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This Week at SI-CDO - Monday, January 31, 2011

In this Edition
Workshops/Programs
Mock Interviews @SI
On-Campus Recruiting @SI
RSVP for Upcoming Events
Other Events on Campus
Did You Know?
Walk-in Hours for the Week

Workshops/Programs
Resume Writing Workshop
Tuesday, February 1
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2255 North Quad

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to write and utilize a well-written and formatted resume. The main components of a resume will be included, including tips on how to tailor a resume and make it catch the eye of an employer. Alternative resume strategies will also be covered.

***Please bring your own resume.****

Marketing Your PEP Experience For Your Job Search
Thursday, February 3
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Come to this workshop to learn how to market the valuable hands-on experience you have gained through your PEP projects and PEP internships for your job search.

RSVP for all workshops in iTrack!

Mock Interviews @SI
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
Friday, February 4
2:00-5:00 p.m.
3360 North Quad
Schedule closes Wednesday, February 2

Practice and hone your interview skills by participating in a mock interview at SI. This is a valuable opportunity to practice with a real employer who is volunteering their time to support SI students in the professional development. Sign up for an interview in iTrack by February 2.!

YOU MUST HAVE AN APPROVED RESUME in iTrack to be able to schedule an interview.

On-Campus Recruiting @SI
Cengage Learning
User Experience Intern, Summer 2011
Wednesday, February 9
9:45-3:45 p.m.
3360 North Quad
Schedule closes Monday, February 7

Open sign-up begins Monday, January 31!

YOU MUST HAVE AN APPROVED RESUME in iTrack to be able to schedule an interview.

UPDATE: Please note the date change!

RSVP for Upcoming Events
Feb 7 PEP Rally: Practical Engagement Program Information Session
Feb 8 Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search
Feb 9 Interviewing for Success Workshop
Feb 10 What Can You Do With an MSI? LIS

Other Events on Campus
Winter Engineering Career Fair
Thursday, February 3
10:00-3:00 p.m.
North Campus

This is a great opportunity for you to network and connect with high profile organizations for your job or internship search. While this fair is geared towards Engineering students, SI students are welcome to attend, and often stand out to employers given your unique perspective and skill set that you can offer to any employer. Check out the list of participating organizations here http://www.careercenter.umich.edu/students/events/enginfair.html.

Cosponsored by: the Engineering Career Resource Center and The Career Center

Did You Know?
The UM Career Center offers comprehensive career services and resources to all UM students. They should definitely be ONE of your job or internship resources. This week-- check out their website to prepare for the Engineering Career Fair http://www.careercenter.umich.edu/students/events/enginfair.html.

Walk-in Hours for the Week
If you have general career development questions, need assistance with your part-time job search, or would like your resume reviewed, you can make an appointment with Emily Bowman by emailing her at embow@umich.edu. Students who schedule appointments will be given first priority but walk-ins are welcome.

Monday, January 31 from 12 to 5
Tuesday, February 1 from 11 to 2
Friday, February 4 from 2 to 5
3360 North Quad

Walk-in appointments are meant to answer your quick 10-minutes or less questions. If you need a longer counseling session, please make an appointment by emailing si.careers@umich.edu.

Posted by shamille on January 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM | Comments (0)

This Week at SI-CDO - Monday, January 24, 2011

In this Edition
Workshops/Programs
Other Events on Campus
RSVP for Upcoming Events
Walk-in Hours for the Week
Did You Know?

Workshops/Programs
Federal Careers/Job Search Panel Session
Tuesday, January 25
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Professionals from a variety of Federal careers will discuss their own career pathways, federal opportunities and outlook, agency trends, federal job search process, and anything else you would like to know about a federal career. Information shared today will cross over all specializations. This is not a specialization-specific panel. It will be relevant to any and all SI students interested in a federal career! The last part of the program will be an opportunity for students to network with the panelists. So come prepared to ask questions and interact!

The panel session will take place from 11:30-12:30, and will be followed by a networking/mixer with the panelists from 12:30-1:00. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up is required!

Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Tuesday, January 25
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2245 North Quad

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to write and utilize a well-written and formatted cover letter. The main components of a cover letter will be included, including tips on how to tailor a cover letter and make it catch the eye of an employer.

US Job Search for International Students
Wednesday, January 26
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2245 North Quad

UM International Center and UM SI-Career Development Office staff will collaboratively present on job search strategies for international students. An International Center advisor will discuss U.S. work authorization topics for students in F-1 and J-1 status, including internship (CPT) and post-graduate (OPT) authorization. SI Career Development staff will discuss key elements of a strong internship recruiting strategy for international students.

Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia Summer Internship Information Session
Thursday, January 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3356 North Quad

Gadjah Mada University is one of Indonesia’s premier universities, situated in the Central Javanese city of Yogyakarta. Yogya, as it’s called, is a very comfortable, bustling, culturally fascinating university city, and a great place for foreign students and visitors to spend time. Mbak Nur Cahyati Wahyuni (“Cahya,” pronounced Chai-yah) is on the staff of their library’s American Corner, one of 11 or so centers set up in university libraries across Indonesia by the US Embassy in Jakarta. The UM Center for Southeast Asian Studies has been working with Mbak Cahya for about four years now on various small projects.

Cahya is seeking SI students to work as summer interns at the library at Gadjah Mada. The library is open to working with SI students depending on their interests. Two SI students worked on with the GMU library last summer.

Kate Wright, Academic Affairs Program Manager at the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at the UM International Institute, will be at North Quad on Thursday, January 27 to talk about internship opportunities. If you are interested in learning more, please plan to attend and RSVP by responding to kkowatch@umich.edu .

If you cannot attend but are interested, please also contact kkowatch@umich.edu.

Social Networking and Your Job Search
Friday, January 28
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2245 North Quad

Gain a new perspective on how to create and maintain an effective online presence in the social networking realm. Learn about different social networking sites and other effective online resources that can be effective in your job search.

Other Events on Campus
Employment Authorization for F-1 and J-1 Students: An Overview
Thursday, January 27
1:00-2:30 p.m.
International Center (Center Campus), Conference Room

Would you like to learn more about the different kinds of employment authorization for F-1 and J-1 students, for employment either before or immediately after graduation? Or maybe you have heard about “OPT”, “CPT”, or “AT”, but want to know more about the differences between them and their advantages and disadvantages.

At this workshop, we will provide an overview of employment authorization options and authorization procedures for F-1 students such as Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training, and employment under the sponsorship of certain recognized international organizations; and will also explain the Academic Training employment authorization for J-1 students. After attending this workshop, you will under

Worstand what kind of employment authorization is most appropriate for you, and will know what you need to do next if you decide to apply for one of these “work permits.”

Workshop Presentation
Be advised that the workshop presentation will not be provided at the workshop. So please remember to print (http://www.internationalcenter.umich.edu/events/handouts/Off%20Campus%20Employment%20101.pdf) and bring it with you to the workshop so you can follow the presentation. If you have questions about the handout, please save your questions for the workshop.

RSVP for Upcoming Events
Jan 25 Federal Careers Day
Jan 25 Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Jan 26 U.S. Job Search for International Students
Jan 28 Social Networking and Your Job Search

Walk-in Hours for the Week
If you have general career development questions, need assistance with your part-time job search, or would like your resume reviewed, you can make an appointment with Emily Bowman by emailing her at embow@umich.edu. Students who schedule appointments will be given first priority but walk-ins are welcome.

Monday, January 24 from 12:30 to 5
Wednesday, January 26 from 2 to 5
Friday, January 28 from 2 to 5
3360 North Quad

Walk-in appointments are meant to answer your quick 10-minutes or less questions. If you need a longer counseling session, please make an appointment by emailing si.careers@umich.edu.

Did You Know?
The “Archived Employer Contacts and Jobs/Internships” tab on iTrack (under iTrack Jobs) can give you a lead on almost 12,000 job and internship leads? This is a great resource for career exploration and finding out when and where jobs and internships get posted.

