The University of Wyoming’s 2020 Homecoming schedule will have many virtual activities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a Friday University statement announced.
Homecoming is scheduled from Saturday, Oct. 10, to Saturday, Oct. 17.
“As UW leadership has continually monitored the current environment for the start of the fall semester, there is a consensus that in-person alumni Homecoming traditions could not be held with the integrity, quality and safety level as past celebrations,” says Keener Fry, UW Alumni Association (UWAA) executive director.
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Meanwhile, Homecoming activities for students will be determined individually following guidance from the university’s fall return plan.
“The current pandemic has necessitated a number of changes for the fall semester, and our Homecoming activities for alumni are no exception,” UW President Ed Seidel says. “Moving from in-person to virtual events was a mutual decision among departments of the university to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus on our campus. At the same time, we are excited about keeping Homecoming engagement alive virtually and actually increasing accessibility for all UW alumni and friends.”
The UWAA traditionally oversees Homecoming planning and activities in conjunction with campus partners.
The association will not hold two traditional in-person events: the Homecoming parade and the 50th Club Reunion.
The UWAA is working to conduct a virtual event for the reunion, which was set to celebrate the class of 1970. All alumni from that class will be invited back to campus to celebrate in fall 2021.
Details on other virtual Homecoming 2020 activities are reportedly being developed.
The Distinguished Alumni and Medallion Service Award recognitions also have been postponed until fall 2021.
The three Distinguished Alumni are David Burman, Nancy Freudenthal and Peter Sherman; the Medallion Service Award honoree is April Brimmer Kunz.
“Our Homecoming plans may have changed, but that hasn’t changed the pride and spirit of the University of Wyoming Cowboy community,” Fry says. “Our most important priority is doing everything we can to protect our students, faculty, staff and UW guests. We look forward to everyone continuing our Homecoming traditions with us — and to restoring in-person campus celebrations next fall.”
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If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.