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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Casper College GEAR-UP Program will be celebrating National GEAR-UP Week with a community educational carnival on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

According to Lisa Brown, GEAR UP student success advisor, the open house will feature a variety of games, food, including cotton candy and popcorn and refreshments.

In conjunction with Casper College, GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is designed to help youth be successful in junior high or high school and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education. The Casper program, which began in 2005, has served 816 Natrona County students GEAR-UP partners with local schools and community agencies so that participants are exposed to a variety of activities including tutoring, cultural events, career exploration, and ways for students to jump start their college education.

The carnival will take place in the Doornbos Student Lounge, located in Liesinger Hall. The carnival is free and open to all.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

The 27th Annual Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, 2013. The conference will feature successful women writers who will share their works in both craft talks and workshops during the two-day event.

The writers featured at this year’s conference are Annette Chaudet, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Tiffany Trent, Layli Long Soldier, Connie May Fowler, and artist Jeanne Stern.

Chaudet, head of Pronghorn Press in Greybull, Wyo., has written for newspapers, magazines, journals, and has been a contributor to a number of books over the years. She currently has 10 of her own books including the novel, “Montana Spring" (written as Richard Magniet). Chaudet will present a craft talk on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m.

DeConnick writes primarily for comic books. She is best known for “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers Assemble,” both from Marvel Comics, as well as her and artist Emma Rios’ creator-owned comic “Pretty Deadly.” DeConnick will present the second craft talk on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. In addition, DeConnick will present a workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon focusing on fiction and scripting.

Trent and Long Soldier will both present a craft talk from 11 a.m. to noon. Trent is the award-winning author of the young adult dark fantasy series “Hallowmere” and the steampunk duology “The Unnaturalists and “The Tinker King.” Trent’s workshop on Saturday will take up the topic of fiction writing.

Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. Her first book of poetry is titled “Chromosomory.” Considered a postmodern poet, Long Soldier’s Saturday workshop will be on poetry.

All craft talks and workshops will be held on the second floor of the Casper College Gateway Building. All workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

Fowler will join Wyoming Arts Council writing fellowship winners Mary Beth Baptiste, Chad Hanson, and Heather Jensen for a reading on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Fowler, an award-winning novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter, will also present a master class, “Lifewriting” from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Both events will take place on the second floor of the Casper College Gateway Building.

Other conference events include two Friday night events in downtown Casper. Trent will be at the Natrona County Public Library at 7 p.m. and Greek-American poet and Wyoming Arts Council Roster Artist George Vlastos will host a poetry slam beginning at 8 p.m. at the Metro Coffee Company.

On Saturday, artist Jeanne Stern will present an artist’s talk on her work, “Nevermore,” currently on display in the Goodstein Gallery. Her talk from noon to 2 p.m. will take place in Room 102 of the Goodstein Visual Arts Center on the Casper College campus. Vlastos will also host the Young Authors award ceremony and reading from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Star Lane Center.

All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited for the workshops.

The 27th Annual Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference is sponsored by the Casper College English Department, the Casper College Women and Gender Studies Department, the Casper College Foundation, the Friends of the Natrona County Public Library, and the Wyoming Arts Council. For more information contact Joseph Campbell, conference director, at 307-268-2387 or email.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A new certificate program in process technology will be offered at Casper College beginning on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Students will be able to participate in the new certificate program at no charge thanks to a Pre-Hire Economic Development Grant.

According to Dick Burnett, power technology instructor, the initial certificate program is designed to be completed in a condensed 11-week, Monday through Friday format. Participants who successfully complete the program will be issued an OSHA General Industry 10-hour card. “Students also gain valuable knowledge in mechanical, electrical, and process technology areas. In addition, all students who successfully complete this program are guaranteed an interview with the Casper Sinclair Refinery,” said Burnett.

