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BDPA Student Empowerment Fair

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image rotater

on a recent bridges project we tried using a flash based object to cycle through images in a block for a site.

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CHICAGOCON - Friday Oct. 31 and Saturday Nov. 1 - Free entrance with RSVP to TR

Hi All, Don Donzal is willing to give free $100 Conference Tickets to i.c.stars students and alumni for the activities taking place on Fri Oct 31 and Sat Nov 1. Details can be found here: http://www.chicagocon.com/content/view/103/51/ Please forward me your names, email addresses and any other pertinent info, if you're interested in attending. This info is needed so they can have a proper head count for food and enough info for their badges. Don is the founder and organizer of Chicagocon, Editor-In-Chief for The Ethical Hacker and works for The Digital Construction Company Please get back to me no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27. Thanks, TR
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Invitation to ChicagoCon

Don Donzal, the founder of ChicagoCon, has extended an invite to the i.c.stars community. Here is the basic body of his email: Due to low enrollment (I can only guess economic woes), CEH and many other courses have been cancelled. Oh well. We take risks, right? The Ethical Hacking Conference is still a go on the weekend. Here’s what I can do. If anyone you know, with i. c. stars or not, truly can’t afford the $100 ticket, let me know. We’ll get them in. I just need a list with names, email address and organizations. So if anyone is interested in attending this extremely information conference, email me at rjames@icstars.org and I will forward your information to Don. Next weekend is fast approaching, however, and time is short. Here is the link for ChicagoCon: http://www.chicagocon.com/
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Weekend Social i.c.events


Due to this Saturday Oct, 18 2008, i.c.stars has decided to stop hosting such events such as Game Night, Movie Night, and other events of this nature. Now you ask why? Well there was inappropriate usage of alcoholic beverages this past weekend, and as Alumn we should of known better. We all love i.c.stars, and we also love to come back to this place, just hang out, catch up with other Alumn, help the current cycle and to Dare to Dream. We can still come back and do that but not in a party environment, the studio has been and will always continue to be our home, but lets try to remember that we also have to respect it. Friends and Family, Mother's Day Lunchon, and those type of events will continue to happen.

To be completely honest I feel truly sad about this outcome and I would like to apologize for the results of this unfortunate event

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Drupal "Evening" Theme fix for all browsers

While Drupal is a very versatile tool for building websites, it falls short when the modules and/or themes have to operate in different browsers. This is the problem that I ran into when I installed the Evening theme for my personal site. Since I wanted the site to have the same view regardless of the browser being used, it became apparent that some modifications would be necessary. There were several issues with this, however: 1. My knowledge of CSS and PHP was very limited. 2. Firebug (for Mozilla) was not functioning properly. The problem in question was the fact that, in Chrome and Safari, the main content was overlapping the sidebar. This was compounded by the fact that the issue was resolved if you zoomed in on the page (Ctrl +). This solution was unacceptable for me. My only alternative was to modify the code for the page...
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Alumni Bios Needed


One of the major issues we've been facing as an organization is an overall lack of post-commencement participation. The Alumni Association has been evolving over the past year (don't take my word for it...come see for yourself!) and we've come up with some new ideas to ensure that the future alum have a smooth transition from commencement to the Alumni community.

An idea we've discussed over the last few meetings is an Alumni/Intern mentoring program. Basically, we'd like to offer the current interns an alumni mentor to help share their experiences and offer support and guidance throughout the process. This program can potentially bridge that gap between interns and alum and allow us to welcome them to our community, as well as encouraging post-commencement participation.

The first step in this process is to create alumni bio's. These bio's will then be distributed to the interns so that they can choose the alumni they'd most like to mentor them.

Please provide a short bio (1-2 paragraphs) explaining your studio role, cycle project roles and current work experiences. If you have any community involvement or passions, please include that as well.

Sherita Whitaker from Cycle 16 has volunteered to be the main point of contact for submission/distribution of these bio's, so please send to swhitaker@icstars.org

Please keep in mind that cycle 17 is already halfway into project 2, so these should be submitted as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance.


