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The Half-Time Livestream brings everyone in Dx together for the chance to ask questions and get real-time answers; hear up-to-date news about projects, changes, events, and more; recognize team members for their great accomplishments; ponder the quote and stat of the week; and laugh at the plentiful dad jokes. To participate, tune in every Wednesday at 11:45 AM on the Half-Time Channel on the Dx Community team in Teams.

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The Dx Team Recognition Award is a way to recognize our colleagues for their hard work and accomplishments. During our Half-Time Livestream each Wednesday at 11:45 AM, a deserving nominee will receive an award certificate and two movie vouchers. To nominate someone, fill out the form below. Alternatively, you can navigate to the Dx Community team in Teams, enter the Half-Time channel, and select the Team Recognition tab from the top menu. Remember, nominations must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday to be eligible for the following Wednesday's Half-Time.

Dx Team Recognition Form

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Our upcoming Dx All Hands luncheon will be held on Monday, October 2, from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM in the SC Ballroom. Many important updates and announcements will be shared, as well as delicious food. Don't miss out! 

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This semester, fall break will extend from October 19 through October 21. Students will have the opportunity to recharge, catch up on coursework, or simply enjoy the season's beauty.
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Monday, October 9 is Columbus Day, a federal holiday that commemorates Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492. Starting in 2021, Indigenous Peoples' Day was also recognized as a federal holiday, and celebrates the diverse cultures and histories of indigenous communities in the Americas.

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Tuesday, October 31 is Halloween, a beloved holiday celebration characterized by costumes, spooky decorations, and the tradition of trick-or-treating. It originated from ancient Celtic festivals and has evolved into a day when people embrace their inner monsters and enjoy spooky festivities.
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Brett McKeachnie, Senior Director of Product Portfolio Management

In a world filled with daily challenges and interactions, assuming positive intent might just be the key to smoother, more harmonious relationships. This concept encourages us to give others the benefit of the doubt and approach every interaction with optimism. Assuming positive intent can have a myriad of benefits for our personal and professional lives.

What Does It Mean to Assume Positive Intent?

There is often more than meets the eye in any given situation. To assume positive intent is to adopt a mindset where we choose to believe that people's actions and words come from a place of good intentions, even if the immediate outcome appears negative or unclear. It's about shifting our default perspective from suspicion and cynicism to trust and empathy. 

Benefits of Assuming Positive Intent

1. Improved Communication

When we assume positive intent, our approach to communication changes. We listen more attentively, seeking to understand the other person's point of view rather than immediately jumping to conclusions. This not only reduces misunderstandings but also fosters open and honest dialogue.

2. Strengthened Relationships

Building and maintaining strong relationships depends on trust. When we assume positive intent, we convey our trust in others, which, in turn, encourages trust in us. This creates a positive feedback loop that strengthens relationships over time.

3. Reduced Conflict

Assuming positive intent can defuse tense situations. Instead of reacting defensively or aggressively, we respond with patience and understanding. This de-escalates conflicts and paves the way for more productive resolutions.

4. Enhanced Team Dynamics

In a workplace setting, assuming positive intent can be a game-changer. It promotes a collaborative atmosphere where team members feel valued and respected, leading to increased morale and productivity.  

5. Personal Well-being

On a personal level, assuming positive intent can significantly reduce stress and anxiety. When we let go of constant suspicion and negativity, we experience a sense of liberation and emotional well-being.

Challenges in Assuming Positive Intent

While assuming positive intent offers numerous benefits, it's not always easy to put into practice. Our own biases and past experiences can cloud our judgment, making it difficult to trust others. However, awareness is the first step. Recognizing our own biases and actively working to overcome them can help us embrace this mindset.

Tips for Practicing Assumed Positive Intent

1. Self-Reflection

Take time to assess your own biases and preconceptions. Be aware of how they might influence your perceptions of others.

2. Empathy

Put yourself in the other person's shoes. Try to understand their perspective and motivations.

