Hot Shots Career Fair in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, March 29: Come and join Ann Arbor Spark, with resume in hand, for a new, more relaxed take on the traditional career fair. The free Hot Shots Career Fair takes place at Melange Bistro Wine Bar in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, March 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., where you will have a chance to speak with representatives from innovative companies in the region. An impressive selection of companies will be in attendance, including Dynamic Edge,, Mango Languages, McCreadie Group, Motown Initiative, NSF Intl, POLY, Trossen Group, Ultra Electronics-Adaptive Materials, VC Web Services, and others. More information and a full list of positions are available online. If you would like your company to participate, contact Mary Salley at This event is for prospective employees only. Recruiters and staffing companies should use other venues to meet with these company representatives. Melange Bistro Wine Bar is located at 314 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor. 

Find out if ‘I.T. Pay$’ at March 31 Career Night: National employment for computer network, systems, and database administrators is expected to grow by 30 percent through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most jobs in the field require a bachelor’s degree or specialized industry certification. Walsh College and Wayne County Community College District will host  “I.T. PAY$,” a free IT career exploration night, on Thursday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the WCCCD Eastern Campus, 5901 Conner, just south of I-94 in Detroit. The event will be in the Cooper Room, with refreshments provided by Subway. Advance registration is required. To register, visit James Darrow, director of Technical Services at Ilitch Holdings Inc., will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will review IT security issues and offer a forecast of the local IT job market. WCCCD and Walsh advisors will be available to discuss program options at their respective schools. Agreements between WCCCD and Walsh College allow students to seamlessly transfer credits as they work toward associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in a variety of business and information technology disciplines.

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Nuclear Energy Town Hall Meeting Invites Public Questions: The University of Michigan will hold a nuclear energy town hall Saturday, March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to pose questions to a panel of University of Michigan nuclear engineering professors and a scientist from a national laboratory. In light of the recent events in Japan, panelists welcome questions about the current situation overseas, nuclear safety, licensing, research, proliferation and waste management or other topics. Panelists are  John Lee, a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences; Bill Martin, a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences; Kim Kearfott, a professor in the departments of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, as well as Radiology at the UM Medical School; David Dixon, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Moderator James Holloway, a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and associate dean for undergraduate education at the College of Engineering. The event will be held in Auditorium 3 in the Modern Languages Building at 812 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor. A map and directions are at: Event parking in the Fletcher Structure is $5. This is organized by the U-M student section of the American Nuclear Society.

Great Lakes Panel On Restoring Our Freshwater Seas: The University of Michigan will sponsor a panel on improving the Great Lakes, “Restoring Our Freshwater Seas,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. Panelists will discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other efforts to restore the Great Lakes. Panelists are to include Marie Colton, director, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; Abed Houssari, manager of environmental strategies, DTE Energy; Marc Gaden, communications director and legislative liaison, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, lecturer, University of Michigan Program in the Environment; and Andy Buchsbaum, regional executive director, National Wildlife Federation. The moderator will be Allen Burton, director, UM/NOAA Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 1024 of the Dana Building in the UM School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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TiE Detroit To Talk Open Source Economic Development: Have you ever wondered what “Open Source Economic Development” is? Come learn first-hand from newly appointed Michigan Economic Development Corp. President Michael Finney. TiE Detroit is proudly beginning its 2011 Speaker Series with influential policymaker and economist Michael Finney.  Finney’s insights along with the enthusiasm and resources of the TiE Detroit family will surely create tremendous value for the entrepreneurs of Southeastern Michigan.  We hope you’ll join us the evening of Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Westin Southfield for this event. More at The event begins with networking at 6 p.m. and Finney’s speech at 7. Online registration in advance is $30, with on-site registration $40. The event is free to TiE Detroit members and students.

Merit Sets Courses On Software Asset Management: Merit Network Inc. will present a repeat of Certified Software Manager and Advanced Software Manager, two one-day classes on managing organizational software assets effectively, ethically and legally. The classes will be presented in Ann Arbor on May 9 and 10. Merit first hosted these classes in February, and based on strong demand and positive responses we have arranged for a quick return to help continue learning in this important area. Through the contributions of the Merit Community Supporter Program, significant discounts are available to Merit Members to attend both classes and to send multiple attendees. Scholarships are also available; please read below for more details. Complete information and registration are available now at Registration for single attendees from Merit Member organizations is $549 per class or $998 for both (a $100 savings to attend both classes). Attendees not affiliated with a Merit Member organization may register for LicenseLogic’s standard price of $695 per class or $1,390 for both. Merit Member organizations can achieve further discounts by enrolling multiple participants.

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Plex Systems Presents at Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo: Auburn Hills-based Plex Systems Inc., provider of the No. 1 rated manufacturing ERP software, announced its presentation at the Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo, April 3-6 in Palm Beach, Fla. The conference, presented by Food Engineering, connects food and beverage processors and suppliers to learn about the advancements in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety. On Tuesday, April 5 from 8 to 8:30 a.m., Tom Nessen, Plex Systems senior solution engineer and Jonathan Cowan, senior account executive, will jointly present, “The 4 Elements of an Effective Food Safety Management System,” outlining the role and importance of an integrated ERP system in complying with the food safety regulations. The presentation will be held at Plaza II, Solutions Theatre inside The Ritz-Carlton. Plex Systems is also exhibiting at booth #120. In addition, the company is sponsoring the BBQ Tropical Oasis food station for dinner on April 4.