caregiver reading book to a child
Backup dependent care is fill-in childcare or elder care when the family’s primary source of childcare or eldercare is not available during the faculty or staff member’s work hours. MSU offers faculty, staff and students two options for backup dependent care for childcare and one option for backup dependent care for elders. 
student doing homework
It is fall, which means back to school! This can be an exciting time for many children, but a difficult time for others. I spent many years counseling adolescents and working with their families, then I spent two years as a school counselor for children in grades 6-12. These experiences gave me a wealth of information on how to seek out support for children when they may be struggling.
Join AgeALive, the MSU community, and friends for the reveal of the Butterfly Garden at the Hannah Community Center on Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-7:00pm. This free event is open to the public.  
Terrence Frazier with his children under his arms.
MSU, East Lansing and Lansing community members are encouraged to attend the 5th annual Fatherhood Forum on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Lansing Community College - West College from 7:45 am until 4:00 pm.
graphic element puzzle pieces
Each year, the WorkLife Office takes a reflective look back at the people impacted and the work accomplished. The WorkLife Office partners with the community to create an inclusive, responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in work and personal lives. Last year, we recorded 1,525 individual encounters with faculty and staff, along with presentations and educational programming sessions attended 3,063 times. Values Reflecting MSU’s values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity, the WorkLife Office strives for excellence, equity and synergy.
participants from the pilot year of the international newcomer mentoring program
Mentoring, especially at an academic institution, can be viewed as a learning process that socializes individuals toward norms (Lechuga, 2014). When Antoinette Tessmer traveled to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from Belgium about 30 years ago as an exchange student working on her Ph.D, she met her husband, Stuart, whose companionship helped her adjust to being in the United States for the first time as well as this new university.
graphic image of flowers in front of a building
Let us be one of the first to welcome you to MSU. The WorkLife Office supports all MSU faculty and staff by connecting individuals with resources and assistance to help navigate the workplace, career, and life transitions. We partner with the community to create an inclusive and responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in the multiple roles of work and personal life.
butterflies displayed in a scene
Artist Zahrah Resh is collaborating with the public to create an East Lansing iteration of her award-winning butterfly garden, in partnership with MSU's AgeAlive program, at the MSU Broad Art Lab.
Jaimie, Haiden and Wayne Hutchison near the water
Research shows that Americans work more hours than anyone in the industrialized world. We need to be sure we are taking care of our physical, emotional, and relationship health. 
kid on a bike with a backpack and helmet
Research has shown that a student’s skills and knowledge often deteriorate during the summer months. Some kids like their screens so much that their activity declines, often leading to weight gain. Academic activity during the summer months can improve achievement.