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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Casper College Spanish Club will be holding a Day of the Dead Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The yearly holiday, also known as All Souls’ Day, originated in Mexico.

According to Eric Atkins, Casper College Spanish instructor and club sponsor, this year’s festivities will include loteria (Mexican bingo) and a coloring contest. Prizes will be awarded in both events. In addition sugar skulls and skull-shaped sugar cookies will be available for decorating, face painting will be offered, and fun facts about the holiday will be provided as well.

The event is free and open to everyone and will take place in the second floor lobby of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus.


Friday, November 2, 2012

The Casper College Center for Training and Development is offering a QuickBooks class especially designed for contractors.

“We will show contractors how they can customize QuickBooks and make it a powerful tool for the construction industry. Students will learn how to efficiently set up required fields, track customer and vendor activity, better manage customer down payments, monitor subcontractor bids and payments, and manage payroll,” said Ann Dalton. “In addition, we will discuss ways to allocate overhead to jobs and create job cost and other reports beneficial for contractors,” noted Dalton, workforce training specialist.

The class will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 10 and 17 and will be taught by Heather Hudson, certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

For more information or to register contact Dalton at 268-2085 or via email.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Professional theatrical agent Craig Holzberg will present a free master class for those interested in professional theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre.

Holzberg is president and founder of Avalon Artists Group, a full-service talent agency with offices in both New York and Los Angeles. “Avalon Artists Group represents actors and models of all ages for film, TV, theatre, commercials, voice-over, and print,” Holzberg said.

During the master class, which is free and open to the public, Holzberg “will cover what to expect, look for, and focus on in an audition for agents,” said James Olm, Casper College music theatre and voice instructor. A question-and-answer session will follow Holzberg’s presentation.

A guest artist at Casper College, Holzberg is also the agent for another Casper College guest artist, Lindsie VanWinkle, who is playing the lead of Eva Peron in the Casper College fall musical “Evita.”


Friday, November 2, 2012

The public is invited to attend the November edition of Coffee, Tea and Dee on Wednesday, Nov. 14 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, this month’s special sale will feature 10 percent off on all jewelry 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, featuring free coffee and tea by P. Hawk Coffee Roaster, all jewelry 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 December 12 and will feature a different sale.


Friday, November 2, 2012
Trip to include Berlin, Poland, and Prague

A special trip to the sights and towns closely associated with World War II and the Holocaust is being offered through the Community Education Department at Casper College August 1 through 14, 2013.

Hosted by Lance Jones, Casper College Holocaust and WWII instructor, the trip will feature trips to Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, and other locations in the area. In addition to the scheduled tours and trips, plenty of free time and optional activities have been scheduled into the itinerary, according to Laura Burnett, community education specialist.

The cost of the trip includes round-trip airfare from Casper on United Airlines, all hotels, all ground transportation, enroute travel insurance, all breakfasts, seven dinners, all entrance fees for scheduled tours, tour guides, and gratuities.

“This is a wonderful chance for folks to travel to and learn about an historical part of the world,” said Burnett. Highlights of the trip include visits to the Fuehrerbunker; the Warsaw Ghetto area; “Hollylodz,” the Polish film industry and Walk of Fame; Europe’s longest pedestrian street, “ulica Piotrkowska;” the National Shrine of the Black Madonna; the newly opened museum located in the former Oscar Schindler’s factory; as well as a guided tour of Krakow, the first European city included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s list of the most precious places in the world; and much more.

The cost, based on the participation of 20 individuals, is $5930 per person. A $500 deposit is due by Friday, January 18, 2013 and registrations will be taken in the order that deposits are received. For more information or to register, contact Burnett at 307-268-3399, 800-442-2963, ext. 3399 or via email.


Monday, November 5, 2012

The Casper College District Board of Trustees will hold its November 2012 board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Building, Room 312B.

Prior to the board meeting the board will hold its work session and finance meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gateway Building, Room 312.

The final board meeting for the calendar year will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the same time and location.

Both the November and December meetings are open and the public is invited to attend.


Monday, November 5, 2012

An exhibit highlighting the history of mining in the state of Wyoming will be on display at the Tate Geological Museum through Friday, Nov. 30.

“Those Holes in the Earth: Centuries of Mining” is part of the traveling exhibit program of the Wyoming State Museum. “The exhibit is comprised of 22 panels which show the history of mining in the state through the use of historic photographs, drawings, and text. The panels span from the earliest evidence of mining gained from paleo-archaeology sites all the way up to the modern day. Different types of mining are all represented with stone, coal, oil, and mineral,” said Mark Brammer, curator of exhibits and supervisor of museum programs at the Wyoming State Museum.

