Eastern Wyoming College will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. The Fitness Center will be closed July 2-4th. Offices and Fitness Center will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th.
Eastern Wyoming College will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. The Fitness Center will be closed July 2-4th. Offices and Fitness Center will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th.
Raised on a farm north of Henry, Nebraska, agriculture has always played a major role in Matt Scott’s life.
Today, he is an assistant professor of agriculture at Eastern Wyoming College, heading up the new precision agriculture program on the Torrington campus. He also teaches electrical and hydraulic classes, and a UAV license preparation class at EWC, but his main focus is precision agriculture.
Precision agriculture is “more than just pretty straight rows,” Scott said. “It’s about saving money. Margins are so thin, if you can make an extra five dollars an acre you want it.”
The savings and increase in profit can justify buying the expensive new equipment. It can be the difference between profit and loss. However, with any management tool, it must be used properly.
Precision agriculture is an approach to farm management using information technology to make sure crops and soil receive what they need for the best health and productivity. This includes using drones, GPS, yield maps, soil sampling, and more to create a management system of crops down to a square yard precision or even individual plants. Variable rate application technologies allow farmers to change the seed rate, depth, amount of fertilizer, and soil firming pressure during a single pass over a field.
“You are looking at inputs and decision making for all your crops and your land to that (square yard) level,” Scott said. “Looking at one specific spot in a field you can tell how much it costs to grow the crop on that square yard.”
With that knowledge adjustments can be made to save money and improve profitability, he said.
“I am currently going after the precision ag certification and will be finishing it up in the upcoming fall semester,” EWC student Parker Yost, a student from Scottsbluff, Nebraska said. “I like the more technical side of agriculture like GPS that is used to run our tractors now and mapping out of our fields. And I think that the EWC precision ag program does a great job showing students how it all works together.”
Besides the classroom work, Yost said he liked getting out of the classroom and into local businesses, like Simplot. “They showed how they incorporate precision ag into their everyday business to help farmers grow a better crop with less inputs.”
The program at EWC is not just for farm kids, Scott said. It is for the gamers, the high tech students, and the students who enjoy computer programming.
“You don’t have to have an interest in ag to make a good living in ag,” he said.
Working farmers and ranchers can also benefit from the program, Scott added.
“New tractors (and other ag equipment) are designed for precision ag,” he said. “You need to understand all these systems to make everything work together.”
Another aspect of precision ag is in animal science, Scott said. “It is not just for farmers, it’s also for ranchers.”
Using GPS systems in a feedlot, the feed trucks will not put the wrong feed ration into the feed bunks. At the SAREC complex by Lingle, each cow that eats from the bunk has an ear tag which is sensed when it puts its head through to eat and it weights how much each animal eats to determine the feed efficiency of each individual as opposed to making an assessment based on the whole pen of animals.
Ranchers can use GPS collars on cattle to remotely control where each animal is allowed to graze, just like a dog collar can keep a dog in a yard. The collars can be used to herd the cattle.
“The bottom line is getting the best return on investment,” Scott added. “Using precision ag you can increase your rate of return. You can make more money with less inputs. It’s management.”
Students graduating with a precision agriculture degree can find good paying jobs with implement dealerships, machinery manufacturers, agronomy suppliers, seed companies, and extension, to name a few of the possibilities.
The precision agriculture program at EWC will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to incorporate precision agriculture into a business operation. With the completion of the program students will be able to obtain a FAA 107 SUAV pilot’s license.
There is no other program similar to EWC’s precision agriculture program in the region, Scott said.
“I think precision ag is a very important part to agriculture because the world’s population grows each year and we keep losing farmland each year,” Yost said. “Precision ag comes into play when we have to make more food with less land and is very important to feeding the world.”
Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in two years. They can stack the AAS onto a Precision agriculture one-year certificate.
“Precision agriculture is a rapidly growing and quickly changing area of agriculture with great job potential,” Scott said. “you can make $45,000 right out of school with a certificate and you can build up to over $100K.”
To charge into a career in precision agriculture students can register by calling Michelle at 307-532-8230. For more information on the program contact Matt Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce the honor rolls for the Spring 2022 semester. There were 126 students receiving recognition for achieving high scholastic grades.
The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students that are full time (12 or more credit hours) and achieve a 4.0 grade point average. To qualify for the Dean’s Honor Roll, students must also be full time and achieve a grade point average of 3.5, but less than 4.0.
