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Monday, January 7, 2013
ADULT LEARNING CENTER ANNOUNCES SPRING HOURS

Spring 2013 hours for the Adult Learning Center at Casper College, which provides adult basic education instruction and English as a Second Language, have been announced. The new hours will go into effect on Monday, Jan. 14.

The center will be open on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. A mandatory new student orientation for GED students will be held every Tuesday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The center is closed on Fridays and the weekends.

“The Adult Learning Center offers free assistance to out-of-school adult students, 16 years old and older, who need to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills in order to reach their educational and employment goals,” said Lisa Mixer, Adult Learning Center programs coordinator. Educational services are also available to speakers of other languages through the center’s English as a Second Language program. All programs offered at the center, which is open-entry, open-exit, are free of charge.

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is located in the Werner Technical Center on the Casper College campus.

For more information stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center or call the center at 268-2230.

 

Monday, January 7, 2013
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE OFFERED AT COLLEGE’S ADULT LEARNING CENTER

English as a Second Language will be offered at the Casper College Adult Learning Center beginning Monday, Jan. 14.

“The ESL program at the Adult Learning Center provides assessment and instruction for students whose native language is not English,” said Lisa Mixer, Adult Learning Center programs coordinator. “Individual and small group instruction is available for all levels of survival English and instruction includes civics,” Mixer noted.

ESL will be offered at the center Monday through Thursday from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Adult Learning Center is located in the Werner Technical Center on the Casper College campus.

For more information on the ESL program, stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center or call Mixer at 268-2453.

 

Monday, January 7, 2013
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFERED AT CASPER COLLEGE

What powers impact the relations of countries to one another? That question and others will be explored in the Casper College course: “Introduction to International Relations” (POLS 2310) taught by Erich Frankland, political science instructor.

“The class will examine the forces, such as power and economics, that impact the relations of countries, as well as the role of key international organizations like the United Nations, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization in global affairs. Finally, the class will examine some of the pressing issues in today's globalized world including terrorism, climate change, and health,” said Frankland.

Registration is now taking place for the three-credit class, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 14. To register or for more information call Casper College at 268-2100.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
EXCEL CLASS OFFERED FOR BEGINNERS

A one-day beginner’s class on both Microsoft Excel 2007 and Microsoft Excel 2010 will be offered on either Friday, Jan. 18 or Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casper College.

According to Ann Dalton “Microsoft Excel 2007/2010: Beginner” (CEU 1111 61) “is a hands-on introduction to spreadsheets and will include instruction on how to create, edit, format, print, and work with multiple worksheets, create charts, and use formulas and functions.”

Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College, noted that participants should have a basic understanding of computers. Suggested, but not required, textbook for the class is either “Excel 2007 Bible,” or “Excel 2010 Bible.” For more information or to register, contact Dalton at 268-2085 or email.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
PC USERS TO LEARN THE MAC

With the popularity of Apple products such as the iPad and iPhone many PC users have either purchased or are considering the purchase of one of Apple’s Mac computers. A special session aimed at helping these individuals learn how easy the transition can be will take place at Casper College on Monday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“Mac for PC Users” (CEU 1001 60) will show individuals “how to apply what they know about the PC to the Mac. The class will cover the basics, including updating the operating system, installing software, keyboard shortcuts, connecting to their home network, and free software,” said Ann Dalton, workforce specialist at Casper College.

For more information or to register, contact Dalton at 268-2085 or email.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
TABLET DECISIONS? CLASS OFFERS HELP

A new continuing education class at Casper College has been created to help participants who are considering the purchase of an Android tablet.

“Android Tablet Purchasing” (CEU 1140 60) will help students learn “what to look for in an Android tablet such as the Kindle Fire, Archos G90, or Samsung Galaxy including, functions, differences between tablets, advantages and disadvantages, and how people are using tablets for office and home,” said Ann Dalton, workforce specialist at Casper College.

The class, which will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, will also include a review of the differences between Android tablets and the Apple iPad. To register or for more information on “Android Tablet Purchasing,” contact Dalton at 268-2085 or email.

