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EWC introduces New Online Course: Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

Eastern Wyoming College Community Education has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses.

EWC has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-led courses and is pleased to announce the launch of “Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare.”

Participants in this course will explore the legal and ethical risks healthcare professionals face in the medical profession. The program covers a wide range of topics, including the legal and ethical implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medication errors, organ donation, workplace violence, and the use of social media in healthcare.

This course is part of EWC’s growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

For more information about these Ed2go classes or any other classes contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213.

EWC shares in loss of adjunct instructor

Eastern Wyoming College has shared that adjunct instructor Jason Harmon passed away Saturday night following a car accident.  Mr. Harmon is an instructor at Guernsey-Sunrise High School in Guernsey, WY and also teaches EWC courses.

“Eastern Wyoming College is deeply saddened by the loss of our adjunct instructor, Jason Harmon.  He was a talented artist and a gifted teacher.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time,” shared EWC President Dr. Richard Patterson.

Services for Mr. Harmon will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 5:00 pm at the Wheatland High School gymnasium in Wheatland, WY.

EWC to hold Christmas Concert in Torrington

Music XMAS concert 2015The Eastern Wyoming College music department has announced the Christmas concert on Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Center in Torrington.

This performance which is free and open to the public, will be conducted by EWC music instructor Michael DeMers accompanied by Janet Howard and will feature the EWC Collegiate Chorale, Master Chorus, Community Choir, EWC Jazz Ensemble and the EWC/community band.

A reception with cookies and hot chocolate will follow the performance.

For more information, contact Mr. DeMers at 307.532.8368.

Lancer Rodeo on top of regional standing

The fall college rodeo season concluded last month and finds several of the Eastern Wyoming College student athletes at the top of the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings.

The men’s team is in second place with a total of 1897.50 points.  They trail Chadron State College who has a point total of 2280.  Casper College is in third place with 1645.

Sophomore AJ Freeman, Dunning, NE, is leading the men’s all around with 530 points.

“I am really pleased with the way our team competed this fall.  We have six student athletes currently in the top three in their events and our men’s team is holding a strong second place,” shared coach Jake Clark.  “I am really excited about how our freshman competed, both on the men’s and women’s teams.  The team will work hard and stay in shape over the winter break and hopefully come back strong when we start up in March.”

In the bull riding, sophomore Dalton Cunningham, Bloomfield, NE, is third in the standings with 160 points.

EWC dominates the team roping standings with the freshman team of Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY and partner Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY, leading the pack with 425 points.  Teammates and fellow freshmen Gunner Walker, Arthur, NE and partner Kade Pinneo, Rising City, NE, are in 6th place with 155 points.  Other Lancer team ropers in the top 15 include Cody Lane, Torrington, WY and partner Tyus Olson, Mud Butte, SD; Trevor Schnaufer, Pueblo, CO, Blaine Finney, Ainsworth, NE, Cotey Hansen, Chadron, NE and Cody Colman, O’Neill, NE.

Freeman also leads the steer wrestling with a total of 310 points.  His brother, Tanner Freeman, is 8th.

Lane is 2nd in the tie down roping and teammate AJ Freeman is 3rd.

The Lancers concluded their fall rodeo season in Cheyenne where AJ Freeman captured the all-around title for the rodeo.  He placed second in the first round of the tie down roping and finished third in the steer wrestling average.

Lane finished the LCCC rodeo in second place in the tie down roping.  Finney also qualified for the short round in the tie down competition.

In the steer wrestling, Tanner Freeman was 3rd in the first round.

The team roping team of Walker and Pinneo captured the team roping title for the weekend at the final rodeo of the season.  They were 11.8 seconds on two steers.  Sophomore Cody Colman, O’Neill, NE and partner Tate Mathis from LCCC won the first round with a time of 5.5 seconds.

In the breakaway roping, sophomore Rylee Rutten, Colome, SD and teammate Savanna Jamison, freshman, Ashby, NE, each qualified for the short round.

The spring season will begin in March with the annual EWC Lancer Rodeo March 4-6, 2016.

Eastern Wyoming College presents Wyoming PBS “Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of ‘49”

Wyoming PBS will present “Storm of the Century: the Blizzard of 49” screening and discussion on Wednesday November 18th, from 7-8:30 pm in the Multi-purpose room at the EWC Douglas campus.

Wyoming PBS will be hosting a sneak preview and discussion of the upcoming local documentary, “Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of ‘49”. The event is free and open to the public and will include light snacks. Following a short clip from the documentary (approximately 15 minutes), a group of panelists will engage attendees in an open dialogue about the stories and issues raised from the film.

Panelists will include producer Tom Manning, and Jimmy and Carmen Shane from Lusk. The Shanes published a book on the blizzard of ’49 titled “Snow Flurries”. The discussion will be moderated by University of Wyoming history professor Phil Roberts.

This film tells the story of the Blizzard of ’49” – the worst series of storms in Wyoming’s history. The blizzard brought out the best in people. Wyoming citizens from all walks of life cooperated together and demonstrated exceptional ingenuity in the face of dire circumstances. There were extraordinary acts of kindness, with people generously giving their time and resources. The public worked together to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and ultimately won in the end. More information can be found at

“Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of ‘49” premieres Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. on Wyoming PBS.

