Special Event: Alzheimer’s-Everything You Need to Know…

UMSL Retirees Association Special Event

 Alzheimer’s: Everything You NEED To Know, But Have Been Afraid To Ask When: Friday, April 5, 2019.  1:30 to 3:30 PM; Room 001
Anheuser-Busch Hall

(College of Business Administration) on the UMSL North Campus

 As the human population has grown older, there has developed an epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Approximately 5.4 million Americans now live with Alzheimer’s. Half of all persons aged 85 and over will have Alzheimer’s Disease. But, although Alzheimer’s is considered an ailment of the aged, one form of the disease affects people as young as in their 20s. It is estimated that by 2050, someone in the USA will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds. Thus, if Alzheimer’s has not already affected your life, the chances are high that it will affect you, or a loved one, sometime in the not too distant future. Despite public perceptions, Alzheimer’s entails much more than simply memory loss – and it is a disease that ultimately influences all members of a family, most importantly the caregivers.

This event will feature a panel of 4 speakers who will cover the most valuable information you need to know and will answer questions you may have. Speakers will address:

1) Basic information about Alzheimer’s and other related dementias – what it is and how do you recognize it

2) Caregiver stress and coping skills

3) Support and resources offered by the Alzheimer’s Association

4) An overview of research conducted by the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Washington University, one of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s research programs. There also will be ample time for discussion and questions and answers.

The presentation will also be available via Zoom.  You may either access via phone (audio only) or view on-line.  To access on-line:  https://umslcanvas.zoom.us/j/929390395

Or by phone: +1 646 876 9923   Meeting ID: 929 390 395

 Program Schedule:

1:30 PM – Introduction to the Event:  Dr.  Ann Steffen (moderator), Psychology, UMSL

1:40 PM – Introduction to Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias:  Dr. Zuleyma Tang-Martínez, Biology UMSL

2:00 PM – A Caregiver’s Perspective:  Ray Long, Alzheimer’s Association – St. Louis Chapter, Volunteer Speaker

2:15 PM – Assistance, Support, and Resources:  Elyse Murrel, Alzheimer’s Association – St. Louis Chapter, Staff

2:30 PM – Overview of Current Research on Alzheimer’s: Andrea Denny, Knight ADRC (Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center), Washington University Medical School – Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core Leader

2:50 PM – Questions & Answers

3:25 PM – Concluding Remarks, Dr. Ann Steffen


Don’t Miss Out on the 2019 Wellness Incentive

The UM System Wellness Incentive promotes employee wellness by offering incentive money to eligible employees who take steps to live a healthier lifestyle. Once you elect a medical plan choice, you will be eligible to participate in the $450 Wellness Incentive.*

To complete Cycle 1, you’ll need to earn and submit 225 points between November 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. Those who complete Cycle 1 earn $225* in their final May 2019 paycheck.** Please note, extra points earned during Cycle 1 will not be applied to Cycle 2.

Cycle 2 begins May 1, 2019, and runs through September 30, 2019. Like Cycle 1, you’ll need to complete and submit 225 points during that time period to earn your second $225 incentive in your final October 2019 paycheck.  Ready to start?  Visit the 2019 UM Wellness Incentive website for more information on how to participate.

myPerformance Process is Now Open

The University’s performance appraisal process, know as myPerformance, opened on March 15, with self-appraisals being due by March 31.

In order to support your growth and simplify your steps, UM System has streamlined the performance appraisal. Changes include:

Updated step deadlines provide consistency across the system and make it easier to identify where you are in the process.

Fewer comment requirements reduce the amount of time you’ll spend on your self-appraisal and will keep you from duplicating examples. Instead, a single overall comment section will be required, regardless of the rating, at the very end of the self-appraisal.

• Reminders based on where you are in the process mean you’ll only receive automated messages when you have an approaching deadline or an outstanding task. As soon as a step has been completed, you’ll no longer receive messages about that event.

If you need help as you complete your performance appraisal, there are many resources to support you on your university myPerformance webpage. For example, the “Writing Your Self-Appraisal Guide” (PDF) provides tips on crafting a confident and objective self-appraisal, while the “SMART Goals Guide” (PDF) can help you set achievable and meaningful goals.

Dates and resources for employees

March 15 -31
Self-appraisals due
• Resource: Preparing for a Performance Appraisal (3 minutes)
• Resource: Detailed myPerformance Training for Employees (30 minutes)

June 1 – 30
Employee/evaluator meetings
• Resource: Presenting Your Accomplishments at an Appraisal (3 minutes)
• Resource: Seeing Negative Feedback as Caring (3 minutes)
• Resource: Success Factor Courses

July 7
Employee comments (optional) and sign off
• Resource: Developing a Growth Mindset (16 minutes)

July 15
Process closes

Performance appraisals are just one step in the continuous process of improving the way our University functions, and we appreciate your engagement. If you have questions about myPerformance or the performance appraisal process, please contact the HR Service Center at (573) 882-2146 or myPerformance@umsystem.edu.

