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Monday, April 1, 2013

Tuition scholarship auditions for the fall 2013 semester for students interested in earning a degree from the Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance will be held on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 1 p.m.

“All students should provide a resume of theatre experience,” said Richard Burk, theatre instructor and director of the theatre and dance department at the college. In addition, those interested in acting should present two short contrasting monologues; those interested in technical theatre should present a portfolio of their technical theatre experience; those interested in dance should present a short dance piece; and those interested in musical theatre performance should present a song (one verse and refrain), and a short monologue. Students may audition in any of the four areas.

“The scholarships are the equivalent to the cost of tuition for one year. To be eligible students must graduate from high school prior to August 2013 or receive a GED,” Burk said. He noted that the scholarship is renewable for a second year.

The auditions will take place on the McMurray Main Stage located in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex. To arrange an audition time call the theatre at 307-268-2365.


Monday, April 1, 2013

The Casper Mountain Science School is holding a reunion week for all Natrona County School District high school students who have attended CMSS in the past April 8 through 10, 2013. The cost to attend the three-day and two-night session is $65 per person.

"We have had just over one thousand students attend CMSS since it began in 2008. Many students have told us that they wanted to come back so we decided to add a Reunion Week,” said Evert Brown, Casper College biology instructor and executive director of the CMSS. According to Brown last year’s first reunion week was a “great success. Students will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature and old friends and while here for reunion week study snow science and get to do fun activities that include snow shoeing, digging snow pits, and taking and recording snow data,” he said.

For more information and a registration packet, go to or call Jeana Lam-Pickett, CMSS program specialist at 307-268-3113 or email. The deadline to register for the reunion is Wednesday, April 3.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Casper College Volleyball Coach Angel Sharman announced Tuesday that she has signed a player from Kelly Walsh High School.

Alicia Hedlund, a 5-10 middle blocker for the Trojans, was a two-time all-conference player at KW and garnered all-state honors her senior season. She was a finalist for Gatorade Player of the Year in Class 4A.

“Alicia is going to make us bigger on the front line,” Sharman says. “I like the way she reads the setter for blocking and she has a quick arm swing.”

Sharman has had a long line of Trojans in her program. Sharman acknowledged that KWHS coach Jeff Barkell runs one of the best high school programs in the state and “I know his players are well coached and prepared for the next level.”

Hedlund is the daughter of Scott and Cathie Hedlund. She plans to major in pre-dentistry at Casper College.

Sharman’s Thunderbirds are coming off another Region IX North championship season. The T-Birds have made three trips to the national tournament in the past six years. Sharman is going into her 13th season on the hill.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Casper College officials have released the names of the 2013 spring inductees into the Casper College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment at Casper College.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education. The average Phi Theta Kappan is enrolled full-time with a grade point average of 3.8. They are:

From outside Wyoming: Melina R. Bachtar, North Layton, Utah; Erik A. Becker, Norfolk, Neb.; Kaylen M. Bennett, Sterling, Colo.; Karenna I. Booth, Scottsbluff, Neb.; Sierra A. Crisp, Emmett, Idaho; Breann E. Dirks, Helena, Mont.; Katie A. Dodge, Spring Creek, Nev.; Elizabeth M. Fuller, Henderson, Nev.; Emily F. Hasenauer, Wallace, Neb.; Ethan G. Herman, Tulelake, Calif.; Connor W. McDowell, Gering, Neb.; Ian Nagel, Billings, Mont.; Daniela A. Koleva, Bulgaria; and Carlos Uriel G. Santiago, Oaxaca, Mexico.

From Wyoming: Tianna M. Aikey and Ray M. Varland, Douglas; Kyle E. Anderson and Rachel J. Bjornestad, Powell; Tyler W. Caldwell, Rock Springs; Sarah H Carr and Shawn D. Straub, Kaycee; William T. Dalles, Laramie; Dylan C. Freeman, Cheyenne; Bronson R. Faughn and Sheana M. Guthrie, Meeteetse; Tazia R. Morgart, Big Piney; Alexis R. Pencak, Ten Sleep; Dustin C. Potter and Lacie E. Potter, McKinnon; Karen R. Redig, Glenrock; Elizabeth A. Renfro and Rondi D. Vollmar, Mills; Colin T. Riley, Gillette; Courtney L. Schafer, Lander; Haley J. Schmeltzer, Worland; Terry L. Schmuck, Kinnear; and Kristen E. Trumbull, Evansville.

