Posts from June, 2017

Eastern Wyoming College Announces Graduates

Eastern Wyoming College held the 68th annual commencement for candidates on May 12, 2017 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  There were 179 graduates. The graduates from the Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters are as follows:

From Torrington, WY:  Joshua Baker, Wyatt Bergeson, Shalon Brooks, Amanda Brown, Ambrosio Chavez,

Vanesa Chavez, Christine Chesser, Alex Colson, Joshua Frescas, Jesse Fretter, Dylan Gamel, Nakisha Garner,

Sierra Gladson, Jerome Goggles, David Gray, Jacob Green, Patrick Groethe, Jamal Hans, Gage Harper, BreEnna Heil, Joseph Hemme, Alyssa Hunter, Benjamin Loya, Danell Marcus, Caleb Massie, Michael McCrossin, Andrew McKinley, Kylah Meyer, Ali Moore, Elizabeth Moore, Katherine Norton, Justin Palmer, Jeffrey Peterson, Matthew Reichert, Brandon Sala, Danna Schamel, Ramon Slater, Daphne Slagowski, Thomas Trout, William White, Jr.

From Albin, WY: Jessica Sowards, Shelby Wright

From Alva, WY: Jodi Gantz

From Bar Nunn, WY: Tylar Anderson 

From Basin, WY: Justin Roussan

From Casper, WY: Teighlor Fleenor, Jennifer Sorenson

From Cheyenne, WY:  Colton Borm, Jackson Brower, Bethany Burkart, Emily Evans, Lauren Hasings, Gracie Hoem, Noble Hoover, John Skarohlid

From Douglas, WY:  Ashlee Christensen, Brennin Clark, Daniel Evins, Vance Kunz, Sawyer, Layher, John McGuire, Linda McGuire, Alexa Porter, Matthew Rodriguez, Krystyn Ryan, Jordan Smart, Grace Soske, Dale Wilkens

From Evansville, WY: Lacey Washut

From Ft. Laramie, WY: Suzanne Sibai

From Gillette, WY: Eliza Mathwig, Nicole Posten

From Glendo, WY: Peyton Stoneking

Green River, WY: Kailee Koltiska

From Guernsey, WY:  Kelda Lee, Wes Reyher

From Hartville, WY: Jessica Rotz

From Hawk Springs, WY: Drew Buckhaults

From Keeline, WY: Kylee Gaukel

From Lingle, WY:  Clay Limmer, Dustin Morisette, Meagan Trimble

From Lusk, WY: Sandie Akers, Chelsea Baars, Kylee Gaukel, Mariah Flowers, Amber Garcia, Tristan Graham, Kyle Litzel, Terri Payseno, Joanna Plants, Julia Scott, Caitlyn Tolliver

From Manville, WY: Frank Falcon

From Mills, WY: Austin Arteta

From Moorcroft, WY: Darbi Buckmiller, Brandon Clonch, Darin Fuller

From Newcastle, WY:  Shay Bruce, Becky Checketts, Ricky Gibson II, Megan Kenney, Heather Michaelis, Paul Mordahl, Colby Paschal, Lyra Qualheim, James Rhoades, Marshall Rhoades, David Sanders, Jacob Sayler, Taylor Spain, Monica Vaughn, Savannah Williams

From Pine Haven, WY: Aspen Harris

From Riverton, WY: KaylaRae Lawrence

From Rozet, WY: Tracy Austin

From Sheridan, WY: Rebecca Gilbert

From Thermopolis, WY: Shayna Cox

From Upton, WY: Madison Kline

From Veteran, WY: Austin Johnson, Cody Johnson

From Wheatland, WY: Trae Bitterman, Lori Britton, Ashley Johnson, Marissa Meyer    

From Worland, WY:  Jessica Campbell, Kenneth Rayburn

From Yoder, WY: James Schock, Kurtis Shannon, Jamie Thompson, Blaine Wilker

From Flagler, CO: Kyle Leoffler

From Greeley, CO: Eric Lovell

From Kersey, CO: Zachary Barker, Riley Chesnut

From Loveland, CO: Tayler Hallums

From Merino, CO: Bryce Funk

From Phippsburg, CO: Jessica Rossi

From Pueblo, CO: Trevor Schnaufer

From Windsor, CO: Kyle Nicolls

From Yuma, CO: Madison Powell

From Bozeman, MT: Danielle Long

From Forsyth, MT: Elizabeth McRae, Hannah Patterson

From Jordan, MT: Bobbi Sinks

From Judith Gap, MT: Allison Hajenga

From Orvando, MT:  Ali Bard

From Plentywood, MT: Cheyenne Kisler

From Richey, MT: Trey Switzer

From Bayard, NE: Tessa Douglas

From Crawford, NE: Joelle VonForell

From Gering, NE: Dean Gorsuch, Leah Newman, Grant Olsson, Brooklyn Perez, Anna Walker