The goal of the program is to provide Wyoming’s petrochemical industry and other related businesses with well-trained team members who have the skills and conceptual knowledge needed to enter the field. “Students in this program will complete a series of technical course work and have the opportunity to visit the locations of our partner industry and other businesses, including Sinclair Refinery and the Dave Johnson Power Plant,” Burnett said. “Participants will be partnered with current employees in our business partner’s refinery so that the student can participate in one-on-one training experiences,” noted Burnett.

“A career in process technology provides excellent pay and employability. It is the first step in a pathway that will lead to higher paying jobs and career satisfaction,” said Burnett, adding, “High demand is expected for process plant operators as the existing workforce retires and the industry expands in Wyoming.”

For more information or to register, contact Dick Burnett, power technology chair, at 307-268-3066 or email.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will host a seminar featuring Jolene Brackey, author of “Creating Moments of Joy” and keynote speaker for Alzheimer’s Associations Conferences throughout the United States. The seminar, “Creating Moments of Joy in Caregiving” (OLLI 8030), will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The daylong seminar is for both professional and nonprofessional caregivers and family members of those who are experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to OLLI Lifelong Learning Specialist Vicki Pollock, those attending will “learn about ways to redirect the activities of the person with dementia that can both relieve their anxiety while helping the caregiver avoid burnout.”

“I began my career as an interior designer, but realized that I derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes,” said Brackey. After she left her interior design job, Brackey started working in an Alzheimer special care unit as an activity director. In that job, “I found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers,” Brackey said.

Family members and professional caregivers alike have embraced Brackey’s message of hope and encouragement. She now has her own business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer’s journey. During the seminar Brackey will also share her practical solutions and insights. “Good things happen over time. Great things happen in a moment,” she noted.

OLLI members may qualify to attend this seminar for free or for a small fee of only $8. The deadline to register for “Creating Moments of Joy in Caregiving” is Tuesday, Oct. 15. According to Pollock, continuing education units are also available for anyone who would like to sign up for them. For more information and to register contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email, or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at 307-268-2099 or email.


Thursday, September 12, 2013
Special sale to be featured at event

The public is invited to attend the Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Sept. 18 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.

“We felt like this would be a great opportunity for people to come up and visit ’Dee’ the mammoth, enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea, and save on some of the great items we have in the gift shop,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums.

During the four-hour period, both short and long-sleeved t-shirts bearing the Tate Geological Museum logo will only cost $10 apiece. According to Schaff, those who are current museum members will not receive the sale rate in addition to the 10 percent discount they already receive with their membership.

Coffee, Tea, and Dee takes place in the Tate Geological Museum and is free and open to the public. The next Coffee, Tea and Dee will be held on October 16 and will feature a different sale.


Friday, September 13, 2013

“Mastering the Medicare Maze: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment” (OLLI 3050) will be offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“We have discovered that many seniors out there are not sure how the upcoming Medicare Part D Open Enrollment really works,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College. According to Pollock, the open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. “During that time, anyone on Medicare can join or change their 2013 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. We hope to help alleviate some of the stress to seniors who may be struggling to figure out all of the options available to them with this presentation, and show them how they can significantly save on premiums and medication costs,” she noted.

Presented by Terry Bay, founder and owner of Senior Patient Advocates, those attending will “learn how to successfully navigate the maze of drug plan options, identify costs and benefit differences between the plans, and maximize their Medicare benefits for 2014,” said Pollock.

Registration is necessary to attend. For more information and to register contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email, or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at 307-268-2099 or email.


Friday, September 13, 2013

A new class offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will provide students with the information and know-how to grow their own mushrooms.

Instructor Pam Jones will teach the class, “Fun with Fungi” (OLLI 5020) and provide “information about the common mushrooms found in the grocery store, growing tips, and how to cook with mushrooms,” said Vicki Pollock, OLLI lifelong learning specialist. As part of the class fee, students will also receive their own mushroom growing kit to take home and enjoy.

“Fun with Fungi” will be held on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. each day. To register or for more information, contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email, or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at 307-268-2099 or email.


