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Published August 23, 2017
The University of Wyoming’s 2017 Homecoming is set for Oct. 21-28, with the theme “Wyoming Spirit, Wild as the West.”
Homecoming activities will range from department open house celebrations, tailgate parties and the annual Homecoming parade to the All Alumni and Friends Reunion in conjunction with the Pokes Pregame Pep Rally.
Homecoming registration will take place Friday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 28, time to be announced, in the Blalock Family Room at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, 222 S. 22nd St. At registration, you may pick up a University Store discount coupon (only for UW graduates), the Homecoming events schedule booklet and update your contact information.
Those who preregister for Homecoming for $10 will receive a UW Alumni Association (UWAA) limited-edition T-shirt. Preregistration to receive the T-shirt is available until Oct. 5 by visiting http://wyoalumni.uwyo.edu/hc2017. Those who have preregistered can pick up their T-shirts at the registration location and times noted above. T-shirts are only available through preregistration, and sizes cannot be substituted the day of pickup.
The UWAA will celebrate the 50th Club Reunion Oct. 26-28. The reunion will celebrate the honoree class of 1967 while also inviting all alumni who have graduated earlier to attend. Registration is open through Oct. 5 at http://wyoalumni.uwyo.edu/50Reunion or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration packet. The association also will honor the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, who will be announced in the September issue of the UWyo Magazine. For more information about these awards, visit www.uwyo.edu/alumni.
The All Alumni and Friends Reunion, sponsored by First Interstate Bank, is Saturday, Oct. 28, in conjunction with the Pokes Pregame Pep Rally, hosted by the UW Foundation. The reunion will begin at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center four hours before kickoff. Appetizers will be available while they last, along with a cash bar. The pep rally begins three hours before kickoff and will feature remarks from Coach Craig Bohl, the Cowboy Walk, Western Thunder Marching Band and the UW Cheer Team.
The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at Ninth Street and Ivinson Avenue. The UWAA and the WYO-Gold Student Alumni Association coordinate the parade.
The grand marshals for Homecoming 2017 are Charles “Chuck” and Katherine “Katie” (Kugland) Brown. Chuck (B.A. '62) and Katie (B.A. '61) met while attending UW. She was Homecoming queen in 1959 and a member of Pi Beta Phi. He was a member of Sigma Chi. They married in 1961, then moved to Wheatland, which has been their home for more than 50 years. This is where they also raised their two daughters, Brenda and Kristi, both of whom are UW alumni.
In 1968, the Browns went into business for themselves and, over the span of the next 50 years, the C.H. Brown Co. has grown into a nationwide heavy equipment finance company.
In 2005, Chuck was appointed to the UW Board of Trustees and has served as its president. He is a former president and board member of the UW Alumni Association, received the College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, and received the UW Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. Chuck also has served as a member of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, Wyoming Transportation Commission and the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. Katie has been a member of the UW Libraries Development Board and is active with numerous other civic organizations.
Chuck and Katie are longtime members of the Cowboy Joe Club and have held Cowboy football season tickets for 50 years; they have attended over 500 games at home and on the road.
Those interested in participating in the parade must fill out an application and return it to the Alumni Office at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center by Friday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. Applications are available at www.uwyo.edu/homecoming.
The football game Saturday, Oct. 28, is against New Mexico, with the time yet to be determined. The Pepsi Pregame Zone (in the Indoor Practice Facility northeast of the stadium) opens three hours before kickoff.