Cara Eastwood, who served as the press secretary for Wyoming governor from 2007–2009, is employed by Linden, a research-based marketing, branding and graphic design firm. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and anthropology in 2000. After spending several years as a photojournalist at newspapers in Colorado, Washington, Kansas and Tennessee, she came to Wyoming as photographer/writer for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne where she served as its outdoor editor. Her work has been published in USA Today, on Time.com and in American Photo Magazine. Before working in newspapers, Eastwood worked in a professional photographic lab as a black-and-white printer. Her darkroom experience and familiarity with modern digital technology help her bridge the fundamental photographic processes taught at LCCC with the more computerized, digital future of the art. Eastwood is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, and her work has been recognized for excellence in NPPA regional competitions as well as press associations in several states. In 2004, she received two Pacemaker awards from the Wyoming Press Association for both writing and photography. In 2009, Eastwood was named the Adjunct Faculty of the Year for the LCCC Arts and Humanities Division.
Douglas McGee, who is the public affairs manager for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), teaches “Desktop Video/Audio Production.” His weekly “WYDOT Report” appears on TV stations throughout Wyoming. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting from the University of Wyoming, where he worked for two years with UWTV. He worked several years in TV production in Rockford, Ill., before returning to Cheyenne, where he was video producer for WYDOT for four years. He is a Certified Avid Editor. His WYDOT work has earned him numerous awards, especially from CARE and USEOW, both organizations composed of individuals from police departments, state police, state troopers, fire departments, sheriff’s offices, MADD, and other safety groups. Recent national awards are as follows: 2002, CARE, second place, public service announcement (PSA); 2003, USEOW, third place, PSA; 2004, USEOW, third place, PSA; 2005, second place, PSA; 2005, USEOW, first place, PSA; and 2005 Videographers Awards, award of excellence for a PSA and an award of distinction for a news piece.
Ben Millard—3-D Animation
Benjamin Millard – or Dr. Ben as he likes to be called – teaches “3-D Animation.” He has a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in educational technology and statistical research methodologies. He also earned a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University and master’s degree from Regis University. Additionally, Millard holds several specialty engineering certificates, including one from Texas A&M. A highlight of his education was at LCCC where he took every math and engineering class offered. In addition to working as an engineer, Dr. Ben has taught several classes in industry and continues to teach physics, mathematics, research, statistical analysis, and computer applications for various universities in this region and online. He also continues to do consulting work for academia and industry. Millard brings many decades of academic and industry experience to his role as an adjunct instructor for LCCC and has won several teaching awards.
Mary Jo Schutz—Desktop Publishing
Mary Jo Schutz, who teaches “Desktop Publishing,” received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of South Dakota at Springfield in 1973. She has earned 30 hours of graduate study in a variety of areas. She taught kindergarten, first-grade, and numerous Title I classes in Nebraska and Wyoming. In 1974, she was chosen for Teacher of the Year by Who’s Who among Elementary Teachers. In 1993, she took the desktop publishing class at LCCC and won the Outstanding Beginning Desktop Publishing awards. Schutz does freelance desktop publishing work, and one of her publications for the Wyoming National Guard received a national awards. A member of the Cheyenne Astronomical Society, she teaches a program for junior astronomers at the association’s annual Weekend under the Stars and has traveled around Wyoming and Iowa presenting astronomy programs to elementary and junior high schools.
John Schultz, who was the video production manager for Echostar in Cheyenne and now is the MPEG engineer, teaches “Digital Video Camera Basics.” He attended San Jose State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College. His professional experience includes serving as a commercial producer for KTGF-TV in Great Fall, Mont.; master control supervisor/tape operator, Television Associates, Mt. View, Calif.; and associate producer, International Correspondence Institute, Rhode-St. Genesis, Belgium.