Posts from February, 2017

EWC Highlights change to the Upcoming basic Handgun Proficiency class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces a Handgun Proficiency class to be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 with a cost of $100. The class will be held on the Torrington campus in Tebbet room 131 from 8:00 – 10:00 am and the remainder of the class will be held at the TPD firing range.

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, and snacks to the range.

To register for this class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323 or stop by 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

 

 

EWC Livestock Judging and Show Teams participate in the Iowa Beef Expo

The Eastern Wyoming College Livestock Judging and Show Teams recently traveled to the Iowa Beef Expo (IBE) held in Des Moines, IA and brought home several awards.

left to right Mr. Stan Metheny (buyer), Lane Barker, Mrs. KD Metheny, Dr. Georgia Younglove, coach and instructor.

left to right Mr. Stan Metheny (buyer), Lane Barker, Mrs. KD Metheny, Dr. Georgia Younglove, coach and instructor.

Freshman, Lane Barker, Jaxson Heyrend, both from Evanston, WY and Shelby Cranston, sophomore, Moorcroft, WY prepared and fitted LC Empress and EWC’ s Rolling Thunder for display and sale at the Lowline event at the IBE. Lane then was responsible for the Sale Preview and showcased the pair during the sale. The pair was purchased by Stan and KD Metheny and will remain in Iowa.  Metheny is starting a small beef herd with his grandson.  He also purchased a bred heifer. He will be breeding Empress to a Minature Hereford Bull in June to see if he can get a black baldy calf in the spring. He is going to keep Rolling Thunder as a bull to breed his other Lowline with in future years. “The team would like to thank Dr. Edwin Bittner, Veterinary Technology Instructor at EWC for originally donating Empress as a calf to the team,” shared Dr. Georgia Younglove, EWC livestock and show team coach and instructor. This event finishes up the season for the show team.

The donation of animals from Dr. Edwin Bittner to the livestock judging team and veterinary technology has resulted in over $8600 for those programs from the sale of the animals.

Shelby Cranston and Lane Barker with the lowline.

Shelby Cranston and Lane Barker with the lowline.

Eleven freshman and sophomores judged at the IBE. Tracy Austin, Rozet, WY; Jory Carson, Lynch, NE; Shelby Cranston, Moorcroft, WY; Kort Gartrell, Paxton, NE; Kaycee Gobble, Lewistown, MT; Jaxson Heyrend, Evanston, WY; Hunter Hill, Scottsbluff, NE; Courtney Lamont, Oelrichs, SD; Santiago Ramos, Bridgeport, NE; Ashly Reese, Roy, UT; and Bobbi Sinks, Jordon, MT.  Our top finisher was Ramos in both placings and overall.  Cranston just returned to the team after a year off but was our top reasons giver. Their next contest is the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney, NE.

EWC Debate Team wins top honors

The EWC debate team won top community college honors at the Sweetheart Swing tournament co-hosted by the University of Oklahoma and West Texas A&M on the Norman, Oklahoma, campus February 10-12.

EWC Speech and Debate students at Oklahoma left to right: James Schock, Sara Kostur, Haley Lauze, Zach Bearnson, Kenna Noble, and Helen Khouri

EWC Speech and Debate students at Oklahoma left to right: James Schock, Sara Kostur, Haley Lauze, Zach Bearnson, Kenna Noble, and Helen Khouri

Twenty-seven colleges and universities attended the tournament including research one universities such as The University of Alabama and The University of Texas-Austin, elite private colleges like Whitworth University, Southern Methodist University, and Colorado Christian University, and two other community colleges, Ranger College and Tulsa Community College.

EWC debaters were entered in IPDA debate, a limited preparation debate format that pitted them against only four-year institutions, which in the novice division included:  Arkansas Technical University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Southern Methodist University, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma Baptist University, University of Central Arkansas, Northeast Oklahoma State University, and Colorado Christian University. Tulsa and Ranger competed in NPDA and NFA-LD debate formats.

After the scoring over the first two days, EWC, which advanced three of four novice debaters (any debater in his/her first year of competition from any size institution) to the tournaments Sweet Sixteen, two to the Elite Eight, and one to the final four, earned enough points from debate to outscore both Tulsa and Ranger performances in their other debate formats and individual events to earn top honors.

Individually, three EWC debaters advanced far into the tournament. Kenna Noble, freshman, LaGrange, Wyoming, earned recognition as the overall second ranked speaker in the novice division and made it to the final-four, out of more than thirty debaters, earning a five-one preliminary record with wins over Oral Roberts, Southern Methodist, and Oklahoma Baptist debaters. In the Sweet Sixteen she beat a debater from Southern Methodist on a 3-0 decision. By seeding, Helena Khouri, freshman, Rio de Janeiro, was the tournament’s seventh seed and slated to debate Sara Kostur, sophomore, Torrington, WY, the tournament’s tenth seed. On the strength of her fifth place speaker recognition, Khouri advanced over Kostur into the Elite Eight. Again, by the chance of seeding, Noble was slated to debate Khouri in the Elite Eight, but by virtue of her second seed position, she advanced to the final four, losing on a close 2-1 decision to the eventual tournament champion from Colorado Christian University. James Schock, sophomore, Torrington, WY, had a rough early draw, but went 2-4 in preliminary rounds to help the team to earn enough points for sweepstakes.

On Sunday, EWC debaters Haley Lauze, sophomore, Green River, WY; and Zach Bearnson, freshman, Torrington, Wyoming, advanced to the Elite Eight out of twenty-six teams during the Texas A&M portion of the tournament. The debaters paired up to compete in team IPDA, standing again as the lone community college, this time in the open division against debaters with as many as eight years of debate experience. The teams of Lauze and Bearnson held a 3-1 record in the preliminary rounds, but lost in the Elite Eight to Southern Methodist University. Khouri and Noble, both students in their first year of debate at any level, also recorded three wins and one loss and stood as the ninth seed after preliminary rounds, but did not advance to the Elite Eight based upon four total quality points.

For more information about the Speech and Debate program at EWC, please contact Jeremy Christensen, Communications Instructor/Forensics Director at 307.532.8367.

 

PSA

Eastern Wyoming College announces men’s basketball sophomore night and meet the Lancers on February 25. The lancers will sign posters following the men’s game.

Both teams will be hosting Western Nebraska Community College beginning at 5:30 pm in the Petsch Center Gymnasium. Please come and support your Lancers and get an autographed poster.

KGOS/KERM and Lancer Rodeo team up for Business Expo

KGOS/KERM radio and the EWC Lancer Rodeo team invite business owners and vendors to participate in the first-ever Business Expo held in conjunction with the 2017 Lancer Rodeo.  The Expo will be held March 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

KGOS/KERM owner Grant Kath is excited about the partnership. “We are excited to be partnering with Eastern Wyoming College in this first ever Business expo.  The Lancer Rodeo is a big event and we are looking forward to highlighting some of our local businesses during the three days of competition.”

Expo booth space rental includes 3 days rental of a 12’ x 12’ space, 1 eight-foot table and two chairs.  The vendor will also receive name recognition during the Lancer Rodeo performances, live on-air interview during the Expo with KGOS/KERM and have their name listed in the EWC Rodeo program.  The rental fee is $300 for the three-day event.

Vendors also have the option of selecting a combo package which would include the above-mentioned items and a ½ page ad in the EWC Rodeo Program.

The EWC Lancer Rodeo was named the 2016 Rodeo of the Year and over 290 contestants competed.  Attendance at the rodeo usually exceeds 4500 with family, friends and spectators traveling from over 10 states.

“We look forward each year to bring college rodeo and great student-athletes to Goshen County. We are excited about the addition of the EXPO and our partnership with KGOS/ KERM,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “We hope everyone can come out and take in the rodeo, expo or both.

