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Health and Wellness

Campus Recreation
Pat Moran, Director
Half Acre Gym Recreation and Wellness Center, (307) 766-3370

Our mission is to provide recreational and wellness opportunities to a diverse campus community that enhance the learning and workplace environment and promote mental and physical health via quality facilities, equipment, and programs. Our programs, which include the Wellness Center, Open Recreation, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, and the Outdoor Program, offer a broad range of coordinated activities for individuals and groups that promote health awareness, a sense of community and a lifelong appreciation for wellness and recreational activities. Supporting the value of student development, our programs strive to offer opportunities to students that develop leadership skills and promote responsibility while maintaining a balance between personal, professional, and academic pursuits.

Through interactions with the Campus Recreation department, student will learn about making healthy lifestyle choices, appreciate individual differences and similarities, and enhance their feelings of engagement, belonging, and loyalty to UW.

The Wellness Center
Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, First Floor
Phone: (307) 766-9355

An exciting new addition to the Campus Recreation Department, the UW Wellness Center is a network of people, programs, services, and policies that work together to create and support a culture of health and wellness at UW. The UW Wellness Center works collaboratively with various campus departments to provide education, services, and programs that address health needs such as stress relief, nutrition, fitness, mental health, sexual health, safety, and alcohol and tobacco use. Some of the Wellness Center offerings include: athletic training, massage therapy, personal training, sleep assessments, blood pressure checks, and weekly educational workshops. The Wellness Center is located in the southwest portion of Half Acre, in the "free zone," which does not require gym membership to access. The Wellness Center is open to students as well as members of the University community. Most offerings are free, however there are a few services that charge a competitive rate. Visit the Wellness Center to learn more about these programs and services aimed at improving your overall wellness.

Open Recreation
Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, First Floor
Phone: (307) 766-3370

The Open Recreation Program is housed in the newly renovated Half Acre Gym and Wellness Center with additional recreational opportunities in the Corbett building on the east campus. UW's Open Recreation Program, available to the entire student population, faculty, staff and spouses, provides quality equipment for individuals to participate in non-organized, informal activities such as basketball, volleyball, racquetball, or badminton. Patrons can also take advantage of swimming, weight training, aerobic training, personal training services, and group fitness and instructional classes. For more information on the Open Recreation Program, stop by the front desk in the lobby of Half Acre, pick up a Campus Recreation brochure, or visit the Campus Recreation website.

Intramural Sports
Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Second Floor
Phone: (307) 766-4175

UW's Intramural Sports Program offers organized individual and team competitive sport events in men's, women's, and co-recreational leagues. Students and employees can participate in organized recreation level sport competition in approximately 30 activities per semester such as flag football, soccer, inner-tube water polo, wrestling, badminton, basketball, volleyball, or table tennis. Information is available from the Rec Sports Office or on the Campus Recreation website. Every member of the university community is encouraged to become familiar with the many aspects of intramural sports, which are designed to encourage participation and socialization regardless of previous experiences, sport skills, or group affiliation. Come alone or with a group to sign up for a fun time.

Club Sports
Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Second Floor
Phone: (307) 766-6396

The Club Sports Program offers a higher level of athletic sport competition than Open Recreation and Intramural Sports to UW students. Some of the current UW Club Sport teams for men and women include badminton, baseball, volleyball, soccer, ice hockey, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, cycling, Nordic ski racing, lacrosse, softball, racquetball, fencing, cricket, water polo, tennis and equestrian. UW faculty or staff with an interest in coaching or officiating a Club Sport should contact the Rec Sports Office. Visit our website for more information on Club Sport teams and activities.

Outdoor Program
Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, First Floor
Phone: (307) 766-2402

UW's Outdoor Program (OP) offers a variety of outdoor experiences as well as training to use the indoor climbing wall. Participants have opportunities to develop lifetime recreational skills, gain an appreciation and concern for our natural environment, and meet new people. The OP sponsors a variety of seasonal programs and outings throughout the year. These activities range from day and weekend trips to nearby destinations to extended trips at unique destinations. The OP also runs clinics and sponsors guest speakers, presentations, and other educational programs. Activities are offered for all skill levels through such venues as back country ski outings, trail running, snowshoe outings, back country hiking and camping trips, or rock climbing. The OP provides an extensive line of rental equipment to the campus community. The Outdoor Program staff is ready to expose the university community to a whole new realm of experiences not available anywhere else on campus. Visit the office or our website for more information on OP activities and services.

