New Employee Orientation 2020 Schedule

The New Employee Orientation for 2020 is below.

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.

* Indicates deviated date due to Holidays. Full time, benefit eligible staff are to report to NEO on their start date.

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


EAP – New Counselor

Earlier this month, Dr. Kristen Miceli accepted a new position and will no longer be the UMSL EAP Counselor. Please join us in wishing Kristen tremendous success in her future endeavors.

The UMSL Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) provides counseling services for our Employee Assistance Program. In addition to on-campus appointments on Tuesdays, you now have options for appointments at the CBH’s main location in Town and Country during their regular business hours, which include evenings and weekends.

UMSL location, South Campus on Tuesdays:
216 Marillac Hall (South campus)
Phone: 314-516-7210
9am – 12pm walk-in’s
1pm to 4pm by appointment

Center for Behavioral Health location:

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
12837 Flushing Meadows Drive, Suite 220
Town & Country, MO 63131
Phone: 314-516-5824
8:00AM-8:00PM Mon-Thurs
8:00AM-5:00PM Fri & Sat

About the EAP

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 services and gives referrals to help employees affected by a range of personal concerns or stressors including:

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

Your W-2 is now available in myHR

Your 2019 W-2 is available to view and print online.

To access your W-2:

1. Turn off pop-up blocker.

2. Log into myHR (

3. Select the “Payroll” tile. In the left-hand menu, choose “View Your W-2 Form.”

You will be prompted to verify your Social Security number. Please double-check the Social Security number and spelling of your name on your W-2 for accuracy. If different, contact your campus Payroll Office for a W-2 correction.

You can learn more about tax-related documents on our end-of-the-year tax documents webpage. For help in using PeopleSoft myHR, contact HR Service Center at (573) 882-2146, toll free at 1-800-488-5288 or via email at

Triton Toastmasters – Open House February 6th

Are you needing to be re-energized for the 2020 school year? The remedy is as easy as a little dose of Vitamin C – Creativity. With Triton Toastmasters you can break barriers to give you the energy and Vitamin C – Creativity to maximize your communication and leadership potential.



12:00 – 1:00


ROOM 101

Refreshments will be available

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

They provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Members pay international dues of $45 USD every six months, plus a new member fee of $20. With Toastmasters, the learning never stops. Join the UMSL Toastmasters club and you will:

Toastmasters International Mission

We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Toastmasters International Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Excellence

When do they meet?

The UMSL club meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. For more information or to attend a meeting to find out more, please contact Marquetta Wise at



UMSL Homecoming 2020 – Chili Feed

Kick off our Homecoming festivities with a bowl of homemade chili with recipes created by our very own UMSL faculty. You will have the opportunity to sample 5 chili recipes served by UMSL faculty and administrators. Taste carefully! You must vote for your favorite chili entry to select the winner of the Golden Ladle Award.

Purchase tickets online here for $5.00

A student discount of $4.00 is given by purchasing tickets in person with cash, credit, or declining balance/dining dollars at Nosh, Triton Treats, Einstein Bros Bagels, Simply to Go Cafe (SLB), and Provincial House Dining Hall (starting in December 2019).

All proceeds benefit the Pagedale Family Support Center.

Be sure to stop by the Be Inspired Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign table to make a donation and grab some dessert. The overwhelming sentiment of the campaign is to help our UMSL students succeed. We’d love to have you make a donation in honor of our 2020 Homecoming celebrations.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars at UMSL

This free seminar is offered by the UM System Office of Human Resources – Retirement Programs. It is designed for faculty and staff 10 years or less from retirement, however, all faculty and staff are welcome to attend. It is a single session offered multiple times throughout the year and provides an overview of all retirement plans offered by the University.

DATE: Multiple dates; see below
TIME: All dates 3:00pm 5:00pm
WHERE: UMSL JC Penney Building, Telepresence Room 61
COST: FREE , but registration is required and limited so register today!


Before Attending:
Participants of the DB Plan or Hybrid Plan (, be sure to run an online pension estimate, prior to attending the seminar, using the online Pension Benefits Portal available through myHR: (Click the compass in the upper right-hand corner and navigate to: Navigator >> Self Service >> Benefits >> Retirement Calculator. Then, click the Retirement Calculator link.). Print out your estimate and bring it to the seminar. This seminar will help you review and understand your personal estimate of your pension benefits.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020*
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020*
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

*This session is part of a series of retirement seminars. The other sessions will be listed on the Retirement Seminars webpage ( once registration is available and cover additional topics such as financial planning, estate planning, Social Security and Medicare.

UMSL Homecoming 2020 – Office Spirit Competition

Office Spirit Competition

Decorate your Office or Department to show your UMSL Spirit during Homecoming! Demonstrate your school spirit, and bring excitement and energy to Homecoming Week. The winning office will have bragging rights across campus and win a $300 Sodexo co-sponsorship.

