Fresh Air Fitness Summer Series

The beautiful summer weather is meant to be enjoyed, but that can be hard to do when you work inside all day. The solution is to spend your lunch hour at one of the Fresh Air Fitness classes! There are different classes on different days throughout the month of June, so you are sure to find something that you will enjoy.

All of the classes are free of charge! Be sure to go online and register today so you can make the most of your lunch hour.

Here’s a video to give you some more information about the classes:

Health Matters: Insomnia, Sleep Apnea and the Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

In today’s fast-paced world, one of the most under-rated health practices is getting adequate, proper rest. And “burning the midnight oil” – whether you’re working late, raising a family or cramming for exams – is not the only thing that prevents you from getting the deep, restful sleep your body and mind need.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your judgement, reaction time and other functions are impaired.

About half of all people over 65 have frequent sleeping problems, such as insomnia or sleep apnea, and deep sleep stages in many elderly people sometimes become minimal or even non-existent. Young adults with active work and social lives are also at high risk for sleep deprivation. While insomnia can come from many sources, including stress, environment and medical conditions, setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep is a critical part of a generally healthy lifestyle.

Sleep apnea is a common condition, causing your breathing patterns to abruptly awaken you frequently during the night, which diminishes the depth and quality of your sleep. A leading cause of daytime sleepiness, apnea often goes undiagnosed, because it is difficult for your doctor to detect the condition during routine office visits.

How much sleep each of us needs depends on several factors, including age. For adults of all ages, 7 to 8 hours a night is widely considered the best amount of sleep, and it increases if you have already been deprived of sleep in previous nights. When you haven’t slept enough (even if you are accustomed to a sleep-depriving schedule), your judgment, reaction time and other functions are still impaired.

In fact, driving experts say that sleep deprivation is a leading cause of traffic accidents, while most fitness trainers typically include sleep as one of the central components of a comprehensive physical training program.

Besides boosting alertness, sleep – particularly rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – helps your brain store new information into long-term memory by replenishing the components of your brain that control memory, alertness and problem solving. Generally speaking, REM is the most restorative component of your sleeping time.

As part of your Best Doctors benefits, an in-depth review of your medical case gives you an easy-to-understand report that either confirms your diagnosis and treatment or recommends a change. Regardless of how well-rested you may feel, Best Doctors is your one-stop shop for eliminating uncertainty and getting additional guidance on your health and wellness.

Job of the Week 5/26/17

This week we are highlighting a Genetics Counselor (posting #438314) with the MSU Health Team. The comprehensive clinical genetics program is comprised of pediatric, reproductive, adult, and cancer genetic counseling. This position will provide clinical services to patients in East Lansing, in addition to several outreach locations in Michigan, with opportunities to specialize in pediatric/adult, cancer, and/or reproductive genetic counseling depending on the candidate’s interest.MSU Jobs Icon

For a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Best Places to Visit on Campus that Aren’t Under Construction

As we head into summer, you may have noticed more and more construction projects popping up around campus. If you want to know exactly where all of that work is happening so you can avoid it as you make your way around MSU, here is an interactive map.

With a campus as large as MSU, even when half of it is under construction, there are still many beautiful and fun places that you can visit. We’ve compiled a list locations you should check out if you want to enjoy campus during the season of road work.

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    Photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy

    Beal Botanical Garden: Not only is this garden beautiful, but it’s also historically significant as the oldest continuously operated garden of this type in the U.S.!

  2. MSU Observatory: Come study the galaxy at the MSU observatory, located at the edge of campus and far away from any construction!
  3. The River Trail: On the banks of the Red Cedar is a walking and bike path runs through the center of campus. This is the perfect place to walk if you want to get out of the sun and enjoy the soothing sounds of the river (you may also find some friendly MSU ducks and squirrels along the way).
  4. The MSU Dairy Store: The Dairy Store at MSU sells arguably the best ice cream ever.
  5. Beaumont Tower: No trip to MSU would be complete without a trip to this campus landmark.
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    Behold the winding paths within Baker Woodlot.

    Baker Woodlot: This is a little-known sanctuary located on campus that allows you to take a break from civilization and explore nature.