From Casper: Angela S. Alley, Steven E. Bartolic, Anastasia R. Beeson, Yvette M. Boutin, Austin W. Brown, Emily E. Brunelle, Alissa A. Casey, Brianna M. Casey, Andra Charter, Bethany L. Colyar, Tyrell R. Dukes, Joshua D. Frazier, Jacob E. Geiger, Rachel A. Haass, Cody A. Halbur, Leah K. Heidenreich, Adriana R. Marquez, Rachael N. Moen, Anita J. Nye, Hailey A. Rodgers, Lauren L. Schiller, Elynn M. Schriber, Charlene R. Scranton, Nathanael D. Shane, Michelle E. Sherwin, Matthew R. Stairs, Kharesse A. Stauffacher, Nicholas C. Stegelman, Jenielle R. Stout, Abigail G. Strube, Christopher E. Unruh, Cristiana A. Voinov, and Stephanie A. Wood.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Casper College Academic Testing Center has been awarded the National College Testing Association Test Center Certification. “The Casper College Academic Testing Center is exemplary and is among the few test centers to receive this distinction from NCTA,” said Steve Saladin, NCTA president.

Casper College is one of only 26 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada that has a testing center with credentials from NCTA and is the only NCTA Certified Testing Center in Wyoming.

“The Casper College ATC supports the academic excellence at Casper College through the administration of distance education, special-needs, makeup, and WorkKeys testing for the campus community,” said Margo Perry, ATC coordinator. “As a public service we contract with several high-stakes testing companies to offer certification exams and other tests through their testing systems and we also have informal agreements with other colleges and universities to administer tests for their students,” Perry noted.

A nonprofit, NCTA is dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs, including issues relating to test administration, test development, test scoring, and assessment. NCTA currently has more than 1,300 members, representing over 600 post-secondary institutions and more than 40 corporations and certification agencies in the United States and Canada.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

All Casper College students who are planning to participate in the commencement ceremony scheduled for May 10 are urged to order their cap and gown by the April 10 deadline.

Orders for caps and gowns are being taken at the Casper College Bookstore. The nonrefundable cost of the cap and gown is $33. Checks should be made payable to the bookstore. Credit cards cannot be taken over the phone.

In addition to caps and gowns, graduation announcements, class rings, tassels, keepsake key chains, and more are also available.

The Casper College Bookstore is located in the Strausner Student Center and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. For more information stop by the bookstore, call 268-2202 or e-mail at


Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Andi Berry featured speaker

The 25th annual Casper College Wellness Conference will be held April 10 through 12, 2013. The three-day event will feature a workshop by Andi Berry, Board Certified Art Therapist, LPC, and NCC, and owner and operator of a small private practice, Wyoming Art Therapy and Medical Counseling LLC.

“Counseling Services at Casper College believes in the importance of continuing education for professionals, students, and interested community members about psychological and health related issues,” said Teresa Wallace, director of counseling at Casper College. According to Wallace, the Wellness Conference consists of several mini-courses presented by professionals in the community.

The presentations, which are free and open to the public, are held during the first two days of the conference and feature a wide variety of qualified speakers who will present on a variety of health and wellness topics.

Both Wednesday and Thursday consist of 80-minute presentations. Presentations scheduled for Wednesday include: “Trauma, Culture, and the Transformative Experience” by Joanne Theobald, MSW, LCSW at 9 a.m.; “Dying Right: Seeking the Good Death” by Ruth Doyle, Ed.D. and Garth Shanklin, LPC, psychology instructor emeritus at 10:30 a.m.; Bust a Gut: The Benefits of Laughter as a Stress Management Tool” by Kristen I. Douglas, MA, LPC, NCC, BCB at 1 p.m.; “Coming Out as a GLBT: A first Step Toward Wellness” by Brandon Kosine, Ph.D., LPC at 2 p.m.; “You’re Addicted to What? (The sequel): Not for Human Consumption” by Jeremiah Volk, MSW, LCSW at 3:30; and “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” by Christy Jindrick-Tholl, LPC at 5 p.m.

