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Monday, October 1, 2012

This year’s Annual Casper College Autumn Choral Concert will feature several movements from “Ein Deutsches Requiem” – “A German Requiem” – by Johannes Brahms on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

“The Collegiate Chorale has accepted an invitation from Maestro Allan Scott to perform this requiem with the Helena Symphony and Chorus on October 20 in Helena, Mont.,” said Patrick Patton, Casper College voice instructor and choral director. As a tune up to the October 20 performance, the chorale “will perform several movements from the requiem and will feature Casper College faculty soprano and chair of vocal studies Kristen Lenth as soloist on movement five at this concert,” Patton said.

In addition to the chorale, the concert will feature the Casper College Women’s Choir and the Casper College Men’s Choir. “The women’s choir will present several selections for women’s choir including works by Vivaldi and György Orban. In addition folk songs from Appalachia and spirituals by current composer Rollo Dillworth will be performed,” noted Patton.

The men’s choir will present “their program of American folk songs, Irish airs, barbershop selections, and the usual humor that accompanies the Casper College Men’s Choir,” Patton said.

The concert will be held in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 701 S. Wolcott. “This is the last time that we will be using St. Mark’s this year,” said Patton. The church has opened its doors to Casper College choirs and orchestras over the last 35 years and we are very grateful for that,” he noted.

Admission is free to all, but donations will be accepted at the door to help defray music-related costs.


Monday, October 1, 2012

The Casper College Spanish Club will be holding a two-day bake sale Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday Oct. 9.

According to Bill Andrews, Casper College Spanish Club secretary, the sale will feature “traditional Hispanic and American baked goods, tamales, burritos and other savory offerings.”

On Monday, the sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the southeast entrance of Liesinger Hall. On Tuesday, the sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the second floor east entrance of the Wold Physical Science Center.

Preorders, for delivery on campus only, can be made by contacting Eric Atkins, Casper College Spanish Club faculty advisor at 268-3116 or via email.


Monday, October 1, 2012

The Casper College Occupational Therapy Assistants Club will be holding a fundraiser obstacle course on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m.

“Come Lose Your Senses” will feature a variety of fun obstacles with a bit of a twist: participants will go through each obstacle with one of their senses disabled for each obstacle. The idea is to give participants an idea of what it is like to suffer from sensory processing disorder. Those suffering from SPD find it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks, according to information provided by the SPD Foundation.

Club members hope to raise awareness and funds for the sensory processing disorder that affects both children and adults. In addition to the obstacles, the event will also feature educational tools and several raffles. The cost to participate in the obstacle course is $5 per person, or $20 for a group of five. All proceeds will go to the SPD Foundation.

Come Lose Your Senses will be held in the Liesinger Hall parking lot on the Casper College campus and is open to all ages.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The October Saturday Club at the Tate Geological Museum will be held on October 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Saturday Club is back. On October 6 we’ll kick this semester off with our traditional geology field trip,” said Russell Hawley. “Those attending should bring their outdoor clothes and hiking shoes, and plan to go on a mini-expedition to a real field locality, where we will hunt for genuine fossils and mineral specimens,” added Hawley, Tate Geological Museum educational specialist.

The Saturday Club usually meets on the first Saturday of each month and is open to any child “who wants to have fun learning about nature and earth science,” Hawley said. Two sessions are held; one for students aged 8 and older, and the other for children aged 5 to 7. The cost for each one-hour session is $5 per child, which covers the cost of supplies and can be paid at the door.

For more information, contact Hawley at 268-2447.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, owner of My Husband’s Nuts, will be the presenter at this year’s Casper College Business Enrichment 2012 on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Rogers-Etcheverry began her small family-owed business in December 2002. After several years of financial difficulties on her husband’s farm and during one of her many conversations with her husband, Mark, Rogers-Etcheverry jokingly responded, “ What do I have to do? Sell your nuts for you?” Shortly thereafter her company, My Husband’s Nuts was created.

The successful company based in Bakersfield, Calif. specializes in seasoned and candied almonds, including butter toffee, natural smoke, onion garlic, and chili con lemon. Raw almonds are also available for purchase. My Husband’s Nuts – California Almonds Fresh from the Farmer’s Wife can now be found at countless stores across the country and can also be purchased directly from the My Husband’s Nuts website. As president of the company, Rogers-Etcheverry travels nationally speaking about women entrepreneurism and her family heritage. She is the great-granddaughter of cowboy and humorist Will Rogers.

