Posts from August, 2012

EWC present Horticulture Extravaganza Sept 10-14th

The 2012 High Tunnel and Horticultural Extravaganza! will be eight days of hands-on learning, food and fun for anyone interested in horticulture and local food production.  High Tunnels are solar heated, manually vented, plastic covered cold frames, tall enough to walk into that can be modified to fit the needs of the backyard gardener to the commercial producer.  These structures protect your crops from highly variable weather and significantly increase the growing season, even in Wyoming.  If you are a frustrated tomato grower in Wyoming this program is for you!  The program will kick-off September 10th at the EWC North Campus in Torrington, WY.


Program highlights include: Monday September 10th – Friday September 14thwill be five days of hands-on educational workshops for the construction of three different styles of High Tunnels – bring your work clothes and be prepared to pitch-in and “learn while doing”. The cost of this week is $99 or $25 a day and lunch is included.  Saturday September 15th is a full day of classroom style presentations, by staff from the University of Wyoming (UW), Colorado State University (CSU), The Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  The cost of this day is $29 and lunch is included. High tunnel and horticultural related topics will be presented including information on pest management, soils, seed preservation, crop production, and grant sources.  Local high tunnel producers will also be available for questions.

Two bus tours are also scheduled: on Sunday September 16th the tour will include Goshen County producers utilizing high tunnels and culminating in a tour of Table Mountain Vineyards, near Huntley, WY. The cost of this tour is $25 and includes wine tasting and finger foods.  Monday September 17thbus tour will include Armstrong’s Purdy Pumpkins in Brule, NE and Ricky and Lucy’s Herb Garden in Sidney, NE.  Armstrong’s are one of the largest pumpkin suppliers in the US. The cost of this day is $39 and includes lunch.

Registration for the 2012 High Tunnel and Horticulture Extravaganza! is being handled via EWC Community Education – you may register for one, multiple or all days of the program.  Please call Donna White at 307-532-8323 or Susie Schaefer at 307.532.8213 for detailed program and registration information.  

New Employees Introduced to Eastern Wyoming College

Eastern Wyoming College welcomes several new employees to campus this fall. “We are excited to welcome these new faculty members to our EWC family.  They bring with them rich academic backgrounds and workplace experiences.  Our music position had been unfilled for several years, so we are looking forward to rebuilding a robust music department.  The other positions have been refilled from retirements of long-term people which means they have “big shoes” to fill.  I’m sure our new faculty members are up to the task, and we are enjoying working with them” shared Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.

New faculty and staff members include the following:

New EWC instructors

Left to right: Jennifer Minks, Michael DeMers, Rick Darnell and Kaitlyn Steben

Richard Darnell, Math Instructor.  Rick holds a M.A, 2012, from Chadron State College in Education, Mathematics and a B.S. 2006, from Regis University, Denver, CO in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. 1988, from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in Communications.  He also holds a Secondary Education Certificate, Mathematics for both Wyoming and Nebraska.  Rick has been teaching Math classes as an adjunct at Chadron State College, Western Nebraska Community College, and Laramie County Community College. He has held full-time teaching positions at Chadron Public Schools, Chadron, NE, Liberty Common School, Fort Collins, Co, and Youth PEP Center, Cheyenne, WY.

Jennifer Minks, Business Instructor.  Jennifer holds a M.S. 2007, in Accounting from the University of Wyoming, a BS, 2006 in Accounting, University of Wyoming, Cum Laude, and an AA, 2003, Eastern Wyoming College in Accounting.  Jennifer taught business classes at UW as a Graduate Assistant.  She received her CPA in 2008 and has been employed as a Staff Accountant for Western Sage CPA’s P.C. in Worland, WY.

Kaitlyn Steben, Agriculture Instructor.  Kaitlyn holds a B.S, 2008, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO in Agricultural Science.  Kaitlyn holds a M.S. 2012 in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming. She has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Wyoming.  She was an active member of their equestrian team and also served as the Delta Tau Alpha National Agriculture Honor society Historian, Treasurer.

Michael DeMers, Music Instructor.  Michael holds a B.A. 2007, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN in Music and a M.M., 2011, University of Arizona, in Music Composition.  Michael has been teaching music for EWC over the past year as an adjunct instructor.  He has also taught classes for Community Education and has been involved with community theater productions. 
Mai Lee Holmes, Admissions Coordinator. Mai Lee holds a B.S., 2012, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX in Agricultural Communications.  Mai Lee has been recruiting Ag students for the Texas Tech College of Agriculture as a student ambassador and a Texas Tech Agri-Techsan.  She is a past State Vice President of the Texas FFA.  She has been very active in the Texas Tech Block and Bridle, Meat Judging Team, and Natural Resources Agricultural Council.  She has also been a public relations and media intern focusing on relations with local communities.

Wade Bruch, Workforce Associate Administrative Director.  Wade holds a BS, 2004, in Business Administration, Marketing, from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE.  Wade previously was the Branch Manager for the U.S. Bank in Torrington.  Wade has served on the Community Healthcare Foundation Board and the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.  “Our workforce development efforts are important to us as we meet the needs of our communities and businesses throughout our service area.  Wade has been working closely with the Converse County businesses and industries in order to provide workforce training opportunities” added Dr. Ludwig.

EWC to host speaker on poverty Monday Aug. 20th 6-8pm

Eastern Wyoming College and aha! Process, Inc., A Ruby Payne Company, presents Terie Dreussi-Smith, co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities on Monday August 20th from 6-8pm in the EWC Fine Auditorium.
This event is open and free to the public.
Terie will review
·         Mental models of economic class
·         How different environments can create hidden rules of economic class
·         Expectations we need to perceive in order to address and reduce poverty in our communities
·         Research continuum on causes of poverty and how communities can work to build strategies
·         Overview of language and communication strategies and resource model to communicate respectfully and to see strengths of all individuals in our community.
For more information, please contact the office of Institutional Effectiveness at 307.532.8220.

Eastern Wyoming Arts Council announces 2012-13 season performances

Beginning September 23, 2012 and ending April 14, 2013 the Eastern Wyoming Arts Council announces  the following schedule of performances.
Sunday, September 23 at 7 pm Glenn Miller Orchestra “The Sound Lives On”. Tickets are $20 if purchased by September 21 and $25 at the door.
Sunday, October 28 at 7 pm, Allison Sage, Northern Arapaho Tribal Singer/Dancer. Tickets are $15 if purchased by October 26 and $20 at the door the evening of the performance.
Friday, January 18 at 7 pm Tim Behrens, “A Fine and Pleasant Misery: The Humor of Patrick McManus”. Tickets are $15 if purchased by January 17 and $20 at the door.
Sunday, April 14 at 7 pm Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “From Blues to Bluegrass & Everywhere Between”
Tickets are $15 if purchased by April 12 and $20 at the door.
Season tickets are $50 with a savings of $35 and season ticket holders will be able to select and reserve their favorite seats for the entire season.
Season tickets are on sale now and available in the Community Education Office, room 134 in the Tebbet building or by calling 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323