Mountainland Technical College

Opening Institute 2024

Schedule

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Start Time
Event
Location
8:15 AM
Welcome: President Christensen
Ballroom
8:30 AM
Keynote Speaker: Thurl Bailey
Ballroom
10:00 AM
Group Photo
Ballroom
10:20 AM
Break
10:30 AM
Breakout Session 1
11:20 AM
Breakout Session 2
12:15 AM
Lunch
Ballroom
1:00 PM
COE Information Session
Ballroom
1:25 PM
Breakout Session 3
2:20 PM
Department Meetings
College Relations
Administrative Services
Instruction
3:00 PM
Break / Move to Closing Session
3:10 PM
Closing Session
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Table
Time
Event
Presenter
Location
TBD
10:30 – 11:15 AM
Champion Communicators: Handling Conversations with Confidence
Naomi Christiansen
TBD
11:20 AM – 12:05 PM
The Playbook for Work-Life Balance
TBD
TBD
1:25 – 2:10 PM
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Courtney Bleyle
TBD
TBD
10:30 – 11:15 AM
The Playbook for Work-Life Balance
TBD
TBD
11:20 AM – 12:05 PM
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Courtney Bleyle
TBD
1:25 – 2:10 PM
Champion Communicators: Handling Conversations with Confidence
Naomi Christiansen
TBD
TBD
10:30 – 11:15 AM
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Courtney Bleyle
TBD
11:20 AM – 12:05 PM
Champion Communicators: Handling Conversations with Confidence
TBD
TBD
1:25 – 2:10 PM
The Playbook for Work-Life Balance
Naomi Christiansen
TBD

Keynote Speaker

Thurl Bailey
From the youth to the corporate world, Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most; to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership, and discover opportunity in change.
Twice Thurl has led teams from far behind to win national championships. His most recognized title was the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team which beat the famed University of Houston (Phi-Slamma-Jamma) Cougars, featuring Hakeem Olajuwon & Clyde Drexler. That nation championship game was voted top 5 finishes of all time of any sporting event. Because of his outstanding leadership skills and the quality of his character, as well as his impressive basketball skills, he was drafted by the Utah Jazz as the 1983 7th overall pick of the N. B.A. Draft. Thurl spent twelve of his sixteen-year professional basketball career in the N. B. A., and four years playing overseas, in Italy and Greece. His courtesy and integrity both on and off the court and his strong sense of community service have led to numerous civic awards and earned him the nickname "N.B.A.'s Mr. Nice Guy".
When you meet Thurl Bailey you first notice a tall (6' 11") athlete. But he is a man of as much depth as height. Thurl is a gifted inspirational singer and songwriter. His first album, "Faith In Your Heart", released in 2000 was a bestseller. His second album, "The Gift of Christmas", released the following year, also experienced record sales. His latest released CD is entitled, "I'm Not The Same", is a selection of uplifting R & B tunes. Among his many musical awards are the 2000 Pearl Awards of Best Contemporary Recording and Best New Artist of the Year.
His other awards include the N. B. A.'s prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi Fraternity's Exemplary Manhood Award, The Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America's American Champion Award, and the Italian League's 1998 All Star Games' Most Valuable Player.
One of Thurl's favorite activities is his youth basketball program he has led for over 20 years. It teaches important life skills, and has now expanded to the corporate world to help businesses build winning teams and effective leaders.
Thurl leads a busy life as a professional speaker, singer/songwriter, businessman, community advocate and game analyst for the Utah Jazz. He is a devoted family man and the father of six children. He and his wife Sindi reside in Salt Lake City.

Breakout Session Presenters

Naomi Christiansen
Naomi Christiansen is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). One of her favorite parts of being a therapist is helping families to strengthen their connections and to learn to communicate more effectively with each other. Before becoming a therapist, she worked as a high school and college English teacher. She loves reading (both fiction and nonfiction), discussing new ideas with others, and meeting new people.
She and her husband are the parents of three children, ages 14 to 20, who give her many opportunities to recognize her own room for growth in managing difficult conversations.

MTECH Years of Service

5 Years (2018-2019)

Bryce Groesbeck
April Dahl
Gavin Miller
Doroteo Aburto
Rosaura Serrano Soto
Bailey Lloyd
Austin Hesterly
Toby Youngberg
Charles Bartlett
John Halcrow
Ryan Plitt
Lynn Adams
Brenda Murray
Laura Chadwick
Natalie Louder
Lynda Middlebrook
Loyal “Buck” Mason
Taylor McDaniel
Lars Hansen
Tony Halsey

Randy Reid
Jenniffer Jensen
Michelle Eberhard
Jeffrey Erickson
Megan Lewis
Gaby Warren
Shane Tinsley
John Young
Sherry Guevara
Wesley Gilson
Jennifer Anthony
Brett Michaelis
Marco Albrecht
Rachel Huriavi
Marissa Anderson
Cliff Carron-Campbell
Shae Jones
Lindsey Butler
Maile Richardson

10 Years (2013-2014)

Jennifer Ballard
Natalie Jones
Mark DePriest
Meagan Brown
Kari Hanson
Nancy Jarvis
Sandi Cannedy
Justin Browning
David Gee
Michelle Peck

15 Years (2008-2009)

Nick Ovard
Roryck Sorensen
Matt Wilson
Amanda Clubb
Gustavo Garcia

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