Rogers-Etchverry’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall, located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both the refreshments and presentation are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Casper College Center for Training and Development is offering a six-day comprehensive class on solar thermal installations, which will blend live classroom instruction, hands-on labs, computer-based software tools, and field training October 29 through November 3.

According to Sarah Olson, the hands-on training labs will cover the common steps of a residential solar thermal retrofit. “Participants will then be familiar with the problems they will encounter everyday on the job, and they will develop a working knowledge of solar insulation,” Olson noted.

Taught by an instructor provided by CleanEdison, “this class is optimal for plumbing, swimming pool, HVAC, and general contractors looking to add solar-thermal systems to their existing service offerings,” said Olson, workforce training specialist.

“Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides funding for training and certification in a variety of energy efficient building practices, we are able to provide this training for only $75 per participant,” Olson noted. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive a certificate of completion for the hours needed to sit for the NABCEP exam required for certification.

The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 12. The class is worth 4.8 continuing education units and 48 American Institute of Architects credits can be earned as well.

For more information or to register contact Olson at 307- 268-3847, toll free at 800-442-2963, ext. 3847, at, or via email.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

World War II veterans who also attended Casper College are being sought for possible inclusion in the winter issue of the college’s award-winning alumni magazine, Footprints.

“We will be featuring a story in that issue about veterans from all the recent wars who also attended Casper College, however we are having a difficult time locating those who served in World War II,” said Linda Nix, Casper College Alumni Association coordinator.

“I hope that anyone who served in World War II, or anyone who knows someone who did, and then also attended Casper College will get in contact with me. Story copy for the winter issue will be due the first week of November, so we need to hear from folks soon, said Nix.

Nix can be contacted at 268-2218, 800-442-2963, ext. 2218, or via email.


Thursday, October 4, 2012
Grant to be used to create a high-fidelity simulation lab

The Casper College School of Health Science has been awarded $2,305,079 by the United States Department of Labor.

The money, spread out over a three-year period, will be used to create a multi-discipline simulation lab that will allow students and instructors from all eight health science programs in the school to participate. “The new lab will have four simulation beds and will be set up to resemble an actual hospital setting,” said Tammy Frankland, school of health science dean. According to Frankland, the lab has been in the school of health science’s strategic plan since the 2009-2010 school year. “This grant just gives us the opportunity to have the lab sooner than we expected.”

Each bed will contain a mannequin-based simulator. “In the past, due to cost restrictions, the school of health science has only been able to purchase basic simulation mannequins. With this grant we will now be able to purchase mannequins that not only simulate breathing sounds, heart sounds, and pulses but nearly anything that might occur in a real patient including, blinking, eye dilation and life-threatening occurrences such as heart attacks, severe allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, drug interactions (the mannequins will be able to be given more than 200 different drugs), and more,” Frankland noted.

The lab will allow faculty to be behind the scenes, yet able to control the scenario as students work. While involved in a lab simulation, students will be recorded. “This will allow both the instructors and each student to go through a debriefing process to discuss how well each student handled any health problems that may have occurred with the mannequins.”

The mannequins provide an important learning opportunity for students, and they can provide important training previously only available with an actual patient. “The ability to simulate a variety of health situations, including serious health complications, will provide students with a learning experience that can not only be discipline specific, but will also allow for interdisciplinary teams of students to work together,” noted Frankland.

The interdisciplinary focus is unique, and there are few, if any, community colleges providing an interdisciplinary opportunity to students in the health sciences. “Students and faculty will be involved in interdisciplinary teams and will be able to work together as a team, similar to an actual healthcare setting,” said Frankland.

According to Frankland the school of health science has been assigned to a regional grant liaison to help the school implement the grant. In addition Casper College will hire a project manager, clerical support to facilitate the grant, and a faculty member. “The new faculty member will be hired to assist the faculty in the development of the curriculum and learning materials for each discipline,” Frankland said.

“The only thing that will limit our use of this lab will be our own creativity. This grant will take us to a higher level and is both huge and exciting for our students and faculty. We will be able to take what we do best and make it even better,” Frankland said.

Lab completion is set for the 2014 spring semester.


Monday October 8, 2012

In one short hour anyone can learn to blog with Casper College’s “Blogs” (CEU 1052 80) course to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

A “blog” is typically a discussion or informational site used by both individuals and companies to get out or exchange information on the Internet. The one-hour class will show students how to create a blog, write and post, upload media, and manage their blog settings.

