Additional News & Information the Colleges Want to Share
- The 49th Annual Kinser Jazz Festival will be held Feb. 8-10, and the Monday night concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Falconaires is sold out.
- This year's Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture will focus on "redemption" and feature author Jennifer Teege.
- Casper College sophomore Sarah Finch has been selected as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.
- The Casper College women's basketball team is currently ranked #14 in the nation with a 14-2 record.
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College finished another successful year with more than 500 members.
Central Wyoming College
- CWC science students participating in the multi-year ICCE project are collecting data on glacial ice-loss and its causes, water flow and quality on the Dinwoody Glacier located on Wyoming’s highest mountain: Gannett Peak; archaeology students are studying human adaptations to the high alpine; and CWC Outdoor Ed students are using critical mountaineering skills to enable the expedition to transpire safely under the guidance of professors Jacki Klancher, Todd Guenther, and Darran Wells. Information acquired by this project is provided to several universities and government agencies for use in developing management plans.
- Central Wyoming College instructor of American Indian studies, Tarissa Spoonhunter will teach a new course titled Native Nations Building which will start in the spring semester. The course, encouraged by Arapaho and Shoshone tribal leaders, will focus on the effectiveness and ineffectiveness tribal governments in the United States and Canada have faced or are currently facing.
Eastern Wyoming College
- Eastern Wyoming College has received final approval from the Wyoming State Board of Nursing on their new nursing program which will be offered at the Douglas Campus. This is the first nursing program to be started in the state in nearly 30 years. A cohort of twelve students will begin the two-year program in the fall of 2016.
- A ground-breaking for the Career and Technical Education Center in Torrington will be held on March 17th at 2 pm. This 69,000 square foot facility will be home to premiere programs in welding, machine tooling, cosmetology, and health technology. Community Education and Workforce Development will also be in this new building. This facility will be completed and ready for classes for the fall of 2017.
Laramie County Community College
- LCCC and UW (and I believe the other Wyoming community colleges) have signed an articulation agreement that accepts more community college credits on transfer to UW than ever before. This is great news for our students!
- LCCC’s Wind Energy program was featured in Sierra Club’s national publication, “Sierra,” showcasing the program and student Mark Honstein.
- LCCC’s Joshua Kourajian and Alex Williams, both Fire Science students, have been named ambassadors to the Fire House World 2016. Only 100 fire science students in the nation are given this honor.
- Though not officially a college honor, LCCC’s women’s soccer coach Jim Gardner was named the 2015 National High School Coach of the Year. He also coaches girls’ soccer at East High in Cheyenne.
Northern Wyoming Community College District
- Learning by Design magazine recently selected Sheridan College’s Thorne-Rider Campus Center as an Outstanding Project in its 2015 Awards of Excellence publication. Learning by Design, “the premier source for education design innovation and excellence,” featured the Sheridan College building in the New Construction/Addition category in its fall 2015 publication.
- Jane Elkington Wohl, SC English Instructor, recently published her third book of poetry, Learning from Old Masters. The collection features poems spanning nearly three decades, featuring reflections on Wohl’s experience of faith and spirituality.
- Fifteen high schools teams from across Wyoming competed in the 20th annual Wyoming Academic Challenge, hosted by Sheridan College in early December. Campbell County High School took top honors in the event with 128 points. The top small school honors went to Riverside High School. Second place overall went to Cheyenne East High School and third place went to Douglas High School.
- Our GC Men’s Basketball Team is currently ranked third in the nation!
- RN graduates achieved a 95.8% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a nationwide examination for licensing nurses. The lion’s share of graduates achieved licensing in Wyoming, two are licensed in Montana and one in Colorado.
- NWC is in the 98th percentile for the percentage of its first-time, full-time students who completed and transferred in three years, according to a National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute survey of community colleges. The college registered in the 92nd percentile for students completing and transferring in two years.
- The NWC Foundation is among the nation’s top 25 community colleges according to a study measuring funds raised over the last five years at colleges with FTE of fewer than 2,000 students.
- NWC’s Volleyball Team finished fourth in the nation at the NJCAA Championships. After earlier winning the Wyoming Region IX North Championship, Coach Shaun Pohlman was named Region IX Coach of the Year.
Western Wyoming Community College
- Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geology Dana L. Pertermann, Ph.D., co-edited a newly published book, The Archaeology of Engagement: Conflict and Resolution in the United States, published by Texas A&M University Press. The book offers a collection of studies on the archaeology of battle sites.
- Dr. Pertermann also was named Director of the Center for Southwest Wyoming Archaeology and Federal Artifact Repository, which is housed at Western.
- The Mustang Speech and Debate duo of Tanner Petersen and Suzie Schmid were recently ranked #32 nationally for policy debate. The Mustang team was ranked #39. These rankings include two-year and four-year schools.
- Mustang Volleyball’s Alexa Goulding was named an NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention for 2015. She was also Setter of the Year for Region IX.
- Assistant Professor of Spanish Nish Goicolea was named President-Elect for the Wyoming Humanities Council Board of Directors.