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Geoff Carr as Steve JobsSteve Jobs

as presented by Geoff Carr
A Chatauqua performance

SUB Lake Coeur d'Alene Room

Monday, March 12
10-10:50 a.m.

Perhaps one of the most creative and influential innovators of our generation, this 50-minute performance imparts three stories from the iconic Steve Jobs, specifically how creativity inspired him to start two innovative companies that changed the universe: Apple Computers and Pixar Animation. This presentation is a compilation of actual quotes from Jobs, arranged by performer Geoff Carr. Adult language.

Geoff Carr is the instructor and advisor for North Idaho College’s award-winning journalism program. His passion for the theatrical arts began in high school, which was his academic minor at Pfeiffer University. He has performed in over 30 performances, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Saint Joan” and “A Flea in Her Ear.” This is the first one-person show he has written or performed.

Bill JhungCreative Business Panel Discussion

Moderator: Bill Jhung

SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room

Monday, March 12
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

In this global economy, competition is intense. Stories of RIM, Kodak, and Yahoo remind us that yesterday’s success is no indicator of tomorrow’s performance. So how can businesses not only survive, but thrive in this intensely competitive environment? Come learn how four local North Idaho businesses are not just surviving, but thriving and making a mark in the national market by leveraging innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Bill Jhung is the director of the North Idaho College Idaho Small Business Development Center. He and his team facilitate leadership development by providing leadership and business training, as well as personalized coaching for business owners. Prior to joining NIC, Bill was the executive pastor of a Spokane church. He has successfully developed strategic planning and organizational alignment for World Vision, an international relief and development agency. As an entrepreneur, he has started two business ventures and turned around two failing businesses. He has also worked as a management consultant to Fortune 1000 companies in the manufacturing and service industries, as well as for non-profits. Jhung began his career designing, building, and running manufacturing plants. He earned a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in finance and entrepreneurial management.


  • Allen Mangum, founder of Timbersled, a manufacturer of lightweight snowmobile and snow bike products designed and engineered for the mountains.
  • Elizabeth Turley, founder of Meesh & Mia, a cutting edge fashion business that combines the latest in clothing with your favorite school colors and logos. Meesh & Mia provide a unique, fashion-forward approach to university apparel for women for work, game, or anywhere! They are establishing a national presence in the college sports and professional sports markets.
  • Charles Manning, founder of PLAYXPERT, a boutique custom software development consulting firm specializing in helping entrepreneurs build their vision. PLAYXPERTS has extensive experience in many industries including the gaming industry. Their clients include a who’s who of the business world.
  • Ben Towes, co-owner of Bullet Tools, a manufacturer of innovative cutting tools for professional tradesmen and do-it-yourselfers in the construction industry. Bullet Tools is based in Hayden and is a global player. Towes is a former NIC student body president.

Pat Lippert Genius and the Heart of the Matter: All Life is Artistic

Presented by Pat Lippert

SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room

Tuesday, March 13
9-10:15 a.m.

This presentation will begin with a video talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love.” In her presentation Gilbert explains that genius is best understood as something external to us, and that our challenge is to “show up every day and do our job,” being always responsive to it. Pat Lippert will expand on this point by identifying genius with semiosis, the process of sign making and sign interpretation. Semiosis speaks to us
continuously and we participate in it, always. We feel this and are called to be responsive to it. If we are, we are creative. If we do, we are artistic. Lippert suggests that all of us should follow Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice and show up for life every day, ready to do the job that semiosis may require.

Pat Lippert is a philosophy instructor at North Idaho College. Born and raised in Washington, Lippert has previously taught in the Spokane public schools, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University. He earned a doctorate degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University and will present a paper titled “Immortality in the Light of Semiosis” this summer at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

Joe JacobyJohn Lennon

as presented by Joe Jacoby
A Chatauqua performance

SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room

Tuesday, March 13
12-12:50 p.m.

