Posts from May, 2018

Steben Awarded Wyoming Honorary State FFA Degree

 Left to right Kaitlyn Steben receives her Honorary State Future Farmers of America Degree from Madison Anderson, State Vice President, Ten Sleep, WY

Left to right Kaitlyn Steben receives her Honorary State Future Farmers of America Degree from Madison Anderson, State Vice President, Ten Sleep, WY

Eastern Wyoming College agriculture instructor Kaitlyn Steben, was awarded the Honorary State Future Farmers of America Degree in April 2018.

“Wyoming FFA relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life changing experiences for its members,” said State FFA Advisor Stacy Broda. “Each year, at the Wyoming FFA Convention, those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA are honored with Distinguished Service Citations, VIP awards or the Honorary State FFA Degree.”

Kaitlyn, an Agriculture and Computer Application instructor helps host the annual state FFA veterinary science career development event each year in Torrington. She helps organize classes, judge practicums and score the contest.

In addition, she assists with the fall FFA Range Challenge sponsored by EWC for Wyoming Chapters to practice range judging and serves as the clerk for the Lancer Livestock Sale and Show Series where FFA and 4-H students purchase lambs, goats or hog prospects.

Steben also owns and operates Shoo Fly Soap Company in Torrington, making lotions, soaps and other products using milk from her family’s goats. Shoo Fly Soap Company is this year’s featured company in the agriculture sales career development event. She and her husband, Ty, run a farm in Goshen County.

She was nominated and voted for this award by FFA advisors from around the state.

PSA

Eastern Wyoming College will be closed Monday May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday May 29. The Fitness Center will be closed May 26-28 and will resume normal summer operating hours on Tuesday May 29.

Appiarius named next EWC VPSS

Eastern Wyoming College has selected Dr. Donald B. Appiarius as the next Vice President for Student Services. After a competitive selection process that netted nearly 40 applicants, the College’s process included multiple interviews and the Committee’s decision reflected inputs received from Open Forum sessions held at the Douglas Campus and in Torrington.

“Dr. Appiarius will be a great addition to EWC as the next Vice President for Student Services. He is extremely ‘student’ oriented and his leadership approach at previous institutions has been very intentional and mindful toward student success,” said Dr. Lesley Travers, President. “Don will be instrumental in the College’s efforts as it moves to increase enrollment, improve retention, completion, and graduation, and ultimately place students in the work force.”

Dr. Appiarius has over 23 years and a broad range of student services experience in higher education at a variety of large-to-small and rural-to-urban institutions. His most recent positions included Associate Dean of Students at University of Saint Francis and both the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Radford University.  Dr Appiarius also has 14 years’ experience as a higher education instructor and adjunct faculty.  Originally from New York, Dr Appiarius possesses two bachelor degrees from Mary Washington College, a master of science in Conflict Management from George Mason University, and earned his educational doctorate in Organizational Management from Oakland City University in 2017.

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as the VP for Student Services at EWC and am thankful to President Travers, the Board, and the Selection Committee for their confidence,” stated Dr. Appiarius.  “I was immediately impressed by the level of commitment throughout the College to serve and support students and am looking forward to enhancing the good work already being done.”

Dr Appiarius will officially begin his assigned duties on July 1, 2018.

EWC Recognizes Agriculture Students at Annual Awards Banquet

Ag students left to right: Hunter Hill, Cassidy Joslin, Jaxson Heyrend, Courtney LaMont, Tigh Livermont, Cheyenne Napier, Jacey Shaul, Morea Shipley, Emma Zerbe, Callie Clingman, and Jory Carson. Not pictured Matthew Nicholson, Danner Johnson, Braden Pirrung, Keith Hodson, Joshua Montel (fall 17)

Ag students left to right: Hunter Hill, Cassidy Joslin, Jaxson Heyrend, Courtney LaMont, Tigh Livermont, Cheyenne Napier, Jacey Shaul, Morea Shipley, Emma Zerbe, Callie Clingman, and Jory Carson. Not pictured Matthew Nicholson, Danner Johnson, Braden Pirrung, Keith Hodson, Joshua Montel (fall 17)

The 2018 Eastern Wyoming College Agriculture Awards Banquet sponsored in part by Cargill and the Sagebrush and Roses Committee was held April 18 on the Torrington campus.

“It was nice to see a record number of parents show up to eat dinner with us and celebrate the accomplishments of the Ag students. The meal was exceptional too, cooked by the EWC cafeteria with the tenderloins being donated by Cargill Meat Solutions with the help of Matt Moore, local buyer,” stated Division Chair, Dr. Monte Stokes.

Each year the department recognizes its outstanding sophomore and freshmen students based on their academic performance, involvement within the campus and agriculture, and their proposed future involvement in agriculture beyond EWC.  This year four freshman and four sophomores were honored at the banquet.

