‘The World Needs More Cowboys’ celebration set for Sept. 30 in Casper

Brittani Wert, Oil City

The University of Wyoming has announced that “The World Needs More Cowboys” celebration will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Casper.

The public is invited to the event from 5-7 pm at David Street Station in Casper. UW officials say that free appetizers and beverages will be served.

State guidelines to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission will be followed.

UW’s newest 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.

Jeff Linder, the head coach of UW’s men’s basketball team, is also scheduled to speak.

UW students from Casper including Kendra Brutsman, Mackenzie Chadderdon and Ben Radosevich are scheduled to discuss their experiences at the state’s university. Additionally, UW-Casper student Caitlyn Edwards and UW-Casper Dean Brent Pickett will offer a few remarks.

“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,” UW says. “Free UW-branded giveaway items will be available, including T-shirts to the first 50 high school students.”

Additionally, UW alumna Marci Bramlet, a partner in the law firm of Robinson Stelting Welch Bramlet LLC, will talk about how UW’s influence on her career and her role in the community. Bramlet 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 Natrona County event is the ninth in a series of events planned around the state in counties where UW alumni, featured in the ad campaign, 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,” a UW Statement said.

Before the evening event, Seidel, political science Professor Jean Garrison and the UW students from Casper are scheduled to speak to students at both Kelly Walsh and Natrona County high schools.

“These events are about making that connection even stronger through face-to-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.”

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.

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.