Posts from April, 2015

EWC Highlights Upcoming Kidney Smart class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is partnering with Scottsbluff DaVita to bring the following class.

Kidney Smart will be held on Mondays, May 18th, June 15, July 20, and August 17 from 6-8:00 pm. This class will be held in the EWC Community Training Center and there is no cost for the class.

Kidney Smart is an education program concerned with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  It is focused on helping patients and families understand and manage their kidney health.  Launched in June of 2012, Kidney Smart provides no-cost CKD classes to tens of thousands of patients each year across the country, fostering healthier and more prepared kidney patients.

This class is available to patients, family members, medical staff and anyone who would like more information on chronic kidney disease.  The class may be repeated as many times as a person would like, again at no-cost.

To register for a Kidney Smart class contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323 by 3:00 pm on the day of the class you would like to attend.

Eastern Wyoming College Announces Commencement

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that the 66th annual commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington, Wyoming.

Commencement activities will begin with a barbecue for graduates and their families in the Student Center at 4:30 pm on Friday, May 8th.  The commencement ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm with a processional provided by Janet Howard, Pianist.  Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning, will serve as the Director of Ceremonies.  The National Anthem will be sung by EWC Student Callie Pearson.

Dr. Rick Patterson, President, will then provide a welcome and introduce special guests.  Mr. Zach Eisenbarth, EWC Student Senate President, will provide a welcome on behalf of the students.

Eastern Wyoming College Foundation President, Patrick Korell will then present the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award and the 2015 Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning, will present the candidates for graduation.  Following will be the presentation of certificates and degrees by Ms. Angie Chavez, President of the EWC Board of Trustees. Closing remarks will be spoken by Dr. Ludwig.

A ceremony will be held to honor the High School Equivalency Certificate graduates on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm in Tebbet rooms 131-132.

For more information on the Commencement Ceremony, please call the College at 307.532.8200.

EWC Diversity Club held fundraiser

The Eastern Wyoming College Diversity Club recently held a fundraiser celebrating Military Heroes at a Lancer basketball game.

The Diversity Club is sponsored by Patsy O. Velazquez and Dr. Dee Ludwig and is a group of twelve students whose goals are to: Broaden world view of students and staff; Provides social interaction and fun; Enhance thinking and appreciation of others; Increases understanding of diversity; Enhances teamwork among all.

Student members have family who are veterans or are actively serving and wanted to hold a fundraiser to raise money to donate to a local Veteran Organization and a program to help injured veterans.

A total of $1,203.10 was raised. The club donated 902.33 to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY and $300.77 was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We were very pleased with the response from the community and thank everyone who attended and supported the event,” said sponsor Patsy Velazquez.

“The Diversity Club sponsored a variety of activities over the course of the year.  This one had a lot of buy-in from the club members and the College as a whole.  We had hoped to raise about $1000, and we exceeded our goal for this worthy project,” added Dr. Dee Ludwig.

EWC Golf places second at Northeastern Junior College Tournament

The Eastern Wyoming College golf team finished 2nd at the Northeastern Junior College Tournament held April 16-17 in Sterling, CO. The wet and cold tournament was in Sterling, CO. EWC golfers played very well in this wet and cold tournament on the second day to make a strong run at first place but fell short. “It was a fun day to be on the course despite the conditions because all of our golfers were playing well and had fun. I have been very proud at how well these student athletes have played this spring, it’s been a fun and rewarding stretch of tournaments” said golf coach Zach Smith.

Logan Harrison, freshman from Cheyenne, WY made another solid bid for his 3rd straight first place finish but fell short by 1 stroke to finish 2nd with a team best 145. Sophomore Josh Wilson from West Haven, Utah also had another strong tournament and finished 4th with a 147.

EWC will wrap up the 2014-2015 season when they host their tournament April 23-24 beginning at 1:00 pm Thursday and 8:00 am on Friday morning depending on the weather.

EWC to host Spring Concert

The Music Department at Eastern Wyoming College has announced the Spring Concert  will be held Wednesday April 29 at 7 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public and will feature the EWC Collegiate Chorale, Community Chorus, EWC Jazz Combo, both EWC College and Community Band.

EWC shares CTEC timeline and parking details

An aerial overlay view of the new CTEC facility and related parking.

