Posts from September, 2022

Chasek and Rayhill Win Reserve All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl Honors

Justin Chasek and Karissa Rayhill

Justin Chasek and Karissa Rayhill

Eastern Wyoming College’s Justin Chasek, sophomore, Mitchell, NE won the reserve All Around Cowboy honors and EWC’s Karissa Rayhill, sophomore, Martin, SD won the reserve All Around Cowgirl honors at the Central Wyoming College Rodeo in Riverton, Wyoming.

Rayhill placed third in both rounds of the goat tying to finish third in the average. In barrel racing the ladies had two rounds, one to make up for Chadron and a second for Riverton. Rayhill finished sixth in the round for Chadron and eighth for Riverton, according to EWC rodeo head coach Whit Peterson.

Chasek, with Chadron State College’s Jake Chasek heading, won the short round and the average on two in team roping. In calf roping Chasek had a 10.3 in the long round to place sixth and a 10.9 in the short round to finish in fourth place in the average.

Fellow EWC cowboys Cort McBride, sophomore, Meriden, WY and Colton Zimmerman, freshman, Wellington, CO finished second in the short round with an 8.0, which also gave them second in the average in team roping. Teammates Donald Quick and Coy Thar had a 9.0 in the long round putting them in ninth place, however they did not place in the short round.

EWC cowboy Coy Thar, freshman, Rozet, WY had an 11.2 in the calf roping long round and improved his time to a 9.9 to place third in the short round and finished third overall in the average.

Lancer cowgirl Hanna Huffman, sophomore, Burwell, NE, had an 8.1 in the goat tying to split fourth and fifth in the long round, but had “tough luck in the short go and did not place,” Peterson said. Kamry Knotwell, sophomore, Encampment, WY, had a similar experience in breakaway roping with a split ninth through 12th in the first round but in the short round “she had no luck.”

Both Lancer Cowboys and Cowgirls teams finished third overall.

The EWC Lancer Rodeo’s next competition will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Sheridan College Rodeo in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Lancers compete in first rodeo of the new season

Coy Thar and Donald Quick III

Coy Thar and Donald Quick III

Twenty-four Eastern Wyoming College Lancers competed in the first rodeo of the season over the weekend at the Chadron State College rodeo in Chadron, Nebraska. The Lancers were one of 12 teams competing from Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

“The team did well, but have lots of room for improvement,” EWC Rodeo Head Coach Whit Peterson said. “Had some tough draws and hope to take advantage of better ones in the future.”

Eastern Wyoming College team ropers, sophomore Donald Quick III, from Craig, Colorado, and freshman Coy Thar, from Rozet, Wyoming, were ninth in the first round of team roping and 2nd in short round. The team finished 2nd in average.

Sophomore Trace Travincek, from Minatare, Nebraska, split 5th/6th in the 1st round of the calf roping and 7th in the average. He also was 10th in the first round of team roping, and 10th in the average.

Sophomore Colton Zimmerman, from Wellington, Colorado, was 9th in 1st round of calf roping and 10th in the average.

Freshman Seth Glass, from Central City, Nebraska, finished 7th in the first round of team roping and 8th in the average. The men’s team finished the day in fourth position.

Sophomore Ryker Goodman, LaBarge, Wyoming, was 8th in the 1st round of goat tying and 9th in the average.

The barrel racing was postponed until next weekend, because the conditions in the arena were deemed not fit for the competition. The ladies’ team results will not be available until after next weekend’s rodeo in Riverton, Wyoming due to the postponement of the barrel racing.

EWC’s George Cordall wins Region IX Tournament

Eastern Wyoming College's George Cordall competes at the Regional IX Golf Tournament Thursday, Sept. 15 at Cottonwood Golf Course in Torrington, Wyoming. Cordall was the top golfer at the tournament with a -5.

Eastern Wyoming College’s George Cordall competes at the Regional IX Golf Tournament Thursday, Sept. 15 at Cottonwood Golf Course in Torrington, Wyoming. Cordall was the top golfer at the tournament with a -5.

