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Event Notices From Aug. 16-18

Vision Computer Solutions to Offer Online Security Tips at Local Event: Northville-based Vision Computer Solutions will host a free event to promote safe technology habits to local area business owners. The Cyber Security Lunch-N-Learn event will take place at Genitti's Hole-in-the-Wall in Northville on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All attendees will receive a free lunch and have the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire. Vision Computer Solutions' vice president of consulting, Peter Marsack, will give a detailed presentation on the potential dangers found in cyber space, including threats to businesses and families. Attendees will learn how hackers and cyber-criminals can access important information and why small businesses, families and even children are vulnerable targets. All attendees will leave with actionable tips and suggestions from Vision's Michigan computer consulting team to better protect their business information and personal data. Guests are invited to participate in a question and answer session immediately following the presentation. All Metro Detroit area PR and marketing agencies, law firms, manufacturing companies and other area businesses with 10 or more computers are welcome to attend. To register for the event, please call Vision's office at (248) 349-6115, email Peter at or visit the event registration page at

WID Michigan To Host 'A Soldier's Story' Sept. 24: Women in Defense Michigan will host "Attack And Defend: A Soldier's Story," featuring Lt. Col. (Ret.) Rock Marcone. Marcone's presentation will detail his combat experience and his return to civilian life. The event is presented in collaboration with the Michigan chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Marcone is now director of the Maneuver Collaboration Center at General Dynamics Land Systems. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sterling Inn, 34911 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights. Before joining General Dynamics, Marcone served as the Commander of the Task Force 3-69 Armor for the Invasion of Iraq and was known as the "Tip of the Spear" in the 3rd Infantry Division advance to seize the Objective Peach the Bridge over the Euphrates and Saddam International Airport. He also served as the Senior Brigade Trainer at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. In that role, Marcone prepared senior level Colonels for command in combat. "Attack and Defend: A Soldier's Story" includes networking and a cash bar from 5-6 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. Marcone's presentation will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Advanced registration for this event is $45 for WID or NDIA members, and $55 for non-members. Walk-in tickets for the event, available at the door, are $55 for WID or NDIA members, or $65 for non-members. For more information, visit

First-Ever Michigan Rail Conference Coming: Michigan Technological University, the National University Rail Center (NURail) and the Michigan Department of Transportation are cohosting the first Michigan Rail Conference this month. The meeting will be at Lansing Community College's West Campus Conference Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27. There will be 16 technical presentations, a panel discussion on freight transportation and economic development, and addresses by State Sen. Tom Casperson, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and State Rep. Wayne Schmidt, chair of the House Transportation Committee. Tom Carper, a current member and former director and chair of the Amtrak board, will give the keynote address. Pasi Lautala, director of Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program, is co-chair for the conference. RTP is an interdisciplinary program in railroad engineering and urban rail transit. The program has attracted the attention and support of some of the largest rail companies in North America. It is one of seven university rail programs chosen to participate in NURail, a federally funded university consortium. NURail brings together the nation's leading rail transportation education and research programs to help develop immediate and long-term rail transport solutions. To contact Pasi Lautala, conference co-chair, email or call 906-487-3547.

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