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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Tate Geological Museum will celebrate the Fourth Annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the museum.

The popular “Fossil Road Show” will return and give attendees the opportunity to bring rocks and fossils to have them evaluated and identified by Casper College geology instructors.

In addition to the “Fossil Road Show,” tours will be given in the T. rex barn and the prep lab, National Park Service Jr. Ranger books will be given away to children while supplies last, make and take fossil casting will be available, and everyone attending will also be able to make their own eurypterid craft.

In conjunction with the celebration will be the special art exhibition, “Shadow of the Past,” by illustrator Russell Hawley at the Goodstein Gallery. Hawley, who is the Tate Museum’s Education Specialist, will give a talk at noon that same day in the Goodstein Visual Arts Center about the exhibition.

The open house, which is sponsored by the Tate Geological Museum, the U.S. National Park Service, and the American Geological Institute, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


Monday, October 7, 2013
Shows features iconic rain scene

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance fall musical production of “Singin’ in the Rain” will feature rain onstage during the famous “Singin’ in the Rain” number.

“Yes, it will rain on McMurry Mainstage,” said Richard Burk, director. “Kyle Melton our scenic and lighting designer, has done a terrific job with the set design for this production. The audience is in for a real treat, because this romantic musical comedy is all you could hope for and more. The delightful music, the plot twists, the dance, the scenery, the costumes, all take us back to that time in 1927 when things seemed so much simpler than they are today,” Burk noted.

The production features a cast of 29, an 18-piece orchestra, includes songs like “Good Morning,” “You are my Lucky Star,” the title song, and is based on the MGM film of the same name.

“Singin’ in the Rain” will be performed on the McMurry Mainstage. The musical will run October 10 through 12, and October 16 through 19 each night beginning at 7:30. The final performance will take place on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students ages 5 to 18. 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


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Comedy headliner Collin Moulton will be at Casper College on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall.

The comedian, who has had his own half hour stand-up special on Showtime and a featured spot on Nickelodeon, has been touring for the last 15 years. Moulton has appeared at such comedy venues as Caroline’s (NYC), The Funnybones (Columbus, Des Moines, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Toledo, Omaha, Richmond, Hartford etc.), The Improv (LA, Irvine, Brea, Denver, Tampa, etc.), The Laugh Factory, The Icehouse (Pasadena, Calif.), the Punchline (San Francisco), and Ridley’s Comedy Castle (Detroit, Mich.). Rooftop Comedy noted that, “Collin draws on life experiences, current events and incisive personal observations to create a comedy ride that is hilarious, and memorable."

Moulton’s comedy performance is free and open to the public, however, the show may not be suitable for children: “For children I would say come with caution, like a PG-13 rating at movie theatres,” said Nicholas Whipps, Casper College student activities coordinator. Moulton’s performance is sponsored by the Casper College Student Activities Board.


Thursday, October 10, 2013
Registrations still being taken

Casper native and NASA Management Integration Office for the International Space Station Vehicle Office Manager, Ryan (Landon) Prouty will be one of two keynote speakers at the 11th Annual Math and Science Teacher’s Conference at Casper College October 18 and 19, 2013.

Chad Pregracke, president and founder of Living Lands & Water, will also keynote at the event designed to provide teaching ideas and resources for K-12 math and science instructors.

During her presentation “My Journey to NASA,” Prouty will share her journey from the mountains of Wyoming to the halls of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Currently Prouty is responsible for managing risks to the on orbit vehicle system and payload facility hardware through all phases of flight readiness. She also facilitates and develops interfaces across the International Space Station Program, including International Partner relationships. A Kelly Walsh High School graduate, she holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Wyoming.

Pregracke founder of America’s only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization, “will tell a compelling and funny story about growing up on the river and how his river experiences led to his unique vision to clean up the Mississippi River,” said Sarah Olson, Casper College workforce training specialist. “Pregracke’s tale embodies the importance of setting goals and illustrates how determination, hard work, and persistence pays off. Those attending his presentation will be empowered by his fascinating story and genuine compassion to make a difference,” Olson added.

