Posts from November, 2018

Thanksgiving Closure – Douglas

Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas will close at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed through November 23rd for Thanksgiving. College offices will reopen Monday November 26.

Sherbeyn tenders resignation to EWC

Julie Sherbeyn

Julie Sherbeyn

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that Julie Sherbeyn, head volleyball coach and retention coordinator has submitted her letter of resignation, effective May 31, 2019.

Sherbeyn has coached the Lady Lancers since 2014. Her record with the team was 52-126.

EWC President Dr. Lesley Travers shared the following, “Julie has been an outstanding employee and coach; EWC will miss her energy and passion for our students. She worked very well with all of our student athletes and provided some real strength on our retention team. She is a class act and I wish the very best for her.”

“I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the Lancer family and will consider myself a Lancer for life but I’ve decided now is a good time to pursue other interests,” shared Coach Sherbeyn. “At this time, I am doing what I feel is best for me, my family, and for the future of EWC Volleyball.”

EWC will soon begin the process of hiring a new coach so that individual will be in a position to recruit next year’s team.


New Employees Introduced to Eastern Wyoming College

EWC new employees at the Douglas campus are left to right Blanca Jaime, and Matthew Buchhammer

EWC new employees at the Douglas campus are left to right Blanca Jaime, and Matthew Buchhammer

Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas recently welcomed new employees to campus.

Blanca Jaime, is the new Office Assistant. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Office Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with accounting emphasis, from Chadron State College. Blanca was a Paraprofessional and Interpreter for Converse County School District # 1 and is fluent in Spanish.

Matthew Buchhammer, is the new Adult Learning Center Coordinator-Instructor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy, from the University of Wyoming, and a Master of Arts in Education in Community Mental Health Counseling from Chadron State College.

Matthew also holds an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate in Nebraska, a Wyoming Professional Counselor license and is Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board certified in Counseling and Elementary Education.

“The Douglas Campus and its students will benefit from the expertise and knowledge that Matt and Blanca will bring to our organization. We are excited to have Matt and Blanca be a part of the EWC team,” said Margaret Farley, Associate Vice President for Academic Services.

EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding their final dog wash for the fall semester on Saturday, December 1, 2018 beginning at 8:00 am until 1:30 pm at the Veterinary Technology building located at 3200 West C Street in Torrington. Walk-ins will be accepted until 10:30 am. It is suggested that if your dog is scared of the dryer, you should come early so they can stay until they are dry. A current rabies certificate is required to participate, rabies tags cannot be accepted.

Pricing for the dog wash is as follows:

Small Dog (0-20#) $8
Medium Dog (20.1-50#) $10
Large Dog (50.1 – 90#) $12
Extra Large Dog (90.1 and above) $14

Added charge for Long hair: (Require additional grooming and drying time)
Small – $3, Medium – $5, Large – $7, Extra Large – $9

Other Services:
Nail trim: $10

Please be aware that the veterinary technology club students do not groom past minor brushing. The students will not be doing any shaving. If the students cannot brush out the mats, they will be left.

Contact Katelyn Conklin for an appointment, email (preferred) or call 916.529.0607.

EWC invites community to reception for retiring trustees

The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees would like to invite all to attend a reception honoring retiring members Angie Chavez and George Nash. The reception will be held in the EWC Fine Arts Lobby on Tuesday, November 13, 3-4 pm.

Ms. Chavez has served on the Board since 2010 and Mr. Nash has served since 2006. Please join EWC for this reception to recognize and thank each of them for their service.

For more information please contact the College at 307.532.8303.

Lefforge received regional honors

Lissette Lefforge

Lissette Lefforge

Eastern Wyoming College sophomore volleyball player Lissette Lefforge was named to both the All-Region IX North Volleyball Team and First Team All-Conference in the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC).

Lefforge is currently pursing transfer opportunities. Coach Julie Sherbeyn added the following,” We are so proud of Lissette! Her athleticism, work ethic, and dedication have been a huge factor in our gym over the past two years. She is very deserving of these honors, and I know we will see more of her contributions on the court for her future program.”

CTEC bronze statue installed

Female welder with plow statue installed at CTEC

Female welder with plow statue installed at CTEC

The bronze statue made especially for the Eastern Wyoming College Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) has been installed. The bronze is a female welder standing in front of a large plow. Sculptor Gareth Curtiss was on campus last week to install the piece. The College welcomes the community to enjoy the statue as well.

