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Friday, November 1, 2013

A class aimed at creating great companion dogs is being offered at Casper College beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5.

“Dog Obedience” (CMSV 2100 80) will provide instruction on socialization, house training, mouthing, and good nutrition. It will also help train dogs to come when called and to develop good manners. The importance of veterinarian care, and many other topics will also be covered, according to instructors Jana Oler and Dawn Miller.

“Dogs of all ages are allowed in the class, however dogs less than a year old are encouraged to take Puppy Kindergarten,” said Oler. Owners are asked not to bring their dog to the first session, and will be asked to sign a general release-of-liability statement and provide proof of rabies vacation for each dog, Oler noted.

Classes will be held each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 through December 10 at Casper College.

Registration is currently underway for "Dog Obedience" at Casper College. For more information or to register, call the college at 268-3399 or email.


Friday, November 1, 2013

A class just for puppies is being offered through Casper College on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. November 4 through December 9.

“Puppy Kindergarten” (CMSV 2110 80) is specifically designed for puppies ages 6 months to 1 year and their owners.

Instruction will include socialization, house training, mouthing, good nutrition, come when called, good manners, the importance of vet care, and more, according to instructors Jana Oler and Dawn Miller.

Owners are asked not to bring their puppy to the first session, and will be asked to sign a general release-of-liability statement and provide proof of rabies vacation for each puppy, according to Oler.

For more information or to register, call the college at 268-3399 or email.


Friday, November 1, 2013
New percussion instructor to make directorial debut

New Casper College Percussion Instructor David Alcorn will direct the Casper College Percussion Ensemble in its fall concert titled “Conversations” on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall.

The free concert will feature pieces from James Tenney, Bela Fleck, Dafnis Prieto, John Cage, and Martinho Da Vila. “’Conversations’ presents a wide array of music from different countries, cultures and styles. While the concert is made up of very diverse music, every piece on this concert is unified by the idea of conversations. Whether it be in the name of the piece, ‘The Guiros Talk’ or ‘Metric Lips;’ through the form of the music, the call and response canon in ‘Crystal Canon;’ or even the instruments being used, such as the radio in ‘Credo in Us;’ the idea of conversations exists in each piece on this concert, unifying five very different styles of music into one evening of exciting percussion music,” said Alcorn.

The Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the Music Building on the Casper College Campus. Parking is available in both the lower lot of the Music Building and also near the northeast and northwest sides of the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex, with an easy-to-reach walkway between the two buildings.


Friday, November 1, 2013

The Money Tree Game Show is coming to the Casper College campus on Friday, Nov. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. in Durham Hall.

According to Nicholas Whipps, Casper College student activities coordinator, comedian Sean Carlin, host of The Money Tree Game Show, will invite students in the audience to compete in wild stunts and gags for the chance to win money that they can actually pick right off the ‘money tree.’ Students will be able to win up to $500 in cash as they compete in the wildest ‘make fun of other game shows’ entertainment.

“This event is open to the whole community and will be a night full of excitement and comedy, since the show incorporates an array of games, gags, jokes, and involvement,” Whipps said.

The Money Tree Game Show is sponsored by the Casper College Student Activities Board and is free and open to the public. Durham Hall is located in Aley Hall on the Casper College campus.


Friday, November 1, 2013

The public is invited to attend the November Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Nov. 13 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 jewelry will be discounted by 10 percent. During Coffee, Tea and Dee, Tate Geological Museum members are also eligible to receive their normal 10 percent discount on the jewelry in addition to the special.

“We have some really beautiful pieces in right now in our gift shop that would make wonderful birthday, anniversary, and Christmas gifts,” said Deanna Schaff, museum director. “The majority of these beautiful pieces are unique and one-of-a-kind and feature not only precious metals but beautiful rocks and gems,” Schaff added.

