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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dominique Lee became the second Casper College basketball player this year to sign a Division I letter of intent.

Lee said Thursday he is going to the same place as teammate Corey Spence – the University of Northern Colorado. Their former CC Head Coach Joel Davidson joined the UNC staff this spring as an assistant coach.

Lee played in all 32 games for the T-Birds this season, averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds. The 6-5 wing will go down as the second leading field goal percentage shooter in program history (behind Alex Hernandez), hitting on 61 percent of his shots. He was named to the Region IX all-tournament team and was also a second team all-Region IX selection.

The Oakland, Calif. native originally signed with the University of Utah out of high school, but after a redshirt season there he transferred to Casper College to play with his twin brother Demetrius.

T-Bird Head Coach Dan Russell said Lee improved as much as anyone on the team this season. “He finished very strong; stronger than anyone we had,” Russell said.

Lee and Spence helped lead the T-Birds to a 24-8 record. Casper was knocked out of the regional tournament in the second round.


Friday, May 3, 2013

A fair seeking instructors for Casper College’s Community Education, Center for Training and Development, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will be held at the college on Monday, May 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Participants may be able to turn their hobby, knowledge, or skills into extra cash by attending the fair, which is free and open to all.

The fair will be held in the Conference Center lobby located on the second floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus.

For more information call Casper College at 268-2085.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A recital featuring the students of Casper College piano instructor Kathy Williams will be held on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall in the Aley Fine Arts Center.

The recital will feature the piano skills of five Casper College students: Lindsey Hall, Hannah and Kennedee True, Jon Johnson, Abby Warner, and Jayne Jacobs.

Both Hall and Johnson will perform three compositions, while the Trues, Jacobs, and Warner will perform two each. In addition, the Trues will perform together on a Claude Debussy composition, “Petite Suite No. 2, Cortege (Procession).”

The recital, which is required of those receiving a music degree from the college, is designed to showcase the talents of the individual students on their instrument of study. The recital is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) at Casper College and Collette Travel have joined forces to offer a special trip to “America’s Music Cities,” New Orleans, Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn. A free informational meeting about the trip will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

The trip is scheduled to take place April 20 through 27, 2014. Highlights of the eight-day trip include the French Quarter, New Orleans School of Cooking, a Honey Island Swamp tour via boat, Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry and a backstage tour of the Opry, the historic RCA Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, and Wildhorse Saloon.

A savings of $100 per person is currently being offered for the trip, which is priced at $2,799 for single, $2,249 for double, and $2,219 for triple occupancy. Costs include round trip airfare from Natrona County International Airport, transportation via motor coach, sightseeing, seven breakfasts, three dinners, and more.

Reservations are requested for the meeting, which will be held in the Gateway Building, Room 223 on the Casper College campus. To sign up or for more information, contact Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2097 or email.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

The 67th Annual Casper College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Casper Events Center.

Commencement speaker will be Hank True, local oilman and rancher. True earned an associate degree at Casper College, and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wyoming; one in mathematics and the other in agriculture. In 2012 the Casper College Alumni Association named him the Distinguished Alumnus.

True has worked in a number of capacities with the various True companies, some of which include True Oil LLC, Belle Fourche Pipeline Company, and Bridger Pipeline LLC. He is a member of and manages the pipeline companies and Eighty-Eight Oil LLC, which is primarily engaged in the purchase, sale, and transportation of crude oil in the northern Rocky Mountain region. True is president of Equitable Oil Purchasing Company, a light oil products marketing company in the Rocky Mountain region.

The commencement ceremonies are free and open to the public.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Casper College is seeking men to participate in its no-cost training program to become a facilities maintenance technician through the Dads Making a Difference program.

According to Pam Jones, Casper College workforce training advisor, those selected will receive free tuition and skills training, work supplies, counseling, and job placement assistance.

To qualify individuals must be a parenting male with children who are 18 years old and younger; have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level for their family size, (typically, if an individual’s children receive free or reduced lunch, they will qualify); complete an interview and screenings prior to admission; be able to safely lift at least 50 pounds; and be outdoors for lengthy amounts of time.

