PeopleSoft 9.2 Tips

PeopleSoft 9.2 launched at the beginning of August and we have successfully processed payroll for the entire campus as of today.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance as we have rolled out this new system!

Here are some tips for navigating the new system:

A new link to sign in. If you have a bookmark saved to your desktop, you need to replace it in order to sign in.  Here is the new link to copy and save to your bookmarks. The myHR link has not changed for time reporters.

  • Firefox or Chrome work best with Peoplesoft 9.2.  Expect issues if you try to use Internet Explorer or Safari. If you sign in and see a circle that continues to spin, log out and clear your cache (CTRL and F5 at the same time).  This will clear your history and should allow you to sign in.
  • A new pay group for temporary employees.  MOT is the new pay group for monthly temporary employees and BIT for biweekly temporary employees.  If you find a payroll report that is missing employees, please let us know, it’s likely due to this change.

If you have any questions about the new system, please feel free to contact us in HR at 314-516-5805.

HR Staff Promotions

We are happy to announce the following HR Staff promotions and changes effective August 1.  Please join us in congratulating the following:

Tara VanDeVoorde, promoted to Assistant Director of Human Resources.  On a regular basis Tara proves herself a solid HR Professional and based on the steady flow of positive comments, many people will see this as a well deserved, if overdue promotion.  In her new role Tara will lead the HR Operations team (ePAF’s, Payroll & HR Administrative Services) in addition to being the primary HR Partner for Finance & Administration.


Dana Beteet Daniels, promoted to Sr. HR Consultant & Title IX Coordinator. As a member of the OEOD team and now in HR Dana has distinguished herself as an effective navigator through tough situations who is able to maintain the neutrality critical in working with all parties involved in Title IX complaints.  She has built that reputation over her 18 years at UMSL and is ready to take on this critical role..

Audra Bickline, promoted to Sr. HR Consultant.  Audra’s HR experience at UMSL and previously in Healthcare, as well as her Master’s in Higher Education, suit her well in her new role partnering with the Provost, Deans and their leadership teams. As the leader of the New Employee Orientation program, Audra is often the first person new UMSL employees encounter on their first day of employment.

HR Welcomes to Erika Cotton and Jennifer Heck

Please join us in welcoming Erika Cotton and Jennifer Heck to the HR team. Erika and Jennifer will provide HR administrative support to the campus.

Erika comes to HR from the College of Education where she performed administrative support functions, including a variety of HR-related tasks. Jennifer transferred from the Columbia HR office where she supported recruitment and compensation.

We are excited to have Erika and Jennifer join our team and look forward to their contributions.

UMSL’s Employee of the Month Program is Taking a Hiatus

Think about these statistics:

  1. “The number-one reason most Americans leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated. In fact, 65% of people surveyed said they got no recognition for good work last year” (Gallup, Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life, 2001)
  2. “Organizations with recognition programs which are highly effective at enabling employee engagement had 31% lower voluntary turnover than organizations with ineffective recognition programs.” (Bersin by Deloitte, The State of Employee Recognition, 2012)
  3. “Only 14% of organizations provide managers with the necessary tools for rewards and recognition.” (Aberdeen Group, The Power of Employee Recognition, 2013)

Continue reading “UMSL’s Employee of the Month Program is Taking a Hiatus”

HR Welcomes Mallorie Nelson, Total Rewards Generalist

Please join us in welcoming our newest HR team member, Mallorie Nelson!  As Total Rewards Generalist, Mallorie will assist UMSL faculty and staff with health insurance plans, wellness programs and retirement planning.   Mallorie was most recently employed with Graybar Electric as Lead Employee Service Representative and Benefits Coordinator.  She also worked in customer service in the Pharmaceutical industry. Continue reading “HR Welcomes Mallorie Nelson, Total Rewards Generalist”

According to the CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, domestic violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States each year.  This month, we have the chance to bring awareness to domestic violence, especially to those members of the campus community impacted by it.  Below is a list of activities taking place in the month of October in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  All are invited to attend!  Please spread the word to faculty, staff, and students and help support the UMSL community!

Silent Witness Statues: October 10-14th, throughout campus

Show Support by Wearing Purple; #TritonsWearPurple: October 19th

Law and Order: Domestic Violence Laws: October 24th, 11:30 am to 1 pm, 494 Lucas Hall (Gender Studies Office)

Decision Points (Interactive Play): October 24th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, J C Penney Auditorium

We look forward to seeing you at these events and don’t forget to wear your purple on October 19th #TritonsWearPurple!  If you have any questions about these events or need further information about domestic violence, please contact Jessica Swederske, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 314-516-5748 or