Issue 10

December 17, 2012
Happy Holidays!! Updates will resume January 7, 2013

Congrats to Washington County Extension assistant professor Paul Hill and 4-H member Carter Goff for winning the National 4-H STEP UP! To the Challenge video contest. The win brings $1,250 to the Washington County 4-H Technology Program. Click here to see the video.

New Extension Employee

Welcome to Zuri Garcia, who was hired as Davis County Extension FCS 4-H agent in November. She moved from Logan, where she completed requirements for her Master of Science degree in family, consumer, and human development. She has since defended her thesis and passed and is on her way to graduating. She is married and has two children. Her son Elias is 7 and daughter Faith is 5. They are looking forward to having fun in 4-H. Garcia is happy to be serving Davis County.


 Tech Tip
  • Click here to learn how to take cool Christmas photos.

 New YouTube Videos

To view 320 other USU Extension videos, click here.

  4-H Leadermete Early Bird Registration
  • Early bird registration for the 4-H Leadermete is Dec. 1 - Jan. 11. The Leadermete is Feb. 28 - March 2, 2013, at 100 E. Center in Provo. There are 134 workshops to choose from and keynote speaker/entertainer for the awards banquet is Jason Hewlett. Participants will not be able to pay online this year but can pay their county office and do a transfer of funds later, or they can call the Utah County 4-H office and pay with a credit card or mail a check. Click here for registration packet. Click here to register online.
Avoid Holiday Hackers

If you are leaving for the holiday break, turn off your computer before you go. Not only will it save electricity, it will deny hackers the opportunity to poke and probe your computer for vulnerabilities. 


If hackers find their way into your computer, they will have days or weeks to explore your data and use your processor and network access. That mischief could, at first, look like your doing. Then it could look like USU's negligence, and USU could be blocked or blacklisted on the Internet by other schools and service providers. 


And don't forget your printer. Most are actually computers on the inside with Windows Operating Systems and web servers, email servers and hard drives. They have a control panel instead of a keyboard and a print device instead of a monitor; but they are still usable computers to a hacker. The hard drive may still be storing the last confidential documents you printed, copied or scanned.


Before you turn out the lights and lock the door to celebrate the end of the semester and the holidays, please shut down your computers and printers. Have a happy and safe holiday with no surprises when you return in the New Year.


   ~ By Bob Bayn, IT Security Team, USU Office of Information Technology

Save the Date   
  • Official University Holiday Closures - Dec. 24-26, 31 and Jan. 1.
    Happy Holidays! Updates will resume Jan. 7, 2013.


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