Spring 2013 Issue

Professional Development & Training for Classified Staff

Betsy Webb has been hired as MSU’s new Professional Development & Training Manager. Her job is to figure out what, when, where, & how opportunities for development and training can be provided to professional and classified staff and will overlap a bit with faculty (outside the classroom) on all four campuses. Her main focus since starting this position in February has been visiting stakeholder groups across campus to identify what issues departments are experiencing to better define areas of development and training that are needed. So far three main themes have surfaced; 1) the need for supervisor training; 2) looking at the current culture of customer service on campus and providing training in this arena and 3) providing increased opportunities for leadership development. Betsy also hopes to have a website and database established that would house information of the various professional development and training opportunities available to employees and become a one-stop, central location to make it easier to obtain information about those opportunities. If you have any questions for Betsy she can be reached at 994-4275 or via email at


How to become a Senator

Have you ever wondered what Staff Senate is and what it does?  Staff Senate represents classified staff in MSU’s shared governance model. Elected senators and committee reps examine the ins and outs of MSU and provide input to help shape University policies and procedures.  Staff Senate meets monthly to discuss what is happening on campus through those Senators that serve on approximately 20 committees on campus, share information from MSU Administration, ASMSU and the Board of Regents, and to discuss ways to promote and improve staff working conditions and professional welfare.  As information sharing is a two-way street Staff Senate also takes information back to the Administration and Regents supporting the shared governance model.

There are two ways to become a Senator.  First, every spring Staff Senate holds elections to replace Senators who retire, reached the end of their term, or whose job demands have changed.  Elections occur each spring in late April to early May, so please keep an eye out for voting notices.  Second, staff can volunteer to be a representative on a University committee.  Openings on committees are advertised to the classified employee community in an effort to nominate candidates well suited to the committee vacancy in hand.

We encourage you to consider becoming a member of Staff Senate.  It’s a great way to become engaged in the University and be involved with shared governance.   Please visit for additional information, or feel free to attend a monthly meeting to see what we are all about.


Did You Know? The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

Personnel Policy 1070.10 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is intended to allow permanent, eligible employees to balance their work and family life by taking reasonable leave for qualifying medical reasons.  FMLA is a valuable benefit to you as an employee as:  it allows you up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave in a 12 month period away from your job for certain family and medical reasons; your employer must maintain their regular contribution towards your health insurance premiums while you are on approved FMLA leave; and upon your return from approved FMLA leave, you generally must be restored to your original or equivalent position with equivalent pay, benefits, etc.

Qualifying reasons for which FMLA leave may be requested are:  the birth of your child and to care for your newborn child; the placement of a child for adoption or foster care in your home and to care for the newly placed child; to care for your spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition; or for your employee’s own serious health condition that makes you unable to perform the essential functions of your position.

As employees are required to use any accrued sick and/or annual leave at the beginning of your FMLA leave period, depending on the reason for leave, you will want to contact the MSU HR Office at
994-3651 to make an appointment to discuss your own FMLA options. The remainder of any FMLA leave after your options have been exhausted will be unpaid.


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