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In This September Support Staff Issue

1. MSU Benefits Open Enrollment for 2018

2. 2017 Campus Flu Clinics

3. Retirement Plan Core Investment Menu Update

4. Upcoming Staff Awards

5. Managing Change: WorkLife Office Conference

6. Veterans Welcome Picnic

7. Changes to Professional Services Contracts

8. Bystander Intervention: Anyone Can Intervene and  Make a Difference

9. HR Phone Number Changes

10. What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

11. Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


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.

Upcoming Staff Awards

Two awards for support staff have upcoming nomination deadlines. The first is the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Awards. This $2,500 award is presented annually to six university support staff members. Criteria for selection of recipients include overall excellence in job performance, supportive attitude, contributions to the unit or university that lead to improved efficiency or effectiveness, and valuable service to MSU. Nominations are due by October 25, 2017. Contact HR at 517-353-4434 with questions.

The second is the Ruth Jameyson “Above and Beyond” Award. This annual award recognizes one support staff member who is pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree while also performing “Above and Beyond” in the scope of their duties at MSU. The $2,500 award is given in honor of the late Ms. Jameyson. Nominations are due by January 26, 2018. Contact Ray Gasser at 517-884-4996 with questions.


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 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.

Changes to the Professional Services Contract


To clarify and improve the payment process to independent contractors, Purchasing, in collaboration with the MSU Office of the Controller, made updates to the Manual of Business Procedures (MBP) Section 76, with changes effective September 5.

Read the summary of these changes.

Bystander Intervention: Anyone Can Intervene and Make a Difference

Our Commitment

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.

HR Phone Number Updates

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.


What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

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