Northwest College

Annual Report

2015-16

Connections

Institutional Priority: Connections
Strategic Priority

Innovation and distinction in CONNECTIONS


Accomplishments:
  • JOINING TRUSTEES
    After receiving and evaluating 12 applications from Powell sub-district residents, NWC’s Board of Trustees appointed Powell physician Mark Wurzel to fill a board vacancy following the summer 2015 death of Trustee Jim Vogt.
  • CROPPING UP SOMETHING NEW
    NWC’s agroecology students helped determine future cash crops for the Powell Valley by conducting a variety trial on hops used in beer brewing. They collected data as part of a three-year USDA grant to determine if hops can thrive in this area and which varieties do best. Their work attracted the attention of local farmers, not to mention members of a local brew club. Dr. Micah Humphries, associate professor of agroecology and range management, submitted the grant and spearheaded the project.
  • SURVEYING HISTORY
    Associate Professor of Anthropology Greg Smith led NWC students in an archeological survey at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. The students combed the ground for significant artifacts and located an original barracks location for returning a barracks from the World War II compound.
  • TRAVELING THE WORLD
    Community members joined NWC students in field studies classes exploring art, archaeology, photography and theatre in such faraway locations as Morocco, Iceland, Peru and New York City.
  • ACTING UP FOR GRADE SCHOOLERS
    NWC took to the stage with “The Bad Children,” a variation of Hansel and Gretel produced for grade school children in northwest Wyoming. Adults were treated to a fall production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
  • HOSTING CAREER DAY
    Northwest hosted 300 high school sophomores from Big Horn Basin high schools earlier this month. During Career Day, students were able to explore possible careers by hearing presentations by 50-60 individuals working in those career areas. 
  • REACHING OUT
    The Music Department engaged an extra measure with the Cody community through joint high school-college performances, a sold-out fundraising event and more concert offerings in Cody than in many previous years.
  • THANKING TRAPPERS
    In response to employee suggestions, the Human Resources Office developed a Trapper Thank-you program to help college workers recognize and show appreciation for helpful service provided by their colleagues. The personalized electronic acknowledgments were used in more than 400 messages of appreciation during the year.
  • BRINGING IN THE BIG GUNS
    When Sherman Alexie, one of the most acclaimed Native American authors in the country, spoke on campus, he provided an unforgettable evening to a full house of literary aficionados from the Big Horn Basin and beyond.
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