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4/17/2015

Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., recently became the latest among a small number of American colleges choosing not to participate in the federal student aid program in order to protect their mission from government intrusion.

Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., also does not participate in the federal aid program. Both colleges are recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity.

CNSNews.com interviewed Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly on this development, and he identified some of the threats from the federal government that persuaded Wyoming Catholic to reject the government aid. Although Reilly noted that many Catholic colleges accept federal student aid without compromising their Catholic identity, he agreed with Wyoming Catholic’s apprehension about the future.

4/7/2015
It is rare today to find even a Catholic college with male-only and female-only dormitories and policies enforcing the privacy of student bedrooms. But officials from such colleges say that they enjoy distinct advantages by encouraging chastity, sobriety, and genuine friendships among their students.

The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke with officials responsible for student life at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.; Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., about how single-sex residence halls and visitation policies create a healthy, moral environment for a student’s formative years in college.

“While [the students’] education is the primary mission of the college, we’re also engaged in the ‘formation of the moral character and the fostering of the spiritual life,’” said Amanda Graf, director of residence life at Christendom, citing the College’s mission statement. “By having single-gender halls, students also have a unique opportunity to continue their moral formation distinctly as men and women.”
3/11/2015
During the two week P.E.A.K. 2015 camp students will have the opportunity to live on the College's campus in Lander, Wyo., and "pursue wisdom in the three distinct aspects of the WCC mission: in study, in nature, and in prayer," the summer program website stated.
2/25/2015
Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) in Lander, Wyo., announced today that it will not participate in federal student loan and grant programs. The decision was made following a unanimous vote by the College's board of directors.
2/20/2015
The new online section is designed to help WCC "better describe and share the academic environment found" at the College, according to its announcement.
2/19/2015
A recent edition of Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly highlighted the role of Catholic college chaplains and mentioned several from some of the faithful Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide for their faithful Catholic identity.
1/28/2015
The Walk for Life is the largest pro-life demonstration in the Western United States, second in the nation to only the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., and draws large crowds of youth and college students each year.
1/22/2015
Students and community members from the faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide—about 3,000 of them, according to estimates—are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.
1/19/2015
Wyoming Catholic College recently relocated part of its campus to occupy an historic space in downtown Lander, according to local news outlet County 10.
1/14/2015
A recent PJ Media article compares the compromising of religious mission at many older Catholic colleges with examples of faithful Catholic colleges, observing that the latter institutions are paving the way for the future of Catholic higher education.
1/13/2015
Luke Macik, a TAC alumnus and the former vice president of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., shared during his "From the Median" radio interview how a classic education, such as the one found at The Lyceum, prepares students for every aspect of life.
12/21/2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week abandoned its longstanding, unconstitutional practice of measuring how religious a college appears to be before exempting it from federal oversight, but opted instead for a new test that considers whether individual employees perform religious functions.
12/12/2014
Catholic educators will join Catholics from around the world next year as they converge on New York City to take part in a conference aimed at bringing about a renewal of the sacred liturgy in the life of the Church.
12/2/2014
Among Catholic colleges and dioceses across the country there has been an apparent rise in the celebration of the Mass ad orientem, where the priest and congregation face the same direction, traditionally to the east.
11/20/2014
"It's an understatement to say that this is an exciting day in the history of the College," WCC President Kevin Roberts said in the College news release. "This is yet another milestone for WCC, and confers an important stamp of legitimacy on any premier institution of higher learning."
11/19/2014
In light of recent developments at some Catholic universities concerning the ideas of "gender spectrums," The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to theologians from faithful Catholic universities to garner a theologically sound understanding of sexual identity.
11/12/2014
“The problems we are having today with the Common Core are not new problems,” Dr. Roberts said on the WCC website. “The Common Core is just the most recent in a century-long history of defective education policy.”
11/11/2014
Students from colleges recommended in The Newman Guide recently appeared as guests on the Ave Maria Radio program “Mast Appeal.” The Society helped to coordinate interviews to give students the opportunity to share their experiences attending faithful Catholic colleges.
11/7/2014
“Catholic high school students are enjoying a whole new college search process with ‘Recruit Me,’” reported Aleteia, highlighting the success of the The Cardinal Newman Society’s innovative new Recruit Me project with comments from parents and college admissions directors.
10/30/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently conducted an interview with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College, about his new book of sacred music compositions and its implications for Catholic education and the Church at large.
10/27/2014
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”
10/9/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to review petitions from lower courts effectively upheld and legalized same-sex unions in 11 states. Wyoming Catholic College President Dr. Kevin Roberts commented on the high court’s “indecision and inaction."
8/6/2014
Dr. Kevin Roberts, president of Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) in Lander, Wyo., and assistant professor of leadership and outdoor education Dr. Tom Zimmerman will appear on EWTN's Life on the Rock this Friday.
7/2/2014
Now, reports the Becket Fund, the plaintiffs "join the 80%+of HHS legal challenges that have resulted in favorable rulings supporting religious freedom."
6/17/2014
The Fortnight takes place during a time, the bishops note, “when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power...”
