EWC students volunteer to help Homesteader Museum

In preparation for the arrival of the Smithsonian exhibit at the Homesteader Museum in July, Eastern Wyoming College students volunteered to help move materials out of the museum into storage. “These students did in one hour what would have taken a day to accomplish” said Ellen Creagar, Instructor.

EWC to hold Bow Hunter Education Course

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College has announced that it will hold a Bow Hunter Education Course on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Torrington,  Tebbet 131, 8 am to 5 pm and the cost is $15.  Jeff Capron is the instructor for the course.

Unlike hunting with firearms, bow hunting in Wyoming does not require a safety course.  However, if you are planning to hunt with your bow in Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, or Idaho, depending on age and if you’ve ever been licensed in that particular state, you may be required to complete a bow hunter education course.  The International Bow Hunter Education Program covers topics such as hunter ethics, shot placement, animal anatomy and tracking techniques.  After completion, attendees will be issued a bow hunter education card that certifies them and that is recognized by all states and Canadian Provinces.

For more information on this course or to register, please contact Community Education at EWC at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323.

Eastern Wyoming College responds to USDA Inspection

Eastern Wyoming College strives to provide a safe, productive and fair employment environment in which all employees and students are treated well. This safe environment extends to the treatment of animals. EWC is proud of its reputation for providing excellent animal care and training for decades. Any time someone feels that this standard has not been met, we take those concerns very seriously and exercise all due diligence in attempting to investigate and resolve such matters.

On December 11, 2013 there was a USDA inspection of the Veterinary Technology facility. This was a routine inspection. EWC received a preliminary report of findings on December 17, 2013. The College is working collaboratively with the USDA on the findings and through the USDA process; the report will not be final until March of 2014.

The preliminary report indicated findings which led the College to conduct an internal review, which is still on-going. Most of the findings in the report were addressed immediately. Protocols are being reviewed and proactive steps will be taken to ensure animal safety.

“We failed to ensure the best care and we did lose three animals. We are disturbed by these occurrences and will do our utmost to maintain the public confidence which we have worked so hard to establish. I speak for all those at the college and certainly those who had the animals in their care,” shared EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.

The findings on the preliminary inspection review are related to the death of two dogs, one pig, the injury of another dog, and sanitation issues.

Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning shared the following, “We are committed to taking professional care of the animals we use in all of our programs and to providing students with a quality education.”

Resolutions from the USDA will not be available until the report is finalized in March of 2014. EWC has already taken measures to correct all sanitation and safety issues and continues to review, modify, and enforce procedures as necessary regarding animal care.

EWC Foundation supports college with equipment, scholarships and more

The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation recently approved the purchase and support of numerous items for the College.

The College requested the following items:

  • Virtual welding training equipment – approved $50,000 from funds available from the Great Decision campaign
  • Autoclave for the Veterinary Technology program – approved $10,000 from funds available from the Great Decision campaign
  • EWC Arts Council – approved $2,000 from unrestricted Foundation funds and funds available from the Foundation’s McElhaney endowment, as designated for cultural programming.
  • Scholarship funding for the 2013-2014 academic year – approved. The amount of $93,820 reflects a 24% increase over the previous year scholarship budget and is based on the values of the overall investment corpus of the Foundation’s scholarship fund.

“Our Foundation directors are committed to serving the college—students and staff. They help ensure access and quality education. They have worked hard to raise not only money but expectations,” stated EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.

The EWC Foundation also hosts a golf tournament and a dining and dancing event called Sagebrush & Roses which typically raise about $20,000 between the two annually. The Foundation recently contributed $25,000 from the Sagebrush & Roses fund to help build the new Livestock Barn on the College’s North Campus.

Plans are currently underway to host a Fall Alumni Event in October. This event will feature a performance by the Bar J Wranglers on October 11th. Planning for this event has involved two EWC alumni – Dixie Roth and Tom McCreery, with the intent that proceeds from this event will be placed in a new account for future alumni related activities. Further plans for the weekend are under development.

For more information about the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation, please contact Oliver Sundby, Director of Institutional Development at 307.532.8304.