Coffee, Tea, and Dee is free and open to the public. The next Coffee, Tea and Dee will be held on December 22 and will feature a different sale.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In four hours students can learn to develop a payroll system that works for their business through “QuickBooks Payroll” offered by the Center for Training and Development at Casper College on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Taught by Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and CPA Heather Hudson, the class will show students “how to set up employee records; prepare and process payroll, tax liability payments, quarterly and annual payroll reports; track payroll by classes or departments; and use more advanced payroll additions and deductions. In addition, we will also discuss electronic, computerized, and paperless payroll options and helpful payroll reports that each student can customize for their business,” she said.

“QuickBooks Payroll” (CEU 1154 80) is worth .4 continuing education units and registration is taking place through Wednesday, Nov. 13. To register, contact Casper College at 268-2100 or email.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Casper College’s Warner Wildlife Museum will host a special art show and open house on Friday, Nov. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

“Nature” will feature artistic works from employees and students of Casper College. “We want to showcase the talent of our employees and students,” said Deanna Schaff, museums director. According to Schaff, a variety of artwork, including paintings, photography, ceramics, woodcarving, metalwork, and sculpture, will be shown.

There will be activities for children during the art show and open house and refreshments will be served.

The Werner Wildlife Museum is located at 405 15th Street in Casper.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Free tickets available to all interested

Casper College is hosting the Fifth Annual Oxfam Interactive Hunger Banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Roberts Commons Ballroom on the Casper College Campus.

Sponsored by the Casper College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, admission to the event is free, but a ticket to the event must be obtained by Monday, Nov. 11. Those attending the banquet will draw a card to determine which dinner they will be served – a first, second, or third world meal.

“This is a chance for people to get educated about what hunger looks like in the first, second, and third worlds, with a focus on our local situation. Hunger is about power, and is the product of a government's agenda and control, not the availability of food to feed everyone, said Bill Andrews, with the Casper College Center for Learning through Service.

“This is not your regular sit down meal, so those attending should be prepared to experience the world as others have to live it through education, information, and opportunity,” Andrews noted. In addition to the dinner, several guest speakers will address the issue of hunger and information on hunger issues will also available.

The banquet is free and open to all, and participants are encouraged to bring a donation of one nonperishable food item. Banquet tickets are available by calling 268-2602 or stopping by The Center for Learning through Service, Room LH 132A in Liesinger Hall on the Casper College Campus.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Casper College Veterans’ Club and the Casper Chamber Of Commerce Military Affairs Committee are hosting a free “Military Movie Marathon” on Saturday, Nov. 9 beginning at 10 a.m.

The marathon, which is being held in honor of Veterans’ Day, will begin at 10 a.m. with the showing of 2002’s “We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, and Greg Kinnear. “We Were Soldiers” dramatizes the Battle of la Drang during the Vietnam War. Following the showing of the film, lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

Following lunch at 1 p.m. 1949’s “Twelve O’Clock High,” a film about aircrews who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and occupied France during World War II and starring Gregory Peck, will be shown, followed at 4 p.m. by “Midway.” The 1976 film starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, and Robert Wagner, chronicles the Battle of Midway during World War II.

“This movie marathon and lunch is free and open to everyone, but we will be accepting donations to help support the Casper College Veteran Center at Casper College and to provide U.S. flags for veterans’ graves on Memorial Day,” said Lisa Goss, Casper College veteran and scholarship coordinator. Goss noted that Sam’s Club was providing lunch, Casper College Student Services was providing popcorn, and Casper Beverage was providing beverages for the event.

The “Military Movie Marathon” will take place in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium located in the McMurry Career Studies Center on the Casper College campus.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Casper College will celebrate Veterans’ Day with artwork, readings, and presentations on Monday, Nov. 11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the second floor lobby of the Gateway Building.

“We will celebrate how veterans use art and poetry to help them cope with the events they have experienced during their service. Artwork from Casper College veterans will be on display and the Casper College war literature class will share poetry from veterans,” said Lisa Goss, veteran and scholarship coordinator at Casper College.

In addition to the poetry, Chuck Kelly will give a presentation on his artwork and Leon Chamberlain will discuss posttraumatic stress disorder. “We will also recognize our local memorial scholarships which include the Wyoming Fallen Heroes, Scott Miller Memorial, and Corp. Jason Corbett Memorial scholarships,” Goss said.

