Posts from September, 2013

Bar J Wranglers to Perform at EWC

Bar J WranglersThe Eastern Wyoming College Foundation, and Premier Sponsor Platte Valley Bank presents nationally recognized singing cowboys The Bar J Wranglers. This performance will take place on October 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington, Wyoming. Tickets are on sale now. A limited number of premium seating tickets are on sale for $50 at the college in the Office of Development. General admission tickets are also on sale for $20. Tickets may be purchased at Platte Valley Bank, Pinnacle Bank or the Office of Development.

Some folks call it a western music show; some call it a stand-up comedy show with masterful cowboy music; others call it the best musical experience in the west. Call it what you want to — the fact remains; The Bar J Wranglers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, deliver some of the purest harmony, best musicianship and funniest ranch humor ever seen on stage. As soon as the Bar J Wranglers take to the stage, listeners leave behind their busy life and settle into a time long ago — a time of the singing cowboy.

Additional corporate support provided by: Dinklage Feed Yard, Frank Implement Company, Freudenthal & Bonds, P.C., and Pinnacle Bank

The last time the Bar J Wranglers were in town it was a sell-out. Individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets right away. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the EWC Office of Development at 307.532.8397.

EWC Phi Theta Kappa holds Commit-to-Complete signing event

IMG_6717Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Learning office and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Omicron Chapter teamed up to encourage students to do just that this fall by hosting a Commit-to-Complete signing event during new student orientation. Commitment cards were included in the orientation packets of new students and after completion of the cards, PTK members welcomed the new students and asked them to sign the banner as evidence of their commitment to themselves and their families to make, keep, and complete their educational goals. Students wrote various goals on their cards such as: to graduate in the spring, to do well in all of their classes, or to adjust to college well and not get homesick. When the new students signed the banner, they were handed symbolic graduation tassels by the PTK students.

The Commit-to-Complete initiative is spreading nationwide and supported by not only PTK, but other entities such as Complete College America, of which Wyoming is now a member. Research has shown that community college completers reap lifetime benefits including higher earnings, increased job retention, and better health. Community college completers earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not earn their credential.

Back row left to right, Bob Creagar, co-sponsor of PTK; Molly Weglin, PTK Secretary, Nicole Donbraska, PTK Treasurer; and Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.
Front row kneeling left to right, Muriel de Ganahl, co-sponsor of PTK; Chelsea Olson, PTK President; and Kailee Duryea, PTK Vice-President.


EWC Introduces New Online Course: Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2013

Eastern Wyoming College has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses. EWC has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-led courses and is pleased to announce the launch of “Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2013.”

Participants in this course will learn to use Publisher tools, templates, and ribbon features to create a variety of documents for print or online use. It’s perfect for beginners who want to learn how to design professional-quality newsletters, fliers, brochures, and letterheads.

This course is part of EWC’s growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, call Eastern Wyoming College at 307.532.8323 or visit them online at

EWC brings home win at CSC Rodeo

The Central Rocky Mountain Region rodeo is in full swing with the rodeo at Chadron State College this past weekend. The women’s team won with 410 points and the men’s team placed 6th.

Eastern Wyoming College freshman Bailey Schaack, Hyannis, NE, won the all around with 170 points. She placed 2nd in breakaway roping and tied for 4th in barrel racing. Freshman, Jordan Hagerdorn, West Point, NE, placed 1st in the long go and 3rd in the average in breakaway roping. Sadie Gjermundson, sophomore, Halliday, ND, placed 2nd in the average in goat tying. Mardee SIerks, sophomore, Brewster, NE placed 8th in the average also in goat tying.

Men’s team roping duo’s of Derek Weinreis, sophomore, Beach, ND and Levi O’Keeffe, sophomore, Mohall, ND, Nate Miles, sophomore, Arthur, NE, Max Zimmerman, sophomore, Harrison, NE, Shane Suchy, sophomore, Tryon, NE, and Trent Kelly, sophomore, Sheridan, WY all qualified for the short go. Weinreis and O’Keeffe won the team roping average.

“The women’s team had another great rodeo. I am very excited about the way they are competing.
Jordan Hagedorn and Bailey Schaack are off to a great start in their college rodeo careers. The men’s team is staying in the hunt. Once again last year’s reserve national champions are on a role. I am very impressed and proud of how these guys compete” said Coach Jake Clark.

The Lancer rodeo team will travel to Sheridan to compete at the Sheridan College rodeo this weekend.

EWC Golfers continue to win

The Eastern Wyoming College golf team continued the regular season with another first place regional finish at the Otero/Lamar, CO tournament. The Lancers had a team score of 604.

