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Cutline: Rev. Ronald Whitlatch receives his doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Courtesy photo

Rev. Ronald L. Whitlatch Jr., pastor of the Family of God Church, received his Doctor of Philosophy defree from Oxford Graduate School this fall. The new Dr. Whitlatch traveled to the campus in Dayton, Tenn., to graduate with 20 classmates from 11 states and three foreign countries.

Charles M. Mould, Ph.D., past secretary of thr Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, delivered the commencement address.

Whitlatch's dissertation was "A Comparison of the Thought Processes of Christians and Muslims." Research was conducted at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Sampling of Christians was conducted in Casper.

Sampling of Muslims was conducted in South Bend, Ind., and Dearborn, Mich.

The research supported similarities and dissimilarities in the thinking patterns of the two gruops.

Whitlatch is available for programs or speaking opportunities to discuss how the religions of Islam and Christianity shape our contemporary world landscape.

For more information, call Whitlatch at (307) 237-2761 or email drwhit@bresnan.net.

*ELECTRONIC CARDS FOR VETS: The American Legion has relaunched a free, easy way to thank them for their service on the eve of Veterans Day, Thursday.

The electronic greeting cards are also ideal to thank all veterans, of all generations, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Anyone who has an e-mail account can receive the special cards. Creating the card is quick at The American Legion's website, www.legion.org.

The American Legion site offers e-mail cards representing each military service along with the service song that plays when the card is opened. Each card provides plenty of space to compose a personal message.

The free service is being offered for the sixth consecutive year. Cards may be sent now through Friday.

Greeting cards may be sent direct to active duty service men and women if their military e-mail addresses are known.

The 2.7 million-member American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans organization.

*HAUSEL GETS WGA AWARD: The Wyoming Geological Association (WGA) recently honored Dan Hausel for his lifelong contributions to Wyoming's geology and his many contributions to the WGA by providing him with the Association's highest award.

At the meeting in Casper, Hausel (who is employed by the Wyoming State Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming in Laramie), was presented with the Association's 2004 Distinguished Service Award, reserved for those individuals who have made dramatic contributions to the State's geological sciences and have made outstanding contributions to the Association. The award is only presented once every few years - past recipients have included other exceptional geologists such as the late Dr. J. David Love, the late Dr. Donald Blackstone, Jr. and others.

The award was presented by Ralph Specht, vice president of the Wyoming Geological Association after a standing ovation by the Association's membership at the Casper Petroleum Club, acknowledging Hausel's contributions over the past few decades. Hausel received BS and MS degrees in Geology from the University of Utah in 1972 and 1974. Since 1975, he has worked as a consultant for various companies and as a research geologist for the Wyoming State Geological Survey. He occupies the position of Senior Economic Geologist for the WSGS where his duties include investigations related to precious and base metals, gemstones, mineralogy, mining districts, Archean greenstone belts and diamondiferous host rocks.

*HISTORY WORKSHOP IN CASPER: All Wyoming social studies teachers, K-12, are invited to participate in a workshop offered by Dr. Phil Roberts from the University of Wyoming history department on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The topic is the creation and use of the amendments to our history. The American History Cowboy Coalition, sponsor of the event, will cover part or all of substitute costs. The event takes place in the board workroom at Natrona County School District Central Services, 970 N. Glenn Rd. To reserve your space or for more information, call Kim Ibach at 577-0354 or kim_ibach@ncsd.k12.wy.us.

*NATIONAL PRESIDENT: Doug Maulik of Riverton, co-affiliate director for Wyoming Association for Creative Youth, who sponsors Wyoming Destination ImagiNation, was elected president of the DIAD (Destination ImagiNation Affiliate Directors) last month in Knoxville, Tennessee at the annual fall meeting. This group is made up of the Affiliate Directors from all the states and countries that are involved in Destination ImagiNation Creative Problem Solving. Doug will serve as DIAD president for the next two years. For information about Wyoming Destination ImagiNation, please check out our website: {M7www.wacyDI.org, or email Doug at {M7dmaulik@wyoming.com .

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