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Current Issue - Fall 2014


from the desk of ben schears

From the Desk of Ben Schears

When my grandfather used to plant fruit trees in his yard he was very intentional about how much water, and how frequently he watered them. His theory was if you water them too much you raise a ‘lazy tree’ that would develop a shallow root system because there was no need to grow deep roots in search of water. read more

BohannonReece Bohannon-A Look Back

As I walked along the sidewalk toward the building, I couldn’t help but admire the timeless beauty of the limestone blocks that had been so carefully set in place to create the timeless and sturdy retaining wall. As I walked up the steps toward the voluminous wooden doors of the building, I passed by two benches painted a muted shade of red to match the trim of the building. I had passed these benches dozens of times over the years with a cursory glance and had, on more than one occasion, sat down to visit or relax for a few minutes to take in the beauty of Ireland Hall. read more


Out of AfricaOut of Africa

Facing an early marriage and a life being treated inferior to men, Ritah Maitha made the difficult decision to leave her family in Kenya and seek a better existence in America.
Ritah is one of eight children consisting of two girls and six boys. Her experiences in life compelled her to share her amazing story through an expressive essay in Julie Kratt’s English Composition 1 class.
“It was actually very easy for me to put my thoughts to paper because my life experiences in the village still torments me and it is very difficult to forget,” Maitha said. read more

Duck DashDuck Dash raises more than $21,000

Enjoying beautiful surroundings, great food, and entertainment, 350 people attended the 17th annual Great Cowley Duck Dash held May 17 at Winfield’s Spring Hill Farms.

The Great Cowley Duck Dash, which featured a duck race and duck squat, has raised well over $200,000 for student scholarships over the past 17 years.

This year’s event raised more than $21,000 for student scholarships. read more

Artwork PurchasedArtwork purchased at student showcase

Continuing its support of student works, Cowley College’s Endowment Association recently purchased a pair of framed photographs at the Life: Through Words and Lens event on Thursday, May 8. read more


91st Commencement91st Commencement exercises

A total of 306 students participated in Cowley College’s 91st Commencement exercises May 10 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.
Along with the conferring of degrees, college alumni Ed and Linda Hargrove were presented with this year’s Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award. read more


Clementes provide sense of homeClementes provide sense of home

Noticing a couple of college aged international girls walking into church alone each Sunday, Chris Clemente wondered who the young ladies were. Then one Sunday after church while she and her husband, John, were having breakfast at Brick’s Restaurant in Arkansas City, the pair entered the establishment. read more

Swisher awarded Groves ScholarshipSwisher awarded Groves Scholarship

In honor of former Cowley College golfer Brian Groves, Cowley College sophomore Morgan Swisher was named this year’s Brian Groves Memorial Scholarship recipient during the 20th annual Tiger Skins/ Brian Groves Memorial Golf Tournament held June 28 at Winfield’s Quail Ridge Golf Course. read more

The Hargroves – Outstanding Tiger AlumniThe Hargroves – Outstanding Tiger Alumni

Having brought recognition  and pride to the Cowley College community through their achievements in their chosen profession and in their service to the community, Ed and Linda Hargrove were recently named recipients of the Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award by the Cowley College Endowment Association. read more

Hooley joins others in New York

Hooley joins others in New York
Thanks to an anonymous good deed by a local couple, former Cowley College student Rose Hooley had an opportunity to attend the school’s trip to New York in the spring. That trip led to an audition and eventually acceptance into the prestigious New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in June. read more

All-Americans sign with 4-year schoolsAll-Americans sign with 4-year schools

Four members of the winningest sophomore class in the history of the Cowley College volleyball program recently signed letters of intent with four-year schools. read more


Starting a Scholarship Fund
Did you know there are two types of scholarships you can establish through the Cowley College Endowment Association? We have the ability to work with donors to establish both fully endowed scholarships and expendable scholarships to benefit Cowley students. What are the differences you may ask? read more
Cowley finishes 12th in Cup standings
Continuing to demonstrate tremendous success in athletics, Cowley College finished 12th during the 2013-14 season in the NATYCAA (National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators) Cup standings, which recognizes excellence in two year college athletics. read more
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