From Harrisburg, NE: Sara Taggart

From Hay Springs, NE: Wrangler Youe

From Lyman, NE: Cody Peachey

From Mitchell, NE: Emily Garl, Garrett Sterkel

From Ogallala, NE:  Sophia Arensdorf

From Scottsbluff, NE: Bryant Gilbert, Jarrett Ratliff, Lindsey Steyer, Joslyn Wickard

From Tyron, NE: Ruth Licking

From Valentine, NE: Tylar Osterman

From Whitman, NE: Ashlee Nollette

From Black Hawk, SD: Tosha Wilburn

From Martin, SD: Tagg Petrak

From Newell, SD:  Emma Rogers

From Sturgis, SD: Caden Packer

From Horsens, Denmark: Sarah Bersang

From Belgrade, Serbia: Petar Skoknic

From Subotica, Serbia: Carna Prokic

From Canet de Mar, Spain:  Anna Perez

From Lugo, Spain: Carmen Carvajal

From Madrid, Spain:  Adrian Torres

EWC Foundation 27th Annual Golf Tournament Winners

EWC Alumni golf team participated in the 27th annual EWC Foundation Golf Tournament. Left to right: Tyler Severin, Robbie Shipp, Cayl Carpenter, and Garrett Mortimore.

EWC Alumni golf team participated in the 27th annual EWC Foundation Golf Tournament. Left to right: Tyler Severin, Robbie Shipp, Cayl Carpenter, and Garrett Mortimore.

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation hosted its 27th Annual Golf Tournament and Calcutta on June 17th at the Cottonwood Country Club.  This year’s tournament boasted 22 teams with players traveling from across Colorado, Nebraska, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Part of the Wyoming contingent playing in the tournament was Dr. Travers who will take over as EWC’s President on July 3rd and State Senator Bill Landen, wife Robyn and State Representative Tom Walters, and wife Kade.  According to John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development for the College, “It was great to have Dr. Travers and her family play in the tournament along with other state elected officials.” Hansen continued, “The tournament would not have been possible without the hard work from our EWC Foundation members, sponsors, competitors, and bidders.”

Holly Lara, Administrative Specialist for the Office of Development, coordinated the tournament and commented, “The EWC Foundation had a very successful tournament. We received compliments on how well the tournament runs and how much fun the players had.”

The results for the tournament are as follows: first place went to the team of Lucas Moore, Steve Feagler, Kyle Nighswonger and Jim Phillip. In second place was the team of Jim Fisher, Zach Fisher, Doug Haught, and Michael Haught. Placing third was the team of Gary Childs, Julie Haught, Don Haught, and Robin Haught.  Rounding off the top teams placing fourth were EWC Golf Team Alumni; Garrett Mortimore, Cayl Carpenter, Robby Shipp, and Tyler Severin. Fifth place team was Jasen Kaufman, Jayce Eaton, Duffy Sheller, and Julie Eaton.

The tournament raised $9600 this year, with $1900 going towards EWC’s championship golf team.  EWC Golf Team Coach, Zach Smith stated, “It was fun having freshman Kash Kaufman, Jerel Rote, and sophomore Jared Pilkington help with the tournament.”  Smith continued, “The guys had a ton of fun and thanks to the EWC Foundation for their support of EWC golf.”

For more information about the tournament, please contact John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development at 307.532.8304.

Public Service Announcement

Eastern Wyoming College and the Fitness Center will be closed Tuesday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Offices and Fitness Center will reopen on Wednesday July 5th.

EWC offers grant opportunities for students

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to share information on grant funding opportunities for students wishing to further their education.

