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Monday, August 4, 2014

Presenters are being sought for the 2015 Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture to be held February 25-27 at the college.

“The festival is a yearly gathering of scholars who present work on a particular theme in much the same way TED Conferences work,” said Valerie Innella Maiers, festival committee chair. According to Innella Maiers, the festival will focus on the theme “Revolution.” “Each session is approximately an hour and should encourage a dialogue with attendees. These festival sessions are free and open to the public and will be held in conjunction with the Casper College Theater Department’s production of “Angels in America” and the Casper College RedStone Recital Series,” Innella Maiers noted.

Those interested in participating as a speaker on the topic of “Revolution” need to submit a 500-word session abstract, cover letter with current contact information, and curriculum vitae via email to “Academic areas to be addressed during the event can include, but are not limited to: anthropology, archeology, art history, art theory or criticism, comparative religions, dance, ethics, folklore/folk life, gender studies, history, jurisprudence, linguistics, literature, museology, music performance, history or theory, philosophy, social sciences, and theater performance, history, or theory,” said Innella Maiers. All submissions are due by August 15, 2014.

Selected presenters will be notified by September 1, 2014 and each speaker will receive an honorarium. For more information contact Innella Maiers via the submission email or at 307-268-2060 or 800-442-2963, ext. 2060.


Monday, August 4, 2014

The “Fabulous Fall Sign-Up” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gateway Building.

“We have put together more than 40 offerings for the fall semester,” said Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist. The schedule includes classes held during the day and night, as well as classes involving travel.

New classes to the schedule include “A Taste of Tony Hillerman,” “Casper’s Characters: The Early Days,” “Dino Day at Alcova,” Explorations in Ecology,” “Greek Coffee and Desserts,” “Mountain Men,” “Rabbits, Rain, and Revenge in Rural Provence,” “Taking Stock of Our Fish,” “Turkey: Crossroads of the World,” and more.

Returning favorites include two movie classes: “1940s Horror Films (and Costume Party)" and “1940s War Films;” three new meditative drawing classes: “African Inspirations,” “Asian Inspirations,” and “Museum Inspirations;” “Older Than Dirt;” and “Tour de Absaroka.”

The popular “Dinner and Movie” will make its first appearance in the fall with “… a fun luau-themed dinner followed by the 1961 musical romantic comedy ‘Blue Hawaii’ starring Elvis Presley and filmed in glorious Technicolor,” said Lisa Icenogle, instructor.

The OLLI Fabulous Fall Sign Up will be held in the Chapman Lobby located on the second floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus. “Registration numbers will be given out beginning at 1 p.m., and those receiving numbers early must be back in the Gateway Building by 3:15 p.m. to register,” said Arnold. For those unable to attend the sign up, registrations will be taken by phone or in person after August 28. To register by phone members may call Arnold at 307-268-2099 or Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2097. The OLLI office is located in Room 408B in the Gateway Building for those wishing to register in person.


Monday, August 4, 2014

A new class, “Topics: Women in Global Culture” (WMST 2490 N1) will be offered for the fall 2014 semester at Casper College.

The online course will “explore global and cross-cultural perspectives on women and feminism, examine feminist perspectives across a range of national and international issues affecting all people, with an emphasis on the realities women face, look at the feminist debates surrounding Western concepts of feminism, and compare Western concepts to other concepts in different geographic and cultural contacts,” said Georgia Wheatley, instructor.

Registration is now taking place for the 2014 fall semester, which will begin on Monday, Aug. 25. For more information on “Topics: Women in Global Culture” or to register contact Casper College at 307-268-2100 or


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Casper College announced Tuesday that Kevon Davis has joined the school’s athletic staff as assistant men’s basketball coach.

Thunderbird Coach Dan Russell says Davis comes to Casper College via Harcum Junior College in Philadelphia where he helped lead the Bears to the National Junior College tournament the past two seasons. He helped coach several players who have graduated and signed Division I scholarships, Russell says.

