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EWC and Wyoming Humanities Council welcome Road Scholar to campus

Eastern Wyoming College Community Education in cooperation with the Wyoming Humanities Council’s ThinkWY Road Scholars program host a presentation by UW Instructor Seth Ward.  Dr. Ward teaches Islamic history and religion at the University of Wyoming. He received his PhD in Near Eastern languages and literature from Yale University.

Dr. Ward will be speaking at 12:00-1:00pm on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in the Community Training Center classroom at the Torrington Campus.  The presentation is open to all community members and is free of charge.  The topic of his presentation is:  Understanding the Middle East

Every week brings news from the Middle East. Conflicts seem never-ending. Democracy and human rights appear challenged. Violence grows ever more vicious. This forum will attempt to provide perspective on such issues as Sunnis vs. Shias, extremists vs. moderates, “religious” vs. “secular”, traditional tribal vs. modern national values, and conflict between Muslims, Christians, Jews and other religious groups and subgroups – all necessary to be an informed participant in debates about our roles in the region.

For more information contact EWC Community Education at 307.532.8323.

EWC announces Ring of Fire Dinner Theatre bus trip

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces tickets are available for the bus trip to see Ring of Fire at the Midtown Arts Center in Ft. Collins, CO on Sunday, March 13. The cost of this trip is $65 and includes meal, beverage & tip, upgrades are available for an extra charge. Registration deadline is March 4.

This Broadway show delivers a heartfelt musical tribute to the country legend Johnny Cash. His iconic songs string together a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. This musical is a salute to The Man in Black, a true American legend. More than a dozen classic hits, including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and the title tune promise to move and exhilarate! Hosted in the Main Dinner Theater.

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.

UW Professor Dr. Michael Brose to present at EWC on China

Eastern Wyoming College History and Political Science Departments, UW History Department and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research present Living in Difference: Ethnicity and Citizenship in China presented by Dr. Michael C. Brose on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the EWC Community Training Center in Torrington. This speaking event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Michael Brose completed his doctoral work in “Asian and Middle East Studies” from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on the history of Central Asians in China when it was ruled by the Mongols. His research has continued to focus on ethnic identity and religious expression in premodern and modern China. Dr. Brose has been a faculty member in the Department of History at UW since 2000 where he teaches East Asian history courses. Dr. Brose is also an affiliated faculty member in the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, whose mission is the support of faculty and student research across the humanities.

Light refreshments will be served from 5:30-6:00 pm. For more information please call the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323

EWC Hosts Wyoming Academic Challenge

Campbell County High School students win the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC.

Campbell County High School students win the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC.

Cheyenne East High School Team 2 placed 2nd at the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC

Cheyenne East High School Team 2 placed 2nd at the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC

Sheridan High School placed 3rd at the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC

Sheridan High School placed 3rd at the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC

Riverside High School wins small school at the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC

Riverside High School wins small school at the Wyoming Academic Challenge held at EWC

Eastern Wyoming College recently hosted the Wyoming Academic Challenge. Nine Wyoming high schools sent thirteen teams to compete. The two to five-member teams participated in four rigorous rounds of competition. Questions ranged from current events, mathematics and literature. Schools participating were: Big Piney, Campbell County, Cheyenne East, Douglas, Evanston, Pine Bluffs, Riverside, Sheridan and Tongue River.

Campbell County High School team 1 placed first with a total of 925 points, those students are Ryan Christensen, Rylee Constable, Abbi Elger, and Aaron Russell. Second place went to Cheyenne East Team 2 with 765 points, those students are Zane Dobler, Connor Gililland, Liam Guille, Jimi Hayes, and Parris Kline. Third place went to Sheridan High School with 760 points, those students are Anastasia Giljum, Caleb Hoopes, Emmalee Hoopes, and Tyler Myers. Riverside High School won the small schools division with 330 points, those students are James DesRosier, Nikki Perl, Adelle Stone, and Calvin Williamson.

The winning teams were presented with plaques and medals. Students on the overall first place team were presented with scholarships to attend EWC.

For more information, please contact Casey Debus, at 307.532.8375.

EWC Employee and Trustee Receive Awards at Wyoming Community College Conference

Mai Lee Olsen, winner of the Professional Employee of the Year with EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson

Eastern Wyoming College would like to announce the recognition of employee Mai Lee Olsen, who won the Professional Employee of the Year Award and John Patrick, EWC Trustee who won the Trustee Leadership award at the Wyoming Community College Conference held in Cheyenne, WY on February 18, 2016. Olsen and Patrick were nominated by their peers for the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees Award.

Achievement awards were given for Student of the Year, Classified Employee, Faculty Member, Professional Employee, Trustee Leadership Award, and Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award.  Nomination packets included examples on how the nominee has had a positive impact on their community college, leadership roles and involvement in the community.

Mai Lee Olsen WACCT Professional winner 2016

Mai Lee Olsen, winner of the Professional Employee of the Year with EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson

Mai Lee Olsen 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.