Dean of Students Office
Nycole Courtney, Interim Dean of Students, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
128 Knight Hall(307)766-3296

The Dean of Students Office (DOS) provides a variety of UW student support services. The staff in DOS work to enhance the quality of life for all UW students. Assistance with situational needs and student life concerns of individual students and groups of students regarding their personal, academic, and/or social welfare are coordinated by the DOS staff.

Several offices and programs comprise the Dean of Students Office. These include the Dean of Students, Multicultural Affairs, STOP Violence Program, Student Legal Services, welfare check, and Student Judicial Affairs, all located in Knight Hall. Fraternity and Sorority Life, Multicultural Resource Center, Rainbow Resource Center, Nontraditional Student Center, Women's Center, and Student Media offices are located in the Wyoming Union.  The Veterans Services Center is located in 241 Knight Hall.

Services available through the Dean of Students Office include individual advisement and consultation regarding situational student life concerns; referral coordination with other university and community services; conflict resolution and consultation regarding student conduct, rights, and responsibilities; advisement in grievance procedures, due process, and student appeals of disputed decisions; official university withdrawals; and authorized absences and emergency contacts.

DOS staff also have responsibilities as advisers to ASUW and/or student organizations including Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, ASUW Nontraditional Student Council, United Multicultural Council, and Freshman Senate.

The professional staff provide direct assistance to students and groups at any time in the student's career at the university. Information, individual advisement and consultation, and assistance with administrative procedures are facilitated in the Knight Hall offices.

Fraternity and Sorority Life: The fraternities and sororities at UW provide a living/learning environment designed to support the goals of their members. Through intentional educational programs, the FSL program coordinator facilitates personal growth, scholastic achievement, and leadership development, and is available for individual and group consultation. 

STOP Violence Program: The mission of the STOP Violence Program is to prevent domestic/relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking on the campus of the University of Wyoming.  Awareness and prevention efforts are provided by this office through outreach and educational activities.  The coordinator works closely with the University Counseling Center (UCC), Campus Police (UWPD), Residence Life, and other offices to provide programs.

Another focus of the STOP Violence Program is to provide support and resources to students affected by violence.  One resource is an on-campus advocate who can help a student access services through university departments and/or community agencies.  Support is also offered by providing information to these students, their friends, and families, about the effects of domestic/relationship violence, stalking, or sexual assault.  Walk-in hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, (307)766-3296.  For after hours emergencies, please call 745-3556 (the Albany County Safe Project).

Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities: The Trustees, as a governing body of the university, are charged with the statutory duty and authority to make all rules and regulations including the administrative responsibility to regulate and control whatever conduct and behavior of the members of the university community impedes, obstructs, or threatens the achievement of the educational goals and mission of the university. The university community, in order to function in an orderly and creative manner, ascribes to a code of conduct to which the student must adhere. This information, entitled UW Student Code of Conduct, is distributed to each student who is granted admission to the university. This information and other university regulations are published in order to inform students of their rights and responsibilities and the minimum ethical standard of conduct expected of them as members of the university community. Additional copies of this information may be obtained at th Dean of Students Office or on the web.

Student Media Office: The Student Media Office is partially funded by student fees. It meets the informative, educational, and cultural needs of the university community through such publications as The Branding Iron (the daily student newspaper published Tuesday-Friday and weekly during the summer session), the literary magazine Owen Wister Review (published spring semester), and the feature magazine Frontiers (published fall and spring semesters) which are published under the auspices of the Board for Student Media.

The board is composed of students, faculty, staff, and selected members of the Wyoming Press Association. These publications provide an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in newspaper, magazine, advertising, sales, and production.

For more information about student publications, contact the Student Media Office, Room 302, Wyoming Union, (307) 766-6190.

Student Legal Services: Legal services are provided to University of Wyoming students by a full-time attorney. This service is provided through student fees to ASUW, and there is no additional charge for the attorney's time. The attorney assists students seeking advice in connection with personal legal problems. Information is readily available on a variety of subjects. Student Legal Services also facilitates the effective and prompt handling of legal referrals, (307) 766-6347.

Multicultural Affairs
Conrad Chavez, Manager, Multicultural Affairs
Dean of Students Office
114 Knight Hall, (307)766-6228

Multicultural Affairs (MA) exemplifies its commitment to diversity and academic success through its various programs to provide academic and social support to ethnic minorities and all students interested in diversity and multiculturalism on the UW campus.