Russell says Davis’ experience, as well as his recruiting ties to the northeast and east coast, make him a great addition to the Thunderbird staff. Davis will assist Russell with player development, scouting, along with game and practice planning, game coaching and recruiting.

“Kevon is a coach who knows what it takes to prepare kids for the next level academically and on the court,” Russell says. “He does everything well, and that’s what we demand here at Casper.”

As a player at Harcum, Davis holds the distinction of being the winningest player in Harcum JC history, helping lead his Bear teams to 56 wins over his two years there.

Davis replaces Kasey Riley, who resigned after one year to pursue other interests.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Casper College Empower, Train, Employ (ETE) Program is currently seeking qualified applicants for no cost training to become administrative assistants.

To participate, an individual must be a parenting adult, income qualify, complete an interview and program screenings, and commit to attend all class and program sessions.

Classes for the program will run from October to December 2014. The free program will include training on Microsoft programs and Intuit QuickBooks, opportunities for job shadowing, community involvement, professional development, books and supplies, and continuing education credits. In addition, the program will include computer, organization, and communication skills to help those who successfully complete the program become better candidates for employment.

ETE is a grant-funded program at Casper College through the Department of Family Services. Each year, research and needs assessments are conducted to locate industries and occupations with high growth rates or a demonstrated need for qualified employees. “O*NET OnLine lists administrative assistant as a Bright Outlook Occupation and expects it to grow rapidly in the next several years and have a large number of job openings through 2022,” said Ashley Mikels, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

Those interested in participating in the program are asked to contact Mikels at 307-268-2124 or email.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Individuals who are within one year of being eligible to apply for citizenship and who know how to speak, read, and write some English are urged to attend a free citizenship class scheduled to begin on Monday, September 8, 2014.

The free class is scheduled to run each Monday night from 6 to 7:30 and will provide participants with “information on U.S. government and history necessary to pass the U.S. Citizenship exam,” said Chelse DePaolo-Lara, director of the Casper College Adult Learning Center, which sponsors the free United States citizenship class.

The free class will be held at the Adult Learning Center located in the Werner Technical Center on the Casper College campus.

For more information stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center or call the center at 307-268-2230.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Casper College Adult Learning Center at Casper College will open for the fall 2014 semester on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Fall hours for the center will be on Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The center is closed on Friday and weekends.

Mandatory new student orientation for those wanting to earn their high school equivalency certificate, the HiSET, will be held the first Tuesday of every month at three times: 9 a.m. and 1 and 6 p.m. The first orientation will be held on September 2 with other orientations scheduled for October 7, November 4, and December 2. “Participants should notify the Adult Learning Center if they have any personal schedule conflicts with these dates,” said Chelse DePaolo-Lara, new center director. “Makeup orientations may be offered in special circumstances,” she added.

The Adult Learning Center “helps prepare students for the HiSET, which is equivalent to the GED,” DePaolo-Lara said. In addition, the center provides free assessment and instruction to out-of-school adult students, 16 years old and older, who need to improve their basic reading, writing, science, social studies, and math skills in order to reach their educational and employment goals.

“I'm elated to join the Adult Learning Center team at Casper College and excited to support the faculty in their service of our adult learners. It's an honor to be involved in the process of changing lives through literacy and education with such a dedicated group of employees and volunteers,” said DePaolo-Lara, who was recently named director of the center.

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is located in the Werner Technical Center on the Casper College campus, and all programs offered at the center are free of charge.

For more information stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center or call the center at 307-268-2230.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A required registration for those interested in attending English as a Second Language classes will be held at the Casper College Adult Learning Center beginning Monday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to noon each day. Classes for the program will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

“The ESL program at the Adult Learning Center provides assessment and instruction for students whose native language is not English, as well as help for all levels of survival English, including civics,” said Chelse DePaolo-Lara, Adult Learning Center director.

Hours for the ESL classes will be Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 8.

The Adult Learning Center is located in the Werner Technical Center on the Casper College campus. Those registering for the ESL program should ask for Alberta upon arrival.

