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Krister Ungerböck joins Monday's "St. Louis on the Air" in advance of his presentation at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Krister Ungerböck

Krister Ungerböck often works with high-profile CEOs, coaching them on best practices when it comes to leadership, communication and employee engagement. But his efforts to help people lead well extend beyond the upper echelons of organizational management and into everyday workplaces as well as family life.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy D. Goodwin talked with Ungerböck as he looked to travel to St. Louis a little later in the week to speak  at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

They discussed what Ungerböck describes in the title of his upcoming book as “The Language of Leadership: Words to Transform How We Lead, Live and Love.”

Erin Blumer (at left) and Juliette Travous (center), two of the local artists who will be in the spotlight during this weekend's print fair, and the St. Louis Mercantile Library's Julie Dunn-Morton joined Tuesday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

For one weekend every year, the J.C. Penney Conference Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis transforms into an art and book lover’s paradise. And this year, people can take it all in for free.

The 13th Annual St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair will gather vendors from near and far in one place – with a wide range of rare books, prints, photographs, maps and more available for perusal and purchase. Following a ticketed preview party on Friday evening benefiting the campus’ St. Louis Mercantile Library, the full fair gets underway Saturday and continues on Sunday.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, producer Evie Hemphill spoke with two local artists, Erin Blumer and Juliette Travous, who will be giving watercolor and pastel demonstrations during the final day of the fair. The Mercantile Library’s fine arts curator, Julie Dunn-Morton, also joined the discussion.

UMSL student Letisha Wexstten (at left) won $15,000 two weeks ago in a campus competition for her business concept that aims to help people with disabilities find employment. Alex Zvibleman (second from left) won $10,000 for his coffee-shop concept, and B
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Four years ago, Letisha Wexstten was searching for a job – and baffled by how hard it was to find one.

“I really didn’t understand why I was going to all these interviews and then being completely shut out,” Wexstten, who is a graphic-design student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said on Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air. “I figured that it was because of my disability … I don’t have arms, and so I think the employers were kind of skeptical about hiring someone without arms not knowing exactly what my skill set was.”

She started a YouTube channel at that time to help demonstrate her many skills and capabilities. Then, just a few months ago, she started to expand the idea in a big way, coming up with a full business concept for HireMe, an online platform to help people with disabilities level the playing field when it comes to finding employment.

University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Tom George on Thursday announced he will retire in fall 2019. March 21, 2019
Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated March 21 with additional details from the announcement event  University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellor Tom George will retire in September, he announced Thursday.

The university administration will name an interim chancellor and begin a national search for a permanent replacement.

St. Louis College Prep charter school is expected to graduate its first senior class this summer. The Missouri State Auditor has agreed to investigate the school's attendance reporting.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 5:25 p.m. with additional information on the school's financial situation —

St. Louis College Prep has lost tens of thousands of dollars in state funding amidst an investigation into whether the charter school's founder over-reported attendance records.

The Missouri State Auditor’s office accepted a request Jan. 11 from Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven to review St. Louis College Prep’s finances. Charter schools are public schools that receive state and federal funding but operate independently from traditional school districts.

University of Missouri-St. Louis Provost Kristin Sobolik and Chancellor Tom George joined host Don Marsh. | 10/3/18
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is embarking on a five-year strategic plan.

“It reflects where we want to be and what we want to focus on,” explained Kristin Sobolik, the university’s provost and executive vice chancellor, who joined UMSL in May 2017.

The five areas of focus are: student success, research and creative works, community engagement and economic development, inclusive excellence, and planning, operations and stewardship.

Kristin Sobolik, new provost at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, in photo provided by the campus Jan. 4, 2017
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Kristin Sobolik, currently the dean of the college of liberal arts at Wright State University, will become provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on June 1.

 

Chancellor Tom George announced her selection on Wednesday, praising her work in increasing diversity at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio. Those areas have been a big focus at the University of Missouri system in recent months.

 

University of Missouri students protest a series of racist incidents on the Columbia campus in this photo from Nov. 9, 2015.
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The University of Missouri should emphasize diversity in its recruitment, train professors in the importance of diversity in their courses and increase outreach to improve diversity among faculty and staff, a systemwide task force recommended on Wednesday.

Those proposals were among priority items included in the task force’s report. It was responding to a comprehensive audit of diversity, equity and inclusion practices at the university conducted by the consulting firm IBIS.

The endangered running buffalo clover.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Outdoor activities like hiking and camping can help people appreciate nature and encourage public support for conservation, but a new study finds that such recreation can also be harmful to the environment. 

In the most comprehensive survey of threats to rare plants conducted in 20 years, researchers from the Missouri Botanical Garden and the University of Missouri-St. Louis analyzed data on threats to nearly 3,000 rare plants in the United States. As scientists report in the journal Biological Conservation, they discovered that outdoor recreation was the most common threat to plants, above residential development and agriculture.

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After lengthy fly-in sessions in St. Louis and Kansas City to meet prospective candidates and narrow the list, the head of the University of Missouri Board of Curators will say only that the search for a new system president “is going well.”

Pam Henrickson refrained from giving any more specific information after the curators met at the university’s Kansas City campus on Friday.

Interim President Mike Middleton addresses the University of Missouri Board of Curators
Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

The interim president of the University of Missouri system said that even as memories of last fall’s racial protests in Columbia persist, the school continues to perform valuable services for the state.

But the only African-American member of the university’s Board of Curators wants to make sure that the system’s new emphasis on diversity results in action, not just talk.

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As the search for a president of the University of Missouri system accelerates, more people are interested in the job than expected.

That was the word Thursday from John Isaacson, a consultant hired by the search committee that is leading the hunt for a successor to Tim Wolfe, the system president who resigned in November, following  racial protests in Columbia.

