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Monday, September 3, 2012

For those who wonder if parenting can be anything but stressful and chaotic, the Center for Training and Development at Casper College is offering “Love and Logic®” (CEU 0441 60) a group-based curriculum for parents of children at any age.

The class, taught by Traci Gardner, “is dedicated to making parenting and teaching fun and rewarding by teaching practical tools and techniques to help achieve respectful, healthy relationships with children while preparing them for the real world,” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist.

“Parents and teachers of children of all ages can benefit from the techniques provided by the ‘Becoming a Love and Logic Parent®’ as they learn how to use humor, hope, empathy, and provide real limits in a loving way. This program will give parents practical skills that they can use immediately,” Dalton said.

The class, which is worth one continuing education credit, will be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 through 22 and costs $150 per person. To register or for more information, contact Dalton at 268-2085.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A new class aimed at introducing those aged 50 and older to social networking will be offered at Casper College through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute beginning Monday, Sept. 17.

“Social Networking for Seniors” (OLLI 1820) “will demonstrate how online social networking brings together people with similar interests to form online communities,” said Justin Pehrson, Casper College online communications specialist and class instructor.

According to Pehrson, attendees will learn the benefits of social networking websites and tools like Facebook, Twitter, and “dozens of other social networking sites. Students will also learn how to find social networking websites that match their interests, how to use them safely, and how to protect their identity,” he said.

The class will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 8. For more information or to register, contact Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2097 or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2099.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Casper College Community Education Department is offering two new classes for the fall semester for singers and guitar players.

“Singing Ensemble: Beginners” (CMSV 0310 60) is for those who would like to sing. “Learning to sing can be scary, but if you can speak, you can learn to sing,” said Laura Burnett, community education specialist at Casper College. “Students will learn all they need to know to sing along including how to read music and carry a tune. As students find their “voices” the class will form an ensemble,” Burnett noted.

The second class, “Voice Class for Guitar Players” (CMSV 0300 60) is for those who “can play the guitar and would like to sing along but lack confidence in their singing ability. Students in this class will be asked to bring their favorite tune and will then learn to accompany themselves in any style of music. All levels of ability are welcome,” said Burnett.

Sandra Davies will teach both classes. “Singing Ensemble: Beginners” will be held on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12, and will run through Oct. 17. “Voice Class for Guitar Players will be held on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 13 and will run through Oct. 18.

Registration is going on now for both classes. To register, or for more information, contact Burnett via email or at 268-3399.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

For everyone who questions why football referees make the calls they make, “C’mon Ref! Are You Blind?” (CMSV 1011 60) will attempt to help answer those questions.

“C’mon Ref! Are You Blind?” instructor Matt Pollock will discuss the fundamentals of football, common fouls and rule infractions, and the rule differences that exist between high school, college, and professional football.

“For anyone who has ever attended a football game and booed the referees over a ‘bad’ call, this class will hopefully explain why football officials make some of those bad calls including those that bring on the wrath of the crowd,” said Pollock.

If there is enough interest, the class will attend a local high school football game. “Everyone will be able to impress the other fans with their informed booing ability,” Pollock joked.

“C’mon Ref! Are You Blind?” will be held on four Thursday nights, Sept. 20 through Oct. 27, from 7 to 8:30. To register, or for more information call the Casper College Community Education Department at 268-3399.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

The public is invited to attend this year’s Casper College Autumn Gala honoring Henry (Hank) Alfonso True, III and Paul Hallock. Sponsored by the Casper College Alumni Association, the Autumn Gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 beginning at 6 p.m., according to Linda Nix, alumni coordinator.

“The association is proud to recognize oilman and rancher Hank True as its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus,” said Nix. True, who graduated from Casper College in 1963, has distinguished himself as a financial executive, oil company executive, and rancher, said Nix. True, along with his brothers, grew up learning the family business and now he and younger brother David are responsible for the various company businesses of True Companies, including ranching, energy, and banking interests. True was recognized as one of Casper College’s 50 Exemplary Alums in 1995.

Hallock, who retired as executive director of the Casper College Foundation in 2011, has been named the association’s 2012 Commitment to Excellence honoree. Hallock, who career spanned 33 years at the college began in the admissions area and culminated in 18 years as the executive director. “Paul has demonstrated exceptional service to Casper College since his student days,” noted Nix. “As director of the foundation, he led a number of successful efforts to raise money for many campus buildings and enhancements,” she noted.

This year the gathering will feature a balloon pop where someone will win $100. In addition last year’s popular mystery boxes will be back. “These are great fun,” said Nix. "The boxes come in a variety of sizes and costs, and each contains terrific and fun items like gift cards, wine and other great surprises.”

