Posts from June, 2013

Upcoming Community Education Workshops

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is now accepting enrollments for the following workshops.

Three Days in July Soccer Camp

The ninety minute Junior Camp will be held Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 17-19 from 8:00 to 9:30am for ages 6-10. The camp will focus on basic soccer skills that will be practiced through drills and small sided games.  Equipment is provided.  Students must have shin guards and wear appropriate footwear.  Bottled water and a snack will be provided.

The Intermediate Camp will be 9:30 to 12:00 noon for ages 11-15. The camp will provide well rounded instruction and extensive practice on the fundamental skills of soccer.  Campers will practice and implement a variety of skills for trapping, dribbling, passing, shooting, tackling, heading and will include instruction for field positioning, strategy and sportsmanship.  Bottled water and a snack will be provided. The cost of this camp is $45 (includes complimentary soccer ball) and will be held at the City Soccer Field

Firearms Proficiency

Whether you are new to the use of firearms or are just needing a bit of refresher, this is the class in which you will learn about gun safety and develop proficiency in firing (sight picture, grip, live fire). Students will need to provide their own firearm and ammunition. A number of past Firearms Proficiency students have asked Brian to verify their level of proficiency as a component of receiving an individual handgun carry permit. The first class will meet at EWC in Tebbet room 131 on Monday July 8 from 6:00 – 7:30pm. Do not bring guns to the first class. Classes will be held Monday/Wednesday, July 8 & 10; 15 & 17.  The cost for this class is $29.

To register for these classes or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323 or stop by to visit them at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

EWC Men’s Rodeo Team finishes fourth in the nation

The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Men’s Rodeo Team finished fourth in the nation at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) held June 9-15 in Casper, Wyo. The EWC Men’s Team qualified for the CNFR by winning the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) for the 2012-13 season.

At the CNFR, each contestant competes in three rounds.  The top 12 in each event qualify for the short round and the national champions are determined by the best time or score on four rounds.  Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in the CNFR in Casper each year.

North Dakota natives Derek Weinreis, Beach, ND and Levi O’Keeffe, Mohall, ND won the reserve national championship in the team roping.  This was Weinreis and O’Keefe’s second consecutive qualification to the CNFR.  The duo placed third in the second round with a 6.2 second run, sixth in the third round with a 6.6 second run and second in the short round with a 6.1 second run making their time on four head 26.2 seconds.

“Derek and Levi have roped great all year long,” said Jake Clark, EWC Rodeo Coach.  “Their performance at the CNFR was phenomenal.  I am very proud of them.”

Also contributing to team points were Troy Wilcox, of Red Owl, South Dakota, and freshman Cotey Hanson, of Berthold, North Dakota.  They placed fifth in the second round of the team roping.  “They had tough luck in the third round and were just three places shy of qualifying for the short round,” Clark said.

As the Central Rocky Mountain Region All-Around Champion, Wilcox also competed in the steer wrestling and calf roping at the CNFR.  He qualified for the short round in the steer wrestling.

Rounding out the EWC team competing at the CNFR is Dustin Dailey, of Long Pine, Nebraska.

“Of all the great programs across the nation, to end up fourth in the nation is an outstanding finish for the Lancer Rodeo Team,” Clark said.  “I am very proud of the entire team.”

“Most of our team is returning this fall,” Clark concluded.  “I’m looking forward to next year’s season.”

The Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo Team starts the 2013-14 season Sept. 13-15.

EWC Foundation golf event raises nearly $10,000

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation recently held their annual golf tournament.  The top teams were as follows:

1st – Travis Wilkie, Dean VanBuskirk, Mike Dawkins, Matt Moore

2nd – Mark Mattis, Tina Mattis, Nate Kendall, Matt Mattis

3rd – Kris Brooks, Ron Brooks, Bob Childs, Bonnie Childs

4th – Joe Guth, Gaylene Guth, Patrick Guth, Brett Guth

5th – Janice Atkins-Neva, Les Neva, Steve Doll, Alan Doll

There were a total of 27 teams in the tournament.  It is estimated that the tournament raised approximately $10,000 which is the highest earnings in tournament history.  Funds raised at the tournament are used by the foundation to support EWC students.

For more information about the EWC Foundation activities, please contact Oliver Sundby, Director of Institutional Development at 307.532.8304.

EWC Foundation supports college with equipment, scholarships and more

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation recently approved the purchase and support of numerous items for the College.

