Fall 2012 Issue

Senate Leadership Change

Staff Senate has changed leadership for the 2012-2013 term. The new chair is Bill Van Horn, Administrative Assistant, Aerospace AFROTC. The vice chair is Shana Wold, Accountant for the Dean of Agriculture. If you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to share with the Staff Senate please email Staff Senate or call either Bill or Shana.

Staff Senate Priorities

Beginning in July Senate members began discussing what the Senate's priorities are and what we should do to improve communications, provide opportunities for professional development, and support recruitment and retention efforts.

Training opportunities

Renne Library provides a wide range of instructional services to help employees and students. The Library offers a variety of free workshops throughout the year. To learn more link to the Libraries workshop classes.

NEW - free online training via sponsored by Renne Library.

  1. Step one is to create a profile at from a computer on campus or from an Extension office.
  2. Then scroll down to and click on the link to create a profile before you can access the site.

Once you have set up your profile and created a login and password you can access Lynda. com from any computer on campus or off, any time of day or night, download exercise files and transcripts, watch over 1,400 videos on a wide variety of subjects, and receive certificates of completion at the conclusion of each video.

Did You Know? Spotlight on tuition waivers

Did you know that MSU employees who are permanently employed at 3/4 time (0.75 FTE; 30 hrs. / wk.) or more qualify to receive tuition waivers for up to 6 credits of residential tuition per semester? That can add up to an additional benefit valued at $1269.30 per semester...a sizeable benefit to employees. Employee Tuition Waivers apply to employees who have not yet received a degree and to those who have. Of note is that employees are required to pay fees which can add up towards $200.  To apply for an Employee Tuition Waiver, simply do the following:

  1. Complete the Faculty & Staff Tuition Waiver Request found at This request requires Supervisor and Director/Dean’s Signatures.
  2. Apply for admission and/or your intent to register; visit and choose the category that best describes your current situation as a registering student.

Reminder: MSU is a tobacco-free campus

On August 1st MSU became a tobacco-free campus. MSU Health Promotion supports a clean, healthy living and learning environment for all students, staff, and visitors, including children and pets. Free Quit Kits (smoke or spit) are available in the Health Promotion Office located in the 2nd floor of the Student Health Service.

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