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‘The World Needs More Cowboys’ Celebration Oct. 27 in Douglas

October 19, 2020
Ed Seidel, Gerald Mattinson and Tim Painter

Students will learn more about the University of Wyoming, UW alumni will connect with their alma mater, and members of the public will find out more about UW’s presence in Converse County during a “The World Needs More Cowboys” celebration Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Douglas.

The event had been postponed in September following an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Converse County schools.

The public is invited to the rescheduled event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Douglas High School gymnasium. Free appetizers and beverages will be served. State guidelines to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission will be followed.

New UW President Ed Seidel will be in attendance and speak during a brief program at the celebration, highlighting the university’s efforts to boost entrepreneurism and the state’s economy, among other topics.

Gerald Mattinson, the head coach of UW’s women’s basketball team, will speak as well.

They’ll be joined by current UW students from Converse County -- Jake Dalman, Hailey Moss and Calee Notman -- who will discuss their experiences at the state’s university.

UW faculty members and admissions representatives will be on hand to answer questions and interact with attendees on topics including the Cowboy Commitment, UW’s new merit- and need-based financial aid offerings for Wyoming high school graduates. Free UW-branded giveaway items will be available, including T-shirts to the first 50 high school students.

Additionally, UW alumnus Tim Painter, director of bands at Douglas High School, will talk about how UW helped advance his career and prepare him for his role in the community -- and what it means to him to be a UW Cowboy. Painter is one of 24 UW alumni being featured in advertising in Wyoming newspapers and other media under the banner of “The World Needs More Cowboys -- and So Does Wyoming.”

The Douglas High School marching band is scheduled to perform as well.

The Converse County event is the 10th in a series of events planned around the state in counties where UW alumni featured in the advertising live and work. The series, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is resuming now that Gov. Mark Gordon has allowed outdoor public gatherings of up to 1,000 people and indoor gatherings of up to 250, with certain restrictions.

“It’s clear that our marketing tagline, ‘The World Needs More Cowboys,’ has connected virtually with people across Wyoming. These events are about making that connection even stronger through face-to-face interaction,” says Chad Baldwin, UW’s associate vice president for marketing and communications. “It’s a great opportunity for local students to learn more about their state’s university, for alumni to connect with their alma mater and one another, and for members of the community to meet UW’s new president along with coaches, faculty and students.”

Before the evening event, Seidel, UW astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky and the current UW students from Converse County are scheduled to speak to students at both Glenrock and Douglas high schools.

Seidel began service as the university’s 28th president July 1. Before coming to UW, he was the vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, building and supporting programs that engage university, public and private partners -- and strengthening the links among higher education, research and business to stimulate economic development across that state.

His long record of leadership experience includes more than three years as director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was among the original co-principal investigators for Blue Waters, a federally funded project that brought one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to Urbana-Champaign.

Previously, he was the senior vice president for research and innovation for the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before that, he directed the Office of Cyberinfrastructure and led the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences as National Science Foundation assistant director. He also led the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University and directed the numerical relativity group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Germany.

Seidel received his Ph.D. in relativistic astrophysics from Yale University, earned a master’s degree in physics at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the College of William and Mary.

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