Benefits Support for March and April

Mallorie Nelson, UMSL’s Total Rewards Generalist, will be departing for maternity leave next week. Congratulations, Mallorie!

In -person support from 11:30 – 3:00 PM in 220 Woods Hall on March 9, April 6, and April 20th.

Phone and email support will be provided by Total Rewards Generalists from other UM campuses as follows:

03/01-03/07     Tony Redlinger, UM System            573 – 884 – 1477

03/08/-03/14    Mark Ellis, UM System                       573 – 884 – 2350

03/15-03/21     Marcia Lane, MO S&T                          573-341-6105

03/22 – 03/28  Tony Redlinger, UM System            573 – 884 – 1477

03/29 – 04/04  Ted Stahl, UMKC                                   816 – 235 – 1625

04/05 – 04/11  Tony Redlinger, UM System             573 – 884 – 1477

04/12-04/18     Marcia Lane, MO S&T                          573-341-6105

04/19-04/25     Ted Stahl, UMKC                                    816 – 235 – 1625

04/26-05/02     Mark Ellis, UM System                       573 – 884 – 2350

The HR Service Center is available Monday through Friday from 8AM – 5PM via phone (573-882-2146) or Email. 

Leave Administration is Transitioning to UM System effective March 1st

FMLA/Shared leave permanent contact: Arian Ibraimi

Arian Ibraimi has accepted the role of HR Specialist I at University of Missouri System located in Columbia MO. The main focus of this position is to assist processing FMLA and Shared Leave requests for the UMSL campus. Arian has worked for the University since 2014 with the University Hospital as an Office Support Assistant IV. He initially started in the centralized timekeeping group and was moved to MU Hospital payroll. Arian was crucial in assisting the hospital FMLA coordinator with all leaves, served as the Kronos administrator maintaining all time clocks and maintaining database tables. On a personal note, Arian is married and has two daughters and enjoys running in his free time. He is bilingual in Albanian and English and came to the United States when he was 9 years old. One of his proudest moments was graduating from Mizzou debt-free!

Join us in welcoming Arian!

Contact information: or 573-882-1183.


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.

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

A Bad Day or Burnout? UMSL’s EAP can Help!

Do you know the difference between a period of bad days and “burnout?”  To read about the distinction, Kristin Micelli, Counselor for the UMSL Employee Assistance Program (EAP), recommends a post from by Shelly Tygielski, “Is It a Bad Day, or Is it Burnout? How to Identify the Symptoms and Navigate Your Way Through Burnout.”

If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs mentioned, the Employee Assistance Program can help.

the UMSL Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) provides counseling services for the EAP, and is available to employees, their spouses and their children, as well.

A FREE confidential service, the EAP is 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.  They provide services and give referrals to help employees affected by a range of personal concerns or stressors including:

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

In addition to on-campus appointments on Tuesdays, you have options for appointments at the CBH’s main location in Town and Country:

Dr. Kristen Miceli, of the Center for Behavioral Health, provides EAP counseling to UMSL employees and their families.  Dr. Miceli is a licensed clinical psychologist who has experience treating adults, and families. She has worked in school, forensic, residential, hospital, outpatient, and in-home settings. Dr. Miceli specializes in the treatment of complex trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and interpersonal difficulties as well as psychological assessment. She has provided evidence-based treatment, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Miceli also employs strength-based, solution-focused, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals.

Dr. Miceli obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the APA accredited clinical psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. She completed her APA accredited internship at Ohio Guidestone, a community mental health organization dedicated to helping clients cope with complex trauma, attachment difficulties, and manage affect and behavioral regulation.  She completed her post-doctoral residency at Community Psychological Service and is currently employed at UMSL – Center for Behavioral Health. She also works part-time at a group practice providing therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition, a survey is available on the Employee Assistance Program webpage.  Please take a few moments to complete this voluntary survey about the type and frequency of stressors that affect your ability to function. Responses are confidential, will only be viewed by the EAP staff, and are only used for the purpose of planning and implementation of EAP activities.

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.

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.

Last Flu Shot Clinic: October 24th

No Appointment Necessary

Where:  Marillac Hall – Room OG08A
When:   10/24/2018
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

What will it cost?
*  Faculty, staff, dependents (12 years and older, accompanied by an adult)    and retirees enrolled in a University of Missouri System (UM) medical plan will have cost covered 100%.
*  $20 cash or check (payable to Healthy for Life) for those not enrolled in a UM   medical plan.

What should I bring?
*   A completed flu shot consent form (available at
*   If you are enrolled in a UM medical plan, your insurance card; if not,
$20 check or cash.

Wellness Incentive 2019:
*   Getting a flu shot can earn eligible employees 50 points toward the Wellness Incentive.  Wellness Incentive points will show up after the Incentive begins on November 1. Visit for more information.

Questions? Contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146 or

Annual Health Benefits Enrollment is October 15-26

Choose the insurance that’s best for you. Annual Enrollment runs from October 15-26 for benefit-eligible faculty and staff. You have a lot of resources at your fingertips to help you understand insurance plans available to you. Make the most of your choices:

Visit the Annual Enrollment webpage for information on your insurance options and the other benefits available to you, or to learn about Annual Enrollment events in your area.