For more information on the ESL program, stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center or call 307-268-2230.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Casper College Foundation President John Jorgensen has been selected to receive the 2014 Council for Resource Development Benefactor Award in the Public Rural Medium-Campus Institution category. Jorgensen will be presented with the award during the CRD’s Benefactor Awards Banquet on November 8 in conjunction with the CRD Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C.

“John joined the Casper College Foundation Board in 1987 and became president in 1990. When he became president, the foundation had $13.5 million in assets,” said Paulann Doane, executive director of the foundation. “With John’s leadership, a business approach was adopted and a formal structure for annual fundraising and supporting college projects was implemented. These changes resonated with supporters and led to total assets increasing to $90 million, putting us in the top five of community college foundations nationwide.”

Casper College President Walter Nolte said, “We are happy that John’s strength as a leader is being recognized at a national level. Under John’s leadership the Foundation has provided more than $70 million to the college for support of campus facilities, college programs and student scholarships. The funds have provided a margin of excellence that help Casper College be one of the finest of its kind in the country.”

“I commend your college’s nominee, John Jorgensen, for his generous contributions to Casper College in particular, and community colleges in general,” said Bill Scott, executive director and CEO of the CRD.

According to the CRD, the Benefactor Award “recognizes individuals, foundations, or businesses/corporations for outstanding contributions to community colleges. The CRD Benefactor Award embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism in the service of community, technical, and junior colleges.”


Friday, August 15, 2014

The Casper College Foundation is hosting a welcome party for the newest campus member, the Chris Navarro bronze sculpture “Essence of Rex,” during the “Cretaceous Celebration” on Thursday, August 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event will begin with a dedication ceremony at 2:30 p.m. followed by dino food to include hot dogs, chips, cake, lemonade, etc.; dino carnival games for the kids; music; an open house at the Tate Geological Museum; and viewings of the college’s real T. rex fossil, Lee Rex, from 3 to 5 p.m.

“Essence of Rex” measures 13.5 feet tall, 28 feet long and 7 feet wide – the size that a T. rex as a teenager would have been. In addition, the sculpture will be lit from inside, requiring a first for Navarro: a bronze showing a skeleton on one side and the other side showing the fleshed out view. The idea for lighting the sculpture came from benefactor Marialyce Tobin, who had told Navarro “…she wanted me to do a sculpture of a dinosaur with light radiating out from the inside.” According to Navarro the lighting will come from an “internal LED 12-volt white lighting on the inside running down through the skull, the spinal column, and the tail for a special effect.”

Paulann Doane, executive director of the Casper College Foundation noted that the T. rex sculpture “was all Marialyce’s idea. She has a wonderful commitment to this college.”

“Welcome Party for ‘Essence of Rex’ – A Cretaceous Celebration” is free and open to the public and will take place in the parking lot near the Tate Geological Museum on the Casper College campus.


Friday, August 15, 2014

The Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) at Casper College and Collette Travel have joined forces to offer a special trip to “The Best of Eastern Canada,” featuring Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, and Toronto. A free informational meeting about the trip will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The trip is scheduled to take place October 18 through 25, 2015. Highlights of the eight-day trip include a tour of Montreal, a visit to a maple sugar company, a trip to Byward Market in Quebec City, a cruise through the region of the 1000 islands located on the border between the United States and Canada, Niagara-on-the Lake, a cruise at the base of the Niagara Falls, and much more.

A savings of $100 per person is currently being offered for the trip, which is priced at $3,819 for single, $3,219 for double, and $3,189 for triple occupancy. Costs include round trip airfare from Natrona County International Airport, transportation via motor coach, sightseeing, seven breakfasts, four dinners, and more.

The informational meeting will be held in the Gateway Building, Room 225 on the Casper College campus. For more information, contact Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2097 or email.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Casper College Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Russell announced Friday that he has signed a shooting guard from New Jersey.

