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Verl Petsch honored with NJCAA Loyalty Award

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(Left to right) Lance Petsch, NJCAA Executive Director Mary Ellen Leicht, Verl Petsch, Bonnie Petsch, NJCAA Assistant Executive Director Mark Krug

Long time volleyball coach and athletic director at Eastern Wyoming College Verl Petsch, Jr., who recently announced his retirement, was presented the NJCAA Loyalty Award by NJCAA Executive Director Mary Ellen Leicht during a special athletic banquet Saturday, April 13th on the campus of EWC in Torrington, Wyo.

The NJCAA Loyalty Award is given by the association to an athletic director at an NJCAA member college who has worked to uphold the ideals of the organization and display outstanding leadership in an athletic program that results in exemplifying excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom. Petsch is just the15th person in the 76-year history of the NJCAA to receive the Loyalty Award.

“It is a real honor to receive this award and I would like to thank the college and community for their support and encouragement,” shared Petsch. “This truly is the result of EWC being a member of the NJCAA and supporting their mission and goals in the administration of the athletic programs at EWC.”

“I have been fortunate enough to have the unique experience to be involved in the establishment of women’s athletics both at EWC and at the national level. The growth and diversification of the NJCAA has been phenomenal,” added Petsch.

Petsch is responsible for establishing the women’s volleyball program at Eastern Wyoming College in the 1970’s and recently completed his 40th season as head coach. During his four decades guiding the Lancers, his teams captured six NJCAA Region 9 Championships and advanced to the NJCAA Volleyball Championship Tournament seven times, placing fifth three times. His teams competed in the Region 9 title match 16 times while winning 13 Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference crowns.

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Petsch boasted an overall record of 1,085-699 (.608), placing him second all-time in career victories in NJCAA volleyball history (Joe Ellen Stringer, Jefferson, Mo. – 1,181 wins). The six-time Region 9 Coach of the Year was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998 and the activities center and gymnasium at EWC was named in his honor in 2002. He coached 17 All-Americans and 66 All-Region 9 players. Even more impressive, 30 of his players received NJCAA academic honors during his tenure.

In addition to leading the volleyball program, Petsch served as athletic director for the Lancers since 1979, providing steady and consistent leadership to the Lancers’ men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s rodeo programs.

“Prior to coming to Eastern Wyoming College I had worked at another college in region IX. The AD at that college spoke highly of Verl Petsch and stated he brought knowledge, experience, and integrity to the position. As president at EWC, I speak for faculty, staff, and trustees, in saying that has definitely been the case; we look forward to programs that will continue to benefit from such a strong foundation,” shared EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.

Petsch’s leadership was also felt at the national level, serving as a member of the NJCAA Board of Directors from 1993-2005. As the Women’s Region 9 Director, he served on many national committees and was the chair of the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Committee from 1996-2005.


EWC Golfers wins at Lamar Colorado

Golf Team 2013-2014The 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 300.

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

  • Josh Wilson, freshman, West Haven, UT – placed 3rd overall and tied for 2nd among National Junior College Athletic Association Division I participants
  • Garrett Mortimer, sophomore, Erie, CO – placed 4th with a 75
  • Brandon Rideout, freshman, Wamsutter, WY, tied for 5th with a 76
  • Deyton Klein, freshman, Holyoke, CO, also, tied for 5th with a score of 76

There are three tournaments left for the EWC golf team. McCook, NE April 10-11, EWC home Tournament April 16-17, and Trinidad, CO tournament April 24-25.

Lancers compete well at hometown rodeo

Breakaway Roping freshman, Bailey Schaack, Hyannis, NE was 2nd in the first round with 3.7, 2nd in the short round with a 3.9 second run and 2nd in the average with 7.6 seconds on the two runs. Fellow teammate Allie Grant, freshman, Wheatland, WY also qualified for the short round in the breakaway roping.

In the steer wrestling, AJ Freeman, freshman, Dunning, NE, finished sixth in the first round with a 7.9 second run which qualified him for the short round competition.

