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Employee Engagement and Recognition

We celebrate the heart and soul of our university: our dedicated employees.

From prestigious awards recognizing outstanding contributions to engaging events designed to foster team spirit and camaraderie, we are commited to cultivating a thriving workplace culture where individuals feel valued and appreciated.

Join us in celebrating the achievements, milestones, and successes. Together, we continue to build a workplace that inspires, empowers, and excels.

 Employee Engagement

HR is proud to co-sponsor the UMSL Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience! HR is thrilled to announce that we are co-sponsoring the Solar Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, April 8th. Build relations with colleagues across campus for celestial wonder, camaraderie, and fun.

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday, April 8th
  • Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: MSC patio (by the lakes)

At this one-of-a-kind event, you'll have the opportunity to witness the solar eclipse while surrounded by fellow colleagues. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Music: Enjoy the perfect soundtrack to accompany this awe-inspiring phenomenon.
  • Viewing Glasses: Observe the solar eclipse with provided viewing glasses, ensuring you don't miss a moment of this rare celestial event.
  • Space-Themed Snacks: Indulge your taste buds with an assortment of delicious snacks inspired by the cosmos.

Whether you're a seasoned stargazer or simply curious about the wonders of the universe, this event is sure to leave a lasting impression. Don't miss this opportunity to gather with your colleagues and connect with the cosmos.

We can't wait to see you there!

Register Here!

Embark on a refreshing journey this spring by joining the Triton Walking Club! We invite you to stride alongside your colleagues in walks across our campus. While the official club walks are scheduled for two sessions: April through June and again July through September, we wholeheartedly encourage you to carve out moments in your day to enjoy our walking paths.

To kick off this new initiative, and as part of UMSL & United Healthcare’s commitment to health, this spring we are excited to join the April Million Mile Month challenge through HealthCode. This virtual month-long event is an opportunity for you to enjoy the beautiful weather by getting active and help the UM System and HealthCode get close to a million miles in April. 

April Million Mile Month Challenge

You get to choose the number of miles you want to set as your goal for the month.  Each day you can walk, run, dance, swim, bike or do whatever activity you like to get to your goal. The first 150 employees to register will have access to pick up a wearable pedometer watch. If you track ten miles during the month you will be entered into a drawing where 8 winners will be selected at random. Check out how to register for the April Million Mile

Register Here!

Trition Walking Club

To become a Triton Walking Club member, visit HR to receive your club card. You have the flexibility to enjoy self-led walks or opt to walk alongside a designated member of our HR team. See the campus walking maps for ideas.

After you complete your walk, swing by HR to have your club card validated. Completing your punch card automatically enters you into a prize drawing! Please note, to qualify for entry into the drawing, completion of your club card must occur within one of the two club sessions: session one, April through June or session two, July through September.

Stay tuned for announcements regarding scheduled group walks. Meanwhile, feel free to embark on solo walks at your convenience. Let's lace up our shoes, embrace the spirit of wellness, and make each step count towards a healthier, happier you!

Session 1 Dates - April thru June
  • KickOff! - April 9, 2024: Come on out to Bugg Lake! We will meet under the pavilion for our Kickoff Event! The event will go from 12pm to 1pm. The first 25 employees at the event will get a gift! We can't wait to see you there! 

Calling all Kiddos! UMSL Human Resources is excitied to announce Bring a Child to Work Day. This year, the national holiday falls Thursday, April 25.

Throughout the day, parents and kids will be able to choose from an array of activities with different departments across the Triton campus. Activities range from a safety tour with campus police, rock climbing at the rec center, virtual reality activites with Geospatial and so much more! Children will also get the chance to meet UMSL’s beloved mascot, Louie! Children of all ages are welcome to attend this event.

This day will also be a great opportunity for high school aged children who are considering becoming a future UMSL Triton. They can spend the day on our beautiful campus and get to know more about the educational opportunities and programs offered here at UMSL through a campus tour with New Student Programs & Campus Visit Experience.

Although we encourage everyone to participate in Bring a Child to Work Day, please seek approval from your supervisor to ensure departmental guidelines are followed and proper coverage is met. A Supervisor Approval form will be required to register for the event.

All employees who are planning to bring a child to work on April 25, 2024, will need to register the child and sign a Consent Form for each child planning to attend. Registration will close at 5pm on Thursday, April 18. 

  • Check-In: April, 25th
  • Location: 2nd floor of the MSC, next to the Information Desk
  • Time: 8:00am

Got questions? Check out our FAQ's or contact UMSL Human Resources.

Register Here!

