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Monday, July 1, 2013

“Godspell” will be the summer musical production at Casper College beginning Friday, July 19, 2013.

According to Richard Burk, director, the Gospel according to Matthew is the basis for this modern, upbeat telling of the story of Jesus. “Removed from its historic setting of ancient Jerusalem, and placed in a world that today has lost its luster, ‘Godspell’ brings the parables, the beatitudes, and the simple conversations to life in a way that celebrates love, grace and understanding.”

The cast of “Godspell” is comprised of 10 individuals, both Casper College students and community members. Those in the cast include Matthew Stairs as John the Baptist, (later Judas), Trace Pierce as Jesus, Dominique Simmons as Lindsey, Jed Hatten as George, Caitlyn Kumpula as Uzo, Justin Whitson as Nick, Alicia Roberts as Telly, Morgan Ostendorf as Celisse, Amandie Campbell as Morgan, and Bailey Patterson as Anna Maria.

“Godspell” features a score revised in 2012, and includes such songs as “Day by Day,” “By My Side,” “Turn Back O Man,” and many others. “With a newly revised musical score, I believe that the audience will be in for a fresh and exciting night in the theatre,” Burk said.

“Godspell” will be performed on the McMurry Mainstage. The family-friendly play will run July 19 and 20, and July 24 through 27 each night beginning at 7:30. A matinee will be held on Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students ages 5 to 18. 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 268-2500, one hour before each performance, for that performance only, or now online at


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Bev Dye, director of the Adult Learning Center at Casper College. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires. We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass,” Dye added.

The center is now open for the summer through Thursday, Aug. 1. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays. A mandatory new student orientation for GED students will be held every Tuesday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The center is closed on Fridays and the weekends.

The 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.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Casper College Center for Training and Development is offering the two-day “Wilderness Medicine Institute” (CEU 0402 70) October 12 and 13, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“Whether spending time in the backcountry is a person’s passion or their profession, they should never have to ask, ‘What do I do now,’” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist.

According to Dalton, the WMI is a “fast-paced, hands-on class for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and people who spend time in remote locations.”

The WMI will cover a wide range of wilderness medicine topics including advanced topics that other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction and epinephrine administration, said Dalton. “Students will gain the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in an emergency.”

The class will be taught by personnel from the National Outdoor Leadership School and is approved by the American Camping Association and the U.S. Forest Service. The cost of the class is $250 per person.

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


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Michael W. McDaniels, Jr. has received the Jon Brady Political Science Award for 2013.

“Michael is a political science major who is a single parent working full-time (often out of town), and trying to balance that with his academic studies. He has been successful at all three,” said Erich Frankland, political science instructor and chair of the political science department at Casper College. “His pursuit of the degree is driven by a desire to understand politics and to look for ways to reengage the average person with politicians and government, in general. His reference letters include remarks like ‘intelligent and insightful,’ ‘a refreshing sense of humor,’ ‘eagerness to learn,’ and ‘a positive role model,’” Frankland added.

The Brady Award was established in honor of retired Casper College political science instructor Jon Brady. “Jon’s commitment to academic excellence, professional integrity, and personal interest in political issues resonated with his former students and colleagues,” noted Frankland.

To be considered for the Brady Award, students are required to write an essay and provide reference letters. The student’s grade point average is also considered for the award, which is given out once a year.

McDaniels is the 12th recipient of the Jon E. Brady Award in Political Study. Last year’s winner was Katherine Dials.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A class looking at the basic concepts relating to the origin, evolution, biological nature, and adaptation of the human species will be offered at Casper College during the 2013 fall semester.

“Introduction to Physical Anthropology” (ANTH 1100 01) will be taught by Leilani DeClue, who noted that anyone “interested in Neanderthal, the ‘hobbit,’ or who love apes and monkeys should enroll in the class to broaden their knowledge of those and other topics in the development of human kind.”

“Introduction to Physical Anthropology” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. beginning August 27.

For more information or to register contact Casper College at 307-268-2100 or Fall semester begins on Monday, August 26.


