Posts from October, 2017

Planning and Giving to EWC

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and before you know it….. Christmas.  As we look at our own luck and fortune in life, many of us realize how blessed we are.  THERE is an ancient Chinese saying: “If you know where you are going, you are more likely to get there.”  The first step to step to intelligent giving is to figure out your goals:  What do you care about most about EWC?  What would you like to achieve?  Please remember it’s your money, and you have the right to invest in programs and goals that reflect your interests and values.  If you care about something special, such as agriculture or welding and you know you want to support certain kinds of activities, such as visiting lecturers you can certainly contact someone in those programs to discuss your ideas.  Maybe you care about students and you want them to graduate without a lot of debt and a simple gift to a scholarship fund will suffice.  Whatever your choose to give, please realize it will be appreciated as we look at less dollars from the state and higher costs to educate our students.   If you would like to discuss anything about giving to EWC, please feel free to contact us.  We are happy to work with you on any idea and would appreciate the opportunity to memorialize your ideas.

Pound Puppy Acquired

Okay, so I gotta admit it.  I am a sucker for critters…..big and small, wild or tame, hairy or human.  For at least three weeks I would come out of work and the Vet Tech students would be walking the dogs.  Not the “yoyo” walking the dogs, but the real cute dogs.  I have kind of had my eye on one for a while and every time I would come out of work….. there he is.  Gray and white with a gray patch over his eye…. one spotted ear and dorky.  Didn’t matter whether I left at 5:00, 6:00 or 7:00…. they were always walking him.  And he would jump up on me like I was his best friend.  Turns out “Grayson” is up for adoption.  Yep, what a cutie.  He is big, sweet, happy and a dork.  For three weeks I hoped someone would take him home and I would not have to see him again.  But noooooooo….. Mustard gets a home, others get a home, but not Grayson.  Poor dorky Grayson.  Well he did get a home last week!  My house!


EWC to host Fall Concert

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has announced the Fall Concert will be held Monday, October 16 at 7 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public and will feature the EWC Master Chorus directed by Aaron Bahmer with Jeanne Howard accompanist.

EWC Student Artist will have their work on display and EWC Communication student Kinlee Whitney will have a presentation.

For more information about this concert, please contact Chorus Director, Aaron Bahmer at 307.532.8284 or


Female Leaders at EWC

As a therapist in my former life and now a president of a community college, I believe that change cannot occur without development and continued improvement of a college’s leader.  To ensure that our future leadership grows with competent people, I firmly believe that we must grow our own leaders and invest in those unique opportunities and programs for emerging leaders.   This year we were lucky enough to send four of our “up-and-coming” lady leaders to the first week-end of the Academic Management Institute in Vail.  Tami Afdahl (Director of College Relations); Margaret Farley (Associate VP of our Douglas campus); Mai Lee Olsen (Recruitment and Admissions) and Susan Stephenson (Director of Financial Aid) are learning lots about leadership and having fun too, I hope.  This is a great opportunity for four strong leaders to learn trends and issues that will impact our college and teach them skills to transform our institution ensuring student success at EWC.


EWC announces new Vice President for Administrative Services

Eastern Wyoming College President, Dr. Lesley Travers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kwin Wilkes to the position of Vice President for Administrative Services.  Mr. Wilkes will replace Mr. Ron Laher who announced his retirement, effective November 30th, on March 14, 2017.

“Kwin Wilkes will be an excellent addition to our President’s Cabinet.  He is a team player and was extremely well liked and respected by his co-workers at Newcastle,” shared Dr. Travers.  “He is knowledgeable about budgets and finance, physical plants, and auxiliary services.  Kwin will work collaboratively with the leadership team to provide coordinated leadership and decision-making for student success and administrative operations.”

Mr. Wilkes has spent the last 5.5 years serving as the Business Manager for the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and prior to that was both a Vice President/Partner and Division Manager serving two offices products companies in Sheridan for six years.  He possess an Accounting Bachelor of Science and Spanish Secondary Education Bachelor of Arts, both from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Social Science from Utah State University.

“I am humbled and excited about the opportunity of joining the staff at EWC,” shared Wilkes.  “I look forward to helping the College advance its vision for the future.  Most of all, I am thrilled to be involved with the students as they pursue their education.”

Mr. Wilkes will be relocating to the area from Newcastle and will begin his new duties in mid-November.

Lancer rodeo team concludes fall season

Karissa Rayhill

Karissa Rayhill

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo team concluded the fall rodeo season at Central Wyoming College October 6-8.

Freshman Karissa Rayhill led the Lancers with a 2nd place finish in the goat tying and a 4th place finish in the barrel racing.  In the goats, she split 3rd, 4th and 5th in the first round with a time of 7.9 seconds.  She was 2nd in the short round with a time of 7.7, securing her 2nd place average finish.  In the barrel racing, she was 3rd in the first round, 6th in the short round for her 4th place average finish.

Rayhill captured 2nd place in the women’s all-around race for the weekend as well.

In the team roping, the sophomore team of Braden Pirrung, Hartford, SD and Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY, were 5th in the first round and won the short round with a time of 5.0 seconds which placed them 2nd in the average for the weekend.  Teammates Bryer Wadhams and Trevor Schnaufer, both sophomores from Pueblo, CO, and Sutton Adams, sophomore, Dell Rapids, SD and partner Cole Trainor, CWC all qualified for the short round.

