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Freshmen Schedule

Cowboy Connect Schedule

Thursday, August 25th - Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. 

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*Attendance of freshmen is expected.

Cowboy Parents Reception

Welcome to Wyoming Dinner

President’s Welcome*

President's Reception

Cowboy Country Swing Dance

TED Talk Speaker Alex Sheen with "Because I Said I Would"*

Class Photo*

Foam Dance Party

Rec Sports, Service Project, and Outdoor Adventure

Schedules and Snacks

Casino Night

Residence Halls Floor Meetings*

Campus Safety Panel*

Movie in the Stadium

Mark Jenkins Earth, Wind and Water Series “Going To Extremes: Encounters with Earth, Wind & Water”

RSO Club & Organization Fair 

President's Welcome Back Picnic

For more information on each of these events, please see the details listed below.

Thursday, August 25th

3 - 4PM Residence Halls Floor Meetings* - Residence Halls Fishbowls

2 - 4PM Cowboy Parents Reception – Lower Level of Washakie

Join Cowboy parents for a drop-in reception in the Fireplace Lounge in the Washakie Center. Here parents and students can meet staff members from across campus, meet other parents and students, and pick up some tips to help during this new phase in your life. 

4 - 6:30PM Welcome to Wyoming Dinner - Washakie Dining Center

Students living in the residence halls and their parents are invited to the Washakie Center’s Welcome to Wyoming Dinner. Feast on some of our region’s delicacies while learning about the many food options available on campus. $10 per parent and other guests including tax.

7PM President’s Welcome* - Arts and Science Auditorium

Join us in the A&S Auditorium to listen to UW men's a cappella group the Happy Jacks performs and hear UW President Nichols welcome the Class of 2020. 

8PM President's Reception - Union Ballroom

Following the President’s Convocation please join us in the Union Ballroom for light refreshments.

8:30PM Cowboy Country Swing Dance – Washakie Green

Join the Cowboy Country Swing Club at Washakie Green for an evening of swing dancing.  If you don't know how, come learn! Lessons start at 8:30 and free dance begins at 9:00.

Friday, August 26th

12:30 - 3PM TED Talk Speaker Alex Sheen with "Because I Said I Would"*– Arts and Science Auditorium

Alex Sheen is the Founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since his father’s passing on September 4th, 2012, because I said I would has sent over 4.47M promise cards to over 150 countries. Alex’s commitment to the betterment of humanity has inspired millions around the world. The story of his promises have been shared virally throughout social media and international news. Come join us and listen to Alex for some inspiration and food for thought as you transition into your freshman year! Also, get the chance to win a free "Because I said I Would" t-shirt!

4PM Class Photo* - War Memorial Stadium

Following this year’s keynote speaker, students will come together for a “W” class photo! Every student will receive a UW t-shirt during this event. Go Pokes! 

9PM Foam Dance Party – Washakie Green

The Welcome Week Foam Party is back at it again for an epic time! Join us for music, dancing, and of course, piles and piles of foam for everyone! Be sure to check it out and dive on in!

Saturday, August 27th

10AM - 12:00PM Rec Sports and Service Project

Rec Sports - West Fraternity Row

Come have an awesome time playing grass volleyball at West Fraternity Row! Meet new people and learn about Intramural and Club sports! All skill levels included. Water and granola bars will be provided!

Service Project - ACRES Student Farm or Laramie Soup Kitchen

Would you like the opportunity to give back to the Laramie community? Students will get the opportunity to work at ACRES Student farm harvesting vegetables and helping out at the farm, or completing a beautification project in the Laramie Soup Kitchen! You can sign up on Friday evening in Washakie. There are 20 students maximum per site.

1PM Schedules and Snacks – Prexy’s Pasture

Do you still have questions about where your classes are located? Join us on Prexy's Pasture and have a student leader walk you around in small groups to view classroom locations. Tips and tricks will be shared on the best ways to navigate campus!

