Keynote and featured speakers for the 2000 Connections conference

Frank Miles
April 11, 2000
  • Opening Keynote Speaker - Megacenter - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -

Courage is not facing death; true courage is facing life. Frank Miles, a professional variety comedian for over 20 years, draws upon his own brush with death as he illustrates simple techniques that help educators overcome self-imposed limits.

Dale Irvin
April 12, 2000
  • Closing Keynote Speaker - St. Charles Ballroom - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Laughter Doesn’t Hurt

Dale Irvin is an author, actor, and widely televised comedian, but speaking is what he does first, foremost, and incredibly well. In addition to 100 national TV appearances, Mr. Irvin has appeared in concert with Jay Leno, Paul Anka, The Four Tops, and The Temptations. He has received professional speaking’s two highest awards as presented by the National Speakers Association and is one of only 67 speakers in the world to hold both of these awards. Mr. Irvin is the author of Laughter Doesn’t Hurt and publishes Funny Business, a monthly humor newsletter with international distribution. Teachers, counselors, and administrators leave his sessions with renewed motivation and vigor.

Harvey H. Alston
April 12, 2000
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. - Be The Best
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Be The Best

With a 'Number 1' record in this business, managing has given Harvey Alston insight into many aspects of positive customer service.

Harvey has spoken literally to millions of people who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from his wisdom.

And from his traveling experiences, Mr. Alston has authored four books, including: 'Be the Best' and 'Black Males'.

Over the years, much recognition has been awarded to Harvey, but none could have more impact than a tear or hug from someone whose life has been dramatically changed.

Jones Loflin
April 11, 2000
  • Salon IV - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - But I Don't Have Time
  • Salon III - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Avoiding Burnout/Stress Reduction

Mr. Loflin travels throughout the United States, speaking to a variety of groups ranging from congressional leaders to subcontractors to police officers, educators and 5th graders. Audiences appreciate Jones’ dynamic use of props, his eccentric singing, and most of all, his relaxed, conversational style. Before entering professional speaking full time, Jones was an educator on both the junior and senior high levels. He is also the author of Prime Rib or Potted Meat?, a humorous and thought-provoking collection of his strategies for getting more out of life.

Kevin Lust
April 11, 2000
  • Salon III - 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - How To Maintain Balance In Your Life
  • Salon III - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - How To Maintain Balance In Your Life

At 6’8” Kevin Lust has a commanding presence, but his real gift for reaching people is rooted in a keen understanding of the human experience. He knows that if there’s a hard way to achieve something, there’s also a smart way. In today’s chaotic world, a day or even a few hours with Kevin Lust is simply time well spent.

Wayne Zako
April 11, 2000
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Distance Learning… Making Effective Connections With Students
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Contextual and Integrated Learning. . . Creating Natural Learning Environments
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Web-Based Curriculum

Wayne Zako travels throughout the U.S. and Canada training teachers and administrators in how to make the classroom experience more rewarding for the students and teachers alike. Wayne provides extensive training in how people learn and what teachers can do to create a more ‘natural’ learning environment. Wayne has his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from South Dakota State University. Wayne is a member of the part-time staff at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota and is President of Human Options, an educational consulting company committed to individual success. Human Options is built on the premise that – “Everyone deserves to be successful at school, work, and in relationships. Miracles happen when people feel successful and worthy.”