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USU Extension 4-Her Torchbearer for 2010 Olympics
Extension Holiday Fair Success Provides 2010 Insight
Thanksgiving Point Youth Volunteer Honored
Tech Tips: Changing Your Name
Recent Extension Publications
Extension Career Opportunities
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January 2010
 USU Extension 4-Her Torchbearer for 2010 Olympics
         Utah State University Extension 4-Her Kelcie Thomas was among 10 teens selected by Coca-Cola to serve as a torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.
         Thomas' selection was based on her involvement in a community-oriented program showing dedication in the area of balanced living. The Oak City native helped educate over 245,000 elementary school children about healthy eating and exercise habits through her project, "Creating a Healthier You."
        Thomas began her 4-H career as a  freshman in high school, where she served as teen council secretary, vice president and president. While a junior at Delta High School two years ago, she completed a research paper on childhood obesity and was inspired to start her 4-H/Sterling Scholar project to improve the lives of youths. She was also the Southwest Region 4-H Ambassador. Millard County Extension 4-H leaders, Darlene Scott and Jolene Johnson, nominated Thomas to serve as Olympic Torchbearer.
        "Millard County 4-H nominated Kelcie to be an Olympic Torchbearer because of the outstanding qualities and balanced accomplishments of this fine young lady," said Scott. "We are very proud to have Kelcie represent 4-H as a Torchbearer for the Olympic Winter Games. We believe that the values and life skills she has developed through her years in 4-H helped prepare her for this opportunity."
          Thomas said the whole thing was a surprise to her.
          "I didn't even know that I was nominated, so I was pretty excited when I found out I was selected," said Thomas.
          Thomas will run the torch for 300 meters on Jan. 18 through Calgary, Canada, as it makes its way to Vancouver for the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 12. The Olympic Torch Relay will last for 106 days, cover more than 27,000 miles and link more than 1,000 communities and places of interest throughout Canada.

 Extension Holiday Fair Success Provides 2010 Insight        
         The Salt Lake County Holiday Fair held Wednesday, Dec. 2, provided 496 attendees with Extension information and gave Extension insight into what the public is looking for in 2010.
           According to Sarah Petersen, advertiser and desktop publishing technician for Salt Lake County, Extension not only provided holiday classes but also informed attendees about year-long services offered by Extension.
         "Although classes focused on holiday specifics, visitors were able to meet our agents and see how Extension could benefit them throughout the year," Petersen said.
            Of the 496 attending, half consisted of the general public, while others who visited were Salt Lake County employees who gained knowledge of Extension services and its benefits to their clients. The Extension office also made many over-the-counter sales through purchases of various publications extending the research-based materials into the community.
            Following the Holiday Fair, surveys filled out by 51 participants allowed Salt Lake County Extension to focus on what the public would like to see in 2010.
           "This event provided an opportunity to survey the public on what their needs are," Petersen said. "We were fortunate to have so many respondents."
              Petersen said that among the surveys, participants would like to see classes in health, nutrition, gardening, home tips and finance during the 2010 year. Surveys can be created by emailing Steph Wilson at ezplug.
Thanksgiving Point Youth Volunteer Honored
          Some leaders are born, others are made. At Thanksgiving Point, teenagers build their leadership skills and influence hundreds of children by becoming Growing Leaders.
As Growing Leaders, teens help design and plan Thanksgiving Point's youth education programming. The teens then teach those programs and mentor thousands of participating children. Recently, a Growing Leader, Shaylynn Stubbs-Sanchez, was awarded the Heart and Hands award, honoring outstanding volunteer service, at Utah Philanthropy Day.
        Shaylynn worked with the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Club this year. She helped children plant and care for the JMG garden at Farm Country. She also showed unique entrepreneurial spirit by helping students create purses made from recycled juice packages to sell at Thanksgiving Point's Farmers Market.
       Growing Leaders is a 4-H club, a part of the USU Extension partnership, and is sponsored in part by generous donations from the MonaVie Corporation.
       If you would like more information on how to become a Growing Leader or how you can support the program, visit or contact Connie Packer at .

Tech Tips: Changing Your Name     
From Dennis Hinkamp, USU Extension Communications

Perhaps your official name is
Reginald or Lorraine but everyone knows you as Reggie or Laurie, so when someone gets an email from Reginald or Lorraine, they are confused or, worse yet, delete your email. Maybe you are still mad at your hippie parents for naming you Sassafras and you would prefer the more professional sounding Janet on your Outlook email. Well, we can't help you in real life but on your banner account, you can choose any first name you want. It's simple and requires no administrative approval. 

Here's how you do it:
1.      Go to human relations
Then click "Banner Self Service" on the right navigation bar.
2.      Login username is your A-number.
3.      Go to Personal Information tab and
click on "Change your preferred first name".
4.      You're done. Enjoy your new name.

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