Posts from February, 2015

EWC Highlights Upcoming Community Education Youth Camps

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces upcoming youth Rodeo and basketball camps.

YOUTH RODEO CAMP is open to buckaroos in grades 1-6. In this ground clinic EWC Rodeo Coach and EWC Rodeo Team members will instruct students on the college rodeo events and basic rodeo skills. Equipment is provided; clinic does not include animals. The registration fee includes a t-shirt and a 2014 Lancer Rodeo ticket. This camp will be held on Monday March 2 from 4- 5:30 pm at the Goshen County Fairgrounds Pavilion and will cost $20.

YOUTH BASKETBALL is open to children in grades 1-6. Players will learn basic skills while having fun! Class focus is on building skills in dribbling, ball handling, passing/catching, shooting, running, and agility, as well as group cooperation. What Coach Conde wants his players to walk away with is a positive attitude and a love for basketball. This camp will be held on Saturdays, March 7 through March 28. Grades 1-3 from 8:309:45 am and grades 4-6 will be held from 10-11:30 am. The cost of this camp is $35 and includes a t-shirt.

START SMART WEEBALL BASKETBALL class is limited to children age 4 (by Jan 2015), age 5, and 6 year old Kindergarteners. A lower basket and child-sized balls are used in this structured program that focuses on teaching children and their parents the basic motor skills necessary to play organized basketball.

Classes for 4 & 5 year olds will be held Tuesdays, March 17, 24/April 7, 14. Classes for 6 year olds will be held on Thursdays, March 19, 26/April 9, 16. Times for both of these is 5:30-6:30pm and the cost is $35 and includes a t-shirt. Please note there is no class the week of March 30-April 3.

To register for these camps or other classes, 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.

Eastern Wyoming College Announces the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce the honor rolls for the Fall 2014 semester. There were 356 students receiving recognition for achieving high scholastic grades.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students that are full time (12 or more credit hours) and achieve a 4.0 grade point average. To qualify for the Dean’s Honor Roll, students must also be full time and achieve a grade point average of 3.5, but less than 4.0. The Associate Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes those students who have at least six credit hours but not more than twelve with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

President’s Honor Roll

Torrington, WY– Eric Avila, Cody Colman, Danielle Feagler, Davin Gerrard, Brooke Miller, Dusty Southworth, Bartton Spracklen, Sabrina Troutman, Whitney Walson

Aladdin, WY – Rebecca Dulaney

Douglas, WY – Kacy Addleman, Dusty Burton, Mark Caballero, Zachary Hoopman, Jewel Jackson, Bailey Kane, Jessica Perala, James Willox

Casper, WY – Alyssa Hast

Guernsey, WY – Wes Reyher

Hulett, WY – Hailey Letellier

LaGrange, WY – Sarah Cline

Laramie, WY – Kylie Christopherson

Lingle, WY – Preston Hunt, Orrin Kinberg, MacKay Price

Lusk, WY – Rishell Lizasuain

Moorcroft, WY– Bayli Buckmiller, Kyrie Wendling

Newcastle, WY – Jordan Brooks, Shaylee Curren, Angela Holliday, Scottlyn Wiggins

Pinedale, WY – Gabriel Torres

Rozet, WY – Natasha Fowles, Howard Jones, Toby Reynolds, Jason Robinson

Sundance, WY – Tonia Johnson

Casa Grande, AZ – Joanna Perez

Hereford, CO – Adele Cass

Rocky Ford, CO – Brandon Mosher

Lyman, NE – Jacob Ramirez

Morrill, NE – Clay Schafer

Noosa Heads, QLD Australia – Nelson Kahler

Dean’s Honor Roll

Torrington, WY – Teresa Bloodgood, Jesselyn Burroughs, Shelby Burroughs, Alicia Campbell, Selena Dominguez, Allison Emery, Carlie Enns, Sage Fields, Jeromy Greene, Alexander King, Cody Lane, Patricia Martinez, Kali Milhouse, Danielle Murphy, Jodi Ottman, Callie Pearson, Evan Ponce, Taylor Rewerts, Thomas Trout, Blake Wisroth

