Two CWC rodeo cowboys to go to Nationals

The final rodeo of the season proved well for two Central Wyoming College rodeo cowboys as they will compete at the College National Finals Rodeo June 12-18.

Colton Miller ended the season in second place for the Central Rocky Mountain Region standings in the saddle bronc riding event. And Coltin Hill took the lead in the steer wrestling event putting him first in the region.

“Both of these guys have had a great season,” said Drew Schrock, rodeo coach. “It was fun to watch Colton Miller and Travis Nelson (of Gillette) fight for first place. He has as good a chance to win the nationals. It’s exciting.”

Hill’s horse Jack also made highlights this season, winning the regions American Quarter Horse Association Horse of the Year. This is the second time Hill’s horse has won this award.

“Coltin has worked hard this season after coming back from being injured last year,” Schrock said. “Winning the region was his goal which he made and now we’ll see how well he places at nationals.”

They are the only two CWC rodeo team members who will compete at the CNFR this year. Although other contestants will not be competing at the CNFR, some team members had solid performances during their events at the University of Wyoming rodeo this past weekend.

Miller who placed second in the region standings for saddle bronc riding also placed second at the rodeo, scoring 71 points in the long go-round and 77 in the short go-round. Brady Thurston scored 59 points in the long go-round and was unable to make the eight second ride in the short go-round resulting in a no score and putting him in the tenth spot. Thurston also placed in the tie down roping. He received a time of 13.2 seconds in the long go-round and 12.9 seconds in the short go-round resulting in sixth place overall. Thurston finalized the season in 12th place for the region standings.

In the steer wrestling event Coltin Hill placed first with a time of 4.4 seconds in the long go-round and 5.1 seconds in the short go-round. Thurston placed tenth overall with a time of 4.1 seconds in the long go-round and missed his steer in the short go-round resulting in a no time. Overall in region standings Thurston placed seventh and Dalton Burgener placed 14th.

Although Kassie Kautzman didn’t make it back to the short go-round she finished the season in ninth for the region. Kautzman finished the season with 253.33 points, just 71 points away to making it to finals.

The men’s team finalized their team points with a total of 2,833.33 points putting them in fifth. First place went to Chadron State College with 4,460 points and second place went to Casper College with 3,490.83 points.

“I’m looking forward to next year. We have some things to work on but we have returning team members who have done well this season and will continue to improve for next season,” Schrock said. “We also have a great freshman group joining the team, so I’m excited to see what next season brings.”

Rustler Spotlight-Logan Kay

Logan Kay is a freshman from Thermopolis and is studying communications and radio broadcasting. He chose CWC because of the radio program. Kay also decided to pursue a degree in communications because he felt if you can communicate with people you can get any job.

“Radio is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Kay said. “I’m not a huge fan of being on the air and being a DJ but I enjoy production and making fun, weird noises for programs.”

Kay has one more year at CWC and then he will transfer to the University of Wyoming to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“I hope to work for a radio station in sales or production; if not I’ll go wherever the road takes me,” Kay said.

Kay was nominated by CWC’s marketing office; Lori Ridgway, Laura Phagan and Jamie Storrow.

“Logan has been an asset to the marketing team and has been essential to helping launch the new website,” marketing said. “He is a hard worker, always willing to help and brings ideas to the group from a great perspective.”loganKay_4642blog

Students experience culture in Seattle

As part of the co-curricular course, students traveled to Seattle to gain experience in culture and spent time giving back to the community. Led by Mandy Tate, instructor of co-curricular learning, students visited Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project Museum, Space Needle and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Students also took the Underground Tour, a Harbor Boat tour, rode the Great Wheel and explored the City Center and Pike Place Market.
Student Antonio Valdez said he learned a lot about the history of Seattle.
“One interesting thing we learned was how Amazon effected the economy and how it hurt the local economy.”
While there students spent time visiting and donating to the homeless population.
“It was a humbling experience,” Valdez said. Valdez donated a sweatshirt to a homeless girl. “We gave items for them to use, money and food.”
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Film camp open to high school juniors, seniors and graduates

Central Wyoming College’s professors Mike Myers and Jeremy Nielsen are teaming up once again to host a summer camp for any high school juniors, seniors and 2016 graduates who want to learn more about acting and film-making. The camp will be June 19-25.

Myers who is the theatre professor will teach students acting and directing in collaboration with Nielsen, who is the film professor. Nielsen will give students the experience in cinematography including sound recording and editing film.

Participants will work with cutting edge equipment including a RED cinema camera and sound equipment to produce their own short film.

“On the first day the participants form teams and by the end of the week each team will have written a screenplay, found a cast, locations, costumes, props, shot a film, edited it and mixed a sound track,” Myers said. “On the last day, the films are screened for an audience. It is hands-on learning at its best.”

