The University of Wyoming will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Literacy Research Center and Clinic at 11 a.m on Thursday, March 27.

Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead will be the featured speaker. Mead, an advocate for literacy initiatives, has been a key proponent in procuring financing for the research center and clinic. UW President Dick McGinity, College of Education Interim Dean Michael Day, and Board of Trustees President Dave Bostrom will also speak at the ceremony.

The facility is equipped with  two large seminar spaces featuring distance education technology, a family literacy area, six tutorial rooms digitally connected to a centralized server that will provide audio/video and computer data.

The goal of the facility is to serve as the nexus of literacy knowledge in Wyoming by supplying professional development for teachers, as well as a statewide clinical resource.

The facility’s primary research goal will be to develop more effective ways to help children become competent, strategic readers and writers, as well as assist parents and teachers in becoming more effective in children’s literacy development.