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EWC to host Fall Concert

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has announced the Fall Concert will be held Monday, October 16 at 7 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public and will feature the EWC Master Chorus directed by Aaron Bahmer with Jeanne Howard accompanist.

EWC Student Artist will have their work on display and EWC Communication student Kinlee Whitney will have a presentation.

For more information about this concert, please contact Chorus Director, Aaron Bahmer at 307.532.8284 or


EWC announces new Vice President for Administrative Services

Eastern Wyoming College President, Dr. Lesley Travers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kwin Wilkes to the position of Vice President for Administrative Services.  Mr. Wilkes will replace Mr. Ron Laher who announced his retirement, effective November 30th, on March 14, 2017.

“Kwin Wilkes will be an excellent addition to our President’s Cabinet.  He is a team player and was extremely well liked and respected by his co-workers at Newcastle,” shared Dr. Travers.  “He is knowledgeable about budgets and finance, physical plants, and auxiliary services.  Kwin will work collaboratively with the leadership team to provide coordinated leadership and decision-making for student success and administrative operations.”

Mr. Wilkes has spent the last 5.5 years serving as the Business Manager for the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and prior to that was both a Vice President/Partner and Division Manager serving two offices products companies in Sheridan for six years.  He possess an Accounting Bachelor of Science and Spanish Secondary Education Bachelor of Arts, both from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Social Science from Utah State University.

“I am humbled and excited about the opportunity of joining the staff at EWC,” shared Wilkes.  “I look forward to helping the College advance its vision for the future.  Most of all, I am thrilled to be involved with the students as they pursue their education.”

Mr. Wilkes will be relocating to the area from Newcastle and will begin his new duties in mid-November.

Lancer rodeo team concludes fall season

Karissa Rayhill

Karissa Rayhill

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo team concluded the fall rodeo season at Central Wyoming College October 6-8.

Freshman Karissa Rayhill led the Lancers with a 2nd place finish in the goat tying and a 4th place finish in the barrel racing.  In the goats, she split 3rd, 4th and 5th in the first round with a time of 7.9 seconds.  She was 2nd in the short round with a time of 7.7, securing her 2nd place average finish.  In the barrel racing, she was 3rd in the first round, 6th in the short round for her 4th place average finish.

Rayhill captured 2nd place in the women’s all-around race for the weekend as well.

In the team roping, the sophomore team of Braden Pirrung, Hartford, SD and Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY, were 5th in the first round and won the short round with a time of 5.0 seconds which placed them 2nd in the average for the weekend.  Teammates Bryer Wadhams and Trevor Schnaufer, both sophomores from Pueblo, CO, and Sutton Adams, sophomore, Dell Rapids, SD and partner Cole Trainor, CWC all qualified for the short round.

“The men’s and women’s teams both finished strong at the final fall rodeo,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “We will now focus on improving and making adjustments throughout the winter before we start up again in the spring.”

The women’s team is in 3rd place in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings.  Other regional standings include Jacey Thompson, freshman, Yoder, WY, 2nd and Rayhill 5th in goat tying; Rayhill, Pirrung and Curuchet are 7th in the regional team roping standings.

The final fall rodeo which was to be held at Laramie County Community College has been postponed until the spring season.

Massey wins Otero tournament

Trey Massey

Trey Massey

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team competed at the annual fall tournament hosted by Otero Junior College October 5-6.  Sophomore Trey Massey, Lander, WY, won the tournament with two-day scores of 68-68, 136.  The Lancers finished the tournament in second place by two strokes with a team total of 582.

“The guys felt like they left a lot of shots on the course which is tough to handle when we are in such a tight battle for first, second, and third,” shared Coach Zach Smith.  “The guys fought hard but at the end of the day we fell just short of the team title this week. Trey played incredibility well again this week to win his second tournament of the season.  We look forward to a strong finish to the fall season.”

Other Lancer team member scores were as follows:

Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras, freshman, Munguia, Spain – 73-75, 148, tied 7th
Kash Kaufman, freshman, Torrington, WY – 71-78, 149, tied 11th
Cameron Heath, freshman, Bolton, UK – 76-75, 151, tied 15th
George Elliott, freshman, Salisbury, UK – 77-76, 153, tied 19th
Hunter Robbins, freshman, Evanston, WY – 78-75, 153, tied 19th

The Lancers will complete their fall season October 12-13 in Lamar.

