Job of the week – Secretary II

This week’s job of the week is a Secretary II (#591122) for the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. This position is seeking an individual to provide support for both the Mechanical Engineering main office and the undergraduate advisor program.

The responsibilities for this role include assisting in making travel arrangements for faculty, staff, and students when requested, departmental ordering and processing online registrar forms. Other responsibilities for this role include providing general office support to the undergraduate advisor, entering data and communicating information to faculty, staff, and students.

The ideal candidate would possess knowledge acquired through completion of a high school education with coursework in typing and shorthand; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible work experience in word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, calendaring and/or presentation software typing and filing; and may require knowledge of technical or medical terminology and/or technical training related to the field of employment; may require bilingual abilities in a specific language or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more details on the responsibilities of this position, and to view all our current postings, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Nationwide pet insurance can help you save!

Taking care of your pet is like taking care of someone in your family – you want nothing but the best for them. But sometimes having a pet can be costly. Did you know that as an MSU benefit-eligible employee, you have the option to purchase pet insurance through Nationwide?

One of the benefits of having pet insurance is that you can receive 90% back on your vet bills. Another benefit is you’re not paying out-of-pocket all at once. Having pet insurance allows you to pay a low annual deductible, while having a generous annual benefit. The more pets you have, the more savings you acquire. The My Pet Protection is one of the plans offered from Nationwide. This plan has a low $250 annual deductible and a $7,500 maximum annual benefit.

If your pet has any preexisting condition it will not be covered with Nationwide. However, My Pet Protection covers a large list of conditions such as:

•    Accidents (broken bones, injuries, cuts)

•    Common illnesses (ear infections, vomiting, diarrhea)

•    Serious/chronic illnesses (cancer and diabetes)

•    Surgeries

•    X-rays (MRIs and CT scans)

•    Prescriptions medications and therapeutic diets

With Nationwide pet insurance, you have access to a veterinary professional 24/7 as well as emergency boarding, lost pet advertising and more. Coverage is available for cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and reptiles. To find out if your pet is eligible for coverage, call Nationwide at 888-899-4874. You can enroll anytime in this benefit at MSU Benefits Plus by selecting your pet (cat or dog), providing your zip code and picking your plan. The coverage period will depend on when your policy is issued.

For more information on pet insurance, visit the MSU HR website or get a free quote today on the Nationwide website.

Job of the week – Research Assistant III

This week’s job of the week is a Research Assistant III (#591496) for the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Science.  This position is seeking an individual to be part of a vibrant research environment using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to address a broad range of biological questions in various areas.

The successful candidate will obtain a leadership role to oversee daily operations, instrument support and user training. A strong background in protein biochemistry, cryo-EM grid preparation and sample optimization for cryo-EM structure determination is required.

The ideal candidate would possess knowledge by completion of one or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a Master’s in biochemistry, biophysics, or structural biology; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in research methodologies, software, optimization, data collection or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more details on the responsibilities of this position, and to view all our current postings, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

How to Find Temp or On-Call Jobs at MSU

We are always looking for talented people to become part of the MSU community. In addition to the support staff and faculty jobs posted on the Careers @ MSU website, you can find temporary or on-call employment with various departments on campus. You will apply for temporary or on-call jobs with the department offering the position. This is a great option if you’re just looking for part-time or seasonal employment and particularly popular with students looking for work over university breaks. Use the resources below to find jobs with various departments on campus.

Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF)

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for keeping MSU’s campus so beautiful? That would be one of the IPF team’s many responsibilities! IPF recruits skilled trades and business professionals for job opportunities in areas related to maintenance, landscape, custodial, transportation and more. Find more information on how to apply from the IPF website.

Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS)

With 27 residence halls, 10 dining halls, 21 Sparty’s Coffee shops, 3 Starbucks and more, RHS is very busy supporting the MSU community. RHS posts jobs for people looking to work in culinary or cleaning service positions. This includes residential and retail dining, Sparty’s Coffee shops, Food Stores, MSU Bakery, MSU Food Truck, Concessions, and Linen Services. Cleaning services may occur in residence halls or other areas such as offices, classrooms, laundry rooms and restrooms. Find jobs and apply from the RHS website.

Spartan Hospitality Group

Does it sound fun to be part of the major entertainment events at the Breslin Student Events Center? The Spartan Hospitality Group (part of RHS) offers jobs with the Breslin Center, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Forest Akers Golf course, MSU Tennis Center and Spartan Spirit Shop. Find opportunities for banquet servers, food preparation, kitchen sanitation, hotel housekeeping, ushers/event staff, golf course attendants and more. Find jobs for the Spartan Hospitality Group on the RHS website.

Spartan Child Development Center

Are you interested in working with young children? The Spartan Child Development Center focuses on the social-emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the developing child. They are dedicated to meeting the needs of all children ages two weeks to six years. Find jobs for the Spartan Child Development Center.

From food service and event staff to skilled trades and child development, we offer a variety of temporary and on-call employment options at MSU. We hope you find a job opportunity to suit your needs and join the MSU community! Find more information about jobs at MSU on the HR website.

Job of the week – Boiler Operator

This week’s job of the week is a Boiler Operator (#587050) for Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in the Department of Power and Water. This position is seeking an individual to operate and monitor gas boilers, steam turbines, and auxiliary equipment. The responsibilities for this role include combining cycle gas turbines, auxiliary equipment and handling water treatment equipment. Other responsibilities include working with steam turbines, cooling towers, and compressors.

The ideal candidate would possess knowledge acquired by completing a high school diploma education; two years’ experience with steam production in either stationary or marine environments; frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds and occasional lifting of over 75 pounds is required; knowledge of basic computer terminology and operations and the ability to use email and the internet; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more details on the responsibilities of this position, and to view all our current postings, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Registration is Open for Summer Courses!