  7. Broad Art Museum: You can stop for a picture outside the futuristic building or head inside to look at their awesome exhibits.
  8. Summer Circle Courtyard: This courtyard hosts Summer Circle Theatre, which is free for anyone who wants to attend. The theme this season is Travel Across America…and Beyond!
  9. AbramsPic-slider-croppedAbrams Planetarium: Have some family friendly fun by taking in one of the featured star shows.
  10. The Gallery at Snyder/Phillips: A contender for best dining hall on campus, The Gallery offers great food and an even better atmosphere.

Careers @ MSU Applicant Resources

MSU Jobs IconThe new Careers @ MSU job posting websites have been live for about a month now. If you haven’t already, be sure to take a look! There are two sites: one for current MSU employees seeking additional opportunities internally and another for external applicants. Prospective, external applicants will visit the external website for job postings, and current MSU employees should visit the internal site via the “Careers @ MSU” tile in the EBS Portal.

As you adjust to this new system, remember that there are many resources available to help. We’ve highlighted a few in this post to get you started!

For both internal and external applicants, there is a tip sheet which details the features of the new system. Additionally, there are tip sheets to walk you through the process of setting up a job alert. External applicants can find that information here and internal applicants can find it here.

If you are a potential MSU employee applying on the external site, more resources can be found here. For current MSU employees applying through the internal site, the video below will provide you with a tutorial.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact MSU Human Resources at 517-353-4434 or email You can also find more information on the ARO project website.

Job of the Week 5/19/17

This week we are highlighting a Campus Living Assistant Director (posting #436490) with Residential and Hospitality Services. This position serves as an ambassador for the department, division and university by promoting the residential student experience. This is accomplished in a variety of ways through tours (Admissions, MSU campus, Residence hall and new construction tours), tour development, training, presentations, international outreach, outreach within academic and non- academic  departments, student organizations, campus partners, high schools, social media and parents.

MSU Jobs IconFor a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Job of the Week 5/12/17

This week we are highlighting a Graphic Artist II (posting #436254) with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Reporting to the senior communications director, the graphic artist will work in close collaboration with college leadership and communications managers to design for a variety of projects including but not limited to websites, e-mail templates, digital and social media outlets, print needs, environmental graphics and presentations that support the college’s overall mission, goals and communications strategies. This position requires the designer to manage at least one student and the ability to lead and delegate in an appropriate and effective way. The position will also be responsible for aggregating and managing digital assets from faculty and students across the college to use in promotion. Knowledge of photo retouching and designing for the web will also be required.

MSU Jobs IconFor a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Job of the Week 5/5/17

This week we are highlighting an Assistant Controller (posting # 432697) with the Office of the Controller. Reporting to the Controller, the Assistant Controller provides leadership to and supervises the Managers of assigned units in the Office of the Controller. Duties include setting and overseeing strategic direction, including continuous process improvements, accurate and timely financial records and reporting and ensuring high performing services to the University community. The Assistant Controller provides leadership over the creation, amendment and compliance structure of timely, user-friendly and value-added university business policies and procedures. This position also represents the Office of the Controller on regular and ad hoc committees and attends meetings that require participation from the Office of the Controller, as delegated.

For a complete description of this position, and to view all of our current postings, please visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Events Round-Up May 2017

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

Tuesday, May 9

The Swift Brothers at the Wildlife Concert Series, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,  Bengel Wildlife Center

Wednesday, May 10

Bookworms at the Broad MSU, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Friday, May 12

Life is a Cycle, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Patriarche Park

Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14

Mighty Uke Day 7, various times, Old Town Lansing

Saturday, May 13

Alice’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Benefit, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., REACH Studio Art Center

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Tea Party, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Lansing City Market

Williamston Pop Up art & Craft Show, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Keller’s Plaza Upstairs

Thursday, May 18

Wine & Stein at Potter Park Zoo, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Potter Park Zoo

Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21

East Lansing Art Festival, various times, Downtown East Lansing

MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show, various times, MSU Union

Sunday, May 21

Mid-Michigan Bluegrass & Folk Jam Concert, 2;00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Woldumar Nature Center

Development, Training and Wellness

Tuesday, May 9

Everything DISC: Behavior Styles at Work, 8:30 a.m. – noon, Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11

Crucial Accountability, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Thursday, May 11

Targeted Topics: Gift Accounting, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Boosting Team Performance, 8:30 a.m. – noon, Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Wednesday, May 17

New Supervisor Essentials, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Thursday, May 18

The Spartan Experience, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Wednesday, May 24

Payments to Non-Resident Aliens & Foreign Vendors, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building