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University of Wyoming Homecoming activities are underway this week, including traditional events such as the parade, football game and student competitions.
“Once a Cowboy, Always a Cowboy” is the theme for Homecoming. The football game Saturday, Oct. 8, is against Air Force at 1:30 p.m. The Pepsi Pregame Zone in the Indoor Practice Facility opens three hours before kickoff. For more information, click here.
The Homecoming parade begins at 9:30 a.m., starting at Ninth and Ivinson streets. The UW Alumni Association and the WYO-Gold Student Alumni Association coordinate the parade. Former UW football coach Paul Roach and his wife, Marge, are this year’s grand marshals.
Paul Roach was UW athletics director from 1987-1996 and head football coach during the 1987-1990 seasons; he is the only person in UW’s history to serve both roles. Roach was a two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, leading the Cowboys to three bowl games: the Holiday Bowl in 1987-88 and the Copper Bowl in 1990. He was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
The Roaches are longtime Laramie residents and ambassadors for UW, the Laramie community and the state.
Besides the annual Homecoming parade, a variety of activities have been arranged on campus for students, alumni, fans, staff, faculty and the Laramie community. Activities range from student competitions to department open house celebrations, tailgate parties and the new “All Alumni and Friends Reunion with Pep Rally.”
For a list of daily Homecoming activities, visit the website at www.uwyo.edu/studentaff/_files/docs/2016-homecoming-schedulev4.pdf.
Visit the website for student competitions at www.uwyo.edu/studentaff/homecoming/studentcompetitions%20.html.
Four UW alumni will be honored for their professional achievements during this week’s Homecoming activities. Jim Nielson, Sandy Postel and Theo Ratliff have been selected for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, and Dave Bonner is this year’s Medallion Service Award recipient.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the UW Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have achieved excellence in their professions, who appreciate the impact of their UW education and who are persons of integrity, stature and demonstrated ability.
The Medallion Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the university and goes to people of exceptional integrity and stature who have unselfishly given of their time, talent and support. To date, 36 individuals have received this award.
For more information about the recipients, visit www.uwyo.edu/news/2016/09/uw-to-honor-distinguished-alumni-during-homecoming.html.