Posts from June, 2019

EWC Testing Center hours for July

During the month of July, the Eastern Wyoming College Testing Center in Torrington will be open for limited testing and by appointment only.

Please contact the EWC Testing Center at 307.532.8288 or Michelle Brooks at 307.532.8230 for additional information or to schedule a testing appointment.

On Thursday, August 1, the Testing Center will resume normal hours of operation. If you already have scheduled tests in July, please keep those appointments or use the contact information above if you need to reschedule.

EWC Foundation golf tournament raises over $12,000

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation hosted their 29th annual golf tournament and Calcutta on June 14th and 15th and raised a total of $12,689 to foster student success at EWC.  This year’s tournament boasted 61 corporate sponsors and 22 teams.

(left to right) 1st place team - Gary Childs, Brian Childs, David Sheller, and Julie Haught

(left to right) 1st place team – Gary Childs, Brian Childs, David Sheller, and Julie Haught

Winning the tournament was the team of Brian Childs, David Sheller, Julie Haught, and Gary Childs and placing second was the team of Lucas Moore, Steve Feagler, Mark Feagler, and Mark Jespersen.

Todd Peterson President of Eastern Wyoming College Foundation encapsulated the event “The EWC golf tournament is an event that many golfers look forward to every year.  I want to thank the participants, the sponsors and all of EWC Foundation members and staff.”  Peterson continued “I want to also thank the Cottonwood Golf Course staff who help make this event a success each year.”

This year’s tournament also served as a fundraiser for the nationally ranked EWC Golf Team, Coach Zach Smith stated “having the support of the Foundation and the Lancer Booster Club is extremely important to the success of our program.”  Coach Smith continued “The tournament provides an excellent opportunity for our men to interact with the community and participate in what makes Torrington and EWC truly unique.”  The funds raised for the golf team will help with purchasing equipment and travel costs.

John Hansen Director of Institutional Development stated “the course looked amazing this year and special thanks to Dave Dent for his support of the tournament.”  Hansen continued “The funds raised will also help us move closer to opening the doors of our ATEC facility in August of 2020, we are only $360,000 away from a fully funded industry-leading Ag facility.”

Eastern Wyoming College Announces the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce the honor rolls for the Spring 2019 semester. There were 100 students receiving recognition for achieving high scholastic grades.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students that are full-time (12 or more credit hours) and achieve a 4.0 grade point average.  To qualify for the Dean’s Honor Roll, students must also be full-time and achieve a grade point average of 3.5, but less than 4.0.

President’s Honor Roll

Torrington, WY- Katherine Brigham, Emily Buchanan, Hannah Cline, Laurel Cline, Danielle Gaither, Sadie Schwartzkopf, Brooklyn Tucker, Taylor Walsh, Rebecca Wilmoth

Douglas, WY Shantelle Merchen

Gillette, WY – Kodi Edwards

Laramie, WY – Ashley Mendoza

Lingle, WY – Regan Walford

Lovell, WY – Rylee Perkins

Veteran, WY – Kassidy McClun

Akron, CO – Lissette Lefforge

Arriba, CO – Kayleen Saffer

Ft. Collins, CO – Jacob Pfaffinger

Westminster, CO – Kelliann Raff

Atkinson, NE – Mason Hale

Bayard, NE – Shaley Petersen

Morrill, NE – Debra Williams

Three Rivers, TX – Roy Moya

Salisbury, England – George Elliott

Barcelona, Spain – Mar Bastida-Olivares


Dean’s Honor Roll

Torrington, WY – Ryan Black, Alicia Demott, Grace Fenn, Elena Foos, Brooke Glass, Shae Ibarra, Gannon Johnson, Cameron Juma, Spencer Kellner, Kendra Nichol, Brandon Phillips, Riley Prahl, Jayde Shahan, Autumn Zulauf

Casper, WY – Nicole Kleemeyer

Cheyenne, WY – Kelli Bowers, Alexander Flores, Jacob Fogg, Nicholas Mirich

Douglas, WY – Celia Muncy, Treyton Pearson,

Ft. Laramie, WYColten Wunder

Gillette, WY – Macie MacKey

Glenrock, WY – Ashley Puryear

Greybull, WY – Skyler Wrage

Keeline, WY – Kaden Gaukel

Laramie, WY – Colby Clay, Zachary Rivord

Pine Bluffs, WY – Tristan Lind

Saratoga, WY – Hailey Barkhurst, Sarah Burton

Sundance, WY – Micah Selting

Wheatland, WY – Matthew Britton, Jace Loyd, Tyler Starkson

Yoder, WY – Jacey Thompson

Florence, AL – Timothy Franks

Paulden, AZ – Alexia Velasco

Greeley, CO – Jace Roselle

Haxtun, CO – Kylie Donovan

Yuma, CO – Chadron Coffield

Orlando, FL – Earl Baker, Jr.

