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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cynthia Watson, a professor of war strategy at the National War College, will present “What’s Burning?: Immediate International Priorities for the Next Obama Administration” on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Casper College.

“The community will enjoy this exceptional speaker,” said Erich Frankland, Casper College political science instructor. Frankland noted that prior to joining the National War College, Watson was assistant dean for social sciences and on the political science faculty at Loyola University, Chicago, and also taught politics at Ithaca College. She has worked for the U.S. General Accounting Office and the U.S. House of Representatives. She regularly writes and speaks on a number of topics including U.S. national security, nation building, China in the international system, civil-military relations, and others. Watson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Watson’s talk will be held in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium, Room 160, located in the McMurry Career Studies Center and is free and open to the public.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Casper College Political Science Department will be offering four elective courses for the spring 2013 semester.

“These elective courses are open to majors and nonmajors,” said Erich Frankland, political science instructor and chair of the political science department at Casper College.

Two of the courses will be taught by Frankland: “Non-Western Political Cultures” (POLS 1200) and “Introduction to International Relations” (POLS 2310). “The first class will provide students with a comparative framework for studying the non-Western world with particular attention devoted to Japan, Russia, China, and Iran. The second course will provide students with an overview of the structure and actors impacting international relations as well as an examination of pressing issues ranging from globalization to human rights,” said Frankland.

The other two electives offered are “Introduction to Public Administration” (POLS 2410) and “Introduction to Political Theory” (POLS 2460). “Introduction to Public Administration” will be taught by Art Washut, criminal justice instructor, and “will provide students with an analysis of the actors and policies involved with the government at all three levels in the U.S.,” said Frankland.

“Introduction to Political Theory” will be taught by Chris Henrichsen, political science instructor, and “will provide students with an overview of Western political theorists from the classical period to the present,” Frankland said.

The spring semester at Casper College will begin on Monday, January 14, and registration for the spring semester is currently underway. For more information or to register contact Casper College at 268-2100 or


Monday, December 3, 2012

Casper College’s Warner Wildlife Museum will host a special art show on Friday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Untamed Art: Pottery and Paintings from the Students of Casper College” will feature a number of wildlife-themed works recently created by Casper College art students. During the free show the student artists will be on hand to talk about their works. In addition, a poetry reading, scavenger hunt, and other art and poetry-themed activities will take place during the show, door prizes will be given away, and refreshments will be served.

The Werner Wildlife Museum is located at 405 15th Street in Casper.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The public is invited to attend the December Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In addition to offering guests free coffee and tea by P. Hawk Coffee Roaster, courtesy of the Tate, a special sale will be held during the same time period in the gift shop.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come up and visit ’Dee’ the mammoth, enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea, and save on some of the great items we have in the gift shop just in time for Christmas,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums.

During the four-hour period, all games, puzzles, and dig kits will be marked 10 percent off. According to Schaff, those who are current museum members will receive the sale rate in addition to the 10 percent discount they already receive with their membership.

Coffee, Tea, and Dee takes place in the Tate Geological Museum and is free and open to the public. The next Coffee, Tea and Dee will be held on January 16 and will feature a different sale.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A festive time is in store for all who attend the Tate Geological Museum’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Children of all ages may participate in the Saturday Club origami dinosaur ornaments workshop and help decorate our huge, natural Christmas tree. The open house will feature a face painter, scavenger hunts, special tours of the prep lab and the Lee Rex barn, and fresh baked treats at the Geology Club’s bake sale. A ‘Name the Turtle’ contest for our newest fossil member, a big turtle, will also be held during the open house,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums at Casper College.

Perennial favorite Santasauraus will be on hand and those attending are encouraged to bring their camera for a photo opportunity with not only Santasauraus, but also the museum’s Dee the mammoth.

“The gift shop has a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry and lots of dinosaur and geology related toys, books, and kits for the children. For the science buff, we have books and DVD’s relating to geology and paleontology topics. We also have a selection of Tate t-shirts, hoodies and vests, many of which feature drawings by our scientific illustrator, Russell Hawley,” Schaff said. All items in the museum gift shop will be 10 percent off and museum members will receive an additional 10 percent off.