The class, which is worth .1 continuing education units, is $20 per person. To register or for more information on “Blogs,” contact Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist, at 268-2085 or via email.


Monday, October 8, 2012

A basic intravenous therapy class for all licensed practical nurses will be held at Casper College on Oct. 20 and 21, 2012.

The Wyoming State Board of Nursing requires all LPNs licensed in the state of Wyoming to recertify every two years. “’Basic Intravenous Therapy’ has been developed utilizing a Wyoming State Board of Nursing approved curriculum and will keep nurses up to date on the latest trends,” said Davina Drazick,” nurse educator.

The two-day class will cover topics such as anatomy and physiology; fluids and electrolytes; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing IV therapy; calculation of flow rates; complications of IV therapy; pharmacology; infection prevention; practice IV placement, priming tubing, advantage bags, calculations; and much more.

The class is limited to 15 participants and proof of licensure is required to be admitted. “All participants will have completed the course after attending two days of class, passing a final exam with a score of at least 80 percent, participating in 16 hours of clinical time, and successfully starting three IVs in the clinical setting,” Drazick said.

The cost to attend the two-day training is $340 per person, which also includes the textbook, “IV Therapy Made Incredibly Easy.” To register or for more information contact Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist, at Casper College at 268-2085, 800-442-2963, etc. 2085, via email, or


Monday, October 8, 2012

An instructor from Learning Tree International will be on the Casper College Campus to teach the course “SQL Server® High Availability: Hands On” October 16, 17, and 18, 2012.

“This training is for those that have a SQL Server system in place, as well as those who are planning to implement one,” said Kent Brooks, director of information technology at Casper College. The list of those who will benefit from the training include database administrators, IT managers, network administrators, and anyone involved in planning, supporting or implementing a high-availability solution with SQL Server.

Participants will learn how to leverage SQL Server technologies to achieve high-availability database solutions, design a service level agreement that matches business requirements; plan, prepare and install a SQL Server failover cluster; mirror a database to ensure instant failover; and automate deployment and enhance management capabilities with “Always On” technologies, according to Alex Kilroy with Learning Tree International

“The SQL Server provides a full range of technologies that allow organizations to reduce downtime and maintain high levels of availability. In order to achieve these goals, an enterprise database administrator must implement failover clustering, log shipping, database mirroring, and peer-to-peer transactional replication. This course offers enterprise SQL Server administrators the skills to maintain a large number of constantly available database servers,” said Kilroy.

Participants will gain extensive experience using SQL Server 2012 “Always On” technologies to build a variety of high availability solutions, and will learn to install SQL Server on a cluster, set up log shipping, implement database mirroring, and use replication as a high availability method, according to Kilroy.

The three-day course, typically offered in large cities on the East and West coasts, is being offered at $1800 per person, a savings of more than $600. The fee includes breakfast and lunch each day. To register, or for more information, contact Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist, at 268-2085, 800-442-2963, ext. 2085, via email, or


Monday, October 8, 2012

The Casper College School of Health Science will present a spooky night of X-rayed Halloween treats, a haunted hospital ward, carnival, prizes and treats for all those who visit the Saunders Health Science Center at Casper College on Halloween night.

“During the night, the Casper College Student Radiography Association and radiography faculty will X-ray Halloween treats,” said Laurie Weaver, chair of the radiography department at Casper College. “We will be handing out goodies and prizes to all the children and they will get to keep the X-ray of their candy,” she said. Children will also be able to watch the radiography students X-ray their candy and help develop the film in the darkroom, according to Weaver.

Other events will include a haunted hospital ward sponsored by the Casper College Student Nursing Association and a carnival sponsored by the Casper College occupational therapy assistant students and the respiratory therapy students. “The haunted hospital ward is geared for those who can handle scary stuff, 8 years of age and older, while the carnival is geared toward kids ages 2 and up,” Weaver said.

Everyone attending is asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item to the event. “Of course if people do not have one they can still come in,” noted Weaver. All collected food items will then be given to a local food pantry.

The Halloween fun will take place throughout the Saunders Health Science Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Saunders Health Science Center is located on the Casper College campus.


Monday, October 8 2012

Casper College is offering a “40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Worker” training class October 22 through 26. The weeklong class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

“This class is for people who work at hazardous waste cleanup sites. Topics covered will include worker protection procedures, health effects of hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, air monitoring, waste site control, containment and emergencies, and equipment decontamination procedures. Participants will also set up a site safety plan for a mock hazardous waste site,” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

Those participating in the class will be fitted with an air purifying respirator, receive practical self-contained breathing apparatus experience, and work in OSHA levels A, B, and C protective equipment.

