LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming will welcome back students this week before fall semester classes start next week.

UW residence halls open to students on Thursday. Freshmen students living in the residence halls and their parents are invited to the Washakie Center's Welcome to Wyoming dinner Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m.
UW President Bob Sternberg will welcome freshmen on Thursday night in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium as part of the Summit Transitions Program. Sternberg also will host a free welcome barbecue next Monday evening in Fraternity Mall.

Students can listen to motivational speaker Anthony Robles, a one-legged NCAA wrestling champion for Arizona State, on Friday afternoon.

UW football coach Dave Christensen and basketball coach Larry Shyatt also be on hand to welcome students.