The University of Wyoming is prepping grounds to celebrate the grand opening of the Native American Education Research and Cultural Center.
On the weekend of a home football game, Sept. 29, a grand opening ceremony dinner will be provided and a cultural event will follow, thanks to the American Indian student organization.
Classes, lectures, research, performances, exhibitions, meetings, collaborative work, traditional meals and traditions of native peoples will be held in the facility, which will also be the home to High Plains American Indian Research Institute and the American Indian Studies Program.
James Trosper, the director of the new center, said students will also provide tours of the facility prior to the grand opening.
The opening of the center is part of UW president Laurie Nichols's mission to increase enrollment of American Indian students, Trosper said.
"The establishment of the center and providing the first Native American Summer Institute is evidence of hercommitment to provide support to Native American students," he said.
UW hosted the summer institute and invited 28 native students to campus for a week of activities focused on college preparation; academic, career and cultural exploration; personal and community development; and recreational and other activities.
The new center will be in the former location of the UW Honors Program at 10th and Ivinson streets.