9PM 7220 Entertainment and Fraternity & Sorority Life Presents: Casino Night – Wyoming Union

7220 Entertainment and Fraternity & Sorority Life brings in card games like poker and black jack as well as other casino games like slot machines and roulette. Student volunteers run the games all night, rooting for the students to win big! Students each start out with the same amount of chips and play throughout the night. Chips are exchanged for raffle tickets and at the end of the night prizes are drawn including a large screen HDTV, a bike, and much more! Additional events will be happening in the Union as well, including Bingo, for an opportunity to win more chips, free food, mocktails, music, open mic, and more!

Sunday, August 28th

9AM - 3PM Outdoor Adventure - Outdoor Program Day Trips

Come get the chance to go on a fun and exciting trip with the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program. Trips include canoeing, a Medicine Bow Peak hike, and rock climbing at Vedauwoo. Students can sign up on the Washakie landing on Saturday, Aug. 27 at dinner time. The cost of each trip will be $20/student and can be paid at the Washakie Landing during sign up. The trip includes transportation, equipment, and food. For more information on these adventures, contact the Outdoor Program at

5:45PM Residence Halls Floor Meetings* - Residence Halls Fishbowls

7PM Campus Safety Panel* - Arts and Science Auditorium

This is an opportunity to hear from the experts in our community about how to stay safe during your time at the University of Wyoming. The safety panel will be composed of members of the University of Wyoming Police Department, Laramie Police Department, Residence Life, Dean of Students, and STOP Violence.

8:30PM Movie in the Stadium brought to you by 7220 Entertainment, Residence Hall Association, and UW Athletics - War Memorial Stadium

Do you like superheroes? How about football? If so, then get ready for “Captain America: Civil War” at War Memorial Stadium! For the first time ever, watch one of the best movies of the year on the new screen recently installed at the stadium! Grab your blankets, grab some popcorn, and get ready for a super time!

Tuesday, August 30th

5:30PM Mark Jenkins Earth, Wind and Water Series “Going To Extremes: Encounters with Earth, Wind & Water” - Arts and Sciences Auditorium

National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins has reported from the most remote regions on earth. In this presentation, Jenkins reveals through photography and stories his encounters with our planet’s fundamental elements: earth, wind, fire and water. He first takes us on an expedition to Mt. Everest, which Jenkins summited in 2012, then choppers into the wildfires of Alaska to illuminate the daring and difficult lives of smokejumpers, and finally takes us with him on an expedition to explore the largest cave in the world, in central Vietnam.    

Wednesday, August 31st

11AM - 1PM RSO Club & Organization Fair – Prexy’s Pasture (rain location: Wyoming Union)

The Campus Activities Center welcomes students to come out to Prexy’s Pasture and meet with students from over 250 recognized student organizations (RSOs) on campus. These organizations are great ways to meet students and get involved! Free food, games, and music will also be provided.

5 - 7PM President's Welcome Back Picnic – Prexy’s Pasture (rain location: Wyoming Union)

Join President Nichols and the UW campus community for a free picnic on Prexy’s Pasture. Enjoy the start of the fall semester with live music, outdoor games, free giveaways, and great food! *Please bring your UW student ID to this event.

The band Gypsy Moon will be playing at the Picnic!

Gipsy Moon is a four-piece group of artists on an endless musical journey, sharing songs with the hopes of planting inspiration into the soul, starting a fire in the heart, and building community that invokes love in its wildest manifestations.

The four members Silas Herman (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Mackenzie Page (guitar, tenor banjo, vocals), Matt Cantor (bass, vocals), and Andrew Conley (Cello) reside in the mountains of Nederland Colorado where they write all original material about nature, sunsets, mountain rain, and love.

With soothing harmonies, soul-stirring poetry, and instrumentals that make the hips sway, Gipsy Moon is constantly reinventing their version of indie-folk to include celtic melodies, latin rhythms, jazzy vocals, bluegrass drive, and a gypsy swing that brings acoustic music into an exciting new dimension. A blending of genres that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together to sing and dance until the sun comes up.

If one should come upon Gipsy Moon, whether on the stage, on the road, or singing in the woods, they should be pleased at the prospect of kicking off their shoes, smiling at the heavens, and getting down and dirty.

To learn more about the band, please visit

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