Baggs, WY – Kelsea Herriman

Basin, WY – Steven Bassett

Casper, WY – Chandler Meeboer, Nathan Pieper, Devin Williams

Cheyenne, WY – Jeremy Chuhralya, Alexander Cowns, Fawtana Welch

Cokeville, WY – Luke Awtrey

Douglas, WY – Daniel Evins, Kaitlin Gaukel, Spenzer Jackson, Kiersten Leach, Madison Lehner, Terrence Meagher, Rhian Miller, Brock Oliver, Chase Oliver, Shelby Palmer, Brandon Sorg, Catherine Stock, Colt Travnicek, Timothy Uttenhove, Courtney Vialpando

Evanston, WY – Courtney Carroll, Jacob Williams

Farson, WY – Kyle Sabourin

Garrett, WY – James Sturgeon

Gillette, WY – McKayla Peterson, Charlene Pfaff, Jennifer Snowden-Tarver, Patrick Totzke

Glendo, WY – Ashton Roggenbuck, Logan Soto

Glenrock, WY – Erik Elisson

Green River, WY – Myka Ginestar

Hulett, WY – Zoe Penning

Keeline, WY – Kaitlin Gaukel, Colt Travnicek

LaBarge, WY – Michelle Alcorn

LaGrange, WY – Michael Clayton, Chandra Stoddard

Laramie, WY – Joseph Plante, Karlton Schmit, Dane Smith

Lingle, WY – Abderrahim Elghanjaoui

Lusk, WY – Dylan Boltz, Jessica Ian, Ian Zerbe

Moorcroft, WY – Kendra Kanode, Marcus Lawrence, Lyndsey Lewis, Jake Marden, Elizabeth Stairs

Newcastle, WY – Summer Cole, Marni Hossfeld, Tanya Jingleski, Vincent Oedekoven, Jessica Pastor, Amelia Stewart, Josie Tracy, Hannah Williams

Pine Haven, WY – Kole Schell

Rawlins, WY – John Moore

Riverton, WY – Aaron Nirider

Rock Springs, WY – Clinton Baker

Rozet, WY – Zane Allee, Tate Allison, Trevor Jones

Shoshoni, WY – Michelle Woodward

Thermopolis, WY – Kira Oliver

Wheatland, WY– Alyce Bowman, Kylie Olson

Yoder, WY – Zachary Eisenbarth, Roger Jenkins, Jessica Oaks

Ovid, CO – Makayla Spitz

Dunning, NE – Aaron Freeman, Tanner Freeman

Gering, NE – Bryana Larsen

Harrison, NE – Bailey Saults

Hershey, NE – Calvin Carsten

Lyman, NE – Cody Peachey

Mitchell, NE – Zachariah Pieper, Aaron Wadhams

Morrill, NE – Bret Hoover, Amanda Kaufman, Nicole Smith

Oshkosh, NE – Tori Vineyard

Scottsbluff, NE – Haleigh White

Sutherland, NE – Nathaniel Foster

Sturgis, SD – Kimberlee O’Connor

Austin, TX – Kara Babola

Delta, UT – Daniel Johnson

Associate Dean’s Honor Roll

Torrington, WY – Erin Buchanan, Heidi Buchholz, Vanesa Chavez, Paul Cole, Manuel Contreras, Molly Creagar, Jill Cronk, Jonathon Cummings, Alicia DeMott, Rebecca Deen, Caroline Enns, Amber Fields, Elizabeth Greene, Nelson Lewis, Iziah McGee, Joshua Minter, Robert Randolph, Matthew Reichert, Danna Schamel, Devin Shoults, Taylor Troxel, Duggins Wroe, Grace Wydner

Albin, WY – Crystal Rooney

Afton, WY – Shawn Merritt

Alva, WY – Halle Bears, Jodi Gantz, Leanna Roscoe

Douglas, WY – Aleecia Aikey, Alex Back, Shaile Banuelos, Emily Bartling, Shyann Bennett, Trevor Bennett, Ryann George-Bevers, Carson Black, Ciara Blain, Caitlin Boe, Bayley Bratton, Blake Brooks, Desanka Brown, Zane Bull, Daxa Chaudhari, Jacob Cropper, John Davis, Raven Eckenrod, John Foster, Tanner Gamble, Brenna Graham, Colter Haman, Justin Hancock, Brooke Harmon, Jacey Hays, Jenna Hepp, Haley Hight, Anastasia Hill, Nicholas Hiser, Chance Leach, Maribeth Marlin, Hector Martinez, Ashlyn McMackin, Samuel Mittleider, Judith Murillo, Calee Notman, Sally Oban, Britta Paris, Ashley Parker, Baylee Parks, Kayla Peterson, Chase Quinn, Emily Roessing, Tanaya Rohrer, Aimee Russell, Scott Shuler, Katelynn Smith, Echo Sonesen, Lisa Townsend, Ashley Veldhuizen, Joshua Walmsley, Sydney Werner, Elli Wortham

