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Saturday, January 4, 2014

The public is invited to attend the January Coffee, Tea and Dee event on Wednesday, Jan. 22 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.

“This month we are featuring 10 percent off on all clothing associated with our mammoth, Dee,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums. 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 February 19 and will feature a different sale.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

A class looking at the contributions of African American writers from the earliest slave narratives to contemporary writings will be offered at Casper College for the spring 2014 semester.

“Living in a town that is 92 percent white can offer minimal chances for exploration of racial diversity, said Sarah Colvert, English instructor. “This class is designed to offer an academic approach to the literature, and thus the identity, of various African American authors from the inception of our country to the present day. Race is a subject that many are timid about discussing. In the class, we will be blazing forth with great writers to guide us,” she added.

“African American Literature” (ENGL 2350) will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 1:50 p.m. The class can count for English credits, or for general education credits for the cultural environment requirement. For more information or to register, contact Casper College at 238-2100 or


Monday, January 6, 2014

The Casper College Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant program will offer “Gerontology Practicum” (HLTK 1440 01) for the spring 2014 semester beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21.

“The purpose of the course in geriatrics is to provide a beginning knowledge about geriatrics and the overall effects of aging. The course practicum will focus on educating students about the importance of health and wellness, safety, and fall prevention in the geriatric population,” said Melissa Neff, occupational therapy instructor.

According to Neff, “students will be provided with the opportunity to work with geriatric clients within the community and their homes to address general strengthening and balance exercises, as well as educate the clients about resources available within the community in regard to health and wellness and providing a general home review to make safety recommendations within the client’s home.”

“The program will work closely with Wyoming Medical Center and the injury prevention coordinator and other local facilities, to meet the needs of the community while providing a positive and interactive learning environment for our students,” Neff added.

For more information or to register for “Gerontology Practicum” (HLTK 1440 01) contact Casper College at 307-268-2100 or


Monday, January 13, 2014

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will host a “Spring Fling” sign-up event on Friday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College Campus.

The sign up features a number system to assure that all those registering for spring classes will be taken care of in a quick and orderly manner, according to Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist. Numbers will be available from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Some of the classes to be offered for the spring session include “Early Days in Wyoming: Cowboys,” which will look at the state’s first cowboys from the 1850s and 60s; “The Book of Ruth,” a study of the Bible’s book of Ruth; “Italian Balsamic Vinegar,” to learn about Italian balsamic vinegars from the Modena region; “Olives to Olive Oil,” which will feature a lecture class as well as a cooking demonstration class; “Revolting Americans I and II,” which will look at the men and women of the American Revolution; three classes featuring field trips: “Leave it to Beavers: Restoring Bolton Creek,” “From Vision to Harvest: Wyoming’s Irrigation Heritage,” and In the Neighborhood: C Street Area;” and many more.

For those unable to attend the sign up, registrations will be taken by phone or in person beginning Monday, Jan. 27. To register by phone contact 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.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

A one-day beginner’s class on both Microsoft Excel 2007 and Microsoft Excel 2010 will be offered on or Saturday, Jan. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Casper College.

According to Ann Dalton “Microsoft Excel 2007/2010: Basic” (CEU 1111 61) “is a hands-on introduction to spreadsheets and will include instruction on how to create, edit, format, print, and work with multiple worksheets, create charts, templates and tables, apply formulas and functions, and use custom formatting.”

Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College, noted that participants should have a basic understanding of computers to participate in the class or consider taking “Introduction to Computers.” For more information or to register, contact Dalton at 268-2085 or email.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

A class to help those who have some iPad experience will be offered at Casper College through the college’s Center for Training and Development.

“iPad: Intermediate:” (CEU 1142 60) will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. “Students taking this class will learn how to get the most out of their Apple iPad and enhance their productivity by learning user tips and tricks including using iTunes, helpful apps to get started, syncing with iTunes, organizing, and personal and professional uses for the iPad,” said Daniel Dike, instructor. Students are asked to bring their iPad updated to iOS7 to class.

To register or for more information contact Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist, at 307-268-2085 or email.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Casper College Center for Training and Development will be offering “InDesign CS5: Intermediate” (CEU 1013 60) on two consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Adobe InDesign is one of the premiere graphic design programs on the market. Students in the intermediate class will “learn about InDesign master pages, layers, character and paragraph styles, page numbering, tables, using guides, and preparing for publishing,” said Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College. According to Dalton, those attending the class “should have a basic understanding of InDesign to take the class and should also bring images on a flash drive to class, if they have them.”

Those successfully completing the course will receive .8 continuing education units. The cost per person is $80. For more information or to register, contact Dalton at 307-268-2085 or email.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

A two-day class, which will teach students how to create a basic website and import text, tables, and graphics, will be offered at Casper College on Saturday, Feb. 22 and March 1.

