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2016 Peter Simons Engaged Professional Award

2016 Peter Simons Engaged Professional Award

The Engaged Professional Award recognizes a professional at a CCMW member institution who has personally advanced the meaningful integration of community engagement in into campus culture, who actively fosters reciprocal campus and community partnerships, and whose community and campus leadership provides a model for students and peers alike.

From the creation of the Center for Learning through Service, to her efforts to integrate service learning as a meaningful pedagogy across the Communication Department, to her personal service to the greater Casper community, it is clear that Mrs. Wheeler’s impact on the Casper College campus and the broader community is both far reaching and deep. We are truly delighted to be able to honor Mrs. Wheeler for her many accomplishments and look forward to celebrating those to come.

Mountain West Engagement Awards
Gretchen Wheeler, Casper College
Thursday, October 20, 2016


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

From the podium situated at the front of the room to the tables set up in uniform rows to the individuals sitting in identical chairs, speckled throughout, this classroom could be any college classroom across the country.  The stories that emanated from this little, plain room...