CWC student competing at Pro rodeo level

Saddle bronc rider, Colton Miller took home the championship buckle at the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo in Abbyville, Kan., May 16. Miller received an 82 point ride earning him first place at the Abbyville Frontier Days Rodeo.

Miller is competing in PRCA rodeos across the nation this summer. He will rejoin the rodeo team at Central Wyoming College for his last year of eligibility in the fall.

Miller competed for CWC his freshman and sophomore year and during that time was regional champ both years. After his sophomore year, Miller transferred to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. While there, he received his associate’s degree; he will pursue an additional degree while attending CWC. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s eligibility for students to rodeo is four years at junior colleges.

“Some of our kids leave to try new places but we produce good practice roughstock for them here,” said Drew Schrock, rodeo coach. Sankey Pro Rodeo provides the stock in the winter to the CWC rodeo team.

Steer wrestler, Coltin Hill will also be returning to CWC after transferring to another college to compete with the team. Last year he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo and was unable to compete after a knee injury.

“It is neat to have both of them coming back to compete with us,” Schrock said. “Colton Miller will continue to attend PRCA rodeos if he is running for the National Finals Rodeo so it will be a wild fall for him competing at the collegiate level and the pro level.”

“It speaks highly of the program and I’m excited to have that type of leadership and talent coming back on the team,” Schrock said.

Beede to play at NCAA School

Central Wyoming College athlete Hannah Beede signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

Beede, originally from Brisbande, Australia, played her freshman year at Dickinson State University before playing for the Rustlers.

“I wanted to switch to a junior college and Serol offered me a great opportunity,” Beede said. “I decided to switch because I wanted new scenery and a new team. As a freshman at a four year college you don’t see a lot of the court and what coach offered was a lot more playing time; plus it was really cold in North Dakota.”

Beede, who was a shooting forward for CWC, said she is not sure what position she will play at Texas.

“The coach there said that she liked that I am versatile on the court,” Beede said.

Beede has two more years of eligibility and plans to study English and wants to go back to New Zealand where she was born and work on a master’s degree.

“She was a great addition for the year we had her,” Coach Serol Stauffenberg said. “I expected to see her move on; she is a great three-point shooter.”

“I learned a lot here and had a lot of fun with the girls on the team,” Beede said.

CWC basketball player signs with NAIA

Central Wyoming College graduate Kiara Skinner signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the College of Idaho NAIA team on Thursday, May 7.

Skinner, who recently graduated will continue her education in exercise science. She will play power forward for the Idaho team.

“She is a tough player to guard,” said Serol Stauffenberg, head coach for CWC women’s basketball team. “She is tough and her small size gives her that advantage and she shoots well from the three-point line.”

Skinner made the All-Region basketball team and the All-Tournament team this year. In the 2014-15 season Skinner averaged 10.2 points and 5 rebounds per game.

“She will only be playing the one sport and she will continue to get better and better,” Stauffenberg said. “She is a phenomenal athlete; in volleyball, basketball and track.”

“I have a lot of memories here; one that stands out is when we beat Casper at Casper with the last shot,” Skinner said. “All the staff has been awesome and it’s like one big family here.”

Skinner is originally from Cody, Wyo.

CWC women’s basketball signs a new player

Savannah Salisbury, senior at Riverton High School signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball for Central Wyoming College on Thursday, May 7.

Salisbury has attended camps led by Serol Stauffenberg, CWC’s head coach and she had the opportunity to work out with the team last fall.

“I talked to other coaches but I have friends and family support here,” Salisbury said. Salisbury said she could have played soccer at Sheridan but decided that indoor sports are better.

Salisbury will play three-point shooting guard. CWC’s women’s team will only have one returning player in the fall.

“It’s like having a new team,” Coach Stauffenberg said. “Our one returning player is Heather Townsend from Douglas; eleven freshmen will be interesting. I’ve watched Savannah play which is a luxury to see local players. She should be able to grow and be a strong player. She is a great student and great athlete and you can’t go wrong with a student like that. I’m excited for her to be here.”

