Governor Freudenthal to Speak at EWC Commencement
April 17, 2003
(Torrington, WY) Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that Governor David Freudenthal will be the speaker at the 54th annual commencement in the Fine Arts Auditorium on May 16th, at 7:30 p.m. Dave Freudenthal was born in Thermopolis in 1950, the seventh of eight children. He grew up on the family farm, north of town. He earned money for college by working construction during the summers. His jobs included building tanks as a member of the National Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Blacksmiths Union.
After graduating from Amherst (Massachusetts) College in 1973, he permanently returned to Wyoming to take a position as a economist for the Wyoming Department of Economic Planning and Development. Governor Ed Herschler appointed him State Planning Coordinator in 1975. As a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, Dave opened his own one-man law office in Cheyenne in 1980. The office grew into a general practice firm, representing individuals and businesses. In 1994 he was appointed United States Attorney for Wyoming, a position he held until May 2001.
Over the years, Dave actively participated in a wide variety of civic activities. Among other things, he has been Chairman of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce; a founding director of the Wyoming Student Loan Corporation; a member of the Education Policy Implementation Council; a member of the state Economic Development and Stabilization Board; a member of the Laramie County Community Action Board; and lay reader and Vestryperson in his church. Dave and his wife Nancy have four children, ages 27, 23, 21, and 16.
Commencement activities will begin with a steak fry for the graduates and their families in the Student Center at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16th. The commencement ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Wayne Deahl serving as the Director of Ceremonies. Mr.. Deahl is the Division Chair of Arts, Humanities, and Social & Behavioral Sciences as well as an instructor in English and Communications. The National Anthem will be sung by EWC?s own Aaron Bahmer and Nick Roster. Bahmer is the Instructional Technologist and Roster teaches Biology. Dr. Jack Bottenfield will then provide a welcome and introduce the guests on the stage. These guests will include Governor Dave Freudenthal, area legislators, Wyoming Community College Commissioners, Board of Trustee members, Foundation members and EWC administrators. Dave Farrell, President of the EWC Student Senate, will provide a welcome on behalf of the students. EWC Board of Trustee member, Sherri Lovercheck, will have the honor of introducing Governor Freudenthal before he addresses the graduates. Following this address, the candidates for graduation will be presented and 143 will receive their diplomas. Eastern Wyoming College Foundation President, Kathryn Kelly, will then present the 2003 Distinguished Alumni award to Jeff Marsh, the thirteenth person to be receive this honor.
For more information about the commencement ceremony, please contact Dr. Ann Beaulieu, Vice President and Dean of Instruction at 307-532-8261.