Course List


  • This session is designed to provide you with support and information to help you get off to a good start in your important role as a leader at MSU.

    Wednesday, March 1 OR Wednesday, May 17

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Frontline supervisors are a main determinant of overall performance, retention and morale in an organization. Several recent studies have shown that a leading cause of employee dissatisfaction and turnover is not due to compensation (as typically thought), but by the relationship between the employee and their direct supervisor.

    Tuesday, March 7 OR Thursday, April 20

    8:30 a.m. to noon

  • As a supervisor, it is important that you sufficiently prepare and work collaboratively with your employee to make the Performance Planning portion of Performance Excellence successful. In this program you can expect to learn strategies to link university and departmental priorities to the employee’s role, clarify expectations, write effective SMART goals, identify skill gaps, create a development plan and increase engagement in the process. 

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • This course offers new and experienced supervisors a refresher from Employee Relations on topics such as setting expectations, performance management, what to do when you think you need to discipline an employee and your role as a contract administrator.
    Wednesday, May 3
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • The ability to communicate well is arguably one of the most important business skills, yet so many of us haven't been trained on HOW to best communicate with leaders, co-workers and stakeholders. In today's fast moving world, your ability to communicate can make or break your career! Effective communication occurs when the receiver clearly understands the information or idea that the sender transmits.

    Tuesday, March 7 OR Thursday, April 20

    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • It can be challenging to write policies and procedures in clear terms that can be understood by all. This course will address proven strategies to make this task easier and help you get effective results.

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. Learn step by step tools for promoting open, honest dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization.

     Wednesday, May 3 AND Thursday, May 4

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • Learn the rules, regulations and strategies to help you manage your unit’s records. The focus of this session will be on print documents. 

    Wednesday, March 8

    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Query Studio is an ad hoc reporting tool that can be used to produce queries against enterprise data. Participants will be granted access to Query Studio upon completion of training. Additional ARM forms and approval to access specific data sets may be required. 

    Thursday, March 30

    1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Finance and Accounting

  • This interactive session will provide you the opportunity to learn about key accounting concepts and how to apply them to the finance system, including: accounting basics, funds, sub-funds, object codes, workflow, internal controls, reporting basics and more.Note: This session was formerly titled “MSU Accounting in EBS” and “Accounting 101”. This session will serve as a prerequisite for future MSU Accounting training programs. All Fiscal Officers are strongly encouraged to attend.

    Friday, March 10 OR Tuesday, May 2

    8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Are you new to MSU and/or to a financial role? The intent of this session is to answer the question: Where do I start? You have a vast toolbox at your disposal. This session will identify all of the tools and provide a guide to your training resources.

    Thursday, March 23, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Monday, April 10, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


    Wednesday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

  • Do you want to know how to handle requisitions and what happens when they get to Purchasing?  We’ll cover key processes to ensure your unit’s needs are met. Additional topics: bid requirements, contract review/approval process, international purchasing, subcontracting plan execution and reporting, and more.

    Thursday, March 23

    1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • This session is designed as an open forum for participants to engage with the Controller, Chief Accountant and Payroll Manager. The intent is to provide an opportunity for the campus community to “ask anything” regarding policies, procedures, transactions, what the Controller’s Office can do better and more. Each participant will be asked to submit at least one item for discussion.This program is part of the Targeted Topics in Accounting Series.

    Wednesday, April 12

    1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • This class is specifically designed for those who have been processing university business travel for more than one year, or who desire more in depth knowledge regarding foreign travel reimbursements and more complicated travel scenarios.  Topics and exercises will include: Fly America Act procedures, travel regulation policies, foreign per diem calculations, foreign currency conversations, and complicated/unusual travel reimbursement processing.Note:  This class was previously titiled "MSU Travel: Intermediate"

    Tuesday, April 25

    8:30 a.m.- noon

  • Documenting a gift to MSU is only the start of the journey for those funds.  As the fiscal officer for your unit, you are responsible for the tracking, reporting, and appropriate use of gifts to MSU.  In this session, you will learn about the flow of gifts from receipt through deposit and recording.   

    Thursday, May 11

    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Personal Development

  • Performance excellence requires you to have significant emotional resiliency as you navigate the challenges inherent in your day to day work life. Taking the time to develop strong emotional wellness-work effectiveness skills will increase your capacity for calm, creative response to a wide variety of problems. Increasing your psychological flexibility and learning to operate from a high quality state of mind will allow you to be a consistently high performing employee over time.
    Tuesday's , March 14, 21, 28 and Tuesday, April 11
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • This session will build upon the Introduction to Qualtrics session and is designed to take advantage of the more powerful features that Qualtrics has to offer. This session will be held at an MSU computer lab to provide hands-on training. By the end of this class, you will have the ability to: use Display and Skip Logic, desin question blocks and edit survey flow, understand piped text, add embedded data to your survey to reduce the number of questions or provide additional information and conduct advanced analyses of survey results.