Etna, WY – Josi West

Evanston, WY – Kerby Barker

Ft. Laramie, WY – Natalie Booth

Gillette, WY – Nicole Posten

Glendo, WY – Sydnie Eller, Kelsie Soto, Evan Wilhelm

Glenrock, WY – Stryker Davies, Ivy Engel, Ethan Kraft, Trinton Larramendy, Veronica Oria, Leah St. Clair, Garrett Tvedt, Cassandra Wickett

Guernsey, WY – Jacob Barnes, Antionette Bowen, Arielle Howell, Melinda Kelley

Huntley, WY – Sara Kostur

Hulett, WY – Hannah Bauernfeind, Faith Hummell, Hali Ike, Seth Keller, Brooke Mills

LaGrange, WY – Emma Hernandez, Kyla Odermann, Myre Pauls, Madison Pragnell,

Lance Creek, WY – Katherine Ruiz

Laramie, WY – Denise Jairell

Lingle, WY – Alexis Asa, Taylor Bever, Colten Peterson, Nathan Strong, Gabrielle Wollert

Lusk, WY – Amber Berens, Martin Fitzwater, Abbey Larson, Clayton Potter, Megan Proctor,
Tucker Stephens

Newcastle, WY – Calbi Ausmann, Kendra Back, Henry Basuki, Kenneth Blakeney, Jacob Brown, Katara Cade, Hannah Cass, Madison Crawford, Layne Crisman, Alyssa Dawson, Abigail Deveraux, Ashlyn Dollison, Ashten Farnsworth, Abigail Gettinger, Abby Gray, Jade Haggerty, Colin Heaton, Alexander Henkle, Jenna Holmes, Kalyn Houser, Melissa Houser, Brandon Jenkins, Jason Johnson, Ronald Kammerer, Bailey Karp, Cooper Karp, Sierra LaCroix, Paul Lambert, Richard Yeager-Larson, Jeremiah Leach, Brandon Leddy, Alec Martinez, Cassandra Munoz, Revon O’Rourke, Triston Roberson, Bradon Rushton, Taylor Small, McKaylia Stevenson, Melissa Stubbs, Nocona Toth, Rebecca Wolfe, Kelsey Wood

Moorcroft, WY – Josey Bailey, Adelita Gerstner, Tanyon Gray, Lynden Nelson, Katalina Pfeil,
Abigail Robinson, Lorena Robinson, Ashley Sams

Osage, WY – Jenna Piper

Pine Haven, WY – Savanah Richter, Sarah Taylor

Rozet, WY – Kyra King, Baillie Matthews

Sundance, WY – Olivia Croft, Brooklyn Fossen, Jaycee Garman, Sheyenne Halstengard, Cindy Hansen, Jennifer Hunkins, Cole Inghram, Cortney Johnson, Courtney Kuhl, Heidi Mills, Savannah Silbaugh, Gracie Vanhorn, Skyler Wagaman

Upton, WY – Loreana Rhoden

Veteran, WY – Katrina Haines

Wheatland, WY – Melissa Garcia, Nicole Stockwell, Cheyenne Wicke

Yoder, WY – Jessica Lessard

Mitchell, NE – Sara Jacobs

Scottsbluff, NE – Lindsey Miles

EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted 29 new members

EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted 29 new membersEastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that twenty-nine students were initiated into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on February 9, 2015.  Students initiated into the Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter of PTK include:  Jesselyn Burroughs, Torrington, WY; Courtney Carroll, Evanston, WY; Alex Cowns, Cheyenne, WY; Danielle Feagler, Torrington, WY; Sage Fields, Torrington, WY; Nathaniel Foster, Sutherland, NE; Kaitlin Gaukel, Keeline, WY; Myka Ginestar, Green River, WY; Kelsea Herriman, Baggs, WY; Hunter Johnson, Delta UT; Amanda Kaufman, Morrill, NE; Cody Lane, Torrington, WY; Rishell Lizasuain, Lusk, WY; Chandler Meeboer, Casper, WY; Aaron Nirider, Riverton, WY; Kimberlee O’Connor, Sturgis, SD; Kira Oliver, Thermopolis, WY; Kylie Olson, Wheatland, WY; Callie Pearson, Torrington, WY; Zoe Penning, Hulett, WY; McKayla Peterson, Gillette, WY; Zachariah Pieper, Mitchell, NE;  Evan Ponce, Torrington, WY; Kyle Sabourin, Farson, WY; Nicole Smith, Morrill, NE; James Sturgeon, Garrett, WY; Josie Tracy, Newcastle, WY; Thomas Trout, Torrington, WY; Whitney Walson, Torrington, WY