Topics addressed include ancient stone quarries, coal mining by the Union Pacific Railroad, the many dangers of mining, booms and busts in mining communities, the state's oil industry, and modern mining. “This exhibit studies the impact mining had on the state as far as the ups and downs in the industry and gives a look at some of the mining communities across the state and how life in the mines can effect their lives,” said Brammer.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Tate Geological Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located on the Casper College campus.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Casper College will be offering “Lead Paint RRP EPA Certification” on Friday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“All contractors must be Environmental Protection Agency lead renovator, repair, and painting certified to remodel buildings built before 1978,” said Sarah Olson, workforce training specialist.

Taught by an instructor from Clean Edison, the class will cover lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination including containing the work area, minimizing dust, and cleanup. Those who successfully complete the training will be EPA certified and can earn eight American Institute of Architects credits.

“The cost for the class is only $75 per person, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Because of this grant, we are able to provide training at a very low cost,” Olson said.

The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 16. For more information or to register contact Olson at 268-3847, toll free at 800-442-2963, ext. 3847, via email, or at


Monday, November 5, 2012

The Casper College GIS (geographic information system) Department, the City of Casper, and Natrona County are celebrating GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a poster contest, cake decorating contest, and a variety of presentations.

“This year’s GIS Day hosts are sponsoring competitions for the best poster and best decorated cake that informs, educates, and engages the audience about a GIS topic or event,” said Jeff Sun, Casper College GIS instructor. Prizes will be awarded in both contests.

In addition to the contests and exhibits, demonstrations will take place between 1 and 4 p.m. related to online mapping used by the City of Casper, fire applications used by Natrona County, GIS use on iPhones and iPads by Link Energy, and the GIS program at Casper College.

Refreshments will be served during the event, which will also feature a map gallery, interactive map displays, and exhibit tables.

All event activities will take place in the Wold Physical Science Center lobby while all demonstrations will take place in the Loftin Life Science Center, Room 109. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Esri, maker of GIS software, according to Sun.


Friday, November 9, 2012

As part of John Cage’s worldwide centennial celebration the Casper College Percussion Ensemble will present works by the American composer on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Aley Fine Arts Center.

“The audience will have the freedom to wander through the space of the Aley Fine Arts Center and experience performances of Cage’s works in a unique and multi-layered soundscape. The works will be performed at different points during the evening, often overlapping,” said Neeraj Mehta, DMA, percussion instructor and director of the percussion ensemble.

In addition to the percussion ensemble, the event will also feature Jerome Fleg, woodwind instructor on clarinet; Kristen Lenth, vocal instructor, vocals; Holly Wendt, English instructor, spoken word; and the students of Larry Burger, sound design instructor, electronic music.

Works to be performed include “Double Music,” Living Room Music,” “A Flower,” “In a Landscape,” “Dream,” “Radio Music,” “4’33”,” “Sonata for Clarinet,” and “A Lecture on Nothing.”

The performance is free and open to the public. The Aley Fine Arts Center is located on the Casper College campus.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Celebrate the holidays by purchasing gift certificates during Happy OLLI Days. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Casper College is now selling $55 gift certificates for holiday gift giving or any other special event.

“Each gift certificate entitles the receiver to a full year’s membership in OLLI for the 2013 year. Membership privileges include two free OLLI classes in spring 2013, one free OLLI class in summer 2013, two free OLLI classes in fall 2013, the OLLI newsletter, and invitations to OLLI member socials,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

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

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

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

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


Sunday, November 11, 2012

The public is invited to a free screening of the film “It’s a Girl” on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Sharon Nichols Auditorium.

The 2012 documentary film released by Shadowline Films exposes the practice of gendercide. “In India, China, and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called ‘gendercide,’” said Evan Grae Davis, director of the documentary.

“As we released ‘It’s a Girl,’ I asked myself whether or not the world would respond to our call and rise up in defense of the innocent. My deep hope and desire is that the stories of ‘It’s a Girl’ will capture the hearts of audiences globally and compel us all to rise up and fuel a movement to end gender-based violence and killings, as well as resoundingly affirm the worth and dignity of girls and women in India, China and the rest of the world,” Davis said.

The screening, sponsored by the Casper College Gender Studies Program, “may not be appropriate for small children, but would be an eye-opening experience for teenagers and adults,” said Lynette Grant, gender studies student.

Refreshments will be served at the screening. The Sharon Nichols Auditorium, Room 160, is located in the Neil and Doris McMurry Career Studies Center on the Casper College Campus.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Casper College men's basketball might be tough to see during their home game this Saturday night.

The Thunderbirds will be decked out in camouflage uniforms.

