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Friday, May 2, 2014

Casper College Basketball Coach Dan Russell announced Friday that he has signed two prep standouts to national junior college letters of intent.

Shon Briggs, a 6-7 forward out of Heritage High School in Oakland, Calif., and Shymar Brewster, a 6-3 point guard from Ottawa, Ontario are the latest arrivals to Russell’s roster. The second-year coach says he expects both players to have an immediate impact for the Thunderbirds next season.

Russell says Briggs is a well-known talent from northern California. Before deciding on the junior college route, the big forward was being recruited by Cal-Berkley, Gonzaga, Washington State, Boise State, and San Diego State among others. “We could not be happier that he chose Casper College,” Russell says. “Shon is the caliber of player and kid we are trying to recruit here. Our staff did a great job of recruiting him. He has a chance to be a special player for the T-Birds.”

Briggs averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game this past season at Heritage High.

Brewster is considered to be one of the best point guards in Canada. He put up impressive numbers at Merivale High School, averaging 21.7 points, 8.6 assists, 2.4 steals, and 9.2 rebounds per game. During his prep career, Merivale posted a record of 46-4 and won the city championship and the bronze medal at the Ontario championships his senior season. Brewster was MVP of the Jaguar Classic tournament in Ottawa and was a first-team all-star at the Hamilton tournament.

“His ability to get out and guard defensively, plus his ability to run a team at the point guard position and score really impresses,” Russell says, adding that Brewster’s size and “toughness” will be an advantage at the point.

Russell, who guided the Birds to a 20-12 record last season, says he hopes to sign four or five more players this spring.


Friday, May 2, 2014

A basic intravenous therapy class for all licensed practical nurses will be held at Casper College on June 28 and 29, 2014.

The Wyoming State Board of Nursing requires all LPNs licensed in the state of Wyoming to recertify every two years. “’Basic Intravenous Therapy’ has been developed utilizing a Wyoming State Board of Nursing approved curriculum and will keep nurses up to date on the latest trends,” said Davina Drazick,” nurse educator.

The two-day class will cover topics such as anatomy and physiology; fluids and electrolytes; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing IV therapy; calculation of flow rates; complications of IV therapy; pharmacology; infection prevention; practice IV placement, priming tubing, advantage bags, calculations; and much more.

The class is limited to 15 participants and proof of licensure is required to be admitted. “All participants will have completed the course after attending two days of class, passing a final exam with a score of at least 80 percent, participating in 16 hours of clinical time, and successfully starting three IVs in the clinical setting,” Drazick said.

The cost to attend the two-day training is $340 per person, which also includes the textbook, “IV Therapy Made Incredibly Easy.” “Thanks to the our recently received H-1B Wyoming Health Care Solutions Grant, we are also able to offer grant funding for this class to the long-term unemployed, veterans, and underemployed,” said Jenn Pepple, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

To register or for more information contact Pepple, workforce training specialist, at Casper College at 307-268-3060, 1-800-442-2963, ext. 3060,, or


Sunday, May 4, 2014

The 5th Annual Small Ensemble Concert will be held at Casper College on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

“This concert is an opportunity for the smaller student groups to showcase the literature that they have been studying that may not have made it to major performances,” said Doug Bull, brass and band instructor.

“The groups that will be participating will include the Casper College Brass Ensemble, a double reed (oboes and bassoon) trio or quartet, a string group, clarinet choir, and possibly vocal performers,” noted Bull. The pieces to be performed by each group will be announced at the concert.

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


Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Casper College Concert Band will present the “Eighth Annual ‘May … or Maybe Not” Concert on Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

“This year’s concert will feature an afternoon at the movies,” Douglas Bull, concert band director, said. The concert will include music from “Robin Hood, Prince Of Thieves,” “Les Misérables,” “Frozen,” “Star Wars,” “Pirates Of The Caribbean,” and more.

“This should be a very enjoyable concert and a great prelude to the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s concert later that night,” said Bull.

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


Monday, May 5, 2014

The deadline to apply for the next cohort group in the Casper College Respiratory Therapy program is Monday, June 2 at 5 p.m.