The Keynote Speakers for the event were Rick Vonburg, Division Chair for Business and Technology, Statistics Instructor and Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning at EWC.

Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.

EWC Highlights Upcoming Computer Classes

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

Long time instructor Ruth Keep will be retiring after this semester from teaching Community Education Computer Classes. Now would be a great opportunity to take advantage of Ruth’s knowledge and sign up for one or all of the following computer classes.

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013
This 9 week series will take you through a tutorial on the 2013 version of Microsoft Office. Each 90 minute session is designed to be a stand-alone class. FastCourse 2013 textbooks are available for purchase at the time of registration. Although registration by the day before each class is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.

This class will be held on Wednesdays beginning February 18 through April 22.
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Cost: $21 per session, books $15
Location: Community Training Center Computer Lab
Feb. 25–Copy & Paste (book 1)
March 4—Using Graphics, Smart Art, Text Boxes
March 18–Tabs & Tables (book 2)
March 25–Envelopes & Labels (teacher provided handout)
April 1–Using Merges in Word (book 1)
April 8–Excel Spreadsheets 1 (book 1)
April 15–Excel Spreadsheets 2 (book 1)
April 22–PowerPoint (book 1)
To register for this or any other class please call the Community Education office at 307.532.8213.

EWC to hold Winter Concert in Torrington

The Eastern Wyoming College music department has announced the winter concert to be held on Wednesday, February 25th at 7 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington.  The concert will feature the EWC Collegiate Chorale and Community Choir.

This performance will be conducted by EWC music instructor Michael DeMers accompanied by Janet Howard and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mr. DeMers at 307.532.8368.

EWC Livestock Show Team places at National Livestock Show

Denver Stock ShowThe Eastern Wyoming College Show Team traveled to The National Western Stock Show in Denver and brought home awards.

Producer Ty Steben’s pen of steers placed second in their class and all three sold through the prospect sale.  Steben was able to watch both the show and sale with the students.  Danielle Schainost, Yoder, WY, Emily Garl, Mitchell, NE, and Kiernan Brandt, Cheyenne, WY were the student exhibitors.

Dr. Ed Bittner, EWC Vet Tech instructor donated Lowlines and they placed 3rd, 4th (producer’s calf) and 7th in their respective classes. The percentage heifer was sold to a producer in Oklahoma.  Based on recommendations from some of the Lowline breeders at the stock show, EWC will keep the fullblood and will work with Dr. Bittner to get her bred to calve in October of 2016. Dr. Bittner was able to attend the show and sale. The five students that attended were; Hadley Brown, Hyannis, NE, Danae McGarvin, Ten Sleep, WY, Zeb Rosencranz, Beulah, WY, Shelby Cranston, Moorcroft, WY and Paige Aylward, Dickens, NE.

Arizona NationalsThe Dorsets brought home Champion Any Other Meat Breed Ewe, Reserve Champion Any Other Meat Breed Ram, and Champion Any Other Meat Breed Flock honors.  The wether sire ram was 3rd in his class. Shelby Cranston was 6th in Breeding Sheep Showmanship and 6th with her ewe lamb in the junior ewe lamb any other meat breed class.  Patti and Steve Griffith, Pavillion, WY are the producers of the Dorsets. The five students exhibiting were; Zeb Rosencranz, Shelby Cranston, Emily Garl, Ashley Johnson, and Matthew Johnson both of Wheatland, WY.

“There was some cross-over with students between the different shows but all together we took 10 different students.  It was a long two weeks but very successful.  Students had the opportunity to meet lots of different producers from around the country and we have Heath Laber, Longmont, CO a sheep producer that is going to hold a fitting clinic for our students,” shared Dr. Georgia Younglove, Livestock Judging Instructor.