To reserve a spot for your business please contact Clark at 307.532.0692 or Kath at 307.532.2158.

EWC vet tech instructor recognized in veterinary publication

Eastern Wyoming College veterinary technology instructor Cristi Semmler, BS, CVT, RALAT, has been featured in the trade publication Inside NAVC by VetFolio.

EWC veterinary technology instructor Cristi Semmler, BS, CVT, RALAT, was recently featured in Inside NAVC by VetFolio

EWC veterinary technology instructor Cristi Semmler, BS, CVT, RALAT, was recently featured in Inside NAVC by VetFolio

VetFolio is an online resource of veterinary educational materials.  This resource is provided by North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA); both of which are top non-profit associations in the veterinary medicine industry.

NAVC is an organization that provided education to the global veterinary community to promote a higher standard of veterinary care.  The 2017 NAVC conference was attended by over 17,100 people from more than 70 countries.  Inside NAVC, the official NAVC conference publication, is where Semmler was featured for her innovative use of VetFolio to educate veterinary technology students.

Semmler first learned about this educational tool at the 2015 NAVC Conference and quickly shared the resource with her colleagues and students.  VetFolio provides instructors and students with a large variety of current information on animal health issues.  There are videos, webinars, courses, conference proceedings and more on the site.  There is also certification programs available which Semmler has encouraged students to complete to assist the students as they seek employment.

EWC program director Dr. Susan Walker, DVM shared the following on Semmler’s recent recognition, “I admire Cristi’s enthusiasm and drive to educate our students.  She is passionate about gaining knowledge both for herself and others.  She is deserving of this recognition by VetFolio.”

Semmler was one of two individuals featured in the publication.  Recently she completed a six-course series on veterinary forensic science and medicine and animal crime scene investigation through VetFolio.

A link to the full publication can be found here:  https://issuu.com/navc/docs/2017_inside_navc_tuesday?e=1391590%2F44015510

For more information on the veterinary technology program at EWC contact Dr. Walker at 307.532.8279.

EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

Student Technicians drying a dog at a previous dog wash.

Student Technicians drying a dog at a previous dog wash.

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a dog wash on Saturday, February 25th. Appointments will begin at 8:00 am and walk-ins will be taken until 10:30 am.  The dog wash will conclude at 1:30 pm.  The student technicians will do minimal brushing and do not shave out mats. A current rabies certificate is required to participate.

Pricing per dog is as follows:

Bath:
Small Dog (0-20#) $8
Medium Dog (20.1-50#) $10
Large Dog (50.1 – 90#) $12
Extra Large Dog (90.1 and above) $14

Added charge for Long hair: (Require additional grooming and Drying Time)
Small – $3, Medium – $5, Large – $7, Extra Large – $9

Other Services:
Nail trim: $5

For an appointment please contact Elizabeth Wright:
Email (preferred):  wrighte3960@ewcmail.wy.edu
Phone Number: 509.262.4517

EWC Livestock Show Team places at National Livestock Shows

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

From Arizona National. Heifer was the Reserve Champion left to right: Lane Barker, Cody Green, Fayetteville, AR, Judge, and Justin Darby

From Arizona National. Heifer was the Reserve Champion left to right: Lane Barker, Cody Green, Fayetteville, AR, Judge, and Justin Darby

Fourteen students represented EWC at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, AZ. They included  Tracy Austin, sophomore, Rozet, WY; Angelina Bannan, freshman, Lusk, WY; Lane Barker, freshman, Evanston, WY; Jory Carson, freshman, Lynch, NE; Shelby Cranston, sophomore, Moorcroft, WY; Justin Darby, freshman, Paulen, AZ; Brawley Darby, freshman, Paulen, AZ; Kort Gartrell, freshman, Paxton, NE; Jaxson Heylend, freshman, Evanston, WY; Hunter Hill, freshman, Scottsbluff, NE; Courtney LaMont, freshman, Oelrichs, SD; Ashley Reese, freshman, Roy, UT; Santiago Ramos, sophomore, Bridgeport, NE; and BobAnn Sinks, sophomore, Jordan, MT.

