Posts from May, 2021

EWC highlights upcoming Pollinator Hotel class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering a build your own pollinator hotel class.

The Goshen County Master Gardeners will be educating our community about native pollinators and demonstrating how to build your own garden art in the form of a pollinator hotel for bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, etc.

Since 1 out of every 3 bites of our food exists because of pollinators, it only makes sense to create a winter habitat for them, and make it beautiful to enhance your garden.

This class will be held on Saturday, June 5 from 8:30 to 10:30 am. This class will cost $15 and all supplies will be provided.

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

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team finished 12th in the nation

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team finished 12th in the nation at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament that concluded yesterday in Lubbock, Texas. This is the best finish at nationals for the Lancers. Team members in photo (taken on the course following the final round of play): (left to right) Johannes Lindstrom, Tomas Kubata, Coach Zach Smith, Russel Sprecher, Tim Van Stiphout and Brendan Thomas.

Official results are available at this link: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=22654

 

Jennie Gordon to speak at EWC commencement

Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming to serve as the 2021 EWC Commencement Speaker

Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming to serve as the 2021 EWC Commencement Speaker

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that the First Lady of Wyoming, Jennie Gordon, has been selected as the commencement speaker at the 72nd  annual event to be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the EWC Verl Petsch, Jr. Activities Center Gymnasium. Ms. Gordon will speak via pre-recorded video.

The First Lady received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Wyoming. She worked for 15 years as a laboratory medical technologist at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. She later served as a field service representative for Abbott Laboratories where she traveled throughout the western United States repairing and servicing laboratory equipment at hospitals, clinics and private practices.

When Governor Matthew H. Mead appointed her husband to serve as Wyoming Treasurer in 2012, Jennie took over management of the Merlin Ranch full time. The ranch has garnered national recognition for its environmental stewardship and conservation achievements, as well as efforts to promote the sale of Wyoming beef worldwide. Jennie previously served on the board of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust and is a graduate of the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) class.

Governor Gordon and his wife Jennie have four grown children, Anne, Aaron with wife Megan, Bea with husband Austen, and Spencer with wife Sarah and their son Everett.

In October 2019 Jennie launched the Wyoming Hunger Initiative, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in Wyoming. The initiative works to prevent food insecurity by increasing awareness and support for the work of local anti-hunger organizations statewide. For additional information, visit https://www.nohungerwyo.org/

Commencement is a ticketed event this year in order to comply with current health orders. Graduates earning an Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate will participate in the 10:00 am ceremony. Those graduates earning Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate Degree in Nursing will participate in the 2:00 pm ceremony. Each graduate was given a certain number of tickets for family and guests. Tickets must be presented at the door.

Ms. Jo Ellen Keigley, Testing and Career Services Coordinator will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 10:00 am ceremony and Mr. Bob Creagar, Associate Professor, Math, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 2:00 pm ceremony. The national anthem will be sung by EWC students Taya Leija, Margaret Hughes and Emma Larsen. Ms. Sherri Warren, Assistant Professor, Department Head, Math/Science will serve as an interpreter for the hearing impaired for each ceremony.

Dr. Lesley Travers, President, will then provide a welcome and introduce special guests.  Student Senate President, Destiny Covington, will address the graduates on behalf of the students.

The recorded presentation by Ms. Gordon will be followed by EWC Foundation President Mr. Todd Peterson presenting the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Roger Humphrey, Vice President for Academic Services and Interim Vice President for Student Services, will present the candidates for graduation.  Following will be the presentation of degrees and certificates by Mr. Robert Baumgartner, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The EWC Commencement ceremony will be available by webcast. Please visit the College’s website or social media pages for the link. For more information about Commencement at EWC, please call 307.532.8303.

 

EWC Recognizes Agriculture Students at Annual Awards Banquet

Eastern Wyoming College’s Agriculture Program held their annual awards banquet Wednesday, April 21st.  The national anthem was sung by sophomore Ruby Speicher, Hotchkiss, CO who will be singing the anthem one evening at the College National Finals Rodeo that will be held in Casper, WY in June. The banquet offers the opportunity to recognize outstanding freshman and sophomores; graduating sophomores; scholarship recipients and team members.

