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UW in the News

November 17, 2014

State, national and international media frequently feature the University of Wyoming and members of its community in stories. Here is a summary of some of the recent articles where UW is making the news.

UW’s cost of tuition (the lowest for in-state students at flagship universities) was mentioned in a Washington Post article about the level of college loan borrowing being on the decline while the price of college is increasing more slowly.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that the UW Board of Trustees discussed a tuition increase that would go into effect for fiscal year 2016. Sheridan and KGWN Television also carried the report.

UW’s nursing program was listed among the top 50 online Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the U.S., according to College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website.

SweetwaterNOW and County10 published UW’s press release about the university’s support for a telehealth clinic in Farson that provides rural health care in Wyoming.

UW College of Education professors Kate Muir Welsh and Leslie Rush discussed with The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Wyoming Public Radio how the university is preparing its graduates for the classroom.

RigZone, an energy-related website, interviewed Vladimir Alvarado, UW Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering associate professor, about the university promoting the oil and gas industry as a place to work, and to better prepare students for an energy career. Fierce Energy also carried the story.

UW petroleum engineering student Chelse Felts was profiled by her hometown newspaper The Cody Enterprise. The article focused on her work as the Society of Petroleum Engineers student chapter president.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle interviewed UW President Dick McGinity on a wide range of topics, including the university’s priorities heading into the next legislative session.

Rob Godby, UW associate professor of economics and finance, is quoted about the impact of low oil prices in a story in The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. He also was interviewed in a Casper Star-Tribune story about the status of Wyoming coal production in the wake of the U.S.-China agreement. The story was picked up in The Missoulian.

KGWN Television, the CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, posted UW President Dick McGinity’s message in its entirety about the recent assaults that took place off campus.

Frank Galey, UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources dean and chair of the Wyoming brucellosis coordination team, told The Tri-State Livestock News that the university is working on improving a brucellosis vaccine.

The Oil and Gas Journal reported that Hess Corp. is working with the university to gain insight into the physics of flow in nano and micro pore systems.

The Denver Broncos’ new indoor facility, which opened last week, closely resembles UW’s Indoor Practice Facility, according to The Denver Post.

Wyoming Public Media broadcast that the newly renovated UW planetarium reopened last week. WPM also reported that a new biogas-fueled data center in Cheyenne recently opened. The project was built in collaboration with Microsoft, the governor’s office, UW and the utilities industry. also published a story on the biogas-fueled data center.

WyoFile, the in-depth online news website, discussed in length the various factors that have contributed to the recent high faculty turnover rate at UW.

An amendment allowing non-residents to serve on the UW Board of Trustees may not be coming any time soon, according to several people who were interviewed in a Laramie Boomerang article.

The Casper Star-Tribune and the Riverton Ranger reported that UW President Dick McGinity wants to meet with state legislators during next year’s legislative session to discuss ways to prevent off-campus violence involving students and alcohol.

Former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov discussed the current political climate during an appearance at UW, according to The Laramie Boomerang.

The Casper Star-Tribune published a story about the renovations made to UW’s Arena-Auditorium ahead of the men’s basketball team’s home opener Nov. 16.

UW Extension Educator Tina Russell, who serves the Wind River Indian Reservation and Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties, recently received the Diversity Enhancement Award, according to The Riverton Ranger.

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal used UW’s release about the John P. Ellbogen Foundation endowment that will help fund UW Extension projects across the state.

UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Associate Professor Ann Marie Hart, and Dean Mary Burman wrote a column in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle touting Nov. 9-15 National Nurse Practitioner week in Wyoming.

County10 reported that the Wyoming Governor’s Top-Tier Sciences Programs and Facilities Task Force is meeting at UW this week.

UW Department of Economics and Finance Professor David Finnoff was among researchers on a study that concludes that tree harvesting be used as a means to stem the spread of pine beetles, according to

The Laramie Boomerang’s recent editorial favored preserving Merica Hall as a historic building, while also updating it for easier accessibility.

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