Casper College 2019-2020 recognitions and highlights

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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Each year in the Casper College Annual Report, we share the recognitions and highlights for the fiscal year which runs July 1 through June 30. Sit back and enjoy the recognitions and highlights of the 2019-2020 year at Casper College.

September 2019

  • The H.E. Stuckenhoff School of Nursing celebrated 50 years of nursing at Casper College with an open house.

October 2019

  • A rare Torosaurus skull, T. latus, was unveiled at the Tate Geological Museum. The skull is a unique Wyoming specimen and possibly the best Torosaurus skull from Wyoming.
  • Casper College English instructor Jill Hughes was named the Casper College Innovative Educator of the Year for 2019-2020 through the Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference.

December 2019

  • The Casper College H.E. Stuckenhoff School of Nursing was granted continuing accreditation for its associate nursing degree program through the spring of 2027.
January 2020

  • The 2019 Expression Literary and Arts Magazine received first place in the “Magazines from Large Colleges: Pacific-Western Division” from the Community College Humanities Association.

February 2020

  • The Casper College Medical Laboratory Technician degree program was awarded 10 more years of continuous accreditation.
  • Players from the Casper College Lady Thunderbirds basketball team were named to the 2019-20 North All-Region IX Team and All-Defensive Team.
March 2020

  • Casper College’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Dwight Gunnare, was named the North sub-Region Coach of the Year in Region IX for the 2019-2020 year and the third year in a row.
  • Casper College Director of Student Health, Tracy Hasley-Harshman, was named the Professional Employee of the Year for 2019-2020 by the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees.
  • Casper College sophomore Morryah McCurdy was named the 2019-2020 Student of the Year by the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees.
April 2020

  • Casper College faculty and students answered the call for help from Wyoming Medical Center and other essential workers in the Casper community by manufacturing personal protection equipment or PPEs during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty also trained the Child Development Center of Natrona County staff in the video conferencing software Zoom.

May 2020

  • 178 graduates participated in the college’s first-ever Covid-required virtual commencement. A total of 669 students qualified for graduation and earned 644 degrees and 169 certificates.
June 2020

  • Several Casper College employees, the Tate Geological Museum, and the Rex Annex were featured in the three-part series “Prehistoric Road Trip,” which debuted nationwide on Public Broadcasting Service stations.

July 2020

  • The Casper College Respiratory Therapy program, for the fifth year in a row, was chosen by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care to receive the Distinguished RRT (registered respiratory therapist) Credentialing Success Award.

August 2020

  • Casper College was named the ninth-best community college in the United States in a study conducted by the personal finance outlet
  • Six Casper College employees were recognized with 2019-2020 year-end honors: Julie Hansen, academic assistant for the Casper College School of Science, Robert Durst Classified Staff Award; Outstanding Administrator of the Year, Joanne Theobald, former director of counseling; Judith Bailey Scully Award, Mike Olson, ceramics instructor; Nick DeSalvo, a former mathematics instructor, Shanklin Faculty Leadership Award for full-time recognition and Daniel Gallegos, political science instructor, part-time recipient; and Olson and Andrew Young, physics instructor, Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award.
  • The Casper-Natrona County Health Department and Casper College partnered to offer Natrona County residents another option to receive testing for COVID-19 at the college’s Fire Science Training Center.
  • Casper College received $19,400 from the Blue Envelope Health Fund to purchase 22 automated external defibrillator units.
Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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