Posts from May, 2013

Smooth transition for EWC in Critical Area

Eastern Wyoming College has announced a change in the administrative position of Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services.  Bob Cox, the current VP, has announced that he has accepted the Chief Financial Officer position at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO. 
During his four year tenure at EWC, Mr. Cox played a key role in many strategic and infrastructure advancements at the College.  His accomplishments include serving a key role in the work to pass a sales tax initiative passed by the voters of Converse County last November to allow for the construction of a new building that will serve the students in Converse County.
He led efforts to improve campus energy efficiency including new windows, light fixtures, HVAC units, direct digital controls and an energy management system.   In addition, Mr. Cox was instrumental in the College’s completion of a comprehensive Master Facility Plan.  This plan will allow the College to move forward with new infrastructure and building projects in a progressive fashion.
Mr. Cox spearheaded efforts to advance a competitive compensation package, helping the College recruit and retain personnel and also led efforts to increase efficiency in bookstore operations.
“I feel we were able to make great headway in the last four years and wish all the best as the College moves forward with the Master Plan and focus on those programs that make Eastern……Eastern Wyoming College,” commented Mr. Cox.
The College also announced that previous Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Ron Laher will be returning to the College to replace Mr. Cox.
“Ron was the VP when I arrived at Eastern Wyoming College five years ago.  He always provided a sense of security regarding financial affairs.  He and our current VP, Bob Cox, knew each other for years and worked well together.  Bob has led several critical initiatives to refresh and renovate the campus.  His background with Wyoming higher education, the legislature, and financing skills will be missed,” shared EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.
“We have been fortunate at Eastern and wish Bob the best of luck at his new position in Colorado; we are fortunate that we will have a seamless transition with Ron.  It’s great to have him back on board.”
After Mr. Laher left the Torrington area in 2009, he became the Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.  There he was responsible for the oversight of all business activities within the department such as finance, human resources, federal and state grants administration, purchasing, and facilities management.
He later joined Rosemont College as the Controller.  At Rosemont he was responsible for supporting the Vice President for Finance and Administration.  Chief among his duties were the full responsibility of the general ledger, budgeting, and financial forecasting.  He also supervised the Office of Student Accounts/Bursar’s Office (which included accounts payable), General Office (switchboard reception and copying), Payroll Office, and Mailroom operations.  From October 2011 to February 2012 he was appointed and served at the Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Mr. Laher shared that he is looking forward to the challenging administrative position within higher education that capitalizes on his work experience and allows him to support his family in the Torrington area.
The transition from Mr. Cox to Mr. Laher will take place later in June.

EWC to hold Registration Events

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that three registration events will be held for at the main campus in Torrington on June 3, June 17 and July 19.  Students will meet with an advisor and register for the Fall 2013 semester.

Students will have the opportunity to begin with COMPASS placement exams, if needed.  This placement exam is used to ensure placement into the appropriate English, reading and math courses.  This is a fee of $15 for these computer-based exams.  Students should bring a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test.

Parents are invited to attend a program called “You and Your Student” while the students are testing.  Advisors will be available following the testing to assist students in registering for classes.  Lunch will be provided for students and their families from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Financial Aid staff will be available to assist students with the financial aid process and preparing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are encouraged to sign up early for the pre-registration sessions.  To sign up, register online or call Deb Doren at 307.532.8230

Registration for the Summer 2013 session is also currently open.  A complete schedule is available online at ewc.wy.edu.

EWC Golfers Complete Season with 2nd place regional finish

The Eastern Wyoming College golf team finished the regular season with a second place regional finish.  The team score of 607 was the best team score for the Lancers during their spring season.
Individual placing for the Lancers at the Regional Tournament were as follows:
                Cayl Carpenter, sophomore, Casper, WY – 5th place
                Brandon Rideout, freshman, Wamsutter, WY – 6th place
                Wacey Lym, sophomore, Evanston, WY – 8th place
                Garrett Mortimer, freshman, Erie, CO – 10th place
All Region Performers were Lym (7th) and Carpenter (8th).  Both were also All-Region Academic players and are candidates for Academic All-American awards.

