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EWC Rodeo team back in action

Eastern Wyoming College - Lancer Rodeo at Gillette College RodeoEastern Wyoming College’s Rodeo Team competed in Gillette, Wyoming this last week in the first rodeo of the spring season.

Freshman Colton Zimmerman Split 4th and 5th in the long go of the team roping. In the Short Round he placed 2nd and this placed him 2nd in the average.

Sophomore Brenlee Logan was 3rd in the long round of the Breakaway. She had some tough luck in the short round and did not place in the average.

Sophomore Karissa Rayhill split 3rd and 4th in the barrel racing in the long round, was 4th in the short round and 4th in the average.

Sophomore Ryker Goodman was 7th in the long round of the goat tying and split 6th and 7th in the average.

This weekend, March 24-26, the Lancers will compete in the EWC Rodeo held at the Goshen County Fairground in Torrington. The performances are at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with a short round on Sunday at 11 a.m. The slacks are Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, all High School and younger students are free admission.

Learning in the Capitol Classroom

Eastern Wyoming College freshman Liberty Zavorka worked as an intern at the Wyoming state capitol helping legislators with research. Zavorka is a student at EWC and said, “It has been cool to see how each legislator has their own goal and how those goals come together to make the laws we have in the state.”

Liberty Zavorka spent the first part of her second semester at Eastern Wyoming College at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne as an intern for the Legislative Service Office (LSO).

“It has been cool to see how each legislator has their own goal and how those goals come together to make the laws we have in the state,” Zavorka said. “The different viewpoints they all bring is what makes laws and this process so interesting to hear.”

Wyoming legislators do not have individual staff members, instead they rely on the services of the LSO to help them identify and articulate legislative issues. The LSO helps the legislators develop information and help identify possible solutions. The LSO was created in 1971 by the Wyoming Legislature and it began work on March 1, 1971, according to the LSO website (

One of the things that impacted Zavorka was the amount of “factual and background knowledge the legislators have to have if they want to get a bill passed,” she said. “The whole process is so much more complicated than I realized.”

At the beginning she was able to shadow Goshen County Senator Cheri Steinmetz, in the Senate Agriculture Committee. She audited the agriculture committee meetings for Senator Steinmetz. This gave Zavorka the opportunity to learn more about the process in the committee.

“I’ve appreciated that opportunity,” Zavorka said, “I have learned a lot from it about how committees work and all the inner workings of the different agriculture issues.”

The senator also gave Zavorka a research project on the land grant universities and how they are funded across the country. Which took a great deal of work and time.

“She was valuable and faithful,” Senator Steinmetz said. “Liberty filled in where she was needed.”

One day when the Zoom technician was absent, Zavorka “jumped in” and helped solve the problem, Senator Steinmetz said.

“A typical day for me is a lot of learning and observation,” she said. “I spend the majority of my days watching different committees and floor sessions to learn about the process a bill goes through and watching the debates they have.”

The Intern Coordinator would also schedule different meetings for the interns to interact with people who are important to the legislative process, Zavorka said. ‘This was super cool because you got to hear of the kind of inner workings of the process and how many different aspects there are.”

“The most fun part of the internship was definitely all the different meetings we have done,” Zavorka said. “I’ve met people ranging from (United States) Senator (John) Barrasso to (Wyoming) Governor (Mark) Gordon, to the Wyoming Supreme Court Justices. These are always fun because you get to hear their stories on how they got to where they are and even ask them questions about their jobs and what they do outside of governmental work.” She also said meeting all the other interns was a big positive to being in the internship. “Everyone (the other interns) is so fun and excited to be there that we always have a blast and have great conversations about what is going on in the Capitol,” she added.

“It was great to see someone from home, EWC,” taking part in the internship, Senator Steinmetz said.

The internship is part of the Social Science degree at EWC,” EWC professor Ellen Creagar said.

“This is often transformational for students,” Creagar said. “Liberty and I are so grateful to the EWC Foundation and the Student Senate for contributing money so that Liberty could take advantage of this experience.”

As for stories to tell, “I don’t have any specific stories,” Zavorka said. “There have been a lot of interesting days with people testifying and some of the debates on the floor. I have seen some interesting and sometimes rude testimonies that really shocked me.” This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I recommend it for anyone, because I had so much fun and learned a lot,” she said.

EWC Foundation are accepting nominations for EWC’s Distinguished Alumni Award

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation will take nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award until March 31, 2023.

Award Criteria:

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 and resume or biography to:

Eastern Wyoming College
3200 West C Street
Torrington, WY 82240

Individuals nominated, but not selected during a given year will be considered for at least two additional years.

For more information, contact John Hansen, in the Office of Development, 3200 West C Street, phone 307.532.8304, or email


EWC Foundation is accepting nominations for the Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation will take nominations for the 2023 Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award until March 31, 2023. This award will be presented at the EWC Spring graduation ceremonies.

Award Criteria:

Exemplary achievement in service and support of Eastern Wyoming College are primary considerations, to include:

Leadership and significant accomplishment in a college role.

Major financial support for the college or a division of the college as determined by The EWC Foundation.

Academics, 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.

Previous awardees of the EWC Distinguished Alumni Award are eligible for this award, and awardees of the Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award are eligible for future consideration for the Distinguished Alumni Award if qualified. Alumni (graduate) status is not required for nomination or receipt of the Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award.


Individuals or individual corporations may be nominated by any member of the EWC faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, or public. Please mail the letter of nomination and resume or biography to:

Eastern Wyoming College
3200 West C Street
Torrington, WY 82240

For more information, contact John Hansen, in the Office of Development, 3200 West C Street, phone 307.532.8304, or email

Internet restored on EWC Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College’s Douglas Campus’ internet services have been restored, however the phones are still down, according to campus Vice President Margaret Farley.