Posted by shamille on January 24, 2011 at 09:51 AM | Comments (0)

HOW TO: Find Employer-Specific Job Search Advice

It is not uncommon for SI students to set their sights on where they want to be when all of this "grad school stuff" is said and done pretty early in the game. Orientation was rife with exclamations of where SI students want to be two years down the road: "I want to work at Microsoft!" or "I'll be at the Library of Congress when I'm finished".

Perhaps you're dreaming of dining at the limitless cafeteria, courtesy of Google. Maybe you're ready to cross a night at the (Smithsonian) museum off of your bucket list. And maybe Twitter is your employer of choice (you ought to get paid for how much time you spend on the service, right?). And let's not forget the startups!

If you've got it narrowed down, good for you! But chances are that a lot of other people are aiming for that bullseye as well. So, in addition to the general career advice you'll be stocking up on throughout graduate school, make sure you take the time to research your employer of choice specifically. Find out what they are looking for now, while you still have plenty of time to rack up internship hours and open source project contributions. A simple google search will often suffice, but if the web doesn't deliver, head to mLibrary for access to career databases and research assistance from the mid-west's finest librarians.

Posted by embow on January 21, 2011 at 01:09 PM | Comments (0)

expoSItion 2011 registration is open -- win big cash prizes!

exposition 2011
It’s that time of the year when SI is gearing up for one of our biggest events of the year, the annual exposition 2011! And we NEED YOU (STUDENTS) to participate by exhibiting a project in March. We are thrilled to announce that corporate sponsorship and support for this event (John Deere Foundation) allows us to offer YOU the opportunity to win THE BIGGEST CASH AWARDS we’ve ever had!

If you would like more information or just want to learn more about the types of projects that have been exhibited in the past, come by the expoSItion Information Session on Friday, January 21st from 12-1, 2245 NQ. The expo planning committee will be available to answer any and all questions you might have.

WHAT is the expoSItion? An annual SI event where students exhibit projects to potential employers, peers, prospective students, faculty and UM community.

WHO participates? SI Masters and PhD students

WHY participate?
• Showcase SI’s talent to the public!
• Network with potential employers for internship or job opportunities! The SI Networking Fair takes place just before the expo. MOST of those employers also attend the exposition.
• Help recruit prospective students to the program by showing them all the cool stuff we do here!
• Hone your presentation skills—which will be valuable for upcoming conferences or for your job search!
• Win some BIG money! (Monetary gifts will be awarded to the best project presentations)

Overall best project presentation:
1st prize- $1,500
2nd prize- $1,000
3rd prize- $500
Honorable Mention (2)- $100 (John Deere Foundation is sponsoring the Best Overall Project Presentations)

• If all that isn’t enough…free food!

WHEN: Monday, March 28th from 12:00-2:00
WHERE: Michigan League – Hussey Room

Expo Project Award Eligibility: All expo projects must…
• Be initiated and carried out primarily by SI students
• Be presented at the SI expoSItion, March 28th, 12:00-2:00
• Be related to the SI curriculum

WHAT kind of project can you exhibit?
• Individual or group projects
• Any SI Course Project- (and not just HCI courses!) Past projects have come from: 622, 601, 618, 572, 623, 501, 644, 647, 508, 649, 580, 581, 655, 692, any iPol course and more!
• Internships- If you participated in a summer internship (SI 681), you could easily create a poster detailing your experience or a project you worked on
• Independent Research Projects
• Conference Posters—Planning on presenting a poster at an upcoming conference? If so, you SHOULD DEFINITELY consider exhibiting the same poster at the expo!
• Projects do not have to be complete to exhibit them. Work-in progress is just fine and actually presents nicely at the expo! You can present on what you have done so far and what you plan to do.

All project presentations are voted on by the audience and are based on the following: most attractive display, best presentation, most innovative topic, most applicable to the real world.

To view expo projects from last year, go to http://www.si.umich.edu/exposition--

Space is limited (first-registered, first served!) Deadline to register is March 20th! Registration is now open http://www.si.umich.edu/stulife/expo-register.htm!

Register by March 20th to have your resume included in a Resume Collection that will be provided to all employers.