EWC Students donate to backpack program

Photo caption: Back row left to right: Ellen Creagar, Debbie Ochsner, Joseph Onetto

                              Middle Row left to right: Teal Deen and Kailee Duryea

Front row left to right: holding the check Abby Moore, Olivia Sanchez, Chelsea Olson, Jill Lingbloom. From Torrington Middle School, Marilyn Cotant and Marv Haiman

EWC Student Senate, Gay-Straight Alliance and the Vet Tech clubs teamed up to donate $1,650 to the GCSD#1 Backpack Food Program which provides weekend food for students who are reliant on the school lunch program.  EWC students from these organizations are regular volunteers packing the backpacks and unloading the food deliveries at Torrington Middle School. 
After being alerted of the program’s funding needs, EWC students made this cause a priority.  According to TMS’s Marilyn Cotant, “This donation certainly provides security to the Backpack Program, and gives us the means to complete this school year, provide a summer version of the program and serve public school students into the Fall of 2013.  These students demonstrate the importance of giving and volunteerism and for that we are so very grateful.” 

EWC Students donate to backpack program

Photo caption: Back row left to right: Ellen Creagar, Debbie Ochsner, Joseph Onetto
Middle Row left to right: Teal Deen and Kailee Duryea
Front row left to right: holding the check Abby Moore, Olivia Sanchez, Chelsea Olson, Jill Lingbloom.
From Torrington Middle School, Marilyn Cotant and Marv Haiman

EWC Student Senate, Gay-Straight Alliance and the Vet Tech clubs teamed up to donate $1,650 to the GCSD#1 Backpack Food Program which provides weekend food for students who are reliant on the school lunch program.  EWC students from these organizations are regular volunteers packing the backpacks and unloading the food deliveries at Torrington Middle School.

After being alerted of the program’s funding needs, EWC students made this cause a priority.  According to TMS’s Marilyn Cotant, “This donation certainly provides security to the Backpack Program, and gives us the means to complete this school year, provide a summer version of the program and serve public school students into the Fall of 2013.  These students demonstrate the importance of giving and volunteerism and for that we are so very grateful.”

Registration Event for Goshen County Graduates, May 21st

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that a registration event will be held for Goshen County graduates on May 21, 2013 at the main campus in Torrington.  Students will meet with an advisor and register for the Fall 2013 semester.
Students will have the opportunity to begin with COMPASS placement exams, if needed.  This placement exam is used to ensure placement into the appropriate English, reading and math courses.  This is a fee of $15 for these computer-based exams.  Students should bring a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test.
Parents are invited to attend a program called “You and Your Student” while the students are testing.  Advisors will be available following the testing to assist students in registering for classes.  Lunch will be provided for students and their families from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Financial Aid staff will be available to assist students with the financial aid process and preparing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students are encouraged to sign up early for the pre-registration session.  To sign up, call Deb Doren at 307.532.8230 or visit the EWC website at ewc.wy.edu to sign up online.
Registration for the Summer 2013 session is also currently open.  A complete schedule is available online at ewc.wy.edu.

Registration Event for Goshen County Graduates, May 21st

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that a registration event will be held for Goshen County graduates on May 21, 2013 at the main campus in Torrington.  Students will meet with an advisor and register for the Fall 2013 semester.

Students will have the opportunity to begin with COMPASS placement exams, if needed.  This placement exam is used to ensure placement into the appropriate English, reading and math courses.  This is a fee of $15 for these computer-based exams.  Students should bring a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test.

Parents are invited to attend a program called “You and Your Student” while the students are testing.  Advisors will be available following the testing to assist students in registering for classes.  Lunch will be provided for students and their families from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Financial Aid staff will be available to assist students with the financial aid process and preparing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are encouraged to sign up early for the pre-registration session.  To sign up, call Deb Doren at 307.532.8230 or visit the EWC website at ewc.wy.edu to sign up online.

