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    Connecting with Cowboy Connect at the University of Wyoming

    August 22, 2016


    Cowboy Connect is a series of fun filled and inspiring events designed to welcome students to the University of Wyoming. You will be able to meet your fellow students, take tours across campus, and even hear speeches from renowned individuals who have helped make the world a better place by simply thinking they could.

    While many of the events are mandatory, there are plenty of events to experience that are entirely optional. To help supplement your first big step, here are some events to keep an eye on and get excited about!



    Thursday, August 25th


    4 - 6:30PM Welcome to Wyoming Dinner - Washakie Dining Center

    Students living in the residence halls and their parents are invited to the Washakie Center’s Welcome to Wyoming Dinner. Feast on some of our region’s delicacies while learning about the many food options available on campus. $10 per parent and other guests including tax.


    8:30PM Cowboy Country Swing Dance – Washakie Green

    The University of Wyoming is famous for our Cowboy Country Swing Club because they hold the world record for largest swing dance. Swing dancing itself is very popular in Laramie and The Cowboy Saloon is the go to place to swing your stress away every Wednesday on their 18-and-up college night! If you don't know how to swing, come for the quick 8:30 lessons and be ready for the 9:00 free dance to strut your stuff!


    Friday, August 26th

    9PM Foam Dance Party – Washakie Green


    A Cowboy Connect staple, the foam party is a place of music, dancing and piles and piles of big foamy fun! Don't believe me? Just take a long look at the above picture to be conviced.


    Saturday, August 27th

    1PM Schedules and Snacks – Prexy’s Pasture

    If you are worried or stressed about finding your classes and navigating the University of Wyoming as a whole, then you'll want to come to this. Here, you will be led around to various classroom locations by an upper level student who will share helpful tips and tricks to you get to and from classes.

    If you need additional assistance, here is a helpful campus-wide map for your use.


    9PM 7220 Entertainment and Fraternity & Sorority Life Presents: Casino Night – Wyoming Union

    Brought to you by 7220 Entertainment and Fraternity & Sorority Life, Casino Night at the Union offers games such as poker, black jack, slots, and many more games for you to enjoy! Attendees start out with the same number of chips and, depending on Lady Luck, you will either end the night with a big win or end up losing it all. Your chips will be exchanged for raffle tickets that could win you a brand new HDTV, a bike, and a bunch more awesome prizes! To accompany the fun of the casino, there will also be Bingo, free food, non-alcoholic moncktails, music, and an open mic night!



    Sunday, August 28th

    8:30PM Movie in the Stadium brought to you by 7220 Entertainment, Residence Hall Association, and UW Athletics - War Memorial Stadium

    To celebrate the insallation of our new screen system, the hit movie "Captain America: Civil War" will be shown at War Memorial Stadium and you're invited! Bring your new friends, a blanket, a big bag of popcorn and enjoy the superhero throwdown! 



    Tuesday, August 30th

    5:30PM Mark Jenkins Earth, Wind and Water Series “Going To Extremes: Encounters with Earth, Wind & Water” - Arts and Sciences Auditorium

    "National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins has reported from the most remote regions on earth. In this presentation, Jenkins reveals through photography and stories his encounters with our planet’s fundamental elements: earth, wind, fire and water."

    Join him as he climbs Mt. Everest, fights fires with Alaskan smoke jumpers, and climbs down into the largest cave in the world. 



    Wednesday, August 31st

    11AM - 1PM RSO Club & Organization Fair – Prexy’s Pasture (rain location: Wyoming Union)

    Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are a great way for you to meet fellow students who share your interests and get involved in campus life! Representatives from our 250+ organizations will be in attendance looking to meet you and welcome you into their RSO family. Free food, games, and music will also be provided.


    5 - 7PM President's Welcome Back Picnic – Prexy’s Pasture (rain location: food will be served in Washakie, band will play in lower level of Wyoming Union)

    To end your week of cowboy connections and celebrate your first week of classes, join President Nichols and the rest of the UW community for leisure picnic on Prexy's Pasture featuring the live music of local band Gypsy Moon, more games and giveaways, and delicious food. All you need is your Student ID and an empty stomach.