The Thursday presentations include: “Check Your Status: Relationship Safety in the Age of Social Media” by Stacie Dilts-Harryman, Ph.D., LPC, and Pamela RW Kandt at 9 a.m.; “Eating Disorders: Current Trends and New Horizons” by Becky Wilkinson, 10:30 a.m.; “Suicide Prevention in Natrona County” by Charlie Powell, Ph.D., and Lance Neiberger at 1 p.m.; “Career Choices and How They Impact Your Health and Happiness” by Candise Leininger, NCC, LPC at 2 p.m.; “Hospice: Companioning the End of Life Journey” by Garth Shanklin, LPC, psychology instructor emeritus and Marilyn Conner, CHPCA, executive director of Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions Program at 3:30 p.m.; and “In Your Dreams: Let the Dreams of Your Life Create the Life of Your Dreams” by Royce Fitts, DMin, LMFT at 5 p.m.

The Friday workshops are designed for professional service providers. The morning workshop will be presented by Berry beginning at 9 a.m. Her presentation, “The Art of Centering” “is designed to offer professionals and their clients some new pathways toward wellness and balance. (Attendees) will learn to use Mandala-making, labyrinths, and other creative and expressive practices to increase calmness, reduce stress, increase insight, and develop mind, body, and spirit well being,” said Berry.

Diana Quealy-Berge, Ph.D., WY LAT/LPC and addictionology instructor at Casper College will present the afternoon workshop. “Everyone experiences grief; not everyone is well-equipped to deal with it in a helpful way. When feelings of loss are left unresolved, they can lead to long-term emotional pain and difficulties that can span generations. This presentation offers a culturally based way of healing from unresolved grief and loss, as well as intergenerational trauma. Participants will learn how to process unresolved grief for themselves, and also how to help others heal from such pain,” said Quealy-Berge of her presentation “Mending Broken Hearts and Wounded Spirits." Quealy-Berge’s presentation will begin at 1 p.m.

Registration is required for the Friday workshops, which are intended for professional service providers who may earn up to 23 contact hours at the end of the conference, according to Wallace. The cost is $30 for each workshop per person, or $50 for both. Wallace noted that students with a student ID can attend the workshops for free.

The Wellness Conference is sponsored by the Blue Envelope Health Fund, Central Wyoming Counseling Center, Harmony Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Casper), Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming Education Project, True Care, and Casper College.

All Wellness Conference presentations and workshops will be held in Room 225 in the Gateway Building located on the Casper College campus. For more information contact Wallace at 307-268-2621, email or


Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Casper community is invited to “experience the intriguing story and delightful songs of sibling composers Fanny Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn” on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall.

“Felix is renowned for his brilliant orchestral music, especially the incidental music for ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream,’ oratorios like ‘Elijah,’ and songs such as ‘Auf Flügeln des Gesanges.’ Lesser known is that some of his once most celebrated songs were actually composed by Fanny and published under his name,” said Catherine Compton, Fulbright scholar soprano. Brother and sister, “whose musical lives were so intertwined that when Fanny died of a stroke at just 42 years old, it is rumored Felix's heartbreak was so great that it led to his passing just months later,” she added.

Those attending the recital will “enjoy the music of these German geniuses, and get a glimpse into their lives through readings from their letters and journals, “ said Compton. “The second half of the program explores a different pair of German composers – Robert and Clara Schumann – as well as a brief look at American composer Amy Beach through her celebrated ‘Browning songs,’” she noted.

Compton, who completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder, was the recipient of the Berton Coffin Scholarship in voice. During her 2011-2012 Fulbright fellowship in Germany, she performed the songs of composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.

