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Central Lady Rustlers top Rocky Mountain in college volleyball at Sheridan

(Sheridan, Wyo.) – The Central Wyoming College women’s volleyball team defeated Rocky Mountain College of Billings, Mont., in 3 sets at the Sheridan College Tournament today. The scores were 25-11, 25-14, and 25-19. According to head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg, Tavia Young had 12 kills and 2 blocks, Kalynn Dahlke had 8 kills and 1 block and 8 aces, McKensie Herold had 29 digs, Shay Schwab 12 assists and 5 aces and Jordan Leyba scored 11assists. 

CWC Student Senate President Rachel Hofer Addressed the new students. (Michael Severen photo)

Over 200 new students welcomed today at Central Wyoming College Convocation; President inaugurated

(Riverton, Wyo. ) – A procession of professors dressed in caps and gowns marched through campus to welcome the more than 200 new students to Rustler territory during the annual Central Wyoming College Convocation.   

“I’m pretty nervous right now, just meeting new people and classes, I’m afraid they’re going to be hard.” Said Rachel Tighe, a first year student and Nebraska native. “I got a free ride to come here and I’m going to be studying pre-health.”

Lander native and first year student Jessica Harvey echoed Rachel, saying she’s nervous about the workload that she’s going to have to take on. “I’m going for medical office so my goals are to complete that. And then I’m thinking of later on to come back for nursing when I have a little more time to do that.” she said.

But this welcome ceremony was not just for the young students who are starting a new chapter in their education, it also served as an inauguration ceremony for new CWC President Cristobal “Chris” Valdez. Valdez is taking the reigns from former president JoAnne McFarland who retired after 25 years of service at the end of June. CWC Trustees Chairman Charlie Krebs handed Valdez the college seal today symbolizing the transition. 

“It is a great opportunity for me, and I approach it with great humility and honor. Valdez said, “but it’s also an opportunity for us to continue a rich tradition in academia.”     

For many of the new students, starting to walk down the path of higher eduction is the hardest part. But as keynote speaker Andy Masters said, college gives you the opportunity to start fresh and to follow your passion.

“At this college there’s a path for everybody, there’s amazing things you can do.” Masters said during his speech at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre. “And incredible things you can do with those associates degrees. We see something in you, and we believe in you. Now let’s get you set up so you can do this, let’s go!”     

Classes begin September 2nd.

By Media Partner Michael Sevren of K2TV

Fort Washakie School Sixth Grader Jaden Ferris entertained the Convocation assembly with a Hoop Dance. New CWC President Dr. Chris Valdez, seated, applauds at far left next to Dr. Jason Wood. (Ernie Over photo)

CWC President Chris Valdez: “This is where you can realize your dreams”

(Riverton, Wyo.) – For the first time in a quarter century, Central Wyoming College inaugurated a new college president Thursday morning. Board Chairman Charlie Krebs of Lander officially handed over the college’s seal to Dr. Cristobal “Chris” Valdez at the college’s annual convocation, marking the beginning of not only the academic year, but the start of his administration. Valdez is the sixth president in the college’s history. He succeeded Dr. JoAnne McFarland, who had served as the CWC President since 1989.

A group of wild horses was photographed in Southeast Fremont County this past winter. (Ernie Ove photo)

The other side of the wild horse story: Thompson said ranchers support management options

(Riverton, Wyo.) – On Monday, August 25th, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management met at Central Wyoming College. On the weekend before the meeting, board members toured Southeast Fremont County Herd Management Areas and inspected, for themselves, “the wide range of multiple uses and the condition of the natural resources,” said Fremont County Commission Chairman Doug Thompson, who attended Monday’s meeting in Riverton. “They were also able to hear directly from the people who deal with wild horses on a daily basis, people who could rarely go to their meetings in large metropolitan areas,” where those bi-annual meetings are typically held.

Wild Horse Advocates protested BLM policies outside of the Little Theatre at Central Wyoming College today. (Ernie Over photo)

Protestors claim BLM Wild Horse policies are wrong because cattle ranchers are favored

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wild Horse advocates gathered outside of the student center building at Central Wyoming College to protest the Bureau of Land Management’s treatment of and plans for Wild Horses across the West. Simone Netherlands, representing Respect 4 Horses, said she attends every BLM Advisory Board meeting on Wild Horses held twice a year around the region.