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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Marc Wall, the University of Wyoming’s senior visiting scholar in global studies for the 2013/14 school year, will give a presentation at Casper College on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m., titled: “Meet the Diplomat in the Context of U.S.-Asian Relations.”

According to information provided by Manuela Hofer-McIntyre, academic advising coordinator for the Global and Area Studies program at UW, in a career spanning almost four decades as a United States Foreign Service Officer, Wall was most recently advisor to the United States Pacific Command in Hawaii. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Chad, coordinated reconstruction programs in Iraq, and managed trade initiatives with Japan, China, and Taiwan, and served in postings in Zimbabwe and Côte d'Ivoire. Wall also directed the Economic Policy Staff in the State Department’s Africa Bureau. In Washington he was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and held various positions shaping U.S. policy towards Asia, Africa, and international economic organizations.

Jointly sponsored by the Casper College International Studies program and the University of Wyoming’s Global and Area Studies program, Wall’s presentation will take place in Strausner Hall, Room 217, and is free and open to the public.


Monday, March 3, 2014

There is still time to earn a high school equivalency certificate from the Casper College Adult Learning Center before the High School Equivalency Graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

“For those who do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate there is still time for them to earn their certificate and participate in this year’s ceremony,” said Lisa Mixer, Adult Learning Center programs coordinator. A new student orientation is held every Tuesday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. at the Adult Learning Center where students can “begin their journey toward completion of their high school equivalency certificate,” Mixer said.

The program is free and open to out-of-school adults, 16 years of age and older. For more information stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center located in the Werner Technical Center or call 307-268-2230.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Foods from the Netherlands will be featured at the next cultural dinner at Casper College on Thursday, March 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Tobin Dining Hall.

The dinner will feature Erwtensoep, a traditional split pea soup simmered with pork, bacon and smoked sausage; red cabbage salad; Filosoof, the Dutch version of a shepherd’s pie with potato and gouda cheese topping; braised dark meat chicken with an orange and thyme cream sauce; Hete bliksem, a traditional winter side dish, which pairs apples and potatoes in a mash; fresh steamed vegetables; Endive "stampot" with mushrooms and bleu cheese; and Schoenlappertaart, also known as Cobbler's Cake, and Rijstebrij, a rice pudding made with cinnamon.

The dinner will feature a presentation by Janet de Vries, career services director and cultural dinner supervisor beginning at 6:20 p.m. de Vries, who participated with two other Casper College employees in an exchange with Dutch community college colleagues, “will share some of my experiences and show photos of my travels throughout the Netherlands. I hope that everyone who attends this special dinner will eet smakelijk, (enjoy your meal) and also enjoy the presentation.”

Tickets for the Dutch dinner are now on sale and are $9.50 for adults and $7 for children ages 7 to 12 when purchased in advance by Friday, March 14, and $11 at the door. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Sales tax will be added to all ticket purchases.

Tickets may be purchased at the Casper College Business Office or the Gateway Café, both located on the third floor of the Gateway Building, as well as in the Tobin Dining Hall during regular meal times. Cash is accepted at all locations and credit cards are also accepted at the cafeteria and café. According to de Vries, dinners often sell out “so advanced ticket purchases are highly encouraged”

The Tobin Dining Hall is located in the new Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building. Those attending the dinner are encouraged to use the parking lots located to the west of the new building.

Other dinners scheduled are Lebanese on April 10, and Russian on May 1. The Casper College Diversity Committee sponsors the cultural dinner series.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An eight-week long class worth two credits will begin on Monday, March 17 at Casper College. “Introduction to Supervision” (MGT 1000 80) will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8.

Taught by Casper College business and management instructor Joe Simon, the class is geared towards those “who want to know what it takes to supervise other people and those who are more of a relationship or goal-oriented person,” Simon said.

The business supervision course will cover “communication, attitudes and group dynamics, which will be emphasized as well as mentoring and leadership skills,” Simon noted.

Registration of the class is now taking place at Casper College. To register contact the college at 307-268-2100 or at


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Casper College dance classes scheduled to begin on Sunday, March 9 at Casper College have been moved to the Casper Senior Center.

