cities, towns, states, and beyond.” Andrea enjoys making people laugh, possess the gift of “gab,” and loves to sing.

“Working for UMSL has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire adulthood.  When I embarked on a mission to find a job at the age of 21, little did I know that I was adventuring into a career. I’m eternally grateful for my colleagues, past and present, who’ve continued to guide and mentor me along this journey. I am, and will forever remain “UMSL Proud’.”




Announcing the Spring 2020 NextStep Application – Now Open!

Next Step is accepting department applications for Spring 2020 now through November 17th.

Next Step is an on-campus paid internship that bridges the college to career transition through practical workshops focused on resume-building experience, career preparation and self-discovery.


“Applying to this internship has been one of my best decisions. It has given me the experience and the flexibility to work while I study.”

– Keila Gonzalez

Next step focuses on developing the students’ core competencies, including: Critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, career management, oral/written communications, digital technology, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

*Students had until November 10th to submit their application for the Spring semester.

Please visit our webpage or for more information please contact Megan Hemann at

UMSL Engagement Week | Month of Giving

The University of MissouriSt. Louis has a strong and enduring commitment to civic engagement and service to the community. In fact, our campus is recognized as a Community Engaged University by the Carnegie Foundation.

Our Community Collaborations website provides information on a wide variety of activities and opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community to learn more about community engagement at UMSL and find ways to be involved. For more information, or to share ideas, please contact 314-516-5267.

“The Engaged University” Presentation / UM Chancellors Panel

Wednesday, October 23 at 10AM to 11:45AM, MSC – Century Room A

Dr. Robert Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “The Engaged University,” followed by a panel discussion, “The Role of Engagement in Today’s Public Universities.” Panelist include UMSL Interim-Chancellor Kristin Sobolik with the chancellors of the UM System’s three other universities. This event is sponsored by Missouri 100. The program takes place in Columbia, but will be simulcast for the UMSL audience at

All events for the week can be found on the Community Collaborations website.


Meet Our New Staff

August 26, 2019

L to R:

Jennifer Meyer- Advancement Office, Scholarships (University Development)
Burk Krohe- Sr. PR Writer (Marketing and Communications)
Diana Pupillo- Director of Development, Donor Relations (University Development)
Ericka Webb- Executive Assistant (Human Resources)
Laura Blevins- Director of Events (Events)

September 09, 2019

 Front Row (L to R):

Melissa Travers- Student Account Outreach Support Staff (Cashier’s Office)
Alejandra Martinez- Social Worker/Counselor/Mental Health Professional (Child Advocacy Center)
Maria Bradford- Associate Development Director, Major Gifts (KWMU)
Vu Do- Business Support Analyst, Sr. (Financial Aid)
Peter Schroeder- Lighting and Staging Supervisor (Touhill)

Back Row (L to R):

Kiriana Mack-Hansen- Senior Development Office, Major Gifts (KWMU)
Avdo Avdic- Custodian II (Touhill)
Michelle Klump- Human Resources Assistant (Human Resources)
Sara Welch- Office Support Assistant III (Biology)
Dustin Burton- Custodian (Facilities)
Glenn Curtis- Police Officer (UMSL Police)

September 23, 2019

Front Row (L to R):

Rachel Goldmeier- Student Support Specialist II (SUCCEED Program)
Elizabeth Winters- Archivist
Pamela Weems- Custodian (Facilities)

Back Row (L to R):

Valeri Reyonlds- Associate Director of Admissions- Recruitment (Precollegiate Programs)
Steve Picucci- Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field Coach (Athletics)
Blaine Milligan- OSA III (English)
Birda Lewis- OSA III (MIMH)
Andrew Smith- Precollegiate Program Coordinator (Precollegiate Student Services)

New Employee Orientation 08|12|2019

It was brought to our attention that the attendees that began on June 24th were not published. We sincerely apologize for the oversight.




L to R (front row):

Claire Tyson- Office Support Assistant III (Music)
Jing Zhang- Assistant Research Professor (MIMH)
Charlotte Covey- Office Support Assistant III (Admissions)
Heather Robinson- Academic Advisor (UMSL NOW)

L to R (Back Row):
David Swan- Laborer (Planning & Construction)
Hannah Emery- Counselor, Group Therapy Coordinator (Health, Counseling, & Disability Access Services)
Jerisha LaCrae Rutlin- Counselor, Diversity Coordinator (Health, Counseling, & Disability Access Services)
Eric Schmid- Media Production Director II (KWMU)
James Nehring- MSA (Facilities)

Meet our new staff employees that attended New Employee Orientation today. Below are their names and departments.





