Volume1, Number 2
Graphics design program
A passion for horses page 4
Upcoming events page 12
Training for Women page 7
Service Learning: fostering the development of empathy, personal values, beliefs, self esteem, self confidence and social responsibility
Picking up trash by a river bank is service. Studying water samples under a microscope is learning. When students collect and analyze water samples and the local pollution control agency uses the findings to clean up a river . . . that is service learning. Service learning is a Central Wyoming College class and the concepts are also integrated into the curriculum of other college courses, such as Professor Jewel Dirk’s human services class. Regardless, service learning engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies. In the service learning class at CWC, a student must commit 30 hours to service to earn a
credit. But according to instructor Mary Flohr, the student learns so much more. The projects often foster the development of empathy, personal values, beliefs, self esteem, self confidence and social responsibility. The service reinforces and strengthens the learning, and the learning reinforces and strengthens the service. Jessica Konicek, a social work student, is giving up some of her time on the weekends to do activities with the residents of the Westward Heights Care Center in Lander. “I’m getting a lot more out of it than I expected,” said Jessica, emphasizing the experience has been “humbling.” The faces of the nursing home residents light
up when they see her each weekend. Some of them don’t get many visitors, she adds, and they come to depend on seeing a familiar face. The service learning project gives Jessica an opportunity to use newly acquired skills and knowledge from the classroom in real-life situations. It also allows her to focus in areas of social work she may want to later emphasize. Students in Dirks’ class have the opportunity to enhance their grade by participating in a service learning project. “She’s been amazed at how some of them are taking to it,” Flohr said of Dirks’ students. “The students are going above and beyond and really doing some community service rather than little projects just to get the grade.” (continued on page three)
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Service-learning also helps young people develop a range of service skills, from acts of kindness and caring, to community stewardship, to civic action. Dirks’ student Anessia A. Porter was part of a Wind River Reservation group that participated in an event in Cheyenne celebrating recovery and “wellbriety.” Anessia saw firsthand how alcohol and drugs were affecting lives on the reservation while doing social work there. “I want to be able to make a difference even if I only help one person,” she said. For Susan Benepe, who runs Fremont County Big Brothers Big Sisters, college-aged students are important to the success of her program’s mission. “College kids are the right age,” she said. The majority of “Bigs” in her program are CWC students and Benepe is convinced they will “do amazing things. It’s great to have those tentacles out in the community,” she said. While Big Brothers Big Sisters receives Americorps funds to recruit college students to the program, most don’t volunteer for the money. “I do it because I enjoy spending time with kids,” said CWC student Victor Szablewski, who is a “Big” to Skylar, a 12-year-old who was
matched with Victor because of their shared interest in the outdoors. Victor is the non-custodial parent of three daughters who live in Wisconsin, so spending time with his “little brothers fill a void for me.” He’s an experienced “Big” as he was in a BBBS program in Cody before relocating to Riverton. An accounting student, Victor doesn’t have a background in social work or counseling. Yet, he understands that what the kids he shares time with need most: consistency. “Kids need attention; people who pay atten-
tion and people who will be there,” said Victor. “Dependability is really important to them.” “Consistency is my ultimate word for matches,” Benepe adds, explaining that many of the “Littles” have “disheveled kinds of lifestyles.” She advises against spoiling the children. “They’ll take anything they can get, but it’s time that is so precious to them. Time is the greatest gift of all.” Typically, Bigs and Littles “hang out” on weekends. “They love the simple stuff,” Benepe said. “They love just being included.” The children enjoy being invited to tag along with their Bigs while doing weekend errands, for example. When student Terra Hubenka joined BBBS she didn’t expect it would change her. “I’ve always been a giver, but now I find myself doing things for other people just to make them smile.” Participants of CWC’s Honors Program, a group of select students, created a service learning project entitled “Books for Babies.” To promote literacy at a very young age, the students raised money to purchase copies of “Good Night Moon,” a popular children’s book. Every baby born in Fremont County in December received a copy of the book.
