Dixie Development Day 2018

The 3rd Annual Dixie Development Day will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. This conference supports the University’s Strategic Plan to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

The conference is free for all DSU part-time staff, full-time staff and faculty and is being sponsored by the Staff Association, Human Resources, and Athletics.

Registration is now closed.

Registered attendees will receive conference materials, breakfast, and lunch. Registration close on April 13, 2018. On-site registrants will receive registration material on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Conference Schedule

Time Event Location
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Conference Check-in and Continental Breakfast Kenneth S. Gardner Student Center Ballroom
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome Kenneth S. Gardner Student Center Ballroom
9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Breakout Session 1 – Select from A, B, or C TBA
10:20 – 11:20 a.m. Breakout Session 2 – Select from A, B, or C TBA
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Served Luncheon Kenneth S. Gardner Student Center Ballroom
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker – Scott Pullan Kenneth S. Gardner Student Center Ballroom
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 3 – Select from A, B, or C TBA
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. President’s Panel – Questions & Answers Zion Room
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Zion Room

Keynote Speaker

Scott Pullan

Dixie Development Day’s Keynote Speaker Scott Pullan will lead attendees in a dynamic presentation that will engage them in an experiential exercise. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their life purpose, and their ability to expand their perceived and actual capacity to lead.

Scott’s presentation will help each participant identify subconsciously held self-limiting constraints and beliefs and create the opportunity to develop new and powerful thoughts and behaviors. Additionally, it will allow individuals a safe place to stretch their perceptions of what is possible within the dynamics of a team and increase their capacity to handle challenges and solve problems. This training will explode personal and organizational results within a context of responsibility, courage, and confidence.

Scott Pullan is a senior facilitator for Klemmer, a leadership and character-development company. Over the past decade, Scott has trained over 60,000 people in seven countries including Australia, New Zealand, China, Norway, and Dubai.
He is a graduate of Southern Utah University with degrees in sociology, communications, and education. Scott was the coach for state and national champion Speech and Debate teams at Davis High School and the College of Eastern Utah. Additionally, he was the director of distributor relations for E’OLA International, a direct sales company previously based in St. George.
Scott has been happily married for 37 years to his beautiful bride, Kim-Michelle Pullan, who was previously the speech and debate coach at Pineview High School. They are the proud parents of five children and are looking forward to the blessing of being grandparents.


Session 1 – 9:10 – 10:10 A.M.

Session 1-A

Personal Cyber Security

Presented by Craig Southwick and Andrew Goble

Conference Room B

In this breakout session, learn how to prevent your identity from being stolen, your paycheck getting sent to Malaysia, your computer being hacked, an embarrassing visit from the FBI, or having a generally terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. You’ll learn some easy ways to protect yourself and your personal data from phishers, hackers, and even legitimate companies who want you to hand over your information for their own use and profit. Learn about spotting a phish, creating and managing strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and other tips and tricks for keeping personal information safe and private.

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Session 1-B

What is Mental Health … and Why Does it Concern Me?

Presented by Dylan Matsumori and Jamy Dahle

Conference Room D

This presentation will help attendees understand what mental health is, learn ways to maintain good mental health, identify warning signs of mental health concerns in themselves and others, and acquire a knowledge of prevention and intervention techniques. Most importantly, this session will let individuals know they are not alone and help is available.

Jamy Kotkas-Dahle, LCSW, joined the DSU Health & Counseling Center in the fall of 2017 as a full-time therapist for students, faculty, and staff as well as an outreach coordinator. Jamy graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2006 with her master’s degree in social work. She has worked at an outpatient treatment center with an emphasis on substance use disorder treatment, and as clinical director at this agency. She has also worked as a contract therapist providing treatment services to victims of abuse and violence. Additionally, she is QPR trained for suicide prevention.

Dr. Dylan Matsumori joined the DSU Health & Counseling Center as its director in the spring of 2017. He has been a professor, advisor, mentor, counselor, coordinator, and psychologist at four other universities throughout the United States. He has consulted, advised, audited, and trained individuals, teams, and leadership groups from companies such as AT&T, Time Warner, Novell, Zions Bancorporation, Overstock.com, Kroger Company, and more. Dylan has had the opportunity to live and work across the United States in California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Utah, as well as internationally in Japan, Brazil, and Canada.

Session 1-C

The Best Day of My Life

Presented by Diana Maughan and Ali Threet

Cottam Room

In this presentation, we will explore happiness, organization, and work-life balance through an interactive and musically stimulating discussion. Attendees will reflect on their own lives and begin to understand what truly makes them happy.