Both days will be filled with a variety of presentations, lunch, and roundtable discussions. Some of the presentations scheduled over the two-day conference includes “Using Wyoming Ecosystems and Wildlife to Teach,” “High Altitude Ballooning in Wyoming,” “Newton’s Law in the Context of Vehicle Safety,” “Seeing is Believing – Encouraging Students to Reason Mathematically,” and many more.

The cost to attend the two-day program is $150 person. To register contact Olson at 307-268-3847 or email.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Foods from India will be featured at the next cultural dinner at Casper College on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Roberts Commons Cafeteria.

The dinner will feature lamb curry; garden salad with tamarind dressing; samosas, a fried or baked pastry with a savory filling; chicken vindaloo, a curried dish typically served with rice or flatbread; basmati rice, a long-grain rice grown in India and Pakistan; palak paneer, a dish containing spinach, a cheese of some type, and curry; zucchini and pepper fry; alu chole, a potato and chickpea curry dish; and for dessert sweet carrot pudding featuring carrots cooked in a sweetened milk custard garnished with raisins, cashews, and fragrant cardamom, and nariyal burfi, Indian coconut fudge.

Other dinners scheduled are Japanese on February 13, Dutch on March 20, Lebanese on April 10, and Russian on May 1.

Tickets for the Indian dinner are now on sale and are $9.50 for adults and $7 for children ages 7 to 12 when purchased in advance, 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 at Roberts Commons Cafeteria during regular meal times. Cash is accepted at all locations and credit cards are also accepted at the cafeteria and café.

Those attending the dinner are encouraged to use the parking lots located to the southwest of Roberts Commons.

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


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Casper College School of Health Science will present a spooky and fun night of X-rayed Halloween treats, a haunted hospital ward, fun hospital, and prizes and treats for all those who visit the Saunders Health Science Center at Casper College on Halloween night.

“During the night, the Casper College Student Radiography Association and radiography faculty will X-ray Halloween treats,” said Laurie Weaver, chair of the radiography department at Casper College. “We will be handing out goodies and prizes to all the children and they will get to keep the X-ray of their candy,” she said. Children will also be able to watch the radiography students X-ray their candy and help develop the film in the darkroom, according to Weaver.

A new event, a ‘fun’ hospital, is designed for younger children. “The fun hospital will include a variety of areas that children may see in a real healthcare setting. We want children to have a fun, relaxing time so that hopefully they won’t be scared when they do have to go to the doctor’s office or the hospital,” Weaver said.

The popular haunted hospital ward sponsored by the Casper College Student Nursing Association will return. “The haunted hospital ward is geared for those who can handle scary stuff, 8 years of age and older,’ noted Weaver.

Everyone attending is asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item to the event to be used in the creation of Thanksgiving baskets. “Of course if people do not have a food item they can still come in,” noted Weaver.

Those attending are asked to park on the south side of the building due to construction or to park on College Drive. A new parking lot is also available to the southwest where Bailey Residence Hall formerly stood.

The Halloween activities will take place throughout the Saunders Health Science Center from 6 to 8 p.m. The Saunders Health Science Center is located on the Casper College campus.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Traveling thousands of miles across the country, examining class after class of everything from market steers to breeding ewes, giving more sets of reasons than anyone would care to count. Hours and hours of hard work and practice – all in hopes that in the end, it will pay off. The Casper College livestock judging team is proving themselves to be extreme competitors at the national level.

The livestock judging team is led by Dr. Jeremy Burkett, head coach and agriculture instructor, and Mr. Jason Johnson, assistant coach.

“Amongst the toughest competition in the country, our students have proven their ability to compete,” Burkett said. “We have had a busy, but very competitive fall season. And, if they continue their strong and positive work ethic, we should have a great fall and spring season to come.”

The sophomore judging team has traveled to seven contests so far, dozens of workouts, and two national contests to come. Their team consists of Cade Christensen, Laddy Trehal, Nick Edelman, Dylan Freeman, Makayla Goodnow, Zoey Taucher, Sierra Crisp, Ethan George, Bailey Skinner, Bill Dalles, Lacie Potter, Emily Hasenauer, Julia Pawlitza, Josh Ovard, Sam Schulz, Lucas Drake, Chantz Potter, Katie Dodge, BW Ochsner, Colby Hales, Katy Pannell, Lisa Andreen, and Logan Cecil.