Gorsuch displays items at EWC

Dean and Bekah GorsuchLast week Dean and Bekah Gorsuch visited Eastern Wyoming College where they shared items to be displayed in the Athletic Department trophy case.  Items on display include:

  • 2006 National Finals Rodeo steer wrestling average winner saddle
  • 2010 National Finals Rodeo jacket – the year that Gorsuch won his second title
  • 2008 Cheyenne Frontier Days back number, the year that Gorsuch won the steer wrestling title
  • 2006 National Finals Rodeo go round buckle, the first round buckle he ever won at the NFR
  • 2000 Central Rocky Mountain Region steer wrestling champion plaque
  • Decorative spurs from the 2013 National Finals Rodeo, each contestant is given these

“As a senior I knew right away that EWC was the place for me,” shared Dean Gorsuch.

“I’m not sure that most people understand how Coach Jake Clark and EWC helped Dean get started and molded him into who he is today,” shared Bekah Gorsuch.  “Dean gives so much credit to Eastern Wyoming College and is so thankful he become part of that family.  EWC is a small school that has more to offer students than most big schools.  Much of what Dean got out of his opportunity at EWC he put into it, taking advantage of any extra help he received before and after regular practice.”

Gorsuch attended EWC in 1998 – 2000 where he completed a program in Welding and Joining Technology.

EWC Rodeo Coach Jake Clark has remained in contact with Gorsuch since his time on campus and is excited about the new display.  “We are honored to have the opportunity to display memorabilia and prizes earned by Dean.  As a coach, it was a special day for me to meet with Dean and his wife Bekah as they brought in some of his professional and college prizes to display.”

Clark also reflected on having Gorsuch as a member of the Lancer rodeo team.  “As a student-athlete, Dean appreciated all of his opportunities here at EWC.  He practiced as hard as he could.  He utilized the resources provided to the maximum of his ability.  He was always the first one at practice and the last one to leave; and that hard work pays off.  Dean is a great example of how far one can go when you have the talent, but more importantly, are willing to put in the hard work to make that talent successful.”

“Even before the gold buckles, I have always been proud of Dean because of the person that he is.  He is a great ambassador for Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo and the entire sport of rodeo,” added Clark.

The EWC Athletic Department under the direction of new Athletic Director David Vondy has been working diligently on reaching out to past student-athletes to reconnect.  “The EWC Coaches and Booster Club Officers work together to reach out to individuals.  Coach Clark and I have visited extensively about the amazing group of EWC rodeo team members who have gone on to accomplish so many great things in life.  Naturally, Dean Gorsuch as a two-time PRCA World Champion, came up during many conversations to kick-off our athletic alumni relations.”

“Dean and Bekah have been very gracious in gathering items to put on display at EWC.  We are very excited in the EWC Athletic Department to launch this project with such an accomplished and great individual as Dean Gorsuch.  Just as amazing as he is as a PRCA rodeo star, he is even a better person and great role model for all of our student-athletes.  Dean is a great husband, a great father, and a great family man and we are honored to kick start this initiative with him.”

Vondy also added, “We have been working to expand our alumni relations with the revamping of our Eastern Wyoming College Booster Club and the start of our EWC Homecoming Event.  These projects and clips from the ‘Dean & Jake Show’ can be viewed at the Eastern Wyo Boosters Facebook page allows alumni to keep in touch with day-to-day activities.  We hope that our events with Dean will help inspire other EWC Alumni to reconnect.  We look forward to additional opportunities to reach more alumni in years to come.”

“I am happy to display my saddle and memorabilia at EWC.  I hope it shows other students that dreams are within reach,” concluded Gorsuch.

EWC announces Denver Garden & Home Show bus trip

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces registration is open until February 12 for the Denver Garden and Home Show trip. This trip will be February 14 and the cost is $40.

It’s been two long years since we’ve been able to experience a little bit of spring and summer in the middle of winter. Learn about innovative gardening and home improvement ideas, and products in more than 1400 booths. The cost of the trip includes the price of admission. Lunch is on your own at the Garden & Home Show, there is a large variety of dining options.

To register for this trip or classes, 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 Foundation announces the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015 to Billy Janes

Billy Janes - Chief of PoliceThe Eastern Wyoming College Foundation and Eastern Wyoming College are proud to honor Billy Janes as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award for 2015.  He will be the 25th recipient of this award, which was first awarded in 1991.