Students enrolled in “Dreamweaver CS5: Basic” (CEU 1011 70), “will learn about the Dreamweaver workspace and tools, how to plan a website, and how to use CS5 to stylize the content,” said Ann Dalton workforce training specialist. Students should have a basic understanding of computers, saving and copying files, and navigating folders to take the class.

“Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Basic” will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on both Saturdays, and is worth .8 continuing education credits. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 19, and the cost is $80 per person. To register for the class, or for more information, contact Dalton, at 307-268-2085 or email.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Comedian Brian Moote, who was recently featured on MTV’s “Money From Strangers” seasons one and two and is a regular at major clubs in the Los Angeles area, will be at Casper College on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.

According to Summit Comedy, Inc., “Brian has an energetic and conversational style that promises no two sets are exactly the same, and his goal when he performs is to facilitate a good time for everyone in the room, or seriously injure himself trying.”

Moote has also been seen on the USA and Comedy Central networks and recently taped a set of stand up routines on Nickelodeon’s “Nickmom’s Nite Out” hosted by Sherri Shepherd.

Moote’s performance will take place in T-Bird Nest on the third floor of the new Casper College Student Center and University of Wyoming at Casper building. The performance is free and open to all.


Friday, January 17, 2014

The Casper College class “Introduction to Archeology” (ANTH 1300 N1) is going digital for the spring 2014 semester and will begin on Monday, Feb. 10.

The class, taught by Leilani DeClue will provide a background in archeological theories and methods and explore the ways in which prehistoric material remains can provide an understanding of human behavior.

The class is worth three credits, but can also be audited. There are no prerequisites for “Introduction to Archeology,” and registrations will be taken through February 10. To register, or for more information contact Casper College at 268-2100 or


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Casper College Alumni Association will host the annual Homecoming festivities at the Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym on Saturday, Feb. 8 as the T-Birds take on the Trappers of Northwest College from Powell, Wyo.

The Casper College Alumni Association will serve free chili, beginning at 2:30 p.m. prior to the start of the women’s game at 3 p.m. The men will take to the court at 5 p.m.

In addition to the free chili there will be several door prizes, a 50-50 raffle, free face painting and balloons for the kids, and Kormak, the t-shirt launching robot. In addition, the public will be asked to vote in the lobby for their favorite depiction of “T-Bird Spirit.” “Students from clubs, organizations, and departments around campus are competing for cash prizes and a traveling trophy, which will be awarded at half time during the men’s game,” noted Nix.

Admission is only $1 per person, “for everyone – kids and adults alike,” said Linda Nix, associate director, alumni relations. Both games will also be broadcast live on KKTL (1400 AM) radio and can be viewed at


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Foods from Japan will be featured at the next cultural dinner at Casper College on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Tobin Dining Hall.

The dinner will feature miso soup, edamame, soba noodle salad, sukiyaki beef, white rice, sesame green beans, vegetarian yakisoba, and for dessert green tea petits fours and roasted pineapple.

The dinner will feature a presentation titled, “Cool, but Warmhearted Country, Japan” by Minami Mori, who is the fourth Fulbright Scholar to teach Japanese at Casper College in as many years. Mori, who hails from Tokyo, received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Tsuda College in Tokyo, where she was a scholarship recipient. Mori, who is the vice chair of the Umeko Cup, a national speech contest held at Tsuda College, has lectured at Kanto University’s English Speaking Society League.

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

Tickets may be purchased at the Casper College Business Office or the Gateway Café, both located on the third floor of the Gateway Building, as well as in the Tobin Dining Hall during regular meal times. Cash is accepted at all locations and credit cards are also accepted at the cafeteria and café.

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

Other dinners scheduled are Dutch on March 20, Lebanese on April 10, and Russian on May 1. The Casper College Diversity Committee sponsors the cultural dinner series.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Casper College School of Health Science will hold an open house on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. “We are showcasing our renovated spaces in the Saunders Health Science Center, new spaces in Liesinger Hall, and the Casper College Fitness Center in the Erickson Thunderbird Gym,” said Tammy Frankland, dean for the Casper College School of Health Science.

“I hope that those from the community who come to the open house will tour our facilities and interact with faculty as they view our newly remodeled spaced and see how progressive and up-to-date our health science facilities have become, thanks in large part to their support,” Frankland said.