UMSL 2019 Women’s Trailblazer Awards

The campus community is invited to attend the 2019 Women’s Trailblazer Program, Thursday March 21st at 2:00 p.m., in JC Penney Summit Lounge.  Please plan to attend as the campus recognizes and celebrates women of the University of Missouri St. Louis Community who have “blazed” new trails.  This year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence,“ celebrating women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.  Please view the event flyer.

Betty Van Uum, Assistant to the Chancellor for Public Affairs and Economic Development, will be guest speaker for this celebration honoring the 2019 UMSL Trailblazers. A reception will be held immediately following the event.

Any questions should be directed to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – 516-5695.

myLearn Spotlight: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Date: Tuesday Apr 16 10:00:00 CDT 2019 Central Daylight Time

We all know that timing is everything. Trouble is, we don’t know much about timing itself. In this provocative and entertaining live event presentation, offered through myLearn, multiple New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink will show that timing is a really a science – one we can use to make smarter decisions, enhance our productivity, and boost the performance of our organizations.

New Employee Orientation 3.11.2019

Welcome New Employees!
The following employees were in attendance at the March 11, 2019 New Employee Orientation.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

L to R:

Rachel White– Academic Advisor (College of Arts & Sciences)
Michael Della Fave– Academic Advisor (College of Arts & Sciences)
Russell Gettemeier– Construction Superintendent (In-House Construction)
Katie Gertler– Media Producer, Sr. (Student Life)
David Wood– Admissions Representative (Admissions)
Cleola Butler– Office Support Assistant III (Political Science)
George Sipos– Executive Director (International Studies and Programs)
Ciera Jessup– Advancement Associate II (KWMU)
Darren Barnes– Optometric Technician (College of Optometry)
L. Renee Graves– Assistant Director (Precollegiate Programs)

Not Pictured:
Andrea Henderson– Sharing America Reporter (KWMU)
Jessica Davis– Staff Psychologist (Center for Behavioral Health

Homecoming Office Spirit Competition Results

Pictured (L to R):  Louie holding a picture of Jessica Swederske, Dana Daniels,
Muzhda Rasool, Beth Quinn, Jennifer Heck, Tara VanDeVoorde and Kathy Falcon.
Not Pictured: Jim Hertel, Audra Bickline, Megan Jakel, Jessica Swederske and
Mallorie Nelson.

As part of the annual Homecoming celebration, UMSL offices and departments were invited to show their school spirit and help bring excitement & energy to Homecoming 2019 by participating in the Office Spirit Competition, hosted by the Office of Student Involvement.

Campus (professional) offices and departments were invited to decorate their physical space to celebrate the Homecoming 2019 theme, “Rise of the Red & Gold”. Office decorations were judged based on Effort, Creativity, Appearance, Originality, and School Spirit.  Congratulations to 1st place winner, UMSL Human Resources, 2nd place winner, the Pierre Laclede Honors College, and 3rd place winner, the College of Nursing, for an excellent job of showing their UMSL Pride!

Sign Up for a Pre-Retirement Seminar at UMSL

A free seminar designed for faculty and staff 10 years or less from retirement will be held on Thursday, March 14th from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the J.C. Penney Telepresence Room – 61.  However, all faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  This single session is offered multiple times throughout the year and provides an overview of the UM Retirement, Disability and Death (RDD) Benefit Plan. In addition, this seminar will help you review your personal estimate of your pension benefits.  This seminar will help you understand information displayed in the typical retirement estimate.  Register through the UM-System Retirement Seminars page today.  If you need assistance registering, please call HR at 314-516-5805.

TIAA Virtual Financial Counseling

Meet with a financial consultant from wherever

you are—on your laptop, smartphone, tablet or
desktop computer.

You can access virtual counseling through any device and get guidance
about saving more, managing debt or planning for your future. It’s highly
secure and private.

Take advantage of advice and education
When you meet virtually with a financial consultant, you’ll get answers
to these questions:

WW Am I saving enough?
WW Are my investments properly allocated?
WW Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?

Financial advice is available as part of your retirement plan at no
additional cost. Take advantage and schedule a virtual counseling
session today.  MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

New Employee Orientation 2.11.19 & 2.25.19

Welcome New Employees!
The employees below were in attendance at the February 11th and February 25th New Employee Orientations.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

NEO 2.25.2019:
L to R: Erica Ryu, Research/Lab Technician II (Biology)
Dawn Hemond, Software support Analyst-Specialist (Academic IT)
Tekela Underwood, Safety Communications Officer (UMSL-PD)
Michelle Leatherberry, Senior Student Support Specialist (Financial Aid)
Desirare Green, Admissions Representative (Admissions)
Kiley Bednar, Associate Director, Partnership Performance (Public Policy)

NEO 2.11.2019:
L to R:  Dixie Williams- Director Admissions (Admissions)
Jennifer Ross- Child Development Teaching Assistant (Child Development Center)
Tina Bell- Office Support Assistant IV (Office of Equal Opportunity)
Judy Schmitt- Librarian I (Library)
Katina Kitchin- Office Support Assistant I (Center for Behavioral Health)