Eastern Wyoming College golfers finished the Region IX Tournament in a tie with McCook Community College. EWC’s George Cordall was the tournament’s top golfer with a -5.

“George played very well again this week, earning his second win in 3 starts as a freshman golfer,” EWC head golf coach Zach Smith said. “We had some other positive takeaways, we look forward to playing in Sterling next week. “

Three EWC golfers finished in the top 10 with Oscar Behle finishing third with a -2 and Noah Taylor finishing in a tie for 8th place with a +2.

Six community colleges competed in the Region IX Tournament held at Cottonwood Golf Course in Torrington, Wyoming Sept. 15-16.

Eastern Wyoming College and McCook Community College finished tied at -5 on top of the leader board. Northeastern Junior College and Otero College tied for third with a +26, Central Wyoming College finished fifth with +32 and Lamar Community College finished sixth with a +35.

“It was great to be home this week and play well,” Smith said. “We left some strokes out there on Thursday but bounced back Friday to shoot a better team score. McCook played very well on Friday, resulting in us sharing the team win with them at -5.”

 Eastern Wyoming College’s Oscar Behle hits the ball onto the green Thursday during the Regional IX Golf Tournament Thursday, Sept. 15 at Cottonwood Golf Course in Torrington, Wyoming. Behle finished in third place with a -2.

Eastern Wyoming College’s Oscar Behle hits the ball onto the green Thursday during the Regional IX Golf Tournament Thursday, Sept. 15 at Cottonwood Golf Course in Torrington, Wyoming. Behle finished in third place with a -2.

EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a dog wash on Saturday, September 24.

Appointments will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude at 1:30 pm. Walk-ins will be welcome until 11:00 am. The student technicians will do minimal brushing and do not shave out mats. A current rabies certificate is required to participate. If you have a dog that is scared of the dryer, they need to be here early so they can stay until they are dry.

Pricing per dog is as follows:

Small Dog (0-20#) $10
Medium Dog (20.1-50#) $12
Large Dog (50.1 – 90#) $15
Extra Large Dog (90.1 and above) $20.00

Added charge for long hair: (Require additional grooming and Drying Time)
$5.00 per dog

Other Services:
Nail trim: $10

If the weather permits, the students will set up a registration table outside of the north entrance to the Veterinary Technology building.

Vet Tech students will be calling previous customers for appointments. To make an appointment please contact Gracie at 307.389.3605. Leave a message and a student will return your call.

Lancer Volleyball Wyo-Braska Tournament

EWC Lancer Volleyball - Wyo-Braska Tournament 2022 - September 15th-17thEastern Wyoming College announces the Wyo-Braska Tournament Lancer schedule. The Lancers vs. Northeastern Junior College on Thursday, September 15 at 5:00 pm.

Friday, September 16 the Lancers vs. Colorado Northwestern College at 11am and vs Dodge City Community College at 3:00pm.

On Saturday, September 17 the Lancers vs. Lake Region State College at 11:00am.

We look forward to you joining us in the Verl Petsch Jr. Activities Center this weekend to cheer on our Lancers!

Cowgirl takes reins of EWC’s nursing program

Dr. Monica Teichert in nursing lab

Dr. Monica Teichert in nursing lab

Training and teaching is nothing new for Eastern Wyoming College’s Director of Nursing. Dr. Monica Teichert has been training people and/or horses since sixth grade.

“I’m a cowgirl,” Teichert said. “Working with horses has a huge place in my heart.”

She started riding lessons in sixth grade and from there her love for horses “started to snowball.” She got a job cleaning stalls for a race horse trainer. Teichert then began showing horses.

Dr. Monica Teichert and Bella

Dr. Monica Teichert and Bella

At the age of 15, she began working for a cutting and cow horse trainer. She was learning “day in and day out” how to train horses.

“I trained horses until I went to nursing school in 2008,” Teichert said.

Though she loved training horses Teichert also wanted to pursue a career in nursing.

“My family is very medically oriented,” she said. “My mom is a nurse, my uncle was an internal medicine physician, my grandpa was a family medicine physician, my aunt is a chiropractor, and my grandma was a nurse. And I wanted a career that was stable.”

