Giving Tuesday at MSU

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday, and Michigan State wants to support you in your service this holiday season.

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to encourage people to give back. It’s now a global movement that inspires millions of people around the world to collaborate for good and celebrate generosity.

Sign up now to serve with your fellow Spartans in states like Texas, Indiana, and Minnesota through Serve MSU. Join the tradition that is already 14,000 Spartans strong and has raised over $1 million and spent 61,000 hours volunteering, all since 2013.

You can also serve the local community this Giving Tuesday by supporting Spartan impact projects such as campus sustainability, diversity research and veterans resources. All of these campus initiatives and more can be found here.

To give over the phone, call (517) 884-1000. You can also email University Advancement at with any questions about Giving Tuesday or service throughout the year.

For additional community service opportunities this year, click here.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday however it works for you and your loved ones. Make someone’s day brighter with a smile, help out a neighbor or stranger, or get involved in a cause you are passionate about.

This Giving Tuesday, find the service project or need that is perfect for you and give what you can. Spartans Will…give back to the community!

Winter Events, Activities, Holiday Shopping and Courses

As the weather gets colder and holidays are fast approaching, check out the following opportunities on campus or in the Greater Lansing area. Many events require registration, so be sure to click the links to learn more.

Campus Events

December 3 Alton Brown Live: Beyond The Eats – The Holiday Variant: See the Food Network and Netflix star cook and experiment live at the Wharton Center.

December 7 Night of a Thousand Donuts (free): Enjoy coffee and donuts in the Main Library and Gast Business Library.

December 15 International Employee Resource Group: Potluck Lunch (free): Share your favorite food and recipe card with other international employees at Linton Hall. 

Family-Friendly Activities

Starts December 1 Lansing Holiday Light Show: Enjoy dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday themed displays to delight the entire family.

Starts December 2 Season of Light: Visit the Abrams Planetarium to learn how familiar traditions have an astronomical connection.

Starts December 4George and Oatmeal Save Santa: Celebrate the winter season at the Abrams Planetarium with this fun show.

December 10 Cocoa and Collection (free): Bring the whole family to the MSU Broad Art Museum to warm up with hot cocoa and art-making activities inspired by wintery works of art.

December 17 Kids Cookie Decorating Class w/ Michigan Made Treats: Brink the kids to this cookie decorating class at the Allen Neighborhood Center.


December 10 MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series: Telling the Story: Christmas Oratorios by Bach & Saint-Saens: Listen to inspiring and uplifting holiday sounds from the MSU Choral Union, University Chorale and State Singers with the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

December 11 Holiday Pops: Seasons Greetings: Listen to American Idol finalist, LaKisha Jones, sing your favorite holiday tunes and traditional carols. 

December 17 MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series: A Jazzy Little Christmas: Enjoy a performance of festive favorites from MSU Professors of Jazz with special guests.

Holiday Shopping

Starts December 1 Michigan Made Holiday Art Exhibition: Showcasing established and emerging artists, enjoy holiday shopping and opportunities to support makers in the local economy.

December 3 Holiday Art/Craft/Farmers Market: Enjoy the annual South Lansing holiday market featuring holiday gifts from a variety of vendors. 

Learning Opportunities

Starts December 6 MSU Grief and Loss Support Group (free): Learn about available resources and connect with other grieving community members every Tuesday. 

Starts December 8 Deepening Your Essential Skills (free): Connect with others in the MSU community to ask questions and raise topics.

Starts December 12Understanding Shame and Building Shame Resilience (free): Gain skills to understand shame and build skills to bounce back from it every Monday.

December 13 Family Employee Resource Group: Safe Infant Sleep (free): Learn how to create a safe sleep environment for your infant(s) from the Infant Safe Sleep Program Coordinator, Colleen Nelson. 

December 21 Explorations in Eating (free): Learn from an MSU Health4U registered dietician for a conversation about nutrition.

December 29 Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Caring for the Caregiver (free): Connect with other adult caregivers to discuss how to take care of yourself.

Job of the Week: Administrative Business Professional

This week, MSU Human Resources features a posting from the Office of Research and Innovation for an Administrative Business Professional (posting 826872). The Office of Research and Innovation is responsible for recruiting outstanding faculty through MSU’s Global Impact Initiative, maintaining synergy between research and creative scholarship, and the education of graduate students through The Graduate School.

