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Homecoming 2016

January 13, 2017
Nick Owen (B.S ᾽12, M.S. ᾽16), Chelsea Mathis (Exp. ᾽17), Josh Duryea (B.A. ᾽12), Chance Price (B.A. ᾽12) and Steph Minor at Tailgate Park before the Homecoming game against Air Force.

Homecoming week at UW was Oct. 1–8, 2016, with the theme “Once A Cowboy, Always A Cowboy.” The Big Event—a day in which students give back to the community by providing services—was the kickoff to Homecoming, followed by a week of student competitions that ranged from the annual Homecoming Sing to the car push. The overall winner of the student competitions was the Sigma Chi Fraternity, which defended its Homecoming 2015 win.

Alumni and friends also enjoyed department open houses and receptions, tailgates and reconnecting with friends and classmates. The parade saw 82 entries, and UniWyo Federal Credit Union took home the title of overall parade entry winner. The UW Alumni Association honored four individuals over Homecoming with the Distinguished Alumni Awards (Jim Nielson, Sandy Postel and Theo Ratliff) and the Medallion Service Award (Dave Bonner). The association also celebrated the 50th Club Reunion, which honors the UW induction class of 1966. The UWAA introduced a brand-new event, the All Alumni and Friends Reunion and Pep Rally, which saw more than 180 people in attendance. They reunited with old classmates, took photos with Cowboy Joe and watched a performance, which included the Western Thunder Marching Band, UW cheerleaders and Pistol Pete. To top a successful Homecoming week off with a cherry, the Cowboy football team defeated Air Force 35-26! We would like to thank our 2016 Homecoming and Big Event sponsors: the Verge, Rocky Mountain Shirtworks and UniWyo Federal Credit Union, and a special thanks to the Laramie Boomerang for its Golden Buckle Sponsorship. We would also like to thank everyone who dedicated their time and effort in the execution of one of the best celebrations in UW history!

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