Individual placing for the Lancers at this event were as follows:

Brandon Rideout, sophomore, Wamsutter, WY – placed 2nd with a 147
Aaron Nirider, freshman, from Riverton, WY – placed 3rd with a score of 148
Josh Wilson, freshman, West Haven, UT – tied for 4th
Garrett Mortimer, sophomore, Erie, CO – tied for 7th place

“EWC placed 5 golfers in the top 8 and Brandon Rideout was edged out for the tournament title as it came down to the last hole” said Coach Casey Jones.

EWC will travel to Trinidad State Junior College for the final fall golf tournament on September 26-27.

EWC Golfers continue season with home tournament win

The Eastern Wyoming College golf team hosted their annual golf tournament on the 12 & 13th of September. The Lancers won with a team score of 296.

Individuals placing for the Lancers at the tournament were as follows:

Aaron Nirider, freshman, from Riverton, WY – was the individual champion with a score of 71
Brandon Rideout, sophomore, Wamsutter, WY – placed 2nd with a score of 72
Josh Wilson, freshman, West Haven, UT – 4th place with a score of 74
Chandler Meeboer, freshman, from Casper, WY – tied for 11th place
Garrett Mortimer, sophomore, Erie, CO – placed 15th

“We were able to win the tournament but we were only able to finish 7 holes the second day because of the rain. We were able to record scores through one full day of 18 holes and they will count in our Region IV competition. Aaron Nirider had his first individual championship which gave EWC its 3rd different individual champion in three tournaments. He edged out teammate Brandon Rideout for the victory. We recorded our best one day score of the year as a team with 296.” shared Coach Casey Jones. “We look forward to finishing the fall strong with the final tournaments.”

EWC will travel to Otero, Lamar and Trinidad for the last tournaments for the fall season.

EWC Highlights Upcoming Class

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

Financial Peace University: Too much month at the end of your money? Then you want to be a part of this 9 week program of empowering lessons on how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, find bargains and experience the joy of giving. This class will be held on Mondays, September 30 – November 18 from 6:00-8:0 pm, in Tebbet room 272 and will cost $115. $100 of the fee is for materials

To register for this class or any 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.

Gjermundson brings home breakaway championship at first rodeo

Sadie Gjermundson, kicked off the rodeo season with a big win at the Central Wyoming College rodeo held this past weekend. The sophomore from Halliday, ND won the breakaway roping with a total time of 6.9 seconds on two head. She also qualified for the short go in the goat tying.

Teammates Becca Kartak, sophomore, Colome, SD and Jordan Hagedorn, freshman, from West Point, NE finished in second and fifth places respectively in the breakaway roping as well.

In the barrel racing, Bailey Schaack, freshman, Hyannis, NE finished the weekend in second place. Sophomore Alicia Eaves, Lancaster, CA was sixth.

EWC sophomore team ropers Derek Weinreis, Beach, ND and Levi O’Keeffe, Mohall, ND started out their year with a second place finish and look forward to another great season.

Also placing in the team roping were the teams of AJ Freeman, freshman, Dunning, NE and Dustin Dailey, sophomore, Long Pine, NE, fifth place; Wyatt Mann, freshman, Box Elder, SD and Trae Kautzman, sophomore, Kindred, ND, 8th in the long go, Tyler Gaer, freshman, Newell, SD and Carson Musick, freshman, Pierre, SD, 9th in the long go and Becca Kartak and Lane Hall, sophomore, Winner, SD, 10th in the long go.

In the saddle bronc riding, EWC’s Josh Davison, sophomore, Miles, City, MT finished 9th in the long go.

The EWC Men’s and Women’s teams both finished the weekend in 5th place.

“Our women’s team had a great weekend and Derek and Levi are off to a great start again,” shared EWC rodeo coach Jake Clark. “Although we finished down a bit in the team points, our women’s team earned 490 points over the weekend. I am very excited about that.”

The Lancer Rodeo team will travel to the Chadron State College rodeo September 20-22.

EWAC Announces Fine Arts Season Schedule

Eastern Wyoming Fine Arts Council announces  2013-2014 season  schedule

The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival kicks off the season on Sunday September 22 at 2 pm in the EWC Auditorium. Tickets in advance are $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Ticket prices at the door are $20 adults and $10 for children.


