Posts from January, 2016

FAFSA Frenzy offers free FAFSA help in Douglas

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a vital step in getting help to pay for college.  By attending FAFSA Frenzy on February 14 students and families can get free, expert help in filling out this important form.

FAFSA Frenzy will be held from 1-3 pm, at the Eastern Wyoming College Douglas Campus located at 800 South Wind River Drive.  College-bounds students must complete the FAFSA to qualify for federal financial aid, as well as some types of state aid, scholarships and grants offered by many colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools.  FAFSA assistance is available to any student wanting to attend any college; all are welcome to attend this event.

Students 23 years of age or younger should attend the FAFSA Frenzy with their parents or guardians and bring their parents’ and their own completed 2014 or 2015 Internal Revenue Service 1040 tax returns, if available, or W-2 forms or other 2014 or 2015 income, asset and benefits information.  If parents cannot attend, students may attend alone, but they must bring the same income information.  Students 24 years of age or older may attend and bring their own completed 2014 or 2015 IRS 1040 tax returns, if available, or W-2 forms or other 2015 income, asset and benefits information.

All necessary materials, such as pens, pencils, computers to complete the FAFSA, and snacks will be provided.  This event is free and open to anyone seeking assistance with the FAFSA.

For more information about the FAFSA Frenzy on the Douglas Campus call 307.624.7000.

EWC nursing program approved

Eastern Wyoming College has received approval from the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for the new nursing program at the campus in Douglas.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, college officials traveled to Cheyenne to meet briefly with the Board in regard to the application which had been submitted earlier in December.  EWC then received notification later in the day that the board had approved the request.  The new nursing program at the Douglas Campus is the first new nursing program created in the state of Wyoming in 30 years.

“The advancement of this program is a bright spot for us in the midst of gloomy State economic news.  It will allow us to offer more options for students, increase enrollment, strengthen our partnerships with local medical providers, and do our part to help address the nursing shortage in our region.  We are very excited to see this program advance,” shared EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson.

Suzey Delger, EWC’s Director of Nursing, has spent nearly 18 months preparing the application and other items necessary to get the program started.

“We are excited about the possibilities this brings to the Douglas Campus and surrounding EWC service area,” shared Delger.  “We want to thank Memorial Hospital of Converse County for all of their support for this Nursing Program and look forward to working with our potential students.”

EWC has also announced the appointment of April Clark to the position of Nursing Instructor.  She will begin on March 1.  She received her ADN from Mt. San Jacinto College, BSN from CA Baptist University, MSN from University of Phoenix and is currently in a PhD program.   She has 8 years of work experience as a Clinical Nurse and Preceptor, 7 years of Instructor/Faculty experience in Higher Education as RN Clinical Instructor and LVN Faculty and 3 years AHA Instructor and business owner.  Clark and Delger will work to make final preparations to the facility and course work.  The program will begin with twelve students in August, 2016.

The admission process for the nursing program will begin soon.  Interested students should contact Delger at 307.624.7020 or stop by the Douglas Campus located at 800 South Wind River Drive.

EWC Highlights Upcoming Digital Photo Series Classes

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

What Are All Those Buttons?
Bring your digital camera and EWC Instructor Andy Espinoza will guide you through all the various settings, menus, and features of your camera.

Class discussion will include basic concepts such as shutter speed, aperture openings, flash vs natural lighting, macro (close-up), image resolution, manual focus, and depth of field. This class will be held on Wednesday January 20. From 6 – 8:00 pm and will cost $25.

Hands On With Shutter Speed and Aperture
Get some hands on experience using your camera in Manual Mode. In this two hour session, you will take a variety of photos while you experiment with the different settings on your camera.

You will be amazed with the results. This class will be held on January 27 from 6 – 8:00 pm and will cost $25.

To register for these or any other classes please call the Community Education office at 307.532.8213.


