Posts from March, 2017

EWC Women’s basketball student athletes receive Region IX honors

Four Eastern Wyoming College women’s basketball players earned post-season awards.

Emily Evans, All-Region IX South and All-Region IX Tournament Team Anna Perez, All-Region IX South Sarah Bersang, All-Region IX Defensive, and All-Region IX Tournament Team Carna Prokic, All-Region IX Tournament Team
 Emily Evans, All-Region IX South and All-Region IX Tournament Team
 Anna Perez, All-Region IX South

 

Sarah Bersang, All-Region IX Defensive, and All-Region IX Tournament Team
Carna Prokic, All-Region IX Tournament Team

 

Emily Evans, sophomore, Cheyenne, WY was named All-Region IX South Team and All-Region IX Tournament Team.

Anna Perez, sophomore, Canet de Mar, Spain was named All-Region IX South Team.

Sarah Bersang, sophomore, Horsens, Germany, was named All-Region IX Defensive Team and All-Region IX Tournament Team.

Carna Prokic, sophomore, Subotica, Serbia was named to The All-Region IX Tournament Team.

“This is a well-deserved honor for each of these players,” said Coach Tom Andersen.  “They work very hard and I’m glad that effort was recognized.  I will miss them and wish them the best as they move on.”

EWC Debater’s Attend Loyola University of Chicago Invitational

Haley and Kenna prepare for their second debate.

Haley and Kenna prepare for their second debate.

Eastern Wyoming College debaters Haley Lauze and Kenna Noble attended the Loyola University of Chicago debate invitational March 18 at the Loyola University campus in downtown Chicago. Also attending were a number of colleges from the Chicago area, including Loyola’s own team and those from Wheaton College, a prestigious liberal arts college Wheaton, Illinois.

Eastern Wyoming was the only college from out of the Chicago region invited to the tournament. The invitation on behalf of the Loyola University Debating Society was a recognition of Lauze and Noble’s season-long success in a variety of debate formats.

The format for the competition was new for the squad, and one that is mostly practiced by major institutions on the East and West Coasts as well as colleges abroad, including Oxford and Cambridge, among many others. The British Parliamentary (BP) style of debate features four two-person teams in each competition room, with two teams advocating for and two teams negating the motion. The subjects for the topics range from contemporary world affairs to enduring questions in philosophy.  The contest at Loyola, like many BP tournaments, featured three preliminary rounds, with the teams ranked one through four by a panel of three expert judges.

Lauze and Nobel improved throughout the three rounds, earning a fourth place ranking in their first round, a third place ranking in their second round, and a second place ranking in their third round. Although that was not enough to earn them a bid into the final debate, which featured three Wheaton teams and one Loyola-Chicago team, their steady improvement earned praise from the tournament administrator Mr. David Romanelli, Director of Debate at Loyola.

Haley and Kenna with David Romanelli

Haley and Kenna with David Romanelli

“The fact that in each debate round Haley and Kenna’s rank and scores went up was remarkable,” said Romanelli. “I believe they both have a good deal of promise.”

This event concludes the team’s travel for the year, although the squad will begin preparing for next year starting the first week in April and continuing through May.

For more information about speech and debate at EWC contact Jeremy Christensen at 307.532.8367.

EWC finished 2nd at Otero tournament

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team recently returned from LaJunta, CO where they competed in the Otero Junior College spring golf tournament.  The Lancers finished second at the one-day tournament with a team score of 317 behind Otero College who scored 314.  The second day of the tournament was canceled due to the weather.

“The event was shortened to one tough day because of the inclement weather.  It was gusting up to 60 mph on Thursday with even more wind and rain on Friday,” shared Coach Zach Smith.  “The guys battled through the wind and managed to come away with second place.  We are looking forward to the next tournament and hopefully bringing home a Lancer team and individual win.”

EWC @ Otero - Team Score 317 - Second PlaceLeading the Lancers was freshman Harry Walch, Staines, England who shot a 73.  Other Lancer team scores were as follows:

Adrian Torres-Ruiz, sophomore, Madrid, Spain – 77, 3rd
Jared Pilkington, freshman, Scottsbluff, NE – 80, tied 8th
Eric Lovell, sophomore, Greeley, CO – 81, tied 10th
Denton Shaw, sophomore, Lusk, WY – 83
Arvy Shongwe, freshman, Ezulwini, Swaziland – 83

The golf team will compete in Lamar, CO March 30-31.

