April 9, 2015

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First Annual MoDOT Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

Several Central Office employees participated in the First Annual Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament. The tournament was the best two out of three games. Cheese Whiz won the first game and We Could Carry Less the second. The third game was neck and neck until We Could Carry Less kicked on the power and won 15 to 11.
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Team "We Could Carry Less" took first place in the MoDOT Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament. Team members above left to right - Kevin Kampeter, Jackie Kampeter, Ivan Schmidt, Nancy Schmidt, Eric Bernskoetter, Mendy Sundermeyer and Randall Hoskins.
Here’s how the teams placed:

1st place team - We Could Carry Less: Kevin Kampeter, Jackie Kampeter, Ivan Schmidt, Nancy Schmidt, Eric Bernskoetter, Mendy Sundermeyer and Randall Hoskins.
2nd place team - Cheese Whiz: Kevin Arthaud, Kevin Kiesling, Eric Kopinski, Sharon Golden, Patrick Haslag, Kristen Bagwill and Amanda Henley.
3rd place team – Bridge: Rob Henson, Mark Fretwell, Marc Lueckenhoff, Andrew Crawford, Debbie Beckwith and Jessica Beckmann.
4th place team - Hit for Brains: Chris Engelbrecht, Brice Simmons, Callie Simmons, Joe Moore, Christine Moore, Cheyanne Stark, Bethany Belt and Brynn Schmauch.

Security Reminder for Employees

Employees must be vigilant when walking near any MoDOT facility, watching for possible suspicious activity by other persons within the area. The Greenway walking path near 830 MoDOT Drive has specifically been an area where possible suspicious activity has been reported by employees.

building safetyHere are some ideas how you can be vigilant near the Greenway walking path and in other areas as well:

  • Avoid dark areas as much as possible.  Even if it means walking a bit further but staying in better lighting or with more people, do so.  Remember, if it looks secluded or dark to you, it does to a person with criminal intentions.
  • Look ahead before you walk into an area.  Don’t wait to look around only after you entered an area.  Looking ahead can alert you to a situation or person you may want to avoid.
  • Make a habit of looking behind and around you as you walk.  This provides you a better chance of identifying a potential threat.  Looking around also sends a signal to a criminal deciding on a target that you are likely a more difficult target than someone else.
  • Don’t assume that “rustling sound” in the bushes is a squirrel or some other animal.  Your hearing can alert you to a potential problem just as well as your sight, so it is important to only use one ear bud when listening to an iPod, radio or some other device.
  • Have a walking buddy, or walk in groups.
  • Be realistic.  It doesn’t matter how big you are or how well trained in self-defense you may be, you are only human. Why take unnecessary chances?  

Finally, always report suspicious activity by calling the Capitol Police (573) 522-2222 first and then call me.  Calling me to ask me whether Capitol Police should be called or to ask me to call them is only delaying a response from Capitol Police.  If an issue is not “in progress” and you are not sure if they should be called, then please by all means call me and we can discuss.    


Tim Taylor, Senior Risk Management Specialist (573) 526-5201.

April Wellness Newsletter

Ease the Stress in Your Life

Stress is a part of everyone’s life.  Stress can be positive, from events like a new job, new baby or a new house. However, stress can be negative when our bodies are in a constant state of stress. Chronic stress can lead to a multitude of health symptoms or diseases such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, depression and anxiety.

Learning to manage stress can lead to better health. April is National Stress Awareness Month. Take this month to learn how to reduce your stress levels. Manage stress by following these tips from the National Headache Foundation found in this month's Wellness Newsletter by Coventry.

Central Office Happenings

meezoneMeeZone Event
Asthma: Signs, Symptoms and Triggers
Tuesday, April 21 - 2 to 3 p.m.
CO Human Resources Training Room B
601 West Main
or via video conference (contact Amanda Henley for the VC info – 573-526-5617)

Do you or a loved one suffer from asthma? Do you wheeze or feel short of breath when doing physical activity? Does even walking up a flight of stairs tighten your chest? Do you have attacks where you feel like you can’t breathe? In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About seven million of these people are children.

Dr. Ben Francisco of the University of Missouri Health System will talk about the signs, symptoms, triggers and effective management of asthma.

Register through the LMS Student Center.

earth dayEarth Day Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed on April 24 for an Earth Day event on the south lawn of the Capitol. Volunteers are needed for two shifts, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 to 2 p.m.

Employees interested in helping should contact Jenna Vaughn by April 15 at or 573-526-4868.

For more information on Earth Day, visit the website - Earth Day.

CPRFirst Aid/CPR/AED Classes Available
April 24 - 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12 to 3:30 p.m.
601 West Main, Training Room B

Space is limited, so check with your supervisor, then sign up through the LMS Student Center.



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