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BDPA October Program Meeting

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Learning Visual C#

I recently completed a small VB.NET Windows Form program that took a string entered by the user and counted how many of each letter was in that string, regardless of whether it was upper- or lower-case. The presence of other characters, such as ; : , . ", etc. didn't matter. Needless to say, it took about three weeks to get it done, but it works perfectly. The next step in my process is to build the same program in VC#.NET in order to compare the codes and extrapolate the differences in syntaxes, as well as how they translate across each other. In my quest for greater understanding of VC#.NET, I came across two very helpful ebooks. Microsoft Visual C#: Step-by-Step by John Sharp Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2008 in 24 Hours
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Game NIght

Hello this is Anelique Robinson from Cycle 17: We are going to have game nite. Will have a WII- PS3- XBOX360. We are going to b compeating to c which cycle has the most game. So if u want 2 represent 4 yo cycle pleas come join us.
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Google Bus Sighting in Evanston

Google Bus Spotted in Evanston


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Congrats to Dmitriy!

Congrats to Dmitriy on the birth of his first child!


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chrome flies

i downloaded and installed chrome tonight. i have not read anything online about what's under the hood, but the user experience for google apps is outstanding. email/calendar/docs all appear to be much more responsive than safari, which had felt faster than firefox and ie. i still much prefer safari's font engine and general feel, so my plan is to use chrome for google apps stuff, and have safari open for web stuff. http://www.google.com/chrome
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i.c.stars Mother's Network & Christopher House

Mothers & All There are many worthwhile causes established throughout the facets of the Chicagoland area. Since 1906, Christopher House has been providing services to the Chicago community and its families. Discover more... Visit: www.ChristopherHouse.org Immediately interested? Take the survey: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB2287MXDDZY2 Your volunteer services will help families become stable, resilient, and self-sufficient.
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Been There, Heard That!

I'm sure you've been in similar situations to this one.
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Alumni meeting minutes 8/12

need women to go to Christopher house to mentor young mothers, no set date yet, contact Sandy if you are interested, new mothers are especially welcome. All attendees of the 8/12 alumni meeting are eligible to receive free alumni comptia certification Thomas will be on Power 92 discussing i.c.stars|* innovation stations will be at eye-opener, confessionals will be on sight "booths where you can come in, talk to an alumni and ask, what they cant do related to technology" Booth Volunteers: Nureni Brandies three slots are filled for cycle 18, cycle 17 is almost finished, all we need now is college grad new slots for info sessions, any alums can now sign up to co-host/host an info session and share your story Thomas says he would like 5 people to sign up for his event committee, he will be taking alums with him on his visits to community-based organizations and non-profits, sign up with Thomas at tchatman@icstars.org
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Obama Sighting

Presidential Candidate Barack Obama was spotted at 730 N Franklin. This guy is a rock star, people waited for 2+ hours just to catch a glimpse. We managed to get a video of the action, but the quality is not that great.
Check out the video, its insane!
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37 Signals Live Q & A

This is short notice, but 37 Signals is doing a Live Q & A Session today, Tuesday Aug 5th at 3pm. In short, 37 Signals is a dev co. from Chicago that builds web-based software. There most famous product is the Project Management tool "Basecamp." According to their blog they will be answering questions re: "entrepreneurship, business models, hiring, collaboration, design decisions, tech-related stuff, questions about our products, etc." Pretty nerdy neat. For those that can't listen, but would like to hear the show, I will try to record and post. In the meantime here are some links providing more info. Support your local technologist. RJ http://37signals.com/ http://www.37signals.com/svn/posts/1178-37signals-live-debuting-tomorrow-tues-at-3pm-cdt http://www.basecamphq.com/?source=37s+home
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2nd Annual PEACE FEST

Saturday July 26,2008

3 on 3 Basketball

We are looking for 3 Alums to play in a 3 on 3 Basketball tournaments this
Saturday. Our goal is to sale/promote i.c.stars and hopefully we can get some leads both on and out the
court at this event.

