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EWC announces Restorative Yoga

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is now taking registrations for Restorative Yoga.  Class details are listed below.


Restorative yoga is a yoga method using props and long hold times to open the body through passive stretching. It is a specific relaxing style of yoga that leaves you feeling open and refreshed. Restorative yoga is especially beneficial if you are feeling fatigued or stressed, or if you are recovering from injury or illness. Give yourself the gift of gentle healing and therapeutic relaxation only found in Restorative Yoga. Class minimum: 5

Instructor: Callie Allred
Date: Monday/Wednesday,  September 7 to October 20
No classes 9-26/28
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost:   $55  (11 sessions)
Location: FA 47 Dance Room

To register for this class please contact the Community Education office at 307.532.8323 or stop by 3200 West C Street, Torrington, WY.


EWC announces Basic Handgun Proficiency class

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has announced that registration in now open for Basic Handgun Proficiency.  Details of this class are listed below.


Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit Class
Instructor: Sgt. Patrick Connelly
Torrington Police Department

Develop or improve your handgun safety skills and proficiency, core fundamentals of handgun safety, proper handling, transportation and storage, 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. Please plan on bringing 200-300 rounds of ammunition to class.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch to the range.

Date: September 10 or October 1
Time: 8:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $100 Basic Handgun Proficiency
(Will fulfill State requirement to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit)
Location: Goshen County Sportsman’s Club semi-indoor shooting range

To register for this class please contact the Community Education office at 307.532.8323 or stop by 3200 West C Street in Torrington.


EWC main entrance under construction

The main entrance to Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is currently under construction as part of the Career and Technical Education building project.  Students and visitors are directed to use the exit (south side of the main parking lot) as the entrance and exit until the work is complete.  College officials are asking all to take extra caution as the exit is shared with the entrance to avoid any accidents.  Roadways are signed to indicate the temporary traffic flow.  Work on the main entrance is expected to be completed in early September.  At that time the traffic flow will return to normal.  Please contact EWC at 307.532.8200 if you have any questions.

EWC to hold a planning and informational meeting for Community Choir and Band

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington will hold a planning and informational meeting on Tuesday September 6 at 6:00 pm in the Music Room in the Fine Arts Building.

The purpose of this meeting is to establish community interest in keeping Community Choir and Band alive and well at Eastern Wyoming College.  Information shared and decisions made will include performance dates, directorship of the band program, rehearsal dates, instrument loan, establish class fees with an explanation as to what the fees are used for, and much more

If you have been a member of the EWC Community Choir and/or Band in the past and want this long standing tradition to continue, or, if you’ve been thinking you would like to be a part of a great community based activity, please plan on attending this important meeting.  For further information, call EWC Community Education at 307-532-8323.

EWC Board of Trustee selected for ACCT Western Region Trustee Award

John Patrick, EWC Board of Trustee

John Patrick, EWC Board of Trustee

Eastern Wyoming College Trustee, John Patrick, was selected to receive the 2016 Western Regional Trustee Leadership Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. Patrick will receive this award at the Regional Awards Luncheon during the 47th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, which will take place in New Orleans, LA, October 5-6. Patrick will also be the sole nominee from his region for the M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award. This award will be presented also at the Congress.

“John Patrick has devoted a number of years to EWC in service on our Board. This award is well deserved and brings very positive recognition to him and the College,” said EWC President Dr. Richard Patterson.

Any trustee or former trustee of an ACCT member two-year postsecondary institution board or state board for two-year postsecondary institutions is eligible to receive this award. ACCT Board members currently serving are not eligible for nomination.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), in its regional awards program, annually recognizes one trustee, equity program, chief executive officer, faculty member, and professional board staff member in each of its five regions for their tremendous contributions to community colleges.

ACCT’s Annual Association Awards are selected from the recipients of the Regional Awards. (In order to be considered for an Association Award, you must submit a nomination and be awarded at the regional level.)

Additionally, ACCT honors individuals who strive to promote community colleges in the public sector with a National Education Service Award and a Government Relations Award. These awards are given out during ACCT’s National Legislative Summit.

Welcome reception for Margaret Farley to be held at the EWC Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College will hold a welcome reception for Margaret Farley, Associate Vice President at the Douglas Campus on Monday, August 22, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at 800 South Wind River Drive in Douglas.

Please join us for light refreshments as we welcome Margaret to her new position at the Douglas campus.

This event is open to the public.

For more information please contact EWC at 307.624.7000.

“Lighting the Lamp” reception for the Nursing Program announced for EWC Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College will hold a special ceremony for the new Nursing Program at the Douglas Campus on Monday, August 22, 2016, at 10:00 am at 800 South Wind River Drive in Douglas.

Please join us for light refreshments as we “Light the Lamp” for the new nursing program and welcome the first class of students into the program.

This event is open to the public.

For more information please contact EWC at 307.624.7020.

EWC art instructor receives Merit Award for painting

Expiate by EWC art instructor John Cline

Expiate by EWC art instructor John Cline

Eastern Wyoming College art instructor, John Cline, has received a Merit Award for his painting titled Expiate.  Cline’s painting was accepted for inclusion in the Northwest Art Center’s Americas 2016: All Media exhibition, an annual show hosted by the Hartnett Hall Gallery on the campus of Minot State University in North Dakota.

This year 67 artists submitted a total of 211 works for consideration.  Cline’s work was one of 35 selected for exhibition by juror Kim Fink, five of which were given Merit Awards.

The show will be on display from August 22 to September 30th.  The Merit Award-winning works can be viewed online at, along with the names of the other artists whose work was included in the show.


STEM Educators of the Year Recognized at Conference

The 2015-16 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educators of the Year were honored at the 2016 Roadmap to STEM Conference in Rock Springs August 1.

