Posts from January, 2012

Cascada de Flores to Perform at EWC

The Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents Cascada de Flores. This performance will take place on February 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington, Wyoming. 
Cascada de Flores’ hailed vocal duet is comprised of the voices of Arwen Lawrence and Sabra Weber, and reminiscent of the vocal hermanas (sisters) of yesteryear.  Guitarist Jorge Liceaga carries them with unique expertise, drawing from his mixed heritage of Bibriesca, syncopated Yucatecan bolero and the flamenco art tradition. What weaves the diversity together is the vocal magic of these “new” sisters, the poetic treatment of the Spanish language, the casual and touching storytelling and the use of traditional instruments, to recreate original contexts or create new ones.  These instruments include the tres cubano, flute, marimbol (a bass lamellaphone related to the African thumb piano), vihuela, guitarra de son and jaranas of Veracruz, donkey’s jaw bone and zapateado(percussive dance).  Cascada de Flores’ muses include the vocal duos of the traditional Trova, bohemia: the late Maria Teresa Vera and Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, Los Compadres, Las Hermanas Padilla, Las Mendoza, Las Fáez, Quique y Tomás, not to mention Toña La Negra

Cascada de Flores delights in creative collaborations, recording projects, community outreach activities and in-school programs and workshops.  Cascada de Flores’ eleven years of existence have seen triumphant performances in venues such as the Zócalo of Mexico City, La Tasca of Xalapa, Veracruz, the International Festival of Trova “Pepe Sanchez” in Santiago de Cuba and Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Center. The trio has toured the performing arts venues of the western and central United States receiving multiple standing ovations and excitement from all ages and cultures. The ensemble has thrived from collaborations with other artists and local organizations such as Larry Reed’s Shadowlight Theater, Roberto Borrell’s Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (for which Cascada arranged the score and accompanied live the 1917 Mexican silent film “Tepeyac”).   

Cascada de Flores also presents a bilingual music and dance program for children in schools, libraries and theaters. As roster artists with both Young Audiences of Northern California and Children’s Creative Project in Santa Barbara, they have performed in over 300 Western US schools, reaching over 90,000 students with their educational program.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the EWC Community Education office, or by calling 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323.

Registration now open for Heavy Equipment Operator course

Eastern Wyoming College will be offering a Heavy Equipment Operator course. This course will be a five week (200 hour) course using the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum and use Prov national assessments for students.
Successful students will receive a level one certification. The NCCER level one certification is a nationally recognized certification by the heavy equipment industry. Students will learn about and operate different pieces of heavy equipment. The course will cover core requirements, preventative maintenance, and safe operations of the equipment. Equipment used for this course include: scraper, dozer, backhoe/trackhoe, loader and excavator. 
This course will be held February 13 through March 16, Monday – Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Workforce training grants are available to students and employers.
For more information or to register please contact Jo Ellen Keigley, EWC Workforce Development office at 307.532.8366 or email at

EWC to host “The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia.”

Critically acclaimed author and field staff writer for National Geographic Mark Jenkins will present The Healing Fields on Thursday March 8th in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium at 7 p.m.  Mr. Jenkins spent a month in Cambodia – crossing minefields, interviewing victims, and searching for Miss Landmine Cambodia – to create this Photo-Illustrated presentation The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia.

Worldwide, there are tens of millions of landmines buried in over 80 countries. Unlike bullets, after a war ends, landmines are still alive, waiting to blow the legs of innocent farmers and shepherds. After 30 years of war, Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined countries on earth, but through progressive government programs and substantial foreign aid, it has become the world’s leader in demining and victim rehabilitation.

This presentation will be given in six forums around Wyoming.  The forums are free and open to the public. This presentation expands on Jenkins article, “The Healing Fields,” which appears in the January 2012 issue of National Geographic.

Prof. Jean Garrison, Director of International Studies at UW, notes:  “We are now in the 3rdyear of the successful International Studies partnership with Wyoming’s Community Colleges to promote significant discussion of a variety of international issues.  With Jenkins’ talk on demining efforts in Cambodia, we see a complex problem that required ingenuity and local-to-global cooperation to find a solution.  Through this and other presentations, we remain committed to bring the ‘World to Wyoming’.”

