MSU Police provide class on violence in the workplace

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A 2014 FBI study revealed that 7.5 percent of active violence incidents between 2000 and 2013 occurred in institutions of higher education. Roughly 60 percent of all active violence incidents ended before police arrived.

You can learn the best ways to prevent and survive in such an event in the upcoming class “Recognizing and Preventing Violence in the Workplace” on Wednesday, April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Instructors from the MSU Police will provide instruction on how to identify these behaviors of concern, how to act upon suspicions, and how to react in an active violence incident to maximize survival chances. Participants will also learn how police respond to these dangerous situations.

Find out more about the course and learn how to register on the PDS website.

Sign up for the SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service

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Join the Spartan force on April 16. Sign up today!

Spartans make a difference around the world every day, but one day in particular has been set aside to bring the MSU community together in service.  This year that day is April 16, the fourth annual SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve their communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network. In 2015 Spartans donated approximately 16,000 hours of service to their local communities through this initiative!

Service-minded Spartans from around the globe, including individual alumni, alumni communities, groups, Spartan-led companies, businesses, non-profits and student organizations, are currently registering service projects. Spartans can also volunteer now for one of these established projects or create their own.

There are more than 30 service projects near the MSU campus, including cleaning, decorating and gardening elementary schools, yard work at Fenner nature center and a kayak or canoe trip down the Grand River to pick up trash and debris. Other nation-wide projects include rebuilding homes in Austin, Texas, and providing science education and history for at-risk youth in Philadelphia. There is even a life-coaching service project in Hong Kong!

The last day to register a project is April 1, and volunteer registration closes April 10. Find out more about the projects and sign up at

SPARTANS WILL. Make a difference!

Job of the Week 3/25/16

This week we are highlighting an Information Technologist III (posting #2995) with IT Services. An Identity and Access Management (IAM) Engineer is responsible for identity, authentication, authorization systems. The engineer will collaboratively support and improve a highly complex IAM environment while continuously evaluating and making recommendations for improvement of the IAM technology landscapes, including areas such as system/software testing, monitoring, data scrubbing and migration, software deployment, etc. This engineer will help establish and improve business processes around support, customization and development of highly complex IAM systems; meet with customers/teams to identify requirements for IAM projects in support of multiple cross-campus and external systems. This position will require a highly qualified individual who has strong problem solving and technical skills; is a strong critical thinker and detail oriented.

MSU Jobs IconFor 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.

Spartan Marketplace: Your One-Stop University Shopping Experience!

Spartan Marketplace was developed as a shopping cart experience for your college or department purchasing needs and designed for flexibility and your ease of use. If you haven’t been an avid user since its introduction in fall 2015, take a look at some of its features!

  • Spartan Marketplace logoCurrently 14 suppliers, such as Dell, OfficeMax, and Fisher Scientific, are connected through Spartan Marketplace, and more are steadily being phased in.

  • The single portal allows you to search across catalogs for what you’re looking for and uses one cart to consolidate and hold your orders from multiple suppliers.
  • For users ordering from different accounts, it is easy to save and manage multiple accounts instead of having to plug them in manually each time.
  • Any active employee can access Spartan Marketplace by selecting its tab in EBS. Fiscal officers approve each purchase. The application requires updated versions of many browsers to work well, so be sure to check if yours is compliant with requirements.
  • The contracted pricing shown in Spartan Marketplace is the correct cost; unlike Open Orders, there will be no administrative markup. In addition, most shipping costs are already factored into the pricing, making your process more streamlined and efficient!

There is more information, a webinar recording and a FAQ available through University Services. Be sure to check out Spartan Marketplace for a seamless online ordering experience!

PDS Highlight: “Creating a Culture of Commitment”

Spartans Will taglineMichigan State University is a leading research institution that aims to make the world a better place by solving current and future problems through research and education. MSU relies on support staff to enable these efforts on a daily basis. However, with so many departments and employees, it’s not surprising that employees can lose sight of the university’s greater purpose.

It’s only human for individuals of an organization to become disinterested or unengaged in their work if they are not invested in the success of their employer. The upcoming Professional Development course, “Creating a Culture of Commitment,” provides supervisors with the tools to inspire employees to contribute to the success of departments within MSU, and the university as a whole.