Please email expo2011@umich.edu if you have any questions.

Happy expo-ing!

Posted by shamille on January 18, 2011 at 01:53 PM | Comments (0)

Federal Career Day

The SI Career Development Office, along with Students Interested in Information Policy SIIP, bring you a whole day of career events to help you explore, plan and effectively pursue a federal career—no matter what your specialization is, there is a federal career for you!

SI Federal Career Day-Tuesday, January 25th
• Federal Careers/Job Search Panel 11:30-1:00 3100 NQ Ehrlicher Rm
• Small Group Lunch w/ NIH National Institutes of Health Annenberg Speaker- 3356 North Quad
• One-on-one Federal Career/Job Search Consultations with the NIH- 3360 Student Affairs Suite-Interview Room

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Events Details (sign up is required for these events through iTrack by January 20th!)
• Federal Careers/Job Search Panel
11:30-1:00 3100 NQ Ehrlicher Room

Professionals from a variety of Federal careers will discuss their own career pathways, federal opportunities and outlook, agency trends, federal job search process, and anything else you would like to know about a federal
career. Information shared today will cross over all specializations. This is not a specialization-specific panel. It will be relevant to any and all SI students interested in a federal career! The last part of the program will be an opportunity for students to network with the panelists. So come prepared to ask questions and interact!

Federal agency’s represented:
• FEATURED SPEAKER - Federal Annenberg Speaker from the National Institutes of Health
• Federal Trade Commission
• Government Accountability Office, and more!

The panel session will take place from 11:30-12:30, and will be followed by a networking/mixer with the panelists from 12:30-1:00. Light refreshments will be served.

• Small Group Luncheon w/ Annenberg Speaker from the NIH
1:00-2:00
3356 NQ

Meet with the NIH Annenberg Speaker for more individualized career advice and get lunch. Space is limited to 6-7 students. First to sign-up is first-served. Contact Shamille@umich.edu if you are interested in attending the luncheon ASAP!

• One-On-One Federal Career Consultations with the NIH
2:20-4:00
2260 NQ-Student Affairs Suite-Interview Room

These will be set up as 20 minute individual appointments for you to sit down with a federal employee from the NIH to discuss career and job search topics ranging from the following:

• Federal career opportunities
• Federal career opportunities specific to the NIH
• Agency trends and employment outlook
• How to create a federal resume that stands out online – we will ask students to bring their resumes if they want you to review it
• Presidential Management Fellowship program
• Federal internship programs
• Tips on how to effectively navigate and apply for jobs through USAjobs
• What to expect and how to prepare for a federal interview

Sign up for an interview slot through iTrack by January 20th. You MUST HAVE AN APPROVED RESUME in iTrack to be able to sign up for an interview.

If you have questions or would like more information about these events, please contact si.careers@umich.edu. We hope to see you at one or ALL of these events as this is a unique opportunity to explore federal careers and position yourself for federal job search success!

Posted by shamille on January 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM | Comments (0)

This Week at SI-CDO - Monday, January 17, 2011

In this Edition
Workshops/Programs
Other Events on Campus
RSVP for Upcoming Events
Did You Know?
Walk-in Hours for the Week
Career Tip of the Week

Workshops/Programs
International Internship Search Panel
Tuesday, January 18
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Interested in an international internship for your summer PEP intern experience? Hear from second year students who participated in an internship abroad during 2010. Panelists will share information on how they found their internship, funding opportunities, and what they did. Please come with questions!

Resume Writing Workshop
Wednesday, January 19
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2255 North Quad

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to write and utilize a well-written and formatted resume. The main components of a resume will be included, including tips on how to tailor a resume and make it catch the eye of an employer. ***Please bring your own resume***

What Can You Do With a MSI?
Career Exploration Series: Human-Computer Interaction

Thursday, January 20
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2245 North Quad

In this session, the Human-Computer Interaction specialization will be introduced, examined and information will be shared on the following to help you envision your career pathway and prepare for success: required skills and abilities, employment outlook, salaries, job outcomes, industry trends, testimonies and tips, and much more.

