Holiday Time Off and Winter Break Operations

This year all of the Universities in the UM System are taking a consistent approach to holiday time off and the Winter break.  What that means at UMSL is that any time off on the day before the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas eve will be handled like any other time during the year – with prior approval and using vacation or personal days .  Managers are responsible for scheduling time off in a way to staff appropriately for their customer demand through the end of these days.  There will not be a campus-wide early release.

Winter break days are now 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.”  Departments may staff at minimum levels as in past years and will receive a separate email requesting their operating plan during the break.

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



Next Step Student Internship Program Accepting Applications

Next Step is now accepting both Student and Department applications for the Spring 2019 semester.  Applications will be accepted from 11/5/2018 – 11/23/2018.

UMSL’s Next Step, formerly known as the Student Plus Program, is an on-campus experiential learning program that allows students to gain knowledge through university departments, become more engaged with the campus community and enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities.  Next Step also places its main focus on degree completion.

The paid internship program bridges college to career transition through practical workshops focused on resume-building experience, career preparation and self-discovery.  Focused on developing the students’ core competencies, Next Step includes: Critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, career management, oral/written communications, digital technology, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

The placement of students within departments depends upon two things: What kind of experience the student is wanting to gain and the needs of the department.  Students will be able to work an average of 28 hours a week.

More information on how to apply, for both students and departments, is provided on the Next Step Program web page.

Holiday 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 November 5 – 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

A Real Appeal Program Success Story from Real Members

Learn how a University of Missouri couple lost 133 pounds!

Less than a year ago, University of Missouri employees and husband and wife Angela and Todd, who struggled with weight most of their lives, were tired of not feeling healthy. Their diets consisted of high calorie foods and they rarely exercised. They reached a point where they knew they needed to make a change and lose weight.

They found out that Real Appeal® was available to University of Missouri employees at no additional cost* and decided to join. Over the next several months, Angela lost 50 pounds and Todd 83 pounds and they are both healthier and more energetic than they have been in years.

Real Appeal combines simple steps with personalized tools and ongoing support to help you lose weight and become healthier.

Once you enroll in Real Appeal you’ll have access to:

● A Transformation Coach who supports you through a customized plan and online group classes.
● Online tools and dashboards to help you track food, activity and weight.
● A Success Kit that includes fitness guides, recipe book, weight scale, workout DVDs and more.

Real Appeal members who attended 4 or more sessions during the program lost 10 pounds on average. Talk to your doctor before starting any weight loss program.

Sign up today at and see how Real Appeal can help you finally hit your weight goals

*Real Appeal is available at no additional cost to faculty, staff, and dependents enrolled in a university medical plan, who are 18 yrs+, have a BMI of 23 or higher, and meet other requirements. By completing ten Real Appeal coaching sessions by September 30, 2018, eligible participants can earn 100 University of Missouri 2018 Wellness Incentive points.


New Employee Orientation 2019 Schedule

New Employee Orientation Schedule 2019

January 7th            May 13th           September 9th
January 21st          May 27th           September 23rd
February 11th        June 10th          October 14th
February 25th        June 24th          October 28th
March 11th            July 8th              November 11th
March 25th            July 22nd           November 25th
April 8th                 August 12th       December 9th
April 22nd              August 26th       December 16th

New Employee Orientation will be the second and fourth Monday of every month to ensure newly hired staff begins employment at the start of a pay period.

Full time, benefit eligible staff are to report to NEO on their start date.

For questions please contact 314-516-7219.

11.12.2018 New Employee Orientation

Welcome New Employees!

The following employees were in attendance at the most recent New Employee Orientation on November 12, 2018.

Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

L to R:

Jonathan Ahl- Food & Agriculture Reporter (KWMU)
Derek Plut- Office Support Assistant III (Chemistry)
Rebecca Mulloy- Tutoring Coordinator (Precollegiate Program)
Chris Willard- Database Programmer Analyst- Expert (ITS)
Amber Bell-Christian- Overdose Prevention Support Specialist (MIMH)
Carrie Lewis- Staff Psychologist (Child Advocacy Center)
Not pictured: Satabdi Samtani- Research Scientist/Academic
(Ctr. Character & Citizenship)

Apply Now for Social Justice Mediation Training!

Registration is now available for our annual Social Justice Mediation Training, hosted by the University of Missouri System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Columbia, MO on January 2-4 and 7-8, 2019.

The training is open to all University employees from across the UM System. Please promote this to those staff and faculty who may be interested in a great professional development opportunity!

Applicants must complete the online application by November 5, 2018.

Training overview

January 2-4 and 7-8 , 2019 MU Student Center Room 2205 A&B 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for all five days. Continue reading

UMSL Community Pledges Their #1 Thing During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thank you to the UMSL community for coming to the HR/Title IX “#1 Thing” information table during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to share the #1 Thing you pledge to take action to promote social change.  Doing your part to end domestic violence may look different for each of us, but the one thing we all have in common is our ability to take action.  We received quite a few community pledges from  students, faculty and staff of the UMSL community and we wanted to share some with you: Continue reading

UMSL Staff Had a Field Day!

A field day was had by all who attended the Staff Association Field Day, Thursday, October 11th on the UMSL Recreation and Wellness Center’s lawn.  Staff members enjoyed pumpkin decorating, a water balloon toss, home run derby, chair yoga, and a pound class, among other activities. Also, three departments tied for having the most employees attend within their department:

Executive Events
Graduate School
New Student Programs

Congratulations to the participation winners!

Thank you to all the Staff Association committee members who planned and volunteered at the event, including: Dan Bettman, Tiffany Izard, Jessica Long Pease, David McGraw, Jessica Mode and Jessica Swederske!  The weather was perfect, and employees had a great time!  Scroll down and check out pictures from the event!

Pictured above, from L to R:  Rainer Gall,
Jessica Mode, Mindy Dilley, Jessica Swederske, Angel Forsha

Check-in time!  HR staff were among those enjoying the Field Day activities.

Don’t get wet!  Staff at the Water Balloon Toss.

Stretch!  Thanks to Katy Mike Smaistria for leading Chair Yoga!

Harry Harris and Stacy Pearson paint their pumpkins.

Employees pound away during Haley Dixon’s Pound class.  Thanks Haley!

Employee Assistance Program Reminder

A Friendly Reminder:

the UMSL Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) provides counseling services for our Employee Assistance Program, available to employees, their spouses and their children, as well.

The UMSL Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a FREE confidential service 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.  EAP provides services and gives referrals to help employees affected by a range of personal concerns or stressors including: Continue reading