Job of the Week 11/25/16

This week we are highlighting an Engineer Architect II (posting #4484) with the Infrastructure Engineering and Architectural SVCS. This position will provide project leadership and oversite planning, design, construction and renovation of campus building systems. Duties associated with this position include but are not limited to managing design consultants and constructors. The selected candidate will serve as project manager or team member on collaborative design teams on campus and as owner’s representative in leading the team to resolve complex planning, design and construction issues. Other duties will involve working at construction sites. This position will engage in High Performance, leading edge practices, which are Innovative in their approach to increased Stewardship and Service Excellence.

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Health Matters: Cancer

There are nearly as many treatments for cancer as there are types of cancer, making it one of the most complex and life-changing diagnoses possible. In addition, cancer has become so common that doctors are often quick to diagnose it and treat the disease as if it is invasive or fast-moving—which is not always the case.


While cancers are alike in some ways, they can differ significantly in many others—including how they grow and spread. Cancer can begin in the lungs, the breasts, the colon or even in the bloodstream. It can stagnate in certain areas of the body or spread through the body, and the spreading can happen slowly or very rapidly.

Cancer can be difficult to diagnose, and misdiagnosis is increasingly common. With treatments that include surgery and radiation therapy, the need for certainty in your diagnosis is imperative before you and your doctor can even determine an appropriate treatment method. Once you have been diagnosed, it is also vital to confirm that you are receiving the appropriate treatment.

This is where your Best Doctors benefit can be so important and useful. After an in-depth review of your medical case by the Best Doctors experts, you will receive a straightforward, easy-to-understand report that either confirms your diagnosis and treatment or recommends a change.

To read the full Best Doctors article on cancer, click here.

Job of the Week 11/18/16

This week we are highlighting an Institutional Equity Coordinator II (posting #4422) with the Office of Institutional Equity. This position is responsible for numerous aspects of university compliance with civil rights laws and policies. Responsibilities include: provide assistance to the Office of Institutional Equity to ensure university compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, including university-wide anti-discrimination policy (ADP) and procedures; investigate and provide effective resolution of formal and informal discrimination or harassment complaints, primarily in cases in which the complainant and respondent is a student; assist in the coordination of the university response to Title VI and Title IX complaints; support the development and implementation of training programs that enhance equitable treatment and strengthen a supportive university environment; assist in coordinating the ongoing development and implementation of university-wide affirmative action and diversity programs in the office; act as an impartial fact finder in the investigation process; handle claims with sensitivity and neutrality, ensuring office and university process is followed throughout; provide input regarding policies and procedures at the university related to institutional equity.

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Get to Know ALEX

Do you still have questions about your benefits? ALEX is available to help!

To learn more about ALEX, click here.

ALEX is a virtual benefits counselor that is
provided by MSU HR to walk you through everything you need to know about your benefit options. Even though open enrollment has ended for the 2017 plan year, ALEX can still be used in order to learn more about your benefits.

When you first navigate to ALEX, it will ask you some basic questions in order to figure out which benefit plans apply to your situation. You then have the opportunity to go through and take a closer look at all of the plan options. ALEX will give you the choice to learn more about each plan or to move on to the next section. There is also a menu bar on the side if you want to skip around and learn about certain plans.

It is important to note that ALEX is strictly an educational tool; you are not able to enroll for any benefits through this tool. Enrollment must still be completed through the EBS portal. To navigate to ALEX, visit the HR website and select the link under the section that applies to you (faculty and academic staff, support staff, variable hour employees or graduate assistants). Be sure to take advantage of this helpful interactive tool!

2016 Outstanding Supervisor Award Recipients

MSU Human Resources would like to congratulate the 2016 Outstanding Supervisor Award recipients!

The University-wide award was established to draw attention to MSU supervisors who are highly regarded by their employees for their consistent support of the work/life (professional/personal) needs of their employees.  Previously established by the former Family Resource Center in the spring of 2001, this award is now managed through the WorkLife Office. Various academic and support staff units submitted excellent nominations this year. The nominees and nominators represent a wide variety of departments and position levels.

In celebration of “National Bosses Day and Work & Family Month” the recipients were honored at surprise celebrations with their staff and family held on various dates surrounding National Boss’s Day on October 16.

This year’s five winners include:

Karen Crosby – Chief Financial Officer, Deans Office, College of Human Medicinekaren-crosby-team

“Karen has fostered a culture of support and respect. The office is a very positive place to work, and I feel our team is professional, personable and high performing.”




Amy Driver – Data Entry Supervisor, Enterprise Information Stewardshipamy-driver-team

“[Amy] assumes and believes in the excellence of our staff which empowers us all, and has created a work environment that makes me want to come to work every day.”




Sherman Garnett – Dean, James Madison Collegesherman-garnett

“Whether there is a need for flexible hours, for a long time away to care for loved ones, or our own health issues, Dean Garnett has created a productive and engaging environment where faculty and staff know that they are respected, listened to and cared for.”



Jessica Nakfour – Management Analyst, MSU Extension Director’s Office jessica-nakfour-team

“[Jessica] is a cheerleader who motivates me to be a better employee.”





