OLLI Schedule

SPRING 2017:

Around the World in 120 Minutes

There is a growing international community in Casper. Here is your chance to meet people from other countries and have them show and tell something unique about their culture. Gain knowledge about the students, staff, and volunteers who are part of the English as a Second Language program at the Adult Learning Center at Casper College. April 18 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

Course # OLLI 4010

  • Tue., Apr. 25
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224 and 225
  • Instructor: Adult Learning Center students and staff
  • Cost:    01 – Complimentary
  •                 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5
Art Topics

Join us for a freewheeling mixed media exploration of art topics using a combination of readings, viewing artworks, discussion, hands-on art projects, and philosophizing. The instructor will start with the regionalist painters (Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Woods, and John Stewart Curry) and America on the cusp of modern art; perhaps these artists were the bridge to modern art. The interest of class participants will influence discussion and exploration we choose to follow.

Course # OLLI 4040

  • Thur., Mar. 9 to Apr. 13
  • 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Location: LH 183
  • Instructor: Mark Larson
  • Cost:    01 – Complimentary
  •                 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5

Battle of Little Big Horn in Depth

Understand the events that led to the greatest victory of the Sioux and Cheyenne over the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment, led by "The Boy General" Custer. The battle participants were made famous by their victories and defeats. Learn new details that have been uncovered about the Battle of Little Big Horn and dispel many of the myths and legends about this famous event. The instructor is a former guide at the Battle of Little Big Horn battlefield site.

Course # OLLI 7035

  • Wed., Feb. 8 to 22
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Monte Henrie
  • Cost:    01 – Complimentary
  •                 02 – $12
Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone I

Skype, Facetime, Pinterest, Safari, apps, Pandora, Talking Tom, Soundhound, Flipboard, Cardiograph, and Everyday Jigsaw are not mythical creatures or some foreign language; they are words associated with iPads and iPhones. Learn about these applications to communicate with your family, check your pulse, learn all the latest songs, and use your own artwork and photographs to create screensavers. This is hands-on class, so bring your iPad or iPhone updated to the latest operating system and your Apple ID and password and be prepared to have fun.

Course # OLLI 1815

  • Tue., Mar. 21 to Apr. 11
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost:    01 – Complimentary
  •                 02 – $12
Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone II

At the request of those who have taken the Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone class, here is Part II, a continuation of the first class. We will go more in depth on the features discussed in the first class and discuss advanced features on your device. This is a hands-on class; bring your iPad or iPhone updated to the latest operating system and your Apple password and be prepared to have fun.

Course # OLLI 1816

  • Tue., Apr. 18 to May 9
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost:    01 – Complimentary
  •                02 – $12
Bird of a Feather: Spring Migration

Spring is an ideal time for birdwatching in Wyoming. Due to the unsettled weather, one never knows what species will show up after a spring storm. Leran basic birding skills and try them out in the field. Bring binoculars and bird identification guides if you have them, and wear walking shoes and a hat. Apr. 4 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

Course # OLLI 5032

  • Lecture: Tue., Apr. 11 and 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Field trip: Wed., Apr. 19, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Larry Keffer
  • Cost:    01 – Complimentary
  •                 02 – $12
  • Fee: $3
A Bite at the Opera: "La Boheme"

Puccini's "La Boheme" is the story of young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. Although written in Italian, the opera is based on "Scene de la vie de Boheme," a French novel by Henri Murger. Rodolfo and Mimi meet in the Latin Quarter and fall in love. Jealousy and poverty work against them in this tragic love story. There will be a lecture about the opera, and we will enjoy Italian and French food as we watch the story of these two lovers unfold. April 24 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

Course # OLLI 2011

  • Tue., May 9
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 100
  • Instructor: Ron Alexander
  • Cost:    01 – Complimentary
  •                 02 – $12
  • Fee: $19
Bridge for Your Brain

 Bridge is a mentally challenging and intellectually and socially stimulating game. Set aside one day to learn how to play bridge or refresh your bridge skills. This class provides a quick and stress free introduction to bridge. You will be able to bid and play a hand of bridge by the end of class. Attendance is mandatory. Lunch will be provided. March 7 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 7060
  • Tue., Mar. 14
  • 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: United Church of Christ, 1511 S. Melrose St.
  • Instructor: Susan Driggers
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5
Cattle Kate and the Myth of the West