The class, which is worth four continuing education credits, costs $450 per person. For more information or to register contact Dalton via email, or at 268-2085.


Monday, October 8 2012

Casper College is offering an “8-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Annual Refresher” training class Saturday, Oct. 27 or Saturday, Nov. 17.

Taught by Stewart Anderson, Natrona County Emergency Manager, the class will cover regulatory overview, toxicology, material safety data sheets, decontamination, packaging and labeling, chemical reactivity, general safety, site monitoring, hazmat situations, and physical and chemical terminology.

“All hazardous waste workers must have eight hours of training annually to maintain their 40-hour safety-training card. All training participants must verify that they have taken the 40-hour hazard waste site worker class within the last year,” noted Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

The class, which is worth 8 continuing education credits, costs $120 per person. For more information or to register contact Dalton via email, or at 268-2085.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Austin, Texas-based instrumental group Balmorhea will perform in concert at Casper College Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall, located in the Aley Fine Arts Center.

Balmorhea (pronounced BAL-MORE-AY) is a six-piece instrumental group from Austin, Texas. Founded by Rob Lowe and Michael Muller in 2006, the band has produced five full-length albums, including the forthcoming “Stranger,” which will be released in the United States in October 2012.

Inceptually influenced by the band’s namesake, a tiny West Texas town of 500 people, Balmorhea’s early work reflected motifs of the American Southwest: the folklore of Texas settlers, the emotive proclamations of the mountainous setting, and intimate studies on solitude, nature, and night according to the group’s website. Slowly adding more members to the band over the years, including a string section and full percussion, Balmorhea’s rich and layered music continues to be simultaneously concise and complex, uniting a collection of ideas, textures, and sounds into one genre-defying landscape, the website noted.

Balmorhea, called “an exemplary experiment in restraint” by The New Yorker, has toured the US and Europe five times each, including shows with Fleet Foxes, Mono, Tortoise, Bear in Heaven, Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Here We Go Magic, and others. Additionally the band has performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival, SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the Hopscotch Festival. Their music has been featured and reviewed by Pitchfork, MOJO, NME, Time Out New York, Drowned in Sound, NPR, and many more.

Tickets for the concert are $10 each, and are available at the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra office, Wind City Books, Sadler’s Hallmark, and the Cadillac Cowgirl. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Additional information is available at, or by calling 307-266-1478, or by emailing Lindsey Grant at

The concert is a partnership between Casper College, the Natrona County School District and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. A grant from Central Wyoming BOCES is supporting the event. Prior to the concert, the group will provide a two-hour workshop with Casper College string and percussion students and advanced high school students.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tickets for the 17th and final Casper College Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste will go on sale on Tuesday, Oct. 23 beginning at 8 a.m.

“With the new music building scheduled to be completed by next fall, it seemed like a good time to retire the Madrigal Feaste with this year’s performance. Next year in our new building the music department will present something different to the community that will not only feature the Casper College choirs, but also Casper College instrumental groups,” said Pat Patton, founder and director of the feast.

The feast will be held December 4 through 8 in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre, located in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex. Tickets are $45 per person.

Tickets will also be available for what is known as “First Knight.” Tickets for “First Knight,” which is the dress rehearsal scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3 in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre are $25 each.

The feast features the Casper College Collegiate Chorale, Men’s and Women’s Choirs, and the Contemporary Singers, all under the direction of Pat Patton, voice and choir instructor at Casper College.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Aley Fine Arts Center, Room 303, online at or by calling 268-2606.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012
“Hot Tunes, Cool Moves” theme features big band and Latin dance music

Tickets are now on sale for Casper College’s 8th Annual Big Band Dinner Dance, “Hot Tunes, Cool Moves” featuring both big band and Latin dance music. The dinner dance will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Grand Ballroom at the Parkway Plaza.

This year’s dance will not only feature popular big band tunes performed by the Casper College Big Band, but will also feature Latin jazz performed by the Casper College Latin Jazz Combo. In addition, free 15-minute dance lessons for both styles will be offered to all attending, according to Jerome Fleg, Casper College woodwind instructor and director of the Casper College Big Band.

Neeraj Mehta, Casper College percussion and Latin music instructor will direct the Latin jazz combo, and Paula Flynn will guest solo on two songs with the big band.

