Posts from March, 2016

EWC livestock judging team and livestock show team share results from Iowa and Texas

The Eastern Wyoming College Livestock Show Team and sophomore Livestock Judging team competed in the Iowa Beef Expo held in Des Moines, IA, February 13-17.

Sophomore judgers included Paige Aylward, Dickens, NE, and Regan Streeks, Harrisburg, NE.  They judged 10 classes of cattle and gave 4 sets of reasons.

Shila Strain, Morrill, NE represented the show team with assistance from Paige and Regan after their events were completed.  The Show Team took the lowline bull “LC Imperial Design 7C” which had been donated to the team by Dr. Edwin Bittner.  The bull was displayed in the People’s Choice show and sale.

Imperial Design at Iowa

(left to right): Regan Streeks, Paige Aylward and Schila Strain

“This was a great opportunity for the students to network with some of the lowline breeders in the Midwest,” shared Coach Georgia Younglove.  “The little bull was sold to a producer from Greene, IA and was one of the higher selling calves.  The team still has a lowline heifer that Dr. Bittner donated in the fall of 2014.  She will calve in July.”

The final judging trip of the year was to the Houston Stock Show and Rodeo.  Six EWC students went including Aylward; Tracy Austin, Rozet, WY; Ashley Johnson, Wheatland, WY; Tailyn Miller, Cowley, WY; BobAnn Sinks, Jordan, MT; and Kaycee Gobble, Lewistown, MT.

OYE 2016 Houston Team

Front row (left to right): Tracy Austin, Kaycee Gobble, Paige Aylward Back row (left to right): Ashley Johnson, BobAnn Sinks, Taiyn Miller

The team had the opportunity to practice at the Oklahoma Youth Expo on their way to Houston.

“It was a great opportunity for our students to see not only some outstanding hogs but also a chance to see some Brahman cattle before we got to Houston which always has a class to judge,” shared Younglove.

Aylward placed 20th in swine out of the 115 Junior College contestants.

For more information about the EWC Livestock Show and Judging teams contact Dr. Younglove at 307.532.8374 or by email at

Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents Gary Small and One Earth

The Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents Gary Small and his band One Earth on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 pm in the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington.

Small is a four time Native American Music Awards recipient, and an accomplished electric guitarist and vocalist. Small is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe whose reservation resides in remote Southeast Montana to the east of the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Small takes great pride in his heritage and talks of his roots proudly and with confidence.

Small previously led the Portland Oregon based group The Gary Small Band, a roots rock group of outstanding musicians whose percussion section members include Graham Lear, former drummer of Santana, and former Joe Cocker percussionist, Bobby Torres. Small led this all-star group through myriad music styles of afro-cuban, reggae, roots rock, and blues.

Now residing in Sheridan, WY, Small has formed a similar group named “One Earth”. His last album “Hostiles & Renegades” won Best World Music at the Native American Music Awards.

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 EWC Community Education office at 3200 West C Street or by calling the Community Education office at 307.532.8213.

EWC to hold Lancer Livestock Sale and Show Series

Lancer Sale and Show SeriesThe Eastern Wyoming College Agriculture Department will host the first annual Lancer Livestock Sale and Show Series on April 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm.  The sale will be held at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in the Frontier Shelter.  Viewing will begin at 10:30 am.  Progress shows will be released at a later date.

Consignors for the Lancer Livestock Sale are as follows:

Hogs, 15 – S & D Genetics, Black Show Pigs, Schroeder Show Pigs
Goats, 15 – Black Show Goats, Mel Foos
Lambs, 15 – Gara Bros Show Lambs, H & L Show Lambs, Meyer Club Lambs, Hubbard Show Lambs, Black Club Lambs, Spy Club Lambs, Lamberts

For more information contact Brodie Mackey at 307.575.4754 or Georgia Younglove at 307.532.8374.

Lancer golf team kicks off spring season with a win

Ryder Velasquez

Ryder Velasquez

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team recently traveled to Otero, Colorado to compete in their annual tournament and brought home the team trophy as well as several individual honors.

“It was a one-day tournament because of the weather,” shared Coach Zach Smith.  “I was very pleased with how well the guys played for the first tournament of the spring season.  I was really excited for Ryder to get his first individual tournament win.”

The Lancers won the tournament with a team score of 294.  Freshman Ryder Velasquez, South Ogden, UT won the tournament with a score of 72.  Other individual scores for the Lancers are as follows:

Denton Shaw, freshman, Lusk, WY – 73, 2nd
Logan Harrison, sophomore, Cheyenne, WY – 74, 4th
Adrian Torres, freshman, Madrid, Spain – 75, 5th
Eric Lovell, freshman, Greeley, CO – 76, 6thIMG_0138

The Lancers will travel to Lamar, Colorado, March 31-April 1.

Lancers compete in annual Gillette College rodeo

Cody Colman

Cody Colman

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer rodeo team recently returned from competition at the Gillette College Rodeo.

In the team roping, the Lancers were led by sophomore Cody Colman, O’Neill, NE.  Colman and his partner Tate Mathis, LCCC, were second in round one, third in the short round and third in the average.  Sophomore Trevor Schnaufer, Pueblo, CO and partner Ty Spickelmier, NEJC, one the first round with a time of 6.7 seconds.  Torrington, WY native Logan Milligan, sophomore and partner Brady McCurry, Otero, split 4/5 in the first round.  Also qualifying for the short round in the team roping were the teams of AJ Freeman, sophomore, Dunning, NE and partner Cotey Hansen, Chadron, NE; Savanna Jamison, Ashby, NE and partner Tanner Freeman, Dunning, NE.

Cody Lane, sophomore, Torrington, WY, was 2nd in the short round of the tie-down roping and 3rd in the average.

Tanner Freeman also qualified for the short round of the steer wrestling.

The Lancers will travel to Fort Collins to compete in the Colorado State University rodeo April 8-10.

EWC shares summary of budget efficiency plan

Decreasing enrollment, decreased tuition and fee revenues and a reduced allocation from the State are the leading factors that have contributed to Eastern Wyoming College’s current fiscal year $552,000 budget deficit and an annual shortfall of $912,000 for the next biennium which includes fiscal years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

The current year deficit, $552,000, was met with both targeted and across-the-board budget cuts that did not involve displacing personnel.

The anticipated annual shortfall of $912,000 was addressed with a budget efficiency plan which was developed by the President and his administrative team.  The plan addressed EWC as a whole which included budgets utilized by the main campus in Torrington and the branch campus in Douglas.

Budgetary adjustments and alignments will impact a small number of employee positions without eliminating academic programs or reducing direct services to students.  The College currently operates with 252 full and part-time employees.  Part of the budget efficiency plan included restructuring employee positions through workload distribution, and attrition.  Reduced position appointments and contract lengths were also utilized.  The net result was 4 employees notified that their positions would no longer be available after July 1, 2016.   Another 6 employees had positions which were reduced, modified or reassigned.

“This proposal was developed after many grueling hours of examination of efficiencies across our entire operation,” shared President Rick Patterson.  “I also wanted little to no impact to be felt by our students with these cuts.”

The bulk of the budget efficiency plan includes focused cuts to multiple departmental budgets across the college.  A revenue-generating component is another important part of the plan and it includes some new or increased course and lab fees, student fees, and service and use charges.


EWC to host annual Job Expo

Eastern Wyoming College will once again host a Job Expo on Wednesday, April 6th in Torrington, Wyoming.  Approximately 30 employers are expected to participate at this Job Expo and it is free and open to the public.

The Job Expo will begin at 10 am in the Verl Petsch Jr Activities Center Gymnasium at the College, and will continue until 2 pm.  Attendees should come prepared with a resume and be prepared for an interview.

A free workshop to help prospective job seekers prepare to meet employers will be held on April 2 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in room 271 in the Tebet building at the campus in Torrington. To register for the workshop please call the WC Community Education office at 307.532-8213.

Currently registered participants include Alliance Animal clinic; Animal Clinic, Ogallala, Nebraska; Arby’s; Banner Health; Bloedorn Lumber; Carpet One Commercial Flooring; Cellular Plus; Dillard’s Aveda Salon; Goshen County School District # 1; Ft. Laramie Historic Association; Ft. Laramie National Historic Site; Gallatin Veterinary Hospital; KNEB Radio; McDonald’s; Platte County Sheriff’s Office; Platte Valley Companies; St. Joseph’s Children’s Home; Twin Cities Development; University of Wyoming; USDA Farm Service Agency; WCA Regional Training Center; Welcove Healthcare; Wells Fargo; Western Nebraska Veteran’s home; Wyoming Child and Family Development; Wyoming Department of Vocational Rehab; Wyoming Department of Workforce Services; Wyoming Highway patrol; Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution; Wyrulec.

There is still an opportunity to register your business or company to participate.  Please contact Jo Ellen Keigley at 307.532.8288 to register or for more information.

EWC Highlights upcoming Hunter Safety class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington will be having a Hunter Safety class Monday through Friday April 4th – 8th from 6-9:00 pm and Saturday April 9th from 9 am – noon.  The cost of this class is $25.

Wyoming Hunter Safety Certification—is required for all hunters born after 1966, or for hunting in certain parts of Wyoming; ages ten years and older recommended; must attend 12 hours of instruction and complete a test.

Scholarships are available and provided by the Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunting committee for students 8-17 residing in Goshen County who pass the test. Materials will be provided at the first class.

To register for this class, participants are required to register on-line at, for more information contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323.


EWC to host Job Expo Workshop

Eastern Wyoming College presents “Turn the Job Expo into a Job Offer” workshop on Tuesday, March 22nd from 5-9 pm and on Saturday April 2nd from 9:00 am-1:00pm in Torrington, Wyoming. This workshop is free and open to the public.

A Certified Career Development Facilitator will instruct you on:

What to expect at the Expo
How to approach and interact with employers
How to dress for the Expo
Developing a “60 second commercial” about yourself
Identifying key skills and talents
Writing a resume (hands-on with time to work on resumes)

Please contact Jo Ellen Keigley at 307.532.8288 to register or for more information.

EWC Highlights date change in upcoming Introduction to Loom Beading class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has announced a date change for the Introduction to Loom Beading class. This class will be held on Mondays beginning March 28 and ending on April 2 from 6 – 8:00 pm. The cost of this class is $50.

Loom beading is an incredibly beautiful and versatile craft. Instead of stringing a single strand of beads, loom beading allows you to make intricate patterns, even if you don’t have much or any experience with this type of beading. With a bead loom you can make hat bands, bracelets, wrist cuffs, belts, and much more. Your class fee will include a beginner’s kit including a bead loom, needles, thread, and 1,000 seed beads

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