Posts from September, 2019

Lancers win OJC golf tournament

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf Team traveled to LaJunta, CO to compete in the Otero Junior College tournament September 26-27. The Lancers won the two-day tournament with a score of 566, 18 strokes in front of McCook Community College who was second with 584.

“We met our team goal of shooting par the first day of the tournament which helped get us a lead going into day 2,” said Coach Zach Smith. “The second day was pretty windy for the first 9 holes so score across the board were a bit higher than day 1 scores. I was pleased to see the guys get the team win and proud of Mason’s individual win. He played great golf on both days to get this first win of the season.”

Sophomore Mason Hale, Atkinson, NE, shot scores of 66 and 68 to win with a total of 134. Other Lancers scores were as follows:

Tomas Kubata, freshman, Prague, Czech Republic, 69, 72 – 141, tied 2nd
JoVin Tan, sophomore, Taiping, Malaysia, 72, 73 – 145, 5th
Lucas Howell, freshman, Colorado Springs, CO, 73, 73 – 146, tied 6th
Max Maynard, freshman, Colchester, United Kingdom, 74, 76 – 150, 8th
Colby Clay, sophomore, Laramie, WY, 82, 78 – 160, 17th

The Lancers will conclude the fall season October 3-4 in Lamar, CO.

Mason Hale

Mason Hale

EWC competes at Sheridan College rodeo

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo team competed in the annual fall rodeo hosted by Sheridan College September 20-22. EWC sophomore Karissa Rayhill, Martin, SD won the goat tying for the second weekend in a row. She was 1st in the first round with a time of 6.8 seconds, 2nd in the short round with a 7.0 and 1st in the average.

Teigen Marchant, sophomore, Newcastle, WY, won the first round of the steer wrestling with a time of 4.2 seconds. He placed 2nd in the short round and 2nd in the average with a total time of 8.9 seconds.

The sophomore team roping team of Dalton Wieneke, West Point, NE and Canton Afdahl, Torrington, WY placed 4th in the first round with a time of 6.6 seconds. Teammate Ty Bass, freshman, Brewster, NE, qualified for the short round with partner Grant Turek, Gillette College.

“It is great to see our upperclassmen doing so well,” said Coach Jake Clark. “We are just getting started and we have a lot of rodeos remaining.”

The Lancers will travel to Riverton, WY to compete in the Central Wyoming College hosted rodeo on September 27-29.

Teigen Marchant

Teigen Marchant

Karissa Rayhill

Karissa Rayhill


Day 1 and Day 10 enrollment numbers show an increase for EWC

Eastern Wyoming College has released the Day 1 and Day 10 Fall 2019 enrollment figures.

On the Day 1 report, the Fall 2019 headcount increased by 48 students from 551 to 599, which is a 8.7% increase over Fall 2018 Day 1. These numbers include full-time and part-time degree seeking students only. The Day 1 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) increase from 616.00 to 635.33 which is a 3.1% increase. Full-time equivalency means the number of approved academic or vocational-technical credit hours for each class for which students are enrolled divided by twelve (12). W.S. 21-18-102 (a)(xii).

The Day 10 report shows a 6.1% increase from 560 to 594 when comparing the Fall 2018 headcount to the Fall 2019 headcount. The 10 Day FTE increased 2.2.% from 618.75 to 632.67.

EWC Fall 2016-2019 Day 1 Report

EWC Fall 2016-2019 Day 10 Report

EWC hosting Turkey Trot, shares training program, invites community participation

Training Program for Turkey Trot 5kEastern Wyoming College will be hosting the Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, November 24th at the EWC campus. The 5K Walk/Run will begin at 2 pm. There will be a fun run for kids at 4 pm with prizes for all age group winners at 4:30.

The College is sharing a Turkey Trot training program for all who may be interested in preparing for the event and is encouraging folks to form a team and participate in the challenge. Participants will be on teams of your choosing ranging from 1 to 5 team members. The team categories are EWC families/friends and Community families/friends.

Prizes for best team name and average step champions will be awarded in each category.

