Friday, February 1, 2013

The Office of Student Financial Assistance will again be holding various financial aid events throughout February, March and April – ranging from helping students to file their Financial Aid Applications to Information Sessions about the Financial Aid process.
We would like to remind our students that they can begin filling out their 2013-2014 FAFSA Application as early as today! The 2013-2014 FAFSA covers Fall Semester 2013, Spring Semester 2014.
By completing the FAFSA students are applying for state and federal financial aid in the form of grants, loans and work study. Most colleges and universities require the FAFSA to be completed to apply for their institutional grants and scholarships. It is important for all students to complete the FAFSA!
Due to state funding for the Illinois MAP Grant – students are strongly encouraged to file their 2013-2014 FAFSA by March 1, 2013!!
To help make the 2013- 2014 FAFSA process smoother, the Office of Student Financial Assistance is offering the following events:
Thursday, February 7th – 2013 Free Financial Aid Workshop
7pm - General Financial Aid Overview Presentation (also available in Spanish)
6pm to 8:30pm – Computer lab will be open for students to file their 2013-2014 FAFSA that day!
To reserve your spot please sign up online at
Monday, February 11th to Monday, April 15th – FAFSA Lab Opens
Students are encouraged to stop by the FAFSA Lab located at SSC 2222 and file their 2013-2014 Free Application For Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. The lab will be open:
Monday through Thursday – 9am to 5:30pm
Friday – 9am to 3:30pm
February, March, April 2013 - Financial Aid Information Sessions
These are free information sessions that will be offered throughout February, March and April. Topics to be covered will be how to borrow wisely and understanding your Federal Stafford Loans; how grades impact your financial aid and what type of financial aid is available and where to start. For dates and information please visit us online at
For more information students can contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 630-942-2251 or email us at  Jennifer Prusko, Financial Aid Representive, Office of Student Financial Assistance.
This morning, the Career Services new website launched and I wanted to be sure you all knew where to find internship information and point out some helpful tools.

The Career Services website is:

You will find it is organized by user (student, faculty / staff, community, employer). You will find internship information under the Student section and the Faculty / Staff section.

The shortcut for internship information for students is:

The shortcut for the academic forms are

I also wanted to share that I have added Academic Internship Requirements and an Internship Checklist for students pursuing credit. I hope this will help clarify the process and answer questions. You will also find an FAQ on the student site.
Sara Kirby is the Assistant Manager of Career Services, 3258 Student Services Center (SSC).  Her phone number is 630/942-2230.  She can also be reached at

Friday, January 25, 2013

What is Administrative Distance & Metric Distance?

I just had an email from a student asking, "what is administrative distance and Metric Distance?"I will give a brief answer here, but if any of you want more detail, please let me know.

When a Cisco router has more than one route to a particular destination and those routes come from different route sources (directly connected, static, and/or dynamic routing protocol(s)), the router ios uses the administrative distance to decide which of those routes to place in the routing table (the best route(s)).

Whereas, the metric value is used when there is more than one way to get to a particular destination and all of the routes to that destination come from a single route source (i.e. RIP dynamic routing protocol).

As we discussed in class, the metric used by the routing protocol will be different, depending on the routing protocol. RIP uses hop count, Cisco’s OSPF uses bandwidth; EIGRP uses bandwidth and delay by default (but can be configured to include load and reliability).

The administrative distance value is set by Cisco and not an actual standard. However, other vendors do use it. The route that has the lower administrative distance will be preferred over the router with the higher administrative distance and will be added to the routing table. The term “trustworthy” is commonly used when defining administrative distance. The lower the administrative distance value, the more “trustworthy” the route.

I hope this helps - Joanne

Network Security Engineer, Chicago, IL

Hi Joanne!

I am in the process of looking for my replacement. I need a network security engineer that meets the following job description:

Must have a solid understanding and working knowledge of networking, security, server hardware and operating systems as well as the interdependencies between them. Additional Responsibilities: May be responsible for day-to-day coaching, providing on-the-job and formal training, reference materials, procedures, and system documentation. May interface with other stakeholders including vendors, application development and technical support staff. May provide inventory and asset management resources to the IT security operation, including office administrative supplies, security specific resources such as SecurID cards or cryptographic key management, specialized security software, etc. Must possess working knowledge of Security Vulnerabilitiy assessments; Information Security Standards and Practices; firewall technology and administration; knowledge of Intrusion Detection system technology and adminstration; public-key infrastructure technology. Windows and Unix Administration is a must.

If you know anyone who would qualify and is interested please pass this on. It is hard to find someone with this background in Chicago so I am reaching out to you.

Thank you!

Scott Otocki CISSP

Network Engineer Specialist


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Opportunities through Network Data Systems

Here are the positions I am currently working on:

Senior Cisco Voip Engineer for FTE assignment preferred location Illinois, 30% travel outside Illinois, CCIE preferred other High Level UC certifications will be considered.

Also high Level Cisco R/S FTE candidate with Nexus. CCIE R/S preferred, FTE, Illinois based candidate best, 30% travel.

Android Engineer - FTE, Illinois preferred, 30% travel.

• Must be able to develop/debug Linux kernel drivers and Android OS code and applications

We also have positions available in our NOC. Ask me about details.

Lynn Tryon
Senior Technical Recruiter
OFFICE 847-385-6795

CELL 630-346-0332

FAX 847-385-6790


Twitter lynntryon

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Work Opportunity


We have some summer work at my current employer, Catalyst Schools Chicago, and I am hoping you might have some students looking for work. It would be starting in Mid-Late June and going through August 1, probably around 40 hours a week with the pay being $11 an hour. If you know of anyone that might be interested please have them e-mail me at with a copy of their resume and my boss and I will get back to them ASAP. We are looking for about 15 people and they don't need a lot of experience it will be mainly following a checklist of software uninstalls and installs, as well as actually placing the computers in the classrooms along with printers and phones in addition to cleaning off the existing physical equipment that has gotten dust covered over the past year.


Paul M. Webb

Networking and HelpDesk Specialist

Phone: 630-447-9354


Monday, February 27, 2012

More on NOC Engineer Position


Here is the position description, full-time, full benefits, let me know if you know of someone that is interested. As I mentioned we need a seasoned CCNA, we've been disappointed with the last 2 interviews. Thanks.

Career Opportunities: NOC ENGINEER

This is an exciting new opportunity at TransUnion to participate in the growth of the company and to gain the work experience that will take your career to the next level. This position will have a chance to build valuable data networking skills and technical proficiency while working with best-of-breed platforms such as Cisco's Nexus 7000 Data Center switches, Catalyst 6500 and 3750 switches, ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, ISR and ISRG2 Integrated Services Routers, ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances, and F5's BIG-IP Local Traffic Managers. Eventually, the incumbent for this position will also gain exposure to IP Telephony systems.

Generally speaking, this position will be responsible for the support of incident, change and minor problem management pertaining to TransUnion's Networking, Security, and Load Balancing infrastructure. The position will act as Tier-1 24/7 shift support for the TransUnion Network Operations Center.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Responsible for resolving production network incidents by working with internal and external technology support organizations. Is accountable for owning the incident and driving thru to resolution.
2. Performs advanced troubleshooting techniques in to resolve network incidents. Escalates using official escalation procedures when appropriate.
3. Responsible for managing service requests and executing standard changes with no supervision.
4. Ensures both the customer and internal management are notified of impacting outage situations using official communications procedures.
5. Ticket management. Open, update and close incidents, requests and RFC's as per official company policy and guidelines.
6. Responsible for executing daily, weekly monthly operations monitoring and reporting.
7. Responsible for executing moves, adds and changes (M/A/C) in the environment.
8. Required to participate in 24/7/4 (3) shift rotation. Is expected to possess advanced technical knowledge and capability to handle most incidents/issues that may arise. Proactively puts procedures in place to prevent and reduce severity of outages.
9. Responsible for developing and writing operations processes and procedures.
10. Follows structure change management process.
11. Coordinates activities with vendors as required
12. Performs other related duties as assigned.

The duties and responsibilities described above are the essential functions of the job. The qualifications below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

2 - 3 years Information Technology experience
Good understanding of data communication protocols focusing on TCP/IP, SNA and asynchronous
Knowledge of Cisco routers and switches in an enterprise corporate infrastructure.
CCNA level Cisco IOS and Cisco router, switch, firewall configurations.
Experience with Load Balancer (F5 and Cisco Content Switches) a big plus.
Good understanding of MPLS, Frame Relay, Leased line and ISDN.
Good understand of network security practices and tools.
Experience with monitoring tools such as CA Spectrum, CA eHealth, Netflow Collectors and Netscout.
Experience with mainframe products: CICS, VTAM, NCP a big plus.
Bachelors Degree in a related technical field, or demonstrated real world experience.
Good written and verbal communications skills.
Demonstrated ability to execute and perform timely follow-up to ensure customer satisfaction.
Experience in the use of project management tools and methodologies to manage project plans.
Ability to represent TU in a positive manner when interacting with customers.
Forward thinker with ability to instill quality in every aspect of the job function

We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, a business-casual environment, and a convenient downtown location as well as a free on-site fitness center.

To be considered for employment with TransUnion, you must be able to pass our standard background check.

TransUnion is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer; M/F/D/V. TransUnion values the advantages gained from a diverse workforce.