Friday, July 19, 2013

An active shooter drill involving Casper College, Casper Police, and Natrona County Emergency Management will be conducted at Casper College Sunday (July 28) beginning about 8 a.m.

The drill will involve sounds of gunfire to simulate a life-threatening situation. Evaluators will be on hand to watch the exercise.

An active shooter by definition is someone who displays the ability and willingness to shoot people indiscriminately and without regard to his or her safety.

People who live or pass by Casper College need not be concerned about the extra presence of law enforcement or the sound of gunfire during this drill.

All participants in the drill will attend a one-hour safety briefing prior to the start of the exercise. The areas of campus near the Gateway Building, Thunderbird Gymnasium, and Thorson Institute of Business will be closed to public access, but this will likely have minimal impact because of the Sunday morning timing of the drill. All activities are expected to be completed by noon.


Tuesday, July 19, 2013

A hands-on class for both massage and movement therapists will be offered at Casper College September 27 through 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

According to Theresa Tobin Macy, instructor, the class, “Advanced Corrective Therapies” (CEU 1380 70), will focus “on learning a foundational cross fiber friction stroke with an emphasis on attaining depth not increasing pressure and to sequentially soften superficial muscles sinking to the level of restriction in the deeper layers.”

According to Macy, the lecture portion “will include computerized animations as a visual tool to expand knowledge of muscle action, fiber direction, agonist/antagonist relationships and strain patterns. Once identified, the class will focus on navigating through superficial tissue to isolate and treat deep myofascial layers,” she said.

Macy is a 2003 graduate of the Professional Massage Therapy Program at the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy and earned her certification in deep muscle cross fiber therapy from the Pfrimmer Institute. Macy has accrued more than 900 hours in continuing education credit with a focus in myofascial release for children and adults, deep tissue techniques, and assessment skills. She joined the faculty at Cortiva Institute in 2008 as an instructor of massage therapy and musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology and also teaches professional ethics, deep tissue refresher, and body mechanic in the Cortiva Institute Continuing Education Program.

The cost for the class is $375 per person. Those successfully completing the seminar will earn 21 continuing education hours. To register or for more information contact Ann Dalton at 307-268-2085.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Former Casper College Registrar and Director of Student Records, Alison McNulty, has received emeritus standing from the college. McNulty retired from the college in June 2012.

McNulty began her career at Casper College working the switchboard in 1997. From the switchboard she rose to the position of registrar and director of admissions and student records. When the admissions office was reorganized to enrollment services, she became registrar.

“It would be hard to find anyone more student centered than Alison. She was a compassionate and fair administrator who had a great rapport with faculty and staff. As Registrar and Director of Student Records, Alison was responsible for National Junior College Athletic Association athletic verification and eligibility, international student admissions, plus all the functions of student records and registration. She oversaw all of this with the utmost professionalism. Alison was honored as the Administrator of the Year at Casper College in 2011 and is most deserving of emeritus status, said Joanna Anderson, former vice president for student services at the 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 or department of service.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Casper College Custodial Crew Leader Belle Stapleton has been recognized with the Robert Durst Classified Staff Award.

Stapleton was chosen from five nominees and was chosen based on a number of criteria including involvement in and contribution to campus and community activities as well as exemplary achievements and/or accomplishments.

“What strikes me most consistently about Belle is her demeanor along with her sincerity and good humor. … She is known across campus for her willingness to listen and respond to concerns,” said Lynnde Colling, vice president for administrative services.

“Belle has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. She demonstrates she is a leader while being a valuable team player,” noted Sandy Hanify, facilities and partnerships coordinator.

The Robert Durst Classified Staff Award is named in honor of Robert Durst, former Casper College custodial worker and was established to recognize and honor one outstanding Casper College staff member annually.

In addition to a commemorative plaque, Stapleton also received a check for $1,000.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Thanks to the sale of nearly 200 official Casper College Class of 2013 t-shirts, the Casper College Class of 2013 raised $1700 to fund a class gift supporting two scholarships worth $850 each. The scholarships will be awarded to two Casper College students during the 2013 fall semester.