Training programs can be found at the EWC Fitness Center, Goshen County Chamber and on the EWC website.

Please contact Ellen Creagar, Turkey Trot committee chair at 307.532.8345 if you have questions or would like to enter a team in the fun fall fitness event.

Turkey Trot Training Calendar


Financial Peace University date has been changed

Eastern Wyoming College Community Education announces that the Financial Peace University class will be held on Tuesdays, October 1 –November 26, from 6-8:00 pm in CTEC classroom 210.

Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money, so you never again have too much month at the end of your money! You will be empowered with practical skills and confidence to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace. Each of the lessons deal with a different topic that will change the way you think about personal finance. Dave Ramsey teaches about how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, find bargains, and experience the joy of giving. If you are struggling with financial problems or planning for retirement, this is a great program for you. This class would be a fabulous wedding gift for a newly married couple.

The cost of this class is $134 ($109 of the fee is for materials) couples may share materials and each pay the $25 instruction fee.

To register contact EWC Community Education at 307.532.8323 or stop by the CTEC Building at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

EWC wins NJC tournament

JoVin Tan

JoVin Tan

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team won the annual fall tournament hosted by Northeastern Junior College on September 19-20. The Lancers shot a 579 to take the win. McCook Community College was second with a score of 601.

“We played a different course than we normally play in Sterling so it was a learning experience for all teams and coaches on the first day,” said Coach Zach Smith. “I think we played a little too aggressive on the first day. There are some holes that invite some aggressive play. The second day the guys played smarter and we were able to shoot a better team score as a result. It was great to see JoVin get his first tournament win as a Lancer. He has been really close to winning during his time here so I’m happy to see him finally put two great rounds together.”

Sophomore JoVin Tan, Taiping, Malaysia, won the two-day tournament shooting scores of 69, 69 for 138. Other Lancer scores were as follows:

Tomas Kubata, freshman, Prague, Czech Republic, 73, 72 – 145, 2nd
RJ Moya, sophomore, Three Rivers, TX, 75, 72 – 147, 4th
Max Maynard, freshman, Colchester, United Kingdom, 75, 74 – 149, tied 5th
Mason Hale, sophomore, Atkinson, NE, 74, 76 – 150, tied 7th
Lucas Howell, freshman, Colorado Spring, CO, 78, 75 – 153, tied 9th

The Lancers will travel to LaJunta, CO to play in the Otero Junior College tournament September 26-27.

EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted new members

Back Row left to right:  David Hook, Kaden Gaukel, Chelsea Fabela, Kylie Donovan, Ryan Black, Josh Andreasen, Curtis Palmer, Kendra Nichol, Shaley Petersen

Back Row left to right: David Hook, Kaden Gaukel, Chelsea Fabela, Kylie Donovan, Ryan Black, Josh Andreasen, Curtis Palmer, Kendra Nichol, Shaley Petersen

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that twenty-one students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on September 18, 2019. Phi Theta Kappa is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.

Students inducted into the Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter of PTK include: Josh Andreasen, Lincoln, NE; Ryan Black, Worland, WY; Kylie Donovan, Haxtun, CO; Chelsea Fabela, Torrington, WY; Danielle Gaither, Casper, WY; Kaden Gaukel, Keeline, WY; David Hook, Lulea, Sweden; Shae Ibarra, Torrington, WY; Cameron Juma, Torrington, WY; Ashley Mendoza, Laramie, WY; Nick Mirich, Cheyenne, WY; Kendra Nichol, Torrington, WY; Kurtis Palmer, Norfolk, NE; Shaley Petersen, Bayard, NE; Brandon Phillips, Torrington, WY; Hannah Plasencio, Scottsbluff, NE; Jace Roselle, Greeley, CO; Brooklyn Tucker, Torrington, WY; Alexia Velasco, Paulden, AZ; Autumn Zulauf, Torrington, WY.

The keynote speaker for the event was Mr. John Hansen, EWC’s Institutional Development Director.

Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.