According to Laura Burnett, Casper College community education specialist, the three classes were originally scheduled to be held in the Liesinger Hall Gym on the Casper College campus. Those three classes are: “Line Dancing Country Style II” from 4 to 5 p.m., “Ballroom and Jitterbug for Beginners” from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., and “Country Swing: Beginners” from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Registrations are still being taken for all three classes, which are taught by Machelle Holloway. The Casper Senior Center is located at 1831 E. 4th St. To register or for more information contact Burnett at 307-268-3399 or


Friday, March 7, 2014
Location for talk changes

The second in a series of three talks on evolution and extinction hosted by the Tate Geological Museum will be held on Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m.

“Darwin’s Watch: The Design Argument in Light of Evolution” will be presented by Franz-Peter Griesmaier, associate professor of philosophy and originally from Stockerau, Austria. “Before the publication of Darwin’s “Origin of Species,” the argument from design was arguably deserving of some degree of rational consent. When one notices the marvelous integration of an organism’s parts, and how they collectively contribute to its functioning in a given environment, one cannot help but wonder whether such organisms could really have come about by mere accident, or whether it is not more reasonable to attribute their existence to the efforts of a designer,” said Griesmaier. “In this talk, I will discuss how Darwin’s conceptual and empirical discoveries revealed that random forces and divine design are not the only two options for explaining the observed features of organisms,” he said.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation, which will take place in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium, Room 160 in the McMurry Career Studies Center on the Casper College campus.

The final talk will be presented by Scott Seville, associate dean of outreach and professor of zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming at Casper, on Monday, April 14. Both talks are free and open to the public.


Friday, March 7, 2014

The Casper College Agriculture Department is hosting its 34th Annual Lamb and Pig Sale on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Casper College Grace Werner Agriculture Pavilion on the Casper College campus. Viewing of the animals up for sale will begin at 10:30 a.m.

“This is a great chance for kids to buy a high quality pig or lamb for show purposes,” said Heath Hornecker, Casper College agriculture instructor.

According to Hornecker 30 to 35 lambs and 60 to 70 pigs will be up for sale at the auction. “These are young animals that will be raised for 4-H and FFA projects. Folks buy these animals and then feed them to their optimal weight. Last year a lamb purchased at the sale by Rachel Emery from the DeLong/Kawcak Club Lambs took the Grand Champion Market Lamb award at the Natrona County Fair and Rodeo,” Hornecker noted.

Consignors attending the auction come from Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. Pig consignors scheduled to attend are: Burkett Show Pigs, Black Show Pigs, and Custis Show Pigs, all from Wyoming; and S&D Show Pigs from Nebraska.

Lamb consignors scheduled to attend are: Hornecker Club Lambs, Double D Ranch, Griffiths Club Lambs, Meyers Club Lambs, and Carlisle Club Lambs all from Wyoming; DeLong/Kawcak Club Lambs from Colorado; and Crazy H Club Lambs from Montana.

The auction is used as a learning experience for the Casper College Agriculture Club members, who are responsible for the set-up and handling of the event. Proceeds from the auction will go to the club to help with general and travel expenses, and the Jeff Stafford Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to Casper College agriculture majors.

For more information contact Hornecker at 307-268-2525.


Friday, March 7, 2014
Reception and concert set for April 26

The third and final RedStone Recital and Gallery Series for the 2013-2014 school year has begun with a display of art by University of Wyoming visual arts faculty member Ricki Klages in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery.

“My paintings reflect the influence of the places I have seen, visited, or lived in. Although I have lived predominantly in the American West, the thirst for the inspiration of new places, landscapes and other environments has been constant. I have had the good fortune to live several years in Northern Italy. In addition, I have spent summers and holidays in and around London, and the southwest of England. All of these environments are referenced either directly or more subtly within my paintings,” said Klages.

“Using a mix of straightforward landscape representation, dream imagery, intensive observation, and subtly startling images, my paintings incorporate elements of still life, landscape and the figures that connect through a narrative and suggest something out of the ordinary … I paint from a desire for beauty and ‘otherness;’ of transcendent movements that still occur in dreams, memory and magic moments in nature. I want to capture the sense of routine and ritual, the sublime with the mundane and how they can mix in equal parts,” Klages added.

The Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus and is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, April 26 a reception for Klages will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the True Atrium, also located in the Music Building. The reception will be followed by a performance by the University of Wyoming’s Verismo Trio featuring Theresa Bogard on piano, Scott Turpin on saxophones and Nicole Riner on flutes in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

General admission tickets for the April 26 reception and concert 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.


Friday, March 7, 2014
Concert to feature guest artists for lighting and costuming

As part of the Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance Department’s season theme “All the World’s a Stage!” the spring dance concert will look at dance and its many forms in “What is Dance?”

“What is Dance” will take place March 27 through 29, and April 2, 3 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, April 4 two performances will be given: one at 5:30 and the other at 8 p.m. In addition one Sunday performance will take place at 2 p.m.

The concert, choreographed and directed by Jodi Youmans-Jones, Casper College theatre dance instructor, will look at ”finding dance in unexpected places with not-your-average dancer, which can be wildly fun and thought provoking,” she said. “We all move during the day and experience different directions, pace, energy, and communication. Since dance is a culmination of energy and communication then we all dance. Dance can be everywhere, and all the time,” noted Youmans-Jones.

Joining Youmans-Jones on the production side of the curtain will be Kyle Melton, set and prop designer and two guest artists: Peter Jakubowski, lighting designer and Melissa Wayne, costume designer.

Jakubowski, an assistant professor production/design specialist for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Department of Dance, is no stranger to Casper College. Jakubowski created the lighting design for the last two dance concerts, “American Spirit” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as well as the theatre productions of “Titanic, The Musical,” “Gypsy,” and “Godspell.” His work has been awarded the ARTIE Award for best lighting design, and he has been nominated five times for the F. Otto Haas award as well as recognized by both the City Paper and the Philadelphia Inquirer for excellence in design.

Wayne, who has been a costume designer for more than 30 years, is currently based in Philadelphia but her costuming work has been seen on Broadway, the New York City Ballet and the Goodman Theater. She has also art directed and designed for films and videos and been a guest lecturer at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Tickets for “What is Dance?” are $12 for adults and $10 for students ages 5 to 18 and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 24. 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, one hour before each performance, for that performance only, or online at


Monday, March 10, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12, area law enforcement agencies will be using the now vacated Roberts Commons Cafeteria and Ballroom for a search and rescue exercise, which will feature simulated gunfire and explosions.

Roberts Commons is the only area affected. Suspicious activity in other areas should still be reported to campus security by calling 307-268-2688 or 911.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Former Casper College theater instructor Tom Empey will return to Casper and Casper College to co-teach “Shakespeare’s Jacobean Plays” with Patrick Amelotte, English instructor beginning Monday, March 24.

The course will mark the fourth time that the two have co-taught a class. “I enjoy teaching Shakespeare with Patrick so much, that I agreed to do this one last time,” said Empey speaking from his home in Salem, Ore.

According to Amelotte, the seven-week course worth three credits will explore four plays written after King James I ascended the throne of England: “Measure for Measure,” “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” and “The Winter’s Tale.” “The course is aimed at engaging student interest and increasing their appreciation of Shakespeare’s late plays,” said Amelotte. “The class will also include a study of films of performances of the above plays and two others written during the Jacobean years. In addition, the course will examine and respond to interpretations of actors, directors, and literary critics in order to arrive at a more complete understanding of the Jacobean plays, both as literature and performance,” Amelotte noted.

“Shakespeare’s Jacobean Plays” (ENGL/HUMN 2490 – Topics) will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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


Monday, March 10, 2014

As part of their service-learning project, Casper College nursing students are hosting a food-packaging event along with a food drive on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Liesinger Hall Gym on the Casper College campus.

According to Marianne Madariaga, Casper College nursing instructor, volunteers are needed to help the students package 10,000 rice meals for both the Casper community and Nicaragua. The mission of Kids Against Hunger “is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world.” All materials for the food packaging will be provided for the event.