Billings, MT – Amanda Johnson

Alliance, NE – Kyle King

Gering, NE – Melissa Gonzalez

Gordon, NE – Brady Kersey

Hemingford, NE – Bailey Moffatt-Irish

Lincoln, NE – Joshua Andreasen

Madison, NE – Kurtis Palmer

Minatare, NE – Savannah Anderson

Mitchell, NE – Joseph Pieper, Frances Plasencio

Morrill, NE – Glenna Zwiebel

North Platte, NE – Branden Bardell, Mariah McKeeman

Odell, NE – Paige Vitosh

Scottsbluff, NE – Cassidy Butcher, Emily Refice, Libby Winchell

Whitney, NE – Rachel Homrighausen

Lisbon, ND – Gannon Johnson

Buffalo Gap, SD – Baxter Boldon

Botell, WA – Jordan Potts

Seattle, WA – Jaloni Garner

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Bruno Oliveira

Sofia, Bulgaria – Yoana Tsaneva

Vinkovci, Croatia – Barbara Trehub

Staines, England – Harry Walch

Palmerston North, New Zealand – Nicole Cutler

Barcelona, Spain – Ines Salat Margarit

Granada, Spain – Nadia Montalban-El-Hiriche

Lleida, Spain – Abril Rexach-Roure

Munguia, Spain – Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras

Lulea, Sweden – Jonatan Arvidsson, David Hook

EWC Douglas Campus to hold New Student Registration Event

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that new student registration will be held on June 27, 2019 at the campus in Douglas.  Students will meet with an advisor and register for the Fall 2019 semester.

Students will have the opportunity to begin with the ACCUPLACER placement exams, if needed.  This placement exam is used to ensure placement into the appropriate English, reading and math courses.  There is a fee of $20 for these computer-based exams.  Students should bring a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test.

Financial Aid staff will be available to consult with students on the financial aid process and preparing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are encouraged to sign up for the new student registration session.  To sign up, call Blanca at 307.624.7012 or email

A complete schedule is available online at

EWC Lancers perform well at CNFR

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer rodeo students who qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in CasperThe Eastern Wyoming College Lancer rodeo students who qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper had a strong showing.

“It was a good week for EWC at the CNFR,” shared Coach Jake Clark. “We had our ups and downs but to have four runs in the final round any given year is a good thing. I am so thankful to coach such an outstanding group of student athletes that represent EWC, the team, and the sport of rodeo in such a great way.”

Jacey Thompson, Yoder, WY, finished in a 3-way tie for 7th in the nation in the goat tying and 11th in the nation in the breakaway roping.

Karissa Rayhill, Martin, SD, was 12th in the nation in the goat tying.

Brooke Glass, Sidney, NE, placed 2nd in the 2nd round of breakaway roping.

In the team roping, Braden Pirrung, Hartford, SD, placed 8th in the nation.

The Lancers will kick off the fall rodeo season in September.

PSA – College Closure

Eastern Wyoming College and the Fitness Center will be closed Thursday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Offices and Fitness Center will reopen on Friday July 5th.

Eastern Wyoming College Announces Graduates

Eastern Wyoming College held the 70th annual commencement for candidates on May 10, 2019 in the Verl Petsch Jr. Activities Center Gymnasium. There were 206 graduates. The graduates from the Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 semesters are as follows:

