Jan 6, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterStudents OK new fee for athletics
Students at Central Wyoming College have approved an additional charge of $1 per credit to support athletic programs at the school.
Administrators have said the contribution would add up to about $40,000 each year.
Student senate president Rory Ashdown told the CWC Board of Trustees about the idea several months ago. In November, he said his governing group voted to allow the extra fee.
The money may help bring a new sport to CWC. That idea has been under discussion since last year, but the college has yet to announce the results of a formal study of the costs and benefits of adding an intercollegiate sport.
"I know (we) have some in mind," Ashdown said. "I might present that to you sometime (later)."
He indicated that the fee likely wouldn't be assessed until a new athletic program emerges.
Jason Wood, executive vice president of student and academic services at the school, said he has been very open about the possibility of expanding CWC's athletic program, which currently includes basketball, volleyball and rodeo.
"(We could add) 35-40 students, full time students, living on campus in dorms and participating in athletics," Wood said.
In the past, the college has experimented with golf and soccer at the club level. Both those sports are contested at the intercollegiate level by other community colleges in Wyoming and CWC's normal competitive region in neighboring states.
The CWC Board of Trustees hosts a community dialogue dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Intertribal Education and Community Center on the Riverton campus to discuss the prospect of expanding CWC's athletic programs.
Longtime CWC president Jo Anne McFarland has announced her retirement, effective at the end of the current academic year. She was president when the college dropped its "round ball" sports in 1990, leaving only rodeo in the school's intercollegiate sports lineup for the next 15 years. She also approved the reintroduction of the three sports seven years ago.
The rodeo team has risen to national caliber, with several individual national champions and high team finishes over the past decade at the National College Finals Rodeo.
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