Posts from September, 2014

EWC GEAR UP Program celebrates GEAR UP Week

The Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP Program announced their participation in National GEAR UP Week 2014. This week commemorates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success.

Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income, minority and disadvantaged students across the United States, including over 400 students throughout the EWC Outreach area who are served each year by the EWC GEAR UP Program.

EWC GEAR UP Program will celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2014 by sponsoring a GU awareness table at the main campus in Torrington beginning September 22. The table will be manned by EWC GEAR UP Club members.

To date, the EWC GEAR UP Program has served over 3,365 students by providing academic enrichment programing.

For more information about the EWC GEAR UP Program please contact Judy Brown, EWC GEAR UP Director at 307.532.8269 or

EWC to host Community Forum

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that there will be an informational forum for individuals interested in learning more about two new facilities: This will be a great opportunity to learn about these two new facilities: The Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC) and the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC).

This informational meeting is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium at the main campus in Torrington.

EWC is asking the Goshen County community to support these new facilities in the November 2014 election. Please come and get your questions answered and learn about these important projects.

For more information on this informational meeting, please contact the College Relations office at 307.532.8206.

Armstrong placed on leave

At a special meeting held on Thursday, September 11th, the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees has placed President Dr. Tom Armstrong on paid administrative leave.

In further action, the Trustees then named Dr. Richard Patterson, criminal justice instructor, as the Interim President until further notice.

EWC announces fall golf tournament

The Eastern Wyoming College golf team will host the fall tournament September 11 – 12 at the Cottonwood at Torrington golf course. Tee off on Thursday is scheduled for 1 pm with tee off scheduled Friday morning at 9 am.

“This will be our second tournament of the year so it’s still too early to tell how we’ll play this year but we are looking forward to testing our game. The golf course is in great shape right now so as long as the weather cooperates we should be ready for a great tournament, we’d love to have anyone in support of Lancer Golf come out Thursday afternoon or Friday morning,” said golf coach Zach Smith.

EWC Volleyball Player makes All-Tournament Team


McKayla Peterson # 5

Eastern Wyoming College women’s volleyball player McKayla Peterson, sophomore, Gillette, WY was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Sheridan College 2014 Volleyball Fall Classic.

“McKayla had a great tournament for us. She played smart and aggressive offensively and was consistent and tough at the service line. Her ability to see the court allows her to pick apart defenses and opens up opportunities for the rest of our hitters. We look for more of that from her this season, and I’m proud she was able to be recognized” said volleyball coach Julie Sherbeyn.

EWC announces new golf coach

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that Zach Smith will lead the EWC Lancer golf team as the new coach.

“I’m extremely excited to be the new head coach of the Lancer golf team. I’ve had a lot of fun working with the team the last couple of years in a small capacity with Coach Jones and the great group of golfers. We have a wonderful group of young men returning to lead our golf team and some excited freshman joining the team. Cottonwood Country Club is an amazing home course for our team to practice at with great support from the golf professional and club members. I’m looking forward to hitting the road with the guys and competing toward another Region lX title,” shared Coach Smith.

Smith has worked at EWC for 6 years. The first 4 years as an Admission Representative and the past 2 years as the Director of Enrollment Management. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2006 with a major in Communications and a minor in Psychology. He will continue working as the Director of Enrollment Management while coaching the golf team.

“Zach and I are great friends, he is a great person and huge asset to EWC. A few years back I started including him in on the golf team just because I knew he loved the sport and loved helping with EWC athletics. He has given our players someone else to associate with and someone else to lean on while they are on campus,” added Coach Casey Jones. “As you know I went through some pretty tough times last year and one thing I don’t really have now is time to run two major sports teams. I knew right away that I needed to make some adjustments in my professional life to give me more time in my personal life. I also knew that the golf team would be in great hands if Zach could take over that job!”

“It has been very exciting to see the program evolve and to see the Region IX Golf Championship Banner hanging in the Verl Petsch Jr. Gym. Coach Jones and Coach Smith have done a great job with the transition and we look forward to continued success with our golf program. We are very excited to have Coach Smith join the Athletic Department as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience around recruiting to the table as the EWC Director of Enrollment Management,” said Dave Vondy, Director of Athletics and Fitness Center.

New Employees Introduced to Eastern Wyoming College

Eastern Wyoming College welcomes several new employees to campus this fall. “We have quite a large group of new faculty members this year. We started with new faculty orientation on August 14th and have enjoyed getting to know them. The new faculty members have rich backgrounds including prior teaching experience and industry-specific work experience. We are looking forward to a great year with them,” shared Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.

New faculty and staff members include the following:

Joel Alworth, Welding and Fabrication instructor at EWC. Joel has a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. He completed his Bachelors degree from the University of Wyoming and has an Associates from Casper College. Mr. Alworth completed his welding certifications at EWC. Joel was teaching industrial arts in Douglas prior to coming to EWC. He also taught as an adjunct and concurrent instructor for EWC. Before Joel worked as a teacher in Douglas, he was welding and fabricating in the construction industry.