An associate of science degree in respiratory therapy is offered through the program, and according to Doug Neubert, respiratory therapy program director and instructor, starting wages for graduates are $40,000+ per year.

“Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and care for clients with breathing disorders. They work under the direction of physicians to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of clients with pulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists utilize high-tech equipment and practice many types of therapies including medical gases, medications, aerosols, bronchopulmonary drainage, ventilator support, and airway management to help patients breathe easier,” said Neubert.

For more information or to apply to the program, contact Neubert at 307-268-2544, 800-442-2963, ext. 2544, or email.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Will Robinson, Casper College biology instructor, has been named to a Roster of Fulbright Specialists. The appointment came after an application process and peer review as well as recommendations.

Robinson is now eligible for Fulbright grants to travel abroad to universities and other nonprofit organizations including government agencies, cultural institutions, and research organizations.

“My travel will be in response to requests by those entities for workshops, lectures, and seminars in my field: beekeeping, bee biology, and pollination. I'm hoping especially to apply some of my Asian honey bee research in practical ways to Asian beekeeping and honey bee management," said Robinson.


Monday, May 5, 2014

“Pre-Composition” (ENGL 0900 H1) is being offered during the eight-week 2014 summer semester at Casper College beginning Monday, June 2.

The five-credit hybrid course is a combination class that encompasses two classes: “Reading II” and “Writing II.” “If a student wants to get their developmental English class out of the way this summer, so they can start their college English courses in the fall, this is the class for them,” said Jill Hughes English instructor. “The hybrid course combines both online and face-to-face class time,” Hughes added.

According to Hughes the prerequisite for students to enroll in the class are ACT scores of 13 to 17 or Compass Test scores of 50 to 74.

The class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 to 11:50 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Hughes via email or 307-268-2383.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Students graduating from the Department of Theatre and Dance at Casper College will perform for the public in a variety of scenes and dances.

The musical theatre and acting graduates will give their performances on Monday, May 12 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Empey Studio Theatre. The dance program graduates will perform a dance event on both Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13 and 14. The dance program will begin at 7 p.m. in the south lobby of the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex and finish in the Scifers Dance Performance Studio.

The performances, which are required of those receiving a degree in theatre or dance from the college, are designed to showcase the talents of the individual students in their chosen degree area. All performances are free and open to the public. Both the Empey Studio Theatre and the Scifers Dance Performance Studio are located on the south side of the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

James Piro, deputy director of treatment, Casper Re-entry Center – therapeutic community, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s high school equivalency graduation ceremony at Casper College on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the “Swede” Erickson Thunderbird Gymnasium on the Casper College campus.

According to Kelsee Miller, Adult Learning Center at Casper College instructor, the Casper Re-entry Center’s Therapeutic Community has provided a high school equivalency program for more than eight years. “In 2004, the company that operates Community Alternatives of Casper, Community Education Centers, asked Jim to come to Casper to help open the medium security therapeutic community,” said Miller. Piro, who began working in treatment and corrections in 1988, attended Rutgers University for addiction studies and is a licensed counselor in the state of New Jersey.

According to Miller approximately 150 people are eligible to walk in the high school equivalency graduation ceremony this year.

The high school equivalency graduation ceremony is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The 68th Annual Casper College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 16 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Casper Events Center.

Commencement speaker will be First Lady Carol Mead. Mead has chosen children’s issues as her primary area of focus as First Lady. According to information provided by the governor’s office, “She and Governor Mead believe that children are Wyoming’s greatest asset. To that end, her work is aimed at promoting early childhood literacy, the arts, and healthy lifestyles. She has partnered with a myriad of public and private organizations both locally and nationally in her work over the last three years.”

As of this writing, 269 Casper College graduates plan to participate in this year’s commencement. A total of 736 students graduated from Casper College during the 2013-2014 academic year earning a total of 717 degrees and 210 certificates.