Registration is $175 and includes housing and meals. This camp is limited to 16 students.

For more information please contact Mike Myers at 307-855-2217 or or contact Jeremy Nielsen at 307-855-2212 or


Rustler Spotlight-Regent Cloutier

Raised in a military family, Regent Cloutier grew up in many places. A past graduate from two colleges in California with an associate of theatre arts degree and a bachelors in environmental studies, an injury brought Cloutier back to college.

After talking with a friend who was in CWC’s geography program, Cloutier contacted Jacki Klancher, associate professor of environmental health to find out more about the geospatial information science and technology program. Vocational Rehab also helped Cloutier get started back to school; buying him a computer that he would need for the GIST program that Cloutier enrolled in.

“The state program, which helps pay for my tuition, will hire me once I’ve completed my degree,” Cloutier said. Although Cloutier will graduate this May with an applied science degree, he plans to continue at CWC.

“After 30 years I didn’t know what kind of student I’d be,” Cloutier said. “Turns out I’m a good student and now I’m a lab assistant and a tutor.”

Cloutier was nominated by Klancher.

“Reggie is an environmental scientist who returned to academic study at CWC to expand his skills, and broaden his career options in the field of GIST,” Klancher said. “Reggie demonstrates consistently exemplary personal, peer and academic leadership. Not only does he deliver high quality classroom work, but also devotes tremendous energy to his peers as a tutor and classmate. Reggie’s attitude is consistently positive and enthusiastic, his work ethic phenomenal, and his aptitude and appetite for all things related to GIST is exceptional.”

In his free time Cloutier likes whatever adventure he can find.


Local business help CWC celebrate Earth Day

CWC employees, students and community members celebrated Earth Day today. A campus wide clean-up included picking up trash and spreading wood-chips in specific areas to help keep the campus beautiful.
After the clean-up volunteers were invited to a picnic. Food from local business was donated for the event. The Lost Wells Cattle Company provided grass fed beef, Ernie Schierwagen’s Greenhouse provided spinach and Richard Denke’s donated locally grown potatoes.
Students and employees were also able to test drive a 2013 Chevy Volt, electric car which Fremont Chevrolet gave to the automotive department to test drive for a week.

Students perform at Spring Showcase Concert tomorrow night

The Central Wyoming College music department is presenting a Spring Showcase Concert on April 21, 2016 at 7pm.  The performance will include the CWC Handbell Choir, comprised of 11 students, including beginning to experienced ringers.

“We have been rehearsing for this performance since the beginning of the semester.  It’s the first time doing jazz pieces with this group and we’ve had fun with it,” said Sharon Dalton, professor of music. “The challenging rhythms and bell techniques are part of what makes the arrangements interesting and enjoyable.”

Also included in the evening are vocal performances from the Chamber Choir and the Collegiate Chorale led by instructor of vocal music Adam Kluck. In addition, assistant professor of music, Jason Ogg will lead the Community Concert Band that will be performing a concert comprised of member requests.

“An online form was sent to the performers at our last concert asking what they would like to play and our program was selected from those suggestions,” Ogg said.

The concert begins at 7pm and is free to the public.

PTK inducts new members

Co-sponsors David and Chontelle Gray inducted 25 students to the Alpha Lambda Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa today.

Students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher to be selected to join and must have completed 12 credits that are applicable towards a degree, Chontelle Gray said.

After students have been selected, students must then be nominated by two faculty members to be inducted into PTK.

“This is a high honor,” David Gray said. “And the great thing is that it allows students to be eligible for a lot of scholarships.”

PTK scholarships not only provide scholarships for members during their two year career at Central Wyoming College but also helps with scholarships for transferring to a four year college or university.

“It’s a distinction and student have expressed that PTK’s College Fish has helped them connect with other colleges,” Chontelle Gray said.

For the 2015-16 school year CWC has inducted 37 students.

Spring 2016 inducties:

  • Seanna Archambeau
  • Eric Bennett
  • Terri Binns
  • Amanda Chidester
  • Kyle Choate
  • Adam Conner
  • Kaitlin Cunningham
  • Darrylynn Fabrizius
  • Jana Favela
  • Michael Friedman
  • Anna Hepp
  • Sherri Hildebrand
  • Logan Kay
  • Robin Klein
  • Jay Kurtz
  • Benjamin Meanscallingthunder
  • Cole Miller
  • Jensyn Pettit
  • Damir Pulatov
  • Lesley Robeson
  • Morgan Robins
  • Kaylan Schilling
  • Darryl Steeds
  • Jonathan Sullivan
  • Phyllis Whitlock