2016 Outstanding Supervisor Awards

Does your supervisor understand the work/life balance? Is he/she supportive of each employee’s well-being and promote teamwork? You have the chance to nominate your supervisor for the 15th Annual Outstanding Supervisor Award for 2016. This award is presented by the MSU WorkLife office to honor supervisors who have consistently demonstrated work/life sensitivity and support of the professional and personal needs of the employees in his/her unit. The award is significant for reasons such as:

  • The managerial style of a supervisor has a direct impact on the quality of the employees’ work and their loyalty to the university. Any supervisor, at any employment level and from all staff and academic units, may be nominated.
  • When sincere consideration is given to an individual’s personal responsibilities outside the job, absenteeism may be reduced and morale and productivity are improved.
  • By recognizing supervisors who do it well, we are setting an example of what makes a good supervisor. This will serve as a model for others in hopes of positively impacting managerial practices across campus.

Members of the MSU community are invited to nominate a supervisor/administrator who consistently demonstrates qualities such as:

  • A positive leadership style which empowers others.
  • Humanizes the work environment and treats employees as people first.
  • Promotes teamwork while supporting individual’s well-being.
  • Treats everyone with dignity, respect and integrity.
  • Allows flexible schedules.
  • Understands work/life balance.
  • Sensitive to individual needs.
Gladys Raymond, Office of Sponsored Programs Manager, is pictured above with members of her staff. She was one of the 2015 award recipients.

Nominations are currently being accepted online now through Monday, August 29. The Outstanding Supervisor Award Committee will review the nominations, and the selected recipients will be honored with surprise celebrations on or around National Bosses Day on October 16, 2016. Visit the WorkLife Office website for additional information. For any questions, contact the MSU WorkLife Office at 517-353-1635 or email Stroml@msu.edu.


Job of the Week 8/5/16

This week we are highlighting a Banquet/Catering Manager (posting #3787)at the Kellogg Center. The successful candidate supervises and coordinates the catering operations for Spartan Signature Catering at the Stadium Tower and other MSU campus locations; manages and oversees the food service and set-up activities for catering events in order to ensure high quality service to all guests; prepares bills for all catered events; plans, develops, and oversees implementation of training programs for catering staff; assists and instructs all catering staff in meal service, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverage services, and proper work methods and procedures; manages catering activities with the kitchen to ensure proper timing and smooth catering events; provides analysis in order to forecast and make recommendations for departmental strategic planning; assists with special projects; interviews, hires, schedules and evaluates the performance of all employees; manages food and beverage supplies, equipment, and labor costs.

MSU Jobs IconFor a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please go towww.jobs.msu.edu and select Support Staff under the Fast Jobs Search.

Expand your cooking repertoire with these Health4U programs

Eating is one of the great pleasures of life, but home cooking can pose many challenges without the right instruction, and it’s often difficult to find easy-to-prepare recipes. Health4U brings cooking know-how right to you with two on-campus instructional sessions: Kitchen Skill Drill and Recipe for Health Cooking Series. These instructional sessions are held on campus from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., approximately once a month. They are presented by Health4U Nutritionist Peggy Crum and demonstrated by Corporate Chef for Culinary Services Kurt Kwiatkowski.

Kitchen Skill Drill demonstrations are held in the community kitchen in McDonel Hall. Chef Kurt will show you how to best perform a specific skill in the kitchen, such as grilling or knife safety. The session is free, and you get to sample the delicious food prepared in the kitchen. The next demonstration will be on September 20.

Recipe for Health Cooking Series demonstrations are held in the Brody Square Demonstration Kitchen. Chef Kurt demonstrates a recipe featured in the Recipe for Health Newsletter that comes out every month. These recipes revolve around a specific ingredient such as cheese, peanut butter or apples. Make sure you check out the upcoming demonstration on potatoes on Wednesday, August 10!

You must pay to enter the dining hall. Read and watch past newsletters and Livestream video of the demonstrations.

So take a well-deserved break in your day for some personalized cooking instruction. Ask questions, sample delicious food and learn a thing or two about healthy cooking that is easier than you think!

Bike Friendlier MSU

Whether you’re new to MSU or you’ve been on campus for awhile, you might be happy to know that there are a lot of very bike-friendly facilities and services that are available to help make your bicycling more convenient, as well as to encourage more people to ride bikes on and to/from campus for their commute.

MSU offers numerous bike-friendly facilities and services for commuters.

Ten years ago, the university established a full-service bike center know as the MSU Bikes Service Center, in the old canoe rental facility in the south-end of Bessey Hall, which is centrally located on campus. The Center offers a complete range of repairs, rentals and sales of new and used bikes, as well as accessories to keep you and your bike rolling safely. Visit the MSU Bikes website for more information. The Center is staffed by university employees and is open year-round, on weekdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feel free to bring your bike inside when visiting for service. Click here for visitor car parking information and here for a map showing where we’re located.

Parking your bike outside while at work can be worrisome, especially if you ride a nicer bike. Thankfully, in addition to well over 8,000 outdoor bike parking racks outside every building on campus, there are secure bike parking garages in two locations: north and south in the car parking ramps on Trowbridge Road (Ramp 5) and on Grand River Avenue (Ramp 6). These parking facilities are membership-based and managed through the Center.

Concerned about showing up to work all sweaty? Free, dedicated full-size lockers and showers are available to bike commuters at the IM Circle. These lockers normally cost over $100/year to rent, but they’re free for your use by simply completing a short survey and providing your basic information.

Ever been out on campus riding and needed a common tool or an air pump to tweak your bike? We now have five new DIY bike stations around campus, one in each residential neighborhood.

Not sure which route to take to/from home in the Tri-County area? These maps show recommended routes and those to avoid, as well as all of the off-road pathways scattered around the area to help you find a safer way to, from and around campus. The Center stocks printed copies of these map booklets if you’d like a hard copy.

To learn where all of the on-campus bike facilities (bike lanes, secure bike parking, DIY repair stations, etc.) can be found, check out our current bike map of campus. More resources to help make your bicycling experience more enjoyable on and around the MSU campus can be found on the Commuter Resources section of our blog.

Events Round-Up August 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

Monday, August 1 – Saturday, August 6

Ingham County Fair

Friday, August 5 – Saturday, August 6

Lansing JazzFest, Old Town

City of East Lansing Summer Concert Series, 7–11 p.m., Ann Street Plaza

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