The students are also collecting donations for the Wyoming Food for Thought Project through March 31. The Wyoming Food for Thought Project seeks to find a local solution to childhood hunger through the Weekend Backpack Program. “Volunteers for the backpack program prepare 350 backpacks containing a total of 1800 meals per week. This is aimed at those children who may not have access to meals over the weekend when school is not in session,” said Madariaga. Each backpack will have bags for six easily prepared meals. Nonperishable items such as macaroni and cheese, instant oatmeal, canned chicken, granola bars, canned vegetables, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, etc. are being requested.

For more information contact Madariaga at 307-268-2485.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Casper College instructor has been named the Community College Faculty Member of the Year for the state of Wyoming. Jared Bowden was named the winner of the prestigious award given by the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees.

Bowden has worked at Casper College since August 2004 when he was hired as a physics instructor for the college. “Casper College is blessed to have many fine faculty members on our campus, though I can think of few more impressive than Jared,” said Walter Nolte, president of Casper College.

In addition to his teaching excellence, Nolte noted that Bowden also works “to promote science in the community. He works closely with our local elementary schools and supports numerous science initiatives in the community including Science Olympiad, the Lego Robotics competition and the Natrona County School District Science Fair.”

“I am grateful to those at Casper College who nominated me for this award,” said Bowden. “No matter if someone is faculty, staff or administration, each person is here to support the student on his or her journey. Students of all ages will someday be the cornerstones of our community, and fostering in them a love of lifelong learning is vitally important in creating a successful future,” Bowden added.

Bowden is a two-time monthly winner of the Casper College Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Terrific Learning Coach award; received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence award in 2011; and last year was one of two instructors who won Casper College’s top faculty award, the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award, for the 2012-2013 school year.

Bowden received two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in physics and the other in mathematics, from the University of Missouri, and his Master of Science degree in astronomy from the University of Minnesota.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

All Casper College students who are planning to participate in the commencement ceremony scheduled for May 16 are urged to order their cap and gown by the April 11 deadline.

Orders for caps and gowns are being taken at the Jack McCann College Store. The nonrefundable cost of the cap and gown is $34. Checks should be made payable to the College Store. Credit cards cannot be taken over the phone.

In addition to caps and gowns, graduation announcements, class rings, tassels, keepsake key chains, and more are also available.

The Jack McCann College Store is located in the Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. For more information stop by the store, call 307-268-2202, or e-mail at


Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Center for Training and Development at Casper College is offering a two-hour class on Tuesday, April 8 titled “Facebook and Your Business” (CEU 1077 80) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dana Volney will teach the class, which costs $60 per person and is worth .2 continuing education units. “Those attending this class will learn how to use Facebook to build successful and engaging marketing campaigns for their business,” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist.

“During the class, students will learn the fundamentals of marketing their business on Facebook, building a page, growing their fan base, and driving relevant and authentic engagement with their business. Whether a person has a Facebook page or are just starting out, these tips and tricks will empower them as a Facebook advertiser,” noted Dalton.

To register or for more information, contact Dalton at 307-268-2085.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Casper College Employment and Training for Self-Sufficiency (ETSS) through the Center for Training and Development at Casper College is offering no-cost training for qualified individuals to become pipefitters or to enter a plumbing apprenticeship program in just 10 weeks.

“Those who successfully complete the Casper College Plumbing Technician Program can make as much as $40,000 annually in Natrona County and work in an industry that cannot be outsourced or automated,” said Ashley Mikels, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

According to Mikels, Casper College’s ETSS program will provide free training to low-income parenting adults, men and women, to get them started in the plumbing industry, which is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. Applications are now being accepted through Thursday, April 10, 2014 for the program, which will start this summer. The program includes hands-on job training, life skills training, professional development, continuing education credits, career counseling, community involvement, and books and supplies.

To participate in the program individuals must be a parenting adult of children 17 years old or younger, income qualify, complete an interview and program screening, and commit to attend all class and program sessions.

To apply or find out more interested persons should contact Mikels at 307-268-2124 or to determine if they are eligible. The ten-week training will begin during the summer of 2014.

The Casper College Plumbing Technician Program is funded by a grant awarded by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.


Saturday, March 15, 2014
CC one of 14 programs accredited

The Casper College Addictionology Program has received accreditation from the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). The Casper College program is one of the first 13 university and community college programs in the United States to receive the accreditation, and the only one in the state of Wyoming.

