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Save the Date for Sagebrush & Roses

Eastern Wyoming College Foundation announces the upcoming Black Tie and Blue Jeans gala known as Sagebrush & Roses will be held on January 28, 2023.

Tickets will be on sale soon for one of the region’s most popular events. This elegant evening features an elegant dinner followed by dancing to Brandon Jones.

This event is sponsored by the EWC Foundation with the funds raised benefitting the agriculture and livestock judging programs at the College.

For more information about this popular event please contact the College at 307.534.2417.

Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo Gala is a ‘great success’

Attendance for the EWC rodeo team’s Black Jeans and Gold Buckle Gala, recently held at the Rendezvous Center in Torrington, WY was excellent, according to head rodeo coach Whit Peterson. The gala raised over $55,000 for the Lancer rodeo team.

 Lex Madden auctions items off to benefit the EWC Rodeo Teams

Lex Madden auctions items off to benefit the EWC Rodeo Teams

“Our first Black Jeans and Gold Buckles Gala was a great success,” Peterson said. “It was more than I could have imagined.”

The turnout was awesome. There were a lot of people there, it was great to see them supporting the EWC Lancer rodeo team. “I would like to thank everyone who helped the rodeo team with this event,” Peterson said.

Giving Back to Her Industry

EWC’s Glenna Zwiebel, Cosmetology Instructor

EWC’s Glenna Zwiebel, Cosmetology Instructor

Glenna Zwiebel can trace her cosmetology roots, and her name, back to 1937, when her mother’s grandma, Rubye (Stevenson) Eikner, went through a cosmetology apprenticeship program in New Mexico. Rubye’s first job as a hairdresser, was with a lady named Glenna (Smith) Arnett.

“Growing up she (Rubye) was always the one who did our hair,” Zwiebel said. “I have very fond memories of grandma doing our hair in her kitchen.”

Zwiebel moved to Morrill, Nebraska when she was in ninth-grade when her mother took a job at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Before that the family lived in the small Colorado town of Eads.

“My mom was a single mother with five kids,” Zwiebel said. “I am the youngest of the four girls and I have one younger brother.” In school she enjoyed art, took part in school plays and sports.

“I graduated in May, and got married in July, and started cosmetology classes at Eastern Wyoming College in August,” she said. “I was excited to start a new chapter with my sister, Jan, and classmate Anne Lewis.”

Brittany, the Zwiebel’s first child, arrived in January of 1995 and Glenna set out for a semester. She started back with classes in the summer of 1995.

“I felt like I got a very good education (at EWC),” Zwiebel said. “Donna (Charron) and Bill Schmidt were very knowledgeable and I was well prepared for my career.”

After graduating Zwiebel started working for Janet Furhman at the Hair Zone in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

“That first year I refined my techniques, slowly built up my clientele, and learned the pace of a salon. Janet was a great mentor,” Zwiebel said.

After a year she opened her own salon in Morrill called Z Total Image in November 1997.

A month after opening her salon, her second child, Garrett, arrived.

Managing family and a new business wasn’t easy, but “Morrill is super supportive of their local businesses,” she said.

Her new salon had two stations and kept her busy. It also gave her a flexible schedule to take care of her family.

“Cosmetology was the best career I could have to raise a family,” she said. “I always say, ‘it takes a village to raise a child. I am glad Morrill was our village. The kids would come to the salon after school and help out. The joke I always say is, “my kids were born Cosmo.” “Working in cosmetology you build strong friendships with clients,” Zwiebel said.

“I feel it is a profession that has many positive impacts on our clients’ health,” she said. “I belong to one of the few industries that are licensed to have client contact. For many it is the only physical contact they may receive. You make a big difference in their world and they make a big difference in yours.”

“I like to see people happy,” she said. “I can do that for them (in cosmetology).”

Zwiebel had her salon open until 2015 when she sold Z Total Image to a co-worker and friend, Carrie Feltes.

In 2019 she returned to Eastern Wyoming College to get her cosmetology instructor’s license.

“I wanted to give back to my industry,” she said. “Teaching others was something I wanted to do, help young stylists grow and foster their dreams.”

“I’m so excited to be working under Donna (Charron). To be back teaching under her is kind of a dream come true,” she said. “It has all come full circle.”

Joining the faculty at EWC has been a good transition.

“Glenna is a great addition to the cosmetology department here at EWC, and I look forward to working with her,” EWC Director of Cosmetology Donna Charron said. “As a previous salon owner she brings industry knowledge and fresh ideas along with successful business practices to share with the students.”

“The staff and faculty have been very so supportive,” she said. “It is nice to know you’re not alone.”

And the students “are eager to learn,” Zwiebel added. “When students have that ‘Ah ha’ moment, that’s fun and very rewarding.”

“Having an alumnus as a co-instructor is exciting and inspiring,” Charron said. “She has so much to contribute to the students’ education with her encouragement, optimism and energy. We are very fortunate to have someone with her skills.

EWC to hold Winter Concert

Eastern Wyoming College - Winter Concert - December 4th - 2:00pm

Eastern Wyoming College presents a Winter Concert on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

This concert is Free and open to the public.

EWC Nursing Professor Honored

Wyoming Nurses Association Central Region VP, Megan Mendoza with Kasey Powell in the middle and on the right, Abby Bremer, Wyoming Nurses Association President.

Wyoming Nurses Association Central Region VP, Megan Mendoza with Kasey Powell in the middle and on the right, Abby Bremer, Wyoming Nurses Association President.

Eastern Wyoming College Assistant Professor of Nursing, Kasey Powell recently was honored by the Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA) with the Inspiring Our Future Nurses award.

“I was honored with the Inspiring Our Future Nurses award,” Powell said. “Our Wyoming nursing programs are blessed with some very talented and amazing nursing instructors and it’s humbling and an absolute honor to even be mentioned with such names, let alone be presented with an award like this.”