“This is a great opportunity for men to make a good income,” said Jones.

For an application and more information contact Jones at 268-2124. The application deadline is Monday, May 13.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Casper College Early Childhood Learning Center is accepting applications for the 2013 fall semester for children ages 3 to 5 of Casper College students.

The ECLC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Preschool children are taught by degreed teachers and receive morning and afternoon snacks as well as lunch. “Our setting is planned so that children can learn through actively participating in the learning process as they discover their world,” said Donna Sonesen, director.

Those interested in applying can complete an application by stopping by the Casper College Student Success Center on the third floor of the Gateway Building or by going to The deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

The ECLC is closed during the summer months, and employees will return on Thursday, August 8.


Friday, May 10, 2013

“This is not a tour, but an adventure,” said Casper resident George Vlastos when talking about the upcoming trip to Athens and the island of Crete in December 2013.

The trip, which will run from December 1 to 14, will include a trip to Athens, Greece, and the Amari Valley on Crete, home to the Vlastos Olive Farm. “My family has been farming there since the 1450s. My family arrived there in the early part of the 12th century and was assigned by the Byzantine Empire to a fiefdom that overlooked the Amari Valley. Later the Vlastos family was awarded that fiefdom,” said Vlastos.

The farm consists of olive trees that range in age from 300 to 1,000 years old. Trip participants will learn about the production of Vlastos’ famous olive oil and the “special trees on our farm that go back to the Byzantine era. There is a push to plant new trees, but we are trying very hard to get them (the farmers on the island) to keep the old trees,” Vlastos noted.

The island features farmers who still “live in a medieval village: shared walls, small streets, communities that help one another, and strictly agriculture,” he said. Because Crete is agriculturally based, trip participants will dine on “amazing food from the island. Crete is like one big garden; everything is fresh produce. We will also stop at some ‘mom and pop’ cafes and enjoy the cuisine that is there,” Vlastos said.

Besides the wonderful food, participants will also be able to personally experience the Vlastos Olive Farm and participate in some olive harvesting as they learn about olive oil.

Participants will also tour the Crete cities of Iraklion, Rethymnon, and Chania; take several day trips to local attractions including ancient ruins, a monastery, museums, and beach communities. The final days of the trip will be spent in Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece. “This trip is not a tour; it is an adventure to a special place on a special island … for people who are interested in something different,” said Vlastos.

The cost per person is $4490 and due Monday, August 5, 2013. A $500 deposit is due by Friday, May 31, 2013. The fee includes airfare from Casper, lodging, some meals, and admissions fees. Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Laura Burnett, community education specialist at 307-268-3399 or email.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Two levels of kayak classes will be offered at Casper College through the months of June and July 2013.

Both classes, “Kayaking: River Running 101” (CMSV 0911 01 and 02) and “Kayaking: River Running 102 (CMSV 0921 01 and 02), will be taught by American Canoe Association and White Water and Swift Water Technician certified kayaker Robert Grant.

In “101” students will learn basic kayaking skills, paddle strokes, boat control, rolling, and river running safety. In “102” after learning basic skills in “101,” students will practice rolling and refining their water skills.

Equipment will be provided, or students may bring their own equipment. The cost for “101”is $275 per person, and the cost for “102” is $125 per person. Class fees include pool rental, instruction, equipment use, and insurance. Students will practice in a safe and controlled pool environment and finally test their skills at the Casper Whitewater Park.

Registration is currently underway for both “Kayaking: River Running 101” and “Kayaking: River Running 102” at Casper College. For more information or to register, call the college at 307-268-3399 or at


Friday, May 10, 2013

Summer hours for The Adult Learning Center at Casper College, which provides adult basic education instruction at no charge, have been announced.

The center is now open on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 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. In addition, instruction in English as a Second Language will not be provided during the summer, but will return in the fall.

