Nomination Deadline 8/14 for Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards

The deadline to nominate an outstanding Staff member for the Chancellor’s Excellence Award is Friday, August 14th!

Each year the Chancellor awards $1,000 each to three outstanding UMSL staff members for the Chancellor’s Excellence Awards. These awards are intended to recognize their contributions to the University. One recipient comes from each of the three staff categories:

• administrative/professional
• office/technical
• service/maintenance

A committee, appointed by the Chancellor, reviews nominations and recommends one individual from each category to receive an award. All staff members, except those who have won the award in the past three years, are eligible for nomination.

Complete and submit the online nomination form by August 14, 2020. Recipient’s will be announced at the Chancellor’s State of the University Address.

As a nominator, you will be entered into a random drawing as our thank you!

Please nominate employees who consistently demonstrate professionalism and reflect our core values:
Trust/Integrity – Respectful interactions, serving others, building goodwill, transparency, and accountability.
Inclusion- Intentionally creates an inclusive, equitable community.
Innovation- Drives change for the purpose of the greater good.
Access- Keeps our campus accessible and removes barriers for individuals that makes the environment better for all of us.
Success- Inspires and empowers others to reach their goals, break through barriers and achieve their goals.
Engagement- Open minded, inviting and solution-oriented. Forges collaborative partnerships on campus and in the community.

During the 2019 State of the University Address, Interim Chancellor and Provost Kristin Sobolik recognized faculty and staff who have served at the university for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years.

If you need assistance, please contact Ericka Webb at X4130.

UMSL Employee Service Awards: April 2019 – June 2019

THANKS to the following employees for their service to UMSL.  Please join us in congratulating them for reaching a new milestone!

April 2019

5 Years
Michael Morrison – Maintenance Operations
John O’Neill – Maintenance Operations
Brittany Reed – College of Optometry

15 Years
Dwayne Jenkins – Custodial Services

20 Years
Larry Hinkle – Office of Research Administration
Jennifer Simms – ITS Operations

30 Years
Karen Rhodes – MIMH

35 Years
Andrea Dunbar – Arts & Sciences, Dean’s Office
Carolyn Jones – English

May 2019

15 Years
Mark Monroe – ITS Operations

20 Years
James Karslake – Language & Cultural Studies

25 Years
Anthony Eckert – Academic IT Services
Lori Morgan – Academic Affairs

June 2019

5 Years
Wayne Pratt – KWMU
Stewart Shilcrat – University Development
Lynn Willits – Career Services

15 Years
Eunice Dent – Custodial Services

20 Years
Beverly Tucker – Child Advocacy Center

30 Years
Janice White – College of Optometry

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 –

Homecoming Office Spirit Competition Results

Pictured (L to R):  Louie holding a picture of Jessica Swederske, Dana Daniels,
Muzhda Rasool, Beth Quinn, Jennifer Heck, Tara VanDeVoorde and Kathy Falcon.
Not Pictured: Jim Hertel, Audra Bickline, Megan Jakel, Jessica Swederske and
Mallorie Nelson.

As part of the annual Homecoming celebration, UMSL offices and departments were invited to show their school spirit and help bring excitement & energy to Homecoming 2019 by participating in the Office Spirit Competition, hosted by the Office of Student Involvement.

Campus (professional) offices and departments were invited to decorate their physical space to celebrate the Homecoming 2019 theme, “Rise of the Red & Gold”. Office decorations were judged based on Effort, Creativity, Appearance, Originality, and School Spirit.  Congratulations to 1st place winner, UMSL Human Resources, 2nd place winner, the Pierre Laclede Honors College, and 3rd place winner, the College of Nursing, for an excellent job of showing their UMSL Pride!

UMSL Employee Service Awards: August 2018 – December 2018

THANKS to the following employees for their service to UMSL.  Please join us in congratulating them for reaching a new milestone!

