Posts from February, 2018

Mardi Gras Time!!!

Today is Fat Tuesday!  Oh yes, that wonderful day where everyone can pig out and have a reason to.  If you have not experienced Mardi Gras….. fear not… you can.  Simple as some beads, masks, good creole music, and some gumbo.  Lots of recipes out there, but hey if you are interested in making this dish….. send me a message and I will send you the recipe.

KGOS/KERM and Lancer Rodeo team up for Trade Show

KGOS/KERM radio and the EWC Lancer Rodeo team invite business owners and vendors to participate in the Second Annual Trade Show held in conjunction with the 2018 Lancer Rodeo.  The Trade Show will be held March 23, 24 and 25, 2018.

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

Trade show booth space rental includes 3 days rental of a 12’ x 6’ or 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 trade show with KGOS/KERM and have their name listed in the EWC Rodeo program. The rental fee for the three day event is $150 for 12’ x 6’ or $300 for 12’x12’.

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 trade show again and our partnership with KGOS/ KERM,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “We hope everyone can come out and take in the rodeo, trade show or both.”

To reserve a spot for your business please contact Clark at 307.532.0692 or Kath at 307.532.2158.EWC Lancers Rodeo and KGOS/KERM Trade Show


Community Workforce Needs

So yesterday, I met with a few community members to discuss workforce training needs.  A few things that I think anyone can take away from this is:

  • Soft skills knowledge:  Be to work on time; don’t ask about raises/promotions after your first week… prove yourself.
  • Job Seeking skills:  How to complete a job application the right way; how to dress for an interview and the job and how to be part of a team.
  • Reading, Writing and Arithmetic matter!  Still!
  • Stay off the cell phone!
  • Lots of people have great technical skills….. but don’t know people skills.  How to respond to customers, how to work with others, appropriate manners, etc.
  • So want to get a job after your college education?  Meet with your college success team to help you with resumes and job applications and interviews!  Be the winner that you can be……. get that JOB!

Dr. Travers invites business and industry representatives to monthly roundtable

EWC Community Roundtable - Thursday, February 8th, 12-1pmEastern Wyoming College President, Dr. Lesley Travers, has announced a Community Roundtable which will be held on Thursday, February 8th, from 12 – 1 pm in the CTEC conference room.

Business, industry and community members or any person who is interested is invited to attend the open Community Roundtable.

“Elements for communities to thrive or decline in the 21st century will depend upon how well we cultivate and retain a robust workforce. These individuals will possess post-secondary educational credentials and technical skills that will be entrepreneurial in nature in their work with the ability to learn rapidly.  For this to occur, education at the community college level needs to be closely aligned with workforce and economic development efforts.  We need to know what our business and industry partners need from our students.” In this round table, I would like to encourage anyone in business and industry to join me to discuss their current and/or future needs. How can EWC provide support and assistance to our business partners?” said Dr. Travers.

Dr. Travers will provide any information of interest about the college, will answer any questions and address any concerns.  She will host a Community Roundtable each month. Attendees are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch if they would like.

For more information, please contact the college at 307.532.8303.

EWC announces new Vice President for Academic Services

Roger Humphrey, Vice President for Academic Services

Roger Humphrey, Vice President for Academic Services

Eastern Wyoming College President, Dr. Lesley Travers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Roger Humphrey to the position of Vice President for Academic Services.  Mr. Humphrey had been serving as Interim Vice President since July of 2017 and was appointed to the position at the December, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

“Mr. Humphrey has added some depth to our academic team and is well-respected by faculty, staff and administration at EWC. His ability to communicate and understand our needs academically have been extremely helpful to me as a new president. Roger is very knowledgeable and dedicated to EWC,“ said President Travers.

Humphrey joined EWC in 2015 as an Education Instructor. He then became the Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Outreach with the retirement of Mike Durfee.

Roger has spent the past 34 years in various positions in the public school systems, serving as a classroom teacher, building principal and central office administrator.

Roger served as the Assistant Superintendent for curriculum, assessment and professional development with Campbell County School District in Gillette. Mr. Humphrey has also served as the Director of Title I in Gillette, Assistant Superintendent in Goshen County, Elementary Principal at Baggs Elementary in Cheyenne and Elementary Principal in Pine Bluffs.

“I am excited to continue to work with administration, faculty, and staff here at Eastern Wyoming College. We will continue to work collaboratively to enhance and expand curricular offerings and programs for the students at Eastern Wyoming College,” Vice President for Academic Services, Roger Humphrey said.


EWC Foundation Raises over $15,000 to Support EWC Agriculture Program

At the annual Sagebrush and Roses held recently, over 350 people attended and raised $15,000 to support the EWC Ag program.

Sagebrush and Roses is a team effort and hard work by the Sagebrush and Roses committee: Kaitlyn Steben, Holly Lara, Lynnea Bartlett, Rick Vonburg, Susan Stephenson, Leann Mattis, Georgia Younglove, Debbie Ochsner, Tami Afdahl, and John Hansen.

Suzey and Stephen Delger donated the funds for a Benelli 12 gauge pump shotgun and requested that it be purchased locally from Gary’s Gun Shop.  Suzey is the Director of the EWC Nursing program in Douglas. Those assisting in selling tickets for the shotgun at the event were Suzey and Stephen Delger, Dr. Travers, Todd Peterson, and John Hansen.

The winner of the shotgun raffle was Jeff Marsh and after Mr. McNamee, offered the final four ticket holders the opportunity at a 50 /50 live auction, an additional $635 was raised. Tim Nichols (UW President Laurie Nichols husband, donated back his proceeds from the 50/50 live auction) and the total amount raised was $2715.

Crown Royal QuitA quilt, which was expertly crafted by Dr. Lesley Travers raised an additional $1,100.

Dr. Lesley Travers President of EWC said “Sagebrush and Roses was a fabulous affair that the Goshen County residents have come to enjoy and look forward to.  It is one of the jazziest events of the year and the locals have come to enjoy the fine dining and dancing at a reasonable cost for a great cause.”

Todd Peterson President of EWC Foundation added “the event was highly-successful and I appreciate the efforts of the ag department, the students, and instructors; it was one of the most successful in our history in attendance and funds raised”

Sagebrush and Roses - Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band“Sagebrush and Roses brings out the best in us as a College and will help grow scholarships and support our efforts in completing the Agricultural Technology Education Center,” said John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development. “As I reflect on the 2018 Sagebrush and Roses, I am in awe of the generosity of our community. It is inspiring to see 350 guests having such a great time all while supporting the EWC Agriculture Department and Livestock Judging team,” continued Kaitlyn Steben, Ag instructor.

Sagebrush and Roses - DinnerRick Vonburg, EWC instructor Emeritus finished with “We appreciate everybody coming out and supporting the event “the live auctions were a major success and we appreciate the investment in our ag program. “Congratulations to the committee for another job well-done.”