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 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    April 23, 2020

UW institutes hiring freeze

LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming has instituted a hiring freeze, Acting President Neil Theobald announced in a Wednesday email to university employees. “Effective immediately” no UW-funded hiring of faculty or staff can be made without Theob... Full story


Bill would take away UW's gun rules

LARAMIE — At least 14 legislators are backing a bill that would prevent the University of Wyoming from regulating firearms on campus. As with other previous failed legislation, Senate File 88 would require UW to allow the carrying of concealed w... Full story


Police chief: UW gun ban not enforced in 'open spaces'

LARAMIE — A regulation banning firearms on the University of Wyoming’s campus, which has become the subject of a high-profile lawsuit, isn’t as restrictive as it might appear at first blush, UW Chief of Police Mike Samp said in court this week.... Full story


UW, Nichols argue over whether investigation was proper

RIVERTON — A court filing made Friday, Dec. 20 from the University of Wyoming disputes the characterization from former UW President Laurie Nichols’s attorney that suggests an alleged investigation into Nichols’s behavior occurred “directly contrar... Full story


UW gives Nichols some of personnel file

LARAMIE — Last week, The University of Wyoming handed over at least some of the personnel file of Laurie Nichols to the former president, according to a Friday court filing from UW’s attorney. Nichols had formally requested her file October 3, and... Full story


Nichols to join court case on firing records

LARAMIE — Former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols is hoping to weigh in on whether the university will be required to provide news reporters with a number of records regarding an investigation into Nichols’ conduct at the uni... Full story


Nichols asks judge to show her UW files

LARAMIE — In a public records dispute between the University of Wyoming and Wyoming news organizations, an attorney for former UW President Laurie Nichols has asked Albany County district court Judge Tori Kricken to show Nichols the records r... Full story


UW acting president vows more faculty investments

LARAMIE — During a Thursday State of the University address, acting University of Wyoming President Neil Theobald said the university will work to increase the number of endowed chair positions to 100, roughly doubling the current number. In S... Full story


Legislators mull Hathaway changes

LARAMIE — Legislators on the Joint Education Committee are considering a few bills that, if they find favor in the statehouse next year, would make changes to the Hathaway Scholarship Program. On Thursday, lawmakers voted unanimously to have the L... Full story


UW issues first apology to Black 14

LARAMIE — Tom Burman, athletic director for the University of Wyoming, delivered history’s first apology from the university to the Black 14 on Friday evening. Those 14 black football players, many of whom were on campus this week, were kicked off... Full story


Supreme Court says judge had no authority over UW gun case

LARAMIE — The Wyoming Supreme Court threw out a ruling by Albany County district court Judge Tori Kricken, who determined in November that, contrary to common understanding, state law does not prevent local governments from regulating guns — so lon... Full story


UW search committee hosts first 'listening session'

LARAMIE — The search committee tasked with finding 12 candidates for the University of Wyoming’s presidency hosted its first of three “listening sessions” at the Wyoming Union on Monday afternoon. The overwhelming majority of search committ... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    August 8, 2019

UW requesting $31.3 million more in state funding

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming has requested the Legislature appropriate $31.3 million more in biennial funding for the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years. The bulk of that, $28 million, is being requested to boost the university’s standard ope... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    August 1, 2019

Laramie man arrested for 2018 murder

LARAMIE — After what the Laramie Police Department described as a “lengthy and intensive investigation,” a 24-year-old Laramie man was arrested for the killing of a woman in March 2018. Artem Day has been charged with second-degree murder, a felon... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    July 25, 2019

Granderson appeals conviction to Supreme Court

LARAMIE — Former University of Wyoming football player Carl Granderson is appealing his six-month jail sentence, which was imposed July 11 after the defensive end pleaded no contest to a charge of sexual battery and unlawful touching. G... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    July 18, 2019

Theobald brings new focus at first trustees meeting

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming’s board of trustees first meeting with Neil Theobald as the school’s acting president began Wednesday with the new president leading a discussion on ways UW could improve its graduation rate and become more acces... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    July 18, 2019

UW expands need-based aid, reduces merit-based

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted Thursday to, beginning in the fall of 2020, offer significantly more need-based aid to Wyoming students while making a commensurate cut to merit-based aid for out-of-state students. Under ne... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    July 4, 2019

Arapahos behind anti-gambling effort

LARAMIE — Advertising reports made with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office have revealed the Northern Arapaho Tribe as the only funder behind the Wyoming Public Policy Center, an advocacy group that popped up at the end of 2018 to lobby aga... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    July 4, 2019

Retired UW administrators to return temporarily

LARAMIE — Bill Mai and Chris Boswell, two former administrators who retired from the University of Wyoming in 2018, are returning to the school on 12-month agreements to help as the board of trustees convene a search for a permanent president. B... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    June 20, 2019

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in UW gun case

LARAMIE — The Wyoming Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in a legal challenge regarding whether the University of Wyoming has the right to regulate firearm possession on campus. In December, Albany County district court Judge T... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    May 30, 2019

Football player's sexual assault trial set for July

LARAMIE — The vast majority of all criminal cases in Albany County end in plea agreements, but Carl Granderson’s attorney has indicated in court documents that the former University of Wyoming football star is “proceeding to trial” in the sexual assa...

 By Daniel Bendtsen    Sports    May 23, 2019

UW will ask for $50 million for stadium, pool

LARAMIE - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will ask the state to provide $49.6 million for a renovation of War Memorial Stadium's west side stands and the Corbett Pool, which is used by the... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    May 23, 2019

Tribal leader says casino CEO out, some council members disagree

RIVERTON (WNE) — After a 3-3 vote by the Northern Arapaho Business Council last week, Wind River Hotel and Casino CEO Jim Conrad received a letter from NABC chairman Lee Spoonhunter which stated Conrad will not be offered a new contract. "This is n... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    May 16, 2019

Trustees delay decisions on tuition, financial aid changes

LARAMIE — One of the most significant policy changes the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees was scheduled to make this week was a major change in the university’s tuition policy and financial aid. For the first time in five years, the board was... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    May 16, 2019

Gordon: UW should be leader on climate change

LARAMIE — During a discussion with the University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, Gov. Mark Gordon said the university should tap its research capabilities, especially those at the School of Energy Resources, for carbon sequestration and... Full story


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