Janes was born in Rocky Ford, Colorado, and moved at the age of six with his family to Torrington where his father was employed with the Holly Sugar Corporation.   He graduated from Eastern Wyoming College in 1974 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in law enforcement.

He was employed as a peace officer at the time of his graduation, and formally began with the Torrington police department in 1973.  With his retirement from the force in early 2015 his service will have included thirty annual appointments as Chief of Police.   His career in law enforcement in Torrington includes promotion to Sergeant in 1978, promotion to Detective Lieutenant in 1981, and appointment as acting police chief then Chief of Police in 1986.  At his retirement in 2015, Mr. Janes is the longest serving police chief in the state of Wyoming.

His career included extensive training in law enforcement and administrative leadership in the field of criminal justice.  He is a graduate of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, the FBI National Academy and Command Academy, and has completed over 4,000 continuing education hours in peace officer standards.  He is additionally a certified instructor in a variety of law enforcement, business and community policing subject areas.

Mr. Janes has served as an adjunct instructor for both the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and Eastern Wyoming College, as well as serving appointments with Peace Officers Standards and Training, and the Western Regional Institute in Community Oriented Policing (including mentoring programs in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and South Dakota.)   He is also a nationally-qualified instructor for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which provides mentoring to law enforcement officers in 50 states, and serves as a D.A.R.E officer providing drug prevention education to K-12 students throughout Goshen County.

He has served a gubernatorial appointment to the Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission as well as to the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy Board.  He has been president of the Wyoming Sheriffs and Chiefs Association and served on the Wyoming Association of Municipalities Public Safety Committee.  He additionally received the Wyoming D.A.R.E Lifetime Achievement and Administrator of the Year Award.
In his non-law enforcement community activities, Mr. Janes is active in Rotary International, serving as the Torrington club president and working with several international student exchange and facility construction projects.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International. He has been an active high school football referee for many years, and is past president of the Eastern Wyoming Official’s Association.  He additionally received the Wyoming High School Activities Association Thirty Year award for service.

Mr. Janes will be honored with this award at the May 8, 2015 commencement ceremonies held on the EWC campus.

EWC Foundation announces recipient of Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award for 2015 to Jeanne Hamer

Jeanne TamiThe Eastern Wyoming College Foundation and Eastern Wyoming College are proud to honor former  EWC music instructor Jeanne Hamer as the recipient of the Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award for 2015.   This award was created in 2011 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the success of the College, and are not necessarily alumni.

Jeanne Hamer was an instructor at Eastern Wyoming College from 1968 to 2000, where she taught a full schedule of music courses, serving from 1970 to 1992 as the chair of the music department.  She has since served as an adjunct instructor in music and was awarded the honor and designation of emeritus faculty when she retired in 2000.

Ms. Hamer pursued and led a variety of activities that successfully promoted the College throughout the state and in eastern Wyoming, including performing as soloist at the dedication of a new fine arts center at Central Wyoming College in Riverton and as a guest soloist with the Northwest College orchestra and master chorale in Powell, Wyoming.  Performing groups under her leadership have traveled to schools throughout Wyoming and western Nebraska to promote the music program at Eastern Wyoming College.  Additionally, she has served as an adjudicator at various music festivals in Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana – never hesitating to promote the music programs at EWC to students who she met on those many occasions.

As so many in Goshen County know, Ms. Hamer had an unequaled impact on the music community in Torrington.   She was heavily involved in the creation of the Eastern Wyoming Fine Arts Council, including serving numerous terms as its president.  The Eastern Wyoming Fine Arts Council continues today as a strong collaboration between the College and the public at large in Torrington.   She additionally served two terms as the president of the American Choral Directors of Wyoming.

As director of the Torrington community chorus, she spent long hours preparing the group to perform at the nationally recognized Avery Fisher Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center.   She traveled to the Steinway Piano Factor in Queens, New York to assist with the purchase of the grand piano that has been in the Fine Arts Center since its construction and performed in Brazil with other Wyoming music educators as part of a Partners in America program.

Closer to home, Ms. Hamer continues as a member of the Goshen County Community theatre, and is past president of the Torrington Friends of Music.   She also serves as the organist for All Saints and Episcopal Church in Torrington, and also as the church’s choir director.  Her honors include selection as an Outstanding Young Woman of America, and to Who’s Who in American Music and Who’s Who in American Education.

Ms. Hamer is truly the “voice” behind so much music not only through her years at Eastern Wyoming College, but throughout our community.