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As Wyoming’s only university, the University of Wyoming is committed to explore, create, and share knowledge. Wyoming Public Media captures the work of scholars, learners, and leaders who are committed to serving the state of Wyoming and contributing to national and international intellectual growth. You can hear some of our stories and features on these pages. They reflect the work of hundreds of individuals dedicated to the University of Wyoming vision to imagine the future and to create it.

Caleb Johnson

The book Treeborne is about a woman name Janie Treeborne who lives in Elberta, Alabama. She's being interviewed after learning that she may need to abandon her community after an old dam is about to break. The book takes us back through flashbacks from her life and family that goes back many years and involves an odd cast of characters. 

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A University of Wyoming alum published her book of stories last month. Kali Fajardo-Anstine grew up in Denver. Her new book, Sabrina & Corina, tells the stories of indigenous Latina women in Colorado. Wyoming Public Radio's Erin Jones talked with Fajardo-Anstine about dropping out of high school, her ancestors' storytelling, and reaching new audiences.

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Gillette College and the University of Wyoming's College of Engineering are working on a new partnership that could bring more opportunities for students in northeast Wyoming.

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This week University of Wyoming women's basketball coach Joe Legerski surprised many by announcing his retirement. Legerski is the winningest coach in program history and was coming off a 25 win season. He tells Bob Beck that a big reason for his choice had to do with family considerations.

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The previous headline for this story incorrectly used the word fraudulent when describing summer employment concerns. Wyoming Public Media regrets the error. 

With the end of the school year just weeks away students are looking for summer employment, but the University of Wyoming warns students to avoid jobs or internships that sound too good to be true. This involves employers who promise large sums for minimal work.

Organizations often privilege fast results from employees. So, making an argument for working slowly might seem counter-intuitive. But that's exactly what anthropologist Paul Stoller is doing.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. For college students, the issue on their campuses remains in flux. Last November, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled proposed changes to Title IX guidelines pertaining to campus sexual misconduct.

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This Friday, April 26, the Native student group Keepers of the Fire is sponsoring Wyoming's first march in support of missing and murdered Indigenous women on the University of Wyoming campus.

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Award-winning columnist and author Dave Barry will give a talk April 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Union Ballroom as part of the UW Libraries Development Board's annual author event. He joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard for a conversation about his career and his new book Lessons From Lucy.

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A spring snowstorm is keeping some speakers for this year's Shepard Symposium from arriving at the University of Wyoming campus, but event organizers say that won't keep the show from going on.

Denver writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine will give a reading tonight in Laramie to promote her debut book, Sabrina & Corina.

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A somewhat unusual instrument claimed first place in the annual Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition at the University of Wyoming in March. As she told Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer, Mikayla Peterson is the second saxophone player in her family to perform with the UW Symphony Orchestra in the concerto competition.

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UW is hosting a mock trial on April 15 based on a historic event that happened right here in Wyoming. In 1885 one woman's husband was killed. He was one of the Chinese coal miners killed in the Rock Springs Massacre that resulted in 28 to 50 deaths, all Chinese immigrants. 

A Steamboat Springs man is hoping to recover a sculpture stolen from the University of Wyoming student union in the 1950s.

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During her tenure, University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols focused her efforts to increase Native student inclusion and enrollment; it was especially low when she arrived. News that the University won't renew Nichols' contract has led some tribal leaders to express concern and shock, according to James Trosper, the director of the High Plains American Indian Research Institute (HPAIRI) at UW and a member of both tribes on the Wind River Reservation.

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This week the University of Wyoming announced that President Laurie Nichols will serve out her three-year contract, which ends on June 30. At that point, she'll transition to a faculty position. For many, the news came out of the blue. The 150-word email sent out to faculty, staff and students offered no explanation of the UW Board of Trustees' decision not to renew Nichols' contract.

The announcement came on Monday, just days before a scheduled meeting of the trustees. 

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Many on campus and the state want to know why UW President Laurie Nichols is not being retained. That includes Dr. Nichols herself. She was hired during a turbulent time at UW, but she believes things are much improved. Nichols says she had been working with UW's Board of Trustees on a new contract and then she was informed last week that her contract would not be renewed. 

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For the last three years, Wyoming Pathways from Prison has been offering college courses to incarcerated women and men in Wyoming's five correctional facilities. This week the group is hosting the Transformative Education in Prison and Beyond Symposium at the University of Wyoming.

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A new University of Wyoming office aims to foster stronger connections between faculty, staff, and students, and Wyoming communities. Part of UW's mission as a land grant university is to be useful and helpful to the state.

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The University of Wyoming announced Monday that President Laurie Nichols will transition to a faculty position when her three-year contract expires on June 30, 2019.

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A new law passed in the Wyoming government gives the University of Wyoming approval and funding for new student housing construction. This bill came about after years of discussion about developing new student housing.

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As a part of the University of Wyoming's strategic plan, students, staff and faculty are being asked to participate in a survey on diversity and campus climate. 

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A recent survey of full-time staff at the University of Wyoming indicates some rely on second jobs and public assistance to make ends meet.

A film festival highlighting women athletes is showing in Laramie this week. The No Man's Land Film Festival started in Carbondale, Colorado and now travels around the world with the goal of making the adventure and sports film genre more diverse.

Students and faculty from the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance competed at a regional competition in Oregon last month. Fourteen students in the department were nominated by outside reviewers to compete in performance, design and technical categories. 

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The University of Wyoming's annual spring dance concert runs this weekend. It features a new collaboration between a percussionist and a dance professor.

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At the University of Wyoming Student Union, a long line of students made their way down a row of tables, carefully examining artifacts, many of them taking photos with their phones. They are visiting the Black History 101 Mobile Museum

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The University of Wyoming has fallen prey to a higher concentration of spam and virus e-mails in the past few months, according to the university's Office of Information Technology.

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Two years ago, this February, University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols launched a sexual misconduct task force. This fall the group, more commonly known as the NO MORE Campaign, released a five-year strategic plan that calls for changes like more bystander intervention training and increased support for survivors in the aftermath of an assault.

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Wildlife based recreation in Wyoming increased by three percent in 2017 from the year before. That's according to a new analysis by the University of Wyoming. This is the second time the University of Wyoming analyzed the economic contribution of big game hunting, fishing and wildlife watching in the state.

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