Cowley College Board of Trustees

 

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Academic Year 2011-2012

 

July 16, 2012minutes

Godsey Named Board Chairman

During its regular meeting of the board held in the McAtee Dining Center, members of the Cowley College Board of Trustees elected Ron Godsey to fill the role as Chairman of the board for the 2012-2013 year.  Godsey has served on the college’s Board of Trustees for over 17 years and this will be the 4th time in this capacity.

Other officers elected and board appointments for the upcoming year were as follows: Dennis Shurtz will serve as the Vice-Chairman, Mark Paton will serve as the delegate to the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees, Jim Ramirez will serve as the delegate to the Association of Community College Trustees, Albert Bacastow Jr. will serve as the representative for professional negotiations, Donna Avery will serve as the representative designated to open bids received for College purchases, and Dennis Shurtz will serve as representative to the Cowley College Endowment Association. 

In other matters:

  • Approved the request to change the August Board of Trustees meeting date to Aug. 13, which would also be the adoption of the 2012-2013 operating budgets.
  • Heard a Business Services Report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. Projected completion for the Mulvane Center is Aug. 7, with move in planned for Aug. 10.
  • Approved the 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Adoption Agreement.
  • Learned about new and modified courses and degrees.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of July 9, full-time equivalency was 2,116, up from 2,083 at this time last year. The enrollment for Summer was 676 FTE on July 9.

 

June 18, 2012minutes

Board approves roof replacement on Ireland Hall

Historic Ireland Hall on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City will get a new roof thanks to approval from the college’s Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

In other matters:

  • Discussed the 43rd annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 10-13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel & Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Ron Godsey stated that he will attend the Leadership Congress.
  • Heard a Business Services Report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. Work on the college’s Westside Center in Wichita is complete and the Center will hold an Open House on Tuesday, June 26. Also, work is underway on the college’s expansion to its Mulvane Center. Construction is slated to be complete by Aug. 7.
  • Approved the following policies: Academic Progress policy; Student Title IX; College TB Testing.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of June 11, full-time equivalency was 1,679, compared to 1,702 at this time last year. The enrollment for Summer was 713 FTE on June 11.

 

May 21, 2012minutes

Cowley to be well represented at NISOD

With the 34th annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conference to be held May 27-30 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.
The NISOD Master Teachers of the Year are Cowley College director of communications Adam Borth, Natural Science Department instructor Scott Layton, and Lead MICT instructor Deryk Ruddle.
In other matters:

  • Board members Donna Avery, Mark Paton and Jim Ramirez will join Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee and vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths at the KACCT/COP Retreat June 8-9 at Johnson County Community College.
  • Tony Crouch informed the Board that work by Commerce Construction is going smoothly on the office remodel of the new Westside Center in Wichita.
  • Received an Academic Update, which showed the academic affairs council approved the following new courses: Therapeutic Nutrition (3 credit hours), and Educational Technology (3 credit hours). The academic affairs council also approved the Instructional Technology and Design AGS degree.
  • Approved the Mandatory Assessment and Placement Policy and the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Aid Recipients.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of May 16, full-time equivalency was 1,389, compared to 1,360 at this time last year. Summer school classes will begin on June 4.
  • Approved a bid of $325,660 from Compton Construction in Wichita to conduct the remodel of the former post office building in Mulvane, which is leased by the college. The project will start as soon as possible and is slated to be completed by Aug. 7.

 

April 16, 2012minutes

Cowley College Westside Center moving to new location

After spending the past three years located at West 21st Street in Wichita, Cowley College is preparing to move its Westside Center to 13th and Tyler. This, among other items, was discussed during the Board of Trustees annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The final day of business at the Westside Center’s current location will be April 26. The college hopes to move into its new building on June 4. The new office space will require a few minor revisions. The college is working with the architect on the code drawings for permitting and will proceed with the renovations once approved.

In other matters:

  • Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, informed the Board that the basic design for the post office remodel in Mulvane is complete. The college is currently working with the architect on code prints for permitting purposes and bid documents. The intent is to have bids for approval in May.
  • Approved the 2013-2014 academic calendar.
  • Held a first reading of the following policies: Mandatory Assessment and Placement Policy; and Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Aid Recipients.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of April 11, full-time equivalency was 2,754, compared to 2,819 at this time last year.