We are thrilled to extend a warm invitation to you to pop by our HR Open House. Join us for an engaging opportunity to connect with colleagues across campus and discover what's new in our HR department.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 – 10:00
  • Location: Woods Hall, Suite 308

What to Expect:

  • Network with Colleagues: Take this opportunity to mingle with fellow colleagues and build connections.
  • Meet the HR Team: Get to know the individuals in our HR department. Our team is excited to meet and greet you!
  • Enjoy a Pop-TartTM: Indulge in a treat while exploring our new office space.
  • Office Tour: Check out our new office suite.

We look forward to welcoming you to our HR Open House!

Employee Recognition

Established in 2024 to recognize the visionary work and efforts of these incredible individuals, the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Medal is awarded to those members of the UMSL community, as well as community friends and supporters who have made a significant contribution to advance the mission and values of the university.

UMSL Chancellor's Medal

Each month, the chancellor presents up to three staff or faculty members with the UMSL Hero Award in recognition of their efforts to transform the lives of UMSL students and the communities in which we serve. Such accomplishments may be reflected through consistent exemplary performance, through sustained work activities above and beyond normal job requirements or through the superior support of our core values of trust, inclusion, innovation, access, success and engagement.

UMSL Hero Award

At UMSL, we believe in acknowledging and celebrating the remarkable journeys of our employees.

From the first day they joined our campus community, to the career milestones they've reached along the way, each step represents dedication, perseverance, and commitment to excellence. These milestones are a testament to the hard work and passion that our employees bring to their roles.

As we reflect on these career milestones, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to our employees. Your continued dedication shapes our success and inspires us all to reach greater heights together. Here's to many more years to come!

The following colleagues reached a significant milestone in 2023 or 2024:

5 Years of Service

Audri Adams
Jonathan Ahl
Eboni Alexander
Karen Allman
Vijay Anand
Ashlea Archer
Elizabeth Arrowsmith
Lindsay Athamanah
Britne Bacca-Haupt
Moses Banks
Kiley Bednar
Melinda Bier
Jacob Bolzenius
Maria Bradford
Morgan Bradley
Sophie Broz
Elizabeth Buchta
Kerstyn Buehrig
Dustin Burton
Bridget Coffey
Elizabeth Connors
Austin Culbertson
Lisa Custalow
Melissa Daniel
Austin Davis
Katelend Davis
Leslie Davis
Andresa De Souza
Michael Della Fave
Bradley Dowling
Mary Edwin
Frederick Ehrlich
Martille Elias
Katie Ellison
Keith Farley
Jaleh Fazelian
Sarah Fentem
Phillip Floyd
Rachel Gaglio
Lenka Garimella
Russell Gettemeier
Marlo Goldstein Hode
Jeremy Goodwin
Megan Gregory
Alexandra Gresick
Maggie Gross-Eldridge
Adrienne Groves
Lav Gupta
Lara Hamdan
Tasnim Haq
Nadean Harris
Erin Hart
Brian Heffernan
Andrea Henderson
Meghann Humphries
Eric Hunt
Danielle Hunter
Miriam Jorge
Keri Jupka
Lara Kelland
Shereka Kemp
Shea Kerkhoff
Burk Krohe
Anna La Manna
Michelle Leatherberry
Birda Lewis
Julie Mannarino
Brienna Manore
Alejandra Martinez
Sydney Moore
Tchule Moore
Adam Mosley
Abderrahmen Mtibaa
Edward Munn
Tareq Nabhan
Chloe Nelson
Marisa Omori
Stephen Picucci
Rebecca Preston
Coral Pucci
Alexander Rice
Heather Robinson Coburn
Justin Rubin
Aaron Ruiz
Isaac Sandidge
Kaje Sanford
Elise Schaller
James Schallom
Blake Schliesser
Eric Schmid
Judy Schmitt
Saad Siddiqui
Vivek Singh
Paul Sorenson
Bobby Spence
Justin Spiriti
Jennifer Stanuch
Sarah Stellern
Lester Stewart
Paul Thater
Dawn Thieman
Tiffani Thompson
Zakery Tierney
Umit Tokac
Melissa Travers
Jessica Tu
Kellye Tyler
Doris Villarreal
Martin Villmer
Tyler VonJensen
Phillip Waalkes
Brittney West
Samuel Wheeler
ShaQuina White
Christopher Willard
Danielle Wilson
Emily Woodbury
Brittany Wright
Nicole Yingst
Hiroko Yoshii
George Zsidisin