 

Thursday, January 10, 2013
OLLI HOSTS “SPRING FLING” SIGN UP JANUARY 26

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will host a “Spring Fling” sign-up event on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College Campus.

Some of the classes to be offered for the spring session include “A Bite at the Opera: Bizet’s Carmen” featuring Spanish food for dinner and a showing of the opera; “Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet” with participants attending the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky's “Swan Lake” and an opportunity to enjoy mocktails and appetizers; “Fashing: A German Celebration of Lent,” featuring discussion and the chance to sample German Lenten recipes; “Four Trails, Many Tales” taking a look at the four historic trails that intersect through Casper; the popular “History of Mysteries” series taking a look this time at British Isles crime fiction; “The Intelligence of Dogs” looking at the unique ways we depend on dogs; “Made in Wyoming: Nanny Kid Farms” featuring a day trip to Nanny Kid Farms; “Astride a Pink Horse” featuring a visit with the novel’s author Dr. Robert Greer; a new olive oil cooking class with George Vlastos: “Kritiko Cooking;” and much more.

The sign up will feature a number system to assure that all those registering for spring classes will be taken care of in a quick and orderly manner, according to Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist. “There will be three stations; everyone will get a number, in consecutive order at Station One. Numbers will be available from 8 to 10:30 a.m.,” she said.

At Station Two, members will be able to renew their membership, or if not a member, join up. An annual membership can be purchased for $55, which includes a total of five complimentary OLLI classes – two in the spring, one in the summer, and two in the fall – or a spring membership for $35, which includes two complimentary spring classes. Finally, new and current OLLI members will go to Station Three, where they will have their registration form checked and stamped “okay.” “Volunteers will be available to assist anyone needing help with filling out their registration form,” Arnold said.

“Once the third station has been completed, members will be able to relax, have some refreshments, and talk to friends while they wait for their number to be called,” Arnold noted.

For those unable to attend the sign up, registrations will be taken by phone or in person after January 26. To register by phone, members may call Arnold at 268-2099 or Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2097. The OLLI office is located in Room 408 in the Gateway Building for those wishing to register in person.

 

Friday, January 11, 2013
JANUARY COFFEE, TEA AND DEE FEATURES DINOSAUR REPLICAS

The public is invited to attend the January Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Jan. 16 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 month we are featuring 10 percent off on all of our dinosaur replicas or models,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums. 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 February 13 and will feature a different sale.

 

Friday, January 11, 2013
COLLEGE RECEIVES $1 MILLION MATCH PLEDGE

The Casper College Foundation has received a $1 million match pledge from Dick and Linda Wheeler of Casper. The pledge is focused on attracting matching gifts from professionals and businesses that haven't yet participated.
The Wheeler's, long time supporters of college development projects, hope to encourage businesses who have benefited from hiring Casper College graduates to join them in supporting the current Vision...Campus...Community Capital Campaign.

“The Wheelers and the foundation board are especially hopeful that those whose businesses have benefited from Casper College will help us in this endeavor. Wyoming Machinery, a company that Mr. Wheeler was once president and CEO of, took advantage of the work professions taught up here,” said Paulann Doane, executive director of the foundation.

Indeed, Casper College provides the community, state, and region with well-trained students who are able to step into the workforce upon graduation into a variety of fields including business, health, and industry. A sampling of three Casper College programs reveals that many program graduates are able to find gainful employment in their chosen field in the Casper market.

Ninety-five percent of the college’s electronics majors go into the workforce right out of the two-year program, while five percent go on to a four-year college. One hundred percent of the robotics technology majors go to work upon graduation, with all graduates working for companies based out of Casper.

The School of Health Science at Casper College provides some of the largest numbers of graduates finding jobs not only in Casper, but statewide as well. In a nine-month survey conducted by the Casper College Nursing Department in 2010, 32 of 43 graduates responded, and all were employed in nursing. A conservative estimate puts the number of nurses working in Casper at between 80 and 85 percent, with the others working in other Wyoming towns and a few leaving to work in other states.