From Torrington, WY:  Canton Afdahl, Cameron Atwood, Precious Big Eagle, Katherine Brigham, Shane Brown, Emily Buchanan, Gary Carter, Wendell Domina, Travis Faison, Elena Foos, Elizabeth Foos, Danielle Gaither, Harley Garza, Brooke Glass, Alissa Gonzales, Shyann Grant, Mary Grubl, Kristi Hamilton, Conagher Heggem, Kris Hodgins, Tyler Hunt, Gannon Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Kash Kaufman, Sarandon Keeran, Brian Kingsley, Cameron Kinsella, Tyler LaPlatney, Skylar Larson, James Layton, Maryssa Lira, Benjamin Loya, Dylan Markley, Johnny Mason, Dale Maude, Daly McGuire, Meranda Mehrens, Garrett Murphy, Baillie Mutchler, Kelly O’Brien, Dantia Palmer, Kyle Patterson, Christa Penor, Tandi Pickinpaugh, Riley Prahl, Frank Rand, Marissa Requejo, Tayte Rodriguez, Branton Samson, Sadie Schwartzkopf, Matthew Sciole, Jayde Shahan, Morgan Shaw, Cynthia Sheeley, Benjamin Smith, Bailey Wickre, Ethan Wilhoit, Rebecca Wilmoth

From Burns, WY: Josiah Ogle

From Casper, WY: April Canaday

From Cheyenne, WY:  William Asquith, Joshua Crozier, Rex Jedlicki, Spencer Kellner, Dawson Pafford, Briana Santora

From Douglas, WY: Jacob Cropper, Shannon Dukowitz, Janie Dziardziel, Andrew Gilmore, Courtney Kershner, Ashlee Lawson, Morgan Mariner, Hailey Moss, Rebecca Muncy, Madison Pagett, Baylee Parks, Kyle Parks, Kelsey Porter, Taylor Rodeman, Jordan Smart, Morgan Smith, Trevor Sorg, Alexa Williams

From Evanston, WY: Lane Barker, Mishelle Frame

From Ft. Laramie, WY: Colten Wunder, Lane Hageman

From Ft. Washakie, WY: Taylor Bell

From Four Corners, WY: Arianna Anderson

From Gillette, WY:  Kodi Edwards, Macie Mackey

From Glendo, WY: Jasmine Wilcox

From Glenrock, WY:  Dalton Chapman, Susan Hogan, Jaelyn Walters

From Guernsey, WY: Madison Martinez, Brendon Roth

From Hawk Springs, WY: Rebecca Green

From Hulett, WY: Amber Kaplan

From Lander, WY: Allie Dunaway

From Laramie, WY: Ashley Mendoza, Zachary Rivord, Taylor Schwalbe, Raeleen Vigil, Galappattige Weligama

From Lingle, WY:  Taylor Cooper, Mikaelia Johnson, Regan Walford, Gabrielle Wollert

From Lovell, WY: Janaka Brand, Rylee Perkins

From Lusk, WY: LaQuettia Lunsford

From Moorcroft, WY: Taylar Braden, Miami Leeper, Maddison Reynolds, Linda Vandever

From Newcastle, WY:  Cristian Aguilar, Michael Andrews, Alaina Boettcher, Danny Boudreault, Roger Busskohl, Anthony Dyer, David Fisher, Timothy Goergen, Caleb Harris, Justin Hermans, Darrell Hux, Travis Kuhlman, John Lewis, Kami Lopez, Perry Martin, Santana Mendoza, Dallas Mitchell, Steven Mullen, Shane Nielsen, Patrick Pacheco, Cody Simpson, Justin Spence, Darnell Taylor, Jr., Johnn Woyak

From Pine Haven, WY: Dustie Harris, Courtney Feehan

From Riverton, WY: Crenna Martin

From Saratoga, WY: Sarah Burton

From Sheridan, WY: Dylan Shaw, Brielle Smiley

From Sundance, WY: Katelyn Cooley

From Upton, WY:  Sophie Claycomb

From Veteran, WY: Kassidy McClun

From Wheatland, WY: Matthew Britton, Jace Loyd, James Meyer

From Wright, WY: Rosita Araiza

From Yoder, WY: Jacey Thompson, Blaine Wilker

From Florence, AL: Timothy Franks

From Akron, CO: Lissette Lefforge

From Ft. Collins, CO: Jacob Pfaffinger

From Kersey, CO: Ashleigh Wolfe

From Pueblo, CO: William Ludwig

From Westminster, CO: Kelliann Raff

From Wiley, CO: Colton Reed

From Billings, MT: Amanda Johnson

From Alliance, NE: Jakob Herian, Kyle King

From Amherst, NE: Sage Martin

From Bridgeport, NE: Santiago Ramos

From Gering, NE: Melissa Gonzalez, Brooklyn Perez,

From Gordon, NE: Shaniah Freeseman

From Hay Springs, NE: Tanna Badje

From Lynch, NE: Jory Carson

From Mitchell, NE: Joseph Pieper, Amy Schledewitz

From Morrill, NE: Glenna Zwiebel

From North Platte, NE: Branden Bardell

From Odell, NE: Paige Vitosh

From Scottsbluff, NE: Kelsey Ashford, Susanne Becker, Cassidy Butcher, Halie Smith, Libby Winchell