Uganda Summer Archives Internship
Thursday, January 20
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3356 North Quad

Students interested in learning more about archival internship opportunities in Uganda should attend this information session. Derek Peterson, Associate Director at the UM African Studies Center, will be at SI to share information on the project opportunity and to answer any questions.

expoSItion 2011 Information Session
Friday, January 21
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2245 North Quad

Come by the expo information session to learn more about this great SI event, what to expect, how to prepare, and to view some of the past projects. WHAT IS THE EXPOSITION? It’s an annual SI event where students exhibit projects to potential employers, peers, prospective students, faculty, and the U-M community.

Other Events on Campus
Winter Global Education Fair
Thursday, January 20
2:00-5:30 p.m.
Michigan Union, Ballroom

Come attend an informational fair and learn about CGIS programs.

RSVP for Upcoming Events
Jan 25 Federal Careers Day
Jan 25 Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Jan 26 U.S. Job Search for International Students
Jan 28 Social Networking and Your Job Search

Did You Know?
The SLA offers a mentoring program that can help you navigate your career path. Mentors are still available from SLA/Michigan, but only if you act now!

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is an organization of dynamic and change-oriented information professionals (IPs), who strategically use information in their jobs to advance the mission of the organization. Information organizations (such as libraries, information centers, competitive intelligence units or knowledge resource centers) are defined as those entities that deliver information-based solutions to a given market. IPs develop, deploy, and manage information resources and services, harnessing technology as a critical tool to accomplish goals.

You can be a part of this, just by filling out a simple form at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cmi/mentor.html. Mentors are standing by.

Opportunity is knocking— answer the door!

Walk-in Hours for the Week
If you have general career development questions, need assistance with your part-time job search, or would like your resume reviewed, you can make an appointment with Emily Bowman by emailing her at embow@umich.edu. Students who schedule appointments will be given first priority but walk-ins are welcome.

Wednesday, January 19 from 2 to 5
Friday, January 21 from 1 to 4
3360 North Quad

Walk-in appointments are meant to answer your quick 10-minutes or less questions. If you need a longer counseling session, please make an appointment by emailing si.careers@umich.edu.

Career Tip of the Week
UPDATE your resume and profile on iTrack!

Posted by shamille on January 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM | Comments (0)

Guest Blog from NorthOrion: Finding Your Perfect Internship

Check out this article by guest blogger Kimberly Bowen, NorthOrion Staff Writer (www.northorion.com) on how to narrow down your search for the perfect internship.

Fame and fortune are two things that you probably won’t acquire from an internship, but that doesn’t mean that your experience has to be a waste of time. The last thing you want to be stuck doing for three months is printing meeting agendas or scheduling maintenance repairs for your boss. Even in our present economy, there are still many great internship opportunities. Networking, having the required skills and balancing prominence with position are the fundamental principles that NorthOrion thinks are key to having a successful experience as an intern.

Think “Networking”
The majority of job postings – and internship opportunities for that matter – never make it onto the main online job boards. Instead, they are passed along by word of mouth and filled by people who have connections. If you’re feeling that you aren’t one of those people with connections, think again! You don’t need to know people well to network with them successfully; it can always help but it’s not required. Just start talking to people. Look at everyone as a networking opportunity. You never know who your exercise buddy, professor, uncle, bus driver or the person standing in line next to you knows.

Find a way to comfortably bring up your search for an internship in conversations. Let people know what you’re looking for and what you have to offer. Keep your spiel short and to the point. Be prepared with a way to write down their contact information or professionally and effectively share yours.

Even if an internship position doesn’t work out, keep in contact with influential people. Send thank-you notes and follow up with them on occasion. You may find that the internship opportunity you didn’t receive or that you turned down may become a great job opportunity once you finish your degree.

Plan Ahead for the Skills You’ll Need
Start looking for an internship early on in your education, or at least during the school year. Positions fill up quickly, so don’t wait for someone to contact you. Look for positions that could be interesting and a good fit. Make a list of companies and start contacting them. Find out what skills and accomplishments they’re looking for. If they take on interns every semester, ask if you can speak with the person involved in the hiring process. Ask them what qualities their favorite intern had.

