Book of photos and essays features five nurses with CWC ties

May 12, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Members of the Joint Business Council were given a copy of "The American Nurse" by Carolyn Jones during a short reception May 3 at Central Wyoming College. The collection of essays and photos features 75 nurses from across the United States and included five who were connected to Central Wyoming College.

The books were presented by Kathy Wells, dean of the CWC Health and Sciences Department, CWC president Jo Anne McFarland and diversity coordinator and instructor of the art and sciences Sergio Maldonado.

Sen. Mike Enzi and Scott Ratliff, special assistant for Native American issues, welcomed the guests who included students, faculty, tribal members and community members. Ratliff emphasized the importance of the college's partnership with the Wind River Indian Reservation.

"The reservation has been incredibly supportive of this college," Ratliff said. "I think it speaks really highly of how important education at CWC is."

Jones pursued an interest in CWC because of its closeness to the Wind River Indian Reservation and its number of enrolled American Indian students. Reservation resident and nursing student Olivia Washington was one of the nurses interviewed. Renee Lawson, a 2008 graduate of CWC's nursing program, also was interviewed and present at the reception and received a copy of the book. Also featured in the book are Brad Henderson, Katy Hanson, and Lawson's mother, Janice Roman.

"We want all of you to know that we share your pride in the accomplishments of Wind River students who have come to Central Wyoming College and really made us the kind of college that is helping," McFarland told attendees. "We often talked about (the Intertribal Education and Community Center) long before it existed, and it never would have existed had both tribes not stepped up and contributed in a substantial way, not only financially but also, perhaps more importantly, by providing the leadership that you all have."

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