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Alumni in Action

Over the course of a year, the University of Wyoming will be hosting events across the state featuring current UW students, faculty members, representatives of UW Athletics, and Acting President Neil Theobald. Each event will also showcase UW Alumni who hold important roles in 11 Wyoming counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Below is a list of featured alumni who have given back to their communities in Wyoming.
For a full profile of each individual, click the link:


SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Gillette   |   Featured Alumni: Bertine Bahige, Principal of Rawhide Elementary School

OCTOBER 10, 2019

Cody   |   Featured Alumni: Aura Newlin,  Northwest College anthropology instructor, and Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Board member

NOVEMBER 7, 2019

Rawlins   |   Featured Alumni:  Kris Thorvaldson, Financial Adviser

DECEMBER 5, 2019

Newcastle   |   Featured Alumni:  Mike Farnsworth, V.P. of Operations at Wyoming Refining Co.

JANUARY 25, 2020

Rock Springs   |   Featured Alumni:  Sean Valentine, President of Western Wyoming Beverages

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Cheyenne  |   Featured Alumni:  Tighe Fagan, Principal at Gannett Peak Technical Services

JULY 21, 2020

Afton  |  Featured Alumni: Barbara Sessions, COO of Silver Star Communications

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Douglas  |  Featured Alumni: Tim Painter, Director of Bands at Douglas High School

OCTOBER 1, 2020

Casper  |  Featured Alumni: Marci Bramlet, Casper attorney

OCTOBER 9, 2020

Pinedale  |  Featured Alumni: Abe Pearce, Director of Public Works, Town of Pinedale

OCTOBER 10, 2020

Jackson  |  Featured Alumni: Wendy Martinez, H omeowner Services Manager for Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Wind River Reservation  |  Featured Alumni: Vanessa Sorrels, Indian Health Service pharmacist

DECEMBER 3, 2020

Evanston  |  Featured Alumni: Rachel Boyer, music teacher at Evanston’s Clark Elementary School

JANUARY 28, 2021

Lovell  |  Featured Alumni: Joseph Shumway, Vice President/Branch Manager for Big Horn Federal Savings Bank

FEBRUARY 17, 2021

Lusk  |  Featured Alumni: Jamie Reed McElhaney, Rancher

FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Crook County  |  Featured Alumni: James Neiman, President and CEO of Neiman Enterprises

MARCH 17, 2021

Thermopolis  |  Featured Alumni: Jeb Schenck, semi-retired teacher, neuro-educational speaker & author, photographer and workshop leader

MARCH 18, 2021

Worland  |  Featured Alumni:  Abby O’Donnell,  Corporate Sales Representative for Pro Corp Images

APRIL 14, 2021

Buffalo  |  Featured Alumni:  Brett McCoy, Sales Representative for Zoetis Inc.

APRIL 15, 2021

Sheridan  |   Featured Alumni:  Kristi Von Krosigk,  Owner of The Union at the Montgomery

MAY 13, 2021

Wheatland  |  Featured Alumni:  Sydney Burek, District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service

JUNE 24, 2021

Lander  |  Featured Alumni: Lance Goede, Director of Student Success at Central Wyoming College

JULY, 2021

Torrington  |  Featured Alumni:  Samantha Wagner Yung, Clinical Audiologist

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Laramie  |  Featured Alumni: Even Brande, Founder & Chairman of Handel Information Technologies

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