oliver walter

UW dedicates new performing arts center

May 10, 2013
Sara Hossaini

UW President Tom Buchanan held back tears today as the Dave Bostrom, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, revealed the name of what will become the new performing arts building on campus--the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.  

Buchanan says he is speechless about the dedication. But when it comes to the center, he offers plenty of praise.

“We are just completely jazzed over this event,” he enthused.

The Dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Arts and Sciences will retire this summer, after more than 40 years at the University. Oliver Walter came to U-W in 1970 to teach political science, and became dean in 1989. He says he’s seen a lot change during his time at U-W, including growing emphasis on research, more technology on campus, and increasing diversity.  But, for him, a highlight has been the growth of the study abroad program and international relationships.