Welcome to the University of Wyoming Alumni Association (UWAA) – your life-long connection to UW. Wyoming alumni share fond memories and a sense of pride in their education. UWAA's goal is to keep you interested in, informed about, and involved with your alma mater. We are here to reconnect you with old UW friends, and to help you make new UW memories and alumni friends. Our sponsored events and functions, both on campus and throughout the country, the Alumnews, our web presence, and social networking initiatives all serve to keep you involved with UW and fellow alumni.
UWAA is a non-profit alumni organization. The support of dues paying members worldwide allows us to serve alumni and our university. The association is governed by an elected board of directors and serves as the liaison between former students and the University of Wyoming.
Our mission is to foster a spirit of loyalty and fraternity among graduates and former students of the University of Wyoming and to promote the general welfare, development, achievement and honor of the University.
115 years and still going strong! UWAA was established March 26, 1895 with eight alumni in attendance. As stated in the bylaws, "The object of this association shall be the promotion of University interests and the affiliation of its graduates." We continue to fulfill this mission today and currently have over 13,000 active memberships.
The first alumni banquet was held on June 20, 1895; and it was at this event that, indirectly, the school colors were chosen. Funds were unavailable for decorations, so two banquet organizers (Dick Abrams and Rebecca Johnson) traveled to Laramie Springs to look for native flowers. They came back with a buggy full of brown-eyed susans, which were such a hit that brown and yellow were adopted as the school colors.
The first Homecoming was held in 1922, under the guidance of the Alumni Association and its president, Dr. S.H. Knight, BS '13. During Knight's presidency, the first alumni magazine also appeared. Volume one, number one, was distributed in February 1921. The Alumnews is now published 4 times a year and mailed to all members.