Lunch & Learns
The APA continues to host a series of afternoon Lunch & Learns sessions to provide an enriching, informative lunch hours periodically throughout the academic year. Funded through grants awarded by our national union affiliate, the NEA, APA Lunch & Learns are typically held every six weeks and offer a 30-40 minute presentation on topics requested by APA members.
Historically, the APA has held sessions on MSU retirement plans, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, legislative updates, using social media in the workplace, and many others. If you have an idea or can identify a topic you believe would be beneficial for the entire membership to learn more about, please contact the APA at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and suggestions.
Below are any links mentioned or materials that were provided in hard copy during previous APA Lunch & Learns:
More Than One Commuting Option – 04/18/13
Lauren Olson, Education Coordinator in the Office of Campus Sustainability at MSU, and Tim Potter, Manager of the MSU Bikes Program, discussed options to commute to work including: carpooling, vanpooling, busing, and bicycling. Learn how you can save money and feel better during your commute.
Bike Month Events: http://msubikes.wordpress.com/
MSU’s Technology Training and You – 02/28/13
IT Services Technology Training team member, Todd Ring, highlighted the different web and database classes that you can attend on campus. The session will also identified accessibility for the MSU community.
Technology Training Website: http://tech.msu.edu/training/
Taking Charge of Your Health – 01/17/13
Dr. Steve TePastte, Medical Director for MESSA, presented on making smart medical decisions, knowing the meaning of your health numbers, and key questions to ask to make smart medical choices.
Presentation Powerpoint: Be A Partner With Your Physician
State and National Legislative Update – 11/01/12
Mark Smith, a senior policy analyst on higher education at the National Education Association provided an overview of the changes on the federal level that impact us at Michigan State University.
Additionally, Ruth Beier, MEA economist and grassroots organizer, discussed the impact of state legislative activity.
The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – 9/20/2012
Joe Firestone, Legal and Compliance Manager for MESSA, will discuss changes in federal health care law and how it positively impacts health care access and coverage.
A copy of the presentation may be found here: MESSA PPACA Presentation
Navigating Time & Other Features in ESS for APA Employees – 08/15/2012
Shelley Wells, MSU ESS Trainer, reviewed MSU’s Employee Self Service (ESS) tab and how to navigate time management, quotas, and other features in the system. The session is specifically oriented to cover issues faced by APA members. Some helpful links are listed below.
Internet Explorer – 9 (IE9) & Trusted Sites: http://ebs.msu.edu/Technical/docs/IE9CompatibilityViewTrustedSitesAdd.pdf
Overall technical information: http://ebs.msu.edu/Technical/index.htm
Disabling Tool bars: http://ebs.msu.edu/Technical/docs/DisableIEToolbars.pdf