The 2012 Autumn Gala will take place at the Casper Petroleum Club. Cocktails will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The sit-down dinner will include three dinner choices: select filet mignon, aged, hand-cut and cooked to perfection served with a special house-made red wine demi-glaze; Chicken Ballotine, a breast of chicken stuffed with sautéed spinach, wrapped with bacon and covered in a cream cheese sauce; and Mahi Mahi Islander, a filet of Mahi Mahi baked in a Hawaiian-style pineapple sauce. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at by emailing Nix at, or by calling her at 268-2218. Seating is limited, and reservations are due by Monday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.


Thursday, September 6, 2012
Special sale to be featured at event

The public is invited to attend the first Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In addition to offering guests free coffee and tea by P. Hawk Coffee Roaster, courtesy of the Tate, a special sale will be held during the same time period in the gift shop.

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

During the four-hour period, all stuffed animals will be marked 10 percent off. According to Schaff, those who are current museum members will receive the sale rate in addition to the 10 percent discount they already receive with their membership.

Coffee, Tea, and Dee takes place in the Tate Geological Museum and is free and open to the public. The next Coffee, Tea and Dee will be held on October 17 and will feature a different sale.


Friday, September 7, 2012

“The Sublime Garbo,” (OLLI 2081), which will offer a glimpse into one of Hollywood’s legends, is being offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Casper College on Thursday nights, Sept. 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4.

“With her breathtaking beauty and enigmatic persona, Greta Garbo remains the ultimate Hollywood icon. As MGM’s highest-paid star, Garbo had approval of story, costar, director, and cinematographer, often closing the set to visitors and crewmembers,” said Lisa Icenogle, instructor.

For 15 years, Garbo wielded power that few could match; yet she was often at odds with the system that made her a phenomenon. While Garbo made over 25 Hollywood films, many of them are unfamiliar to contemporary audiences due to a prejudice against silent films, noted Icenogle. “These films made her famous and established her legendary association with John Gilbert. I and my teaching partner, Rachel Wright, hope that people will sign up for this class to see four of Garbo’s silent masterpieces and enjoy the spectacular beauty of Garbo and the real beauty of silent film,” said Icenogle.

To register or for more information call OLLI at 268-2097 or 268-2099.


Friday, September 7, 2012

GEAR UP Wyoming at Casper College is sponsoring a “Tasty Tuesday with a Twist” event in celebration of National GEAR UP Week on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served at the event, which is billed as a Youth Community Information Fair, according to Chelse DePaolo-Lara GEAR UP site coordinator. “We are encouraging all community members, GEAR UP families and anyone interested in checking us out to attend,” she said.

Tasty Tuesday with a Twist will be held in Liesinger Hall, and those attending should enter through the east entrance.

GEAR UP Wyoming is funded 50 percent through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $3.5 million annually with an additional 50 percent totaling $3.5 million annually provided by in-kind and scholarship contributions from Wyoming’s community colleges, the University of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Department of Education.

Tasty Tuesday is sponsored by GEAR UP Wyoming, Hathaway Scholarship Program, TRIO/Upward Bound, Greater Wyoming Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Casper College.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

“Mastering the Medicare Maze: Managing the Open Enrollment Process” (OLLI 3050) will be offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Presented by Terry Bay, founder and owner of Senior Patient Advocates, those attending will “learn how to successfully navigate the maze of drug plan options, identify costs and benefit differences between the plans, and maximize their Medicare benefits for 2013,” said Pollock.

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


Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Casper College is offering “Meditative Doodling for Grown Ups” (OLLI 2062) during the month of October.

The class, taught by Jody Halferty “will explore the evolution of various patterns and doodles and the meditative benefits of doodling,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist. “Lines, swirls, and other decorative patterns have been around since ancient times, and each class will include time (for students) to practice drawing patterns and creating their own unique artwork,” Pollock noted.

“No drawing experience is required for the class; those signing up just need to have a desire to lose themselves in a fun and relaxing art form,” said Pollock. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 to 23.

For more information or to register, contact Pollock at 268-2097 or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2099.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ken Graves, owner of P. Hawk Coffee Roaster, will provide the history of tea and the traditions that have evolved around the drinking of tea during “The World of Tea: Steeped in History” (OLLI 8001) class at Casper College.

Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Casper College, Graves will “discuss why drinking tea at tea houses was considered politically subversive, the difference between high and low tea, and what the best teas are to serve with sandwiches, pastries, or cookies,” noted Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist.

The class, which will begins on Wednesday, Oct. 24 will also include a show-and-tell session where participants will be able to bring their favorite teacup or teapot to class.

For more information or to register, contact Pollock at 268-2097 or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2099.