The team took cattle (prospect steers and heifers –Ty Steben and Angus Heifers – Sinks), hogs, goats and sheep (Dorsets from Griffith Livestock). The steer pen of three was second in their class and all three steers were sold in the club calf sale. The prospect heifer was the Reserve Champion Heifer in the Sun Classic Heifer show and also sold in that sale. The Angus heifers placed 2nd and 3rd in the junior Angus show and 2nd and 4th in the open Angus show. Santiago Ramos placed 9th with his crossbred market hog and Jaxson Heylend placed 11th in his. Brawley Darby and Ashley Reese each placed 6thwith their black-faced market lamb in their respective classes. Jaxson Heylend placed 9th with his lamb. Tracy Austin placed 8th with her market wether goat. The Dorsets placed well and were the reserve champion young flock.

Students that participated in the skill-a-thon: Back row left to right: Courtney LaMont, Kort Gartrell, Santiago Ramos, Hunter Hill, Ashley Reese, and Jaxson Heylend. Front row left to right: Angelina Bannan, Jory Carson, Brawley Darby, Lane Barker, Shelby Cranston, and Tracy Austin.

Students that participated in the skill-a-thon: Back row left to right: Courtney LaMont, Kort Gartrell, Santiago Ramos, Hunter Hill, Ashley Reese, and Jaxson Heylend. Front row left to right: Angelina Bannan, Jory Carson, Brawley Darby, Lane Barker, Shelby Cranston, and Tracy Austin.

The judges and show team members then joined forces to compete in the Livestock Skill-A-Thon where the team of Bannan, Reese, Barker and Darby claimed champion team honors. Bannan was also the high individual over all.  Heylend captured reserve honors.

Bannan, Carson, Gartrell, Heylend, Hill, LaMont, Reese and Ramos all competed in the Collegiate Livestock Judging contest.  Gartrell was 10th High Individual in the Junior College Freshman Division.

Results for the EWC Show Team in Denver were Dorset Sheep (Producer: Patti and Steve Griffith, Riverton, WY) –Reserve Champion Ram and Champion Lamb Flock in the Any Other Recognized Meat Breed Division

Dorset Sheep (Producer:  Sandy Snider, Powell, WY) – Champion Flock in the Any Other Recognized Meat Breed Division

Wether Sires (commercial sheep division) – Sanitago Ramos showed a ewe lamb that placed 4th out of 30.  Ramos and Hunter Hill also showed in the Senior Sheep Showmanship class.

The only show the team has left is the Iowa Beef Expo where they will be displaying and selling their lowline cow/calf pair which was originally donated as a heifer project by EWC’s Veterinary Technology Instructor, Dr. Ed Bittner.

In the carload contest at Denver this year the team judged 6 classes and answered one set of reasons.  The team members were Tracy Austin; Shelby Cranston; Kaycee Gobble, Lewistown, MT; Hunter Hill; and Ashley Reese.  Gobble was the highest placing individual and finished in the top half of the contest dropping only 19 points on the 6 classes.

Team Members that attended the Denver Livestock Show were: Lane Barker; Brawley Darby; Shelby Cranston; Jaxson Heylend; Hunter Hill; Santiago Ramos; Ashley Reese; Emma Rogers, sophomore, Newell, SD.