Friday, September 13, 2013

The public is invited to attend this year’s Casper College Autumn Gala honoring Dr. Lee Swanstrom and Thomas H. Empey. Sponsored by the Casper College Alumni Association, the Autumn Gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m., according to Linda Nix, associate director, alumni relations.

“The association is proud to recognize pioneering surgeon and researcher, Dr. Lee L. Swanstrom. Dr. Swanstrom is an innovator of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) in the United States and is a clinical professor of surgery for Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore.,” said Nix. Swanstrom, who graduated from Casper College in 1976, grew up on a horse ranch east of Casper on Hat Six Road with two younger brothers.

“Swanstrom credits Casper College with cultivating his ongoing commitment to educating the next generation of young surgeons,” said Nix, who added that Swanstrom also credits Margaret Demorest and Gilberte Abrachy with opening his eyes to the world beyond Wyoming.”

Empey, who retired as department chair of the college’s theatre and dance program in 2010, has been named the association’s 2013 Commitment to Excellence honoree. “Empey is the architect of today’s theatre program at Casper College. His career at Casper College spanned 31 years, (1979-2010). During that time he served for 30 years as head of the theatre department and completed his service as artistic director,” Nix said. “Under Empey’s leadership, the theatre program experienced an unprecedented expansion in both facilities and enrollment,” she added.

This year the gathering will again feature the popular balloon pop where someone will win $100. The popular mystery boxes will also be back. “These are great fun,” said Nix. “The boxes come in a variety of sizes and costs, and each contains terrific and fun items like gift cards, wine and other great surprises.” A silent auction will be held and will feature a variety of choices including “gift cards, wine, and other great surprises,” Nix said. A new item will be the drawing of winners from a raffle to benefit the alumni association and the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Raffle tickets are currently on sale for $20 for one or six for $100. Three prizes will be awarded: a week's stay in a luxury condo in Costa Rica, a collector's edition of Wyoming Whiskey (bottled on the first issue day and signed by the master distiller), and a $100 gift certificate to Grant Street Grocery.

The 2013 Autumn Gala will take place at the Casper Country Club. Cocktails will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The sit-down dinner will include three dinner choices: rib eye steak, Skuna Bau salmon, and Moroccan vegetable cassoulette with cous cous. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at by emailing Nix at, or by calling her at 307-268-2218. Seating is limited, and reservations are due by Monday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.


Monday, September 16, 2013

A two-day class, which will teach students how to create a website, develop a Web page, create links and navigation bars, and much more, will be offered at Casper College on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Dec. 12.

During the class, “Dreamweaver CS5: Basic” (CEU 1011 70), “students will also learn how to import text, tables, and graphics. The class will also cover Dreamweaver workspace and tools, how to plan a website, and how to use CS5 to stylize the content, said Ann Dalton workforce training specialist. Students should have a basic understanding of computers, saving and copying files, and navigating folders to take the class.

“Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Basic” (CEU 1011 70) will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on both Saturdays, and is worth .8 continuing education credits. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and the cost is $75 per person. To register for the class, or for more information, contact Dalton, at 307-268-2085 or email.


Monday, September 16, 2013

The Casper College Center for Training and Development will be offering “InDesign CS5: Intermediate” (CEU 1013 70) on four consecutive Monday nights, Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Adobe InDesign is one of the premiere graphic design programs on the market. Students in the intermediate class will “learn about InDesign master pages, layers, character and paragraph styles, page numbering, tables, using guides, and preparing for publishing,” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College. According to Dalton, those attending the class “should have a basic understanding of InDesign to take the class.”

Those successfully completing the course will receive .6 continuing education units. The cost per person is $75. The deadline to register for the class is Wednesday, Oct. 2. For more information or to register, contact Dalton at 307-268-2085 or email.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Wyoming Club Calf Association will be holding its 29th Annual Club Calf Sale on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Grace Werner Agriculture Pavilion on the Casper College campus beginning at 1:30 p.m.