Lori Britton, Science instructor at the Douglas Campus. Lori completed her Masters of Science degree and her Bachelor of Science Degree in education at the University of Wyoming. Lori has taught high school science in Wheatland for the past 13 years. During this time, she has worked as an adjunct and concurrent instructor for EWC. Mrs. Britton is also a Bovine Artificial Insemination Instructor and technician. She has served as the Executive Director for the Wyoming Ag in the Classroom program as well as the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development program. Lori is also endorsed to teach English as a Second Language and is licensed through the Wyoming State Vet Board in Artificial Insemination.

Amanda Fear is the new Cosmetology instructor at EWC. Amanda completed her cosmetology certification and training at EWC. Since that time she has also worked at IBMC to complete her Cosmetology Instructor Certification. Ms. Fear has also been a business owner and worked for a salon in Cody, Wyoming.

Joshua McDaniel is the new mathematics instructor at EWC. Josh comes to EWC from Oregon, where he was an assistant professor of mathematics at Umpqua College in Roseburg. Josh also was an assistant math instructor at Arizona State University in Tempe, and adjunct at Scottsdale College and a Research Assistant. Mr. McDaniel completed his Masters and Bachelors degrees in mathematics at Arizona State University. Josh has been published twice and presented at national mathematics conferences.

Debbie Ochsner has been hired as the new Social Science instructor at EWC. Mrs. Ochsner was previously serving EWC as the Director of Counseling Services. She completed her Associates degree at EWC, her Bachelors in psychology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Wyoming. Mrs. Ochsner has been the Director of Counseling at EWC since 2005.

Jamie Michael, Co-Director of Veterinary Technology and also an instructor. Prior to coming to EWC, Jamie has worked at the Goshen Veterinary Clinic and the Spearfish Animal Hospital. Mrs. Michael completed her Associates in Veterinary Technology at EWC. She has completed her course work for a bachelors degree at St. Petersburg College in Florida. Jamie has an extensive background in pharmacology, anesthesia and lab analysis.

Michele Ogburn has been hired as the new Director of Counseling Services at EWC. Michele completed her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wyoming. Mrs. Ogburn was serving as the Patient Services Senior Manager at Community Hospital of Goshen County. She has also served as a staff therapist at Peak Wellness. Michele has written numerous articles for publications relating to the counseling field. Mrs. Ogburn has her licenses in Social Work, Counseling and Nursing Home Administration.

Dr. Colleen Mitchell is another new instructor in the Veterinary Technology Program. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Colleen left her private practice in Chadron to come to EWC. She has also worked in clinics in Vernal, Utah and Hastings, Nebraska. Dr. Mitchell has trained technicians in her clinic, while handling all facets of the business.

Julie Sherbeyn is the new instructor and volleyball coach at EWC. Julie has a Masters and Bachelors degrees in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska. Julie previously served as the head volleyball coach at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Illinois. Mrs. Sherbeyn has also worked as the head volleyball coach and club director in Oglesby and the head volleyball coach at Princeton High School in Illinois. Julie is a certified Sports Medicine, Health Fitness and Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Cristi Semmler, will also be a Co-Director of Veterinary Technology and an instructor. Cristi moved to Torrington from Rapid City where she worked as an emergency and night technician at Dakota Hills Vet Clinic. Ms. Semmler has also worked as a Certified Vet Tech in Loveland, Colorado, Arvada, Colorado and Brookings, South Dakota. Cristi completed her Vet Technology degree at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota. She has a Bachelors degree in Equine Sciences from Colorado State University. She also has undergraduate work from South Dakota State University. Ms. Semmler is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and helped with a therapeutic riding academy during her training.

Sherri Warren has been hired as the mathematics instructor at the EWC Douglas Campus. Sherri completed her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Mathematics from WGU in Salt Lake City. She also has an Associates Degree in interpreting for the deaf from Front Range Community College. Mrs. Warren has been working as a mathematics adjunct instructor for EWC in Douglas. She has also worked as the Sign Language Interpreter for Converse County School Districts. Sherri taught mathematics at Douglas Middle School for 2 years.

David Vondy is the new Athletic and Fitness Center Director. David was previously serving as the Assistant Athletic Director at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. Mr. Vondy has also worked as the Athletic Director and High School Principal in Brush, Yuma and Holyoke, Colorado. He served as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. David completed his education at UNC, with a Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Science. His Bachelors degree, in Kinesiology, was finished at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. He also has been certified in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UNC. David was inducted into the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame at WSCU and was an NCAA DII National Champion Wrestler.

