Keynote and featured speakers for the 2000 Connections conference

Frank Miles
June 13, 2000
  • Opening Keynote Speaker - Ballroom - 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.

George Campbell a.k.a. Joe Malarkey
June 14, 2000
  • Closing Keynote Speaker - Ballroom - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. -

A 10-year veteran of professional comedy, Mr. Campbell has worked comedy clubs from the Bahamas to Alaska to New York. He has also appeared on Arts & Entertainment and the Showtime cable networks. In addition to writing for his own show, he has contributed material to Jay Leno and the Tonight Show. This year he has served as the featured speaker at the General Session of the National Speakers Association Summer Convention in Philadelphia. Come hear Mr. Campbell to get a unique perspective on teaching and learning.

Harvey H. Alston
June 14, 2000
  • Plaza H - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Be The Best
  • Plaza H - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 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
June 13, 2000
  • Plaza H - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - But I Don't Have Time
  • Plaza H - 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 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
June 13, 2000
  • Plaza H - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - How To Maintain Balance In Your Life
  • Plaza H - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.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
June 13, 2000
  • Plaza G - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Contextual and Integrated Learning. . . Creating Natural Learning Environments
  • Plaza G - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.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.”