Every month the Administrative/Professional (A/P) Council highlights an A/P staff member through a series of questions as another way for the Illinois State community to connect. This month readers can get to know Mark Fauble, career advisor for the Career Center.

As a career advisor, what are your responsibilities?

I help students!  Specifically, I assist as they face the challenge of the “next step” in life after college. Some of them are seeking the right major, looking for internships/jobs, or going to graduate school.

How long have you been an employee at Illinois State?

Over 15 years now, time flies when you are having fun!

What do you love most about working at Illinois State?

Watching students grow exponentially in the short time they are here (it really is amazing), and I get to be a part of it as students continue their journey.

When you’re not working, what are you most likely doing?

I’m always with my wife and fifth-grade twins, Hudson and Brooklyn. You will usually find me coaching soccer, supporting the cheerleading team, driving to basketball practice, Girl Scouts, etc. I also enjoy cooking and being outside for a walk or yard work.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The Quad. Especially on a warm, sunny day when you can see students out enjoying a wide variety of activities enjoying life on their terms.

What is one thing people would not know about you?

I got my first job working six days a week at 10 years old delivering newspapers. Other than a couple of months here or there, I have been employed ever since.

What quote most inspires you? Why?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

It inspires me because it fits the way I live my life. I believe in the power of positive actions creating a ripple effect like a single drop of water striking a puddle. Something as small as a smile or kind word can make all the difference. Be that drop of water for someone else.