Posts from September, 2015

Lancer men’s team second in region

The Eastern Wyoming College rodeo team recently traveled to Sheridan, WY to compete in the annual Sheridan College Rodeo.

“Some things didn’t go our way for the men’s team but we are still in the top two in the regional standings,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “I am very proud of how our women’s team completed the weekend.”

In the steer wrestling, sophomore AJ Freeman, Dunning, NE was third in the average while teammate Danny Manning, sophomore, Hemingford, NE, was 4th.  Their times on two steers were 12.3 and 13.8 seconds respectively.

Sophomore Cody Lane, Torrington, WY, was 4th in the average in the tie down roping with a total time of 24.5 seconds on two.

Team roping duo of Riley Curuchet, freshmen, Kaycee, WY and Denton Shaw, freshman, Lusk, WY, placed in the first round of the team roping with a time of 7.1 seconds and qualified for the short round.

Freshmen Jamie Thompson, Lusk, WY and Ballie Mutchler, Whitewood, SD each qualified for the short round in the goat tying.

In the breakaway roping, sophomore Rylee Rutton, Colome, SD, placed in the first round and qualified for the short round.

The Lancer rodeo team will travel to the Lamar Community College rodeo in Colorado October 2-4.

EWC announces West Side Story Candlelight Dinner Theatre bus trip

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces tickets are available for the trip to see West Side Story at the Candlelight Dinner Theatre in Johnstown, CO on Saturday, October 17th. The cost of this trip is $65 and includes meal, beverage & tip, upgrades are available for an extra charge. Registration deadline is October 9th.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of theatre’s finest accomplishments. Book by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

To register for this trip or classes, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323.


EWC Community Education announces Little Digger Volleyball

Eastern Wyoming College is now accepting registrations for Little Diggers Volleyball to be held on Saturdays, October 10 to October 31.

Little Diggers Volleyball is designed to introduce the game and fundamental skills of volleyball to elementary aged boys and girls in a fun and safe environment.  The class takes place on 4 consecutive Saturdays.  Please indicate school grade and t-shirt size at the time of registration.

Grades K-3 will play from 9-10 am with grades 4-6 playing from 10:15-11:30 am. The cost of $35 and will include a t-shirt.

To register please contact EWC Community Education at 307.532.8323 or 307.532.8213.

New Employees Introduced to Eastern Wyoming College

New employees at EWC

New employees at EWC: Left to right: Keith Smith, Holly Courtney, Dr. Sridhar Budhi, Sally Watson, Dr. Michelle Landa, and Roger Humphrey. Not pictured: Brandy Horejs, Ed Meyer, Ashly Nash, Autumn Pierce, and Henry Woehl

Eastern Wyoming College welcomed several new employees to campus this fall.

New faculty and staff members include the following:

Sridhar Budhi, Chemistry Instructor.  Dr. Budhi holds a B.Sc., 2002, from University of Madras, Chennai, India in Chemistry; a M.Sc., 2005, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India in Chemistry; a M.S., from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD; and a Ph.D, 2015, from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.; National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Iowa State University.  Sridhar has been teaching undergraduate chemistry classes and labs for the University of South Dakota, Iowa State University, and Colorado School of Mines since 2008.  He was selected for the “Best Teaching Assistant Award” in 2009 by the USD chemistry department.  He, his wife, and brand new baby are looking forward to life in rural Wyoming.

Holly Courtney, Cook.  Holly comes from New Mexico.  Most recently she has been cooking at the Torrington hospital and for the Goshen County School district.  Along with her cooking expertise, she brings a welcoming personality and a sense of humor to the EWC cafeteria.

Brandy Horejs, GEAR UP Grant Coordinator.  Brandy has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Chadron State College, Chadron, NE an Associates from Eastern Wyoming College.  Before taking the GEAR UP position, Brandy was the Accounts Payable Technician in the EWC business office.

