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EWC GEAR UP student represented community at Wyoming Girls State

Autumn Hoffman, Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP student was selected by the American Legion Auxiliary to represent the community at the 75th session of Wyoming Girls State that was held in June.

The program emphasizes the importance of government in modern life and educates young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. It awakens a sincere conviction that a well-informed, intelligent, participating citizenry is vital to protect and preserve our America institutions and our democracy.

These goals are achieved by actual participation in a simulation of the political and governmental process.

“Thanks for the GEAR UP Program and staff at my school for all their help and support and always saying You Can Do It,” said Autumn Hoffman.

“I just want to say congratulations to one of our EWC GEAR UP (GU) students Autumn Hoffman. I’m so proud of her for setting her sights high, and making every effort to achieve her education goals,” said GEAR UP Director Judy Brown. “She worked hard and proved to herself and everyone what she is capable of. Autumn has been an outstanding GU student. Her growth personally and academically shows her relentless patience and persistence in everything she does,” continued Ms. Brown.

For more information about the GEAR UP program please contact Ms. Brown at 307.532.8269.

EWC chemistry instructor receives Wyoming NASA Space Grant

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that chemistry instructor, Dr. Sridhar Budhi received a one year $10,000 grant from the Wyoming NASA Space Grant.

“I plan to use this grant for two purposes: the purchase of nineteen Ipads and applications, to be used in at least one class during the Fall 2017 semester on a trial basis. My hope is to implement the use of Ipads in all of my chemistry classes in the Spring 2018 semester, I am hopeful this endeavor of using Ipads will enhance our student’s engagement in class and help them towards their retention and completion,” said Dr. Budhi.

“The second purpose is to help defray travel and lodging expenses so that I can attend the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting to be held in New Orleans, March 18-22, 2018. Attending this meeting gives me the opportunity to know the best pedagogical practices adopted by instructors around the world,” continued Dr. Budhi.

Wyoming Space Grant sponsors educational and research programs in the state of Wyoming in support of NASA’s missions. We also serve as a link between citizens of the state and NASA programs. Wyoming Space Grant Consortium is one of 52 consortia representing each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  Our programs include research fellowships for students at Wyoming’s 2- and 4-year colleges, scholarship programs for community college students pursuing math and science careers, resources for Wyoming’s K-12 teachers, and educational programs for the general public.

Public Service Announcement

Eastern Wyoming College announces the college and Fitness Center will be closed from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, August 21st during the eclipse.

EWC announces dedication and open house for CTEC

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that the dedication and open house for the Career and Technical Education Center will be held on August 24, 2017.  The dedication will begin at 3 pm and will be followed by an unveiling of the art in the building and an open house until 6:30 pm.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as well as other dignitaries will be speaking and attending this event.

The public is invited to attend this event and tour CTEC which was funded by the State of Wyoming and Goshen County taxpayers. EWC instructors will be available for tours of the instructional space.

Many of the artists who were commissioned to provide art for CTEC will also be in attendance.

For more information on this event please contact EWC at 307.532.8303

EWC to hold New Student Registration Event

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that a new student registration event will be held at the main campus in Torrington on August 11. Students will meet with an advisor and register for the Fall 2017 semester.

Students will have the opportunity to begin with ACCUPLACER placement exams, if needed. This placement exam is used to ensure placement into the appropriate English, reading and math courses.  There is a fee of $20 for these computer-based exams.  Students should bring a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test.

Parents are invited to attend a program called “You and Your Student” while the students are testing.  Advisors will be available following the testing to assist students in registering for classes.  Lunch will be provided for students and their families from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Financial Aid staff will be available to assist students with the financial aid process and preparing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are encouraged to sign up early for the new student registration session. To sign up, call Marisol at 307.532.8230 or visit the EWC website at to sign up online.

A complete schedule is available online at

EWC instructor shares new novel

Longtime English and Spanish Instructor at Eastern Wyoming College, John Nesbitt, has announced the release of his most recent western novel, Destiny at Dry Camp.  This is the 7th frontier mystery with this hardcover publisher for Nesbitt and the 26th traditional western novel he has written and published.

John D. Nesbitt - Destiny at Dry CampThis book is the third in a mini-series by Nesbitt and continues the journey of a character named Dunbar.  He has arrived in town and quickly finds social injustice in an old murder which is surrounded by mystery.

In this story, which is narrated by a young man, Whit, who works on the same ranch as Dunbar, there is a woman who has been missing for 20 years.  Not many people seemed to really care or do much of anything about it.  Once Dunbar starts poking around, those individuals who seem to know too much suddenly end up dead.

“I like this book and have a good feeling about it.  Dunbar is a good character to follow,” shared Nesbitt.  “I also enjoy the satisfaction of pulling off a story with a narrator as it is challenging and you want to make sure that key pieces of information come out at a good pace for the reader.”

“How people are treated is an important part of the stories I write,” added Nesbitt.  “This particular book is about justice and good conscience.”