Hakeem Rogers, from Elizabeth, is a 6-2 transfer from Harcum JC in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was the second leading scorer on a team that made it to the final four in the National Junior College Tournament, averaging 15 points and four rebounds per contest. He helped Harcum to a 32-5 record and a fourth place national finish this past season as a freshman. He shot 51 percent from the floor, including 44 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Russell says Rogers was ranked among the top 60 seniors in New Jersey coming out of high school. He decided to transfer to Casper because former Harcum assistant Kevon Davis just joined Russell’s staff this week.

Rogers played his prep ball at Elizabeth High School in north New Jersey. As a junior he led his team to the Group IV state championship game, averaging 19 points per game. He is a two-time all-county selection, finishing his prep career with 1,090 points.

“Adding a player of Hakeem’s caliber with his experience and toughness this late in the recruiting season is a real bonus,” Russell says. “He has a knack for shooting and scoring the ball and he will give us added depth on our guard line.”


August 18, 2014

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College is offering “Exploring Astronomy I” during the fall semester.

Taught by Casper College Physics Instructor, Andrew Young, the class will focus on “the wonders of the night sky that are not visible with the naked eye. We will also explore astronomical topics such as the dynamic motion of the stars and other exotic phenomena and objects in the universe,” he said.

The class will be held at the Casper Planetarium and will run on Mondays, Oct. 27 to Dec. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Registration for this and other fall 2014 OLLI classes will begin during the “Fabulous Fall Sign Up” on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Chapman Lobby located on the second floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus.

For those unable to attend the sign up, registrations will be taken by phone or in person after August 28. To register by phone members may call Arnold at 307-268-2099 or Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2097. The OLLI office is located in Room 408B in the Gateway Building for those wishing to register in person.


Monday, August 18, 2014

The first exhibit in the Goodstein Art Gallery for the 2014-15 school year will be “Cyrus Baldridge: An American Artist in China” August 25 through September 25.

The exhibition of artwork is part of the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Regional Touring Exhibition Service and features 15 works from Baldridge, which were completed during the artist’s journeys in Asia where he captured the people and the landscape, according to Sarah Gadd, UW Art Museum registrar.

“While traveling through Asia in the 1920s, his exposure to the sparse lines of traditional Asian art dramatically affected his style. He learned traditional techniques from Japanese and Chinese masters and produced numerous etchings, drypoint, and woodblock prints. This transition away from traditional illustration brought Baldridge acclaim and recognition as an artist. This success led to several important commissions and by the early 1940s, he had illustrated more than one hundred books and magazine articles, and had a successful career in the American Southwest as a painter,” noted Gadd.

“Works from this pivotal point in Baldridge’s career are included in this exhibition and through these artworks, the transition from illustrator to his use of free, sparse lines is evident and gives the rare opportunity to see the work of an artist in transition,” said Gadd.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Goodstein Art Gallery is located in the Goodstein Visual Arts Center on the Casper College campus and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Casper College School of Health Science is offering four online courses for those interested in health care or looking toward a career in health care. Each online class will begin the week of August 25, 2014.

“The HIV/AIDS Epidemic (HLTK 1350 N1) is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of HIV infection and AIDS. The epidemiology, prevention, immune system, clinical manifestations, and treatments of HIV infection and the associated diseases will be presented. Psychosocial, ethnic, cultural, and rural issues as well as ethical, legal, political, and economic concerns will be discussed.

“Conditions and Symptomology” (HLTK 1410 N1) will introduce students to the concepts of therapeutic interactions, facilitating a positive work environment through effective communication, and understanding various roles in the team process.

“Therapeutic Applications” (HLTK 1430 N1) will introduce students to the concepts of therapeutic interactions to help facilitate a positive work environment through effective communication and the understanding of various roles in the team process.

Finally, “Understanding the Economics, Ethics, and Policies Influencing Health Care” (HLTK 2550 N1) will examine the legal, ethical, economical, and political issues related to health policy that impact the care of patients by healthcare providers. Rural and urban health care issues will be emphasized in this class.

For more information on or to register for any of these classes contact Casper College at 307-268-2100 or to register as a nondegree-seeking student go to


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
President to step down June 2015

Casper College President Walter Nolte announced today that he would be retiring as president of the college at the end of June 2015.

