UMKC RISE Office – October 2023 Events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time to raise awareness and honor survivors. The RISE office is hosting a DVAM Day of Action event on Oct 5th from 12 to 2pm in the Quad. All UMKC community members are welcome to join. The DVAM Day of Action will kick off a series of events throughout the month—including a donation drive benefiting local shelters.

Learn more about the DVAM Day of Action or the DVAM Calendar of Events.


NFL Draft Days

The 2023 NFL Draft is happening at Union Station in Kansas City on April 27-29! Let’s show our Kansas City pride and have employees participate in spirit days and activities. Find more information by visiting the Roo Employee Engagement website.

Draft Facts – Did you know?

  • The first draft was in 1936.
  • Until the 1970s, teams typically didn’t give physical exams to their potential draft picks.
  • The first NFL Draft to be televised was in 1980 on ESPN.
  • In 1982, NFS, which had expanded to 16 member clubs, conducted its first National Invitational Camp in Tampa, Florida, bringing the top draft-eligible college players to one location to collect medical information. 
  • The draft expanded to a three-day format in 2010.
  • In 2015, the draft moved out of New York City.
  • This is the first year that the draft will take place in Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs and the 2023 Draft

Follow along and watch the draft nightly by tuning in to NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Visit for all the latest on NFL Draft coverage.

This year the Chiefs will have the following picks:

  • Round 1: No. 31 overall
  • Round 2: No. 63
  • Round 3: No. 95
  • Round 4: No. 122 (from Dolphins), 134
  • Round 5: No. 166
  • Round 6: Nos. 178 (from Bears through Dolphins), 217
  • Round 7: Nos. 249, 250

2023 Annual Staff Awards Nominations – Deadline

The deadline for nomination materials for campus awards is extended to Friday, February 10, 2023.   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.

The nomination form and details for all the awards are available at

If you have any questions regarding Staff Awards, please email

Deceptive Financial Advising Email!

There is an email that has been going out to employees at UMKC as well as the whole UM System. It is titled “Retirement Support for University of Missouri System-Kansas City Personnel” for those at UMKC. It is from an email address for District-Advisor and the wording would lead you to believe that they are partnering with us to provide this to employees.

*This company nor their services are in any way sponsored or affiliated with UMKC or the UM System. The only retirement vendor that we currently work with is Fidelity for any services.*

If you have any questions, please contact either Ted Stahl at 816.235.1625 or the UM HR Service Center at 800.488.5288.


Below is sample of the email

From: “Name” <>
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2020 11:54 PM
Subject: Retirement Support for University of Missouri System-Kansas City Personnel


WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.

Employee xxxxx,

Each year, as an employee of University of Missouri System-Kansas City you are eligible to schedule a phone call, teleconference, or in-person meeting off campus with a representative for answers to your specific state, federal and individual retirement benefit questions.

At your consultation, you will be provided with information that will tell you what your potential income can be when you retire, and how much longer you may have to work. That, along with advice on the best ways to utilize your 401(a)/403(b) options with your state retirement and/or Social Security benefits.

Please be sure to indicate which type of appointment you prefer (off-campus, phone call, or teleconference) in the notes section while scheduling. Please also include your direct cell phone number.

Appointments fill up quickly. If you’d like to secure your spot, click on the link below, or simply reply “yes” to this email.


Licensed representatives are not employees of the college or state retirement system. All representatives are independent and licensed by the state department of insurance.


Talk It Up! This September

We at UMKC are committed to each other’s learning, growth and success. With the beginning of our academic year it’s time for us as supervisors and employees to start making a conscious shift towards having productive two way conversations around individual development. Leverage on the learning from the Talk It Up training sessions and have your first Talk It Up conversation in September. Moving forward, schedule additional Talk It Up conversations at least once per quarter.



Talk It Up! Conversation

                    Supervisor                <—–>           Employee

Supervisor and employees meet to give and receive developmental feedback in a positive, constructive and mutually supportive manner


Supervisor insights are particularly important to developing our employees.  Individuals need to work with their supervisor to make sure they are getting the feedback they need related to their professional strengths & development.

Click here for a few tips for supervisors and employees for their first Talk It Up Conversation.

To learn more and to review the materials from the Talk It Up Training, visit the Talk it Up webpage.

It’s all about connection & collaboration between Supervisor & Employee. So why wait …….schedule your first Talk it Up now!