Compton will be joined on piano by Sibylle Höhnk who teaches lied and collaborative piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, Germany and at the Martin-Luther Universität in Halle. She concertizes across Europe and is a founding member of the Leipzig Klavier Trio, which performs regularly in the prestigious Gewandhaus.

In addition to Tuesday night’s recital, Compton and Höhnk will present a German song master class on Wednesday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Casper College voice students in the Durham Recital Hall. Durham Recital Hall is located in the Aley Fine Arts Center. Both events are free and open to public.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Casper College will be offering “Lead Paint RRP EPA Certification” on Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“All contractors must be Environmental Protection Agency lead renovator, repair, and painting certified to remodel buildings built before 1978,” said Sarah Olson, workforce training specialist.

Taught by an instructor from Clean Edison, the class will cover lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination including containing the work area, minimizing dust, and cleanup. Those who successfully complete the training will be EPA certified and can earn eight American Institute of Architects credits.

The deadline to register is Friday, April 26. For more information or to register contact Olson at 307-268-3847, email, or at


Monday, April 8, 2013

Casper College sophomore music majors Chaelynn Averett and Christopher Tewes will present “Low and Lower,” their sophomore recital on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The recital will include the premiere of Tewes’ composition “Ar Soul Eachtruil” for brass trio.

Averett, who plays the bass trombone, will perform compositions from J.S. Bach, G. Masso, and W. Ross, while Tewes will perform compositions by J.G. Ropartz, B.M. Blazewitch, and P. McCarty on the bass trombone. The program will conclude with “Ar Soul Eachtruil.” Joining Averett and Tewes on the piece will be David Tanner on tenor trombone.

The recital, which is required of those receiving a music degree from the college, is designed to showcase the talents of the individual student on their instrument of study. The recital will be held in Durham Recital Hall located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus. It is free and open to the public.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Yuichi Nawachi will present a free presentation on Tuesday, April 16 at 2 p.m. in the Casper College Center for Excellence.

Nawachi, who has been teaching Japanese at Casper College since the 2012 fall semester, will “discuss some of the differences he has observed in education, politics, culture, sports, and other areas while teaching at Casper College in his presentation entitled ‘A Contrastive Analysis of Japan and the United States,’” said Barbara Mueller, presentation organizer and Casper College anthropology instructor.

Nawachi’s presentation is free and open to all. The Casper College Center for Excellence is located in the Thorson Institute of Business on the Casper College campus.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Woodturning expert Sam Angelo will present a woodturning workshop at Casper College on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop is geared for anyone who wants to learn how to create beautiful wood objects, including utility items such as bowls and cutting boards, decorative and display pieces, lidded boxes, and hollow forms.

“I began to refurbish and build furniture and custom cabinets in the early 80’s near my present home in Worland, Wyo. In 1988 I borrowed a Boise-Crane lathe that sparked a fire for turning that has never gone out,” said Angelo. In addition to holding workshops on woodturning, Angelo also teaches woodturning classes at the Black Hills School of Woodworking in Belle Fourche, S.D. In 2010 he was awarded the Best of Show at NIC Fest 2010 in Casper. He has written a number of articles for Woodturning Design magazine including “Turning Manzanita Root,” and “A Lidded Box with a Padauk Inlay.”

The cost to attend the woodturning workshop is $30 per person. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. The workshop will be held in the Werner Technical Center, Room 126.

To register or for more information, contact Ann Dalton, workforce specialist at Casper College at 307-268-2085 or email.


Monday, April 15, 2013

The Casper College Percussion Ensemble and the Latin Jazz Ensemble will present “Viva Las Americas!” concert on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Durham Hall.

According to Neeraj Mehta, director and Casper College percussion instructor, the concert will feature music from Mexico, Central America, and Brazil. One of the songs to be performed during the concert is “Toccata for Percussion Instruments” by Carlos Chávez.

An instrument popular in Mexico, Guatemala, and Chiapas, the marimba – a type of xylophone – will also be featured during the concert.

“Viva Las Americas!” is free and open to all. Durham Recital Hall is located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus.


