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Friday, February 1, 2013

The Casper College Community Education Department is sponsoring a summer trip to Eastern Europe August 1 through 14.

The trip, highlighting Jewish heritage, will feature three days in Berlin, two days in Poland, and three days in Prague. According to Laura Burnett, community education specialist, the trip will feature a variety of tours at historical sites, museums, and other places of interest. In addition to the scheduled tours and trips, plenty of free time and optional activities have been scheduled into the itinerary.

The cost, based on the participation of 20 individuals, is $5930 per person, and includes round-trip airfare from Casper on United Airlines, all hotels, all ground transportation, en route travel insurance, all breakfasts, seven dinners, all entrance fees for scheduled tours, tour guides, and gratuities.

A $500 deposit is due by Friday, Feb. 22. For more information or to register, contact Burnett at 307-268-3399 or email.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Internationally known Latin percussionist Michael Spiro will perform in concert with the Casper College Percussion Ensemble and the Casper College Latin Jazz Combo on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

“I am very excited to have Michael Spiro come to Casper College,” said Neeraj Mehta, percussion instructor. “As one of my percussion teachers, I know first-hand how exciting his playing is,” Mehta added.

According to Mehta, Spiro is also a recognized recording artist – he is a seven-time Grammy nominee (most recently in 2011 in the Latin Jazz category) – and educator, known specifically for his work in the Latin music field. He has performed on thousands of records, co-produced and played on several instructional videos for Warner Bros., and produced seminal recordings in the Latin music genre.

Spiro currently serves as associate professor of percussion at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he has developed the curriculum for Cuban and Brazilian music for both the percussion and jazz departments.

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

The concert is sponsored by BOCES (the Board of Cooperative Educational Services), the Fine Arts Endowment, and Casper College.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

In four hours students can learn to better manage their businesses through “QuickBooks to Manage Your Business” offered by the Center for Training and Development at Casper College on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Taught by Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and CPA Heather Hudson, the class will “focus on accounts receivable and accounts payable transactions and processes, including trading customer and vendor balances, and critical management features, such as the Loan Manager, budgets, form templates, and tips for generating and memorizing reports,” she said.

“QuickBooks to Manage Your Business” (CEU 1155 60) is worth .4 continuing education units and registration is now taking place. To register, contact Casper College at 268-2100 or


Saturday, February 2, 2013

A short course designed to show those working for nonprofits how to customize QuickBooks software for nonprofit accounting needs will be offered at Casper College on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“QuickBooks for Nonprofits” (CEU 1151 70) will show students “how to set up fields, track donations, pledges, and in-kind transactions; record program and grant income and expenditures, and track restricted, unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and designated net assets; send correspondence from donor information stored in QuickBooks; and create reports beneficial to nonprofits,” said CPA and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Heather Hudson, instructor.

Registration for the class, offered by the Center for Training and Development at Casper College, is currently underway. To register or for more information, contact the college at 268-2085 or


Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Casper Mountain Science School is offering a special session for home-school students March 11 through 14.

“Sixth through eighth grade home-schooled students have the opportunity to attend Casper Mountain Science School,” said Jeana Lam-Pickett, program support specialist for the CMSS. “Students are invited to take part in day programs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, with the option to spend the night at camp on Wednesday,” Lam-Pickett said.

The registration deadline for the special home-schooled student session is Monday, March 4. According to Lam-Pickett the normal fee for attending the session has been waived and funded through a grant.

The CMSS provides an opportunity for students to experience science in a unique and fun way in the outdoors. The science school is located near Casper, Wyoming on Casper Mountain at Camp Sacajawea.

For more information or to register, contact Lam-Pickett at 307-268-3113 or email.

The CMSS is a partnership between the Natrona County School District, Casper College, the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center and BOCES.


Monday, February 4, 2013
U.S. Presidents Focus of Event

A chance to enjoy the favorite foods of former United States presidents will be offered at the “OLLI Social: Plate of the Union” luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22.

“The luncheon will be entirely made up of favorite foods of several of our presidents,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College. “No matter what the differences are between parties and between presidential administrations one characteristic that unites them all is food. We'll be talking about and serving some favorite foods of presidents, food served at state dinners, and food that presidents liked to cook themselves. Plus, we will provide everyone with the recipes for each dish that we serve,” Pollock said.

In addition to the food, the luncheon will feature “a fun trivia game where each table will work together to answer questions about the presidents and prizes will be awarded to each table. A drawing will be held for some door prizes too,” Pollock noted.

Tickets are $18 per person and must be purchased by Thursday, Feb. 14 by contacting Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New York City and Los Angeles comedy club regular Erik Rivera will perform at Casper College on Friday, February 15 beginning at 7 p.m.

