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Freshmen Schedule

Cowboy Connect Tentative Schedule

Congratulations on joining the University of Wyoming family! We look forward to welcoming you to campus for Cowboy Connect, an orientation program for freshman students taking place Saturday, August 25th - Saturday, September 1st, 2018.

Click here for a printable schedule!

Events Sponsored by:

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* Attendance of freshmen is expected. Please bring your student ID to these events.

Saturday,  August 25         


7 a.m. - all day

Residence Hall Students Move-in

10 a.m. -  4 p.m.

One Stop Shop services available in the Lower Level of Washakie. Students and their families can get all of their questions answered about life on campus. There will be 15+ resources available including:


10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lunch (Washakie Dining Center)

4 - 6 p.m.

Welcome to the University of Wyoming Dinner (Washakie Dining Center)

Residence Life & Dining Services would like to welcome new residents and their families with the annual tradition of the Welcome to UW Dinner. Enjoy a menu of Wyoming themed food made special just for you!

6 - 7 p.m.

Parenting 101 (optional) Business Building Auditorium, Room 57 

Workshop with Vice President of Student Affairs Sean Blackburn

6  - 6:45 p.m.

* Residence Hall Floor Meetings - Residence Hall Fishbowls

* Commuter Students - Meeting in the Union (location TBD)

7 p.m.

University of Wyoming Volleyball vs. University of Colorado (Arena Auditorium)

The first 1,000 students get a FREE t-shirt!

Sunday, August 26   

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Open time to settle in.

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Brunch (Washakie Dining Center)

12:30 p.m.

* Residence Hall Meet-up (Hall Floors)

1 - 2 p.m.

* Campus Safety Panel (A&S Auditorium) 

Learn from community and campus experts about safety 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.

2 - 4 p.m.

Party in Prexy's with Half Acre (Prexy's Pasture)

Join your classmates for a celebration in the heart of campus, Prexy's Pasture. Enjoy fun inflatables, lawn games, music, and ice cream. Club Sport representatives and the Wellness Center staff will be on hand with sport demonstrations and other activities. Join us for an afternoon of fun!

4:30 - 7 p.m.

Dinner (Washakie Dining Center)

8:30 p.m. 

Movie at the Stadium (War Memorial Stadium)

The Residential Housing Association and 7220 Entertainment are teaming up to bring you Avengers: Infinity War on the big screen. Bring a blanket, your new found friends, and your WyoOne card for an evening you won't soon forget!

Monday, August 27

7 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast (Washakie Dining Center)

9:30 a.m.

* Residence Hall Meet-up (Hall Floors)

10 a.m.

* Speaker: Justin Jones-Fosu (A&S Auditorium)
& Freshmen Class Photo

"Hug an Elephant, Kiss a Giraffe: Redefining Diversity in Everyday Life" 

Justin Jones-Fosu is a nationally recognized speaker, young-award winning entrepreneur, and author. Justin will be focusing on the topic of diversity, including authentic listening, being open, and respecting others even when we don’t agree. Through Justin's unique blend of high-energy, humor, and practical content, students will begin to understand their role in helping to create an environment where everyone matters and feel empowered to shape their landscape.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch (Washakie Dining Center)

1:30 p.m.

* Residence Hall Meet-up (Hall Floors)

2 p.m.

* Real Pokes Step-Up Session
(Resident Assistants will direct students from hall floor meetings) 

The Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training Program teaches students, faculty, and staff the necessary skills to deescalate potentially dangerous situations before they turn worse. The training aims to empower participants to take a stand in situations involving:

  • Alcohol abuse/misuse
  • Discrimination
  • Potential Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence
  • Hazing
  • Potential Mental Health Emergencies

Participants will learn valuable strategies and resources to safely and effectively intervene in situations where help is needed. Real Pokes Step Up!

4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner (Washakie Dining Center)

6 - 8 p.m.

Cowboy Carnival with Fraternity & Sorority Life (Fraternity & Sorority Mall)

Start the year right with UW’s Cowboy Carnival! Organizations from the FSL Community will be hosting various activities, events, and contests to welcome everyone to UW. Don’t miss your chance to meet new people, win prizes, and get your favorite carnival foods!