An interesting corollary to the nursing department figures is the fact that 31 of the 32 respondents, or 97 percent, said that they were pursuing advanced degrees. It is realistic to assume that the majority of these nurses are working in Casper and are pursuing their education through distance education.

“The Casper College Foundation has been asked to assist with raising the remaining funding necessary to complete the first phase of the college’s master plan. Our board of directors has set a goal of $10 million to be raised thought private fundraising efforts. More than $7 million has been raised, and with the success of this generous matching challenge presented by the Wheelers, we hope to raise another $2 million toward our $10 million goal,” said Doane.

To participate in the match challenge contact Doane at 268-2684 or email.

 

Monday, January 14, 2013
CASPER MOUNTAIN SITE OF UNIQUE SNOW SCIENCE CAMP

The Casper Mountain Science School located at Camp Sacajawea on Casper Mountain will be the site of a snow science camp for adults February 28 and March 1.

“Participants will learn how plants and animals survive the winter, what causes avalanches, how to build a snow pit, how much water there is in a gallon of snow, and even how to snowshoe,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

Taught by the Casper Mountain Science School staff, “OLLI Knowmads I: Winter Science Camp” (OLLI 5010) will feature two days and one night on Casper Mountain. Transportation to and from the camp will be provided as well as communal meals at Camp Sacajawea, lodging in rustic, heated yurts, snowshoes, cold weather gear, and sleeping bags. The total cost per person is $145, with a $50 deposit due by Thursday, Feb. 7 and the remainder due by Thursday, Feb. 21.

“This camp promises to be a fun and enriching experience in the safe learning environment of Camp Sacajawea,” added Pollock.

To register for, or for more information on “OLLI Knowmads I: Winter Science Camp” (OLLI 5010), contact Pollock at 268-2097 or email.

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013
JAZZ FEST FEATURES TWO HEADLING GROUPS

The 46th Annual Casper College Kinser Jazz Festival will feature two headline groups this year, Afro Blue and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet.

“We wanted to expand the festival a bit, provide students with the chance to work with two professional groups instead of one, and engage the Casper community more,” said Jerome Fleg, executive director of the festival and woodwind instructor at Casper College.

On Monday, Feb. 4 the a cappella group Afro Blue will take the stage. Formed in the spring of 2002 by Connaitre Miller at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the vocal ensemble has won two annual awards from DownBeat Magazine.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet will perform. The winner of seven Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards, D’Rivera leads the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet comprised of Oscar Stagnaro on bass, Diego Urcola on trumpet and trombone, Mark Walker on drums and percussion, Alex Brown on Piano, and D’Rivera on clarinet and saxophone.

“Afro Blue has been referred to as a ‘vocal big band,’ said Fleg. The group has performed around the country. In 2011, the group was selected as one of 16 a cappella ensembles to participate in “The Sing-Off” reality show competition on NBC. The group became a fan favorite and ultimately placed in the top four.

“Paquito is an amazing woodwind player and composer who is known for his Latin jazz performances,” Fleg said. In 2005, D’Rivera, along with choreographer Tina Ramirez, actor Robert Duvall, and others, was awarded the National Medal of Arts by then President George W. Bush.

The Wyoming International Association of Jazz Educators' Allstate Jazz Band will open for the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet. The band is composed of Wyoming high school students from throughout the state under the direction of guest adjudicator Neil Hansen, founder and director of the Yellowstone Jazz Camp, the Yellowstone Summer Music Camp, the Northwest Jazz Festival, the Festival of Trumpets, and the founder of the Wyoming Jazz Educators.

The festival includes three days of jazz performed by senior and junior high school jazz bands, combos, and vocal groups. Nearly 600 junior and senior high school students and their instructors will participate in the festival.
The festival will run Feb. 4 through 6 on the Casper College campus. All festival daytime events are free and open to the public.

Both concerts will take place in the John F. Welsh Auditorium at Natrona County High School. Tickets for Afro Blue are $12 per person and $20 per person for the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet and are available online at caspercollege.edu/jazz or by calling the college at 307-268-2606.

