Women’s Conference to be held on April 13 in the JLSC

33rd annual conference features 12 workshops
Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 7:05pm

KSL Television’s resident shrink, Liz Hale, and food blogger Jamie Eskelson in “Jamie Cooks It Up,” headline USU Eastern’s 33rd annual Women’s Conference on Friday, April 13, in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center. This year’s theme is “Life is an Adventure.”

Dr. Liz Hale, KSL Television and radio correspondent, is an expert in family and relationships. A former radio host of Bonneville’s “Dr. Liz Hale Show,” she has become a household name to many. As KSL Studio 5’s resident shrink, she discusses a wide variety of hot-topics ranging from sex to stress (sometimes in the same segment).

Dr. Liz is a transplant from Seattle, Wash., although “a few” years ago she was a college co-ed cheering for the Utah State Aggies. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University and master’s degrees in public administration and counseling from SU and Antioch University.

A licensed clinical psychologist and certified marriage & family therapist, Dr. Liz has practiced marriage counseling for over 20 years. She serves as chair of the Utah Commission on Marriage and is the spokesperson for the Stronger Marriage Campaign. Dr. Hale is an active member of, and highly involved in, the Utah Psychological Association.

Her podcasts and posts vary from fatal flirting, love texts, discovering what makes us happy, ending an argument, narcissists, mental health, mothers, parenting, success and time, marriage prep, finances, divorce, depression, to name a few.

While she has varied responsibilities, there is no place she would rather be than personally helping families in her downtown Salt Lake City private practice.

Jamie Eskelson has been blogging about food since 2009. Her goal is to help regular folks cook fabulous food. She posts recipes two to four times each week with photos and step-by-step instructions. Each post comes with a commentary about the recipe. She says everyone can learn to be a great cook; it just takes a little instruction, a great recipe and time to practice.

Earning a degree in choral music education at the University of Utah, she has since been a stay-at-home mom to her five children. She loves food and cooking, meal planning, recipe searching, food storage collecting and….eating. When she married 17 years ago, “I couldn’t cook anything except, ‘Pioneer Taffy.’ It’s pretty hard to make that into a meal more than once a week.”

She admitted her mother did her best to teach her to cook, but she wasn’t interested. “I learned a lot about food preparation when I worked at The Lion House in college. However, most of what I know about food and cooking, I learned by practicing in my kitchen.” She is a full-time mother by day and a fearless food blogger by night. Her hobbies include doing The Blessed Dishes, folding The Beloved Laundry, driving The Carpool of Wonder and Working on the Blog.

She says in the coming years, “when I don’t have as many dishes to do, I’m going to sew at least 500 quilts, read a million good books and shave my legs more than once a month. We all have our dreams you know, might as well dream big.”

The recipes on her blog are passed onto her from friends or relatives. Others she finds in cookbooks or online. Many are her creation. “When I’m considering a recipe for the blog, it has to meet two simple criteria. First, it has to taste really, really good. Second, the ingredients have to be easy to come by. I serve my trial recipes to my family or friends and if most of them agree to the dish being wonderful, on the blog it goes. No reason to waste time posting recipes that aren’t fabulous,” she said.

Twelve workshops will be offered that day including A History of J. Bracken Lee; Fitness and Eating Right; Think Out of the Box: Prepare Your Family’s Favorite Recipes in Half the Time; “I Almost Divorced My Husband, But Went on Strike Instead;” Budget Investments for the Future; Think Inside the Box: The Final Cost; Entertaining at Home: Throw a Party; Healthy You, Healthy Skin; Never Too Late to Go to College; Wills and Trusts for Women; Wanted: Women in Politics; and Life Continues to be an Adventure.

Cost for the conference is $25 per person and includes a continental breakfast, lunch plus attendance at the morning and afternoon keynote addresses and three of the 12 workshops. Register online at www.ceu.edu or by mailing the payment to Women’s Conference, USU Eastern, 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501. For more information call Dr. Susan Polster 613.5213.

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