“The men’s and women’s teams both finished strong at the final fall rodeo,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “We will now focus on improving and making adjustments throughout the winter before we start up again in the spring.”

The women’s team is in 3rd place in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings.  Other regional standings include Jacey Thompson, freshman, Yoder, WY, 2nd and Rayhill 5th in goat tying; Rayhill, Pirrung and Curuchet are 7th in the regional team roping standings.

The final fall rodeo which was to be held at Laramie County Community College has been postponed until the spring season.

Massey wins Otero tournament

Trey Massey

Trey Massey

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team competed at the annual fall tournament hosted by Otero Junior College October 5-6.  Sophomore Trey Massey, Lander, WY, won the tournament with two-day scores of 68-68, 136.  The Lancers finished the tournament in second place by two strokes with a team total of 582.

“The guys felt like they left a lot of shots on the course which is tough to handle when we are in such a tight battle for first, second, and third,” shared Coach Zach Smith.  “The guys fought hard but at the end of the day we fell just short of the team title this week. Trey played incredibility well again this week to win his second tournament of the season.  We look forward to a strong finish to the fall season.”

Other Lancer team member scores were as follows:

Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras, freshman, Munguia, Spain – 73-75, 148, tied 7th
Kash Kaufman, freshman, Torrington, WY – 71-78, 149, tied 11th
Cameron Heath, freshman, Bolton, UK – 76-75, 151, tied 15th
George Elliott, freshman, Salisbury, UK – 77-76, 153, tied 19th
Hunter Robbins, freshman, Evanston, WY – 78-75, 153, tied 19th

The Lancers will complete their fall season October 12-13 in Lamar.

EWC first Barbering Crossover class complete

: Students completing the first Barbering Crossover class are left to right: Saxen Branham, Erinn Riney, Alex Castro, Lesley Prahl, Amanda Lashley, Instructor.

Students completing the first Barbering Crossover class are left to right: Saxen Branham, Erinn Riney, Alex Castro, Lesley Prahl, Amanda Lashley, Instructor.

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce the completion of the first barbering crossover class of 2017.

The new Barbering Technician certificate program includes 1000 hours of barbering course work as required by Wyoming law. It combines theory classes, practical work and hands-on clientele practice.  Completion of this program prepares the students for national testing in barbering technology. This is a barbering program with no chemicals.

The barbering crossover program required 100 hours of shaving and 50 hours of men’s haircutting. During the 150 hours there was classroom discussion and reviewed prior knowledge.

“We had a great group for our first barbering crossover students, it just confirmed this program will be an excellent addition to the EWC Cosmetology Program!” said instructor Amanda Lashley.

Students interested in the Barbering Technician program should contact Barbering Instructor Amanda Lashley at 307.532.8362.

EWC Speech and Debate Finishes Well at Lancer Invitational

Front: Zach Lybrand, Left: Kinlee Whitney, Right: Haley Lauze

Front: Zach Lybrand, Left: Kinlee Whitney, Right: Haley Lauze

Eastern Wyoming College’s Speech and Debate team finished well at the Lancer Invitational and Cougar Swing hosted on the EWC campus September 29-October 1.

Facing a field of twenty-four other competitors, from colleges including the South Dakota School of Mines, Black Hills State University, Colorado Christian University, Belmont Abbey College (NC), Idaho State University, Northwest College, and Casper College, Haley Lauze, a sophomore from Green River, WY, finished in the final four of the tournament’s Open division. She finished with a 5-1 preliminary round record, with four wins over debaters from Colorado Christian University, including the eventual runner-up, and one win over Belmont Abbey’s Logan Torve, a past national champion and this year’s Lancer Invitational tournament champion, Lauze advanced through the Round of Sixteen, won in the Elite Eight, and lost on a 2-1 decision in semifinals.

Zach Lybrand, a freshman from Douglas, Wyoming, also finished well. At his first debate tournament, he advanced to the Elite Eight in the novice division, with a 4-2 record, notching wins over Northwest College, Black Hills State University, and Colorado Christian College. Lybrand, lost to London Ruff from

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on a 3-0 decision in quarterfinals.

Kinlee Whitney, a freshman from Newcastle, Wyoming, won the prose division at the Lancer Invitational, earned sixth place in informative speaking, and finished second overall in individual events, against strong competition from competitors representing Casper College, Northwest College, Western Nebraska Community College, Sterling College (KS), The University of Nebraska-Kearney, Doane College (NE), and Colorado Christian University.

During the Cougar Swing, which featured only individual events, Lauze finished fourth in persuasive speaking and sixth in prose, interpretation and Whitney finished fourth in prose interpretation.

The squad will split its resources when it next travels to Black Hills State University for a debate tournament on November 3-4 and to Midland University (Fremont, NE) for an individual events tournament the same weekend.


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


Community Round-table Opportunities

On Wednesday, October 4th, I hosted my first community round-table.  It was great to see some community members join us on campus and discuss our plans at EWC.  Hopefully at our November 9th Community Round-table meeting I will see more community members.  This meeting will be in the new CTEC Building Conference Room.  I hope to see you there!