Jeremy Wilson – Director, Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection, Jeremy Wilson  Team.JPGSchool of Criminal Justice

“Jeremy has high expectations of high quality work that are balanced with the desire to  attend to the needs at home”





MSU is proud to have leaders who support the balance between work and personal well-being. Thank you for making our university a great place to work!



Thank you Veterans!

With the craziness of our everyday lives, it’s easy to forget and appreciate the freedom and independence we get to call part of our home in the United States of America. MSU Human Resources would like to thank and express our gratitude to the faculty, staff and students who have put their lives on the line to serve and protect our country.

Support and gratitude for veterans is campus-wide. MSU Student Veterans of American and the Veteran Resource Center honored the men and woman who have served in the United States Armed Forces at the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast earlier this morning. Also, MSU Athletics gave away tickets for the MSU vs. Rutgers football game tomorrow to a few lucky veteran faculty and staff.

MSU honors Veterans Day.


In addition, if you self-identify as a veteran in EBS, MSU will be able to send you specific veteran related information. To do so, click on the Personal Information link under your ESS tab.

Your bravery and selflessness is honorable and greatly appreciated by the MSU community. Thank you for your service, veterans!


Job of the Week 11/11/16

This week we are highlighting a Television Production Technician (posting #4383) with Broadcasting Services. WKAR seeks a TV Production Technician to collaborate with the Production Management team on the planning and oversight of all aspects of the day-to-day production and presentation of WKAR programming in studio and on location. This position will support the programming and production needs of WKAR and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, communicate with all departments to provide information regarding aspects of production plans, implement production plans in coordination with the Production Management team in studio and on location, and train and supervise student crews on equipment. Essential duties and responsibilities include but aren’t limited to: supervising student crews; coordinating schedules and crew calls; assisting with maintenance and other events; performing advance work for productions including assisting the Production Management Team in detailing and scheduling of staff and student crews; building/constructing sets; coordinating with visiting clients/partners regarding the scope and implementation of their technical needs; assisting the Production Manager in establishing and maintaining departmental standards and procedures; assisting the Production Manager with all lighting, sound, and projection systems and equipment; consulting and collaborating on technical aspects of capital improvements; running needed crew positions including job operation; attending all production meetings, and other duties as assigned.

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Clerical-Technical Award 2016

Congratulations to Rebecca Ives, the recipient of this year’s Michigan State University Clerical-Technical Award!

The Clerical-Technical Award is sponsored by the Thomas and Concettina Gliozzo Endowment Fund and recognizes outstanding clerical-technical employees. Rebecca does outstanding work in her position as a Research Technologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and she truly demonstrates all of the award criteria which includes respect and concern for all members of the MSU community, diligence in daily work, significant contributions to the community and innovative thinking.

From left to right, Clerical-Technical Union President Deb Bittner, director emeritus of the MSU Study Abroad program Dr. Charles Gliozzo, award recipient Rebecca Ives and MSU Human Resources Associate Vice President Sharon E. Butler at the 2016 CT Award ceremony.

Rebecca’s contributions to the community are extraordinary. One faculty member wrote in her nomination that Rebecca “single-handedly was able to set up the first and only federally/state certified laboratory in the State of Michigan for Cryptosporidium and Giardia testing here at MSU to help protect the safety of our drinking waters.”

Rebecca shows true dedication to her job. She is willing to help in whatever capacity she is needed whether that is her primary responsibility of running the lab or other activities such as working with students, helping with department events, or assisting public health departments.

Rebecca’s attitude is one of the qualities that makes her such a valuable employee. In her nomination, another faculty member wrote, “no matter what the situation (crisis of sampling during outbreaks, storms, etc.), Ms. Ives takes a calm, steady and organized approach to directing the activities of the laboratory while maintaining a positive, friendly attitude. She is well respected by students, professors and contractors outside MSU.”

Watch this video to learn more about Rebecca and her work with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Job of the Week 11/4/16

This week we are highlighting a Communications Coordinator – Digital Production Lead (posting #4340) with the MSU Alumni Association. Reporting to the MSU Alumni Association Director for Marketing and Data Strategy, the Digital Production Lead will manage and support all the technical elements of the MSUAA’s alumni professional and personal enrichment offerings. The Lead will provide support in the form of video and audio production and archive digitizing; evaluate existing and prospective technical platforms for suitability and functionality. The Digital Production Lead will maintain technical equipment, assist in the preparation of graphics and promotions for digital content; interact with high profile alumni and the MSU team members coordinating their participation in programming. This position is fast paced and requires working nights and weekends based on program needs.

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Inspirational Woman of the Year Award Nominations

If you know or work with a woman who goes above and beyond in her everyday life and work, nominate her for the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award. The award was created in 2014 and previously administered by the MSU Woman’s Resource Center to recognize the achievements of woman-identified MSU faculty and staff. This year, as the new administrators of the award, the Center for Gender in Global Context will award individuals who demonstrate integrity, leadership, quality performance, integrative and inclusive action, and influence on campus and in the community. Three woman will be honored, one in each category: Professional Achievement, Community Engagement and Culture of Empowerment.

Staff, faculty and students may nominate women they believe deserve the award. Nomination deadline for the third-annual Inspirational Woman of the Year Award is November 15. Recipients will be recognized in spring 2017. For more information about the award or the nomination process, visit