Posts from December, 2020

EWC officials announce tentative plans for spring 2021 semester

Officials at Eastern Wyoming College have made tentative plans for the spring 2021 semester which will begin on January 19, 2021. The College evaluated state and county trends and trajectories, public health orders, state and county transmission and infection rates, local hospital capacity, cases reported on campus by students and employees and community information from local governments and schools to determine re-opening plans.

Based on this data, the academic semester will begin as scheduled and planned for all courses or in-person course delivery. If a student registered for an online delivery course, it will be delivered online. If a student registered for an in-person course, it will be delivered in-person.

Conditions across campus will be re-evaluated every two weeks utilizing the data sources mentioned above.

Capacity in the residence halls for the spring 2021 semester will be limited with preference given to students who were enrolled in fall 2020, student-athletes and students enrolled in courses and programs which require in-person delivery. Housing will be limited initially to reduce student exposure. Conditions in the residence halls will be evaluated every two weeks. If conditions maintain a safe level, in regard to COVID-19 infection rates and exposures, space may become available for additional residence hall students on a case-by-case basis.

Students should check their MyEWC email account or the College’s website and social media accounts for any changes or updates to this tentative re-opening plan.


Eastern Wyoming College will be closed from December 23rd through January 1, 2021. College offices will reopen Monday, January 4th.


Eastern Wyoming College will be closed from December 23rd through January 1, 2021. College offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021.

The Fitness Center will close at 10 am on December 23 and will reopen at 5 am on December 28. It will close at 6 pm on December 30 and reopen at 5 am on January 4th.

EWC to offer substitute teaching course

Eastern Wyoming College has responded to a local need for substitute teachers and will be offering EDUC 1501 Effective Substitute Teaching.

“I have been working with our local principals, the PTSB, and the Wyoming Community College Commission to try to address the demand for substitute teachers in Goshen county,” said Dr. Kate Steinbock, Art, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences Chair. She also teaches the Substitute Teaching course. “We were able to quickly pull together a course that will begin next week, over the holiday break.”

This 3 credit hour course will be offered online 12/14/20 – 1/15/20. For specific course details, contact Dr. Steinbock directly.

Interested students should contact Dr. Steinbock at 307.532.6443 or by email at

Eastern Wyoming College - Effective Substitute Teaching

EWC Communication department presents documentary

The Eastern Wyoming College Communication program recently created a documentary film in partnership and with assistance from a grant from Wyoming Humanities. The film is entitled: Torrington Tales and Trails featuring Larry Cundall. The documentary film features Mr. Cundall who wears many hats – historian, Wyoming cowboy, award-winning conservationist, Vietnam veteran, and Eastern Wyoming College alumnus.

Early in 2020 the EWC Communication program secured a grant from Wyoming Humanities at Wyoming Humanities initiatives bring scholars and subject matter experts to the entire state of Wyoming. The Humanities help the citizens of Wyoming take a closer look at life. The grant with Wyoming Humanities was initially intended to include a live event featuring three speakers. Due to COVID-19, the event was canceled and the scope of the grant project was changed to develop this documentary film. The project was led by EWC Associate Professor of Communications, Dr. Brandon J. Semler (BJ). Colleagues assisting with the project include EWC President Dr. Lesley Travers and Director of Institutional Development Mr. John Hansen.

Dr. Semler and Mr. Hansen traveled to the Cundall Ranch, outside of Glendo, WY to spend the day with Mr. Cundall and capture footage for the film. He was selected as the star of the documentary because of the Cundall family’s deep connection to Wyoming. The family discovered bones on their ranch which were later discovered to be from a campsite at Boxelder Creek used by pioneers on the Oregon Trail. Because of Mr. Cundall’s preservation of the site, it led to the preservation of a pioneer graveyard.

The documentary is rich with history from the Cundall Ranch and their conversation and preservation of the area. Dr. Semler has spent edited the film together over the past several months and used music for the documentary from his band, Broadacre12.

“It was an honor to meet and learn about Larry,” shared Dr. Semler. “The EWC Communication program is excited to be a part of sharing Larry Cundall and his family, ranch and stories with everyone.”

The film can be viewed at

EWC requesting digital photography for ATEC

Eastern Wyoming College - Call for Submissions - Digital Photography for the Agricultural Technology Education CenterEastern Wyoming College is now requesting submissions for digital photography for the Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC). ATEC is a 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility and selected photographs will be purchased for $500 each.

Submissions to this call are due January 8, 2021, and must be submitted via the following CaFÉ link: This call will automatically close at 11:59 pm MST on January 8, 2021. Submissions emailed or sent to the college or committee will not be reviewed.  If you need assistance from the College please contact Sally Watson at 307.532.8303.