“The NASAC accreditation approval status identifies the Casper College Addictionology Program as meeting nationally approved accreditation standards for education of addictions professionals,” said Edward Reading, president of the NASAC. “The students of Casper College are assured that the credits provided will be accepted toward state and national credentialing systems, state licensing boards and are transferable to other accredited higher education institutions,” he added.

Diana Quealy-Berge, addictionology instructor and department chair of the Casper College addictionology and psychology programs, noted that the accreditation was important not only for the program but for students graduating from the program: “Students who graduate from an accredited program have assurance the courses, instructors and experiences meet national standards. Just as Higher Learning Commission accreditation assures students that Casper College provides a quality educational experience so does NASAC accreditation. To be among the first in the nation tells the world we are serious about attaining and maintaining the highest possible standards for our students and their future employers.”


Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Casper College Livestock Judging team continues its successful year with wins at the Sioux Empire Farm Show. Both sophomore teams, black and red, and a freshman team competed at the event, with all three teams placing.

In sheep Cade Christensen, Peyton, Colo., was sixth; Bailey Skinner, Johnstown, Colo. placed third; and B.W. Ochsner, Torrington, Wyo., was second. The red team took second and the black team took first in sheep.

The black team took third in swine.

In beef Katie Dodge, Spring Creek, Nev., was ninth, Ochsner third and Christensen first. The red team took fourth overall in cattle, while the black team won the cattle division.

In reasons Skinner was sixth, Christensen fifth and Ochsner took fourth. In overall reasons the red team placed fourth while the black team took second. Individual overall winners included Sierra Crisp, Emmett, Idaho, received 10th overall, Christensen placed fifth and Ochsner took first. “ I’ve won a lot of other contests but it feels great to finally win a collegiate judging contest. And helping the team be just as competitive is really big for me,” said Ochsner.

Overall, the black team took home a first place finish, with the red team in at fourth place.

The freshman team also had a number of wins. In sheep Jeananne Mosher, Olathe, Colo., was eighth overall; Sadie Yates, Bayfield, Colo., took fifth; and the freshman team ending up fourth overall in sheep.


Monday, March 17, 2014

William Kircher, a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP, a litigation and business services law firm with attorneys in 17 cities in the United States and London, will present “Patents and Intellectual Property” on Friday, March 28 beginning a 9 a.m. at Casper College.

Kircher, a member of the firm’s technology, manufacturing, and transportation team at the company's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. specializes in the areas of manufacturing, technology, intellectual property, intellectual property counseling, patents, and trademarks and copyrights. Kircher was named a 2014 Best Lawyer in America by Best Lawyers in the areas of copyright law, patent law, and trademark law.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Kircher’s stature and knowledge come to Casper College to give this presentation,” said Lesley Travers, dean of the Casper College School of Business and Industry. “This presentation will interest anyone who has new ideas they want to protect, whether a design, a product, a computer program, or anything they have created or thought about creating,” Travers noted.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Room 225 of the Gateway Building located on the Casper College campus.


Monday, March 17, 2014
A new class offered through the Community Education Department at Casper College, will look at the various way to cook with heat.

“How Would You Like That Cooked” (CMSV 0811 80) will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. According to Laura Burnett, community education specialist at Casper College, the class will show “different heating techniques to cook delectable entrees and side dishes. Students will learn to sauté, pan roast, grill, broil, braise, stew, poach, and steam meats and vegetables.”

The class instructors, Tamra Jayne and Carla Edwards, will provide “great recipes to take home from this hands-on class,” Burnett said.

The cost of the class is $62 per person and registration is going on now. To register or for more information, contact Burnett at 307-268-3399.


Monday, March 17, 2014

“Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Beginners” (CMSV 1210 80) is being offered through the Community Education Department at Casper College beginning Saturday, March 22. The class will be held each Saturday through April 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.

According to Laura Burnett, community education specialist, jiu jitsu “focuses on ground fighting and is one of the most effective fighting systems in martial arts. Students will learn to defend, hold, control, and escape an opponent from the ground position.”

Taught by David Vidal, the cost for the six-week class is just $40 per person. For more information, or to register for “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Beginners” contact Burnett at 307-268-3399.


