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Bar Nunn Woman Receives 2016 Maggi Murdock Scholars Award

May 3, 2016

Brianna Anderson, of Bar Nunn, who received her Bachelor of Science in technical education through the University of Wyoming Outreach School, is one of two recipients of the 2016 Maggi Murdock Scholars Award. This year’s other recipient is Mary J. Hipol of Evanston, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Anderson was selected for the award due to her strong academic record, her commitment to civic engagement and her spirit of volunteerism. She currently is completing her teaching residency at Frontier Middle School in Casper. Until recently, she worked at Pro-Build in Evansville, where she provided kitchen and bath design, as well as customer, project and account management.

Rod Thompson, academic professional lecturer at UW-Casper, lauded Anderson’s academic work.

“She has maintained the highest level of scholarly work,” Thompson says. “Her dedication to being the best at what she does is an understatement. She dedicates herself to improving not only herself, but those around her.”

While in school, Anderson assisted with the Technology Student Association Day on the Casper campus. She also helped students at Mills Elementary School design and build bases for water collection barrels and park benches.

Anderson has volunteered to raise money for Joshua’s Storehouse, a Casper organization that provides food relief for local families. She also collected school supplies for local students and made lap blankets for nursing home residents.

Additionally, she organizes personal hygiene kits during natural disasters. She is an active member of her church and a leader of a young women’s Sunday school group.

Some of Anderson’s achievements include representing UW in both the 2015 and 2016 National Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association’s “Teaching a Lesson” competition. In 2015, she placed first nationally and, in 2016, she placed second.

She was awarded the 2016 HonorEd Graduate Award for exemplary academic achievement and effective teaching in residency, and has been on both the Dean’s and President’s honor rolls at Casper College since 2013. She is a member of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

Anderson hopes to become a secondary-level teacher in technical education in Wyoming.

“I aspire to guide students to a level of mastery and competency, and to take what they have learned from me and apply it in new ways,” Anderson says. “I want to be a teacher that does more for my students than just educate them. I want to give them tools to be successful in their education and in their careers in the future. I want to give them hope for their future and provide them with the protection, stability and confidence to reach their full potential.”

The Maggi Murdock Scholars Award recognizes and supports outstanding nontraditional students attending UW through the Outreach Credit Programs or the University of Wyoming at Casper (UW-Casper). To be eligible, students must excel in academics and have a positive impact in their community, state, nation or world. Students are nominated by faculty, staff, advisers and regional academic coordinators who have worked with them while pursuing their degrees.

Nominees must be Wyoming residents; exhibit academic excellence; graduate in the year the award is given with a degree or certificate offered through the Outreach School; show a propensity to civic activity and humanistic endeavors; and demonstrate strong qualities of character, professionalism and respect for peers and colleagues.

Outreach Credit Programs and UW-Casper support the Outreach School’s mission to deliver UW learning opportunities to the people of Wyoming and beyond. More information about the Outreach School can be found at

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