Front Row, L to R:
Kathryn Schnuriger- Assistant Director of Academic Program Operations (College of Nursing)
Jia Lian Yang- Co-Host/Producer, We Live Here (KWMU)
Brandy Liddell- Office Support Assistant III (Athletics)
Erica Kretchman Brigman- Office Support Assistant II (UMSL Global)
Ashley Winters- Co-Host/Producer, We Live Here (KWMU)

Back Row, L to R:
Holly Huelskamp- Rearch/Lab Technician II (Biology)
Sydney Moore- Executive Assistant to the Chancellor (Chancellor)
Shereka Steward- Case Manager (Student Services & Campus Life)
Michael Perkowski- Construction Superintendent (Facilities-Construction)
Earl Harris- Groundskeeper I (Grounds)

Not Photographed: Austin Davis

2019 myPerformance

The merit increase process is being finalized this week.  Biweekly merit increases will be effective on 8/25/19. Monthly merit increases will be effective on 9/1/19. Staff letters have been distributed to managers so they can deliver them to employees. 

Academic Increases

For Faculty, merit increases will be determined within each college or consistent with the terms of any external funding agreements that apply.

Staff Increases

As before, staff increases are determined by a combination of your performance rating and compa-ratio (your pay divided by the midpoint of your pay range).  A total pool of 2% is available for this year.  The merit grid below reflects a pool of 1.75%.  There is an additional 0.25% that will be used for exception requests. 

To ensure accountability, consistency and fairness in performance ratings, HR facilitated calibration sessions with managers within departments.  In these sessions managers justified their evaluations of staff and held each other accountable to create a consistent use of the rating scale and a common understanding of the SuccessFactor competencies.  It’s important to note that the goal was to create consistency, not force ratings into a predetermined distribution. Merit letters will be generated by HR and distributed to managers this week.

Merit Increase Grid 2019

If you have not completed your final sign off of your appraisal, please reach out to your supervisor and/or designated HR Consultant as soon as possible.

UM Deputy Title IX Coordinator & Equity Officer Announcement

The University of Missouri System- Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeks a Deputy Title IX Officer and Equity Officer to assist the Interim Chief Equal Opportunity Officer with high priority initiatives in the areas of Title IX, equity and affirmative action. Reporting to the Interim Chief Equal Opportunity Officer, Marsha Fischer, the successful candidate will operate in confidential, complex, and sensitive arenas with often unforeseen requests and deadlines.

Role Summary
The University of Missouri System (UM System) serves Missouri as the state’s land-grant university and Missouri’s only public research and doctoral-level institution. It has a unique mission to advance the opportunities for success and well-being for Missouri, the nation, and the world through transformative
teaching, research, innovation, engagement, and inclusion.
The UM System consists of system administration and four universities: the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the University of
Missouri-St. Louis, and all of their component parts, including MU Health, MU Extension and UM Engagement.

To share this opportunity and/or submit your application for consideration, visit:

1. Select the  link to access our careers site.
2. Sign In to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one.
3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.

If you are an external applicant, click here.

If you are a current employee of our organization please click here.

Conflict of Interest Reporting

The University of Missouri Collected Rule 330.015 for Conflict of Interest requires employees complete a disclosure of outside interests at least annually and as any changes or new acquisitions arise.

UMSL will begin the process of collecting outside interest disclosure forms from all faculty and exempt staff in late August. The submission of a disclosure is required, even if an employee has no outside interests to disclose. Reportable activities include any employment, consulting, or other professional activity or
service, paid or unpaid, for a third party that is not part of the employee’s university responsibilities, and the activity relates to work within the scope of the employee’s university responsibilities, expertise, or
practice of his/her profession.  Each disclosure form will be submitted using our electronic system, eCompliance and will require supervisor approval.

In the coming weeks, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) will hold optional eCompliance training sessions for faculty and exempt staff.

  • August 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in Lucas Hall, 00200
  • August 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in Education Admin Building, 000G1

For more information on the disclosure process and requirements, call Danielle Hunter at x5972.