Cattle Kate (Ellen Watson) is an example of all that was good and bad about western expansion and the “myth of the West.” Some see her as a victim of vigilante justice; others see her as an iconic symbol of independent women formed by the growing social movements and opportunities of her day. Her hanging is often viewed as the first volley fired in the battle between small landholders and moneyed cattle barons during the range wars of the 1880s. As we examine her life, we will encounter one of the most enduring and popular tales of the West and expose a controversial Wyoming legend.

  • Course # OLLI 4050
  • Mon. and Wed., Feb. 13 to 27 (No class on Feb. 20)
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Dinner and a Movie: “Charade”

See the sights of Paris while enjoying one of the best films of 1963, “Charade” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Directed by Stanley Donen, this fi lm is stylish, witty, and a classic comedy thriller. Filmed on location in Paris, it features terrific repartee between Hepburn and Grant, a score composed by Henry Mancini, and co-stars James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Walter Matthau. This is a dinner and a movie that you do not want to miss. February 24 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2082
  • Fri., Mar. 3
  • 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $19
Do You See What I Mean

Artists use the elements of art and principles of design to evoke emotion and meaning in their work. We will analyze images and explore the use of pictorial composition as a means of establishing mood and conveying ideas and content. After learning about the formal critique process, you will be able to explain why you like or do not like an art piece. A field trip to a community art venue will provide an opportunity to put our analysis skills to work.

  • Course # OLLI 4020
  • Tue., Mar. 7 to 28
  • 1:30–3 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Mark Larson
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12

Early Euro-American Exploration in Wyoming

Most early explorers spoke French and were not necessarily “mountain men.” Leaders of these explorations included the Verendrye Brothers (1742-43), Francois-Antoine Larocque (1805), John Colter and George Drouillard (1807-08). We will discuss the history of these explorations and how Native American tribes assisted or hindered these early explorers, tracing the known and projected routes on maps of the first 10 to 12 early explorers.

  • Course # OLLI 7020
  • Thur., Feb. 16 to Mar. 9
  • 3–4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Kerry Lippincott
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Elvis is Still in the Building

Join former radio announcer Stereo Stan as he looks at Elvis Presley’s career from his beginnings in 1956 to his death in 1977. The class will feature musical highlights and images from his performance years and include clips from his 1968 comeback special. The final class will be dinner and a movie featuring “Viva Las Vegas.” April 18 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2016
  • Tue., Apr. 25 and May 2, 6–8 p.m.
  • Fri., May 5, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructor: Stan Icenogle
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $18
Fashing: German Celebration of Lent

There are many traditions and foods surrounding the observance of Lent. German immigrants brought Lenten tradition with them when they came to the United States. We will discuss these traditions, sample German Lenten recipes, and learn how the recipes were adapted from the old country to the New World. February 17 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 4071
  • Fri., Feb. 24
  • 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223 and GW 224
  • Instructor: Pam Jones
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $13
Fossils and Fossil Hunters of Wyoming

Paleontologists were collecting fossils when Wyoming was still a territory. We will discuss early paleontologists and modern day fossil hunters, interesting fossil vertebrates, and the extensive collection work done at Como Bluff, Lance Creek/Lusk area, the Bighorn Basin, the Wind River Basin, and other fossil locations.

  • Course # OLLI 7010
  • Tue. and Thur., Mar. 28 and 30
  • 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: TM 121
  • Instructor: Terry Logue
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
French Film Friday: “Babette’s Feast”

French Film Friday features “Babette’s Feast,” a 1987 production about a Frenchwoman in exile in rural Denmark. This loving tale brings us along on Babette’s sojourn as a stranger in a strange land, working as a housekeeper and struggling to learn Danish. Unexpected events turn Babette into an iconoclast and bring about a different, sensual, quiet French revolution in the heart of the starkly pious village. Break bread and take part with us. March 31 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2111
  • Fri., Apr. 7
  • 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 100
  • Instructor: Charles Ewing
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $20
Game of Pones: Cribbage History and Practice