Saddle Bronc rider Lane Hall, sophomore from Winner, SD, was 4th in the short round with 68 points and finished 4th in the average.

Tyler Thorson, sophomore, Towner, ND finished 3rd in the average in Tie Down Roping with 25.2 seconds on two head. Sophomore, Shane Suchy, Tyron, NE, finished 4th in the average with 25.3 seconds on two head and freshman, Wyatt Mann, Box Elder, SD finished third in the first round with an 11.4 second run which qualified him for the short round.

Freshman Trey Yates, Pueblo, CO, partnered with Brit Ellerman of the University of Wyoming in team roping. They were 4th in the 1st round with a 9.4 second run and 3rd in the average with 22.5 seconds on two head. The teams of Cody Colman, freshman, O’Neill, NE and Ty Sierks, of Brewster, NE and Kody Haas, freshman, Alt, CO, and Shane Friede, freshman, Johnstown, CO also qualified for the short round in Team Roping.

“We had great crowds and it was a great weekend of rodeo. Several of our team members moved up in the standings. I am looking forward to the next three rodeos,” said Coach Jake Clark.

The team will next travel and compete in the annual Colorado State University rodeo on April 11th-13th.

Beginning Hooping—Not Your Grandmother’s Hula Hooping

  • Instructor:  Ashley Parrie
  • Date:  Tuesday/Thursday, April 1 to May 23
  • Time:  8:00-9:00am
  • Cost:  $80
  • Location:  FA Dance room

Hooping vs  Hoola Hooping:  Hooping is way more fun than the hula hooping we remember as a child, because the bigger and heavier hoop rotates slower around your body.  This means even if you think you can’t hoop, with one of these hoops, you can!  Everybody can hoop, regardless of age, size, or sense of rhythm.  The added weight of the hoop provides a workout challenge which instantly burns calories.  It is a great low impact exercise alternative that provides a whole body workout, bringing you to a nice sweat, and like any cardiovascular exercise, it can hit the reset button on a bad mood.  Hooping takes you out of the hectic, harried pace of your daily routine and transcends you into a completely holistic and uplifting workout.

**Victoria participated in competitive gymnastics as a youngster in elementary and middle school, studied dance at the 28th Avenue Dance for 8+ years, performed as a cheerleader in high school, and most recently coached cheerleading at Morrill High School.   Tumbling Into Spring


South Dakota State University Jazz Quintet to perform at EWC

South Dakota State University Jazz Quintet.The Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Faculty Jazz Quintet on Saturday April 12 at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium at EWC in Torrington. The 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 musical, social, and historical aspects of the music in schools throughout South Dakota.

Pre-concert tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets at the door will be $20 adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Pinnacle Bank, Goshen County Chamber of Commerce, the Community Education office or by calling 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323.

EWC offers Elementary Education degree via online learning

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce the availability of an associate of arts degree in Elementary Education available through online education.

“We are really excited to make this degree program available for students who are unable to attend college in the traditional setting. Our outreach students in our service area represent about 40 percent of our total enrollment, and they will appreciate this program being offered via distance. I am pleased that our program faculty members developed the elementary education program so that our students could enjoy this opportunity,” shared Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.

EWC is now accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester and will begin the enrollment process for those students who wish to earn the first two years of an Elementary Education degree.

This is a unique opportunity to begin the teacher certification process from the comfort of your own home and in your own community.

The faculty and staff at EWC look forward to reaching out to meet the needs of those who always wanted to teach. This program is a 60 credit hour program designed to easily transfer to other four-year colleges and universities.

For more information about the program or to begin the enrollment process, contact Dr. de Ganahl at 307.532.8377, or Ms. Steinbock at 307.532.8339,


EWC student helps Denver homeless

EWC student Joe Steele

EWC student Joe Steele with the loaded vehicle heading to Colorado to donate the items to a homeless shelter.

