myLearn Spotlight – The Innovation Code

The Human Resources office has been reading The Innovation Code by Jeff DeGraff and Staney DeGraff. Using vivid examples, this rigorous but highly accessible guide offers four steps to normalize conflict and channel it to develop breakthrough innovations that are both good for you and your customers. This book helps you identify your dominant world view and teaches you how to communicate and work with those who have a different dominant world view than you.

This book can be read through myLearn by clicking here.  If you are interested in more information about this book or any resource available in myLearn, contact Human Resources.

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Sargeant McEwen of the UMSL-PD Promoted to Lieutenant

Congratulations to UMSL Police Department’s Tom McEwen, recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant!   Lt. McEwen will manage the officers and supervisors in the Bureau of Patrol.

Those of you on campus during the last two decades are likely familiar with the longest-serving member of the police department. Lt. McEwen is now in his 24th year, having started in 1994. During his tenure, he served in the capacity of Police Officer until 2003, when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Lt. McEwen has seen many changes to the University in that time. When he first started, there were no students living on campus, and nuns and priests occupied some of the buildings that now make up UMSL’s south campus. Over the years, Lt. McEwen has worked for five different Police Chiefs.

Lt. McEwen was instrumental in implementing the original UMSL Police Department bike patrol unit in 1995.  In fact, he has even observed, pursued and apprehended a suspect who had just stolen a vehicle from the campus while patrolling on his bike!     Lt. McEwen will continue to be a part of the bike patrol unit.

Lt. McEwen is married and has two children. In his free time, he enjoys long motorcycle rides exploring new areas.


Direct Deposit Changes

Due to recent security upgrades to myHR, employees can now update their direct deposit information online!

If you need to make changes to your direct deposit information in myHR:

  • Sign in using your SSO and password
  • Click on the Payroll tile
  • Click on Direct Deposit on the left hand navigation menu
  • Your current direct deposit information will be displayed in the middle of the page
  • Click on the Edit pencil icon
  • Enter your new information – routing number, account number, and account type
    ****Please double-check all numbers that are entered prior to saving any changes
  • You will receive an email confirming that there was a change to your direct deposit information

If you have any questions, please reach out to HR Payroll at 314-516-5238.

Moving Expenses Are Now Taxable Income

Under the recent tax changes, moving expenses are now treated as taxable income and need to be reflected as such on employee paychecks.  The UM Policy is currently under review.  In the interim we will be including the following language in employment offer letters:

“The University will reimburse you for the actual cost of eligible moving expenses up to  10% of your annual salary or $25,000, whichever is less.  A summary of eligible expenses can be found in the University’s Moving Expense Policy at note that due to 2017 federal tax law amendments, moving expense reimbursements will be treated as taxable income.”

Lousy Leaders Enjoy Swinging the Stick of Accountability

On his “Leadership Freak” Blog Dan Rockwell explores the issue of Accountability.  It’s one of those terms that sounds great but means different things to different people.  As a leader, accountability should start with the question of how you hold yourself accountable before you can expect to hold others accountable.  Until you answer the question for yourself your attempts to hold others accountable will sound to them like “How can I pressure you into doing what I want you to do and not be resistant?”.  Rockwell shares the following three thoughts on accountability:

Effective accountability:

#1. Accountability is for people who row together. If you aren’t rowing in the same direction, accountability becomes threat and punishment.

#2. Hold yourself accountable before holding others accountable. Openly develop your leadership if you expect people to develop theirs.

#3. Focus accountability on personal growth and development that adds value to self, customers, and colleagues.

Learn more about accountable growth on Leadership Freak.

Activity Analysis Survey Update

On Monday, February 12th, staff received email messages from both University of Missouri President, Mun Choi, and UMSL Chancellor, Tom George, regarding the Activity Analysis Survey.  This tool is being completed by all non-faculty employees to assess University workloads and processes, with the goal of understanding how work is distributed across the University.  This will ensure we are working smarter, not harder.

Human Resources will host open computer lab sessions for employees who do not have easy access to a computer. HR staff will be present to answer questions and assist with completion of the survey during the following dates and times:

Monday, 02/19              9 am – 11 am                      Express Scripts Hall 005

Tuesday, 02/20             7:30 am – 9:30 am              Social Science Business Bldg. 102

Thursday, 02/22            2 pm – 4 pm                        South Campus Computer Bldg. 102

Tuesday, 02/27              7:30 am – 9:30 am              Social Science Business Bldg. 102

Wednesday, 02/28         7:30 am – 9:30 am              Express Scripts Hall 106

Friday, 03/02                  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm            South Campus Computer Bldg. 102

All staff are encouraged to spend time preparing prior to sitting down to complete the survey.  Preparation tools and more information can be found on the Activity Analysis Survey website here.


“Reach Out Editions” App For Students

UMSL’s Title IX team has introduced a new and innovative mobile app with the aim of helping students learn about and report sexual assault and harassment.

On Monday, February 12, 2018, UMSL students were introduced to the “Reach Out Editions” app,   This free mobile resource guide, is convenient and private.  Students will never be asked for personal information, and use of the app is completely anonymous.

Jessica Swederske, Deputy Title IX Coordinator led the implementation of the app.  “Our hope is that students will be more comfortable and more willing to report Title IX incidents because of the convenience of the app.  It is our way to meet students where they are and provide them resources via technology they are familiar with.”

Reach Out Editions can be used to find:

  • What to do if someone has been sexually assaulted or harassed
  • On-and off-campus resources for victims of sexual violence and harassment
  • Where to report incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct
  • Information on UMSL’s Title IX team, where we are located, and how we can help

Check out the UMSL Reach Out Editions flyer for more information, and download the app!

Please feel free to contact Dana Beteet Daniels or Jessica Swederske in the Title IX Office with any questions.

Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX Coordinator

Jessica Swederske, MPPA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator



Congratulations to the 2018 UMSL ALDP Participants!

The University of Missouri System Dr. Elson S. Floyd Administrative Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a prestigious program that provides professional development opportunities and ongoing support to administrative leaders on all campuses system-wide.  The ALDP is respected as a proving ground where emerging and current leaders alike can expand and refine their leadership skills, with a focus on building the foundation for a robust teaching and learning environment. Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2018 UMSL ALDP Participants!”

myLearn Spotlight

Each month, myLearn Spotlight will highlight an upcoming development opportunity offered through myLearn, UM’s online learning and performance support offered through myHR . This online tool is part of an ongoing commitment to the continuing development of faculty and staff. myLearn offers training resources in many areas, from highly technical topics to software application instruction, from business skills development to legal compliance awareness.  With myLearn, you have thousands of professional and personal development tools at your fingertips, on demand any time.

For example, you can join the upcoming Live Event, “Creating Order Out of Chaos–Staying Afloat in a World of Too Much to Do,” where David Allen, founder of his own management consulting, coaching and training company, explains the five critical steps for getting anything more in control and focused.  David will pass on many techniques that anyone can implement immediately, to gain greater stability, clarity, and, (yes!) time to engage with what really matters!