Roger Humphrey, Education Instructor.  Roger has spent the past 32 years in various positions in the public school systems, serving as a classroom teacher, building principal and central office administrator.  Roger is currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent for curriculum, assessment and professional development with Campbell County School District in Gillette.  Mr. Humphrey has also served as the Director of Title I in Gillette, Assistant Superintendent in Goshen County, Elementary Principal at Baggs Elementary in Cheyenne and Elementary Principal in Pine Bluffs.  Roger has completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Chadron, his Bachelors at the University of Wyoming and has an Associate Degree from LCCC.

Michelle M. Landa, Ed.D, Vice President for Academic Services.  Michelle was most currently the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.  TVCC is a Community College offering 44 majors and 54 technical career programs.  Michelle has also worked for the College of Western Idaho as the Institutional Effectiveness Director.  Mrs. Landa has served as the Dean of Instruction, Student Services, Institutional Effectiveness at Brown Mackie College in Boise.  Michelle has also worked as a Professional Consultant for EBS where a database was developed to assist higher education.  Michelle received her Ed.D from Argosy University, Master of Art’s Degree from Seton Hall University and her Bachelor of Arts’ from California State University.  She has also taught communications at the College of Western Idaho, Bakersfield College and Taft Colleges.  Michelle brings with her a strong background in management of instruction and data collection.

Ed Meyer, Human Resources.  Ed completed two Masters of Science degrees, one from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK, and one from Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.  His Bachelor of Science Degree in History is from the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.  Ed has extensive military experience with training, planning, and policy management.  He has also served as the Director for the Cowboy Challenge Camp at Guernsey.

Ashly Nash, Custodian.  Ashly was a EWC Criminal Justice law enforcement student, Skills USA member, Speech and Debate Club Member, honor student, and Civitas Group Award winner.  She had been working part-time in the custodial and food service departments.

Autumn Pierce, Animal Caretaker.  Autumn is a 2014 EWC Vet Tech graduate.  She has been working as a Vet Tech at Midtown Animal Hospital in Gering, NE since graduating from EWC.

Keith Smith, Webmaster, Keith comes to us from Oklahoma, where has been working in the graphic communication field for the last ten years.  Mr. Smith is a Powell, WY native and he attended Northwest College there and is now pursuing a B.S. in Graphic Communications from Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC.

Sally Watson, Learning Administrative Specialist.  Sally has served as the Administrative Assistant for Special Ed and Transportation at Southeast High School.  She attended LCCC before starting work for the State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne.

Henry Woehl, Welding Lab Coordinator, Douglas Campus. Henry holds a B.S., 1975, from Chadron State College, Chadron, NE, in Industrial Arts, a M.S. 1976, from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in Industrial Education with a secondary area in Industrial Engineering.  He is also an AWS Certified Welding Inspector and Educator.  Henry retired in 2013 from the Converse County School District #1 after thirty-seven years of teaching in the vocational department at Douglas High School.  He has a long time relationship with EWC and has been heavily involved with Skills USA.  Henry has also worked in the field as a welder for E and N Roustabouts in Douglas.

EWC golf team wins Otero tournament

The Eastern Wyoming College men’s golf team has now won five tournaments in a row as they won the Otero Junior College Tournament with a two-day total of 573 ahead of second place McCook Community College at 577.

“Our day one total was 276.  That is remarkable and the men just played a great round of golf,” shared Coach Zach Smith.  “I was really pleased with Jaydn’s performance.  This team has been fun to watch as a different player has stepped up each tournament to lead the team.”

Freshman Jaydn Wayment, Ogden, UT, led the Lancers with a two-day total of 142 which was 3rd overall.  Other individual scores were as follows:

Adrian Torres, freshman, Madrid, Spain – 143, 4th

Logan Harrison, sophomore, Cheyenne, WY – 145, 6th

Ryder Velasquez, freshman, South Ogden, UT – 148

Denton Shaw, freshman, Lusk, WY – 150

The Lancers will wrap up the fall season with a tournament at Central Wyoming College in Riverton on October 4-5.