It's all part of an effort to honor Wyoming's veterans, according to head coach Joel Davidson. All veterans will be admitted free of charge to Saturday's games of the Pizza Hut tournament. This year's tournament features men's and women's games Thursday through Saturday at Swede Erickson Gymnasium.

Davidson says he thought of the idea in part because the NCAA has also set aside this week to honor the veterans. And there was no better game for the veterans to enjoy than Saturday night, when perennial juco power College of Southern Idaho comes to town. Former Wyoming Cowboy and Wyoming native Steve Gosar coaches the Golden Eagles, who will also be decked out in camouflage uniforms.

"Steve loved the idea and he is looking forward to coming home for what should be an outstanding night," Davidson says.

The men's game tips off at 7:30, but three games, including the T-Bird women's game at 5:30, precede the finale Saturday.

Ticket prices for the Pizza Hut tournament are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Tournament passes are $15.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Casper College art students will be holding the Annual Holiday Remainder Art Sale for Two days: Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Casper College Goodstein Visual Arts Center.

The annual fund-raising sale, sponsored by the Casper College Art Club, will feature handmade pottery by Casper College students.

“The proceeds go to help bring in guest artists and travel to museums by art club students. All the work is handmade original pieces and range in price from a few dollars to hundreds,” said Mike Olson, ceramics instructor at Casper College.

The Casper College Annual Holiday Remainder Art Sale will be held in Room 102. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012
School also first Wyoming Public College in Yellow Ribbon Program

Casper College has been named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list compiled by Victory Media, Inc. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of military friendly schools shows Casper College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” noted Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media.

“It is a great honor for Casper College to receive this designation,” said Lisa Goss, veteran and scholarship coordinator at Casper College. “Casper College is committed to helping our service members, veterans, and their spouses achieve their educational dreams, and this recognition says that we are meeting that goal.”

“In addition to the military friendly designation, Casper College is the first Wyoming public college to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program with the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Goss.

According to the VA, The Yellow Ribbon Program was established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.


Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

The Casper College Alumni Association has announced the recipients for the 2012-2013 Outstanding Student Scholarship. Two nontraditional-aged students were each awarded $3,000 to be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters.

Alan Corey, an engineering major at Casper College, will receive his engineering degree in December 2012 and a degree in physics in May 2013. Corey plans “to transfer to the University of North Dakota to finish my bachelor’s degree. At that point once I have taken any required test in order to become an official civil engineer, my plan is to pursue my master’s degree at Colorado State University and maybe even my doctorate.” Corey, a graduate of Natrona County High School is the son of Diane Corey and the late Charles Corey both of Casper.

Zechariah Thornton is a computer science major, and would “also like to graduate with a mathematics degree (from Casper College). After I graduate I (hope) to attend the University of Wyoming and earn a bachelor's degree in computer science along with a degree for computer networking.” A graduate of Roosevelt High School, Thornton noted that he would like “to work in the computer science field within Wyoming, if possible, upon completion of my education.”

The Alumni Association Outstanding Student Scholarship recognizes high academic achievement, leadership qualities, and community involvement, with academic achievement the highest selection criterion for the scholarship. Financial need is also taken into consideration.

For more information about the Casper College Alumni Association Outstanding Student Scholarship and other scholarships available at Casper College go to


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Casper College Adult Learning Center Instructor Connie Colman has received the Adult Educator Award of Merit for 2012. The award is presented to an Adult Basic Education or English as a Second Language educator who has demonstrated outstanding service promoting, developing, implementing, or teaching adult education in Wyoming.

“Sometimes the only appreciation we get is from our colleagues and an award we didn't expect. Connie is one of the first to receive this award and I hope to continue the awards for many years to come,” said Marcia Hess, Adult Basic Education program manager, Wyoming Community College Commission.

Colman was chosen from the list of nominees in part because of her work with Native Americans and her lead in securing test taking accommodations for Casper College students with disabilities.

“She is the sole instructor to serve the Native American correctional GED program at the Casper Re-Entry Center. She initiated the program three years ago from the ground up, and since that time, has made it her personal goal to learn everything she can about native culture and how it affects instructional techniques and interaction. She is very comfortable teaching her students and very respectful of their unique needs,” said Lisa Mixer, Casper College Adult Learning Center programs coordinator.

“As point person for the center, Connie assures that our learning disabled students get the accommodations they deserve,” noted Mixer. According to Mixer, Colman follows up on school records, and works closely with Shawn Powell, dean for the Casper College School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Shawn is also a licensed psychologist and the two of them complete the ‘Learning and Other Cognitive Disabilities Request for Testing Accommodations.’ Connie then facilitates the testing with Casper College Student Services,” Mixer said.

Colman has been an instructor with the Adult Learning Center at Casper College since November 2001.

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