Rock the crib with us as we learn (or relearn) the rules of cribbage, an old English game: the card game with the pegboard. We will familiarize ourselves with two- and three-handed versions of cribbage, play some rounds, and discuss cribbage history and its overlooked contributions to our vocabulary. Cribbage is a fun and intensely social game that can reconnect us with the grandfathers who first taught us, hone our math skills, and help develop strategic thinking. In the “Game of Pones,” you win or you may get skunked. Our last class session will be at a traditional pub-like setting so you can enjoy a true cribbage experience. February 15 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2051
  • Wed. and Thur., Feb. 22 and 23
  • 3:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Fri. Feb. 24, 2:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Charles Ewing
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $15
Growing up Volga

Germans who migrated to Russia under a deal with Catherine the Great later found they needed to migrate again, this time to America. Volga Germans migrated to the Midwest beginning in the 1870s. The majority of the instructor’s ancestors ended up in Kansas where they created colonies centralized around their religion and culture. We will learn about what has happened to these immigrant families since migrating and discuss their customs and culture and cook a couple of Volga German comfort foods for everyone to taste. April 21 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2020
  • Fri., Apr. 28
  • 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: Pam Jones
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $13

In the Beginning

Study Genesis Chapters 1 through 5 from a Christian viewpoint. We will discuss the basic tenets taught in Genesis that are necessary for a firm foundation in Christian faith including creation, marriage, dominion, sin, and grace.

  • Course # OLLI 2070
  • Wed., Apr. 5 to 26
  • 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 184
  • Instructor: Linda Allen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Italian Balsamic Vinegar

Learn about Italian balsamic vinegars from the Modena region, including the production process, quality parameters, ingredients for the aging process, and industry standards of excellence. We will discuss the uses and health benefits of balsamic vinegars, taste a variety of vinegars, highlight olive oil parings, and make a vegetable and a fruit salad using balsamic vinegars. March 13 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 8007
  • Mon., Mar. 20
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Vita Sana Olive Oil Company, 136 S. Wolcott St.
  • Instructor: Charles Walsh
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $10
Leading Men of the Silver Screen

They were suave, handsome, debonair, and even tough, but one thing that the leading men of the first half of the 20th century all shared was a look and style not present in today’s leading men. You will not regret spending six evenings enjoying some of the best films featuring the finest leading men from this period. Please note that guests are not allowed.

  • Course # OLLI 2080
  • Thur., Feb 2 to Mar. 16 (No class on Mar. 2 and Mar. 9)
  • 6:30–9 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Leading Women of the Silver Screen

They were sexy, smart, glamorous, and even daring, but one thing the leading women of the first half of the 20th century all shared was a look and style not present in today’s leading women. You will not regret spending six evenings enjoying some of the best films featuring the finest leading women from this period. Please note that guests are not allowed.

  • Course # OLLI 2081
  • Thur., Mar. 23 to May 4 (No class on Apr. 6)
  • 6:30–9 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12

The Love Garden

Join this fun and insightful group-participation class on romance, passion, and love in the mature years. This class is discussion oriented, and uses the images of a walk through a garden to address the rewards and perils of dating, the bliss of early infatuation, and the joy and passion that comes with building a loving relationship over the years.

  • Course # OLLI 3000
  • Mon., Feb. 13
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: LH 184
  • Instructor: Jack Damien
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Made in Wyoming: Backwards Distilling

Join us for a tour of Backwards Distilling Company, one of Casper’s most innovative businesses. Learn about making spirits and what inspired the owners to start a distillery. Driving your own vehicle is not permitted. February 1 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 8008
  • Wed., Feb. 8
  • 1:30–4 p.m.
  • Location: Van will depart from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Backwards Distilling staff
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $12
Mastering the Medicare Maze

If you are turning 65 or are eligible for Medicare in 2017, this is your chance to learn about your Medicare options. There are many decisions you must make to maximize coverage benefits, manage costs, and avoid late enrollment penalties. We will discuss strategies to plan your retirement, ensure that a spouse has health coverage, and simplify the process of transitioning to new health insurance coverage. We will investigate Medicare supplements, prescription drug coverage, and employer, retiree, or VA coverage options, costs, and benefits.

