Job of the Week 7/28/17

This week we are highlighting a Farm Manager I (posting #452506) with the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. This position will manage the daily operation and maintenance of Sheep Teaching & Research Center to facilitate the teaching, research and extension missions of the Animal Science Department and maintains active communication with the South Campus Farms Coordinator, Sheep Farm Faculty Coordinator and Animal Science Chair. Additionally, this position will manage the daily care of a highly productive sheep flock including execution of the breeding, health and nutrition programs; coordinate flock health program with the MSU farms veterinarian and farm faculty coordinator; maintain and evaluate flock health, breeding and productivity records; develop a feed budget in coordination with the faculty coordinator and south campus farms general manager and manage feed inventories; manage costs and prepare reports on farm finances; and manage staff and student employees including interviewing, hiring, evaluations, scheduling and resolving grievances and complaints.


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.

Thank You MSU Bikes!

Michigan State has an extremely large campus, so the solution many people turn to in order to get where they need to be is a bicycle. Everywhere you look, you’ll see people riding their bikes to get to work or class. If you’ve ridden a bike on campus yourself, you know it’s one of the fastest ways to get around.


As all bicyclists know, there will inevitably come a time when something needs to be fixed. Luckily, MSU Bikes is available and provides resources for all things bike related!

The mission of MSU Bikes is to “encourage bicycling and provide the accessibility, support and education necessary to make bicycling an option for the MSU Community.” And they definitely deliver! They provide bike sales, rentals and repairs to members of the MSU community while also offering classes on bike repair and safety.

MSU Bikes is located under Bessey Hall on the Red Cedar River, and they are open year round Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (except on university holidays). For more information, visit the MSU Bikes website.

Thank you MSU Bikes for all that you do!

Job of the Week 7/21/17

This week we are highlighting a Unit Human Resources Administrator I/S (posting #451647) with Culinary Services. This position joins a team of human resource professionals dedicated to enhancing the experience of our student team members and delivering outstanding Spartan experiences. Duties include: providing leadership and direction to a team of five Unit HR Coordinators in Residential Dining and Retail Dining within Culinary Services; serving as a resource to and resolving complex problems with all levels of the management team, including leading investigative processes; planning and implementing student employment initiatives and projects; and analyzing data and preparing summary reports for the leadership team.

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.

Five Best Campus Locations for a Summer Picnic

In a state like Michigan, it’s important to enjoy the beautiful summer weather while it’s here because it has been known to change drastically from one day to the next. Picnics give you the opportunity to combine two of the best things: sunshine and food.

MSU’s campus is very large, so you know there are some excellent picnic spots just waiting to be found. We’ve collected five of the best picnic locations for you so that you can lay in the grass, eat great food and spend some time outdoors.

  1. Adams Field: If you want a traditional picnic experience, Adams Field is the place to go. There are plenty of trees for shade, and you can lay out on the grass and admire the architecture of the West Circle dorms.Adams_Field_small
  2. Old Horticulture Garden: Located behind the Student Services Building and next to Benefactors Plaza, the Old Horticulture Garden has always been a favorite of students looking for a quiet place to study outdoors. The ambient noise from the fountain, beautiful flowers and benches make this an excellent location for a summer picnic.Old_Horticulture_Garden_small
  3. Beal Botanical Garden: This garden gives you the best of both worlds. There is plenty of space to lay out on the grass, but if that isn’t your thing, there are also benches placed throughout the garden where you can sit to enjoy your meal. When you are done with your picnic, you can stop into the MSU library which is located right next to the Botanical Gardens.Beal-Gardens-Wheelbarrow_small
  4. Next to the River: We couldn’t pick just one spot next to the river because there are just so many good ones. Take a stroll down the river trail and stop whenever you get hungry! Wherever you end up, it’ll be a great place for a picnic.Red_Cedar_Tents_Sunset_small
  5. Horticulture Gardens: The Horticulture Gardens are another great spot on campus to picnic because you have the opportunity to learn about plants while enjoying the fresh air! After your picnic, you can stroll through the many gardens to look at the displays and get ideas for your own outdoor space.childrens_4H_small

Health Matters: Melanoma Prevention

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, most often caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunshine or tanning beds that lead to the formation of malignant tumors. Thankfully, melanoma is highly curable when discovered early. That being said, it is also much more likely than other forms of skin cancer to spread if left untreated.


Risk Factors

While melanoma only accounts for about one percent of all skin cancers, it accounts for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Risk factors include a weakened immune system, fair skin or having a large number of moles, as well as family history.

But the most common cause of melanoma is exposure to UV light. A history of sunburns, particularly during childhood, or excessive exposure to sunlight, may increase an individual’s likelihood of developing melanoma.

Prevention Tips

  • Always seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Do not allow your skin to burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Examine your skin from head-to-toe for moles every month.

With your Best Doctors benefits, a meticulous review of your medical case gives you an easy-to-understand report that either confirms your diagnosis and treatment or recommends a change. If you have concerns about melanoma or the effect of UV rays, Best Doctors is your one-stop shop for eliminating uncertainty and getting additional guidance on your health and wellness.

