Posts from September, 2019

EWC highlights upcoming N’Balance class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering an N’Balance class.

N’Balance – Instructor Melanie Herring, North Platte Physical Therapy

One third of community-residing adults aged 65 and older suffer a fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in older adults.

N’ Balance is a class that takes a practical approach to balance exercises, focusing on parts of the body and how they influence balance. N’ Balance will focus on training the three systems that affect balance: somatosensory, visual, and vestibular. Participants will learn exercises that will challenge the somatosensory, visual, and vestibular systems because as people age they become more sedentary, which results in decreased use of these systems causing decreased strength and activity levels.

This class meets 2 times a week for 1 hour sessions, with one additional session for baseline testing before beginning the class activities. Join this class and become more active and confident in the community and home while possibly expanding your social life. This class will be held on Mondays and Fridays, October 28 – December 13, from 9:30-10:30 AM, (no class the week of Thanksgiving). The cost of these 13 session is $130.

To register for this class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323, or stop by to visit them in the CTEC building at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

EWC finishes 2nd at McCook tournament

Tomas Kubata

Tomas Kubata

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team finished second with a score of 628 at the McCook Community College tournament held September 12-13. McCook won the tournament with a score of 620.

“We struggled a bit in McCook,” said Coach Zach Smith. “I was pleased to see Tomas play well both days, especially the second day when he shot -2 to tie for the individual win. McCook has been improving each week so I wasn’t surprised to see them take advantage of things at home. I’m anxious to see how we bounce back in Sterling. We are playing a different course than we’ve ever played in Sterling this week so it will be a learning experience.”

Freshman golfer Tomas Kubata, Prague, Czech Republic, tied for 1st in the tournament shooting scores of 77, 70 for a 147. Other Lancer scores were as follows:

Mason Hale, sophomore, Atkinson, NE, 77, 76 – 153, 3rd
JoVin Tan, sophomore, Taiping, Malaysia, 81, 76 – 157, 5th
Max Maynard, freshman, Colchester, United Kingdom, 75, 86 – 161, tied 7th
Lucas Howell, freshman, Colorado Springs, CO, 88, 73 – 161, tied 7th
RJ Moya, sophomore, Three Rivers, TX, 78, 84 – 162, tied 9th
Eric Stevens, sophomore, Bridgeport, NE, 84, 83 – 167, tied 12th
Luca Rodrigues, freshman, Benoni, South Africa, 84, 83 – 167, tied 12th
Colby Clay, sophomore, Laramie, WY, 90, 78 – 168, 15th

The Lancers play in the Northeastern Junior College Invitational September 19-20.

EWC highlights upcoming Ladies only Woodworking class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering  a Ladies only Woodworking class.

Charles Richter, THS Wood Tech Teacher invites all ladies interested in developing or improving wood working skills. He suggests checking out Pinterest for wood working project ideas. This is a great activity for moms, daughters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers, and granddaughters.

Wood working projects don’t have to be large in size and scope, and would be a great opportunity to make wooden ornaments for the holiday tree, or perhaps a wooden Advent calendar. How about a unique one-of-a-kind floating display shelf or a wooden clock? This class will be held on Tuesdays, October 1 through November 5 from 6-8:30 pm at the THS woodshop on West E Street. The cost of this class is $125. Students can bring their own wood or purchase wood from the instructor.

To register for this class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323 or stop by the CTEC building at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

Adams selected to fill vacant trustee seat

At the regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees held on September 10th, the Trustees appointed Randy Adams, Torrington, WY, to fill the Trustee seat vacated by the resignation of Marilyn Fisher.

Adams has lived in the community for nearly 50 years, taught and coached for 35 years in local schools, served as a City Councilman for 19 years and is currently the Mayor of the City of Torrington. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1970 with a degree in Education and minors in Political Science and Art. He owns and operates a 500 acre wheat, corn millet, and livestock farm.

He is a published author of two Wyoming History textbooks, a coloring book, and two children’s novels. Adams has also researched and provided written documents for the University of Wyoming, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Parks, the Grace Dangberg Foundation, Johnson Publishing Company, Land-handler magazine and is currently serving in an advisory capacity for a number of publishers in the area of Wyoming History and history of the Frontier west.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as a trustee at Eastern Wyoming College. I welcome the challenge to participate in the excitement that EWC brings to Torrington, Goshen County and eastern Wyoming and I am humbled by the opportunity and the responsibility ahead of me. I look forward to learning and growing with EWC, said Adams.