So she headed to Boise State to study nursing. After graduating in 2010, she started her nursing career in Boise, ID and eventually moved to Denver, Colorado in 2012, as an ICU nurse.

Her love for horses never left and she began traveling from Denver north to Torrington, Wyoming. She kept her horses in eastern Wyoming and began competing in team ropings, cutting, and cow horse competitions.

While competing, she met her husband, Jay Teichert, and she moved to Torrington in 2013.

She began working at Regional West Medical Center as a clinical nurse educator. From there she started working at Banner Health in the surgical department.

In 2015 Teichert decided to expand her education by enrolling in the Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Wyoming. She graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) in 2018 and started working at Banner Medical Clinic in Family Medicine.

“The nursing program at the University of Wyoming was one of the best experiences I have had, however, it was also one of the hardest,” she said. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world but it certainly was a very rigorous program that required undying devotion. I feel it was quality education though and I was a strong doctoral level nurse practitioner upon graduation.”

Dr. Monica Teichert

Dr. Monica Teichert

In her last year of school, Teichert was chosen by faculty to represent the University of Wyoming as a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar in Washington D.C.

“This was an absolute honor,” she said. “Additionally, I was also chosen as the recipient of the Alpha Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Award recipient for exemplary clinical excellence in a rural context through research and clinical practice.”

While working and studying Teichert continued competing with her horses. She competed and still competes, in team roping, cutting, and cow horse competitions.

“Between the two of us (she and her husband) we have nine horses,” she said.

She and her husband compete in team roping.

“I’m the header,” she said.

Together (with additional partners), the two have started a team roping business, Tom Horn Productions, LLC.

In January of 2022 Teichert and her horse, Bella, competed in the World’s Greatest Horsewoman competition in Queen Creek, Arizona.

The World’s Greatest Horsewoman competition focuses on one horse and one rider testing their skills and versatility with the same bit in four phases of competition–herd work, rein work, steer stopping and cow work.

“I placed in the middle of the pack,” she said. “But that didn’t matter. It was a lifelong dream to compete.”

In 2021 Teichert began teaching in the nursing program at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC). She was named the Director of the Nursing programs for both EWC’s Douglas and Torrington campuses in the summer of 2022.

“I have always seemed to have one foot in education,” Teichert said. “There is something about having an impact on the next generation of nurses. It is exciting and fun to see young students grow and continue on in the medical profession.”

Teichert worked with her students preparing them for a career in nursing.

“I really enjoyed Dr. Teichert as an instructor,” EWC second year nursing student Chelsea Fabela said. “She has given us the knowledge and tools to have a solid nursing foundation. Having a nurse practitioner as our instructor offered us more insight to the ‘whys’ in nursing, at times we got to hear from two perspectives, the nurses and the providers.”

Taking the reins of EWC’s nursing program will be cutting back on her teaching, but said the program “is so important to me. I want this program to be successful,” Teichert said. “I really want this nursing program to be one of the best among community colleges.”

“When I heard the news that Dr. Teichert was going to be the Director of the nursing program I was excited for her, us (the nursing students), and the program. I know she is the perfect fit for the position,” Fabela said. “She is super organized, always prepared, and will continue to keep the nursing program successful. Dr. Teichert is going to make sure EWC produces safe, high-quality nurses.”

The program started on EWC’s Douglas campus in the fall of 2016. The first cohort admitted 14 students. There is now a day and night cohort on the Douglas campus and a night cohort on the Torrington campus. There are plans to add a day cohort in Torrington.

“Dr. Teichert is the perfect person to be the director of EWC’s nursing program,” second year ADN student at EWC Melissa Church said. Though she hated to see her leave the classroom, “I feel she will raise the bar and do what it takes to make it a successful program. She is a strong advocate for the things she believes in and nursing is at the top of that list, and that is what is going to make her just as good at the director position just like she was as our instructor.”

Both campuses have a nurse simulated lab which gives the students real life scenario. The high-tech patient manikins simulate all kinds of different medical scenarios, including giving birth.

“With these labs the students can make mistakes and learn from them, so when they get in a real life situation they don’t make the mistakes,” Teichert said.

In the classroom Teichert can “be tough in regards to the material she wants us to know,” Church said, “but she does it out of love and because she wants us to be amazing nurses when we graduate.”

“Because we have a smaller program the students in our program at EWC get a more personalized education with more one-on-one time with their instructors,” Teichert said. “We have a close relationship with the students and in turn that gives them a better educational experience.”

As she takes the reins of EWC’s nursing program the goal is to have the best possible nursing program, on both the Douglas and Torrington campuses, producing high quality nurses.

Victorianist joins EWC as Assistant Professor of English

Paris Hendry

Paris Hendry

Paris Hendry left Houston, Texas, population of about 2.3 million, on Aug. 6 and headed northwest 1,183 miles to Torrington, Wyoming, population 6,062.

“I’d never heard of Torrington, Wyoming before” applying for the Assistant Professor of English position at Eastern Wyoming College, she said.

Hendry grew up in Houston, just 10 minutes from NASA. Though she lived in the big city, she attended a small private high school, Family Christian Academy.

“I was part of a graduating class of nine people,” she said. “I’m use to small class sizes.”

It was in her senior year in high school she was reading “Beowulf.” The class was to read the book and do a character sketch. She liked the book so much Hendry decided to study English in college.

One of the things that fascinated her with the book was one side the text was in modern English and on the other side the text was in old English.

“I always thought English was fantastic,” she said. People often refer to William Shakespeare’s writing as old English, however, Hendry points out, it is actually middle English. “Old English does not bear much resemblance to our English today.” As for the book that drew her into her pursuit of a career in English, she said, “I’ve reread “Beowulf” since and I don’t even really like it.”

After high school Hendry studied English at Texas A&M where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English. She followed it up with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

She then returned to Houston and began teaching middle school English at a Sacred Heart Catholic School. At the same time, she was studying for a second Master’s degree in English at the University of Houston.

Upon graduating from the University of Houston Hendry worked as an adjunct professor teaching English for two different community colleges; San Jacinto Community College and Lone Star Community College, both in Houston.

“I started looking for a full-time teaching position and applied at Eastern Wyoming College,” she said.

When she heard back from EWC she looked up Torrington, Wyoming on the internet.

“I visited the main city website, and it seemed like a cute little town,” she said. “I thought, may be fun to try out small town life.”

She accepted the job, packed up her bags and “my dog, Bayley” and headed out of Houston.

“I came in (to Torrington) from Denver and it was really pretty,” Hendry said.

Hendry and Bayley arrived in Torrington on Aug. 8, increasing the population by one person and one Corgi. She started work two days later.

Moving from the big city to Torrington has been a good move. “No one knows anyone in Houston, you are a stranger everywhere you go, but not here,” she said. “Everyone (in Torrington) is really nice and very welcoming.”

Bayley has also made herself well known and “everyone has been very friendly” to her as the two take walks around town. “She makes her presents well known,” Hendry said. “Most of the people in town already know her name.”

Hendry is teaching Freshman Composition and Technical Writing this semester. But the class she would love to teach is Victorian Literature.

“I’m a Victorianist,” she said. A Victorianist is defined as an expert in the Victorian period. “Nineteenth century literature as a whole.” The Victorian Era was the period in the United Kingdom during Queen Victoria’s reign from June 20, 1837 until her death on Jan. 20, 1901. It was a time of rapid social, political and scientific changes in Great Britain. “The Victorian Era was a fascinating time period,” Hendry said. “The Victorian novels were the first real modern literature. It is a fun era to study, because of all the changes going on.”She taught a course on Victorian literature over the summer for a private tutoring company.

“Paris brings a coherence in teaching philosophy and practice to the English program,” EWC Associate Professor of English Kelly Strampe said. “She is enthusiastic and has experience teaching at multiple educational levels, which benefits our diverse community college student population.

“She is a delight to work with; she is clearly a team player,” Strampe added. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know her on a personal level because she is easy to talk to and fun to be around.”

One of the biggest adjustments in moving from Houston to Torrington, she said was Sundays in a small town.

