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Apr 29, 2012 - Staff

CWC club's powwow is May 5

The annual Central Wyoming College Powwow, sponsored by the United Tribes Club, is set for Saturday, May 5, at school's gymnasium. The powwow is free and open to all.

Gourd dancing that honors veterans will begin at 1 p.m., though the grand entry is not scheduled until 6 p.m.

Sergio Maldonado, the club's advisor, said the gourd dances last an hour or two and the community is welcome.

While there is a break in the dancing until the Grand Entry, vendors stay the entire time, he said.

Powwows always begin with a grand entry with dancers representing their tribes and also a particular style of dance, Maldonado said.

He is expecting dancers to characterize multiple categories, including the women's traditional, men's northern tradition, fancy dance, fancy shawl, jingle dress, and grass dancer.

Mark Soldier Wolf's family dancers will be represented.

Americans Indians have always gathered to socialize among one another with song, dance and the drum, Maldonado said.

At 8 p.m., the United Tribes Club intends to honor all CWC staff with an honor song. The club is also honoring Wayne C'Hair for his years of teaching the Arapaho language at CWC.

Wyoming Honor Farm gives kudos

Riverton's Wyoming Honor Farm has announced its employees of the fourth quarter, January through March.

Amy Harris has been selected as the non-security Exemplary Employee of the Fourth Quarter.

Harris began her employment with the Wyoming Honor Farm on Dec. 20, 2009, as the Office Support Specialist split between Maintenance and Education.

She holds a bachelor's degree in interior design and is currently enrolled in coursework to begin working on her master's degree.

She is certified to teach the NCCER construction program and has spearheaded the changes and re-implementation of the NCCER program by developing a system of organization that makes the program easier to complete and has been the support to the instructors throughout the transition to the new process.

She has also been assigned the task of working on Operational Procedures to ensure ACA and OSHA compliance.

Harris is the Wellness Champion for facility and the "go to" person for the Wyoming Honor Farm "Farm Family," according to a statement from the institution. She takes care of notifications for meetings and setting up activities for staff.

Sgt. Jim Hartman has been selected as the uniformed Exemplary Employee of the Fourth Quarter.

Hartman began his career as an officer for the Wyoming Honor Farm and holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming. He was promoted to corporal on Jan. 3, 2001, and then to sergeant on June 1, 2005.

Hartman currently serves as shift commander on second shift and helps with the GED program when not on shift. Hartman will be retiring at the end of June 2012.

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