EWC first Barbering Crossover class complete

: Students completing the first Barbering Crossover class are left to right: Saxen Branham, Erinn Riney, Alex Castro, Lesley Prahl, Amanda Lashley, Instructor.

Students completing the first Barbering Crossover class are left to right: Saxen Branham, Erinn Riney, Alex Castro, Lesley Prahl, Amanda Lashley, Instructor.

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce the completion of the first barbering crossover class of 2017.

The new Barbering Technician certificate program includes 1000 hours of barbering course work as required by Wyoming law. It combines theory classes, practical work and hands-on clientele practice.  Completion of this program prepares the students for national testing in barbering technology. This is a barbering program with no chemicals.

The barbering crossover program required 100 hours of shaving and 50 hours of men’s haircutting. During the 150 hours there was classroom discussion and reviewed prior knowledge.

“We had a great group for our first barbering crossover students, it just confirmed this program will be an excellent addition to the EWC Cosmetology Program!” said instructor Amanda Lashley.

Students interested in the Barbering Technician program should contact Barbering Instructor Amanda Lashley at 307.532.8362.

EWC Speech and Debate Finishes Well at Lancer Invitational

Front: Zach Lybrand, Left: Kinlee Whitney, Right: Haley Lauze

Front: Zach Lybrand, Left: Kinlee Whitney, Right: Haley Lauze

Eastern Wyoming College’s Speech and Debate team finished well at the Lancer Invitational and Cougar Swing hosted on the EWC campus September 29-October 1.

Facing a field of twenty-four other competitors, from colleges including the South Dakota School of Mines, Black Hills State University, Colorado Christian University, Belmont Abbey College (NC), Idaho State University, Northwest College, and Casper College, Haley Lauze, a sophomore from Green River, WY, finished in the final four of the tournament’s Open division. She finished with a 5-1 preliminary round record, with four wins over debaters from Colorado Christian University, including the eventual runner-up, and one win over Belmont Abbey’s Logan Torve, a past national champion and this year’s Lancer Invitational tournament champion, Lauze advanced through the Round of Sixteen, won in the Elite Eight, and lost on a 2-1 decision in semifinals.

Zach Lybrand, a freshman from Douglas, Wyoming, also finished well. At his first debate tournament, he advanced to the Elite Eight in the novice division, with a 4-2 record, notching wins over Northwest College, Black Hills State University, and Colorado Christian College. Lybrand, lost to London Ruff from

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on a 3-0 decision in quarterfinals.

Kinlee Whitney, a freshman from Newcastle, Wyoming, won the prose division at the Lancer Invitational, earned sixth place in informative speaking, and finished second overall in individual events, against strong competition from competitors representing Casper College, Northwest College, Western Nebraska Community College, Sterling College (KS), The University of Nebraska-Kearney, Doane College (NE), and Colorado Christian University.

During the Cougar Swing, which featured only individual events, Lauze finished fourth in persuasive speaking and sixth in prose, interpretation and Whitney finished fourth in prose interpretation.

The squad will split its resources when it next travels to Black Hills State University for a debate tournament on November 3-4 and to Midland University (Fremont, NE) for an individual events tournament the same weekend.


For more information about the Speech and Debate program at EWC, please contact Jeremy Christensen, Communications Instructor/Forensics Director at 307.532.8367.


EWC Highlights Upcoming basic Handgun Proficiency class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces a Handgun Proficiency class to be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 with a cost of $100. The class will be held on the Torrington campus in CTEC room 111 from 8:00 – 10:00 am and the remainder of the class will be held at the TPD firing range until 5:00 pm.

Whether you are simply wanting to develop or improve your handgun safety skills and proficiency, or intend to apply for a Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit, this class will meet your needs. TPD Sgt. Connelly will provide instruction on core fundamentals of handgun safety, proper handling, transportation and storage, as well as handgun shooting specifics such as proper stance, correct grip, sight alignment, proper trigger press, and sight picture.

All participants in the class will experience a 2 hour session of classroom instruction with the remainder of this one day class participating in live-fire range sessions. Participants are responsible for providing their own handgun, holster and ammunition. Holsters, eye protection, ear protection and a hat with a brim are required equipment for the live-fire range sessions.  Plan on bringing water, and snacks to the range.