With more than 500 employees, the Office of Research and Innovation supports MSU’s research and creative activity by administering research funding, ensuring research integrity for both faculty and students, providing grant support services, fostering collaboration, licensing university inventions, and overseeing regulatory compliance. The Administrative Business Professional plays an important role in supporting the management of finance functions within the office and for reporting units. As a supervisor, this role will serve as Fiscal Officer on department general, gift endowment, and revolving fund accounts, and will also support the MAU Budget Officer. For a list of all responsibilities, click here

The future Administrative Business Professional should be a self-starter with a four-year degree in a business related field. Their work knowledge should include three to five years of experience in office procedures and administration. The candidate should excel with creative thinking and problem solving in a deadline-oriented environment.

To learn more about the Office of Research and Innovation, visit To apply for this position, prepare a resume, cover letter, three professional references and apply here by November 29.

Job of the Week: Software Applications Developer/Information Technologist I

This week, MSU Human Resources features a posting from the College of Engineering for a Software Applications Developer (posting 825724). The College of Engineering is one of the oldest and largest colleges on MSU’s campus and a constituent of a major research and teaching university. 

The candidate will participate in all parts of the application development cycle. This will consist of client meetings to collect and analyze requirements, application preparation and implementation,  as well as database design and maintenance throughout the life of the application. They will be joining the Division of Engineering Computing Services. For a list of all responsibilities, click here

The College of Engineering is seeking a team-oriented individual with a four-year degree in information technology or computer science. Their work knowledge should include support for internet and web applications and the ability to analyze and solve complex problems. The candidate should thrive in a collaborative environment and have a willingness to seek out new technologies to stay ahead of the curve. 

To learn more about the College of Engineering, visit To apply for this position, prepare a resume and apply here by November 22.

2022 Clerical-Technical Recognition Award Winner

The Clerical-Technical Recognition Award is presented annually to a Michigan State University support staff member performing clerical-technical duties. The recipient is selected from nominations received by the CT Recognition Award Selection Committee. The award is sponsored by the Thomas and Concettina Gliozzo Endowment Fund to recognize outstanding MSU clerical-technical employees.

This year’s winner is Jessica Thelen!

Jessica is a Healthcare Assistant within the MSU Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic where she provides quality care for patients and families affected by cancer and blood disorders. Exceeding expectations, Jessica has been described as a critical link between the clinic, laboratory and radiology offices. 

Jessica goes above and beyond for patients by making the clinic fun, organizing and fundraising events and connecting them with organizations like Make-A-Wish, Children’s Special Health Care Services and more. Jessica’s coworkers describe her as an enthusiastic, caring and dedicated employee who provides the best possible care that the patients deserve. Congratulations to Jessica!

Job of the Week: Communications Coordinator

This week’s featured job posting from MSU Human Resources is for a Communications Coordinator (posting 824939). Human Resources supports the university’s strategic imperatives by anticipating and meeting the needs of a changing community through high-quality, innovative services designed to advance student success and cutting edge research.

The Communications Coordinator will support the development and execution of strategies, campaigns, publications, web content and other materials for the Organization and Professional Development HR office. A successful candidate will be an organized and positive team member. For a list of all responsibilities, click here

The ideal candidate should have a four-year degree in communications or a related field. Their work knowledge should include internal communications, broadcasting, news, print media and creative services. They also need experience with Adobe, Illustrator and Indesign, and graphic design skills would be ideal.

To learn more about MSU HR, visit Apply to this position here by November 15.

November Events Round-up

Are you looking for activities for you and your family in the upcoming month? There are events (in-person and virtual) on campus and in the Greater Lansing community. Many events require registration, so be sure to click the links to learn more.

Campus Events

Starts November 1Spartan Street Medicine Winter Supply Drive: Spartan Street Medicine will be collecting winter supply donations for local individuals in need until November 18.

November 15 Clothing Repair-A-Thon (free): Visit the MSU Library to patch holes in your favorite clothes. There will be a sewing machine, thread and some fabric, but please bring any materials unique to your clothing.

November 17 The Ascension of AAAS: Commemorate the MSU Department of African American & African Studies and its new space at this ribbon-cutting event.

Learning Opportunities

November 10 International Employee Resource Group: Learning About Each Other’s Cultures: Connect with other Spartans on issues related to our international community. The goal of this group is to connect, build community and share best practices.

November 17 Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Financial Planning with Brad Vauter, JD: Learn from this local attorney on a variety of topics like elder law, LGBTQ+ legal issues, probate and estate planning. 