6/4/2014
The series, which is free and open to the public, “will focus on fundamental principles of our American Government and current trends in political thought.” 
5/15/2014
Dr. Kevin Roberts writes that WCC’s liberal arts curriculum combined with its outdoor leadership program prepares students “to promote the values of Wyoming—hard work, neighborliness, and a joyful spirit.”
5/14/2014
Judge Scott Skavdahl, a President Barack Obama appointee, denied the request to grant temporary relief to the organizations while the lawsuit challenging the mandate is running its course.
4/16/2014
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to insert itself on the side of the government and against the Catholic organizations in Wyoming, including Wyoming Catholic College, that are resisting the HHS mandate.
4/9/2014
“Wyoming Catholic College provides young adults with a truly extraordinary experience... As a result, a WCC graduate has something uncommon and highly sought after to offer employers.”
4/7/2014
The College’s Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Paul Etienne of the Diocese of Cheyenne, with Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln con-celebrating and serving as homilist.
4/2/2014
WCC President Kevin Roberts stated, “this College will not and cannot accept an unjust law that violates our first freedom, for practicing that freedom is the very reason that Wyoming Catholic College exists.”
4/2/2014
“Catholic colleges make the greatest contributions to other colleges and universities and to society when they are thoroughly Catholic,” Bishop Ricken said.
3/31/2014
This motion is in addition to the lawsuit filed by the institutions earlier this year.
3/28/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society, joined by several faithful Catholic colleges, today made a strong plea to the National Labor Relations Board, urging it to abide by the U.S. Constitution and stop interfering with religious education.
3/26/2014
This semester, the Vatican International “Eucharistic Miracles of the World” exhibit will make a circuit around the continental United States, courtesy of The Cardinal Newman Society.
3/20/2014
“We are deeply, deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said Dr. Kevin Roberts, president of Wyoming Catholic College.
3/12/2014
Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., is offering two summer programs for rising high school juniors and seniors.
2/24/2014
“Since December, 2011, we've graduated two more classes of students, refined our rigorous Liberal-Arts curriculum, continued to develop our distinctive Outdoor Leadership Program...”
2/6/2014
St. Anthony Catholic School in Sterling, Colo., nearly had to close at the beginning of this academic year after 95 years of existence, but it was saved through the generosity of benefactors.
1/31/2014
WCC President: "The history of both the Church and the Republic is filled with people who stood in the face of injustice, laboring humbly but diligently toward its end. And so shall we..."
1/27/2014
Just three days after the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Catholic college students joined tens of thousands to walk for an end to abortion in San Francisco, California, led by students from Thomas Aquinas College.
1/9/2014
Wyoming Catholic College announced that a recent development campaign exceeded its fundraising goal, placing the College in a strong position at the beginning of the new year.
1/6/2014
The latest issue of Wyoming Catholic College's newsletter Integritas features an interview with the College's chaplains Monsignor Daniel Seiker and Fr. Bob Frederick.
9/19/2013
Dr. Kevin Roberts, the new president of Wyoming Catholic College, describes the College as “one of a kind.” 
9/6/2013
“…Here at WCC, we’re all about connecting. But our students are connecting with the greatest ideas and  thinkers the world has ever known."
8/30/2013
Dr. Kevin Roberts encouraged students to be active Christians at his inauguration as the second president of Wyoming Catholic College.
8/27/2013
Bishop Ricken rode a horse-drawn wagon to bless the 600 acres of empty prairie with holy water, according to County 10 News.
8/21/2013
“I believe that Wyoming Catholic College can help alter the course of education in this country through its commitment to fusing faith and reason," said Dr. Kevin Roberts, second president of WCC.
6/27/2013
"A college community aspiring to be authentically Catholic must nourish and form its students by the Eucharist celebrated in the most worthy manner, according to the best of our heritage."
5/8/2013
Wyoming Catholic College mourns the death of freshman student Christine Allen. Allen fell to her death during an evening hike with her family on May 7.
4/5/2013
"Despite assurances from the Administration to the contrary, this mandate would still insist that every employee at Catholic universities and colleges be enrolled in an insurance regiment that includes abortion causing drugs," said Monsignor Stuart Swetland.
1/23/2013
Bioethicist Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, will visit Wyoming Catholic College to speak on “Bioethics in 21st-Century Genomic Medicine: The Catholic Contribution.”
1/18/2013
Freshmen, a number of faculty, and administrators at Wyoming Catholic College spent last week in the Teton mountain range.
12/6/2012
Wyoming Catholic College has dismissed its new chaplain after only a few weeks following the discovery of an alleged “pattern of misbehavior” around students including excess drinking and bad language, according to The Catholic News Agency.
11/5/2012
This came to our attention in the form of a press release: "Tonight, immediately following the evening Mass, the students of Wyoming Catholic College will begin — at their request — an All-Night Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration for our nation and for tomorrow’s election."
11/1/2012
Many Catholic colleges and universities are taking part in the “Year of Faith” proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, with spiritual and academic activities aimed at strengthening faith on campus, according to a new report published by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS).
10/23/2012
The Cardinal Newman Society today released the 2012-2013 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College with significant new features, as well as a new companion magazine for Catholic high school students and their parents titled My Future, My Faith.
10/15/2012
The Cardinal Newman Society has signed and helped organize Catholic college signers for a court brief in support of lawsuits filed against the Obama administration by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College.
6/28/2012
The Board of Directors of Wyoming Catholic College is announcing a national search for the next president of the small, outdoorsy college known for its classical curriculum and campus life steeped in orthodox Catholicism.
6/7/2012
The President of Wyoming Catholic College announced that they will not be suing the Obama administration over the HHS contraception mandate–but it’s not because they don’t want to.
7/14/2008
A new translation of a Thomas Aquinas classic work by Dr. Peter A. Kwasniewski, a Newman Fellow of The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education, will be published later this month.

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