Posts from February, 2020

EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted new members

Eastern Wyoming College inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

Front row left to right: Anna Robbins, Cody Shrewsbury, Trevor Sorg, Trenton Taylor, Abby Thornburg, Devyn Volz, Elaine Warren, Josephine Wasson, Allyson Winkelman

Second Row left to right: Lily Jones, Alexander Karras, Tomas Kubata, Emma Larsen, Ricardo Morfin, Baylee Nelson, Katelyn Nunes, Mateus Pedroso, Joshua Posten, Lakin Reichert

Back Row left to right: Colter Adams, Jordan Arnusch, Carter Berish, Bethany Bonilla, Monica Cardera, Jessica Cotant, Jadyn Cross, Aubrey Demott, J’adore Hayes, Yves-Marie Hess, Charlene Hosly, Jordan Hunt

Not pictured: Scott Edwards, Hesston Fornstrom, Payton Greeson, Samantha Griffin, Megan Luszczynski, Sandra Michaelson, Katie Richardson, Ashley Schlagel, Seth Shorb, Shelby Stith

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that forty-one students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on February 11, 2020. This is the largest class of PTK inductees in EWC’s history. 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: Colter Adams, Torrington, WY; Jordan Noah Arnusch, Torrington, WY; Carter Berish, Logan, UT; Bethany Bonilla, Cheyenne, WY; Monica Cardera, Lander, WY; Jessica Cotant, Henry, NE; Jadyn Cross, Harrisburg, NE; Aubrey Demott, Torrington, WY; Scott Edwards, Gillette, WY; Hesston Fornstrom, Pine Bluffs, WY; Payton Greeson, Aurora, CO; Samantha Griffin, Rock Springs, WY; J’adore Hayes, Euless, TX; Yves-Marie Hess, Cheyenne, WY; Charlene Hosly, Rixheim, France; Jordan Hunt, Torrington, WY; Lily Jones, Lovell, WY; Alexander Karras, Gothenburg, Sweden; Tomas Kubata, Prague, Czech Republic; Emma Larsen, Hyrum, UT; Megan Luszczynski, Guernsey, WY; Sandra Michaelson, Miles City, MT; Ricardo Morfin, Scottsbluff, NE; Baylee Nelson, Merino, CO; Katelyn Nunes, Alliance, NE; Mateus Pedroso, Curtiba, Brazil; Joshua Posten, Torrington, WY; Lakin Reichert, Guernsey, WY; Katie Richardson, Torrington, WY; Anna Robbins, Mitchell, NE; Ashley Schlagel, Torrington, WY; Seth Shorb, Hermosa, SD; Cody Shrewsbury, Alliance, NE; Trevor Sorg, Douglas, WY; Shelby Stith, Newcastle, WY; Trenton Taylor, Big Piney, WY; Abby Thornburg, Bassett, NE;  Devyn Volz, Parker, CO; Elaine Warren, Torrington, WY; Josephine Wasson, Elizabeth, CO; Allyson Winkelman, Big Piney, WY.

The keynote speaker for the event was Mr. Bob Creagar, EWC’s Mathematics Associate Professor.

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 Veterinary Technology students score well on National Exam

Eastern Wyoming College recently had five Veterinary Technology students sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). EWC students exceeded the average for all 1st time takers (US and Canada) in all eight domains tested.

EWC students scored above average in these categories:

Pharmacology – Pharmacy
Surgical Nursing
Laboratory Procedures
Animal Care and Nursing
Diagnostic Imaging
Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
Pain Management/Analgesia

“We are tremendously proud of the efforts of the five Veterinary Technology students who recently passed the VTNE as part of their credentialing and wish them the best as they move into their careers. The exemplary scores achieved by these students are testaments to their determination, work ethic, and professionalism and illustrate the important role our Veterinary Technology faculty and staff play in preparing students for this exam and their subsequent careers,” said Dr. Heidi Edmunds, Vice President for Academic Services.

The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is owned and administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). The VTNE is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians’ competency to practice and to be credentialed. The computer-based exam is given in three testing windows per year (winter, summer, and fall) and is constantly updated, reviewed and re-evaluated by highly-qualified item writers so that it remains a valid tool.

Most states and provinces require a passing score on the VTNE as one criterion for receiving credentials. The exam is administered at Prometric Testing Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Sagebrush and Roses breaks attendance and fundraising records

Sagebrush & Roses guests Doyle and Ronda Meyer enjoying some dancing to Tris Munsick and the Innocents

Sagebrush & Roses guests Doyle and Ronda Meyer enjoying some dancing to Tris Munsick and the Innocents

Sagebrush and Roses 2020, hosted by the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation, broke records for attendance with 404 attendees, and net fundraising of $61,000.  According to Tami Afdahl, Director of College Relations and co-chair of the Sagebrush and Roses Committee, “Our success stems from an exceptionally generous and caring community.”  Fellow co-chair Kaitlyn Steben, Agricultural Instructor at EWC continued, “The support that our community shows the EWC Ag program and the ATEC campaign is truly overwhelming.”

The 14th annual fundraiser started at 5:00 p.m. with entrance into a special reception held in the 4-H Hall for investors who donated at the $750 plus level.  According to John Hansen Director of Institutional Development, “The special donor reception provides us an opportunity to personally thank those businesses and individuals who have supported us as a College and a Foundation.”  This year’s reception was decorated by Farm Girls Boutique and featured a western chic theme that transported visitors into a relaxed upscale western venue.  The reception featured a live acoustic performance by Tris Munsick and delightful libations served by the 307 Bar and Grill, along with upscale hors d’oeuvres by Cottonwood Catering.