  • Course # OLLI 3050
  • Mon. and Wed., Feb. 6 to 15
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Terry Bay
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $16
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. Course #

  • OLLI 3071
  • Thur., Mar. 23 to Apr. 13
  • 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 116
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Australian Inspirations

Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxed way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We will explore patterns inspired by the continent of Australia including aboriginal and modern day influences. See you in class, matey.

  • Course # OLLI 3074
  • Mon., Mar. 6–27
  • 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 116
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Mexican Inspirations

Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We will draw our inspirational patterns from the beauty of old Mexico. Each class will feature pictures from Mexico and time to learn new tangle patterns.

  • Course # OLLI 3073
  • Tue., Feb. 7–28
  • 3–4:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 116
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Pattern Play

Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxed way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This class is for those who have taken a previous meditative drawing class and want to learn more patterns. You will learn 16 new patterns and create four new small art pieces. All projects will be completed in class. There is no homework. You must have taken a previous meditative drawing class to sign up for this class.

  • Course # OLLI 3072
  • Mon. and Wed., Apr. 3 to 12
  • 3–4:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 116
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Mountain Men

Explore early Wyoming history through the adventures of the first nonnative visitors. We will discuss early fur trade, trade with Indians, and rendezvous.

  • Course # OLLI 7051
  • Tue., Feb. 28 to Mar. 14
  • 6:30–8 p.m.
  • Location: LH 286
  • Instructor: Dwain Romsa
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
The Perfect Storm: A Futurist’s Look at Global Challenges

The intertwined challenges of energy, environmental, economic, geopolitical, and behavioral forces are on a collision course leading to a “perfect storm” of global changes that may affect us all. Designed to help participants understand the issues and connect the dots, this class will provide a constructive framework for assessing, planning, and positioning for “perfect storm” events.

Resources: Outline (PDF) and Carbon Footprint Calculation worksheet (XLXS file)

  • Course # OLLI 5043
  • Thur., Mar. 2 to 30
  • 6:30–8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Daniel Cooper
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Permaculture Landscape: Permaculture Principles

The underlying principles of permaculture landscape design move us to work with nature, rather than try to control it. These principles lead us to methods in the garden and daily life that support sustainability. Permaculture principles are based on observing nature and applying lessons learned in a balanced way. They are applicable whether you desire a beautiful flower garden to attract and feed butterflies, bees, and birds or are committed to providing healthy fruit, herbs, and vegetables for your family and friends. Computer and gardening skills are not necessary to take this class. Bring your love of nature and your wish to get back to the basics.

  • Course # OLLI 5042
  • Thur., Apr. 6 to 27
  • 7–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: 202A
  • Instructor: Laurel Graham
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Rockets’ Red Glare: The War of 1812

Some view the War of 1812 as America losing the war but winning peace while others say it was a wasteful stalemate. This forgotten conflict forged Canada’s national identity, purged the Midwest of Indian threats to white settlements, and came close to tearing apart the nascent United States. It was an event shaped by virulent political partisanship, corruption, blunder, heroism, audacity, and intolerance for Native Americans. Learn why the War of 1812 should still burn brightly in our national consciousness.

  • Course # OLLI 7070
  • Tue. and Thur., Apr. 18–27
  • 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
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
  • Wed., Apr. 12 to May 3
  • 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Elliott Ramage
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Sewable Circuits

This modern twist on a classic craft takes hand sewing to the next level. We will review hand-sewing basics to begin a two-or three-dimensional fiber piece and learn about simple circuits using sewable circuit materials in our projects. Spice up your fabric creations using conductive thread and LED lights and add extra flare to your fiber projects. No prior hand-sewing or electrical circuits experience necessary. You may bring your own fabric scraps, embroidery hoop, and thimble if you wish. February 9 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2052
  • Wed., Feb 15 to Mar. 15
  • 1–3 p.m.
  • Location: The Science Zone, 111 Midwest Ave.
  • (Lower level of Slumberland Furniture)
  • Instructor: Leah Ritz
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $12
Skills for Caregivers

If you are a caregiver for an ailing older person or someone with a physical challenge, you need skills to help them navigate throughout the day. Learn how to assist visually impaired people and those who use a cane, walker, or wheelchair. This is a hands-on class. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.

