Posts from August, 2021

EWC wins first tournament of the season; Sprecher brings home individual win

Russel Sprecher

Russel Sprecher

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team began their season in Riverton, Wyoming, August 26-27 with a tournament hosted by Central Wyoming College. The Lancers won the two-day tournament with a team score of 572. Northeastern Junior College placed second with a score of 593.

“It was a great way to start our season, especially when we came out with an opening round of -7 as a team on Thursday,” said Coach Zach Smith. “Region IX golf looks very good this year, so we’ll have to play solid golf each week if we want to compete for another Region IX championship. Russel played great both days to bring home the individual win, which is how he opened the season last year too. I think we have a great group of students and I can’t wait to work together as a team this year.”

Leading the Lancers with an individual win was sophomore Russel Sprecher, Casper, WY, who shot 69 on Thursday, and 70 on Friday for a 139. Other Lancer scores were as follows:

Brendan Thomas, sophomore, Farmington – UT, 67, 73 – 140, 2nd
Oscar Behle, freshman, Hjarup, Sweden – 71, 73 – 144, tied 3rd
Johannes Lindstrom, sophomore, Falkoping, Sweden – 75, 75 – 150, 8th
Conrado Chozas, sophomore, Madrid, Spain – 78, 73 – 151, tied 9th
Joshua Wiese, freshman, Cape Town, South Africa – 74, 78 – 152, tied 11th

The Lancers will play in McCook, NE September 2-3.

PSA – EWC games canceled

The following Eastern Wyoming College volleyball games have been canceled due to EWC players with Covid exposure:

Friday, September 3, 12 pm vs Hutchinson Community College
Friday, September 3, 4 pm vs Dodge City Community College
Saturday, September 4, 8 am vs Iowa Western Community College
Saturday, September 4, 2 pm vs Garden City Community College

All games were scheduled to be played at McCook Community College. These games will not be rescheduled. Following EWC protocols, symptomatic players have been tested and isolated and through contact tracing other players have been quarantined pending test results.


The following Eastern Wyoming College volleyball games have been canceled due to EWC players with potential Covid exposure:

Friday, August 27th, 5 pm vs NJC and Saturday, August 28th, 10 am vs Otero

Both games were scheduled to be played at LCCC. These games will not be rescheduled. Following EWC protocols, symptomatic players have been tested and isolated and through contact tracing other players have been quarantined pending test result.

PSA – Labor Day Closure

Eastern Wyoming College will be closed Monday September 6th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The Fitness Center will be closed September 4-6th. Offices and the Fitness Center will reopen on Tuesday September 7th.

PSA – Labor Day Closure – Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas will be closed Monday September 6th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday September 7th.


Andersen to take over the reins of EWC men’s basketball

The athletic department at Eastern Wyoming College has announced that long-time women’s basketball coach and athletic director, Tom Andersen, will take over as head coach of the men’s basketball team, for one-year, following the resignation of Coach Tim Moser. Moser has resigned his position, effective immediately to pursue other opportunities in Tyler, Texas where he will be teaching and coaching. Alicia Hawkins, who has served as an assistant coach for the Lancers will lead the women’s team this season.

“I would like to thank Coach Moser for the tremendous job he did in returning EWC Men’s Basketball as a power in Region 9.  Tim is a great coach and has been a great mentor to the young men he has coached,” said Andersen, who will also manage the Fitness Center in Moser’s absence.

Hawkins played at Northeastern Junior College and then went on to play at Colorado State University where during her senior season, they won the Mountain West title. She coached for 1 year at Brush High School and Montana Tech for a year as an assistant. She has been helping the EWC program for 3 years.

“Alicia has been helping us for years and I am excited to see what she can do with the team this year,” added Andersen.

Hawkins added, “I’m excited for this opportunity to coach the women’s team. I hope to push these girls to finish high in the region. I would like to thank Tom and Tim for preparing me for this opportunity.”

