Professional Development Recommendations

Aligned with our goals for fostering a welcoming and inclusive workplace, consider one of the following learning opportunities.

Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action (click here to access Percipio Course, 31 minutes, completion earns a digital badge) – This course is your guide to defining diversity, equity, and inclusion and advancing meaningful and impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in your workplace. In this course, you’ll learn to recognize key characteristics of DEI and practices for building and sustaining a healthy DEI culture. You’ll also learn to identify behaviors that signal a breakdown in achieving an inclusive culture, key elements that enable diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to take root, and the steps for demonstrating agility and resilience in your DEI journey.

ODEI Implicit Bias Series. Click here for more information and to register. This 3-part research-based series will help participants better understand what implicit biases are, how they function, and how to mitigate their impact in our decisions and behaviors. All sessions take place on Zoom.
Jan 28, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM CST
Feb 4, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM CST
Feb 11, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM CST

Welcome to the New Year!

UMSL Colleagues –

Welcome to the New Year!

We would like to thank you for the many ways that you contributed to this university in 2021 and thank you in advance for the many ways you will contribute in 2022. We are glad that you are with UMSL. We would also like to say thanks for your continued patience with us as we onboard new HR team members and update business processes. As in many units, there is a steep learning curve in HR, and we’re moving as quickly as possible to enhance the service and support we provide.

Also, UMSL HR is grateful for the feedback we received from the survey of supervisors and focus groups of staff members. Staff focus group findings will be available later this month. We will allow that feedback to guide us in our efforts and initiatives in this new year.

One common theme that has emerged is a desire for a greater sense of community. As a starting point, we would like to offer a resource which suggests ten ideas for fostering an environment in which all team members feel valued, included, and sense of a belonging. This resource was developed through a collaborative effort between UMSL HR and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We hope you find it meaningful.

Another topic discussed in the focus groups was the desire for more opportunities for staff to offer input. HR will soon launch a short survey for benefit-eligible staff members. This will enable staff members who were unable to participate in a focus group a chance to offer input.

We hope you will continue to offer UMSL HR the gift of your continual feedback and suggestions. To that end, we have added an anonymous feedback link to the “Contact Us” section of our website. We look forward to hearing from you, as the feedback you provide there will help us to be a better partner to you throughout the year.

Finally, did you know that UMSL is hiring? We hope you share information about our open positions with individuals in your network. Referrals are one of our best sources of new hires, and we would appreciate your support.

Thanks again for all you do.

Here’s to 2022!


Welcome New HR Team Members

Please join us in welcoming new HR team members!  Their contact information is available on the HR Staff Directory.

Heather Floden
Heather Floden is one of UMSL’s Senior Human Resources Consultants and has worked in Human Resources for over 15 years. She chose HR as a career because as a profession, it is ever evolving to make things better and allows for opportunities to make a positive impact on employees she works with.  Most recently Heather was the HR Director of Training & Development for MERS/Goodwill and prior to that was the HR Manager for a large department of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Her SHRM-SCP certification is in progress.

Donna Hunter
Donna Hunter serves as UMSL’s Human Resources Recruitment Consultant. This role allows Donna to share her passion for recruitment through networking and relationship building, while advancing the vision of UMSL. Donna brings over 17 years of experience in academia and recruiting. She began in Michigan, with various roles in Enrollment Services and Corporate Recruitment. When she returned to her home state of Missouri, she progressively earned the role of Client Service Manager, overseeing clients in two states for one of the top largest recruiting firms in the country. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resources, and plans to pursue her doctoral degree.

Terrance McDonald
Terrance McDonald, who recently joined UMSL as a Senior Human Resources Consultant, is an experienced Human Resources partner with over 20 years of progressive interdisciplinary experience in retail, government and distribution having supported multiunit and single site locations with hourly and salaried employees. Other experiences include providing HR services such as staffing and recruitment in a government agency supporting veterans and their families. Terrance’s previous role was with Amazon providing site consultative and strategic HR support to senior leaders regarding employment decisions, performance management, performance reviews, labor planning and associate engagement. Terrance holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with some coursework completed at UMSL) and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. SHRM-SCP certification is in progress.


