Women’s History Month highlights impact women have had on LCCC’s Legacy

March is known not only as a celebration of those of Irish descent but also it is the month of “National Women’s History.”
Laramie County Community College is celebrating this month with an event after spring break. The event includes screenings of movies that showcase women in history and will take place March 24. Olivia Saulsberry, one of the Campus Activity Boardstudents, said the event means a lot to her as a woman. “Men and women should know the impact of history and why it’s important we’ve come this far,” she said.“Wyoming is an equality state, and this event shows its importance.”
LCCC also has a history of women who influenced the college:
The following comes from the book “Laramie County Community College: The First Ten Years” by Gregory G. “Crow” Niemuth.
• Mildred Hamill, a teacher in drama and speech, was director of the first drama production at LCCC.
• Therese Olson was an instructor who became the president-elect of the Wyoming Business Education Association.
• Several women were awarded the “Teaching Excellence Award.”Sue Foy (1986), Anne Wolff (1987), Liz Escobedo (1988), Kate Buteau and Barbara Sullivan (1990), Pat Marino and Kathleen Urban (1991), Barbara Sullivan (1992) and Patty Pratz (1993).
• Jane Iverson built the music program at LCCC.
• Angie Morrison was the first employee of LCCC.
Helen Roylance was a former teacher who influenced outdoor education, including state hunter education, outdoor skills and conservation.. Roylance started a workshop called, “Becoming an Outdoor Woman.”
Dorothy Feldman is the founder of Cheyenne Art Guild.
Jeri Griego developed the Western States Food Bank Pantry and chaired the “committee that received accreditation for online learning at LCCC,” according to LCCC’s website.
Kathleen Urban started the Legal Assistant program at LCCC. She was a former teacher and the first female faculty president. She served as dean of social sciences and was interim dean of Health, Science & Agriculture in2004 and the dean of Arts & Humanities in 2005 and 2010-2013. She was also the interim associate vice president at the Albany County campus.”
• Rosalind Schliske was a teacher for 40 years. She was the first adviser and founder of the Wingspan. She developed Wingspan into am award-winning program.
“Women were never held back,” she said about LCCC in an interview. “They were always encouraged, especially in applying for administration purposes.”
Schliske has some advice for those who want to be teachers and for women: “You have to totally immerse yourself in the subject matter and your students and be there always.”
Schliske, however, gave a warning about teaching: “You have to teach the students you had. Not the ones you wish you had.”
She tried to be a role model. Female students needed to know what a female journalist looked like, how they dressed, how they interacted with others and about ethics, she said.
Holly Manning is a public speaking teacher at LCCC. She started back in 2011, but she’s taught for 13 years.
“Students get to grow the most,”she said. “They can speak on things that they are passionate about.”
She chose public speaking, starting in the eighth grade, because it was a passion of hers. Public speaking, she said, changes lives.
Public speaking is a way for students to learn to get out of their comfort zone, and it trains them and challenges them to think of things differently.
“A strong woman teacher is a big shift and important for everyone to see,” she said.
She also had a few tips:
“Stay strong!”
“People will try to put you down. Stay together and raise each other up.”
“Other women are not the enemy.”
“Stand up for what you believe in and your passions.”

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