Award-winning CEO to Speak at Focus on the Future (6/4/2019)

We’re excited to announce a unique opportunity to learn from an award-winning CEO and the global expert in The Language of Leadership, Krister Ungerböck, at our Staff Enrichment Day on June 4th, 2019. We are only two weeks away, so be sure to register via myLearn for 25 wellness points.

Please take a moment to view a preview of the inspiring message that Krister will be sharing with us.

Prior to retiring at age 42, Krister led one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world. As a coach to CEOs and their highest potential leaders, Krister helps great leaders craft the words they use in high-stakes conversations, the million-dollar conversations that can make their year or their career, as well as the countless thousand-dollar conversations those leaders have every day.

Krister is passionate about sharing the leadership and communication secrets that his team used to win 5 consecutive Top Workplace awards and achieve remarkable employee engagement levels of 99.3%.

Krister’s upcoming book, The Language of Leadership: Words to Transform How We Lead, Live and Love will be published next year.

You can follow Krister on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Register for Focus on the Future: June 4, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Focus on the Future: Staff Enrichment is now open!
Register for Focus on the Future (004)
Check out our great sessions below, and click on the above link for instructions on howto register today.
* Wellness Points can be earned for each event, up to 100 points total (points can take up to 1 month to be entered at the System level).


Session:  Happiness – Health Session
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Speakers:  Mandy Schick, UM System Wellness
Description:  Tips and tricks to becoming a happier healthier person
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: RWC Studio 4

Session:  Language of Leadership
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Speakers:  Krister Ungerbock, CEO and global leadership expert
Description:  A presentation on relationships and leadership
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: JC Penney Auditorium

Session:  Up Your Social Media Game
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Speakers:  Judith Kaplan and Jessica Rogen, UMSL Marketing & Communications
Description:  Learn how to optimize your social media strategy
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: MSC Century Room A

Session:  Building a Budget
Time: 1:30 am – 2:30 pm
Speakers:  Craig Fischer, Fidelity Investments
Description:  Identify best practices to create and maintain your budget
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: MSC Century Room C

Session:  UMSL Hidden Gems Campus Tour
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Speakers:  Welcome Center Tour Guides
Description:  Join an exciting scavenger hunt guided across campus
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: Meet in front of the Welcome Center in the MSC

***And don’t forget the FOOD TRUCKS AND RESOURCE FAIR
Enjoy food from trucks like Bombay Food Junkies, Sweet Divine and The Southern
Time: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:  Lot C

Staff Council Nominations are Open!

Staff Council nominations are open!

“The purposes of the Staff Association shall be to foster a spirit of unity and cooperation among all employees of UMSL, to consider methods and means by which employment conditions may be improved and the operating efficiency of UMSL increased, to receive and consider matters concerning working conditions of membership, to make such recommendations that it deems appropriate, and to provide a means of communicating problems of mutual concern between the
Staff Association and UMSL administration.”  Article III–Purposes: Staff Association Bylaws

The Staff Council is comprised of 25 elected representatives from the staff body to serve the purposes of the Staff Association. These representatives serve a two-year term beginning July 1 of odd-numbered years. Representatives meet monthly to conduct Staff Association business and are elected to serve as officers of the Staff Association (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer), staff representatives of the University Assembly and its committees, and other committee assignments.

If you are someone or know someone who would be a good addition to the Staff Council, please use this Google Form to submit your nomination. All nominees will be contacted by the Membership and Elections Committee to verify eligibility and interest. Eligible nominees are full-time staff members (75% FTE or greater) who have been employed by the university for at least six months. Nominations are being collected April 22 through May 3.

Want to learn more? Contact any of the Membership and Elections Committee members:
Meg Naes (Chair) –
MaryBeth Creason –
Austin Culbertson –
Nate Daugherty –
Harry Hawkins –
Raina Traore-Gress –

myLearn Event – Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Tuesday May 14, 2019 @ 11:00 AM CDT

Drawing on decades of research, teaching, and practice in many organizations around the world – as detailed in his best-selling book “Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life” – Stewart Friedman persuasively shows us how we don’t have to make trade-offs between life’s most important domains, and certainly not as often as we think. Join this myLearn event to find out how Friedman provides a proven blueprint for becoming a more successful leader in all four domains of life: work, home, community and self (mind, body and spirit).  Be a part of this enriching live myLearn event.

myLearn Spotlight: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Date: Tuesday Apr 16 10:00:00 CDT 2019 Central Daylight Time

We all know that timing is everything. Trouble is, we don’t know much about timing itself. In this provocative and entertaining live event presentation, offered through myLearn, multiple New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink will show that timing is a really a science – one we can use to make smarter decisions, enhance our productivity, and boost the performance of our organizations.