Both appointments, Andersen and Hawkins, are one-year, interim positions.

EWC still recovering from cyber-event but ready to begin the fall semester

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington and Douglas are still in the midst of recovering from a ransomware attack which victimized the College in June. Great efforts have been made to restore College operations back to pre-event status but there is much work still remaining.

Despite the system functionality challenges, the College is prepared and excited for students to return to campus to kick off the Fall 2021 semester with New Student Orientation on Sunday, August 22nd and classes beginning on Monday, August 23rd.  Students are encouraged to ask questions or seek assistance as operations are restored. Below are a number of informational items that are critically important for students as the semester begins.

Torrington Campus Students:

Student Schedules:

  • Will be available in New Student Orientation packets
  • Will be distributed to Residence Hall students
  • Will be available from Advisors
  • Returning students can obtain a copy of their schedule from
    • Last Name beginning with A – I – Sue Schmidt, Student Services
    • Last Name beginning with J – R – Lynn Wamboldt, Academic Services
    • Last Name beginning with S – Z – Amy Smith, Academic Services


  • Students who received a book award or know that they have aid available for books must fill out and sign the Bookstore Authorization form to charge books to their financial aid

Class Rosters:

  • Will be available in Canvas, as soon as information is available, likely not on Monday and will be subject to change
  • Students need to attend all classes listed on their schedules so faculty can create an accurate list

Residence Halls:

  • Residence halls have been rekeyed to allow your room key to open the outside doors

Food Services:

  • New this year – one meal plan allowing 17 meals per week. Meals can be utilized in the Cafeteria or Student Center
  • Student Center will be open from 7 am – 9 pm, Monday – Friday with meals/food only available from 11 am – 2 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Cafeteria will serve meals Monday – Sunday, with 2 meals offered on Saturday and Sunday (this is new from one meal offered in the past)


  •  An estimated cost of attendance is available in the Business Office and is subject to change based on changes to student’s individual schedules
  •  This is a manual process, so please remain patient

Financial Aid:

  •  An estimated Financial Aid award is available in the Financial Aid office and is subject to change based on changes to student’s individual schedules
  •  This is a manual process, so please remain patient
  •  Students experiencing dire financial circumstances can speak directly to Financial Aid about Emergency Loan/Fund options

Academic Calendar:

  • Financial aid disbursement dates may be adjusted and communicated via the College’s website and other social media

Student IDs:

  •  Student IDs are unavailable at this time
  • Residence Hall students need to stop by College Relations to have their photo taken for temporary identification measures

Student Logins and Passwords:

  •  If you are experiencing login or password issues, please contact Aaron Bahmer at 307.532.8284 or

Douglas Campus Students:

  1. Paper course schedules will be available beginning August 20, 2021. The paper schedules will include the courses you have signed up for with the times and room assignments listed. These will be available at the front desk or during student orientation.
  2. EWC Bookstore will be open on Saturday, August 21, 2021 and Sunday, August 22, 2021. Students will be able to charge the needed books for the 2021 fall semester if they have financial aid. Please make sure to keep all receipts.
  3.  New Student Orientation will be Friday, August 20, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Douglas Campus.
  4.  Financial Aid stat can be provided upon request.

All EWC Students:

Listed below are critical dates and deadlines for students. Please make sure to review these important dates. Consult with your advisor for any course and/or schedule changes as soon as possible. If you don’t know who your advisor is, please contact us immediately.