“Since Mayor Adams was elected, EWC has worked with him on several projects and agreements,” said Dr. Lesley Travers, President. “He will be a great addition to the board of trustees.”

Adams was sworn in at the September meeting and immediately began his term.

EWC hosting EAEC discussion meetings

Eastern Wyoming College will be hosting discussion meetings in conjunction with the Wyoming Educational Attainment Executive Council (EAEC) on Wednesday, September 18th. Education leaders are encouraged to attend from 9:00 -11:00 am in Tebbet room 131, business leaders are encouraged to attend from 1:30-3:30 in Tebbet room 131. A session for students will be held during the lunch hour.

The EAEC was established by executive order of former Governor Matt Mead and is charged with the responsibility of developing 5 and 10-year Strategic Plans aimed at meeting Wyoming’s ambitious educational attainment goals. Those goals are that 67 percent of Wyoming’s working age population will possess a postsecondary credential (certificate or degree) of value by 2025 and 82 percent of the population will have reached that level of attainment by 2040. Governor Gordon has continued these initiatives in his first year of office.  The executive order establishing these goals and the EAEC can be viewed at:

http://communitycolleges.wy.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Exec-Order-2018-4-Educational-Attainment-Executive-Council-Aug-23-2018.pdf.

In developing these strategic plans, the EAEC is seeking a wide range of views from important stakeholders in the education, government, and business communities. It has contracted with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to gather the input that will be critical to strategic plans that thoughtfully reflect the unique contexts, characteristics, and challenges of Wyoming and is various geographic regions.

Attendance at the meeting is requested to provide the EAEC with insight to the ‘on the ground’ needs in your region as it relates to business and education.  Participation in this meeting is vital to helping the EAEC create strategic plan that will meet the future challenges of the state system of higher education.

For more information or questions, please contact Sally Watson at 307.532.8303.

EWC wins home tournament

Eric Stevens

Eric Stevens

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team hosted their home tournament on September 5-6 at Cottonwood Golf Course in Torrington. The Lancers won the tournament with a score of 589. McCook Community College was second with a score 609.

“The team did a great job of taking advantage of our home course knowledge. The course is looking great and the guys played well to clinch our second win of the season. We’ve had a good balance of solid play from both the freshman and sophomores this fall. We’ll face our toughest test this coming week in McCook. Their team has been improving, and the course is very challenging. I’m looking forward to see how we can perform on that course,” said head coach Zach Smith.

Sophomore Eric Stevens, Bridgeport, NE won the tournament with scores of 69, 74 for a total of 143. Other Lancers scores were as follows:

Max Maynard, freshman, Colchester, United Kingdom, 71, 74 – 145, tied 2nd
JoVin Tan, sophomore, Taiping, Malaysia, 73, 72 – 145, tied 2nd
Lucas Howell, freshman, Colorado Springs, CO, 73, 73 – 146, 4th
Tomas Kubata, freshman, Prague, Czech Republic, 72, 76 – 148, 5th
RJ Moya, sophomore, Three Rivers, TX, 75, 77 – 152, tied 7th
Mason Hale, sophomore, Atkinson, NE, 78, 75 – 153, tied 9th
Colby Clay, sophomore, Laramie, WY, 89, 78 – 167, tied 18th
Luca Rodrigues, freshman, Benoni, South Africa, 85, 90 – 175, tied 29th

The Lancers will play in the McCook Community College tournament in McCook, NE September 12-13.

EWC highlights upcoming Community Education class

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

Smartphone Photography 101
Brian Keithline, instructor, will focus on helping you to learn the nitty gritty of smartphone photography. How to take a great shot on your phone, and how to make use of the editing apps, as well as sharing and printing your images while keeping them safe.

You will learn that the same basic concepts used in traditional photography are applicable to your smartphone, composition, lighting, exposure, camera settings, and some newer concepts using grid view, rule of thirds, shooting symmetry, and rule of odds. Bring your smartphone and learn to be a terrific on-the-spot, just-in-time photographer.

