Duncan retires after more than 25 years

Marilu Duncan, director of Student Support Services at Central Wyoming College retired last week after serving more than 25 years.

Originally from Mexico City, Duncan moved to Riverton after meeting her husband Tom, who was originally from the Lander area. The two met in Mexico while he was there teaching education communication and media in a center for teaching improvement, part of the Mexican Department of Education. He became her grant writing adviser and the relationship blossomed over time.

Duncan was living in a nice colonial city in Mexico the first time she visited Riverton.

“I thought this was the most horrible town I had ever seen in my life,” Duncan said. “You have to be out of your mind to come to live here.” This statement, she said was not funny but a great lesson for her because after living here for more than 31 years she loves Riverton and the great life her and her husband built together.

“The lesson? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” Duncan said.

The couple moved to Riverton just before their first son was born.

Before Duncan was the director for Student Support Services, a position she served for since 2001 up to her retirement, she worked in other various positions at the college. She taught Spanish in 1990 and later taught interpersonal communications and small group communications. She also worked in the ABE/GED/ESL program and in the fall of 1999 Duncan worked as the curriculum coordinator for the Gear Up program.

Now that Duncan has retired she said she doesn’t have a bucket list or any specific plans.

“I have never invented my own life from scratch,” Duncan said. “The one I am concluding, was built by my decisions along with decisions made by my parents, teachers, work supervisors and social expectations of me. I am about to start a life designed by me with two main purposes in mind, to enjoy everyday learning, discovering having fun and sharing and to help others do the same.”

Duncan has bachelor’s degree in social communication from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a master’s in adult education from the University of Wyoming. She has touched the lives of many students and helped them with their path to succeed.

Rustler 400 gives chance to win $10,000

The Central Wyoming College Athletic Booster Club and the CWC Foundation are giving people a chance to win $10,000. Not only will the Rustler 400 reverse raffle give someone the chance to win $10,000, there will additional chances to win money. The winners will be announced March 17 throughout the evening in the CWC gym starting at 6:30pm. Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased through a CWC Athletic Booster Club member or the Foundation. Tickets will also be sold at Riverton and Lander Chamber of Commerce’s.

Only 400 tickets will be sold with multiple chances to win and 20 people will walk away with $100. In addition the 100, 200, 300 and 399 tickets drawn will win more than $100.

Proceeds of the ticket sales will go to the student athletic scholarship funds.

“CWC has the lowest athletic scholarship fund in the Wyoming community college district,” said Becky Ruthenbeck, foundation director. “This will help us build those funds which will allow student athletes to achieve their goals of getting a degree and help recruit future athletes.”

There will be food and beverages available for purchase throughout the night.

“Come celebrate Saint Patty’s day with us,” Ruthenbeck said. “Enjoy food, fun and exciting basketball and leave with some money.”

For more information contact the Foundation office at 307-855-2035.


Rustler Spotlight-Justin Roberts

Justin Roberts, a past graduate from the automotive program, decided to go back to college to pursue a degree in computer technology. He will graduate this May with a degree an associate’s degree in computer technology.

“Auto is good to fall back on but my passion is computers,” Roberts said. “I eat, breath and sleep computers.”

Roberts said he would like to work for a few years before attending a four year college to pursue a double major in data base administration and another computer related program to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“Ideally I would like to work for a big data company; start as a systems analysis, an entry level position, and work my way into a data base administrative position,” Roberts said.

Currently Roberts is receiving real-life experience on a project with instructor of computer technology, Matt Herr. Roberts is setting up a lennox server for a project. Roberts is also an intern for Herr.

Herr nominated Roberts for student of the week.

“In addition to his studies, Justin has served as a computer technology lab assistant and has helped numerous students with their studies and with various technology problems,” Herr said. “Justin has been the go to person on campus when students have had computer problems. He goes above and beyond all expectations in the classroom and when performing his job in computer lab.”


CWC Student, Guenther, researches at 11,000 feet in mid-winter

Central Wyoming College student Nate Guenther is using Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) and photography to gather data for a paleoclimate study of the upper Dinwoody area in the Wind River Mountains. His mid-winter research into environmental conditions at 11,000 feet above sea level is part of the CWC Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition (ICCE) project to analyze the Dinwoody Glacier and human use of the high alpine region throughout the last 12,000 years.

With the guidance from CWC faculty, Guenther documented mid-January snow accumulation patterns, winter wildlife communities and predator/prey behavior is a component of the archaeological analysis of the highest known bison jump in North America, a recent discovery by the CWC archaeological field school last summer. This significant site, which is likely to change the understanding of ancient people’s relationships with the mountains and glaciers, has attracted international attention.

“We’ve been postulating that people who had tons of dried buffalo meat from a summer or fall jump, plus bighorn sheep and elk meat, hundreds of pounds of pine nuts and other plant foods might have stayed up high rather than carry everything down to the Wind River valley on their backs,” said Todd Guenther, professor of anthropology and history. “Remember this was in the days before horses, so it was very important to evaluate the winter conditions up there.”