  • Course # OLLI 3060
  • Mon. and Wed., Mar., 6 and 8
  • 3–5 p.m.
  • Location: SH 207
  • Instructor: Faye Nash
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Southern Hemisphere Wines and Northern Artisan Cheeses

There are fascinating wines being produced in the Southern Hemisphere from places like South Africa and Chile. Learn about the history of wine, five primary wine regions, and wine production in the Southern Hemisphere. Sample the wines, and pair them with artisan cheeses that can be purchased in the United States. March 20 is the last day to receive a fee refund. Course # OLLI 4072

  • Mon. and Tue., Mar. 27 and 28
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223 (Mar. 27)
  • GW 224 & 225 (Mar. 28)
  • Instructor: Charles Walsh
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $26
Stress Management for the 50+ Woman

The responsibilities of day-to-day living can make you feel as if you are sinking in an ocean of stress. Perhaps you are part of the sandwich generation, caring for an ailing parent or spouse while raising kids or grandkids, or you have a stressful job. Regardless of the circumstances, worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but does not get you anywhere. Learn how food and simple exercises can help you relax. We will discuss how unhappy emotions can harm your body. Wear comfortable clothing to class, and come away with stress coping tools.

  • Course # OLLI 7045
  • Tue. and Thur., Mar. 21 and 23
  • 3–5 p.m.
  • Location: EI 107
  • Instructor: Faye Nash
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Tai Chi for Your Health

Tai chi can help you cope with arthritis and is a healthy, low-impact way to exercise. It can help improve your balance, flexibility, range of motion, and strength. Feel better as you gain the confidence needed to move through daily life.

  • Course # OLLI 3061
  • Mon. and Wed., Feb. 6 to Mar. 8 (No class on Feb. 20)
  • 11 a.m.–noon
  • Location: EI 101
  • Instructor: Harry Groves
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Course # OLLI 3061
  • Mon. and Wed., Mar. 20 to Apr. 26
  • 11 a.m.–noon
  • Location: EI 101
  • Instructor: Harry Groves
  • Cost: 03 – Complimentary
  • 04 – $12
Take Me Out to the Ballgame III

This class covers baseball history from 1950 to the present including baseball’s golden age in the 1950s, expansion of the major leagues and relocation of teams, changes in the financial structure of the game and free agency, rules changes and modifications, and the present and projected future status of the amateur and professional game.

  • Course # OLLI 3030
  • Thur., Apr. 6 and 13
  • 1:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: John Ewing
  • 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 the 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
  • Tue. and Thur., Feb. 28 to Mar. 9
  • 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Course # OLLI 7079
  • Mon. and Wed., Apr. 3 to 12
  • 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 03 – Complimentary
  • 04 – $12
Together Forever: Tea and Scones

One does not think of a proper British tea without scones. From the simple Scottish oat scone to the Devonshire split scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam, the simple scone has evolved to a quick bread that can be sweet or savory and include fruit, nuts, or chocolate. We will explore a proper British tea and preparation of scones and their accompaniments. Bring your favorite teacup and saucer for show and tell. This is a demonstration class. February 27 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 8000
  • Mon., Mar. 13 and 20
  • 2–4 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Deb Johnson
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $18
Too Many Extra Virgins

Follow the Vlastos Farma olives from the Amari Valley on the Island of Crete to production. We will discuss the many olive oil processing methods used in Crete, ranging from industrial to small cottage industries, olive oil grades, and how to choose the ideal grade for the intended use. George will demonstrate mouth-watering olive oil recipes. April 13 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 8006
  • Lecture: Thur., Apr. 20
  • 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Demonstration: Fri., Apr. 21
  • 2–5:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: George Vlastos
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $23
Turn March Madness into Spring Vigor

In Wyoming, March is still the dead of winter, even though the days are getting longer. Join our instructor, a viniyoga therapist, to practice using the power of the breath to warm the body, lift the mood, and energize the spirit. Yoga therapy includes integrated practice tools including asana (stretching), breath work, training the mind through chant, and meditation. The first two sessions will focus on energizing the body. The last two sessions will focus on balancing the sympathetic/ parasympathetic system to help rid the body of anxiety that can build up during the winter. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and blanket to class.