The equine industry in America is big business and students from across the country and even from foreign nations are ﬂocking to Central Wyoming College to learn the skills to work in the trade. The horse industry is a $15 billion business in the United States, said CWC Equine Professor Patti Stalley, who a quarter century ago began developing CWC’s equine studies program into a nationally recognized curriculum. For many of Stalley’s students, the college’s horsemanship program is able to transform a student’s love for horses into a meaningful and productive career. CWC graduates have gone on to work as equine facilities managers, horse trainers and show horses internationally. “Our program has become known as a progressive program by staying current with national and international equine trends,” Stalley said. “We encourage our students to become well rounded.” Word-of-mouth accolades about Stalley’s instruction and the equine program at CWC have spread. Students come from across the nation to Riverton to enroll, and the program has even attracted some international students. Just recently, Patti took a call from a (continued on page five)
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young woman in New York who learned about the program from the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team’s veterinarian, whom Stalley has never met. She’s also been recently invited by the Black Hills Equine Expo committee to judge their Trainer’s Challenge competition and to present a seminar on “Colleges and Careers with Horses.” With 1.9 million Americans owning horses, there are many jobs related to equine, Stalley said. Most of her graduates earn an income or supplement an income with horses. Some of these students have had a lifelong association with horses, while others had never mounted a horse until they put their feet in stirrups at CWC. Wyoming, the nation’s least populated state with only a half million people, has 99,000 horses. According to the American Horse Council, the equine industry in Wyoming produces goods and services valued at $191 million. It directly provides 1,400 full-time equivalent jobs in the state for a total employment impact of 4,900 jobs. According to AHC, 33,100 state residents are involved in the industry as owners, service providers or volunteers. Stalley doesn’t need the staggering statistics to know how big the equine business has grown. When she began offering CWC classes in 1981, she was warned the class would not be held unless she had at least eight students enroll. Sixtyfour registered for those first two classes and from there it has snowballed into a full-ﬂedged program with an ever-growing reputation. Stalley, who originally was hired at CWC to (continued on page 6)
Cynthia “Cinch” Schell, right, visits with CWC equine student Jolene Murray.
‘Cinch’ is wild about horses Cynthia Schell is a mentor for CWC’s longtime Equine Professor Patti Stalley. Better known in equine circles as “Cinch,” the 88-year-old Crowheart woman has had a lifelong love affair with horses. “She is so worldly,” said Stalley in describing Cinch, who as a part-time instructor for the equine program introduced many CWC students to English riding. Though she was the leader in equine education in the state, Patti enrolled in the first class offered by Cinch at CWC to renew her own personal English skills. While most riders in this area ride Western style, the interest in English riding has grown tremendously, Stalley said, especially because students are enrolling at CWC from coastal states and the East. In addition to being a great promoter of riding, Patti says Cinch is also an avid reader. She’s helped keep Patti abreast of the changing trends in equine education by bringing her articles from multiple publications. There hasn’t been a time in Cinch’s long life when she wasn’t wild about horses. (continued on page eight)
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coach women’s rodeo, said owning horses is a huge commitment. “It’s a big mistake for a person to take a few riding lessons and then go buy a horse,” said Stalley, who honed her equine skills as a child on a Nebraska ranch. “They really need to know how to take care of a horse.” Developing riding skills is only one part of CWC’s curriculum. Students learn anatomy, horse health care practices, equine nutrition, shoeing and housing horses. This kind of commitment takes time and money. Putting her caution aside, Patti said training horses gives you a “warm feeling” inside. “It gives you such a feeling of satisfaction,” she said. While a majority of Patti’s students are in the program to learn a career in equine, there are numerous horse owners in the community who have taken equine courses to promote their avocation. Community support is evident by the participation in the equine programs special events held annually at the CWC Equine Center. Last year, the program hosted a free equine chiropractic seminar with Dr. John Wilson. She expected about 40 people to attend and ended up with 120. The Equine Center frequently hosts clinics for English riding, breakaway, barrel, showing and a series of Jackpot Rodeos which begin this month, where about $10,000 in prizes is awarded. The events are for youth and adults, and are geared toward the students and community. “We live in a very generous community who like to see their young people being schooled and succeeding,” Stalley said, noting that the special events she and her students volunteer to put on raised more than $13,000 last year. That was put toward an Equine Endowment with the CWC Foundation and was matched dollar for
dollar by the state. The program has also raised about $23,000 for the Ronnie Alexander Memorial Fund, to honor a horse farrier from Crowheart who used to shoe horses at the arena. Stalley would like to put on more events and expand her curriculum to include therapeutic riding, equine massage, vet tech, vaulting, and mule education, but she is limited by arena and parking space at the college’s North 8th West and Gasser Road facility. The equine industry is highly diverse, supporting a wide variety of activities in all regions of the country. CWC’s curriculum offers a variety of degrees and credentials to meet the needs of the students, who are taught to ride, train and to teach riding. The program is affiliated with the international Certified Horsemanship Association. Students can be certified to teach at four different levels. CWC students maintain a high national rate of certification, Stalley points out. For more information about CWC’s equine program, visit the website: cwc.edu/academics/programs.
