You Only Get One “First Day of School”

You probably know that saying, ”You only have one chance to make a first impression.” Well, you only get one “first day of school.” Remember the feeling of being excited and anxious in equal measures on your first day? Or way back when, calling your friends land line to see if you had the same teacher?

Students officially return for the Fall semester next Monday, August 19th and we want to share an opportunity for you to serve as a welcoming resource. If you are interested in helping turn those nerves into excitement be sure to sign up below.  

The weeks of welcome information is located at webpage, and there is a specific volunteer link for staff, faculty or current students to sign up for move-in day and/or our help-a-triton welcome tables.

New Employee Orientation July 22, 2019

Join us in welcoming our new staff to UMSL:

L to R:

Elizabeth Bailey- Child Development Associate Teacher (Child Development Center)
Julia O’Donoghue- Politics Reporter (KWMU)
Sarah Fenske- Producer/Host (KWMU)
Maren Mellem- Manager of Forensic Services (Child Advocacy Center)
Jacques Coleman- Digital Print Operator (University Communication)
Leslie Dougherty- Child Development Aide (Child Development Center)
Janeece Woodson- Tutoring Coordinator (University Tutoring Center)



Executive Assistant, Human Resources

Recently, Kathy Falcon has left the UMSL HR team and accepted a position in Colorado. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

UMSL Human Resources is looking for a highly-collaborative departmental assistant who balances organization, efficiency, and results with our focus on people. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to an inclusive environment in responding to the unique needs of diverse students, staff, and faculty on a variety of HR-related matters.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Human Resources, Jim Hertel, provide general administrative and office support to the executive and departmental staff in support of the HR and campus mission.

Application and materials are being accepted through this Friday, August 2nd.



The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal available now!

The UMSL libraries recently purchased campus access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. This allows all staff, faculty, and students to set up individual subscriptions that are accessible via computer, phone, and/or tablet.

Unlike other library subscriptions, these both require individual accounts to be set up.  Click here detailing how to set up your individual account and gain access!


STL Youth Jobs

UMSL has recently partnered with

STL Youth Jobs is a civic collaboration providing meaningful employment opportunities for at-risk youth in St. Louis, MO.

On one hand, we have a growing number of disengaged youth in our city with an unemployment rate higher than any other working group. On the other hand, we have employers ready to hire but they lack access to quality skilled workers.

STL Youth Jobs bridges this divide by training our youth to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow through individualized career assessment, financial literacy and job readiness training, employment experience and continuing career support.

Research proves that youth employment programs are one of the most effective ways to transform youth outcomes – benefiting our economy and targeted communities across St. Louis.

Our jobs programs are designed to create transformative employment opportunities for youth, while giving them the training and support they need to become the workforce of the future.

Below are the names and positions where you may see current participants around campus.


• Diamond Clark (Stagehand)
• Malik McKenzie (Stagehand)
• Cory Patterson (Custodian: Recreation + Wellness Center)
• Jarvis Reese (Custodian: Recreation + Wellness Center)
• Zakee King-Lee (Groundskeeper)

We’re Celebrating National Internship Day – We Need Your Help!


We’re so excited to let everyone know that this year UMSL will be joining thousands of other businesses to celebrate National Intern Day!

What is National Intern Day? 

Created by WayUp in 2017, National Intern Day is a holiday dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the future leaders of the world: Interns! 

When is National Intern Day? 

This year National Intern Day takes place on Thursday, July 25. 

What happens next?

Now that we’ve registered, we need to spread the word and vote for UMSL on the National Intern Day site. The more votes we get, the better our chances are of earning a spot on the WayUp Top 100 Internship Programs list. 

Where do I vote?

Click Here: and search “University” and select UMSL. Enter your name and you’re done! You can enter once a day up until the deadline.

Thanks and Happy National Intern Day!  

