.- Slated to open its doors to its first class of students in 2007, Wyoming Catholic College, a liberal arts institution which will focus on the Great Books and the outdoors, now has a president.
Bishop David L. Ricken, of the statewide Diocese of Cheyenne, announced that Fr. Robert Cook, a parish priest from Casper, will leave his post next summer to begin heading the school, located in Lander, Wyoming.
Fr. Cook, who has been involved in the collegeâs development for the last two years, holds a law degree from the University of Stanford. He is currently pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish.
According to the Associated Press, Bishop Ricken has pointed out that Fr. Cookâs classical background in the liberal arts will serve him well as president.
The schoolâs curriculum will require studies in philosophy, theology, literature, history, the arts and languages, mathematics, and the basic sciences, and seek to help students âknow their place in history.â
The collegeâs website also pointed out that they plan to be âunmistakably Catholic, planted in the "deep center" of Catholic tradition.â All theology faculty will be required to obtain a mandatum assuring that they will teach in unity with the Church Magesterium.
âEducation must address the whole of life and prepare one to live an intelligent, meaningful, and contributing life in the midst of family, church, and society,â they add.
In an effort to âeducate the whole personâ, the college will also focus heavily on experiences in the outdoors. They have already enlisted the help of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a Lander-based group which teaches leadership skills by way of wilderness expedition and skill training, to help them.
Wyoming Catholic College currently has 2,300 acres of land, south of Lander, but hopes to obtain another 6,300 acres, which they say, will encompass âthe ecological systems of the prairie to the streams and woods of high mountain country.â