Monday, September 17, 2012

The Wyoming Club Calf Association will be holding its 28th Annual Club Calf Sale on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Grace Werner Agriculture Pavilion on the Casper College campus beginning at 1:30 p.m.

According to Heath Hornecker, Casper College Agriculture Division chair, the sale will feature more than 30 head for sale. “Numerous county fair champs, reserves, and class winners over the years have come from this sale,” said Hornecker. He noted that a steer purchased at the 2011 sale by Bill Dalles of Laramie, Wyo. “took champion at the 2012 Albany County Fair and was also the winner of $800 at the 2012 Wyoming Club Calf Futurity. The steer was raised and sold by West’s Show Steers.”

The club calf sale will feature calves from Burch Livestock, West’s Show Steers, Jeff Berry, LeClair Show Steers, Steve Young, and Legacy Livestock.

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


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Comedy mentalist Sean Bott will be at Casper College to entertain with his blend of comedy and mental feats, on Friday, Sept. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Roberts Commons Ballroom.

“Although most agree Sean’s mental feats are freakin' awesome, it is his comedic timing, improvisational skill, and his hilarious character-voices that wins audiences over,” according to Bass/Schuler Entertainment. Bott has appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel, the WB, and on-air with Radio Disney performing his unique blend of hilarious characters and psychic entertainment, and his film credits include “27 Hours” with James Franco, “Alien Express” with Lou Diamond Phillips, and “Dark Angels” with Jonathan Tyler.

Sponsored by the Casper College Student Activities Board, the performance is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The first cultural dinner for the 2012-2013 school year at Casper College will feature foods from Germany. The German dinner will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Roberts Commons Cafeteria.

The dinner will feature Happy Gardner’s Salad (Salat der Frohlichen Garnterin), German Potato Salad (Kartoffelsalat), Frankfurt Soup (Frankfurter Suppe), Braised Pork with Horseradish Sauce, Beef Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Braised Red Cabbage, Rosti, Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte), and Apple Strudel (Apefelstrudel).

Other dinners scheduled for the school year are Greek on October 25, Kenyan on April 18, and Native American on May 2.

Tickets for individual dinners are sold in advance through the Friday before each dinner at a cost of $9.50 each. When purchased at the door, tickets will cost $11 for adults and $7 for ages 7 through 12. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Sales tax will be added to all ticket purchases.

According to Janet de Vries, Casper College Diversity Committee member, tickets may be purchased at the Casper College Business Office or the Gateway Café, both located on the third floor of the Gateway Building. Other locations include the Roberts Commons Cafeteria, and the cafés in Liesinger Hall and the Wold Physical Science Center. Cash is accepted at all locations and credit cards are accepted at the cafeteria and cafés.

“Due to construction near Roberts Commons Cafeteria, diners should plan to park in lots on the east side of campus and walk or park south of the Gertrude Krampert Theatre and catch a shuttle van. There are a few handicap parking spots adjacent to Roberts Commons, but no other parking is allowed. Drivers may drop passengers at Roberts Commons and then move their vehicles to parking lots,” noted de Vries.

The cultural dinner series is sponsored by the Casper College Diversity Committee.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Casper College Fire Science Program will offer “Introduction to Wildland Fire Fighting” (FIRE 1810-60) over three weekends: October 6 and 7, October 20 and 21 and November 10 and 11.

“The course is designed for the pre-service student as well as entry level personnel who have no previous wildland firefighting experience. This course will train firefighters in basic wildland firefighting skills,” said Mark Harshman, instructor.

Through multi-media, student discussion, and interactive participation, “students will develop knowledge of wildland fire firefighting techniques by learning about fire behavior, fire weather, safety, firefighter preparedness, use of tools and equipment, firing devices, use of water, suppression, securing the control line, use of maps, scouting, communicating, hazardous materials, and standards for survival,” said Harshman.

For more information or to register contact Dale Anderson, Casper College Fire Science Program director at 268-2361 or via email.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Casper College 2012 Pioneer Trails Forensics Tournament is seeking judges for one or more rounds during the 31st Annual Pioneer Trails Speech and Debate Tournament October 4, 5 and 6 on the Casper College campus.

According to Terry Rogers, tournament director and forensics coach, Lincoln/Douglas debates will be held on Thursday while parliamentary debate and individual events will be held on Friday and Saturday.

“We are in need of people to judge for an hour or more during this tournament. We would like to make this one of the best tournaments that forensics has to offer and with the help of the community we can do that,” said Rogers.

No prior experience is needed for judging, and those without experience will be provided with direction and training at no charge.

To volunteer to judge, or for more information contact Rogers at 268-2648 or via email.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” one of Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular plays, takes to the stage of the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre on the Casper College campus, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. This classic farcical comedy features sparkling dialogue, wonderful characters, gloriously improbable plot twists, sparkling romances and some of the most quotable lines in all of theatre.

