EWC Foundation has announced that the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Deborah L. Vosler
April 20, 2007
TORRINGTON, WY - Vosler, a graduate of Cheyenne East High School, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Eastern Wyoming College in 1977. After her two years at EWC, she transferred to Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She then went on to obtain a Master of Education at South Western Oklahoma State University. Deb has been a secondary science teacher for 28 years, the first 21 at Cheyenne East High School, and since 2000, at Dover-Eyota High School in Eyota, Minnesota. She has also been the head volleyball coach for the past six years.
EWC's Verl Petsch, Vosler's volleyball coach while at Eastern Wyoming College nominated her for the EWC Distinguished Alumni Award, and had this to say about her accomplishments. "Deb is an over achiever! If you were evaluating her based on physical appearance, one would never believe her athletic ability. Hard work, dedication to detail, and efficiency has always been her trademark. This type of attitude has allowed Deb to take advantage of every possible opportunity. Deb was a Dean's Honor Roll student while playing volleyball and being a manager for EWC's women's basketball team. During her two seasons as a member of our varsity volleyball team we posted a record of 56 wins and 15 losses."
Following her years at EWC, Vosler continued her college volleyball career at Cameron University for two more years. During her tenure at Cameron, Vosler suffered debilitating and long-lasting knee injuries that finally resulted in the amputation of her right leg. This tragedy, however, opened a door for Deb that was completely unexpected - an invitation to play on the 2004 U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team. The team won the Para Pan American games qualifying them for the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece where they won the bronze medal.
In addition to her Paralympics bronze medal, Vosler's tenacity and dedication to education have earned her many other awards. Induction into the Cheyenne East High School Hall of Fame, Cheyenne East High Distinguished Alumni Award, All Conference Volleyball team while at EWC, Distinguished Young Leadership Award, Community Young Leaders in America Award, National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Education, Wyoming Teachers Association Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher, Who's Who Among American Teachers in 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2004, are just some of the honors resulting from Vosler's long list of accomplishments. She is also a member of several professional associations and is active in her church and community.
"It is indeed a great honor and privilege to be selected for the "Distinguished EWC Alumna" for 2007, especially from the esteemed institution that helped form my thinking and that I highly respect. I am grateful and feel especially humble to be selected after looking at the 17 year history of the award. Little did I know in 1977 that I would convert wholeheartedly to the life of a public school teacher completely embracing "the learning life." My thanks go to all those who taught me, inspired me, debated me, and listened to me while I attended EWC. I am who I am today, because of the values you helped instill some thirty years ago," says Vosler.