Refreshments, including P. Hawk Roaster coffee and tea, will be available. The Tate Geological Museum Holiday Open House is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Casper College Tate Geological and Werner Wildlife museums will be open over the college’s holiday break, Dec. 24, 2012 through January 1, 2013.

The Werner Wildlife Museum will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for December 24 and 25 and December 31 and January 1.

The Tate Geological Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, except for December 25, 31, and January 1.

“It is a great time to bring out-of-town family and friends for a visit to both the Tate and the Werner museums. Both are free and kid friendly and provide a great learning experience for kids and adults alike,” said Deanna Schaff, museum director at Casper College.

For more information contact the Tate Geological Museum at 268-2447 or visit, or the Werner Wildlife Museum at 235-2108 or


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

“The construction industry is alive and well in Wyoming, and because of that the industry is looking for well-trained and educated workers,” said Mark Steinle, construction technology instructor at Casper College.

“As the construction industry begins to grow and stabilize again, the need for graduates with construction technology education is growing. The Construction Technology Program at Casper College was established to help the state and region meet the demands for skilled craftsmen and tradesmen in the construction industry,” Steinle said.

The college offers four options in the construction technology field: an associate of science in construction management or industrial arts, an associate of applied science in construction technology, and a construction technology certificate. “Our courses are designed to train skilled craftsmen. For that reason, much of our work is on-site and hands-on. We will take students from the ground up in residential construction – from asphalt and concrete to framing and finish work. Students are introduced to drafting and architectural design work, surveying and blueprint reading,” noted Steinle.

According to the United States Labor Department, “employment of construction managers is expected to grow 17 percent (through) 2020. The median annual wage of construction managers was $83,860 in May of 2010.”

The Casper College Construction Technology program provides training and education for those with no experience as well as those with experience in the industry who need a certificate or degree to move up in the profession. For more information or to register for a class, contact Steinle at 268-2411, 800-442-2963, ext. 2411 or email.


Monday, December 17, 2012

A class dealing with the psychological aspects of death and dying will be offered online for the spring 2013 semester at Casper College.

“Introduction to Death and Dying” (PSYC 2350-N1) will be taught online by Casper College Psychology Instructor Ruth Doyle. “Students will look at attitudes toward and preparation for death; the understanding of and care for terminally ill patients; funeral rituals; burial, mourning and grief practices; grief work; and suicide and euthanasia,” said Doyle. She noted that the class, worth three credits, will also focus on psycho-socio-cultural, and religious views of death and ways of handling its personal and social implications.

For more information or to register contact Doyle at 307-268-2516, 800-442-2963, ext. 2516, or email. The spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Casper College will be sending students to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota as part of the spring 2013 semester class “Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment within the Pine Ridge Native American Culture” (ADDN 1490 01) a special topics class worth three credits.

The weekly class, which begins Thursday, January 17, will culminate with an immersion trip May 11 through 17 to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. “Through lecture, discussion, small group work, multi-media presentations, and service learning students will explore Native American substance use, prevention, and treatment,” said Diana Quealy-Berge, Casper College addictionology instructor.

“The class will allow students to learn both classic and unique theories on addiction, and then connect that learning as an opportunity to make a difference during our week at the reservation,” said Quealy-Berge. ”Students will be able to observe first-hand the impact of current events on addiction, engage in activities that are working to address addiction, and synthesize the contributing factors to addiction that are culturally embedded,” Quealy-Berge noted.

According to the RE-MEMBER website, “the poverty on Pine Ridge can be described in no other terms than third world.” Statistics provided from the nonprofit organization that works with the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation notes that as of 2007 “life expectancy on Pine Ridge is the lowest in the United States and the second lowest in the Western Hemisphere – only Haiti has a lower rate and the alcoholism rate is estimated to be as high as 80 percent, while one in four infants are born with fetal alcohol syndrome or effects.”