According to Heath Hornecker, Casper College Agriculture Department chair, the sale will feature a large number of quality animals for sale. “Numerous county fair champs, reserves, and class winners over the years have come from this sale,” said Hornecker. “The champion overall prospect calf at the 2013 Wyoming State Fair will be offered in this sale. This particular heifer was sired by Playboy and came from a Rainmaker dam from Steve Young’s operation,” Hornecker noted.

In addition to Young, other consignors at this year’s sale will include Burch Livestock, West’s Show Steers, LeClair Show Steers, Legacy Livestock, Johnson Brothers, Hitner Club Calves, and Colin Yorges Club Calves.

For more information contact Hornecker at 307-268-2525 or by email.


Friday, September 20, 2013

The Center for Training and Development at Casper College is hosting a free seminar that will provide an overview on a variety of different massage techniques as well as body mechanics on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Theresa Tobin Macy, licensed massage therapist, certified pfrimmer deep muscle therapist, massage therapy, and registered yoga teacher, encourages massage therapists to bring their tables, sheets and lubricant to the seminar. “I will actually demonstrate a number of massage therapies on those who attend the seminar, so that they can see and feel for themselves the techniques that can help them evolve their own therapy techniques,” said Tobin Macy. In addition to massage therapy techniques, Tobin Macy will show those in attendance body mechanics that “will help them more efficiently use their body in their work.”

Tobin Macy earned her professional massage therapy diploma from the Cortiva Institute, Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy and has certifications in cross fiber deep muscle therapy and pre- and perinatal massage therapy. She has accrued 900 hours of continuing education credits in myofascial release, deep tissue techniques, assessment skills, and musculoskeletal anatomy, and has trained in yin yoga and yoga therapy.

Currently an instructor of musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, foundational, and advanced massage techniques at Cortiva Institute, Tobin Macy earned the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork approved provider status in 2009 for advanced corrective therapies.

The seminar will take place in Room 222 of the Gateway Building, located on the Casper College campus. For more information contact Ann Dalton, work force learning specialist at 307-268-2085 or email.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Both Casper College basketball teams will take to the court on Monday, Sept. 30 as part of “Basketbash” at Erickson Thunderbird Gym. “Midnight seemed a bit late, so we settled on 8 p.m. to begin a fun event for the students and community to celebrate the first day that the National Junior College Athletic Association permits formal basketball practices and scrimmages,” said Bill Landen, vice president for student services and athletic director at Casper College.

“Because it is not technically midnight madness we changed the name to “Casper College Thunderbird Basketbash,” said Nick Whipps, student activities coordinator. According to Whipps the evening will be filled with a variety of fun games and giveaways for all Casper College students with an ID. “We really want to get the students fired up for this upcoming basketball season, as well as the community,” Whipps noted. Landen agreed: “The most important thing is for people to come out, have fun, meet the T-Birds and get excited about the season.”

The “Casper College Thunderbird Basketbash” is free and open to the public. Athletes will meet with the public beginning at 8 p.m., with introductions and brief comments from women’s coach Dwight Gunnare and men’s coach Dan Russell. The women’s team scrimmage will begin at 9, followed by the men’s team scrimmage. The Erickson Thunderbird Gym is located on the Casper College campus.


Friday, September 20, 2013

The Casper College Music Department will inaugurate both its new concert hall and art gallery with a new event, the RedStone Recital and Gallery Series, on Friday evening, Oct. 11, 2013.

According to Eric Unruh, dean of the Casper College School of Fine Arts and Humanities, the first event in the series titled, ‘The Art of Teaching,’ will feature “an exhibition and reception at 6:30 in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery, honoring Governor’s Arts Award winner Lynn Munns, and his collection of fine art by Casper College faculty. At 7:30 the music faculty will present a recital in the new Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall.”