Mark Jenkins is a critically acclaimed author, a field staff writer for National Geographic and the writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming. Jenkins has published in over 50 national and international magazines and newspapers. He is the author of four books including A Man’s Life (Modern Times, 2007), The Hard Way (Simon and Schuster, 2002), To Timbuktu (Morrow, 1997), and Off The Map (Morrow, 1992). 
This presentation is free and open to the public. This lecture is sponsored by the UW International Studies Program, the UW Outreach School, and the UW Office of Academic Affairs as well as each partnering community college. For more information or questions, please contact Court Merrigan Learning Skills Lab Coordinator, at 307.532.8378 or e-mail at

Upcoming EWC classes in Guernsey

Are you interested in continuing your education? Here is a chance to take some college credit classes here in Guernsey! The following credit classes will be offered this semester through the EWC Outreach Center of Guernsey. These classes are open to anyone in the community. High school students wishing to take these classes for college credit should see Mrs. Heimbuck, EWC Outreach Coordinator for more information. Registration for these classes begins now by calling 307.836.2736 or in person at the EWC Outreach office at Guernsey-Sunrise High School, Room 10.

English I Composition-ENG 1010 – 3 credits

This class will cover instruction, reading, and writing practice in the fundamentals of composition, including essay assignments such as expository, argumentative, persuasive, comparison and contrast, analysis, and research papers. Prerequisite: ENGL 0640 with a grade of “C” or better or appropriate score on placement exam.

Instructor Jon Cobes

Tuition and fees: $261 plus books.

When: Wednesdays, beginning January 18, 2012 and ending May 2, 2012 6pm – 9pm

Where: Guernsey-Sunrise high School

American & Wyoming Government-POLS 1000- 3 credits

This is a fundamental introductory course which meets the requirements of the Wyoming statutes providing instruction in the provisions and principles of the constitutions of the United States and Wyoming. Students cannot earn credit for both Political Science 1000 and Political Science 1050. Prerequisites: Placement score of ENGL 0640 or better and no reading improvement required, or appropriate ACT score.

Instructor: Tim Newton

Tuition and fees: $261 plus books

When: Mondays, beginning January 16, 2012 and ending May 7, 2012 6pm – 9pm

Where: Guernsey-Sunrise high School

Ballroom, Country and Swing Dance class will start Sat., Jan. 21 and end Feb. 11.  Class will be held from 2-3:30 in the Multi-Purpose room.  This class is open for dancers of all ages and ability, both single and couples.  Cost is $40 per student.

Fundamentals of Food Safety will be held Jan. 23 and 25 from 6-8:00 pm.  Cost is $15.  This class is for anyone in the community serving food to the public.  Groups using the kitchens in our school are asked to have a representative receive this certification to serve fundraising meals.

Cent$ible Nutritionwill be offered on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 24 through March 13 from 10-11 am.  Class will be held at the United Presbyterian Church.  This class is free for those who are income eligible. 

Card Making Made Easywill be offered Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 7-8:30 pm.  Learn to rubber stamp beautiful greeting cards.  All materials are provided.  Please register by Friday, Jan. 27.  Cost is $30

Sign Language for Kids(Kindergarten thru 2nd grade) will start Tuesday, Jan. 10 and end on Thursday, Jan. 26.  Tabitha Anderson will be teaching simple signs, the manual alphabet, colors, and counting.  Class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Jan. 26 and the cost is $5.  Registration forms are available from the EWC Outreach/Comm. Ed. Office or from Mrs. Martin in the school office.

Preschool Story Time(3-5 years olds)  This offering will begin on Monday, Jan. 9 in the G-S Elementary Library at 10:30 am.  Cost is $10 for the 10 week session, which will end on March 19, 2012.  Join us for a fun time of stories, crafts and snack.

EWC Outreach office is excited to bring these classes to you as well as credit classes.  Please see the Spring 2012 brochure in your mailboxes soon for a full listing of offerings from Tri-City Parks and Recreation and the EWC Outreach and Community Ed. Programs or call the office at 307.836.2736 for more information.

EWC to Hold Community Appreciation Night

Eastern Wyoming College invites the community to attend a community appreciation night at the Lancer basketball games on Friday, January 13th.  There will be free admission and popcorn to all who attend.  The women’s game begins at 5:30 and the men’s game is at 7:30.  The Lancers will be playing Trinidad State Junior College.
For more information, please contact the College at 307.532.8200.