Registration for the Summer 2013 session is also currently open.  A complete schedule is available online at ewc.wy.edu.

EWC Men’s Rodeo Team wins regional title


Photo caption:  2013 CNFR Qualifiers (l to r):  Dustin Dailey, Derek Weinreis, Coach Jake Clark, Troy Wilcox, Cotey Hansen and Levi O’Keefe.
The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Men’s Rodeo Team was crowned the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) Champion Men’s Team this past weekend.  This position earns the team six positions at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

“I could tell early on this team was special,” Jake Clark, EWC Rodeo Coach, said.  “I knew it would be a great year, but to end up on top in this region is a great accomplishment.”
“There are some tough teams in this region,” He continued.  “I am really proud of this group and how hard they have worked.”

Troy Wilcox, of Red Owl, South Dakota, won the Men’s All-Around Champion.  Wilcox will compete in the team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping at the CNFR.  
“Troy returned to school this year because he had some business to finish and he did,” Clark said.  “He has been an outstanding team leader and competitor throughout his college career.”
Team roping partners Derek Weinreis, of Beach, North Dakota, and Levi O’Keefe, of Mohall, North Dakota, won the region in the team roping.  Weinreis is the regional champion team roping header and O’Keefe is the regional champion team roping heeler.  This is Weinreis and O’Keefe’s second consecutive qualification to the CNFR.
“These guys have been so consistent since the beginning of the season,” Clark said.  “They had one of the best years a team roping team could have.” 
Wilcox teamed up with freshman Cotey Hanson, of Berthold, North Dakota, to win the reserve champion team roping title.  Wilcox is the CRMR Reserve Champion Header and Hanson is the CRMR Reserve Champion Heeler.  
“Cotey teamed up with Troy this year and it has been a great match,” Clark said.  “Cotey had an outstanding rookie season.  I’m very pleased with his performance in his freshman year.”

Rounding out the EWC team competing at the CNFR is Dustin Dailey, of Long Pine, Nebraska.  “Dustin had a great year in the steer wrestling as a freshman and I’m glad to see him earn a national qualification,” Clark said.

The EWC Rodeo Team earned additional honors during the regional awards ceremony.  The Lancer Rodeo 2013 was voted as the “Rodeo of the Year” for the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR).  “Our goal is to produce a great rodeo for the fans to watch and a great rodeo that provides each contestant the best chance in their event,” Clark said.  “We appreciate the support of the college, the community, and families each year.”
EWC Rodeo Coach Jake Clark was also named the 2012-13 “CRMR Coach of the Year.”  “It is an honor to be voted by your peers for this award,” Clark said.  “I give a lot of the credit to my team who has worked so hard this year and have been an outstanding group to coach.”  

The 2012-13 Central Rocky Mountain Region college rodeo season concluded with the University of Wyoming college rodeo May 3-5 in Laramie.  The 2013 CNFR will be June 9-15 in Casper, Wyo.

Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in the CNFR in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.  Visit www.cnfr.com for schedules and ticket information.

“The CNFR is a great show,” Clark concluded.  “We are fortunate to have this event here in Wyoming.  I encourage folks to consider coming to Casper in June to support EWC’s student athletes.”

EWC Men’s Rodeo Team wins regional title

Photo caption:  2013 CNFR Qualifiers (l to r):  Dustin Dailey, Derek Weinreis, Coach Jake Clark, Troy Wilcox, Cotey Hansen and Levi O’Keefe.

The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Men’s Rodeo Team was crowned the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) Champion Men’s Team this past weekend.  This position earns the team six positions at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

“I could tell early on this team was special,” Jake Clark, EWC Rodeo Coach, said.  “I knew it would be a great year, but to end up on top in this region is a great accomplishment.

“There are some tough teams in this region,” He continued.  “I am really proud of this group and how hard they have worked.”

Troy Wilcox, of Red Owl, South Dakota, won the Men’s All-Around Champion.  Wilcox will compete in the team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping at the CNFR.

