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    Casper College
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog & Student Handbook

STUDENT LIFE AND ACTIVITIES



Research shows that students who are involved with their college beyond going to classes have higher retention rates and GPAs. Students may participate in student government; clubs and organizations; publications; intercollegiate and intramural athletics; performing arts; and political, community service, cultural, and religious organizations. Students interested in getting involved should contact the Student Life Office located in the Union/University building, fourth floor. They welcome suggestions and requests for social, cultural, recreational, and co-curricular activities.

Center for Learning through Service

Liesinger Hall, Room 132A
307-268-2390 or caspercollege.edu/service-learning

The Center for Learning through Service is committed to developing and integrating a campus-wide pedagogy that combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking, and personal and civic responsibility. Community service is an integral part of Casper College students’ education to prepare them to be lifelong learners, responsible community members, and productive citizens.

Clubs and Organizations

Union/University building, Room 405
307-268-2638 or caspercollege.edu/student-activities

The Casper College Student Senate supervises all student clubs and organizations. Go to caspercollege.edu/studentactivities/clubs-organizations for a list of active clubs and organizations, Student Senate and club advisors, and advisor contact information. The student activities coordinator, in collaboration with Student Senate coordinates all proposed social, curricular, and special interest student clubs and organizations. Contact the student activities coordinator for information on how to start a new club or organization.

Forensics (Competitive Speech)

Gertrude Krampert Center for Theatre and Dance
307-268-2496 or caspercollege.edu/communication/forensics-team

Intercollegiate competition is central to the forensics program. Students receive systematic and careful instruction in preparation for regional, national, and international tournament competitions. All qualified students may participate on the forensics team.

Fitness

Fitness programs and equipment are available at the Fitness Center for students enrolled in PEAC 2001 , 2002 , 2003 , 2004 , 2005  and 2007 . Free YMCA swim passes are available at the Student Life Office in the Union/University building, room 400.

Honors Program

Strausner Hall, Room 203
307-268-2379 or caspercollege.edu/programs-courses/honors

The Casper College Honors Program promotes a rigorous academic program for exceptionally talented and motivated students. Moved by the quest for  truth, and with the goal of gaining a comprehensive view of the nature of thought, knowledge, and human understanding in an environment of creative  interaction, honors students explore the fundamental ideas and values of human culture from a variety of disciplines. Students are challenged to develop and exercise their moral responsibilities, which include leadership, thoughtful self-governance, and social consciousness.

Intercollegiate Athletics

307-268-3000 or 307-268-2335 or tbirds.cc

Athletic programs can be a vital and integral part of a student’s educational experience. Athletics develops teambuilding, leadership, and self-discipline skills. Competitive sports include men’s and women’s basketball, rodeo, and women’s volleyball. The Thunderbirds are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

Men’s Basketball. Casper College schedules games with other community colleges in Wyoming and surrounding states. The Thunderbirds have a much-deserved national reputation in basketball and a loyal following in the community. Casper College competes in Region IX for the right to play in the national junior college tournament. The Thunderbirds have made 11 trips to the national tournament as regional champions and have placed as high as second in the nation.

Women’s Basketball. The Thunderbird women’s team is a perennial Region IX power. They have made eight trips to the national tournament, finishing third in 1996 and fourth in 2010, and are coming off another 20-win season. In 2016, the T-Birds were honored as an Academic All-American team.

Women’s Volleyball. The Thunderbird volleyball team is a top junior college program. Over the past eight seasons, Casper has won three regional championships and ranked consistently in the nation’s top 25.

Rodeo. Casper College competes in the Central Rocky Mountain Region of NIRA. Rodeo is a varsity athletic program at Casper College. The T-Birds practice and compete in facilities at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds, including the indoor arena. Casper College has a storied program in college rodeo. In 1963, Casper College became the first junior college to win the national intercollegiate championship. By winning the national championship again in 1964, 1965, and 1966, Casper College became the first college in history to win the national championship for four consecutive years.

International Education

Liesinger Hall, Room 289
307-268-2849 or caspercollege.edu/international-education

International education fosters an institutional culture and climate that supports cross-cultural education and awareness to prepare students for active involvement in a global environment. International study, exchanges, and volunteer experiences abroad are available.

Learning Communities

Strausner Hall, Room 103
307-268-2116 or caspercollege.edu/learning-communities

Learning communities pair classes together to offer students and faculty the opportunity to collaborate in an environment that fosters students’ abilities to integrate learning across courses, over time, and between campus and community life. To see a list of current learning community classes, go to caspercollege.edu/learning-communities.

Livestock Judging

The livestock judging team competes nationally, regionally and locally and won numerous awards at all levels of competition.  The team is restricted to students enrolled in a livestock judging class. Interested students may enroll in the course and become eligible for the team, regardless of prior experience. Contact the Casper College Agriculture Department for more information.

