Gov. Matt Mead to Speak at UW Honors Convocation

October 6, 2011
Gov. Matt Mead

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will be the keynote speaker at the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences annual Keith and Thyra Thomson Honors Convocation Thursday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

Born in Jackson, Mead was reared on the family ranch in Teton County. He has a bachelor's degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a law degree from UW. After law school, he served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm in Cheyenne with now-Attorney General Greg Phillips, and served as United States attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007.

Two undergraduate scholars, Noelia Antweiler, a senior from Westminster, Colo., and Jay Gentry, a senior from Flagstaff, Ariz., will present their research at the convocation. In addition, the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor Scott Turpen from the Department of Music, will perform.

Antweiler is majoring in theatre and dance with a minor in psychology. Last summer, she worked at the Northpoint Correctional Facility in Burgin, Ky., where she helped 10 male inmates create and perform original 10-minute plays. She plans to bring the program, Voices Inside, to the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Her work was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Gentry is majoring in history and English with minor degrees in professional and creative writing. While taking the historical methods course, he studied a World War II war crime trial, and results of his research on the trial of General Tomoyuki Yamashita is the topic of his talk.

The convocation is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, visit the A&S website at, or call (307) 766-4106.

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