Job of the Week 7/29/16

This week we are highlighting an Engineering/Physicist Accelerator I/II (posting #3777) with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The Cryomodule Inspection Engineer will perform cryomodule incoming inspection and acceptance criteria listing tasks, which include intricate measurement for quality assurance on cryomodule components with a high degree of precision and regard for data integrity. Assigned Scope Supports the Cryomodule Assembly Group by inspecting fabrications, assemblies, and other components for the accelerator. May also cross-function for cryomodule assembly tasks. Required to travel internationally to perform on-site inspection at of components and devices. Major Position Responsibilities Perform tasks included on cryomodule component acceptance criteria listings (ACL); including but not limited to: cold shock with liquid nitrogen, vacuum leak checking, video borescope inspection, and visual inspection; perform precision dimensional inspection and fiducialization of critical components for Alignment; plan and perform accurate positional data gathering operations; assist with cryomodule assembly tasks; responsible for delivery and maintenance of comprehensive measurement data and ACL data.

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Spartan Athletes Head to Rio 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic games start in just nine days! This year’s games will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starting on Friday, August 5 with the opening ceremony and ending on Sunday, August 21 with the closing ceremony.

Many Spartan athletes prepare to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy.

Did you know that this year there will be 306 events for 42 sports in over 37 venues, with 206 countries represented? Another fun fact for 2016 is that golf will be included again for the first time since 1904. With so many different events to watch, you’ll want to check your local t.v. listings to see what events your channels will feature. You can watch every event online via live streaming on and NBC Sports Live Extra app.You can also visit the Rio 2016 Olympics website to find out when your favorite events are and for all your Olympics information.

There are many Spartans headed to Rio to participate in the games, both for the U.S. Olympic team and for other countries. Here’s a list of Spartans to watch for.

  • Emily Regan, U.S. Rowing Team, Women’s Eight, 2010 Alumna
    • When to watch:
      • Monday, August 8 at 7:30 a.m., Heats
      • Saturday, August 13 at 7:50 a.m., Finals and Victory Ceremonies
    • Fun fact: first-ever MSU representative for Olympic rowing
  • Christie Daiss, Team USA Pharmacist for Medical Services Team in Olympic Village, 2006 Alumna
  • Draymond Green, U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, 2012 Alumna
    • When to watch:
      • Saturday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. vs. China
      • Monday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Venezuela
      • Wednesday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Australia
      • Friday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Serbia
      • Sunday, August 14 at 1:15 p.m. vs. France
      • Men’s Quaterfinals on Wednesday, August 17
      • Men’s Semifinals on Friday, August 19
      • Bronze Medal Games on Sunday, August 21
    • Fun fact: third Spartan to represent MSU in Olympic Games after 16 years without one
  • Franklin Gomez, Puerto Rico Olympic Team, Wrestling, Men’s freestyle 65kg, 2010 Alumna
    • When to watch:
      • Sunday, August 21
  • Mohamed Hrezi, Libya Olympic team, marathon runner, current Broad MBA student
    • When to watch:
      • Sunday, August 21 at 8:30 a.m.
    • Fun fact: Libya’s sole runner in all track and field events

To read more about the Spartans headed to Rio, see the MSUToday feature here.

Make sure to cheer for our Spartans as they compete in the games. You can also follow the Paralympic Games on September 7-18. Go green!

Performance Excellence Goal Setting and Development Planning Differences

As part of the new Performance Excellence process, all MSU staff are expected to set goals and establish a professional development plan for the year. There is a distinct purpose for each, and both are intended to help the individual succeed and move the university forward. The following definitions will provide more clarity on the distinctions between goal setting and development planning.

Performance Excellence Process

In terms of goal setting, most staff members have numerous tasks that contribute to carrying out their position effectively. Sometimes it can be confusing as to what tasks or behaviors are a priority for the unit or that individual specifically. Setting goals is a way to bring clarity in regards to priorities and expectations for the year ahead. The goals don’t encompass everything that is expected, but those items that are seen as key for the coming year.

On the other hand, professional development identifies priority learning activities for the employee for the year ahead. Ongoing technological advances and the rapid pace of change make it imperative that all staff engage in learning activities each year. Development items can involve technical skills, such as using Outlook effectively or mastering the use of particular equipment, or it could involve more broadly needed skills such as communicating effectively or leading others. The skill building activity could include an online or instructor-led class, an opportunity to lead a project, job shadowing or other activities.

In short, the differences could be defined as:

  • Goals identify key items the individual will achieve
  • Development plan items identify skills the individual will learn or strengthen

It is imperative that supervisors work collaboratively with staff members to identify the goals and development plan items. Each party should come to the performance planning meeting with ideas for the items and jointly determine the final lists.

For further instructions around these issues, consider taking the following classes through Professional Development Services:

Supervisor Strategies for Effective Performance Planning

Boost Your Career – a class that will be offered in the fall to help staff explore their interests and to be active participants in goal setting and development planning.

Job of the Week 7/22/16

This week we are highlighting an Admissions Counselor (posting #3717) 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.

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Fire up the grill for these delicious dishes

Summertime and grilled food go hand in hand. Corporate Chef for Culinary Services Kurt Kwiatkowski gave us two fantastic grilling recipes that are great for cookouts or quiet personal dinners.

Remember, safety first! If you’re out of practice, make sure to review safety standards from the CDC and National Fire Protection Association.