From academic programming consisting of our Discover Excellence and Continuing Excellence workshop series, a tutoring program, scholarship opportunities and individual meetings with staff, academic success can be achieved.

Socially, MA works to connect students with one of over 20 culturally diverse recognized student organizations as well as our own Multicultural Student Leadership Initiative program. Home to the Multicultural Resource Center, students can come and experience enhanced learning through gaining a greater self-understanding, advocacy in support of diversity, learning to appreciate individual similarities and differences, and enhancing feelings of engagement, belonging, and loyalty.

Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) - the place for personal and intellectual exploration on academic excellence, student leadership & advocacy, inter-cultural awareness, and diversity.

Located in Room 103 of the Wyoming Union, the MRC is a space provided by Multicultural Affairs which serves as a home-away-from-home for UW students. The MRC offers support services for students from all backgrounds in an environment that values diversity.

Numerous events take place at the MRC during the course of the year. Please join us for our Monthly Town Hall Meetings, Recognized Student Organization (RSO) events, and special presentations by guests who visit the UW campus.

The MRC houses collections of ethnic magazines, books and videos that have a focus on culture, diversity and academics. The MRC also provides access to eight computers, printers (black and white/color), study tables, a flat screen TV, and some of the most comfortable couches in the Wyoming Student Union. For more information call (307) 766-6463.

Nontraditional and Gender Programs and Veterans Services Center
Dolores Cardona, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
114 Knight Hall, (307)766-6228

Nontraditional & Gender Programs, part of the Dean of Students Office, serve nontraditional students, women students, and GLBTQIA students through three student centers with peer connections and programming aimed at helping students to be successful at UW.

Nontraditional Student Center: The Nontraditional Student Center (NSC) serves as a supportive student center conveniently located in Wyoming Union 104 (766-6258) where nontraditional students or adult learners gather to study, use computers, socialize, meet other students, have an adult conversation, and find out information and resources for financial aid and scholarships, community services, and academic support while at UW.  The NSC is also a location where many UW commuter students meet and work from while on the Laramie campus.  Nontraditional students are students over 25 years of age, married, single parents, veterans, commuters, or students returning to college after several years away. For more information, visit the web site at

Women's Center: Women's leadership and women's issues are also of concern to the Women's Center, regardless if you are a traditional or nontraditional undergraduate or graduate woman student.  Programs like women in Math, Science and Engineering and LACES for Military Women are offered along with other programming of interest to women.  Student computers and resources are available in Union 102 (766-6797). For more information, visit the web site at

Rainbow Resource Center: The Rainbow Resource Center (RRC) serves as a resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (GLBTQIA) students, faculty and staff, their family and friends as well as the larger Laramie community.  The RRC provides support, advocacy, education, the facilitation of programs, and a library of over 800 books on GLTBQIA issues.  The center also has many other resources, including magazine titles, movies, network-connected computers with printing, and references to other services that are queer-friendly.  Students gather to study, relax, and socialize in a safe environment.  The RRC is located in Union 106.  For more information, call (307) 766-3478 or visit the web site at

Veterans Services Center
Marty Martinez
Dean of Students Office
241 Knight Hall, (307) 766-6908

Located in Knight Hall 241, the Veterans Services Center has resources, a computer lab, a lounge area, a social "mess area" where veterans and their dependents, spouses, and friends can meet and support each other. Special events, programs, and student groups are coordinated out of the center. The staff works to improve access to and success in college for students who are veterans. For more information, call (307)766-6908 or visit the web site at

Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW)
020 Wyoming Union, (307)766-5204

The Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW) is comprised of three branches: the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. All full-time, fee-paying students are members of ASUW. Officers and 30 senators are elected annually by the students and each senator represents one of the seven colleges. They meet weekly to consider areas of concern to students.

The ASUW student government represent student opinion to the administration, faculty, staff, and State of Wyoming legislature. ASUW participation across the university ensures that university policies are made with the concerns of students in mind. In addition, the ASUW president serves as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the University Board of Trustees and conveys student opinion to the institution's highest governing body.

ASUW also provides their own programs and services for students. Included in these programs are ASTEC (technical services), located in the Wyoming Union; Student Legal Services in Knight Hall; and several councils: Freshman Senate, Non-Tradiational Student Council, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and the United Multicultural Council.