They kicked off their year in the beginning of September at the National Barrow Show, held in Austin, Minnesota. Being the first contest, nerves and expectations were high. Thirteen of the sophomores came ready to start off their competitive season with a bang. At the end of the week, the team ended up sixth overall and third in reasons. Individually, Christensen placed fourth in reasons.

After a brief rest period, the team headed to the Flint Hills Classic in Manhattan, Kansas, hosted by Kansas State University. The team placed fifth overall, second in sheep, and fifth in cattle. As individuals, Hasenauer made the top 10 in sheep and Cecil placed fifth in cattle. Christensen was also successful after placing second in sheep, fourth in reasons, and finished seventh overall.

“It was a high quality contest,” Christensen said. “I enjoyed giving reasons to some of the most influential people in the industry. Coming out on top was just a plus and a stepping stone for future contests.”

The team immediately headed to Wichita, Kansas for the Mid – American Classic. Back to back contests such as these are a true test of mental endurance, and Casper College came in ready to compete. Overall, the team placed 10th , and Hales placed fourth in cattle. One of the main goals of the team at this contest was to amend any mistakes that they made at the Flint Hills Classic in order to make themselves an even stronger competitor.

After a week of intense practice, the T-Birds took flight to the Cornhusker state for the regional show, AK-SAR-BEN. As a team, they placed third overall out of 13 teams and 94 individuals, third in hogs, and also won both cattle and reasons. Trehal placed in the top five in both cattle and hogs. Hales also ended up in the top five in hogs and reasons. To top it off, Skinner was called up second in cattle.

The following week, 11 of the sophomores loaded up and headed south for both the Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa, OK) and State Fair of Texas (Dallas,TX). These shows bring in some of the highest quality livestock and draw the most competitive judging teams in the country, making them one of the most challenging stops on Casper College’s road to success. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the T-Birds placed in top five of all species, third in reasons, and second overall. This was aided by several individual accomplishments. Ochsner was fourth overall, Freeman placed eighth in reasons, and Christensen ended up third in reasons and won swine. Hales had a very successful day, placing fourth in reasons, second in sheep, and was high individual of the contest.

“It was awfully rewarding to compete at such a challenging contest with some of the most competitive schools in the nation,” Hales said after his success.

The team was happy with the success, but continued to sharpen their edge as they headed to Dallas, Texas. As a team, they were second in sheep and beef, won oral reasons, and were second overall. Skinner placed third in swine, Christensen was fourth in beef, and Dodge was called up third in reasons. Freeman placed in the top 10 overall.

“It was an honor to have the previous coach from Texas A&M tip his hat off to us in terms of consistency in the reasons room. It’s rare to be given such a compliment from someone of great stature in the judging world,” Hasenauer remarked.

The Casper College team is headed to Colorado State University’s mock contest soon, and will complete the Fall season traveling to the two national contests at the American Royal in Kansas City, MO and finish with the NAILE in Louisville, KY.

Burkett says, “This team has been the most consistently competitive group in recent memory at Casper College. The work ethic that these students display will surely pay off in success.”


Friday, October 18, 2013

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. The program will be accepting new clients until Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.


Friday, October 18, 2013

The Casper College Collegiate Chorale, Contemporary Singers, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus will present “Choral Collage Concert” on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall.

Under the direction of new choral activities director Zachary Vreeman the men’s chorus will perform music from Ralph Vaughn Williams and George Mead, as well as “3 Sea Shanties” by Ron Jeffers, and “Ain’-a That Good News!” by William Dawson.

The women’s chorus will perform songs composed by Ro Ogura, “Hotaru Koi;” Robert Schumann, “Herbstlied;” Gwyneth Walker “I Thank You God;” and “Linden Lea” arranged by Douglas Wagner.

The contemporary singers will kick up the pace with popular favorites “In the Mood,” “Lonesome Road,” “Happy Together,” “Java Jive,” and “Chili Con Carne.”

