Help us tell the story of UMKC staff by submitting your original fiction, news or feature articles, letters, poetry, art work, and photographs, which you would like published in our monthly newsletter. If the Communications Committee picks your entry for publication, it will be featured in an upcoming newsletter, be posted online, and you will win a prize from the UMKC bookstore. Please read the below criteria carefully as the committee can only accept submissions that follow these guidelines.


  • Entries must be submitted by email to staffcouncil@umkc.edu
  • Anonymous entries will not be accepted. Please include your full name with your entry.
  • Written entries:
    • must be submitted in Word or Rich Text formats
    • must be limited to 1200 words
  • Image entries:
    • must be submitted in JPG format
  • Entries must include a statement from the author confirming that the work is original
  • Entries must include a statement giving the Communications Committee permission to make edits for grammar and space



Steve Pankey, Staff Council Vice Chair of Communications writes about the benefits of the electronic learning platform “myLEARN.” Please leave a comment letting us know how you’ve used these learning tools (or others) to improve your skills in your work environments. 

The online platform called myLEARN is a tremendous resource all university employees have access to through their MyHR site.

Within myLEARN is a huge catalog that includes things like trainings, certifications, workshops, and recorded webinars on various professional topics.

Employees can become more comfortable with the functions of the various programs installed on their computers under the “Desktop Curricula” category, and chose the level of difficulty they would like to explore.

There are opportunities to view previous trainings held on campus or webinars purchased through the myLEARN database … Read more here. If you are having trouble handling conflict with a co-worker, the UMKC Conflict Resolution TelePresence Session and many others are available for your review. Also included in the catalog of trainings are the university mandatory trainings that every employee must complete. myLEARN also has the capabilities to create training plans and allow employees to monitor their progress as they follow their plans.

myLEARN is a valuable tool that I encourage all of my employees to utilize and have pulled several of the webinars for staff development trainings. It can not only make you more knowledgeable about the implements at your disposal, but also make your job easier, so I urge you all to take advantage of it.

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.