According to Lisa Mixer, programs coordinator, the center offers free assistance and instruction to out-of-school adult students, 16 years old and older, in reading, writing, science, social studies, and math in order to reach their educational and employment goals. All programs offered at the center, which is an open-entry, open-exit program, are free of charge.

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is located in the Werner Technical Center, Room 115 on the Casper College campus. For more information, stop by the center or call 268-2230.


Friday, May 10, 2013

The “Sizzlin’ Summer Sign-Up” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will be held on Tuesday, May 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gateway Building.

This year’s summer offerings include classes, day trips, and last summer’s popular “dinner and a movie.” “We have tried to come up with a wide variety of topics to appeal to as many folks as we can this summer,” said Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist.

“Shifting Gears for Fun and Fitness,” (OLLI 3060) will be taught by Steve and Libby Kurtz. The class will feature two leisurely, relatively flat surface bike rides. “Steve and Libby will share photos and tales of their biking vacations as well as lead two bike outings around Casper,” said Arnold. The class will run on Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. June 4 to 13.

Photographer Karel Mathisen will lead her class in “True Images: Photographing Downtown Casper” (OLLI 2030) on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8, July 8 to 17. Participants will “learn how to use their camera to see the magic in everyday downtown Casper features, and they won’t need a fancy camera or a lot of photography experience to participate in this class,” said Mathisen.

Casper College language instructor Charles Ewing will present several little-known facts and stories about la francophonie that aim to enlighten, amuse, and promote discussion. “We will learn about French-speaking countries, understand tricky French language nuances, play a leisurely game of pétanque, and sing chansons françaises. Students will leave class with travel ideas, phrases, and a touch of that certain je ne sais quoi with which French civilization has always fascinated the Anglophone,” Ewing noted.

In addition to many other summer classes to be offered, the “Third Annual Dinner and a Movie: ‘Paint Your Wagon’” (OLLI 2083) will be held on Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The night will include a dinner, lecture and “a showing of the 1969 film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical, ‘Paint Your Wagon,’ which is about a gold mining boomtown in California during the late 1840s. The film features Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg, and Clint Eastwood in the only singing role of his career. We will enjoy a great dinner with at least one bean dish as homage to the song, ‘Hand Me Down that Can o’ Beans,’” said Arnold.

The OLLI Sizzlin’ Summer Sign Up will be held on the second floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus. For those unable to attend the sign up, registrations will be taken by phone or in person after May 28. 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 408B in the Gateway Building for those wishing to register in person.


Monday, May 13, 2013

A variety of tomato and pepper plants will be available for purchase during the Casper College Greenhouse Open House on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The open house is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The Casper College Greenhouse is located on the west side of the Loftin Life Science Center on the Casper College campus. Parking is available in the Wold Physical Science Center and Loftin Life Science Center parking lot.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Tom Empey, the former director of the Theatre and Dance Department at Casper College, is returning to direct the David Mamet play “Oleanna” May 17 through 19 and May 22 through 26 at Casper College.

The play stars William Conte as John, a university professor, and Tricia Lovelace as Carol, a female college student. Written by Mamet in 1992 in response to the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, the play looks at the issue of “sexual harassment, political correctness, and those who feel the that the American system entitles them to certain guarantees of success no matter their background nor how hard they have worked,” said Empey.

“Anyone can make an accusation and ruin someone’s career, and in this play, Mamet presents both sides; both characters are telling the truth from their own viewpoint,” said Empey. The play, originally set in 1992 has been moved to 2013 for the Casper College production. “It has been very important that we get all the things in this play to relate to an audience. There is great word play between these two people,” Empey added.

According to Empey, Conte approached him in mid-March “to ask if I would be interested in directing this production of ‘Oleanna.’ I jumped at the chance for several reasons: I had the time before moving from Casper; it was a chance to work closely with Bill, who for three years has filled my instructor position at Casper College; it was a chance to work in the theatre that bear’s my name where I had only ever done one play; and, most of all, it was a chance to work on a play by David Mamet, one of America’s leading and most challenging playwrights.”