At the beginning of the semester the American and Wyoming Government class read with instructor Ellen Creagar the Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time, by Paul Loeb, and discussed why it matters for citizens to get involved and what a person gets back when they get involved. Each student then chose a service project, the requirements being that it is something the student is interested in, it does not pay, and it helps others somehow.

Joe Steele, from Torrington, WY wanted to do something to help the homeless he saw in Denver. He discovered that over 11,000 people in Denver are homeless in any given month. He then decided to collect needed items (like clothing, coats, hats, gloves and blankets) for a homeless shelter in Denver.

“Joe did it all, from the ads to the collection to the delivery. I helped only with advice and logistics” said instructor Ellen Creagar. Joe had conviction about this and acted upon it, exactly the type of soul Loeb describes,” added Creagar.


EWC Highlights Upcoming Workshops

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

Hunter Safety will be held April 7-12 from 6- 9 pm Monday through Friday. Saturday class is 9-12 pm. This class will be taught by Andy Roosa, Wyoming Fish & Game Warden.

Wyoming Hunter Safety  Certification—required for all hunters born after 1966, or for hunting in certain parts of Wyoming; ages ten years & older recommended; must attend 12 hour of instruction & complete a test; scholarships provided by Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunting Committee for students 8-17 residing in Goshen County.  Materials will be provided at the first class. The cost of this class is $25.  Registration on the Wyoming Fish & Game website is also required.

Fashionable Ladies, Hats of Style & Afternoon Tea will be held Saturday April 5, 12:30-3:30pm. The cost of this class is $45 which includes all material. Ladies, in times past, hats were not only a popular accessory and fashion statement, but also a show of social grace and status—times reminiscent of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, Kentucky Derby, Easter Bonnets and Downtown Abbey.

Spend a lovely afternoon creating your own elegant, one-of-a-kind, fashionable hat to show off while you enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.  This is a perfect activity for mothers and daughters, sisters and best friends. Fellas, what a special birthday or Mother’s Day gift for those wonderful women in your life!

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 to host Greg Peterson of Peterson Farm Brothers

Peterson Farm Brothers

Peterson Farm Brothers

Eastern Wyoming College will hold a special presentation on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington, Wyoming.  Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Brothers will be presenting “Advocating Agriculture through Social Media.”  There will be an autograph session following.

Greg Peterson is a 2013 graduate from Kansas State University where he majored in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. He grew up on a family farm near Assaria, KS with his parents, 2 brothers, and sister. He has always enjoyed working on the farm and being an advocate for agriculture. In June of 2012, Greg and his brothers released a video on YouTube entitled, “I’m Farming and I Grow It.” It quickly went viral, receiving over 8 million views. Since then Greg and his brothers have released 2 more videos and are now up to 26 million total views on YouTube. The videos have given Greg many opportunities around the country to talk about agriculture and he is passionate about the future of the industry.

Admission to the event is a free will donation of non-perishable food item(s) for the local Food Pantry.   For more information contact the EWC Library at 307.532.8210 or 307.532.8375. This program is brought to you by the EWC Library with funding from the EWC Foundation.

EWC students invited to Torrington Middle School

EWC students visit with Mrs. Wilson’s 8th grade computer class at TMS Left to right: Wyatt Bergeson, Jessica Rammell, Shaylyn Reichert, Kyle McDonald, Ian Zerbe, Jason McClellan

EWC students visit with Mrs. Wilson’s 8th grade computer class at TMS
Left to right: Wyatt Bergeson, Jessica Rammell, Shaylyn Reichert, Kyle McDonald, Ian Zerbe, Jason McClellan

Each quarter the 8th graders in Mrs. Wilson’s computer class learn about the Hathaway Scholarship and do career research. Mrs. Wilson invites college students and students in trades to come speak to the students about the challenges of college. This year, Ellen Creagar, Political Science instructor sent some students from her classes.

“I think the students enjoy hearing what college and post high school life is like from someone other than a teacher. The EWC students make it seem more real and help these students realize that college is just around the corner for them,” said Mrs. Wilson.