“I was humbled to stand before all of you 10 years ago at this same event. I am humbled to stand before you today. I want you all to know that this will be my last year as president at Casper College,” an emotional Nolte told the audience of Casper College employees gathered for the all-school meeting held before the start of fall and spring semesters.

Nolte was given a standing ovation by the large crowd of employees following his short announcement. He then welcomed to the stage Casper College District Board of Trustees President Charlie Robertson, and District Board of Trustees Vice President Susan Miller to the stage.

“Walt had the wisdom to let us know in advance, so that we were not caught off guard, so that we can formulate a plan to find the next president,” Robertson said. “That process starts on Thursday in an open board meeting where the board will meet to select the firm that will help us determine the next person to follow Walt,” Robertson added.

Nolte, who began at the college on July 1, 2004 following the retirement of LeRoy Strausner, leaves the college with a number of notable achievements during his tenure: the largest enrollment in college history; an increase in the number of full-time faculty; several years of record setting numbers of degrees and certificates awarded each year, most recently with 927 graduates in 2014; the recreation of a thriving continuing education program; new and successful efforts to engage students; the creation of the largest service learning program in the state; increased international students attending, as well as an increased number of international learning and travel experiences for Casper College students; four Fulbright Scholars teaching at the school during the last four years; and a dozen new programs, many of which added to the college’s need for increased space. That need, in part, resulted in the growth of the college’s physical campus with the addition of five new buildings: the Early Childhood Learning Center; the Gateway Building, the Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building, the Music Building, and the Residence Hall.

The open board meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 312 of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Auditions for the Casper College fall musical, “Urinetown,” will be held on Thursday, August 28 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex.

“Urinetown,” which was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won three, “is a hilarious parody of Broadway musicals that takes on the serious subject of what happens when government and corporations take control of our basic bodily functions,” said William Conte, director.

Auditions are open to all types, males and females, 13 years of age and older. According to Conte those wishing to audition need to “prepare an up-tempo song and be prepared to move!”

“Urinetown” will be performed on the McMurry Mainstage in the Krampert Theatre Complex Oct. 16-18 and 22-26. The theatre complex is located on the Casper College campus. For more information, call the theatre at 307-268-2365.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Casper College Adult Learning Center Assistant Melody Dugan has been recognized with the Robert Durst Classified Staff Award.

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

“In addition to traditional office responsibilities, Melody makes certain that the Adult Learning Center maintains compliance with its multiple grants and programs. This is no easy task. Her attention to detail is essential in tracking student participation and maintaining accurate records to meet grant reporting requirements. Her work ensures that the ALC receives continuing support and funding from federal, state, and private entities,” said Laura Driscoll, executive dean for continuing education at Casper College.

“If I had to select one area in which Melody is the most exceptional, I would select student service. Melody is a champion for each and every one of the 600 plus students who walk through the door of the Adult Learning Center every year. She knows them all by name and makes each one feel welcome,” noted Connie Coleman, ALC instructor.

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, Dugan also received a check for $1,000.


Friday, August 22, 2014

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will be holding a special lottery on two fall trips which are expected to be very popular: “Heart Mountain” and “Tour de Absaroka.” “In an effort of fairness, we will hold a lottery to register for these two trips,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist.

“Heart Mountain” will feature a trip to the Heart Mountain internment camp to see the camp through the eyes of Sam Mihara. “Sam was imprisoned there with his family during WWII, and will give a presentation about the camp and will also lead a tour of the site,” said Pollock. The trip will run from September 23 to 25 and will also include visits to other sites in Cody, Wyo., including the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The cost for the trip is $535 per person for double occupancy and $675 for single occupancy.

“Tour de Absaroka” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9 and will feature a trip to Buffalo, Wyo. to join Laurie Fletcher and the author of the “Walt Longmire” book series, Craig Johnson, at the Occidental Hotel. There Johnson “will talk about the local settings for the books and will join us for lunch,” Pollock said. According to Pollock there will also be time available to do some shopping and “enjoy the beautiful fall weather in Buffalo. Everyone should plan to bring their Longmire books and their appetites for this fun outing,” she added. The cost for the class is $60 per person.

