Eastern Wyoming College Nominees for the Wyoming Community College Conference
January 25, 2006
TORRINGTON, WY - Eastern Wyoming College is the proud host of the 2006 Wyoming Community College Conference sponsored by the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees. EWC would like to announce the recognition of the people that were nominated by their peers for the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees Awards. The nominations from EWC are Roxanne Steben, "Student of the Year", Verl Petsch, "Employee of the Year", and Kathryn Kelly, "Board of Trustees or Foundation Board Volunteer of the Year".
Steben is an exemplary student, employee and community member. She has far exceeded the standard of satisfactory grades by attaining a 3.63 cumulative GPA. Steben has actively and successfully participated in the following major activities including; EWC Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, Daniel's Fund Seminars, and Skills USA. Her community related activities include; participation as a Goshen County 4-H Volunteer, State of Wyoming Athletic Association Volleyball/Basketball Referee, First United Presbyterian Church Member and Nursery Supervisor, First State Bank Teller, and Goshen County Strengthening Families Facilitator Aide.
Petsch is a long-term employee who has forged the look of athletics and physical education at EWC for the past 35 years. In 1998, Coach Petsch was inducted into the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2002, the college named the activity center building the Verl Petsch Jr. Activity Center in honor of his contributions to the college. Petsch has been our head volleyball coach for the last 32 years. He has taught numerous health and physical education classes. In addition to his teaching and coaching duties, he serves as our athletic director and helps coordinate basketball, rodeo, golf, cheerleading, and intramurals.
Kelly has been involved in education in Wyoming since 1960. She began her career as an English teacher at Torrington High School, and ended her public school career as a member of the Goshen County District Board of Trustees. Her devotion to education continued as she successfully ran for the EWC Board of Trustees in 1994. After one term as a trustee, she became a member of the EWC Foundation Board. She is a very active member of the Foundation and recently proved to be a tireless volunteer in EWC's major gifts campaign. She's hosted events at her home to create awareness about EWC and the fundraising campaign. Of course, she is also a EWC donor. In addition to her activities at EWC, she is extremely active in the community. Kelly recently authored and published a biography of a Goshen County woman entitled, Frances Helen Fisher, The Girl from Chestnut Valley, Goshen County, Wyoming.
Nominees and winners will be recognized in a special presentation during the Awards Luncheon, and winners will be introduced at the Legislative Reception held at the Wyoming Community College Conference in Cheyenne, WY on February 27th, 2006.