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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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ATTENTION ALL ALUMS

ATTENTION ALL ALUMS!!!

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

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

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.

Context:
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:
http://www.gliffy.com/pubdoc/1408817/M.jpg

Problem:

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

First of Two: 30th Birthday Bash

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

See information below:

THIS WAS DONE IN A RUSH…SORRY FOR THE DELAY.

FIRST OF TWO BIRTHDAY EVENT

SATURDAY JUNE 28TH
638 W 138TH STREET
RIVERDALE, IL

STARTS @ 7:00PM
FOOD BEFORE 10:00PM
$5 After 10:00 PM

EMAIL TO RSVP

SHANA—CYCLE 11

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.

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.

Tonight's Alumni Meeting

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

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2 Tuesday Conference Info

Thanks to Seth, we got new conference info!

Please join my meeting at
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/820148812
Conference Call: (712) 432-0020, access code 820-148-812
Meeting ID: 820-148-812

GoToMeeting(TM)
Online Meetings Made Easy

Be there around 6:30

When Drupal Met Google...

Lately there has been much debate over the Google vs Drupal situation. So, I thought it would be nice to post some of the many ways the two can be integrated into powerful (and improved) solutions, (kudos to the “Summer of Code” Project). If anyone is interested in helping me create the SSO or further Drupal/Google integration, please contact me.

http://code.google.com/p/drupal-google-api/
http://drupal.org/node/228232 - google drupal equivalent
http://drupal.org/project/googleauth
http://drupal.org/node/234643
http://drupal.org/node/39172 - Submit Drupal Post via Email
http://drupal.org/node/126024 - User Reply Alerts

Mother's Luncheon Success

Special thanks to all the alumnus who showed up to celebrate motherhood. Personally, I think that was the best menu I’ve ever seen at an icstars event, and the turn out was amazing.

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2008 Mother's Luncheon on Saturday, May 31st

Community Referrals Good for Recruitment

Resume and Interview workshops Friday, June 6, 2008 from 9a -4p Lunch provided

To all available alumni of i.c.stars!!!

Dust off those resumes!!! Let’s get your interview on!!! Please join us for a day of resume and interview workshops. Deloitte Consulting (http://www.deloitte.com) has a team of 20 folks that are coming out to facilitate the day. Use this opportunity to build your interview and resume skills.

Below is the agenda for the day. As you can see, the day will be full of great information and feedback.

Please send your resume to triley [at] icstars [dot] org if you plan to attend. Call me at 312-244-3779 x3 with any questions.

Please arrive at i.c.stars lab on the 2nd floor on Friday, June 6th promptly at 9a. We will provide lunch.

Let’s make this a successful day of skill building and networking.

Below is the agenda:

9:00 - 9:15 am - Introductions
9:15 - 9:30 am - Layout of the day presentation with the projector 9:30 - 11:30 am - Interview workshop: Each person will get three interviews

The Thapelo Institute, Inc 6th Annual Free Health & Fitness Experience 4 African and African American Men

Black men have the lowest life expectancy of any racial group in this country. Let’s change those statistics!
Free testing for:
• HIV/AIDS
• high blood pressure
• diabetes
• prostate cancer
• cholesterol
• kidney disease
• other health screenings
For more information contact
708-533-6558 or visit www.thapelo.org.

Thapelo Institute, Inc. 6th Annual FREE Experience HEALTH & FITNESS for African and African-American Men
Learn how to live a healthy lifestyle:
• seminars
• workshops
• exercise demonstrations
• health and fitness information
• healthy food samplings
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Malcolm X College • 1900 W. Van Buren
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Screenings: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Flashpoint Academy V.S i.c.stars|*

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Leave a comment to know that you will be attending Thank you!
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Career Decision Maker

The google spreadsheet below can be helpful when deciding between multiple job opportunities. How to use it:

1) review/modify the list of needs - you should have no more than 8, but you can change the one’s that are there if others (like location) are important but not critical. This was created with someone who had to work downtown, so location is not a factor because its a MUST HAVE, so any option that wasn’t downtown would not be evaluated.

2) prioritize the needs - rank each of the 8 needs 1 through 8, no ties allowed. 8 is the highest importance, 1 is the lowest.

3) evaluate how well each option meets each need - score 1 through 3 - 3 meets the need perfectly, 2, somewhat, 1, not so much

4) review the scores - anything over 70% is a good option in the first 5 years of your career. After that point, you should be at 80-85%, and after 10 years, you should only be looking at options that are 85-95%.