  • Course # OLLI 2062
  • Wed. and Fri., Mar. 22 to 31
  • 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Location: University/Union Building, second floor lobby
  • Instructor: Sally Belcher
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Traveling the Trails: Independence Rock

Visit Independence Rock with an expert from the National Historic Trails Center, and learn about the emigrants that passed by this landmark between 1840 and 1869 on three national historic trails: Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and California. We will also talk about the Pony Express Trail. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven surfaces, primitive trails with elevation changes, no wheelchair access. Climate may not be suitable for those in poor physical condition. Driving your own vehicle is not permitted. April 27 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5011
  • Wed., May 3
  • 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Location: Bus departs from Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute. Bring a sack lunch.
  • Instructor: Jason Vlcan, National Historic Trails Center
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $5
Traveling the Trails: Register Cliff

This all-day excursion will take us to Register Cliff and other historic Oregon Trail sites in eastern Wyoming. Grab your walking shoes and join us on this interesting trip. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven surfaces, primitive trails with elevation changes, no wheelchair access. Climate may not be suitable for those in poor physical condition. Driving your own vehicle is not permitted. April 19 is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5012
  • Wed., Apr. 26
  • 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Bus departs from Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute. Bring a sack lunch.
  • Instructor: Jason Vlcan, National Historic Trails Center
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $14
Twenty-Photo Travelogue: Great Britain

Explore England, Wales, and Scotland with your instructor who lived in Great Britain for 17 years. There were many changes in Great Britain during this time in which the standard of living went from one of the lowest in the European Union to where it is today. View this fascinating country through the eyes of an actual former resident.

  • Course # OLLI 5040
  • Mon., Apr. 17
  • 6–7 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Steven Gunderson
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
The Two Abrahams

The Biblical character Abraham is the father of Israel in the Hebrew Scriptures and the father of the Christians in the New Testament. We will explore this seeming contradiction and how Abraham is, according to scripture, the father of both. This class will benefit anyone wanting to further understand the Christian New Covenant. Bring a Bible to class.

  • Course # OLLI 4005
  • Mon., Mar. 20 to Apr. 10
  • 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 284
  • Instructor: Steven Gunderson
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
WIP Your Work in Progress into Shape

Memoir and fiction writers alike will benefit from this intensive class that will provide a close look at your work in progress (WIP). Each participant will submit the first three pages of a WIP to undergo a deep edit. During each session, we will examine at least two writing samples. Concepts and conventions will be taught along the way. Participants can ask questions and collaborate with others. The last session will focus on showing off revised and polished works.

  • Course # OLLI 2060
  • Thur., Feb. 9 to Mar. 16
  • 9 a.m.–noon
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Darcie Gudger
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
WWW: 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. The Great War 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., Feb. 14 to 23
  • 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Course # OLLI 7077
  • Mon. and Wed., Mar. 20 to 29
  • 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 03 – Complimentary
  • 04 – $12
Women in World History

We will travel around the world and through time to discuss gender role differences in various societies and the women who would make their mark in history by defying social expectations. From Scythian warriors and powerful queens, to Renaissance artists, world explorers, religious leaders and celebrated courtesans, we will learn how women came to shape their own world and live incredible lives long before modern ideas of women’s equality.

  • Course # OLLI 7030
  • Mon. and Wed., Mar. 6 to 15
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Writing for Life

This class is for fiction, nonfiction, essay, and poetry writers who want to share their work with other writers in a nonthreatening environment. Writers will read their work and receive gentle suggestions and constructive criticism. They will learn how to prepare their work for publication or for inclusion in their family’s historical archives.

  • Course # OLLI 4021
  • Tue., Feb. 14 and 28, Mar. 14 and 28, Apr. 11 and 25
  • 3–5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12