Rivera’s biography notes that the young comedian with “his ‘boy next door’ good looks and unique perspective (is) one of today’s fastest rising young comedians. With quick wit, commanding stage presence, charisma and an infectious smile, Rivera has become a favorite act at comedy clubs, events, and colleges throughout the country.”

In May of 2011, Rivera made his debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has “also appeared numerous times on MTV Tr3s, Comedy Central, TV Guide and most recently NUVO TV's Latino 101.”

“Erik is absolutely hilarious. I would say his comedy is clean, but a little more mature. Appropriate for 12 years old and up as long as they are with their parents. He likes to poke fun at his heritage, but his message is about embracing diversity,” said Nicholas Whipps, Casper College student activities coordinator.

Erik Rivera’s performance is free and open to all and will take place in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium, Room 160 in the McMurry Career Studies Center located on the Casper College campus. Rivera’s performance is sponsored by the Casper College Student Activities Board.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

There might not be enough snow on the plains for sledding, but there is plenty at Camp Sacajawea on Casper Mountain to learn to snow shoe and discover the dynamics of the winter season and snow.

“We put together this two-day, one-night adventure on Casper Mountain because we wanted to give community members the chance to explore the beauty of the mountain during the winter. There are a full slate of fun activities lined up for the class to do, no matter how much snow there is,” added Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

During their stay at the camp, 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 how to snow shoe under the direction of the Casper Mountain Science School staff.

“OLLI Knowmads I: Winter Science Camp” (OLLI 5010) will take place February 28 and March 1. The cost of the snow science camp for adults is only $145 per person, and includes 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.

To register for, or for more information on “OLLI Knowmads I: Winter Science Camp” (OLLI 5010), contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email. According to Pollock, the deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 14.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Casper College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Commitment to Excellence Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Each fall the Casper College Alumni Association bestows the two honors during its annual Autumn Gala. The group will be choosing the 2013 commitment to excellence winner, as well as the 2014 distinguished alumni, during its next meeting in April.

The nominee for the Distinguished Alumni Award must have contributed extensively to his/her professional, philanthropic, or humanitarian work; must be a person of integrity and character; have earned 24 or more credit hours at Casper College and have been in good standing with the college at the time of attendance; must evidence pride in Casper College; and must be living at the time of selection.

The nominee for the Commitment to Excellence Award must have given exemplary service to and have made a significant difference in the growth and development of Casper College.

If anyone knows someone who fits either of these criteria they are asked to submit, at a minimum, their name, address, and phone number to the Casper College Alumni Association, 125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601 or call Linda Nix, alumni coordinator, at 307-268-2218, email her or visit to download the nomination forms.

Nominations are due by Monday, March 4.


Friday, February 8, 2013

While the rest of the Casper College campus will be closed in celebration of Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 18, the Tate Geological Museum and Werner Wildlife Museum will both be open to the public.

The Tate will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the Werner will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tate features exhibits and displays highlighting a variety of fossilized specimens from dinosaurs to mammals to plants, as well as a rich collection of gems and minerals from the state. The museum is home to Dee the Mammoth, known scientifically as a Mammuthus columbi. Dee is the largest Columbian mammoth ever found in North America. A gift shop, children’s corner, and preparation lab are also housed in the museum.

The Werner Wildlife Museum is home to species native to Wyoming but also includes a large collection of mammals from Africa and other locations around the world. In addition, the museum houses a display of world-class trophy mounts.

Both museums are free and open to the public.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Those hoping to obtain financial aid for the 2013-2014 school year are encouraged to attend the FAFSA Filing Frenzy on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus.

“The FAFSA Filing Frenzy is a free event to help students and families complete the federal financial aid application,” said Anna Miller, enrollment services specialist at Casper College.

According to Miller, most single students under the age of 24 will need their parents 2012 income information as well as their own. “It is helpful if both student and parent attend,” noted Miller. Married students seeking financial aid for college will need to bring both their and their spouse’s information. In addition, completed tax returns (if available), W-2's, and untaxed income information is also needed.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be drawings for Casper College merchandise.

For more information on the FAFSA Filing Frenzy, call 307-268-2503 or


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The 28th Annual Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture will look at the topic of Power February 19 through 22. Former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has been selected as this year’s Demorest Lecturer.

“Power is synonymous with authority, strength, and ability and throughout history mankind has sought to have and negotiate power; this quest continues today. These issues are especially important to our students and the constituents of our state, the community attendees of this event,” said Valerie Innella, festival chair.

