Posts from March, 2021

EWC hosts annual Lancer Rodeo

Lancer Rodeo - Camerion JensonEastern Wyoming College was pleased to host the second rodeo of the spring season March 26-27. Sophomore Cameron Jensen, Bingham, NE, led the team by placing in two events. Jensen was 3rd in the tie down roping average. He was 2nd in the first round with a time of 9.6 seconds and 4th in the short round with a 12.7 second run. He was also 2nd in the first round of the steer wrestling with a time of 5.3 seconds and split 5th in the short round with a time of 10.2. He finished the weekend 5th in the steer wrestling average.

Freshman Baily Coombs, Wellington, CO, was 5th in the first round of the breakaway roping with a time of 2.8 seconds. She finished the weekend 7th in the average.

EWC barrel racer Shay Hough, sophomore, Gillette, WY, qualified for the short round with a time of 15.76.

“We had some students compete well. A couple of them are climbing up in the regional standings which is what you want to happen this time of year,” said Coach Jake Clark. “It was great to bring back the Lancer Rodeo to this community after a year off. The students were excited to have a home rodeo as well.”

The Lancers will next compete in the Casper College rodeo April 16-18.

EWC golfers win Otero Junior College tournament

Eastern Wyoming College - Lancer Golf at Otero Junior College Tournament Results

Russel Sprecher and Brendon Thomas

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team kicked off the spring season March 25-26 at the Otero Junior College Tournament. The Lancers won the tournament with a score of 577. McCook Community College was second with 614.

“It was great to get out and play the first tournament of the year. We’ve been waiting to have a normal tournament for some time, so getting out on two nice weather days was a treat,” said Coach Zach Smith. “We were a little rusty the first day by the guys came out and played great the second day of the event. It was fun to have all 5 golfers place in the top 5 of the tournament. We are looking forward to some productive practices this week before we head to Lamar.”

Two Lancers split the tournament win, freshman Brendon Thomas from Farmington, UT shot 70 and 71 for a two-day total of 141 which was what freshman Russel Sprecher, Casper, WY scored after rounds of 72 and 69. Other Lancer scores were as follows:

Tomas Kubata, sophomore, Prague, Czech Republic – 73, 73 – 146, 3rd
Eric Stevens, sophomore, Bridgeport, NE – 79, 72 – 151, tied 4th
Conrado Chozas, freshman, Madrid, Spain – 80, 71 – 151, tied 4th
Luca Rodrigues, sophomore, Benoni, South Africa – 79, 77 – 156, tied 10th

The Lancers will compete at the Lamar Community College Tournament April 1-2.


Eastern Wyoming College AthleticsThe EWC basketball games scheduled for Wednesday, March 24th at Northwest College, will be played at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm rather than 5:30 and 7:30 as previously announced.



Eastern Wyoming College will be closed Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5, in observance of Good Friday and Easter. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

The EWC Fitness Center will be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 2-4. Normal operating hours on Monday, April 5.



Eastern Wyoming College, Douglas, Wyoming announces that the college offices will be closed on Friday, April 2. And Monday, April 5 in observance of Good Friday and Easter. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 6.

EWC plans in-person commencement ceremonies

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that in-person commencement ceremonies will be held at the College in Torrington on Friday, May 14, 2021. One ceremony will be held at 10:00 am for those students completing Associate of Applied Science degrees and Certificates. Students completing an Associate Degree in Nursing, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science will have a ceremony at 2:00 pm.

Both ceremonies will be held in the Verl Petsch, Jr. Gymnasium. Graduates will be allowed to have four guests each in attendance. Ticketing information will be released at a later date. Social distancing measures will be in place.

Commencement speakers will be announced at a later date.

Travers appointed to Wyoming Retirement System Board

Dr. Lesley Travers

Dr. Lesley Travers

Eastern Wyoming College President Dr. Lesley Travers has been appointed to serve on the Wyoming Retirement System Board by the Honorable Governor Mark Gordon.

As part of the 11-member board, Travers will participate in decision making activities affecting approximately 74,000 members both active and retirees of the eight defined benefit plans and the deferred compensation program that make up the Wyoming Retirement System (WRS). She will be serving on the Legislative and Benefits Committee and the 457 Deferred Compensation committee.

WRS is governed by the Wyoming Retirement Board of Trustees, whose duty is to manage WRS assets and liabilities to keep the retirement plans financially sound.  Trustees are fiduciaries and required by law to act in the best financial interest of WRS members.  The Board is comprised of the State Treasurer and ten other members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.  Five members are appointed from constituent groups with some connection to the system and five are at-large members who are known for their public spirit and business or professional ability and at least two of who have professional expertise in investments and finance.  The Board employs an Executive Director who oversees a staff of about 40 employees.  WRS reports annually to the Joint Appropriations Committee.

