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A&S Annual Keith and Thyra Thomson Honors Convocation Oct. 27 at UW

October 18, 2017
photos of Alexander Greenwald, Jon├ęt Jenning and President Laurie Nichols

The College of Arts and Sciences’ annual Keith and Thyra Thomson Honors Convocation will be Friday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in the University of Wyoming’s A&S auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences honors A&S students who have made the president’s, dean’s or freshman honor rolls during the past academic year. This year’s keynote speaker is UW President Laurie Nichols. Student speakers are Alexander Greenwald, Department of Geography and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Jonét Jennings, School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies, a senior from Denver, Colo.

This year’s College of Arts and Sciences student speakers are both UW McNair Scholars. Greenwald will discuss “Light Absorbing Particles in the Snowy Range.” The study initially began while he was a student at Central Wyoming College (CWC) in Riverton. Greenwald worked on the project with Jackie Klancher, a CWC instructor. Greenwald continued to work on his project at UW with his faculty mentor, botany Professor Dave Williams.

Jennings will present “Community Partnerships for Addressing Counterterrorism in Denver and the Front Range.” As part of Jennings’ research study, she conducted interviews and observed individuals who work for domestic terrorism department agencies. She worked on the project with UW mentor Jean Garrison, professor and director of the Center for Global Studies.

In addition, McNair Scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences will display their research posters in the A&S lobby before and after the program. Students are Clay Carper, Riverton; Taylor Orton, Lyman; and Alexandra Monique Weaver, Evanston.

Following the celebration of academic achievement, a cookie reception will be held in the A&S lobby.

The convocation also presents a performance by the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and the UW Chamber Orchestra. The combined ensembles will perform Antonio Carlos Jobim’s "Favela,” featuring UW Department of Music Professor Katrina Zook, a mezzo-soprano. The Wyoming Jazz Ensemble will play pre- and post-convocation music.

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