With the completion of the Gateway Building in August of 2011, renovation began on Liesinger Hall to create new spaces for the medical lab technician, occupational therapy assistant, paramedic technology, and pharmacy technology programs. Once those remodeled spaces were occupied, work began on the Casper College Simulation Center located in the Saunders Health Science Center. The Casper College Simulation Center was opened during the summer of 2013 and contains a complete state-of-the-art learning center featuring patient and room simulations that can be used by all health science departments.

A door prize will be given from each of the nine areas while “the school’s prize will be a Kindle, bookstore gift cards, and Krampert Theatre tickets,” said Frankland. To participate in the door prize giveaway, those attending the open house will receive a registration card at any of the nine department locations: Liesinger Hall, Rooms 103, 110, 114, and 198; Saunders Health Science Center, Rooms 116, 118, and 224; and the fitness center in T-Bird Gym. “Folks will need to collect nine stamps, one from each department, to enter the drawing. All completed entries need to be turned in to Room 121 in the Saunders Health Science Center,” noted Frankland. Those participating for the door prizes need not be present to win.

The open house and tour are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Twenty-seven businesses involved in the health profession will be participating in Casper College’s Health Professions Career Fair on Friday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Prospective college and high school students, alumni and the general public are invited to Casper College’s Health Professions Career Fair to learn about current and future job opportunities,” said Janet de Vries, director of career services at Casper College.

“Employers like this targeted career fair because Casper College and its partner institutions offer more than a dozen quality health–related educational programs with certificates or degrees,” noted de Vries. “This career fair is a great opportunity to meet recruiters from a variety of facilities from around the state. In addition to direct care providers, hospitals hire administrative and support staff,” de Vries noted.

“Working professionals, job seekers, and people exploring career options in the health care field are welcome to attend,” said de Vries. All job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes and dress professionally for the fair, which is free and open to the public. Because this is an adult job fair, children should not attend.

Those businesses that will be attending the fair include:

  • ABM Health Care Support Services, Casper, Wyo.
  • Banner Health, Greeley, Colo.
  • BioLife Plasma Services, Casper, Wyo.
  • Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Gillette, Wyo.
  • Casper College School of Health Science, Casper, Wyo.
  • Casper Workforce Center, Casper, Wyo.
  • Central Wyoming Counseling Center, Casper, Wyo.
  • Corizon, Lusk, Wyo.
  • Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Casper, Wyo.
  • Interim Healthcare, Casper, Wyo.
  • Life Care Center of Casper, Casper, Wyo.
  • Meadow Wind Assisted Living, Casper, Wyo.
  • Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Douglas, Wyo.
  • Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, Casper, Wyo.
  • Mountain View Regional Hospital, Casper, Wyo.
  • Powell Valley Healthcare, Powell, Wyo.
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Self Help Center, Casper, Wyo.
  • Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Sheridan, Wyo.
  • University of North Dakota OT Program, Casper, Wyo.
  • University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, Laramie, Wyo.
  • U.S. Army, Casper, Wyo.
  • Welcov Healthcare at Shepherd of the Valley, Casper, Wyo.
  • Wyoming Behavioral Institute, Casper, Wyo.
  • Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Casper, Wyo.
  • Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, Wyo.
  • Wyoming State Hospital, Evanston, Wyo.

For more information call de Vries at 268-2446 or toll free at 800-442-2963 ext. 2446 or email.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Casper College will be offering “Lead Paint RRP EPA Certification” on Friday, Feb. 28 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 continuing education units.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 13. For more information or to register contact Olson at 307-268-3847, email, or at


Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Casper College Center for Training and Development will be offering a course on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) on Friday, Feb. 7. 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, and this will insure that all companies and their employees are current for GHS training,” she said.

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


Thursday, January 30, 2014

A delightful pairing of art and song is scheduled for the Casper College RedStone Recital and Gallery Series on Friday evening, Feb. 28.

The event, presented in tandem with the Casper College Humanities Festival’s theme of “Storytelling,” will feature an exhibition of portraits by award-winning Casper College visual arts faculty member Justin Hayward at 6:30 p.m. in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery in the Music Building. At 7:30 p.m., singer and Grammy nominee Karen Clift will perform in the Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall. Eric Unruh, pianist and dean of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities at Casper College, will perform with Clift. The program will relate the story of how music tells the stories of our lives, drawing from an eclectic variety of styles: musical theater, opera, classical, folk, pop, and blues. A reception will follow each event.

In a career spanning 25 years, American soprano Clift has sung with numerous North American symphony orchestras and many of the great conductors of our time. In diverse venues from Carnegie Hall to winery caves in Napa Valley to broadcasts on Minnesota Public Radio, she has sung the concert, operatic, chamber, and recital repertoire to high acclaim, and is particularly recognized for the clarity and beauty of her voice and the power of her expression. She is a committed performer of new works, having performed many premieres written for her voice, which The New Yorker describes as “velvet-toned.” She was part of a quartet of soloists who performed at the Kennedy Center with Bobby McFerrin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring choral works by Bach, Barber, and Bernstein.