For more information about this presentation please contact Susan Winn, Community Education Coordinator at 307.624.7014.

EWC highlights upcoming Community Education classes

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering the following classes.


Chelsie Herian will instruct this class on how to make big and beautiful deco mesh wreaths. These wreaths are the hottest decorating trend going, and not just for the Christmas season. Using readily available crafting supplies, along with some of those small Christmas ornaments or collectibles you’ve been saving, you will create a personalized wreath for yourself or for gifting. At the time of registration you will be given a list of the basic supplies you will need to complete one wreath. This class will be held on Saturday November 14, 2015 from 9:00am – 12:00pm in Tebbet room 131. The cost of this class is $25.


Instructors Susie Donna will teach you how to transform an ordinary tomato cage into a thematic work of art! Step by step instruction with lots of support and guidance. Participants are asked to contribute to a “carry-in” lunch for more fun and fellowship. A supply list can be picked up at the time of registration. You can buy a tomato cage at the first class or bring your own. Start saving items now for your personal masterpiece. This class will be held on Saturday November 21 from 8:30am – 3:00pm in Tebbet room 131. The cost of this class is $25.

To register for these classes or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323.


Eastern Wyoming College graduate completes portfolio review at the University of Wyoming

Josh Minter's Art piece

One of four art pieces of Josh Minter on display at the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium Lobby.

Former EWC graduate Josh Minter, of Torrington, WY has completed his portfolio review at the University of Wyoming.

At the end of each student’s sophomore year in art, the student must submit four works of art to be reviewed by a committee of art faculty. Students who pass the review are welcomed into the University’s junior-level art courses. “This is a high-stakes process common in art programs” said EWC Art Instructor John Cline.

Josh successfully passed his review and his work was one of five that was honored in a display as Best of Show at the Portfolio Review Exhibition.

EWC to hold Veterans Day Celebration

Eastern Wyoming College will honor veterans with a special celebration to be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm, in the Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington, WY. The program is free and open to the public and will include guest speaker Nate Merrigan.

Nate Merrigan was born in Scottsbluff, NE. He earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Branch on June 15, 2002, after graduation from Seattle University in Seattle, WA, with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He completed the U.S. Army Airborne School, and earned his Ranger Tab by graduating from the U.S. Army Ranger School. Upon completion of his training at Ft Benning, he was stationed at Ft Wainwright, Alaska. As part of the newly formed 172nd Stryker Brigade, he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August, 2005. During his service, Nate was promoted to the rank of Captain. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star medal for service, the Army Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, and Iraqi Campaign Medal. He resides in Scottsbluff, NE with his wife Beth and children, Eliana and Lewis.

EWC would like to honor all veterans and encourage all veterans and their families to attend this short program.
For more information about this special celebration please contact the EWC Library at 307.532.8210.

EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a dog wash on Friday, November 13th.  Appointments will begin at 12:30 pm and walk-ins will be taken until 2:00 pm.  The dog wash will conclude at 6:00 pm.  A current rabies certificate is required to participate.

Pricing for the dog wash is as follows:

Small Dog (0-20#) $8
Medium Dog (20.1-50#) $10
Large Dog (50.1 – 90#) $12
Extra Large Dog (90.1 and above) $14

Added charge for Long hair: (Require additional grooming and Drying Time)
Small – $3, Medium – $5, Large – $7, Extra Large – $9

Other Services:
Nail trim: $5

For appointments contact Megan Beaver:
Phone Number: 970-629-9590

EWC employees participate in Festival of Hope fundraiser

Festival of Hope - brasEWC employees recently held a campus fundraiser for the Festival of Hope, raising $5,400.  The Festival of Hope is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help cancer patients who live in Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming with non-medical expenses as they relate to their cancer care and treatment.

Employee groups at the College decorated bras and then displayed them for voting and donations.  A total of $350 was raised on campus for the event which was held at Backaracks Sports Bar & Grill in Scottsbluff.  The 14 decorated bras then were taken to the auction at Backaracks where they sold for a grand total of $5,050.  One bra designed by Deb Eutsler, Food Services at EWC, was recognized as one of the top three and finished in 2nd place.

This activity was organized by EWC employees Dixie Kroenlein and Vonda Soester.

“I received a call from my sister-in-law, Terry Lyle, part owner at Backaracks and she was wondering if there was any interest in participating,” shared Soester.  “Dixie and I spoke with the President and with his permission we began asking around and found out that there was indeed interest in participating.”

“We were surprised with the participation and then the funds raised here on campus as we did it so quickly,” shared Kroenlein.  “We are already looking forward to next year and would like to incorporate our event into our Pink Night that is hosted by our volleyball team.”

Soester also added, “It is so nice when something positive happens and for such a good cause.  This organization helps so many people from such a large area.”

The winning bra on campus was created by the Welding department.  Other department and individuals participating were the Business Office and Human Resources, Information Center, Copy Center, Academic Services, President’s Office and Institutional Development Office, Student Services, Karen Posten, Deb Eustler and Kroenlein and Soester.