Posts from February, 2016

Tri-State Cooperative invests in EWC students

Wyrulec Secretary and Tri-State board member Julie Kilty with President Rick Patterson & Institutional Development Director John Hansen

Wyrulec Secretary and Tri-State board member Julie Kilty presents a check for $1000 from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to Eastern Wyoming College for student scholarships. Accepting on behalf of the college were President Rick Patterson and Institutional Development Director John Hansen.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association recently provided Eastern Wyoming College with a $1,000 scholarship.  Over the past three years, Tri-State has given $3,000 to assist students at EWC with their educational expenses.

According to Susan Stephenson, EWC’s Director of Financial Aid, “Scholarships are vital in meeting the financial needs of our students and helping them to avoid load debt.  Generous donations like this to our Foundation and scholarship programs are key to our students’ success in college, which translates to successful employment in our communities.”

Tri-State’s continued investment in EWC has also been matched by the State of Wyoming’s Endowment Challenge program.  The program provides matching dollars to community colleges throughout the State of Wyoming.  At EWC, the Foundation manages the Challenge program.  John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development, believes that “matching donated funds allows scholarships to last beyond a lifetime.”  Tri-State’s investment in EWC is a testament to their business practices and belief in strengthening the communities that they serve.

Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents Chris Proctor

The Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents Chris Proctor, Acoustic Guitarist on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 pm in the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington.

One insightful reviewer chose to characterize the essence of Chris Proctor’s music as follows: “What to call his unique melange of styles? There’s an aspect of Americana in the echoes of Appalachian and old-timey styles that are apparent in just about every track, but there are also elements of jazz, Celtic folk, and a dash of blues in here somewhere. What Proctor does is create guitar music that reflects the whole heritage of the instrument and still has his own distinct stamp — a tall order, but he’s up to the job”

Other critic call his guitar playing “breathtaking,” “haunting,” and “rich.” Guitar magazines describe his compositions as “spectacular,” “elegant,” and “exquisite,” and praise his twelve-string work as “revelatory.” Media reviewers trace the roots of his style to folk, jazz, pop, and classical music, categorize his playing as “Baroque Folk,” “New World Steel String,”  “Solo Guitar Orchestra,”

Here’s more of what critics, listeners, presenters and concert audiences say about Chris Proctor:

  • He is an acclaimed composer of original music and a wonderful arranger for the 6 and 12-string guitars.
  • He is a performer with a gift for communicating the tremendous variety, vitality, and accessibility of his music.
  • His amazing variety of guitar sounds and textures, and the rich tapestry of bass, melody, and inner voices, bring an orchestral quality to his music that surprises and delights audiences who haven’t heard him before.
  • His compositions and arrangements shine with folk, jazz, pop, classical, and ethnic influences.
  • He is a superlative workshop, master class and residency/outreach leader, author of numerous instructional articles in the guitar press, and producer of two world-class instructional videos for 6 and 12-string players.

Early bird tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/children. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $15 for students/children.

Tickets can be purchased from the Community Education office at 3200 West C Street or by calling the Community Education office at 307.532.8213.

EWC Highlights change to the Upcoming basic Handgun Proficiency class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces changes to the Spring Semester Handgun Proficiency class.  Dates for the class have been scheduled for either Saturday, March 5 or Saturday, March 19 and class times are 8:00am-5:00pm.  The location for the Handgun Proficiency class has been changed to the new in-door shooting range at the Goshen County Gun Club—this change in location will prevent class cancellation due to inclement weather. For the convenience of being out of the weather and having such a safe shooting range the cost of the class has been increased.  Individuals who have already registered for the class that appeared in the Spring brochure will be contacted by either Susie or Donna concerning the changes and to verify date preferences.  An additional class will be scheduled on a Saturday in May and an advanced handgun proficiency class is being planned for June or July.


Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit Class

Whether you are simply wanting to develop or improve your handgun safety skills and proficiency, or intend to apply for a Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit, this class will meet your needs. TPD Sgt. Connelly will provide instruction on core fundamentals of handgun safety, proper handling, transportation and storage, as well as handgun shooting specifics such as proper stance, correct grip, sight alignment, proper trigger press, and sight picture. All participants in the class will experience a 2 hour session of classroom instruction with the remainder of this one day class participating in live-fire range sessions. Participants are responsible for providing their own handgun, holster and ammunition. Holsters, eye protection, ear protection and a hat with a brim are required equipment for the live-fire range sessions.  Plan on bringing water, snacks and a lunch to the range.

This class will be held on Saturday March 5 or Saturday March 19 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The cost of this class is $100 and includes range fees.

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.

EWC combines I-Phone and Android smartphone class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has combined the IPhone and Android smartphone classes.

Did you get a new smartphone? Or maybe you’ve had one for a while, but feel overwhelmed with all its supposed possibilities? Instructor Robert Goodall is here to help. In this overview class, no matter which smartphone platform you have he will familiarize you with the operating system, applications, user interface, marketplace, wireless, wi-fi. Bring your smartphone to learn all its features.

This class will be held on February 22 from 6 – 8:30 pm and will cost $25.

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 T

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 2015 semester. There were 75 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.

President’s Honor Roll
Torrington, WY- Sage Fields, Casey Haag, Danielle Hanzlik, Alyssa Hunter, Savannah Kearns, Kylah Meyer, Crystal Munoz, Whitney Walson
Casper, WY – Jessica Jensen
Gillette, WY – Nicole Posten
Keeline, WY – Kylee Gaukel
Lingle, WY – Stacey Carman
Lusk, WY – Chelsea Baars 
Manville, WY – Frank Falcon
Newcastle, WY – Josie Tracy
Sheridan, WY – Rebecca Gilbert
Upton, WY – Kayla Caylor, Ashley Knowlton
Wheatland, WY – Marissa Meyer
Fairplay, CO – Lacey Knudsen
Phippsburg, CO – Jessica Rossi
Sterling, CO – Alyssa Hunter
Bozeman, MT – Danielle Long
Harrison, NE – Mitchell Mansfield
Mitchell, NE – Aaron Wadhams
Ogallala, NE – Sophia Arendsdorf
Black Hawk, SD – Tosha Wilburn
Delta, UT – Daniel Johnson
Canet De Mar, Spain – Anna Perez Gomez
Madrid, Spain – Adrian Ruiz Torres

Dean’s Honor Roll
Torrington, WY – Alexander Anderson, Ali Bard, Jesselyn Burroughs, Elias Chavez, Paul Cole, Ian Cottrell, Kaye Cunningham, Carlie Enns, Jacob Green, Andrew Jarvis, Kyle Sabourin, Nicole Smith, Bailey Stovall, Xiyun Tu, William White, Wyatt Winget
Cheyenne, WY – Alexander Anderson, James Fossett, Noble Hoover, Kyra Marlatt, Sophia Seely
Douglas, WYBrianna Arends, Blake Brooks, Layne McGuire, Terrence Meagher, Lauren Nachtman
Evanston, WY – Courtney Carroll
Ft. Bridger, WY – Madison Vitt
Green River, WY – Myka Ginestar
Guernsey, WY – Jessica Rotz
Hulett, WY – Zoe Penning
Laramie, WY – Karlton Schmit
LaGrange, WY – Shayla Stoddard
Lingle, WY – Dena Anderson, Taylor Bever, Clay Limmer, MacKay Price
Lusk, WY – Kyle Litzel, Denton Shaw
Mills, WY – Austin Arteta
Newcastle, WY – Summer Cole
Sinclair, WY – Susan VanMatre
Upton, WY – Kaylee Arthur
Yoder, WY – Kurtis Shannon, Blaine Wilker
Laporte, CO – Easton Hunter
Yuma, CO – Katrina Terrell
Judith Gap, MT – Allison Hajenga
Dix, NE – Clayton Bogert
Hershey, NE – Calvin Carste
Mitchell, NE – Zachariah Pieper, Johnathan Weitzel
Morrill, NE – Amanda Kaufman
Ogallala, NE – Shelby Welsh
O’Neill, NE – Cody Colman
Rising City, NE – Kade Pinneo
Scottsbluff, NE – Anna Walker
Whitman, NE – Ashlee Nollette
Millville, PA – Timothy Parks
Brookshire, TX – Malcolm Glover
Mornington, Australia – Eddie Swan
Horsens, Denmark – Sarah Bersang
Dresden, Germany – Lena Labitzke
Subotica, Serbia – Carna Prokic