Grilled pork chops

Grilled glazed pork chop

6  center cut bone-in pork chops, about 1-inch thick
1 T. ancho chili powder
1 t. smoked paprika
1 t. ground cumin
2 t. kosher salt
1 T. olive oil
3 T. sherry vinegar
½ c. pure maple syrup
½ c. chicken stock

Mix all spices and salt together, brush all pork chops with olive oil and then sprinkle on both sides of the pork chops and let rest for 1-2 hours.

Preheat grill

Continue Reading… Fire up the grill for these delicious dishes

Thank you MSU Alumni Association

MSU Alumni AssociationMany of the current employees at MSU also graduated from the university. For these employees and friends of the university, the MSU Alumni Association provides a variety of benefits, discounts and services, as well as a valuable way to connect with and stay updated on the work of Spartans all around the world.

The Alumni Association benefits more than just its members. The organization hosts and organizes a multitude of events that enhance the Spartan experience, such as Homecoming and Senior Week, and promote positive change, such as the Global Day of Service. Anyone is free to read the Alumni Association Magazine, published quarterly, online, with issues dating back to 1992. Livestreams, available for anyone to watch, of the Health4U Recipe for Health Cooking series are also provided by the Alumni Association.

In addition, the association’s Alumni LENS program offers various career training opportunities for members and friends of the university. These include online classes about management, writing, marketing and more, leadership retreats and the free Spartan Insights webinars.

Thank you to everyone that works with the Alumni Association for promoting the success of the thousands of Spartans in East Lansing and around the world!

Take advantage of MSU employee discounts

Munn Ice Arena
Munn Ice Arena is one of several places on campus where you can find a discount

One of the benefits of working at MSU is taking advantage of its employee discounts. From on-campus shopping to MSU sporting events to additional insurance options, you can’t go wrong with these savings.

MSU Benefits Plus

MSU Benefits Plus is available to benefits-eligible MSU employees. It gives employees the option to enroll in several voluntary employee-paid benefits programs, in addition to online shopping discounts. Register with your ZPID to view your options.

On-campus discounts

  • Athletics: Every MSU employee is a Spartan fan by default. Employees can purchase football, men’s basketball and ice hockey season tickets at discounted prices or a Go Green card for $50 that grants entry to women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, gymnastics, softball and baseball.
  • Dining Plans: Enjoy the delicious meals at MSU’s dining halls with these discount plans.
  • MSU Department of Theatre: Check out a student theater production at 10–17 percent discounts on all Main Stage performances
  • Spartan Bookstore: The bookstore offers new and used textbooks, clothing and souvenirs, academic supplies, software and electronics and more. A 10 percent discount is offered on textbooks, trade books and medical books and a 15 percent discount is offered on all regular-priced clothing.
  • MSU Forest Akers Golf Course: The golf course offers two 18-hole championship layouts, a state-of-the-art practice facility, and two full-service golf shops with a full complement of services. Employees with MSU ID card receive reduced rates.
  • MSU Munn Ice Arena: The ice facility provides a public skating schedule during the year. Employees receive discounted rates with valid MSU ID.
  • University Stores: MSU employees can purchase a variety of items that the University utilizes including diapers, batteries, and office supplies. Prices are competitive.

Find more on-campus services and local discounts for auto, home, clothing, travel and more.

Job of the Week 7/15/16

This week we are highlighting an Executive Staff Assistant (posting #3607) with the College of Social Science. This position provides administrative support to the Dean of the College of Social Science; oversees Dean’s calendar; reviews, interprets and summarizes materials in order to keep the Dean informed of pertinent events and information; gathers, screens, and relays sensitive information received from university executives, staff members, and visitors; prioritizes and responds to inquiries for the Dean; sorts, reviews, and directs Dean’s mail including drafting responses, forwarding information when appropriate, and maintaining logs to track delegated matters; develops, plans, coordinates, and manages assigned projects; assists with project development and monitors, analyzes, and reconciles related records; conducts research on assigned projects and for the development of new projects; prepares files for Dean’s meetings and attends meetings with the Dean; takes meeting minutes; lead worker for the Dean’s front office; completes work with frequent interruptions; handles diverse and multiple tasks and details; prioritizes work; maintains Dean’s office files; participates in processing materials for reappointment, promotion and tenure; supports the Dean’s scholarly work; is Dean’s liaison to other offices within the College and University.

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Protect and clean up your devices

Summer is a great time to clean a multitude of things in our lives. Your home, car and even your computer and other electronic gadgets.  Make sure you get the most out of your computer, tablet and phone by keeping them clean and safe by following these easy tips:

  • Change passwords that have been in place for longer than 60 days.  Learn to create strong passwords at
  • Make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware is up to date on all devices, and set the program to auto-update and scan on a regular basis.SecureIT Website
  • Update your operating system to the latest version your device will support.
  • Add a security code or screen lock to your phone and tablet so that if it is ever misplaced or stolen, it is harder for someone else to use.
  • Refresh your understanding of phishing and how to avoid being a victim at
  • Backup files on your personal devices to a reputable cloud service or portable hard drive.
  • Uninstall apps on your phone or tablet that you’re not using anymore; they’re taking up valuable storage space.

The website is a great resource to learn safe computing best practices.

Learn about heart health in Best Doctors webinar

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

According to the American Heart Association, about 2,200 Americans die each day from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Learn the best ways to stay heart-healthy in the upcoming Best Doctors webinar Heart Health Topics: Prevention and Intervention.

The free webinar will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 18. Dr. Corey Goldman, director of Cardiovascular Imaging at HeartVein NYC, will educate attendees on prevention and staying heart healthy. He will also touch on the different conditions people most commonly run into and the ways that they are being treated today.

The webinar will conclude with a live Q&A session.

Register online.