“Veterans Day celebrates the service of all United States military veterans. It coincides with holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and mark the end of World War I. Major hostilities of the war ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918,” Goss noted.

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


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Celebrate the holidays by purchasing gift certificates during Happy OLLI Days. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Casper College is now selling gift certificates for holiday gift giving or any other special event.

“A one year membership costs $55, spring or fall memberships cost $35, and a summer membership is $20. Membership privileges include two free OLLI classes in spring 2014, one free OLLI class in summer 2014, two free OLLI classes in fall 2014, the OLLI newsletter, and invitations to OLLI member socials,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

“Each person who purchases an OLLI gift membership during Happy OLLI Days will receive a gift certificate and welcome packet in a lovely envelope to give for the holidays,” Pollock noted.

“OLLI at Casper College is a program of short, noncredit classes for adults who want to continue learning and exploring for the sheer joy of it, without tests or homework,” Pollock said.

The Happy OLLI Days gift certificate is now on sale, and will be available through Friday, January 31. “If, you don’t get an OLLI Days gift certificate for the holidays, you can still call us and join OLLI,” said Pollock.

Certificates may be purchased on line at or by calling 268-2099 or 268-2097.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Casper College will be one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The first film in the three-part series “The Abolitionists” will be shown on Monday, Nov. 18 beginning at 7 p.m.

“This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. To honor that and spark public conversations about the evolving meaning of freedom and equality in the United States, Casper College will show three documentaries spanning the 1830s-1960s,” said Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, Casper College history instructor, who will facilitate discussion of the issues highlighted by the films.

According to information provided by the National Endowment of the Humanities, “’The Abolitionists’ vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement – or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin;’ and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.”

“The Abolitionists” will be shown in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium, Room 160 in the McMurry Career Studies Center and is free and open to the public.

The Created Equal film series is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Friday, November 15, 2013

The Casper College German Club is selling authentic German Adventskalendars (Advent calendars) for $8 each now through December 2.

The calendars, which tell the story of Christmas, are made in Germany. “Each advent calendar has 24 tiny doors with chocolate behind them – a door for each day counting down to Christmas. As a window is opened for each day, a piece of chocolate is revealed,” said Charles Ewing, world language instructor at Casper College and sponsor of the CC German Club.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the club members’ trip to Germany in summer 2014.

To purchase calendars, contact Ewing at 268-2849, email, or stop by Liesinger Hall, Rm. 289.


Friday, November 15, 2013

The Casper College GIS (geographic information system) Department, the City of Casper, and Natrona County are celebrating GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a cake decorating contest, and a variety of presentations.

“This year’s GIS Day hosts are sponsoring a competition for the best decorated cake that informs, educates, and engages the audience about a GIS topic or event,” said Jeff Sun, Casper College GIS instructor.

In addition to the contest, exhibit tables, and interactive map displays, community-centered talks will take place between 1 and 4 p.m.

The GIS Day celebration is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. All activities will take place on the second floor of the Casper College Gateway Building.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Casper College is offering the “8-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Annual Refresher” training class Saturday, Dec. 14.

Taught by Stewart Anderson, Natrona County Emergency Manager, the class will cover regulatory overview, toxicology, material safety data sheets, decontamination, packaging and labeling, chemical reactivity, general safety, site monitoring, hazmat situations, and physical and chemical terminology.

“All hazardous waste workers must have eight hours of training annually to maintain their 40-hour safety-training card. All training participants must verify that they have taken the 40-hour hazard waste site worker class within the last year,” noted Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

“8-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Annual Refresher” (CEU 0908 81), which is worth .8 continuing education credits, costs $120 per person. For more information or to register contact Dalton at 268-2085 or email.


Friday, November 15, 2013

The public is invited to “Natrona County Trash Talk: A Litter Analysis of Natrona County” on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The open house will include posters and talks, a display of art created from the collected litter, certificates from Keep Casper Beautiful presented by Casper Mayor Kenyne Schlager, and awards for “the most interesting trash/litter item,” “the most litter mass (measured in kilograms), and “the most interesting piece of litter.”