EWC Livestock Show Team places at National Livestock Show

Dorsets at the Denver Livestock Show

Dorsets at the Denver Livestock Show
Left to Right: Austin Clough, Matthew Johnson, Emma Rogers, Tailyn Miller, Ashley Johnson, and Emily Garl

The Eastern Wyoming College Show Team traveled to The Arizona National Livestock Show and brought home awards.

Eight students representing the EWC livestock judging team and show team were Paige Aylward, sophomore, Dickens, NE; Shelby Cranston, sophomore, Moorcroft, WY; Matthew Johnson, sophomore, Ashley Johnson, sophomore, Wheatland, WY; Tailyn Miller, freshman, Cowley, WY; Austin Clough, freshman, Ogallala, NE; Schila Strain, freshman, Morrill, NE;  and Emily Garl, sophomore, Mitchell, NE attended the ANLS in Phoenix, AZ during Christmas break.  The team took steers and dorset sheep.  The steer pen of three was first in their class. The team had the second place any other meat breed ram lamb and the first place pen of two ram lambs.

The judgers and show team members then joined forces to compete in the Livestock Skill-A-Thon where the sophomore team of Aylward, Cranston, Garl and Matthew Johnson claimed champion team honors.  Aylward and Garl were second and third high individuals for the contest.

In Livestock Judging Paige Alyward was 10th in the Junior College Division, Tailyn Miller was 7th and Austin Clough was 9th in the Freshman Collegiate Division.  The judgers are off to Kearny and Des Moines in February for two cattle only contests then to Houston in March.  “I am super excited as we will have a full team for the first time at a national contest since I began coaching at EWC” said Livestock Judging Coach Georgia Younglove.

Results from the Denver Livestock Show for the Show Team are as follows:

Goats – Tracy Austin, freshman, Rozet, WY took two wethers.  Tracy did not make the cut for showmanship or market.
Prospect Steer Pen Show (Producer:  Ty Steben) – Steers placed second in the class. The show superintendent stated the cattle exhibited by the colleges this year were among the best seen at the show.
Shorthorn Heifer (Producer:  Paige Aylward) – Third in class.
Lowline Bull (donated to show team) – place 3rd in class.
Dorset Sheep (Producers: Patti and Steve Griffith) – Champion Ram, Reserve Champion Ewe and Champion Lamb Flock in the Any Other Recognized Meat Breed Division
Romney Sheep (Producer: Emma Rogers) – Champion Ewe, Ram and Flock as well as Reserve Champion Ewe in the Coarse White Hand Spinning Division
Wether Sires (commercial sheep division) – Tailyn Miller showed a ewe lamb that placed 2nd.  Tailyn placed 4th in senior breeding sheep showmanship.

EWC introduces New Online Course: Certificate in Infectious Disease and Infection Control

Eastern Wyoming College Community Education has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses.

EWC has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-led courses and is pleased to announce the launch of “Certificate in Infectious Disease and Infection Control.”

Participants in this course will examine the many types of infectious disease that threaten health worldwide, including influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, zoonosis (diseases that are spread from pets to people), tickborne diseases, and global emerging infectious diseases.  Students will also examine procedures that help control the spread of these diseases.

This course is part of EWC’s growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of this course begin every month, February 10, March 16, April 13 and May 18. The course is entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons and cost $78. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To enroll:  Go to; click on Community Education, click on Ed2go, click on Healthcare and Medical. For more information about this Ed2go class or any other classes contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213.

EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted 31 new members

PTK Spring 2016 Inductees

Spring 2016 inductees:
Front row left to right: Chelsea Baars, Sophia Arensdorf, Kurtis Shannon, Adrian Torres, Ruiz, Denton Shaw, Shelby Welsh, and Madison Vitt
Middle row left to right: Rebecca Gilbert, Susan VanMatre, Katrina Terrell, Bailey Stovall, Kylee Gaukel, Kaye Cunningham, Jessica Rossi, Carna Prokic, Ashlee Nollette, Jacob Green, Anna Perez Gomez
Back Row from left to right: Johnathan Weitzel, Blaine Wilker, Eddie Swan, Wyatt Winget, Elias Chavez, and Paul Cole Not pictured: Kayla Caylor, Ian Cottrell, Frank Falcon, Stacy Gutierrez, Allison Hajenga, Marissa Meyer

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that twenty-nine students were initiated into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on February 2, 2016.  Students initiated into the Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter of PTK include:  Sophia Arensdorf, Ogallala, NE; Chelsea Baars, Lusk, WY; Kayla Caylor, Upton, WY; Elias Chavez, Torrington, WY; Paul Cole, Torrington, WY; Ian Cottrell, Torrington, WY; Kaye Cunningham, Torrington, WY; Frank Falcon, Manville, WY; Kylee Gaukel, Keeline, WY; Rebecca Gilbert, Sheridan, WY; Anna Perez Gomez, Canet de Mar, Spain; Jacob Green, Torrington, WY; Stacy Gutierrez, Torrington, WY; Allison Hajenga, Judith Gap, MT; Marissa Meyer, Wheatland, WY; Ashlee Nollette, Whitman, NE; Carna Prokic, Subotica, Serbia; Jessica Rossi, Phippsburg, CO; Adrian Torres Ruiz, Madrid, Spain; Kurtis Shannon, Yoder, WY; Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY; Bailey Stovall, Torrington, WY; Eddie Swan, Mornington, Australia; Katrina Terrell, Yuma, CO; Susan VanMatre, Sinclair, WY; Madison Vitt, Ft. Bridger, WY; Johnathan Weitzel, Mitchell, NE; Shelby Welsh, Ogallala, NE; William White, Torrington, WY; Blaine Wilker, Yoder, WY; Wyatt Winget, Torrington, WY.

The Keynote Speakers for the event was Rick Vonburg, Division Chair for Business and Technology, Statistics Instructor and Dr. Rick Patterson, President.

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 to sponsor Post Credit Certification Criminal Justice Workshop

Eastern Wyoming College and the Wyoming Criminal Justice Association are sponsoring a Criminal Justice Workshop to be held in Torrington, Wyoming on February 17, 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm.

Training topics will be “Women in Criminal Justice”, “Security Threat Groups”, and “Self-Care for Criminal Justice Professionals”.

Presenters and Panel Members are:
Captain Seth Norris, Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution
Kathy Majerus, Wyoming Psychotherapist
Julie Tennant-Caine, Wyoming Department of Corrections-Deputy Prison Administrator
Dawn Sides, Wyoming Department of Corrections Probation and Parole-Field Service Administrator
Dana Lent, Wyoming Attorney
Susan Wilson, Wyoming Highway Patrol Officer
Kim Dyer, Wyoming Department of Family Services-Social Services Supervisor.

Register online at or contact Larry Curtis, Criminal Justice instructor at 307.532.8297.

EWC Vet Tech Club holding fundraiser for Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a 50/50 ticket raffle at the EWC women’s basketball game on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Torrington.  All proceeds will benefit the Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter.

Students will begin selling tickets at 5 pm in the lobby of the Verl Petsch Jr Activities Center Gymnasium.  Donations boxes for Waggin’ Tails are currently located in the EWC Vet Tech building, the corner by the Cafeteria and Student Center and the gymnasium.  Wish lists of items are located on each box.  Donations can be made through the 9th.

For more information about the EWC Vet Tech Club please contact advisor, Cristi Semmler at 307.532.8331.