It won’t be long until the snowflakes arrive in East Lansing. Since winter is my least favorite season, I’ve decided to share some thoughts for spring as a coping strategy.

On April 18, 2015, Spartans around the world will roll up their sleeves and band together to show world the extraordinary difference Spartans can make when they work together to solve problems and improve their communities. 2015 marks the 3rd year of the MSU Alumni Association’s hallmark service initiative. Every year the number of projects and participating Spartans swells. We hope the trend continues.

This is where you come in. Now is the time to start thinking of ways you’d like to contribute to the Spartans WILL. Global Day of Service. As April 18th approaches, numerous projects will appear on that you can pick from. That said, the MSU Alumni Association would love to hear ideas you have for organizing projects in your community. The planned projects we share on our website come from Spartans just like you. Imagine what you could get done if you had 5, 10 or 100 of your Spartan brothers and sisters lending a hand. Recruit your family, friends and fellow co-workers to the cause. Spartans helping Spartans to make the world a better place is magic!

Ideas for projects include organizing a community garage sale as a fundraiser for a non-profit, providing landscaping & home improvement assistance to the elderly, teaching kids at risk how to code, offering resume reviews to the unemployed, collecting food goods for shelters, painting a mural, building a play structure, repairing picnic tables in community areas…the list goes on.

Below are some pictures from last year’s projects. After you’ve taken a moment to think about your own project options, please share ideas you have for 2015 in the comments of this blog. Your ideas may inspire others to create similar projects or join forces with yours.

We look forward to the difference you help MSU Alumni make on April 18th.

~ Lisa Parker, Director of Alumni Professional Enrichment

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Lisa joined the Michigan State University Alumni Association as Director of Alumni Career & Business Services on May 1, 2012. Her primary focus is to develop effective networking and resource channels for experienced alumni interested in professional development and job search strategy assistance. Additionally, Lisa works directly with corporate, education, foundation and government partners seeking to attract qualified talent, retain and develop good employees, and establish collaborative relationships in line with their established goals and objectives.


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