Destiny at Dry Camp was reviewed by Tom Carpenter in the April 2017 issue of Roundup Magazine.  Carpenter shared the following, “Typical of Nesbitt’s work, the story is populated with engaging characters, rich in detail, and combines the best elements of the frontier and mystery genres – verisimilitude and enigma.”

A second review was written by Jeanne Greene which appeared in the April 15th issue of Booklist.  “…the unspoken bond that develops between the principled Dunbar and intelligent young Whit makes this Western memorable and gives it an original spin.”

Persons interested in obtaining a copy of Destiny at Dry Camp will find it in most libraries, on Amazon, and other book outlets.  Books may also be purchased from Nesbitt.  Copies of this novel and all works by Nesbitt can be found at High Plains Print and Graphics at 1840 Main Street, Torrington, WY

EWC taking registrations for upcoming CDL course to be held in Douglas

Eastern Wyoming College will be offering a CDL course in Douglas, WY, August 7th – 19th. Class will be held Monday through Saturday, 7 am to 5 pm.   The registration deadline for this course is July 19.

This class is designed for those individuals interested in getting a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or those who need a CDL for their job.  Employers needing CDL drivers or who are looking to train current staff should also inquire. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have your Class A CDL & D.O.T. physical so you will be ready for employment.

Workforce training grants are available for students and employers.  Interested individuals do need to complete the preregistration process.  Contact the college at 307.624.7000.

Eastern Wyoming College Announces Graduates

Eastern Wyoming College held the 68th annual commencement for candidates on May 12, 2017 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  There were 179 graduates. The graduates from the Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters are as follows:

From Torrington, WY:  Joshua Baker, Wyatt Bergeson, Shalon Brooks, Amanda Brown, Ambrosio Chavez,

Vanesa Chavez, Christine Chesser, Alex Colson, Joshua Frescas, Jesse Fretter, Dylan Gamel, Nakisha Garner,

Sierra Gladson, Jerome Goggles, David Gray, Jacob Green, Patrick Groethe, Jamal Hans, Gage Harper, BreEnna Heil, Joseph Hemme, Alyssa Hunter, Benjamin Loya, Danell Marcus, Caleb Massie, Michael McCrossin, Andrew McKinley, Kylah Meyer, Ali Moore, Elizabeth Moore, Katherine Norton, Justin Palmer, Jeffrey Peterson, Matthew Reichert, Brandon Sala, Danna Schamel, Ramon Slater, Daphne Slagowski, Thomas Trout, William White, Jr.

From Albin, WY: Jessica Sowards, Shelby Wright

From Alva, WY: Jodi Gantz

From Bar Nunn, WY: Tylar Anderson 

From Basin, WY: Justin Roussan

From Casper, WY: Teighlor Fleenor, Jennifer Sorenson

From Cheyenne, WY:  Colton Borm, Jackson Brower, Bethany Burkart, Emily Evans, Lauren Hasings, Gracie Hoem, Noble Hoover, John Skarohlid

From Douglas, WY:  Ashlee Christensen, Brennin Clark, Daniel Evins, Vance Kunz, Sawyer, Layher, John McGuire, Linda McGuire, Alexa Porter, Matthew Rodriguez, Krystyn Ryan, Jordan Smart, Grace Soske, Dale Wilkens

From Evansville, WY: Lacey Washut

From Ft. Laramie, WY: Suzanne Sibai

From Gillette, WY: Eliza Mathwig, Nicole Posten

From Glendo, WY: Peyton Stoneking

Green River, WY: Kailee Koltiska

From Guernsey, WY:  Kelda Lee, Wes Reyher

From Hartville, WY: Jessica Rotz

From Hawk Springs, WY: Drew Buckhaults

From Keeline, WY: Kylee Gaukel

From Lingle, WY:  Clay Limmer, Dustin Morisette, Meagan Trimble

From Lusk, WY: Sandie Akers, Chelsea Baars, Kylee Gaukel, Mariah Flowers, Amber Garcia, Tristan Graham, Kyle Litzel, Terri Payseno, Joanna Plants, Julia Scott, Caitlyn Tolliver

From Manville, WY: Frank Falcon

From Mills, WY: Austin Arteta

From Moorcroft, WY: Darbi Buckmiller, Brandon Clonch, Darin Fuller

From Newcastle, WY:  Shay Bruce, Becky Checketts, Ricky Gibson II, Megan Kenney, Heather Michaelis, Paul Mordahl, Colby Paschal, Lyra Qualheim, James Rhoades, Marshall Rhoades, David Sanders, Jacob Sayler, Taylor Spain, Monica Vaughn, Savannah Williams