The bright red t-shirts were sold for a donation of $10 or more and listed 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.

“The generous contributions we received from those purchasing a t-shirt provided the Casper College Alumni Association and the class of 2013 with enough funds to award two scholarships at the college this fall,” said Linda Nix, associate director of alumni relations.

According to Nix, a few t-shirts are still available and can be purchased by calling 307-268-2256.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Casper College School of Business and Industry has hired Ginny Garner to teach classes in hospitality and marketing.

According to Lesley Travers, dean for the school of business and industry, Garner spent the last 13 years in various hospitality and marketing leadership roles. Most recently she opened and managed a 50,000 square-foot conference center in El Dorado, Ark., which, after initial planning, hosted more than 600 events in a two-year span.

In addition to her experience at the conference center, Garner has held roles within healthcare marketing and program development for Wyoming Behavioral Institute and the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation. “Her hospitality roles include operations manager for Masterson Place, catering director for the Holiday Inn on the River, and various front desk positions with Hilton Hotels,” said Travers.

Garner received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wyoming in 2000 and her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University in 2012.

“What a catch for Casper College! The marketing and hospitality departments will be getting an outstanding faculty member who is knowledgeable and experienced in her field,” said Travers.

The fall semester at Casper College will begin on Monday, Aug. 26. Registration for the fall semester is now taking place. For more information or to register for classes contact the college at 307-268-2100 or


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dale Anderson, Casper College fire science instructor and fire science department chair, was honored recently with the Judith Bailey Scully award.

The yearly award, first presented in 2005, was established by Marlan O. Scully in honor of his wife Judith “... to honor faculty who demonstrate academic excellence as characterized by Judith’s outstanding accomplishments as a Casper College and University of Wyoming student,” said Paulann Doane, director of the Casper College Foundation.

Anderson was hired full-time starting with the fall 1997 semester. Anderson received his Associate of Science degree in business administration from Casper College, his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming, and his Master of Management degree from the University of Mary.

Bailey Scully won honors while attending Casper College and took her degree from the University of Wyoming only three years after graduating from Natrona County High School.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Cognitive Retraining certification program first in state

A new certification program, “Cognitive Retraining,” will be offered at Casper College beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

“This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates to work with individuals with acquired brain injuries. Completing this program will assist individuals to prepare for the national examination as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist offered through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists,” said Shawn Powell, Ph.D., ABPP, and dean of the Social and Behavioral Science School at Casper College.

The new certificate program can be completed in three semesters and will prepare students to provide care to individuals who have acquired brain injuries. “There is a high incident rate of brain injuries and this program will prepare individuals to provide care to this population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year an estimated 1.7 million people in The United States sustain a traumatic brain injury annually, and traumatic brain injuries are a contributing factor to a third (30.5 percent) of all injury-related deaths in the United States,” Powell said.

The new certificate program relies on a number of classes already offered at the college. Two new courses, “Acquired Brain Injuries” (PSYC 2390), and “Cognitive Retraining Practicum" (PSYC 2970) have been developed specifically for the program.

For more information or to register for classes required for the cognitive retraining program, contact Powell at 307-268-2550.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

“Everyman,” the third and final student production produced during the summer at Casper College, will premiere on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

According to William Conte, theatre instructor, “Everyman” is a famous medieval morality play by an unknown author.

Directed by Paulina Strayer, a sophomore theatre performance major at Casper College, the summer production features Tom Empey as God, Conte as Death, Kegan Cara as Good Deeds, Nick McDill as Everyman, “and many students from both high schools in other allegorical roles,” she said.

“I was personally drawn to this play because of the allegorical representations in the play. As a lifelong lover of pretentious metaphor and a good old-fashioned personification, this play was perfect. All of the characters are representations of virtues or concepts, and I have really enjoyed creating their world on the stage,” said Strayer.

The play will run August 16-17 and 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 18 and 25 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.

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