HR Welcomes to Erika Cotton and Jennifer Heck

Please join us in welcoming Erika Cotton and Jennifer Heck to the HR team. Erika and Jennifer will provide HR administrative support to the campus.

Erika comes to HR from the College of Education where she performed administrative support functions, including a variety of HR-related tasks. Jennifer transferred from the Columbia HR office where she supported recruitment and compensation.

We are excited to have Erika and Jennifer join our team and look forward to their contributions.

UMSL’s Employee of the Month Program is Taking a Hiatus

Think about these statistics:

  1. “The number-one reason most Americans leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated. In fact, 65% of people surveyed said they got no recognition for good work last year” (Gallup, Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life, 2001)
  2. “Organizations with recognition programs which are highly effective at enabling employee engagement had 31% lower voluntary turnover than organizations with ineffective recognition programs.” (Bersin by Deloitte, The State of Employee Recognition, 2012)
  3. “Only 14% of organizations provide managers with the necessary tools for rewards and recognition.” (Aberdeen Group, The Power of Employee Recognition, 2013)

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HR Welcomes Mallorie Nelson, Total Rewards Generalist

Please join us in welcoming our newest HR team member, Mallorie Nelson!  As Total Rewards Generalist, Mallorie will assist UMSL faculty and staff with health insurance plans, wellness programs and retirement planning.   Mallorie was most recently employed with Graybar Electric as Lead Employee Service Representative and Benefits Coordinator.  She also worked in customer service in the Pharmaceutical industry. Continue reading “HR Welcomes Mallorie Nelson, Total Rewards Generalist”

Welcome New Employees!

The following employees were in attendance at the most recent New Employee Orientation on June 12, 2017.  Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

Back Row, Left to Right: Theresa Murphy (Business Administration Mgr.- Optometry), Lindsey Scales (Library Information Asst.), Frank Pannetti (Case Worker, Comm. Psychological Svcs.), Tiffany Arnold (Library Information Specialist), Nigel Cook (Mental Health Professional – Child Advocacy Ctr.), Sarah Phillips (Research Specialist I – MIMH)

Front Row, Left to Right:  Tamas Javor (Asst. Director – Business Admin. – College of Business), Julianne Mason (Academic Advisor – College of Nursing), Erin Schaeffer (Educational Program Coordinator – Optometry)

The Basics of Title IX

Title IX, which is federal law, marks its 45 year anniversary in June. The law was written with the intent to end sex discrimination in education and simply states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Initially, emphasis was placed on athletic requirements and regulations. Policy focused on institutions’ obligation to provide equal opportunity and detailed the factors to be considered in assessing compliance.

In April 2011, the Department of Education issued the “Dear Colleague Letter” which provided policy guidance, making it clear that Title IX also protects against sexual harassment, sexual violence and other forms of gender based discrimination. With that guidance, the University of Missouri System invested in enhancing our policies and procedures that specifically address sexual misconduct.

For additional information about Title IX, visit our website at .

The Title IX Team

Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX Coordinator and Senior HR Consultant
(314) 516-4538

Jessica Swederske, MPPA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and HR Consultant
(314) 516-5748

Title IX complaints can be made by email, phone, online or in person.

The Title IX team, located in the Arts Administration Building, is available and ready to answer any questions you have regarding Title IX, as well as provide training workshops to employees, students and student organizations.

According to the CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, domestic violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States each year.  This month, we have the chance to bring awareness to domestic violence, especially to those members of the campus community impacted by it.  Below is a list of activities taking place in the month of October in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  All are invited to attend!  Please spread the word to faculty, staff, and students and help support the UMSL community!

Silent Witness Statues: October 10-14th, throughout campus

Show Support by Wearing Purple; #TritonsWearPurple: October 19th

Law and Order: Domestic Violence Laws: October 24th, 11:30 am to 1 pm, 494 Lucas Hall (Gender Studies Office)

Decision Points (Interactive Play): October 24th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, J C Penney Auditorium

We look forward to seeing you at these events and don’t forget to wear your purple on October 19th #TritonsWearPurple!  If you have any questions about these events or need further information about domestic violence, please contact Jessica Swederske, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 314-516-5748 or