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EWC Adult Education instructors earn National Certification

Eastern Wyoming College Adult Education (AE) program along with AE programs throughout the state of Wyoming have begun to lay the groundwork for the creation of a new infrastructure that provides services to students along chosen career pathways. This new infrastructure paves the way for Adult Education to provide a wide variety of new services to local employers, such as pre-employment trainings, and integrated education and training models developed specifically for an employer. These new services are in addition to the traditional services AE offers, such as on the job trainings, high school equivalency certification instruction, concurrent enrollments for Adult Education students, and English Language Acquisition classes.

In preparation for the delivery of these new services, three EWC instructors from the AE program earned National Career Pathways Certification as endorsed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Chicago, IL Diane McQueen, Torrington, WY; Dr. Sandy Cooper, Wheatland, WY; and Terri Griffin, Douglas, WY were presented with their Career Pathways Certification on April 22, 2016. In recognition of these completions, the Wyoming Community College Commission’s Adult Education program will officially recognize the Adult Education Centers in Torrington, Wheatland, and Douglas as official Career Pathways Centers for the State of Wyoming.

“The State certification is an important piece to the services provided for Adult Education, particularly for those students who are post-secondary bound and wish to apply for a Pell grant. Pell grant stipulations require that Adult Education students be enrolled in an officially recognized Career Pathways program and up until now, Wyoming did not have any of these programs. With these certifications, EWC’s Adult Education program now has three officially recognized Career Pathways Centers,” said Diane McQueen, AE Director.

For more information about the Adult Learning Center at EWC contact Diane McQueen at 307.532.8399.

EWC English Instructor John Nesbitt announces new book

Death in Cantera by John D. Nesbitt

Cover art for Death in Cantera

Eastern Wyoming College Instructor John Nesbitt has released a new hardcover novel.  Death in Cantera is the fifth hardcover Nesbitt has written with his current publisher and is a sequel to Dark Prairie.

“I like this book,” shared Nesbitt.  “Of course my newest book is always my favorite.  I felt like this book was harder to write, so I think I did it better.  I have a good feeling about it.  Ultimately, though, someone else is the judge.”

This newest novel is a western murder-mystery of an old crime which has gone unsolved.  The main character, Dunbar, is a fellow who comes to town and becomes interested in the questionable death of a little boy which appears to be at the hands of someone other than the accused individual in prison.  The setting is in Wyoming in the 1890’s and takes place near a rock-quarry.

“It is an interesting topic to write about,” said Nesbitt.  “No matter how old the wrong is, a person should not think he or she could out live it.”

Death in Cantera is written from the perspective of a narrator who is a person living in the town.  There are challenges in writing with the voice of a narrator.  Important developments have to happen in his presence, and he wonders why Dunbar came to this town and what it is that might be of interest to him.

Nesbitt is currently working on the third book in this series. This is the twenty-fourth traditional western he has written.

Persons interested in obtaining a copy of Death in Cantera can find the book in most libraries, on Amazon, and other book outlets, or books may be purchased directly from Nesbitt.

As an added opportunity, Eastern Wyoming College will host the Western Writers of America for a brief event on campus this summer in June.  Watch for further details as the public will be invited to meet the authors who are visiting.

Nesbitt teaches English and Spanish courses at the college.

EWC Foundation announces 2016 Distinguished Alumni award recipient

Dr. Douglas Zalesky

Dr. Douglas Zalesky, EWC’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Recipient

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award is Dr. Douglas Zalesky from Laramie, WY.

Dr. Zalesky earned his Associate of Science degree in Ag Business from EWC in 1975.  He then went on to earn a B.S. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Animal Science and Production.  He earned his M.S. from the same institution in Animal Science and the Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology.  Lastly, he earned his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University in Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology.

For Dr. Zalesky, EWC has been a family affair.  His son Sam, earned a degree in 2010, his brother Tim earned a degree in 1977, and sister Rita, graduated from EWC in the early 80’s.

Dr. Zalesky has a fondness for EWC stating that “EWC will always hold a special place in my heart, it’s where I developed a passion for education, and an ability to be more independent and think critically.”

Additionally, according to Todd Peterson, President of the EWC Foundation, “Dr. Zalesky’s professional resume is a testimony to the importance and influence EWC can have on students’ lives, particularly in the area of agriculture.”  Peterson continued, “I would like to congratulate Dr. Zalesky for receipt of this recognition and also to all former and present EWC instructors who have made a significant impact on students’ lives.”

Since 2011, Dr. Zalesky has served as the Assistant Resident Scientist and Director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center at the University of Wyoming.  He currently oversees a herd of livestock for research, a greenhouse complex, lab animal facility, and assists with student research projects.  Before UW, he was a manager and research scientist at Colorado State University, San Juan Basin Research Center, in Hesperus, CO.  Zalesky has also served as an Extension Beef Specialist for South Dakota State University and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Zalesky has published and co-published a large numbers of research publications and his current research focus is on high altitude disease in cattle and early detection.  Through Dr. Zalesky’s research endeavors, he stays at the forefront of animal science.

Dr. Zalesky will be recognized and provide the commencement address at EWC’s 67th Annual Commencement to be held May 6, 2016.


EWC golf team wins Region IX title

EWC Golf Team Region IX Champions (left to right) Coach Zach Smith, Ryder Velasquez, Denton Shaw, Eric Lovell, Adrian Torres Ruiz and Logan Harrison.

EWC Golf Team Region IX Champions (left to right) Coach Zach Smith, Ryder Velasquez, Denton Shaw, Eric Lovell, Adrian Torres Ruiz and Logan Harrison.

The Eastern Wyoming College men’s golf team has won the Region IX team title will travel to Melbourne, FL to compete in the national tournament May 17-20 at the Duran Golf Club.

