Posted at 2 p.m., Nov. 10. 2015

Cultural event planning now open to community

Events can now be suggested by students, faculty and the community for the Cultural and Community Enrichment Committee among other recent changes.

The committee is a group of individuals whose goal is to provide Cheyenne and LCCC with diverse cultural programming and introduce new and relevant topics that the region may find interesting.

“Regardless of where you are on the campus you have the opportunity to make a suggestion and recommendation,” said Lisa Trimble, co-chair representative for the Cultural and Community Enrichment Committee.

Trimble said students who are interested in providing suggestions don’t need to suggest events that pertain to their discipline but can be enjoyed for a wide range of audiences.

“It is important to our community that we bring in artists, musicians and speakers that the community is interested in,” Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Lisa Murphy added.

Because the committee’s purpose is to find the right target audience to market events, Trimble surveyed the community and found that there is interest in seeing a variety of artists.

“That’s what excites me the most,” Trimble said. “(Students) can now have an active approach and are able to have their voices heard.” The committee has also elected to have a representative from every division take part in making decisions.

The committee will be charged with selecting presenters, artists and performers for the endowed programs and oversight of the foundation funds.

The process

When the selection process takes place, the committee will review proposals from individuals on campus and in the community based on how reasonable they are, how much each costs and how well they believe it will be received by the community.

At the most, two funds will be used every semester.

The endowed funds have already been established by donations and contributions. The committee’s cultural funds have a minimum monetary value of $100,000.

“That cost is then invested and a percentage of the principle is never touched, so the gift continues to grow,” Trimble said.

“Some are very affordable and some are expensive,” Murphy said. “So the fund sometimes is only affordable every other year.”

Although there are plenty of options for helping fund a program, both Murphy and Trimble encourage donations. The larger the fund, the larger the allocation, which “opens doors for various artists,” Trimble said.

Trying to make sure the committee is honoring the donors by providing maximum value in its events, Murphy and Trimble make sure the college is bringing the absolute best to Cheyenne.

“What’s really wonderful about the series is that we have so many people in the community who are donating their funds and their livelihood to help our campus,” Murphy said. “All these speakers and artists come to Cheyenne and our campus, so that our students can be exposed to all these wonderful things.”

By looking at what is a process improvement, Murphy is now proud to see that the committee and the community have the opportunity to bring different people from across the region together to participate, donate and share these events with one another.

Seeing a growth in these changes, Murphy said she hopes the community will become more engaged.

“We want to do the best for our college, our students and our community,” she said.

Up coming presentations

The committee’s Curt Kaiser Memorial Ethics Fund will present “Cowboy Ethics” for the spring semester, a presentation on the codes of the Old West. Additionally, the ANB Bank Performing Art Series will present “Phamley,” a theatrical performances from a group of individuals who have disabilities. Dates for the spring semester have not been determined.

The committee will review community and campus proposal applications from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 for fall 2016.

Proposals for spring 2017 are due March 16, 2016, as the Committee will meet to review applications from March 28 to April 1.

Trimble concludes, “Everybody is benefiting from the program. It is really exciting to see how it moves forward and to see how people embrace that opportunity.”