Posts from September, 2018

EWC invites community to attend open forum for accreditation visit

A team of reviewers working on behalf of the accrediting agency for Eastern Wyoming College (i.e. the Higher Learning Commission) will visit campus on October 1-2.

The purpose of this visit as stated in the HLC guidelines is as follows: “The purpose of the campus evaluation visit is (a) to assure the quality of the campus and its educational programs in meeting the needs of its defined constituencies and (b) to assure the capacity to sustain that quality.”

A Community Member/Constituent Forum will take place on Monday, October 1, 2018, from 4:30-5:30 pm on the Douglas Campus at 800 South Wind River Drive. The reviewers have requested input and the opportunity to hear directly from the community in regards to the educational programming of the Douglas Campus and the needs as a constituent of the institution. This feedback is particularly valuable to the reviewing team.

Should this meeting time not work for interested community members, please feel free to email your comments (in confidence) to If, for whatever reason, you prefer to visit by phone, please send a day, time, and number to the email address above and one of the team members will contact you by phone.

For more information about the HLC visit, please contact the College at 307.624.7000.

EWC wins NJC Tournament

Gonzalo Arcelay

Gonzalo Arcelay

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf Team won the tournament hosted by Northeastern Junior College with a total score of 568, 19 strokes better than McCook Community College who placed second with 587. Sophomore Gonzalo Arcelay won the tournament with scores of 68 – 68 for a total of 136.

“This was our best performance on the road since I began coaching. It was fun to witness,” said Coach Zach Smith. “Our team has put a tremendous amount of work into their practices and qualifying rounds which is paying off at the tournaments. We will face the toughest course in Region IX this week as we travel to McCook.”

Other Lancer scores were as follows:
Eric Stevens, freshman, Bridgeport, NE, 72, 69- 141, tied 3rd Harry Walch, sophomore, Staines, England, 72, 69 – 141, tied 3rd Jo Vin Tan, freshman, Taiping, Malaysia, 73, 70 – 143, tied 5th George Elliott, sophomore, Salisbury, England, 72, 76 – 148, tied 9th RJ Moya, freshman, Three Rivers, TX, 78, 80 – 158, tied 19th

Gonzalo Arcelay

Gonzalo Arcelay

The Lancers will compete in McCook, NE at the annual tournament hosted by McCook Community College September 27-28.

EWC women’s team capture team title at Sheridan rodeo

Jacey Thompson

Jacey Thompson

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo Team just returned from competing in Sheridan, WY, at the annual rodeo hosted by Sheridan College, where the women’s team won the team title.

“The women’s team won the title led by Jacey and Karissa. Those two are great competitors and should continue to have a good year along with freshman Chadron Coffield who is currently leading the tie down roping standings,” said Coach Jake Clark. “I am pleased with how our season has started.”

Karissa Rayhill

Karissa Rayhill

Sophomore Jacey Thompson, Yoder, WY, won the goat tying with a 6.9 second run in the first round for the win and a 7.1 second run which placed second in the short round. The combined 14.0 seconds earned her first spot in the average. She placed 3rd in the first round of the Breakaway roping, 2nd in the short round, and 2nd in the average. Thompson also qualified for the short round of the team roping.

Teammate Karissa Rayhill, sophomore, Martin, SD, won 2nd in the average of the goat tying. She was 3rd in the first round and won the short round with a combined total of 14.8 seconds.

Chadron Coffield

Chadron Coffield

Chadron Coffield, freshman, Yuma, CO, was 2nd in the first round of the tie down roping, 3rd in the short round and finished the weekend 3rd in the average. Teammate Kurtis Palmer, freshman, Madison, NE, qualified for the short round of the tie down roping.

Several EWC student athletes qualified for the short round of the team roping. Sophomore Braden Pirrung, Hartford, SD, and partner Jace Engesser, Gillette College, placed 2nd in the first round, 4th in the short round and finished the weekend 2nd in the average. The sophomore team of Ty Truchan, Kildeer, ND, and Riley Ruland, Wall, SD, were 6th in the first round, 6th in the short round and 6th in the average. Thompson and partner Colin Dibbern, Chadron State College, qualified for the short round.

The Lancer Rodeo team will travel to Riverton, WY to compete in the annual rodeo hosted by Central Wyoming College September 28-30.

EWC taking registrations for upcoming Intro to the Internal Combustion Engine class

Eastern Wyoming College is offering an Intro to the Internal Combustion Engine class in Torrington, WY. The class will be held Tuesdays, October 2 through November 13, from 6- 7:30 pm.

Instructor:  Cecil Sauer, ASE Certified Master Auto Mechanic
In this class you will learn how each of the different parts of an engine work together to make gas into GO!  Disassembled engines and cut-away of real engines (including a Cummins diesel) will be on display in class for you to see, touch, turn and see how different parts work together.  Whether you are interested in a career in the industry, wanting to understand your lawn mower better, or just wanting to know if what the repair shop tells you about your car seems right, you will find this class very informative. Class sessions will include some lecture and lots of time for questions and answers. It is open to anyone age 10 and up. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

To register for this class or other classes, please call Donna White in the Community Education office at 307.532.8323.

EWC Community Education announces Candlelight Theatre bus trip

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has scheduled a bus trip to see Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical on Saturday, October 27th, in Johnstown, CO.

Can you say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?  Mary Poppins is one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and now it’s on stage atone of Community Education’s favorite dinner theatre location.

Let Mary Poppins take you on the magical and memorable adventures along with her charges, Jane and Michael.  Sing along with the classics songs of Mary Poppins—“Spoonful of Sugar”, “Chim Chim Cher-ee, and “Jolly Holiday”.