EWC Community Education announces Little Digger Volleyball Winter Edition

Eastern Wyoming College is now accepting registrations for Little Diggers Volleyball to be held on Saturdays, January 23 to February 13.

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.

Grades K-2 will play from 9-10 am with grades 3-6 playing from 10-11:30 am. The cost of $35 will include a trainer volleyball.

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

EWC Highlights Upcoming Community Choir and Band sessions

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces the upcoming Community Choir and Band sessions. Concerts will be on Sunday February 28 and May 1 at 2:00 pm.

Whether your preference is vocal music or instrumental music, or maybe both, EWC is the place for you to join with other musically-minded individuals in making joyous sounds. The new structure of the fall Community Choir & Band programs is intended to allow participants flexibility in their commitment.

The semester is divided into two sessions with a culminating concert for each session, participants can sign up for the first or second session or both, with a discounted fee for committing to both sessions. Session A for the choir will be Monday January 25 to February 28 from 6-7:30 pm. Session B will be held from February 29 to May 1 from 6 – 7:30 pm. The cost per session is $15 or both sessions for $20

Session A for the band will be Thursday January 21 to February 28 from 5:30 -7:00 pm. Session B will be held from March 3 to May 1 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The cost per session is $15 or both sessions for $20

Please join instructor Michael DeMers for a special registration social, complete with refreshments on January 14th from 6-7:00pm in the music room or contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 to register.


EWC highlights upcoming Community Education classes

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

Basic Wood Working

Scott Soderstrom, THS wood/Welding Tech Instructor enjoyed the workshop he offered in 2015 so much that he is offering it again in 2016. He has a number of project plans from which to choose, but definitely encourages participants to bring their own ideas. Each week Scott will be available to provide participants with individualized technical assistance and advice.

Whether you are a new or seasoned woodworker, this is the perfect class for you because you get to try out a variety of woodworking tools and equipment. The first class will cover safety, equipment demos, and project selection. Participants will be responsible for purchasing wood and other supplies for their projects. This class will be held on Tuesdays, January 19 to March 8 from 6-9:00 pm. The cost is $150.

Basic Self-Defense for Women

WOMEN, LADIES, GIRLS: take responsibility for preparing yourself in the event of a crime—the more prepared you are, the less likely you will need to defend yourself. This class is designed to increase your personal level of awareness, thus reducing the chance you will find yourself in a compromising situation, whether it be at home, in a parking lot, or out jogging. Basic self-defense techniques will be demonstrated with opportunity for practice. Even if you’ve taken this class before, it is always to your benefit to refresh or practice your self-defense skills. Class instructor Officer Reed has updated the class curriculum to include the use of pressure points as a self-defense technique.

This class will be held on Thursday January 21 OR February 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm and the cost is $20 per session.

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 and Chapter M, PEO, set up endowed scholarship

Chapter M, PEO

Left to right: Holly Lara, Judy Kieler, Kaye Lively, Tami Afdahl, Eleanor Wilt

Chapter M, PEO in Torrington, WY is excited to announce the creation of an endowed scholarship with Eastern Wyoming College.  The endowment program at the College generates funding for student scholarships in perpetuity.   Those gifts are matched through an endowment program created by the Wyoming State Legislature.

PEO, an organization devoted to providing educational opportunities for women, saw this as a real opportunity.  Torrington Chapter M, partnered with Chapters AK and AU, also of Torrington, to host for the past three years, a gala luncheon titled “Hats off to Mothers.”  Dividing the proceeds, Chapter M decided to double the impact of their share by utilizing the state match to create an endowed scholarship at EWC.

At a recent donor dinner held at the College, members of Chapter M PEO had an opportunity to gather in recognition of the new scholarship.

