Posts from February, 2021

EWC notified of positive student case and cancelation of games

Eastern Wyoming College officials have received notification of a positive COVID-19 case of an on-campus student. Officials are working directly with this student to determine contact tracing and will directly contact any individuals who are determined to be at risk due to close contact. Close contact refers to an individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

Due to this positive student case and the appropriate quarantine measures of students within close contact, the EWC Lancer volleyball games scheduled for Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th will be canceled.

It is imperative that individuals remain diligent and carefully follow all public health orders and safety measures. As a reminder, if you have symptoms of illness, or develop COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, isolate yourself immediately and contact a health care professional. Please remember to continue to practice good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face-covering or mask at all times. All students, employees, and visitors are required to wear masks or face coverings in all EWC facilities. Any updates will be posted on the EWC website at the following link:

Spectators at volleyball games

Eastern Wyoming College Lancers VolleyballThe Athletic Department at Eastern Wyoming College has announced spectators will be allowed to attend the volleyball games scheduled for Friday, February 26 at 7 pm against Western Wyoming Community College and Saturday, February 27 against Casper College.

Spectators must pre-register at the following link: Registration will open 48 hours prior to each game and will close 4 hours prior to the game. Spectators not registered will not be allowed to attend. Current EWC students will be allowed to attend without prior registration with a valid college ID. Persons needing assistance with the registration process should call Dani at 307.532.8334.

EWC receives another round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding for students

In response to the continuing disruption and hardship caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), which was signed into law December 27, 2020. This provides an additional $22.7 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges and universities, a portion of which is specifically designated for grants to students. These supplemental funds (HEERF II) have more flexibility with awarding criteria than the CARES funds allocated in the Spring of 2020, including being available to online students. The CRRSAA does, however, require institutions to prioritize students with exceptional financial need. Because the only practicable way to demonstrate need is through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), EWC established that the FAFSA remains a requirement to receive these funds. Students must also be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and must be enrolled in credit-bearing courses during the Spring 2021 semester in an EWC degree or certificate program approved for federal Title IV funding.

To expedite awarding for the Spring 2021 semester, EWC is not requiring students to complete an initial application to be considered for funds. Instead, EWC is prioritizing students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the Pell-eligible range as determined by the 2020-2021 FAFSA for the majority of available funding. Enrollment status (e.g., full-time, half-time, etc.) will determine the amount awarded. Students with an EFC above Pell eligibility but below 16000 will also be considered for lesser funding based on an enrollment status of half-time (six credits) or more. Students who have not yet filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA but wish to do so for grant eligibility consideration may do so at

HEERF II grants may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care, but EWC will not apply the funds directly to a student’s outstanding balance without the student’s signed authorization to do so. Student eligibility review and grant awarding will begin February 16, 2021 and will continue throughout the duration of the Spring 2021 semester. Checks will be mailed directly to eligible students beginning March 5, 2021 with instructions on how to have all or a portion of the refund applied to a remaining balance if the student chooses to do so.

PLEASE ENSURE THE PREFERRED ADDRESS ON FILE WITH EWC’S RECORDS OFFICE IS CORRECT SO YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR CHECK IN A TIMELY MANNER. Students can check their address via the MyEWC account through the MyEWC Services button. View this video if you are unsure how to confirm the address in your online portal: MyEWC Services – Profile and Emergency Contact Confirmation ( Contact Sue Schmidt at 307.532.8207 or with address changes immediately.

Students with exceptional need exceeding the award provided, or students with EFCs above the priority level to receive automatic grants who have need not accurately reflected by FAFSA information may apply for funds directly to the Financial Aid Office after March 15.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 307.532.8224 or for details regarding the specific calculation of your award, with any aid questions, or to request an additional HEERF II grant amount based on your specific, documented situation.

EWC golfer signs with Mississippi College

- Tomas Kubata and Coach Zach Smith as Kubata signs his national letter of intent to play at Mississippi College.

Tomas Kubata and Coach Zach Smith as Kubata signs his national letter of intent to play at Mississippi College.

Eastern Wyoming College sophomore golfer Tomas Kubata has signed his national letter of intent to play for Mississippi College in Clinton, MS next year. Kubata led the Lancers his freshman season winning two tournaments and placed second in two others, helping to seal the team’s Region IX championship.

In the fall, the team competed in scrimmages and only one tournament which was the National Preview tournament held in Lubbock, TX. Kubata finished 8th at that tournament. The spring season will kick off March 25 at the Otero Junior College tournament in LaJunta, CO.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that Mississippi College has given me,” said Kubata. “I would like to thank coach Zach Smith, everybody at EWC, and the whole community for the support over the last 2 years. I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to my final season as a Lancer, the team looks very strong.”

Coach Zach Smith shared the following about Kubata, “Tomas has been a great teammate and Lancer student from the minute he arrived from the Czech Republic. He has taken his team captain role and president of Phi Theta Kappa very seriously this year. He has had a great run at EWC and I’m excited to see what he can do this spring season. I’m also excited to see him continue his education and his golf career at Mississippi College. He’ll be truly missed when he graduates from EWC.”

EWC Foundation announces call for nominations

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation has announced a call for nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service award.

Alumni (graduate) status is required for nomination or receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Exemplary achievement in one’s profession, academic activities, and in community and civic service are primary considerations. The nominee should attribute their success in some way, to their time at Eastern Wyoming College. The award will be presented at the EWC spring graduation ceremonies.