Doors and the cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. This year’s buffet dinner will feature not only roast beef and a full buffet, but also a tapas bar and will begin at 6 p.m. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $35 per individual or $50 per couple. For those wishing to dance only, tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door. Reservations for the dinner dance must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 7 by contacting the Casper College Music Department at 268-2606, 800-442-2963, ext. 2606, or via email.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Casper College Chamber Orchestra will perform in concert following the theme of “Basically Baroque” on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in in Durham Hall.

The CC Chamber Orchestra features 14 bowed string instrumentalists. This concert will feature the director, Jennifer Cowell as well as principal cellist and Music Major Timothy Winckler as soloists in two of Vivaldi's Seasons, Summer and Autumn. Vivaldi's sonnets, which are musically portrayed in each movement of the work, will be read during the concert. The concert will also feature the "Divertimento in D Major," by W.A. Mozart.

The Durham Recital Hall is located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

A special program at the Casper College Western History Center on Thursday, October 25 will highlight Wyoming Archives Month.

Reid Miller will present “Edward Tiffin Speaks: Reflections on the General Land Office” beginning at 5 p.m. in the library classroom, located on the second floor of the Goodstein Foundation Library at Casper College. The show and reception is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served in the Western History Center following the presentation.

Portraying Edward Tiffin, a statesman from the early 1800s, Miller will give a unique first-person narrative of Tiffin’s life, work and historical contributions as an Ohio governor and senator, commissioner of the General Lands Office, and surveyor general for the territory north and west of the Ohio River.

“We asked Reid to speak because his presentation ties with Archives Month and the west,” said Casper College archivist Vince Crolla. “Edward Tiffin worked to save documents during the War of 1812 that were (or would later become) archival materials. Tiffin was also an early Surveyor General for the General Land Office, which was the precursor to the Bureau of Land Management.”

Reid Miller has worked in five federal job disciplines for five separate agencies since 1969, and served as a field engineer to the United States Antarctic Research Program at Siple Station in 1986 and 1987. Since May 2002 he has been an interpreter at the Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper.


Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

A guest music lecturer will examine musician George Harrison’s life-long ties with Indian classical music and culture on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Casper College.

Kathyrn Cox’s lecture, “Not Quite ‘The Quiet One,’” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Durham Hall, located in the Aley Fine Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Cox notes that during his career with the Beatles, George Harrison became known as “The Quiet One” when compared to the vociferous John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and this nickname stuck with him throughout his solo career.

“For someone who acted as a musical and cultural ambassador for Western counterculture, however, this appellation seems hardly appropriate, especially considering his life-long dialogue with Indian classical music, and indeed, India itself,” she says. “This talk examines Harrison’s fascination with India and the myriad of issues that arose from it—including ethnic representation and exoticism, globalization, and political involvement—showing how Harrison’s musical gestures and musical activism spoke louder than words.”

Cox is currently a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at the University of Michigan after receiving her B.A. in music from the University of Chicago in 2007. Her research and teaching interests focus primarily on popular music; late-19th/early 20th-century Austro-Hungarian music; music and globalization; and music, text, and language.


Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

A handmade two-sided quilt is being raffled off at Casper College to raise money for the Casper College School of Business and Industry’s “Kitchens for Kenya” project.

The quilt was handmade by Lesley Travers, dean of the School of Business and Industry. The Kitchens for Kenya project is providing students at Mburu Gichua Primary School in Nakura, Kenya with better access to nutritious food, improved health and higher educational standards.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They are available at Casper College in room 103 of the Thorson Institute of Business or in room 116 of the McMurry Career Studies Center.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

A free information session about a medical outreach trip to Peru will be held Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in room 227 of the Saunders Health Science Center at Casper College. Attendees will learn about an opportunity to join a group that will deliver medical supplies and health care next summer to indigenous people living along the Amazon River.

“We travel to remote villages by boat and provide community health education and health screening,” said Casper College Medical Laboratory Technology instructor Audrey Hentzen. “We are partnered with an organization that is based in Iquitos, Peru. They acquire medical supplies and drugs for treating the indigenous people.”

The trip will take approximately 12 days, including air, bus and boat travel time to the base camp along the Amazon. “From the base camp we travel each day by boat to the outlying villages to provide the community health education, health assessments and treatments,” she said.

Although the trip is open to anyone, participants must enroll in a three-credit cultural environment class.

This will be the third trip to this region by Casper College students. According to Henzen, last year “the evidence of our impact was apparent. When we were screening people they were actually boiling their water as we had instructed the prior year to protect their families from parasitic infections.”

More information about the trip is available from Hentzen at (307) 268-2632 or email.


Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

The Tate Geological Museum will celebrate the Third Annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the museum.

Highlighting the celebration will be the opening of a special art exhibition, “A Thousand Unnamed Worlds,” by illustrator Russell Hawley. Hawley, who is the Tate Museum’s Education Specialist, will give a talk at 5:45 p.m. about the exhibition.

A “Fossil Road Show” will give attendees the opportunity to bring rocks and fossils to have them evaluated and identified by professional geologist Arnold Woods. Woods, an adjunct instructor at Casper College, has worked in the petroleum industry for over 35 years in North America, Africa and South America.

A kid’s craft shop, a performance of dinosaur songs by the Casper College Men’s Choir, several tour options, door prizes and free refreshments will also be provided.

The open house, which is sponsored by the Tate Geological Museum, the U.S. National Park Service, and the American Geological Institute is free and open to the public.


Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

A class and followup group visit to an upcoming Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Concert will help participants fully appreciate show tunes. The course, “Broadway Melodies,” is being offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College.

“Enjoy appetizers, mocktails, and live music at our first class,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist with OLLI. “Following the social, instructor Kristin Lenth will give a lecture on the history of musical theatre in America and some of the musical numbers the Wyoming Symphony will perform at their concert.” The class will be held on Wed., Nov. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Casper College.

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra concert will be on Sat., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Natrona County High School.

For more information or to register, contact Pollock at 268-2097 or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2099.


Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College is offering “Olives to Olive Oil” in early December.

Participants will learn from instructor George Vlastos how olives are farmed at the Vlastos Farma in the Amari Valley on the Island of Crete with the same ancient trees planted in the 12th century. The Vlastos family grows the olives on Crete and sells the olive oil in Casper.

“We will cook with olive oil in ways inspired by various Greek cooking techniques using low heat derived from the stick fires used in village cooking hearths,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist with OLLI.

By the conclusion of the class, participants will understand the health benefits of olive oil and be able to shop for their own favorite type of olive oil to use for cooking. The class consists of a lecture and a demonstration. The lecture will be held Monday, December 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants may choose either Dec. 4 or Dec. 5 for their demonstration session. Both demonstations run from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information or to register, contact Pollock at 268-2097 or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2099.


Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

The Casper College Center for Training and Development is offering “Quickbooks for Nonprofits” (CEU 1151 80) on Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Thorson Business Institute.

According to Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College, participants will learn from instructor Heather Hudson how to customize QuickBooks to meet their nonprofit accounting needs.

The cost of the class, which is worth .6 CEU credits, is $160 per person. For more information or to register, contact Dalton at 268-2085 or email.


Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

A Greek dinner, part of the Casper College Cultural Dinner Series, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Roberts Commons Cafeteria.

The dinner will feature Greek salad, stuffed grape leaves, avgolemeno (egg lemon soup), spanikopita, lemon rice pilaf, moussaka (vegetarian), pastitsio, baklava, and yogurt and fruit salad with honey.

Advance tickets, available through Friday, Oct. 19, are $9.50 each. Tickets at the door are $11 for adults and $7 for ages 7 through 12. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Casper College Business Office or the Gateway Café, both located on the third floor of the Gateway Building. Other locations include the Roberts Commons Cafeteria, and the cafés in Liesinger Hall and the Wold Physical Science Center. Cash is accepted at all locations and credit cards are accepted at the cafeteria and cafés.

The cultural dinner series is sponsored by the Casper College Diversity Committee.


Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

The Casper College Center for Learning through Service will present a free viewing of the critically-acclaimed film “Patriocracy” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in room 217 of the Strausner Student Center.

The film, which explores “the polarization in America that cripples our country’s ability to solve its most serious problems,” has been an official selection at numerous international film festivals.

“We are showing the film in conjunction with the ‘Get out and Vote’ campaign, educating students about political issues which affect our communities,” said Bill Andrews, an intern at the Casper College Center for Learning through Service and a junior at the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center. “This film will help viewers understand the divisions in American politics and why our system is not functioning properly.”

The screening is free and open to the public. Free popcorn and soft drinks will be served.


Monday, October 15, 2012

A trip to Germany open to those interested in linguistic and cultural immersion will be offered by Casper College in May 2013.

The trip, which runs May 14-30, is open to anyone over the age of 18. Participants must complete the four-credit First Year German course and a one-credit trip prep course in Spring 2013. By departure date, participants must have a passport, have internationally valid health insurance, and enroll in the two-credit travel course (GERM 2495).