The commencement ceremony is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend the 2014 Commencement Ceremony in person, there will be a live video broadcast beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 8, 2014
Casper College first in Wyoming to offer refresher course

A self-study nursing refresher course for nurses who have been out of the field for a while or whose license is inactive or has lapsed is being offered for the first time in Wyoming at Casper College beginning Monday, June 2, 2014. The online course will run through Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, and is open to anyone in the state of Wyoming.

“We worked hard to get this course approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing,” said Jenn Pepple, workforce-training specialist at Casper College. The course, “Nursing Refresher” (CEU 0307 01), “ is a self-study refresher class developed to help registered nurses review and update their nursing knowledge and skills,” Pepple said. The class, which consists of 120 online class hours, is taught by Davina Drazick, nurse educator, and includes 80 hours of supervised clinical experience.

The cost for the class, which is limited to 10 students, is $925 person and includes the seventh edition of “Fundamentals of Nursing” textbook. Those successfully completing the course will receive 20 continuing education units. According to Pepple grant funding is available for the class to “the long-term unemployed, veterans, and the underemployed thanks to a recently received H1-B Wyoming Health Care Solutions Grant provided by the Department of Labor and the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.”

For more information on “Nursing Refresher” contact Pepple at 307-268-3060, 1-800-442-2963, ext. 3060 or


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Casper College Basketball Coach Dan Russell announced Thursday that he has signed another prospect from California to a national junior college letter of intent.

Russell says Benson Osayande from Elk Grove, Calif. will play next year for the Thunderbirds. Osayande comes out of Franklin High School in the Sacramento area. He is a “big man with a big wing span,” according to Russell. He averaged 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks per game. His best basketball is ahead of him, according to Russell.

“Benson has long arms, a 7-foot wingspan and a high motor,” the T-Bird coach says. “He has a chance to be a very successful forward at the junior college level. He does some things defensively really well that you can’t teach. He is very competitive and has the ability to rebound and block shots.”

Osayande was recruited early on by Nevada, Colorado State and Weber State, among others. He joins Shon Briggs, a 6-7 forward out of Heritage High School in Oakland, Calif., and Shymar Brewster, a 6-3 point guard from Ottawa, Ontario as the latest arrivals to Russell’s roster.

Russell, who guided the Birds to a 20-12 record last season, says he hopes to sign three or four more players this spring. Casper College is a program in Region IX of the NJCAA which has a reputation of building championship teams and sending players on to the Division I ranks.


Friday, May 9, 2014

The “Sizzlin’ Summer Sign-Up” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gateway Building.

This year’s summer offerings include classes, day trips, and last summer’s popular “dinner and a movie.” “We have tried to come up with a wide variety of topics to appeal to as many folks as we can this summer,” said Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist.

“Be Smarter than Your iPad or iPhone” (OLLI 7030) will be taught by Karel Mathisen. Students will learn about applications for both the iPad and iPhone that can be used to easily communicate with friends and family. The four-week class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will begin on June 3.

A new class in Dutch oven cooking, “Cooking Up History II: Dining Dutch Oven Style” (OLLI 8005) will be offered as a morning class on Friday, June 13. Instructor Wes Bertagnole will present “new tales of early pioneers on the Mormon Trail and Dutch oven dining adventures,” noted Arnold.

Bear Wise Program Coordinator Dusty Lasseter will present “Living with Lions, and Wolves, and Bears, Oh My” (OLLI 5031). “For those who enjoy Wyoming’s wildlife, this class is a chance to learn about the behavior and ecology of lions, wolves, and bears,” Arnold said.

In addition to many other summer classes to be offered, the “Fourth Annual Dinner and a Movie: “The Sound of Music” (OLLI 2080) will be held on Friday, July 18 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The night will include an Austrian-themed dinner, lecture and “a showing of the 1965 film classic “The Sound of Music” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five including Best Picture.