Here’s the link:

Meeting Minutes - 5/20/2008

Hi all,
Please see the notes below. If you attended and would like to add/edit/revise anything here, please let me know so I can give you access to the google doc. We have created these notes as a collaborative effort so feel free to let me know if you need access to the document.
 Thanks!

Seth

Thomas & Christian Announcements


Last Weeks Minutes

  • Last Warriors for this year

  • Cycle 16 Dream Speeches

  • Cycle 17 Starts September

  • CPS Interns this Summer

May 20 - Alumni Meeting Agenda

Thomas & Christian Announcements
Last Weeks Minutes
Last Warriors for this year
Cycle 16 Dream Speeches
Cycle 17 Starts September
CPS Interns this Summer
Alumni Goals Due 7/1
Community Impact Stories
Capitalize Feedback
New Board Members
Financial and Recruitment Info by Request
Mother’s Day Luncheon (May 31)
iOpener (August 22)
Alumni Association
2 weeks prior to meetings meet with Sandee
1 week prior Supply Agenda
Rotating Host to be chosen in Advance and Posted on Calendar
Alumni Page Posted on Vault
 committees

Events – brandies, mitch
Program – tiffany , marc
Speakers bureau - brandies
Recruitment
Growth
Technology - kevin

calendar
ideas
Moderators submit ideas to be worked to alumni page
Hand written letters to be sent out to missing alumnus
Branding Initiative
Logo?
T-shirt Size
Upcoming Alumni Events
Allstars
Workshops
Black Family Technology Week

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Web Design

Courtesy of our old friend, Maurice Rabb:

Front End Developer

Front End Developer

This person is responsible for creating the web pages you use. As front end developer you should know HTML/XHTML, CSS, and javascript, at least, as far as markup and scripting languages go. Also learn Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash (everyone is demanding it these days for some reason…). Here are some good sites and resources:

Places to Learn

W3schools: http://www.w3schools.com/ (this is like the default even though it’s super boring)
HTML Dog: www.htmldog.com (a better sight to learn html/css)
http://www.echoecho.com/javascript.htm (good sight to learn javascript)

Program to check out:
Mozilla’s firebug https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843
Gimp www.gimp.org/
Inkscape www.inkscape.org/

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Custom or Packaged

Since 2001, I’ve been seeking to solve a core information problem that frightens me is still not solved by *anyone*: a single contact database from which all applications could connect. This single database would need to authenticate people and allow them to update their own contact information, but would not require people to have online accounts (eg. i get a business card and enter them into the system and we can start interacting with their contact record). If at some point they did create an account on our site, the system should match that account to the contact information we already have on file, but have the ability to keep some information we have private. The database itself would need to be open enough where we could extract contact information (emails) for use in other applications.

The road to this point has been long and disappointing:

2000-2001 - site server (discontinued)

Alumni Association Branding Initiative

I am proposing an icstars Alumni Association Branding Initiative. I don’t know who all is aware, but we had an Alumni Association Meeting last Tuesday after all. As a result we are creating different Alumni Committees.

Events
Program
Speaker’s Bureau
Recruitment
Growth/Board
Nominating
 Technology

I don’t remember who all is on which committees though. I guess it will be a good idea to create a master list.
IMHO, I think this is a good idea, which will add some accountability to the AA.

Through this format the “Direction,” or the “point,” of the meeting will be on you. The standard Tuesday meetings will be great for reporting from the various committees, and Sandee’s section.

Questions? COmments?

Silenced and humility

Its over now (c) 112

As a parting gift to those who read these blubs, I would like to thank you for sticking with me and reading my hey-larry-us adventures.

i would like to take this oppurtunity to say how humbed i have been by this entire process.
From our first days in team week until the last days in career month, we have all changed. The change I must seek is a place where I can rethink my old vision of a successful career into a career of lifetime learning. Learning when to keep my mouth shut, learning when to let my mind rest, learning how to let others bask in their success.

Black Family Technology Awareness Week Mentoring Night Saturday, June 7th 6p -10p at Country Club Hill Parks and Recreation

Greeting Everyone,

Key Link Technologies is hosting a BFTAW Video Gaming Night to
promote mentoring Saturday June, 7th, 6:pm until 10pm at Country
Club Hill Parks and Recreation ( see link). I would like to invite
you and your organization to participate. The center has donated
the entire facility to host the event, we are looking for
organizations and colleges to setup booths and companies to sponsor
gaming rooms by donating prizes and gifts for the winners. Families
and youth of all ages will attend this event. Let me know if you are
interested setting up a booth or donating prizes.

Thanks,

Bernard

http://www.countryclubhills.org/departments/default.aspx?id=424

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
95%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
44%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
70%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$9,000
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$31,000