The contemporary singers will perform both classic and modern compositions including “Feller from Fortune,” and “I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart.”

The concert will conclude with all four groups joining together to perform Aaron Copeland’s “The Promise of Living.”

Accompanying the choirs will be pianists Paula Flynn and Eric Unruh, Ph.D.

The “Choral Collage Concert” is free and open to the public. The Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the new Music Building on the Casper College campus.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for Casper College’s 9th Annual Big Band Dinner Dance, “Let’s Dance” featuring a selection of memorable dance numbers and special guest vocalist Zachary Vreeman. The dinner dance will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Natrona Ballroom at the Parkway Plaza.

This year’s dance will feature popular big band tunes performed by the Casper College Big Band, and a free 15-minute dance lesson on ballroom dancing by Machelle Holloway, according to Jerome Fleg, Casper College woodwind instructor and director of the Casper College Big Band.

Doors and the cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. This year’s buffet dinner, which will begin at 6, will feature an Italian buffet, which will include lasagna, penne noodles, linguini noodles, Alfredo sauce, marinara sauce, meatballs, Italian sausage, Caesar salad, antipasta salad, garlic bread, and Italian blend vegetables. The buffet will also include tossed salad with assorted dressings, vegetable and relish tray, assorted desserts, coffee, and tea. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $35 per individual or $50 per couple. For those wishing to dance only, tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance. Reservations for the dinner dance must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 6 by contacting the Casper College Music Department at 268-2606, 800-442-2963, ext. 2606, or email.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Hank True, co-owner of the True Companies, will be the presenter at this year’s Casper College Business Enrichment 2013 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

True, who was honored as the Casper College Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus, has distinguished himself as a financial executive, oil company executive, and rancher. True, along with his brothers, grew up learning the family business.

Today, True and younger brother David run the various company businesses, the bulk of which are concentrated in the Northern Rockies and include everything from drilling companies to ranches, and even a bank. “I love them all. I love the detail of oil, the bank has been a rewarding experience, and our ranches are where I got my love of agriculture. Today, I spend the bulk of my time in the pipeline and crude oil end of the business,” said True.

True’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall, located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus, with a question and answer session to follow. Light refreshments and hors d’ oeuvres will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. Both the refreshments and presentation are free and open to the public.


Monday, October 21, 2013

The Casper College Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, and Flute Ensemble, will be in concert on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. in the new Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall.

The concert band will be performing contemporary works by Daryl Johnson II, Alfred Reed, Frank Erickson, and Michael Lekrone, according to Douglas Bull, brass instructor and concert band director. “The brass ensemble will play from a repertoire that includes ‘The High Barbary,’ ‘Pilgrim's Chorus,’ ‘This and That,’ plus others,” said Bull, who also directs the brass ensemble. The flute ensemble, under the director of Dolores Thornton, adjunct flute instructor, will be playing some “music of the season. It should be a very pleasant fall afternoon of music,” noted Bull.

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


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The 4th Annual Western History Center Celebration for American Archives Month will feature author and historian Jefferson Glass on Monday, Oct. 28.

Glass will discuss the life of John Baptiste Richard, builder and namesake of Reshaw’s Bridge. “Reshaw's Bridge was an important Platte River crossing back in the 1850's. It was located in what is Evansville today,” said Vince Crolla, Casper College archivist. “Having recently published a book on the subject, Jeff will present his research and insight on this important figure of the American West,” noted Crolla.

The talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the library classroom, located on the second floor of the Goodstein Foundation Library at Casper College. Both the talk and reception are free and open to all. Refreshments will be served in the Western History Center, also located in the Goodstein Foundation Library, following the presentation.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Casper College has been named to the 2014 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 2014 list of military friendly schools shows Casper College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” noted Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.

“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.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding.


Friday, October 25, 2013

The November edition of the Tate Geological Museum’s Saturday Club will look at dinosaur weight and fish on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Using the principle of volumetric displacement on scale models of dinosaurs, students will be able to determine how scientists are able to figure out what the actual dinosaur weighed when alive,” said Russell Hawley.