PS — If you have any other questions about National Intern Day, check out their FAQs page or email WayUp directly at

Keep Calm & Read On

Your Brain at Work

Nothing says summer like sun, sand, and a good book. The following is available in myLearn from the Experience Visionaries Summer Reading List.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction,
Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
By: David Rock
Recommended by Karalyn Smith, Chief People Officer at Sephora

Smith is a big believer in David Rock’s work and explains that he “has made the neuroscience of leadership really attainable.” In this book, Rock assures us that despite the endless meetings, Slack messages, and other distractions of the modern workplace, it’s possible to perform your best amid the chaos. Peek into your work-brain and learn how to increase your focus, think creatively, give better feedback, and so much more with this read.

About the Author

David Rock is a consultant and leadership coach who advises corporations around the world. The author of Coaching with the Brain in Mind, Quiet Leadership, and Personal Best, he is the CEO of Results Coaching Systems, a leading global consulting and coaching organization. He is on the advisory board of the international business school CIMBA and the cofounder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and Summit. He lives in Sydney, Australia, and New York City.


Meet Your Nurse Liaison: Caroline Murphy, RN

About Caroline                                                   
Caroline is a registered nurse with a broad range of experience in healthcare. She has over ten years of healthcare                experience specializing in Medical Surgical areas and Home Health. Caroline is passionate about helping people live healthier lives and looks forward to helping University faculty and staff achieve their health goals.

How can a nurse liaison help me?
Caroline is available to meet with you to discuss lifestyle behaviors you want to improve – such as weight loss, a healthy diet or fitness. She can also assist with education and disease management support with conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Caroline will help you create and work toward your personal health goals. Questions regarding medical claims should continue to be directed to member
services by calling the toll free number on the back of your health insurance card.

Will personal information that I share with my nurse liaison be protected?
Yes, all of your personal health information will be protected in accordance with HIPAA. None of your personal information will be shared with your employer. The role of the Nurse Liaison is to guide and empower faculty and staff to make improved decisions regarding healthcare.

What other services does my nurse liaison offer?
Your Nurse Liaison is available to assist faculty and staff in living healthier lives and improve health care
decision making by:
 Educating faculty and staff on various health topics and conditions in one-on-one coaching
sessions, and small group settings, on topics such as diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, and
 Offering blood pressure, weight and BMI screenings to individuals
 Helping faculty and staff find in-network physicians and establishing care with a Primary Care
 Assisting faculty and staff in preparing for an upcoming physician office visit
 Navigating UnitedHealthcare tools, programs and resources
 Referring employees to available clinical, disease and wellness programs available

Nomination Deadline 6/21 for Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards & Retiree of the Year Awards

The deadline to nominate an outstanding Staff member for the Chancellor’s Excellence Award is this Friday, June 21st!  That is also the deadline to nominate a deserving retiree for this year’s Retiree of the Year Award (see details near end of post, below).

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 June 21, 2019. 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.

2018 Chancellor’s Excellence Awardees:   (From left) Theda Renee Oliver, Gaiyan Zhang, Robert Wilson, Vicki L. Sauter, Grace Chaudet Derda, Linda Wells-Glover and Timothy Makubuya each received awards from Chancellor Tom George (right) at Wednesday’s Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony after the State of the University Address. Not pictured were awardees Kathleen Butterly Nigro and Henry L. Belton. (Photos by August Jennewein)

Retiree of the Year Award

The UMSL campus, and the UMSL Retirees Association, are beginning an annual recognition of retirees who have made extraordinary contributions to the campus and/or community since retirement through involvement in volunteer service to the University, civic and welfare services, career and professional activities, or other noteworthy accomplishments. Achievements prior to retirement are not considered in the selection process for the Retiree of the Year awardees. Nominations may be submitted using the online nomination form.

The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to this Friday, June 21st (11:59 p.m.).

Two awards will be given per year, one for a retired faculty member and one for a retired staff member. Each award consists of a $500 stipend and a plaque. The awardees will be announced at the Chancellor’s State of the University Address.

Criteria for Candidates:

• Nominees must have retired from UMSL before January 1, 2014.
• Recipients should be able to attend the annual Chancellor’s State of the University Address to receive the award.
• Nominees must be fully retired from UMSL and not in any paid University position since January 1, 2014.

The UMSL Retiree Association Board of Directors will review the nomination and select awardees based on information provided. To nominate a worthy retiree for this important award, please complete the online nomination form.

If you need assistance, please contact Kathleen Falcon at X4130.