Where: 115th and Halsted

When: Saturday July 26,2008

Time: 10 am

Winning team will receive a TROPHY and hopefully in will be team i.c.stars

To sign up please call or email Thomas Chatman at 773 330-9730,
tchat [dot] [dot] [dot] [at] icstar [dot] org

Thanks for your participation, you guys KICK ASS

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Oh, I see...

Hint this is not a computer generated animation
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Wiki address change

The url for the i.c.stars wiki was changed this weekend from http://pmo.icstars.org/wiki to http://wiki.icstars.org

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Firefox Awesome Bar: truly awesome indeed

To appease Sherita Whitaker, I recently downloaded Mozilla Firefox 3 onto my machine, replacing over a month of putting up with Internet Explorer on my vista OS.

I have been amazed first off by the speed of the browser, but the “Awesome bar” is so great, I figured it needed some attention on the vault.

Mozilla has created an address bar that not only connects you to a web address, but also queries popular search engines for matches to what you type.

Mozilla has also combined this with a history search engine that matches those words against sites you frequently visit.

For instance, if you were to install the browser, import your Internet Explorer history and begin typing the keyword in your site, say, howcanicstars, Firefox:

>looks for the web address in your history,

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Drupal Views Fusion - WOW

Cycles 14-16 will remember the challenge of presenting the currently assigned courses and cbo’s for the DePaul application. No other page in the entire system went through more rewrites.

The application is designed to facilitate the matching process between courses (which have students), and cbo’s (which need volunteers). The assignments table creates a many-to-many relationship between courses and cbo’s, where a single course has several cbo’s that will work with it, and a single cbo can work with many courses over time. The implementation was done using node referenced cck fields. You can see the datamodel here:


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Now that's a platform!

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Attention to all Alumni

We ask you to take 5 minutes out of your busy day, and fill out this survey. This is an Organizational Development Survey. Your feedback is important and will be used to help i.c.stars reach its goals.

Click Here for Organizational Development Survey

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First of Two: 30th Birthday Bash

I would love to invite everyone to my 30th B-Day Party

See information below:



638 W 138TH STREET

$5 After 10:00 PM



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Calling All Alum: Who wants to be famous?

As a part of the “change your stars” summer marketing campaign, we have began the conception phase of a new series of Alumni biographies.

But then we thought: “i.c.stars is comprised of nothing short of geniuses; of whom should have their talents and achievements championed, in an upscale and accomplished way.” hence the “Re-Invention” campaign was born.

We will be using some very innovative techniques and technology to make this AD project a beautiful reality.

Now all we are missing is…you!

We will be casting very soon, looking to have full-spread photo’s and personal stories printed in newspapers & billboards around the city and on the web.

For all of you who love to model and/or be seen; or just want to help further the mission of i.c.stars|*, this is for you! Simply email me at: bmoore [at] icstars [dot] org to be considered. Be sure to include your availability for the week of July 14-20.

I look forward to seeing Alumni faces on a billboard near you.

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CPS Interns Program Schedule

http://drupal.icstars.org/programs/cps - icstars Summer CPS interns program schedule.

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Social Networking for recruitment 2.0

We had the chance to attend an interesting Executives Club meeting yesterday on Social Networking.

A few points I’m hoping to get the alumni group to chew on/inform:

1) facebook social graph - the idea that what you say, anywhere you say it, can automatically feed back to your facebook page. does this mean we should have a facebook widget on the vault so that your posts here automatically get posted on your facebook page?

2) second life (“in world”) - it was apparent that virtual meetings in second life have an advantage over webex and actual physical meetings in that you can present REALLY LARGE maps/diagrams of information that attendees can zoom all around to read. anyone have any candidates for how we might use that concept for virtual information sessions, e.g. timelines, project overviews?

3) second life II - we need someone to do research within second life to find out if it would be a good recruiting ground, and how to advertise in there most effectively.

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Tonight's Alumni Meeting

Seth has supplied a PowerPoint for tonight’s meeting, please see attached file.

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
Industry retention rate:
College attendance rate:
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
Average 12-month earnings before program:
Average 12-month earnings after program: