Homecoming 2019 Schedule of Events

Come join the 2019 Homecoming fun during the following events:

Office Decorating
All spaces must be decorated by 12pm on February 15, 2019
Calling all UMSL offices and departments! Help spread Homecoming cheer and excitement by decorating the UMSL campus. Participating offices will be tasked with using creativity and imagination to transform your office space into the ultimate UMSL red and gold paradise. The winning office will have bragging rights all across campus, and win a special prize.

Offices and departments can learn more, and sign up by completing the Office Spirit Competition registration form on TritonSync here.

Chili Feed & Be Inspired
Thursday, Feb. 21 • 11:30am • MSC Century Room ABC
Purchase an event ticket to taste our faculty created chili. $5.00 for faculty/staff (purchase tickets here). First 200 individuals to purchase a ticket will receive an exclusive Homecoming ceramic chili mug, courtesy of University Marketing & Communications.

Pack the Stands
Thursday, Feb. 21 • 5:30pm • Mark Twain Gymnasium
Cheer on the UMSL Tritons as they take on the Drury Panthers. FREE food, giveaways, and some friendly competition. This is a kid-friendly event, so bring your Tiny Tritons!

Tiny Tritons Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Feb. 23 • 10am • Millennium Student Center 366
Grab the kids in your life & join us for our annual pancake breakfast in your PJs. There will be lots of kid-friendly activities including Dr. Dan from Dancakes.
RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

Dinner & Dance
6:30pm – 11:00pm . Marriot Grand Hotel
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to spend an elegant night at the Marriott Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis. A three course meal will be included with the price of your ticket. Be sure to join us for a night of dinner, dancing, and fun, along with crowning of the 2019 Homecoming Royalty.
Purchase tickets here!

$30 per individual
$55 per couple
$275 for a table of 10

Shuttle service will be available for the Homecoming Dinner & Dance. Three shuttles will run a continuous loop between the UMSL campus and the Marriott Grand Hotel. Stops are listed below.

Mansion Hill
Provincial House
University Meadows
Marriott Grand Hotel

Shuttle service will begins at 6pm at Mansion Hill. Final shuttle pick up at the Marriott Grand is at 12am. Shuttle service is free of charge. You can track the shuttle on the UMSL App

Full schedule & details at homecoming.umsl.edu


When will W-2’s Become Available?

For employees that provided consent to receive their W-2 electronically by 12/31/18, an email will be sent to their university email account when they become available in myHR. Employees that did not provide consent by 12/31/18, will have their paper W-2 form post-marked no later than 1/31/19.  Further communication regarding W-2s will be sent to all University employees via email from UM prior to January 31.
Questions?  Contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146.

UMSL Employee Discount on Computer Education & Training Center Classes

All university staff and faculty receive a 50% discount off computer classes held at the Computer Education & Training Center (CETC). Whether you are part-time or full-time, the CETC will help you stay current with computer technology. Investing a day to learn the features and options of computer software will help you be more productive on the job.

Classes vary from data analysis & spreadsheets to document management & reports to graphics & web development. Classes at CETC include Excel, PivotTables, Tableau, SQL, Access, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Python, and R.  See the full list of CETC classes.

Email info@cetc.umsl.edu or call 314-984-9000 for more information on the CETC classes and how to receive your 50% discount.

Mercy Breast Center Mammography Van to Visit During RWC Wellness Fair

Mercy St. Louis Breast Center Mammography Van Visit

When: Friday, February 22, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Where: UMSL Recreation and Wellness Center Visitor Parking Lot – Parking Lot C

Who: Individuals needing a Mammogram or Breast Screening

What: The Mercy St. Louis Mammography Van will be on site for digital screening mammograms. The cost of your appointmnet will be billed to your health insurance.

How do I make an appointment: Call (314)251-6300 or (800)446-3742 and schedule for the Van at the UMSL RWC on February 22nd. Make sure to bring your insurance card and a photo ID with you to your appointment.

*UMSL Faculty and Staff: This is being offered during the UMSL RWC Health and Wellness Fair. Wellness Points will be awarded for participation in the fair, with this being a qualifying event. More information to come on the Health and Wellness Fair and points opportunities.*

*Mercy receives money to provide free mammograms and breast screenings to women who have no health insurance or have health insurance with a high deductible. If you have low income or are uninsured or under-insured, between 40-64 years of age and need a mammogram/breast screening, please call to see if you qualify.

Questions? Contact Emily Davidson at davidsoneb@umsl.edu

Use the RWC for Free During January’s Resolution Jump Start

Begin reaching your 2019 health and fitness goals at the RWC

Visit 10 times for FREE during the month of January (January 2-31).
Then keep it going throughout the year by purchasing a 12 month membership – you will receive one of those months for FREE if purchased during Resolution Jump Start!
Must present a valid photo ID in the Triton Trading Post for each visit. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Questions? Contact Emily Davidson at davidsoneb@umsl.edu
or visit UMSL.edu/campusrecreation for more information.