President’s Honor Roll
Torrington, WY: Morgan Bates, Gage Correa, Daniel Mackey, Alyssa Matthews, Daniel Murphy, Jaycee Myrtle, Bailey Powell, Payten Sorensen, Brody Staman
Casper, WY: Catherine Glaza, Ryan Swan
Cheyenne, WY: Beau Murphy, Reece Robertson
Douglas, WY: Grace Muncy, Ashley O’Neal
Encampment, WY: Kamry Knotwell
Farson, WY: Jesse Madsen
Ft. Bridger, WY: Rhyan Thomas
LaGrange, WY: Troy Snow
Lingle, WY: Callie Fritzler,
Lyman, WY: McKinzie Rasmussen
Lusk, WY: Hannah Kerkes
Shoshoni, WY: Tara Maddock
Wheatland, WY: Rylie Heggie, Kami Henthorn, Heidi Kennedy, Curtis Nickle, Lawnett Stevenson
Yoder, WY: John Lessard
Sacramento, CA: Quincy Taylor
Dinosaur, CO: Tiffany Holmes
Littleton, CO: Matthew Veen
Thornton, CO: Makenna Reinert
Alliance, NE: Brionna Schafer
Bayard, NE: Lorren Henkel
Chadron, NE: Alexys Fernandez
Gering, NE: McKeigh Blanco
Mitchell, NE: Jonathan Pieper
Scottsbluff, NE: Allis Barraza
Farmington, UT: Brendan Thomas
Vernal, UT: Hadlee Owens
Hasselt, Belgium: Tim Van Stiphout
Oulu, Finland: Janette Hanni
Indjija, Serbia: Marko Krtinic
Novi Sad, Serbia: Jelena Jablanov
Dean’s Honor Roll
Torrington, WY: Jordan Barth, Tyler Juma, Jenna Kaufman, Kyla Odermann, Karissa Rayhill, Myah Regier, Meranda Richards, Rave Rising, Emma Short, Eleanna Verbeek
Baggs, WY: Anniston Jeannerett
Casper, WY: Frederick Mellema
Cheyenne, WY: Donovan Johnson, Justine Woerner
Douglas, WY: Makayla Haptonstall, Lesli Hilbird, Karly Hoffer, Samuel Jones, Ruth Muncy, Justus Wilkinson, Truc Vu
Elk Mountain, WY: Freddie Wagner
Evanston, WY: Colter Camphouse
Ft. Laramie, WY: Karen Schardt
Guernsey, WY: Jasmine Castellaw, Allison Lockman
Laramie, WY: Morgan McConnell
Lingle, WY: Kaylie Rafferty, Ashley Riley
Newcastle, WY: Christina Hadlock
Riverton, WY: Izabelle Leyva
Thermopolis, WY: Jesse Scyphers
Wheatland, WY: Joseph Clamp, Seth Dewitt, Colton Jensen, Patrick Kernan, Breanna Miller
Yoder, WY: Timothy Love
Akron, CO: Mariah Demers
Aurora, CO: Alyssa George
Gill, CO: Cheyanne Nielsen
Holyoke, CO: Lauren Bergner
Littleton, CO: David Andrew
Limon, CO: Kaysen Schmidt
Rosebud, MT: Cassandra Schiffer
Lees Summit, MO: Christopher Tsamas
Alliance, NE: Shelby Carr, Philip Halstead, Evan Schoeneman
Broken Bow, NE: Colby Harris
Cozad, NE: Katelyn Calhoun
Gering, NE: Cailin Demeranville, Kyle Marsh, Alexia Ramirez
Hemingford, NE: Hayden Blumanthal
Powers Lake, ND: Maddisen Heiling
Minatare, NE: Jaqueline Sanchez
Mitchell, NE: Alexis Aragon, Justin Chasek, Tristyn McKiney
Morrill, NE: Jackson Margheim
Scottsbluff, NE: Lindsey Steyer
Valentine, NE: Michaela Keller
Joseph, OR: Celilo Brun
Brandon, SD: Garret Stellinga
Custer, SD: Jayme Cass
Hot Springs, SD: Morgan Madsen
Martin, SD: Karissa Rayhill
Belmopan, Belize, Fatima Camara-Ramirez
Tuzia, Bosnia: Monika Brcina
Sofia, Bulgaria: Vanesa Marinova
Helsinki, Finland: Nikolas Gustavson
Temerin, Serbia: Vanja Tomic
Stranice, Slovenia: Neza Pec
Barcelona, Spain: Anna Soler-Marques
Galicia, Spain: Mara Neira Conde
Madrid, Spain: Conrado Chozas
Santander, Spain: Angela Lucio-Martinez
Falkoping, Sweden: Simon Carlgren
Hjarup, Sweden: Oscar Behle
The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces LaGrange Outreach will be offering Open Gym at the LaGrange Elementary Gym, from Saturday July 9th to August 20th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cathy Stoddard offers this opportunity to the community of LaGrange free of charge and only asks that you call her at the LaGrange Town office, 307.834.2466 to let her know you are planning on going to the open gym.
Please call her by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before the Saturday you are planning on attending open gym. She reserves the right to cancel open gym if she does not get any phone calls.
Students at Eastern Wyoming College will have a new means of transportation around town this fall thanks to a recent bicycle drive.
“The bicycles are for any EWC student,” EWC Director of Institutional Development John Hansen said. “They can be checked out at the front desk of our dorms.”
The pilot project was started by EWC Foundation Director Kim Evezich.
“We had some international students (at EWC),” Evezich said. “One called me and asked me to pick them up and take them downtown, they didn’t have any transportation.”
Evezich asked herself, “How can international students get around?” There is no mass transit, so if they didn’t call someone, how do students who don’t have a vehicle get around Torrington?
Bicycles were the solution.
“She (Evezich) saw a need and it caught-on and the philanthropic spark has breathed life into connecting our students with our community,” Hansen said.
She approached the Foundation board and the EWC Board of Trustees with the idea. She also asked members of the Torrington Rotary Club to go through their garages and if there were bicycles not being used, donate them.
The EWC Foundation purchased four new bicycles and the Torrington Rotary Club donated seven used bicycles. The used bikes were taken to DG’s Bicycle Repair in Torrington.
“I put in thorn resistant tubes, cleaned the bicycles up and made any adjustments needed,” Dennis Grubbs of DG’s Bicycle Repair said. “Those tires will not go flat from a goat head, I guarantee it.”
The project was launched 10-days before EWC’s graduation in May. It will be expanded this fall, he added.
“The program is excellent,” Hansen said. “I wasn’t certain how en vogue riding bicycles would be with the college students, but from the first day it surpassed my expectations. Students were checking-out bicycles and getting out into the community. They were having dinner at our local restaurants and were using social media to catalog their experiences.”
This fall semester the bikes will be available for students needing transportation from the college campus to other areas in Torrington.
“The bicycle project illustrates the impact that our Foundation Directors have on our students and community,” Hansen said. “I look forward to where the project goes in the following years.”
Mike Varney has been named Eastern Wyoming College’s Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award winner for 2022.
Varney started at EWC in 1968, the same year the school moved from the old vacated grade school building in downtown Torrington into a new building at its current location on West C Street. He was instrumental during that period of growth in facilities and programs.
As an instructor he started the geography program, taught world history, American history, and political science.
Varney was one of former EWC Trustee Angie Chavez’s “all-time favorite instructors,” she said.
During his time at EWC, Varney served as athletic director, student activities director, financial aid officer, as well as director of housing and food services. He saw the start of men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, track and field, golf, and rodeo programs at EWC. He also helped start the first student senate and the livestock judging team.
He also was involved in the approval for the construction of the first student dormitory on the EWC Torrington campus.
Varney was also charged with the development of a mascot and new colors for EWC during his tenure. With the help of colleagues and the student senate, they settled on black and gold and EWC became known as the Lancers.
Varney served on the EWC Board of Trustees for 13 years retiring in March 2022. He also represented EWC on the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees.
In 2020 Varney was honored with the Trustee Leadership-of-the-Year award for the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees. He bested nominees from each of the Wyoming community colleges.
He played an important role in the construction of a multi-million-dollar classroom facility at EWC’s Torrington campus and the opening of a branch campus in Douglas, Wyoming. Varney was also involved in numerous decisions regarding the planning, funding, design, and construction of the Career and Technical Education Center and the planning for the Agricultural Technology Education Center on the Torrington campus.
Besides being a strong advocate for the college Varney served the city of Torrington as a council representative and mayor for more than 40 years. As mayor, and as a councilman, Varney was known as an effective leader with a strong vision and purpose. He was credited with solving many difficult economic issues for the city over his years in office.
“When you meet Mike and take a few minutes to get to know him, you will walk away a friend,” Torrington CPA Marilyn Fisher said. “He is a dedicated and tireless public servant . . . Above all, he is a one of a kind, genuine good guy.”