Performing Arts

Gertrude Krampert Center for Theatre and Dance
307-268-2365 or caspercollege.edu/theatre-dance

Casper College offers performance arts opportunities to participate in or attend including music, theatre, and dance. The Theatre and Dance Department provides opportunities for students interested in theatre performance, tech and design, and dance performance. Production styles include Broadway musicals, Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies, modern comedies, and dance concerts. Students do not need to major in music, theatre, or dance to participate. Check the website for information about auditions and performances.

Music Building
307-268-2606 or caspercollege.edu/music

Casper College offers a modern and well-equipped program that provides opportunities for students to explore music technology, music education, music performance, musical theatre, or music in the liberal arts curriculum.

  • Brass Ensemble. Membership is by audition.
  • Concert Chorale. Membership is by audition. One credit per semester may be earned.
  • Concert Band. Membership is by audition.
  • Contemporary Singers. Membership is by audition.
  • Jazz Ensemble. Membership is by audition.
  • Men’s Choir. Membership is open to all male students. This is a one-credit course.
  • Orchestra. One credit per semester may be earned.
  • Percussion Ensemble. One credit per semester may be earned.
  • Women’s Choir. Membership is open to all female students. This is a one-credit course.

Student Activities Board

Union/University building, third floor
caspercollege.edu/student-activities

All students who pay mandatory per credit fees are eligible to participate on the Student Activities Board. Four elected members of Student Senate lead the SAB. The chairperson(s) of events appoint other SAB members. SAB organizes, advertises, and conducts programs such as dances, movie nights, special events, family fun events, games, and lectures. SAB programs supported by per credit fees are typically free but require a current student ID to participate.

Student Activities and Intramural Sports Program

Union/University building, Room 405
307-268-2638 or caspercollege.edu/student-activities

All students who pay mandatory per credit  fees are eligible to participate on the Student Activities Board. Four elected members of Student Senate lead the SAB. The chairperson(s) of events appoint other SAB members. SAB organizes, advertises, and conducts programs such as dances, movie nights, special events, family fun events, games, and lectures. SAB programs supported by per credit fees are typically free but require a current student ID to participate.

Student Government

Union/University building, Room 410
307-268-2638 or caspercollege.edu/clubsorganizations/student-senate

Associated Students of Casper College (ASCC) Student Senate represents students on college policies, campus enhancements, and student activities, and they administer a portion of the per credit fees. Student Senate is comprised of five executive officers elected by the student body and other members elected by their class or appointed through UW-Casper. Elections are held in the spring semester for officers and sophomore representative positions and in the fall semester for four freshman representative positions. Only degree seeking, full-time students are eligible to hold an executive office. First-year freshmen must have achieved a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher or have met the national eligibility standard for their program. Student senators receive scholarships for holding office. The Student Senate Constitution and Bylaws are available at caspercollege.edu/clubs-organizations /student-senate.

Student Organizations

  • Assoc. of Dance Performance Students of Casper College (The Flight)
  • Assoc. of Theatre Performance & Technical Students of CC (The Bakkhai)
  • Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Casper College
  • Campus Ventures
  • Campus Democrats
  • Chess Club
  • Computer Science Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Culture Club
  • Entomology and Beekeeping Club
  • Fire Science Club
  • Fitting & Showing Club
  • French Club
  • GEAR UP Club
  • Geology Club
  • German Club
  • International Students Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Latter Day Saints Association
  • National Association of Science Teachers
  • Non-Traditional Student Club
  • Oil City Ag Club
  • Occupational Therapy Assistance Club (OTA)
  • Opera Club
  • Phi Rho Pi (Forensics)
  • Phi Theta Kappa-Zeta Alpha Chapter (PTK)
  • Robotics Club
  • Ropin’ n’ Riggin’ Rodeo Club
  • Rugby Club
  • Shanklin Travers Addictionology Resource Society (STARS)
  • Social Science Club
  • Student Association of Respiratory Care (SARC)
  • Livestock Judging Club
  • Student Nurses’ Association
  • Student Pharmacy Association
  • Student Radiography Association
  • Technical Education Collegiate Association (TECA)
  • UW Tech Education Collegiate Association
  • Veterans Club
  • Welding Club and Auto Body Club

Student Publications

Chinook: Liesinger Hall, Room 151B
Expression: Strausner Hall, Room 105
Chinook: 307-268-2375
Expression: 307-268-2511 or caspercollege.edu/expression

Students publish and manage the student newspaper, Chinook, named after the warm winds that frequently blow in this area. Expression, a literary magazine, is an annual publication of short stories, poems, essays, music, and artwork.

T-Bird Nest

Union/University building, third floor

The T-Bird Nest is a gathering place for students, faculty, and staff. Student Life holds events in the nest throughout the week, such as Friday Night Fever, movies, pool leagues, comedy nights, and open mic nights.


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