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University of Wyoming Libraries will dedicate the B. Oliver Walter Group Study Room at 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, on Level 2 of Coe Library central. The ceremony is open to the public.
UW alumnus Douglas Reeves established an endowment to name a room to honor Walter, dean of the UW College of Arts and Sciences.
Reeves says his gift was made "to acknowledge a man who has inspired countless UW students with his wit, scholarship and encouragement. Dean Walter inspired me to study policy and politics and helped me to overcome my inhibitions about statistical analysis. He was the sort of professor who could engage a large group, but also make an individual student feel valued. He would take students seriously when we were not at all sure about whether our efforts had any merit.
"He served on both my senior honors committee and my doctoral committee, both obligations for which he had no time and which he nevertheless undertook willingly. I spent many long evenings in Coe Library at his direction, and I hope many students and faculty in the future will continue to be inspired by his example and leadership."
The dedication ceremony will feature remarks from UW Library Dean Maggie Farrell, UW Foundation President Ben Blalock, Reeves and Walter. An informal reception and tours of William Robertson Coe Library will immediately follow the ceremony.
For more information call UW Libraries at (307) 766-3279.