Winter Break Reduced Operations

Winter Break Reduced Operations

UMSL will be operating under a reduced operation plan during the period from Friday, December 24 through Sunday, January 2. Normal business operations will resume on Monday, January 3, 2022.  The days are allocated as follows:

      • 12/24: Holiday Observed
      • 12/27 – 12/30: Winter Break Leave
      • 12/31: Holiday Observed
      • 1/3: Return to normal operations

If you are in a position that accrues vacation, sick leave and personal days, you are eligible for paid winter break leave. This applies to new benefit-eligible employees who are in their probationary period.  The holidays and Winter Break Leave will be automatically added as time off for salaried employees.  If you are salaried and approved to work over Winter Break Leave, you will need to remove the WBL code from your timesheet. Eligible hourly employees will need to record WBL on their timesheet and their supervisor will need to approve the time. 

Unit leadership will determine whether any employees will be required to work during the winter break and will directly notify those employees. If you are required to work during the winter break, you will receive the same amount of paid time off to be used sometime before November 30 of the following year or they will be forfeited.

For additional information, you can view the official Collected Rules and Regulations as well as the Winter Break Reduced Operations Q&A document. Additionally, please feel free to reach out to Human Resources.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Updates

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Updates

If you work at the university and have federal student loans, you may qualify for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. PSLF helps participants cancel some or all their loan balance when they work in public service for ten years and make 120 payments toward their student loans.

The U.S. Department of Education is authorizing limited-time PSLF changes so borrowers with certain loans may receive credit for past payments made on loan types that would not otherwise qualify as well as previously denied requests. Current employees may submit PSLF Employment Certification forms via AskHR on the Employee and Labor Relations webpage. Former employees may submit forms via email.


Updates to UMSL Worker’s Compensation

Effective November 1, 2021, our worker’s compensation cases will be handled by the UM System Risk Management office. If you are injured while working, please complete the first report of injury form with your supervisor. Once you supervisor signs the form, they will send it to to be processed. Corporate Claims will be in contact with you about the incident once the claim is filed. We use Concentra for all non-emergency workers compensation claims. You will need to take the signed referral form with you to Concentra as your authorization to be seen. The referral form and a quick guide will be available on the website by November 1st. If an injury requires emergency care, you will need to be seen at DePaul Hospital. These are our authorized providers for worker’s compensation. If you have any questions about worker’s compensation, please visit our website.



Annual Enrollment for 2022 is Closing Soon!!

Annual Enrollment ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2021. Please complete the benefits enrollment process in myHR.

Just like it is important to get your health checked annually, the same annual “benefit check-up” is important to help you make choices that support you and your family in the coming year. There are a few steps you can take now to research the plan choices that are right for you:

If you do not wish to make any changes for 2022, there is no action required. However, enrollment in either the Heath Care FSA and/or the Dependent Care FSA do not carry over from one plan year to the next.  You must re-enroll in the Health FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA during Annual Enrollment each year to have these accounts for the next year. 

Percipio Professional Development Pick

Percipio is an UMSL’s professional development resource that is available to all faculty and staff.  We understand that our employees work hard, juggle many different tasks and focus on results. This month we are showcasing a professional development course that might give you more tips and tricks. Check this course out in Percipio!

Developing a Growth Mindset

In the workplace, there are two specific types of mindsets, or attitudes, that can either promote personal growth and resilience or hamper an employee’s performance. People with a growth mindset achieve ever-higher levels of productivity and can help their organizations thrive; by contrast, people with a fixed mindset tend not to develop professionally, and may hinder an organization’s goals.

In this course, you’ll learn about the characteristics of a growth mindset, such as perseverance, and how to distinguish it from a fixed mindset. You’ll also explore methods of developing mindsets for success, and how professional growth can benefit you and your organization.

Percipio Professional Development Pick

Percipio is an UMSL’s professional development resource that is available to all faculty and staff.  We understand that our employees work hard, juggle many different tasks and focus on results. This month we are showcasing a professional development course that might give you more tips and tricks. Check this audiobook out in Percipio!

Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking by Rich Horwath

According to a study published in Chief Executive Magazine, the most valued skill in leaders today is strategic thinking. However, more than half of all companies say that strategic thinking is the skill their senior leaders most need to improve. Elevate provides leaders with a framework and toolkit for developing advanced strategic thinking capabilities. Unlike the majority of books that focus on strategy from a corporate perspective, Elevate gives the individual executive practical tools and techniques to help them become a truly strategic leader.