Suzey Delger has been hired at the Douglas Campus to develop, direct and run the new nursing program for EWC. Suzey comes to us after recently retiring as the Director of Nursing for Natrona County School District Number One in Casper. Mrs. Delger is responsible for the development of the nursing programs at Central Wyoming College. Suzey is a nationally recognized nurse and nursing instructor. She has been instrumental in the success of the nursing program at the University of Wyoming, and has been a speaker at national nursing conferences.



New Instructors
Back row left to right: Joel Alworth, Lori Britton, Amanda Fear, Josh McDaniel, and Debbie Ochsner
Front row left to right: David Vondy, Sherri Warren, Cristi Semmler, Jami Michael
Not pictured: Suzy Delger and Dr. Colleen Mitchell

EWC Highlights upcoming Community Education classes

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering the following classes.

The Most Important Shots in Golf–Keys to Chipping & Putting
Instructor Oliver Sundby wants you to improve your short game! Yes, golfers, you heard right, your short game. Intended to knock 5-7 shots off your golf score (sorry no guarantees), this two day, hands-on tutorial will include practice chipping and putting ‘round the green, he will teach you which clubs to use and when, and gaining a deeper knowledge and skill concerning etiquette and rules on the green. Oliver will share tips on putting grips and follow through techniques. These two classes will be held at the Torrington Municipal Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday, September 15 and 16 at 5 pm, and will cost $25.

Financial Peace University
Kim Russell, instructor will help you get a head start on that annual New Year’s resolution to get control of your finances. 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 6:30-8:30 pm starting September 19 and ending on November 24 in Tebbet room 272. The cost of the class is $115 ($100 of the fee is for materials) and couples may share materials and each pay the $15 instruction fee.

Pysanky—Ukrainian Style Egg Decorating for Beginners class.
You’ve seen these beautifully decorated Eastern European style Easter eggs and thought “WOW!”, then immediately, “I could never do that!” Although this egg-straordinary craft appears difficult, it is not! You don’t need special artistic talent. Oh, and guess what! Ukrainian eggs are not painted—they are created using a wax-resist & dye technique. If you can hold a pencil, you can decorate an egg. You know, these eggs are not just for Easter, they make great and unique holiday ornaments that are often left on display all year, as well as special occasion, personalized gifts. To make this craft even easier, your class fee includes a starter kit with the tools, dyes, and patterns. There are a few household items you will need to bring to class, get the list when you register. Join instructor Roxanne Baker and turn ordinary eggs into amazingly beautiful works of art. This class will be held Tuesday/Thursday, November 4 – 20 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the EWC Community Training Center and will cost $65.

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.

Lancer Booster Club Kick-Off BBQ announced

“On behalf of the Lancer Booster Club we would like to invite you to our Kick-Off BBQ Party Monday, September 8, 2014. The community and fans are invited to join us at the Goshen County Fair Grounds Frontier Shelter at 6:00pm. Join the fun and get a chance to meet the EWC Coaches and Student-Athletes from all the EWC Athletic Teams (Volleyball, Men’s Golf, Men’s & Women’s Rodeo and Basketball). It is a free BBQ for the first 250 EWC Lancer Fans while supplies last. There will be prizes for the first guests at 6:00pm,” said Terry Lofink, Lancer Booster Club President

This is also the time to join the Lancer Booster Club. The Booster Club has met with a variety of stakeholders over the summer and has provided a membership form level to meet the variety of levels requested. A base membership will start out at $10 and can go up from there to meet your individual, family or business needs.

Booster Club Membership Forms will be available at the BBQ or can be turned into the EWC Fitness Center Office. We look forward to seeing you September 8 or at an upcoming EWC event. We have many great things planned for the year and your membership and support is greatly appreciated to help us to the next level.

“The Lancer Booster Club has always been so helpful to our athletic programs here at EWC. I have always enjoyed the community involvement and interest in our athletics and I think it makes EWC a great place to build quality programs. Over the last few months the Booster club has particularly been interested and excited about expanding their impact on our athletic programs and updating their role as our key support system. I think this energy and commitment is outstanding and I am so excited to work with them to help make EWC athletics even more exciting for our student athletes and our great fans. With their current vision and commitment level, our EWC athletic department will have a chance to really catch up and solidify our position towards the top in this very tough Region IX of athletics.
I am looking forward to the upcoming Lancer Club BBQ on September 8th. I hope that the fans and boosters will come out and that the attendance is strong, it will be a fun night to introduce our student athletes and start to make them feel at home in our community,” Casey Jones, EWC Men’s Basketball Coach.

“We are very excited about the energy, support and direction the booster club has shown this fall. It’s a great time to get involved with EWC athletics and support them for the exciting times ahead. The Booster club BBQ is a great way to meet and show your support to the EWC athletic programs. An opportunity to visit with players and coaches in a relaxed atmosphere.” – Tom Anderson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

“We’re in full swing here at EWC and ready for a great year both in the classroom and on the court, course, and arena. Let’s go LANCER NATION!!!” Zach Smith, EWC Golf Coach.