Job of the Week 2/28/14

This week we are highlighting a Human Resources Analyst with MSU Human Resources (Posting #9139). This position acts as an internal consultant to administrators, faculty and staff in the administration of classification and compensation programs and functions; develops and implements HR programs and initiatives; coordinates special HR projects; provides generalist and specialist support in the administration of the classification and compensation systems; maintains the university classification system by conducting position audits, researching documentation and making formal classification recommendations; develops new and revises existing classifications; conducts classification reviews of major job groups, employee groups and/or university units; supports the compensation function of the university by designing and conducting salary surveys, analyzing survey results, preparing statistical and narrative reports, and recommending individual pay levels and overall pay structures. MSU Jobs Icon

For a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please go to and select Support Staff under the Fast Jobs Search.

Expand Your Reach with Pinterest

Visuals speak louder than words. In 2013, MSU Journalism Professor Karl Gude conducted a competition using Pinterest, which was designed to promote the Media Sandbox program in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Professor Gude and the CAS faculty and staff decided that Pinterest would be an effective social media tool to promote the program to high school students and build their interest in MSU.

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The advertisement used on Pinterest by the Media Sandbox faculty and staff.

Karl Gude shares a few tips for using Pinterest for marketing and communications needs derived from the competition and his professional experience with the platform. Check out the video with his tips here!


Things to Do in the Winter at MSU

It may be chilly outside, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. To help save you from boredom, here are seven things to do at MSU during the winter.

1. Go skating at Munn Ice Arena

Munn Ice Arena offers public skating at various times throughout the week. It is $4 for MSU faculty and staff and $5 for the general public. Skate rentals are available for $2.

This winter, enjoy the season and have fun at MSU.
This winter, enjoy the season and have fun at MSU.

2. Attend a recital or symphony produced by the College of Music

The College of Music produces several live performances each year. Performances take place in the College of Music or at the Wharton Center. Some performances are even free of charge. A list of this year’s performances and show times are available on the College of Music’s website. A list of the College of Music’s free concerts is available here.Continue Reading… Things to Do in the Winter at MSU

Discounts for MSU Employees!

MSU faculty and staff receive plenty of discount opportunities at MSU, greater Lansing and beyond. These perks are at your disposal because of your dedication to MSU as a Spartan employee!

MSU Basketball Game
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Regardless of your unique interests, I’m positive there is some way or another you can benefit. Are you a lover of the arts? The Wharton Center for Performing Arts gives discounts to MSU employees for select performances. Or would you rather play some indoor tennis with a close friend? MSU employees receive a discount on tennis court rentals! More discounts can be found on the MSU HR Employee Discounts webpage. Here, you can find discounts and perks for hotels, computer services, books and much more. The page is updated regularly! Give it a look every once in a while to see what you can benefit from next.Continue Reading… Discounts for MSU Employees!

Job of the Week 2/21/14

This week we are highlighting a Research Administrator I with College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Posting #8899). This position serves as the Research Administrator for all pre- and post-award matters for a large, complex department; assists investigators with searches for new funding activities; provides grant and budget development assistance, including preliminary project review and budget development and justification; supports contract execution, account setup and activation; assists with the administration, monitoring and financial management of research projects in accordance with applicable federal, state, local and university policies, procedures and regulations; prepares and monitors subcontract and sponsor communication; supports the coordination of tracking and facilitation of research payments and invoicing of funding sources; assists with processing cost share entries and effort reporting; manages project closeout activities and develops final reports; and updates department website grant information.

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For a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please go to and select Support Staff under the Fast Jobs Search.

Spotlight on HR Toolkits for Hiring Faculty and Academic Staff

This month we are spotlighting the toolkits for determining the requirements and process for running background checks and degree verifications when hiring Faculty and Academic Staff.

The questions are simple, sometimes the answers are not. When do you need to run a background check when hiring faculty? How do you initiate a background check degree verification? How do you complete it? The answers to these questions are in our latest toolkit postings under Toolkits for Administrators, Managers and Supervisors.

The links to these toolkits can also be found on the Human Resources home page under What’s New.

Cold vs Allergies

Woman in doctor's officeLet’s decipher the differences between the two. Seasonal allergies are common for plenty of us.

According to MSU’s Health e-Guide, allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. Unlike a common cold, allergies aren’t contagious but they can be inherited over time. For instance, when someone has a cold it’s relatively rare for them to have itchy, watering eyes, but with allergies it’s quite the opposite. You’re also likely to have repetitive sneezing, especially during morning hours. The duration for cold and allergy-related symptoms differ depending on your unique case.Continue Reading… Cold vs Allergies

Job of the Week 2/14/14

This week we are highlighting an Information Technologist II (Posting #9060). This position will ensure end user support for all tier 1 and 2 requests in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSUE and AgBio Research. This includes hardware and software connecting to CANR systems; this role will require the person to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve end user requests in a courteous, timely and accurate fashion; this position also involves intermediate-level server/application administration and creation/modification to Microsoft Active Directory Users and Group Policies, including server design, implementation and support within a Microsoft Server environment.

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For a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please go to and select Support Staff under the Fast Jobs Search.

Stay Informed with MSU Alert

With snow days at MSU and continuous winter weather warnings, being informed about what’s happening at MSU is essential.  MSU Alert notifies recipients through email, text messages or phone calls of emergency happenings at MSU, including tornadoes, terrorism, winter weather-related activities and other potentially hazardous situations.

The MSU Alert system creates awareness among the MSU community of potentially hazardous or dangerous situations happening at MSU.
The MSU Alert system creates awareness among the MSU community of potentially hazardous or dangerous situations happening at MSU.

The MSU Alert system is controlled by the MSU Police Department and powered by Blackboard Connect-Ed. The system is stationed off-campus to maintain availability in the case of power outages and is only used for emergency news broadcasting.Continue Reading… Stay Informed with MSU Alert

Thank You MSU Snow Removal Crews!

The MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities crew sure has had their work cut out for them this winter! As the snow continues to fall, they keep working hard to clear the walkways and roads on MSU’s campus. The winter storm at the beginning of January brought several inches of snow and ice to the streets of East Lansing. IPF landscape crews cleared approximately 5,500 cubic yards of snow away from campus parking lots and intersections.

MSU Snow Plow
Photo courtesy of MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

IPF and Residential Hospitality Services work together to ensure that walkways, parking lots and ramps, steps, and roads are cleaned up by the time staff and students arrive to campus. After plowing the snow, the crew applies ice melting compound to prevent any injuries due to slipping and falling. If it weren’t for this hard working crew bearing the cold for us, traveling around campus would be much more difficult!

Thank you, IPF landscaping crews!