As the beautiful Wyoming summer begins to wind down, the University of Wyoming and the city of Laramie prepare to welcome nearly 1,600 members of the class of 2020 from around the country and the world. Classrooms and labs are being prepped and the fall athletic programs are already midway through their respective camps. The campus comes alive again this time of year as new and returning students get settled in for the semester ahead. This also marks the time when your alumni association works hard to make the fall one of the best times for alumni to reconnect and engage with their alma mater.
One of our primary goals for 2016-2017 is to continue to grow our alumni networks in the state of Wyoming and around the country. Alumni networks are one of our key tools to bring UW to communities beyond Laramie. Networks and chapters allow the UWAA to leverage our outreach to alumni all over the globe. Through activities such as watch parties for sports events, Coffee with Cowboys, wine tasting events and communication from the university, an alumni network will reinvigorate the passion for the university in your area.
If you are a UW alumni and want to connect with other UW alumni by participating in a network, please take a few minutes to complete this interest form: http://wyoalumni.uwyo.edu/InterestForm. We have formalized this process so that we have accurate information and clear expectations of how we can support you in your participation in a network. We will connect you with one of our existing networks or work with you to start a new network if one is not already available in your area. Involvement with a network is a great experience–you help ignite the fire alumni have for UW and get to meet some of the best people in your community.
A key area in which alumni network interest is growing is within the energy sector. Currently, we have alumni in Laramie, Denver, Houston and Calgary assuming leadership and working to grow alumni energy networks throughout the country. I strongly encourage any alumni employed in the energy sector to get involved by completing the form above. College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Michael Pishko recently said this on the importance of alumni staying engaged with UW.
“Our alumni are a critical part of our university community and we need to stay engaged with them. Along with our dedicated faculty and staff, alumni play an integral role in the development of our graduates and contribute their unique industry perspective to help with our core mission of transforming students into innovative leaders.
On a personal note, there is nothing more satisfying to a professor than seeing a former student out in world unfolding all the wonderful things they were able to accomplish.”
To move this energy network initiative forward, Baillie Miller, Coordinator of Alumni & Government Relations for CEAS, has joined with the Alumni Association team. Her goal is to engage alumni from the energy industry to be advocates for prospective students to attend UW, connect alumni and graduating students with career opportunities and grow support for the energy related programs at UW. Feel free to contact her at Bmille42@uwyo.edu for more information.
I hope our paths will cross this fall at Homecoming in Laramie or at one of the many on and off-campus events at UW. See full list of events here: http://www.uwyo.edu/alumni/events
Never forget…It’s ALWAYS good to be a Cowboy!
UWAA Board President