In Germany, participants will participate in an intensive language program, visit sites that bear witness to Germany’s difficult history, live in hostels, and visit schools, according to German instructor Charles Ewing. The group will also hike and boat through famous forested regions, travel by train, and pursue personal interests during free time.

The cost for the trip is currently estimated at $2,220 per person, which includes round-trip airfare, accomodations in hostels with breakfast, train travel within Germany, language instruction and most entrance fees. A nonrefundable deposit of $400 is due by Dec. 6.

More information about the trip will be provided Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 3:45 p.m. in room 284 of Liesinger Hall at Casper College. Additional information about the trip is also available from Ewing at (307) 268-2849 or email.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Michael Barry, author of "The Forgiveness Project," will present two free sessions in Casper in November on the link between forgiveness and physical health.

Barry has given lectures and appeared in major national media, most recently Fox News and CNN, describing how holding onto offense can set up an environment for disease in the physical body. He is also the author of the book, “The Forgiveness Project: The Startling Discovery of How to Overcome Cancer, Find Health, and Achieve Peace.”

On Friday, Nov. 9 Barry will present “RX: Self Forgiveness” at 7 p.m. in room 225 of the Casper College Gateway Building. He will lecture on his research findings—how the process of forgiveness correlates to multidimensional health benefits. The lecture will also provide resources on forgiveness and educate on the power of forgiveness.

On Saturday, Nov. 10 he will present a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at Highland Park Community Church. Workshop participants will learn to use the program “Release! The Healing Power of Forgiveness,” a program that is in place at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

According to Barry, “Release! The Healing Power of Forgiveness” is the result of five years of reading, research, hands-on curriculum development and personal experience in working with cancer patients on forgiveness-related issues. This program is an invitation to begin a journey toward forgiveness, and it includes helpful hints, scientific research, and proven techniques for reducing anger and hatred.”

Barry holds a doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

His visit is being organized by English instructor Cara Rodriguez, who said, “These events are free to all and applicable to everyone, not just those suffering from illness. I hope that people will bring their families and learn that having forgiveness as a core value benefits relationships, personal health and personal growth.”

Although not necessary, pre-registration for the Saturday workshop at is appreciated. Barry’s visit is sponsored by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Casper College Honors Program.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A special question and answer session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 following the performance of the fall Casper College musical “Evita.”

The Q-and-A session will feature the cast and artistic staff “who will cover questions about the show, its history, and even specific questions to our New York guest artist, actress Lindsie VanWinkle, who is playing the starring role of Eva Peron,” said James Olm, musical theatre coordinator at Casper College.

Tickets for “Evita” will be available to the general public beginning Monday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students ages 5 to 18. Tickets can be purchased at the Krampert Theatre Complex box office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at 268-2500.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Casper College Concert Band, Flute Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble will be in concert on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall.

According to Douglas Bull, brass instructor, each group will perform a wide range of compositions. The concert band will perform Holst's “Second Suite For Military Band,” Erickson's “Festive Winds” and “Radetsky March.”

The concert is free and open to all. Durham Recital Hall is located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Casper College’s Department of Theatre and Dance is bringing New York to the Gertrude Krampert Theatre. Opening on Friday, November 2, 2012, on the McMurry Mainstage, New York performer, Lindsie VanWinkle, A.E.A., will star in the Tony Award winning musical/rock opera, “Evita.” With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the plot concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader, Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine president, Juan Peron. The story follows Evita’s early life, her scrappy rise to power, the charity work she did and her eventual death.

Playing the role of Evita is VanWinkle, who most recently played the role of Tessie in “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” Other past roles included her Off-Broadway debut as Mary Magdalene in “The Magdalene” and Mrs. Pinkerton in “Pinkalicious! The Musical.” VanWinkle enjoys traveling the countryside and performing in regional theatres. Her long list of projects includes “Buddy’s Tavern,” “Flipside: The Patti Page Story,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “My Fair Lady,” “Les Miserables,” “The Pajama Game,” “Little Me,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Little by Little. “

“Evita” is directed by William Conte with choreography by Jodi Youmans-Jones, musical direction by James Olm, costumes by Douglas Garland, set design by Kyle Melton, and lighting design by Jeffrey Toombs. This production is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3, Wednesday through Saturday, November 7 through 10, and November 14 through 17 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 through 18. There is a $2 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are on sale and available at the Krampert Theatre box office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or can be purchased at the door. To purchase by phone, call 307-2680-2500 or 800-442-2963, ext. 2500 during box office hours. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Tickets can be mailed for an additional $1 per order.