What are YOU doing after graduation?

The future looks bright! Check out what some graduates plan to do after CWC!


Dora Boyce

Dora Boyce is continuing her education at Montana State University in Bozemen, MT. She is going to continue to work in ceramics and pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.



Elias Whiteplume

 Elias Whiteplume plans to head down to Colorado and work as a mechanic.



Masai Abdur-Rasheed



Masai-Abdur Rasheed is going to take some time to focus on his boxing career in Colorado. He then plans to apply to Portland State and major in film editing.

Jake Scheer



Jake Scheer is transferring to Portland State to get a Bachelors in Screenwriting.



Toni Born

Toni Born who completed the Dental Assistant program at CWC, has already landed a job as a dental assistant at Rendezvous Medical.

Laurence Miles

Theatre major Laurence Miles, who has  written three, one act plays, is going to write a novel!

students donate to PAWS

The Student Ambassadors club at Central Wyoming College donated $720 to PAWS, an animal shelter in Riverton. They raised the money by having multiple fund-raisers throughout the semester including a dodge ball tournament, March Madness bracket challenge and selling mugs for administrative assistants day.

“The students had several ideas and ultimately decided to donate to PAWS,” said Sarah Watson, administrative assistant to student life and adviser for the club. “They were tasked with coming up with fund-raising ideas and organizing, marketing and implementing them,” Watson said.

The club will have two sponsorship plaques at PAWS; one in the cat kennels and one in the dog kennels.

Retirees to be announced at annual CWC luncheon

Two retirees will be announced at the Central Wyoming College staff luncheon on Friday, May 8. Longtime employees Ruby Calvert and Martha Davey will be honored during the event.

Ruby Calvert – General Manager Wyoming PBS

Ruby 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 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 statewide 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 has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Wyoming and completed the two-year course in broadcasting from CWC in 1982.

Martha Davey – Associate Vice President for Academic Services

After more than 20 years at CWC, Martha Davey is retiring on June 30. Davey was originally hired as the job developer for the cooperative education program, a grant funded program in December 1993.

Davey, a Lander native, received her bachelors of science degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming. After graduating Davey moved to Torrington and worked as a CPA in an accounting firm.

“I spent 18 years fighting to get out of Lander and spent 15 years fighting to get back,” Davey said.

When the position at CWC opened Davey was quick to apply and excited to be accepted for the position. She moved back to Lander and commuted to CWC for more than 20 years.

“I’ve always enjoyed the commute; I could always get my day organized on the drive to work and relax and get my mind off of work on the way home,” Davey said.

Davey has had many positions at CWC throughout her years here. She was an assistant professor for computer networking, taught other courses like accounting and business law, was the coordinator for the committee for the self-study in 2005 which was the colleges accreditation at that time and was the assistant dean of student learning and curriculum development, just to name a few.

Although Davey is counting down the days to retirement “54” to be exact, she said she will miss CWC.

“I’ve loved my time at CWC,” Davey said. “I really like this time of year and watching our students walk across that stage when they graduate and to see that smile on their faces.”

“I like to watch the high school equivalency graduate as well, the guts it takes them to come back to school and finish is amazing.”

Davey will be joining her husband in retirement. He retired a year ago and now the two plans to do a kitchen remodel, go to more Colorado Rockies games and spend time in Phoenix, among other things.

“I’m looking forward to spending time in my community and my friends will be thrilled that I will start golfing again,” Davey said. “I’m also going to do whatever Rich tells me to do.” The couple has an on-going joke about retirement to which last year her husband Rick said he was going to do whatever Martha told him to do.

“I have worked since I was little,” Davey said. “It’s going to be interesting not working.” Davey also said that she has a lot of books that have been collecting dust that she would like to read and she looks forward to spending time with her dog.