    Wednesday, March 15

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • E-mail. Interruptions. Project transitions. Office clutter. Social and other media. Text messages. Even family and friends. These seven “distractors” sometimes make it almost impossible to get anything done. It sometimes seems like there is always SOMETHING getting in the way of what you really need to do.

    Tuesday, March 28

    8:30 a.m. - noon

  • Learn how to define and establish professional development goals and use the self-paced, online learning resource, elevateU, to achieve those goals and boost your career.

    Thursday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • This interactive session is divided into three segments. In the first part of the program, participants will work to understand and identify categories associated with the various labels we apply to ourselves and others in our everyday lives. In the second portion of the program, participants will consider the ways in which these categories apply to themselves and how this shapes their interactions with others. The final portion of the program will introduce particpants to an exercise designed to enhance self-awareness and bridge connections.

    Thursday, April 27

    8:30 a.m. - noon

  • When a skilled presenter delivers a presentation, whether in front of a room or around a conference table, it looks natural, confident and spontaneous. Yet, we have all been through enough horrible presentations to know that presenting is anything but instinctive or merely common sense. This course will teach you how to prepare a presentation that will engage your audience, communicate your message and utilize the best tools to deliver that message.

    Tuesday, May 2

    8:30 a.m. - noon

Business Analysis

  • Use this advanced Business Intelligence tool to analyze large amounts of data in summary form.  It is not meant for printed reports or for casual, infrequent use.  Comprehensive knowledge of the data being analyzed is required. Specific criteria must be met and will be verified prior to access being granted:1) Must have completed Query Studio training and be a consistent and regular user of Query Studio.2) Hold the role of fiscal officer and/or HR Unit Administrator.

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    9 a.m - 12 p.m.

  • Do you have processess that need to be revisited as a result of technology, staffing or policy changes?  In this intensive, two day workshop, you will learn how to identify and understand your organization's core processes and walk away with valuable process mapping techniques that can be applied practically to streamline and reduce time required in completing a process or transaction from beginning to end.

    Tuesday, April 25 AND Wednesday, April 26

    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Leadership Development

  • This two-day course teaches a step-by-step process for enhancing accountability, improving performance and ensuring execution. A combination of role plays and interactive scenarios allows participants to practice how to talk about violated expectations in a way that solves problems, improves relationships and improves team and organizational effectiveness.  

    Tuesday, March 21 AND Wednesday, March 22

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Have you ever been told you need to be "more strategic" as a leader?  Do you struggle to balance the daily demands of your position with the need to plan for the future?  This course will show you how to become a more strategic leader- whether you are "top dog' in your department, middle level manager or supervisor.  You will discover practical tools for aligning your own and your team's goals with the high-performance needs of the organization.  The course will include an in-class assessment of your preferred leadership style and a customized plan for becoming more effe

    Tuesday, March 21

    8:30 a.m. - noon

  • Learn what you need to do to create lasting change in your organization.  This class is based on research of the world’s best change agents to help you identify the high-leverage behaviors you should focus on, diagnose the real causes behind behavior problems, effectively motivate and enable others and create behavior change strategies that yield rapid, lasting results.

    Wednesday, April 19 AND Thursday, April 20

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Attendance is required both days.

  • Effective leadership is imperative in times of transition, regardless of the nature or source of the changes you're experiencing. this session will enable you to understand the phases of change, deal with resistance, build support for change, and communicate more effectively to reduce resistance and build change adeptness in staff members.


    Thursday, May 4

    8:30 a.m. –  noon

  • Learn to develop a shared vision of success that will help you drive team performance, build trust, set goals and provide feedback to help enhance employee engagement and working relationships.  Practical, critical tools are provided to enhance the long-term success of your team.

    Thursday, May 11

    8:30 a.m. - noon.

Project Management

  • Learn techniques to become a skilled project manager. This three day workshop is designed to arm you with the tools you need to manage projects and bodies of work that deliver results on time and on budget, regardless of project size or nature. Get the tools you need to succeed.

    Wednesday, March 22 AND Thursday, March 23

    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Human Resources

  • Interested in the world of human resources? Receive fundamental knowledge you’ll need to be a successful HR professional. Pass a take-home exam to achieve CHRS certification.

    Tuesday, May 9, Tuesday, May 16, Tuesday, May 23, Tuesday May 30

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


    Tuesday, June 6

    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m