The OLLI Sizzlin’ Summer Sign Up will be held on the second floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus. For those unable to attend the sign up, registrations will be taken by phone or in person after May 22. To register by phone members may call Arnold at 268-2099 or Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist, at 268-2097. The OLLI office is located in Room 408B in the Gateway Building for those wishing to register in person.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Casper College alumnus Brian Bull will perform on trumpet at “An Alumni Recital” on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

Bull, who graduated from Casper College in May 2010 with an associate of fine arts degree in music education and performance, is also a former member of Douglas Bull’s studio at Casper College. Douglas is instructor of brass and band at Casper College.

After graduating from Casper College, Bull attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. where he earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in trumpet performance. During his studies at CWU Bull performed at the International Trumpet Conference and the National Trumpet Competition. Recently he won an audition and will be entering the United States Army as a high level military musician in the fall.

Accompanying Bull during the recital, which is free and open to the public, will be Paula Flynn, collaborative pianist. The Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States and author of “Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding” will be speaking at Casper College on Thursday, May 15 beginning at 3 p.m. His presentation is titled: “Reflections on a Diplomat’s Life: Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States.”

Currently a professor of international relations at Boston University, Haqqani served as the ambassador from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States from 2008 to 2011. According to Erick Frankland, Casper College political science instructor, Haqqani earlier served as his country’s ambassador to Sri Lanka and was an advisor to three Pakistani prime ministers. He was also co-chair of the Hudson Institute’s Project on the Future of the Muslim World. Haqqani regularly speaks and writes on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Islamic politics and extremism, East and South Asian politics, and international relations.

His most recent book “Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the U.S. and an Epic History of Misunderstanding” “is being described as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘the most candid, readable, and insightful account’ of U.S.-Pakistani relations,” said Frankland.

Haqqani is also author of the 2005 book “Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military” and his work has appeared in a number of journals and newspapers including Foreign Policy, Far Eastern Economic Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Indian Express, and many others. Haqqani was a leading journalist before his political and diplomatic career covering East Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. for a number of publications including The Islamic World Review. Haqqani has taught and worked at a number of institutions including the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Haqqani’s presentation is free and open to the public and will take place in the Sharon Nichols Auditorium, Room 160 in the McMurry Career Studies Center. A reception will follow Haqqani’s presentation. The McMurry Career Studies Center is located on the Casper College campus.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Casper College basketball coach Dan Russell announced today that Jay Wright has made a verbal commitment and will sign with Louisiana-Lafayette University.

Russell says the North Region IX Conference Player of the Year, who averaged 17 points and six assists per game, was being courted by several Division I schools. Wright spent only one year with the T-Birds and as an academic qualifier the Savannah, Ga. Native will have three years with the Rajin Cajuns.

Wright is the second T-Bird in a week to sign with a Division I program. Daniel Nwosu (Canada), who averaged 13.5 points per game and stretched defenses with his long-range capability, signed with the University of Montana. Nwosu was also an academic qualifier and will have three seasons with the Grizzlies.

“Our staff is very happy for Jay in signing on to the division one level.” Russell said. “He is an even better kid then he is a basketball player. Jay will bring toughness to the backcourt for coach Marlin.”

After just one season Wright ranks ninth in college history in assists with 152. The 6-2 point guard had game highs this season of 25 against Air Force Prep and 22 against Sheridan.

Russell says Wright was recruited by Missouri, San Francisco, Purdue, Wichita State, and Loyola-Chicago, among others.

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Meanwhile, women’s coach Dwight Gunnare confirmed that Kendyl Nunn (Chicago), the Thunderbirds’ third team All-American and leading scorer this season, has decided to transfer to the University of Illinois-Chicago. Nunn was a redshirt freshman for the T-Birds after spending a hardship year at the University of Toledo and will have three years of eligibility left. Nunn’s father Melvin played for the T-Birds in the late 1980s.


Friday, May 16, 2014

For the first time a popular Casper College class aimed at helping students learn how to stay within their budget or to simply learn the efficient management of money, will be offered online during the 2014 summer semester. “Personal Finance” (BADM 1030 N1) “will enable participants and their loved ones to have a bright financial future,” said Mark Oxley, instructor.