Varney was honored with the EWC Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award at the 2022 EWC graduation ceremony held May 14, in Torrington, Wyoming.
Eastern Wyoming College held the 73rd annual commencement for candidates on May 13, 2022 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. There were 182 graduates. The graduates from the Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 semesters are as follows:
From Torrington, WY: Darius Bayona, Miyaca Beaman, Kylee Brooks, Dustin Buckmeier, Katelyn Calhoun, Gage Correa, Shain Cunningham, Harley Feagler, Ryeann Geschwell, Joseph Gunderson, Patricia Hankins-Masterson, Jonathan Jolly, Tyler Juma, Jenna Kaufman, Sarandon Keeran, Tyler Kihlstrom, Danielle Krueger, Madeline Leach, Aedan Liggett, Daniel Mackey, Colson McDowell, Braden Mechem, Jaycee Myrtle, Kyla Odermann, Robert Pedro, Bailey Powell, Karissa Rayhill, Myah Reigier, Grant Rehor, Meranda Richards, Ruby Speicher, Brody Staman, Tyne Stokes, Matthew Vanatta, Alexis Wheeler, Bailey Woster
From Banner, WY: Charles Tickel
From Casper, WY: Alex Braunsroth, Mariah Frisby, Catherine Glaza, Cynthia Hayford, Shaelyn Sims, Russel Sprecher, Kayla Stetz, Michael Tiemersma
From Cheyenne, WY: Rachel Cunningham, Janelle Curry, Janelle Grant, Tyce Holmes, Donovan Johnson, David Mack, Vanessa Van Arnam
From Douglas, WY: Madison Borowski, Hunter Christensen, Jonathan Cook, Kaleb Cropper, Josette Dziardziel, Ashley Ferns, Susan Frausto, Makayla Haptonstall, Aiden Harvat, Kylie Hoffer, Madisyn Matthews, Paige Payton, Jacqueline Perez, Jesus Ramos, Rebecca Rasmussen, Chris Schellinger, Levi Stoneking, Brandy Swisher, Matthew Szumada, Kalle Voeller, Jimmie Warren, Lily Wells, Eric Winslow
From Elk Mountain, WY: Freddie Wagner
From Evanston, WY: Tharyn Barker, Colter Camphouse
From Glenrock, WY: Katelyn Cathcart, Alicia Powell, Ashley Puryear
From Guernsey, WY: Mariah Barstow, Marlin Davis, Allison Lockman
From Hartville, WY: Macoyia Stoneking
From Hawk Springs, WY: John Mogle, Ashley Shimic
From Kemmerer, WY: Eliza Despain
From LaGrange, WY: Irene Johnson
From Laramie, WY: Rylie Heggie, Steve Peden, Gabrielle Schwindt, Justin Wetstein
From Lingle, WY: Holly Ayers, Callie Fritzler, Ashley Riley
From Lusk, WY: Karen Baer, Kade Clark
From Moorcroft, WY: Elizabeth Anderson, Lynsey Gray, KyAnna Petz
From Newcastle, WY: Haley Barker, James Box, Jonathan Clark, David Friend, Travis Harp, Bobby Jones, Timothy Martinez, Autumn Mills, Kayley Munoz, Andrew Nollen, Chris Oakes, John Reynolds, Gina Romano, Isabella Spencer, Edwing Vargas-Ramirez, Jonathan Volpi
From Pine Haven, WY: Katie Cuthrell
From Riverton, WY: Izabelle Leyva
From Sheridan, WY: Tyrell Christensen, AdMarie McGuire
From Sundance, WY: Levi Ellsbury, Maddison Reynolds
From Ten Sleep, WY: Anna Watson
From Veteran, WY: Kirsty Catlin
From Wheatland, WY: Joseph Clamp, Seth DeWitt, Catherine Evans, Chloe Heer, Heidi Kennedy, Patrick Kernan, Breanna Miller
From Yoder, WY: Tara Hutchison, John Lessard, Timothy Love
From Anchorage, AK: Tucker Dishman
From Sacramento, CA: Quincy Taylor
From Whittier, CA: Sarah Pate
From Aurora, CO: Alyssa George
From Colorado Springs, CO: Marcus Johnson
From Dinosaur, CO: Tiffany Holmes
From Gill, CO: Cheyanne Nielsen
From Holyoke, CO: Lauren Bergner
From Kersey, CO: Sterling Wolfe
From Littleton, CO: Matthew Veen
From Longmont, CO: Samantha Baumann
From Wellington, CO: Baily Coombs
From Wiggins, CO: Trae Jordan
From Council Bluffs, IA: Chloe Madrigal
From Idaho Falls, ID: Kayden Toldson
From Louisville, KY: Malik Frederick
From Alliance, NE: Konnor Farritor, Mikayla Moreno, Brionna Schafer, Evan Schoeneman
From Bridgeport, NE: Santiago Ramos
From Broken Bow, NE: Colby Harris
From Burwell, NE: Hanna Huffman
From Chadron, NE: Alexys Fernandez, Vance Haug, Kade Moore, Rachel Sauser-Smith
From Gering, NE: Kaylee Gannon, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Kyle Marsh
From Kilgore, NE: Coby Mosher
From Kimball, NE: Jared Barnes
From Minatare, NE: Daniel Hiltgen, Jaqueline Sanchez, Trayton Travnicek
From Mitchell, NE: Corbin Batt, Justin Chasek, Kaden Kallsen, Tristyn McKiney, Jonathan Pieper, Kailey Pinney
From Rushville, NE: Kaden Vincent
From Scottsbluff, NE: Parker Yost
From Tecumseh, NE: Levi Dorsey
From Ardmore, SD: Tristan Hunter
