CWC announces three candidates for the WPBS general manager position

Three finalists for the general manager position for Wyoming PBS will come to campus for interviews and a public presentation the first week of May.

General Manager Ruby Calvert announced her retirement to her staff in December and it was later publicly announced at the January board meeting.

CWC received eleven applicants for the position and the search committee, made up of PBS employees, public media representatives and community stakeholders; narrowed the applicants to three.

The three candidates are Terry Dugas, Kurt Wilson and John King.

Dugas is currently the manager of content distribution for NET Television, the statewide PBS network in Lincoln, Nebr. His responsibilities include acquiring and scheduling content for NET Television’s broadcast, cable and internet channels. Dugas is also responsible for the department’s social media and on-air promotion strategy. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina.

Wilson is currently the director of corporate support and major gifts at Central Michigan University. Throughout the last 13 years, Wilson has been a television producer, executive producer of television, underwriting coordinator and television pledge programmer. Wilson earned his degree at Central Michigan University in broadcast and cinematic arts.

King has three decades of experience in public broadcasting leadership. He is a member of the PBS board of directors and is a national leader in station services, efficiencies and policy review. King has served as president and CEO of Vermont Public Television for 16 years and has worked the same position for the Public Television Association of Quebec, based in Montreal, Canada. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Johnson State College.

Ruby Calvert

Ruby Calvert

Calvert, who has been the general manager for about nine years, has been with the station for more than 30 years and during that time, has seen it go through many transitions. She was one of the original ten hired for the station, which at the time was known as KCWC. It was set to launch in January 1983 however, 20 feet of snow prevented the station from putting the tower on Limestone Mountain, postponing the station’s opening to May, 1983.

“We were getting everything prepared to go on air from production schedule to scripts,” Calvert said.

The staff and station was originally formed to carry distance education to Wyoming residents who could not come to town, such as farmers and ranchers. These tele-courses aired throughout the state and offered about 14-18 courses ranging from English, History and Spanish to computer technology. The internet changed the course of the station as more people started taking online courses and the station saw a decline of viewers in the 2000’s.

In 2008, as a state wide station and during their 25th anniversary, a new name was established: Wyoming PBS. Officially the station is licensed as KCWC through Central Wyoming College from the Federal Communications Commission but is best known as WPBS. The station is a full PBS member and the offices and studio are located on CWCs’ campus in Riverton, Wyo.

Of the ten original employees only two are currently working at the station; Calvert and Bob Connelly, assistant general manager and transmitter engineer.

Calvert’s last day will be June 30 and she said she has plenty of options to enjoy her retirement. Her plans are to spend time with family and in Arizona and even take a few classes in pottery or photography but her future endeavors won’t end there.

“I would like to get back into production and start my own little production company,” Calvert said. “There are so many stories in Wyoming that WPBS doesn’t have time to do them all.”

Calvert will continue to be on boards that she is already a member of, one of them is the Buffalo bill Center of the West in which she is chairing an education advisory committee.

“WPBS has been such a part of my life and in my blood that it will be hard to leave but it will be good for both of us,” Calvert said. “We need new energy and new ideas, it’s a good thing.”

Calvert said she is hoping the new general manager will continue to build on what the station does through the community, outreach and in education.

“The outreach programs have been popular and has made a big impact, so I hope they continue that,” Calvert said. With the changes in demographics and how people view television, the new general manager needs to think of those changes and implement them, Calvert said.

“I love public television and I believe in it,” Calvert said. “It’s important and has critical values that I hope never get lost.”

The campus community and the public are encouraged to attend the public presentation which will be in the health and science building room 100 from 11:15-11:45 a.m.

The candidate’s presentation schedule is as follows:

May 4: John King

May 5: Kurt Wilson

May 6: Terry Dugas

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CWC announces three candidates for the vice president for academic affairs

Three finalists for the vice president for academic affairs will come to campus for interviews and public presentations the last week of April.

The position opened after Jason Wood, former vice president for student and academic services announced his resignation in January.

Wood recently accepted a position as president of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wis., and will start his position July 1.

CWC received about 20 applicants and the search committee, who are faculty, administration and staff members, narrowed the applicants to three.

Susan Thompson a member of the search committee and executive assistant to the VP for academic services has been through this process before. Thompson has been in her current position for more than 30 years and has had eight supervisors, all with different titles but maintaining the same duties and responsibilities.

“They have been titled deans or vice presidents in the past but all have served the same purpose,” Thompson said. “I’m excited for a new beginning; it’s always fun to bring someone new in with their new ideas and fresh thinking.”

The three candidates are Dale van Dam, Dr. Barbara Buchanan and Dr. Brad Tyndall.

