The State Senate has moved quickly in giving initial approval to a bill that would allow the University of Wyoming and community colleges to have a secret search for their presidents. A judge ruled that UW must open up its search for President, but the legislation is intended to allow the university to resume the search in secret. A Senate committee approved the bill this morning and by this afternoon the Senate gave the legislation initial approval. Senator Charles Scott says executive sessions are used in personnel discussions across the state and this is no different.
University of Wyoming just initiated a new program out of its burgeoning School of Energy Resources. The professional land management concentration will train landmen. Those are people who look for untapped oil and gas and other resources and negotiate contracts between their owners and companies that want to develop them. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that the program is just in time.
The Wyoming House of Representatives has given final approval to a bill that would let the University of Wyoming and Community Colleges keep their candidates for president secret. House Majority Floor Leader Kermit Brown says that releasing names of finalists will compromise candidates who have jobs on other campuses.
“You’ve got people in similar positions where they are and they want to make discreet applications, but they don’t want to totally wreck their situation back home if they are not selected. And that’s where the rub comes,” says Brown.
The Wyoming House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill that would allow the University of Wyoming and community colleges in the state to keep presidential searches secret.
Media groups have sued to require UW to make its presidential finalists public as UW tries to find a replacement for the retiring President Tom Buchanan.
Supporters including Cheyenne Democrat Jim Byrd say that it gives the University the best chance to get a quality president because competitive candidates would not be compromising their current positions.
The School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming is funded in large part with money from the energy industry. Other universities have gotten heat lately for not being open enough with their funding sources. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that some stakeholders are concerned about too much influence from energy at UW, but SER promises transparency.
The Albany County District Court ruled today that the University of Wyoming must release records identifying the finalists for the job of UW President.
The law suit was filed by media organizations who argued for the release of information about finalists, but the university said that releasing such information could impede their chances of getting the best candidates.
The UW Board of Trustees President, Dave Bostrom, says because of the ruling’s broad implication the university will consider an appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
The University of Wyoming Geology Museum is reopening Saturday after undergoing improvements and renovations. Most of the work was in the internal infrastructure, but Museum Manager Kelli Trujillo says some of the exhibits have been updated as well.
“A brand new exhibit on the cretaceous of Wyoming, with some of our existing dinosaurs, some of the cast skulls, in new places and in new interpretations, and some murals and some new ways to look at some old stuff that we already had.”
A grand opening ceremony is set for next Thursday at 3:30.
The University of Wyoming will get to participate in Microsoft’s innovative fuel cell demonstration pilot project.
The fuel cell being built in Cheyenne will essentially be powered by sewage. After 18 months of use by Microsoft, the City of Cheyenne and the University will get access to the so called Data Plant. U-W Chemical and Petroleum Engineering professor David Bagley says a number of students will benefit.
A University of Wyoming study found that Wyoming’s population grew by 14.1% from 2000 to 2010. That makes the state 11th in the nation for population growth. Tex Taylor, who co-authored the study, says Wyoming’s energy boom brought people to the state.
Since 1998, "Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo" has been an end-of-summer favorite with local audiences, with the natural rock formations at Vedauwoo offering a spectacular setting for the dance, which covers the entire performance area and connects the land to the sky. Created by UW faculty members Margaret Wilson and Neil Humphrey, the site-specific vertical dance choreography features UW students dancing on rocks both near to and far away from the audience.
The University of Wyoming's new Visual Arts Building has faculty and student studios, wood and metal shops, a gallery, and rooms dedicated to perform tasks more safely, including a safe place to spray paint.
The American Heritage Center is the University of Wyoming’s manuscript repository, rare books library, and official archives. The AHC is one of the nation’s biggest, busiest, and best non-governmental archival institutions in the nation: 1) AHC holdings total 75,000 cubic feet (or 18 miles) of manuscripts and archives and 60,000 rare book volumes; 2) AHC assists 5-6,000 researchers every year, from K-12 and undergraduates to senior scholars to documentary filmmakers, and users come from across the globe; 3) in 2010 the AHC received the highest honor possible in the archival profession, th
A sculpture, called Carbon Sink, installed on the University of Wyoming campus, has generated a lot of controversy in the past couple of years. It was a pin wheel of charred logs that sought to draw a connection between coal, global warming, and increased beetle kill. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that this supposedly anti-carbon message certainly got the attention of law makers, donors, and those in industry.
IRINA ZHOROV: The piece was installed in 2011 and was removed in May of 2012, a year earlier than expected.
With the start of football season, comes the start of Cowboy Joe’s work season. Cowboy Joe, if you don’t know, is one of two University of Wyoming mascots. He’s a pony with a lot of attitude who arguably has more admirers than the football players themselves. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that the current mascot is actually Cowboy Joe four, and he’s passing the reigns to Cowboy Joe five.
University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan told a gathering of University Faculty and Staff that he will retire in the Summer of 2013. Buchanan made the announcement during the annual state of the University speech.
“This will be my last year as President of UW. I will retire from the position of President about this time next year, at the end of the summer. And I want you to know that it has been my honor and privilege to serve the campus community and it really is a community. It’s been an amazing run, thank you and good afternoon. “
The University of Wyoming Cowgirls Volleyball team believes that this could be their year. 18 years after their last NCAA tournament appearance and coming off two strong seasons, the Wyoming squad believes it will take a big step forward this year. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.
The University of Wyoming just finished its second straight year raising over 40 million dollars in private donations. U-W Foundation President Ben Blalock says the support the University gets from the state leads to donations from the public.
The National Science Foundation announced today (Friday) that the University of Wyoming will receive a 20-million-dollar grant to study water resources in the state. It’s the largest grant ever received by the University. U-W Researcher Steve Holbrook says they hope to answer a number of water related questions and help future water managers.
Officials from the University of Wyoming dispute a recent report from the Institute For Competitive Workforce that pans college education in the state. The ICW is the nonprofit affiliation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
After a three year wait the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing center is being pieced together as scientists get ready for what will be one of the fastest and significant computers in the world.
Today workers in Cheyenne were busy putting the computers together. Meanwhile, those affiliated with the project can hardly contain their excitement. Marijke Unger will be among those running the facility. She says it will study a range of things.
“And that spans everything from solar physics to ocean circulation models to climate simulations. ”
The University of Wyoming says it will have to cut positions as part of its eight-percent budget cut sent to Gov. Matt Mead this week.
The governor requested the proposed cuts because of concerns about a reduction in revenue due to falling gas prices. They are for the budget that begins in July of 2013. University Spokesman Chad Baldwin says with 75 percent of U-W’s budget tied to salaries, he says they have no choice but to cut some positions.
During Wyoming Public Radio’s relationship with UW’s Master of Fine Arts program, we have also acquired some people who wanted to learn to be public radio reporters. Three people have joined us, including this next writer. Irina Zhorov is an accomplished photographer who wanted to develop her writing skills. She recently graduated from the M-F-A program. When Irina came to Wyoming from Philadelphia she had questions about her new state. Today she tells us about her conclusions in her “Letter to Wyoming.”
Earlier this year the Wyoming legislature set aside some 30 million dollars in matching money to help pay for a major upgrade in U-W’s College of Engineering. With an anticipated cost of nearly 100 million dollars, it would be U-W’s most expensive building project. The last major addition to the College occurred in 1980. Right now labs are too small, classrooms are crowded and the front portion of the building has a distinct 1920’s flavor. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…at a time when other building projects were occurring on campus…the chairman of the Senate Appropriations