Ali Threet is the director of Career Services. She has worked in education for 11 years and has a master’s degree in education psychology and a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication. Her interests include playing with her family, being outside, eating good food, and laughing a lot.

Diana Maughan is the assistant director of Career Services. She has worked in education for 14 years and has a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree in training and development. Her interests include spending time with her family, watching movies, and eating all types of popcorn.


Session 2 – 10:20 – 11:20 A.M.

Session 2-A

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Presented by James Miller and Randy Hunt

Conference Room B

Attendees of this session will find out what it takes to start using the newest version Banner.

Randy Hunt is a programmer for Administrative Computing at DSU. He is a movie and anime buff and an astronomy and cartography nerd who frequently bikes to work. He and his wife are proud owners of three cats, three rats, and one dog.

James Miller is the director of Administrative Computing at DSU, and has worked at Dixie for 12 years. He and wife keep busy with their four boys and one girl. He loves sports and many nerdy things.

Session 2-B

“Mental Health”

(repeated session)

Presented by Dylan Matsumori and Jamy Dahle

Conference Room D

This presentation will help attendees understand what mental health is, learn ways to maintain good mental health, identify warning signs of mental health concerns in themselves and others, and acquire a knowledge of prevention and intervention techniques. Most importantly, this session will let individuals know they are not alone and help is available.

Jamy Kotkas-Dahle, LCSW, joined the DSU Health & Counseling Center in the fall of 2017 as a full-time therapist for students, faculty, and staff as well as an outreach coordinator. Jamy graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2006 with her master’s degree in social work. She has worked at an outpatient treatment center with an emphasis on substance use disorder treatment, and as clinical director at this agency. She has also worked as a contract therapist providing treatment services to victims of abuse and violence. Additionally, she is QPR trained for suicide prevention.

Dr. Dylan Matsumori joined the DSU Health & Counseling Center as its director in the spring of 2017. He has been a professor, advisor, mentor, counselor, coordinator, and psychologist at four other universities throughout the United States. He has consulted, advised, audited, and trained individuals, teams, and leadership groups from companies such as AT&T, Time Warner, Novell, Zions Bancorporation, Overstock.com, Kroger Company, and more. Dylan has had the opportunity to live and work across the United States in California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Utah, as well as internationally in Japan, Brazil, and Canada.

Session 2-C

The Best Day of My Life

(repeated session)

Presented by Diana Maughan and Ali Threet

Cottam Room

In this presentation, we will explore happiness, organization, and work-life balance through an interactive and musically stimulating discussion. Attendees will reflect on their own lives and begin to understand what truly makes them happy.

Ali Threet is the director of Career Services. She has worked in education for 11 years and has a master’s degree in education psychology and a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication. Her interests include playing with her family, being outside, eating good food, and laughing a lot.

Diana Maughan is the assistant director of Career Services. She has worked in education for 14 years and has a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree in training and development. Her interests include spending time with her family, watching movies, and eating all types of popcorn.


Session 3 – 1:15 – 2:15 P.M.

Session 3-A

Personal Cyber Security

(repeated session)

Presented by Craig Southwick and Andrew Goble

Conference Room B

In this breakout session, learn how to prevent your identity from being stolen, your paycheck getting sent to Malaysia, your computer being hacked, an embarrassing visit from the FBI, or having a generally terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. You’ll learn some easy ways to protect yourself and your personal data from phishers, hackers, and even legitimate companies who want you to hand over your information for their own use and profit. Learn about spotting a phish, creating and managing strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and other tips and tricks for keeping personal information safe and private.

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Session 3-B

“We Have to Talk: Tips for Having Difficult Conversations”

Presented by Jonathan Morrell, Ami Comeford and Katie Armstrong

Cottam Room

Do you dread having difficult conversations with your colleagues? Do you become anxious thinking about the possibility that a needed conversation will turn confrontational? Do you wonder who to talk to and where to go for assistance with a concern? Do you find it easier simply to bury disagreements for fear of having a direct conversation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this presentation is for you!

