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Public Events for New UW President July 8 in Torrington, Wheatland

June 10, 2016
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UW President Laurie Nichols

Residents of Goshen and Platte counties will have an opportunity to meet new University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols during public events Friday, July 8.

A public reception is scheduled 9-10:30 a.m. in Torrington at the Platte Valley Bank Community Room, 2201 Main St. Light refreshments will be served at the event, hosted by the UW Alumni Association and the bank.

And a “UW Evening in the Park” is set for 6 p.m. at Wheatland City Park. Featuring bratwurst, hot dogs and music, the event is sponsored by the Alumni Association, with appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Brown, Dr. Zane and Mrs. Jennifer Nevins, and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Geis.

The public events are part of a trip for the UW president that will include a stop at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington and meetings with local public school administrators, legislators and media representatives.

During her first months in office, Nichols is spending a day or two of each week traveling around the state to meet with citizens, community college and public school leaders, legislators, alumni, media and others.

“I’m having a wonderful time getting around the state to meet with people and hear their thoughts and expectations for Wyoming’s university,” says Nichols, who began her duties as president May 16. “This is a crucial time for the state and UW, and input from the public is important to make sure the university fulfills its land-grant mission of education, research and service to the entire state.”

Nichols comes to UW from South Dakota State University, where she has served as provost and executive vice president since 2009. Before that, she was dean of the SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences from 1994 to 2008. She began her career in higher education as a member of the faculty of the University of Idaho from 1988 to 1994.

Nichols was born and raised in South Dakota. A first-generation college graduate, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from South Dakota State in 1978. She then earned a master’s degree in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in family and consumer sciences education from Ohio State University in 1988.

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