The committee for this project is seeking existing photographs that highlight the service area of Eastern Wyoming College (EWC). EWC is based in Torrington, Wyoming and serves Crook, Weston, Niobrara, Converse, Platte, and Goshen counties. The committee is interested in work that will showcase the role of agriculture throughout the areas. Images that connect directly to EWC or the programs housed in ATEC, as well as any of the seasons, landscape, nature, wildlife, livestock, farming, ranching and lifestyle images will be considered. Photographs that show agriculture related subjects or one of the ag-related areas of study offered at EWC will be strongly considered.

This is a national call; Wyoming artists are encouraged to apply. Artists are required to specify the location depicted in their photograph(s) in the description field when uploading artwork samples. Photographs submitted via CaFE must be available in the following high-res format: 300-600 dpi minimum, min. of 3000 pixels on the long side, vector or .eps file type, and horizontal format. Selected photographs will be digitally printed at 9’-8 ½” wide x 5’- 4″ high. Individuals may submit up to 10 images. If selected, artists are only required to provide the digital file. EWC is responsible for the printing of the images.

The committee will select individual photographs and reserves the right to select some, none, or all photographs submitted by any individual photographer. There are 12 spaces where photographs will be featured in the new building.

The committee will review the submissions to this call in mid-January. Following review and selection, artists will have one week to send the high-resolution files to the college. Printing and installation of the digital wallpaper is planned for mid-February 2021. This timeline is subject to adjustment.

EWC GEAR UP club to hold Christmas Wreath Silent Auction

Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP Club will be holding a silent auction on the main campus in Torrington, Wyoming.

This silent auction features homemade Christmas Wreaths and Decorations. It will be held December 1-11th. The proceeds are being matched by other EWC College Clubs that include Vet Tech Club; Cosmo Club; Student Senate; and Rodeo Club. Proceeds will be donated to help Goshen County residents that are in need.

This auction is open to the public. You can view these wreaths and other decorations in the hallway of the Activities Center Building outside of the Cafeteria. EWC requires all visitors sign in at the Information Center and masks are required. The college is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

EWC GEAR UP Silent Auction Crhistmas Decorations

EWC nursing program will soon accept new applicants into evening cohort

Eastern Wyoming College will soon be accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester for the Associate Degree in Nursing program which is offered at both the Torrington and Douglas Campus.

Nursing program applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2021, until midnight on March 1, 2021. All application materials are available online and must be submitted electronically. No paper applications will be accepted.

The following steps need to be completed to be considered a nursing program applicant:

  • Complete the online application to the EWC Nursing Program which will be available January 1, 2021, on the EWC website. This is a separate application from the EWC admissions application.
  • Set up an appointment to take the TEAS Entrance Examination.  Date/times are found on our web page Please call 307-624-7000 to test in Douglas and 307-532-8288 to test in Torrington. The test results must be sent to Eastern Wyoming College no later than March 1 with a minimum score of 58.7% or higher. Admission is ranked by TEAS scores plus Program GPA (please see for admission worksheet).  Students should be aware that the TEAS is a high-stakes test with average test scores from our prior cohort at 66%. Our competitive program only admits 16 students to our day cohort.
  • Students need to contact ALL prior schools/colleges to have official transcripts forwarded to the Registrar’s office in Torrington. Transcripts may be sent to Sue Schmidt, Registrar at 3200 West C Street, Torrington, WY, 82240. Remember that any unsealed envelope containing transcripts will NOT be considered official.
  • Students who are completing the nursing program prerequisites during the spring 2021 semester, will have all mid-term grades used to calculate the GPA. A minimum GPA of 2.5 including a “C” or better in all prerequisites is an additional application requirement.

Registration for the Spring 2021 semester is now open. Students seeking further information and/or wanting to schedule an advising appointment can call Suzey Delger, Director of Nursing at 307-624-7020.

Complete program and application information is available on the EWC website at This page also contains important updates, including page 25 of the Nursing Student Handbook that contains an example of the online application.

Any additional questions should be directed to Ms. Delger, Nursing Director, 307.624.7020, or by email at

Eastern Wyoming College Nursing Program - TEAS Test Dates - Fall 2021

EWC Sagebrush and Roses event canceled

Eastern Wyoming College officials have announced the cancellation of the 2021 Sagebrush and Roses event scheduled for January 31, 2021 at the Goshen County Rendezvous Center. This popular black tie, blue jean gala is held each January by the EWC Foundation. Funds raised benefit the agricultural programs at the College.

“This was a tough decision for us as we know our community loves this event as much as we do,” said Tami Afdahl, Director of College Relations. “The health and safety of our students, employees, donors, and community drove our decision. As a committee, we will put our focus on making the January 2022 event a special one to remember!”

The 2022 event will be held on January 30, 2022.