Travers will be representing the higher education membership.  Some facts about WRS Members:  71,059 are public employee pension plan, the largest member group in the WRS is from the education field; 765 retirees are over the age of 90; 21 retirees are over the age of 100 and the oldest retiree is 108.  WRS benefits make an economic impact in which $680 million paid annually by WRS and $533 million is paid to retirees living in Wyoming.

This is the fourth governor appointment Travers has received. She shared the following on her appointment “This is an incredible opportunity to belong to a board that is so vibrant and active in Wyoming.  This is a remarkable value to Wyoming employees in which only 30% of the benefits paid come from contributions and 70% comes from investment earnings.  This is a very active and knowledgeable board.”

This is a two-year appointment through 2023.

EWC men’s team places second at Gillette College rodeo

Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo at Sheridan/Gillette College RodeoThe Eastern Wyoming College Lancer rodeo teams kicked off the spring 2021 season with two rodeos. One hosted by Sheridan College and one hosted by Gillette College, both took place in Gillette over the weekend.

The men’s team placed second at the Gillette College rodeo with 466.0 points. The University of Wyoming men’s team was first with 594.5 points.

Other individuals placing at the Gillette College rodeo included:

Steer Wrestling – Trayton Travnicek, freshman, Minatare, NE, 2nd, 4.8 seconds
Team Roping – Dalton Wieneke, sophomore, West Point, NE, and Canton Afdahl, sophomore, Torrington, WY, 2nd, 5.8 seconds; Cameron Jensen, sophomore, Bingham, NE and Cody Fosket, Casper College, 5th, 6.4 seconds
Tie Down Roping – Jensen, 4th, 10.0 seconds
Breakaway Roping – Emily DeAngelo, freshman, Calan, CO, 4th, 2.9 seconds; JoSee Saults, sophomore, Big Springs, NE, 8th, 3.3 seconds

Sheridan College Rodeo results were as follows:

Team Roping – Travnicek and Tristan Hunter, freshman, Ardmore, SD, 6th, 7.9 seconds
Tie Down Roping – Afdahl, 9th, 11.1 seconds
Steer Wrestling – Gage Murray, sophomore, Miles City, MT, 10th, 8.3 seconds

“The team looked great, everyone competed well. We are going to keep at it and are looking forward to this weekend,” said Coach Jake Clark.

The Lancers are hosting their annual rodeo in Torrington March 26-27 which looks a little different this year. There will not be any performances. Slack will begin Friday at 10:00 am with Steer Wrestling, Roping Events, and Goat Tying. Rough stock slack will begin approximately at 4:00 pm. Saturday slack begins at 9:00 am with barrel racing, goat tying, steer wrestling and roping events. There will be a top 10 session at 4:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public up to current health order limits.

Creagar appointed to State Board of Education

Eastern Wyoming College faculty member Ellen Creagar has been appointed to serve a 6-year term on the Wyoming State Board of Education by the Honorable Governor Mark Gordon.

Ellen Creagar

Ellen Creagar

The State Board of Education (SBE) helps to develop rules for evaluations and performance targets for schools, leadership and teachers; accredits K-12 schools across the state; works with the Wyoming Department of Education to develop and approve Wyoming State Content and Performance Standards; and, works with the Wyoming Department of Education to review and approve assessments of student knowledge that measure proficiency, student progress and promote college and career readiness.

The SBE consists of 11 volunteer regional representatives, appointed by the governor for staggered six-year terms. Creagar will represent District 1.

One of the current projects of the SBE is to construct a “Profile of a Graduate,” attempting to answer the question: “What does it mean to be a Wyoming high school graduate nearly a quarter of the way through the 21st century?”

“As a parent of two children who went through the Torrington Schools, I have been invested in Wyoming’s public education system for 20 years, serving on parent boards and committees in the district. Further, I work with Wyoming high school graduates daily in my job teaching at Eastern Wyoming College. I recently created videos that address some of the Social Studies Standards as part of the Malcolm Wallop K-12 Curriculum Project through UW,” stated Creagar.

“I believe the work of the SBE is so vital to our K-12 system and that my work on the Board will help the ‘whole’ student. As we know in Goshen County, the work of schools goes far beyond the classroom; it is hard for children to learn if they are food insecure, if they don’t have digital access and devices, or if they are suffering from any type of trauma or emotional stressors. I was quite humbled and very honored by the nomination and appointment. I have the deepest respect for, and look forward to working with, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Education, and the Joint Education Committee as well as, of course, the other members of the Board.”

Creagar has taught history, political science, and social science at EWC since 1996.


Eastern Wyoming College AthleticsEastern Wyoming College’s home volleyball match against Central Wyoming College has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:00 p.m.