10 Years of Service

Timothy Abeln
Wendy Allison
Evette Bean
Michael Behle
Adam Boessen
Catherine Boyd
Michael Braxton
Erin Brooks
Amber Candela
Jennifer Chen
Yuan Chen
Lon Chubiz
Marcia Countryman
James Craig
Tara Cramer
Grace Dean
Heather Derix
Perry Drake
Danielle Faucett
Danny Freet
Vanessa Garry
Emily Gerstein
Max Gillman
Megan Green Simonds
Anthony Harper
Sylvia Harris
Tad Hartmann
Mark Hauschild
Brenda Hogenkamp
Larry Irons
Cynthia Jobe
Stepfon Kerr
Shaji Khan
Ambrose Kidd III
Robin Kimberlin
Matthew Kimbrell
Sarah Klekamp
Sha Lai Williams
Sandra Langeslag
Yuguo Liao
Lynetta McAllum
Michele Meckfessel
Keith Miller
Nathan Muchhala
Gregory Munteanu
Ryan Nelson
Jennifer Nolan
Lauren Obermark
Diane O'Brien
Brandon Ofem
Deborah O'Reilly
Monica Pasch
Wayne Pratt
Andrea Quinn
Brittany Reed
Jason Rosenbaum
Christoph Schiessl
Katy Mike Smaistrla
Shanna Sorg
Robert Sundvold
Ann Taylor
Keiko Ueda
Stephanie Van Stee
Rachel Wamser
Kathryne Watt
Timothy Wombles
Jodi Woodruff

15 Years of Service

Glen Anderson
Ellen Asher
Martin Baragiola
Alicia Beatty
Sharnice Burton
Jessica Chandler
Jimmy Christopher
Felia Davenport
Sherry Fantroy-Ross
Amanda Finley
Ravindra Girivaru
Lee Hasegawa
Stephen Holmes
Melissa Laurenti
Haitao Li
Jonathan Lilienkamp
Rachel Lippmann
Vanessa Loyd
Patricia Mahari
Joanna Mendoza
John Meriac
Michael Naumann
Mike O'Steen
Philip Reiss
Edward Riedel
Kurt Schreyer
Lindsay Shy
Angel Simmons
Todd Swanstrom
Daryl Thompson
Emily Ward
Lara Zwarun

20 Years of Service

Peter Acsay
Sonya Bahar
Kimberly Baldus
Maria Balogh
Kathleen Boland
Emily Byrne
Steve Chapman
Deborah Cohen
Julie DeKinder
Beth Dudley
Caleb Evans
Robert Garrison
Martha Green
Harry Harris
James Henry
Tina Hyken
Dwayne Jenkins
Henry Kang
Min Kang
Matthew Kliethermes
Nazire Koc
Lea-Rachel D. Kosnik
Jessica Long-Pease
Jennifer McKnight
Richard Middleton
Mark Monroe
Timothy Nelson
Michael Nichols
Janice Petty
Joseph Pickard
Shirley Porterfield
Spencer Reed
Diane Saleska
Lindsay Schmitz
Brian Shelton
Nancy Singer
Marisa Smith
Brian Speicher
Jason Stahr
Lynn Staley
Albert Stanger
Yan Tian
Michael Toohey
Xuemin Wang
Linda Wells-Glover
Tamara Wilgers
Chung Wong
David Woods

25 Years of Service

Marvin Berkowitz
Andrew Black
Tanika Busch
Lori Curtis
Christopher Dames
Qiang Dotzel
Anne Fish
Melody Freeman
Hung Fung
Loyola Harvey
Wenjie He
Evelyn Isaac-Savage
Sharon Johnson
James Karslake
David Klinger
Timothy Maher
Stephen Moehrle
Jeffrey Noel
Brenda Pratte
Emily Rapko
Jennifer Reynolds Moehrle
Phillip Robinson
Patricia Rosenthal
Antoine Silver
Jennifer Simms
Jeffrey Sippel
Gloria Spates
Laura Westhoff
Catherine Williams
Shawn Woodhouse

30 Years of Service

Susan Brownell
Wilma Calvert
Nancy Crandall-Witte
Jean Gros
Lawrence Harmon
Ruth Iyob
Donald Kridel
Thomas McEwen
Joseph Rottman
Ann Steffen
Sandra Trapani
Randall Vogan
Prima Wagan

35 Years of Service

Patricia Archer
Carl Bassi
Haiyan Cai
Philip Fraundorf
Clara Jackson
James O'Brien
David Owens
Michael Remier
Karen Rhodes
Christopher Spilling
Kimberly Stanger
Janice White
Anne Winkler

40 Years of Service

William Ficklen
Ericka Grim

At UMSL, we believe in nurturing and empowering leaders who shape the future of our organization. The Administrative Leadership Development Program (ALDP) stands as a testament to this commitment.

