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UW in the News

October 17, 2016

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 President Laurie Nichols discussed the university’s proposed budget cuts for FY 2018 at a town-hall meeting last week, according to Wyoming Public Media. The cuts, which total about $10 million, would come from division cuts, retirement incentives, vacancy eliminations and increased efficiency. The Houston Chronicle and KNEB Radio also carried the story.

UW will look to increase revenue through higher program fees for students, increased enrollment and already scheduled tuition increases, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported. The Laramie Boomerang also reported on UW’s proposed plan to implement fees for high-cost programs.

The CS-T announced that UW-Casper would celebrate its 40th anniversary last Friday with an event to recognize faculty, staff and alumni. Pete Simpson, the school’s first director, and President Laurie Nichols were among featured guests.

UW fall enrollment is slightly down compared with the same time last year, Wyoming Public Media reported. Although there was a drop in out-of-state students, the number of Wyoming students has remained steady.

KOWB Radio reported that Safe Treat, UW’s popular annual trick-or-treating event for the community’s children, will go on as usual, but in a different venue at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

UW President Laurie Nichols has met with the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone business councils to recruit students, according to University Business.

Forbes used UW’s study into whether colleges can save money by dropping to a lower level for athletics. UW Athletics Director Tom Burman told The CS-T why it is not advisable for the university to drop down a level from the Football Bowl Subdivision to the lower Football Championship Subdivision.

UW economist Jason Shogren wrote a column for WyoFile about understanding management of state funds and why they are important; and also gave his view of the best way forward.

Biologists at UW and the University of Nevada-Reno have discovered an evolving bird species, KUNR Radio reported. Front Line Genomics also carried the story.

The CS-T reported that a recent change approved by the UW Board of Trustees will cut benefits to future UW retirees.

UW researchers developed an approach to predict the presence of surface water in semi-arid landscapes to identify their change over time, the Environmental Monitor reported.

Nature World News noted that artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée’s 20-year collection of artwork and research is on display at the UW Art Museum.

UW’s James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center will share its hail damage research results during a Hail Study Field Day this week at the center near Lingle, The Torrington Telegram reported.

Wyoming Public Media interviewed Catherine Carrico, Wyoming Center on Aging associate director, about “Healthy U,” a six-week chronic disease self-management program offered at UW this fall.

The Transportation Communications Newsletter included on its website a link to UW’s release on enhancements UW Transit and Parking Services has made to its service. Metro Magazine posted the release on its website.

Wyoming Public Media reported that Brazilian conductor Carlos Costa would conduct the UW Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert Oct. 13 at UW.

UW researchers are interested in a carbon innovation research facility being proposed by an economic development organization in Campbell County, reported The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va.

KGWN TV reprinted UW’s release noting the UW elementary education program ranks No. 5 among 781 colleges nationwide.

UW’s Safe Zone will host a panel discussion this week as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, according to The Boomerang.

KGWN TV posted on its website UW’s release announcing CNN political commentators Sally Kohn and Tara Setmayer will debate on various issues this week at UW.

Sexual abuse survivor Brenda Tracy, of Oregon, discussed related topics with UW athletes last week, reported The Boomerang. reprinted UW’s release announcing a public debate between student teams from UW and the University of Pittsburgh this Thursday at UW. The teams will discuss how states should comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

UW history Professor Phil Roberts was quoted in The Olympian about a ballot measure that could pave the way for an income tax in Olympia, Wash. Roberts wrote a book about income tax in that state.

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