Freudenthal, who is scheduled to present on Thursday evening, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., will speak on “Power in Government.” “Governor Freudenthal will examine some of the distinctions between positional, personal, expert, and physical (presence) authority, and how those concepts are sometimes applied in the context of governmental power. He hopes for an interactive discussion with the audience so those planning to attend should bring their opinions and questions,” noted Innella.

In addition to Freudenthal, the festival will feature both local and national humanities speakers. “Power is not simply capability but can imply intensity and even command. During the event Brent Pickett, (Ph.D. and associate dean/director and associate professor of political science for the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center), will review philosophers such as Machiavelli and Hobbes, who have explored the uses of power in politics. He will address how ‘for Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault the idea of power was central to their analysis of politics and society in general,’” said Innella.

Highlighting several other presenters, Innella noted that Lance Jones, director of security and instructor at Casper College, “will review and discuss the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ebba Stedillie, (Casper College English instructor), will discuss communication theory as applied to selected modern films that will address questions about the power of film to influence individuals and societies while Roberta Seelinger Trites, (Ph.D., professor of English at Illinois State University), will analyze the ways that one genre of literature – the young adult novel – uses ideology both to empower adolescents and to simultaneously repress them into conventional and conformist roles within the status quo.”

The Festival sessions are free and open to the public, with the exception of the 7:30 p.m. performance of “Richard III” on Wednesday, Feb. 20. In addition to the theatre production, the festival will be held in conjunction with related local events at the Wyoming Veterans’ Museum, The Natrona County Public Library, and The Nicolaysen Art Museum.

To view the full schedule, go to


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Casper College Freshman Livestock Judging Team blew the competition away at the 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show.

“They had a great contest and I was very proud of their hard work over break,” said Jeremy Burkett, judging coach and agriculture instructor at Casper College.

The team was tops in all four categories: beef with 1126 points, sheep with 1059, swine 1083 points, reasons 1071 points, and took top overall team with 3268 points.

Individually, Teddy Weekly, Cheyenne, Wyo., was first in, sheep, reasons, and overall, took third in both beef and swine, and was named the high individual. Blake Ochsner, Torrington, Wyo., took first in swine, second overall, and third in both sheep and reasons.

Colby Hales, Laramie, Wyo., was first in beef, third overall, and fourth in both sheep and reasons. Dylan Freeman, Cheyenne, Wyo., took second in sheep and fifth overall. Katie Dodge, Spring Creek, Nev., placed second in reasons and fifth in swine, while Nick Edelman, Douglas, Wyo., took fourth in swine.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Casper College’s Annual Music of the World Concert will take place on Sunday, February 24 beginning at 2 p.m. in St Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Four choirs will be featured during the concert: The Casper College Collegiate Chorale, the Casper College Women’s Choir, and the Casper College Men’s Choir. All groups are under the direction of Patrick Patton, Casper College music instructor.

Patton is calling this year’s concert “The Favs.” “This concert will be one of the last two concerts we will sing at this grand church since there will be a new building and a new choir director,” he noted.

The Music of the World Concert is free and open to all. A free-will offering to help music students defray costs of music-related events will be accepted at the door. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located at 701 South Wolcott.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Horses needing to have their hoofs shod or trimmed are needed by the Casper College Agriculture Department for its spring horseshoeing class.

The class, which begins Monday, March 25 will run for two weeks from 6 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, according to Tom Parker, agriculture instructor.

The class will need three to four horses to shoe or trim each night beginning March 26, according to Parker.

Parker noted that owners would be charged only for the materials used on each horse. “It's good timing for those wanting to get their horses shod or trimmed up for the spring,” he said.

Anyone interested in signing up for “Horseshoeing” (AGTK 1570 80), or in providing horses for the class should call Parker at 268-2262.


Friday, February 22, 2013
CC class to provide contest tips

A fun class designed to show students a step-by-step method to successfully enter their photography in the Natrona County Fair photo contest will be taught by a two-time state and county best of show award winner.

The class, “At the Fair” will run on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8, April 2 through the 30, said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College.

“I will take students from the beginning concepts of their photographs to submitting them for judging. We will review the photo categories, take photos, choose submissions, mat and frame the photos, and prepare the paperwork for submittal,” said Karel Mathisen, instructor.

Registration is currently taking place for “At the Fair” (OLLI 2060). OLLI members receive two complimentary classes during the spring semester. “If they have already signed up for their two complimentary classes, then the cost for this is only $8,” said Pollock.

To sign up for the class, join OLLI, or for more information, contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email.