 Freshman Top Hand (left to right): Thayrn Barker, Jonathan Pieper, Kaden Vincent, Tristan Hunter

Freshman Top Hand (left to right): Thayrn Barker, Jonathan Pieper, Kaden Vincent, Tristan Hunter

Sophomore Top Hand (left to right): Abby Thornburg, Edwin Lucero-Garcia, Karissa Phillips, J. Cameron Jensen

Sophomore Top Hand (left to right): Abby Thornburg, Edwin Lucero-Garcia, Karissa Phillips, J. Cameron Jensen

“Top Hand Awards” are given each year to the freshman and sophomores that excel in both academics and campus/community involvement.  These students signify what the EWC Agriculture Program stands for. This year’s freshman recipient includes: Tharyn Barker, Evanston, WY; Tristan Hunter, Ardmore, SD; Jonathan Pieper, Mitchell, NE; and Kaden Vincent, Rushville, NE.  Sophomore recipients include Edwin Lucero-Garcia, Fort Morgan, CO; J. Cameron Jensen, Bingham, NE; Karissa Phillips, Rock Springs, WY; and Abby Thornburg, Bassett, NE.  Freshman were awarded jackets and sophomores received belt buckles. Keisha Rayhill, Martin, SD was the most improved Ag Student for 2021.

Graduates (left to right front row): Ellie Anderson, Shay Hough, Keisha Rayhill, Abby Thornburg: (Back row left to right); Ty Bass, Edwin Lucero-Garcia, Cameron Jensen, Brett McAbee, Karissa Phillips

Graduates (left to right front row): Ellie Anderson, Shay Hough, Keisha Rayhill, Abby Thornburg: (Back row left to right); Ty Bass, Edwin Lucero-Garcia, Cameron Jensen, Brett McAbee, Karissa Phillips

The program recognized twelve graduates including: Teagan Abts, General Agriculture, Ovid, CO; Ellie Anderson, Ag Communications, Meeker, CO; Ty Bass, Beef Production Certificate, Brewster, NE; Lucero-Garcia, Ag Business; Shay Hough, Ag Communications, Gillette, WY; Kaitlyn Jacobs, Ag Business, Scottsbluff, NE; Jensen, Farm and Ranch Management; Brett McAbee, Ag Business, Ansley, NE; Phillips, Ag Business; Rayhill, Farm and Ranch Management; Megan Salzer, Ag Business, Newell, SD; Thornburg, Ag Business. Each graduate was presented with an alumni bag.

Agriculture students that are rodeo team members were recognized and include: Abts; Canton Afdahl; Anderson; Bass; Baily Coombs; Emily DeAngelo; Hough; Hanna Huffman; Hunter; Jacobs; Jensen; McAbee; Kailey Pinney; Phillips; and Rayhill.

Sagebrush and Roses scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year included Coombs and Agriculture students serving on student senate include: McAbee, Vice president; Corbin Batt, off-campus freshman representative, Mitchell, NE; and Pieper, on-campus freshman representative.

Livestock Judgers and show team members were also honored. Thornburg and Lucero-Garcia each received a team belt buckle. Thornburg plans to continue her judging career at the University of Missouri. Jackets were awarded to freshman team members Barker; Colter Camphouse, Evanston, WY; Tim Love, Burns, WY; and Marcus Johnson, Black Forest, CO.  Thornburg was the outstanding judger for the year while Barker was the top freshman judger.

It was also a time to recognize a few of the department’s supporters. This year Matt Moore and Cargill were recognized for their continued sponsorship of the award banquet meal and the program as a whole.  Dick Bandel was honored for his support of the EWC Show Team.

 

EWC Gunsmithing holding gun showcase and open house

The students from the Gunsmithing program at Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas would like to invite the community to the campus for a showcase and open house to be held on Thursday, May 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at 800 South Wind River Drive.

Students who are just completing their program are required to display their work and discuss the process of constructing their guns. Student work will be showcased and displayed but is not for sale.

This is also an opportunity to tour the program, meet the instructors and learn about the program. This showcase and open house is free and open to the community.

Questions can be directed to Mr. Glen Morovits at 307.624.7014 or by email to glen.morovits@ewc.wy.edu.

