September 4, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The John A. Logan College YODA Club has scheduled two community-service events for September.

The club members are hosting a "Free Computer Checkup Day" on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rooms B73 and B75 at the college.  Any Southern Illinois resident who would like to have a personal computer checked out and fixed, if necessary, may do so for free. Donations, however, are accepted and welcomed. 

“We will check the computers for viruses, malware, adware, and spyware,” said Mark Rogers, associate professor of computer information systems at JALC and sponsor of the YODA (your operatives defending assets) Club.  “If the computers do not have antivirus software on them, we will install a free antivirus program.  Also, we can check for any Windows updates needed and help people install programs on their computers.  If people are getting ready to donate or sell their computers to someone else, they can bring them and we will wipe out the hard drives and make sure all their personal information is gone.  Any kind of routine computer maintenance can be done.”

In addition to the free checks, Rogers said the club would backup all the files on the computers and put them on 16 GB flash drives.  This service will cost the user $25 to cover the cost of the flash drives.   

Rogers said people will be seen on a first come, first served basis on Saturday, and the limit is one computer per person.  People should bring their computers and power cords. 

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the club will host a "Kid’s Computer Day" for children age 7 through 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in B73 and B75.  At that seminar, kids will learn about computer repair, Internet security, and computer programing.  Pizza and drinks will be served to the children and their parents at 1 p.m. 

For more information regarding the computer checkups and the kid’s seminar, contact Rogers at 618-985-2828, Ext. 8679 or by email at markrogers@jalc.edu.