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THE ALSAM FOUNDATION

The ALSAM Foundation funds have improved the research infrastructure at the School of Pharmacy and allowed the school to hire Jared Bushman, a leader in regenerative medicine.The funding that provided innovations to Bushman’s lab augmented the start-up package and provided his team with the mechanisms to transfer existing grants from Rutgers to the University of Wyoming. In addition to a modernized laboratory, the funds were also used to construct a revolutionary surgical suite, which is an integral part of Bushman’s research.

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PAUL RECHARD AND FAMILY IMPACT

Over the years, Paul Rechard and members of his extended family have had an enormous impact on UW, by establishing a number of scholarships and endowments across campus. Even more amazing, since 1969, Paul has given smaller gifts to almost 50 funds total—everything from the Cowboy Joe Club and engineering to scholarships and the symphony.

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ELLBOGEN FOUNDATION SUPPORTS CIVICS EDUCATION ACROSS WYOMING

The John P. Ellbogen Foundation recently made a contribution of $350,000 for civics education at the University of Wyoming—$250,000 will be used to create an endowment and will be doubled by the State of Wyoming and $100,000 will be available immediately.

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JASON REHER MEMORIAL GIFT

Tragically, the son of Charles Reher and his wife Sandra died at 38 in an industrial accident. Jason was an electrical engineer who loved working on archaeological digs with his father and traveling the United States with his mother and sister. He went from playing in the site backdirt piles with his trucks, to taking field classes, to professional employment on site excavations. Charles and Sandra established the Jason Reher Memorial Fund in his memory, which supports undergraduate and graduate students studying Wyoming archaeology.


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AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS CONTEST ENCOURAGES AG EDUCATION

The state agricultural mechanics contest was held at UW on April 8, 2015. The hopes were high for the 37 teams (approximately 148 students) who participated, and the purpose of this competition is to build competence and confidence in these students and provide critical professional development for teachers throughout the state.

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CELEBRATING UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING STAFF MEMBERS

Endowments are created for a variety of reasons, but more often than not, their focus is to support student scholarships, faculty, or research—whatever the donor wishes to support. But that is not the limit for what endowments can do. Some donors create endowments to honor the staff that supports the university, faculty, and students.

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SCHOLARSHIPS HELP TOP-RANKED ROTC CADET

Aaron Goodwin knew in elementary school that he wanted to join the military. Academics were never high on his priority list, so at the age of 18, he joined the Air Force. After eight and a half years active duty, he worked several labor-intensive jobs, such as construction and in the oil fields. It was then that he decided to make education a priority.

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ESTATE PLANNING PRACTICUM TO ADDRESS UNMET PLANNING NEEDS

A practicum from the University of Wyoming College of Law helps low-income Wyomingites plan for their future while also giving law students invaluable experience in estate planning.From its outset, the goal of the Estate Planning Practicum was to address unmet estate planning needs of Wyoming’s low-income population. The law students that enroll in the practicum bridge the gap that exists in Wyoming by providing estate planning to clients whose income is twice the federal poverty level or below and also probate cases with minimal estate value.

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HELPING SINGLE PARENTS SUCCEED

In 2014–15, the Myra Fox Skelton Scholars Program, which is matched by state funds, helped seven students further their educations at the University of Wyoming at Casper, including Katelyn Taft, who recently graduated with her bachelor’s in social work.

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HONORING A FALLEN HERO THROUGH SCHOLARSHIP

The Deputy Brian Gross Memorial Scholarship was created to honor a fallen hero and to support students in UW’s criminal justice department. Jeneil Boles attends UW-Casper, where she will earn her bachelor’s in criminal justice in December.

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MAKING DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF OTHERS

An anonymous donor to the University of Wyoming has made several donations to UW Libraries in memory of H.T. Northen, who came to UW in 1936 and was a professor in the Botany department, then became head of the Department of Botany and Forestry. It is the donor’s way of honoring the memory and legacy of a great individual. It creates a lasting tribute and is a way to impact students through the Dean’s Fund, which benefits various areas of the library.

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Harry C. Vaughn Planetarium

HARRY C. VAUGHN PLANETARIUM IS A GATEWAY TO SCIENCE

Harry Vaughan’s Windy Ridge Foundation gift of $875,000, plus a $350,000 endowment doubled by state matching, has transformed the UW Planetarium to provide immersive 3-D media experiences, and traditional star shows have been replaced with far more interactive presentations, similar to an IMAX theater.Planetarium patrons zoom through space at warp speed and pass through the outer asteroid belt and beyond our own Milky Way to explore distant supernovae, gigantic black holes, and the formation of galaxies in the farthest reaches of the known universe.

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Kercher Family

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Professors Connie and Lydia Kercher, together with their daughters Kathryn, Nina, Jane, and Kise and their daughters’ families, support the Wheel of Brands scholarship program, the Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena, the Animal Science International Graduate Student Scholarship, scholarships in the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences, and medical studies.

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RON PULLEY, CHAMPION OF AGRICULTURE

Ron Pulley passed away in late June after a lengthy illness.Then, in 2013, the Pulleys established the Ron Pulley Rapid Response Agricultural Research Fund. It funds applied agricultural research at the University of Wyoming addressing current issues faced by Wyoming agricultural producers. The goal of the fund is to respond quickly to producers’ questions with timely science-based solutions.

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