OLLI Schedule

SUMMER 2017:

Cooking Up History: Dining Dutch Oven Style

Learn what cross-country travelers did for food before there were McDonalds, KFC, and taco stands everywhere. Early pioneers cooked their daily meals in Dutch ovens. Learn about western-style dining al fresco on the Mormon Trail through the eyes of Andrew Hunter-Scott, the instructor’s ancestor. You will also learn Dutch oven cooking methods and recipes and enjoy an early pioneer style meal. Bring a lawn chair. June 12 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 8005
  • Mon., June 19
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Location: Fort Caspar picnic shelter
  • Instructor: Wes Bertagnole
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $17
The Dark Side of Leadership

There have been dynamic, charismatic, and effective leaders throughout history who have been reprehensible human beings, and untold numbers of good people incapable of rallying others to their cause. We will discuss warlords, generals, politicians, and social leaders with little in common apart from their ability to lead and motivate, and their reputations as some of the world’s most sinister people. Leadership itself is neither positive nor negative. It is the art and science of guiding and leading individuals, teams, groups, and entire organizations. While corporations, classes, scout troops, and families are examples of organizations, so are armies, biker gangs, and death squads.

  • Course # OLLI 7031
  • Wed., June 14 to July 12 (No class on June 21)
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 183
  • Instructor: Lance Jones
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Deer Tails: Fascinating Facts about Mule Deer

Many Casperites live in close proximity to mule deer. We see them in our gardens or strolling nonchalantly down our streets. Whether you love them or find them pesky, this class will be of interest. We will cover mule deer ecology and management including habitat, disease, management history, and predation. We will spend one day looking at key mule deer habitats and, hopefully, find some radio-collared females and their fawns. Be prepared to do a lot of walking on the field trip. Wear appropriate clothing, walking shoes, and bring a sack lunch. June 13 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5032
  • Tue., June 20 and 27
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Field Trip: Fri., June 30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Justin Binfet, Wyoming Game and Fish
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $8
Dinner and a Movie: “Grease”

Travel back to the 1950s as Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their senior year of high school at Rydell High along with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies. Complete with a fun plot and the second best-selling soundtrack album of 1978, “Grease” is the word! July 5 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2082
  • Wed., July 12
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $19
Eclipse

The total eclipse on August 21, 2017 is a once in a lifetime experience. There will not be another total eclipse visible in the United States in our lifetime; the last one was in 1918. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for the eclipse. We will discuss safe viewing of the eclipse and the best viewing locations.

  • Course # OLLI 6011
  • Tue., June 13
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Dwain Romsa
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
The Energy Answer is Blowing in the Wind

 Wyoming’s abundance of wind can be an alternative energy resource for the country. We will visit a wind farm on a reclaimed oil field in Glenrock, Wyoming, enjoy a presentation by PacifiCorp staff, and take a tour. Bring a lunch, and wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. July 17 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 4070
  • Mon., July 24
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Location: Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructors: PacifiCorp staff
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5
Enough is Enough: Sustainable Economics

A growth-based economy will become unstable when it reaches environmental, population, or productivity limits. We will discuss if it is possible to have prosperity without growth and what social and economic changes are required to build a sustainable economy.

  • Course # OLLI 5043
  • Thur. June 29 and July 6
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Dan Cooper
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Free Your Feet, Free Your Mind

Bring out your creative nature while you explore the fun side of modern dance in your bare feet. Modern dance allows people to interpret freely while learning natural movements. You will have fun while getting exercise. We will learn about the history of modern dance, do warm-up stretches, and learn creative dance moves. Wear comfortable clothing to class and bring a sense of adventure. No prior dance experience is needed.