Monday, March 17, 2014

A class aimed at creating great companion dogs is being offered at Casper College beginning Tuesday, March 25.

“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.

The cost for the class is $65 and classes will be held each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 through May 6 at Casper College.

Registration is currently underway for "Dog Obedience" at Casper College. For more information or to register, call the college at 307-268-3399.


Monday, March 17, 2014

A class just for puppies is being offered through Casper College on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 24 through May 5.

“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.

The cost for the class is $65 per person. For more information or to register, call the college at 307-268-3399.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Glenda Bell will give a presentation on Calamity Jane as part of the Casper College Western History Center’s 31st Annual Western History Celebration on Thursday, March 27 at 3 p.m.

“We went with the topic of Calamity Jane because so much uncertainty surrounds her stories and the accounts of her life. Glenda gives both an entertaining and well-researched presentation helping to shed some light on this famous frontier figure,” said Vince Crolla, Western History Center archivist.

Bell, who has been researching Calamity Jane since 1987, will share her insights into “this complicated woman, a legend in her own lifetime, who chose to ignore social expectations imposed on Victorian women. Rather, she wore men’s trousers, consumed strong drink in pubic places, smoked cigars, chewed tobacco, and could spit with talent,” Bell said.

“Calamity Jane is woven into the fabric of the American West. What can you believe about this kind, generous, and rowdy woman? Is there any truth to any of it, or is it just a can of worms?” Bell asked.

Bell, a resident of Powell, Wyo., is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and a retired librarian.

“Researching Calamity Jane” is sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council as part of its Humanities Forum, and “will explore the contradictions, exaggerations and ‘truths’ surrounding the life of Martha Jane Canary,” said Bell.

The presentation is free and open to the public and will take place in the Gateway Building, Room 225 on the Casper College campus.


Monday, March 17, 2014

The public is invited to attend an informal forum about vitamins and minerals on Tuesday, March 25 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

“Be Bright, Eat Right” will be led by students from the Casper College class “Principles of Nutrition.” “Students will describe what vitamins and minerals do for our body, what happens if we get too much or too little, and will confront myths and claims about supplementation and health benefits,” said Kelsey Schmidt biology instructor.

“Anyone who is interested in learning more about the vitamins and minerals in our food and on the supplement shelves should attend this free forum,” Schmidt said. “Of course, the information that will be presented is not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease,” she noted.

The forum will take place in Room 100 in the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute on the Casper College campus and is free and open to all.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Comedy hypnotist Frederick Winters will return to Casper College on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in Durham Hall, located in Aley Hall on the Casper College campus.

Winters is making his 20th appearance at the college. “We continue to bring him back year after year because Frederick Winters is such a crowd favorite,” said Nicholas Whipps, student activities coordinator at Casper College

Winters, a certified hypnotherapist, is one of the busiest performing hypnotists in the United States. The 2010 Campus Activities Magazine Reader’s Choice Best Male Performer and 2011 nominee for Entertainer of the Year, Winters has performed more than 2,000 shows and entertained more than 500,000 people.

Those attending the show will “detect from the moment I'm introduced that there's no place I'd rather be then on stage entertaining a college or corporate crowd. I sure have fun hypnotizing people,” said Winters. “Frederick has a great show that always entertains everyone in the house,” noted Whipps.

The Frederick Winters show is free and open to the public.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Casper College Forensics team will be giving a free public performance on Wednesday, March 26 beginning at 7 p.m.

The team is preparing for its final competition of the 2013-2014 season at the 2014 National Phi Rho Pi Tournament April 7-12.

The performance will be held in the Casper College Gateway Building, Room 225.


Monday, March 24, 2014
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” first film in festival

The 1975 British comedy, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” will be shown on Friday, March 28 beginning at 7 p.m. at Casper College. The film is the first film of the 2014 Casper College Multicultural Film Festival, “Comedies from Around the World.”

“We decided to go with a lighter theme than in recent years,” said Erich Frankland, film festival director and political science instructor at Casper College. “This year's theme and films were picked in order to explore the universality of humor and the impact that culture has upon perception and happiness. The three films span the globe from the United Kingdom to Japan to Southern Africa,” Frankland noted.