Campus Offices and Departments wishing to participate should register with the Homecoming Committee and have the office decorated by 5:00pm, Friday, February 21, 2020. After decorating is complete, members of the Homecoming Steering committee will come around to each office to judge. All decorations must meet the following requirements to receive participation spirit points and be considered for judging:

  • All artwork MUST include the following information:
    • The name of your office/department
    • The Homecoming slogan, “Timeless Tritons”
    • Judges will grade all submissions on the following criteria:
  • Entries will be judged in five categories – Effort, Appearance, Creativity, Originality, & School Spirit.

Remember – you must submit a 2020 Homecoming Office Spirit Competition Registration Form to be included in the contest.  Questions? Contact Rainer Gall at

2019 Winners were:

1st Place – Human Resources

2nd Place – Honors College

3rd Place – College of Nursing

This is 2020

Welcome to 2020. Are you ready to crush your goals for the next decade? Here are some tools to help you achieve them.

  1. Write it down. By writing down your goals, you’re 42 percent more likely to achieve them. According to Forbes, there are two main reasons why writing down your goals works: external storage and encoding. External storage simply means that we’re taking a thought and putting it on a physical location, like a piece of paper. Plain and simple, we make things more of a priority when we’re reminded of them every single day.Encoding helps by sending messages to our brain and helping to decide what gets put in our long-term memory and what gets tossed away. When you write things down, your ability to encode them improves.
  2. Make your goals SMARTThe way a goal is written can make a big difference in whether or not you are successful. SMART is an acronym to remember when you are setting goals. Ideally speaking, each goal should be: Specific, Measurable, Action orientated, Realistic, & Timely. For example, “exercise more” would be too general. To make it more specific, try something like the goal in the box to the right.Here are some examples and tips to walk you through each step per myTotalRewards.
  3. Make A Vision BoardVisualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe. “So, what’s the big secret to creating a vision board that works? It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want.

There is only one major rule to creating a vision board that works, and it’s that there aren’t any rules. You aren’t going to mess it up, you can create your vision board on your own terms. Here are the answers to the most common questions people ask:

Q: What should I put on my vision board?

A: Anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health.

Join the Best Decade Ever with Mel Robbins for free.  Using Mel’s live videos, blog posts and “Dream Book” of assignments to complete side-by-side during the month of January, will teach you how to think and dream bigger, get through the inevitable roadblocks, and learn the small habits that you can use every day to get back on track over the course of the next decade. She has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice and life strategies provide tangible results and skills that help people push through the everyday challenges we all face in life, work, and love.

She is one of the most booked speakers in the world and an international best-selling author whose work has been translated into 32 languages. In 2017, Mel broke self-publishing records with her international best-seller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the #1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most read book of the year on Amazon. When Mel launched her science backed productivity planner, The 5 Second Journal, the first print run sold out worldwide within minutes. Her social media platforms inspire more than 60 million people every month and her TEDx Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with more than 18 million views.


New Employee Orientation: Jan 06 & Jan 13, 2020

Join us in welcoming the newest staff members to UMSL!

Front Row (L to R):

Tiffini Rushing– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Maryann Brennan– Sr. Program/Project Support Coordinator (MIMH)
Tasnim Haq– Program Coordinator, CIAC (CIAC)

Back Row (L to R):
Laura Kilcullin– Director of Development (College and Units)
Danielle Wilson– Sr. Program/Project Support Coordinator (MIMH)
Ahmad Nikbeen– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Dijana Menkovic– International Student Advisor (UMSL Global)
Audri Adams– Business Support Specialist II (Honors College)
Grant Cravens– System Support Analyst- Entry (Academic IT Services)

Front Row (L to R):

Monet Demming– Business Support Specialist II (Political Science & Economics)
Elizabeth Richter– OSA IV (Library)
Michael Akin– Police Officer (UMSL Police)
Shelley Robison Leiva– Patient Service Representative (College of Optometry)

Back Row (L to R):

Jarvis Wright– Custodian (Facilities)
Alex Ebert– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Tyronica “Ty” Dowdy– Assistant Director of Development, Donor Relations (University Development)
Mikale Elliott– Outreach and Retention Coordinator (MIMH)
Brenna McGahan– Programmer Analyst-Specialist (ITS Operations)

Trauma Awareness Training, January 30th

Alive & Well Communities presents: Trauma Awareness Training

This program is free of charge and open to all faculty, staff, & students. Registration is required via myLearn to reserve your seat.

  • This free training provides a framework for everyone interested in understanding the impact and prevalence of trauma, and how it affects well-being.
  • The program meets one of the training requirements required for becoming an Alive and Well Ambassador.
  • This activity will be eligible for UM wellness points.
  • The next opportunity will be April 2, 2020

To register, visit myLearn ‘UMSL Instructor Led Training’ or click here.

For more information or questions, please contact Julie Bertram PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing.