Posts from May, 2016

EWC Foundation announces 2016 Distinguished Alumni award recipient

Dr. Douglas Zalesky

Dr. Douglas Zalesky, EWC’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Recipient

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award is Dr. Douglas Zalesky from Laramie, WY.

Dr. Zalesky earned his Associate of Science degree in Ag Business from EWC in 1975.  He then went on to earn a B.S. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Animal Science and Production.  He earned his M.S. from the same institution in Animal Science and the Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology.  Lastly, he earned his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University in Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology.

For Dr. Zalesky, EWC has been a family affair.  His son Sam, earned a degree in 2010, his brother Tim earned a degree in 1977, and sister Rita, graduated from EWC in the early 80’s.

Dr. Zalesky has a fondness for EWC stating that “EWC will always hold a special place in my heart, it’s where I developed a passion for education, and an ability to be more independent and think critically.”

Additionally, according to Todd Peterson, President of the EWC Foundation, “Dr. Zalesky’s professional resume is a testimony to the importance and influence EWC can have on students’ lives, particularly in the area of agriculture.”  Peterson continued, “I would like to congratulate Dr. Zalesky for receipt of this recognition and also to all former and present EWC instructors who have made a significant impact on students’ lives.”

Since 2011, Dr. Zalesky has served as the Assistant Resident Scientist and Director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center at the University of Wyoming.  He currently oversees a herd of livestock for research, a greenhouse complex, lab animal facility, and assists with student research projects.  Before UW, he was a manager and research scientist at Colorado State University, San Juan Basin Research Center, in Hesperus, CO.  Zalesky has also served as an Extension Beef Specialist for South Dakota State University and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Zalesky has published and co-published a large numbers of research publications and his current research focus is on high altitude disease in cattle and early detection.  Through Dr. Zalesky’s research endeavors, he stays at the forefront of animal science.

Dr. Zalesky will be recognized and provide the commencement address at EWC’s 67th Annual Commencement to be held May 6, 2016.


EWC golf team wins Region IX title

EWC Golf Team Region IX Champions (left to right) Coach Zach Smith, Ryder Velasquez, Denton Shaw, Eric Lovell, Adrian Torres Ruiz and Logan Harrison.

EWC Golf Team Region IX Champions (left to right) Coach Zach Smith, Ryder Velasquez, Denton Shaw, Eric Lovell, Adrian Torres Ruiz and Logan Harrison.

The Eastern Wyoming College men’s golf team has won the Region IX team title will travel to Melbourne, FL to compete in the national tournament May 17-20 at the Duran Golf Club.

Additionally, four Lancer players also made the All-Region team.  First team players were Logan Harrison, sophomore, Cheyenne, WY; Ryder Velasquez, freshman, South Ogden, UT; and Adrian Torres Ruiz, freshman, Madrid, Spain.  Denton Shaw, freshman, Lusk, WY was named to the All-Region second team.

“This was certainly our goal at the beginning of the season and I am proud of these young men as they achieved that goal,” added Coach Zach Smith.  “Every player has been an integral part of our team’s success.  We are working hard to prepare for nationals including analyzing the tournament course so that we can make the appropriate adjustments.”

National tournament daily results can be found at

Five EWC athletes qualify for CNFR

CNFR qualifiers 2016

EWC CNFR Qualifiers (left to right) Cody Lane, Riley Curuchet, Denton Shaw, Tyus Olson and AJ Freeman.

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that five members of the Lancer rodeo team will be competing at the College National Finals to be held in Casper, Wyoming, June 11-18.

The freshman team roping team of Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY and partner Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY won the Rookie of the Year title and finished the season in second place in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings.

AJ Freeman, sophomore, Dunning, NE, was the reserve champion steer wrestler for the region.  Sophomore Cody Lane, Torrington, WY qualified in the tie down roping and freshman Tyus Olson, Mud Butte, SD, qualified in the team roping.

The EWC men’s team finished the year in fourth place behind Chadron State College, Casper College and Gillette College.

“We are excited about our CNFR qualifiers.  They are a talented group who worked very hard this year and it payed off,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “This will be a great team at the CNFR and we are looking forward to an exciting week at the Casper Events Center in June.”

The University of Wyoming rodeo was the final rodeo of the season for the Lancers.  Several student athletes performed well at the rodeo.

In the team roping, Lane partner Olson won the rodeo with a time of 12.2 seconds on two steers.  Torrington native Logan Milligan and partner Brady McCurry, Otero, were second in the average with a time of 12.5 seconds.  Cody Colman, sophomore, O’Neill, NE also qualified for the short round.

Danny Manning, sophomore, Hemingford, NE, was third in the average of the steer wrestling with a total time of 9.7 seconds on two steers.  Teammate AJ Freeman was fourth with a 9.9 on two.

In the goat tying, freshman Jamie Thompson, Lusk, WY, placed in the first round and finished sixth in the average.  Ballie Mutchler, freshman, Whitewood, SD also qualified for the short round.

“I am very proud of the whole team and how they finished strong.  We have some great returning students on both the men’s and women’s teams for next year,” added Clark.

EWC student athlete signs Letter of Intent to continue basketball career

Lacey Knudsen

Lacey Knudsen signs to continue her basketball career at College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, NE.

Eastern Wyoming College student athlete Lacey Knudsen has signed to continue her career at College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, NE. “Lacey did a great job for us this past season, on the court and in the classroom. We will miss her on the court as well as her leadership. I know she will have a great two years at Saint Mary’s and we wish her the very best in her future” said Tom Andersen, EWC Head Women’s Basketball coach.