“This is not only an eye-opening experience for our students, but it also provides them with the opportunity to work with and provide needed help to the residents of Pine Ridge,” Quealy-Berge said.

To register or for more information contact Quealy-Berge at 307-268-2590, 800-442-2963, Ext. 2590, or email.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Casper College Livestock Judging Team, under the direction of Jeremy Burkett, ended the fall 2012 semester with wins in several contests, with both individual and team wins.

At the Flint Hills Classic Livestock Judging Contest in El Dorado, Kan., a total of 25 teams comprised of 150 individuals judged 14 classes and gave six sets of reasons. Two Casper College freshman teams took wins, with the black team taking second and the red team taking third, both in sheep. Individually in the sheep category Colby Hales, Laramie, Wyo., took second; Bill Dalles, also from Laramie, Wyo., took seventh; and Emily Hasenauer, Wallace, Neb., took eighth. Dylan Freeman, Cheyenne, Wyo., took ninth in swine, while Hales took fourth in beef and fifth in overall individual. The black team also took fourth in oral reasons.

In Wichita, Kan., at the Mid-American Classic a total of 33 teams comprised of 168 individuals judged 12 classes and gave six sets of reasons. The freshman team took eighth overall while Nick Edelman, Douglas, Wyo., took third in swine. Twenty-one sophomore teams comprised of 126 individuals competed at Wichita. The sophomores fielded two teams. Casper 1 won third place overall and Casper 2 took ninth. Casper 1 took first in sheep while Casper 2 took third in swine. Two sophomores won individual awards: Katelyn Fritsche, McCook Neb., took third in sheep and Jared Patterson, Burley, Idaho, took sixth overall.

At the Ak-sar-ben contest in Omaha, Neb., both freshmen and sophomores competed individually and in teams. A total of 15 freshmen teams comprised of 75 individuals judged 12 classes and gave four sets of reasons. The Casper College freshmen team took first in swine, third in beef and reasons, and fifth overall. Individually, Logan Cecil, Torrington, Wyo., took fifth in sheep, first in beef, and was first overall. Another team member, Bailey Skinner, Johnstown, Colo., placed fifth in swine. As a team the sophomores placed second in swine, third in beef, and fourth overall. Individually, Seth Ebert, Jeromesville, Ohio, took four wins: first in swine, fourth in beef, third in reasons, and first overall. A total of 17 sophomore teams, comprised of 85 individuals competed at Ak-sar-ben.

At the Colorado State University Mock Contest in Fort Collins, Colo., 12 classes, representing sheep, goats, cattle, and swine were judged with eight sets of oral reasons on the same four species. Both the senior college and junior college contest was combined. The Casper College contingent was comprised of individuals receiving high marks as well as both the freshman and sophomore teams. Casper competed against the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Wyoming, Colby Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Northwest College, Fort Hayes State University, and Laramie County Community College.

At the CSU contest, Ebert placed first while Patterson placed second and Zach Post, Lakefield, Minn., placed fifth all in beef. As a team, the sophomores took first. In swine, Casper swept the individual awards with Ebert placing first, Post placing second, Fritsche placing third, and Patterson placing fourth. Team wise, both teams placed, with the sophomores taking first and the freshmen taking third. In sheep, Casper took the first three individual awards with Hales placing first; Evan Rader, Ft. Laramie, Wyo.; placing second; and Ebert placing third. The Casper College freshman team placed first in sheep. In reasons three individuals placed with Ebert taking first, Post taking second, and Rader taking fifth. In overall rankings Ebert placed first, Hales second, Post third, Patterson ninth, and Skinner 10th. The Casper College sophomore team took first in both reasons and overall.

While at the CSU Mock Contest, Casper College had a single entrant in the 4H contest as well. “Zoey Taucher was our single entrant to judge at this contest so that she could maintain her eligibility for the national contest that she qualified for in high school last year,” said Burkett. Taucher, Casper, Wyo., took sixth in overall individual.

