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Welcome to Spartans Helping Spartans, a resource developed by the Michigan State University Alumni Association to support Spartans in their professional and personal enrichment efforts.

Are you interested in learning about industries/occupations/businesses that Spartans are in? Do you want someone to give a “10 second opinion” on your resume? Are you considering a move to a new town and want to learn more about it before you go? This is where you will find people who have already said “YES!” when asked if they will take your phone call or email.

Are you in search of expert help to make your next career transition? Here, you’ll find a list of Spartans who make their living as professional Career Coaches.

While you’re here, check out a podcast or blog post and learn more from fellow Spartans about a plethora of topics that are meant to make your Spartan experience more impactful to you and more relevant in the community in which you live.

The content on this site has been developed in partnership with MSU alumni and friends of MSU. Therefore, the opinions and views expressed throughout this site are of the author(s), and may not be the official views and opinions of Michigan State University.

Interested in being a “Helpful Spartan?” 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 then we want to tell your story! Contact us! 

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Editorial Staff:

Dave Isbell.  Dave is the Assistant Director of Alumni Professional Enrichment in the MSU Alumni Association and is the primary person responsible for this blog and our corresponding twitter account. His primary role in the MSUAA is to develop online content that helps Michigan State alumni to live, work, and play better in their own communities. Dave is not able to accept individual appointments, but in developing programs and projects he does draw from his experience as a Licensed Master Social Worker and his background as a professional Career Coach since 1999.

Lisa Parker. Lisa joined the Michigan State University Alumni Association on May 1, 2012. As the Director of Alumni Professional Initiatives for the Michigan State University Alumni Association, she’s living the Spartan Life while finding new ways to reconnect alumni around the world with MSU in a meaningful way. Whether you’re a newly launched Spartan or an alum with 30 years in the field, know the MSU Alumni Association is working hard to provide professional content and experiences to enhance your life with new connections, skills and ways of thinking. Lisa is not able to accept individual appointments, but she does draw from her 15 years of experience as a 3rd party recruiter when directing initiatives.

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Student Employees: careers@uadv.msu.edu

We could not function without the assistance of our incredible student employees! They assist employers to help distribute job leads via social media as well as with writing/collecting stories for this blog, and sharing content on our Twitter account, and Linkedin Group. They also assist with the implementation of personal and professional enrichment programming and projects throughout the year.

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Current Student Employees:

Taylor Whittington (James Madison Undergraduate Student) Student Executive/LENS Special Projects Assistant. Help with issues related to Job Lead Tweets & Posts; Student Engagement; help at career-related events. careers@uadv.msu.edu http://twitter.com/helpingspartans

Charisma Tatum  (Undergraduate Student; Media & Information Studies) Student Executive/LENS Special Projects Assistant. Help with content development and research; Social Media Strategy; Student Engagement. careers@uadv.msu.edu
http://twitter.com/helpingspartans

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Don’t know who you want to contact? Just send an email to careers@uadv.msu.edu and we will get it to the right person!

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Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/helpingspartans

Make some connections on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2854

Find a friend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spartanshelpingspartans

The website: https://.alumni.msu.edu/LENS

*If you have a question related to other Alumni Association programming, or the website www.alumni.msu.edu, please contact our helpful staff at msuaa@uadv.msu.edu

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Former Student Employees who still like to help MSU Alumni:

Katie (Copple) Paulen:  (Career Services Assistant from May 2008 to May 2010) Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations. Human Resources Professional http://twitter.com/KatieCopple

Chris Sell: (Career Services Assistant for summer 2009 and spring/summer 2010.) Master’s in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Student Affairs/College Career Services Professional http://twitter.com/chrisfsell

Alisha Patel: (Career Services Assistant for Fall semester, 2010.) Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations. Human Resource Professional

Jessica Colombo: (Communications Assistant/Blogger for 2010-2011 school year.) Bachelor’s in Communication. Marketing and Communications Professional http://twitter.com/#!/jcolombo

Kimberly Toman : (Communications Assistant/Web Writer during summer 2011.)  Bachelor’s in Professional Writing and another in English. Professional Writer and Marketing Professional

Joao “John” Mattos. (Communications Assistant for 2011 – 2012 school year). Master’s in Advertising. Social Media Strategist.

Tiffany Gaston. (Career Services Assistant for 2011 – 2012 school year.) Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations. Talent Acquisition Recruiter/Human Resources Consultant.

Calvin McDaniel. (Career Services Assistant from 2011 – 2013.) Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations. Human Resource Professional.

Lacretia Davis. (Career Services Assistant from 2011 – 2013). Master’s in Social Work. Clinical Social Worker.

Colleen Anthes. (Student Executive/LENS Special Projects Assistant from July 2012 – Jan. 2015.) Bachelors in Science, Packaging in May 2015.

Colleen Anthony. (Travel & Events/LENS Special Projects Assistant from May 2012 – May 2015. ) Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, May 2015.

Kara Swain. (Professional & Personal Enrichment Student Executive from Feb. 2015 – Aug. 2016.) Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, with Highest Honors, Dec. 2016.

Shawnee Joyce  (Student Executive/LENS Special Projects Assistant from Aug. 2016 – May 2017.) Bachelor of Science, Applied Engineering, May 2017.

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*If you have a question related to other Alumni Association programming, or the website www.alumni.msu.edu, please contact our helpful staff at msuaa@uadv.msu.edu

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