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Free wi-fi at 3 spots in county for UWR00;students during crisis

Apr 12, 2020 From staff reports

University of Wyoming students facing internet difficulties to access online courses can utilize Wi-Fi in parking lots of UW Extension offices across the state.

Parking lot Wi-Fi is being offered in 12 counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

In Fremont County, the access points are:

Lander -- 130 Eugene Street.

Riverton -- 814 S. Federal Blvd.

Reservation -- Frank Wise Building, 3 Ethete Road.

A password is required at the Riverton and Lander sites. No password is required at the Ethete access site.

The password contact person in Fremont County is Alex Malcolm, online at amalcolm@uwyo.edu, and by 307-332-2363 (Lander) and 307-857-3654 (Riverton)

Although no password is required at the Ethete site, the local contact person there is Amanda Hitshew-Small, online at ahitshew@uwyo.edu, and by phone at 307-332-2135.

Extension director Kelly Crane said Wi-Fi access in parking areas often is provided through cooperative agreements with county commissioners.

UW closed its Laramie campus to the public in mid-March following spring break and required all courses be offered online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Our students with limited connectivity are mostly able to access e-mail, but not videos, both synchronous and asynchronous (recorded)," said Warrie Means, associate dean and director of the Office of Academic and Student Programs in the College of Agri-culture and Natural Resources. "Of course, some have limited or no cellular service."

Other Wi-Fi and contact information is available online by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the "UW Extension Parking Lot Wi-Fi Availability" link under "UW Extension during COVID-19."

This access to UW Extension facilities is restricted due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, and students will not be able to access extension offices or other facilities.

"If students have questions or require a password for Wi-Fi access, they are encouraged to call the respective county extension office, or e-mail the UW Extension county coordinator listed," said Crane. "UW Extension is happy to support our students. We expect students to practice social distancing by staying in their respective vehicles."

For specific information on how COVID 19 is affecting UW and for resources for students, staff and faculty, see www.uwyo.edu/shser/corona-virus.html.

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