“Oleanna” begins at 7:30 each night with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 19 and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for teenagers, and parental discretion is advised. Tickets can be purchased at the Krampert Theatre Complex box office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 307-268-2500, or one hour before each performance, for that performance only. The Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre is located in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex on the Casper College campus.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A 30-inch amethyst cathedral is being raffled off by the Tate Geological Museum, with raffle tickets available at the museum through the day of the drawing on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

According to Deanna Schaff, director of museums at Casper College, tickets are $10 each or six for $50. All proceeds raised from the sale of the raffle tickets will go the Tate Geological Museum Support Fund.

Tickets are available at the Tate Geological Museum’s gift shop. The cathedral itself is currently on display until the drawing in the central cube located in the Tate lobby. Ticket purchasers do not need to be present at the drawing to win.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

For those who have ever wondered about what the topic of philosophy is all about, Casper College is offering a beginning course for the 2013 fall semester.

“Intro to Philosophy” (PHIL 1000 01) will be taught by Bridget Veauthier three days a week from 10 to 10:50 a.m. “If you enjoy lively class discussions and are interested in learning about the thinkers who have influenced Western Civilization from the ancient to modern period, then give Introduction to Philosophy a try next fall,” she said.

The class, which is described as “An introduction to some of the main problems confronting the philosophical thinker, including those concerning truth, knowledge, language, morality, the existence of God, the nature of reality, freedom, and the meaning of life. Possible solutions to these problems will be considered, is worth three credits, and will begin on Monday, August 26.

To register or for more information call 307-268-2100 or go to


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Casper College Forensics Team came home with a gold in debate sweepstakes and a bronze in overall sweepstakes from the recently held 2013 Phi Rho Pi Nationals in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Three team members stood out with individual wins, according to Terry Rogers, director of forensics at Casper College. Rachel Bjornestad, (Powell, Wyo.), took a gold in parliamentary debate with teammate Erin Shadrick, (Glenrock, Wyo.), as well as a bronze in Lincoln-Douglas debate and extemporaneous speaking. Shadrick also took silver in program oral interpretation and a bronze in poetry interpretation. Jennifer Barella, (Casper), took bronze in both parliamentary debate, with a temporary partner from San Joaquin Delta College, and Lincoln-Douglas debate.

A total of 60 community colleges competed in the national tournament with more than 400 individual competitors. According to Jessica Hurless, assistant forensics coach at Casper College, parliamentary debate was the largest event with more than 100 teams. “This year has been one of our most successful in years. These three young women not only represented Casper College, but the state of Wyoming in an impressive way. Between the three they were able to bring back 10 national awards, which is not an easy task,” said Hurless.

Hurless noted that Bjornestad, team captain, graduated this spring and will not return for the 2013-2014 competitive season. “Rachel has signed with Arkansas State where she will continue her collegiate debate experience,” said Hurless.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

In the final livestock judging contest of the 2012-2013 season, the Casper College Freshman Livestock Judging Team took a number of team and individual wins at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Contest in Lubbock, Texas.

“As we bring the year to an end the team is looking forward to next year’s contests and opportunities. I am very pleased with the freshman’s work ethic and dedication to getting better this year. We are excited and looking forward to having a very competitive judging season next year,” said Jeremy Burkett, coach and Casper College agriculture instructor.

The team placed third overall and first in cattle out of 15 teams. Individually Dylan Freeman, Cheyenne, Wyo., placed seventh and Sierra Crisp, Emmett, Idaho, took ninth out of a total of 139 individual competitors.

Team members also participated in a horse judging contest where they took second in halter, performance, reasons, and overall out of 10 teams. Individually Bailey Skinner, Johnstown, Colo., took ninth while Zoey Taucher, Casper, took 10th.

The Casper College Meats Judging Team took second overall, while individual team member B.W. Ochsner, Torrington, Wyo., took first.

Finally, the Casper College Agricultural Knowledge Bowl Team took fifth place in the Knowledge Bowl Competition.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Four Casper College instructors, Gary Donnelly, Garth Shanklin, Dave Cherry, and Don Robinson, have received emeritus standing from the college. All four instructors retired from the college in June 2012.

Donnelly taught marketing and hospitality management during his 31 years at the college and was the department chair of the marketing department at the time of his retirement. During his tenure Donnelly also served as the division chair (now dean) for the School of Business and Industry at Casper College.

Shanklin, psychology and addictionology instructor, taught for 26 years and was the psychology department chair at the time of his retirement. Prior to joining the psychology department he was the director of the counseling and student development center at the college. Shanklin developed 17 new psychology courses and 10 new addictionology courses for the college and is also the only person to have received both the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator and the Outstanding Administrator awards

Cherry began teaching at Casper College in 1976 in the coalfield technology program. He quickly moved to the political science department. He moved into administrative positions, first as the chair of the political science department, then chair and later dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Science at Casper College. At the time of his retirement Cherry was serving as the interim academic affairs vice president.

Robinson began working at the college in 1976 as well. He started as an instructor in the college’s mining technology program, and then taught in the automotive technology program. He took a break from teaching first as the division chair for the trades and industry division, (which is now part of the business and industry school), and then as dean for the school of career studies. The last several years up to his retirement, Robinson taught in the political science department.

“Garth, Dave, and Don left a lasting legacy at Casper College by always considering students first,” said Shawn Powell, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Science at Casper College.

To be considered for emeritus selection, candidates must retire and not resign from Casper College, have provided a minimum of 20 years of total service or 15 years continuous service at age 60, and have the recommendation of their school.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Tate Geological Museum will hold its 19th Annual Tate Summer Conference in conjunction with Wyoming Geological Association’s 68th Annual WGA Field Conference June 1 through 4.

“Cretaceous Conference: Evolution & Revolution” will look at the Cretaceous period “from paleontology, geology, and engineering perspectives. It is an interdisciplinary venture between the Wyoming Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Tate, and the WGA,” said J.P. Cavigelli, Tate Geological Museum collections specialist.

The conference will feature two field trips: one on the first day to the western Powder River Basin to explore Cretaceous outcrops and a section of the Madison formation, and the other on the fourth day of the conference to marine Cretaceous rocks in eastern Wyoming to look for ammonites. Other activities include an icebreaker on the first day, breakfast and lunch on both Sunday and Monday, and an ice cream social on Sunday.

The second day of the conference will focus on paleontology. Speakers for that day include a wide variety of experts in the Cretaceous including: keynote speaker Pat Druckenmiller, University of Alaska-Fairbanks; Neal Larson, Larson Paleontology Unlimited; Josh Slattery, University of South Florida; Malcom Bedell, Western Interior Paleontological Society; Torrey Nyborg, Loma Linda University; Francisco J. Vega, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Ian Miller, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; and others.

Extractive resources and the engineering fields will be the focus for the third day of the conference and will feature keynote speaker Christopher Fielding, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; John Fontana, Vista GeoScience; Steve Sonnenberg, Colorado School of Mines; Morgan Brown, Wave Imaging Technology, Inc.; and others.

Cost for the conference is broken down into several options with the full conference priced at $262.50 down to $47.50 for one fieldtrip. Students will receive a $20 discount, and continuing education credits are also available. For more information or to register contact Ann Dalton at Casper College at 307-268-2085, email, or


Thursday, May 16, 2013

A unique item will be available for a limited time through the Casper College Alumni Association: An official Casper College Class of 2013 t-shirt.

For a donation of $10 or more a bright red t-shirt can be had. The shirt lists the names, divided by schools, of those who graduated from the summer and fall 2012 terms, as well as from the spring and summer 2013 terms.

“If you contribute $10 or more to the 2013 class gift through the Casper College Alumni Association, your gift will go toward a scholarship supporting a student at Casper College next fall,” said Linda Nix, associate director of alumni relations.

Shirts can be ordered by calling 307-268-2256, or going to


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Casper College will be offering three new elective courses for the fall 2013 semester.

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

“Environment and Society” (ENR 2000) will “explore environmental and social interactions and is part of the environmental studies major offered at Casper College,” Frankland said.

“Introduction to Global Studies” (INST 2350) can be used to fulfill the cultural environment requirement for general education. According to Frankland, the course will “explore the effects of globalization through the lens of politics, economics, culture, media, health, etc., and is part of the international studies major offered at Casper College.”

The third offering, “Governments and Politics of Latin America” (POLS 2290) “will study key cultural and historical factors influencing the Latin American political process by drawing on six case studies: Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil,” said Frankland

The fall semester at Casper College will begin on Monday, August 26, and registration for the fall semester is currently underway. For more information or to register contact Casper College at 307-268-2100 or


Friday, May 17, 2013

Laramie’s Madison Legerski, one of the most sought-after prep athletes in Wyoming this year, made it official on Friday, signing a national letter of intent to play volleyball for Casper College.

Legerski, a 5-11 outside hitter, had several opportunities to continue her athletic career in any one of three sports. She earned 10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and track and field during her high school career. She has also won four state championships, four regional championships, and received seven all-conference and six all-state honors. She has six record-setting performances at LHS to her credit.

Legerski is currently number one in her upcoming graduating class and plans to major in chemical engineering.

“She will fit right in to our style of play,” Coach Angel Sharman says. “It is going to be fun to work with Madison and watch her grow. She is very talented.”

Legerski is the daughter of Joe and Jamie Legerski. Jamie is a former assistant coach at Casper College.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Casper College English Department is offering a new class for the summer 2013 term: “Pre-Composition” (ENGL 0490-01).

“This class is a newly designed developmental English course which combines our current classes – ‘Fundamentals of Reading’ and ‘Basic Writing II’ into one,” said Jill Hughes, instructor. “For those who want to get their prerequisites for ‘English I: Composition’ out of the way by taking one class instead of two, they can do it with this class. Students who score into ENGL 610 and 520 can now take this one class instead of those two,” Hughes added.

The summer session at Casper College begins on Monday, June 3. “Pre-Composition” will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 3:50 p.m., and begins on Tuesday, June 4.

To register or for more information call the college at 307-268-2100.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Registrations are now being taken for Casper College’s annual summer basketball and volleyball camps held in June.

All three camps will be run by Casper College coaches and Thunderbird players and will emphasize fundamentals and one-on-one instruction. The girls’ basketball camp runs June 3-5, the girls’ volleyball camp runs June 10-12, and the boys’ basketball camp runs June 17-19.

Dwight Gunnare’s girls’ basketball camp will offer two different sessions: girls entering grades 1 through 4 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and grades 5 through 8 (1 to 3 p.m.). The cost is $75 and each camper will receive a camp basketball and t-shirt.

Angel Sharman’s girls’ volleyball camp will feature three sessions: girls going into grades 5 and 6 (10 a.m. to 12 noon), grades 7 and 8 (1 to 3 p.m.) and grades 9 through 12 (3 to 5 p.m.). Cost is $60 if paid before June 10 and $65 on June 10.

New Thunderbird Coach Dan Russell’s boys’ basketball camp will offer two different sessions: boys in first through fourth grade (10 a.m. to noon) and boys in fifth through eighth grade (1 to 3 p.m.). All participants will receive a t-shirt and camp basketball. The cost is $75 per person.

For more information about the camps, call the Casper College athletic department at 307-268-3000.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Summer hours for the Casper College Writing Center will begin on Monday, June 3 and run through Friday, July 26, 2013. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

“All services and resources are free and available to any writer working on any type of writing project for any purpose, said Julia Whyde, learning center specialist for the writing center. The center is open to all students, as well as the local community. “Our purpose is to engage individuals in a conversation about their writing. We offer assistance at all stages of the writing process: brainstorming to a full draft,” Whyde noted.

Appointments are encouraged, but not required. To make an appointment call 307-268-2610 or email. The Casper College Writing Center is located in the Strausner Student Center, Room 139 on the Casper College campus.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Blue Envelope Health Fund recently donated two automatic external defibrillators to Casper College. Those two will be used by the school of science near the Wheeler Auditorium in the Wold Physical Science Center and the other in the Werner Wildlife Museum.

“Blue Envelope has given us eight AEDs to date, totaling approximately $9,600, and have been an invaluable partner in our quest to place at least one AED in every building on campus,” said Lance Jones, director of security at Casper College. “We still have several buildings without AEDs, but one is carried in each campus security patrol car, and we are placing the machines, as we acquire them, in areas that are either the most remote on campus or attract a population likely to require medical attention,” Jones added.

According to Jones, AEDs have been placed at the Gateway Building, Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex, Thunderbird Gym, Tate Geological Museum, Goodstein Foundation Library, Roberts Commons, several academic buildings, and have been given to the Casper College Rodeo Team and to the Tate to take on fieldtrips.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Following a successful run of two plays written and directed by Casper College students last summer, the second year of student productions will begin with “Dorian.”

Adapted by Cosmin Harris, “Dorian” is based on Oscar Wilde’s only published novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Harris, who just graduated from Casper College with an Associate Degree in Theatre Performance, worked on “Dorian” for three years. “Influenced by the self-indulgent Lord Henry, Dorian Gray sells his soul to stay young forever while his portrait consumes his age and sins. In a dark turn of events Dorian soon realizes the catastrophic nature of what he has done to himself, and it will affect everyone involved,” said Harris.

The cast of Casper College students includes Chase Scarborough as Dorian, Matt Stairs as Lord Henry, Gordon Moon as Basil Hallward, Paulina Strayer as Sibyl Vane, Amanda Gilbert as a whore, and Mary McPherson as the Duchess, Gladys, as well as Andrew Potter, Nick McDill, Danato Maffin and Caitlyn Kumpula, Harris said.

The play will run May 31, June 1, 7, 8, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted and will go to three Casper College student organizations, which benefit Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance Department students. Tickets will only be available at the door.


Wednesday, May 21, 2013

A new class for the fall semester, “Women and Religion” (WMST 2490) will be offered at Casper College.

Co-taught by Bridget Veauthier and Georgia Wheatley, the class is for those “who are interested in learning more about women’s roles and experiences in national and international religions,” said Wheeler. “Bridget and I will lead the class in exploring the history of women in various religions, as well as analyzing women’s personal experiences as described in their own words. Anticipated study areas include Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and ecofeminism,” she said.

“Women and Religion” will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 to 11:50 a.m. and is worth three credits.

For more information or to register, contact Casper College at 307-268-2100 or


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Casper College Director of Counseling, Teresa Wallace, has been named 2013 Outstanding Administrator by the Casper College Administrative Alliance.

To be recognized for the award the winner must excel in job performance, knowledge, effectiveness, character, communication, cooperation, judgment, and interactions, according to Robyn Landen, director of financial services/controller, and administrative alliance member.

Comments supporting Wallace’s selection included: “Her ‘grace under pressure’ is remarkable, and she always seems to say the right things at the exact moment;” “She truly puts service before self as she has enthusiastically accepted responsibility beyond those required by her position. She is a true example of an individual with integrity who fully supports the mission of Casper College;” and among others, “She pours herself into her tasks and dedicates much time to improving herself, and the effectiveness of her administration, counseling, and teaching.”

Wallace began working for the college in December 1991.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A new class for the fall semester, “Women and Religion” (WMST 2490) will be offered at Casper College.

Co-taught by Bridget Veauthier and Gretchen Wheeler, the class is for those “who are interested in learning more about women’s roles and experiences in national and international religions,” said Wheeler. “Bridget and I will lead the class in exploring the history of women in various religions, as well as analyzing women’s personal experiences as described in their own words. Anticipated study areas include Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and ecofeminism,” she said.