Monday, April 15, 2013

The University of North Dakota at Casper College – Occupational Therapy Program will be holding a pre-OT information session for those interested in pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy on Tuesday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Occupational therapy is considered a high growth employment sector, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, "Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer's disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb."

Those interested in occupational therapy as a career must have a master's degree in occupational therapy to be able to practice, and all states, including Wyoming require occupational therapists to be licensed.

The session is free and open to the public and will be held in the Loftin Life Science Center, Room 202. Refreshments will be served.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Casper College announced Monday afternoon that Dan Russell will be the next men’s basketball coach at the school.

Russell, 27, was introduced by Athletic Director Bill Landen, who told members of the media that the former Thunderbird player and longtime assistant coach for Joel Davidson was “a natural fit” to take the reins of the program. Davidson resigned last week after five years with the Thunderbirds to accept an assistant coach position with the University of Northern Colorado.

Russell is a native of Casper. He graduated from Natrona County High School, where he was a two-sport all-state athlete for the Mustangs. He played two years at Casper College (for Bill Johnson and Doug Stewart) and is among the top 10 Thunderbirds all time in 3-point field goals made during a career. He is eighth all time in career field goal percentage.

Russell earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming. While in Laramie he worked on Heath Schroyer’s staff as a graduate assistant. He spent the past five years as Davidson’s assistant. Under him and Davidson, the Thunderbirds averaged 24 wins per season the past four years and finished as Region IX runners up in 2012. He helped recruit two NJCAA All-Americans and 12 Thunderbirds will have signed Division I scholarship offers.

“Dan has earned this opportunity,” Landen said. “It is nice to have someone of his caliber right here. And it is nice that the program is in a position to simply make this transition. We know what this means to Dan and we know he will be a great coach.”

“Having been a ball boy here, and assistant coach here, this is a dream come true. We are going to work very hard to make sure the Thunderbirds are successful,” Russell added.

Russell becomes the 13th men’s coach in the school’s history, dating back to 1945.


Monday, April 15, 2013

The deadline for all 8th grade students from Natrona County School District #1 to apply for a free science experience at the Casper Mountain Science School is Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

“Thanks to a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) grant, there is no cost for students to attend CMSS on Casper Mountain to study ecology. This four-day, three-night program is designed for eight graders who want to experience water, plant, and animal investigation, service learning, and fun,” said Jeana Lam-Pickett, CMSS program support specialist.

The resident outdoor school will be held May 14 through 17 at Girl Scout Camp Sacagawea on top of Casper Mountain. According to Lam-Pickett, boys and girls will stay in separate yurts and each student will have their own bed, but need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Chaperones will be staying with the students.

“Students will be instructed by Student Conservation Association interns, Casper College, and University of Wyoming/Casper Center students. Students will also participate in a community service project. There will be night programs in the evening and journaling activities before bedtime. Students will also have chaperoned free time in the afternoons,” Lam-Pickett noted.

For more information and application forms, eighth graders and their parents should contact their science teacher or Lam-Pickett at 307-238-3113, email, or Carolyn Jacobs through “First Class.”


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Casper College point guard Corey Spence signed a national letter of intent Thursday that will take him where his coach is going.

The 5-10 Baltimore native will play for the University of Northern Colorado next season. Spence started every game for the Thunderbirds this season after spending his freshman year at South Plains (Texas) College. He captained a CC team that posted a 24-8 record. He averaged 11 points, 6.3 assists and 2.7 steals and earned all-Region IX and all-tournament honors.

Last week, Spence’s CC coach Joel Davidson announced that he had accepted a job as assistant coach at Northern Colorado. Dan Russell was named Monday to replace Davidson.

“Corey’s biggest asset besides his leadership was that he impacted every game this year with his relentless defense of the ball,” Russell said. “There were many nights that he just eliminated opposing point guards from having any impact for their team.”

The CC coaching staff said Spence will earn his associate’s degree this summer and plans to major in communications at UNC.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kassidy Scott made it official on Thursday, signing a national letter of intent to play basketball for Casper College next season.