To be considered for the EWC Distinguished Alumni Award, please send a completed nomination form, which can be found at this link:, and resume or biography to: EWC Office of Development, 3200 West C Street, Torrington, WY 82240 or email to

The EWC Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service award will be selected based on exemplary achievement in service and support of Eastern Wyoming College based on the following primary considerations:

  • Leadership and significant accomplishment in a college role.
  • Major financial support for the College or a division of the College as determined by the Foundation Board.
  • Academic, professional, or civic activities that have enhanced the College and its students.
  • The Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to an individual or individuals (such as a family, or spouse), or individual corporate entities.

Individuals or corporations may be nominated by any member of the EWC faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, or the public. Please mail a letter of nomination and resume or biography to the Office of Development at the address listed above.

Nominations will be accepted for each of the awards until March 21, 2021.

Changes to EWC game schedule for the weekend

The Athletic Department at Eastern Wyoming College has announced that the men’s basketball game scheduled for Friday, February 19th, has been canceled.

On Saturday, February 20th, the Lancer men’s team will host Colorado All-Stars at 3:00 pm. Spectators will be allowed to attend but must pre-register at the following link: Registration will open 48 hours prior to the game and will close 4 hours prior to the game. Spectators not registered will not be allowed to attend. Persons needing assistance with the registration process should call Dani at 307.532.8334.

EWC Vet Tech Club Honors Dr. Edwin C. Bittner

Vet Tech Students stand with Dr. Bittner.

Vet Tech Students stand with Dr. Bittner.

Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club recently made, decorated, and signed a sign as a way to publicly thank Dr. Edwin Bittner, Jr., for his donations to the Vet Tech Club and the Vet Tech Department. Dr. Bittner will retire with 20 ½ years of service to EWC at the end of this semester. Upon the announcement of his retirement, the club wanted to do something special for Dr. Bittner to let him know how much he is appreciated by the students and faculty.

Dr. Bittner has recently donated three registered Aberdeen Angus pregnant heifers to the Vet Tech Club in addition to other cattle that he has donated in the past. He has also provided care and pasture for the cattle over the summer months as well as semen and bulls. The Vet Tech students calve out the cattle and then sell the calves as a way of raising funds for their trips to national conferences.   

The club members appreciate the little things that Dr. Bittner does for students that include, bringing cookies to club activities, randomly bringing cookies and donuts to classes for all the Vet Tech students to enjoy, allowing students to take trips to his place to work on his cattle for labs, supplying chickens for labs and vaccinating animals at vaccination clinics.

Left to right: Dr. Edwin Bittner, Vet Tech Club officers Lori Bair, Shayla Schmaltz, Laurie Luhr, Megan Church, Maddison Reynolds

Left to right: Dr. Edwin Bittner, Vet Tech Club officers Lori Bair, Shayla Schmaltz, Laurie Luhr, Megan Church, Maddison Reynolds


Due to COVID concerns with the NPCC women’s basketball team, the EWC vs NPCC women’s game scheduled for later today will not be played. The EWC vs NPCC men’s game will not be impacted by this and will take place as scheduled.

Eastern Wyoming College Women's Basketball Game

EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted new members

Spring PTK 2021 inductees: Front row left to right: Nathan Ostrander, Tynnille Hansen, Brittany Thomas, Katie Cuthrell, Makenzie Johnson, Myah Reiger, Lauren Bergner, Sabryna Schaffer, Whitney Martin, Taylor Ponce. Back Row left to right: Tyler Wallace, Brendan Thomas, Tim Van Stiphout, Ivona Zarin, Natalie Kalaydjiev, Malin Beuck, Shaelyn Sims, Carla Bastida Olivares, Jonathan Pieper, Bailey Powell, Tyce Holmes, Steven Peden, Conrado Chozas. Not pictured: Heather Christensen, Ruth Muncy, Melissa Peterson, Jillian Rodenberger, Lynn Sherrow, Vanja Tomic, and Freddie Wagner.

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that thirty students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on February 9, 2021. 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: Carla Bastida Olivares, Barcelona, Spain; Lauren Bergner, Holyoke, CO; Malin Beuck, Worfelden, Germany; Conrado Chozas, Madrid, Spain; Heather Christensen, Wheatland, WY; Katie Cuthrell, Pine Haven, WY; Tynnille Hansen, Fort Bridger, WY; Tyce Holmes, Cheyenne, WY; Makenzie Johnson, Wheatland, WY; Natalie Kalaydjiev, Vienna, Austria; Whitney Martin, Guernsey, WY; Ruth Muncy, Douglas, WY; Nathan Ostrander, North Platte, NE; Steven Peden, Lingle, WY; Melissa Peterson, Douglas, WY; Jonathan Pieper, Mitchell, NE; Taylor Ponce, Torrington, WY; Bailey Powell, Torrington, WY; Myah Regier, Hardin, MT; Jillian Rodenberger, Torrington, WY; Sabryna Schaffer, Chugwater, WY; Lynn Sherrow, Douglas, WY; Shaelyn Sims, Casper, WY; Brendan Thomas, Farmington, UT; Brittany Thomas, Fort Laramie, WY; Vanja Tomic, Temerin, Serbia; Tim Van Stiphout, Hasselt, Belgium; Freddie Wagner, Elk Mountain, WY; Tyler Wallace, Ephraim, UT; Ivona Zarin, Zrenjanin, Serbia.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Debbie Ochsner, EWC Professor, Social Science.

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.

Spectators not allowed at upcoming volleyball tournament

The Athletic Department at Eastern Wyoming College has announced that spectators will not be allowed to attend the volleyball tournament hosted at the college on February 12-13.

The gym will be set up for two volleyball courts which will not allow for ample seating for spectators to maintain social distancing. EWC games will be available by livestream.