“Women and Religion” will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 to 11:50 a.m. and is worth three credits.

For more information or to register, contact Casper College at 307-268-2100 or


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Casper College’s Werner Wildlife Museum will continue its fall and spring hours for the summer season; Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on the weekend.

The museum is currently hosting five science fair displays from Casper and Douglas students: “Do Birds Have a Favorite Color?” by Verda James third grader Logan Alvar; “Dog Decision” by University Part fourth grader Kalina Proudfoot; “Beta Fish Reactions” by Manor Heights fourth grader Peyton Howery; “Dog Senses” by University Park fifth grader Hanna Hensley; and “Left and Right” by Douglas Middle School seventh grader Megan Lovitt.

The Werner Wildlife Museum features a wide range of wildlife in both dioramas and individual displays. While the focus of the museum is on species native to Wyoming visitors will find a large collection of mammals from Africa and other locations around the world. The museum also houses a display of world-class trophy mounts. “Our exhibits serve a broad audience from preschool aged children to avid anglers and hunters,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums at Casper College.

The museum is free and open to all, but “we always welcome donations,” she said. “We are also happy to host tours and field trips for visitors of all ages and invite our visitors to enjoy a breath of fresh air and some bird-watching in our backyard.”

The Werner Wildlife Museum is located at 405 E. 15th, “just a short walk from the Casper College campus,” noted Schaff.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Casper College has released the names of the two winners of the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award for the 2012-2013 school year: Jared Bowden and Jessica Hurless, who each received $2500 in addition to the recognition.

Bowden, current department head and instructor in physics and engineering, has been with the college since August 2004. “I can think of few instructors at Casper College who are more deserving of the Rosenthal than Jared. In class, Jared does amazing work with his students at all levels, (and) his teacher evaluations reflect his in-class excellence,” said Grant Wilson, dean of the Casper College School of Science.

“For the past six years, I have seen Jared go the extra mile in planning, promoting, and assisting with educational activities outside the classroom. Jared is engaging, thoughtful, challenging, and activity-oriented, which enables students to learn by listening, interacting, and doing,” Joanna Anderson, vice president for student services at Casper College, said.

Hurless began her teaching career at Casper College in August 2005. During that time she has served as a communications instructor, Casper College Oral Communication Lab director and founder, and assistant director of the Casper College Speech and Debate Team.

“Jessica is able to engage students in such a way that each becomes involved in the material and learns without knowing that the are learning, until Jessica leads them into an epiphany at some point during the discussion of the content,” noted Terry Rogers, chair for the Casper College Department of Education.

“Creative, unique classroom activities that address different learning styles while simultaneously promoting content synthesis and critical thinking skills are a hallmark of any course that Jessica teaches, added Ebba Stedillie, recently retired communication instructor and director of learning communities at Casper College.

Each year all Casper College employees are asked to submit the names of those they wish to nominate for the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award. Each nominee must then submit a detailed packet of information to his or her respective committee to be considered. A faculty committee makes the final decision for the two faculty awards.

The award is based on the quality of the packet submitted as well as service to the community and Casper College.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A short class on biking is being offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 4 to 13.

“Shifting Gears for Fun and Fitness” (OLLI 3060) will be taught by Steve and Libby Kurtz. Prior to the two scheduled rides, the Kurtz’s will discuss “bicycle safety and simple repairs, (and) share photos and tales of their biking vacations that may inspire students to venture out on their own adventures,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

Each person must have a working bike to participate in the class, and wear a safety helmet while riding. “For those who don’t have a helmet, OLLI will provide one for use during the two scheduled bike rides,” said Pollock. Participants must be fit enough to ride at least two miles on relatively flat surfaces.

To register for the class, which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email.

Supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at Casper College is a vibrant learning community offering a rich array of short courses, field trips, and lectures of particular interest to adults aged 50 plus.

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