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013
LARGEST HEALTH PROFESSIONS CAREER FAIR AT CASPER COLLEGE

Thirty businesses involved in the health profession will be participating in Casper College’s Health Professions Career Fair on Friday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Liesinger Hall Gym on the Casper College campus.

“This is the largest health professions career fair in the state,” said Janet de Vries, director of career services at Casper College.

“All of the health professions continue to be in high demand, and the quality of our graduates is outstanding,” said de Vries.

“Hospitals hire more than just students and graduates from the direct patient care majors that most people think of like nursing, medical radiography, etc. Hospitals and other health care businesses need business, communication, marketing, accounting, social work, engineering, foreign language, and other majors,” she noted.

“Working professionals, job seekers, and people exploring career options in the health care field are welcome to attend,” said de Vries. All job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes and dress professionally for the fair, which is free and open to the public.

Those businesses attending the fair include:

  • BioLife Plasma Services, Casper, Wyo.
  • Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Gillette, Wyo.
  • Castle Rock Hospital District, Green River, Wyo.
  • Central Wyoming Counseling Center, Casper, Wyo.
  • Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, Casper, Wyo.
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Community Health Center of Central Wyoming, Casper, Wyo.
  • Corizon, Lusk, Wyo.
  • Douglas Care Center, Douglas, Wyo.
  • Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Casper, Wyo.
  • Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital, Thermopolis, Wyo.
  • Interim Healthcare, Casper, Wyo.
  • Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyo.
  • Lander Regional Hospital, Lander, Wyo.
  • Life Care Center of Casper, Casper, Wyo.
  • Meadow Wind Assisted Living, Casper, Wyo.
  • Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Douglas, Wyo.
  • Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, Casper, Wyo.
  • Mountain View Regional Hospital, Casper, Wyo.
  • Poplar Living Center, Casper, Wyo.
  • Powell Valley Healthcare, Powell, Wyo.
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, S.D.
  • U.S. Army, Casper, Wyo.
  • U.S. Army Medical Recruiting, Denver, Colo.
  • University of North Dakota Occupational Therapy, Casper, Wyo.
  • University of Wyoming School of Nursing, Laramie, Wyo.
  • Wyoming Behavioral Institute, Casper, Wyo.
  • Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Casper, Wyo.
  • Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, Wyo.
  • Wyoming State Hospital, Evanston, Wyo.

For more information call de Vries at 268-2446 or toll free at 800-442-2963 ext. 2446 or caspercollege.edu.

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS BEGINS SOON AT COLLEGE

A class aimed at creating great companion dogs is being offered at Casper College beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29.

“Dog Obedience” (CMSV 2100 60) will provide instruction on socialization, house training, mouthing, and good nutrition. It will also help train dogs to come when called and to develop good manners. The importance of veterinarian care, and many other topics will also be covered, according to instructors Jana Oler and Dawn Miller.

“Dogs of all ages are allowed in the class, however dogs less than a year old are encouraged to take Puppy Kindergarten,” said Oler. Owners are asked not to bring their dog to the first session, and will be asked to sign a general release-of-liability statement and provide proof of rabies vacation for each dog, Oler noted.

Classes will be held each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 through March 19 at Casper College.

Registration is currently underway for "Dog Obedience" at Casper College. For more information or to register, call the college at 268-3399 or at caspercollege.edu/community_ed.

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013
PUPPY KINDERGARTEN OFFERED AT CASPER COLLEGE

A class just for puppies is being offered through Casper College on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. January 28 through March 18.

“Puppy Kindergarten” (CMSV 2110 60) is specifically designed for puppies ages 6 months to 1 year and their owners.

Instruction will include socialization, house training, mouthing, good nutrition, come when called, good manners, the importance of vet care, and more, according to instructors Jana Oler and Dawn Miller.

Owners are asked not to bring their puppy to the first session, and will be asked to sign a general release-of-liability statement and provide proof of rabies vacation for each puppy, according to Oler.

For more information or to register, call the college at 268-3399 or go to caspercollege.edu/community_ed.