PEO, a philanthropically educational organization, was founded in 1869, and has chapters in all 50 states and Canada.  It has six projects, all focused on helping women achieve their educational goals.  These range from the Star Scholarships for graduating seniors, to loan funds for women who need financial help, to grants for older women who want to better their contributions in the work-force, to international women who will take their new-found educational talents to further opportunities in their home countries, and merit based awards to those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree.  In addition, the international organization owns Cottey College, a four year liberal arts institution for women, located in Nevada, Missouri.

EWC highlights upcoming Community Education class

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

Reading Wyoming

Muslim Journeys—is the theme of this year’s Reading Wyoming book discussion series at EWC.  The four books instructor Court Merrigan selected for this series are:  In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar, a story told mainly through the eyes of Suleiman, a nine-year-old boy living in Libya during the revolutionary take-over by Moammar Gaddifi; Persepolis:  The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, the first of two biographical novels set during the time of the Iranian Shah’s overthrow in 1979 and the subsequent rise of the fundamentalist Islamic theocracy and the Iran-Iraq War; House of Broken Stone:  A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid, a riveting account by a late New York Times Journalist about insights gained rebuilding the war-ravaged home of his great-grandfather; Broken Verses by Kamila Shamise, part mystery, part romance, and part coming-of-age tale, combining a compelling story with a large mediation of the meaning of poetry, politics, religion, and Pakistan.

Copies of books can be checked out at registration time, giving you time to complete In the Country of Men before the first class period.

This class will be held on Tuesday, January 26, February 23, March 22, and April 26 from 6:30pm-8:00 pm. This class is free and open to the public through a grant from Wyoming Humanities Council.

To register for this class 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.

Eastern Wyoming College Student, Employees, Trustee and Foundation Board Member Recognized

WACCT Nominations

EWC WACCT nominations, left to right Kyle Sabourin, Elaine Rush, Mai Lee Olsen, John Nesbitt Not pictured: Donna Beth Downer and John Patrick

Eastern Wyoming College would like to announce the recognition of the individuals who were nominated by their peers for the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees Awards.  The nominations were for exemplary student, faculty member, classified employee, professional employee, Trustee and Foundation volunteer award.  Nomination packets included examples of how the nominee has had a positive impact on their community college and how they have been involved in the community.  Nominees will be recognized at an Awards Ceremony and Legislative Reception held in Cheyenne on February 18.

The EWC nominee for Student of the Year is Kyle Sabourin.  Kyle participates in many major activities on the EWC campus and surrounding community.  He is president of the Student Senate, serves on the Banner-Community Hospital advisory board, he is a Student Ambassador, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has volunteered for the Goshen County School Districts’ backpack program.

John Nesbitt who began his career at EWC in 1981 was nominated as the Faculty Member of the Year and is an Instructor of English and Spanish.

John has demonstrated excellence in teaching through his sustained commitment to developmental education. Over many years, John has developed and taught Writing Skills and he teaches multiple on-campus and distance sections each semester. Writing Skills is an especially important course for students who have not yet qualified for college level English courses, and John’s work with this course, including his development of the textbook, demonstrates his dedication to EWC’s at-risk student population.

John also regularly teaches Composition, Introduction to Literature, Spanish, Short Stories, and Creative Writing. He is particularly beneficial as an instructor of creative writing as a published author of poetry, short stories, contemporary novels, and traditional westerns. Affording students the opportunity to learn writing skills from an accomplished author assists in recruiting and retaining high quality students. In addition, his continuing education in the Spanish language makes him a qualified and valuable addition to the program requirements of many students.

Elaine Rush, Student Center Manager was nominated for the classified employee at EWC.  The Student Center is where our Students, Staff, Faculty and Guests can find a friendly atmosphere while enjoying excellent food cooked daily. It is also a place to unwind and visit, study, play a variety of games, put puzzles together and feel uplifted. Elaine makes the Student Center comfortable and relaxing for everyone.

The Students respect her and the efforts she puts forward to provide them with a great place to hang-out and enjoy a good meal. Every year Ms. Rush challenges herself to find new ideas to inspire the Student Center success.

