UW eclipses previous record with $56 million in private support; Rochelle, McMurray gifts lead the way

Construction of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center is under way at the University of Wyoming at 22nd and Grand Avenue

(Laramie, Wyo.)  — The University of Wyoming achieved a record year in private giving as the fiscal year closed on June 30. More than $56 million in private gifts eclipsed UW’s previous high year mark in 2011 of $43.1 million.

This is the first time in UW’s history that private philanthropy has surpassed the $50 million mark. The FY 2013 total is nearly 30 percent higher than the previous record and reflects the contributions of 25,245 donors. This brings UW’s five-year fundraising average to $40.7 million a year.

Cabinet Secretaries Duncan and Jewell visit the Wind River Reservation

Secretary Duncan answered a question and Secretary Jewell looked on during a short press conference with the media following their participation in a Community Forum at Central Wyoming College. (Ernie Over photo) 
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Two members of President Obama’s Cabinet visited the Wind River Reservation today, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The two addressed the Native American Education Conference at Central Wyoming College, played basketball at St. Stephens and honored Native American Students of the Year in a cultural event at the Arapahoe School.
County10.com will provide additional and comprehensive coverage of the Federal Officials’ visit.

National Champion RHS Key Club members recognized at FCSD#25 board meeting Wednesday

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Three members of the National Champion Service Project Team from Riverton High School’s Key Club were on hand Tuesday night to report to the Riverton School Board on their trip to Washington D.C.  Izzy Leyva, Bradley Branson and J.D. Manzanares (left to right in photo above) brought the hardware with them too… the big trophy, and the Key Club’s Diamond Award, the only one presented to a club in the 60 some chapters in the Rocky Mountain Region.

FCSD#25 Trustees to hold public hearing, adopt FY14 budget Wednesday; Key Club national champs to be recognized

In a much anticipated agenda item at Wednesday night’s meeting, members of the Riverton High School Key Club’s National Champion Community Service Project Team will be on hand to thank the trustees for their trip to nationals. They won for the service marathon where for 26 plus straight hours, club members performed a variety of community service projects around town along with the preparation and delivery of over 500 Thanksgiving meals. (RHS photo) 

Photo of the Day: CWC Health Science Center nearing completion; Parking lot going in

(Riverton, Wyo.) – With a planned August opening, the final stages of completing Central Wyoming College’s new Health and Science Center are in process. While workers complete the interior of the building, the construction fences have all been removed and concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks added around the new structure, while heavy equipment works on the new parking lot.