“Most people take dozens of classes in order to prepare for a career to earn money. I believe that people owe it to themselves to take one class, the ‘Personal Finance’ class at Casper College, in order to make their hard-earned money work for them. Most everyone has invested a lot of education and work into their career. By taking ‘Personal Finance’ they will be able to maximize the benefits of their hard work,” Oxley added.

According to Oxley all major topics will be reviewed in the class and include: time value of money, (how to calculate the future value of an investment or amount of interest required to pay off a loan); personal financial statements, (statement of net worth, statement of cash flows and a budget); goal setting and career planning; consumer loans and credit management; health and disability insurance; investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate; college funding for children and retirement planning; life insurance and long-term care planning; and estate planning, (wills, trust funds and estate protection).

The class is recommended as an elective for business and nonbusiness majors “and anyone who wants to learn how to manage their money,” said Oxley. The class can be taken for credit or audited.

Summer semester begins on Monday, June 2. For more information on this class or to register, call Casper College at 307-268-2100, toll free at 800-442-2963, or log onto


Friday, May 16, 2014

Casper College is offering an online class on Microsoft Word during the 2014 summer semester June 2 through July 25.

“Word Processing” (CMAP 1715 N1) “is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about Word, from beginners to intermediate and advanced levels. Students will gain a solid foundation in Microsoft Word, and will be able to begin using the application to its fullest extent,” said Georgia Wheatley, instructor. The course will have readings, work-at-home exercises, projects, open-book tests, and a final project, according to Wheatley.

Registration is currently underway for the summer semester. To register or for more information call Casper College at 307-268-2100 or


Monday, May 19, 2014

Casper College basketball coach Dan Russell announced Monday that he has signed a transfer from San Jose State University.

Dylan Alexander, a 6-4 wing from Stockton, Calif. who played his prep ball at Weston Ranch High School, will play next season for the Thunderbirds. After leading his high school team to two league championships, Alexander was named co-MVP of his league. He averaged 18 points per game and scored 40 in a game his senior year. He was highly recruited but decided to stay in the bay area.

This past season at SJSU he played in 27 games and averaged 2.6 points. He scored a season-high 12 points against James Madison. His first collegiate start came against Wyoming in Mountain West league play.

“We could not be happier about adding Dylan to our program,” said Russell. “Dylan has what most coaches are looking for: a passion for the game and a toughness that will help us offensively and defensively. He is very coachable and understands the game.”

Russell says he expects Alexander to help stretch some Region IX defenses next season.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Angel Sharman has been around Region IX long enough to know what it takes.

The Casper College volleyball coach thinks she has that with her incoming class of volleyball recruits. After wrapping up her recruiting efforts last week, the longtime T-Bird coach reflected on a roster full of freshmen that spans the rotation; a group that she says could take the floor right now and be competitive.

“I feel like this recruiting class is a great one,” she said. “I am excited about these new players. I think we are going to be more aggressive offensively. We have strong hitters in every position and strong setters coming in to get them the ball.”

The T-Birds return Madison Legerski (Laramie, Wyo.), an all-Region IX selection as a freshman last year at outside hitter. Hitters Alicia Hedlund (Casper) and Jenna Anderson (Buffalo, Wyo.) are also back, along with Kacie Chinen and Kaitlyn Kaahaaina (Hawaii).

The T-Birds lost some quality players off last year’s team. Vivien Rechlin, the Region IX North Setter of the Year, and fellow German countrywoman Kira Schafer, another post-season honoree, decided not to return for another season. Sydney Marchant (Draper, Utah), a two-time all-region hitter, graduated. Maggie Butler (Casper) and Krystal Harward (Orem, Utah), two solid inside players, along with Rahnee Jackson (Casper), Melina Bachtar (Layton, Utah), Kulia Murray (Hawaii) and Marija Skopljak (Serbia) have all graduated.

Sharman admits there are big shoes to fill, especially those of Rechlin, who quarterbacked last year’s 18-19 season. Sharman thinks she found two outstanding players in Kiarra Johnson (5-8, Idaho Falls, Idaho) and Breeanna Mason (5-10, Billings, Mont.).

