Now Accepting Nominations for Participation in the Series on Leadership Essentials!

We are currently accepting nominations for participation in the Series on Leadership Essentials (SOLE) program.

The SOLE program meets virtually and is facilitated by the University of Missouri System Human Resources Learning & Organizational Development team. This program focuses on developing leaders in the areas of communication, engagement, giving and receiving feedback, and navigating change. The next four-session series will begin February 1st, 2022 and will include participants from all campuses. Visit Series on Leadership Essentials to learn more about the SOLE program.

Individuals may sign-up if interested in participating or individuals may be nominated for the program.  Please visit Qualtrics to sign up or to nominate someone you think would benefit from the program.

Please contact Emily Strayhall at if you have questions.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Annual Staff Awards!

The 2022 Staff Awards nomination process is now open! Please take the time to recognize your colleagues for their significant contributions to UMKC. This year we will award individuals who have been supporting the strategic values and we will continue awarding the Living the Values award to staff members across campus.

Nominations may come from staff, faculty, and students. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of members from across campus. These awards will be presented to staff at the annual Staff Awards event in the spring.

List of Awards and Descriptions

Campus Awards:
The following awards will each be presented to one individual who best exhibits the qualifications outlined in the award description.

  • Excellence in Student Success Staff Award
  • Excellence in Research and Creative Works Staff Award
  • Excellence in Engagement and Outreach Staff Award
  • Excellence in Multiculturalism, Globalism, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Award
  • Excellence in Planning, Operations and Stewardship Staff Award
  • Chancellor’s Staff Award for Extraordinary Contributions
  • Rising Star Staff Award
  • Staff Council Dedication Award

Living the Values Staff Award:
The Living the Values Staff Award will be awarded to staff members from across campus. The campus has been divided by college, school, or division or into a group and each group will have their own nomination and selection process. More information about this process will be sent out to individuals by their unit.

  • Living the Value Staff Award (multiple awards across campus)

Deadline for submission of nomination materials for campus awards is January 14, 2022. The nomination form and details for all the awards are available at

If you have any questions regarding Staff Awards, please email

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