“Troy returned to school this year because he had some business to finish and he did,” Clark said.  “He has been an outstanding team leader and competitor throughout his college career.”

Team roping partners Derek Weinreis, of Beach, North Dakota, and Levi O’Keefe, of Mohall, North Dakota, won the region in the team roping.  Weinreis is the regional champion team roping header and O’Keefe is the regional champion team roping heeler.  This is Weinreis and O’Keefe’s second consecutive qualification to the CNFR.

“These guys have been so consistent since the beginning of the season,” Clark said.  “They had one of the best years a team roping team could have.”

Wilcox teamed up with freshman Cotey Hanson, of Berthold, North Dakota, to win the reserve champion team roping title.  Wilcox is the CRMR Reserve Champion Header and Hanson is the CRMR Reserve Champion Heeler.

“Cotey teamed up with Troy this year and it has been a great match,” Clark said.  “Cotey had an outstanding rookie season.  I’m very pleased with his performance in his freshman year.”

Rounding out the EWC team competing at the CNFR is Dustin Dailey, of Long Pine, Nebraska.  “Dustin had a great year in the steer wrestling as a freshman and I’m glad to see him earn a national qualification,” Clark said.

The EWC Rodeo Team earned additional honors during the regional awards ceremony.  The Lancer Rodeo 2013 was voted as the “Rodeo of the Year” for the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR).  “Our goal is to produce a great rodeo for the fans to watch and a great rodeo that provides each contestant the best chance in their event,” Clark said.  “We appreciate the support of the college, the community, and families each year.”

EWC Rodeo Coach Jake Clark was also named the 2012-13 “CRMR Coach of the Year.”  “It is an honor to be voted by your peers for this award,” Clark said.  “I give a lot of the credit to my team who has worked so hard this year and have been an outstanding group to coach.”

The 2012-13 Central Rocky Mountain Region college rodeo season concluded with the University of Wyoming college rodeo May 3-5 in Laramie.  The 2013 CNFR will be June 9-15 in Casper, Wyo.

Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in the CNFR in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.  Visit www.cnfr.com for schedules and ticket information.

“The CNFR is a great show,” Clark concluded.  “We are fortunate to have this event here in Wyoming.  I encourage folks to consider coming to Casper in June to support EWC’s student athletes.”

EWC to hold 64th commencement May 10th at 7pm

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that the 64th annual commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium.
Commencement activities will begin with a barbecue for graduates and their families in the Student Center at 4:30 pm on Friday, May 10th.  The commencement ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm with a processional provided by Janet Howard, Pianist.  Mrs. Cheryl Raboin, Mathematics Instructor, will serve as the Director of Ceremonies.  The National Anthem will be sung by EWC Student Molly Bloodgood.
Dr. Tom Armstrong, President, will then provide a welcome and introduce special guests.   Ms. Olivia Sanchez, EWC Student Senate President, will provide a welcome on behalf of the students.
The keynote speaker will be Major General Ed Wright.  He was appointed by former Governor Dave Freudenthal in 2003 as Wyoming’s adjutant general.  He served in this capacity for nearly eight years and retired in 2011.  During his 37 years of service in the Wyoming military, he indicated that working with soldiers, airmen, families, employers and veterans was the most gratifying experience of his career.  Among his many accomplishments is the creation of the Wyoming Youth Challenge Program located in Guernsey.  This program benefits 16-18 year old students who have dropped out of high school and then are given another opportunity to complete a program of study which includes a residential experience emphasizing healthy choices and preparation for GED or high school completion.
Eastern Wyoming College Foundation President, Patrick Korell will then present the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning, will present the candidates for graduation.  Following will be the presentation of certificates and degrees by George Nash, President of the EWC Board of Trustees.    Closing remarks will be spoken by Raboin.
A ceremony will be held to honor the GED graduates on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm in Tebbet rooms 131-132.
For more information on the Commencement Ceremony, please call the College at 307.532.8200.