On the outside, Sharman signed Mason’s twin (and teammate) out of Billings Senior Aubree Mason, and two players from the state of Washington: Ashley Seiler (5-11, Cheney) and Taylor Larsen (6-1, Colfax).

In the middle, Sharman signed Cheyenne Pau (5-11, Gillette, Wyo.) and Isidora Markovic (6-1, Serbia). Sharman is excited about Hailey Sapiro (Indio, Calif.), an outstanding defensive player who will likely step into the libero spot.

“We should be solid all the way across and on the back row,” Sharman said. “I expect this team to get off to a good start.”

Sharman enters her 14th season with the Thunderbirds. She has a career mark of 492-395 (382-234 at Casper) and is one of the winningest active coaches in the NJCAA.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Students from the Natrona County School District No. 1’s Star Lane Center will be at the Tate Geological Museum on Friday, May 23 for exhibit presentations from 2 to 3 p.m.

According to Deanna Schaff, Casper College Director of Museums, “the presentations give the students an opportunity to take on an actual museum job. Each student has chosen their favorite exhibit, researched the contents, and will be ready to explain their exhibit to the public.”

The presentations are free and open to the public. “We invite everyone to attend the event and listen to a new perspective about our exhibits,” said Schaff.

The Tate Geological Museum is located on the Casper College campus.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer hours for the Adult Learning Center at Casper College, which provides adult basic education instruction at no charge, have been announced.

The center is now open on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. These hours will remain in effect through Thursday, June 26.

The center will reopen on Tuesday, July 8 and will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Wednesday, July 30.

The center is closed on Fridays and the weekends. In addition, instruction in English as a Second Language will not be provided during the summer, but will return in the fall.

The center offers free assistance and instruction to out-of-school adult students, 16 years old and older, in reading, writing, science, social studies, and math in order to reach their educational and employment goals. All programs offered at the center, which is an open-entry, open-exit program, are free of charge.

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is located in the Werner Technical Center, Room 115 on the Casper College campus. For more information, stop by the center or call 268-2230.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A unique item will be available for a limited time through the Casper College Alumni Association: An official Casper College Class of 2014 t-shirt.

For a donation of $10 or more a bright red t-shirt can be had. The shirt lists the names, divided by schools, of those who graduated from the fall 2013 term, as well as from the spring and summer 2014 terms.

“If you contribute $10 or more to the 2014 class gift through the Casper College Alumni Association, your gift will go toward a scholarship supporting a student at Casper College next fall,” said Linda Nix, associate director of alumni relations.

“The sale of these t-shirts is all about grads and their families celebrating their accomplishments by donating money to support scholarships,” Nix said. “Because the CC Alumni Association donates the shirts, every penny goes toward the scholarships,” she noted. Last year the 2013 Class Gift T-shirt fundraiser generated enough money for two $850 scholarships.

Shirts, which are available in S, M, L, and XL can be ordered by calling 307-268-2218, email, or going to


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Casper College women’s basketball coach Dwight Gunnare announced Tuesday that he has signed a top prospect out of Montana.

Alyssa Big Man, Hardin High School, has signed her letter of intent. Big Man, a 5-10 forward, averaged 18.4 points, five rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior. She was a first team all-conference selection and her team’s MVP.

“Alyssa has put up some very impressive numbers throughout her high school career,” Gunnare said. “She can score in a lot of different ways and I believe she will be able to do that at the collegiate level.”

Big Man joins Josie Sewell (Glenrock, Wyo.), Grace Weeks (Rapid City, S.D.) and Gabby Johnson (Casper) as the newest Thunderbirds on the roster.

The T-Birds are coming off a sixth consecutive 20-plus-win season under Gunnare.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Registrations are now being taken for Casper College’s annual summer basketball and volleyball camps held in June.

All three camps will be run by Casper College coaches and Thunderbird players and will emphasize fundamentals and one-on-one instruction. The girls’ basketball camp runs June 2-4, the girls’ volleyball camp runs June 9-11, and the boys’ basketball camp runs June 16-18.

