@WYOCathCollege July 24

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Wyoming Catholic College

Location: Lander WY

This is going to be one of those posts that doesn’t cover all the questions I have or maybe some of my readers might have. What I am going to say is that Wyoming Catholic College located in Lander, Wyoming is the only private four-year institution of higher education in the entire state. It is also one of the nation’s youngest four year colleges. Those two facts make it interesting.

Photo below shows a part of Lander, WY.


The college opened its doors in 2007 when it admitted its first class of 34 students. They graduated in 2011.  The Class of 2011 — The Pioneer Class — became the first graduating class in the history of the WCC. That class began a college tradition of each graduate receiving a black Stetson cowboy hat. Give the school props for creating a unique commencement ritual.


In 2015 the Board of Directors of WCC unanimously decided not to accept Federal student loan programs. That sure makes the school unique.

The college is one of the smallest in the country. It campus footprint reflects that. The College has two main campus locations within easy walking distance of one another: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and the Downtown Center (comprised of the Baldwin Building, located on Main Street, and Frassati Hall, between Second and Third Streets).

Holy Rosary Church

holy rosary



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