EWC Lancers do well at hometown rodeo

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo team recently hosted their hometown rodeo and several did quite well.

Photo Credit: Cody and Chance Lane team roping in the short round. BQ Gauck Photography

Photo Credit: Cody and Chance Lane team roping in the short round. BQ Gauck Photography

In the team roping, Torrington native’s Cody Lane, sophomore, and brother Chance Lane, freshman, were 6th in the 1st round with a time of 8.2 seconds.  They won the short round with a time of 6.5 giving them a total time of 14.7 on two steers.

Also in the team roping, freshman Levi Walter, Wray, CO was second with his partner Cole Retchless in the short round, finishing the weekend 3rd in the average.  Sophomores Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY and partner Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY, tied for first in the 1st round.

Sophomore Danny Manning won 3rd in the steer wrestling with a total time of 11.3 seconds on two steers.  He was 3rd in the short round.

In the breakaway roping, freshman Tanielle Arneson, Enning, SD, was 5th in the first round and 2nd in the short round to finish the weekend in 2nd place with a total time of 5.7 seconds.  Teammate Harlee McKenney, freshman, Parker, SD qualified for the short round.

Barrel racer Baillie Mutchler, sophomore, Whitewood, SD, placed 6th.

“Our team competed well this weekend at their home rodeo,” stated Coach Jake Clark.  “Team ropers stayed strong with some new teams winning this week.  Danny helped his chance for a CNFR qualification by gaining some points.  I was very pleased to see some of our freshmen women do well.  Hopefully, that continues.  We had great attendance for our rodeo and appreciate the support.”

The Lancers will next travel to compete at the Colorado State University rodeo to be held April 7-9.

 

EWC Community Education highlights upcoming Miniature Gardens, Terrariums and Fairy Garden class

The Community Education Department at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington will have a miniature garden, terrariums, and fairy gardens class on Thursday March 30.  This class will be held at Great Gardens from 5:30-7:30 pm and will cost $35.

Miniature gardens, whether in the form of a terrarium container or a fairy garden, are becoming a favored hobby.  Miniature gardening can be done at any age, inside or outside, year round or seasonally, in an expensive container or even in an old shoe.  The art of miniature gardening is only limited by your imagination.  A mini-garden can be elaborate and fancy or simply plain.  In this hands-on class you will be introduced to a variety of plants that lend themselves well to miniature gardening and you will create your own basic mini-garden to take home.

To register for this class or any other class please call 307.532.8323.

EWC Student Senate members donate to St. Joseph’s

Front row left to right: Chelsea Baars, Ronda Meyer, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Tayler Hallums, Jenny Pragnell, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Jessica Rossi, Student Senate President, Emma Rogers, Breenna Heil.

Front row left to right: Chelsea Baars, Ronda Meyer, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Tayler Hallums, Jenny Pragnell, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Jessica Rossi, Student Senate President, Emma Rogers, Breenna Heil.

The members of the Student Senate at Eastern Wyoming College raised and donated over $480 to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.

The officers and members worked the concession stand during the Wyoming Cowboys vs Chadron State College basketball game held at EWC in November to raise the funds.

EWC Highlights the Art of Decorative Wheat Weaving class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering Art of Decorative Wheat Weaving class. This class will be held on Monday and Tuesday April 24, 25, and May 1, 2, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This class will be held in the Community Training Center and the cost is $25.

Wheat Weaving is an ancient cross-cultural tradition practiced in many parts of the world—Europe, Africa, North & South America, and now Torrington. The act of wheat weaving is repetitive, requiring only a gentle focus, and can be a deeply meditative experience.  You will be surprised at the beautiful art objects you can make. Since wheat harvest is long past, there will be wheat kits available for purchase.

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

Williams donates to EWC welding program

EWC officials recently recognized Williams for the generous donation of pipe and other materials to the EWC welding program. (left to right) Tim Pexton, EWC Foundation; Jarrett Clowers, Williams, Rex Cogdill, EWC; John Hansen, EWC; Ed Meyer, EWC; Brett Cavanagh, Williams; Margaret Farley, EWC; Jim Willox, EWC and Converse County Commissioner; Jake Welle, Williams; Ed Werner, EWC; Michelle Landa, EWC; Rick Patterson, EWC.