The team had two individuals place at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo.: Post, who placed seventh in sheep and Rader, who placed first in swine. In addition the team took seventh overall. Twelve classes of sheep, goats, cattle, and swine were judged with eight sets of oral reasons on the same four species.

At the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., the Casper College team took fourth in swine, 10th in reasons, and 11th overall. Twelve classes of sheep, goats, cattle, and swine were judged, with eight sets of oral reasons on the same four species.

The team next competed at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla. The contest included 12 classes of sheep, goats, cattle, and swine, with six sets of oral reasons on the same four species. Casper College had both individuals and teams place at the contest, which combined senior and junior college teams and individuals. All of the colleges competing at the event had multiple teams entered and included Colby Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Northwest College, South Plains College, Clarendon College, and Seward County Community College.

At Oklahoma, Casper fielded three freshman teams. The red team took fifth in beef, third in sheep and reasons. The white team took fourth in beef, fifth in swine, second in sheep, and fifth in reasons. Finally the black team took first in beef, sheep, and reasons. For the freshmen individually Hales took seventh in beef; Sierra Crisp, Emmett, Idaho, took sixth in beef, first in sheep, fourth in reasons, and third overall; Skinner took fourth in beef and seventh in reasons; Lacie Potter, McKinnon, Wyo., took third in beef, eighth in sheep, and first overall; Katie Dodge, Spring Creek, Nev., took first in beef, third in reasons, and seventh overall; Lucas Drake, Cheyenne, Wyo., took 10th in swine; Dustin Potter, McKinnon, Wyo., took fifth in swine and 10th overall; Ethan George, Thorp, Wash., took first in swine; Josh Ovard, Henefer, Utah, took 10th in sheep; Dalles took seventh in sheep; Cecil took sixth in sheep; Blake Oshsner, Torrington, Wyo., took second in sheep, sixth in reasons, and eighth overall; and Hasenauer took fifth in reasons.

The sophomores both as teams and as individuals also did well at Oklahoma with the black team placing first in beef, and second in swine, reasons, and overall. The white team took first in sheep while the red team took fifth in swine. Individually Post took ninth in beef, third in swine, and eighth overall; Bryan Mackey, Torrington, Wyo., placed sixth in beef and ninth in reasons; Natalie McClellan, Bluffdale, Utah, placed fifth in beef, and eighth in reasons; Ebert placed third in beef, first in sheep, fourth in reasons, and first overall; Fritsche placed second in beef, fifth in reasons, and 10th overall; Ethan Herman, Tulelake, Calif., placed ninth in swine; and SashAnn Daniels, Thermopolis, Wyo., placed eighth in swine.

Finally at the West Texas A&M University’s contest in Canyon, Texas, competing teams again judged 12 classes of sheep, goats, cattle, and swine, with six sets of oral reasons on the same four species. The senior and junior college contests were combined and each college that Casper College competed against had multiple teams entered. Those schools competing included Colby Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Northwest College, South Plains College, Clarendon College, Seward County Community College, and Redlands Community College. The black team placed fifth in beef, second in swine and sheep, fourth in reasons, and third overall. Individually McClellan took sixth in beef, Mackey took third in sheep and ninth overall, and Hales took second in sheep.

The freshmen are next headed to the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, Ariz., on December 30, while the sophomores will judge at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on January 17 and 18, 2013.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dr. Lesley Travers, a licensed marriage and family therapist will teach a class on human sexuality at Casper College during the spring 2013 semester.

The class, “Human Sexuality” (PSYC 2200) “will provide a student with personally relevant, politically astute, and a sound introduction to human sexuality,” said Travers, who is also the dean of the school of business and industry at Casper College.

According to Travers, the course will engage each student in the biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and political aspects of sexuality. “The class will look at sexual attitudes, ideals, and behaviors in the past and present reminding the student that sexuality is an important aspect of the personality in every human being. Students will learn about themselves and their relationships and society’s influence on our own sexuality,” said Travers.

