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SBU students to ‘disinfect’ computers Sept. 14

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU students to ‘disinfect’ computers Sept. 14

BOLIVAR, Mo.Computer science students at Southwest Baptist University will “disinfect” computers for free from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, as a service to the community.

“Part of our Christian purpose is to be of service to others, and this event is a great way for our students to demonstrate that particular characteristic of the Christian life,” said Tim DeClue, Ph.D., computer and information sciences professor and chair of the Computer and Information Science Department.
Residents of Bolivar and surrounding communities are invited to drop off any computer needing virus removal and protection (i.e. viruses, worms, adware, malware, Trojan horses, etc.) in the lobby of the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center between 8 a.m. and noon. Disinfected computers must be picked up by 3 p.m. at the same location.
This service is provided free of charge. If the computer is a desktop model, there is no need to bring the monitor, keyboard, mouse, or any of the other peripheral devices; if it is a laptop, be sure and bring the power cord. Students will need login information (name and password) in order to work on the computer. Hardware problems cannot be corrected.
Normally between 30 and 40 computers can be disinfected by the students, who are all computer science, computer information science or web systems and design majors in the Computer and Information Sciences Department. The students provide services valued at about $4,000.
“Our students enjoy the day working together and learning a very practical skill related to professional computing,” Dr. DeClue said. “We are blessed in the CIS Department with many talented students, and Disinfection Day is one way we can share them and their abilities with Bolivar and surrounding communities.” 
Disinfection Day is an annual event sponsored by the SBU CIS Department and the SBU student chapter of the ACM (computer and information science student professional organization). For more information about SBU CIS, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or

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