Posts from April, 2012

Eastern Wyoming College students participate in Wyoming Model United Nations

From L to R: Alice Hovis, Dawn Mickle, Klinton Cahoy, Ben Nelson, Anne Hilton, Natawsha Mitchell
Not pictured – Jessica Nyhus
EWC students traveled to the University of Wyoming April 20-21 to participate in the first annual Wyoming Model United Nations. The theme was “Sustainable Development and Fostering Security in a Complex World.” The students acted as diplomats from various nations in simulations that encouraged critical engagement with world issues. Prior to the conference, EWC students researched and submitted position papers on an assigned country and then represented those countries in Laramie, engaging in diplomacy, negotiations, and resolution writing with the framework of a Model United Nations.

Participants from EWC included Alice Hovis, who represented Nigeria on the Security Council where she discussed the responsibility to protect and Security Council membership reform. Students serving on the General Assembly First Committee included Klinton Cahoy, representing South Africa, Ben Nelson, representing Egypt, Jessica Nyhus, representing Nigeria, and Dawn Mickle, representing Myanmar. These students focused on disarmament, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorist threats, along with Palestinian statehood. Mickle’s experience in the General Assembly helped her and other students understand “how the United Nations works and how hard it is to get resolutions passed.” EWC’s representative on the Human Rights Council was Natawsha Mitchell, representing Nigeria, who deliberated on human rights and combating human trafficking, in what she called an “extremely engaging and eye-opening experience.” 

The simulations challenged students from around the state to respond to these issues. EWC student Ben Nelson said, “The Wyoming Model United Nations provided me with the opportunity to work towards solving very complex global issues.” As a result, students were challenged to view these issues from outside an American framework, which, according to Hovis, “built my confidence as a member of the world and as a person.” 

During the closing ceremonies, the EWC delegation received three awards. Hovis was recognized with an award for Outstanding Country Position Paper (Honorable Mention). Mitchell also took home an award for Outstanding Country Position Paper (Honorable Mention). Finally, Nelson was recognized for his contributions in the General Assembly with an Outstanding Delegate (Honorable Mention) award.

EWC students participated in the Model UN as part of Non-Western Political Cultures taught by Anne Hilton. Hilton and Court Merrigan developed the course as part of a statewide International Studies Consortium funded by a Title VI grant through the University of Wyoming. According to Hilton, “The students represented EWC admirably. They showed what hard work and dedication can accomplish. I am extremely proud of this group.” Merrigan added, “EWC students are moving into an increasingly global world and it is great to see them engaging with international issues in such a significant, thoughtful way.”

EWC to host Dr. Seth Ward, May 2nd @ noon

Eastern Wyoming College and The Wyoming Council for the Humanities are proud to host Dr. Seth Ward’s Presentation:  The Most Important Sacrament of Daily Life:  Foodways, Faith, Fellowship and Identity.  This presentation will be held on May 2nd at 12:00 noon in Tebbet room 131.

In churches around the country, congregants agree that “coffee and cookies” are part of the religious tradition. Dr. Ward will discuss this and other ideas about food and its relationship to religious identity, including food practices of different religions and holiday food traditions.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will illustrate the profound and surprising connections between the moral and spiritual foundation of Judeo-Christian civilization and daily modern life.  
Dr. Ward has been teaching at the University of Wyoming since January 2003, where he teaches Islam and Middle East. Previously, Ward directed the University of Denver’s Institute for Islamic-Judaic Studies for ten years, and Professor Ward continues to be a Research Associate of the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  Ward received his academic degrees from Yale University, with additional studies at Hebrew University and at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His teaching has included courses on Islam, Middle East, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, Encounters between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Women in Judaism as well as Arabic and Hebrew language.  

For more information please contact Donna White at 307.532.8323 or

EWC to host Spring Concert May 3rd, 7pm

Eastern Wyoming College will present the Spring 2012 Music Concert on Thursday, May 3, at 7:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium.  This concert is free and open to the public.
The EWC Collegiate Chorale and the EWC Community Choir is directed by Michael DeMers. Janet Howard will accompany both groups together on stage as they present an American themed concert to kick off a wonderful summer in the American tradition.  
For more information, please contact the college at 307.532.8200.