John Lennon was a member of perhaps one of the most influential rock bands, The Beatles. His collaborations with bandmate Paul McCartney produced timeless songs that are still popular today. His life was cut tragically short in 1980. Joe Jacoby explores Lennon’s life through his songwriting process from the early days of the Beatles to the post-Beatles time of “Imagine.”

Joe Jacoby has lived most of his life in Idaho, and began doing theatre in high school. He worked at community and professional theatres in Boise, as well as on tour. Jacoby earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Boise State University, and a master’s of fine arts degree in theatre from the University of Idaho. He’s been teaching at North Idaho College since 1999. Jacoby lives in Coeur d’Alene with his wife and daughter.

“Playing John Lennon seems like a nice way to put my Beatles trivia knowledge to use,” said Jacoby. “I’ve infected my daughter with the same Beatlemania bug, and it’s been great sharing it with her."

Dan Bukvich The Creative Process

Dan Bukvich

SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room

Tuesday, March 13
1-2:15 p.m.

The highly masterful and creative composer, Dan Bukvich shares some insight into his creative process. Dan has been commissioned to write music for bands, orchestras, and choirs from every corner of the globe, from the Vatican to North Idaho College. Bukvich will talk about one of his most recent commissions, “Tom Emerson, Radio Blues,” which was composed for the North Idaho College Jazz Band. Bukvich will also explore the world of songwriting. Audience participation may be encouraged, if not required!

Daniel Bukvich was born and raised in Montana and has taught at the University of Idaho since 1976. He travels (reluctantly) throughout the United States and Canada as a guest composer, conductor, and percussionist in concerts with professional, college, high school, and grade school bands, orchestras, choirs, honor, and all-state groups, and has been known to appear at similar events in Europe and East Asia. His teachers have been among the leading composers, conductors, and educators in the western United States, and Bukvich has absorbed not only their philosophies on music, but also their satisfaction with, if not complete desire for, professional and personal obscurity. In fact, he is infamous for being almost impossible to contact due to an extremely busy teaching and composing schedule and his refusal to communicate by any means more modern than face-to-face conversation. His musical compositions and arrangements are performed by orchestras, choirs, bands, soloists, chamber groups, and jazz groups around the world.

Michael Moon BearDrum Circle
with Michael Moon Bear

presented by the NIC Diversity Events Committee

SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room

Wednesday, March 14
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

No experience is necessary to participate in this highly addictive activity. Come experience the spontaneous creativity of a drum circle and hand-drumming with area expert, Michael Moon Bear, who will show you proper techniques for playing each drum and will help you find your own creative beat. Come for five minutes or stay the entire two hours, but be careful, this could turn into a new-found hobby.

As a professional percussionist and educator, Moon Bear has completed studies in a variety of musical traditions and has studied extensively with master drummer Mamady Keita. Moon Bear is the author of “DRUM! West African Drum Rhythms That You Can Play Today.” In addition to his work with MALIDOMA!, a world drum and dance studio in Spokane, Moon Bear is a drumming instructor at several District 81 schools, including Havermale High School and The Skill Center. He has created and directed many events and performance groups around traditional music and dance, including Prima Noche, the World Music Summit Concert Series, and the MALIDOMA! World Drum and Dance Camp. Moon Bear offers group and private lessons year round, as well as school presentations, residencies, and community workshops.

Dan RoamBlah, Blah, Blah
Visual Learning and Creativity

Dan Roam
Presented by ASNIC and Cardinal Connections

Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, March 14
2-4 p.m.

Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller “The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures,” which was named by Business Week and Fast Company as the best innovation book of the year. It’s also been No. 5 on Amazon’s business book list. “The Back of the Napkin” has been published in 25 languages and is a bestseller in Japan, South Korea, and China. Roam has helped leaders at Microsoft, Google, Wal-Mart, Boeing, and the United States Senate solve complex problems through visual thinking. Roam and his whiteboard have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, and National Public Radio. Roam’s visual explanation of American healthcare was selected by Business Week as “The World’s Best Presentation of 2009,” which resulted in Roam being invited by the White House communications office to discuss visual problem solving. His latest book, “Blah Blah Blah: What to do When Words Don’t Work,” was published in 2011.