Additionally, four Lancer players also made the All-Region team.  First team players were Logan Harrison, sophomore, Cheyenne, WY; Ryder Velasquez, freshman, South Ogden, UT; and Adrian Torres Ruiz, freshman, Madrid, Spain.  Denton Shaw, freshman, Lusk, WY was named to the All-Region second team.

“This was certainly our goal at the beginning of the season and I am proud of these young men as they achieved that goal,” added Coach Zach Smith.  “Every player has been an integral part of our team’s success.  We are working hard to prepare for nationals including analyzing the tournament course so that we can make the appropriate adjustments.”

National tournament daily results can be found at

Five EWC athletes qualify for CNFR

CNFR qualifiers 2016

EWC CNFR Qualifiers (left to right) Cody Lane, Riley Curuchet, Denton Shaw, Tyus Olson and AJ Freeman.

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that five members of the Lancer rodeo team will be competing at the College National Finals to be held in Casper, Wyoming, June 11-18.

The freshman team roping team of Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY and partner Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY won the Rookie of the Year title and finished the season in second place in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings.

AJ Freeman, sophomore, Dunning, NE, was the reserve champion steer wrestler for the region.  Sophomore Cody Lane, Torrington, WY qualified in the tie down roping and freshman Tyus Olson, Mud Butte, SD, qualified in the team roping.

The EWC men’s team finished the year in fourth place behind Chadron State College, Casper College and Gillette College.

“We are excited about our CNFR qualifiers.  They are a talented group who worked very hard this year and it payed off,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “This will be a great team at the CNFR and we are looking forward to an exciting week at the Casper Events Center in June.”

The University of Wyoming rodeo was the final rodeo of the season for the Lancers.  Several student athletes performed well at the rodeo.

In the team roping, Lane partner Olson won the rodeo with a time of 12.2 seconds on two steers.  Torrington native Logan Milligan and partner Brady McCurry, Otero, were second in the average with a time of 12.5 seconds.  Cody Colman, sophomore, O’Neill, NE also qualified for the short round.

Danny Manning, sophomore, Hemingford, NE, was third in the average of the steer wrestling with a total time of 9.7 seconds on two steers.  Teammate AJ Freeman was fourth with a 9.9 on two.

In the goat tying, freshman Jamie Thompson, Lusk, WY, placed in the first round and finished sixth in the average.  Ballie Mutchler, freshman, Whitewood, SD also qualified for the short round.

“I am very proud of the whole team and how they finished strong.  We have some great returning students on both the men’s and women’s teams for next year,” added Clark.

EWC student athlete signs Letter of Intent to continue basketball career

Lacey Knudsen

Lacey Knudsen signs to continue her basketball career at College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, NE.

Eastern Wyoming College student athlete Lacey Knudsen has signed to continue her career at College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, NE. “Lacey did a great job for us this past season, on the court and in the classroom. We will miss her on the court as well as her leadership. I know she will have a great two years at Saint Mary’s and we wish her the very best in her future” said Tom Andersen, EWC Head Women’s Basketball coach.

EWC announces summer hours

Eastern Wyoming College announces that summer hours will begin on May 16, 2016. Hours will be Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on Friday. These hours will be in effect through August 12.

Summer hours for the EWC Fitness Center will begin May 8, 2016 through August 30, 2016. Monday through Friday 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday the Fitness Center will be closed and Sunday hours will be 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Eastern Wyoming College Announces Commencement – Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce the annual commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the EWC Campus in Douglas, Wyoming.

A reception for graduates and  their families and friends will follow the ceremony.

High School Equivalency Certificate graduates will also be recognized during the ceremony.

For more information on the Commencement Ceremony, please call the College at 307.624.7000.

EWC wins home tournament

Ryder Velasquez

Ryder Velasquez

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team recently hosted their annual spring tournament.  The Lancers won the tournament with a two-day total of 587 above second place McCook Community College who scored 609.

“I was really pleased with how the team shot on day one as we ended the day three under,” shared Coach Zach Smith.  “It is always good to win at home and it was a great team effort.”

The Lancers were led by freshmen Ryder Velasquez, South Ogden, UT and Adrian Torres, Madrid, Spain, who tied for 2nd place with a two-day score of 146.  Other scores for the Lancers were as follows:

Adrian Torres

Adrian Torres

Logan Harrison, sophomore, Cheyenne, WY – 149, 4th
Eric Lovell, freshman, Greeley, CO – 152, tied 7th
Denton Shaw, freshman, Lusk, WY – 152, tied 7th

The team will travel to the final tournament of the season May 1 in Riverton, WY, hosted by Central Wyoming College.

Eastern Wyoming College Announces Commencement

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that the 67th annual commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington, Wyoming.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm with a processional provided by Janet Howard, Pianist.  Mr. Rick Vonburg, Division Chair Business and Technology, Instructor; will serve as the Director of Ceremonies.  The National Anthem will be sung by EWC Student Peyton Lenz.

Dr. Rick Patterson, President, will then provide a welcome and introduce special guests.  Mr. Kyle Sabourin, EWC Student Senate President, will provide a welcome on behalf of the students.

Eastern Wyoming College Foundation President, Todd Peterson will then present the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award and an address will be provided by the recipient.

Dr. Michelle Landa, Vice President for Academic Services, will present the candidates for graduation.  Following will be the presentation of certificates and degrees by Ms. Angie Chavez, member of the EWC Board of Trustees.

A reception for graduates and their families will follow the ceremony in the EWC Cafeteria.

A ceremony will be held to honor the High School Equivalency Certificate graduates on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm in Tebbet rooms 131-132.

For more information on the Commencement Ceremony, please call the College at 307.532.8200.

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