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| USU Extension 4-Her Torchbearer for 2010 Olympics|
University Extension 4-Her Kelcie Thomas was among 10 teens selected
by Coca-Cola to serve as a torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
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."
began her 4-H career as a freshman in high school, where she served
as teen council secretary, vice president and president.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
leaders are born, others are made. At Thanksgiving Point, teenagers
build their leadership skills and influence hundreds of children by
becoming Growing Leaders.
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
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.
you would like more information on how to become a Growing Leader or
how you can support the program, visit www.thanksgivingpoint.org or
contact Connie Packer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 http://www.usu.edu/hr/
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.
Help Spread the Word About Extension Career Opportunities Professional positions within Utah State Extension are currently open, and we would like your help in spreading the word. Below is a list of open positions. Please forward this list to anyone you know who might be interested in applying.
4-H and Youth Programs:
Salt Lake County:
Visit the USU Extension employment site by clicking here.