Tuesday, June 28, 2016

College National Finals Rodeo

My family and I had the opportunity to attend the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper a couple of weeks ago. The CNFR is one of the best run rodeos I have ever attended.
Four NWC students—one in steer wrestling, two in team roping, and one in bull riding—were selected to participate in the CNFR this year. Only the top three in each event are allowed to enter.   
Freshman Bubba Boots of Saint Anthony, ID, finished 16th in steer wrestling. The team roping duo of sophomores Shawn Bird, Cut Bank, MT, and Lane Lahaye, Wilsall, MT, claimed 17th in the nation. 
Bubba Boots

Lane Lahaye and Shawn Bird
Becky Nose, Shawn Bird, Lane Lahaye, Bubba Boots and Del Nose
On Friday morning I attended the coaches breakfast and the VIP reception later that evening with NWC Coach and National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Board of Directors member Del Nose.

At the coaches breakfast we sat with Iola Else, UM Western Rodeo Coach and my 4-H advisor when I was in 5th and 6th grade. 
Stefani Hicswa and Iola Else
Have a great week!
If you are around Cody this weekend, make sure you attend the Cody Stampede Rodeo.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The best therapy

My family and I took a detour recently after attending a wedding in Missoula. I don't know about you, but being in the mountains is the best kind of therapy for me. I feel so lucky to live in this part of the world. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In memory of Benny Dial

As a college president it is always painful to lose a student.

This past weekend photography student Benny Dial passed away following a short illness. He lived as he died, surrounded by those who loved him most. He brought love and positive energy wherever he went. He was always happy and always full of joy.

Benny and me
I will miss seeing his smiling face whether behind a camera or helping at college events.

May we touch others' lives as Benny touched ours,