University of Wyoming Trustees met today to discuss the construction of new College of Engineering and Applied Science facilities. Lawmakers set aside matching money this year to get the project started.
UW Associate Provost Andy Hansen says the current facilities don't meet the students’ needs.
Four faculty members from the University of Wyoming participated in a forum last night to discuss how new technologies could contribute to cleaner, more diversified energy production. They discussed carbon sequestration, natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable energy. Geology professor Carrick Eggleston, who participated in the forum, said there isn’t going to be just one solution. "There is no one technology that is going to solve all of our problems," Eggleston said.
The University of Wyoming is getting access to a portion of the supercomputer that the National Center for Atmospheric Research is building in Cheyenne, but it’s also building it’s own smaller supercomputer on campus.
Bryan Shader is the special assistant to the vice president of research and economic development at UW. He says the campus supercomputer will be faster and more powerful than the computing systems the university has now.
The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved raising tuition and fees over the next two years.
Under the plan, tuition paid by resident students will increase 2% in each of the next two years while nonresident students will pay 4.5% more in 2013 and 2014.
For a resident undergraduate student: tuition that costs $104 dollars per credit hour this year would increase to $108 dollars per credit hour by 2014. Nonresident per credit hour tuition will go from $576 dollars to $629. Mandatory student fees will increase from just over $1,000 a year.
Two proposed University of Wyoming buildings were the focus of considerable amount of debate on the final day of the state budget.
The House will focus funding on the top building priority of UW and build a new performing Arts Center, but the State Senate voted not to fund the Performing Arts Center and will instead spend money to pay for an upgrade of the College of Engineering building. Laramie Representative Cathy Connolly said the Performing Arts Center will guarantee certification for the Arts program at U-W. She says it’s important to the state.
Governor Matt Mead is wrapping up a trip to Texas where he's been meeting with officials of some of the nation's largest energy companies to try to drum up support for the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources.
Renny MacKay is spokesman for Mead in Cheyenne. MacKay says Mead and UW officials have been in Houston and Dallas since Tuesday.
MacKay says they've been meeting with representatives from such energy firms as Exxon, Mobil and Marathon Oil Corp. He says Mead is due back in Wyoming on Wednesday afternoon.