Sophomores:  Jory Carson, Lynch, NE; Hunter Hill, Scottsbluff, NE; Tigh Livermont, Wanblee, SD; and Emma Zerbe, Lusk, WY captured the Sophomore Top Hand Awards. Carson is an Agriculture Education major and competes with the EWC Livestock Judging and Show Teams. He is an officer in Block and Bridle and plans to return to production agriculture.

Hill served as the EWC Student Senate President this year and is a resident hall assistant.  He is also a member of the Livestock Judging and Show teams.  Hill was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa last spring and plans to transfer to the University of Wyoming to complete his degree in Agriculture Education.

Livermont finished 3rd runner up at the Miss Indian Rodeo Pageant this past fall and is a work study for the Cosmetology Department.  She serves the college as the Vice President for Student Senate and plans to transfer to Chadron State College this fall to complete her Bachelor of Science.

Zerbe is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and serves as the treasurer for the student senate.  Zerbe works for the foundation office and plans to transfer to the University of Wyoming in the fall.

Freshmen:  Myca Cantrell, Hot Springs, SD; Jacob Lolley, Murdo, SD; Sadie Schwartzkopf, Brule, NE; and Morea Shipley, Lingle, WY were awarded the Freshman Top Hand Awards.

Cantrell is a pre-vet major and a member of the Livestock Judging and Show teams.  She works for Lazy M Hart Ranch and next fall plans to work as a tutor in the Center for Tutoring and Learning. Cantrell’s dream is to attend veterinarian school at Colorado State University.

Lolley, according to instructor Amy Smith is “a 67 year old in a 19 year old body.” Lolley is the voice of responsibility in the department.  This spring he served as the auctioneer for the Lancer Livestock Sale and is already making plans for next year.

Schwartzkopf is an agriculture education major and spent much of her spring in the classroom with the Ag Advisor for Torrington/Lingle, Jason Groene.  Schwartzkopf helped enter scores during the State FFA Vet Science contest.  She was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa this spring and is a work study in the Student Center.

Shipley is a freshman in resident status at EWC but a sophomore in credit status.  She was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa this spring and serves as an ambassador for the college.  Although she has only been on the EWC campus one year, she will be graduating this May and transferring to the University of Wyoming this fall to complete her bachelor’s degree in Ag Communications.

The Eastern Wyoming College Livestock Judgers and Show Team were also recognized at the event. This year there were 11 students that participated on both teams and 2 additional students that participated on the Show Team.  “It has been my honor to work with these students throughout the year and to see them accomplish things they never thought they were capable of,” commented EWC Coach and Instructor Dr. Georgia Younglove.

In recognizing the achievements of the livestock judging teams (freshman and sophomore), outstanding individuals for each team were selected.

This year saw sophomore Hunter Hill recognized for his never-ending dedication to the judging team.  He was one of the few that never missed a contest. Freshman Myca Cantrell received the outstanding talker award for the improvement she has made in reasons room over the last year. Sophomore Jaxson Heyrend and freshman Lukas Simmons were the high point earners for each class.

Block and Bridle members received their National Membership Certificates during the banquet.

Graduating sophomores were recognized for their success in completing their academic path at EWC. Each graduate received a EWC Alumni satchel. Graduates include: Jory Carson; Callie Clingman; Jaxson Heyrend; Hunter Hill; Keith Hodson; Danner Johnson; Cassidy Joslin; Courtney LaMont; Tigh Livermont; Joshua Montel (fall 2017), Cheyenne Napier; Matthew Nicholson; Tyus Olson, Braden Pirrung; Jacey Shaul; Morea Shipley; and Emma Zerbe.

We have so many outstanding students in our department and I enjoy being able to reward the high achievers for all their accomplishments and hard work.  It is a great way to celebrate the end of the freshman year for many students and wish all of our graduating sophomore’s good luck on the next step in their journey,” commented agriculture instructor Kaitlyn Steben.

 

Dr. Travers to host monthly community roundtable

Eastern Wyoming College President, Dr. Lesley Travers, has announced a Community Roundtable which will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 12 – 1 pm in the CTEC conference room.

Community members or any person who is interested is invited to attend the open Community Roundtable.  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.

Lancers of the Round Table Event hugely successful

EWC Lancer Booster Club member Shane Viktorin mans the Wheel of Fortune game at the Lancers of the Round Table event

EWC Lancer Booster Club member Shane Viktorin mans the Wheel of Fortune game at the Lancers of the Round Table event

The inaugural event, Lancers of the Round Table, hosted by the Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Booster Club was deemed a huge success.

“This is the first time we have held an event of this scale to raise funds for EWC athletics and it could not have gone any better,” shared EWC Lancer Booster Club president Wes Anderson. “I really want to thank the community for coming together to make the event such a success.”

There were roughly 265 individuals in attendance. Attendees enjoyed activities such as a high/low card game, and wheel of fortune. The event also included several silent auction items and live auction items which had been generously donated.

“For a first time event, this was absolutely fabulous! Wes Anderson, Lex Madden and the entire Booster Club knocked this event out of the park,” exclaimed Dr. Lesley Travers, EWC President. “It was very well attended and supported by the Goshen County community.”