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013
ANTHROPOLOGY CLASS OFFERED ON TV

Registration is now going on for a Casper College class worth three credits that is taught on TV and set to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

“Introduction to Cultural Anthropology” (ANTH 1200 T1) is a telecourse that will survey the basic concepts of cultural anthropology including cross-cultural investigations of kinship, marriage, language, religion, politics, economics, and culture change.

“Rather than attend class, students will watch a series of 30-minute programs that correspond to textbook chapters. The programs will literally take students around the world so that they can see tribal villages and societies that exhibit the concepts discussed in the text,” said Barbara Mueller, instructor.

All classes will be broadcast on WyomingPBS and cable Channel 3. In addition to the course shows, tests will be taken online, “so that students do not need to come to the Casper College campus,” Mueller said.

For more information or to register contact Mueller at 268-2517, 268-2888, or email.

 

Monday, January 21, 2013
HOMECOMING FEATURES BIRDS, COUGARS, KORMAK, AND CHILI

The Casper College Alumni Association will host the annual Homecoming festivities at the Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym on Saturday, Jan. 26 as the T-Birds take on the Cougars of Western Nebraska Community College.

The Casper College Alumni Association will serve free chili, beginning at 2:30 p.m. prior to the start of the women’s game at 3 p.m. The men will take to the court at 5 p.m.

In addition to the free chili there will be several door prizes, a 50-50 raffle, free face painting and balloons for the kids, a T-Bird Pride contest for student groups, and Kormak, the t-shirt launching robot.

“Kormak started out as a trainer robot for Casper College programming students. Then in 2012 he was rebuilt by Casper College students Justin Hart and Kenny Wells into a t-shirt and ball launcher,” said Megan Graham, electronics and robotics technology instructor. “Since then Casper College student Chris Burns has made several improvements to the launch system as well as updating the programming. Burns will be operating Kormak at the game,” Graham noted.

Admission is only $1 per person, “for everyone – kids and adults alike,” said Linda Nix, associate director, alumni relations. Both games will also be broadcast live on KKTL (1400 AM) radio and can be viewed at caspercollege.edu/webcast.

 

Monday, January 21, 2013
8-HOUR OSHA HAZARDOUS WASTE REFRESHER OFFERED

Casper College is offering an “8-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Annual Refresher” training class Saturday, Feb. 23.

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 at 268-2085 or email.

 

Friday, January 25, 2013
FEBRUARY IS “COUNTDOWN TO GED GRADUATION MONTH”

The month of February has been designated “Countdown to GED Graduation Month” and features a free GED test, which is a $120 value.

“The Casper College Adult Learning Center is offering this opportunity to any out-of-school adult, 16 years old or older,” said Lisa Mixer, Adult Learning Center programs coordinator. Those interested need to attend a new student orientation held every Tuesday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

“Once a person has gone through the new student orientation he or she will participate in a course of study until they have pretest scores that indicate that they could pass the GED test. Upon completion of these program requirements, the Adult Learning Center will pay the $120 test fee,” Mixer said.

Students will have three months to complete the GED program before GED graduation on Saturday, May 4. “We hope that all those wanting to earn their GED will take advantage of this great opportunity in February,” noted Mixer.

For more information on “Countdown to GED Graduation Month” contact Casper College Adult Learning Center at 307-268-2230 or caspercollege.edu/alc.

 

Friday, January 25, 2013
“IMAGINING THE WORLD OF 2020” TOPIC OF DOORNBOS

The 12th Annual Doornbos Agriculture Lecture Series will feature a presentation by Lowell Catlett, an expert in futures market research, futuristic planning, and forecasting. Catlett’s presentation will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 beginning at 6 p.m.

Catlett, Regent's professor in agricultural economics and agricultural business and extension economics and the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, “will present a thought-provoking and entertaining presentation infused with his sense of humor,” said Heath Hornecker, Casper College agriculture instructor. “His presentation will simplify the weighty topics that affect the future of agriculture,” Hornecker noted.