To register for this class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323.

EWC golfers win McCook tournament

Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras

Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Golf team brought home the win from the McCook tournament held September 28-29.  The Lancers finished with a score of 605, 18 strokes ahead of the host team, McCook, who finished with 623.

“This is a tough course and I was pleased with how our team played,” shared Coach Zach Smith. “We have two tournaments left this fall and I am looking forward to finishing strong.  The players have put themselves in a good position this fall season.”

Leading the Lancers was freshman Gonzalo Arcelay Fernandez-Meras, Munguia, Spain, who finished with a two-day total of 147 (73-74), winning the tournament.  Other Lancer results follow:

Trey Massey, sophomore, Lander, WY – 78-70 — 148, 2nd
George Elliott, freshman, Salisbury, UK – 78-72 – 150, 4th
Kash Kaufman, freshman, Torrington, WY – 78-78 – 156, tied 5th
Jared Pilkington, sophomore, Scottsbluff, WY – 79-88 – 167
Malosi Togisala, freshman, Ogden, UT – 86-81 – 167

In the regional standings, the Lancers are leading the team standings with a total of 37 points, McCook has 31.  Individually, Arcelay Fernandez-Meras is in first place with 24 points, Massey, second with 23 points, Togisala and Elliott are tied for fourth/fifth with 16 points. Kaufman is sitting eighth with 11 points.

The Lancers will compete at the Otero tournament October 5-6.

EWC Agriculture Department hosted FFA Range Contest

Students identify plants in the classroom

Students identify plants in the classroom

The Eastern Wyoming College Agriculture Department hosted the FFA Range Contest in the new CTEC building on October 2, 2017.

High school students spent many hours preparing and studying 84 native and introduced range plant species in preparation for identifying these plants at the contest. First year competitors were asked to identify 50 plants by using the common name.  Second year competitors were asked to identify 25 plants by using the common and scientific names of each plant, as well as life span and origin.  Students also completed a habitat management question which looked at restoring a riparian area, along with a grazing management question where students calculated stocking rates and made recommendations for producers.

Students outdoors at EWC identifying plants for the Range Contest.

Students outdoors at EWC identifying plants for the Range Contest

The top three placing first-year competitors, from first to third, were: Reata Hindman, Wind River FFA, Hadlee Becker, Wind River FFA, and Trynity Martinez, Wind River FFA.  All three contestants received a pair of EWC gloves.

The top three placing second-year competitors, from first to third were: Jared Clapper, Southeast FFA, Anthony Ramirez, Southeast FFA, and Brady Tosh, Southeast FFA.  All three contestants received a EWC ball cap.  Jared Clapper also receives a one year tuition scholarship to Eastern Wyoming College.  The second place overall team went to Wind River FFA and the first place overall team went to Southeast FFA.

The EWC Ag Faculty would like to congratulate all participants as this was a challenging contest.  The EWC Ag Department will host the State FFA Veterinary Science contest in March, 2018, and again host the FFA Range Contest in October, 2018.

EWC’s Thompson wins second in goat tying at Lamar

Jacey Thompson

Jacey Thompson

Eastern Wyoming College freshman Jacey Thompson, Torrington, continues her success in the goat tying and finished second at the Lamar college rodeo.  She finished with a total time of 15.5 seconds in two rounds.  In the first round, she tied for first with two fellow competitors with a time of 7.9 seconds.  In the short round, she was 7.6 and tied for second.  Thompson also won 3rd in the first round of the breakaway roping.

Teammate Karissa Rayhill, Martin, SD, qualified for the short round of the barrel racing.

The ladies team finished the weekend in 3rd place.

“The women’s team has put themselves back in a good position in the overall standings,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “With two rodeos remaining for the fall, we are hoping to finish strong on all sides.”

Sophomore Wyatt Schuelke, Faith, SD, tied for 3rd in the first round of the saddle bronc riding with a score of 70.  He then tied for 4th in the short round and finished the weekend 4th in the average.

In the team roping, the sophomore team of Canton Afdahl and Logan Milligan, both from Torrington, qualified for the short round.

In the Central Rocky Mountain regional standings, Thompson is currently second with 300 points, behind leader, Casey Reimler from UW who has 330 points.  Rayhill is sitting 7th.

The Lancers will compete in Riverton at the Central Wyoming College hosted rodeo October 6-8.