EWC to host strategic planning listening session in Wheatland

Eastern Wyoming College President Lesley Travers and other EWC leaders will be at Wheatland High School on Thursday, September 26, 2019 to solicit input on a strategic plan to guide Eastern Wyoming College for the next five years.

The listening session is scheduled from 4-5:30 pm in the Wheatland High School Auditorium. It is one of many sessions which will be held throughout the EWC service area.

“These sessions are very important for us to create a strong five-year plan that includes these outreach areas,” Travers stated.  “These meetings will help us set priorities and areas of focus that are important to people in these communities and the campuses that EWC serves. I want to be at these personally to ensure that we hear about people’s hopes and dreams for the college; whether it is a degree or employment training. We want to hear about the obstacles that surround those dreams as well as ideas on how to overcome the challenges.”

The listening sessions are in addition to discussions on the Torrington and Douglas campuses that are focused on developing a roadmap for EWC. With this input, EWC’s Cabinet will complete the initial five year plan draft with presentations of the draft to the campus communities and stakeholders in the spring. Following approval by the Board of Trustees, the plan will be implemented at the start of the 2020-2021 fiscal year. A website will be created to follow the strategic planning process.

This listening session is open to all who are interested. For more information, please contact Dr. Margaret Farley, Vice President of the Douglas Campus at 307.624.7010.

EWC to host “A Journey into the Ancient Namib Desert” and “Climbing Everest, The Myths, Madness and the Macabre”

Critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist Mark Jenkins returns to Eastern Wyoming College on September 23 with his latest “World to Wyoming” presentation. He will present A Journey into the Ancient Namib Desert: Rock Paintings, a Vanished People, and Water Scarcity, the free talk takes place in the Fine Arts Auditorium Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m.

The presentation grew from Jenkins’s 2015 trip—while on assignment for National Geographic—to Namibia, where he climbed Brandberg, the country’s highest mountain, which conceals the greatest collection of rock paintings on earth. Jenkins says he undertook the journey in 120 degree heat “to explore this alfresco art museum and reflect on the challenges of water scarcity then and now.” His talk shares insights into the 4,000-year-old paintings and the now-extinct tribe that created them.

Jenkins will also present Mount Everest, The Myths, The Madness and the Macabre in CTEC room 101 at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 23.

Mount Everest, the most iconic mountain on earth, has been the scene of triumph and tragedy for almost a century. From the first attempt to climb it in 1922, to the first ascent in 1953, to the first oxygenless ascent in 1978, the world’s highest peak has represented chance and challenge, controversy and contradiction. Mark Jenkins climbed Everest in the spring of 2012 and explains Everest’s past and present and how the meaning of climbing the mountain evolved.

Jenkins, an international alpinist, is a critically acclaimed author, a field staff writer for National Geographic and the writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming.

These presentations are free and open to all who are interested in attending.

For more information or questions, please contact Julie Sherbeyn, at 307.532.8378 or e-mail at

EWC’s Rayhill starts the season with a win

Karissa Rayhill

Karissa Rayhill

Eastern Wyoming College sophomore Karissa Rayhill began the fall college rodeo season with a win at the Chadron State College rodeo held over the weekend. The South Dakota native was 4th in the first round with a time of 8.0. She won the short round with a 7.3 second run and won the average.

Freshman Brett McAbee, Ansley, NE, placed 5th in the first round of bull riding and 5th in the average. Teammate Gage Murray, Miles City, MT, tied for 2nd in the first round of the steer wrestling.

Two Lancer teams qualified for the short round in the team roping. The sophomore team of Dalton Wieneke, West Point, NE and partner Canton Afdahl, Torrington, WY, placed 2nd in the first round. Ellie Anderson, freshman, Meeker, CO, and Seth Shorb, sophomore, Greeley, CO, placed 8th in round one.

“It was a good start to the season,” said Coach Jake Clark. “We have a lot of talent and are looking forward to see how they compete the rest of the fall.”

The Lancers compete in the Sheridan College hosted rodeo September 20-22.