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Jessica Willford

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1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.4322

The Synergy learning community consists of designated sections of four University Studies courses.

In their first semester at UW, students enroll in ENGL, POLS, and UWYO courses.  In consultation with their advisor,Classroom they also enroll in one or two other courses, with a maximum enrollment of 15 credit hours (per University Catalog, Part B).  In their second semester, students continue with Synergy by enrolling in designated sections of the COJO course. 
Students also meet with their university advisor on a regular basis throughout their first year.  The Synergy learning community fits well with the expectations and requirements of all majors on campus, and it also serves students who have not yet declared a major. 

Fall Courses

1. POLS 1000

Course title: American & Wyoming Government
Credit hours: 3
USP: This class fulfills the [V] University Studies Requirement
Instructor: Jacque Stonum

2. ENGL 1010

Course title: College Composition & Rhetoric
Credit hours: 3
USP: This class fulfills the [WA] University Studies Requirement
Instructors:  Pam Galbreath, Jason Kirkmeyer, Joyce Stewart, Michael Knievel, April Heaney, Quinnie Kenworthy

3. UWYO 1450

You will select one of these courses to take in the fall when your sign up for Orientation.  If you aren't able to attend Orientation, you will be contacted by the Synergy Coordinator, Jessica Willford, in July.  If you would like to sign up before July, please contact Jessica at 307.766.4322 or

Credit hours: 3
: This class fulfills the [I] and the [L] University Studies Requirement
Full Course Descriptions

UWYO 1450-01 - Critically Thinking About the Media and Our World   (this course is full)
Instructor: Mitzi Hettgar

UWYO 1450-02 -
Exploring the Functions of Storytelling
Megan Marshall

UWYO 1450-03 –
Youth and Politics
Nyla Bailey

UWYO 1450-04 -
Images of a Continent, Old and New: Exploring African Cultures
Gatua Wa Mbugwa

UWYO 1450-05 –
Cultures of Work
Rick Fisher

UWYO 1450-06 -
Interpreting the Scientific World Around You
John Willford

UWYO 1450-07 –
Engineering A Career: Beyond Expectations
David Reed

UWYO 1450-08 -
Sports and the Science that Fuels It  (this course is full)
Guinevere Jones

Spring Course

1. COJO 1010

Course title: Public Speaking
Credit hours: 3
USP: This class fulfills the [O] University Studies Requirement
Instructors: Justin Stewart, Mitzi Hettgar, Beau Bingham, Shalee Turner

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