Attending this course can assist supervisors with the continuous feedback, coaching and development stage of Performance Excellence, as well. Supervisors will learn how to motivate employees during this stage with the knowledge that their individual work strengthens their department, which in turn supports the ongoing efforts of MSU.

“Creating a Culture of Commitment” is Thursday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Job of the Week 3/18/16

This week we are highlighting a Physical Therapist I (posting #2979) with the MSU HealthTeam. The successful candidate will evaluate and document findings and prepare and implement treatment plans for patients referred by physicians for rehabilitation; record evaluations, daily progress notes, and discharge notes in order to provide complete documentation for patient charts; communicate patient progress to referring physician; may schedule patient visits and follows billing procedures for services provided; develop and upgrades exercise programs.

MSU Jobs IconFor 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.

Jump into spring

Tulips frame the view of Farm Lane. Photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy.

Spring officially begins on Sunday, March 20. It’s time to pull pastel-colored clothes out of the back of your closet and dust off the lawnmower. The arrival of spring marks popular activities such as redecorating, gardening, and outdoor exercise. Here are a few events and activities in and around MSU to help get you into the spring spirit.

Home and Gardening

The Lansing Home and Garden show is at the MSU Pavilion from Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20. The show features and abundance of exhibitions, demonstrations and seminars that can guide you on your way to creating your dream home and garden.


The mid-range temperature of spring is perfect for outdoor exercise. These upcoming 5K races offer a great opportunity to give back to the community and exercise all at once:

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New processes for hiring managers

A 55-day hiring process schedule used by Total Compensation and Wellness.

The Total Compensation and Wellness office within MSU Human Resources has established process improvements for hiring support staff at the university. Hiring managers and staffing coordinators that were unable to attend any of the presentations going over the process updates are encouraged to review the information by watching the narrated video and reading the presentation PDF and timeline document available on the HR website.

The presentation explains the rules and guidelines for the posting process and how to submit hiring recommendations.

If you have any additional questions, contact the Solutions Center at or call 517-353-4434.

Job of the Week 3/11/16

This week we are highlighting a Greenhouse Coordinator (posting #2937) position, which will serve as the facility and equipment coordinator for the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center. The successful candidate will manage and oversee the maintenance of field plots and farm facilities in order to support horticulture research and teaching programs; will act as a resource person to faculty, research associates, staff, and students in order to coordinate the daily operations of the station; prepares and maintains field research plots (tilling, grading, disking, mowing), planting, irrigation, fertilization, and pest management in order to maintain plants and field plots for research and teaching; oversees and conducts improvements and repairs to station facilities and equipment including trucks, tractors, and other equipment and implements; will train, schedule, and supervise student employees; will requisition equipment and supplies for the station; will move, load, and unload supplies, materials, tools, and equipment; involves safety and tracking facility, equipment, systems, and supply usage in order to ensure that proper procedures are used (especially pesticides, fertilizers, and irrigation use for mandatory reports); assists with preparing station equipment, plots, and facilities for faculty, staff, and graduate students and help in setting up research projects as duties allow; occasional snow removal – plowing main farm roads, shoveling for building and greenhouse access.

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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.

Get Ready, Get Set…For Race for the Place!

On Sunday, April 17, MSU Safe Place will hold its annual Race for the Place, the largest fundraiser for the program. It’s not only an opportunity to get out and run, it’s a large-scale event your whole family can participate in.

The primary event is the Race for the Place 5K, which allows the opportunity to run or walk and receive discounts for signing up early, as a group, if you are an MSU student or under age 18. The race stretches over MSU’s beautiful campus, and be sure to look out for Sparty, because he could be running right alongside you!3414064391_b18b99d7b5_z

In addition to the 5K, MSU Safe Place arranges a 100-Yard Dash for kids six and younger (no entry fee) and a One-Mile Fun Run for children under 12. If you preregister for the Fun Run, which has a fee of $15, the participant will receive a short-sleeved t-shirt.

All of this is in support of MSU Safe Place, an organization dedicated to helping people whose lives have been affected by relationship violence or stalking. They provide an array of confidential services to victims and work to raise awareness throughout the MSU community. Their services are completely free, so they hold small fundraisers throughout the year and relay on Race for the Place, their largest annual fundraising event, to support the organization’s needs.

So get going and sign up! It’s set to be a day full of excitement, but hurry! If you sign up before March 25, the 5K fee is only $25!