Along with finding the jump the students also found flowing springs, plenty of firewood but not much snow accumulation, and avoidable drifts, Guenther said.

“This was an important trip because it demonstrated that it was imminently possible that prehistoric people stayed up at 11,000 feet, there in the vicinity of the jump site at least into the winter, if not all through the winter,” Guenther said. “Of course this doesn’t mean the conditions allowed them to stay every winter, but they probably couldn’t have a jump every year, either. But at least some years it’s likely they did not come down into the Warm Valley at the end of summer.”

Nate Guenther’s work required a long snowshoe expedition deep into the Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area in the Shoshone National Forest. Preliminary data suggests that, contrary to traditional beliefs, prehistoric people supplied with thousands of pounds of dried buffalo meat, pine nuts and other plant foods could have wintered at that elevation. Guenther helped document moose, elk, mountain sheep and wolves in the project area during the Jan. expedition.

“It was stunning being in the mountains in January; untouched by humans, just pristine wilderness, us, bighorn sheep, elk and wolves,” Guenther said. “Winter backpacking in the mountains is a fantastic experience. It puts you more in the moment than any other winter activity I’ve ever done.”

Guenther used military applications of GIST while serving as a first lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne and is now pursuing a GIST degree at CWC. GIST is a fast-growing field which uses contemporary software and hardware to facilitate data collection and presentation, and assists in identifying spatial relationships and trends. GIST harnesses the power of satellite imagery, 3D mapping and computer science to collect data and analyze features on the earth’s surface.

Geospatial mapping is used in industries ranging from oil field development and resource exploration to monitoring and improving wildlife habitat. This field of study prepares students to be technicians working in a variety of useful professions including planning urban growth, designing roads, managing forests, exploring natural resources, mapping natural disasters, real estate site selection and much more.

CWC science students participating in the multi-year ICCE project are collecting data on glacial ice-loss and its causes, water flow and quality on the Dinwoody Glacier located on Wyoming’s highest mountain, Gannett Peak. Archaeology students are studying human adaptations to the high alpine and CWC Outdoor Ed students are using critical mountaineering skills to enable the expedition to transpire safely under the guidance of professors Jacki Klancher, Todd Guenther and Darran Wells. Information acquired by this project is provided to several universities and government agencies for use in developing management plans.

“I think our ICCE project is likely to change our understanding of prehistoric peoples’ relationships with the high country and what types of food were available there,” Guenther said.


Rustler Spotlight

Courtney Olson is a freshman from Riverton double majoring in music and theater.

“I’ve always loved to sing,” Olson said. It was during a solo for a Christmas concert in high school that the theater teacher recommended that she audition for a musical.

“I got a small part as an extra but it was a lot of fun,” Olson said. “I would like to do acting and singing professionally.” Olson plans to attend a four year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

She chose CWC because of the programs and its affordability.

“I thought it would be nice to stay a year or two before going to a university,” Olson said.

Olson is a student ambassador and in her free time she enjoys singing, watching tv and hanging out with friends.

Olson was nominated by faculty member Mike Myers, professor of theatre.

“Although only in her freshman, Courtney has already played two leading roles:  Beatrice in The Servant of Two Masters and Ophelia in Hamlet. Her acting and singing have kept her at rehearsals and performances until late every night, yet she remains conscientious about excelling at her coursework,” Myers said. “Courtney is thoughtful, with an inquiring mind. Above all, Courtney has character–always honest, kind and considerate.”


Athletic department announces outstanding athletes

Ten student athletes were named Rustlers of the Semester today by CWC Athletic department for their outstanding academic work; all are full time students who received 4.0 GPA’s at the end of fall semester.

Below is a list of the athletes and the degree program they are in.

Women’s Basketball
Savannah Salisbury         freshman            Pre-Health
Heather Townsend         sophomore        Health Science/Biology

Men’s Cross Country
Cameron Collamer          freshman            Accounting

Piper Naylon                      senior                   Farm & Ranch Management
Brooke Hursh                    sophomore        Pre-Health

Women’s Golf
Kristen Day                         sophomore        Social Science
Sarah Schroefel                                freshman            Business Administration/Nursing

Ashli Draney                       sophomore        Biological Science
Kenisha Muehler             freshman            Pre-Health
Jensyn Pettit                      freshman            Criminal Justice/Psychology
Heather Townsend         sophomore        Health Science/Biology

CWC Dean’s and President’s list announced

CWC students who are full time (at least 12 credit hours) have earned the honor of making the President’s list or the Dean’s list for fall semester 2015.

President’s List
Students on the President’s list have a 4.0 GPA.