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” stars the British comedy group Monty Python featuring comedians Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The PG-rated film, which was originally released in 1975, is now considered a comedy classic.

A post-film discussion will be led by Holly Wendt, Casper College English instructor and Casper College student Lisa Adams.

The Casper College International Studies Program, the Casper College English Department, and Casper College are the sponsors of the 2014 Multicultural Film Festival.

The film will be shown in the Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103 of the Wold Physical Science Center on the Casper College campus. The showing is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Casper College Concert Band and the Casper College Brass Ensemble, both under the direction of Douglas Bull, and the Casper College Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Delores Thornton, will be in concert on Saturday, March 29 at 3 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall located in the Music Building.

The Casper College Concert Band will perform Verdi’s “Overture to ‘Nabucco,’” which Bull described as “a very exciting piece transcribed for concert band by Kenneth Singleton.” According to Bull, Casper College brass and band instructor, the band will also be premiering Brian Balmages’ “Midnight On Main Street” for the Rocky Mountain Region.

“The excitement of ‘Midnight On Main Street’ has captured the enthusiastic nature of our concert band in that the piece is exciting, lyrical and beautiful in a very modern vein,” he said. Accompanying the band on piano will be Eric Unruh, dean for the Casper College School of Fine Arts and Humanities. The band will also play “Arlington, “a composition that is beautifully reflective of an afternoon visit to Arlington National Cemetery,” said Bull.

The March Winds Concert is free and open to all, “and should be a delightful way to spend an afternoon in Casper,” Bull added.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A student vocal recital featuring Leah Bryan, soprano, and Evan Gwin, baritone, will take place on Sunday, March 30 in the Wheeler Concert Hall at 2 p.m.

Bryan and Gwin, students of Kristen Lenth vocal instructor at Casper College, will perform a variety of songs including those by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and others. The recital will include pieces from “La Clemenza di Tito,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “My Fair Lady.” Paula Flynn will accompany Bryan and Gwin on piano.

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


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Those interested in participating in one or both upcoming OLLI trips are encouraged to not delay and get their deposit in today. “Hotel reservations and tickets to performances must be made soon. Folks shouldn’t wait to tell us that they want to go,” said Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

The deposit for the Golden, Colo. trip scheduled for June 5, 6, and 7, 2014 is $100 per person. The trip cost will include transportation, lodging at the Golden Hotel in downtown Golden, two breakfasts, VIP beer school, brewery tours, tickets to “The Fantasticks” and a pre-performance class.

The deposit for the Santa Fe, N.M. trip scheduled for July 31, August 1, 2, and 3, 2014 is $200 per person. The trip cost will include transportation via bus, tickets for three operas, opera house tour, one pre-opera dinner, one pre-opera champagne and dessert tailgate, two pre-opera classes, three breakfasts, two lunches, and lodging.

For more information contact Arnold at 307-268-2099 or email, or Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at 307-268-2097 or email.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Master classes by Matthew Coley and Tom Ross/Evening performance by Coley

Casper College will host The Wyoming Day of Percussion, featuring two guest artists, on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

At 1 p.m., Matthew Coley, Iowa State University percussion faculty, “will give a master class on contrapuntal coordination on the marimba, as well as discuss approaches to memorizing music, building a career as a soloist, and other topics,” said Dave Alcorn, Casper College percussion instructor.

At 2:40 p.m., Tom Ross, University of Wisconsin – Madison percussion instructor, will present a class on the various music styles of Brazil. “Much of Tom’s class will be interactive, as he will have members of the audience participate and learn about the many percussion instruments associated with Brazilian music,” noted Alcorn.

That night at 8, Coley will present a concert of solo percussion works, according to Alcorn. Coley, who is a marimba, percussion, and hammer dulcimer artist, composer, and clinician, has presented solo marimba and percussion concerts and has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles throughout the US and abroad, according to ISU.

“The Wyoming Day of Percussion is hosted by the Wyoming Percussive Arts Society Chapter. All chapters of the Percussive Arts Society have a Day of Percussion and this annual event is hosted at various spots in the state each year. Because of the new music building, I wanted to host it at CC this year,” noted Alcorn.

The Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus. Both master classes and the evening concert are free and open to the public.

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