Over a dozen nominations were submitted and reviewed by a selection committee at the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). Guy Jackson, supervisor of the WDE Career Technical Education Section, says the WDE recognizes exemplary STEM educators from elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels of education each year.

“Teachers instill inspiration and wonder in their students everyday whether a STEM teacher, language arts teacher, art teacher or career technical education teacher,” said Jackson. “We recognize and thank all these educators for what they do and the time they invest in developing their students for our future.”

STEM Elementary Educator of the Year

Mrs. Christine Horsen, First Grade Teacher, Meeteetse Schools
STEM Elementary Educator of the Year - Mrs. Christine Horsen, First Grade Teacher, Meeteetse Schools
Mrs. Horsen combines her knowledge of the Big Horn Basin’s rich geologic resources to incorporate STEM into the Meeteetse Elementary Summer School Program. Last summer, students built robots and went on a field trip to Red Lake to deploy them, learning about fossils and rock formations. This year, students experienced an archeological dig on school grounds, then analyzed and discussed their findings.

“I truly believe that you’ve got to help kids love learning and I think it’s essential in the lower grades,” said Mrs. Horsen. “STEM education allows children to be curious. It brings out that excitement in learning, and it’s vital.”

Students use their iPads in Mrs. Horsen’s class to search the internet for resources to use in her brown bag challenges and science days. Last year, every student produced a personally relevant invention to solve a real world problem.

In order to entice girls to STEM, Mrs. Horsen started GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) for all elementary girls in the school. She has incorporated many experiments, and has also brought many scientists in the community to the school to talk about their careers.

“The mantra in Meeteetse is, ‘We want students to think and act like scientists’ and Christine starts that in the first grade,” said Jay Curtis, Superintendent of Park County School District #16. “Her style, her flair, and her excitement is something that truly impacts the students in her class and they are excited to learn because she is excited to teach.”

STEM Secondary Educator of the Year

Mrs. Teresa Strube, Middle School Science and Math teacher, UW Lab School
STEM Secondary Educator of the Year - Mrs. Teresa Strube, Middle School Science and Math teacher, UW Lab School
“It’s a bit unusual for science and math teachers to form strong partnerships with the librarians in a school, but Mrs. Strube is the exception! She works closely with my staff to create and teach innovative technology electives,” said Dr. Margaret Hudson, principal at the UW Lab School.

These elective courses, offered quarterly for the past two years, have included building raspberry pi, robotics exploration, programming Sphero robots, and a girls-only technology course.

Mrs. Strube is keen to assess her work as a teacher and find multiple strategies to achieve goals, such as involving more middle school girls in the technology electives. This past fall, she took 20 middle school students to a regional library conference, where the students presented their experiments to a large group of teachers and librarians.

“Teaching with technology has always been important, but allowing students the opportunity to use it is going to help them in any field that they go into,” said Mrs. Strube. “There are jobs out there that don’t exist for us that they’re going to have to be prepared for, and to be able to present them with the newest, cutting-edge stuff is extremely important to me.”

Co-workers and parents agree that Mrs. Strube’s encouragement of students to be technological leaders requires a great deal of willingness, planning, and open-mindedness. She’s “tough but fair” and students respect her knowledge, enthusiasm, high expectations, and non-gendered support of STEM learning.

“She is kind and generous in mentoring her student teachers and in partnering with other teachers in the school. Her attitude is positive, and her answer is almost always “yes!” when approached with a new idea. The world could use more teachers like Mrs. Strube,” added Dr. Hudson.

STEM Post-Secondary Educator of the Year

Dr. Edwin C. Bittner, Jr. VMS, Veterinary Technology Instructor, Eastern Wyoming College
STEM Post-Secondary Educator of the Year - Dr. Edwin C. Bittner, Jr. VMS, Veterinary Technology Instructor, Eastern Wyoming College
Dr. Bittner draws on a wealth of knowledge from over 30 years in practice and integrates emerging information to make his courses unparalleled in their quality and content.

“He’s very consistent with his high standards and all of the students strive to meet those high standards,” said Dr. Susan Walker, EWC’s Veterinary Technology Program Director.

“The good thing that sets Dr. Bittner apart from all the other instructors is that he can make something that seems so out-of-the-way and so difficult to comprehend just more interesting to learn,” said EWC student Diandra Turner.

Dr. Bittner is frequently contacted by veterinary hospitals and wildlife rehabilitation facilities to recommend students for jobs or internships, and program alumni contact him looking for advice. He was integral in setting up regional vaccination clinics in which students not only gained knowledge and experience, but were also publically promoted as necessary members of the veterinary health-care team.

Dr. Bittner says STEM education allows him to provide a student-oriented and hands-on program: “We want our students to succeed by earning a grade and being competent in the career field when they leave here. I’ve found we can make lemonade out of lemons because we may have students that are very grounded in math and others not at all, and this gives us an opportunity to all rise to the level of the expectation of the class by not only the instructor helping, but the other students helping.”

Dr. Bittner is constantly developing and refining his teaching methods. As faculty identify areas where students are deficient in their knowledge or need remediation, he has been able to address those areas by developing new courses, including an innovative math course. He was also integral in developing biology and chemistry courses specifically for veterinary technicians.

EWC Public Service Announcement

Beginning Monday, August 1, the Pinnacle Drive entrance (main entrance) to Eastern Wyoming College will be closed through August 22.  Employees, students and visitors to the campus should use the Pinnacle Drive exit as the entrance AND exit during this period of time.  FCI Constructors will begin laying the storm sewer line for the CTEC building and as a result will need to close the entrance until this phase of the project is complete.  Signs will be posted on West C Street indicating this change.   Please feel free to contact the President’s Office at 307.532.8303 with any questions.