John Patrick WACCT Trustee winner

John Patrick, winner of the Trustee Leadership Award with EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson

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.

Other Eastern Wyoming College nominees included Kyle Sabourin, Student; John Nesbitt, Faculty; Elaine Rush, Classified Staff; and Dr. Donna Beth Downer for Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award.

EWC ready for Lancer Rodeo

Eastern Wyoming College Lancer RodeoFinal preparations are coming together for the annual Lancer Rodeo which will be held on March 4, 5 and 6 at the Goshen County Pavilion in Torrington, Wyoming.  On Friday the 4th, slack will begin at 1 and the performance is a 7.  Slack will begin on Saturday at 9 am with the performance kicking off at 7 pm.  The short round will take place on Sunday at noon.

“We have been practicing since January,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “The team competed great this fall, hopefully that continues right into the spring season.  Some of our athletes are currently sitting well in regional standings and we have several others who are coming right along and will challenge those standings throughout the spring season.”

The men’s team is in second place in the Central Rocky Mountain Region with a total of 1897.50 points.  They trail Chadron State College who has a point total of 2280.  Casper College is in third place with 1645.

Sophomore AJ Freeman, Dunning, NE, is leading the men’s all around with 530 points.

EWC dominates the team roping standings with the freshman team of Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY and partner Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY, leading the pack with 425 points.  Teammates and fellow freshmen Gunner Walker, Arthur, NE and partner Kade Pinneo, Rising City, NE, are in 6th place with 155 points.  Other Lancer team ropers in the top 15 include Cody Lane, Torrington, WY and partner Tyus Olson, Mud Butte, SD; Trevor Schnaufer, Pueblo, CO, Blaine Finney, Ainsworth, NE, Cotey Hansen, Chadron, NE and Cody Colman, O’Neill, NE.

Freeman also leads the steer wrestling with a total of 310 points.  His brother, Tanner Freeman, is 8th.

Lane is 2nd in the tie down roping and teammate AJ Freeman is 3rd.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $7 for adults and $4 for students.  There is not a charge for the slack.  Each of the performances will be available by webcast.  Those interested in watching online will find the link on the EWC website at ewc.wy.edu.

 

EWC to hold Winter Concert in Torrington

Music EWC Winter Concert 2016The Eastern Wyoming College music department has announced the winter concert to be held on Sunday, February 28th at 2 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington.

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 SkillsUSA celebrated National SkillsUSA week

SKills USA Raffle

Dr. Rex Cogdill draws the winning tickets for the SkillsUSA fundraiser.

The members and advisors of SkillsUSA at Eastern Wyoming College recently celebrated National SkillsUSA week February 7-13.

The club sold raffle tickets for a .12 gauge shotgun as a fundraiser. On January 29, Dr. Rex Cogdill, VP for Student Services pulled the winning tickets. The second place prize of a $50 Cabela’s gift card went to Tim Anderson and the first place prize went to John McGuire.

SkillsUSA is a Career-Technical Student Organization serving students in Secondary and Post-Secondary technical, skilled, and service occupations. EWC has had an active chapter for over a decade, achieving great results at state and national competitions.

This semester EWC’s organization has been very active on campus, in the community, and at the state level. Approximately fifteen members are planning on competing at the Wyoming State Leadership Conference in April.

Some of the club’s accomplishments this year include a welcome to school barbeque and dance in September, purchased and delivered Christmas presents for children at the Torrington Learning Center, assisted in the Goshen County Two Shot Goose Hunt, volunteered at the EWC Sagebrush and Roses Banquet, and have been active in EWC events and activities.

The EWC Chapter has produced National Champions in Welding, Computer Skills, and other academic events. EWC has been represented at the national level for the past thirteen years in the fields of welding, fabrication, sculpture, speech, business, technology, and math.

For more information about SkillsUSA contact Stan Nicolls, SkillsUSA advisor at 307.532.8370.

EWC Cosmetology Club students donate to the Beta Sigma Phi, Alpha Alpha Chapter

EWC Cosmetology Club students donate to the Beta Sigma Phi, Alpha Alpha Chapter

Members of the EWC Cosmetology Club, presented $300.00 to the Beta Sigma Phi, Alpha Alpha chapter.

Eastern Wyoming College Cosmetology Club members raised money by selling pink items to the community and held a “pink” raffle basket. The students also paid $1.00 for the right to wear jeans with a pink shirt on Wednesdays. Members of the club presented $300 to the chapter for their use to help local Goshen County residents with breast cancer.

EWC Cosmetology Club students donate to the Goshen County Task Force on Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Members of the EWC Cosmetology Club

Members of the EWC Cosmetology Club, presented $200.00 to the Goshen County Task Force on Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

Eastern Wyoming College Cosmetology Club members raised money by collecting recipes from Cosmetology clients for the students to bake. The students then held a bake sale. Members of the club presented $200 to the Task Force.