The award is given to a WNA nursing instructor member who has been a positive influence on the future of nurses or Wyoming, according to the WNA’s website.

“As much as I am proud of Kasey winning this award, I am truly not surprised,” EWC Director of Nursing Dr. Monica Teichert said. “Her energy and passion for teaching is infectious. She is very deserving of this award as she does truly have a positive influence on the future of nurses and nursing.  She inspires our nursing students, and she inspires our nursing program team.  I am beyond proud of her and so glad she was provided this very commendable recognition.”

Kasey Powell teaches EWC's day cohort in Douglas, and in this role, she takes her students from the very beginning of the program to the very end.

Kasey Powell teaches EWC’s day cohort in Douglas, and in this role, she takes her students from the very beginning of the program to the very end.

Powell has been a full-time Assistant Professor of Nursing on EWC’s Douglas Campus since 2021, but has been involved in the EWC nursing program since its start in January 2016 She has served as a guest lecturer and later, as an adjunct instructor. “I love mentoring and educating students and new graduate nurses,” Powell added. “It’s an opportunity to positively influence them and encourage them along their journey.”

Teichert said Powell “not only has important attributes of being a great teacher, like empathy and compassion, she also keeps up on evidence-based practice to keep our students learning the most up to date and current ways of nursing. She is great with bridging academia with real-life nursing, as she is also a phenomenal practicing nurse.”

“She advocates for her students and for this college in ways that only a person who has teaching and nursing in their heart can do. Kasey is a very inspiring person and truly a vital part of our team from their first day in the nursing classroom to the day they are given the “coveted nursing pen at the end,” Teichert said, “her passion is to turn our students into the best nurses in the industry.  This is always on the forefront of her mind and heart, which the students feel and pushes them to also want the same.”

Easten Wyoming College Nursing Instructor Kasey Powell demonstrates to her class how to take a blood pressure, with the help of EWC nursing student Hope Wood.

Easten Wyoming College Nursing Instructor Kasey Powell demonstrates to her class how to take a blood pressure, with the help of EWC nursing student Hope Wood.

Before taking on the instructor’s role and teaching future nurses, Powell worked as a Registered Nurse on the Medical Surgical and OB floors at Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas. She has worked there since 2011. She also was the Director of Inpatient Services where she managed clinical staff on Medical Surgical, OB and the ICU.  “Although I am employed full-time at EWC,” Powell said, “I continue to pick up intermittent shifts at MHCC as well.”

“The EWC nursing program is very special to me and I feel like we currently have a really strong group of nursing faculty and leadership team leading us in the right direction,” Powell said.

When her students arrive on the first day of class, she said, it is important to her to not praise the students for making such a special decision to join the best profession in the world but to reiterate the significant responsibility and extraordinary impact they can have on their patients.

“I try to lead by example”, says Powell, “and bring my passion and energy as a nurse to my role as an educator by sharing my nursing experiences and stories. These students are our hope to address the current and future nursing shortage, and I feel it’s our responsibility to encourage and inspire them.” Nurses, Powell said, go above and beyond the call of duty every day. They are the first to arrive and last to leave and have a “heart and soul of caring.”

Born and raised in Wheatland, Wyoming Powell attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology-Exercise Sports Science in 2002. She later attended the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. She will graduate with her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education in May 2023.


Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas will be closed November 23 through November 25 for Thanksgiving. College offices will reopen Monday November 28.


Eastern Wyoming College will be closed November 23 through the 25 for Thanksgiving. College offices will reopen Monday November 28. The Fitness Center will close at 12:00 noon on November 23, and reopen for regular business hours on Monday, November 28th.

EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a dog wash on Saturday, November 19.

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 Gracie at 307.389.3605. Leave a message and a student will return your call.

EWC Rodeo Team hosting Black Jeans & Gold Buckles Gala

EWC Rodeo - Black Jeans & Gold Buckles GalaEastern Wyoming College’s Rodeo Team will host a fundraiser, “Black Jeans & Gold Buckles Gala,” on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington, Wyo.

“The fundraiser is a way to help cover the costs the team members have to pay out of their own pockets to compete,” EWC Head Rodeo Coach Whit Peterson said. “It will also go toward covering the cost of feed and care of the livestock we practice on every day.”

The gala will feature a cocktail hour beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the live auction starting at 7 p.m. A silent auction will also take place and the “Southern Fryed” band will play live music after the conclusion of the auction, and there will be fun activities for everyone.

Among the auction items there are National Finals Rodeo Plaza Tickets of the buyer’s choice, Cheyenne Frontier Days tickets, a two person guided Fly Fishing trip, and a four person guided goose hunt, and much more.

Tickets are $35 each, with children 10-years-old and younger free. Tickets can be purchased in-person at EWC or online at Dinner will be catered by Redz Bar and Grill and a cash bar will be provided by 307 Sports Bar and Grill.

“EWC’s Rodeo Team members dedicate their time and talents every day to represent our community,” Peterson said. “This is a way for us to give back to them.”

For more information, contact Rodeo Head Coach Whit Peterson at 307-575-0314 or

EWC will host community meeting

Eastern Wyoming College is sponsoring a community meeting hosted by EWC Faculty Senate and EWC’s Staff Alliance on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium on the Torrington Campus.

“This will be a time to learn what has and is happening at your local community college,” Staff Alliance president Callie Allred said. “The meeting will also be a chance to look ahead into EWC’s future.”

The meeting will give individuals an opportunity to hear from college representatives, including EWC’s new president Dr. Jeffry Hawes. There will be a short presentation updating the community followed by a time for questions and answers.

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and find out more about what has been happening at the college. For more information, call 307-532-8200.