Casper College Summer Classes, Awards and T-Bird Camps

(Casper, Wyo.) - School may be out for many college students, but some are still working on degrees during the Summer months. Here is a look at a few things happening around Casper College: *Casper College Students Nominated to Academic Team* Two Casper College students, Alexandria Eckhart and Tori Pike, were recently named to the Wyoming All-State Community College Academic Team. To qualify for the nomination, all students must be a member of their local Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. “This is the first time that we have had students fill out this application and been selected for this recognition. I congratulate Addy and Tori for their commitment to follow through with this project, as there were five others who began but did not complete it,” said Debra Swedberg, instructor and PTK sponsor at Casper College PTK, community college presidents, and community college state associations sponsor the All-State Community College Academic Team in 38 participating states. Wyoming has been participating in the All-State Community College Academic Team since 2013. *Nursing Assistant Class Starts Soon* A class that provides training for those interested in working in the long-term care field is being offered through the Center for Training and Development at Casper College June 13-25. “Nursing Assistant” (CEU 1800 02) will provide participants with the skills needed to care for residents of long-term care facilities. To be eligible for the class, students must have an American Resuscitation (CPR-BLS) certification, PPD (TB skin test) and valid driver’s license. Successful graduates can become eligible for certification to work in the long-term care field. For more information or to register, contact Ann Dalton, workforce-training specialist, at 307-268-2085 or The deadline to register is Monday, June 6 at 4 p.m. *T-Bird Camps set for Three Weeks in June* 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 9-11, the girls’ volleyball camp runs June 13-15, and the boys’ basketball camp runs June 20-22. Dwight Gunnare’s girls’ basketball camp will offer three different sessions: girls entering kindergarten through third, 9-11 a.m.; fourth through sixth, 1-3 p.m.; and seventh through eighth, 3-5 p.m. The cost is $75 and each camper will receive a camp basketball and t-shirt. Angel Sharman’s volleyball camp for girls will feature three sessions: grades fifth and sixth, 10 a.m.-noon; seventh and eighth, 1-3 p.m.; and ninth through 12th, 3-5 p.m. Cost is $70 if paid before June 13 and $75 on June 13. Each participant will receive a camp t-shirt. Dan Russell’s boys’ basketball camp will offer three different sessions: grades first through fourth, 10 a.m.- noon; grades fifth through eighth, 1-3 p.m.; and grades ninth-12th, 3-5 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 *New Class on Women and Food at Casper College* A new class that will look at “the complex interplay of food and the construction of identities and social structures” will be offered for the fall semester online through Casper College. Taught by Gender Studies Program Director Georgia Wheatley, “Women and Food” (WMST 2020 N1) is for anyone “interested in the intersection of culinary history, social history cultural history, and women's history," said Wheatley. Both historical and social analysis along with memoir and fiction will be used to explore a variety of issues. To register or for more information contact Wheatley at or enrollment services at 307-268-2611. The 2016 fall semester will begin on Monday, Aug. 22. *Cinema History Class Offered This Summer* The influence of film on American society will be the subject of an eight-week course this summer at Casper College. “Cinema History” (CO/M 2380) will provide an overview of the development of film as a narrative form from 1895 to the present. In addition, students will watch 14 classic movies during the summer while discussing the historical, cultural, technological, and political influences of these films. “We will see a variety of movies whether it is my favorite Charlie Chaplin’s film “City Lights” or the start of film noir with “Mildred Pierce” or the revisionist western “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,”” said communication instructor Pete Van Houten, PhD. Van Houten said he hopes to schedule one of the classes outdoors on the campus and view it much the same way as the old-style drive-in theater. If this occurs, Van Houten plans to invite the community. “Most all of us love to watch movies and talk about them,” Van Houten said. “My goal with this class is to help students read American films as cultural texts so they better understand our history and our traditions.” The class will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Casper College campus. For more information or to register, call Casper College at 268-2100. “Cinema History” begins on June 7, 2016. *Walsh Receives Brady Award* Elizabeth Walsh, a 2014 graduate of Natrona County High School, was recently selected as the 2016 recipient of the Jon E. Brady Award in Political Study at Casper College, where she is double majoring in international studies and world languages. Walsh is the 15th recipient of the annual award, according to Erich Frankland, political science instructor. Following Casper College Walsh plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business and then go into the Peace Corps. Walsh, who speaks French, Russian, German, and Spanish, wants to eventually work internationally and use the languages that she has learned. Some comments from reference letters on Walsh include: "great talent," "hard worker with a quick mind," "Her motivation to learn new facts is very high and she also has a great passion to help other students," "Elizabeth can step in and make almost any situation better," and "she is outstanding." “I support all of these comments as I have had Liz in a number of classes,” said Frankland. “Her usual quiet demeanor somewhat hides a great inquisitive intellect which definitely comes out in her writing, class discussion, etc. She is an extremely talented student, especially with foreign languages and the complexities of international events, who is definitely worthy of this award. She is one of our graduates who will most assuredly go (on) to great things in her further academic career and beyond,” Frankland added. Past recipients of the award include Charity LaFountain in 2014 and Mickala Schmidt in 2015. The award is named after Jon E. Brady, instructor emeritus of political science at Casper College. Feature Photo: h/t Elliott Ramage/Pitchengine Communities #caspercollege #oilcity #news