Nikolai Massenkoff, international acclaimed star of The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, founded the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, a festival of Russian music song and dance because of love for his Russian heritage. He has performed more than two decades both nationally and internationally to great acclaim. These performances included: Carnegie Hall; Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea before a live audience of 90,000 people; over 100 performances at the International Division of Epcot Center’s World Stage in Florida; with major symphony orchestras — San Francisco, Baltimore, Edmonton, Honolulu, Palm Beach, Flagstaff, London, Edmonton and in 2005 will appear with the Cincinnati Symphony; major performing arts centers; national and international television, including Sudwestfunk (Baden, Baden, Germany) and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.


This year’s Fine Arts season also includes the following performances:


Mick Maloney, Irish musician and folklorist combines the careers of folklorist, musicologist, arts presenter and advocate, professional musician, and professor of music and Irish studies. In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts — the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States. This concert will be December 4 at 7 pm in the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium. Also featured with this event is local visual artist Julie Nighswonger.


The South Dakota State University Faculty Jazz Quartet will perform on Saturday April 12 at 7:00 pm in the Fine arts Auditorium at EWC. The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Faculty Jazz Quintet is made up of current faculty, former faculty, and local professional musicians. The quintet regularly performs for university functions and various local and regional professional engagements.


Dr. Nathan Jorgensen (saxophones) is Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Jazz at South Dakota State University, a position he has held since 2008. He directs both of the university jazz ensembles.


Robert McCurdy joined the SDSU music faculty in 2012 as a part-time instructor of Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combos, and Jazz Appreciation. In 2005 Robert moved to Kansas and was featured in performances with the Boulevard Big Band, Capital City Jazz Band, Topeka Jazz Workshop, Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, 9 plus 1, and others.


James McKinney joined the SDSU faculty in 1973, as Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion instructor. He served in that capacity through 1975, when he accepted a similar position at Iowa State University. He returned to SDSU in 1983 as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the “Pride of the Dakotas” Marching Band. He became Director of Bands in 1985, and served in that position until his retirement in May, 2009.

Jeremy Hegg, Music Director for the Hegg Brothers, is the oldest son of two lifelong music educators, grew up in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, and received his music degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He is the staff arranger and composer for the Augustana Brass Choir, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and many marching band programs nationwide.


Andrew Reinartz is an area musician, educator, and conductor, and has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra bass section since 2001. He is a member of the Jazz Diversity Project which, through the auspices of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, gives performances and presentations on the musical, social, and historical aspects of the music in schools throughout South Dakota.


Missoula Children’s Theatre once again will grace the stage of EWC on Friday May 16 at 7:00pm and Saturday May 17 at 2:00pm. Children from around Goshen County will enjoy their week with the Missoula Children’s Theatre developing critical life skills such as teamwork, communication, social skills and self-discipline as they prepare to perform “Blackbeard the Pirate.
The program increases access to the arts for children between ages 5-18 in rural communities and the performances reinforce the values and goals of local schools by teaching children that hard work, discipline, and listening skills lead to success.


Claude Bourbon, French guitarist will perform Sunday June 1, 2014 at 2 pm in the EWC auditorium. Featured local visual artist will be Marvie Tipsword.

Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.

The unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer. He may have his roots in the blues, but he is inspired by music and song from all around the world, taking these sounds and weaving them into a performance of blues, rock, jazz, songs and melodies that defy a label, all delivered with a gravely voice.


Season tickets are on sale now for $50. The best value is to purchase a season ticket and save $35 on the season of five performances. Tickets are available at the Community Education office at EWC, Pinnacle Bank and the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce.


To purchase tickets or for more information, 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 Golfers begin season with two tournament wins

The Eastern Wyoming College golf team started the regular season with two first place regional finishes. The Lancers had a team score of 607 at the Northeastern Junior College tournament and a 626 at the McCook Community College tournament..

Individuals placing for the Lancers at these Division 1 events were as follows:
Brandon Rideout, sophomore, Wamsutter, WY – placed 1st at NJCC and 5th at McCook
Garrett Mortimer, sophomore, Erie, CO – tied for 3rd place at NJCC and was 1st at McCook
Josh Wilson, freshman, West Haven, UT – tied for 14th at NJCC and moved up with a 5th place tie at McCook

“It was nice to get started for the 13-14 season with a decent start. We have four freshmen who are very capable players and I know their scores will continue to improve as they get used to college golf. Our sophomores, Garrett Mortimer and Brandon Rideout, did a great job of setting the tone and put us on their back to pull our team through these first tournaments.” shared Coach Casey Jones. “Garrett Mortimer played very solid on a very challenging course in McCook to bring home the individual championship as well” said Coach Jones.

EWC will host their tournament in Torrington September 12-13.