August 2018

5 Years
Jeff Evers – Facilities Services
Danielle Faucett – Registration
Robin Kimberlin – Student Administrative Services
Lynetta McAllum – Student Retention Services
Andrea Quinn – Infrastructure Services
Jennifer Richardson – Dean’s Office, Honors College

10 Years
Mark Curry – Financial Aid
Dorothy Haskell – Child Advocacy Center
Rachel Lippmann – KWMU
Patricia Mahari – Thomas Jefferson Library

15 Years
Allyson Bowes – Campus Housing
Caleb Evans – IT Operations

35 Years
Ericka Grim – Registration

September 2018

5 Years
Wendy Allison – University Communications
Brenda Hogenkamp – Finance & Administration
Deborah O’Reilly – Center for Character & Citizenship

10 Years
Jason Stahr – Touhill Performing Arts Center
Michael Toohey – Infrastructure Services

15 Years
Patrick Huppert – Facilities Services
Janice Petty – Facilities Services

20 Years
Emily Rapko – Career Services

25 Years
Nancy Crandall-Witte – Thomas Jefferson Library
Lawrence Harmon – MIMH

October 2018

5 Years
Kristen Clark – COBA
Kim Gifford – Touhill Performing Arts Center
Tad Hartmann – Dean’s Office, College of Education
Maureen Hughes – KWMU
Cynthia Jobe – Office of Research Administration
Scott Morrison – Touhill Performing Arts Center
Andrew Snyder – Touhill Performing Arts Center
Terry Nelson – Touhill Performing Arts Center

10 Years
Bryan Carson – Maintenance Operations
Melissa Laurenti – Office of Research Administration
Elisa Mack – Maintenance Operations
Susan Moody – COBA
Lindsey Wheaton – University Child Development

25 Years
Peter Aleman – Facilities Services

30 Years
Lisa Stageman – Registration

Continue reading “UMSL Employee Service Awards: August 2018 – December 2018”

HR Offers Teambuilding Workshops

True Colors workshop at Child Advocacy Center,
presented by Megan Jakel, HR Consultant

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth

Teambuilding exercises have become part of the modern workplace landscape, and according to, they’re one of the most important ways to foster open communication, gratitude, and motivation amongst employees, thereby boosting productivity.  UMSL Human Resources currently offers two workshops that cultivate all of these benefits.  To contact HR about workshop opportunities, scroll to the end of this post.

True Colors features a personality profiling system that is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament.  It provides insights into different motivations, actions, and communication approaches, allowing teams to improve communication through a greater understanding and recognition of each other’s true character, according to

Jerry Dunn, Director of the UMSL Child Advocacy Center, had this to say about a recent True Colors workshop, facilitated by HR Consultant, Megan Jakel:  “She (Megan) was so dynamic and made the information accessible to everyone! From my viewpoint, her goal of everyone getting to know themselves and each other a bit more was met SPOT ON! We laughed and had a lot of fun—it was a great sendoff for our holiday weekend.

Languages of Appreciation:  According to, “Research with over 100,000 employees found that over 50% want to be appreciated in ways other than words.”  Each person likes to be shown gratitude in different ways.  While some like to hear words of praise, others would prefer offers of help, or tangible gifts.  This workshop helps employees discover which of the 5 languages of appreciation they most identify with, as well as how to best show their gratitude to others.

For more information on these and other teambuilding seminars, contact your designated consultant, or call Human Resources at 314-516-4130, or


New Employee Orientation 9.10.18

Welcome New Employees!

The following employees were in attendance at the most recent New Employee Orientation on September 10, 2018.  Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

From Left to Right:

Josh Ballenot: Network Engineer – Entry (Infrastructure Services)
Kathryn Johnson: Office Support Assistant III (English)
Tiffani Thompson: OSA IV (Cashiers)
Cassidy Thompson: Academic Advisor (International Studies)
Erin Stringfellow: Research Project Analyst Lead (MIMH)
Michelle Hill: Business Support Specialist II (Chemistry)
Muzhda Rasool: HR Assistant (Human Resources)
Pamela Warren: Academic Advisor (Admissions)

Photo taken by Megan Jakel, UMSL HR Consultant

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.

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.