Your Operators' Defending Assets

Y.O.D.A. is a student club from John A. College open to any computer science student or students with interest in computers and technology. Unlike its peer club, Logan Defenders, which is our cyber competition club, Y.O.D.A. focuses on fundraising events and activities that make it possible for the Logan Defenders to have the funds needed to attend competitions, covering travel expenses and participation fees. None of the great things that the Defenders have accomplished would have been possible without the fundraising efforts of Y.O.D.A.

And if that was't already enough, Y.O.D.A. also gives students further knowledge and experience working within the community and increases the community's knowledge of computer usage and forensics. If you are interested in joining it, contact the club advisor Kylee Williams.

 The following events have been either organized by Y.O.D.A, were helped by its volunteer work, or were made possible because of the colaboration of its members:




Upcoming Events

August 10th, Backpack Day at Harley Davidson of Marion, Illinois. From 9am to 2pm.

DuQuoin State Fair. Details coming soon.

SIU Cyber Day. Details coming soon.




We have held presentations at the following participating High Schools:

  • West Frankfort
  • Marion
  • Trico

  • Murphysboro

  • Carterville

If you would like our team to present at your High School please contact Mark Rogers.




John A. Logan College has had many speakers that are involved with Cyber Security and IT. We have also had law enforcement such as the State Troopers and the FBI present to our students.
Guest speakers are currently being scheduled. Please check back soon!


  Past Events


August 2nd - Tour of the facilities to the ICCTA Trustees Retreat at John A. Logan College.

July 8th - 11th - Cybercamp for kids at John A. Logan College

May 11th, 2019 - Logan Defenders Awards Night with guest speakers Dave Severin and Amanda Joyce from Argonne National Laboratories

May 2nd - 5th - Vietnam Wall volunteering at the VA Hospital of Marion, Illinois.

April 24th, 2019 - Close The Gap

April 23rd, 2019 - ELF (Executive Leadership Forum) CAE Meeting

April 19th, 2019 - Carbondale Rebound (1:30p.m.-2:30p.m.)

March 27th, 2019 - WiCyS Conference (Poster Presentation), Pittsburgh, PA.

March 2nd, 2019 - Boy Scouts Day

February 25th, 2019 - Speaker Jessa Gramenz "Threat Hunting"

February 23rd, 2019 - Boy Scouts Day

February 16th, 2019 - John A. Logan College hosts Southern Remote site for CCDC (Participants SIUC and JALC)

January 31st - Escape the Room at TriC's STEAM Night, Carterville, IL.

January 19th - Girl Scouts Day


December - Angel Tree project at John A. Logan College.

December 15th - Christmas Card for Veterans

December 1st - Cyber Defense Competition 2018 - Argonne National Laboratory 

November 19th - Thanksgiving Food Drive sorting, John A. Logan College.

November 17th - Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) 2018 Invitational

November 7th - High School Guidance Counselor Conference

October 13th - Kids Cyber Event at SIU (Wireshark, Escape Room, Dog Napping)

September 22nd - 23rd - Southern IL Hunting and Fishing Days  (8am-4pm Sat. /  8am-2pm Sun)

September 12th - Bake Sale 9 a.m. - 1 p.m at Loganpalooza, at John A. Logan College.

September 6th - Escape Room

 August 24th - Athletes and Social Media  (1pm-3pm)

June 11th-14th  - Bootcamp (12pm-4pm)

Ages 7-12, Enigma, Drones, Escape Room and more

June 18th-21st - Bootcamp (12pm-4pm)

Ages 13-16, Build computers, Cryptography, Enigma and more

May 16th - Cybersecurity Conference 

March 17th, 2018 - Boy Scouts Cybersecurity Day

February 17th, 2018 - Logan Defenders compete in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC)

February 2018. Guest Speaker Joey Watson

January 10th, 2018. Spring semester begins


December 20, 2017. End of semester potluck

December 18-19, 2017. Net+ Bootcamp

November 17, 2017.  STLCyberCon

November 4th-5th, 2017 - HackSI (Dunn-Richmond Center)

October 21, 2017  8am-3pm - Southern Illinois Cyber Security Day.

September 23-24, 2017 -  Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days. 

August 21, 2017 - No School - Solar Eclipse

August 16, 2017 - Classes Begin: Fall 2017

August 5th - Black Diamond Harley Davidson Backpack Giveaway Day

June 13th - August 8th - Free non-accredited Summer tutorials

April 20th, 2017 -  John A. Logan College Hosts the High School Business Competition


October 26th, 2016 - Speaker - Trooper Joey Watson Serving Illinois State Police District 13 

October 24th, 2016 - Mobile Security Presentation - Logan Defenders

September 24th & 25th, 2016 - Southern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days

  • Logan Defender's Booth

August 26th, 2016 - DuQuoin State Fair - Walking in the Parade

  • More information about the event will be available soon!

August 6th, 2016 - Harley Davidson's Backpack for Kids Day - Logan Defender's Booth

  • Participants provided Cyber Safety and anti-Cyber Bullying information to children and parents.

 Harley Davidson's Booth   Harley Davidson's Booth

April 23rd, 2016 - SIU Cyber Security Days- Social Media Security

  • More information about the event can be found HERE.

April 21st, 2016-  JALC HS Business Day

  • The Logan Defenders gave campus tours and discussed the Logan Defenders team during the event.
  • The team also hosted a mock competition for students to test their cyber defense skills.


Harley Davidson Backpacks for Kids day - Saturday, August 8, in Marion, Illinois
Participants provided Cyber Safety and anti-Cyber Bullying information to children and parents.

The Logan Defenders Cyber Security Team assisted by the YODA Club presented a Cyber Security Kid's Day on Saturday, October 17 from 9 A.M. until noon.  The sessions were for children ages 8-12 and lunch was served for kids and parents after the sessions.  Kids were able to attend three separate sessions on personal Cyber Safety including mobile and phone security and gaming.  While the kids were in sessions, Mark Rogers, Associate Professor of CIS presented a session on Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Cyber Bullying, as well as keeping your kids safe online. This is an annual event, if you are interested in attending next year please contact .

The Logan Defenders and YODA club presented for NCSAM on the following dates:

  • Monday, October 19
  • Tuesday, October 20