  • Course # OLLI 2011
  • Thur., July 13-27
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 101
  • Instructor: Lucia Hill
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Greek Coffee and Desserts

Learn to make desserts and strong coffee that will make your family say “opa!” George will make delicious Greek desserts and reveal the secrets of making a great cup of Greek coffee. July 18 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 7090
  • Tue., July 25
  • 2-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: George Vlastos
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $18
Introduction to Geocaching

Score cool points with the grandkids by learning how to play the original global positioning game, geocaching. Use your smart phone or mobile device to hunt for real objects (caches) that people have hidden around town. Learn about cache types, travel bugs, and geo-coins. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, a hat, sunblock, your mobile device, a geocaching app, and a pen. The geocaching app will cost approximately $10 to download. We will contact you prior to class to let you know how to access the app and where we will meet. Dress in layers, bring a bottle of water, and be prepared to be outside for two hours in varying locations.

  • Course # OLLI 2090
  • Mon., July 10
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Darcie Gudger
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
The Irish Potato Famine

Although not the first famine to occur in Ireland, the “Great Famine” of the mid-1800s had devastating consequences resulting in a million deaths from starvation and disease, a million souls displaced, and lasting effects on Great Britain, Ireland, and America. We will examine Britain’s history of punitive economic and political policies towards the mostly Catholic population, the potato blight that would decimate their staple crop, the everyday lives of the Irish people during the famine, and the lack of timely and measurable aid to help them.

  • Course # OLLI 4030
  • Tue. and Thur., June 13-22
  • 1-3p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
It’s a Prairie Dog’s Life

Prairie dogs are a keystone species of the American West. Far from being pests in need of extermination, prairie dog communities and activities benefit over 150 other species from rattlesnakes to bison. The distinct language of prairie dogs is second only to human language in the number of terms decoded by scientists. Werner Wildlife Museum Assistant, India Hayford, will present on prairie dogs and we will visit a nearby prairie dog community. You must be able to walk a mile on uneven dirt surfaces. There are no restrooms. Wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sunscreen, and bring a sack lunch and binoculars.

  • Course # OLLI 5013
  • Tue., June 27
  • 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Location: WM 200
  • Instructor: India Hayford
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Keeping it Real: Myths and Facts about Raw Milk

There are many opinions about whether real (AKA raw) milk is better for you than store-bought milk. Raw milk is unpasteurized, unprocessed, full fat milk from dairy cow breeds such as Gurnseys and Jerseys. Here is your chance to learn about raw milk from a local producer, the owner of Udder Chaos. Learn about the health benefits of real milk and about using it to make dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and ghee. We will take a field trip to a working dairy operation. Wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Be prepared to walk and stand during the field trip. June 29 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 3011
  • Lecture: Thur., July 6
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Field trip: Fri., July 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Maureen Kuykendall
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $8
Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary

The Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary provides a sanctuary and place of rehabilitation for animals who have been used in laboratory research. They rehabilitate dogs and cats in a home-like environment providing them with round-the-clock care to help them adjust to their new lives. Cats and dogs live with their caretakers in spacious yurts designed to meet their needs. The Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary provides an adoption program for rehabilitated animals. Animals too debilitated, old, or ill to be adopted, live out their days on the ranch, surrounded by people who put the animals’ well-being first. Bring a sack lunch, wear appropriate clothing, and be prepared to stand and walk during the tour. June 16 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5011
  • Fri., June 23, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructors: Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary staff
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $10
Knap Time: The Art of Flint Knapping

Flint knapping is the art of breaking and shaping certain stone types and other materials to produce tools and weapons. This class will provide an overview of the tools and techniques used by prehistoric and modern flint knappers to produce stone tools, an introduction to traditional and modern tools used by flint knappers, characteristics of knappable tool stone, and a demonstration by an experienced flint knapper. The instructor will provide resources for those interested in learning more about flint knapping.