Scott, a multiple-sport star for the Bearcats, was highly recruited by several schools in the region, but decided to join the Thunderbirds. Coach Dwight Gunnare said he could not be happier. “We think Kassidy will be a great fit here,” he said. “She is extremely versatile and comes from a great program. I like the fact that she can play outside, but we can also post her up to create some mismatches.”

Scott is coming off an outstanding senior season, in which she averaged 16 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Scott and the Bearcats were defeated in the Class 3A championship game at state tournament, their only loss of the season. She is a three-time all-state and four time all-3A East conference player. She made the state all-tournament team three times.

The T-Birds are coming off a 25-win season. Gunnare says he hopes to sign four or five more players this spring.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

The final cultural dinner for the 2012-2013 school year will feature a menu of Native American cuisine Thursday, May 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Roberts Commons Cafeteria.

The dinner will feature Three Sisters Soup, Algonquin Wild Green Salad, Pueblo Indian Pork Roast, corn on the cob, maple baked beans, wild rice, vegetarian butternut squash medley, and pumpkin pie for dessert.

Advance tickets, available through Friday, April 26, 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. Because dinners often sell out, advanced ticket purchases are highly encouraged.

Tickets may be purchased at the Casper College Business Office (8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.) or the Gateway Café, (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Both are located on the third floor of the Gateway Building. Tickets may also be purchased at the Roberts Commons Cafeteria during regular meal times. Cash is accepted at all locations and credit cards and checks are accepted at the cafeteria and café.

“Due to construction near Roberts Commons Cafeteria, diners should plan to park in lots on the east side of campus and walk, or park south of the Gertrude Krampert Theatre and catch a shuttle van,” said Janet de Vries, Casper College Diversity Committee member. “There are a few handicap parking spots adjacent to the Cafeteria, but no other parking is allowed. Drivers may drop passengers at the cafeteria and then move their vehicles to parking lots,” de Vries noted.

The cultural dinner series is sponsored by the Casper College Diversity Committee, and is presented by Sodexo Campus Dining with menu preparation by Chef Joy Farber.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

The May edition of Saturday Club at the Tate Geological Museum will feature a diorama building workshop on May 4 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“In this special Saturday Club, we’ll all work together to create a diorama depicting a scene of life in the dinosaur age for public display. Club attendees will be able to see the product of their creative diorama-building skills showcased for all to see at the Natrona County Public Library,” said Russell Hawley, Tate Geological Museum educational specialist.

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 307-268-2447 or email.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

The public is invited to attend the final Coffee, Tea and Dee event for the 2012-2013 school year on Wednesday, May 8 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 will feature all hats and neck and head coolers at 10 percent off the regular price. 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 save on our selection of head and neck wear that we have in the gift shop,” added Schaff, director of museums. “It’s also a chance to visit ’Dee’ the mammoth, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on us,” she noted.


Saturday, April 20, 2013
Well-known musical set for summer production

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance will hold auditions for its summer musical “Cabaret” on Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the McMurry Mainstage.

“Cabaret” features music by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and originally appeared on Broadway in 1966. The musical garnered 11 Tony nominations and scored wins for eight of those including best musical and best original score. The musical has been revived on Broadway two more times, in 1987 and 1998.

According to Richard Burk, director, the audition is open to anyone 17 and older. He noted that there were a number of older adult roles and that many roles do not include intensive dancing. “We hope to see community members audition and are asking those auditioning to prepare a musical theatre song, verse and refrain only, that reflects style and/or period of the show, but not a song from ‘Cabaret,’” said Burk. The song must be memorized and in character. Those interested in auditioning for the role of Sally or any of the Kit Kat Klub performers will also be required to perform a “challenging dance routine.”

To sign up for an audition, call Arlis Handeland, theatre/box office specialist, at 307-268-2365. Callbacks will be held on Monday, April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Those auditioning should wear comfortable clothes to dance in and also bring sheet music in a three ring binder for the piano accompanist.

Rehearsals for “Cabaret” will begin on Monday, June 3 with performances set for July 17 through 20 and July 24 through 28.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

The 1999 Iranian motion picture “Two Women” will be shown on Friday, April 26 beginning at 7 p.m. at Casper College. The film is the second and final film of the 2013 Casper College Multicultural Film Festival, “Iraq and Iran: Transformation and Tradition.”

“Two Women” stars Niki Karimi and Merilā Zāre'í as Fereshteh and Royā two women who 14 years earlier became friends while both were studying architecture at a Tehran university. Karimi won the best actress award at the Taormina International Film Festival for her portrayal of Fereshteh in the film.

According to Erich Frankland, film festival director and political science instructor at Casper College, Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, Ph.D., Casper College history instructor, will lead the discussion following the film.

“Two Women” is sponsored by the Casper College Political Science Department, the Casper College International Studies Program, the Casper College Foundation, and Casper College.

The film will be shown in the Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103 of the Wold Physical Science Center on the Casper College campus. The showing is free and open to the public.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Unique ceramic works of art inspired by the exhibits of the Tate Geological Museum are available for view during the “Earth and Fire” art exhibit at the museum now through Wednesday, May 29.

“These pieces of artwork include vases, plates, bowls, and display pieces,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums. “Students were asked to create a piece of artwork from an exhibit currently on display at the Tate, and they have produced some beautiful works of art in a variety of shapes and colors.

All artwork in the display was created by the students of Ceramics III and IV, taught by Mike Olson, art instructor at Casper College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Tate Geological Museum has no admission fee, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ceramicist Markus Urbanik, whose show “A Developed Reaction” is currently on display at the Goodstein Gallery, will present a two-day workshop at Casper College April 27 and 28, 2013.

Urbanik, programs and facilities coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Mont., recently led a wheel throwing workshop at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., and a wood kiln building workshop at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. He also taught ceramics from 2006 to 2009 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo.

“I use form, function, and proportion as a palette to create functional works of art. Being described as a soft-spoken person, I feel my work elicits a similar sense of quiet repose. Soft clean surfaces use a highly refined terra sigillata as a receptor to record the espouser of vapor and flame on the surface of each piece. Subtle but convincing marks, encouraged by the maker and left by the flame, embrace the curvature of each form. Each pot, a study of proportion in full volumetric forms, suggests buoyancy or even a possible weightlessness of presence as if suspended over a small fulcrum point,” said Urbanik of his work currently on display in the college’s Goodstein Gallery.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28. The workshop, as well as the exhibit and an artist’s lecture on Thursday, April 25 at noon, is free and open to the public. The workshop and lecture will both take place in the Goodstein Visual Arts Center, Room 102.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Students who have graduated during the past year from the Adult Learning Center at Casper College are invited to celebrate their achievement by participating in the Center's annual graduation ceremony.

“ If you received your GED since May, 2012 or know someone who has graduated in the last year, please come to the Werner Technical Center to pick up the cap, gown, and announcements,” said Kelsee Miller, Adult Learning Center instructor.

“We expect about 125 individuals to pass the GED test for our graduation year running May to May and hope that as many as possible will participate in the ceremony,” noted Miller.

This year’s graduation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in the “Swede” Erickson Thunderbird Gymnasium. It is free and open to the public.

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is located in the Werner Technical Center on the Casper College campus. For more information call the center at 268-2230.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The final presentation in the Tate Geological Museum’s series on Africa will focus on the geology and wildlife of Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The presentation, originally scheduled for April 9 and then April 16 will now take place on Tuesday, April 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“My presentation will be a tour of central Africa from the rift valley and volcanoes of Tanzania, to the deserts, rivers, and Okavango Delta of Botswana, and will include photos from eight different national parks,” said Kent Sundell, geology instructor. “Geology of the rifting of Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, and Victoria Falls will highlight this tour,” he noted.

In addition to the geological aspects of his talk Sundell will also touch on the “hundreds of different species of large mammals, reptiles, and birds that were observed along the wandering path through central Africa.”

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


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Patrick Patton will end his Casper College choral directing duties with the annual Music of the Masters concert on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. Patton, who will be retiring from Casper College in June noted that his 36 years at Casper College “absolutely flew by!”

