Making a Difference: Broadview Orem Plays Host for the Fourth District Court
Published on June 2, 2015 by Karen Newmeyer
You have heard the expression “Don’t get mad; get even.” In this case MAD stands for “Make a Difference.” That was the theme for the conference held at the Broadview University, Orem campus on May 18th and 19th, for the clerks of the Fourth District Court for the State of Utah. A regular event, it counts towards the 20 hours a year of “certified education” require for each clerk. A total of 100 clerks attended this two day conference.
Presenters included Internet Crimes Against Children, Adult Probation and Parole, Healthy Utah and the Orem Police Victim Advocate/Coordinator. Topics included:
- “Actionable Advice for a Life Sentence of Success”
- Women’s Intervention Program
- “Petting Porcupines” (How to improve difficult relationships)
- “In Her Shoes” An Interactive Lesson in Domestic Violence
- “Change the Brain”
Because the court system can’t just shut down when the clerks have a conference, all five locations had to remain open with a “skeleton” crew to insure that the courts continued to run smoothly. The logistics of putting on such a conference can be daunting. The budget was modest and needed to cover the cost of the speakers/keynote speakers, and a luncheon. Fortunately, Broadview could provide the venue for free.
Broadview University Criminal Justice student, Kristen Rogers, was the education chair for this year’s conference. She, along with six fabulous committee members, brainstormed for ideas, class topics, venues, etc. Making the most efficient use of presenters and facilities required developing a curriculum, creating advertisements and posters, putting up inspirational thoughts, and organizing a raffle. Kristen has participated in the creation of the conference for several year and will pass the torch to another committee member to organize next year’s conference. Kristen said, “I will most likely continue to participate with the annual leadership Conference for managers statewide and District Court Employee Conference for court staff and probation staff statewide on a yearly basis.”
The benefits coming from these conferences is the increased knowledge of the staff. “We are so busy doing our job from day to day it is hard to look beyond the scope of our duties to understand the importance of what we do in the bigger picture,” said Kristen Rogers. Employees were encouraged to look inside themselves and find ways they can make a difference on the job, improve office morale, be respectful to the court patrons (who are often visiting the court in a time of great emotional crisis), and improve the world wherever they are.
Broadview University would love to host this group again. Kristen said, “Broadview was an excellent place to hold our conference. The location was convenient for all who traveled in from six neighboring counties and the building was set up perfectly for our needs. Everyone was very friendly to the court staff. We could not have found a better place to expand our education and skills.”
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