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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:

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

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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.

Mitch's picture

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.

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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

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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

Anonymous's picture

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

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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

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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:

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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

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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:
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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)

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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?

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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.

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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

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Has anyone seen this man?!

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Community Paper Targeting

We are trying to build relationships with community papers to get alumni stories published. Will everyone please take a moment to state which papers would be highest priority?

Thanks!

Austin Voice

Austin Weekly

Austin Weekly

Back of the Yards Journal

Beverly Review

Bridgeport News

Bronzeville Chamber

Chicago Free Press

Chicago Journal

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Citizens Newspaper

Wednesday Journal

Chicago Journal

Chicago Defender

Crain’s Chicago Business

Crain’s Chicago Business

Daily Herald

Chicago Defender

HydePark Herald

Inside

LaRaza

Lawndalenews

Naperville Sun

Northwest Herald

Post-Tribune

Rolling Out Mag

SouthStreetJournal

Teleguia

The Herald-News

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strategic partnerships abound

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away…

I was a broke graduate living out of my car, walking the streets of hyde park looking for something, any employment oppurtunity that would provide the island of stability I needed to get on my feet.

9 months later, I am still a broke graduate, looking for employment oppurtunities, but the island of statety I found was the folks at Northbridge Staffing, they found me a temporary position within a 3 days of me applying.

they were also very understanding of my situation and knew that I would have better employment soon. which was cool for my sitaution because customer service is not my calling.

This oppurtunity is far ALL an ANY alumns that are currently between jobs. Northbridge staffing, located in the wrigley building, has a slew of short-term positions available.

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cycle 16 + c# = online learning

As part of the diamond excercise that Eric has proposed, the late, great .Net team from Cycle 16(Sherita Whitaker, Genesys Reeves and Desean Ward) will be participating in the recieving end of this learning oppurtunity.

This is a call for all Alumns who work with .net or C# to test out this learning method.

Please email me at BMoore [at] icstars [dot] org to get further info.

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Diamonds make you dream in code...

I’ve started migrating some of the old programming exercises to the vault. The first one up is the diamond:
http://vault.icstars.org/node/275

I would like to use the diamond exercises as a test case for launching the online group learning within the vault. If anyone has time/interest in setting this up, you can add to the requirements on the design wiki below:
http://pmo.icstars.org/wiki/index.php?title=I.c.stars_online_courses

When the online course capability goes live, we will be seeking two instructors and 4-5 students for a 1 week pilot of the diamond exercises.

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Calling all drupal developers!

Hola, again..

a great staffing friend of mine by the name of Dennis Beck is seeking a drupal developer to work with a chicago non profit on a short-term project

alumns, please jump on this project!

some overview and contact info is below,

thanks!

2 month project, in internet and media,

chicago non-profit seeks new donation managent system,

Dennis Beck

Dennis [at] altastaff [dot] com

312-408-9990

positon is manager of interactive media:
serves as architect and cheif content developer and editor of web commnications and website development including: e donations capabilities, etc.

a.s.a.p.!

please jump on this oppurtunity.

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Progress Blog: capitalize08'

Hola,

Since we are coming up on our next big event: capitalize on Illinois 08’ I thought that I would share some insight on how much I enjoy these things.

I think the first big event I attended was the Stakeholders event; which was held on Martin Luther King’s birthday. Much to my embarrassment, I had told many of the people I knew that I was attending a “Steak-holders” event that morning, This due to the mistaken notion that I had that this was to be held at a meat-centered eatery. After Arriving, I had immediately noticed how nice Bin 36 was: the tables and the great food. The small, vibrant children and the large amount of liq…um, refreshments.

One thing I noticed about steakholders is that there were not many alumns at this event. The ones I had the pleasure of meeting, such as Kevin Gates, Beatrice Elizalde, etc. are to be thanked for their guidance and advice.

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