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Monday, June 3, 2013

A new course on environmental science will be offered at Casper College for the fall 2013 semester.

“I would especially recommend ‘Environmental Science’ for students who might be a little timid or fearful of science,” said Kelsey Deus, instructor. “This will be a great opportunity to introduce students to the scientific method by exploring the natural surroundings that they are already used to seeing. Science is fun and engaging; anyone can enjoy it, said Deus.

“Environmental Science” (ENR 1200) is worth four credits and will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. with a weekly lab on Tuesday from noon to 2:30 p.m. According to Deus “fun field trips” are planned for several of the lab sessions.

Fall registration is currently underway at Casper College. To register for “Environmental Science” contact that college at 307-268-2100 or The 2013 fall semester will begin on Monday, August 26.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Casper College Addictionology Department and the Casper Reentry Center are teaming up with White Bison to bring “Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps-Men/Women Training” to Casper July 23 through 25.

White Bison is part of the Wellbriety Training Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo. An internationally recognized Native-American operated training institute and center of excellence, WTI provides culturally relevant facilitator training for professional and grass roots activists who work directly with individuals, families, and communities.

The three-day session will, according to WTI, train facilitators who implement the various training programs, Medicine Wheel, and 12-step program within their communities. The training geared toward Native Americans working in organizations that specialize in treatment, recovery, and wellness, as well as behavioral and mental health professionals, counselors and therapists, and grassroots activists.

The cost for the training is $550 per person and includes a participant manual and DVD set. Those successfully completing the training can earn continuing education hours through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and continuing education units through the First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counselor Certification Board.

For more information or to register call Maria at 1-877-871-1495.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College is offering a trip to the Casper Mountain Science School, which will include a visit to the Sheepherder fire site and two nights in a yurt.

“OLLI Fall Science Camp” will take place on September 3, 4, and 5 and will feature three days and two nights at Camp Sacajawea. “We had so much fun at last year’s camp that we decided to expand it by a day,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

“Once again we will partner with the Casper Mountain Science School to learn about the ecology of trees and forest management. We will visit the Sheepherder fire site and an older fire site to compare how habitats regenerate after a fire. In addition, we will talk about water ecology and spend an afternoon analyzing water samples from various sites along Garden Creek,” Pollock said.

The cost of the trip is $189 per person and includes transportation to the camp, lodging, and meals. Participants will sleep in rustic, heated yurts and enjoy communal meals in the lodge. “As at summer camp, the sleeping arrangements will be women in one yurt, men in another,“ noted Pollock.

Space for the trip is limited and complete payment is due on Tuesday, August 27. For more information or to sign up, contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2099.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

A half-day class for those new to the software program QuickBooks will be offered at Casper College on Saturday, June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“QuickBooks Fundamentals” (CEU 1153 01) has been created with the beginning user in mind. “Students in this class will create a company file and learn the basic features of QuickBooks,” said CPA and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Heather Hudson, instructor.

In addition to the basic features, the class will cover recording checks and deposits, reconciling bank accounts, setting up customer and vendor records, entering and reconciling credit card transactions, recording NSF transactions, and understanding basic reports.

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


Friday, June 7, 2013

“Woyzeck,” the second of three student productions produced during the summer at Casper College, will premiere on Friday, July 5, 2013.

“The playwright, Georg Büchner, died in 1837 at the age of 23. ‘Woyzeck’ was later found fragmented and incomplete in his desk drawer, and since then it has been adapted, translated, and completed by several different authors and translators,” said student director Chase Scarborough of Casper. Scarborough was first drawn to ‘Woyzeck’ while enrolled in “Theatrical Backgrounds” at Casper College. “I was also independently researching Antonin Artaud's ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ at the time, and the two seemed like a match made in heaven,” added Scarborough.

According to Scarborough the play details the struggles of Woyzeck, “a man struggling to make ends meet for his family while battling a mental disorder. Amidst his own personal delusions and the antagonizing of the Drum Major, Woyzeck finds himself descending into his own hell-on-earth.”

