Wyoming Quarter Used in Coin Toss, BP America Gives $5 Million to UW

Sept. 8, 2007

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -

The bucking horse and rider symbol on the new Wyoming Quarter landed face-up in the grass after Gov. Dave Freudenthal flipped the coin into the air to decide the start of Saturday's football game between the University of Wyoming and Utah State.

Also on hand for the ceremonial coin toss were State Treasurer Joe Meyer, State Auditor Rita Meyer, Superintendent of Public Schools Jim McBride, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Milward Simpson and Oregon Trail Bank President Craig Kerrigan.

Not long after the coin toss, Freudenthal and UW President Tom Buchanan joined BP America Chairman and President Bob Malone on the field, where they accepted a gift of $5 million from the company that will help support the UW School of Energy Resources.

Joining Freudenthal and Buchanan in thanking the company for its generous gift was former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson.

The bucking horse and rider, a symbol of both the university and the state, is featured prominently on the new Wyoming Quarter which will be officially launched at the Cheyenne Civic Center at 10 a.m. on Sept. 14.

Wyoming native and NBC Correspondent Pete Williams will be the emcee for the event, which will feature remarks from Gov. Dave Freudenthal, United States Mint Director Edmund C. Moy and other state and local officials.

The University of Wyoming will be represented at the ceremony by the Western Thunder Marching Band, the UW cheerleaders and the Women's National Invitation Tournament Champion Cowgirl basketball team.

For more information about the events on Sept. 14, visit www.artsparkshistory.com or call 777-7437.