October 2015

On behalf of the Cowboy Parents Council, we welcome you to the University of Wyoming!


The Cowboy Parents Council was founded in 1991 to recognize the essential role parents play in the success of their student.  The council provides a UW connection for parents and enables open communication for parent perspectives.  As a parent of a UW student, you are automatically a member of the University of Wyoming Parents & Family Association-Cowboy Parents!  We welcome and encourage your involvement! 

As a Cowboy Parents member, you are registered to receive the Wyoming Family e-newsletter to help keep you as parents informed about events happening around campus.  We encourage you to let other parents know about this wonderful publication as well. Full Letter




We invite you to take a look at the CareerParents online suite of tools.  These tools are designed to help with preparing your student for their future.  Career Parents is an online community for parents of college students that provides career videos, webinars, discussions, and resources that encourage them to require their son or daughter to take ownership of their careersthe minute they get on campus!  Please visit http://www.alumnicareerservices.org/uwyo to learn more and get involved!  Click on the parents tab in the top right!


Letter from President Richard C. McGinity


I am delighted that your son or daughter has chosen to attend the University of Wyoming. We want them to have a great experience during their time with us.
The new school year is off to a great start. We have enrolled the largest freshman class in our history, and the entire campus is a beehive of activity. Full Letter Here.

A message from the President Related to Halloween


This past Monday, President Richard C. McGinity sent the message below to all students at the University of Wyoming.  His positive message encourages students to make wise decisions this up-coming Halloween weekend and to look out for each other.  The President also promoted the special alcohol-free events that will be hosted throughout the week.  Please read the President’s message and consider talking with your student about their Halloween plans and the many safe and fun events available for them to enjoy!  Thank you for partnering with the University as we work to promote your students safety.  Sincerely, Sean Blackburn, Dean of Students. Read Letter Here.


Family Weekend


Each year, Family Weekend offers families an opportunity to share in the UW experience and spend time with their own special student. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members of currently enrolled UW students are invited to visit the UW campus for an event-packed weekend. This past year’s events included plenty of guided tours, Fan Friday with the University Store, specials with stores in Downtown Laramie, Tailgate Brunch and Cowboy Walk, Cowboys vs. New Mexico, Vedauwoo Hike, and the President’s Brunch!


We had a very successful, fun, eventful time during Family Weekend.  We encourage you to keep an eye out on the Cowboy Parents Website for updated information as we start the next school year!


Parent of the year 2015 was awarded to Richard Johnsen.  Shelby Johnsen nominated her father to win the award by writing a letter about him!  Pictured above from left to right, UW Alumni Association Executive Director Keener Fry, Cowboy Parents Council Chair Julie Stewart-Anderson, Richard Johnsen, Shelby Johnsen.

Student Transition Support through STEP


We are in the middle of the semester and your student is hitting the time of projects, papers and exams. The shininess may be gone and what is left are deadlines and academic pressure. STEP is here to assist students and to help them complete the semester with success! Read more!


UW Presidential Search Committee


October 6,2015- Based upon input received from a variety of stakeholders in recent listening sessions, the first committee involved in the search for a new University of Wyoming president has updated the position profile used in advertising the job.


Even as recruiting of candidates has been underway for several weeks, the revisions have been made in response to the input received from UW faculty, stuff, students and the public. 

“The changes reflect the desire of stakeholders and the committee to find a leader who’s able to craft a bold vision for the university’s future and pursue academic excellence in all disciplines,” says Jeff Marsh, the UW Board of Trustees member who chairs the first committee. “We also added language about other characteristics we’d like to see, including integrity, character, communication skills and an engaging personality.”

 For complete information about the presidential search, go to www.uwyo.edu/presidentsearch/.

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