Job of the Week 7/14/17

This week we are highlighting an Instrument Maker III (posting #450442) with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The Instrument Maker will evaluate malfunctions in complex plumbing equipment, develop solutions and take corrective action; develop and fabricate innovative methods, components and equipment to meet specialized needs; and provide technical support to skilled trades employees among other duties. The individual in this position will be responsible for leading and training support staff, as well as preparing detailed reports and recommendations for supervisory and management use.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.

Want to Become SPARTANfit?

Do you want to get in shape this summer? Fitness assessments are available through SPARTANfit for MSU faculty and staff members!

Reach your health goals with half-price fitness assessments through SPARTANfit.

By participating, you will receive a comprehensive assessment to help determine your current fitness level. During this assessment, a series of resting exercise measurements will help establish your fitness baseline to set goals, monitor performance and assess progress throughout your fitness program.

Following the assessment, you will meet with a SPARTANfit staff member to discuss the results of your computerized age-adjusted fitness profile. Additionally, you will work together to establish a tailored, three-month goal-oriented fitness plan.

SPARTANfit assessments cost $40 for faculty and staff members. If you would like more information, visit the SPARTANfit website.

Sign up today so that you can take advantage of this opportunity and reach your fitness goals!

PDS Highlight “Everything DiSC: Behavior Styles at Work”

Have you ever wondered why some people just don’t get you? Or ever thought, “I thought I did exactly what was expected…how could there have been such a big misunderstanding?” You’re not alone! Most of us have felt that way at one time or another.


It’s important to realize that no work behavioral style is necessarily better than another. The key is understanding yourself and learning how to flex your style when working with others who are different. The good news is that there’s a simple tool designed to help you understand yourself and others.

The upcoming Professional Development class, “Everything DiSC: Behavior Styles at Work” will help you build more effective working relationships based on an understanding of different behavior styles. The class will give you a detailed report that will be a roadmap to greater understanding.

“Everything DiSC: Behavior Styles at Work” is Wednesday, August 9, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in 10 Nisbet. The cost is $75.

Job of the Week 7/7/17

This week we are highlighting an International Student/Scholar Advisor I (posting #449036) with the Office of International Students and Scholars (International Studies and Programs). The International Student Advisor will advise J-1 international students/scholars and F-1 students on immigration, personal, academic and cross-cultural matters. The advisor serves as a part of the core team administering MSU’s Exchange Visitor Program; this includes: serving as an Alternate Responsible Officer for the J visa program and assisting with SEVIS compliance; reviewing J-1 visa applications for new or continuing Exchange Visitors; working as an overall part of a team to support international students and scholars. The advisor will interact frequently with, conduct outreach for and train MSU academic units seeking to host J-1 Exchange Visitors. Please note that U.S. Government Regulations require Alternate Responsible Officers and Designated School Officials to hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.

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.

Events Round-Up July 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

Thursday, July 6

MACC Courthouse Concert – Thursday Night Live!, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Ingham County Courthouse

Thursday July 6 – Sunday, July 9

Common Ground Music Festival, various times, Adado Park Riverfront

Friday, July 7

This is Not a Tour: The Transported Man, 6 p.m., Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Saturday, July 8

Flower Arranging Workshop, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Hunter Park GardenHouse

Monday, July 10 – Sunday, July 16

Eaton County Fair, various times, Eaton County Fairgrounds

Tuesday, July 11

15th Annual Summer Music Series – Showdown, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Eastwood Towne Center

Wednesday, July 12

Pop Up Demo: Helene Murray, noon – 1 p.m., Lansing Art Gallery

Thursday, July 13

Beal Garden Tours: Dermatologically Important Plants, 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m., W.J. Beal Botanical Garden

Concerts in the Courtyard: Scott Cook, 7:30 p.m., Old Town General Store

Friday, July 14

Arts Night Out, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Old Town Lansing

Friday, July 14 – Saturday, July 15

Old Town Scrapfest, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Old Town Lansing

Thursday, July 20

Old Town After Hours, 7 p.m., Old Town Lansing

Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23

Coraline, various times, Riverwalk Theatre/Community Circle Players

Saturday, July 22

Acoustic Lunch: Danika & The Jeb, 12:30 p.m., Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Annual Turtle Toast Gala, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Harris Nature Center

Taste of Downtown, 3:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Downtown Lansing

Yoga at the Breslin, 12:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m., Breslin Center

Sunday, July 23

Run For Fame, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., Lansing Center

Thursday, July 27

Farmers Markets at the Capitol, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., State Capitol Building

Saturday, July 29

Car Capital Auto & Bike Show, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Streets of Downtown Lansing in front of the Capitol Building

Historical Society of Greater Lansing Walking Tours – Capitol Car City, 10 a.m., Capitol Building

Monday, July 31 – Saturday, August 5
Ingham County Fair, various times, Ingham County Fair Grounds

Development, Training and Wellness

Monday, July 10

Query Studio, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., B110F Wells Hall

Wednesday, July 12

Boost Your Career, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13

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

Thursday, July 13

Travel Policies and Reimbursement Processing, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building

Tuesday, July 18

Leading Change, 8:30 a.m. – noon, Suite 10 Nisbet Building

EBS Financial System – Roles/Onboarding, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Office

Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20

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

Wednesday, July 26

Faculty Raise Process, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Suite 10 Nisbet Building