From Belle Fourche, SD: Austin Crotteau
From Hot Springs, SD: Morgan Madsen
From Farmington, UT: Brendan Thomas
The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering a tennis camp June 27-29 at the GCSD #1 tennis courts. The cost of the camp will be $35.
Torrington High School Tennis Coach Lauren Shields will be the camp instructor.
For Juniors (ages 6-10) the Net Generation Tennis approach will be followed. The courts are small, the racquets are kid-sized, and the instruction is age-appropriate. Net Generation adds fun, fitness, and conditioning activities that work on agility, balance, coordination, footwork, and reaction time, all while learning the game of tennis. Bottled water will be provided. This camp will be from 8:30-9:45 a.m.
The Intermediates (ages 11-15) tennis camp will start each player at their level and work on skills accordingly. Whether you are a beginner or already have some skills, there will be a group for you. The focus will be on forehand and backhand shots, serving and volleying, and the rules of the game. Tennis techniques will be incorporated into fun games. Bottled water will be provided. This camp will be from 9:45-11:00 a.m.
To register for this class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323 or stop by to visit them at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.
Ms. Buffy Kelly has been named Eastern Wyoming College’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni.
Kelly earned her Associate of Science degree from EWC in 1994 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in Medical Technology. She then earned her Master of Science degree in Leadership from Southwestern College.
Her professional career began as a medical technologist in the laboratory at Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming. She later worked at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and in 2013 moved into healthcare consulting.
Kelly is currently a partner/managing director for Chicago based Huron Consulting Group in their healthcare practice. In her present position she leads large performance improvement engagements in healthcare systems across the United States.
Growing up in Goshen County Kelly watched EWC Coach Verl Petsch and his volleyball teams, attending volleyball camps and made it a goal to be a part of Coach Petsch’s program.
After graduating from Southeast High School in 1992, Kelly attended EWC on a volleyball scholarship and played for Coach Petsch.
“Coach and Bonnie (his wife) always treated us like family and 30 years later, they still do,” Kelly said. “For all their athletes they have been there for us through the good times and the bad.”
She credits the small classroom sizes and instructors at EWC who “truly cared” if you were in class each day, because they wanted to see you succeed, as reasons for her success. The school was a “great stepping stone to build confidence before moving onto a larger university.” “Dr. Peggy Knittel, Dr. Lorna Hunter and Verle Punke are (EWC) instructors that I still think back on and know that I would not be where I am today in my professional career if it was not for them,” Kelly said.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded yearly by the EWC Foundation to an alum who has exemplary achievement in their profession, academic activities, and in community and civic service.
“I also want to recognize my parents, Stanley and Adele Smith, and the huge impact they have had on my life. My parents never missed a game in my high school career and never missed a home game in my college volleyball career,” Kelly said. “They have become adoptive parents for volleyball and basketball players at EWC ever since I played here and they, along with other adoptive parents in Goshen County, continue to play a large role in helping student athletes feel at home and be successful in the community.”
Kelly was honored at the 2022 EWC graduation ceremony held May 14, in Torrington, Wyoming. She still lives in Wyoming with her husband of 26 years, Clay, and has two children, Rachel and Chance, who are students at the University of Wyoming.
Eastern Wyoming College and Fitness Center will be closed Monday May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices and Fitness Center will reopen on Tuesday May 31.