To promote the excellence, distinction and uniqueness of the University of Wyoming to the people of the state, the nation, and the world and to foster a spirit of loyalty and community among its alumni, students, and friends today, tomorrow, and forever.
120 years and still going strong! UWAA was established March 26, 1895 with eight alumni in attendance. As stated in the bylaws, "The object of this association shall be the promotion of University interests and the affiliation of its graduates." We continue to fulfill this mission today and currently have over 20,000 members.
The first alumni banquet was held on June 20, 1895. It was at this event that, indirectly, the school colors were chosen. Funds were unavailable for decorations, so two banquet organizers (Dick Abrams and Rebecca Johnson) traveled to Laramie Springs to look for native flowers. They came back with a buggy full of Brown-Eyed Susan’s, which were such a hit that brown and yellow were adopted as the school colors.
The first Homecoming was held in 1922, under the guidance of the Alumni Association and its president, Dr. S.H. Knight, BS '13. During Knight's presidency, the first alumni magazine also appeared. Volume one, number one, was distributed in February 1921. The Alumnews is now published three times a year within the UWYO, The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of the University of Wyoming and mailed to all active members.