“Woyzeck” stars Cosmin Harris as Woyzeck, Kegan Wells as Marie, Gordon Moon as the Doctor, and Nick McDill as the Drum Major.

“Woyzeck” is Scarborough’s first directorial experience. As an actor, he has preformed in a number of Casper College productions including “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Importance of Being Ernest,” and “Dorian.” Upon graduation from Casper College, Scarborough plans to attend Columbia College in Chicago where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in acting.

The play will run July 5-6 and 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre, located in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex. 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.


Friday, June 7, 2013

If you have been wondering where to store your treasured photos and memorabilia a new class at Casper College, “Creative Memory Box” (OLLI 2100), may provide the answer.

Taught by Emily Miller, “Creative Memory Box” will give students the opportunity to create their own “memory box from decorated paper and embellish it with mixed media including Fantasy Film and Fiber, Splash Ink, stamps, embossing powders, glitter, wire, organic items, findings, and metal leafing,” she said.

“No prior artistic experience is required to learn how to create these wonderful boxes for your beloved items,” said Miller, who added “family members will treasure these heirlooms for generations.”

The class will be held on Monday, July 1 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register, or for more information contact Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College at 268-2097.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

With longer life spans, many from the baby boomer generation are dealing with their aging parents. To help those in that situation, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College is offering “Creating Joy While Parenting Our Parents” (OLLI 2051).

“Thanks to better nutrition and health care, our parents are living longer,” said Janet de Vries, instructor. “Changing roles and expectations can strain the parent and adult-child relationship,” she added.

The facilitated discussions of “Creating Joy…” are based on the book ”Creating Moments of Joy” by Jolene Brackey. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, June 18 and 20 from 6 to 7:30 both nights. “Students will be urged to share frustrations, resources, stories, and ways to create moments of joy for our parents and us,” said de Vries.

To register or for more information contact OLLI at Casper College at 307-268-2097 or 308-268-2099. de Vries recommends that students read “Creating Moments of Joy” prior to the class, though it is not mandatory.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Casper College women’s basketball team has been honored as one of the top academic teams in the country, it was announced Tuesday by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Dwight Gunnare’s Thunderbirds compiled a 3.4 team grade point average (GPA), which ranks them among the top 10 academically. “I am especially proud of this honor,” Gunnare says, “because it is a team effort in the classroom. We place great emphasis on our players earning their degrees and graduating. I am proud of each one of them.”

Shelby Stewart, Gunnare’s all-region shooting guard from Glenrock, received the NJCAA’s highest academic honor – the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. Stewart recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA during her two years at Casper College.

Stewart was all-region and all-tournament and helped lead the T-Birds to a 24-8 record this past season.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Casper College women’s basketball coach Dwight Gunnare announced Thursday that he has signed a second generation Thunderbird.

Kendyl Nunn, a 5-10 guard, hails from Chicago’s Morgan Park High School. Longtime fans will recognize her name. Nunn’s father Melvin (Chicago-Simeon) played on the 1988 Casper College team that finished fifth at the national tournament. Kendyl arrives at Casper having sat out last season with a medical hardship at the University of Toledo.

Gunnare says he was excited to sign Nunn because several high profile junior colleges were also courting the Chicago star.

“Her size and strength as a perimeter player brings an element to our team that is hard to find,” Gunnare says. “She is a solid 3-point shooter and has the ability to attack the rim. She also has the potential to be a dominant force on the boards. I am certain that Kendyl’s commitment to Casper College has made our program better.”

As a senior at Morgan Park Nunn averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. She was a Chicago Tribune special mention all-state and ABCA first-team all-state Class 3A/4A. She was labeled a “four-star recruit” by coming out of high school.

The Thunderbirds are coming off another stellar season under Gunnare, posting a 24-8 mark in the NJCAA’s Region IX, which comprises teams from Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado. The T-Birds have won two championships in the last four seasons under Gunnare.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Three individuals associated with Casper College’s Adult Education Center were recognized during the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association and Wyoming Lifelong Learning Joint Conference with the awarding of Wyoming Lifelong Learning Association annual awards.

