Spartan Spirit: Homecoming 2016

When the air begins to crisp, the leaves start to change and football season is in full swing, there comes an overwhelming sense of pride that falls over campus. This sensation is known as Homecoming. Students, alumni, staff, faculty, fans, friends and family are brought together by the mutual love and respect of Michigan State.

The Homecoming Game vs. Northwestern Wildcats is on Saturday, October 15, but the festivities will take place all week. Events like Hayrides and History, a “Game of the Century” viewing party and Dairy Store ice cream at The Rock will begin on Monday, October 10 and continue throughout the week. A full list of events can be found on the Alumni Association website.

The 2016 Homecoming Parade begins at 6 p.m. on Friday October 14. Starting at the Hannah Community Center, the parade will be led by Grand Marshals Tom and Lupe Izzo, and will travel down Abbot to Grand River and turn on to campus at the Collingwood entrance. Traffic on campus will be extra busy before the parade, and several roads will be closed, so you may want to leave work a little earlier than usual.

The Homecoming parade is always a Spartan Community favorite

Don’t forget the tradition of “glowing green”! Spartans anywhere in the world can show their school spirit by switching their front porch, window or any light with a green bulb for the week. Submit your “Glow Green!” photos on the MSU Alumni Association’s Facebook page, or use #GlowGreen on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win prizes.

The leaves may no longer be green, but our hearts always are.

Job of the Week 10/7/16

This week we are highlighting a Stage Manager with the Performing Arts Facilities and Programs (posting #4169). This position will advance and coordinate technical needs for events scheduled by Wharton Center as assigned by the Senior Production Manager. Additionally, this position will be the backstage point of contact during technical load-ins, performances and load-outs facilitating smooth operations and maintaining schedule of events. Facility stage managers will maintain, repair and preform needed upkeep of the facility and equipment as assigned or, report items and areas in need of service. Work schedule will be variable, including many nights, weekends and holidays. This position must be a pro-active, positive, strong leader; directing staff, and working cohesively with other departments for the unit. Professional demeanor in working with clients, performers and all facility staff is required. This position does require familiarity with computers, and detailed, precise communications with clients, and facility staff. This position may work alongside with on-call IATSE crew members, setting theatrical equipment for events as required by specific events, or schedules.

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.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

At Michigan State University, diversity and inclusion are more than just words. We are leaders and innovators in every aspect of diversity and inclusion, including our work to create a welcoming and accessible campus for all faculty, staff and students. October is National Disability Awareness Month and this year’s theme is #InclusionWorks. Inclusion is a core value of MSU and as a higher education leader in “connecting persons with disabilities into all aspects of university life,” we celebrate the contributions of our employees with disabilities for the role they play in workplace diversity.

Recruiting, employing, advancing, and retaining faculty and staff with disabilities is taken seriously by MSU. We cannot do this work without committees and programs like that of the President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (PACDI), the Council on Students with Disabilities, and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities that work diligently to make MSU a space for all. Please join fellow Spartans in celebrating disability inclusion and supporting a culture that embraces individual differences.

Events Round-Up October 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, October 7

Arts Night Out, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Downtown Lansing

Saturday, October 8, – Sunday, October 9

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

Sunday, October 9

Autumn Fest at the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Valley Court Park

Tuesday, October 11

Williamston Grub Crawl, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce

Friday, October 14

The Glo Run 5k, 5:45 p.m., Hawk Island Park

Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16

Mamma Mia!, 8 p.m., Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Saturday, October 15

Lansing Hot Cider Hustle, 8:30 a.m. – noon, Hawk Island Park

Saturday, October 22

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, 9:30 a.m., State Capitol Building

Monday, October 24

9th Annual Trick or Treat on the Square, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Downtown Lansing

Thursday, October 27

Great Pumpkin Walk, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Downtown East Lansing

Development, Training and Wellness

Tuesday, October 4

Sustainable High Performance, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 10 Nisbet

Wednesday, October 5

Relaxing Under the Stars, 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m., Abrams Planetarium

Thursday, October 6

Ten Tactics for Powerful Business Writing, 8:30 a.m. – noon, 10 Nisbet

Monday, October 17

Rest With Music, 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m., Abrams Planetarium

Tuesday, October 18

EBS Financial System – Roles/Onboarding, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 10 Nisbet

Wednesday, October 19

Managing from the Middle, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., University Club, Ballroom

Thursday, October 20

Honoring Your Work and Personal Lives: Worklife Conference, 8 a.m. – noon, University Club, Heritage Room