The author of numerous books and articles, Catlett works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning concerning the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles, and the economy. He also works with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education, Energy, and the World Bank. He has been a visiting professor or delivered invited presentations at over 75 universities including Harvard, MIT, Cornell, and the University of Illinois.

Catlett’s presentation is free and open to the public and will take place in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium located in the McMurry Career Studies Center, Room 160.

The 12th Annual Doornbos Lecture Series is supported by the Casper College Foundation, the Casper College School of Science, and Casper College.

 

Friday, January 25, 2013
BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN CAREER FAIR

All businesses and industries from Casper, the state of Wyoming, and the region are invited to participate in Casper College’s Annual Business and Industry Career Fair on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus.

The free display space includes a nine by six foot table and chairs, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Because Casper College and its partner institutions offer a large variety of quality educational programs with certificates and/or degrees, this is a tremendous opportunity to recruit qualified employees,” said Wes Bertagnole, Casper College Student Success Center counselor. “Prospective college graduates, alumni, high school students, working professionals, and the general public are invited to the fair to learn about current and future job opportunities,” he added.

For registration information, contact Bertagnole at 307-268-2392, email, or caspercollege.edu/career.

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
AFRICA SUBJECT OF TALKS AT TATE

The Tate Geological Museum will be the site of an upcoming series of three talks on the continent of Africa. The first talk is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

“The Story of African Mammals,” will examine the fossil history of the continent’s mammals. “Today Africa is the home of some of the world’s most spectacular mammals, including elephants, giraffes, and zebras,” said Russell Hawley. Hawley will answer the questions of how and why Africa got the way it is today, and why those animals are specific to Africa.

To answer those questions, Hawley, Tate Museum education specialist, “will show how the forces of plate tectonics and the process of evolution have interacted to shape the modern African fauna.” In addition, Hawley will introduce the audience to “whales with legs, giraffes with antlers, and (explain) how the elephant really got his trunk.”

A question and answer session will follow the presentation, which will take place in Room 123 of the Tate.

The other two talks will be presented by J.P. Cavigelli, Tate Museum collections specialist, on Tuesday, March 12, and Kent Sundell, geology instructor, on Tuesday, April 9. All talks are free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
MONTHLY SATURDAY CLUB SET FOR FEBRUARY 2

The February Saturday Club at the Tate Geological Museum will be held on February 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The topic for the advanced club (students 8 years old and older) this month is: “Fossil Snakes and Reptiles.” “We will discuss the differences between reptiles and mammals, and show how reptiles are classified on the basis of the holes in their skulls,” said Russell Hawley, Tate Geological Museum educational specialist. In addition, participants will “measure out the lengths of prehistoric reptiles on the sidewalk so that students can see how big they actually were. Then we’ll build turtles and make twirly snakes,” added Hawley.

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.

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
FEBRUARY COFFEE, TEA AND DEE FEATURES BOOKS AND DVDS

The public is invited to attend the February Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Feb. 13 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 month’s sale features 10 percent off on all books and DVDs. According to Deanna 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.

“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,” added Schaff, director of museums.

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 March 13 and will feature a sale on sweatshirts.

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
“CRIME AND DRUGS” TOPIC OF SHORT COURSE

A six-week course focusing on the effects of drugs on crime will be taught at Casper College Wednesday nights February 6 through March 17.

“Crime and Drugs” (ADDN 1050 60) will be co-taught by Art Washut, criminal justice instructor and Diana Quealy-Berge, addictionology instructor. “This is a course that professionals seeking continuing education units with The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) blessings might be interested in taking,” said Quealy-Berge.

The course provides students with an opportunity to explore human behavior from an addiction and criminal justice perspective, Quealy-Berge said. “Students will be provided with in-depth analysis of evidence-based crime policy with coverage of drug use, crime victimization, and incarceration trends,” Quealy-Berge noted.

The class will be held from 6 to 8:50 p.m. and is open to the general public as well. Registration is now taking place for the class. For more information or to register, contact the college at 307-268-2100 or caspercollege.edu.

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