Audrey Cotherman to give talk on Public Education and Citizenship, April 24th

Eastern Wyoming College will sponsor “The Role of Public Education in Developing Citizenship,” a free presentation by Audrey Cotherman on Tuesday, April 24 in Tebbet 131/132.  Cotherman will trace the history of public education in the United States, from its early purpose of developing citizens to the present day emphasis on preparing workers.
Audrey Cotherman was the founding director of the Wyoming Humanities Council and has held posts in the U.S. Department of Education and the Wyoming Department of Education. She is chairwoman of the Natrona County School Board of Trustees.
“The Role of Public Education in Developing Citizenship” is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council as part of its Humanities Forum.
The Wyoming Humanities Council provides public humanities-based programs in partnership with local organizations and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Gering HS standout signs with EWC Women’s basketball

Eastern Wyoming College women’s basketball coach Tom Andersen has announced that 6-foot 2 post  Bryana Larsen, of Gering has signed a NJCAA national letter of intent.
Larsen was one of the all time leaders in rebounding at Gering with 427 career rebounds and finished her senior season with 199 rebounds. 

“We are very excited to have Bryana join our program.  One of our weaknesses last season was rebounding, Bryana is a proven rebounder and I believe she will definitely strengthen that area for us.    Bryana brings great potential to our team and I feel her best basketball is in her future.  She has the athletic ability, desire, and heart to become a very good collegiate player.”

EWC to host Business After Hours, April 24th 5-7pm

Eastern Wyoming College in celebration of Community College month will be hosting Business After Hours on April 24, 2012 from 5 pm to 7 pm beginning in the Fine Arts Lobby. Guest will then have the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled areas of the college.
At 7 pm in Tebbet rooms 131 and 132 Wyoming Humanities Council speaker Audrey Cotherman, will present The Role of Public Education In Developing Citizenship. Ms Cotherman traces the history of public education in the United States and focuses on changes from its early purpose of developing citizens in a self-governing society to the present-day emphasis on preparing workers.
Audrey Cotherman was the founding director of the Wyoming Humanities Council and has held posts in the U.S. Department of Education and the Wyoming Department of Education. She is chairwoman of the Natrona County School Board of Trustees.
For more information please contact the college at 307.532.8200.

Rodeo team continues quest for college national finals qualifications

With just two rodeo’s left in the Central Rocky Mountain region the EWC men’s team is in 4th place with 2,805 points and the women have 786.66 points for 7th place.EWC was in second place after the Colorado State rodeo but slipped after the home rodeo last weekend in Torrington. 
In bull riding, Jordan McAllister, from Gering, NE placed 1stat the CSU rodeo and 4th at the EWC rodeo. Jordan is also 3rdin the NIRA bull riding standings for the Central Rocky Mountain region. At the EWC Rodeo Troy Wilcox, Red Owl, SD placed 4th in tie down roping and 7th in steer wrestling to capture 5th in the men’s all-around, he is 5th in the standings and 5th in the men’s all-around. Trey Fortune, Milesville, SD and Lane Hall, Winner, SD  finished fifth and sixth respectively in saddle bronc riding and Lane is 7th in the standings.
 Tie-Down roping standings for the region have Riley Pruitt, Gering NE at 2nd and Troy Wilcox at 5th.
Team Roper standings have Derek Weinreis, Sentinel Butte, ND and Levi O’Keefe, Mohall, ND are sitting at 2nd place. Headers Troy Wilcox is in 7th place, Trae Seebaum, Douglas, WY in 9th. Heelers are Tee Hale, White Owl, SD in 6th and Trae Kautzman, Kindred, ND in 8th.
For the women’s team at the home rodeo, Shelby Winchell, Gering NE finished third in goat tying with a run of 15.5 seconds and is in 4thplace in the standings as of April 9, 2012.
“Our students continue to shine each weekend. They are motivated and are working hard. The next two rodeos will be exciting to watch” said coach Jake Clark.