Not every makeover is cosmetic. Central Wyoming Collegeâ€™s director of Customized Training Lynne McAuliffe said CWC is offering extreme career makeovers to eligible women by providing opportunities to learn new hands-on-skills that will more than likely double their earning capacity. The program provides free training to qualified female applicants in the field of information technology. Another program, offering similar perks, begins in February but in the field of construction trades. Women in Wyoming earn much less than their male counterparts and that wage disproportion gives the state the dubious distinction of being dead last in the nation. Wyoming women earn 67 cents on the dollar compared to men, and the national average is 73 cents. An even more discouraging statistic is that women in Fremont County, make only 63 cents to the male dollar. The Wyoming Department of Work Force Services wants to elevate the wages of the stateâ€™s female workers by sponsoring a wage disparity program through CWC. The grant allows the ten best applicants in the two programs the chance to re-shape their lives by learning the skills to demand higher wages. CWC is currently educating a class of Information Technology Support Specialists and these 10 women, carefully selected from 100 applications last spring, have been in a very intense, rigorous program. â€œEmployers are hoping to hire them directly out of (continued on page 10)
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Born on Staten Island, N.Y. in 1917, Cinch soon realized it was too expensive to take pony rides at Asbury Park. So like lots of young girls, she devoured books about horses. She still holds on to her mother’s copy of Riding and Driving for Women by Belle Beach, a book she first read when she was just 10 years old. She got her first horse in 1933, a bay saddle bred gelding. While attending the Knox School in Cooperstown, N.Y., she had the option of riding for an extra fee. Her instructor was a Russian colonel, who taught “forward seat” riding. Cinch was the first to enroll in an animal husbandry program at Penn State, where she earned a degree in 1940. About the same time, she got her first thoroughbred mare and worked as a “riding counselor.” In 1946, she married veterinarian Fred Schell and they passed on their love of horses and animals to their three children. Around 1950, Cinch took her Pony Club to the first ever national rally and one of her students was the first young woman to pass a test. Her team also placed first in a team dressage competition. A few years later, Cinch designed and built cross country jumps for that portion of the U.S. Equestrian Team trials. Cinch and her family moved around the country and she taught at colleges and private stables, including leading the riding program at Camp Green Cove in Tuxedo, N.C., for 15 years. She concluded her teaching career in Wyoming, teaching for CWC and for private students at the Bitterroot Ranch near Dubois. Last year, she returned to the CWC Equine Center to donate a large television to enhance equine education.
A new graphic design component has been added as an option to the Internet Web Development degree at CWC, educating students to be Web and print media designers. Using the latest design and web development software, participants learn the tools and the theory of creating digital media and graphic layouts for both web and print applications. “We want our students to be as diverse as possible,” said Professor Matt Flint. While Flint’s courses relate more to the “print” side of graphic arts, he emphasizes that web and graphic arts “really complement each other.” The graphic design option is in its first year and with little program marketing, Flint has found a dozen students interested in the field. He said the program is set up to give students a “well rounded education” in the field so they can “go out and get a job.” The CWC program emphasizes a “smattering” of print, advertising, marketing and illustration; all fields in which a graphic designer may be hired. “Most jobs are going to ask you to do a whole lot of stuff,” Flint said, explaining employers are requiring staff have diverse capabilities. In addition to teaching the extremely sophisticated and complicated graphic design tools, like Adobe’s Creative Suite of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, the students learn to formulate “concept to production.” In the first year of the program, students enroll in “digital imaging,” a basic introduction of “making images that communicate effectively.” This spring, the digital imaging course is complemented by a typography course that basically teaches the student how to effectively communicate with type. (continued on next page)
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The combination of images and type is what gives graphic design its “power.” In the final semester, the students will do an internship to get a practical real world experience. Flint is seeing so much talent from his first-year students, he’s convinced they’d be ahead to start their own agency in the region. “We could use it,” Flint believes. If you look at anything that’s made as a product, like advertising, printing, packaging, some where, some time, it’s been touched by a graphic designer. “There will always be a demand for graphic designers.”
The art on these two pages was completed as projects for Matt Flint’s digital imaging class. All of the concepts were created and executed by the students, with “loose limitations” set by Flint. At right is an image by Mary Spradley, and the piece above is by Rueben Wichelhaus. The image on the left hand page above is by Derek Wintermote and the bottom art is by Robert Snyder.
