Thank You MSU Libraries!

The MSU Libraries have something for everyone – staff, faculty and students! There are tons of resources that you may not know about, and they’re constantly adding new additions.

MSU Main Library

Traveling out of the country soon? The library offers passport photos and other passport services in Hollander MakeCentral, located on the second floor of the West Wing. This resource also includes 3D printing and an Espresso Book Machine that can create a full paperback book in 15 minutes!

Are you a history buff? The Special Collections Library is home to books made before 1800. There is also the MSU’s extensive comic book collection which is the largest in the world! There are house works from the personal library of former MSU President Theophilus Abbot. A new Reading Room and service area on the first floor were recently added where you can spend a lunch period checking out these special items.

The library also holds events, seminars and workshops on a range of different subjects including their Coffee Break Series, a Zotero Workshop and a scholar-led book discussion. There are also programs and books covering over 70 languages. Fun Fact: the 4th floor in the west wing is home to video game labs that can be reserved for research or recreational use.

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MSU Library Video Game Room

Looking for a book or other library material that MSU does not have? They can have it shipped from another library within their network and have it available for you to pick up. In addition, the library website has an entire list of faculty services including things like D2L Help, Distance Learning Services, and articles on how to place materials on reserve. Thank you MSU Libraries for all of your help and efforts to make countless resources available to everyone!

Job of the Week 2/23/18

This week’s job of the week is a Life Span & Family Services Coordinator (#49127) in the Worklife Office.

This position is seeking an individual who will provide opportunities for faculty and staff to more successfully meet their work/education and family responsibilities, and will make the recruitment and retention for faculty and staff more competitive. The Life Span & Family Services Coordinator will provide administrative and program coordination for child and family care assistance programs. Responsibilities for this role include conceptualization, development, implementations and administrations of the university-wide work/life programs and activities.

The ideal candidate would possess knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree in Human Resources, Public Administrations, or Business; 1-3 years related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in program planning, coordination, and evaluations or in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more details on the responsibilities of this position, and to view all our current postings, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Source Newsletters – February 2018

In case you missed it, here are the February 2018 Source newsletters.

There is a Source Newsletter for Support Staff and a Source Newsletter for Faculty, Academic Staff and Executive Management.

You can find older editions of the newsletter on the HR website.

Here are the headlines at a glance for this month’s Source:

Support Staff:SS-Source-Feb

  • MSU Support Resources
  • Have You Heard of
  • Seminar: Motivating the Leader from Within
  • Join the Women’s Advisory Committee for Support Staff
  • Heart Health Can be Easy
  • Electronic City Income Tax Withholding Now Available
  • Training Available for Administering Graduate, Undergraduate and Professorial Appointments
  • Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Faculty/Academic Staff:


  • MSU Support Resources
  • Toward a More Inclusive Classroom: A Few Tips from the Academic Advancement Network
  • Have You Heard of
  • Registration for the Teaching & Learning Spring Conference will Open February 26
  • Heart Health Can be Easy
  • Electronic City Income Tax Withholding Now Available
  • Events at a Glance

Interested in Learning about Emotional Intelligence?

The essence of emotional intelligence (also known as EQ or EI) is our ability to identify and manage our own emotions and to identify emotions in others and manage interpersonal relationships. In today’s high-stress, multi-tasking workplace, having a high EQ can lead to better stress management, stronger relationships and increased job satisfaction.

Organization and Professional Development  is offering two new courses about emotional intelligence, one for all employee types and one with a leadership focus:

Honing Your Emotional Intelligence

Isn’t it interesting how some people have the seemingly natural talent for handling themselves and/or others with ease? Most likely, these individuals have mastered the principles found within EQ. Specifically, this course will focus on:

  • Why EQ is an essential competency in today’s work world.
  • How to fully engage the four fundamental areas of EQ: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
  • How to increase your EQ.
  • Why EQ has a direct impact on job satisfaction and performance excellence.

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

A strong leader ignites motivation and unleashes productivity creating an environment in which individuals want to follow. Specifically, the course will focus on:

  • A case for EQ as a necessary leadership competency.
  • The link between EQ, retention, motivation and productivity.
  • The four competencies of EQ (self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skill).
  • Building skill as it relates to the four competencies of EQ.
  • How to design an emotional intelligent culture.

Ready to sign up?

Register for courses by logging into the EBS Portal and selecting My Career and Training, then Courses for Employees at MSU. Click Browse Current Courses, then Organization and Professional Development. You’ll find both of the above courses in the All Current Courses folder.

No time for class? Visit elevateU.

The online learning platform elevateU has tons of resources related to emotional intelligence that you can work through at your own pace. Access elevateU here and select the ‘Develop Your Professional Skill Set’ icon on the homepage to dive right into resources about EQ.

Job of the Week – 2/16/18

This week’s job of the week is a Campus Sustainability Director (#490894) in the department of the Executive Vice President of Administrative Services.

This position will be responsible for the engagement of the campus community in sustainability efforts by engaging with student groups with an interest in sustainability and developing strategies through which individuals can contribute to sustainability goals and connecting campus activities with best practices. The Campus Sustainability Director will also be responsible for updating the Energy Transition Plan including periodic review and further development, promote and grow recycling efforts across campus, and effectively communicating through the Sustainability website and reporting progress on all sustainability goals.

