Hola amigos,

This is the official blog of the Michigan State University Career Services team. It is about Spartans (and friends of Spartans) who like to help other people by living and breathing these things:

[kuh-lab-uh-rey-shuhn]— n (often foll by on, with, etc ) 1. the act of working with another or others on a joint project 2. something created by working jointly with another or others

[kuh-reer] –n a person’s progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking: His career as a soldier ended with the armistice.

[kuhm-pash-uhn] –n a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

Occasionally, the Alumni Career Services Coordinator, Dave Isbell, will post to this site. We say “post” because he is not a writer, and therefore readers should not expect anything in the way of good writing. In fact, his “posts” will most likely be long-winded gibberish, bad grammar, and made-up words about stuff that he hopes people can derive some form of meaning from, and that will help them to live a more joyful and meaningful life. (He also hopes that his “posts” will have something to do with collaboration, careers, and compassion, but does not guarantee he will be able to stay on topic very often.)

Feel free to skip over Dave’s “posts” and go to the real writing that will come from his amazing “Communications Assistant,” Jessica Colombo, and his terrific friend/mentor/boss/ally John Hill. By the way, as amazing as the writing from Jessica and John will be, this blog is more yours than it is any of ours. We anticipate that the best stories, advice, and ideas will come from you, the Spartan (or friend of Spartans, as the case may be) who has bothered to read this far and still wants anything to do with helping other Spartans.

Please contact us if you have a story to tell about Spartans helping Spartans, or Spartans helping non-Spartans, or something that might be helpful to Spartans, or at least helpful to the five people who subscribe to this blog. We want to tell your story. Really, in all sincerity, we do! (Without your voice, Dave’s wife, mom, and his three sisters are going to get very bored of reading his “posts,” which will result in a whole lot of posting and nobody reading, and this somewhat defeats the purpose of having a blog.)

Anyhow, we’d like to thank you for peeking at our blog. We hope you get something that you can give to someone else. (Whoa, that didn’t quite sound right, but hopefully you understood what we meant! If you didn’t understand, or are offended by the poor written communication, then blame Dave because he wrote it. He doesn’t write English so good. It’s only his first language, and whenever someone attempted to teach him how to use it, his mind would wander to other things such as rock music and how good peanut butter goes with chocolate. We promise to keep him busy helping individuals to get “unstuck” when they feel “stuck” with their careers. That way he will have limited time to mess up this blog with his “posts!”)

Go Green!


Your MSU Alumni Career Services team.


Spartans! What is your profession?!? (Dave really wanted to get that in somewhere. We argued that it was out of context, but he insisted. So a post script seemed to be an appropriate compromise.)



  1. spartanshelpingspartans 22 December, 2010 at 10:40

    Dave told me to tell you that he said he loves you too (since it was obviously him you were writing to, being that you are his wife, and the only one who can read and write that calls him “Papi.”) Plus, nobody calls John or Jessica “Papi,” so that was also a dead give-away.

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