Those wishing to enter the lottery can do so by entering one or both of the trips on a fall 2014 OLLI class registration form, found in the fall 2014 continuing education schedule All entries are due by Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. Winners will be contacted on Thursday, Sept. 4. For more information contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at 307-268-2099.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Public Invited to Free Concert at College

Aquile, who appeared in season three of NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform in a free concert at Casper College on Friday, Aug. 29. Joining Aquile will be two others singers from season three: Charlie Rey and Bryan Keith. During the concert, the three will sing individually and together accompanied by The Orbit Group.

Aquile, who was raised in Douglas, Wyo. and attended Kelly Walsh High School, performed on “The Voice” as part of Christina Aguilera’s team. Charlie Rey performed on “The Voice,” as part of Blake Shelton’s team, and Bryan Keith, who reached the top 10 on “The Voice,” was part of Adam Levine’s team.

“We are really excited to have these talented guys come to Casper College along with The Orbit Group for this concert,” said Nicholas Whipps, student activities coordinator at the college. "It will be a real concert-like atmosphere," he added.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Wheeler Concert Hall located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Casper College is offering a yoga class for beginners that will run from September 3 through October 15, 2014.

The class, “Yoga: Beginners” (CMSV 1200 60) will be taught by Crystal Sosalla and will feature “basic hatha yoga, which incorporates postures with breathing techniques to bring body, mind, and breath into one,” she said. “Yoga can help people increase their flexibility and strength, loosen their joints, stretch and irrigate their vertebrae, and relax,” Sosalla added.

The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and those with questions or who are interested in registering can contact Laura Burnett, community education specialist, at 307-268-3399 or email.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

For anyone wondering how society might address potentially devastating events a seven-week class entitled “Zombies” (CMSV 0171 60) will be offered at Casper College on Monday evenings between September 8 and October 20 from 7 to 9.

“Culturally popular dramas, such as ‘The Walking Dead,’ have generated conversation about how society might address potentially devastating events such as biological mutations, epidemics, catastrophic events, attacks, epidemic illness, natural disasters, and terrorism,” said Lance Jones, director of security and judicial review at Casper College. “Using the popular TV series to drive the discussion, we will find out how local and state emergency responders will contain an outbreak of the ‘infected,’” he added.

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,” said co-instructor Pam Jones, Casper College Center for Excellence training coordinator.

For more information or to register, contact Laura Burnett, community education specialist, at 307-268-3399 or email.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

A class aimed at creating great companion dogs is being offered at Casper College beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9.

“Dog Obedience” (CMSV 2100 60) 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 October 21 at Casper College.

Registration is currently underway for "Dog Obedience" at Casper College. For more information or to register, contact Laura Burnett, community education specialist, at 307-268-3399 or email.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

A class just for puppies is being offered through Casper College on Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., September 8 through October 20, 2014.

“Puppy Kindergarten” (CMSV 2110 60) 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.

“We ask owners not to bring their puppy to the first session, and to sign a general release-of-liability statement and provide proof of rabies vacation for each puppy,” said Oler.

For more information or to register, call Laura Burnett, community education specialist, at 307-268-3399 or email.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Casper College/ARTCORE Equality State Book Festival will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Sept. 11 through 13, 2014 at the college’s Gateway Building and at a number of other venues around Casper.

According to Laurie Lye, Equality State Book Festival co-director, the festival will include readings, panel discussions, author visits to the public schools, book signings, craft talks, a gala luncheon, and a poetry slam.

This year the festival will feature statewide and regional authors and illustrators including Mary Billiter, author and weekly Casper Star-Tribune columnist; Matt Daly, poet, author, and essayist who received the 2013 creative writing fellowship in poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council; illustrator Laura Decker whose printmaking and drawing are exhibited nationally; New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of six novels Joshilyn Jackson; Nina McConigley, 2014 PEN Open Book Award winner for her book “Cowboys and East Indians;” poet, teacher, and literary interviewer Leslie McGrath; Tom Rea, author and editor and co-founder of; David Romtvedt, recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, and the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award, who served from 2003 to 2011 as the poet laureate of Wyoming; and others.