The Casper College Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and Collegiate Chorale, will join the Casper College Chamber Orchestra to perform works by Mozart, Bach, and Greig.

The chamber orchestra is under the direction of Jennifer Cowell-DePaolo, Casper College strings and orchestra instructor, while the choirs are under the direction of Patton, Casper College voice and choir instructor.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church located on the corners of 7th and Wolcott streets in Casper. A donation will be accepted at the door with all proceeds going to the Casper College Arts Endowment Fund.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Two Casper College volleyball players are trading in their Thunderbird wings to become Eagles – Eastern Washington University Eagles, that is.

Stanka (pronounced Stasha) Panic (Pawnich) and Milica Nisavic, the inside-outside pair who helped lead Angel Sharman’s team to a Region IX North championship last fall, signed their national letters of intent Thursday to play two more years at Eastern Washington.

Both players hail from Serbia, a country that has provided some outstanding volleyball players for Sharman. Nisavic was named Setter of the Year in Region IX North after a season that included a trip to the NJCAA national tournament. During her two-year career she put up 2,246 assists, 56 ace serves and 71 blocks. Nisavic was all region and all tournament two years running for the T-Birds. At 5-10 Nisavic has the size to be effective at the Division I level, according to Sharman.

Panic finished her career among the top 12 career hitters in program history with 821 kills. She is a two-time all region and all tournament performer, and earned honorable mention All America honors following her sophomore season. Panic had 952 digs in her career with the T-Birds. Sharman said Panic plays the game with great “passion” which should serve her well at Eastern Washington.

“Both of these players improved so much and they will be very successful in the future,” Sharman said. “I am very proud of these two and I wish they could stay. But it is going to be fun watching them move to the next level and grow even more.”

Panic and Nisavic will be playing in the same league as teammate Kylie Johnson, who has signed and is already in school at Idaho State University.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Students will present a variety of short films during the Fifth Annual Casper College Student Film Festival on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the college’s Nichols Auditorium located in the McMurry Career Studies Center.

The festival features the works of the college’s two video production classes offered last fall and this spring. Films will include literary interpretations, advertisements, movie trailers, musical pieces, and commentaries. The 80-minute program will conclude with the showing of a narrative movie developed by the student teams.

“Each year, the Casper College students take charge of every aspect of the production process, from the writing of the script to the filming of the scenes to the long hours spent editing the materials,” said Pete Van Houten, Casper College communication and media instructor. “The students also get to learn the value of working with other people within the creative process,” he added.

The student filmmakers include Alex Trimble, Riley Sikes, Marija Jovanovic, Max Gullberg, Ryan Santillanes, Chris Turk, Mike Encino, Katie Gilmore, Lawrence Uhling, Cody Politte, Nathan Hansen, Cody Womack, Rachel Bjornestad, Hayden Barker and Brad Kussy.

For more information contact Peter Van Houten, communication instructor, at 307-268-2375, or email. The film festival is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Two Wyoming prep stars announced this week that they have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Casper College next fall.

Coach Dwight Gunnare said Friday that Shanda Post of Lander and Elissia Johnson of Cheyenne East will join his Lady Thunderbird team next year. Both players have been named to the Wyoming all-star team for the annual series games with Montana and South Dakota and both will appear in the North-South all-star game in July.

Post, a 5-9 shooting guard, averaged 17.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists for the Tigers this past season and was named Fremont County’s Player of the Year. An all-state selection, she is a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist. “Shanda was an excellent scoring guard in high school and has the offensive skills for that to continue at the college level,” Gunnare said.

Johnson is the daughter of former T-Bird Sly Johnson. She averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game her senior season. The 5-10 wing earned all-conference and all-state honors. “I’m impressed with Elissia’s athleticism and versatility,” Gunnare said. “She is a good defender, rebounder and scorer. Obviously she has a strong basketball background.”

Post and Johnson join Kassidy Scott of Douglas as the latest signees for the T-Birds.

Gunnare’s T-Birds are coming off a 24-win season. In his five years at the helm, Casper teams have won two Region IX championships and averaged 27 wins per season.

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