  • Monday, August 23, 2021 – Regular Semester and Block A Classes Start
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021 – Last day to add Block A (8 week) classes at 4:00 pm/Last day to drop Block A (8 week) classes for a 100% tuition and fee refund at 4:00 pm
  • Friday, August 27, 2021 – Last day to add Regular semester (16 week) classes at 4:00 pm
  • Monday, August 30, 2021 – Late registration ends at 4:00 pm
  • Monday, September 6, 2021 – Labor Day/No Classes/Campus Closed
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – Last day to drop regular semester classes and Block A (8 week) classes for 100% tuition only refund at 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Financial Aid Disbursement to Students’ Accounts
  •  Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – Financial Aid Student Refunds Issued

For any questions please contact Academic Services or Student Services. Campus offices will be open and available for students on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


EWC College and Career Readiness Center offering workforce training opportunity

The Eastern Wyoming College College and Career Readiness Center, in partnership with the Department of Workforce Services, is offering a workforce training opportunity. Eligible individuals will be paid $10 per hour to be part of a project management team experience that will:

  • Develop social media skills
  • Enhance business and entrepreneurial skills
  • Re-enforce workforce and soft skills for employment

Interested individuals should contact Liz Ryall at 307.532.8268 or to schedule a test that determines eligibility for this opportunity.

Eligible candidates will be required to participate in a one-day workshop on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

EWC Foundation golf tournament accepting registrations

Eastern Wyoming College Foundation Golf Tournament 2021The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation is now accepting registrations for the annual golf tournament to be held on August 22nd. It is a four person scramble with an 8:30 am shotgun start. The registration deadline is Friday, August 20th at 6 pm.

Entry fee is $300 per team which includes one mulligan. Men use the blue tees and women use red tees. Teams must use each team member’s drive at least once per 9 holes. The maximum individual handicap of men is 36 and 44 for women. Team handicap is equal to sum of member’s handicap divided by 8. Players are eligible to win gift certificates and hold prizes.

A steak dinner, Calcutta and auction will be held on Saturday, August 21st at 6 pm. Funds raised benefit the EWC Golf Program and the EWC Foundation in support of students.

This year’s tournament will also feature a $20,000, 50’ putting contest. Qualifications will take place from 1-7 pm August 18th, 19th, and 20th or on Saturday, August 21st from 8:30 am – 2 pm. Tickets are $5 per chance or 5 chances for $20.

Players can register online at or entry forms are available at Platte Valley Bank, Cottonwood Pro Shop and the EWC Office of Development. For more information, contact the EWC Office of Development at 307.532.8304 or Joe Guth at 307.532.2111.

EWC receives funds for Ellbogen Scholarship

John P. Ellbogen Foundation | Doing Good for WyomingEastern Wyoming College has been selected by the John P. Ellbogen board of directors to receive $100,000 to support adult learners with the newly created Ellbogen Opportunity Scholarship: All Students Successful.

The Ellbogen Foundation has committed $500,000 to the scholarship. All community colleges in the state were asked to apply for an amount no larger than $100,000. “We recognize and value the critical partnerships that are necessary for this scholarship to be successful,” noted Becca Steinhoff, executive director of the Ellbogen Foundation.

According to the foundation, the funding is being provided to community colleges in the state to “…increase the number of new adults and returning adult students in Wyoming who attend a Wyoming community college, to increase the number of adults in Wyoming with a valuable post-secondary credential, and to advance the self-sufficiency, well-being and economic and civic contributions of the Wyoming workforce.”

The funding is eligible only for students who enroll in courses starting in the fall of 2021 and meet the following qualifications: are 24 years of age or older; have demonstrated Wyoming residency for not less than three years immediately preceding the application; and have completed and filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year for which they are applying for a scholarship and have an unmet financial need. Preference will also be given to those who have not already earned an associate or higher degree.

Scholarships are limited to no more than $1500 per student per semester and may be awarded for up to a maximum of two academic years.

The John P. Ellbogen Foundation is a private, not-for-profit family foundation that was funded from the life earnings of John P. “Jack” Ellbogen through his estate in 2001. The vision and mission of the foundation are a testament to Jack’s ethos and guide grant awards to entities within the state that work diligently to make the quality of life better for Wyoming citizens.

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship at EWC can do so at the following link: Additional information about the qualifying programs of study can be found on the EWC website under Financial Aid and Scholarships. For questions please contact Shanna at 307.532.8327.