Next, take a good look at your resume. If you don’t have the skills they’re looking for, so what! This is your opportunity to obtain them. Do everything in your power to get those skills. Volunteer, take additional night classes, complete an intermediary internship or find a temporary job that can give you the experience they are looking for in an intern. If there isn't time for you to completely learn something, start it anyway and list on your resume as something that you’re in the process of learning. They’ll probably be impressed by your ambition. By simply finding out what they’re looking for and working toward it, you’ll be ahead of the curve. The worst that can happen is that you’ll end up with a couple extra skills for your resume, which never hurt anyone.

Balance Prominence with Position
Working for a company that has a well-known name in its industry can be a great way to impress potential employers. Superb experience can be equally important. Unfortunately, these two don’t always go hand in hand. Oftentimes, larger, more prominent companies have more coffee-running interns than smaller companies. A business that only has 15 employees may have more tasks for you to work on than one that has more than 500. Consider which will take you further in your career. You may find that a little bit of both is best.

Byline: Kimberly Bowen, NorthOrion Staff Writer (www.northorion.com)

Posted by kkowatch on January 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM | Comments (0)

This Week at SI-CDO - Monday, January 10, 2011

In this Edition
Workshops/Programs
RSVP for Upcoming Events
Did You Know

Welcome back! We hope you had a fun, restful, and rejuvenating holiday break.

CDO events are in full swing! We will be offering MANY professional skills and career development workshops/programs to help you manage and succeed in your career development and job search efforts this term.

We try to make sure all students know what we are doing every week so watch for our event information in our weekly newsletter so please read it each week so you don’t miss anything. If you miss a newsletter, don’t worry, our events can also be found in iTrack, *some* email reminders, and the CDO blog http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/sicareers/ as these are the primary resources we use to communicate and share information with students. WE ENCOURAGE (and sometimes require) all students to RSVP for all of our events through iTrack!

Remember, we’re here to help you with your career and job search needs. Make an appointment with us to get that resume updated or just to strategize your job/internship search plans this semester.

Scheduled appointments are encouraged and can be made by emailing si.careers@umich.edu. Please indicate your year in the program and topic to discuss.

Or contact us directly:
Joanna Kroll jckroll@umich.edu (2nd+ students)
Kelly Kowatch kkowatch@umich.edu (1st year students)

Workshops/Programs
Career Development Orientation for Winter 2011 Students
Monday, January 10
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Get up to date on the services and resources provided by the SI Career Development Office. “Help! I need to find a part-time job fast!” Learn about the most effective resources and methods for landing a PT job! Receive career advising from your “buddy”. “Internship this summer or not? What’s this PEP thing all about?” We’ll address these questions and many more! The SI Career Development Staff will provide you with tips and advice to get you up to speed on the services we offer and related activities this term!

International Opportunities Funding Workshop with the UM EAO
Thursday, January 13
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2245 North Quad

Staff from the UM International Center’s Education Abroad Office will come to SI to share information on how to identify and apply for funding for international internships, research projects, and other international opportunities.

International Internships Information Session with UM AIESEC and UM IAESTE
Friday, January 14
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Representatives from the UM student organizations AIESEC and IAESTE will be at North Quad to talk about international internship opportunities related to their organizations. Both student organizations are groups that facilitate the exchange of internships with international organizations, providing an economical means to secure internships internationally for UM students.

About AIESEC – http://www.aiesecmichigan.com/
About IAESTE – http://www.iaestemichigan.com/wiki/

RSVP for Upcoming Events
Jan 14: International Internships Information Session
Jan 18: International Internship Search Panel
Jan 19: Resume Writing Workshop
Jan 20: What Can You Do With an MSI? HCI
Jan 21: expoSItion Information Session
Jan 25: Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Jan 26: U.S. Job Search for International Students
Jan 28: Social Networking and Your Job Search

Did You Know?
Gaming is becoming a fast growing industry. For those interested in a career in gaming, here is a great resource for jobs and industry information http://www.gamasutra.com/.

Posted by shamille on January 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)