 

March 19, 2012minutes

Neagle to retire after 14 years at the college

Having worked at Cowley College since Oct. 20, 1997, Janice Neagle, Director of Employee Services, submitted a letter of retirement to Cowley College’s Board of Trustees during the annual monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center. Neagle's last day at the college will be June 30, 2012.

In other matters, the Board:

  • Discussed the KACCT/Cop Retreat, which is scheduled for June 7-8 at Johnson County Community College. Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of AACC will speak to the group and announce a report on “The Future of Community Colleges”.
  • Discussed the 43rd (ACCT) Annual Community College Leadership congress, which will be held Oct. 10-13 in Boston, MA.
  • Approved the following policies: Conflict of Interest, Reporting of Fraud, and Performance Appraisals.
  • Approved a $25 increase in both housing rates for 2012-2013, resulting largely from Great Western Dining’s proposed 3% increase in meal rates for the next academic year. "We are still far and away the best deal for dorms in the state," Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services said.
  • Approved a $1 increase in tuition and a $1 increase in fees for all Cowley College students in the 2012-2013 academic year. In polling the other community colleges in the state, all but five are considering rate increases of at least $2.
  • Approved a lease agreement for property located at 8815 W. 13th St.


February 20, 2012minutes
Board approves revised 2012-2013 academic calendar

Working to fully meet the Higher Learning Commission’s requirements, a modified version of the 2012-2013 academic calendar was approved by the Cowley College Board of Trustees during the annual monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the Board heard that the mandatory online orientation for online students was a success with over 95 percent of the students rating it as good or excellent. A significant improvement of students starting online classes on time was noted.

In other matters, the Board:

  • Heard from Dr. McAtee about the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon he attended Feb. 16 in Topeka. Cowley had four students honored at the luncheon. Students honored were Patrick Curl, Hannah Dillard, Michael Fox and Mark Janzen.
  • Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, presented the following update: Work on the air conditioning/heating system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is complete as is the installation of the elevator inside Galle-Johnson. The school is awaiting the asbestos abatement on the Summit Street House, located near the Travis Hafner Training Center. The house will then be razed.
  • Submitted the following policies for first readings. Conflict of Interest; Reporting of Fraud; and Performance Appraisals.
  • Received a quality update and academic update from Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs. Griffiths also informed the Board that the academic affairs council approved the modification of the Numerical Control Programming certificate by removing the AutoCad course. Instead, it would be more appropriate to substitute the course to Advanced Mastercam and not delete any credit hours from the certificate.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Feb. 14, full-time equivalency was 2,798, compared to 2,815 at this time last year.

 

January 27, 2012minutes

Board approves purchase of property in Arkansas City

Conducting a special meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees Friday in the President’s Private Dining room in the McAtee Dining Center, the Board approved the purchase of property located at 315 E. Filmore in Arkansas City at a cost of $3,400.

 

 

January 17, 2012minutes

Board learns Hafner Center campaign reaches its goal

With the Travis Hafner Training Center opening in November, the Cowley College Board of Trustees learned that the school’s capital campaign has wrapped up as it recently reached the $250,000 fundraising mark.
The Board received updates on the Annual Fund campaign, the deferred maintenance tax credit program, and reviewed findings of the fall survey.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Discussed the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon, which will be held at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka on Thursday, Feb. 16. The COP’s/Trustees will have meetings on Thursday afternoon, following the PTK luncheon. There will also be a KBOR meeting that morning from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, presented the following update: The air conditioning/heating system in W.S. Scott Auditorium is substantially; the elevator installation in Galle-Johnson is complete, while the hallway and flooring work in the building will wrap up soon; The plumbing repair at The Lodge dormitory was completed on time.
  • Approved the Request for Professional Services, Athletic-related injuries policy.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Jan. 11, full-time equivalency was 2,774, compared to 2,779 at this time last year.
  • Were presented with information about this year’s Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. in the Earl N. Wright Community Room. This year’s inductees are Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, Tom V. Saia, and Keith Bonney.

 

December 19, 2011minutes

New auditor shares information with college’s Board of Trustees

Scott Loyd of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC provided Cowley College’s Board of Trustees with an audit report during the regular monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd recently became the new auditors for the college. Parman-Tanner-Soule and Jackson were the previous auditors for the school.

In other matters, the Board:

  • Heard from Dr. McAtee and Board member, Jim Ramirez, on the KACCT/COP joint meeting they attended Dec. 5 at Independence Community College. Ramirez distributed a copy of the KACCT Marketing Recap, which included the group’s marketing plan.
  • Discussed the dinner meeting with Senator Steve Abrams and representative Ed Trimmer, which was held Dec. 1 in the Private Dining Room of the McAtee Dining Center. The meeting was held to keep area legislators informed of issues that are critical to the future of Cowley College.
  • Decided to move the January Board meeting date to Tuesday, Jan. 17 due to Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 16.
  • Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the following construction update. The baseball, track, cross country, and soccer coaches are moving into their new offices at the Travis Hafner Training Center; The air conditioning/heating system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is operational, but some ductwork remains as well as the control system; Conco and Winfield Plumbing will be replacing the main sewer line in each hallway of The Lodge dormitory over Winter Break. The work will be complete prior to the students return on Jan. 10.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Dec. 14, full-time equivalency was 2,225, compared to 2,231 at this time last year.

 

November 21, 2011minutes

Cowley Board sets date to meet with Senator Steve Abrams

Looking to discuss legislative issues with Kansas Senator Steve Abrams, the Cowley College Board of Trustees set the date of Dec. 1 to conduct a dinner meeting with Abrams during the Board’s annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

In other matters, the Board:

  • Reviewed the Interlocal Agreement entered into by and between the City of Winfield, the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, USD 465, and Cowley County Community College.
  • Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, informed the Board that the air conditioning system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is operational, but some ductwork remains as well as the controls system. Crouch also said the elevator installation inside Galle-Johnson began last Wednesday and should be complete in approximately two weeks.
  • Held a first reading on the policies Credit Hour Definition and Control of Vehicular Traffic on Campus.
  • Reviewed the academic report provided by vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths. Learned the academic affairs council approved the following new courses: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours) and Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours).
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Nov. 16, full-time equivalency was 1,483, which is up from 1,456 at this time last year.

 

October 18, 2011minutes

Media Club members share details of their conference in New Orleans

Ten members of Cowley College’s Media Club, along with club sponsor Meg Smith, shared details of the Excellence in Journalism Conference they attended Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans, LA, with Cowley College’s Board of Trustees. The students showed a power point presentation and spoke of the benefits of attending the conference during the Board’s annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Hannah Dillard of Crawfordsville, IN, for being named October Student of the Month.
  • Tony Crouch provided construction updates.
  • Approved changes to the following policies: Wheelchair Accessible seating; Training Staff/Development Policy; Reimbursement for Travel; Substantiation of Receipts for Cash Advance or Reimbursement; Maintenance and Services; Keys to College Facilities and Equipment; Student Appeal of Grades; and Student Code of Conduct.
  • Approved the modification of the following policies: Student Appeal of Course Grades and Student Code of Conduct.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates 20th day full-time equivalency was 3,023, compared to 3,038 at this time last year. A total of 1,045 Cowley County residents registered for classes and there were 11 foreign countries represented.

 

September 19, 2011minutes

Construction projects at the college moving right along

With construction work at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City and at the nearby Travis Hafner Training Center in full swing, Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the school’s Board of Trustees with an update on the projects during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting.
In other matters, the Board:

  • Heard from Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, on Cowley College’s Adult Education Program, which ranked first in Quality Measures out of all 19 community colleges in Kansas.
  • Approved the interlocal agreement with the City of Winfield 2012-2014 Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that was presented by Gary Mangus.
  • Approved the date change of October’s monthly meeting to Oct. 18 due to the annual Endowment Banquet on Oct. 17.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of August 14, full-time equivalency was 3,042, which is up from 3,026 as of August 14, 2010.

 

August 8, 2011minutes

Board approves 2011-2012 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 2011-2012 budget for the college that is seeking fewer tax dollars than the previous year. Therefore, the projected mill levy of 19.835 is down from the 2010-2011 levy of 20.219. The final mill levy won’t be set until the final valuation for Cowley County is calculated.

  • As of Aug. 3, total enrollment at Cowley College’s Centers is up 23 FTE (2,712 to 2,689) from this time last year.
  • Tony Crouch said the Travis Hafner Training Center is progressing nicely and Conco Construction has moved the completion date to early November.
  • Work on the north dormitory will be finished in the next week as students prepare to move in on Aug. 16.