EWC officials recently recognized Williams for the generous donation of pipe and other materials to the EWC welding program. (left to right) Tim Pexton, EWC Foundation; Jarrett Clowers, Williams, Rex Cogdill, EWC; John Hansen, EWC; Ed Meyer, EWC; Brett Cavanagh, Williams; Margaret Farley, EWC; Jim Willox, EWC and Converse County Commissioner; Jake Welle, Williams; Ed Werner, EWC; Michelle Landa, EWC; Rick Patterson, EWC.

The welding program at Eastern Wyoming College received a big boost in materials from Williams.  This in-kind donation was a big win for the EWC program.

“We recently did a clean-up around our Williams Bucking Horse Plant in Douglas,” stated Brett Cavanagh, Williams Land Representative.  “The materials were from our initial construction of the plant and other pipeline projects throughout the area.  We auctioned off materials that we could, but we still had quite a bit remaining.”

After discussions with other supervisors to see if there was a need for the materials in other areas of the plant and field, it was determined the remaining pieces could not be used.  “Donating the materials to Eastern Wyoming College was the best option to benefit the college and the community,” added Cavanagh.

Once the Williams team pulled together an inventory of the items, and determined a fair in-kind value of the materials, they contacted EWC Welding Instructor Henry Woehl who was excited to receive the materials.  The majority of the materials donated are outside of and different than the materials the students currently work with.  New and different materials provide even more hands-on learning for the students.

“Donations like this allow us to expand our hands-on practice within our welder training programs,” stated EWC President Dr. Richard Patterson.  “This is especially important during times of tight budgets.  We are very appreciative to Williams and look forward to our continued partnership in developing Wyoming’s workforce.”

In-kind donation big win for Eastern Wyoming College welding program.

There were over 2400 pieces donated, which included bolts, pieces of pipe, flanges, and other like items. The in-kind value of the donation came to just over $199,000, but it carries a much higher value in the form of having materials available for hands on learning for the students in the welding program.

 

Black Hills Energy Donates Heater to EWC Foundation for Raffle

Black Hills Energy has donated to Eastern Wyoming College’s Foundation a whole house heater (up to 2000 sq. ft.) to be raffled off to support EWC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, SkillsUSA, and help fund the Agricultural Technology Education Center.

The heater, valued at $3,500 “is a major gift that will help provide needed funds for the College” said John Hansen Director of Institutional Development for EWC.  Hansen further stated that, “the donation is a testament of Black Hills Energy’s belief in higher education and their philosophy of reinvesting in our local communities.”

Raffle tickets for the heater will be available during the EWC/KGOS Business Expo to be held on March 24, 25, & 26 at the Rendezvous Center in Torrington Wyoming.  Raffle tickets are also able to be purchased via phone through the Office of Development at 307.532.8397.

 

EWC highlights upcoming Community Education classes

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering the following classes.

SPRING & SUMMER QUILTED TABLE RUNNER
Instructors:  Goshen County Quilters Guild Members

Make a quilted table runner in one day!  All fabric and thread supplied in kits, you simply select your favorite color scheme for spring and/or summer.  You will need to bring your own sewing machine with bobbin in good working order & a ¼” presser foot and basic sewing supplies—2 new sharp or quilting sewing machine needles,8-10 medium safety pins, lead pencil or fabric marker, hand-sewing needles, seam ripper, scissors, ruler (clear plastic or quilting).  Must have some basic sewing experience.  Plan on bringing your own lunch, beverages & snacks.  Depending on enrollment there may be additional kits for purchase.

This class will be held Saturday, March 25, from 8:30am – 4:00 pm and the cost is $50 which includes fabric and thread kit.

OUT ON A LOOM:  Introduction to Loom Beading
Instructor:  Sandy Hoehn

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.  And to get you started right, your class fee will include a beginner’s kit including a bead loom, needles, thread, and 1,000 seed beads.

This class will be held on Mondays, March 27 through April 27 from 6-8:00 pm and the cost is $50.

SPRING COOKIE FRENZY
Instructor:  Donna White

Kids, celebrate spring! Make and decorate some cookies.  Yep, you and your mom or dad, or better yet, both, will mix up an easy roll out cookie recipe, cut out springy shapes, bake and decorate. This class is limited to 12, so don’t wait sign up.  All supplies are provided.   Bring a lidded container or small box to take your spring cookie creations home with you.

This class will be Saturday, April 8 from 1-4:00 pm and the cost is $25.

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