EWC student awarded internship with U.S. Senator Barrasso

While completing a homework assignment for an American and Wyoming Government class, Eastern Wyoming College sophomore Ben Nelson, Torrington, noticed a student section on the web page for Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso.  After reviewing the section he then found an application for an internship.  “I thought to myself that this would be a great opportunity to learn, get more involved in current events and gain experience.”
Nelson shared his interest with instructor Ellen Creagar.  “She encouraged me to apply and I did.  It all happened really fast,” shared Nelson.  The application required three personal essays, two letters of recommendation and a resume.  “Mrs. Creagar and Mrs. (Annie) Hilton helped me with my essays and proofread my application.”  Nelson had recently attended a Resume Workshop conducted by instructor John Hansen so he was all set on that aspect.  Nelson faxed in all required materials on March 9th.  He was interviewed on the phone on March 26th, and offered the internship on April 10th.
The internship is in Senator Barrasso’s Washington, DC office and begins on May 14th.  “I expect to gain real work experience in an area I am deeply interested in – public policy and law.  I hope I can use this as a springboard for further education and, eventually, a career,” added Nelson.
One of Nelson’s instructors, Ellen Creagar shared the following about Nelson’s internship.  “Ben is a bright, curious, open-minded and very delightful young man.  He is a model student in terms of in-class leadership and work ethic; he possesses a sense of perspective, humor and maturity which are so refreshing.  As much as I will miss him at EWC, I am very excited for Ben to have this opportunity – our loss is Senator Barrasso’s gain!”
EWC Instructor Annie Hilton also helped Nelson with his application packet and added the following, “Ben’s academic abilities, combined with his strong sense of community, his interest in international issues, and his personal character make him a fantastic addition to the office of Senator Barrasso. Ben is very deserving of this opportunity. I am confident he will excel in this capacity.”

According to Senator Barrasso’s website, “The program provides Wyoming’s youth with a unique opportunity to view firsthand how our government operates. The history of Congressional Internships runs deep on Capitol Hill, and the program is an integral part of my Senate office. Young people from throughout Wyoming apply each year so that they may have the unique experience of witnessing our world’s greatest democracy in action.”

The internship program in Senator Barasso’s office consists of two four-month sessions in the Spring and Fall, and one three month session in the Summer.

In both Wyoming and D.C., interns will participate in a wide array of activities ranging from constituent relations to legislative research. In addition, interns are encouraged to enjoy the many other activities and events the area has to offer.

Applicants are generally college students, 21 years of age and older, from the State of Wyoming. Each intern is given a monthly stipend to help with living expenses.  The Summer 2012 Intern session begins in May and lasts until August 10th.

College hosts presentation on Child Soldiers on April 19th

Eastern Wyoming College will host an evocative presentation highlighting the abuses and suffering of child soldiers on April 19th at 12 noon and 7 pm in Tebbet rooms 131 and 132.

Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of children are recruited or abducted into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia and a variety of other armed groups. They are abducted at school, on the streets or at home. Others enlist “voluntarily”, usually because they see few alternatives.

Such children are robbed of their childhood and exposed to terrible dangers and to psychological and physical suffering. They are placed in combat situations, used as spies, messengers, porters, servants or to lay or clear landmines. Girls in particular are at risk of rape and sexual abuse.

The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or “wives” for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians–often with blunt weapons.Joseph Kony is the world’s worst war criminal. In 1987 he took over leadership of an existing rebel group and renamed it the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or “wives” for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians–often with blunt weapons.

Joseph Kony is the world’s worst war criminal. In 1987 he took over leadership of an existing rebel group and renamed it the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or “wives” for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians.

This presentation will be lead by students enrolled in instructor John Hansen’s Theatre Course. “My students have done the research and wanted to do something to raise awareness. They have worked hard preparing” said Hansen.

Child Soldiers  . . . a voice for the voiceless is brought to you and presented by the students and faculty at Eastern Wyoming College and is free and open to the public. For more information contact John Hansen at 307.532.8367 or

EWC Debate Team finds success at National Tournament

Competing in novice parliamentary debate, Courtney Bustillos, Torrington, WY paired with Central Wyoming College student Katie Brooks to become the first Lancer debater to advance to the elimination rounds of a national tournament at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Overland Park, KS on March 15-18th. The pair finished the first two days of preliminary competition as the 8th seeded team out of a field of 37. After advancing to the “Sweet 16” of the national tournament, the team fell to Cal State-San Bernardino on Saturday the 17th.
The team coached by EWC communications instructor John Hansen and webmaster Ron Bronson, both former collegiate debaters who revived the EWC forensics program this year. “It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work this season for her to reach this point. We’re extremely proud of Courtney’s performance in a very competitive field,” said Hansen. “Going to your first national tournament and making it to elimination rounds is no small feat, especially for a new program. We’re excited about the future going forward.” EWC’s team of Mary Left Hand, Torrington, WY and Jessica Nyhus, Guernsey, WY were eliminated after the preliminary rounds. Among the teams they debated were Weber State, St. Cloud State, Miami University and Ferris State University.
Scholarships are available for high school seniors with speech and debate experience for the fall 2012 semester. For more information about the EWC debate program contact John Hansen at 307.532.8367