  • Course # OLLI 4073
  • Fri., July 28
  • 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 225
  • Instructor: Patrick Walker, BLM Casper Field Office
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Llamas and South American Camelids

Learn about all four South American camelids and their recent history in the United States. We will discuss care of llamas in Wyoming and their use as fiber producers, companions, packers, and recreation. The instructor has owned llamas since 1982 and has raised over 70 llamas. The instructor is also active in regional and national camelid organizations. We will take a field trip to a local ranch to learn about llama care. Wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to stand and walk during the tour. June 6 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5030
  • Tue., June 13
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Field trip: Fri. June 16, 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Field trip departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Ellen Schriener
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5
Meditative Drawing: Art Nouveau Inspirations

Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxed way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We will explore patterns inspired by the art nouveau era, which was a rebellion against the entire Victorian sensibility – an odd blend of art, artifice, and practicality, and a diverse, eclectic art movement. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3070
  • Wed., June 7-28
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Pattern Play II

Create 16 beautiful new patterns using meditative drawing techniques. You will learn by drawing structured patterns in a step-by-step method. There is a $6 supply fee payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3071
  • Tue., June 27 to July 25 (No class on July 4)
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Molecular Gastronomy: Experimental Cuisine

The kitchen can be a chemical laboratory with modern molecular gastronomy, the science of cooking. Adventurous chefs are revolutionizing traditional cooking and transforming dining into a surprising emotional and sensory experience. Molecular gastronomy experiments have resulted in innovative dishes like hot gelatins, airs, faux caviar, spherical ravioli, crab ice cream, and olive oil spirals. We will explore emulsions, practice reverse specification, and taste surprising savory and sweet “caviars” and gels. Bring an open mind and sense of adventure to this fascinating class. This is a demonstration class. June 19 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2052
  • Mon., June 26
  • 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: The Science Zone, 111 Midwest
    • (Lower level of Slumberland Furniture)
  • Instructor: Leah Ritz
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Pearls of Wisdom

Experts from the Tate Geological Museum will explain nature’s magic of turning dirt and minerals into gems. We will view the gem displays in the museum and hear about Wyoming’s native stones. On the second day, we will learn about cutting, mounting, and caring for gems. You may bring a piece of your jewelry and share stories about the piece’s history and meaning.

  • Course # OLLI 2095
  • Mon. and Tue., July 10 and 11
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: TM 111
  • Instructor: Pam Jones
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Permaculture Garden

By observing the natural patterns in the landscape around you,  even in your own backyard, you can create low-maintenance, low-cost, and low-risk plantings and gardens that will produce flowers, fruit, vegetables, summer shade, beautiful fall colors, and wind and snow breaks. We will identify natural patterns and resources present in your design site, discuss permaculture design principles, explore the diversity in plants for the Casper area, and add plans to develop resources to support your ideas. Computer skills are not required to take this class. June 5 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5042
  • Thur., June 8-29
  • 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Field trip: Sat., June 10, noon-3 p.m. Van will depart from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Laurel Graham
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5
Sacred Geometry

In nature, we encounter amazing patterns that seem to follow universal design rules. Learn about this interconnectedness and find your personal connection to the universe through walking and other guided meditations. We will learn about the symbolism found in labyrinths, sacred geometry, and sacred spaces throughout the world.

  • Course # OLLI 3055
  • Tue., June 13-27
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Elliott Ramage
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Three Eds and a Pair of Henrys

Wailing Wales, hammered Scotland, bubonic plague, and the Hundred Years’ War with France highlight the turbulent reigns of Edward I through Henry V. This class follows SNAFU and traces English history from 1272 to 1422. As we examine the appearance of a distinct English identity and evolution of Parliament, we will attempt to sort out the intertwined, interbred, and fractious nobility of England, and set the stage for the War of the Roses and the rise of the House of Tudor.

  • Course # OLLI 7079
  • Mon. and Wed., July 10-19
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Tour d’OLLI: Group Bicycle Rides

If you enjoy bicycle riding and want to ride with a group, join us for a leisurely ride along the Platte River Trail System. Rides will take place at different locations along the trail each week. We will discuss bicycle safety and do a short test ride on the first day of class. You must be in good enough physical condition to remain balanced on your bike while riding and to start and stop safely. Dress appropriately, bring your own bike, or rent a bike through local bike shops. (Contact us for a list of shops.)