EWC Gunsmithing Showcase & Open House - Thursday, May 13 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

EWC golfers win CWC tournament and Region IX title

2021 Region IX Champions (left to right): Brendan Thomas, Tyler Wallace, Tomas Kubata, Eric Stevens, Conrado Chozas, Coach Zach Smith, Remington Newell, Luca Rodrigues, Tim Van Stiphout, Russel Sprecher, Johannes Lindstrom, and Owen Walsh

2021 Region IX Champions (left to right): Brendan Thomas, Tyler Wallace, Tomas Kubata, Eric Stevens, Conrado Chozas, Coach Zach Smith, Remington Newell, Luca Rodrigues, Tim Van Stiphout, Russel Sprecher, Johannes Lindstrom, and Owen Walsh

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team won the Central Wyoming College tournament with a score of 574, 46 strokes ahead of second place finisher, McCook Community College.

Brendan Thomas

Brendan Thomas

“The guys finished the regular season strong with another under par tournament on a very good golf course,” said Coach Zach Smith. “Brendan and Tomas have been playing very well lately, it was fun to watch them play together on the final day to see who could get the win. Brendan snuck away with the win, continuing his solid play this spring. It felt good to win the Region IX title after a lot of hard work throughout the year. I’m lucky to be around these guys.”

The Lancers took the top seven spots in the tournament. Results follow:

Brendan Thomas, freshman, Farmington, UT – 68, 70 – 138, 1st
Tomas Kubata, sophomore, Prague, Czech Republic – 71, 72 – 143, 2nd
Tim Van Stiphout, freshman, Hasselt, Belgium – 72, 74 – 146, 3rd
Owen Walsh, freshman, Ottawa, Canada – 75, 73 – 148, 4th
Eric Stevens, sophomore, Bridgeport, NE – 73, 76 – 149, 5th
Russel Sprecher, freshman, Casper, WY – 74, 76 – 150, 6th
Johannes Lindstrom, freshman, Falkoping, Sweden – 75, 76 – 151, tied 7th
Conrado Chozas, freshman, Madrid, Spain – 72, 83 – 155, 9th
Luca Rodrigues, sophomore, Benoni, South Africa – 78, 82 – 160, tied 14th
Tyler Wallace, freshman, Ephraim, UT – 83, 80 – 163 – 18th

The Lancers secured the Region IX title and will be playing in the National Championship to be held at The Rawls golf course in Lubbock, Texas, May 10-13. Fans can follow the live scoring on GolfStat. Here is the link for next week: Participants – NJCAA Men’s National Champ. DI (golfstat.com).

The Lancers also made their mark on the District results with Thomas winning the district. Kubata was 3rd, Sprecher 5th, Van Stiphout 6th and Walsh 10th.

 

Jensen qualifies for CNFR, Men’s team wins CSU rodeo

Cameron Jensen

Cameron Jensen

Canton Afdahl

Canton Afdahl

Dalton Wieneke

Dalton Wieneke

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer rodeo team competed in Greeley, CO April 30th, May 1-2 for the annual rodeo hosted by Colorado State University. Sophomore Cameron Jensen, Bingham, NE, placed 2nd in the average of the Tie Down roping which clinched his qualification for the College National Finals Rodeo to be held in Casper, WY in June. Jensen finished the season as the Reserve Champion Tie Down roper.

“It was great to see many of our students finish off the season strong,” said Coach Jake Clark. “Dalton and Canton dominated the team roping. What a great way to finish your college rodeo career. Cameron earned a trip to the CNFR. He competed really well, going from 5th to the Reserve Champion Tie Down roper at the final rodeo. He has been consistent all spring and we are looking forward to him competing at the CNFR in June.”

The sophomore team roping team of Dalton Wieneke, West Point, NE and Canton Afdahl, Torrington, WY, won the first round, short round and average of the team roping with a total time of 13.3 on two steers.

Clark added, “Our men’s team won the team title at the CSU rodeo thanks to the strong showing from our ropers.”

Jensen also placed 5th in the first round of the steer wrestling.

In the barrel racing, sophomore Shay Hough, Gillette, WY, placed 4th in the short round and 4th in the average.

The Lancers have wrapped up the spring season. The CNFR will be held June 11-19 in Casper, WY.