8 p.m.

Color Dance with the Residential Housing Association (Washakie Green)

Groove to music with a live DJ, meet new friends, and play with color powder on the Washakie Green!

Tuesday, August 28

7 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast (Washakie Dining Center)

9:30 a.m.

Residence Hall Meet-up (Hall Floors)

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

College New Student Welcome

Colleges will email their students with details and instructions for this event.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch (Washakie Dining Center)

Stop by the main entrance of Washakie to pick up your New Student Convocation t-shirt!

2:30 p.m.

* Residence Hall Meet-up (Hall Floors)

3:30 p.m.

* New Student Convocation (Arena Auditorium)

All students will meet in the Arena Auditorium for the New Student Convocation led by UW President Nichols. UW men's a cappella group the Happy Jacks will lead students in UW’s fight song and alma mater. 

ASL interpreting will be provided for this event, if additional needs are required, please contact Disability Support Services at least 48 hours in advance at (307) 766-3073 or by email at 

Campus transportation information can be found at:  For individuals with specific transportation needs, please contact ParaTransit at (307) 766-6686 or by email at: Disability Support Services may also be able to facilitate transportation requests with advanced notice.

4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner (Washakie Dining Center)

6 - 8 p.m.

Schedules & Sno-Kones with the Residential Housing Association (Washakie Green)

Grab your class schedule, cool off with Sno-Kones, and meet new friends! Tips and tricks will be shared on the best ways to navigate campus.

Wednesday, August 29

First Day of Classes

7 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast (Washakie Dining Center)

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Information Booths Across Campus

Looking for a specific classroom, office, or the best place to get a cup of coffee? Stop by an information booth and ask your question! The booths will be staffed by college faculty & staff, and will include a surprise guest or two!  

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Club & Organization Fair (Prexy's Pasture)

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.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch (Washakie Dining Center)

5 - 7 p.m.

Welcome BBQ (Prexy's Pasture | Rain location: Washakie Dining Center)

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 from Trout Steak Revival and special guest Chain Station, outdoor games, free giveaways, and great food! Please bring your UW student ID to this event. Note that Washakie Dining Center will be closed during this time (unless it is needed as the rain location).

Friday, August 31

Cowboy Kickoff Concert (Arena Auditorium)

The Cowboy Kickoff Concert is back this fall and will be featuring Brothers Osborne with special guests The Cadillac Three. Find more information and purchase tickets online!

Saturday, September 1


1:30 p.m.

Cowboys Football vs. Washington State (War Memorial Stadium)

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Outdoor Adventure Day Trips

Sign-ups in Washakie Dining Hall from 4-6pm on Friday, August 31st
First come, first served. All activities are $10.
  • Medicine Bow Peak Hike  
    Meet at the Outdoor Program in Half Acre at 8am
    Return to campus by 3pm
    Transportation provided
    You’ve seen it from town, now hike to the top of it! This out and back hike is 3.2 miles roundtrip while gaining 1200 feet to the summit. Don’t worry though, all of your hard work will be worth it with spectacular views abound!  
  • Schoolyard Mountain Bike Ride
    Meet at the Outdoor Program in Half Acre at 9am
    Return to campus by 12pm
    Bikes and helmets provide
    Amazing mountain bike trails adjacent to campus? That’s right! Join us for this beginner-friendly ride that will leave right from the Outdoor Program. Our instructors will give you tips and tricks as you navigate the Schoolyard Trails.
  • Turtle Rock Loop Hike
    Meet at the Outdoor Program in Half Acre at 1pm
    Return to campus by 4pm
    Transportation provided
    Enjoy a 3 mile loop over a gentle grade that will take you around the extraordinary rock formations of Vedauwoo. We might see moose, pronghorn, elk, and more!
  • Curt Gowdy SUP and Canoe Fun
    Meet at the Outdoor Program in Half Acre at 1pm
    Return to campus by 5pm
    Transportation and all equipment provided
    Have some fun in the sun at Curt Gowdy State Park! We will bring our fleet of stand-up paddleboards and canoes out for a relaxing afternoon on the water


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