 

EWC vet tech students attend national conference

Eastern Wyoming College would like to congratulate the veterinary technology students that were able to attend the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference, in Orlando, Florida, February 3rd-8th. Amanda Johnson, Summerset, SD; Ali Hajenga, Judith Gap, MT; KaylaRae Lawrence, Riverton, WY; Ashleigh Wolfe, Kersey, CO; and Gracie Hoem, Cheyenne, WY, worked their way to the conference through their participation in EWC’s Veterinary Technology Club. The group was chaperoned by veterinary technology instructor and club sponsor, Cristi Semmler CVT, B.S., RALAT.

left to right: Gracie Hoem, KaylaRae Lawrence, Ali Hajenga, Ashleigh Wolfe, Amanda Johnson, Cristi Semmler, Veterinary Technology instructor and Club Sponsor.

left to right: Gracie Hoem, KaylaRae Lawrence, Ali Hajenga, Ashleigh Wolfe, Amanda Johnson, Cristi Semmler, Veterinary Technology instructor and Club Sponsor.

Veterinary Technology Club members earn points through their participation in various activities, including rodeo concessions, community service, and helping area dogs through veterinary technology club sponsored dog washes. These activities give students a chance to be a part of the local community, and take part in raising the needed funds for professional development like NAVC.

Every year, the sophomores choose the conference they would like to attend. For the past 3 years, they have chosen NAVC. This year the attendance was more than 17,100. EWC’s veterinary technology students were in the minority being included in the veterinary and technician students, as 4.2% of the conference population.

While at the convention the students were able to attend lectures alongside veterinarians, credentialed technicians and support staff demonstrating recent advances in veterinary medicine, giving them a taste of what is innovative in the industry. Some of the topics they enjoyed were lectures on therapeutic lasers, and pain management in cattle. There was one exhibition hall with over 30,000 square feet of exhibitors. These exhibitors showed the students advancements in the industry, giving the students the opportunity to take part in raffles, and obtain a variety of free items that were veterinary related.

This year their sponsor, Cristi Semmler, had a full page in the conference publication, Inside NAVC, promoting the use of Vetfolio.com. Vetfolio is a veterinary education website that EWC’s veterinary technology program utilizes. The website brings experts from the field, on current and upcoming practices and procedures in the industry, to EWC via the internet.

The learning opportunities presented to the attendees were a lot to take in, but there was also time for fun outside of the conference activities. The club sponsored a dinner at the Boathouse, where the students enjoyed a variety of steak and seafood. There was entertainment provided at the conference including Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs.

Club President Amanda Johnson said, “My favorite thing, at NAVC, was the exotics tracks, especially learning to intubate a variety of species using modified syringe cases. I definitely plan to use these techniques.  I want to return to the conference in the future so that I am able to bring new methods and techniques to my practice.  I recommend everyone that has an interest in caring for animals to go to NAVC, you will learn many ways to help animals.”

If you are further interested in the students’ trip please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EWCVT1976.

Kelly recognized as Foundation Volunteer of the Year

Kate Kelly and Dr. Rick Patterson: Kate Kelly, winner of the Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award with EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson

Kate Kelly and Dr. Rick Patterson: Kate Kelly, winner of the Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award with EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson

Eastern Wyoming College is proud to announce the recognition of Mrs. Kate Kelly, who won the Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award of-the-year at the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees conference held in Cheyenne, WY on February 8, 2017.  Mrs. Kelly, bested nominees from each of the Wyoming community college foundations and her years of service, dedication, and leadership were primary drivers in her selection.  Kelly has proudly served EWC for 22 years, first, as a Board of Trustee in 1994, then a Foundation Director from 1997-2016, and as President of the Foundation from 1998 to 2005.

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.

Other Eastern Wyoming College nominees included Bryce Funk, Student; John Cline, Faculty; Lynn Wamboldt, Classified Staff; Chuck Kenyon, Professional Staff; and Mike Varney for the Trustee Leadership Award.

EWC WACCT Nominees left to right: Kate Kelly, Chuck Kenyon, Bryce Funk, Mike Varney, and Lynn Wamboldt.

EWC WACCT Nominees left to right: Kate Kelly, Chuck Kenyon, Bryce Funk, Mike Varney, and Lynn Wamboldt.