Dwight Gunnare’s girls’ basketball camp will offer two different sessions: girls entering grades 1 through 4 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and grades 5 through 8 (1 to 3 p.m.). The cost is $75 and each camper will receive a camp basketball and t-shirt.

Angel Sharman’s girls’ volleyball camp will feature three sessions: girls going into grades 5 and 6 (10 a.m. to 12 noon), grades 7 and 8 (1 to 3 p.m.) and grades 9 through 12 (3 to 5 p.m.). Cost is $60 if paid before June 9 and $65 on June 9.

Dan Russell’s boys’ basketball camp will offer two different sessions: boys in first through fourth grade (10 a.m. to noon) and boys in fifth through eighth grade (1 to 3 p.m.). All participants will receive a t-shirt and camp basketball. The cost is $75 per person.

For more information about the camps, call the Casper College athletic department at 307-268-3000 or


Friday, May 30, 2014

Casper College Basketball Coach Dan Russell announced Friday that he has signed a transfer big man from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

Andre Sands is a 6-9, 255-pound center who played at Sunrise Christian Prep School in Wichita, Kan. for a season. Sands was a teammate there with former T-Bird Daniel Nwosu, who signed with the University of Montana after one season at Casper.

Russell enters his second season at the T-Bird helm. He says Sands had only limited playing time as a freshman, but he expects the big man to have a big impact at Casper. “Sands is someone we have been searching for the last couple of years. With his size, rebounding ability and his overall presence inside offensively and defensively, we really feel that Andre will have a chance to be an impact player.”

Originally from the Bahamas, Sands “scraps on the glass and runs the floor” according to Russell.

Russell says he hopes to sign one or two more players before wrapping up this year’s recruiting efforts.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College has a few seats remaining for a special four-day trip to Santa Fe, N.M. for opera and fun July 31, August 1, 2 and 3, 2014.

“We’re headed to the Santa Fe Opera this summer to see three operas, Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and a double bill featuring Mozart’s comic ‘The Impresario’ and Stravinsky’s ‘Le Rossignol’ all at the fabulous Santa Fe Opera House,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

Space is limited and a membership in OLLI is not required to sign up. The cost is $1975 per person for single occupancy and $1681 per person for double and the full trip cost is due by Thursday, June 12. “The trip is a go, but we would like to fill the last few slots available. This will be a fun and memorable trip,” Pollock said.

For more information or to reserve a place on the Santa Fe Opera trip, contact Pollock at 268-2097 or email, or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at 307-268-2099 or email.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

A class designed for those with little or no experience using Microsoft Word will be held at Casper College on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Microsoft Word I 2007/2010: Basic” (CEU 1101 01) will provide a hands-on introduction to computer word processing and will include how to create and edit documents, format, use spell and grammar check and the Thesaurus, create and format tables, and print documents.

“Participants should have a basic understanding of computers or consider taking ‘Introduction to Computers,’” noted Ann Dalton, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

“Microsoft Word I 2007/2010: Basic” is offered through the Center for Training and Development at Casper College and is worth .6 continuing education units.

The deadline to register for the class is Wednesday, June. 4. For more information or to register contact Dalton at 307-268-2085 or email.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Center for Training and Development at Casper College is offering a beginners class for those interested in learning how to blog.

“Blogging for Business: Basic” (CEU 1052 01) will run on Saturday June 7 and 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. Students will learn how to create and customize a basic blog site using WordPress or Joomla, according to Ann Dalton.

“Blogging doesn’t need to be intimidating,” said Dalton, workforce-training specialist at Casper College. Topics to be covered include how to change themes; add plugins to enhance the site’s features and capabilities; create responsive designs that work on mobile devices, desktops, and laptops; and e-commerce options.

“In addition to those interested in blogging for their business, this class is also open to those who are interested in blogging for personal purposes as well,” noted Dalton.

The deadline to register for “Blogging for Business: Basic” is Wednesday, June 4. For more information or to register contact Dalton at 307-268-2085 or email.

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