College Offers Free One-Day University

The University of Wyoming's Saturday University program is coming back to Sheridan next month.

For the day, organizers are inviting students of all ages to go back to college, without the stress of tests and homework. The college day is set for Saturday, Feb. 8, at Sheridan College and will feature lectures on psychology, photography and biodiversity. It's free and open to the public. You can attend one, two, or all three, running from 8:30-12:30 in the Whitney Presentation Hall. No preregistration is necessary and the day wraps with a free lunch and discussion.

Here's the run-down of the schedule. Saturday University starts at 8:30, with free coffee and pastries, followed by opening remarks. Then, first up, at 9, is the lecture called “The Thinking Animal: A Look at Comparative Psychology in the 21st Century.” Next up, at 10:15, is “Making it Home: Landscape Photographs in the 19th Century West. And at 11:30 is “Biodiversity Inside and Out: A Look at Life's Richness from Wyoming's Perspective.”

For the “Thinking Animal” presentation, Dr. Rachel Kristiansen of Sheridan College will describe how animals perceive their world and explore questions like: Do some animals think like humans? Dr. Rachel Sailor of the university's art history department will conduct the landscape photography lecture focusing on how the images reveal the details of towns and homesteads in the old west. The biodiversity lecture will be presented by Dr. Benjamin S. Rashford of the university's agricultural and economics department. He'll speak on the success of a globally unique waterfowl management and conservation effort that manages wildlife as a public resource, by using science and is largely funded by hunters.

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular university professors with residents across the state who have a desire to learn. The program is sponsored by the university and its foundation, along with the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by Sheridan College.