  • Bolte, Chantel
  • Case, Joseph
  • Chidester, Amanda
  • Collamer, Cameron
  • Conner, Adam
  • Crane, Lindsay
  • Croce, Kassandra
  • Cursey, Jeremy
  • Davis, Sydney
  • Day, Kristen
  • DesEnfants, John
  • Draney, Ashli
  • Eckhardt, Dustin
  • Fahey, Gillian
  • Fairchild, Roark
  • Favela, Jana
  • Fowles, Mickell
  • Graham, Rachel
  • Gray, Jason
  • Green, Chelcy
  • Hamel, Aspen
  • Hendrickson, Verdell
  • Heron, Vincent
  • Hofer, Rachel
  • Hopper, Richard
  • Hudson, Jenae
  • Hursh, Brooke
  • Johnston, Sarah
  • Keysaw, Chelsea
  • Kurtz, Jay
  • Lane, Bryan
  •  Lane, Kyriessa
  • LaVine, Jeremy
  • Lynn, Cesre
  • Mach, Shirley
  • McGlynn, Ian
  • McIntyre, Brenda
  • Miller, Cole
  • Mitchell, Tracy
  • Morales, Erendira
  • Moreland, Andrew
  • Muehler, Kenisha
  • Naylon, Piper
  • Nedirmammedova, Jennet
  • O’Donahue, Connie
  • Olson, Courtney
  • Osborne, Tobias
  • O’Sullivan, Shannon
  • Pepper, Jacob
  • Pettit, Jensyn
  • Pulatov, Damir
  • Rangel, Dhestinny
  • Reckling, Rachel
  • Reed, Linsey
  • Roberts, Justin
  • Robeson, Lesley
  • Robins, Morgan
  • Salisbury, Savannah
  • Sauer, Jordan
  • Sausedo, Donnie
  • Schilling, Kaylan
  • Schroefel, Sarah
  • Shaner, Amy
  • Sharp, Claire
  • Shaw, Elizabeth
  • Simonson, Kade
  • Skidmore, Gregory
  • Smith, Haley
  • Sonnenschein, Nathan
  • Stagner, Aspen
  • Thornton, Andrew
  • Tighe, Rachel
  • Townsend, Heather
  • Valentine, Marion
  • Vankirk, Cassidy
  • Williams, Lance
  • Willis, Gary
  • Young, Tavia

Dean’s List
Students on the Dean’s list have a 3.5-3.99 GPA.

  • Adderhold, Travis
  • Amos, Matthias
  • Ariks, Jessi
  • Backovic, Sonja
  • Becker, Lars
  • Bolton, Kellem
  • Bonella, Keyera
  • Botur, Daniela
  • Brown, Amber
  • Cappiello, Gabriella
  • Chavarria, Vicki
  • Choate, Kyle
  • Cooper, Dylan
  • Criss-Felton, Atajma
  • Cunningham, Robert
  • Cunningham, Kaitlin
  • Dickinson, Vanessa
  • Dion, Jerit
  • Dunlap, Wyatt
  • Esposito, Nathaniel
  • Filman, Austin
  • Finnerty, John
  • Flom, Joseph
  • Frank, Bridget
  • Gaddie, Alec
  • Garrido, Sophia
  • Glass, Haley
  • Glynn, Ashley
  • Goggles, Kimberly
  • Greene, Zoe
  • Hamrick, Michael
  • Hansen, Tucker
  • Harris, Rachelle
  • Hayden, Dillon
  • Hedges, Dillon
  • Hepp, Anna
  • Hereford, William
  • Hoffman, Haylee
  • Hughes, Conn
  • Ibidun, Kayode
  • Ivie, Kristen
  • Ivie, Shelly
  • Jackson-Anasso, Dominic
  • Jaramillo Scha, Carolina
  • Jorgensen, Sarah
  • Kautzman, Kassie Jo
  • Kay, Logan
  • Kennedy, Louisa
  • Kentzel, Aspen
  • Kling, Katlynn
  • Konicek, Shadoe
  • Lemley, Mikayla
  • Lupanciuc, Alexandru
  • Lupher, Joseph
  • Lyons, Shana
  • Mathis, Jamie
  • McCormick, Falon
  • McGinness, Bridgette
  • McGuire, Shelby
  • Medeiros, Mark
  • Moore, Abra
  • Nalley, Tessa
  • Nicola, Amy
  • Nyberg, Jaden
  • Otto, Bridget
  • Petersen, Brandi
  • Popinchalk, Owen
  • Reid, Alanna
  • Schwandt, Lucas
  • Schwartz, Brian
  • Scott, Danielle
  • Seaman, Richard
  • Shirk, Savanna
  • Snyder, Vanessa
  • St Clair, Grant
  • Starks, Timothy
  • Stowell, David
  • Sullivan, Jonathan
  • Tanner, Samuel
  • Thomas, Skylar
  • Thornton, Sean
  • Tien, Yu-Chu
  • Tippetts, Krista
  • Urbanski, Jimmy
  • Wallowingbull, Anissa
  • Walter, Jordan
  • Watson, Rylee
  • White, Rashel
  • White, Crysta
  • Wright, Lauren
  • Wuertz, Rusty
  • Ybarra, Alex
  • Zoller, Lea         CWC_DARKgrayOrange