“It is great to have our internet back,” EWC Douglas Campus vice president Margaret Farley said. “We are continuing to work on getting the phones back up and working.”

Watch the college’s social media accounts and website for further updates.

Phone and Internet Down on EWC Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College’s Douglas Campus is presently experiencing problems with phone and internet services.

“Presently our phones and internet are down,” EWC Douglas Campus vice president Margaret Farley said. “We are working on the problem and expect it to be corrected soon.”

Watch the college’s social media accounts and website for further updates.

Producing High Quality Drivers at EWC

Rachel Padilla

Rachel Padilla

Rachel Padilla climbs into the cab of the 18 wheeler in Eastern Wyoming College’s parking lot on the Torrington Campus as she prepares to practice her driving skills.

Padilla already has over 40 hours of experience behind the wheel and will soon be taking her CDL drivers test. Upon passing the test she will be a licensed truck driver.

The first time she drove the semi she said, “I was very nervous. The size, the shifting, but today I’m much more comfortable behind the wheel.”

The CDL Program at EWC hit the road in the fall of 2022 with a few changes, it is now under the direction of CDL Program Instructor/Specialist Ed Kimes. “Our goal is to restore excellence and professionalism in the transportation industry,” Kimes said. “We train students from beginning to end whether they have any experience or not.”

Kimes has been an owner/operator of a trucking company working as a mechanic and driver for 35 years, he said. “I come from a family of truck drivers. My dad was a truck driver/heavy equipment operator and logger. My grandpa owned a trucking company hauling logs. First with a mule team and later with trucks.”

Also working in program is part-time CDL Instructor Wayne Anderson who has over 40 years of experience on the road. The program works with a number of different part-time CDL Instructors so classes can be offered to fit each student’s schedule.

“It is a revolving system,” Kimes said. Students start and finish as it fits into their schedule.

Presently, there are seven students in the program, with four or five ready to start.

The program combines theory and time behind the wheel to prepare students for a Class A (tractor/trailer) and a Class B (straight truck) license. Students can also get hazmat and passenger endorsements.

Theory is taught online, Kimes said. There are 85 theory lessons covering everything from regulations, safety, winter driving, log books, human trafficking, and “everything theory wise you need to drive.”

The behind the wheel part of the course amounts to between 30-50 hours behind the wheel training on the skills course at the college and on the road,” Kimes said.

Presently students have a skills course they can use that is set up in a parking lot at EWC. In the near future Kimes would like to build two permanent skills courses on the Torrington Campus.

“We want to become a full service training center, that can take students from beginning to end with a training and testing center here on campus,” he said. “We are working on getting two instructors to be certified testers.

 Wayne Anderson, Rachel Padilla, Ed Kimes

Wayne Anderson, Rachel Padilla, Ed Kimes

The college is also partnering with a number of different companies across EWC’s service area who have agreed to interview students upon their completion of the program. “We had two students already go through the program, test out, got their license and are working for companies in the area,” Kimes added.

Padilla started the program in December and did her theory lessons over Christmas break. When she returned to campus she continued building her hours behind the wheel.

There is no real set length of time to complete the CDL course, Kimes said. It is up to the student and Padilla is on course to finish and take her skills test very soon.

“I was wanting something with job security and that would give me the ability to get a job wherever I would need one,” she said. Before taking the course Padilla had been around trucks, but never driven one before.

There is a huge shortage of truck drivers today, according to the American Trucking Association. The trucking industry is headed for a shortage of 160,000 drivers by 2030 and there is a need for one million new truck drivers over the next 10 years. “In 40 years on the road I’ve never had to search for a job,” Anderson said. “Trucking is a very stable industry to be in.”

A truck driver can earn anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000, he added. How much you make depends on how hard you want to work, Anderson added. There are companies hiring at $80,000 a year.

“I’ve never been unemployed,” Kimes said. “As an owner/operator I kept my truck rolling all the time.”

Kimes, Anderson, and the other part-time CDL instructors, Kimes said, “have been in it (trucking) so long we bleed diesel fuel.”

After completing the program and getting your license he said you are “not limited to trucks.”

“It’s up to your imagination,” Anderson added. “You can drive a tour bus for a big band, haul a NASCAR team, all kinds of possibilities are available.”

“You can live anywhere,” Kimes said and you can travel anywhere if you want. Trucking is not a job, it’s a lifestyle. We (Kimes and Anderson) have been fortunate to have been trained in and have experience the lifestyle. We now want to pass it on to the next generation.”

However, both Kimes and Anderson said, “We don’t want to turn any students out that we don’t feel confident that they will be an excellence professional in the transportation industry.”

“With the experience the instructors here have,” Padilla said, “you can be confident that when you leave you will be road ready.”

For more information about the CDL program at EWC call Community Education Director Donna White at 307-532-8213 or email her at Before starting the program students will need a DOT Physical, take a drug test, and have a CLP (Commercial Learners Permit).

 EWC Semi Tractor and trailer

EWC Semi Tractor and trailer

EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a dog wash on Saturday, March 11.

Appointments will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude at 1:30 pm. Walk-ins will be welcome at 9:00 am 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 Haley at 307.622.8092. Leave a message and a student will return your call.


Possible threat at EWC was unfounded

Police investigated a suspected threat on Eastern Wyoming College’s Torrington Campus which turned out to be unfounded.

The campus was locked down, on the evening of Sunday, March 5, while local law enforcement investigated the possible threat. No students, faculty, or staff were endangered.

EWC announces late start

Due to the extreme cold the Torrington campus will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. EWC’s Douglas campus will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 23. Watch the EWC website, social media accounts and local news outlets for additional updates