Alberta Giraldo, an English as a Second Language instructor at the center, received WLLA’s Award of Commendation for Outstanding ESL instructor; Shawn Powell, dean of the Casper College School of Social and Behavioral Science, received the Award of Commendation for Community Service; and Robert Saunders, former GED graduate and 2013 Casper College graduate, received the Certificate of Commendation for the Outstanding Region Three Learner.

The award of commendation is given to recognize ‘very special persons’ in the field of adult, continuing, and community education, while the certificate of commendation is given to recognize special achievements.

WLLA promotes and develops lifelong learning in the State of Wyoming by affording opportunities for professional and nonprofessional adult educators to enhance their competencies. WLLA consists of seven regions, with Casper and Natrona County representing region three.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Three Casper College students have received the Casper College Outstanding Student Employee Award for the Spring 2013. “The Outstanding Student Employee award is given on behalf of the Casper College Career Services to recognize excellence and professionalism in the work place,” said Janet de Vries, career services director.

Rachel Bjornestad (Powell) was a student employee for Enrollment Services at Casper College. Mindy Carlisle, enrollment services specialist nominated Bjornestad. “Rachel is an incredible worker, student, and person,” Carlisle wrote. In addition to her other duties, “she has given over 50 tours just this semester to prospective students. They are always so impressed with her knowledge of the campus and kind personality.”

Tyler Sanner (Glenrock) was nominated for the award by Larry Burger, sound design instructor. “Not only is he capable in his technical abilities he is skillful in (his) encounters with some of the most demanding situations dealing with artists under pressure maintaining the ability to remain levelheaded under extreme duress,” wrote Burger of Sanner. Sanner was not only the audio engineer assistant for the Casper College Music Department, but “his duties crossed into the Department of Theatre and Dance,” said Burger.

Hannah Wille (Casper) worked as in the Casper College Foundation student employee. “Hannah Wille is a remarkable young woman who is extremely competent, organized and enthusiastic about every task. She is mature, friendly, and the perfect temperament for the work of the foundation. She has exceptional maturity for a young person (and) has become a valued member of the foundation office team,” wrote nominator Linda Nix, associate director of Alumni Relations at Casper College.

The three were chosen from a large pool of nominations. Each received $50 from career services and a certificate of recognition.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

A new class that will “enlighten, amuse, and promote discussion” of all things French will be offered at Casper College on July 23, 24 and 25, 2013. “Le Monde Francais: Facts and Fables” will be taught by Casper College world languages instructor Charles Ewing through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College.

“Those who participate in this short class will learn several little-known facts and stories about la francophonie, and learn about French-speaking countries, tricky French language nuances, play a leisurely game of pétanque, and sing chansons francaises (French songs),” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

The class will run from 1 to 3 p.m. each day and Pollock noted that those who attend “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.”

Registration is going on now for “Le Monde Francais: Facts and Fables” (OLLI 2082). For more information or to register, contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email, or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2099 or email.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Two classes to help those who are either brand new to using an iPad or have some experience will be offered at Casper College through the college’s Center for Training and Development.

“iPad: Beginner:” (CEU 1141 01) will be offered on Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Those attending will review a variety of iPad settings, learn to sync with iTunes and set up email.

“iPad: Intermediate” (CEU 1142 01) will be offered on Saturday, July 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. “Students taking this class will learn to get the most out of their Apple iPad and enhance their productivity by learning tips and tricks including using iTunes, helpful apps to get started, syncing, organizing, and personal and professional uses for the iPad,” said Ann Dalton.

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


Thursday, June 20, 2013

A class designed for those with little or no experience using Microsoft Word will be held at Casper College on Tuesday and Thursday, June 25 and 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Microsoft Word 2007/2010: Beginner” (CEU 1101 01) will provide a hands-on introduction to computer word processing and will include how to create and edit documents, format, use spell and grammar check and the Thesaurus, create and format tables, and print documents.

“Participants should have a basic understanding of computers or consider taking ‘Introduction to Computers,’” noted Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

“Microsoft Word 2007/2010” is offered through the Center for Training and Development at Casper College and is worth .8 continuing education units.

For more information or to register contact Dalton at 307-268-2085 or email.

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