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Office of Engagement and Outreach to Open

January 8, 2019

To the UW community:

Happy New Year! As we welcome 2019, I hope you had great holidays and are enjoying the semester break. As we usher in the first full week of January, our state will inaugurate a new governor and kick off the 2019 legislative session. It will be a busy month!

Closer to home on campus, I am pleased to announce that we will be opening the Office of Engagement and Outreach (OEO) on Jan. 22. Dr. Jean Garrison will serve as the first chief engagement officer and will spend the remainder of the academic year establishing the office and overseeing a wide variety of outreach efforts. The Office of Engagement and Outreach will be located in Room 232 in the Bureau of Mines Building (located at the corner of Lewis and Ninth streets on the northwest corner of campus). Strategically placed in close proximity to the Office of Institutional Communications and Marketing, the suite is undergoing renovation and will be completed by March 1.

Building from UW’s strategic plan, “Breaking Through: 2017-2022,” the Office of Engagement and Outreach has been created to be a portal of access to UW for the citizens of Wyoming (and beyond) and to coordinate and streamline engagement and outreach efforts to achieve enhanced consistency, follow-through and impact.

OEO responds to the challenge in UW’s strategic plan to commit itself to “scholarship, outreach and service that extend our human talent and technological capacity to serve the people in our communities, our state, the nation and the world.” At the heart of that commitment are the values of engagement and communication, and the specific goal to “improve and enhance the health and well-being of our communities and environments through outreach programs and in collaboration with our constituents and partners.”

Building on our history and identity as Wyoming’s land-grant and public flagship institution, OEO will work to implement a renewed vision for UW engagement and outreach with our communities.

Using the Engagement Task Force’s final report completed in May 2018, OEO will start work on its strategic plan, form a President’s Engagement Council, set up meetings with on-campus constituents, and focus its attention on mechanisms to facilitate UW communication with the state, including a calendar web app currently under development to register statewide events. OEO also looks forward to sponsoring the Marvin Millgate Community Engagement Awards, now in their second year. The Marvin Millgate Community Engagement Awards – namely, the Engaged Faculty Award, Engaged Staff Award, Student Engagement Award and Community Partnership Award -- recognize individuals and groups at the University of Wyoming and in the community who have rendered exceptional engagement and service to Wyoming communities. Nominations for 2019 Millgate Awards open Monday, Jan. 14, and close Friday, Feb. 22, and will be available on the OEO webpage.

OEO will partner with campus and statewide constituents to elevate the university’s already substantial efforts in community engagement and outreach. Ultimately, as called out in our university strategic plan, “Breaking Through,” the Office of Engagement and Outreach will assume responsibility for UW’s application to gain Carnegie designation as a “Community Engaged” university.   More to come on this as OEO gets up and running.

Contact information: Office of Engagement and Outreach, University of Wyoming, Dept. 4315, Bureau of Mines 232, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, Wyo., 82071;;; (307) 766-6119.


Laurie Nichols, President

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