  • Course # OLLI 3001
  • Wed., June 14 to July 26
  • 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: The Pronghorn Room at Wyoming Game and Fish, 3030 Energy Lane
  • Instructors: Steve and Libby Kurtz
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Twenty Photo Travelogue: Yellowstone in Winter

Escape the summer heat and visit Yellowstone in the winter. This presentation will inspire you to plan your own Yellowstone winter adventure. Follow your instructors through the enchanted landscape of steaming geysers, bright colors, and snow-covered mountains against brilliant blue skies.

  • Course # OLLI 5040
  • Wed., June 7
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructors: Steve and Libby Kurtz
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Vintage Quilts: Hearts, Gizzards, and the Last Rose of Summer

Before quilts were art objects created from designer fabric, they were articles of necessity pieced from whatever fabric was available. Participants will examine almost three dozen family quilts pieced in southwestern Arkansas between 1920 and 1950. Patterns range from the well-known double wedding ring to rarer patterns like the last rose of summer. Many quilts come with stories of the women and men who made them by lantern light after days spent working on the farm.

  • Course # OLLI 2030
  • Mon., June 26
  • 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: SH 217
  • Instructor: India Hayford
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Walk on the Wild Side: Wildlife Observation in Casper

Learn and practice tips for successful wildlife viewing in urban and short grass prairie habitats. On the first day, we will start at the Werner Wildlife Museum and then move to an urban viewing location. On the second day, we will be in Bar Nunn, Wyoming, observing wildlife in the prairie. Gain a better sense of nearby wildlife and how to find it. Prepare to do a lot of walking on both days. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather. May 30 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5041
  • Tue. and Thur., June 6 and 8
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: WM 200 on June 6
  • Location: Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute on June 8.
  • Instructor: Larry Keffer
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5
War on the Northern Plains

Learn about the Northern Plains Indian battles from the Grattan Massacre in 1854 to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. The U.S. Army allied with the Crow and Shoshone tribes to fight the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes. In addition to the Grattan and Wounded Knee massacres, we will discuss the Rosebud, Little Big Horn, Dull Knife, Sand Creek, and Platte Bridge Station (Fort Caspar) massacres. The instructor has personal experience with an archeological study at Little Big Horn National Monument in 1984.

  • Course # OLLI 7036
  • Wed., June 28
  • 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Greg Brondos
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Woodrow Wilson’s War

One hundred years ago, the U.S. abruptly changed course and joined in the Great War. We will examine the years 1917-1919, on the home front and the battlefield, including the grand ideals urging America to war, disturbing suppression of dissent, cruel and systemic racism, unprecedented government involvement in industry, battles and victories, and the bitter disillusionment soon after peace. World War I is a startling time of high-minded self-sacrifice coinciding with suspicion, hatred, and self-serving politics. A century after its noble aspirations were crushed by darker realities, America continues to struggle to define its international role.

  • Course # OLLI 7077
  • Tue. and Thur., July 18-27
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Write About Casper

Fire up your imagination by writing about Casper from a variety of perspectives. The objective is to play with and develop storytelling skills. Each session, held in different outdoor locations, will kickoff with a mini lesson on characters, setting description, and poetic prose. You will then explore Casper and complete a writing assignment to share with the class. Bring a pen, notebook, and your imagination to class. We will contact you prior to the first class with the first location. Dress in layers and be prepared to be outside for two hours in varying locations.

  • Course # OLLI 2060
  • Tue. and Thur., June 13-29
  • 10 a.m.-noon
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Darcie Gudger
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Writing for Life

Writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will enjoy sharing their work with other writers in this nonthreatening environment. We will spend most of our time reading and sharing feedback on individuals’ writing. We will also examine the characteristics of a variety of life-writing skills, and practice these skills with short, fun writing assignments.

  • Course # OLLI 4021
  • Tue. June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25
  • 3-5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12