Need to Step Up Your Retirement Planning?

Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Fidelity

Explore your financial future. Sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with a retirement expert from Fidelity. Fidelity is the administrator for the university’s Voluntary Retirement Plan (VRP), and the defined contribution portion for the Employee Retirement Investment Plan (ERIP). The VRP includes options to enroll in a 403(b) and a 457(b).

Fidelity will be on campus and available to meet with you during Quarter 1 at the dates listed below:

• Wednesday, January 23
• Wednesday, February 20
• Wednesday, March 27

You can reserve your spot here: Sign up online for a Fidelity consultation, or by calling 1-800-642-7131

What is a one-on-one consultation?

A one-on-one consultation provides guidance to help you maximize your retirement savings and plan for other goals. Fidelity representatives are seasoned financial professionals, and are non-commissioned to ensure that UM employees receive unbiased information. Whether your retirement is many years away or just around corner, schedule a consultation to:

• Ask questions about saving for retirement and other goals
• Evaluate investment choices that meet your needs
• Create an action plan to get and stay on track for retirement
• Review retirement income options

New Employee Orientation 1.7.2019

Welcome New Employees!
The following employees were in attendance at the most recent New Employee Orientation on January 7, 2019.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

Front Row L to R:

Rachel Ryan- Psychometrist (Center for Behavioral Health)
Beth Hundsdorfer- Investigative Reporter/Coordinator (KWMU)
Shahidah Siraaj- Office Support Assistant II (Biology)
Monica Long-Davis- Child Development Associate Teacher (University Child Development)

Back Row L to R:

Riahanna Davis- Patient Service Representative (College of Optometry)
Erin Hart- Graphic Designer (Marketing)
Deandre Branch- Employee Relations Coordinator (Career Services)
Heather Weems-Elliot- Child Forensic Interviewer I (Child Advocacy Center)

Live myLearn Event!

Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions
Wednesday Feb 06 11:00:00 CST 2019 Central Standard Time

Many leaders claim that creativity is a top priority today because they desperately seek growth and renewal for their enterprises. However, creative individuals working in organizations often encounter resistance to new ideas, much as the path-breaking artists, scientists, and inventors have experienced throughout history. These firms do not lack talented people with original ideas. They lack an environment in which these people can flourish.

Through this live myLearn event, best-selling author and scholar Michael Roberto presents a thorough investigation of organizational obstacles to creative thought. Highly relevant to the growth crises many enterprises face in today’s economic landscape, this session examines how to break barriers to spark creativity and foster new ideas. This insightful and informative work allows business executives, senior managers, and organization leaders to:

*Recognize the six organizational mindsets that impede creativity and innovation
*Learn how to tear down the barriers that obstruct the creative process
*Create an environment that allows talented people to thrive
*Encourage creative collaboration in teams throughout an organization




Voluntary Separation Program for Tenured Faculty

In 2019, the University will offer the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP), a one-time opportunity, to eligible faculty members who meet certain age and service criteria. The program provides a lump sum payout for eligible participants who choose to separate from the University of Missouri System effective September 1, 2019, for nine-month faculty and between July 1 and September 1 for 12-month faculty. The VSP is designed to recognize the contributions of eligible faculty members by providing them a valuable benefit that reflects their commitment, but it also helps schools and colleges manage in a challenging financial environment by providing budget flexibility for funding new positions and appropriate salary increases.

To be eligible to participate, faculty members must, as of their retirement date:
– be full-time and benefit eligible;
– hold a tenured appointment;
– have accrued five years or more of creditable service; and
be age 62 or over.

For more information, please refer to the UM Voluntary Separation Program page, or contact the UM Retirement Center at 1-800-488-5288, or by emailing retirement@umsystem.edu.  You may also contact Mallorie Nelson, UMSL Total Rewards Generalist at 314-516-5807, or nelsonmal@umsl.edu.


Paul Herring Becomes Vice Chancellor for Advancement

On November 5th, Paul Herring assumed the duties of Vice Chancellor for Advancement at UMSL.  Previously, Paul served as vice president for university advancement at Texas Tech University, and led fundraising that raised nearly $90 million in gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2018. Herring has more than 12 years of experience in higher education fundraising at Texas Tech, St. Mary’s University and University of Southern Mississippi.

UMSL Human Resources congratulates and looks forward to Vice Chancellor Herring’s leadership of UMSL’s Advancement unit.  We also express our gratitude to Martin Leifeld, who retired from the position, for his contributions and dedication to the University.

To find out more about Vice Chancellor Herring, please read this UMSL Daily Post, highlighting his achievements and aspirations for UMSL Advancement.