2018-2019 Chair Welcome

Dear UMKC Staff –

In preparing for an exciting and dynamic year, your Staff Council wants you to know that we are ready to SERVE!

To achieve excellence in anything requires honest communication, personal sacrifice, teamwork and commitment. We plan to bring all of these to cultivate an environment of shared presence with the administration, faculty and students.

We hope to accomplish a lot this year! One of our priorities will be on building relationships with supervisors to improve and increase engagement with our campus community. We also hope to increase awareness and recognition of staff achievements and accomplishments at UMKC.

As Staff Council chair, I encourage and welcome each of you to get involved. There are several university leadership meetings I partake in to provide staff perspectives on university strategies and policies. Please share your questions and thoughts with me, so that I may share your concerns directly with members of the administration. You can also attend any of our general Staff Council meetings or our committee meetings. We’ll be updating our website with events open to staff this year.

On behalf of Staff Council, thank you for all you do to make UMKC an institution of choice for all.

Roland Hemmings

Staff Council’s Favorite Recipes!

Easy Egg Bake


8 eggs

¾ cup milk

½ to 1 whole onion diced

6 strips cooked bacon (chopped up)

¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

3 cups shredded frozen hash browns


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine eggs and milk in mixing bowl. Add onion and bacon, then cheese and hash browns last.
  3. Once stirred, pour into 9×9 greased baking dish.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until firm in the center.
  5. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Enjoy

This recipe is perfect for potlucks or for making a week’s worth of breakfast to be reheated in the office microwave. Also, a great recipe for modifications; use sausage or ham instead of (or with) bacon, try a different cheese, add your favorite veggies, the power is yours!



Buffalo Chicken Dip


  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Bottle of hot sauce (12 oz. or 1.5 cups)
  • 8 oz container of cream cheese
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend (or your favorite blue cheese or gorgonzola)
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing.
  • 1 bag tortilla chips and/or veggies for dipping
  1. Poach about 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast in chicken stock and water.
  2. Using 2 forks, gently thread chicken into small chunks. You can also shred your chicken in your (Kitchenaide) stand mixer using the flat, paddle beater.
  3. In a bowl, combine shredded chicken with Franks Red Hot sauce, to taste.
  4. Let the chicken soak in the hot sauce until ready to use.
  5. Spread one 8 oz container of cream cheese into the bottom of an un-greased baking pan or casserole dish.
  6. Top with buffalo chicken…
  7. Sprinkle on some cheese. I like a mexican cheese blend, but you can also use blue cheese or gorgonzola.
  8. Finish it off by drizzling on some Ranch dressing.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until dip is melted and bubbling.
  10. Serve with chips and veggies for dipping!

Staff Spotlight – Steve Pankey


Name: Steve Pankey

Department: School of Medicine Student Affairs

Years worked at UMKC: 3

Steve P


Please tell us a little about what you do.

I serve as part of the senior student affairs leadership team for the School of Medicine, so I have dual responsibilities to both the students, my staff, and the entire academic department. This includes advising and counseling students, supervising my team in Student Affairs, and working on special projects that impact our entire school.

As Staff Council Chair, I help lead the staff governing board with the assistance of the executive board in conducting monthly meetings, subcommittee meetings, and advancing initiatives throughout the university. I am also a representative on the Inter-Campus Staff Advisory Council that brings staff leadership from all system campuses to discuss issues and work on UM System Task Forces. I also serve on the Chancellor’s Leadership Team as we address concerns facing this institution, both system-wide and within our campus community.


How did you come to join Staff Council?

I started with Staff Council as a non-voting member and joined the Professional Development sub-committee, because I was interested in becoming more involved in the university community, and also wanting to find a way to impact what resources were available to staff. This ultimately led to being asked to contribute in other ways and on other committees before finally becoming a voting member and eventually, Chair.


What are your Interests and Hobbies?

I am incredibly passionate about music, and have been a drummer for almost 30 years. I’ve done all the clichéd garage bands and gigs all the way to symphonic orchestra and being on the Missouri Drumline while an undergraduate at Mizzou. The drumline afforded me opportunities to play around the country, including an interesting alumni function at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Music in general has allowed me to tap into a universal language of connection that has helped and guided throughout my career.


Do you have any pets?

We have three, yes three, small dogs that allow us to live with them. A miniature dachshund, an Australian shepherd mix, and one that looks a lot like a miniature German shepherd.


What’s it like to serve on Staff Council? Benefits? Challenges?

Serving on Staff Council is a great opportunity, and I would strongly encourage anyone to get involved, even unofficially. It is a place where you can be heard, fight for change, and get involved with the campus beyond your own silo. You will have a better appreciation for the institution, its processes, and its challenges, as well as meet and connect with terrific people that you would never have the occasion to meet otherwise.

The challenge. It takes us all to make a difference, not just 1 or 2, or even 32. So, the greatest challenge about being a part of and leading this great group is overcoming fear and inaction. Because together, we are an amazing force of unbelievable talent.


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Great question. I’ve had such limited exposure to the rest of the world outside of North America, I am really in awe of the cities and countries in Africa, Australia, Europe, and Asia. It would be amazing to explore almost anywhere. If I had to identify a single place, I might want to visit Ireland, but there are really just too many places to list in reality.


Thanks for sharing, Steve! Would you like to be featured in next month’s Staff Spotlight? Let us know at staffcouncil@umkc.edu by Wednesday, March 16.

Thinking about joining Staff Council? Elections are coming up!  Visit the Nominations page for more information.