The College requested the following items:

  • Virtual welding training equipment – approved $50,000 from funds available from the Great Decision campaign
  • Autoclave for the Veterinary Technology program – approved $10,000 from funds available from the Great Decision campaign
  • EWC Arts Council – approved $2,000 from unrestricted Foundation funds and funds available from the Foundation’s McElhaney endowment, as designated for cultural programming.
  • Scholarship funding for the 2013-2014 academic year – approved. The amount of $93,820 reflects a 24% increase over the previous year scholarship budget and is based on the values of the overall investment corpus of the Foundation’s scholarship fund.

“Our Foundation directors are committed to serving the college—students and staff. They help ensure access and quality education. They have worked hard to raise not only money but expectations,” stated EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.

The EWC Foundation also hosts a golf tournament and a dining and dancing event called Sagebrush & Roses which typically raise about $20,000 between the two annually. The Foundation recently contributed $25,000 from the Sagebrush & Roses fund to help build the new Livestock Barn on the College’s North Campus.

Plans are currently underway to host a Fall Alumni Event in October. This event will feature a performance by the Bar J Wranglers on October 11th. Planning for this event has involved two EWC alumni – Dixie Roth and Tom McCreery, with the intent that proceeds from this event will be placed in a new account for future alumni related activities. Further plans for the weekend are under development.

For more information about the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation, please contact Oliver Sundby, Director of Institutional Development at 307.532.8304.

EWC to host Fulbright Scholar in Residence

Eastern Wyoming College has been notified that the proposal submitted to participate in the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program has been approved and was awarded the Fulbright grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. EWC will host Dr. Titus Man, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Geography, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Dr. Man is one of approximately 800 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals who will teach and/or research in the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program in 2013-2014. The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings scholars and professionals from abroad to U.S. colleges and universities to significantly internationalize campuses and curricula.

“The EWC Board of Trustees has encouraged this project since it was first considered several years ago. Very few community colleges host a Fulbright Scholar-in Residence. I was fortunate to have worked with individuals in Colorado to bring several to a small rural campus,” shared Dr. Tom Armstrong, EWC President. “This is a tribute to the hard work of our diversity committee, the office of Learning, and of Dr. David Banville – a Fulbrighter himself. Our college and community will benefit from Dr. Man’s content area knowledge and, beyond that, an exposure to a more global perspective in a number of areas.”

Dr. Man is researching and applying promising advancements in using sensing technology to manage crop production, soil erosion, drought, and land. Romania, his country, shares common soil and climate characteristics with EWC’s regional service area. In addition, both countries experienced severe drought conditions during summer 2012, and understand the importance of utilizing advanced techniques to optimize crop, farm and ranchlands.

“We are excited to have Dr. Man join us for the next academic year. As we entered the competition for the Fulbright Scholar, the entire community supported our effort. David Banville, Instructional Technologist from EWC, led the writing effort with many others contributing. We received support letters from key individuals in the community representing schools, and service organizations along with others,” commented Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.

“We believe that Dr. Man will have a very active speaking schedule as he meets with various constituents. We are privileged to have Dr. Man coming to share with us his expertise in agricultural areas that are pertinent to our communities throughout our service area. This represents the first time Eastern Wyoming College has hosted a Fulbright Scholar.”

Planned academic activities for Dr. Man at EWC include teaching a course in the Fall 2013 semester, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Agriculture. This course will introduce students to the uses of remote sensors and other technologies to detect soil, erosion, crop, or drought issues on farms and ranches. In the Spring 2014 semester, Dr. Man will teach Land Management. In this course, students will examine the broader facets of making agricultural land more productive, water allocation and purity, land optimization, soil erosion control techniques, and general environment responsibility.

“The Fulbright application process is highly competitive, and I’m obviously quite excited that our college received a Scholar-in-Residence award. It is testament to everyone’s contributions in crafting a compelling application packet. I had a wonderful teaching and research experience as a Fulbrighter in Romania a few years ago, and I look forward to our college and community hosting a Romanian scholar. It will be an incredible opportunity for cultural and academic exchange,” shared Dr. David Banville.

Dr. Man will also offer five topical seminars open to all EWC students and community members.
These topics are planned: (1) using remote sensing data to track weather data on farm and rangelands; (2) crop growth and productivity simulation; (3) monitoring of drought, floods and wind-induced soil erosion; (4) precision ranching using geographic information systems; and (5) using technology to create environmental sustainability.

“We are particularly looking forward to working closely with SAREC and the University of Wyoming agriculture faculty and to encourage collaboration between their researchers and Dr. Man,” added Dr. Ludwig. “The areas of drought management and techniques along with erosion control techniques are important in our geographic area as well as in Romania. In fact, the geography and weather patterns are very similar.”

Dr. Man will be arriving in Torrington in August.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

If you are interested in having a presentation to your group or organization by Dr. Man, please contact Dr. Ludwig at 307.532.8221 or by email at