Through easy step-by-step instructions and an opportunity to practice these steps, this workshop will:

  • Preparing you for a difficult conversation from the earliest moments of preparation, through the conversation itself, and into the solution phase
  • Encourage the importance of using neutral language vs. combative language
  • Discuss the need to practice (like with any learned behavior) having difficult conversations
  • Stress the importance of understanding the University’s hierarchical structure
  • Offer tips for building relationships with colleagues on campus

Katie Armstrong, who earned a master’s degree in family & human development in 2010, is an assistant director of Academic Advisement at DSU. She currently advises sophomore undeclared students and trains new and current academic advisors. Katie has worked as an academic advisor at DSU for 9 ½ years. She is also the co-past president for the Staff Association and co-chairs the Dixie Development Day Planning Committee. Katie was appointed as a DSU ombuds in April 2013, and after undergoing intensive training from the International Ombudsman Association in 2013 has been serving the University in this capacity.

Dr. Ami Comeford is a professor of English and the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at DSU. She specializes in areas of women in popular culture, gender/women and literature, theory, and 17th-century poetry. She has served in many roles at DSU including Faculty Senate president and, after intensive training from the International Ombudsman Association in 2013, is currently serving as an ombuds,. Ami is also the advisor for DSU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society, and serves on the Sigma Tau Delta board as a regent for the Farwest Region.

Jonathan Morrell has been the director of Student Support Services since 1997 and is the longest serving adjunct instructor at DSU, presently teaching Interpersonal Communication, Critical Thinking & Communication, and Smart Start Seminar. He graduated with honors from Weber State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations, minoring in Asian studies. After graduation, he spent 18 months working in Tokyo as a communications consultant, then returned to complete a Master of Arts degree in communications from BYU. In October of 1988, he joined the team at Dixie as the director of TRiO Upward Bound.
Jonathan’s service to the Dixie State Staff Association includes being appointed president for the 1993-94 academic year, serving on the executive board for three terms and currently serving as co-president. He was presented with the college’s Distinguished Service Staff Award in 1994 and was honored as Staff Employee of the Year in 2011. He has also served a two-year term (1994-96) as the founding president of the Utah Higher Education Staff Association and was a board member, and has had the opportunity to present at several post-secondary education conferences.

Session 3-C1

2 Different Blocks

What Would a Monkey Do? Problem Solving at a “Primative” Level

Presented by Brendan Dalley

Location: TBA

Sometimes our best intentions end up making things worse because communication is not like math in which 1 + 1 always equals 2. In communication, doing and saying something the same way will not necessarily get you the same answer/result. Now add to the mix some emotion generated from a problem or crisis, and you’ll find that your communication is as effective as a monkey flinging poo (yes, that’s a great visual). Well, take a breath, eat a banana, and get ready to learn how to problem solve like a monkey without flinging poo. If anything, you’ll learn that most problems are not as difficult as we make them. You will also learn to not take yourself so seriously.

Brendan Dalley is a self-proclaimed shiny-things expert, serial entrepreneur, and president of Networkr.io. He holds a MBA, bachelor’s degree in IT, another bachelor’s in special education, Lean Six Sigma certification, and a variety of other marketing certifications. He is the owner of Dalley Llama Marketing & Consulting, the editor-in-chief and co-owner of Southern Utah Business Magazine, an event training/presenter for Corporate Alliance, the founder/owner/co-owner of three other online businesses, and has been teaching business and communication courses at Dixie State University for the last seven years. More than anything, he loves to travel the world with his wife, Genevieve.


Session 3-C2

Breathe, Focus, Move

Presented by Jenny Mair

Location: TBA

Do you have to be a dancer to be a mover? No! Breathing is moving. Walking is moving. Looking around is moving. Come enjoy a fun movement breakout session with music. Move into building your self-confidence, trust, and teamwork capabilities. This session will give you insights to self-awareness, self-discovery, creative thinking, and actively working with those around you both individually and as a group.

Jenny Mair comes to Dixie Development Day from the DSU College of the Arts’ Dance Department. With over 20 years of performing, teaching, and creating dance, Jenny has developed a keen awareness of how individuals and groups can build self-confidence through movement. Jenny has taught in Belgium, Greece, Italy, Hawaii, and Utah. She graduated with her MFA in dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is excited to facilitate teambuilding through basic everyday movements.


President’s Panel – Questions & Answers

Location: Zion Room

2:30 – 3:45 P.M.


President Richard Williams


VP of Academic Affairs/Provost
Dr. Michael Lacourse


VP of Administrative Affairs
Paul Morris


VP of Student Affairs
Dr. Peter Gitau

President Richard Williams and his cabinet will outline their visions and plans to move Dixie State University into the future. Once the presentations have been completed, there will be a question and answer period.


Closing Remarks

3:45 – 4:00 P.M.