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Alumni Updates

2000s to Present Graduates
Brooke Hopkins

Brooke Hopkins (AFA, '15)

Brooke Hopkins was named "First Year Professional Art Educator for 2021". An outstanding achievement for a first-year instructor. She attended Park Elementary as a child and her career is coming full circle, giving back to the students of Park Elementary. Read the full article on Oil City News.

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Jake Hamilton (AAS, '08) (CERT, '08)

Jake Hamilton (AAS, ’08) (CERT, ’08) has continued to pursue tie-down roping although in a way that is less stressful than when he was doing it professionally. A UPS driver by day, Jake is a regular at the Cody Nite Rodeo which happens every Thursday during the summer in Cody. Even though he is only 34, he considers himself semi-retired from tie-down roping, he prefers the laid back nature of the Thursday nite rodeo as opposed to life on the road being a professional tie-down roper. Jake finished in the top six in one of his last years of competition in the Calgary Stampede. To read more, click here.

Jason Dewitt

Jason DeWitt (AS, '17)

Jason DeWitt (AS, ’17) has been named as the Casper Area Chamber Of Commerce's President and CEO. He will begin in the position on December 1, 2020. Read more here.


Victoria Forbord

Mountain Vista Medical Center and Florence Hospital, both Steward Heath Care facilities, have hired Victoria Forbord as their new director of respiratory therapy. Read more here.

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Seaerra Miller ('17)

Casper native, and 2017 CC Visual Arts graduate, Seaerra Miller, has recently signed a deal with Little Brown Books for two middle-grade graphic novels! Her professional career has already included illustrating Hilda companion novels for the Netflix series Flying Eye and her own graphic novel, Mason Mooney: Paranormal Investigator! Click Here for more...

Theatre crowd

Aaron Odom (AA, '00)

Alum Aaron Odom (AA, '00) has taken his love of theatre to a podcast, with a dad joke he learned from beloved educator Tom Empey. Odom's podcast "Euripides Eumenides" discusses topics of theatre history with the many people he has met in his theatre career. Read the full article here at the Sheridan Press.

James Jess Moody

Jess James Moody (AS, '19)

Jess James Moody (AS, '19) recently judged the Northeastern Colorado Stock Show. He currently attends the University of Wyoming and plans to attend Montana State University to work on his master's degree while serving as a coach for the livestock judging team.  He made the news for the stock show read more here. 

Hathaway Knives

Graduate Gabe Hathaway (AAS, '11) has opened a precision machine shop and knife manufacturing facility in Casper, Wyoming. Click here for more information.

Conor Jacobson

Conor Jacobson ('01)

Jacobson has been playing violin since he was four years old in Pavillion, Wyoming. He studied music at Casper College and the University of Arizona, as well as the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Netherlands. He spent four years studying and performing throughout northern Europe. He will be performing on April 25th, 2021 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 4 pm. Find out more at the Art Core page. 

1980s and 1990s Graduates
Amy Hughes Davies

The Board of Directors of the Denver Metro Association of REALTORS (DMAR) announced that it named Amy (Hughes) Davies (AAS, '82) as the Chief Operating Officer. Read more here.

Anna Kinder

Anna Kinder (AS, '87)

Anna Kinder (AS, '87) was named to lead the Casper-Natrona County Health Department in July 2020. She assumed the role in the midst of a global pandemic but looked forward to the opportunity. Read more here.

Ben Cook

Ben Cook ('98)

The director of the University of Wyoming’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program has accepted a new role focused on boosting the university’s overall online programs.

Ben Cook will begin serving as interim associate vice provost for digital, distance, and online programs on December 1, 2020. Read more here.

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MJ Adams (AA, '83) Publishes Cookbook

MJ Adams has published a cookbook that has been reviewed by the New York Times in January 2021. She has worked at Woman's Day Specials Magazine and attended the French Culinary School. She opened a restaurant in the Black Hills for the past 15 years. After closing the restaurant, she did two seasons of a show called Savor Dakota, where she explored the culinary landscape as the host. It aired on SD Public Television and last year  Create TV picked it up to air nationally. Order her book here: Corn Exchange Cookbook 

Steve Grussendorf conducting

Steve Grussendorf ('82)

Natrona County High School Choral Director Steve Grussendorf has been named one of the 2021 "Outstanding Music Educators of the Year" by the Wyoming Music Educators Association.  Read more at Oil City News

1960s and 1970s Graduates
Bill Colgan

Bill Colgan ('61) recalls his time as a Veteran on Veterans day, Nov. 11, 2020. Click here to read more.

Kevin O'Hearn

In the 2020 elections, Kevin O'Hearn was elected to represent House District 59. Click here to listen to his interview.

1940s and 1950s Graduates

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