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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Festival proceeds will help climbing school

JACKSON - Alpinist Magazine announced that all net proceeds from The Barry Corbet Film Festival, which will be held March 24-26, in Jackson, will be donated to the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation's Khumbu Climbing School. Formed shortly after the American climber Alex Lowe's death in 1999, The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation provides direction and financial support to sustainable, community-based humanitarian programs in remote regions of the world, as well as carrying on Lowe's spirit of adventure.

Barry Corbet, who died Dec. 18, 2004, was an American skiing and climbing legend who in 1963 helped put the first American team on Everest.

The Khumbu Climbing School seeks to lower the injury and fatality rate among the Sherpas who work and climb in the high Himalaya. Sherpas accept a high level of risk in their work: they have the highest fatality rate of any nationality while on climbing expeditions. The donation of the net proceeds from The Barry Corbet Film Festival to the Khumbu Climbing School will increase the safety of Sherpa climbers, as well as of Westerners on expeditions supported by Sherpa climbers, resulting in safer trips for all who climb in the Himalayas.

Tickets for The Barry Corbet Film Festival (available at Pica's, Skinny Skis, Teton Mountaineering and Tobacco Row) are $10 each night. All shows will be held at the Mainstage Theater in Jackson. For information on The Barry Corbet Film Festival, including film schedules, see www.alpinist.com/corbet.

Information on the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation may be found at www.alexlowe.org/.

UW class prepares graduates for society

LARAMIE - A course developed at the University of Wyoming will better prepare students to enter diverse social and work environments after graduation.

Education for a Diverse Society will be offered on campus in fall 2006 and expand to an online course in spring 2007.

The course was developed by Keith Armstrong, assistant professor in the UW College of Education's Department of Adult Learning and Technology, and co-written with Lee Nabb, doctoral degree candidate from Laramie. It is designed to support the transition of Wyoming (and surrounding region) college students into a diverse college environment and for future work in their chosen fields.

Armstrong received a $2,600 grant from the President's Advisory Council on Minorities and Women's Affairs to construct and teach the multicultural undergraduate course.

The speakers will encourage UW students to investigate their personal development while at UW and to understand and appreciate the diversity they will continue to encounter after leaving UW, Armstrong says.

For more information, call Armstrong at (307) 766-6275.

Schools examined in public TV series

RIVERTON - "Grade A: Leave No Child Behind Healthy Schools," which airs Thursday at 7 p.m., examines the steps that Wyoming schools are taking to provide a healthy learning environment for all kids.

The Wyoming Departments of Education, Health and Family Services offered pilot grants as part of a Healthy Living, Healthy Learning program.

Grade A takes a look at two of the six pilot sites to investigate what they are doing to create a healthier environment for their students.

Sunny Kaste, School Health Programs Consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education, provides insight into the state's efforts to reduce health-related barriers to student academic and personal success.

"Healthy Schools" repeats on Wyoming Public Television on March 27 at 6 p.m. and March 28 at 10:30 p.m. Wyoming Public Television can be found on various television channels across Wyoming; for more information, check local listings, or go to www.wyoptv.org for a complete schedule of channel numbers.

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