3. Ask Questions

When in doubt, ask clarifying questions rather than making assumptions. This shows that you're genuinely interested in understanding the other person's point of view.

4. Focus on the Bigger Picture

Remember that a single negative interaction doesn't define a person's character. People have their good and bad days, just like you.

5. Practice Patience

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are strong relationships. Be patient with yourself and others as you work to adopt this mindset.


Assuming positive intent isn't about ignoring red flags or allowing yourself to be taken advantage of. It's about creating an environment of trust, empathy, and understanding in your interactions. By embracing this mindset, you can build stronger, more meaningful relationships both personally and professionally. So, the next time you find yourself in a challenging situation or dealing with a difficult person, remember the power of assuming positive intent. It could be the key to unlocking a more harmonious and fulfilling life. 



LeRoy Brown, Chief Information Security Officer

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're kicking it off with some essential cybersecurity tips. Whether you're new to the world of online security or just looking for a refresher, these fundamental principles will help you stay safe in today's digital landscape.

1. Strong Passwords are Your First Line of Defense

  • Use long, complex passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdates or common words.
  • Consider using a passphrase, which is a sequence of random words strung together.
  • Use a Password Manager to create unique passwords for every website you use. Apple and Google both offer native password managers. Other options include 1Password, Bitwarden, or Dashlane.

2. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

  • Whenever possible, enable MFA for your online accounts. It adds an extra layer of security by requiring something you know (password) and something you have (your Authenticator app or a YubiKey).

3. Keep Software and Devices Up to Date

  • Regularly update your operating system, software applications, and antivirus programs to patch vulnerabilities that hackers may exploit.

4. Beware of Phishing Attacks

  • Be cautious of unsolicited emails, text messages, or links. Cybercriminals often use these methods to trick you into revealing sensitive information.
  • Verify the sender's identity and never click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown sources.

5. Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

  • Change the default username and password for your router.
  • Use strong encryption (WPA3) for your Wi-Fi network.
  • Regularly update your router's firmware to fix security vulnerabilities.

6. Back Up Your Data Regularly

  • Create backups of your important files and documents to protect against data loss due to cyberattacks or hardware failures.

7. Practice Safe Social Media Usage

  • Be cautious about sharing personal information on social media, as cybercriminals can use it for phishing or identity theft.
  • Adjust your privacy settings to control who can see your posts and profile information.

8. Educate Yourself Continuously

  • Stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices by following reputable sources, attending webinars, or taking online courses.

9. Be Cautious When Downloading Software

  • Criminals will use typos and even create Google ads to trick you into downloading their malware when searching for commonly used software. Be extra cautious about the link you click and verify that the URL shows the correct organization.

10. Report Suspicious Activity

  • If you encounter suspicious or malicious content or activities online, report them to the appropriate authorities or organizations.

By following these fundamental cybersecurity practices, you'll be better equipped to protect your digital life and contribute to a safer online environment for everyone.

Stay tuned for more cybersecurity tips throughout Cybersecurity Awareness Month! 

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As of September 29, 2023, the following positions are open on Be sure to watch for upcoming opportunities. 
Additionally, the following jobs will likely be opened soon: 
  • Intermediate Analyst - Business Intelligence 
  • Lab Manager
  • Student Labor (AVSE)
  • Systems Administrator III - Operations
  • Application Administrator II - Operations (Jira)
  • Systems Specialist II - Operations
Is there an opening in your department that needs to be filled? Be sure to contact Brett McKeachnie. He is responsible for tracking all Dx positions and will guide you smoothly through the Dx hiring processes. People & Culture can answer questions about the UVU hiring process. Once the position is open, get the word out by submitting it via the form in Jira to Caitlin Tobler for next month’s newsletter.


The following individual(s) have been recently hired or changed positions in Dx:

  • Ben Anderson, Sr. Analyst - Business Intelligence
  • Cortney Brewerton, Associate Director - Compliance Reporting & Analysis
Be sure to give everyone a warm welcome and a congratulations!