Do you have any personal or professional goals that you’re currently working towards? Or maybe you’re a support staff employee looking for courses to support your Performance Excellence plan? There are a variety of courses offered in July to help you grow and succeed.

Support staff should note that their Educational Assistance benefit resets with the fall semester. If you still have money for registration fees left over, now is a great time to use those remaining funds!

Learn Strategies for Personal Growth

Develop Your Leadership Skills

Improve Your Communication Skills

Become a Skilled Project Manager

You can find all current OPD courses on the HR website. Sign-up through the EBS Portal. MSU support staff should remember that they may have access to Educational Assistance to help with any course registration fees. Questions? Contact HR Solutions Center at or 517-353-4434.

Job of the Week – Dairy Farm Herder

This week’s job of the week is a Dairy Farm Herder I (#586596) for the Department of Animal Science. This position is seeking an individual to care for assigned herd dairy cattle, maintain livestock barns and assist in animal research.

The responsibilities for this role include daily milking of cows and maintaining breeding and feeding. Other responsibilities for this role include transporting livestock, weighing animals and upkeep of the facility to inspection guidelines.

The ideal candidate would possess knowledge by completing a high school diploma or GED equivalent; knowledge acquired from course work from secondary school, technical, vocational, trade school and/or college in the field of animal science. Preference for two plus combined years of study or equivalent industry related experience. Experience in research implementation. Experience working with student employees and or teaching agriculture related skills. Basic plumbing and electrical skills. Industry certification within the last two years in dairy cattle milking techniques.

For more details on the responsibilities of this position, and to view all our current postings, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Your Best Doctors Benefit is Available to Help You

If you’re facing a serious diagnosis or recommendations for medical care such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or other treatment options, your Best Doctors benefit can help. Before you decide on your course of action have your medical diagnosis, treatment plan and/or medical questions reviewed and answered by world-renowned medical experts – at no cost to you. As a result, you’ll be sure to have the right information, the right diagnosis and the right treatment plan. We’re happy to offer this free benefit to all benefits-eligible employees and retirees.

Why Do People Use Best Doctors?

Reasons people use Best Doctors: 32% need help deciding between treatment options, 26% have symptoms that aren't improving, 23% question their need for surgery, 6% are skeptical of their doctors, and 5% don't understand their diagnosis. Source for data is from the Best Doctors website.

People go to Best Doctors to find answers and leave feeling more confident about their decisions. Watch the video below to hear the Price family’s story. They share, “Had it not been for Best Doctors, I would have had a hugely more invasive procedure that would have limited function and extended my recovery time.”

How Does It Work?

Member Testimonial – Price Family CTABD from Teladoc Health on Vimeo.

Visit the Best Doctors website and click “Create a Profile” to register. You then have the option to use the following services:

  1. Expert Opinion: Have a physician conduct an in-depth review of your medical case and receive expert advice about medical treatment options. 
  2. Find a Specialist: Get help finding a specialist near you.
  3. Treatment Decision Support: You have access to coaching and interactive, online educational tools that offer in-depth and easy-to-follow information about your specific medical condition. Use these tools to help you make more educated, confident decisions about your health.
  4. Medical Records eSummary: With your permission, you have the option to allow Best Doctors to collect and organize your medical records for you and provide them on a USB drive. You will also receive a personal Health Alert Summary based on the records collected, giving you a total snapshot of your medical wellness.

Questions? Learn more on the HR website or visit the Best Doctors website.

Don’t forget about these summer activities on campus!

Are you working on campus this summer? While campus may be a little slower, there are still things to do! From visiting the Dairy Store to grab a scoop of your favorite ice cream to enjoying free concerts at the Beaumont Tower. Whether you’re looking for something to do while you’re on lunch or something to do for the evening, there are a variety of campus activities held this summer.

If you’re looking for something to do on lunch, the Fresh Air Fitness series by MSU Health 4U Program offers a variety of activities during the week:

  • Monday – Tai Chi at the Summer Circle Courtyard
  • Tuesday – Yoga at the Engineering Courtyard
  • Wednesday – Yoga at the Wharton Center
  • Thursday – Pilates on the Green

If you enjoy music, you can find the MSU Carillon every Wednesday at the Beaumont Tower beginning July 3. (In case you’re not familiar with it, a carillon is a set of bells played in a tower.) If you’re looking for something sooner, you can attend Music in the Garden with Spartan Jazz at the Beal Botanical Garden. Make a picnic for the family and come out to enjoy the Music in the Garden: Spartan Jazz concert on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. You can also find a list of other free concerts held this summer at the College of Music website, including their Outdoor Summer Concert Series. Or enjoy music on your lunch break with Rest with Music at Abrams Planetarium. The Rest with Music series is every Monday from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. You can find more information about this series, registration and featured artists at the Health 4U website. If you’re looking for another way to enjoy the outdoors take a walk to the MSU Dairy Store.

The MSU Dairy Store is the perfect place to grab a scoop of your favorite ice cream and enjoy the campus. MSU Dairy Store is open throughout the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the week. They have  a variety of ice cream flavors from Banana Chocolate Chunk to MSU’s very own Izzo Malted Madness. You can get your own single scoop or maybe share a half gallon with the office. For a list of all flavors, regular menu items and drinks, visit the MSU Dairy Store website.

If you’re looking to travel this summer with the family or take a vacation by yourself, don’t forget MSU Benefits Plus can help you save! MSU Benefits Plus has a variety of discounts for theme parks, hotels, travel and entertainment. You can find deals from Six Flags, Great Wolf Lodge, and more! Find these deals and more on the MSU Benefits Plus website.

Whether you are traveling or enjoying the beautiful MSU campus, there are a variety of ways to get the most out of your summer!