This class will be held on Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17 and 24 in CTEC room 112, from 6-7:30 pm and will cost $55.

To register for these class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323 or stop by the CTEC building at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

EWC Community Education announces Boulder Dinner Theatre bus trip

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has scheduled a bus trip to see Mamma Mia at the Boulder Dinner Theatre on Sunday, October 13.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island paradise they last visited 20 years ago.

A mother, Donna, and a daughter, Sophie. Three possible dads, Sam, Bill, and Harry. A trip down the aisle you’ll never forget.  Join us for one of Broadway’s biggest hits and a delicious meal. 36 registrations required for this trip to be confirmed.

The cost of this trip is $70. The bus will leave EWC at 9:00 am and return around 6:00 pm. Paid registration by September 30, 2019 is required.

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

EWC highlights upcoming Basic Self-Defense for Women class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering a Basic Self Defense for Women class.

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. Class instructor Officer Bryan has updated the class curriculum to include the use of pressure points as a self-defense technique.

This class will be held on Thursday September 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm and the cost is $20.

To register for this class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323 or stop by to visit them in the CTEC building at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

 

Award-Winning Documentary Begins Statewide Screening Tour

Hearts of Glass Film Screening“A compelling and timely story that enhances the Wyoming narrative and promotes engaged and inclusive communities.”

– Shannon Smith, Executive Director, Wyoming Humanities

Hearts of Glass, JenTen Productions’ award-winning new documentary, will be coming to a town near you this fall. The seven-stop screening and discussion tour is being supported in part by a grant from ThinkWY|Wyoming Humanities.

Hearts of Glass follows the tumultuous first 15 months of operation of Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole, a social impact business with a dual mission: growing produce year-round in a challenging mountain environment and providing meaningful employment for people with disabilities

“For me, Hearts of Glass represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share a story of possibilities unfolding in my own backyard,” said Jennifer Tennican, the film’s director and producer. “Prepare to be transported. This is as close to being part of a high-tech agricultural startup and social experiment as many of us will ever get. It will challenge your perceptions about abilities, the benefits of meaningful employment and the power of inclusion.”

Hearts of Glass reveals the highs and lows of an innovative startup. It also offers an intimate look into the professional and personal lives of an often overlooked population in our communities. The film is as much about sustainable food production as it is about social entrepreneurship, disability advocacy and community inclusion.

“These thematic intersections are an opportunity to create new communities and connections,” Tennican said. “I want viewers to be swept up by the momentum and, at times, the chaos of this startup; I want viewers to appreciate the nuances of each character’s personality; and, I want viewers to be inspired by how one Wyoming community is dealing with pressing social and environmental issues.”

The film will be screened at colleges across the state this September and October:

Students, faculty and the general public are invited to see the film and stay for a panel discussion following each screening. The panel will reflect an inclusive mix of participants, including the film’s director, Vertical Harvest employees and local experts from the community and/or hosting academic institution. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer, Kamila Kudelska and Catherine Wheeler will moderate the events in Laramie, Powell and Sheridan, respectively. The morning after the screening, Tennican and Vertical Harvest employees will visit college classrooms for a more in-depth discussion in an intimate, focused academic setting.

Hearts of Glass reminds us that when people come together to do good things, good things happen,” said Kate Muir Welsh, Director at the University of Wyoming’s Social Justice Research Center. “Vertical Harvest is growing justice in the Jackson Hole valley by employing very capable people and  responding to community needs. Hearts of Glass will inspire you to do good things in your  community.”

Hearts of Glass had its world premiere at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Northern California in January and has traveled to film festivals across the country since. Wild & Scenic Film Festival called the film “a breath of fresh air — inspiring, heart-warming and joyful,” and it won Best Feature Documentary at the Black Hills Film Festival in South Dakota.

For more information on the film, visit HeartsOfGlassFilm.com or follow the film on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

If you’d like to set up an interview with Jen Tennican reach out to her directly by email (jen@jentenproductions.com) or phone (307-690-2258).

For high-resolution images of the poster and from the film, please visit bit.ly/WyTourPRimages2.

Want to share “Hearts of Glass” with your organization?

If you’re interested in bringing Hearts of Glass to your organization in the future, please contact director Jennifer Tennican at jen@jentenproductions.com or 307-690-2258.

