Get your free flu vaccine!

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Students and non-MSU employees can receive the vaccine for $30.

You might have noticed increased sniffling going around in the office. Cold and flu season is upon us, but staff, faculty and retirees at MSU can ward themselves against the flu with this year’s vaccine for free!

The Office of the University Physician will be offering flu clinics at various campus locations in October and November. The $30 quadrivalent flu vaccine is subsidized by Human Resources and can be administered via injection or nasal spray.

View the 2015 flu clinic schedule here.

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

Sign up for benefits during Open Enrollment

Benefits Open Enrollment for MSU staff and faculty is going on now!

It’s that time of year! Benefits Open Enrollment is going on now

Sign up for health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts and other benefits offered through MSU before Saturday, October 31, 2015. This annual month-long enrollment period is crucial in determining your benefits coverage for the 2016 year.

Read all you need to know about Open Enrollment in our 2016 guide, which includes cost of benefits, coverage summaries, new and important information this year and details about the various plans and benefits options offered through MSU.

Remember to attend the Benefits Fairs October 20-22 at Breslin Center to talk to vendors and MSU Human Resources Benefits staff members.

Open Enrollment is completed online through the Employee Self Service option in Enterprise Business System for health, dental, life and flexible spending accounts. Find detailed enrollment instructions in the Open Enrollment guide.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the HR Solutions Center. This team is prepared to help faculty and staff during the Open Enrollment period. Email your questions to or call 517-353-4434.

Job of the Week 10/2/15

This week we are highlighting the Information Technologist II (Posting #1516) in IT Services. The successful candidate will serve as Application Performance Management Technician to provide critical performance, availability and capacity data necessary to effectively monitor Michigan State University’s core business applications, reduce downtime, and help in root cause analysis; research, evaluate and implement a monitoring/application performance solution; determine Infrastructure, Network, Middleware, DB & Application Development requirements and configure monitoring for intelligent, timely and actionable alerting; research, track and route issues to a successful completion, including communicating resolutions to management, software development teams, and customers; integrate application and business data/metrics with infrastructure data/metrics to provide an integrated, holistic capacity management solution; guide the development of dashboards/reporting for communication and diagnostics; propose, design, and implement enhancements and additions to current environment; provide direction, generate work, and collaborate with various system and application owners to onboard new applications to MSU’s performance management solution; mentor team members in professional areas of expertise related to job responsibilities.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.

Events Round-Up October 2015

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, October 9, 2015

The Hob Nob, 6–8 p.m., Broad Art Museum

Wednesday, October 9 – Thursday, October 10

Oktoberfest, Old Town

Thursday, October 10 – Friday, October 11

Apple Butter Festival, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Fenner Nature Center

Sunday, October 13 – Friday, October 18

Jersey Boys, times vary, Wharton Center

Sunday, October 25

An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth, 7 p.m., Wharton Center

Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31

Haunted Aud, times vary, Auditorium Building

Date TBD

Safe Halloween, Time TBD, M.A.C. Avenue

Development, Training and Wellness

Friday, October 4

Lansing Loses a Million Celebrity Challenge Event, 10 a.m.–noon

Wednesday, October 7

Accounting in EBS, 8:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., 10 Nisbet

Tuesday, October 13

Writing Emails and Memos, 3 p.m.,–4:30 p.m., 300 Bessey Hall

Academic Women’s Forum, 3:30–5 p.m., MSU Union Lake  Ontario Room

Tuesday, October 20

Proving Value: Designing Effective Surveys, 1:30 p.m–4 p.m., 10 Nisbet

Navigating Business Intelligence, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m., B110H Wells Hall

Wednesday, October 21

Accessible Web Design, 8 a.m.–noon, 210 Computer Center

Tuesday, October 27

Raising Good Eaters, 12:10 – 12:50 p.m., 210B Berkey Hall

Thursday, October 29

New Supervisor Essentials, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., 10 Nisbet