The ideal candidate would possess knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired by completing one to two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a master’s degree in sustainability, leadership, business, communications, management, law, environmental science, engineering or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in environmental leadership or sustainability, business, project management, and/or statistical analysis; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more details on the responsibilities of this position, and to view all our current postings, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Finding Care Made Easy

Part of your MSU benefits includes access to – a top-notch service provided free of charge to MSU faculty and staff to help you find quality child care, adult/elder care, pet care and more. You can post a job or find service providers in your area. Whether you have planned or unexpected care needs, will help you find the right provider for your family.

All care providers have undergone criminal background checks and can provide in-depth profiles and member references. Search with confidence for qualified care providers according to your requirements: ZIP code, experience, hourly rate, availability and more.

Need a care provider last minute?

If you need a care provider last minute, try downloading the Care@Work app. Find, manage and pay for a quality caregiver on-the-go with the Care@Work app. Download from the App Store or Google Play.

Need advice for choosing a care provider?

Are you ready to interview a care provider but not quite sure where to start? Community is an advice-sharing network that gives members a space to ask questions and share experiences. They have How-To Guides, like How to Interview a Nanny: Your Questions Checklist, along with articles and resources for both caregivers and members.

Ready to use

To access this service, enter the EBS portal, then log in with your MSU Net ID to be identified as an MSU affiliate. Visit to start searching for quality care. The search service is free and wages for care providers are negotiated between the provider and user. Please direct questions about to the MSU WorkLife Office.

I used to find my provider and it was a great service for screening and communicating with caregivers. Thanks for the awesome resource. I would recommend it to anyone, and actually have, several times. - from an Employee at Michigan State University.

Heart Health Can be Easy!

Look good, feel good! Help your heart look good and feel good this month – February is American Heart Health Month. Heart disease and strokes are both in the top five for leading causes of death in the United States.  According to the American Heart Association, there are seven steps to take action against heart disease and stroke:

  1. Manage Blood Pressure
  2. Control Cholesterol
  3. Reduce Blood Sugar
  4. Get Active
  5. Eat Better
  6. Lose Weight
  7. Stop Smoking

The American Heart Association website is packed with tools and resources to improve your life. One of their tools is a recipe database to assist you in making heart healthy meals such as Tailgate Chili, Better Breakfast Tostada with Avocado and Eggs, and Baked Oat-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Sweet Mustard Sauce! The MSU Health4U website also has articles, recipes and resources to help you in the kitchen.

Another resource on the American Heart Association website is an activity tab packed with activity guides, fitness basics, motivation and a kids channel to get the entire family involved. The fitness basics hold recommendations for physical activity and seasonal fitness articles.  Looking to get active on campus? MSU Health4U also has the MSU Moves program to help you get active through group 5K training, classes and coaching!

Utilize these stellar resources on and off campus to get your body moving, blood pumping and heart happy this month!

Job of the Week 2-9-2018

This week’s job of the week is a Production Manager (#490158) with Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS).

This position is responsible for managing workflow and production processes for a highly productive, in-house creative department of designers and editors. This includes building and maintaining relationships with RHS creative customers, fielding job requests and allocating creative resources. The Production Manager will report to the Creative Services Manager but will work across the creative team and with departmental brand managers to ensure on-schedule delivery of high-quality work.

The ideal candidate would possess a four-year college degree in Graphic Arts, Marketing, Business, English, Journalism or Public Relations; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible work experience in publications production, advertising, public and media relations, writing or editing; familiarity with computer applications relating to word processing, photo-typesetting, design and page layout; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more details on the responsibilities of this position, and to view all our current postings, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.

Events Round-Up February

Support Events for MSU Staff and Faculty

On Thursday, February 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Reflect and Connect will be offering a session for MSU faculty and staff to connect and find support as a community. The session will give people a chance to share their experiences, express their feelings, and talk about how recent events are affecting them personally and professionally. Resources and self-care strategies to help people take care of themselves and maintain work effectiveness over time will be shared. Find out more about Reflect & Connect – Building Community: A Moment of Pause.

Professional Development

February 15

Accounting in EBS

February 20

Crucial Accountability *

February 22

Communicating and Influencing Up

Fundamentals of Supervision

February 27

Advanced Travel Policies and Reimbursement

February 28

EBS Financial System Roles/Onboarding

*Additional days required to complete course

Community Events

February 13

Lansing Brew Run

February 17

Klimb for Kids

February 18

Yoga & Coffee, duh!

February 23

Mother + Son Date Night

February 24th

Brrs, Beards & Brews: A Lumberjack Festival 

Family Moonlight Sledding





The 2018 Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series: Slavery to Freedom

In honor of Black History Month, you are invited to attend The 2018 Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series: Slavery to Freedom. This lecture series is an award-winning series that highlights living icons of the American Civil Rights Movement. This year’s speakers include:

Michael Eric Dyson on Thursday, February 1 at 5 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

If you missed Dr. Dyson’s speech, mark your calendars for Jemele Hill and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II coming later in the month!

Jemele Hill will speak on Friday, February 9 at 12 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II will speak on Thursday, February 22 and 5 p.m. at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts.

To learn more about each speaker, click here.

This lecture series was named after William G. Anderson, D.O., the first African American to have been elected national president of the American Osteopathic Association. The series is named in his honor after his singular achievements as an activist, a physician and cornerstone of this program.