“For the first time at the book festival, the Wyoming Arts Council will feature a reading with the combined talents of the winners of the creative writing fellowships with the Blanchan and Doubleday writing awards,” said Lye. “This fast-paced reading will showcase a flash-fiction writer, a fiddling poet, a memoirist, and a trio of short story writers,” she added.

The Natrona County Library will host a book arts workshop conducted by the University of Utah Book Arts group and teacher and writer George Vlastos will again emcee the poetry slam at the Metro Coffee Company.

“The festival continues the tradition of celebrating books and readers begun in Casper in 2006 with the first Equality State Book Festival. This is the 28th year that Casper College and ARTCORE have collaborated on a fall literary event,” said Lye.

All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the gala luncheon. For more information on the Equality State Book Festival go to

The Equality State Book Festival is sponsored by Casper College, ARTCORE, the Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), the University of Wyoming at Casper, the Natrona County Public Library, and a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts and with additional funding by the Wyoming Humanities Council.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

A three-day trip and learning experience, featuring a talk and presentation by Japanese American Sam Mihara, who at the age of 9 went with his family to the Heart Mountain camp, will be part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College’s special lottery. The lottery will close on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

The trip will take place September 23 to 25 and will feature not only Mihara’s presentation, but also a tour of the Heart Mountain site with him, according to Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College. “When World War II broke out, the United States government forced me and my family to move, first to a detention camp in Pomona, Calif., and then to a remote prison camp in Northern Wyoming, (Heart Mountain), where we stayed for three years,” said Mihara. According to the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center’s website, “’Evacuees’ soon began to arrive at Heart Mountain from California, Washington, and Oregon and, before long, the Heart Mountain population swelled to 10,767, unofficially regarded as Wyoming’s third largest community.” During their imprisonment at the camp, the Mihara family lived in a sparse 20 x 20 single room.

In addition to the presentation and tour at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, the trip will also include a stop at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., two nights at Buffalo Bill Village, and a visit and tour of the Meeteetse Museum as well as a chocolate-making demonstration by the Meeteetse Chocolatier.

The cost of the trip will include transportation, lodging, tickets to the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, tickets to and a catered lunch at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, two breakfasts, and time to shop and recreate in Cody. The cost for the trip is $535 per person for double occupancy and $675 for single occupancy.

For more information, or to enter the lottery, contact Pollock at 307-268-2097 or email, or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2099 or email. Winners will be contacted on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

A new Zenangle® drawing class, “Meditative Drawing: Museum Inspirations” (OLLI 3072) will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at Casper College.

Offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College, the class will feature “one class in the classroom, and the other three classes investigating the strings and patterns available at Casper College’s Tate Geological Museum and Werner Wildlife Museum, and the Nicolaysen Art Museum,” said Jody Halferty, instructor.

“Those wishing to participate need to have taken either a previous meditative drawing class or a Zentangle® class to get the most out of our museum adventures,” Halferty said.

To register for the class or for more information, contact Vicki Pollock or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialists, at 307-268-2097 or 307-268-2099.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

The next Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College film class taught by Lisa Icenogle will feature classic films of World War II. The class, “1940s War Films,” will begin on Thursday, Sept. 4.

“Hollywood war films of the 1940s were intended to rally the folks at home and to raise patriotism,” said Icenogle. “Unlike many of today's films they were not critical of the American government or its leaders. And, unlike today's films, unnecessary gore was not shown. Instead these films worked because they told a story that stirred the emotions and brought home the sacrifices that American soldiers were making overseas fighting the enemy to preserve democracy and the American way of life,” she said.

The four films will be some of the best films depicting World War II to come out of Hollywood in the 1940s and will feature well-known Hollywood legends including John Garfield, Claudette Colbert, Cary Grant, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, and others.

To register or for more information, contact Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2099 or email.

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