Friday, February 22, 2013

A class that will show contractors how to customize QuickBooks and turn the software into a powerful tool for the construction industry will be offered by the Center for Training and Development at Casper College on Saturday, Mar. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Taught by Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and CPA Heather Hudson, students will “learn how to efficiently set up required fields, track customer and vendor activity, better manage customer down payments, monitor subcontractor bids and payments, and manage payroll. In addition, we will discuss ways to allocate overhead to jobs and create job cost and other reports beneficial for contractors,” she said.

“QuickBooks for Contractors” (CEU 1150 80) is worth .6 continuing education units and registration is now taking place. To register, contact Casper College at 307-268-2085 or


Friday, February 22, 2013

Two former Peace Corps volunteers will share their experiences through memories and mementos from their time in the service on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Casper College.

“The Peace Corps was created more than 50 years ago during a time of optimism and idealism,” said Vicki Pollock, lifetime learning specialist for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College. “Juliet Born and Susan Royston answered John F. Kennedy’s challenge ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’ by joining the Peace Corps,” Pollock noted.

Registration is currently taking place for “Peace Corps” (OLLI 2051). OLLI members receive two complimentary classes during the spring semester. “If they have already signed up for their two complimentary classes, then the cost for this is only $8,” said Pollock.

To sign up, or for more information, contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Daniel Martin, named 2012 Best Live Novelty Performer by Campus Activities Magazine, will present his blend of “insane magic,” “exhilarating escapes,” and “sarcastic improv” on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

According to Campus Activities Magazine, “Martin has quickly become one of the highest rated performers in the college market” and has “record breaking attendance across campuses nationwide with consistent standing ovations.” Martin is rated as one of the Top Three touring acts in the country, and is currently up for the magazine’s 2013 Entertainer of the Year award.

Martin got his start at the age of 6. “When I was 6 years old, I got a lot of attention and into some trouble because I would pickpocket people for fun. So my grandparents decided to put my skills to better use and bought me a magic kit.” By 12, Martin was performing and while in high school performed at a variety of venues in Chicago.

Martin has been featured performing his standup and magic on NBC, CBS, WGN, VH1, and ESPN, and constantly rates high praise and standing ovations from audiences at his live performances.

Martin’s comedy and magic performance is free and open to the public and will take place in Durham Recital Hall located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus.


Monday, February 25, 2013

A basic intravenous therapy class for all licensed practical nurses will be held at Casper College on June 15 and 16, 2013.

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 307-268-2085, email, or


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A special two-day trip to Denver to learn about the significance of the Babi Yar Massacre, offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College, will take place June 17 and 18, 2013.

Popular OLLI instructor Lance Jones will “give a talk about the Holocaust and the importance of museums such as the Mizel Museum during the drive down,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist.

The cost of the trip, $450 for single accommodations and $376 for double, includes a guided tour of the Babi Yar Memorial Park, a tour of the Mizel Museum, the opportunity to meet and talk to a Holocaust survivor, a kosher cooking demonstration, and lunch at the Mizel Museum. The fee also includes a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Denver, transportation, two meals, and time to shop and dine in downtown Denver along the 16th Street Mall.

A deposit of $50 is due on Monday, April 15, with full payment due on Wednesday, May 15.

For more information or to register contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Casper College Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jennifer Cowell, string instructor, will be in concert on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

“’Noon Serenade’ will feature a 45-minute program of string orchestral music from the romantic period featuring compositions from Claude Debussy, William Ryden, Béla Bártok, and Antonin Dvorak. In addition, an original composition, “Mer Château Rêverie” (“Sea Castle Daydream”), by Jayne Jacobs, Casper College sophomore music major will be premiered at the concert.

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


Thursday, February 28, 2013

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

“This month the older students will be learning about fossil birds” said Russell Hawley, Tate Geological Museum educational specialist. “We will show students how to calculate a bird’s aspect ratio, and discuss the relationship between a bird’s aspect ratio and its lifestyle. We will also measure the aspect ratios of some extinct species to see whether they were flapping woodland dwellers or efficient open-air gliders. Finally, students will hold the egg of an Aepyornis, the largest bird that ever lived, and make their own Arcaeopteryx out of plasticene and real bird feathers,” he added.

Tate Geological Museum volunteer Kerri McDill leads the junior club. “Each month children learn about a different aspect of nature, animals, or fossils, and then have an art project related to the topic,” said Hawley.

The Saturday Club usually meets on the first Saturday of each month. 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.

“We want to encourage anyone who has a child, who wants to have fun learning about nature and earth science, to bring them to the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College for the Saturday Club,” Hawley said.

For more information, contact Hawley at 268-2447.

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