November 18 Disability Ecologies: The Art of Living on a Disabled Planet (free): Join this Zoom workshop to learn about water justice from communal organization, HIVES. 

Health and Wellness

Starts November 1 Chair Yoga (free): Join this live class to learn strengthening and stretching practices you can do from your desk. 

November 2 Wellbeing Wednesdays: Creative Holiday Appetizers: Hear from MSU dieticians to learn three simple appetizer recipes for the holiday season.

November 6SpARTan Wellness (free): Destress and unwind at the MSU Broad Art Museum with craft making. They have all the supplies you’ll need, but feel free to bring your own as well. 

November 16 Handmade Soap-Making: Keep your skin hydrated and soft this winter! Create handmade soap with add-ins from MSU gardens and take home two bars of homemade soap. 

Family-Friendly Activities

November 1 Sensory Friendly at Abrams Planetarium: Visit the planetarium this month for their sensory friendly hours. 

November 5 Family Day: Celebrate the MSU Broad (free): Help the MSU Broad Art Museum celebrate their 10th birthday with crafts and a tasty birthday treat.

November 14 MSU Bug House Monday Night Open House (free): View insects from all over the world at the MSU Bug House. 

November 16 Homeschool Day: Art Fieldtrip! (free): Bring the whole family to connect with other homeschooled students over crafts and learning at the MSU Broad Art Museum. 

Starts November 25Season of Light: Visit the Abrams Planetarium to learn how familiar traditions have an astronomical connection. 

Starts November 25George and Oatmeal Save Santa: Celebrate the winter season at the Abrams Planetarium with this fun show.

Job of the Week: Junior Analyst/Information Technology Professional

This week, MSU Human Resources features a posting from Information Technology services for a Junior Analyst (posting 820942). MSU IT provides the primary leadership for strategic, financial and policy initiatives affecting IT across MSU. MSU IT and departmental IT staff offer technology resources that support MSU’s mission of providing education, conducting research, and advancing engagement.

The Junior Analyst will join a team that provides the primary leadership and technology support for IT across the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in a shared services model. The Junior Analyst is the front-line of the College and acts as a peer leader to improve processes, coordinate and direct work of peers within the team, triage incoming customer requests and handle customer escalations. They will work with university stakeholders to design, purchase, configure and distribute assets to meet business objectives. For a list of all responsibilities, click here.

IT’s future Junior Analyst is a highly self-motivated individual committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, with an Associates degree in computer technology or information systems. Their work knowledge should include computer networking, firewalls, switches and wireless technology. They also need strong customer service and written and oral communication skills.

To learn more about Information Technology services, visit To apply for this position, prepare a resume, cover letter, three professional references and apply here by November 8.

Job of the Week: Office Coordinator II

This week, MSU Human Resources features a posting from the College of Social Science for an Office Coordinator (posting 821914). The College of Social Science gives students the opportunity to conduct world-class research, engage in service learning, take classes all around the globe and test out the job market with an internship.

The Office Coordinator will report to the College of Social Science Chief of Staff in the Office of the Dean. They will interact with department administrators and leadership throughout the college on behalf of the Dean’s Office on inventory and capital asset management. They will also maintain health and safety standards in compliance with the University. For a list of all responsibilities, click here

The future Office Coordinator should have an Associate’s degree. Their work knowledge and experience should include secretarial and administrative tasks, data entry and payroll processing. They also need experience in word processing, calendar management and presentation software.

To learn more about the College of Social Science, visit To apply for this position, prepare a resume, cover letter, three letters of reference and apply here by October 25.

World Mental Health Day

Mental health is one of the most important aspects of your overall well being. It can be difficult to focus on work when one’s mental health isn’t taken care of. In honor of World Mental Health Day, here are some resources you can use at MSU and in your personal life. 

MSU Resources

Off-Campus Resources

  • Lansing resources
    • The City of Lansing offers a variety of mental health resources including Online Behavioral Health Screening and a directory of local therapists
  • Community Mental Health Authority
    • The CMHA of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham provides services to increase access to care, support people in crisis and provide treatment for those with the most serious and complex behavioral health needs regardless of their insurance coverage.
  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline  
    • The Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. The Lifeline recently changed to 988 for a shorter and easier to remember resource

Your mental health matters and MSU resources and benefits are available to get you—or keep you—on the path to a healthy body and healthy mind.