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UW in the News

May 15, 2017

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:

UW is laying off 37 staff members this week as the final part of President Laurie Nichols’ $10 million permanent reduction plan for fiscal year 2018, The Laramie Boomerang and Inside Higher Ed reported. The Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming Public Radio were among media outlets nationwide that published similar articles.

Wyoming Public Media also detailed the reduction of degree programs, the consolidation of departments and layoffs after last week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

UW Art Museum Director Susan Moldenhauer was interviewed on Wyoming Public Radio to discuss a proposal by the Trump administration to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, humanities and similar organizations, such as UW’s museum, nationwide. The measure was not approved.

UW President Laurie Nichols is working with the UW Foundation to grow the number of scholarships available in an effort to recruit students, Wyoming Public Radio noted.

Laramie Live cited SmartAsset’s ranking of UW at No. 7 on its list of “The Best States for Higher Education in 2017,” noting the university’s low student-to-teacher ratio, low student debt and high earnings for graduates.

UW Professor Matt Kauffman and a Yale University colleague discussed new research that suggests excluding dingoes can lead to a population boom in their preferred prey, kangaroos, which can change plant composition of the landscape and even soil chemistry. The report was first published in the science journal Nature.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) detailed how UW was approaching budget reductions, including layoffs and reduction in budgets, specifically to the Outreach School and Athletics. The report was given before last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. The Laramie Boomerang and Wyoming Public Radio also reported on the budget hearings.

UW’s graduation schedule was reprinted on KGWN TV’s website.

The Boomerang reported that UW trustees, last week, approved an honors college that will help the university recruit more top-achieving students. A search for a dean also was approved.

UW Athletics personnel detailed how the department plans to offset a $1 million budget reduction for the upcoming fiscal year, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The CS-T reprinted UW’s release last week on the list of spring commencement ceremonies and keynote speakers.

Eleven finalists were named in the Fisher Innovation Challenge, sponsored by UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center, reported The Boomerang. The competition is for student-led projects to develop independent businesses.

The Boomerang featured UW Department of Music graduate Nicholas Anderson, who secured a position with Seattle-based independent game developer Strangeloop Games. He will develop music composition, audio programming and sound design for video games.

Sarah Maze, of Ranchester, was featured in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle as the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award winner as UW’s top graduating woman. Anthony Farmer, of Cheyenne, was named the Tobin Award winner as UW’s top graduating man, according to The Boomerang.

The Tribune Eagle also noted that UW President Laurie Nichols presented to the Board of Trustees the latest strategic plan draft, a guiding document that details the mission, values and goals of the university for the next five years.

Tucker Readdy, UW kinesiology and health associate professor, commented in The Sheridan Press about a group of friends who train together as a way to bond. Readdy said group training offers more variety and stimulation than regular exercise and gives participants a way to connect with others.

The CS-T reported that UW-Casper graduated the first two students in the Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory sciences program last week.

The Bleacher Report profiled UW quarterback Josh Allen, who some draft experts are predicting could be the overall first pick in next spring’s NFL draft and, if not, the first quarterback taken.

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