The cost of this trip is $70 and there is special pricing for ages 5-12 and 13-18. The bus will leave EWC at 7:00 am and return around 7:00 pm.

For more information, please contact Donna White at the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323.

EWC now enrolling students in UAV License and Registration course

Eastern Wyoming College is now accepting student registrations for the UAV License and Registration course. This course will be taught by M. Kole Dufore and will be held on Thursdays, October 25 – December 14, 2018 on the main campus in Torrington. The class time will be 6:00 – 7:55 pm in the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) room 145.

In this course, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and how to register, obtain license, and fly and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are covered. This is a hands-on, practical application course which will also focus on UAV safety and pre-flight planning.

To register for this course or for more information, please contact Dr. Monte Stokes at 307.532.8273 or by email at License and Registration

EWC’s online early childhood education program recognized

Eastern Wyoming College has been notified that the online associate degree in Early Childhood Education has been recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.

The team at reviewed all accredited online Associate’s in Early Childhood Education degree programs in the United States to select the top 35 programs. The EWC program was ranked 16 out of 35. The full ranking article can be found at the following link:

“We are excited to be recognized for our Early Childhood Education program,” said Ms. Kate Steinbock, Department Head and Instructor. “Over the years we have worked hard to grow and develop the program so our graduates are well prepared to excel as educators. We think the flexibility and rigor are some of the most attractive attributes of our program and look forward to continue our work with providers and students to build upon our successes.”

Details on EWC’s online Early Childhood Education program can be found on the EWC website at

EWC highlights upcoming Community Education classes

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

CHIKAPIG aka Farmer’s Chess

There’s a new board game in town.  It’s called CHIKCAPIG, and as the name suggests it has a farm theme. The first player to get their 6 Chickapigs off the board wins. You must coordinate your Chickapigs, Hay Bales, and the Cow to help your Chickapigs escape through their goal. At the same time, you play defense against your opponents. This chess-like strategy game is highly recommended by Grammy winner Dave Matthews, who takes the game on all his tours. It is a game for all ages, so kids, bring your parents and grandparents.  Parent and grandparents get those kids to put down their electronic devices and come play a live, interactive game with you.   Snacks provided.
Date:   Mondays, September 24—October 15—November 19—December 3
Time:  6:00-8:00pm
Cost:  $5
Location:   CTEC 133

Instructor:  Forrest Vanier

This 6-week studio art class is open to anyone aged 15 and older. Drawing is one of the oldest forms of visual expression, used long before any written language. It is the foundation of all artistic practice. Forrest believes that an individual is never too old to learn the Art of Drawing and that anyone who can hold a pencil can learn the fundamentals of Drawing. Forrest has chosen two basic and readily available tools for this class:  paper and pencil. And those items will be supplied as a part of your class fees. Sign up and get ready to allow your inner artist out for a breath of air.
Date:   Wednesdays, September 26 to October 31
Time:  6:00-8:00pm
Cost:   $45
Location:  CTEC 111

Instructor:  Beth Bryan, EWC Resource Officer

Women, Ladies, Girls: take responsibility for preparing yourself in the event of a crime—the more prepared you are, the less likely you will need to defend yourself. This class is designed to increase your personal level of awareness, thus reducing the chance you will find yourself in a compromising situation, whether it be at home, in a parking lot, or out jogging. Basic self-defense techniques will be demonstrated with opportunity for practice.  Even if you’ve taken this class before, it is always to your benefit to refresh or practice your self-defense skills.  Officer Bryan includes the use of pressure points as a self-defense technique in her curriculum.  This is a great mom & daughter class.
Date:  Thursday, September 27 or October 25
Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Cost:  $20 per session
Location:  Torrington Police Department/Lincoln Center

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.

EWC hosts Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association

The Veterinary Technology Department at Eastern Wyoming College was pleased to host the 2018 Annual Continuing Education Conference for the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association on campus on Saturday, September 15.

Approximately 50 veterinary technicians, assistants, and students were in attendance from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and Montana. Speakers for the event included Dr. Kimberly Pattullo, Central Laboratory, Seattle, WA and Dr. Edwin Bittner, Jr., EWC Veterinary Technology Program Director. Dr. Pattullo provided an informative presentation on Cytology. Dr. Bittner presented on Veterinary Immunology.

“Helping to provide continuing educational opportunities for veterinary technicians is an integral part of EWC’s Veterinary Technology Department’s commitment to this professional community,” stated Dr. Bittner. “EWC’s modern facilities and dedicated staff allow this to happen. The College welcomes the opportunity to host these kinds of events.”

EWC Veterinary Technology students provided campus tours to attendees.

EWC ag department hosts reproduction expert

…In conjunction with the University of Wyoming 4-H program and Northwest College in Powell, Eastern Wyoming College’s agriculture department hosted Glen Erickson, Logan, UT, to teach students how to synchronize and artificially inseminate sheep and goats.

Mr. Erickson has a MS degree in reproduction and was a faculty member at Utah State for 16 years. He learned to AI goats and sheep in Australia, and now has a successful career traveling the country artificially inseminating sheep, goats, and deer.

Dr. Georgia Younglove and Dr. Monte Stokes, EWC Ag Instructors, were joined by Ms. Dawn Sanchez and Ms. Meagan Brittingham from UW Extension along with nearly forty EWC students, 4-H and FFA members and their families for the demonstration. Eighteen animals from Southeastern Wyoming were synchronized for timed insemination on August 30th at the Goshen County Fairgrounds. Participants were able to obtain hands-on experience and watch on a TV screen as animals were artificially inseminated using a laparoscope.

“This was a highly successful event for 4-H and FFA members that attended and many of the participants are already looking forward to next year,” stated Dr. Monte Stokes, Agriculture Department Head.