Next Step Student Internship Program Accepting Applications

Next Step is now accepting both Student and Department applications for the Spring 2019 semester.  Applications will be accepted from 11/5/2018 – 11/23/2018.

UMSL’s Next Step, formerly known as the Student Plus Program, is an on-campus experiential learning program that allows students to gain knowledge through university departments, become more engaged with the campus community and enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities.  Next Step also places its main focus on degree completion.

The paid internship program bridges college to career transition through practical workshops focused on resume-building experience, career preparation and self-discovery.  Focused on developing the students’ core competencies, Next Step includes: Critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, career management, oral/written communications, digital technology, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

The placement of students within departments depends upon two things: What kind of experience the student is wanting to gain and the needs of the department.  Students will be able to work an average of 28 hours a week.

More information on how to apply, for both students and departments, is provided on the Next Step Program web page.

UMSL Welcomes Edward Munn Sanchez as Dean of the Pierre Laclede Honors College

    Dean Edward Munn Sanchez
(Photo courtesy of South Carolina Honors College)

On August 1st, UMSL welcomed Edward Munn Sanchez as the new Dean of the Pierre Laclede Honors College.  Dean Sanchez came to UMSL from the University of South Carolina Honors College.  Provost Kristin Sobolik gave warm words of welcome, saying, “His qualifications and background are exceptional, and we look forward to working with him to continue our strong honors tradition and to build our alumni and donor engagement.”

For more about Dean Sanchez, please visit the UMSL Daily post by Sara Bell.  UMSL Human Resources congratulates Dean Sanchez, and thanks Dan Gerth, for his distinguished service as Interim Dean of the Pierre Laclede Honors College.

We Transform Lives

UMSL’s Mission

As the metropolitan, land-grant, research institution serving the most diverse and economically important region in Missouri, the University of Missouri–St. Louis delivers exceptional educational, research and engagement experiences that inform, prepare, challenge and inspire.
We transform lives.

UMSL’s mission statement and new strategic plan will be voted on at the Board of Curators meeting on September 20-21.  More than defining “why” we are and “what” we will achieve through a list of goals and objectives for the next five years, the strategic plan also defines “how” we will accomplish that mission through six new core values:

  • Trust
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Access
  • Success
  • Engagement

Josh Allan Dykstra, author of Igniting the Invisible Tribe, CEO (Chief Energy Officer) of Strengthscope US and self-described “work revolutionary” lays out a three part structure for achieving a Mission.

The first piece of the structure is “Our Boss”.  This new boss transcends the traditional hierarchy and org chart to draw us together in a common purpose. In our case “We Transform Lives“.

In our core values we define, measure and highlight “Vital Behaviors”, the second piece of the structure.  These behaviors are what enable us to accomplish our cause.  The values, like the banks of a river, define our course and provide structure while at the same time liberating each of us to achieve our mission and the outcomes contained in the plan.

The third and final key component of the structure is “energy intelligence”.  It comes from looking within and recognizing what energizes you, what drains you, and how you can contribute your highest and best work towards the cause.  Where do your inherent strengths intersect with UMSL’s cause?  Knowing the answer to that question is how you will transform lives through your contribution at UMSL and where you will find your own personal transformation. (Much) more to come.


UMSL Welcomes Andrew Kersten, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences

On August 1st, UMSL welcomed Dr. Andrew Kersten to the position of Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.  Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kristin Sobolik, said of Dean Kersten, “He has excellent broad-based administrative experience including growing and nurturing interdisciplinary connections and community. He understands the importance of student success and faculty development and will be a great member of our UMSL team.”  Dr. Kersten was formerly the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences at the University of Idaho as well as a Professor of History.

Visit the UMSL Daily for more information regarding Dean Kersten.  Human Resources welcomes and congratulates Dean Kersten, and thanks Dr. Terry Thiel, on her excellent service and leadership as Interim Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.

UMSL Title IX Coordinator Interviewed on St. Louis on the Air

                                Dana Beteet Daniels, UMSL Title IX Coordinator

Dana Beteet Daniels, UMSL’s Title IX Coordinator, was interviewed last week on St. Louis Public Radio’s program, St. Louis on the Air, along with other experts on the topic of Title IX.  The program focused on increasing attention to Title IX, and the handling of sexual assault and discrimination issues by universities across the country, with mention of UM President Mun Choi’s recent message reaffirming a, ““commitment to institutional accountability, transparency and the protection of our students, employees, patients and visitors.”

Check out St. Louis on the Air Producer, Evie Hemphill’s, highlights of the interview in her post, “Area Universities Grapple with Increased Attention to Title IX
in Light of Michigan State, #MeToo,” which also features a recording of the interview.