ALDP, a distinguished and time-honored leadership development initiative, has equipped our leaders with the tools, insights, and skills needed to excel in today's dynamic workplace. Over eight transformative months, a cohort of leaders has engaged in a journey of self-discovery and growth, marked by insightful leadership assessments, immersive in-person retreats, and enlightening monthly campus meetings.

By focusing on the five core leadership competencies—Performance Orientation, People-Centeredness, Cultural Competence, Values-Driven Leadership, and Strategic and Integrative Thinking—ALDP has not only enhanced leadership effectiveness but also fostered a culture of continuous learning and innovation within our organization.

Our ALDP graduates embody the true essence of leadership and serve as inspiring role models for their peers and colleagues.

Congratulations to the exceptional individuals who have successfully completed the ALDP journey. Together, we continue to cultivate a culture of leadership excellence and drive positive change across the UMSL community.

ALDP 2023 Graduates
  • Yuan Chen
  • Jenny Martin
  • Terrance McDonald
  • Blake Sutter
  • Jason Wagstaff
  • Stephen Walentik

The UMSL Emerging Leaders Program brings together full-time employees from across UMSL’s campus to strengthen leadership skills within the university setting, build and strengthen relationships across units and roles, and increase our capacity to transform lives.

It is a year-long, cohort-based program consisting of a series of four day-long, in-person retreats featuring a combination of guest speakers, panels, and interactive workshops designed to foster community and allow participants to foster collaboration across campus while learning about their leadership style, working with diverse teams and leading within the context of higher education. 

The Emerging Leaders participants epitomize the core principles of leadership and stand as exemplary role models for their peers and colleagues.

The program’s alumni include employees from all seven colleges and schools as well as many non-academic units as the libraries, physical facilities, and student affairs. It includes professors, advisors, researchers, administrators, librarians, managers, and many others who fill the host of roles necessary for UMSL to carry out its mission.

Join us in congratulating these outstanding individuals who have successfully completed the Emerging Leaders journey. Together, we are fostering a culture of leadership distinction and propelling positive transformation throughout the UMSL community.

Emerging Leaders 2023 Cohort
  • Britne Bacca-Haupt
  • Kimberly Baldus
  • Michelle Barrier
  • Eike Bauer
  • Bob Cote
  • Lori Curtis
  • Katie Ellison
  • Sherry Fantroy-Ross
  • Brian Ferris
  • Emily Gerstein
  • Sylvia Harris
  • Matt Kliethermes
  • Melissa Laurenti
  • Brandon Ofem
  • Lindsay Schmitz
  • Julie Smith Sodey
  • David Stofer
  • Jennifer Vines
  • Sadie Weiss
  • Violaine White

Celebrating academic milestones: Congratulating our employees who graduated with a UMSL degree in 2023:

  • Pallavi Aggarwal
  • Karen Allman
  • Jacquelyn Bongard
  • Kayla Bowling
  • Christina Castellano
  • Magda Conley
  • Meagan Conwell
  • Heather Cowan
  • Irie Enriquez
  • Danielle Faucett
  • Jason Gallagher
  • Rachel Goldmeier
  • Claire Greene
  • Jenna Haddock
  • Stephen Harvey
  • Andrew Holman
  • Wyatt Humrichous
  • Amy Hunter
  • Anida Junuzovic
  • Shereka Kemp
  • Andrew Kliethermes
  • Katie Kyles
  • Jaemica Logan
  • Jennifer Lunceford
  • Jared McClellan
  • Robert Morris
  • Johnna Murray
  • Nicholas Nonez
  • Layne Paubel
  • Jennifer Petrie
  • Brooks Propst
  • Allegra Puls
  • Erika Rose
  • Ashton Schneidler
  • Tamala Stallings
  • Danielle Stallins
  • Kylie Thorwardson
  • Princess-Abiguail Timothy
  • Melissa Travers
  • Yiuman Tse
  • Eboni Valentine
  • Madelyn Werre
  • Kalekidan Yeshiwas
  • Nicole Yingst

At UMSL, we take immense pride in not only the professional achievements of our staff but also their academic successes. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to our colleagues who have recently graduated with degrees from UMSL this past year.

Completing a degree while balancing the demands of work is a remarkable accomplishment that speaks volumes about their dedication, perseverance, and commitment to personal and professional growth.