Faculty performing in recital include David Alcorn, Nathan Baker, Douglas Bull, Jennifer Cowell-DePaolo, Gary DePaolo, Christine Dunbar, Jerome Fleg, Jane Hamman, Kristen Lenth, Andrew Stonerock, Delores Thornton, Richard Turner, Kathryn Williams, and Zachary Vreeman, with Paula Flynn and Unruh providing piano accompaniment.

“This is a great opportunity to see the gorgeous new gallery and concert hall, and to hear a variety of instruments in a flexible and sensitive acoustical space. Natrona County audiences have never experienced the vibrancy of a specially designed acoustical space like this. It promises to be the first of many remarkable and inspirational experiences,” said Unruh.

General admission tickets for the RedStone Recital Series can be purchased online at or in person in Room 137 of the Music Building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Unruh noted that future RedStone events will include exhibitions by Justin Hayward, Casper College painting instructor and Ricki Klages, University of Wyoming painting instructor, and recitals by Grammy-nominee Karen Clift, soprano, and the University of Wyoming Verismo Trio.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An iPad class will be offered on two different dates to help those who are brand new to using an iPad learn the necessary basics.

“iPad: Beginner” will be offered by the Center for Training at Casper College on either Saturday, Oct. 12 or Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. both dates. Taught by Karel Mathisen, the classes will review a variety of iPad settings and sync options, and show students how to purchase and install apps with iTunes and set up email accounts.

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


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The public is invited to attend the October Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Oct. 16 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, all sweatshirts will be sold for the special price of $18 each. During Coffee, Tea and Dee, Tate Geological Museum members are not eligible to receive their normal 10 percent discount on sweatshirts.

Coffee, Tea and Dee provides a monthly opportunity for both the Casper College community and the local community to come visit the Tate, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, check out the Tate’s many exhibits, and save money on a special sale item from the gift shop.

Coffee, Tea, and Dee is free and open to the public. The next Coffee, Tea and Dee will be held on November 13 and will feature a different sale.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

A basic intravenous therapy class for all licensed practical nurses will be held at Casper College on November 2 and 3, 2013.

The Wyoming State Board of Nursing requires all LPNs licensed in the state of Wyoming to recertify every two years. “’Basic Intravenous Therapy’ has been developed utilizing a Wyoming State Board of Nursing approved curriculum and will keep nurses up to date on the latest trends,” said Davina Drazick,” nurse educator.

The two-day class will cover topics such as anatomy and physiology; fluids and electrolytes; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing IV therapy; calculation of flow rates; complications of IV therapy; pharmacology; infection prevention; practice IV placement, priming tubing, advantage bags, calculations; and much more.

The class is limited to 15 participants and proof of licensure is required to be admitted. “All participants will have completed the course after attending two days of class, passing a final exam with a score of at least 80 percent, participating in 16 hours of clinical time, and successfully starting three IVs in the clinical setting,” Drazick said.

The cost to attend the two-day training is $340 per person, which also includes the textbook, “IV Therapy Made Incredibly Easy.” To register or for more information contact Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist, at Casper College at 307-268-2085, email, or


Friday, September 27, 2013

For those wondering how society might address potentially devastating events a five-week class entitled “Zombies” will be offered at Casper College on Monday evenings between September 30 and November 4 from 7 to 9.

The class, taught by Lance Jones, director of security and judicial review at Casper College, and Pam Jones, “will look at such events as biological mutations, epidemics, catastrophic events, or attacks,” said Pam Jones.

Each week will feature a “subject matter expert” who “will bring their real life experience to the classroom and share their thoughts on the reality, ethics, psychology and human emotion that might occur during disasters of epic proportions,” Pam Jones, Casper College Center for Excellence training coordinator, said.

Presenting experts include Stewart Anderson and Theresa Simpson from Natrona County Emergency Management, Audrey Gray from the Casper-Natrona County Public Health Department, Jim Holscher with the Natrona County Corner’s Office, and others.

For more information or to register, contact Laura Burnett, community education specialist, at 268-3399 or email.

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