Student Health Service
Joanne Steane, M.D., Director
Student Health Building, (307) 766-2130

The Student Health Service (SHS) provides personalized health care to eligible students by maintaining a high quality medical outpatient clinic. The clinic provides primary health care, health education, and preventive services to enable students to complete their course of study. The professional staff consists of three physicians, two nurse practitioners, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, one physician assistant, and registered nurses, in addition to other professional and administrative personnel.

Undergraduate and professional full-time students taking 12 or more credit hours and graduate students taking 9 or more hours are eligible for services at the SHS. Undergraduate and graduate part-time students who have purchased the Optional Student Fee Package are also eligible. Enrollment in, or waiver from, the University of Wyoming Student Medical Insurance program has no effect on eligibility to use the Student Health Service. Students enrolled during the summer pay a summer fee for use of the SHS. Students not enrolled for summer but who were enrolled spring semester and are pre-registered for fall semester may pay the same summer fee to use the SHS. Payment of the semester fee provides visits with clinicians and nurses at no cost. Affordable laboratory diagnostic procedures, medications, and office procedures are available. There are also nominal charges for supplies such as ace bandages, splints, crutches, and other medical devices.

The hours of the Student Health Service can be found on our website. An after-hours nurse advice line is available when the SHS is closed at night and on weekends by calling 307-766-2130. All students are urged to have adequate health insurance coverage for illnesses or emergency visits to the local hospital, urgent care clinic, or a physician's office when the Student Health Service is closed. Insurance coverage is also recommended for medical care that is not available at the Student Health Service, including treatment of major injuries, surgery, and hospitalization. The student is responsible for all charges for services provided by persons or institutions outside of the Student Health Service.

University Counseling Center
Keith Evashevski, Psy.D., Director
341 Knight Hall, (307) 766-2187
Web site:

The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides comprehensive, time-effective mental health services to the university students and consultation on issues with parents, staff, and faculty. The UCC is a resource center for students to enhance personal success skills in dealing with the challenging and sometimes stressful university environment. The professional UCC staff work together with students to help them find effective ways to approach concerns and problems. Students are supported in learning to make healthy lifestyle choices that promote their personal, social, and academic goals. Group and individual counseling services, in a professional and confidential atmosphere, are provided to students with personal and interpersonal concerns.  Other services include crisis intervention, walk-in consultation, and education to the UW community. Individual counseling appointments are made in person during regular office hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (summer hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday. The UCC offers walk-in services, various hours a day, when students may simply walk in to be seen for a brief appointment, to determine future services they might need. Counseling services are free to UW students.  For after-hour emergencies, students can talk to an on-call counselor by calling 766-8989.

Campus Consultation and Outreach: UCC staff consults with academic and student services personnel, student leaders, and university administration regarding counseling and mental health issues and ways to better the UW living/learning environment. Outreach programs can be initiated by student or staff request or by UCC staff bringing issues of concern to various campus populations. Some current issues include destigmatizing mental health, suicide prevention, respect for diversity, sexual orientation issues, and stress management. Generally, UCC asks for a minimum of two weeks notice for an outreach presentation; however, in urgent situations triggered by trauma, outreach programs will be offered on a shorter notice. The Center hosts the Lifesavers Coalition - a group of campus and community partners who have an interest in training others in the skills of suicide prevention, and also have a focus on how to be proactive with wellness.

UCC collaborates closely with the STOP Violence Program in the Dean of Students Office by providing counseling support to students who are victims of sexual violence as well as collaborative programming regarding prevention of sexual violence and membership with Campus Coalition for the Prevention of Sexual and Relationship Violence.

AWARE (Alcohol Wellness Alternatives, Research and Education):
The AWARE Program is committed to a healthy campus community and a drug-free learning environment.  AWARE Program staff utilize best practices in providing drug and alcohol education and prevention programming for the University of Wyoming campus and community.  The AWARE Program promotes a standard of wellness in regard to healthy choices surrounding alcohol use and the prevention of illicit drug use by college students.  To achieve these goals, the AWARE Program offers a broad range of services ranging from individual interventions to consultative and educational services for campus groups and the community at large.  AWARE also coordinates the Cowboy UP Peer Education group.  Additionally, the AWARE Program coordinates the A-Team, a campus-community coalition dedicated to reducing underage and excessive alcohol use.  For more information, please visit the web site at or feel free to contact via telephone at (307) 766-2187, email (, or in person by visiting 341 Knight Hall.

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