Posted at 12 a.m. April 17, 2014

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Budget for new $3.3 million proposed

Laramie County Community College has $3.3 million in available new funds for fiscal year 2015, according to the community college district’s proposed annual budget.

The budget was presented to the LCCC Board of Trustees by LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer and Vice President of Administration and Finance Carol Hoglund on April 16.

Although state funds for community colleges have dropped significantly, about $5.6 million, compared to last biennium, Wyoming community colleges were able to secure $14.3 million in enrollment growth funding to be allocated among the seven community colleges based on completion rates during the 2014-2016 biennium. LCCC anticipates receiving $1.5 million in enrollment growth funding for fiscal year 2015, which it will treat as one-time-only funding. Schaffer said despite the significant reduction in funding last fiscal year, he does not expect significant budget reductions for 2015.

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Posted at 12 a.m. April 17, 2014

Campus Safety Academy to train nonsworn officers

Laramie County Community College will host a Campus Safety Academy, one of the nation’s only nonsworn officer academies for educational security officers, this summer.

LCCC Director of Campus Safety James Crosby said the development of the Campus Safety Academy, first presented to President Dr. Joe Schaffer and his cabinet in February 2013, was in response to a security threat assessment compiled by Security Risk Management Consultants, Inc. The assessment included a review of campus security and public safety practices at LCCC and a recommendation to begin the process of exploring program direction for campus safety in an effort to develop a more comprehensive campus safety agency.

“Not a day or week goes by without a tragedy across the country affecting our campuses,” Crosby said.
Sworn officers are law enforcement officers and campus police, like those at the University of Wyoming, who have attended the Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy in Douglas, Wyo. Nonsworn officers are security officers who protect the interests of schools and public buildings like LCCC and Frontier Mall and file reports on occurrences, occasionally contacting law enforcement or medical personnel when necessary.

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Posted at 12 p.m. April 16, 2014

Informational session to be held regarding move
of engineering science associate degree program

Laramie County Community College is restructuring its engineering science associate degree program to be more efficient for its students.

“In the recent past, we’ve only been able to offer three of the required courses on the Cheyenne campus,” said engineering instructor Dr. Mohamed Chakhad. “Students have had to take all the other engineering science classes at the University of Wyoming.”

Because of the greater need for these courses closer to UW, a stronger demand for engineering science at the Albany County Campus of LCCC, and proximity to resources including lab space and additional instructors, the program will move to LCCC’s Laramie campus in the fall.

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Megan Kraushaar, Josh Kimmel

A romance like no other:

Actors Megan Kraushaar and Josh Kimmel rehearse for "Gruesome Playground Injuries."

Photo by Tamara Rodgers

Posted on April 7, 2014

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Playhouse prepares for
play rarely performed

Laramie County Community College’s theater department will perform a highly unusual novelty show in April that will shock your psyche like a hand buzzer.

“Gruesome Playground Injuries” is a romantic comedy that takes the audience through the lives of two friends, Kayleen, played by Megan Kraushaar, and Doug, played by Josh Kimmel.

A free open preview starts on April 9 at 7:30 p.m., with regular showings on April 10–12 and April 17–19 at 7:30 p.m., and immediately following the show on April 18, the cast will take a break and reset from the top, but perform the scenes chronologically to give the audience a different perspective.


Throughout the course of 30 years, the audience will see the scars of these two children as they “come of age” and fall in love at hospitals, mental institutions and infirmaries, nursing both physical and emotional wounds. “You could chart a life through one’s injuries if you had enough of them, and I thought you maybe you could also chart a relationship the same way,” creator of the play, Rajiv Joseph, said in a video titled “Blood & Guts” posted on the New York Times’ website. “Their injuries, both internal and external, end up being the things that bind them,” he added.

Actress and theater student at LCCC Kraushaar said, “It’s not your average romanticized ‘happily ever after.’”

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Current Events

Thursday–Saturday
April 17–19

Gruesome Playground Injuries
7:30–9:30 p.m.
$10 for adults; $5 for students, seniors and children
LCCC Playhouse

Easter Sunday
April 20

Library closed
LCCC Ludden Library

Tuesday
April 22

Summer and fall registration begins for new students
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
LCCC

Thursday
April 24

Gatekeeper suicide awareness and prevention training
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Free, CCC 178/179

Friday–Saturday
April 25–27

2014 Central Rocky Mountain Region Spring Rodeo
Time to Be Determined
Casper College, Casper, Wyo.


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