From Pine Haven, WY: Aspen Harris

From Riverton, WY: KaylaRae Lawrence

From Rozet, WY: Tracy Austin

From Sheridan, WY: Rebecca Gilbert

From Thermopolis, WY: Shayna Cox

From Upton, WY: Madison Kline

From Veteran, WY: Austin Johnson, Cody Johnson

From Wheatland, WY: Trae Bitterman, Lori Britton, Ashley Johnson, Marissa Meyer    

From Worland, WY:  Jessica Campbell, Kenneth Rayburn

From Yoder, WY: James Schock, Kurtis Shannon, Jamie Thompson, Blaine Wilker

From Flagler, CO: Kyle Leoffler

From Greeley, CO: Eric Lovell

From Kersey, CO: Zachary Barker, Riley Chesnut

From Loveland, CO: Tayler Hallums

From Merino, CO: Bryce Funk

From Phippsburg, CO: Jessica Rossi

From Pueblo, CO: Trevor Schnaufer

From Windsor, CO: Kyle Nicolls

From Yuma, CO: Madison Powell

From Bozeman, MT: Danielle Long

From Forsyth, MT: Elizabeth McRae, Hannah Patterson

From Jordan, MT: Bobbi Sinks

From Judith Gap, MT: Allison Hajenga

From Orvando, MT:  Ali Bard

From Plentywood, MT: Cheyenne Kisler

From Richey, MT: Trey Switzer

From Bayard, NE: Tessa Douglas

From Crawford, NE: Joelle VonForell

From Gering, NE: Dean Gorsuch, Leah Newman, Grant Olsson, Brooklyn Perez, Anna Walker

From Harrisburg, NE: Sara Taggart

From Hay Springs, NE: Wrangler Youe

From Lyman, NE: Cody Peachey

From Mitchell, NE: Emily Garl, Garrett Sterkel

From Ogallala, NE:  Sophia Arensdorf

From Scottsbluff, NE: Bryant Gilbert, Jarrett Ratliff, Lindsey Steyer, Joslyn Wickard

From Tyron, NE: Ruth Licking

From Valentine, NE: Tylar Osterman

From Whitman, NE: Ashlee Nollette

From Black Hawk, SD: Tosha Wilburn

From Martin, SD: Tagg Petrak

From Newell, SD:  Emma Rogers

From Sturgis, SD: Caden Packer

From Horsens, Denmark: Sarah Bersang

From Belgrade, Serbia: Petar Skoknic

From Subotica, Serbia: Carna Prokic

From Canet de Mar, Spain:  Anna Perez

From Lugo, Spain: Carmen Carvajal

From Madrid, Spain:  Adrian Torres

EWC Foundation 27th Annual Golf Tournament Winners

EWC Alumni golf team participated in the 27th annual EWC Foundation Golf Tournament. Left to right: Tyler Severin, Robbie Shipp, Cayl Carpenter, and Garrett Mortimore.

EWC Alumni golf team participated in the 27th annual EWC Foundation Golf Tournament. Left to right: Tyler Severin, Robbie Shipp, Cayl Carpenter, and Garrett Mortimore.

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation hosted its 27th Annual Golf Tournament and Calcutta on June 17th at the Cottonwood Country Club.  This year’s tournament boasted 22 teams with players traveling from across Colorado, Nebraska, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Part of the Wyoming contingent playing in the tournament was Dr. Travers who will take over as EWC’s President on July 3rd and State Senator Bill Landen, wife Robyn and State Representative Tom Walters, and wife Kade.  According to John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development for the College, “It was great to have Dr. Travers and her family play in the tournament along with other state elected officials.” Hansen continued, “The tournament would not have been possible without the hard work from our EWC Foundation members, sponsors, competitors, and bidders.”

Holly Lara, Administrative Specialist for the Office of Development, coordinated the tournament and commented, “The EWC Foundation had a very successful tournament. We received compliments on how well the tournament runs and how much fun the players had.”

The results for the tournament are as follows: first place went to the team of Lucas Moore, Steve Feagler, Kyle Nighswonger and Jim Phillip. In second place was the team of Jim Fisher, Zach Fisher, Doug Haught, and Michael Haught. Placing third was the team of Gary Childs, Julie Haught, Don Haught, and Robin Haught.  Rounding off the top teams placing fourth were EWC Golf Team Alumni; Garrett Mortimore, Cayl Carpenter, Robby Shipp, and Tyler Severin. Fifth place team was Jasen Kaufman, Jayce Eaton, Duffy Sheller, and Julie Eaton.

The tournament raised $9600 this year, with $1900 going towards EWC’s championship golf team.  EWC Golf Team Coach, Zach Smith stated, “It was fun having freshman Kash Kaufman, Jerel Rote, and sophomore Jared Pilkington help with the tournament.”  Smith continued, “The guys had a ton of fun and thanks to the EWC Foundation for their support of EWC golf.”

For more information about the tournament, please contact John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development at 307.532.8304.

Public Service Announcement

Eastern Wyoming College and the Fitness Center will be closed Tuesday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Offices and Fitness Center will reopen on Wednesday July 5th.