EWC welcomes assistant judging coach

Zane Mackey, Assistant Livestock Judging Coach

Zane Mackey, Assistant Livestock Judging Coach

Torrington native, Zane Mackey, has joined the staff at Eastern Wyoming College as the assistant livestock judging coach.  Mackey is currently working on a bachelor degree in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming where he was a member of the 2017 Livestock Judging Team.  The team ended a 30 year dry spell for UW by being only one of six teams to place in the top ten at all four major judging competitions.  Their 8th place finish at the North American International Livestock Exposition was the first time UW had walked that stage since 1988.  Not only did the team set school records in beef, swine, oral reasons, and in overall placings but Mackey also set an individual record for UW finishing 22nd overall in the contest.  Prior to UW, Mackey judged at Casper College.  This past year he began assisting his brother with the Goshen County 4-H Livestock Judging team.

Mackey is an exciting addition for EWC as the school sees one of their largest groups of judgers since the team was resurrected in 2007.  According Dr. Georgia Younglove, livestock judging coach, “Zane is extremely talented and has so much to offer the team on multiple levels.  I just hope some of his passion for and dedication to livestock judging will rub off on our students.”  Mackey has spent his time since finish his judging career at UW judging jackpots and fairs throughout the western United States.

EWC ESL student publishes children’s book

Viktoria Peterson immigrated to the United States in 2014 when she married her husband. The newlyweds settled in Sundance, Wyoming where she enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses with the Eastern Wyoming College Adult Education program at the Sundance Outreach Center. Viktoria worked hard to improve her language skills and over the years has become an integral part of the local Sundance Community.

Viktoria Peterson shares her children’s book, Lisa and the Bears.

Viktoria Peterson shares her children’s book, Lisa and the Bears.

Before moving to the United States from the Ukraine, she earned a certificate in massage therapy and worked in a local salon when she first arrived in Sundance. However, as normal Wyoming winters can be harsh, Viktoria found out that it isn’t always easy to get out and about in winter. Consequently, she decided to open her own massage therapy salon in her home where she now offers eight different types of massages, including the popular hot stone massage.  One of her regular clients is her Adult Education (AE) instructor, Janet Lake, who asserts “Viktoria does a fine job!”

Despite her talents in massage therapy, her real passion has long been in drawing and illustrating children’s books. While still in the Ukraine, she began to strengthen her artistic skills by enrolling in art classes and in early 2017 this passion began to morph into real talent when she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book entitled Lisa and the Bears. Viktoria claims she was inspired to write the story of a little girl’s encounters with bears in Yellowstone after visiting the park with her husband. The elaborate drawings and clever storyline are truly a work of art for someone whose native language is not English.

She has also nearly finished work on a second children’s book called A Devils Tower Secret. The book should be ready by spring, 2019.

Currently, Viktoria is working on a third children’s book, which will be devoted to the life of two Lakota Indians who lived near Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills many years ago. She is doing research on the culture and history of the Lakota in that area in order for her book to accurately reflect those times. she is also working on two more books–one for adults and another for teens.

When she isn’t researching, writing, or illustrating books, Viktoria can be found in classes. She continues to improve her English by taking ESL classes at the EWC Outreach Center in Sundance and in early 2018, she applied for her U.S. citizenship and so a challenging road of civics education then commenced with her AE instructor at EWC. Over the past six months, Viktoria dedicated herself to these studies and her efforts were rewarded when she passed her citizenship examination in August 2018. Her “Oath of Citizenship” ceremony will be held in the very near future.

Viktoria is very proud that she is a citizen of such a great, beautiful, and big country. She says, “Having changed my life in the USA, I felt the freedom and fresh air for inspiration and discovered new talents in myself. I sincerely love the USA and the people living here.  I found the love of my husband and his family; also I have a lot of new, wonderful friends. I am sincerely proud that I live in America. My life has radically changed in the best direction. I’m happy!” And this echoes the sentiments of her colleagues, instructors and the EWC program director, Diane McQueen, who says “Viktoria is truly a shining star, not only for Adult Education, but for the local Sundance community as well. We are proud of her achievements and we look forward to reading her new books!”

EWC to hold Veterans Day Celebration

Eastern Wyoming College will honor veterans with a special celebration to be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm, in the Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington, WY. The program is free and open to the public and will include the presentation of the colors by American Legion Post #5, and guest speaker, Louis Russ, Major, USAF, retired.

Louis Russ is a Torrington native. He attended EWC, The University of Wyoming, and upon graduating he taught school for three years. He then joined the Air Force and retired from there as a Major in 1996.

The EWC Master Chorus will perform. One student from Torrington high school, and one student from Lingle high school will participate by reading selected poems.

EWC would like to honor all veterans and encourage all veterans and their families to attend this short program.

For more information about this special celebration please contact the EWC Library at 307.532.8375.