Sheridan College to Celebrate Whitney Legacy

Sheridan College will host the second annual Whitney Days next week with more than 25 events planned to honor the life and legacy of Edward A. Whitney.

Several of the events will be open to the public, including a free open house on Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center Atrium. The event will feature guided campus tours and live music by student ensembles in addition to light refreshments.

According to Dr. Leah Barrett, who's vice president of student affairs, the mission of Whitney Days is to educate Sheridan College students, staff and the residents of Sheridan County about Whitney's legacy and his positive impact on higher education.

Barrett said the college will host a combination of informative, educational and fun events that incorporate service learning and civic engagement, which were central to Whitney's life.

She said Whitney Benefits, the foundation built from Whitney's estate, has been instrumental in the success of Sheridan College, contributing $72.5 million in support of the college just over the last decade.

Other events open to the public will include a display at the 3rd Thursday Street Festival in downtown Sheridan on Sept. 20, and a Fei-Fei performance at 7 p.m. that same night at the Whitney Center for the Arts.

On Sept. 21, the Generals' volleyball game against Western Wyoming Community College and the Pat Hamilton Memorial Rodeo will both be dedicated to the Whitney Days observance. Both events start at 7 p.m.

The college will host a block party on Sept. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome parking lot. A highlight of the event will be the unveiling of the Sheridan College ice cream flavor and name. That will be followed by a series of soccer and volleyball games and another performance of the Pat Hamilton Memorial Rodeo.

The rodeo will start at 10 a.m. on Sept. 23, and at 3 p.m., the U.S. Air Force Band Falconaires will perform in the Whitney Center for the Arts. The Sept. 26 open house will be followed at 7 p.m. by Step Afrika in the Whitney Center for the Arts.

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