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September Faculty & Academic Staff Issue

1. MSU Benefits Open Enrollment for 2018

2. 2017 Campus Flu Clinics

3. Retirement Plan Core Investment Update

4. Learn at Lunch Session: International Students in the Classroom

5. Managing Change: WorkLife Office Conference

6. All-University Awards Nomination Reminder

7. Veterans Welcome Picnic

8. Policy Highlight: Extending the Tenure Clock

9. HR Phone Number Changes

10. Our Commitment

11. Events at a Glance

12. What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog


MSU Benefits Open Enrollment for 2018

2018 MSU Benefits Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2018 health, dental, life, Flexible Spending Account and optional benefits will take place through the month of October.

The Benefits Fair with benefits vendors, MSU units and HR staff members will be held October 17-19 at the Breslin Center. The Open Enrollment Guide will be emailed to you by Tuesday, September 26. Please make sure to review this year's guide as there are several important changes to note. Keep up-to-date by visiting the Open Enrollment website.

2017 Campus Flu Clinics

Flu Syringe
The HealthTeam Pharmacies will again be offering flu vaccines at the MSU Benefits Fair October 17-19. Employees, retirees and their adult benefits-eligible dependents are eligible to receive a vaccine. There will be no cost to those with MSU health plans as the HealthTeam will bill insurance for the medication. Learn more about flu vaccines at the Benefits Fair.

The Office of the University Physician will also be offering flu clinics at various campus locations in October and November. Flu vaccines administered at the flu clinics will again be subsidized by Human Resources for MSU faculty, staff and retirees. They will be offered this year at no cost. The vaccine cost for non-MSU employees and students will be $30. Click here to view the flu clinic schedule.

Retirement Plan Core Investment Menu Update


To ensure MSU continues to help employees meet their financial goals and investment objectives, MSU HR reviews the investment options available through the 403(b) Retirement Plan and the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan accounts frequently. As a result, we have the following updates to the core investment menu options that will be effective in October 2017. Read more about the updates.

Learn at Lunch Session: International Students in the Classroom

 Inclusion Button

Thursday, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Main Library

Many international students come from countries with very different academic cultures than the United States, and they bring with them different histories, worldviews and perspectives. Beyond international students, the MSU community contains individuals of many national identities, including students who grew up in other countries and migrant students.

This session will provide an overview of international student issues at MSU, as well as discuss methods to encourage engagement and inclusion in the classroom, resources to support inclusive teaching, and best practices for working with non-U.S. national identities in the classroom. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

View details about the session and series.

All-University Awards Nomination Reminder

All-University Awards

As a reminder, the nomination deadline for the All-University Awards is October 5. Awards include:

  • William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Teacher-Scholar Award
  • Community Engagement Scholarship Award
  • President's Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Distinguished Academic Staff Award
  • Excellence-in-Teaching Citations
  • MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Nomination forms and instructions are located on the Academic Human Resources website. Be sure to confirm college deadlines, as most nominations are screened and submitted by the college.


Managing Change: WorkLife Office Conference

WorkLife Conference Flyer

They say the only constant in life is change. The world of work is no different. While some change comes with celebration and positive outcomes, other changes can feel frustrating and difficult. As a faculty or academic staff member at MSU, you’re probably no stranger to the ways in which changes, large and small, can have an impact on your life (at work and at home). By examining the “Changing World of Work” at this year’s WorkLife Office Conference on October 11, 2017, participants will leave feeling empowered and with an understanding of the shifting nature of work. Learn more and register by September 27.


Veterans Welcome Picnic

Sparty Salute

All MSU faculty, staff and students who are serving or have served in the United States active or reserve components of the military are invited to the 2nd Annual Veterans Welcome Picnic.

The picnic is being hosted by the MSU Student Veterans Resource Center and the MSU Student Veterans Outreach Team. The picnic will be on Thursday, September 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard west of the Student Services Building. Guests are welcome to bring their family members.

Visit the MSU HR website for more veteran resources.

Policy Highlight: Extending the Tenure Clock

This policy provides a mechanism for probationary faculty in the tenure system to extend their appointment end date. Some requested extensions are automatic, while others require review by the University Committee on Faculty Tenure. Probationary appointment for the next reappointment/promotion/tenure review is extended automatically for:

  • Leaves of absence with or without pay that are one semester to 12 months
  • Changes in appointment to 50% time or less for one year
  • Immigration/visa status that does not permit the award of tenure for candidates who have been recommended for tenure
  • An extension recommended as an outcome of a hearing and/or appeal conducted pursuant to the Faculty Grievance Policy

An extended probationary appointment also may be requested due to the birth or adoption of a child. Learn more about this policy.


HR Phone Number Changes

When the Solutions Center opened in 2014, MSU Human Resources began forwarding most of our other main lines to the Solutions Center number in order to help callers get connected to the correct area while getting used to one phone number. As of October 1, 2017, we will be disconnecting several phone numbers and asking callers to contact the main line at 517-353-4434. See which numbers are being disconnected.


Bystander Intervention: Anyone Can Intervene and Make a Difference

MSU Bystander Intervention Photo

A woman sitting near you on a city bus is being harassed by a fellow passenger. She looks uncomfortable and seems frozen. Should you do something? If so, what?

Helping students know how to respond in such situations is the goal of a new bystander intervention program at MSU. A grant awarded through the state of Michigan’s “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” initiative made the program possible. Learn more here.

Events At A Glance


What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

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