The first grant opportunity is the TANF-FBI Grant (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Families Becoming Independent).  This grant provides funds for tuition, fees, books, and other required supplies for short-term training to those who qualify.  The grant also pays for fees related to testing and certification in the area of study.  Additionally the grant can assist with costs related to travel to a test location or to the classroom if the recipient lives in rural areas.

Qualifications for the TANF-FBI Grant include:  must be the financially responsible parent of at least one child (under the age of 18 years), must be a Wyoming resident, must live in the EWC service areas of Goshen, Platte, Niobrara, Weston, Converse or Crook counties, and must earn an income less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (according to the number of people in their home).

Application and TABE (a test which indicates the student’s skill level in language, reading and math) must be completed.  Proof of income is also required.  Recipients will also receive training in seeking employment and soft skills required by employers.

Current training programs include:  CNA, CNA II, MA-C, CDL, and Plate Welding.

The second grant opportunity is the TANF –CPI Grant (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Community Partnership Initiative).  This grant provides funds for tuition, fees, books, and other required supplies for long-term certificates and degrees to those who qualify.  The grant also pays for fees related to testing and certification in the area of study.

Qualifications for the TANF-CPI Grant include:  must be the financially responsible parent of at least one child (under the age of 18 years), must be a Wyoming resident, must live in Goshen County, must earn an income less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (according to the number of people in their home).

Application and TABE test must be completed.  Proof of income is also required.  Recipients will also receive training in seeking employment and soft skills required by employers.

Current training programs include:  CNA, CNA II, MA-C, CDL, Plate Welding, Pre-Nursing and Cosmetology.

Future training programs have been approved and include:  Barbering Technician, Nail Technician, Skin Technician, Hair Technician, Child Development Certificate, Business Administration, Welding and Joining Technology, and Veterinary Technology.  Funding for these programs will be available in October, 2017.

Both TANF grants are provided by the Department of Family Services with the ultimate goal of helping recipients obtain jobs and end their dependence on social and/or governmental benefits.

“The impact these grants have on the participants is truly amazing.  People with a desire to start a career and support their families have used this training as a spring board to a career ladder that will take them as far as they are willing to go,” said Linda Day, FBI Grant Coordinator.  “I expect success from the participants who went from being unemployed to earning $18.00 per hour.  Of course that is not true in every case, but on the average our participants earned up to 45% more after training and certification.  I hope more people will take advantage of these grants and the opportunities provided through quality training at EWC.”

Former student Stacy Hodder utilized the FBI grant program and completed CDL training.  “I learned about the grant opportunity through flyers from the college.  It provided me the opportunity to better myself and gave me more opportunities.  I would encourage others to apply for the grant even if you are not sure if you qualify.  Linda is great to work with and will help you find resources.”

For more information on either of these grant programs or to see if you qualify, please contact Linda Day, FBI Grant Coordinator at 307.532.8365 or by email at


EWC athletes receive academic recognition

Eastern Wyoming College Athletic Director Tom Andersen has announced the academic excellence of EWC student athletes. There were 8 students athletes who earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All American honors.

Pinnacle Award – 4.0 GPA
Kylee Tresch, volleyball, Wright, WY

Superior Award – 3.8-3.99 GPA
Sophia Arensdorf, volleyball, Ogallala, NE
Jared Pilkington, golf, Scottsbluff, NE
Adrian Torres Ruiz, golf, Madrid, Spain

Exemplary Award – 3.60-3.79 GPA
Walker Korell, men’s basketball, Frederick, CO
Anna Perez Gomez, women’s basketball, Canet de Mar, Spain
Jessica Rossi, women’s basketball, Yampa, CO
Alexandria Simmerman, volleyball, Ogallala, NE

Team grade point averages were as follows:

Golf – 3.31
Women’s Basketball – 3.29
Volleyball – 3.25
Men’s Basketball – 3.06
Rodeo (29 students) – 2.95

Five members of the EWC Lancer Rodeo Team have been recognized as Scholar Americans from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Students must maintain a 3.5 gpa and earn points in competition to be eligible. The students earning this recognition were:

J.J. Skarohlid, Cheyenne, WY
Levi Walter, Wray, CO
Jamie Thompson, Yoder, WY
Cody Lane, Torrington, WY
Kyle Chapman, Rock Springs, WY

In addition, 19 student athletes were named NJCAA Region IX Academic All Region. To qualify, student athletes must have 2 or more full time semesters with a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Men’s Basketball

