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Fall Colloquia programs at Western open to campus and community

September 14, 2016

The New Mexican spad
The New Mexican spadefoot toad is one among several desert animals whose mating habits will be discussed as part of "Quickies in the Desert" on Sept. 19 and 21.

Western Wyoming Community College welcomes the campus and community to the Fall Colloquia, a series of fun and informative presentations that are part of the College’s First-Year Success course. These programs are provided for the benefit and enrichment of students who are enrolled in the one-credit preparatory course, but there will be evening presentations for the convenience of high school students and other community members who would like to take part. All programs are free and open to the public.

The presentations include:

“Quickies in the Desert,” presented by Professor of Biological Sciences Sandy Mitchell.

Monday, Sept. 19, 12 – 12:50 p.m. in Room 1439.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. in Room A209.

Learn about the unusual mating habits of desert frogs and reptiles, and find out why studying the wonders of the animal kingdom can be such a rewarding career choice!  

“Foreign Languages: Fun and Useful for Everyone!” presented by Assistant Professor of Spanish Nish Goicolea.

Monday, Sept. 26, 12 – 12:50 p.m. in Room 1408.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. in Room 1405.

Foreign-language study prepares students to engage more fully with their local communities and with the world at large. Find out how studying a foreign language can enrich your college experience and make you more marketable as an employee!  

“Who’s Got and Who Does Not: Inequality in America,” presented by Instructor of Sociology Angela Thatcher.

Monday, Oct. 3, 12 – 12:50 p.m. in Room 1439.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. in Room A209.

Many think of poverty as a crisis that afflicts other countries. In this presentation, learn about how poverty and lack of opportunity impact the lives of people in America and in Wyoming.   

“Badges, Cuffs, and Things That Go Bang,” presented by Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology Traci Ciepiela.

 Monday, Oct. 10, 12 – 12:50 p.m. in Room 1439.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. in Room A209.

Everyone knows about police officers’ standard tools of their trade: handcuffs, batons, Tasers, pepper spray, etc. In this program, learn more about how these tools work, when they should be utilized, and when they should not.

“Don’t Jeopardize Your Financial Future!” presented by Financial Aid Director Nicole Castillon.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12 – 12:50 p.m. in Room 1302.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. in Room 1302.

Smart financial decisions in college could mean many thousands of extra dollars in your savings, retirement and vacation funds many years from now. Learn some tips about finding scholarships, applying for financial aid, and using your resources wisely in college!

“Nursing: What Makes My Career Amazing!” featuring a panel of Healthcare Professionals.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 – 12:50 p.m. in Room 2027

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. in Room 2027.

Nursing is a high-demand field, and more nurses will be needed in Wyoming and across the country in coming years. Hear from a panel of healthcare professionals about the many rewards and benefits of a career in nursing!  

First-Year Success classes, more commonly referred to as First-Year Experience courses, are a familiar offering at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. These classes help students to develop the self-awareness, study habits, and sense of personal and social responsibility they will need to be successful in college.

The Fall Colloquia are intended to introduce First-Year Success students to topics and ideas that will help them to focus their academic interests and make wise practical decisions about what classes to take, how to pay for college, whether to become involved in volunteerism, and other choices.   

Western is pleased to invite the broader campus and the community to these fun and informative sessions. Both day and evening sessions are open to the public.

For more information on the Fall Colloquia, contact Professor of Developmental Studies Stacie Lynch-Newberg at (307) 382-1826 or at snewberg@westernwyoming.edu.     

 



For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or aharton@westernwyoming.edu.
 
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