STL Youth Jobs

UMSL has recently partnered with

STL Youth Jobs is a civic collaboration providing meaningful employment opportunities for at-risk youth in St. Louis, MO.

On one hand, we have a growing number of disengaged youth in our city with an unemployment rate higher than any other working group. On the other hand, we have employers ready to hire but they lack access to quality skilled workers.

STL Youth Jobs bridges this divide by training our youth to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow through individualized career assessment, financial literacy and job readiness training, employment experience and continuing career support.

Research proves that youth employment programs are one of the most effective ways to transform youth outcomes – benefiting our economy and targeted communities across St. Louis.

Our jobs programs are designed to create transformative employment opportunities for youth, while giving them the training and support they need to become the workforce of the future.

Below are the names and positions where you may see current participants around campus.


• Diamond Clark (Stagehand)
• Malik McKenzie (Stagehand)
• Cory Patterson (Custodian: Recreation + Wellness Center)
• Jarvis Reese (Custodian: Recreation + Wellness Center)
• Zakee King-Lee (Groundskeeper)

We’re Celebrating National Internship Day – We Need Your Help!


We’re so excited to let everyone know that this year UMSL will be joining thousands of other businesses to celebrate National Intern Day!

What is National Intern Day? 

Created by WayUp in 2017, National Intern Day is a holiday dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the future leaders of the world: Interns! 

When is National Intern Day? 

This year National Intern Day takes place on Thursday, July 25. 

What happens next?

Now that we’ve registered, we need to spread the word and vote for UMSL on the National Intern Day site. The more votes we get, the better our chances are of earning a spot on the WayUp Top 100 Internship Programs list. 

Where do I vote?

Click Here: and search “University” and select UMSL. Enter your name and you’re done! You can enter once a day up until the deadline.

Thanks and Happy National Intern Day!  

PS — If you have any other questions about National Intern Day, check out their FAQs page or email WayUp directly at

Keep Calm & Read On

Your Brain at Work

Nothing says summer like sun, sand, and a good book. The following is available in myLearn from the Experience Visionaries Summer Reading List.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction,
Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
By: David Rock
Recommended by Karalyn Smith, Chief People Officer at Sephora

Smith is a big believer in David Rock’s work and explains that he “has made the neuroscience of leadership really attainable.” In this book, Rock assures us that despite the endless meetings, Slack messages, and other distractions of the modern workplace, it’s possible to perform your best amid the chaos. Peek into your work-brain and learn how to increase your focus, think creatively, give better feedback, and so much more with this read.

About the Author

David Rock is a consultant and leadership coach who advises corporations around the world. The author of Coaching with the Brain in Mind, Quiet Leadership, and Personal Best, he is the CEO of Results Coaching Systems, a leading global consulting and coaching organization. He is on the advisory board of the international business school CIMBA and the cofounder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and Summit. He lives in Sydney, Australia, and New York City.


Meet Your Nurse Liaison: Caroline Murphy, RN

About Caroline                                                   
Caroline is a registered nurse with a broad range of experience in healthcare. She has over ten years of healthcare                experience specializing in Medical Surgical areas and Home Health. Caroline is passionate about helping people live healthier lives and looks forward to helping University faculty and staff achieve their health goals.

How can a nurse liaison help me?
Caroline is available to meet with you to discuss lifestyle behaviors you want to improve – such as weight loss, a healthy diet or fitness. She can also assist with education and disease management support with conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Caroline will help you create and work toward your personal health goals. Questions regarding medical claims should continue to be directed to member
services by calling the toll free number on the back of your health insurance card.

Will personal information that I share with my nurse liaison be protected?
Yes, all of your personal health information will be protected in accordance with HIPAA. None of your personal information will be shared with your employer. The role of the Nurse Liaison is to guide and empower faculty and staff to make improved decisions regarding healthcare.