Eastern Wyoming College announces Black and Gold Blast night

Eastern Wyoming College announces Black and Gold Blast night Thursday, October 1 at 7pm in the Verl Petsch Jr, Activities Center gymnasium. This is the first Lancer basketball practice for both teams and the public is invited to come and meet the players. Join the teams for some fun games, giveaways, dunk contest, 3 point shooting contest, pizza and a scrimmage.

EWC to present Babaji Bob Kindler

Eastern Wyoming College Foundation and a grant through the Wyoming Humanities Council presents Babaji Bob Kindler for three presentations on October 6th and 7th in Torrington, Wyoming.

Finding Unity in Diversity by Babaji will be held October 6th at 12:10 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium Lecture Hall. Women in Vedanta by Annapurna Sarada will be held on Oct 7th at 12:10 pm in the EWC Community Training Center room 1. Babaji will give an evening presentation October 7th that will entail a brief introduction to Eastern spiritual philosophies, centering on the Vedanta. Musical offerings will be integrated into the discourse to demonstrate the concepts discussed. This presentation will be at 7:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Babaji Bob Kindler has been the Spiritual Director of the Sarada Ramakrishna Vivekananda Associations (SRV) since 1993, with spiritual centers in Hawaii and two on the West Coast of the United States, where he serves as dharma teacher and meditation instructor for students and devotees. He holds a dual spiritual heritage via initiation into the Ramakrishna lineage (Vedanta) and Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the editor of Nectar of Non-Dual Truth: a Journal of Universal Religious Teachings, and author of over a dozen books on spiritual topics including Dissolving the Mindstream, Reclaiming Kundalini Yoga, A Quintessential Yoga Vasishtha, the Wisdom Particle, and Manasana just released in August. Babaji’s spiritual discourses can be found on SRV YouTube channel, and on the official SRV Associations website Additionally, Babaji is a lifelong musician and composer whose main training is in Western classical music. He has composed over 25 albums that have contributed to and drawn deeply from traditions such as Indian raga and bhajan, contemporary jazz, New Age, Hawaiian, and more.

For more information about this presentation contact Joshua McDaniel, instructor at 307.532.8256.



Shelby Welsh named to the All-Tournament Team at Wyo-Baska Tourney

Shelby Welsh

Eastern Wyoming College women’s volleyball player Shelby Welsh, freshman, Ogallala, NE was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Wyo-Braska tournament held September 18 and 19th.

EWC Student Senate presents Tawan Perry

Eastern Wyoming College Student Senate presents Tawan Perry who is the creator of the comprehensive Connect-5 College Completion Program. He is the author of the award-winning college guide “College Sense: What College and High School Advisors Don’t Tell You about College.”

A former college dean, Tawan is a leading authority on college retention and college completion. His speaking programs are perfect for all students to learn about leadership strategies and how to succeed in college. There are three presentations and they will be held on October 8 at 8:30 am in the Verl Petsch, Jr Activities Center gymnasium, and at 1:30 and 4:00 pm in Tebbet room 131. These presentations are free and open to the public.

EWC Welder Test Facility has been reaccredited

EWC’s American Welding Society Weld Test Center was established in 2007. The instructors weld test in accordance with Codes AWS D1.1, ASME, and API 1104.

The test facility is accredited every year with an on sight inspection conducted every three years. Updates to the Quality assurance Manual includes:

Organization and personnel structure
Personnel and qualifications
All Test supervisors must be AWS Certified Welding Inspectors
Safety procedures for testing
Equipment maintenance and calibration
Weld test material verifiable by type and source
Qualification records and Record keeping procedures

Requirements that are met each year is a reference library, training programs required to maintain and improve skills, and a list of testing and measuring equipment.

“I would like to congratulate the instructors of the Welding and Joining Technology program, it has been mentioned that it is one of the finest programs in the nation” said Dr. Richard Patterson, EWC President.

The next regular program accreditation review is scheduled for 2017.