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University of Wyoming Alumni Association|President's Corner

President's Corner


President Phil Petersen

September 2014


Dear Fellow UW Alumni:

It has been a special year to reminisce and look back at the history of UW and the UW Alumni Association. In 2015, we celebrated the 120th anniversary of the Association. One of the more amazing components of our history is that only four years after the first graduating class in 1891, alumni recognized their importance to UW and the necessity of establishing an organization to nurture relationships among a growing alumni base to help them stay connected to UW. Thanks to the initiative and foresight of these few alums, the UWAA was launched. Our mission remains the same as established 120 years ago: to “promote the University’s interests and affiliation of its graduates.” We are committed to preserving the time honored traditions of UW while mobilizing our leadership, volunteers, staff and resources to capitalize on new opportunities to more effectively engage our alumni.  

You would be proud of the advancements your alma mater has made in the last five years. The University of Wyoming now provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs to 13,800 students from all 50 states and 94 countries. We remain a nationally recognized research institution with accomplished faculty and world-class facilities. Offering 200 areas of study, UW provides an environment for success.  Through strengthened partnerships and cooperation with the Legislature, the trustees, our corporate and private supporters and unmatched passion from our 120,000 alumni, we have made progress on many fronts.  Over the last five years alone, we have made progress in implementing the ‘Tier 1’ energy and engineering initiative of the governor; the Science Initiative of the Legislature; the endowed chairs and College of Education initiatives of the trustees; launching the Literacy Center through the College of Education; improving compensation for faculty and staff; creating a new general studies program for students; ramping up efforts to help students succeed; and investing more than $190 million in capital facilities projects. We invite you to our campus to see this progress.

Alumni passion has lifted the university to the levels of excellence it has achieved thus far. It is that passion that will move UW forward to greater heights in the future. Alumni support through the Association contributes to academic excellence, enhances student scholarships and career opportunities and strengthens alumni participation in all aspects of the UW community life.

I encourage you to stay involved with the University of Wyoming. We look forward to seeing you on campus or at an alumni event in your area.

Once a Cowboy, Always a Cowboy! 

Phil Petersen ’63


University of Wyoming Alumni Association


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