Cowley College Board of Trustees

 

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Academic Year 2010-2011

 

July 18, 2011minutes

Bacastow, Jr. re-elected as Chairman at regular monthly Board meeting
With a sixth dormitory set to open in August and the Travis Hafner Training Center planned completion date in November, many exciting things are taking place at Cowley College. With Albert Bacastow, Jr. having served as Board Chair during these important additions to the college, the school’s Board of Trustees announced its decision to re-elect Bacastow, Jr. as Chairman during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting.

In other matters, the Board:

  • Swore in Jim Ramirez as a member of the Board of Trustees as well as returning Board members Mark Paton and Ron Godsey.
  • Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of July 12, full-time equivalency was 745, which is up from 730 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of July 12, full-time equivalency was 2,162, which is up from 2,094 this time last year.
  • Discussed housing at the college as there are close to 60 individuals on the dormitory waiting list.

 

June 20, 2011minutes

Board honors Lee Gregg Jr. for 12 years of service

Serving in various roles on Cowley College’s Board of Trustees over the past 12 years, Lee Gregg Jr. took part in his final meeting during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center. Gregg Jr. has enjoyed serving on the Board at Cowley College and is proud to see the progression the school has made over the past 12 years, including being one of the fastest growing colleges in the state of Kansas.
In other matters:

  • Approved the contract of the leases associated with the college’s Centers in Mulvane.
  • Received a construction report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. His report covered the Travis Hafner Training Center,  new air conditioning system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium , and other improvement projects.
  • Approved a change order request to modify storm water drainage piping along Buchanan Ave. as coordinated with the City of Arkansas City.
  • Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with an academic update, which included information about new courses, including Cosmetology Instructor Training (nine credit hours) and Training Officer II (two credit hours).
  • Approved the employment of Greg Nichols as associate dean of instruction, effective July 18, 2011.
  • Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of June 14, full-time equivalency was 781, which is up from 736 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of June 15, full-time equivalency was 1,754, which is up from 1,728 at this time last year.

 

June 9, 2011minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting

A special meeting of the Board of Trustees was held June 9, 2011, at 12:10 p.m.

  • the Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new elevator installed inside Galle-Johnson, upgrade its fire alarm panels, and finish the flooring in the upstairs hallway inside Galle-Johnson with work to be done by Conco Construction at a cost under $450,000 received through the ARRA.
  • the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the former Medicalodge North building, 2575 Greenway, Arkansas City, for additional housing for dorm students.
    Purchased at $300,000; roof - $235,256.16; plumbing - $130,418.00 and renovation $397,805.00.

 

May 16, 2011minutes

Cowley College to be well represented at NISOD
With the 33rd annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conference to be held May 29-June 1 in Austin, Texas, the Cowley College Board of Trustees were informed that the school will be well represented at the conference as part of several items that were discussed during the regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center."
In other matters, the Board:

  • Reviewed the article that appeared in The Lookout, which ranked Cowley College among the top 120 community colleges in the nation. The 120 schools, representing the top 10 percent of the country’s 1,200 community colleges, are eligible to win a $700,000 prize.
  • Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the Trustees with an update on the Travis Hafner Training Center.
  • Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of May 11, full-time equivalency was 733, which is up from 708 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of May 11, full-time equivalency was 1,260, which is up from 1,210 at this time last year.

 

April 18, 2011minutes

Board receives updates on construction projects

With the school year winding down, several construction projects are popping up around Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided updates on the projects during Monday night’s annual monthly Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Discussed the KACCT/COP Retreat scheduled for June 10-11 at Kansas City Community College.
  • Approved a bid from GLMV to conduct an architectural review and ISI Environmental Services to perform an asbestos evaluation at the former South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center building at a cost of $26,787 for the two proposals.
  • Received an academic update from Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs. Griffiths informed the Board that the academic affairs council approved the following new courses: Introduction to Research Methods I, II, III, and IV (1 credit hour each), and American Sign Language II (3 credit hours). Griffiths also said the Mechatronics program will be referred to as “Manufacturing Technology” for marketing purposes.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of April 13, full-time equivalency was 2.825, which is up from 2,678 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of April 13, full-time equivalency was 699, which is up from 624 at this time last year. The summer enrollment report indicates full-time equivalency is 477, which is up from 437 at this time last year.

 

March 21, 2011minutes

Schears named Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Having graduated from Cowley College in 2001 and worked at the school since 2003, Ben Schears has developed a passion for the institution. That passion along with the success he has had as the schools director of admissions and executive director of enrollment and outreach services, led to Schears being named the college’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement during Monday’s monthly Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Heard Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, proposed that the visiting men’s locker room be converted to a women’s locker room
  • Approved the new policy “Credit for Articulated High School Coursework”.
  • According to the Official Registration report, prepared by Mark Britton, Registrar, the spring semester headcount enrollment is 4,276 and the FTE is 2,851.11.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of March 17, full-time equivalency was 2.861, which is up from 2,707 at this time last year.
  • Approved the bid from Swindoll, Janzen, hawk, and Loyd, LLC to audit the accounts and records of Cowley Community College Board Funds and perform the required compliance audit of Federal Funds for a fee of $31,500, and the Endowment Funds for a fee of $7,900.
  • Heard a report on the progress being made on the college’s $3,27 million indoor athletic facility.