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the program,” said McAuliffe. There’s a real market for people with the breadth of experience these women are gaining.” A good part of the reason Wyoming ranks last in the nation in wage differences is that there are many high-paying jobs in the minerals industry that are generally filled by men. McAuliffe said one way for women to earn competitive wages is by learning skills in nontraditional fields, such as construction trades and information technology. “Women are working mostly in the service sector,” she explained. “If we can put more women in nontraditional fields that pay higher wages, we can impact the wage disparity.” Most importantly, the women can become self sufficient. The applicants for the two upcoming programs must meet eligibility requirements and have dependents at home. “These are women who are already struggling,” McAuliffe said while emphasizing the competition will be fierce for winning a spot in the programs. “It’s not first come, first served.” All tuition, books and materials are fully paid by the grant, she
said, explaining that drug screens are a new requirement for applicants because the candidates in the programs would be required to be tested by potential employers. “Our goal is to have an 80 percent placement rate of program completers employed in the field that they are trained,” McAuliffe said. The participants in the first wage disparity Information Technology training at CWC are very motivated to succeed in the program. “I think they appreciate the opportunity to make a career change,” she said, noting that each of the participants understand the investment that has been made for them. The wage disparity program is also beneficial to potential employers. Construction trades in Wyoming are in desperate need for qualified workers. RaJean Fossen of Strube Construction is confident women can do the job. And women also could be trained in construction specialties, such as finish carpentry, tiling, ﬂooring and the like. The Information Technology field is more conducive for women with children, McAuliffe acknowledges as it may not require travel. The IT classes begin Jan. 27 and the Construction Trades is set to begin Feb. 27.
Coming to CWC Theatre soon March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 Want to sign up for a non-credit class? Take advantage of the new “Instant Enrollment” feature on the website. You may register for classes online, and pay for them at the time you enroll. Just follow the step-by-step procedures.
7:30 p.m. – Main Stage Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Start with a colorful assortment of 1930s Guys and Dolls – gangsters, molls, gamblers, nightclub singers and Salvation Army workers. Then add a wildly funny story that bounces from Times Square to Havana to the sewers of New York. Finally, stir in one famous song after another (like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”). This is the recipe for one of the classics of American musical theater.
Rated G • Reserved Seating
Tickets go on sale Feb. 9 for season subscribers; Feb. 16 for all others.
New students and former CWC students may register for noncredit (continuing education or community service) classes via WebAdvisor. You must use a credit card to pay when you register for these classes and you must have an email address to use this service. If you want to exit WebAdvisor at any time, click on Log Out in the upper right corner of the screen.
On the next screen, click on Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes. (see arrow)
Go to the CWC web site www.cwc.edu and click on WebAdvisor (found on the left side of the CWC home page.)
The opening screen contains the instructions for logging into WebAdvisor. If you know your WebAdvisor username and password, you can use it; if you do not, continue by clicking on the word WEBADVISOR at the top or the bottom of the instruction page.
On the Main Menu click on WebAdvisor for Continuing Education.
The next screen asks you to narrow your selection of noncredit classes. Use a published ﬂyer from one of the CWC outreach offices for class information, or click on the words Non-credit Course List on this screen and see all classes available. Now you may select your classes. Follow the remaining directions to complete the final steps for registration.
Winter activities at CWC January 6
First Class Stipend deadline
Reception for Art Faculty Exhibit
Faculty return from semester break
Feb. 8-March 5
New student orientation
Memory & Meditation exhibit Artists exploring how we remember events in our life and how focusing on those can heal our souls.
Last day to register for 2006 Spring Semester classes
Jazz Night II Free concert featuring CWC jazz ensembles
Jan. 13-Feb. 5
Annual Exhibit of the Art Department faculty
College Goal Sunday
CWC closed for Martin Luther King/Equality Day Holiday
Financial Aid Awareness Week
Spring classes begin
Faculty Colloquium Art Department discussion
Jungle Book Presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre
President’s Day Holiday
BYU Living Legends Dance Ensemble
Jackpot Rodeo series begins at Equine Center
February 21-24 Diversity Week February 23
Memory & Meditation Exhibit reception
March 2-4, 9-11 Guys and Dolls CWC Theater Department’s spring musical March 8-April 2 Slices of Life exhibit March 14
Connect is a new publication of the CWC Public Information Office and is scheduled to be published quarterly.
Craicmore Contemporary, traditional Celtic band
Central Wyoming College 05-06 winter connect magazine