Job of the Week 9/26/14

This week we are highlighting a Senior Human Resources Professional (Posting #0117) in Human Resources Assistant Vice President. This position provides SAP HCM Project Lifecycle Support for Organizational Management and Personnel Administration; performs requirements analysis for new/revised requirements and issues/breaks; gathers, documents, communicates, and validates requirements with business owners and stakeholders; designs solutions for enhancements, reports, interfaces, conversions, forms, and workflow; develops and maintains related internal documentation and provides knowledge transfer as required; conducts testing – functional unit testing, integration testing, payroll comparison testing, and security role testing; creates and executes test plans and scenarios to ensure comprehensive testing of new or changed system functionality and SAP support packs and enhancement packs; maintains SAP HCM enterprise software and related applications by configuring the system to update various information based on business cycles and/or requirements; researches, evaluates, implements, and tests SAP notes to remediate system issues and updates to comply with federal, state, and local legislation or technology changes; supports SAP HCM users in central offices to resolve issues and provide ongoing guidance; provides end-user support for escalated issues requiring complex functional/technical knowledge.

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. MSU Jobs Icon

Autumn is Here!

It’s the first day of fall! You know what that means- colorful leaves, cooler weather, and pumpkin-spiced everything!  Make the most of the season by participating in any of these fall-themed festivities.

  • Visit an apple orchard, cider mill, haunted house, or pumpkin patch.

    Fall Tree
    One of the best parts of fall is the beautiful change in scenery.

All four of these destinations are the epitome of the autumn season and provide the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family.

  • Get crafty with leaves!

As leaves are in abundance during the fall months, take advantage of their beauty by creating art projects for your home. Decoupage leaves on poster board to create a collage, coat them in paint to use as a stamp, or make a festive wreath using chicken wire; the possibilities are endless!

  • Enjoy the flavors of the season.

Whether it be brewing some hot apple cider, creating your own caramel apples, or roasting pumpkin seeds, set aside some time to make and enjoy fall goodies.


Homecoming 2014

Homecoming Parade band members
MSU’s annual Homecoming Parade is always entertaining to watch!

MSU will celebrate Homecoming next week, September 22-27. A wealth of exciting activities have been planned in observation of Homecoming, including campus hayrides, a craft night, and a golf outing to name a few. The annual Homecoming Parade is scheduled for next Friday, September 26, beginning at 6 p.m. Be sure to come out to watch MSU’s finest, including the marching band and other student organizations, snake their way through downtown East Lansing and campus. The week will reach culmination in the form of the Homecoming Football Game. The Spartans will take on the Wyoming Cowboys at Noon in Spartan Stadium.

Participate in the MSU tradition of “glowing green” for Homecoming week by replacing the light bulb on your front porch with a green bulb. Submit a photo of your participation to the MSU Alumni Association’s Facebook and you could win a $100 gift card to the Spartan Bookstore.

As you enjoy next week’s festivities, be sure to celebrate safely. For a more detailed itinerary and additional information, click here.  Go Green!

Michigan Bluesfest 2014

Michigan Bluesfest
Add a little soul to your life by attending the Michigan Bluesfest this weekend!

Interested in listening to original compositions that are sure to evoke feelings of inspiration and nostalgia? Then the Michigan Bluesfest is for you! The festival will take place this weekend, September 19-20, in Old Town Lansing. Performances begin at 5 p.m. on Friday.

The Michigan Bluesfest showcases an exciting array of blues musicians, featuring artists from all over the country. To view a comprehensive list of this year’s talented and dynamic performers, click here. To supplement the soulful lyrics and brassy instruments generally associated with the blues genre, a food court will be available to serve patrons. There will also be a variety of vendors, selling everything from jewelry to world gifts.

If you’re still in need of convincing, the festival is completely free to the public. That’s right, immerse yourself in the sultry world of blues music for no cost at all! In the event of inclement weather, the festival will still run- plan accordingly and check the forecast before leaving.

2014 Campus Flu Clinics

Smiley Nurse
Protect yourself from the flu by getting vaccinated.

The Office of the University Physician will be offering flu clinics at various campus locations in October and November. Flu vaccines administered at the flu clinics will again be subsidized by Human Resources for MSU faculty, staff, and retirees, and will be offered this year at no cost. The vaccine cost for non-MSU employees and students will be $30. This flu season the Office of the University Physician is stocking the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which includes two influenza A strains and two B strains to help protect against influenza disease, in both injectable and intranasal formulations.

