Whitney forum; Film festival begins

Next Wednesday, the 2014 (spring) Sheridan Film Festival gets underway. The festival runs Wednesdays for 10 weeks and provides that soulful storytelling that only small, independent films can do. Thanks to Centennial Theatre owner Bill Campbell for bringing this first-rate lineup to Sheridan. Next week, it’s the “Dallas Buyers Club.”

In the weeks to follow, among the films:

• “All is Lost,” Robert Redford, Feb. 12.

• “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” March 12.

• “August: Osage County,” March 19.

• “Her,” March 26

• “Inside Llewyn Davis,” April 2.

• “Philomena,” April 9.

A complete list will be published in The Sheridan Press.

 

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Sheridan College hosted the first Whitney Benefits Educational Forum Monday inside the education center that bears the name of its benefactor, Edward A. Whitney. Representatives from the three Sheridan County school systems made presentations, as well as well as two people from Johnson County. Also featured were presentations by Whitney historian/author Sam Western, Tom Kinnison, board president of Whitney Benefits, Sheridan College Board of Trustees Chair Kati Sherwood and Sheridan mayor Dave Kinskey. It was part celebration, part recognition, part challenge and part revelation. Bullet points from some of the oratory and speakers:

• SCSD 2 board Chairman Rich Bridger kept it light, plugging the high school play “Grease’ and how Sheridan High School’s ‘We the People” team won the state championship recently and will represent Wyoming in the national competition in Washington, D.C., later this year.

• Johann Nield of SCSD 1 spoke of his district’s achievements and plans of the future.

• Dave Mills of SCSD 3 (Arvada-Clearmont) talked poignantly about the challenges of having a school district made up of 97 students, a smaller number than the 110-plus who attended the Whitney Forum. Some students ride a bus 120 miles daily to attend school, but have similar goals and dreams as their peers in the other two county districts.

• Ms. Sherwood outlined the progress Sheridan College has made of late — it’s one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the U.S. — and what’s ahead; for example, the 2014 opening of the Thorne-Rider Campus Center.

• Mayor Kinskey noted the city’s commitment to education, some $2 million in capital infrastructure that benefits local schools like better pathways to schools for students, on-site police officers, and how education is integral to any and all economic development plans the city is involved with.

I would imagine that the people at Whitney Benefits had any number of tasks facing them when they put this program together, including the logistics, the program, the seating, Would believe, too, there was a degree of differing “visions” to manage from a number of strong personalities.

Whitney Benefits pulled it off successfully and started an conversation that will be continued.

I’m not sure when the broadcast will be aired, but it’s on the Sheridan channel 22.

 

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Quotable

 

“The two most important days of your life are the day you’re are born and the day you find out why.”

 

—Mark Twain, American author/humorist/muse, 1935-1910

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