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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.

Been There, Heard That!

I'm sure you've been in similar situations to this one.

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

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!

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

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.

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:


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:



638 W 138TH STREET

$5 After 10:00 PM



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
Conference Call: (712) 432-0020, access code 820-148-812
Meeting ID: 820-148-812

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://drupal.org/node/228232 - google drupal equivalent
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:
• 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.


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

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

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

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Web Design

Courtesy of our old friend, Maurice Rabb:

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: