UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund and Emergency Relief Fund

Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee
Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee, donors

The UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund and Emergency Relief Funds are designed to recognize the importance of engaged, well-qualified staff to support the overall mission of the university. These funds will not only have a significant impact on the individuals who receive support but also on the entire campus. These funds were made possible by two donors and long-time volunteers and champions of the university, Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee. Bill and Mary Kay believed strongly that part of what makes a great university is investing in its people. It was their intention that these funds be used by staff for professional and career growth and also to aid with unforeseen crises.

The Staff Professional Enrichment Fund supports qualified staff by reinforcing their competencies and strengthening their talents and abilities. This fund can be used to help cover registration fees and travel costs for professional development opportunities, such as conferences, conventions, summits, seminars, and professional development materials/tools. Funding is available for individuals or a group of staff. The next deadline to apply for the Staff Professional Enrichment Fund is January 1st, 2022.

The focus of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide monetary support during times of temporary or unforeseen financial hardship. In addition to staff development, the donors recognize that sometimes staff members are confronted with unexpected, personal hardships that make it difficult to maintain a fulfilling work and home life. The donors want these individuals to have a way to obtain assistance to get them through a temporary challenge in their lives. The purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide these opportunities to staff. A committee will review all requests and may make recommendations to the staff member to participate in financial counseling, debt management or Employee Assistance. Applications can be submitted year-round for the Emergency Relief Fund.

Visit SPEER Fund to learn more and apply.

2021 Green Commute Challenge

Sign up for the Green Commute Challenge!

How would you like to get healthier, save money, help the environment and win prizes? UMKC will participate in the Green Commute Challenge from Sept. 20 through Oct. 31, 2021. The Green Commute Challenge is a 6-week employer-based contest where employees can earn points and win prizes just for using alternative forms of transportation for work trips!

The ultimate goal of Green Commute Challenge is to encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation to improve Kansas City’s air quality and decrease pollutants.

Those who log miles will receive points – and become eligible for prizes provided by generous local businesses, including Charlie Hustle, Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch, Waldo Pizza, and more! You can earn points by carpooling, riding the bus, walking, telecommuting, riding your bicycle and using the streetcar.

To participate, first sign up for an account on, click on “Login/Register” in the top right corner. To join the UMKC team click on “Challenge Dashboard” under the “Green Commute Challenge” tab. Search for UMKC and click the ‘JOIN’ button to the left of the team’s name. You’re in! Log your Green Commute trips starting September 20th.

Contact Emily Strayhall at regarding any questions about joining the UMKC team. Contact or 816-842-7433 with any questions regarding the Green Commute Challenge.

Upcoming RISE Events!

Resource Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, August 31st 8am – 5pm
Location – RISE Office     108 Haag Hall     5120 Rockhill Rd.

Come enjoy a scavenger hunt and get acquainted with campus! Enjoy a socially distant hunt around campus to learn about various resources for assistance available for the campus community. Stop by the RISE office to pick up your scavenger hunt list. Swag will be given to individuals who complete the list. To show completion of the list, please screenshot your completed list and email it to or stop by the RISE office and show us your completed list. Co-Sponsored by UMKC Women’s Center

Virtual Green Dot Faculty/Staff Training
Tuesday, September 7th at 1:30pm   

Join this training to learn bystander intervention strategies and how to be an active Green Dot bystander that helps keep our campus and community safe. This training is open to faculty and staff at UMKC. To sign up, please log in to your Percipio account and register at

Painting Toward Prevention
Friday, September 24th 2pm – 4pm
Location – Atterbury Student Success Center      5000 Holmes St.         Room 238

Join us during Family Weekend for a fun event where you will be able to use your artistic expression to create an image of what you think about when you hear the words “violence prevention.” You could draw a picture, write messages of support for survivors, write words related to rape culture, etc. You have the freedom to create whatever comes to mind! The paintings will be used as a display in the RISE office after the event is finished.

Coffee & Conversations: The Creation of Title IX Policies
Wednesday, September 29th at 1:30pm
Location – Atterbury Student Success Center     5000 Holmes St.         Room 236

Join us for a brief discussion about how Title IX policies are created at UMKC and within the UM System.

If you have any questions, please contact Maya Burtin at 816-235-5560 or email at

Fall 2021 Green Dot Trainings!

If you are interested in learning more about bystander intervention strategies, please feel free to register for one of the Green Dot trainings listed below.

September Green Dot – Virtual Training
Tuesday, Sept 7, 2021 – 8am
Please register online through Percipio to receive the Zoom link!

October Green Dot – On Campus Training
Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 – 10am
Administrative Center, Brookside Room

November Green Dot Training – On Campus Training
Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021 – 9am
Administrative Center, Gillham Park Room

Please register online through Percipio to attend the on-campus trainings! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Outreach & Prevention Education Coordinator Maya Burtin at 816-235-5560 or email


Take Charge of Your Career: Progression Tools & Tips

A new training on tips to pursue your career progression goals is being offered by the Office of Human Resources. The training will be led by Emma Satterfield, the Sr Human Resources Specialist in Compensation & Classification. Attending the training session will provide you with a framework for creating, refining, and achieving your career progression goals using several strategies and resources. If you are new to the University or interested in continued growth, this training is a great opportunity to learn about tools available to kick start your progression goals.

Steps to attend:

  1. Select one of the following training sessions.
  2. Save the corresponding zoom link to your calendar at the designated time.
  3. Follow the zoom link to attend the training on the designated date.

Training Date:

Thursday, July 29, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Sign up link:

For questions please contact Emma Satterfield at