Cody Lane, Torrington, WY
Grant Olsson, Gering, NE


Sophia Arensdorf, Ogallala, NE
Carmen Carvajal, Lugo, Spain
Lauren Hastings, Cheyenne, WY
Helena Khouri, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Madison Powell, Yuma, CO
Alexandria Simmerman, Ogallala, NE
Shelby Welsh, Ogallala, NE
Kylee Tresch, Wright, WY

Women’s Basketball

Sarah Bersang, Horsens, Denmark
Pamela Bethel, Nassau, Bahamas
Emily Evans, Cheyenne, WY
Anna Perez Gomez, Canet De Mar, Spain
Carna Prokic, Subotica, Serbia
Jessica Rossi, Yampa, CO


Jared Pilkington, Scottsbluff, NE
Adrian Torres Ruiz, Madrid, Spain
Arvy Shongwe, Ezulwini, Swaziland

“This is a real tribute to our coaches for putting the emphasis on academics and the work they do into recruiting solid student athletes,” stated Andersen.

Public Service Announcement

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces beginning Monday, June 19, the main entrance to the campus will be closed. The alternate entrance will be the south end of Pinnacle drive near the Fine Arts Building. The closure will remain in effect for approximately three weeks.

EWC to host Reception

Eastern Wyoming College will be hosting a Reception to honor Dr. Richard Patterson on his retirement and welcome new president Dr. Lesley Travers on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

This reception will be held in the EWC Student Center and is open to the public.

EWC Douglas Campus students receive Kreycik scholarships

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation recently awarded The Jane E. Kreycik Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Jane’s husband, Hale, to honor his wife.

Scholarships were available to HISET graduates, and students enrolled at the Douglas Campus who show initiative and effort to better themselves.

Four scholarships were recently awarded to Chelsea Edison, Tosha Burns, Mollie Green, and Elise VanGundy.

For more information about this or other scholarships please contact the College at 307.624.7000.

Lingle-Ft. Laramie high school seniors commit to EWC

Photo Caption: Eleven Lingle-Ft. Laramie high school seniors commit to attend EWC in the Fall 2017 semester. Back Row: Justice Madayag, Tyler Hunt, Kyle Cruth, Taylor Wagner, Evan Engelbrecht, and Cole Morel. Front Row: Kash Kaufman, Taylor DeBock, Kaylynn Jefferson, Morea Shipley, and Johanna Church.

Eastern Wyoming College welcomes eleven Lingle – Ft. Laramie high school seniors for the fall 2017 semester.

The Lingle – Ft. Laramie High School College Admission Early Signing Day was held at the high school on May 17th to honor all the seniors who are moving on to college or chosen career path in the fall. Eleven of those seniors committed to attend EWC this fall.

“This was a great event for us to meet and welcome our newest Lancers from Lingle-Ft. Laramie High School.  We’re proud to have half of the 2017 graduating class join us at EWC,” said EWC President Rick Patterson.


MHS students earn EWC degree and high school diploma

Six Moorcroft High School students have earned their high school diplomas, and their associate degrees from Eastern Wyoming College.

MHS students Darbi Buckmiller, Brandon Clonch, Darin Fuller, Aspen Harris, Eliza Mathwig and Chase Peterson graduated not just from MHS but also from EWC with either an Associate of Arts or Science degree.  These students participated and took advantage of concurrent and dual enrollment courses.  Eligible MHS students may take college courses while still in high school.

“Many students take advantage of this opportunity to earn college credits and get a jump start on their college educations,” stated Roger Humphrey, Associate Vice President for Outreach and Academic Services.  “Through extraordinary effort, energy, dedication and focus, all six of these students completed an Associate of Arts degree from EWC while engaged in their high school studies,” continued Humphrey.

Darbi Buckmiller will be attending the University of Wyoming majoring in Architectural Engineering with a minor in Art. Aspen Harris will be attending the University of Wyoming and will major in International Business. Brandon Clonch plans to attend the University of Wyoming, majoring in Business Administration. Chase Peterson will major in Kinesiology and Health Management at the University of Wyoming. Eliza Mathwig will be attending Black Hills State University, majoring in Elementary Education. Darin Fuller will be attending the University of Oregon majoring in Marine Biology.

For more information about EWC credit classes offered in Moorcroft please contact Melissa Buckmiller, Outreach coordinator at 307.756.9800.