A thanks to our sponsors and community outreach partners

In addition to Wyoming Humanities, the University of Wyoming is instrumental in making this tour possible. A special thanks to UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Office of Engagement and Outreach, Social Justice Research Center, and Wyoming Institute for Disabilities.

Various Wyoming businesses and foundations have also contributed to the tour, including First Interstate Bank, CLB Architects, Town Square Inns of Jackson Hole, Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation, ZipGrow, as well as additional local sponsors for each stop.

Individuals have also helped make the tour a reality. Supporters include the Laakmann Family, Ralph and Louise Haberfeld, David and Lesyle Hardie, Mickey Babcock, Connie Kemmerer, Stan and Barbara Trachtenberg, Todd and Arlene Kelly and Nancy Guthrie.

Learn more about us and our partners

JenTen Productions is led by Jennifer Tennican, who began making documentary films in the late 1990s in Boston before moving to Jackson, Wyoming in 2002. She is committed to sharing local stories with national and international resonance. Her films focus on identity, inclusion and conservation. Ms. Tennican’s award-winning work, including The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads and Far Afield: A Conservation Love Story, has been featured in numerous film festivals and distributed nationally by American Public Television.

Wyoming Humanities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is our state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Their purpose is to use the humanities to strengthen our democracy, enhance the Wyoming narrative, and promote engaged communities. We are a statewide organization that strives to serve all 23 counties and 99 communities of Wyoming every year. We use the   humanities to ask questions that give insight into the human experience by analyzing the past, exploring the present, and thinking about the future. Through our work, the humanities help the citizens of Wyoming take a closer look at life.

Vertical Harvest responds to two significant needs in the mountain community of Jackson Hole: year- round, local produce and meaningful, competitively paid employment for people with disabilities. This 13,500 square foot hydroponic greenhouse is located on a town-owned, 1/10 of an acre lot in the heart of Jackson, Wyoming. Vertical Harvest sells locally grown, fresh vegetables to Jackson-area restaurants, grocery stores and consumers.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion endeavors to make the University of Wyoming a leading institution comprised of people representing all social identities experiencing a welcoming environment where everyone can find what they need to thrive. Outreach to individuals with  disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in higher education, veterans, varieties of world views and genders, and other diverse social identities are fundamental to attaining this vision of inclusion.

The Social Justice Research Center at the University of Wyoming is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the generation of scholarship connected to addressing practical and theoretical questions arising from the pursuit of social justice, in the belief that when any group experiences injustice, democratic ideals are at risk.

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities  (WIND) is an academic unit in the College of Health Sciences and a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Wyoming. WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention.

The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resource challenges. It supports students as well as citizens, stakeholders, and decision makers by giving them the skills and tools they need to build durable, inclusive solutions to our most pressing environment and natural resource challenges.

The Office of Engagement and Outreach at the University of Wyoming has been created to be a portal of access to UW for the citizens of Wyoming (and beyond) and to coordinate and streamline engagement and outreach efforts to achieve enhanced consistency, follow-through, and impact.

First Interstate Bank is a community bank headquartered in Billings, Montana. With 146 offices across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming, we’re dedicated to helping these diverse communities reach their greatest potential—answering the needs of residents and businesses with practical financial solutions.

CLB Architects is an architecture firm founded over two decades ago in Jackson Hole. The firm specializes in residential, commercial and public projects, and offers full-service interior design and land-planning out of studios in Wyoming and Montana. The firm’s philosophy is “inspired by place.”

Town Square Inns offers four hotel locations in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation is a private charitable foundation located in Sheridan, Wyoming, established by area ranchers Homer and Mildred Scott in 1982.

ZipGrow’s mission is to design and manufacture the most economically viable, resource-efficient, and productive hydroponic equipment possible for people who believe in smarter, local food sources and want to participate in changing how people think about and access food.

Wyoming Public Media (WPM) is a public broadcasting state network licensed to the Trustees of the University of Wyoming. WPM programming is primarily news, classical music, contemporary music, jazz, entertainment programs. Wyoming Public Radio is the state’s only member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International and American Public Media. WPM is a service of the University of Wyoming. Its mission is to connect Wyoming through news and cultural programming  that informs, inspires, and educates.