‘The World Needs More Cowboys’ celebration Oct. 9

Abram Pearce

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 Sublette

County during a “The World Needs More

Cowboys” celebration Friday, Oct. 9, in

Pinedale.

The public is invited to the event from

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pinedale Aquatic

Center. 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.

Scott Dahlberg, the head coach of UW’s

cross-country team, will speak as well.

They will be joined by current UW students

from Sublette County – McKenzi

Davison, of Big Piney, and Sabrina Gay,

of Pinedale – 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 Abram

Pearce, Pinedale’s director of public

works, 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. Pearce 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 Sublette County event is the ninth 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 faceto-

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, political

science Professor Jean Garrison and

the UW students from Sublette County are

scheduled to speak to students at both Big

Piney and Pinedale 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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