Friday, October 26, 2012
Special exhibit curated by Casper College students

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present a temporary exhibit, “Shifting Landscapes: Wyoming.” The exhibit, curated by students from the “Museum Studies” class at Casper College, includes the changing artistic representations of Wyoming and the American West.

The exhibition opens Thursday, Nov. 1 and will be displayed through Saturday, Dec. 1. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The reception includes a desert bar and coffee.

The exhibit includes works by Tom Loepp, Reed Merschat, Nancy Madura, Gabrielle Reeves, and Ingrid Burnett, among others.

For over 200 years, American artists have been inspired by land, mountains, sky, and water. They have used paint, canvas, and cameras to create their artistic interpretations of landscapes.

“Artistic interpretation of the Western landscape continues to change,” said Eric Wimmer, a museum studies student. “Yet the desire to capture the beauty of open spaces and unsettled territory remains. Landscapes of the American West have always been, and will continue to be, an attempt by the artist to capture that special element that conveys just what it means to live in the West.”

The exhibition was curated by the following Casper College students: Madison Harmon, Taylor Herbst, Sarah Hudson, Ian Jacobson, Denna McPherson, Hunter Rayburn, Jay Redig, Alex Rose, and Wimmer.

Valerie Innella, Ph.D., art history instructor at Casper College, is the instructor for museum studies. “This exhibition is concerned with the representation of nature and landscape produced by American artists, in the practice of painting and photography,” Innella said. “Art has been defined as the expression of an idea, and throughout the centuries these ideas have been manipulated by politics, religion, and commerce, which also directly affect the natural landscape. Our understanding of history and global contemporary culture is shaped by artists who address the theme of nature in their work,” she noted.

In the museum studies course, participants engage in learning about the dissemination of knowledge through the museum environment and practice proper methods of artifact handling, exhibition displaying, and creating related signage. The course is part of an associate degree plan that prepares students for museum work and allows for an understanding of basic operations of a museum or gallery including exhibit design, education, collections management, marketing, and an overview of the history and changing role of these facilities in society.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Alex Rose at 307- 261-7780.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Casper College has received a grant totaling nearly $100,000 from the Region VIII Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Drinking Water to provide Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) training over the next three years to certified water system operators, individuals seeking certification, and owners of public drinking water systems within Wyoming.

“Casper College will continue to offer training in the proper operations and maintenance of public water systems with this grant over the next three years,” said William Mixer, environmental instructor. Classes will focus on small public water supplies (PWS), transient and nontransient water systems, groundwater systems, and surface water system operations. “We will also continue with our water disinfection class, our pumps class and our ASSE backflow certification courses as well,” Mixer noted.

According to Mixer, most classes will be offered in the Casper area. “We will also be offering preconference workshop classes with our grant partners the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems and The Wyoming Water Quality and Pollution Control Association. “Through these offerings, we will provide training for the PWS in order to provide the less skilled with knowledge and/or to update the experienced PWS operators and students on new and existing SDWA regulations and technologies related to drinking water system operation,” said Mixer.

For more information on specific classes, times, and locations, contact Mixer at 268-2670; toll free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2670, by email, or at


Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Casper College Athletic Department announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW).

The association, which comprises the oil and gas producers of Wyoming, will sponsor the Thunderbirds’ Tip Off Classic tournament. PAW Executive Director Bruce Hinchey says his association is proud to partner with the Casper College T-Bird Booster Club to support a family event that benefits the student athletes and the college.

"We have a lot of good companies doing a lot of great things in our community,” Hinchey says. “We are happy that this tournament will help showcase some of those efforts. We are proud to support Casper College.”

Athletic Director Bill Landen says the sponsorship will allow the college’s basketball teams to open their seasons at home against quality opponents.

“This is a big day for our Thunderbird student athletes and for their fans,” Landen says. “Attracting good teams for our tournaments is becoming more and more competitive, and the petroleum association’s support will help us in our efforts to make the Tip Off a great tournament.”

This year’s classic features Eastern Wyoming, Impact Academy, Northeastern Colorado, Snow College, and Western Nebraska on the men’s side. Gillette College, Salt Lake Community College, and the College of Southern Idaho will play in the women’s bracket.

The Thunderbird men’s team plays Eastern Wyoming Thursday night (Nov. 1) at 7:30 to open the tournament. There will be games at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For ticket information or to purchase season tickets, call 268-3000.

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