The class will be held each Monday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 and both couples and singles are welcome. For more information, contact Travers at 268-2448. The class will begin on Monday, January 14.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tom Empey, former theatre instructor and chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Casper College, has been lured out of retirement to co-teach “Playing with Shakespeare” (ENGL/THEA 2225) with Patrick Amelotte, English instructor at Casper College.

The class will look at the works of Shakespeare in a unique way. “We ask two questions: ‘Do you know this man? Or do you only think you know him?’” said Amelotte.

Empey and Amelotte taught the class prior to Empey’s retirement in the summer of 2010. “We had a great time, and the students really enjoyed the class as well. Because of that I was able to convince Tom to come out of retirement and help me co-teach this class one more time,” noted Amelotte.

The class will run from 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday during the spring 2013 semester, starting Monday, Jan. 14.

For more information or to register call the college at 268-2100 or go to


Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Casper College Medical Lab Technician Program has been awarded continuing accreditation for seven years by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

According to Gerald A. Phipps, president of the NAACLS Board of Directors, the accreditation for the MLT program will continue until October 31, 2019. The NAACLS provides accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions.

The MLT program at Casper College is the only one in the state of Wyoming and offers an associate’s degree in medical laboratory technician or a phlebotomy technician training certificate.

“Students enrolled in the MLT program will participate in clinical experiences in a variety of agencies,” said Audrey Hentzen, program director. Because the MLT program utilizes a variety of agencies throughout the state, many classes are offered online.

In addition to awarding the MLT program at Casper College continuing accreditation, the NAACLS also recognized the following as clinical affiliates of the program: Converse County Memorial Hospital, Douglas; Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Gillette; Carbon County Memorial Hospital, Rawlins; Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne; Hot Springs Memorial Hospital, Thermopolis; LabCorp, Casper; Mountain View Regional Hospital, Casper; Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Sheridan; Star Valley Medical Center, Afton; and Wyoming Medical Center, Casper.


Monday, December 31, 2012

For those wondering how society might address potentially devastating events a new five-week class entitled “Zombies” will be offered at Casper College on Monday evenings between January 28 and March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The class, taught by Lance Jones, director of security and judicial review at Casper College, and Pam Jones, Casper College workforce training advisor, “will look at such events as biological mutations, epidemics, catastrophic events, or attacks,” said Pam Jones.

Each week will feature a “subject matter expert” who “will bring their real life experience to the classroom and share their thoughts on the reality, ethics, psychology and human emotion that might occur during disasters of epic proportions,” Pam Jones, Casper College workforce training advisor, said.

Presenting experts include Stewart Anderson and Theresa Simpson from Natrona County Emergency Management, Audrey Gray from the Casper-Natrona County Public Health Department, John Goss a weapons expert with the Wyoming National Guard, Jim Holscher with the Natrona County Corner’s Office, and Sarah Frank a trauma nurse with the Wyoming Medical Center who will also discuss medical ethics.

For more information or to register, contact Laura Burnett, community education specialist, at 268-3399 or email.


Monday, December 31, 2012

A research paper written by Casper College biology instructor Will Robinson was recently accepted and published in PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal published by PLOS, a nonprofit organization.

The article, “Migrating Giant Honey Bees (Apis dorsata) Congregate Annually at Stopover Site in Thailand,” is based on two trips to Thailand that Robinson took in 2009 and 2010 to conduct honey bee research. “This is the most important piece of work from my Thailand research,” Robinson says.

While conducting his research, Robinson discovered that “the giant bees were forming bivouacs, resting on an annual migration from lowlands to highlands. Such bivouacs had not been described before. These bivouacs were concentrated in a 100 foot-wide riverside strip about 656 feet long in and around the mango orchard.” In the abstract of his paper Robinson notes, “Such consistent stopover sites likely occur throughout southern Asia and may support critical, vulnerable stages in the life history of giant honey bees that must be conserved for populations of the species to survive.”

The paper, which can be accessed at, features Robinson’s research results, discussion, methods, supporting information, (including color photos, videos, charts, and diagrams), acknowledgments, author contributions, and references.

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