From Sidney, NE: Dawson Sharman

From Spencer, NE: Morgan Harmon

From Killdeer, ND: Ty Truchan

From Richarton, ND: Brendan Butterfield

From Nichols Hill, OK: Morgan Mariner

From Spray, OR: Melody Holmes

From Buffalo Gap, SD: Baxter Boldon

From Hot Springs, SD: Ryan Merrill

From Martin, SD: Keith Hodson, Karissa Rayhill

From Murdo, SD: Jacob Lolley

From Peidmont, SD: Jessi White

From Wakonda, SD: Taylor Lyso

From Wanblee, SD: Tigh Livermont

From Everett, WA: Christopher Bell

From Stevenson, WA: Laura Hobbs

From Salisbury, England: George Elliott

From Staines, England: Harry Walch

From Palmerston, New Zealand: Nicole Cutler

From Barcelona, Spain: Inés Salat Margarit

From Lleida, Spain: Abril Rexach-Roure

From Munguia, Spain: Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras

EWC receives NASA grant

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has been notified by the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium that they have received a 2019 Faculty Education Enhancement Grant for the proposal Enhanced, Engaging and Immersive Student Learning Experience using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. The proposal was written and submitted by Dr. Dinesh Kasti (Mathematics) and Dr. Sridhar Budhi (Chemistry). The grant award is $10,000.

The proposal involves utilizing Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality (MR) as an integral part of the Science and Arts curriculum. Research conducted by Kasti and Budhi show that VR and AR provide highly engaging, completely immersive and cost-efficient ways of learning highly complicated science concepts in the quickest possible way, allowing direct interaction with the virtual simulated world.

“Students are excited and engaged to do activities that involve some sort of technology and they have little to no hesitance in trying them. Also, it is important now to train students who are not very inclined towards technology to prepare them for a technological future,” shared Dr. Budhi.

“The majority of students at Eastern Wyoming College transfer to the University of Wyoming to complete their degree programs. UW is embracing state-of-the-art technology to deliver education to their students. In line with the efforts of UW, especially through its Science Initiative – Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP), it is equally important for us to adopt the active learning strategies and directions embraced by UW apart from using the traditional way of delivery of subject material at our college,” continued Dr. Budhi.

This project helps an instructor of any subject at EWC, even though it is designed mainly for instructors of various science and technology fields. Once the funding becomes available, the devices will be purchased and installed with the necessary applications during summer 2019 so that they will be ready to be employed in fall 2019. Initially it will be implemented in at least three of the science classes. With feedback and insights gained through the implementation, it will be fully adopted in other science classes, nursing, veterinary technology, agricultural technology, and welding classes that EWC offers, as early as fall 2020.

“We are very excited for Dr. Budhi and Dr. Kasti and the opportunities for students that they bring to EWC,” said Dr. Heidi Edmunds, Vice President for Academic Services. “Their work on this project is appreciated and will benefit programs across the college.”

This is the second grant that EWC has received from the NASA Space Grant Consortium. The previous grant was in 2017 and brought in $20,000 to enhance the instructional technology to offer exclusive learning experiences to students to increase the retention and graduation rates in science classes.

EWC Trustees filling vacant seat

In a regular monthly board meeting held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Trustee Darrell Wilkes.

The Board is now accepting expressions of interest from individuals to fill the vacant At Large Trustee position.  The appointee must reside in Goshen County and shall serve until a successor is elected at the next election in November 2020.

Interested candidates should contact Holly Branham, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees at 307.532.8303 or by email at  The deadline for expressions of interest to Ms. Branham is June 28, 2019.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is July 9, 2019 at 5:45 p.m.

EWC to honor Branham

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington will hold a retirement reception in the President’s office for Holly Branham on June 28, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Holly Branham will retire on June 30th after nearly 35 years of service to EWC. Branham began her career at EWC September 24, 1984.  She has been the Executive Assistant to the President since 1993.

Please join us in wishing Holly a wonderful retirement.