An aerial overlay view of the new CTEC facility and related parking.

Eastern Wyoming College is sharing information regarding upcoming construction of the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) project to help answer questions and alleviate concerns.

“We have been contacted by a handful of community members in regards to our building projects and campus parking,” shared EWC President Dr. Richard Patterson.  “This presents a good opportunity to share those details and address those concerns.”

Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC)
This facility will house programs in welding and joining technology, machine tooling, cosmetology, and health technology.  It will also be the new location for Community Connections – the newly combined Community Education and Workforce Development offices.  This facility will be located north of the current main entrance of the campus and will expand out to part of the current softball field, along West C Street.

The CTEC is expected to add approximately 69,000 square feet to EWC’s main campus.  This $23 million dollar facility is being funded with $20 million from a Wyoming State Legislature appropriation with the difference coming from the general obligation bonds supported by Goshen County voters in November, 2014.

The scope of this project also includes addressing long-time drainage issues which have deteriorated the surface of the main parking lot and the parking lots north of the Verl Petsch Jr Activities Center.  The current Mechanical Arts building will be razed as part of the drainage and parking project.  The new parking lot in that area will be much larger and will better accommodate buses and large vehicles.  It will also provide close access to entrances on the north side of the Verl Petsch Jr Activities Center, the Veterinary Technology building and the CTEC building.

The parking in the front of the campus will also be redesigned with designated parking in front of the Fine Arts Center and CTEC.  This will increase the number of handicap accessible spaces available on campus.  There will also be designated spaces in front of CTEC for Cosmetology clientele.  The College currently has 681 parking spaces supporting all of the Torrington facilities.  After construction of CTEC, there will be a total of approximately 753 spaces available, a net gain of 72 parking spaces.  The final parking numbers will be approximately 19 parking places in the Fine Arts lot facing C Street; 30 parking places on the front side of Fine Arts; 42 parking places in front of the new CTEC building; 6 reserved spots for Cosmetology customers; 13 parking places on the north side of the CTEC building for faculty and staff.  The remaining parking will be in the new lot where MA/CTC is currently located.

The College has worked with the State of Wyoming and their selected architect Slaterpaull on this project.  Requests for proposals were issued on April 15, 2015 with a bid opening scheduled for early May.  The construction process will begin with the construction of CTEC, move equipment out of MA/CTC, raze MA/CTC, construct new parking lot and finally redesign the front main parking lot and add spaces to Fine Arts Center parking.

“The faculty and staff have enjoyed working with the architects.  They have made it easy to share ideas and asked for input from everyone.  The redesign of the front parking has been discussed and the plan calls for additional parking spaces while still maintaining the concepts of the master plan,” shared Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.

EWC College Relations Director Tami Afdahl will provide a narrated walking tour of campus which will allow participants to see the current campus facilities, recent renovations, current construction projects and future footprints of CTEC and the Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC).  Tours will be held Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm.  Each tour is limited to 15 individuals and registration with the EWC Community Education Office is necessary.

Eastern Wyoming College Athletics End of Year BBQ

The Eastern Wyoming College Booster Club invites you to the Athletics End of Year BBQ.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington, Wyoming.  The end of year event is designed to honor our EWC student-athletes, parents, adoptive parents, support staff, administration, board of trustees, boosters and fans.

Terri Luttrell of Cottonwood Catering will be preparing a BBQ dinner with a variety of meats, BBQ sauces, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, potato chips, desserts and a variety of drinks including Pepsi products.  We will provide dinner for the first 250 guests Wednesday evening.  Following dinner there will be a few comments from the EWC Athletic Department and Booster Club followed by a presentation from each EWC Head Coach.  The coaches will provide a season recap with highlights and recruiting updates.

“Together we have accomplished many goals as an athletic department and booster club this year.  Our student-athletes and coaches have worked hard to enhance the EWC experience.  We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the year with our key stakeholders,” noted David Vondy, Director of Athletics.

Terry Lofink, President of the Booster Club noted, “Our Adoptive Parent Program was an area that we wanted to grow and develop this year.  Doug Ring and others really pitched in to make some big strides in this area to enhance the student-athlete experience.  We encourage those who contributed to our successes to join us April 22 to celebrate the year.”