 

February 21, 2011minutes

Mauzey, Dr. Hashemi to retire at end of semester

During the annual Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center, the Board was informed that Pat Mauzey, cosmetology instructor, and Dr. Jafar Hashemi, Natural Science Department instructor, will retire at the end of the semester.  In other matters, the Board:

  • Hear a report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, about the construction of the indoor athletic facility.
  • Approved a $1 increase in tuition and a $1 increase in fees for all Cowley College students for the next fiscal year.
  • Approved Great Western Dining’s proposed 2.75 percent increase in rates for next year.
  • Received an academic update from vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths. The Early Childhood Education program was modified/approved by the academic affairs council. The academic affairs council also approved the following new courses: Introduction to Fraud Examination and Training Officer II.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Feb. 16, full-time equivalency was 2.822, which is up from 2,666 at this time last year.

 

January 18, 2011minutes

Board receives update on indoor athletic facility; work done by Adult Education Program
Despite the cold weather, concrete work on Cowley College’s indoor athletic facility began last week. Initial completion date is set for Nov. 15, 2011.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Heard  Slade Griffiths praise the work done by Devin Graves and others in Cowley College’s Adult Education Program.
  • Discussed the filing deadline for Board of Trustees members is noon, Jan. 25. Three positions are up for reelection. The general election will be held on April 5.
  • Heard an academic update from Griffiths. Nine certificates/degrees were modified and approved by the academic affairs council.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Jan. 12, full-time equivalency was 2.822, which is up from 2,628 at this time last year.

 

December 13, 2010
Flickinger presents painting to the Boardminutes
Mark Flickinger donated one of his paintings to the college during the annual monthly Board meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Discussed the Trustees whose terms expire on June 30, 2011.
  • Viewed a final county valuation and mill levy for 2010-11. The mill levy went down slightly and is at 20.219.
  • Heard information about new and enhanced classes for Spring semester
  • Viewed the Kansas Board of Regents 10-year strategic plan entitled Foresight 2020.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Dec. 8, full-time equivalency was 2,083, which is up from 1,841 at this time last year.
  • Approved the resolution authorizing Cowley County Community College to enter into a lease purchase transaction

 

November 15, 2010
Board receives update on indoor athletic facilityminutes
With ground work set to begin this week on Cowley College’s new indoor athletic facility, Kevin Cowan of-Gilmore & Bell, PC, provided the school’s Board of Trustees with an update.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Discussed feedback report from the 2010 National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
  • Discussed the KACCT/COP Annual meeting, which will be held Dec. 5-6 at Labette Community College.
  • Received a construction report from Tony Crouch. Crouch mentioned that the new fire alarm system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is nearing completion.
  • Heard an academic update. Culinary Skills and Audio and Video Production classes were recently developed and approved by the academic affairs council. The Interior Design Fundamentals class was modified and approved. Griffiths also spoke of the mathematics pilot the college is in the process of completing.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Nov. 10, full-time equivalency was 1,183, which is up from 880 at this time last year.
  • Approved the Articles of Cowley County Community College Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame Permanent Endowment Fund.

 

October 18, 2010
Largest ever gift to Cowley College to make indoor practice facility a realityminutes
Thanks to the largest ever donation to Cowley College courtesy of Major League Baseball player and 1997 graduate of Cowley College, Travis Hafner, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved construction on an indoor practice facility, which will be built south of the school’s baseball field and west of the track and field parking lot.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates 20th day full-time equivalency was 3,038, which is up from 2,668 at this time last year. A total of 1,142 Cowley County residents registered for classes and there were 16 foreign countries represented, compared to 12 last year.
  • Received an academic update, which showed the American Sign Language I class was modified by the academic affairs council and will be provided via the business and industry division.
  • Discussed the Non-Destructive Testing program, which will be offered online starting in January. The courses will be available online with a required two week face-to-face practicum at the conclusion of the program.

 

September 20, 2010minutes
Nelson to retire from Cowley at end of semester

Having worked at Cowley College for 10 years, Marlys Nelson, Enrollment/Student Services Specialist at the Eastside Center, announced her intentions to retire at the end of the fall semester during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Jordan Lukert of Clearwater for being named September Student of the Month.
  • Dr. McAtee has invited area legislators to a dinner meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in the President’s Dining Room on the Arkansas City campus.
  • The Board approved the bid of $14,000 from Central Electric to replace the lighting inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.
  • Reviewed the Technical and Professional Writing and Special Topics in Anthropology courses, which were approved by the academic affairs council.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Sept. 15, full-time equivalency was 3,072, which is up from 2,712 at this time last year.

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August 27, 2010
2010 Master Agreement was approved

 


August 9, 2010minutes
Board approves 2010-2011 budget that includes fewer tax dollars
Cowley’s Board of Trustees delivered some good news to local taxpayers Monday night at its regular monthly meeting. The Board unanimously approved the 2010-2011 budget for the college that is seeking fewer tax dollars than the previous year. Therefore, the projected mill levy of 19.998 is down from the 2009-2010 levy of 20.226. The final mill levy won’t be set until the final valuation for Cowley County is calculated.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Ron Godsey indicated he will represent the college at the 41st annual Community College Leadership Congress held Oct. 20-23 in Toronto, Canada.
  • Approved the 2010-2011 Health/Dental increase coverage. Both health and dental coverage will continue to be provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas.
  • Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of Aug. 4, full-time equivalency was 732, which is up from 631 at this time last year.
  • Slade Griffiths informed the Board of the first Critical Care Paramedic class for Kansas, which was held in the Brown Center June 7-18 with 33 students from all over the United States.