Van Dam is currently the dean of instruction and site dean at two outreach centers of Folsom Lake College in California. He has earned his master’s degree and has past experiences at the Wyoming State Engineer’s office in Cheyenne as a hydro-geologist and as a professor of earth science at American River College in Sacramento.

Dr. Buchanan has more than 18 years of leadership experience throughout her careers in Texas. She led continuing education, workforce development, adult basic education, corporate training and grant development at Panola College in Carthage. Buchanan was associate dean before she became the academic dean at Lone Star College. She led the largest academic division with the Lone Star College System, and later accepted a position as vice president of instruction for Paris Junior College. Buchanan earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and earned a Ph.D. from the College of Education in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M.

Dr. Tyndall has worked for community colleges for more than 18 years, serving as adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, department chair, campus academic dean and vice president. Tyndall is currently the vice president of academic affairs at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. Tyndall has a Ph.D. in economics with specializations in environmental economics and international finance. He earned his master’s and doctorate at Colorado State University.

The campus community and the public are encouraged to attend the public presentations which will be in the health and science building room 100 from 11:15 to 11:45 am. The candidate’s presentation schedule is as follows:

April 27: Dale van Dam

April 29: Brad Tyndall

April 30: Barbara Buchanan

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Brad Tyndall

Brad Tyndall

Dale van Dam

Dale van Dam

Barbara Buchanan

Barbara Buchanan

CWC Rodeo team gives solid performance at last weekends rodeo

Burnett at CSU rodeo in the goat tying event.

Burnett at CSU rodeo in the goat tying event. (photo courtesy BQ Gauck Photography)

Central Wyoming College came back from the Colorado State University rodeo with some solid performances this past weekend for Central Rocky Mountain Region’s third rodeo of the spring season.

Junior, Kaylee Burnett tied up the championship in goat tying again this weekend with 7.1 seconds in the first go-round and 6.8 seconds in the short go-round. She also received times for both the short and long go-round in barrels with 15.56 seconds in long go-round and 15.29 seconds in the short go-round, placing her third overall.

Burnett is second in women’s all-around for the region with 752 points. The women’s team placed second at the rodeo and is now sixth in the region with 862.50 points.

“With Kaylee bringing home the title in goat tying and placing third in barrel racing, she helped the women’s team to a second place finish,” said Drew Schrock rodeo coach. “This is her third year winning the all-round and has done an outstanding job; her horse is also running well so I’m excited to see how she finishes the season.”

Two CWC saddle bronc riders placed at the event; sophomore, Shawn Butner placed fifth and freshman, Seth Cumpton placed eighth overall. Both making a score in the long-go round with Butner scoring a 64 and Cumpton scoring a 57, unfortunately both ended with a no score in the short go-round.

After a solid performance in both the long and short go-round, junior Nathan Barron took the buckle in bull riding with a score of 73 in the long go-round and a 71 in the short go-round.

Sophomore, Tanner Nielson placed sixth in the tie down event. In the long go-round his time was 11.8 seconds and 24.8 seconds in the short go-round.

Two teams in the team roping event timed in the long go-round bringing them back to the short go-round; sophomore, Kyle Choate and teammate freshman, Klint Choate had a time of 7.1 seconds in the long go-round and 6.5 seconds in the short go-round, placing them fourth overall.

With a time of 7.0 seconds in the long go-round and 7.5 seconds in the short go-round, freshman teammate’s Wyatt Stuber and Jade Barquin placed sixth overall.

“It is gratifying to see all of the team’s hard work pay off and fun to watch them place at events,” Schrock said.

Currently, CWC men’s team is ninth in the region with 860 points and the women’s team is sixth with 862.5 points. Casper College is taking the lead for the men’s team with 3,105 points followed by Chadron State College with 3,005. For the women’s team Gillette College is in the lead with 2,955 points and Northeastern Junior College is in second with 1,525 points.

The team will travel to Casper College this weekend.

Team rope, header Wyatt Stuber (photo courtesy BQ Gauck Photography)

Team rope, header Wyatt Stuber (photo courtesy BQ Gauck Photography)

Kaylee Burnett at a rodeo last fall in Riverton. Kaylee brought home the buckle for goat tying and is placed second for women's all-around in the region.

Kaylee Burnett at a rodeo last fall in Riverton. Kaylee brought home the buckle for goat tying and is placed second for women’s all-around in the region.

Wyoming Indian High School student’s artwork on display

Wyoming Indian High School senior, Haily Washakie has artwork permanently on display at Central Wyoming Colleges’ Intertribal Center. The piece titled “Wyoming Warrior” is a block print that was originally 8.5 by 11 inches. It is now a two by three foot wall hanging.

