Volunteer at New House

Please join the Outreach Committee on Saturday, May 3, 2014, as they partner with New House. New House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools which allow women to make positive choices, and lead self-sufficient lives.

Volunteers are needed to assist with lunch preparation, serving the women and children of New House, and clean-up, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Volunteer sign up is required, and space is extremely limited, so sign up early to participate in this worthy cause. Sign up here by April 30, 2014.

For more information, contact Sandra at staffcouncil@umkc.edu.

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Valorie Moore-Porter

mooreporter-aprilValorie Moore-Porter, Administrative Associate for Clinical Services & Facilities Management at the School of Dentistry is this month’s Hive Five winner.

Chances are if you work at the School of Dentistry, your introduction to Valorie included the phrase, “…she knows everything.” A Jane of all administrative trades, Valorie has been navigating UMKC systems for eight years, and while she won’t admit she knows everything (smart, woman!) she is the go-to for a sea of questions spanning many departments, faculty, staff and students at the Dental School.

When Valorie gets away from the school, she travels with her family of redheads. Her husband and two kiddos have visited the weirdest and greatest cities the US offers, but her favorite destination so far has been The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Valorie has an English cottage garden inspired yard at her home in Greenwood, and loves to cultivate it, adding flowers every year. When she’s not out among her peonies and roses, Valorie says you can find her at the local garden center. “My favorite time of year is spring when things are beginning to bloom and I can sit back and enjoy the variety of flowers.”

What does Valorie love most about her position at UMKC?  “I enjoy my job because it gives me the opportunity to help others get things taken care of.  I don’t mind listening to someone’s issues whether it be work-related or personal.  I feel it’s necessary for them to let their frustrations out so that we can work together to remedy the problem.”

Her commitment to provide personal and excellent customer service is evident even in her office decoration. Valorie describes her space as “my little oasis outside my home.” She adds, “Everyone will tell you that the décor describes my love for people, flowers, and coffee.”

Congratulations, again to Valorie! Don’t forget to honor your great co-workers by sending a Staff Council High Five today.

Congrats! 2014 Award Recipients

staffawards2014Five staff were recognized for their special contributions to UMKC at the “Celebrating Excellence” awards ceremony on March 11, 2014.

Provost Gail Hackett welcomed honorees, their families and other special guests, saying, “The success of our students and our growing reputation rest on the good names and good works of UMKC’s teachers, researchers and staff members. This is our opportunity to let our talented people know how proud we are.”

The staff awards presented included:

Human Resources Campus Collaboration Staff Award, recognizing sustained contributions and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity at UMKC, signaling the university’s commitment to diversity as a core value, as well as an enterprise which benefits the entire campus: Mercedes Tillman, Administrative Associate 1, School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Student Affairs Student Mentor Staff Award, recognizing a UMKC Staff Member who has made significant contributions to higher education through exceptional student mentoring: Kimberly Johnson, Executive Staff Assistant to the Chancellor, Office of the Chancellor.

Chancellor’s Education First Staff Award, recognizing a UMKC staff member who has made significant contributions to higher education through exceptional service, as consistently demonstrated throughout their work performance: Alicen Lundberg, Administrative Assistant, Department of Art and Art History.

Chancellor’s True Unsung Hero Award, recognizing behind-the-scenes staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the UMKC experience for students, co-workers, faculty and/or constituents: Jean Klosterman, Special Assistant to the Dean, School of Law.

Staff Council Dedication Award, recognizing a UMKC Staff Council member who consistently participates in Staff Council activities above and beyond the call of duty and exceptionally and consistently demonstrates dedication to making UMKC the workplace of choice for all staff: Kevin Sansberry, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Department of Human Resources.

A list of previous recipients of these awards are available here.

Please contact Jennifer Tufts at staffcouncil@umkc.edu if you have any questions about Staff Awards or if you are interested in learning more about the Recognition Committee.