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UWyo Magazine|September 2014 | Vol. 16, No. 1

The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of the University of Wyoming

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UW Alumni Association 1895-2015; 120 years.

UWAA Celebrates 120 Years

On a Friday evening, March 26, 1895, the University of Wyoming Alumni Association held its first organizational meeting with eight alumni in attendance. Two weeks later on April 5, 1895, a committee on permanent organization presented a constitution and bylaws, which were voted upon and adopted. We haven’t stopped moving since. Over the past 120 years, the UW Alumni Association has grown into a community serving more than 118,000 alumni and friends who span the globe.

Lifelong relationships between the university and alumni are built one by one and highly valued. We seek to be an important partner by assisting alumni with transitions in their lives, by being a resource of knowledge and contacts, and by helping alumni gain a return on their investment from their education.

Join us throughout the year as we celebrate with many activities and events, including the Alumni Tailgate Party Sept. 6, Family Weekend Sept. 18–21, Homecoming Oct. 12–18 and the grand 120th Anniversary Celebration Gala April 18, 2015, in the new Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

Mission Statement

To promote the excellence, distinction and uniqueness of the University of Wyoming to the people of the state, the nation and the world, and to foster a spirit of loyalty and community among its alumni, students and friends today, tomorrow and forever.

Gaurdia Banister

Gaurdia Banister, UW Distinguished Alumna

When Casper native Gaurdia Banister (B.S. ’80) decided to attend the University of Wyoming, she knew she had ability in the sciences, but she did not know she would chose to become a nurse. She spent a little time settling into college life in her first year, continuing pursuits from her high school days such as cheerleading and running track.

>> Read more about Gaurdia Banister

David Freudenthal

David D. Freudenthal, UW Distinguished Alumnus

Thermopolis native David D. Freudenthal (J.D. ’80) is one of Wyoming’s best-known citizens. That is likely because he served two terms as Wyoming’s governor, starting in 2002. By the end of his tenure, Wyoming was ranked as the “Best Run State in America” by 24/7 Wall St., based on a review of hundreds of data sets and a variety of metrics ranging from debt rating agency reports to median income.

>> Read more about David D. Freudenthal

Harold Gardner

Harold H. “Hank” Gardner, UW Distinguished Alumnus

Harold H. “Hank” Gardner (EXP ’59) has come full circle, both as a resident of Wyoming and in his thinking about health care. During that journey, his accomplishments have made him one of the top names in his field, representing the University of Wyoming and his native state.

>> Read more about Harold H. Gardner

Peter and Paula Johnson

Peter M. Johnson and Paula Green Johnson, UW Medallion Service Award Recipients

When Peter M. Johnson (B.S. ’72) and Paula Green Johnson (B.S. ’72) launched the Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center at the University of Wyoming College of Business, they were trying to solve a basic problem: how to help students get jobs in the areas they’d trained for at UW.

>> Read more about Peter M. Johnson and Paula Green Johnson

Alex Carter

UWAA Scholarship Recipient Spotlight

Even growing up in the Austin, Texas, area, Alexander Carter dreamed of attending the University of Wyoming. He comes from a long line of alumni; in fact, he is a fourth-generation UW student from the family and says he “takes great pride in being a Poke.”

>> Read more about Alexander Carter

Beck Family

Fallen Officer Alyn Beck Remembered

On June 14, 2014, more than 2,400 friends, family and fellow officers gathered in Las Vegas to pay their respects to police officer Alyn Beck, a University of Wyoming alumnus who was killed in the line of duty on June 8.

>> Read more about Officer Alyn Beck

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UWAA President's Message

UWAA President Jennifer Nevins reflects on the organization's 120 years of service and challenges for the future.

Celebrating Honorees

Distinguished Alumni and Medallion Service Awards honor accomplished alumni and those who give back to UW.


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