Students enrolled in the “Environmental Science” class this fall, spent several weeks gathering litter in Natrona County as part of the service-learning component to the class. “The focus of our students' service project was to evaluate and analyze the garbage and litter waste found in Natrona County. As part of their homework, students were required to collect trash for three hours a week, and then analyze it,” said Kelsey Deus, class instructor.

According to Deus, each student conducted their own research project with the trash and then compiled a poster to present their findings. “Individual research projects are diverse, and are reflective of the different interests of the students in this class,” she said. “The artwork that will be displayed during the open house was created from the collected litter by Linda Ryan’s sculpting class students,” she added.

The open house will take place in the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.


Friday, November 22, 2013

The four-piece Chautauqua Saxophone Quartet will perform on Monday, Nov. 25 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall on the Casper College campus.

The quartet, comprised of Grant Larson on soprano saxophone, Andrew Stonerock on alto saxophone, Luis Zuniga on tenor saxophone, and JD Little on baritone saxophone, will perform compositions from Jean-Baptiste Singelee, Alfred Desenclos, Russell Peck, and Thierry Escaich.

“This concert will range from smooth and sultry to syncopated and swinging and show the audience the liveliness and versatility of the saxophone in a program ranging from classical to Latin tunes,” said Stonerock.

The concert is free and open to the public. The Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the Casper College Music Building.


Monday, November 25, 2013
Acquisition to be used for Agriculture and Equine Resource Center

Officials with Casper College have announced the purchase of a 167.54-acre ranch property for $3.1 million following a special session of the college’s board of trustees, pending final approval by the Wyoming Community College Commission.

The property, located eight miles west of Casper, currently contains a main residence, three barns, a greenhouse, lambing barn with cattle-working facilities, wind generator, and more.

“In the fall of 2012, the Casper College Campus Master Plan Refresh affirmed the Casper College Agriculture and Equine Resource Center as the number one priority for Casper College,” said college President Walter Nolte. The resource center plan was submitted by Casper College for consideration during the 2014 legislative session. That proposal, submitted to the Wyoming Community College Commission, was for $10.66 million and envisioned as a capital construction project.

“Subsequent to the submission of the proposal, the college became aware of a property that has most of the facilities we were seeking and would be adaptable to fit all of our needs at a much lower cost than new construction,” Nolte said.

The purchase and expansion of the property will be accomplished through a combination of foundation support, donations, fundraising and nonoperating budget reserves.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A dinner to help raise funds for those who survived the recent Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippine Islands will be held on Monday, Dec. 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Casper College.

“Casper College has its own family of Filipino employees who work on campus, but Casper’s Filipino community is so much larger than just those at the college,” said Bill Andrews, with the Casper College Center for Learning through Service. “The Casper College Campus Democrats, an independent student activities group at Casper College, and our local Filipino community have come together, to invite the community to experience Filipino cuisine provided by the college’s Sodexo food service.

The authentic Philippine dinner will feature egg rolls as the appetizer, a mixed green salad, chicken sotanghon (rice noodle) soup, stir-fry vegetables, pork adobo with steamed rice, and coconut macaroons for dessert. The dinner will take place in the Robert Commons Cafeteria located on the Casper College campus, but guests will be served restaurant style.

The dinner will also feature guest speaker Nathan Blank, Ph.D., Casper College political science instructor and expert on Philippine and U.S. relations as well as a presentation by Casper residents originally from the Philippines.

“This is a fundraising dinner with everyone’s ticket purchase serving as their donation, which is tax deductible. One-hundred percent of their donation will be provided to human services on the ground, caring for survivors in the Philippines,” said Andrews.

Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $15 for the general public and $10 for students and can be purchased by calling Andrews at 307-797-9283 or at Only checks and cash will be accepted, and all checks can be made out to the Casper College Foundation.

The dinner is sponsored by Sodexo, the Casper College Campus Democrats, and the Casper College Center for Learning through Service.

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