December 21, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
UW’s Men’s Basketball, Coach Alan Edwards
December 14, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Tim Eisenhauer
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan
Inspiration: Esther McGann
Professor’s Quote:
Guests: Paul Irish introduced Paul Boyd; John Freeman introduced prospective member Anita McLaughlin; Kermit Brown introduced his wife, Margaret;
Exchange Students: Izzy Bonner & Barb Furkova
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians: Caely Pickard
Rotaract Students:  
Humor: Terry Roark
Foundation Drawing: Rollin Abernethy won $10, with 47 cards in the deck.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Keith Downey won a $20 gift card from ODwyer’s.
Upcoming Programs:
  • Jan. 4: Cybersecurity Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, Harley D. Rinerson
  • Jan. 11: UW Wrestling, Coach Mark Branch
  • Tim Eisenhauer commented that bell ringing for Salvation Army is going well.
  • Tim Eisenhauer passed around a thank you from Laramie Girls Softball.
  • Noel Welch announced that the club is done with the Christmas family project. The club raised $750 to purchase gifts.
Special Presentation: President Tim Eisenhauer presented John Evans with his Paul Harris +1 pin.
Rotarian of the Week: Larry Struempf nominated Paul Irish and Annette Mello for their work on the Christmas party.   
Introduction of Program: Terry Roark
Four representatives from UW spoke to the club about the university’s top tier science initiative.
Chip Kobulnicky, a professor of physics and astronomy, noted goals of the initiative including: enabling discovery, developing human capital, nurturing the economy, and program vitality.
The initiative would include a science facility. The facility will have flexible labs to be used across sciences, state-of-the-art greenhouses, and a 200-seat active learning classroom. The facility will allow students to collaborate and foster innovation. The core campus facility will serve five colleges and will be a catalyst for transforming campus teaching and research. It could boost grant success potential and build Wyoming human capital.
Chip noted that engineering, sciences, and education would be the main areas using the facility.
Rachel Watson told the club about the Learning Actively Mentoring Program. It’s a teaching culture that trains faculty and future teachers. It includes 17 in-service teachers, 22 graduate students, four community college faculty members, two post-doctorate researchers and 20 UW faculty.
Rachel also addressed how important a large-scale active learning classroom is for a science initiative. The classroom would be the largest of its size on campus and would support team-based learning. It would enable research-based learning as well. These types of classrooms support innovative campuses.
Active learning increases motivation, retention, and success. It has a 55 percent lower fail rate and has been shown to increase grades by half a letter.
Jamie Crait, the director of the Wyoming Research Scholars Program, addressed how this program fits in the science initiative. The WRSP is an undergraduate program for research in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). It’s an active learning program that recruits top students from Wyoming and around the nation.
Research is the pinnacle of active learning. The program involves STEM students in K-12 outreach and works to retain college students in challenging fields.
Emily Armitage, a senior in biology at UW, noted how exciting the experience has been to perform research in the classroom. She has experienced a wide range of opportunities. The program has improved her as a student and as a future professional scientist. The program also helped her learn how to communicate science to people outside the field. The importance of collaboration is another experience she’s had as part of the science initiative.
Responding for the Club: Paul Irish
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the public library children’s book fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
Rotary 4-way Test:
Of the things we think, say, or do
  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it Fair?
  • Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Special Announcement from John Vandel: John Vandel encouraged all members of the club to become part of the Paul Harris Society. He will match everyone’s monetary donation up to 500 points. Members should turn their donations in to Nicole Nelson.
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