Join the “big ride” at upcoming College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo

If you like biking and supporting a great cause, then you’re in luck! The MSU College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids is organizing their fourth Gran Fondo, a long-distance, mass participation event geared toward cyclists of all abilities. The big ride on Saturday, June 25, will include four courses: a 12-mile, a 25-mile, a 40-mile and an 80-mile that goes all the way to Lake Michigan and back.

All funds raised from this event go toward skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. Nearly 70,000 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, and the College of Human Medicine is committed to researching this disease. The cost to register is $80, and each rider is automatically given a $50 fundraising goal. So if you can’t make it out to the ride that day, you can still help by donating on the website. Donations for this event are tax-deductible.

You can also help out by volunteering. The Gran Fondo is very large, and many people are needed to help it run smoothly. Volunteer duties include setting up the event, registration, assisting riders and working on the courses.  Volunteer orientation is Wednesday, June 22.

The races will end in a finish line festival with live music and food open to the public. Whether you want to join a ride, donate or volunteer, you’ll be supporting a fun event for a great cause! Find out more on the Gran Fondo website.

Happy National Higher Education Day!

Happy National Higher Education Day from MSU HR! This national day of recognition is only in its second year, having begun in 2015 as a way to educate and inspire college students. A few ways to celebrate might include:

  • Post about your level of education achieved/being pursued and future academic goals
  • Use the hashtag #HigherEducationDay on your social media sites
  • Post about any scholarship or funding opportunities you know of
  • Consider donating to a scholarship program

Each of us at MSU is part of helping students grow, learn and change the world. Nothing speaks to this better than SPARTANS WILL. As part of this call-to-action, we encourage you to watch the TOMORROW series, inspired by The President’s Report on the past year’s impacts made by and through Spartans.

Job of the Week 6/3/16

This week we are highlighting an Admissions Counselor (posting #3448) with the Office of Admissions. This position will be based in the Chicago, Illinois area. Assists in implementing admissions activities including providing information about the university; interviewing and counseling prospective students and their parents; reviewing applications for admission in order to determine eligibility; corresponds with and visits high schools and community colleges in order to inform counselors and students about the University and to solicit their interest; determines eligibility and certifies admission; assists in planning and/or participates in scholarship programs and on and off campus recruitment programs in order to generate interest in the University, including community outreach activities.

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.

Remember to power down before vacation

Power down before vacation graphicThe arrival of summer also means a number of Spartans will be planning trips and leaving East Lansing for extended periods. To help reduce MSU’s energy use and emissions, follow these simple steps before leaving campus for extended time off.

Shut and secure windows
Report any windows that don’t close properly. This will keep warm air out.

Close curtains and lower blinds
Depending on how they are used, curtains and blinds can reduce heat gain by up to 30 percent.Continue Reading… Remember to power down before vacation

Events Round-Up June 2016

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

Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5

Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow, Adado Riverfront Park

Saturday, June 4

Chalk of the  Town, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Old Town

Pumpstock Festival of American Roots Music, 2–8 p.m., Bailey ParkContinue Reading… Events Round-Up June 2016