What other services does my nurse liaison offer?
Your Nurse Liaison is available to assist faculty and staff in living healthier lives and improve health care
decision making by:
 Educating faculty and staff on various health topics and conditions in one-on-one coaching
sessions, and small group settings, on topics such as diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, and
 Offering blood pressure, weight and BMI screenings to individuals
 Helping faculty and staff find in-network physicians and establishing care with a Primary Care
 Assisting faculty and staff in preparing for an upcoming physician office visit
 Navigating UnitedHealthcare tools, programs and resources
 Referring employees to available clinical, disease and wellness programs available

Seven Alternatives To ‘Thank You’

Recently, the Recognition task force completed the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace quiz. Words of Affirmation ranked highest among all participants as the preferred method of recognition. Below is an article recently posted by Forbes Community Voice affirming how genuine gratitude and appreciation make an impact on how you make others feel in the workplace.

Post written by: Cord Himelstein, VP of marketing for HALO Recognition, helping companies worldwide create meaningful recognition strategies that celebrate their people.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Saying “thank you” is our business when it comes to the corporate world. In a nutshell, my company helps companies find better ways to say it to their employees. Needless to say, communications and public speaking play a huge role in realizing that. A good general lesson I’ve learned is that simply saying “thank you” is not always enough. It can wear out its welcome, or worse, come off as insincere. Everyone can benefit from having multiple tactics for saying it.

There is quantifiable power in gratitude.

Basic kindness has real power. For example, in an NBC Season of Kindness Poll, 70% of the 2,650 adults surveyed said they would forgo a 10% raise for a kinder boss. In most areas of life, gratitude is always welcome and a requisite for getting things done smoothly. Whether or not a person says “thank you” after you do something for them is a much-relied-upon barometer for sizing up the intentions of others in life. We all intuitively recognize the phrase as a bar of social grace, and that’s what can complicate matters.

In our line of work, we try to quantify gratitude. We tally up plaudits by location and help companies understand why “thank you” isn’t cutting it in some places. From a communications perspective, we get to observe the interesting side effects gratitude has across large populations over time. One of those side effects is repetition and casualness in the way we say thanks.

We can get into a habit of saying “thank you” for everything. It becomes a reaction instead of an interaction. We forget to call out specific things. We stop identifying the real qualities we appreciate about the person or relationship. We become generic with our gratitude and important details — the building blocks of genuine relationships — are lost. The effects are insidious and easy to ignore.

Variety makes us tick.

In a 2014 LinkedIn post, renowned author and personal coach Tony Robbins identified six basic needs that make us tick, based on psychologist Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs theory. Robbins argues that as much as we need certainty and comfort to be happy, we also need uncertainty and variety to grow.

People don’t want generic lives and eventually get tired of the same old thing. Our burning need to create new experiences that enrich our lives, what Maslow called self-actualization, is strong. To that point, how you communicate thanks is just as (if not more) important as remembering to do it in the first place.

Here are seven alternatives to ‘thank you.’

Saying “thank you” in a slightly unexpected way is a minor speech adjustment with the potential to unlock a lot of good energy and elicit more sincere responses. It also establishes new lines of communication and, as a bonus, increases your personal mystique. These seven alternatives are great ways to catch people off guard and create deeper bonds. And they might make them feel better about themselves than a generic “thank you” would.

1. “I appreciate you.”

2. “Let me know if you need anything else.”

3. “Couldn’t have done it without you.”

4. “You made this easy.”

5. “You’re so helpful.”

6. “What do you think?”

7. “I’m impressed!”

‘Thank you’ is still cool.

You shouldn’t take this to mean that saying “thank you” isn’t cool anymore. It’s still very cool, and if you like saying it, don’t ever stop. But what this all boils down to is that people need more than rote validation to feel fulfilled in a relationship. They need opportunities to self-actualize, as well as a touch of variety to offset certainty every now and again. Anything you say to a person over and over again to the same tune is going to lose its effect and turn into static over time. As Mr. Robbins might say, it’s about giving people the surprises they actually want.