The flu clinic schedule is available at:

For questions regarding flu clinics, please contact the Office of the University Physician at 517-353-8933 or

Breathe Easy: Tobacco and Nicotine Cessation Program

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Take control of your tobacco or nicotine addiction, register for Breathe Easy today!

The deadline to pre-enroll in MSU’s tobacco and nicotine cessation program, Breathe Easy, is quickly approaching. Breathe Easy combines a number of approaches, such as behavioral support sessions and medical evaluations, in order to help participants kick their tobacco and nicotine habits once and for all. Participants may elect to use conventional anti-smoking treatments or can attempt smoking cessation sans medication. In order to be eligible, participants must be  MSU faculty, academic/support staff, graduate student employees, or adult benefits-eligible family members.

This fall’s pre-enrollment orientation date is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8. The event will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Olin Health Center Classroom (247).  In order to sign up for pre-enrollment, interested parties may register in person at 330 Olin Health Center, via phone at 517-353-2596, or by email at

For more information, read the entire PDF created by Health4U.

Thank You MSU IPU!

IPU Logo
Michigan State’s IPU does an exemplary job of aiding in regulation of utilities on campus.

This month, we are thanking an unlikely source that assumes an integral campus role. Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities (IPU) engineers research and educational opportunities that help regulate public utilities, both effectively and efficiently. More importantly, all policies that the institute implements are carried out sustainably and with the general best interest in mind. As outlined in the institute’s Mission Statement, “IPU’s guiding philosophy is that regulation is well served by university-based research and education.” Public utilities, including electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications, are vital in keeping campus operational, thus illustrating the importance of a program such as IPU.

Kudos IPU, thank you for your thoughtful diligence in aiding in regulation of MSU’s utilities!

Job of the Week 9/5/14

This week we are highlighting a Development Officer II (Posting #0019) in University Advancement. This position serves as a Regional Director of Development and will focus efforts on donors and prospects whose philanthropic capacity is $100,000 and more, managing a portfolio of approximately 200 identified major gift prospects for discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; will average 15 to 20 face-to-face visits per month which result in significant progress toward major gifts or the qualification and rating of new prospects, and 2 to 4 major gift solicitations per month that garner capital, endowed, annual, and deferred support; will work from an office at Michigan State University and travel to the region regularly; already a very experienced fundraiser, communicator, and collaborator who understands the unique nature of the region, he/she becomes knowledgeable about MSU colleges and constituency units, representing them to the Midwest area alumni and friends and soliciting them on behalf of colleagues on campus and/or the university as a whole; whether working independently, with their regional fundraising colleagues, or as part of a team, he/she juggles day-to-day fundraising with the multiple demands of working with donors/prospects, hosting events, and arranging individual appointments for university leadership, building networks of volunteers who take active roles in the current capital campaign, and documenting activity on University Advancement’s database.

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.MSU Jobs Icon

Events Round-Up September 2014

Here are some events happening over the next month that may be of interest to MSU faculty and staff. Please visit the links for more information. Many events require registration.


Community Events

Wednesday, September 3

A Matter of Taste: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter begins, times vary, Lansing

Charlotte Frontier Days begins, times vary, Charlotte

Sunday, September 7

MSU Faculty Recital: Anne Nispel and Harlan Jennings, 3 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

Thursday, September 11

Harris Nature Center’s Second Annual Turtle Toast, 5 p.m., Okemos

Young Frankenstein begins, times vary, Lansing

Sunday, September 14

Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 11 a.m., Lansing

Thursday, September 18

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, times vary, Lansing

Friday, September 26

Shop Michigan Expo, 9 a.m., Lansing

Development, Training, & Wellness

Tuesday, September 9

MSU Travel 101, 8:30 a.m., Nisbet

Monday, September 15

Rest With Music: “Global Roots Music”, Noon, Abrams Planetarium

Recognizing and Preventing Violence in the Workplace, 2 p.m., Nisbet

Friday, September 19

MSU Accounting Topics 1, 8:30 a.m., Nisbet

Creating Accessible PDF Documents, 8:30 a.m., 210 Computer Center

Thursday, September 25

Camtasia 8, 8:30 a.m., 210 Computer Center