Posted at 5 p.m. Dec. 12, 2016

Out with old, in with new

Changes made to Cultural Committee membership

“Not only are we trying to bring programs here for our students and our campus to benefit, but also for the community to benefit.”

Lisa Trimble

Director of Alumni Affairs and Event Planning

The Laramie County Community College Foundation, established in 1968, is separate from LCCC but works closely with the college to generate private gifts for major fundraising priorities and to bring cultural events to campus. Recently, changes have been made within the committee that affects the events brought to LCCC.

Previously thegroup responsible for bringing educational and cultural presentations and performances to campus was known as the Cultural Committee. It was comprised predominately of Fine Arts faculty with a few faculty members from other areas of campus.

Lisa Trimble, director of Alumni Affairs and Event Planning, said the Foundation wanted to change the membership of the Cultural Committee. A decision to do that was jointly made by LCCC and the Foundation and with feedback and input from the Academic Affairs area, President Dr. Joe Schaffer, and members of the Foundation board.

“The reorganization was done with the purpose of being the best financial stewards possible for the gifts given to the Foundation while at the same time getting the broadest scope of ideas,” Trimble said.

Instead of a small group of people from only Fine Arts there are now representatives serving the committee for a period of two years representing each division on campus. The dean of each area, as well as Student Services, identifies a person to be a representative for their areas for membership on the committee. In addition, there are also two community service representatives and two cultural series donors chosen by the Foundation. The committee meets only once or twice a semester with the main agenda in the meetings to review proposals.

The change in committee membership was to find more ways to engage more people on campus and in the community and really involve more people in the process, Trimble said. For example, Trimble said even though someone may be a math instructor, they still can submit a proposal for a musical performance that may be of interest. The other reason the change was made was to broaden the scope of interdisciplinary options.

Trimble said by having people from different divisions of the LCCC campus serve on the committee, it gives more of an opportunity to identify different performances that will benefit more than one population on campus. For example, a music performance may relate to the psychology department’s study of music therapy.

The reason, Trimble said, for the addition of the community and student service representatives is to give the community a chance to engage in the selection process. “Not only are we trying to bring programs here for our students and our campus to benefit, but also for the community to benefit.”

There are multiple funds within the Foundation that are used to bring events and programs to LCCC to share with students and the community. Each fund has a set criterion for which type of event will be funded. For example, the Bank of the West music series funds programs and events of a musical nature. The ANB Bank Performing Arts series funds are set aside for events such as stage performances.

LCCC students and the Cheyenne community can look forward to the following presentations for the 2017 spring semester:

Justin Jones, motivational speech, Jan. 18

John Straley, part of the Dinneen Writers series, April 11

Protection while online and using electronic devices presentation, date to be announced.