Based in Victorian London, the plot centers on the play’s protagonist, Jack Worthing, a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, he is the owner of a country estate, a justice of the peace and guardian to Cecily Cardew, a pretty 18-year old granddaughter of the late Thomas Cardew, who found and adopted Jack when he was a baby. Jack invents a black sheep brother named Earnest who lives in London where he is always perpetually in trouble. Jack uses Earnest as an excuse to disappear to London where no one knows him and he is free of his role and responsibilities.

In London, Jack passes himself off as Earnest. His double life becomes complicated when he falls in love with his best friend’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. Jack’s friend, Algernon, uncovers Jack’s double life and as Jack is explaining his predicament, he unwittingly describes Cecily so endearingly that Algernon must meet her. Algernon shows up at Jack’s country estate posing as Jack’s brother Earnest and the plot twists and turns through a comedy of misrepresentations that become hilariously more complex with each scene.

The cast is played by:
John (Jack) Worthing, J.P., played by Chase Scarborough, sophomore from Kelly Walsh High School in Casper; Algernon Moncrieff, played by Cyle Hart, freshman from Hot Springs High School in Thermopolis, Wyo.; Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D., played by Cosmin Harris, sophomore from Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah; Merriman (butler), played by Nick McDill, freshman from Natrona County High School in Casper; Lane (man servant), played by Gordon Moon, sophomore from Kelly Walsh High School in Casper; Lady Bracknell, played by Patricia Lovelace from Evanston High School, Evanston, Wyo.; Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax, played by Kathryn Benardis, sophomore from Natrona County High School in Casper, Cecily Cardew, played by Paulina Strayer, freshman from Kelly Walsh High School; and Miss Prism (governess), played by Mary McPherson, sophomore from Kelly Walsh High School in Casper.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, September 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, October 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and teens (ages 5-18). There is a $2 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more. Patron member’s tickets are already on sale and sales to the general public start on Monday, September 24.

To purchase tickets, call the Krampert Theatre box office at 307-268-2500 or toll free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2500. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door based on availability. Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. Tickets will be mailed for $1 per order.


Friday, September 21, 2012

The Center for Training and Development at Casper College is offering a chance for leaders and management to increase their staff’s teamwork and communication skills while having fun with “Reenergize Your Team with FISH®!” (CEU 0709 70).

The class, which will run from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, will provide “quick and simple training (to) improve your team’s outlook on providing positive customer service by creating a fun and effective workplace culture in four simple and fun steps,” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist.

To register or for more information contact Dalton at 268-2085 or via email.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Using a nongrammar approach, “Spanish for Nursing” (CEU 0190 70) will be taught through the Center for Training and Development at Casper College beginning Monday, Oct. 1.

Designed for non-Spanish speaking nurses, the class will present a nongrammar-based approach to teaching focused, job-specific commands. “Nurses will be provided with the communication and cultural tools needed to help provide medical care and attention to Spanish-speaking patients with an emphasis on quality patient care,” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist. “Absolutely no prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary,” she added.

To register or for more information contact Dalton at 268-2085 or via email.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Andrés Álvarez Castañda, Ph.D., a Mayan anthropologist, and department head of anthropology and sociology at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, will be on the Casper College Campus Tuesday, Oct 2.

Andrés will be making two presentations on the 2nd – one at from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and a second one from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Both talks will focus on Mayan culture and historical events in Guatemala. “Andrés will present his research in relation to Guatemalan society, history, and the role of Mayan culture in the development of present day Guatemala,” said Shawn Powell, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Science at Casper College. “He is a great speaker and brings a wealth of knowledge about Mayan culture to our campus,” he added.

The Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in Guatemala City, Guatemala is a ‘sister’ school of Casper College, and participates in faculty and student exchanges with Casper College.

Both talks will take place in the Wheeler Auditorium, located in the Wold Physical Science Center, and are free and open to the public.


Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Casper College Paralegal Program will offer free legal services during the fall semester.

Current students of the paralegal program, under the supervision of an attorney, will provide assistance.

“Cases are limited to simple civil matters and we are not authorized to handle any criminal matters. We can help with debt collection issues, uncontested divorces, guardianships, name changes, simple wills, adoptions, etc.,” said Mary Kubichek, Casper College paralegal instructor.

“While the legal advice is free, clients must have a financial need and will be responsible for court costs and expenses. This service is open to all community members,” she noted.

To set up an appointment time contact Kubichek at 268-2618 or by email.


Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Casper College German Club is selling authentic German Adventskalendars (Advent calendars) for $8 each now through December 1.

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 2013.

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

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