When she does find time outside of Eastern Wyoming College and caring for her mother she is involved with a motorcycle club Platte Valley ABATE (American Bikers Acting Towards Education) that provides scholarships and support to local charities and fundraisers for people in need.

EWC’s nominee for Professional Employee of the Year is Mai Lee Olsen. She is an outstanding EWC employee and has an excellent rapport with all of the students’ whether they are on campus, distance or in the application phase of their education. She relates well with Administration, Faculty and other staff members as her people skills are outstanding! Mai Lee is always willing to help out a fellow colleague with any endeavor and her humor and positive attitude are welcomed by all.

In addition to her daily job responsibilities of recruiting, Mai Lee serves on the Personnel Advisory Committee, the Staff Alliance Committee, as Chair, the Diversity Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Mai Lee’s Community Achievements outside of her job include: coaching the High School Meat Judging Team, helping her husband with wrestling tournaments, Wyoming Admissions Officers (WAO) Secretary and has been recently nominated as new President of WAO. Mai Lee is involved with 4-H and hosted a County wide 4-H event on EWC’s campus.

Dr. Donna Beth Downer has been nominated by the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation Board of Directors to be the candidate for the 2015-16 WACCT Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award.

Dr. Downer has served on the EWC Foundation for the past eleven years. Through her participation and leadership, the Foundation has made tremendous progress and grown substantially. She is a very active member, rarely missing a meeting and very involved in its various events. It can truly be said that she is a pillar of the organization.

A Goshen County native, Dr. Downer spent her career engaged in higher education. She earned a PhD from Purdue University and then went on to serve over twenty years as a faculty member at the University of Nevada and Dean at the University of Alabama. Upon retirement, she returned home to Torrington and has been actively engaged in the community since, most notably with the Goshen County Planning Commission and EWC’s Foundation.

Dr. Downer is insightful, observant, and has a great vision for what EWC can become. Her focus of late has been on the new Agricultural building and to enhance related program offerings. She has worked tirelessly to advance this project and has been very successful in helping move it forward.

Mr. John Patrick has been nominated by the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees to be the candidate for the 2015-16 WACCT Trustee Leadership Award.

Mr. Patrick has served over seventeen years on the Board of EWC, during two separate time periods. He has held every position including serving as the Chair for five years. Throughout that time he has consistently displayed strong leadership and a clear vision in setting the course for the college.

Additional service to the college has been provided by his long tenure on the EWC Foundation Board.

A Goshen County native and a University of Wyoming College of Law graduate, Mr. Patrick has a lifelong commitment to our area and the state. He has displayed this by his service on the U.W. Board of Trustees, service on numerous state and local boards and committees.

As a life-long rancher, Mr. Patrick is deeply committed to agriculture and the advancement of EWC’s programs in that area.

“Eastern Wyoming College’s nominees for this year’s WACCT service awards reflect the best of the College, our Foundation, and Board of Trustees.  We are proud to present them as candidates for this honor,” added college President Dr. Richard Paterson.

This event is held annually, hosted by one of the seven Wyoming Community Colleges and the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees.

Eastern Wyoming College to offer an Evening Course in Ag Commodities

The Agriculture Department at EWC is offering an evening class in Agricultural Commodities in Marketing starting Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.  The class will be held in the Mechanical Arts building on the Torrington Campus each Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 7:55 pm.

The course deals with the use of the commodities futures markets for risk management in the marketing of livestock and grain.  The cash market will also be studied, including transformation, forward contracting types of markets, and price trends.  Members of the class will use software that will help them better understand agricultural markets.

The class will be taught by Shay Shimic, who has extensive experience in commodities marketing and the futures market.  This will be an excellent opportunity for local producers and ag-related professionals to learn or brush up on the ins and outs of commodities marketing.

The class will run from Jan. 12th through May 6th.  For further information please call 307-532-8299 or 307-532-8207 to register.