Behind the Scenes

Central Wyoming College students rehearse for the Theatre Department’s production of George Orwell’s 1984.

The play will be performed evenings October 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM and Matinees will be performed on October 18 and 19 at 2:30 PM. The performances will take place in the Robert A. Pack Art Center Theatre.

All photographs by CWC student Tina Arellanno!

Can You Dig It!

CWC Students are up to some cool things. Below are photographs of Western American Studies archaeology students, Professor Todd Guenther and CWC Alumna Jordan Stapley working to uncover stories from the past in the Red Desert. Photographs and information provided by William Elder.

The back story of this Red Desert dig: In April of 2014, CWC graduate Jordan Stapley was awarded the David Reiss Memorial Scholarship. This undergraduate research opportunity was awarded to further investigate a ceramic site in the Red Desert that was discovered on a Bureau of Land Management and CWC field excursion in 2013. Jordan, who is continuing her studies at UW, kept close ties with the college’s Anthropology Department. With the help of Todd Guenther and Western American Studies students, the team excavated a one meter by one meter test unit to recover any buried materials such as pottery and lithic material. The group sifted dirt, gathered artifacts, took copious notes and mapped levels in which artifacts were found. The artifacts gathered are to be analyzed over the next few months in preparation for the 2015 Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists and Wyoming Archaeological Society conventions!

Those involved were CWC graduate Jordan Stapley, CWC Professor Todd Guenther, William Elder, Morgan Robins, Chelsea Cheney, Eli Mrak and Bart Stapley.




Rustler Volleyball = Fierce

Playing to a packed house in an exciting 5 set match against Sheridan, the Lady Rustlers scored their first conference victory.  The Rustlers came out strong against Sheridan winning the first two sets 25-16 and 25-15. Sheridan fought their way back to win the next two sets 20-25 and 18-25. In the fifth set the Rustlers took an early lead and won with a final score of 15-7.

A big shout out goes to our RUSTLER RIOT super fans who painted themselves in stunning hues of orange, and got the crowed riled up to support our ladies!

Photos by Jamie Siegel, and Lonnie Slack’s Photography Students, Kassidy Bowman and Tina Arellano!

This Ain’t My First Rodeo – Rustler Roundup Rodeo



Above photographs by CWC Professor Lonnie Slack’s photography students Tina Arellano, Kassidy Bowman and Jerin Cooper.


Photographs by Jamie Siegel

CWC Modern-day Explorers

CWC faculty and students set out on a journey into the wilderness this August.  The trip was an interdisciplinary expedition to the highest peak in Wyoming – Gannet Peak, to study glaciers, the anthropology of the area, and explore the wilderness. See photos of their epic journey below.

To watch a short video of this awesome trip, go to the National Geographic webpage where we our expedition is featured, and has the chance to win a project grant!

The video is also on our facebook page! Like the video to help us continue research on this cool project!

Photos by Louisa Hunker and Mike Bostick


CWC goes to CNFR

CWC Rustlers Kaylee Burnett and Coltin Hill to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo this upcoming week!

Let’s find out more about our competitors….


Coltin Hill






Q: What events will you compete in at CNFR? 
Kaylee: Barrel racing and goat tying.
Coltin: Steer wrestling.

Q: What is your most memorable rodeo moment? 
Kaylee: My most memorable rodeo moment would be winning the region in barrel racing and the all-around.
Coltin: My most memorable moment in rodeo would be my horse getting AQHA men’s horse of the year for the Central Mountain Rocky Region.

Q: Where did you grow up?
Kaylee: I grew up in Eden, Wyoming. That’s where I have spent my whole life.
Coltin: I was born and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Q: What does it mean to you, to compete in the College National Finals? 
Kaylee: Making the College Finals is a dream come true. It’s everyone’s goal to get there, it’s what we are all working for. To me it shows that all of my hard work has paid off and if you set goals you can reach them.

Q: Do you have any rituals before you go into competition? 
Coltin: Yeah, PRACTICE.

Q: Coltin, can you tell us about your horse, Jack, that was named Men’s Horse of the Year?
Coltin: Jack is an awesome horse very reliable and consistent. He is a blessing to me, because when I was in high school I did not have enough money, me or my parents, to buy a bull dogging horse. I borrowed a horse for two years from Jason Clemens, who I owe huge thanks to –  I could never show him how much I am truly grateful!!!!

Q: Kaylee, can you tell us about the horse you compete with?
Kaylee: I have two that I compete off of; my breakaway and goat horse, Money, and my barrel horse Billy. My favorite thing about Billy is he runs as hard as he can every time. He loves running and has a huge heart. I just started using Money this spring and we have come a long ways together in a short time. Money can be kinda of a brat but then lovable all at the same time. He loves attention.

Q: What’s next in your rodeo career? Do you plan to continue to compete? 
Coltin: I plan on going to CWC for a 4th year and then I plan on going into the PRCA rodeos.
Kaylee: I plan to compete in college rodeo for two more years. I will be back at CWC next year and then I plan to transfer somewhere else for my last year. After college rodeo I want to continue rodeoing. I plan to get my PRCA permit and hopefully be running at some of the professional rodeos.

Q:  Any injuries from competing?
Coltin: I have been really lucky to not have many injuries
Kaylee: I have sprained my ankles tying goats and now I get them wrapped before every run.

Why did you choose CWC?
Coltin: I chose CWC because my friend came here and it was an affordable school that was serious about rodeo.
Kaylee: CWC has a wonderful rodeo program and it was close to home. I also knew a few other people going there and they really like it.

The 2014 College National Finals Rodeo will be held June 15-21st in Casper, Wyoming.

Click here to find schedules, and more info!

GOOD LUCK Kaylee and Coltin!