“I was shocked my first Sunday here,” she said. “Everything was closed. In Houston the stores closed were Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby. In Torrington, the only place open is the grocery store. That’s been my biggest adjustment.”


National Champion Joins EWC Team

Eastern Wyoming College’s new livestock judging coach and recruiter brings a history of winning to the program.

Kylie Patterson, EWC’s new livestock judging coach, was a member of the two-time, record breaking, national championship livestock judging team at Oklahoma State University. Before that she was on the Blinn College livestock judging team, in Bryan, Texas.

“I am super excited about coming to EWC,” Patterson said. “This (livestock judging program) can be a very elite program. We have a great pool of talent.”

As a member of the OSU team Patterson was the High Individual Overall in the 2019 contest at the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a former ABBA Queen, All Around Champion at the All American and a Scholarship Award winner from the Brahman Association.

After graduating from OSU she coached at Texas A&M, before coming to Torrington, Wyoming.

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching her mature as a studious, capable young person who cares about coaching, and yet balances her academic duties with his extracurricular ambitions relative to livestock evaluation,” her former coach at OSU Dr. Blake Bloomberg said. “She is one of the most respected young people in the judging arena.”

Patterson brings her passion for livestock judging to EWC to help “continue the competitive foundation built by Dr. Georgia Younglove and Dr. Monte Stokes,” she said.

“Kylie’s leadership to youth development and achievement in the livestock judging realm as both a student and coach are nationally recognized,” EWC president Dr. Jeffry Hawes said. “EWC is excited to welcome her to our campus.”

She has “very high expectations,” Patterson said. The goal is to move the EWC livestock team into the top 10 among community colleges nationwide.

“Kylie is a highly accomplished livestock judge and will be a great addition to our EWC family for growing the Agriculture programs and transfer degrees at the college,” EWC Agriculture Department Head Monte Stokes said. “We are excited to add her to our staff as our Freshman Livestock Judging Coach.”

Patterson will lead the Freshman team and Younglove will lead the Sophomore team.

The teams will practice a couple nights a week and travel to local farms and ranches on the weekend to improve their livestock judging skills.

“These kids work hard,” Patterson said. “I don’t want to sugarcoat it, we’re definitely going to put in a lot of effort to make sure we can get where we want to be and match the goals the students set.”

The Lancers plan to compete in four national contests throughout the season. They will compete at the American Royal Livestock Show, North American International Livestock Exposition, Denver National Stock Show, and the Houston Livestock Show. They will also compete in a number of other shows during the season.

A typical competition will have 12 sets of four animals that can be market or breeding sheep, goats, pigs, or cattle. Judging is based on a point system from the 12 sets of placing plus eight sets of reasons delivered orally for why the team members placed the livestock in the order they chose.

“Every time you go out (to judge) you have to prove yourself,” she said. “It is you, your brain and nothing else.”

After the placing of the livestock team members are placed in an isolated room where they put together their reasons for eight of the classes they judged. They then have to go before a judge and give their reasons for placing the class as they did.

“I think the ability for a kid to stand up and defend what they believe in, with conviction, and with some public speaking ability is what livestock judging truly helps garner and develop in these students,” Patterson said. “They go through all these contests and practices, hone in and develop those skills. It is truly incredible and what I love about our sport because I think that growth and development, regardless of where you come in talent wise, is second to none.”

The teams first competition will be in Austin, Minnesota on Sept. 12. It will be an all pigs contest.

“Since making her acquaintance, I have come to hold Kylie in extremely high regard. The old adage “actions speak louder than words” is a mantra that, in my opinion, Ms. Patterson subconsciously lives by,” Bloomberg said. “Her quiet demeanor and pragmatic tendencies have proven to me, through a number of situations, that she is the kind of person who can be trusted when it’s ‘fourth and goal.’”

Patterson grew up in the San Antonio, Texas area where her family had a small cow/calf operation and raised pigs. She was involved in 4-H and FFA before beginning her career path.

“My intention coming here,” she said, “is to make sure this program sees the level of competitiveness that it sure deserves, that this county, this community deserves.”