Under the leadership of Hawley, Tate Geological Museum education specialist, students will also “learn about the fossil history of the most successful vertebrates ever – the fishes. Students learn how fish are divided into three major groups, and then construct their own fish skeletons out of cardboard,” he said.

The Saturday Club usually meets on the first Saturday of each month. The club has two age divisions, one for students aged 8 and older, and the other for children aged 5 to 7. The cost is $5 per child, which covers the cost of supplies, and can be paid at the door.

The Saturday Club takes place at the Tate Geological Museum, located on the Caper College campus. For more information, contact Hawley at 307-268-2447 or via email.


Friday, October 25, 2013

The Casper College Chamber Orchestra will present its fall concert “Autumn String Serenade” on Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at 3 p.m.

The orchestra, under the direction of Jennifer Cowell-DePaolo, string and class piano instructor, will play works by Aaron Copland, “Hoe Down from ‘Rodeo’ for String Orchestra;” Gustav Holst, “A Moorside Suite, Scherzo;” G.P. Telemann, “Don Quixote Suite;” and William Grant Still, “The Prince and the Mermaid Suite.”

Casper College Chamber Orchestra members include Anastasia Beeson, Leslie Christopherson, Amanda Dority, Catherine Hill, Marie Hill, Ana Merchant, and Arlon Miller on violin; Jack Hess, Lindy Stewart, and Jordan Wood on viola; Claire Shive, Tyler Thorne, and Tim Winckler on cello; and Jon Porter on bass.

The concert is free and open to all and will take place in the Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall located in the recently completed Music Building on the Casper College campus.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Internationally recognized artist and metalsmith Ira Sherman will be at Casper College to give a free lecture and slide show on his work titled “Aesthetic Prosthetic” on Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of the Goodstein Visual Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

As part of his visit to Casper, Sherman will demonstrate fold-forming techniques in copper for Casper College students during the week and will follow that with a fold forming in steel workshop open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10 at Inferno Metalworks located at 260 Delmar in Mills, Wyo.

Inferno Metalworks, a private metal studio owned by Betsy Bowers, “is partnering with Casper College to hold the workshop in Betsy’s facility, which is ideal for working in steel,” noted Ryan. The cost for the two-day workshop, which begins at 9 a.m., is $50 per person. Those wishing to attend the workshop are encouraged to come early to register.

Sherman, “has been described as ‘a sculptor, designer, intuitive engineer, and more … a modern artistic wizard’ by Metalsmith Magazine,” said Linda Ryan, Casper College visual arts program director and instructor. Ryan noted that Sherman’s work has been seen in Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Sherman’s free presentation and week working with Casper College students is made possible thanks to a private endowment set up to bring well-known guest artists working in metal to the college, said Ryan.

For more information on the fold forming in steel workshop contact Ryan at 307-268-2671 or Bower 206-306-2041.


Monday, October 28, 2013

The Casper College Community Education Department is offering a three-week class in ballroom dancing for beginners starting Sunday, Nov. 3.

“Ballroom Dance: Beginners” (CMSV 0035 70) will be taught by Machelle Holloway at the Casper Senior Center from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. According to Holloway students will learn “three fun and easy ballroom dances: the waltz, jitterbug, and the foxtrot.

Those interested in the class are asked to register with a partner. The cost for the class is $55 per person and registrations can be made by contacting Laura Burnett, community education specialist, at 307-268-3399 or email.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Casper College Center for Training and Development will be offering a course on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and again on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The course will take care of the OSHA requirement that employees must be trained on new label elements and safety data sheets by December 1, 2013.

“The objective of the course is to familiarize attendees with the revised Hazardous Communication (1910.1200) standard requirements for employee training in chemical classifications, labels and safety data sheets,” said Sarah Olson, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

According to Olson, new changes to the OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the GHS for the classification and labeling of chemicals, further improving safety and health protections for workers in America. “The GHS is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives and improve trade conditions for chemical manufactures,” she said. OSHA requires employees be trained on the new label elements and safety data sheets format by December 1, 2013.

Both classes will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., and both are worth .3 continuing education units. Casper College instructor Mike Malone will teach both courses. The cost is $60 per person. To register or for more information contact Olson at 307-268-3847 or email.

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