Michael Lato, right, Harold Taylor and John Scates rehearse for a scene.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

For six performances next month in Grand Center, military veterans – and one military spouse – will present the Telling Project, a stage play designed to help the public understand what it’s like to be in the armed forces, then return to civilian life.

It uses the actual words from area veterans recruited through the University of Missouri-St. Louis. But no one should attend the production thinking it will be a straight, factual rendition of life in uniform.

This isn’t the Truth Project. This is the Telling Project.

Millennium Student Center at UMSL
File: Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

Tuition at the University of Missouri’s four campuses will remain flat this fall for in-state undergraduate students.

Millennium Student Center at UMSL
File: Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

Taking into account low inflation, state law and a request from Gov. Jay Nixon, the University of Missouri is proposing no tuition increase for resident undergraduate students at its four campuses in the next school year.

The proposal was introduced at the Board of Curators meeting held Thursday on the university’s St. Louis campus. Curators will take a final vote in the spring on tuition for the 2016-17 school year.

About 40 people rallied to save the former Incarnate Word convent on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Bowing to protests from its north St. Louis County neighbors, the University of Missouri-St. Louis has backed away from plans to demolish the former Incarnate Word Academy convent on its campus.

Instead, UMSL said in a statement Monday, it plans to consider other options for the property over the next three to six months, although a spokesman added that the campus does not plan to spend any money on whatever project results from its study.

Asia Slaughter (L) and Judith Cochran (R) joined "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh.
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Judith Cochran joined “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh to discuss “Conscious Choice,” a program sponsored by the University of Missouri- St. Louis.

The program focuses on encouraging teen girls in at-risk environments to delay motherhood and graduate from high school. Participating teens that complete the program are recognized and rewarded with various gifts, including scholarships to UMSL.

Normandie Golf Course in north St. Louis County has been saved, for at least 10 years, but some of the officials who had worried about its future aren’t completely at ease.

Millennium Student Center at UMSL
File: Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

While the University of Missouri-St. Louis is experiencing a hiring freeze because of a projected lack of enrollment for the spring semester, it isn’t just sitting back and accepting the situation.

Chancellor Tom George said Thursday that about 600 students who were expected to enroll for next semester still had not signed up. The school is actively trying to figure out if they are just procrastinating or whether outside factors, such as the unsettled atmosphere in north St. Louis County following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, is prompting them to stay away.

UMSL To Host Transgender Conference

Nov 20, 2014
Transgender Spectrum Conference
Transgender Spectrum Conference

Less than 5 percent of the population identifies as transgender, a general description for people whose physical or sexual characteristics may not match their gender identity. But the issues transgender people face, including bullying, affect many and they seem to be gaining attention.

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Political dysfunction has been bandied about for several years, but its meaning remains unclear. That’s the first order of business Friday at the Political Ethics Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

“One of the reasons that we decided to do the conference was precisely because everyone complains about political dysfunction, but you ask five different people what it is and you’ll get five different answers,” Wally Siewert, director of UMSL’s Center for Ethics in Public Life, told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Thursday.

Conference Draws Attention To Female Artists

Oct 31, 2014
Alice Guy-Blaché
Courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

As women strive to gain equal ground in the workplace, they’re also working to establish the same ground in the arts. The Women in the Arts Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will feature lectures, demonstrations, papers, performances and workshops from 27 speakers on Nov. 6-8.

“Everyone thinks the playing field is level,” said Barbara Harbach, a composer and director of the Women in the Arts Conference. “It’s not quite as level as you might think.”

Gender Wage Gap Persists In Missouri

Oct 29, 2014
dleafy | sxc.hu

While the gender wage gap has narrowed over the last 50 years, the improvement has not been significant, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In Missouri, the median earnings for a woman working full-time is $32,000 while the median earnings for a man working full-time is $43,000, said lawyer Donna Harper, a partner at Sedey Harper P.C., which specializes in employment law.

“Women make about three-fourths of what men make when they’re both employed full time, at least in Missouri,” Harper told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday.

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“When you go to a networking interview and a hiring manager asks you what you want to do, ‘What do you need done?’ is not a good answer,” Jim Craig explains.  But “that’s the military mentality,” he says from experience.

Craig is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and is currently an associate teaching professor and chair of the Department of Military and Veterans Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

This article firs appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 11, 2011 - From the esoteric -- understanding gender issues, for example -- to the practical -- a guide to self-publishing -- topics at the UMSL Women in the Arts conference offer participants a broad range of information.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 22, 2010 - Retiring Metro CEO Bob Baer is being honored with a new scholarship named for him, announced Dick Fleming, president of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association today.

The Robert J. Baer Endowed Scholarship in Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri at St. Louis will be awarded annually to a student in public administration, Fleming said. The announcement was made this morning at John Nations' first Metro board meeting as Metro's new CEO.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 18, 2010 - If the word "center" conjures up an image of spokes radiating on a wheel, think of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri St. Louis as a hub of conservation and ecology initiatives.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 25, 2009 - The University of Missouri-St.Louis appears to be the chief local casualty of Gov. Jay Nixon's belt-tightening to balance the budgets for the current and upcoming fiscal years.

The university's plans to break ground shortly on $28 million in renovations to its Benton-Stadler science buildings are now in limbo. That project is among $325 million in planned state spending that Nixon put on hold today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 16, 2009 - While Vice President Joe Biden is visiting the University of Missouri-St. Louis Friday, he might want to meet Tony Georges, director of financial aid, whose office oversees the distribution of about $100 million each year to more than 15,700 students pursuing degrees in such fields as business administration, nursing, education, the arts and sciences.