In Wyoming, Clift has performed with Casper native blues artist, Spencer Bohren, the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra at the Indian Paintbrush Festival at the Canyon Ranch near Sheridan, and frequently as artist with the Teton Music Festival. She has performed Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” as guest soprano soloist with the Casper College Collegiate Chorale, directed by Patrick Patton. Clift was soprano soloist for Unruh’s “Magnificat” in Sheridan, and has since collaborated with Unruh, pianist, for the past 15 years.

Portrait artist Hayward joined the Casper College visual arts faculty in 2007, where he teaches drawing and painting. Recently he was named Wyoming Artist of the Year by the Twin Cities’ TOSCA (Theatre Opera Shakespeare Culture and Art) located in Edina, Minn. Among numerous exhibitions and awards, Hayward was a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. “Justin Hayward is a virtuoso painter of stories through realism. His portraits go beyond the image he presents in lush color and texture on canvas, leaving the viewer with a deeper internal experience that taps into the feeling of a particular moment in time,” said Linda Ryan, visual arts program director at Casper College. Hayward stated, “My work represents a contemporary interpretation of other artist's work as applied to experiences in my own life.”

General admission tickets for the RedStone Recital Series can be purchased online at for $10 for adults and $5 for students with an I.D. Tickets are also available on campus in the Music Building, Room 137 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on the evening of the performance.

The RedStone Recital and Gallery Series is sponsored in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, Casper College, and the Casper College Foundation.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tickets are still available for both the instrumental and vocal headline concerts featured as part of the 47th Annual Casper College Kinser Jazz Festival. On Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. the MK Groove Orchestra will perform, while Grammy Award winning artist Luciana Souza will perform with her group on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

The MK Groove Orchestra is a New York-based big band that “fuses jazz, rock, and funk,” said Jerome Fleg, jazz festival executive director.

The Luciana Souza Quartet features Grammy Award winner Luciana Souza. A singer and songwriter, Souza’s two latest albums were both up for Grammys in 2013: “The Book of Chet” for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and “Duos III” for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Tickets for the MK Groove Orchestra are $10 per person and tickets for the Luciana Souza Quartet are $18 per person. Tickets are available online at:, by calling 268-2606, emailing Kathy Coe, or at the door. Both concerts will take place in the John F. Welsh Auditorium in Natrona County High School.

Support for the MK Groove Orchestra is provided by the Natrona County School District while support for the Luciana Souza Quartet is provided by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper Branch of the NAACP, will be the guest speaker for the second of the Created Equal film series at Casper College. Clips from the second film in the three-part series “Slavery By Another Name” will be shown on Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. along with a discussion and question and answer period.

“I am looking forward to speaking at this presentation,” said Simmons. Simmons, who opened his first company in Linch, Wyo. and recently retired from Kerr McGee/Anadarko Petroleum Company as a field foreman, noted that prejudice is “alive and well, just right outside your door.”

“This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. To honor that and spark public conversations about the evolving meaning of freedom and equality in the United States, Casper College is participating in the nationwide Created Equal film series,” said Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, Casper College history instructor, who will facilitate discussion of the issues highlighted by the films.

According to information provided by the National Endowment of the Humanities, “’Slavery By Another Name,’ based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, tells the stories of (black) men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience.”

“Slavery By Another Name” will be shown in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium, Room 160 in the McMurry Career Studies Center and is free and open to the public.

The Created Equal film series is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Seats are still available for a four-film class beginning February 6 at Casper College.

Those attending the class will see four classic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Era on a big screen. “Movies have always been created to be seen on a large screen in a dark room with an audience,” noted Lisa Icenogle, instructor and film buff.

The class will highlight the first four films of choreographer and director Busby Berkeley. “While many may not know the name, these four movies are a terrific diversion from everyday life, and a fun treat for the eyes,” Icenogle said.

“Fans of modern movie musicals like ‘Chicago’ (2002) and ‘Hairspray’ (2007) should know that those musicals might not have happened if not for Busby Berkeley, the talented director credited with creating the art form of the Hollywood musical,” according to Turner Classic Movies.

The class, “Busby Berkeley: Pioneer Choreographer” (OLLI 2080) will feature the best of Berkeley's dance-filled musical extravaganzas including “42nd Street,” “Gold Diggers of 1933,” “Footlight Parade,” and “Dames” “starring such notable hoofers and crooners as Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers, and James Cagney,” said TCM. “These are some of my favorite films and the dance numbers are just knockouts,” said Icenogle.

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

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