After creating the piece as a classroom project, she and other Wyoming Indian High School students displayed their art at shows in Casper and Lander. It was first seen by the wife of Todd Guenther, associate professor of anthropology and history, who told him to go view the art. Guenther later asked Washakie if she would be willing to sell her piece.

“The subject of the piece was perfect for what I teach about the iconic Wyoming cowboy,” Guenther said. The Wyoming cowboy logo was based on a photograph of Albert Jerome “Stub” Farlow riding a horse named Deadman at the War Bonnet Round-Up in Idaho Falls in 1913. Farlow identified himself as a Native American and lived on the Wind River Reservation.

Lester Hunt, the Secretary of State at the time, saw the photo and stated that Hunt “represents all that is typical and symbolic of the west,” according to the December 26, 1935 article in the Wyoming State Journal which later became the Lander Journal. In 1936 the logo was imprinted on Wyoming’s license plates.

After Washakie heard the story that the iconic cowboy was a Native American from her grandfather, she decided to change the look of the image by adding a war bonnet. She got the idea of adding the war bonnet because her great, great grandfather was Chief Washakie.

“He was the inspiration behind the image,” Washakie said.

“She has done a fine job of getting her art work out there and has made a lot of progress,” said Cleve Bell, art instructor at Wyoming Indian High School. “I am proud of her and I’m looking forward to seeing where it will take her in the future.”

Guenther said he would like to expand the exhibit at CWC by adding a history of Wyoming’s license plates. Currently he has 1935 with no logo and 1937.

“I would really like to find a 1936 license plate to add to the collection,” Guenther said.

Lester Hunt with the Wyoming logo.

Lester Hunt with the Wyoming logo.

Article from Wyoming State Journal

Article from Wyoming State Journal

Cleve Bell and Haily Washakie with her artwork titled "Wyoming Warrior."

Cleve Bell and Haily Washakie with her artwork titled “Wyoming Warrior.”

Alumnus Designs our New Logo!


Tyler Zenk didn’t always know he wanted to be a designer, but after taking multimedia classes at Riverton High School with instructor LeAnne Adels, he knew he was on a path to his future.

“She was really inspiring and helped put me on the track of graphic design,” Zenk said.

Zenk enrolled at Central Wyoming College in the fall of 2009 and after taking courses in graphic design, Zenk knew he had made the right decision. Ultimately, it was instructor Matt Flint who pushed Zenk to become a better designer and helped him realize it was something he wanted to pursue as a career.

“I had always known I wanted to do something art related,” Zenk said.headshot2

Zenk attended CWC on scholarships and after graduating in May of 2011, Zenk packed his belongings and moved to Nashville.

“I knew I wanted to get out of Wyoming and see what other possibilities there were for me,” Zenk said. “Wyoming is a great place, but I knew there was more for me outside of Wyoming.”

While in Nashville, Zenk attended Watkins College of Art, Design and Film and earned a bachelor’s in graphic design in the fall of 2013.

After graduating, Zenk got a job with redpepper, a company that specializes in integrated campaigns, marketing strategies as well as branding, web design and app design. Zenk is a user interface/user experience (UI/UX) designer for the company. The goal of a UI designer is to make the user’s interaction as simple and efficient as possible and the UX designer defines the user’s experience as a person’s perceptions and responses that result from the use of a product, system or service.

Zenk dabbles in a little bit of everything for the company including logos, branding, layout and design for print materials to working with digital space through user flows, wireframing websites and applications, high fidelity UI design and icon design. In his free time, Zenk is a freelance designer and illustrator.

“Currently I’m working on getting together an illustrated graphic novel as a personal project, with motion graphics and animation,” Zenk said. “It’s something new I am learning to do and improve on in my free time.”

Recently Zenk received the opportunity to help his alma mater, CWC, redesign its logo.

Lori Ridgway, director of marketing at Central Wyoming College was on a path to develop a consistent and effective brand strategy.

“We did a great deal of research and found that many academic institutions are simplifying their logos,” Ridgway said, “Not only that but they are also transitioning into marketing teams who are focused on helping brand their colleges.”

The next step was finding someone to design the new logo. Zenk was referred to Ridgway by a faculty member in the graphic arts program, Matt Flint.

“Flint expressed that Zenk was one of the most talented students that he had ever taught,” Ridgway said.

Ridgway tracked Zenk down and found that he was working for a successful design company in Nashville, repepper.

Zenk provided the college with many variations of a logo which was narrowed down to two and a final logo was approved on Feb. 19. The new logo represents the relationship between the campus community and its students and shows student growth, Ridgway stated.

“It was so rewarding to work with one of our graduates,” Ridgway said. “He had a CWC student’s perspective on the way the logo should feel, look and portray our attributes.”