Approximately $33,000 (gross) funds were raised which will be used to assist with athletic scholarships, textbooks for athletes and to fund other requests as necessary for the athletic department.

“I would like to thank the following EWC Lancer Club members: Logan Schlinz, Jaclyn Miller, Lori Moore, Rich Sanchez, John Hansen, Rod and Dena Anderson, Shane Viktorin, and Lex Madden. These board members were instrumental in this event, and without their hard work, it would not have been possible,” added Anderson.

Lex Madden auctioneering to raise funds for the EWC Lancer Booster Club event as Wes Anderson holds the shotgun up for bid.

Lex Madden auctioneering to raise funds for the EWC Lancer Booster Club event as Wes Anderson holds the shotgun up for bid.

EWC Volleyball and Phi Theta Kappa raise funds for March of Dimes

Walkers from the 2018 March for Babies.

Walkers from the 2018 March for Babies.

Eastern Wyoming College Volleyball and Phi Theta Kappa recently held the annual EWC March for Babies event, a fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

There were 35 EWC faculty, staff, students and community members that walked 3.2 miles on Thursday, April 26th. The participants raised close to $1,100 to help fund the mission of the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes is a national organization that raises money to give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. Proceeds from all of Eastern Wyoming College’s March of Dimes events will be donated to the March of Dimes to help fund prematurity research and to help all moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Lancer golf qualifies for nationals and captures reserve champion title

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team completed the spring season with a final tournament hosted by Central Wyoming College in Riverton. The Lancers finished the tournament in 2nd place with a total score of 607. McCook Community College was 1st with 606.

This is the fourth straight qualification to nationals for the Lancers as they finished the season as Region IX Reserve Champions.

Regional placings for individuals were as follows:

Trey Massey, sophomore, Lander, WY – 69 points, tied 1st Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras, freshman, Munguia, Spain – 58 points, 3rd George Elliott, freshman, Salisbury, United Kingdom – 51 points, 5th Kash Kaufman, freshman, Torrington, WY – 39 points, 7th Malosi Togisala, freshman, Ogden, UT – 35 points, 8th Jared Pilkington, sophomore, Scottsbluff, NE – 22 points, tied 14th

Individual placings for the final tournament in Riverton were as follows:

Massey, 75, 70 – 145, 1st
Togisala, 75, 72 – 147, tied 2nd
Arcelay Fernandez-Meras, 75, 75 – 150, tied 4th Elliott, 80, 75 – 155, tied 7th Pilkington, 77, 81 – 158, tied 9th

“It was tough to come up 1 stroke short of our 3rd Region IX Championship in a row, but I’m proud of the way the guys played all year,” said Coach Zach Smith. “I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of athletes. We are eager to travel to Lubbock in a little over a week to compete at nationals.”

The Lancers will travel to Lubbock, TX to compete in the national tournament June 15-18.

Region IX Reserve Champion team (left to right): George Elliott, Trey Massey, Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras, Kash Kaufman, and Jared Pilkington

Region IX Reserve Champion team (left to right): George Elliott, Trey Massey, Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras, Kash Kaufman, and Jared Pilkington

PSA

Eastern Wyoming College announces summer hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday beginning May 14 through August 10, 2018.

The EWC Fitness Center summer hours begin May 7th through August 24, 2018. Monday through Friday 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday 4 pm to 8 pm.

Rayhill wins title, EWC ladies win second

Karissa Rayhill, Jacey Thompson, Libby Winchell

Karissa Rayhill, Jacey Thompson, Libby Winchell

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer rodeo concluded the season at the annual University of Wyoming rodeo hosted in Laramie, Wyoming. EWC freshman Karissa Rayhill, Martin, SD, won the regional title in the Goat Tying and will be representing the College at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, WY, June 10-16.

Teammate Jacey Thompson, freshman, Yoder, WY, finished the season in 3rd place in the Goat Tying, also qualifying for the CNFR.

Rayhill, Thompson and Libby Winchell, freshman, Scottsbluff, NE, captured the reserve champion team title for the women’s team with a total of 2080.33 points. The Gillette College women’s team won the regional title with a total of 3640.00 points. The University of Wyoming was third with 1943.33 points. Rayhill will compete in goat tying and barrel racing, Thompson and Winchell will compete in goat tying.

“I am very proud of the women’s team and what they accomplished this season.  I feel we have a great chance at the national level,” shared Coach Jake Clark.

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo was honored with the Rodeo of the Year award.

Results for the final regular season rodeo were as follows:

Goat tying – Rayhill 2nd in average, Thompson, 2nd in first round Saddle Bronc riding – Wyatt Schuelke, sophomore, Faith, SD, tie for 2nd in average Team roping – Ty Truchan, freshman, Killdeer, ND and Schuelke – qualified for the short round Steer Wrestling – Schuelke, 6th in first round Tie Down Roping – Levi Walter, sophomore, Wray, CO, qualified for the short round

The CNFR will be held in Casper, WY, June 10-16.