The EWC Booster Club would like to thank Pittman Electric, Bob’s Roofing, Cottonwood Catering, Pepsi and Goshen County Fairgrounds for their support of this year’s EWC Athletics End of Year BBQ.

Eastern Wyoming College Debate Team Ties for 9th in the Country

The Eastern Wyoming College debate team traveled to Boise Idaho to compete at the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament on March 27th.

The tournament was one of the largest in (IPDA) history, boasting over 250 competitors and 94 within the novice debate bracket.  Torrington’s own, Thomas Garvie, sophomore, tied for 9th in the country in the novice bracket and earned Eastern Wyoming College their highest national ranking in debate team history.

According to John Hansen, EWC’s Speech and Debate team coach “It was a magical run to see Thomas at his best and it shows that students from our local community, with a lot of hard work, determination, and some effective coaching can compete against anyone in the country.”

After 8-grueling preliminary rounds of debate, Garvie ended up winning 6 out of 8 debates, and in the first round of the tournament, narrowly losing to the national champion, Stanfield from Middle Tennessee State University.  According to Garvie, “It’s an amazing feeling to match wits with the best debaters in the country and to know that you are among an elite group is rewarding and humbling.”  EWC’s debaters were only bested by one other community college (Lee College) and have solidified EWC’s position amongst the best Colleges and Universities in the country.

Other debaters that had a successful national tournament were Emily Ellis, freshman, Carpenter, WY and Bryce Funk, freshman, Merino, CO, who ended up ranking 50th and 51st respectfully.  According to Hansen “Both Emily and Bryce showed exceptional gains this year and it’s exciting to have them back next year as they will work hard to move-up in the national rankings.” Also traveling were novice debaters Will Anderson, freshman, Torrington, WY and Callie Pearson, freshman, Torrington, WY who put up impressive wins against the College of Western Idaho and Bossier Parish Community College.  Additionally, Drew Buckhaults, freshman, Hawk Springs, WY competed in the novice division and showed impressive gains earning 142 speaker points.

Moreover, EWC showed great promise in the varsity division, thanks to Kyle Sabourin, freshman, Farson, WY who competed against the most experienced debaters in the country and winning three of his debates and defeating debaters from Boise State University and Louisiana State University – Shreveport.

EWC’s national team success was aided by the efforts of Madison Bloodgood, freshman, Torrington, WY who competed for the team throughout the year, but at nationals served as assistant coach.  According to Hansen, “Madison brings a depth of knowledge and great research skills that put our debaters in a position to make the winning argument.”
At the start of the year, EWC returned only one debater from the previous squad, Hansen put out a challenge to the students of EWC, “if you want to be a part of something a little larger than yourself, join speech and debate, it will change your life.”

EWC’s debate team has now grown to 14-members and with the efforts of Mai Lee Olson (College Recruiter) and Kaitlyn Steben (Agriculture Faculty) serving as assistant coaches throughout the year we have provided our team with a diverse knowledge pool that broadens our student’s perspectives beyond communication.  This broadening is supported by Hansen, who summed it up by saying, “It takes a village of support to raise champions, while our win / loss record is endemic of our students efforts, those efforts are built upon a firm academic knowledge, predicated upon successful teaching and a supportive community, I cannot thank everyone enough for their assistance throughout the year; winning is a community effort.”

For more information about EWC debate, including scholarship opportunities for high school students who competed in speech & debate, contact John Hansen at 307-532-8367.

Dedication announced for EWC Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College will hold a Dedication ceremony for the new Douglas Campus on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 2:00 pm at 800 South Wind River Drive in Douglas.

“Construction is complete and we have occupied the building.  We are looking forward to showing this facility to the community,” shared EWC President Dr. Richard Patterson.

This event is open to the public.  There will be a ribbon cutting at 2:15 and the ceremony speakers will begin at 2:30.  Guests are invited to tour the facility during this event.

For more information please contact EWC at 307.358.5622.

Art and the Nazis Presentation at Eastern Wyoming College

Eastern Wyoming College presents EWC Art Instructor John Cline speaking on Art and the Nazis and the effect Nazism had on art in both Europe and the United States. This presentation is free and open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, April 15th at noon in Lecture Hall 1 in the Fine Arts building.

For more information please contact John Cline at 307.532.8291.