The main Sagebrush and Roses event started promptly at 6:00 p.m. to the delight of 404 attendees.  Rick Vonburg, Instructor Emeritus for EWC and a longtime patron of the event spanning 14-years encapsulated the evening “I feel honored and privileged to have been a part of all of them, the event is a social highlight of the year.”  Mr. Vonburg’s esteem stems from teaching for EWC for 43 years and being instrumental in growing and passing the torch towards the future for EWC Ag.  Funds raised from the event will support scholarships for EWC Ag students and help fund the $8.2M Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC).  Specifically, $37,000 of the $61,000 total raised from the event will be directed to ATEC.  Two of the special donors that helped generate a successful evening were Suzey and Stephen Delger.  The Delger’s provided a custom laser engraved Weatherby 300 that was purchased on the day of Weatherby’s factory grand opening.  Suzey Delger, who currently serves as our Director of Nursing will be retiring this year and her and Stephen wanted to do something truly special for the College. The gun raffle raised $8,500 and was a hit, special thanks to Mike McNamee for his auctioneering and to our very generous attendees.

Other highlights from the evening included special live auction items that were matched by the EWC Foundation.  The live auction brought in $13,750 and will be matched for a total of $27,500.  The bevy of fundraising was promulgated by a generous $11,000 bid by Julie Kilty who will have her choice of brand location in the new ATEC facility.  Todd Peterson, President of Eastern Wyoming College Foundation was heartened at the success of the auction “We are blessed to have a community that not only supports the college but that supports so many worthwhile causes.” The success of Sagebrush and Roses and its planned longevity has led the committee to pledge $50,000 to the ATEC capital campaign and with the success of this year’s event, the amount remaining to raise for ATEC is $127,000. The committee is also purchasing a stock ticker tape to be installed in ATEC.

Sagebrush and Roses is an event that the College plans for nearly a year in advance and one of the newly planned items, added this year, was a silent auction that raised over $3,000.  The Sagebrush and Roses Committee comprised of Tami Afdahl, Kaitlyn Steben, Lynnea Bartlett, John Hansen, Sandy Hoehn, Holly Lara, Leann Mattis, Debbie Ochsner, Susan Stephenson, Dr. Lesley Travers, Rick Vonburg, Sally Watson, and Georgia Younglove would like to thank our new and long-standing donors of Sagebrush and Roses.

Tami Afdahl provides the exclamation point for the event “There is an army of behind the scenes people that work tirelessly to pull off this event.  It truly touches each area of the College and is only possible from their willingness and commitment.”

EWC announces price reduction to Community Education class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces a price reduction to the Dream and Life Pattern Exploration class.

Have you ever wondered why certain patterns keep showing up in your life?  Patterns in your dreams, relationships, health, and body?  Are you interested in exploring how these patterns can help you connect to the innate wisdom expressing itself within you?  Do you desire to know how to discover a deeper connection with your life and the miraculous way we are divinely guided when we open to this exploration?  If so, come explore the mysteries of pattern through heart-centered exploration of dreams and other dynamics going on in your life.

From the instructor: “My name is Julia and I have been a heart-centered and healing arts practitioner exploring life’s patterns for 30 years.  I have witnessed amazing healing and transformation as people discover how inner wisdom is being expressed through their daily lives.  Awareness is the wild card that can support and transform life patterns into extraordinary life changing experiences.  I look forward to gathering with you. “  

This class will be held in CTEC classroom 210 on Mondays, March 2 through March 23 at 6:00 pm. The class was originally advertised for $175 and is now reduced to $125 for 4 class sessions.

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.



EWC’s last home games and sophomore recognition will be Saturday, February 15. The Lancers will host Western Wyoming Community College.

The Lady Lancers sophomores will be recognized at the beginning of their game at 2:00 pm. The men will be recognized at the beginning of their game which will immediately follow the women’s game.

We look forward to you joining us in the Verl Petsch Jr. Activities Center gymnasium this Saturday to cheer on the Lancers!


EWC Board of Trustees to hold special board meeting

The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1:00pm in the Dolores Kaufman Boardroom.  The Trustees will adjourn to executive session to discuss personnel.

EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a dog wash on Saturday, February 22nd. Appointments will begin at 8:00 am and walk-ins will be taken until 10:30 pm. The dog wash will conclude at 1:30 pm. The student technicians will do minimal brushing and do not shave out mats. A current rabies certificate is required to participate. If you have a dog that is scared of the dryer, they need to be here early so they can stay until they are dry.

Pricing per dog 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

For an appointment please contact Cassie Klein
Email (preferred):
Phone Number: 307.680.2046


EWC Weather Related Message – Douglas Campus

Due to continued unfavorable weather in the Douglas area, the Douglas Campus of Eastern Wyoming College will be closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Please watch the EWC website and social media accounts for continued updates.

EWC announces change to March Driver’s Education class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announced that the Driver’s Education class scheduled in March has been cancelled.

The next classes will be scheduled for June 1-5 and July 6-10.  All students who have already registered for the March class will be moved to the summer sessions.

For more information, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323 or stop by the CTEC building at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

EWC announces Wyoming NASA Space Grant Scholarship applications due March 5, 2020

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces that applications are due by March 5, 2020 for the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Community College STEM Scholarships. Awards are up to $1,000

These scholarships are open to Wyoming Community College students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or STEM-related fields.  Students must have completed at least 2 courses in STEM to be eligible. For 1st semester students, high school courses taken during your senior year are acceptable. Recipients will be selected based on academic records, personal essays, goals, and recommendation letter. Students must be US citizens to apply.

For questions or more information, please contact Sridhar Budhi by email,

Online applications available at: