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Academic Year 2016-2017

Board of Trustees' Meetings

official minutesJune 19, 2017

Cowley mobile app to launch July 1

 

Giving Cowley College an opportunity to communicate with students in a way they never have before, the Cowley Mobile App (CowleyGO) will launch in the Apple and Google play store on July 1. The College’s Board of Trustees learned this and more during Monday night’s monthly meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center. Cowley is working with Modolabs to enable college students to easily create compelling, rich mobile websites and other data repositories which transform into a primary source of communication for students.

 

official minutesMay 15, 2017

 

Board views unveiling of phase 1 of the Sumner Campus at Wellington

 

Representatives from Gordon and Associates Architects provided Cowley College's Board of Trustees with a phase 1 overview of the Sumner County Campus at Wellington Construction during Monday night's meeting of the Board.

 

official minutesApril 17, 2017

 

Board approves honorary degree to be awarded at Commencement

 

Upon the recommendation of Cowley College’s Academic Affairs team, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved the idea to present an honorary degree at this year’s Commencement exercises to Cowley College sophomore Garrett Misora, who was tragically killed in a car accident in November, 2016. The decision was made at Monday night’s Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.


Misora was an exceptional student that was involved in the Cowley Pep Band and Academic Excellence Challenge team. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said Misora represented the College’s four core values and praised the work done by vice president of academic affairs Dr. Harold Arnett in making this honorary degree a possibility.


Dr. Arnett and his team will bring a list of qualifications to the Board to consider for future honorary degrees.


Also during the meeting, Dr. Rittle presented Sid Regnier with a plaque for his years of service to the college. Regnier spent 26 years employed at the college as the vice president of business services before retiring in 2000. He also spent the past two years as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees prior to resigning due to health issues at the March meeting of the Board of Trustees.


“Thank you to all of the students and employees of the college that have had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Regnier said. “I have enjoyed my time here at the college as a student, employee, teacher, and member of the Board.”


Board Chair Bob Juden said Regnier was his supervisor when he first began working at the college.


“You will find nobody more dedicated to our college than Sid,” Chair Juden said. “I have learned so much from him personally and applaud him and thank him for his service.”

 

official minutesMarch 13, 2017

 

Health reasons force Regnier to step down from Board of Trustees

 

Sid Regnier has been a vital part of the Cowley College campus for the better part of four decades. He spent 26 years of service to the college as the vice president of business services before retiring in 2000. He has spent the past two years as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and has strived to do his best to provide educational opportunities to the students of Cowley College. Due to health issues, Regnier submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately during Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Trustees.


“To all the employees of the college, I will always believe in you and wish you success as you strive to continue to brand Cowley College the best institution it has always been,” Regnier said.
In recognition of all that Regnier has done for the college, the Cowley College bookstore was named in his honor during the fall of 2000.


Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle thanked Mr. Regnier on behalf of the faculty, staff, students, and community for his years of service to the college, while Board Chair Bob Juden thanked Mr. Regnier for not only what he has done for the college but also in aiding himself.


Past chairman Dennis K. Shurtz echoed those sentiments.


“The Board of Trustees and the community applaud Mr. Regnier for his years of service as an administrator and board member for the college,” Shurtz said.

 

official minutesFebruary 20, 2017

 

Board approves extension with Cowley County Economic Development Agency

 

During Monday night’s meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees, the Board approved the authorization for Chairman Bob Juden to sign the extension to the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement providing for the creation and operation of the Cowley County Economic Development Agency. The agreement has been extended for three years, expiring on December 31, 2019.


Deb Firebaugh, administrative assistant for Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development, appreciates the college’s willingness to extend the interlocal agreement with Cowley First.


“Throughout our partnership these past 13 years, Cowley College has always been an active participant no matter the topic, issue or project Cowley First is working on,” Firebaugh said. “We are excited to see what we can continue to accomplish together as an economic development partnership.”


The Board also approved the authorization for Chair Juden to sign the Permanent Utility Easement, granting the City of Arkansas City access to the Cowley College baseball field parking lot, for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, repairing, improving, and maintaining the public water line, which lies beneath.


Chair Juden was also granted authorization to execute the Option to Purchase Real Property Agreement between Cowley College and the Short Land Co., LLC and the Short Family, giving Cowley College the option to purchase up to 10 additional acres of land, adjacent to the location of the future campus site in Wellington, KS, sometime during the next 10 years.

 

official minutesJanuary 17, 2017

 

Spring enrollment up at Cowley College

 

With the first day of spring classes underway at Cowley College, the school informed the Board of an increase in full-time students from this time a year ago. The information was shared during the monthly Board meeting held Tuesday, January 17 in the McAtee Dining Center.


Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said the College is up 166 FTE from a year ago.
“It took all hands on deck to accomplish this and I thank everyone for their efforts,” Dr. Rittle said.


Dr. Rittle also informed the Board that the College was recently awarded a pair of grants totaling $91,998. Funding will set up the computer lab needed for teaching CNC programming and related skills at the new Wellington Campus. The Grant money will also be used to purchase new computers to outfit a drastically updated graphic design lab. 


“It took work from all around the College to help us achieve this wonderful success,” Dr. Rittle said.

 

 

official minutesDecember 12, 2016

 

Dr. Rittle provides Board with College update

 

Following a Christmas dinner sponsored by Great Western Dining Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center, Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided the school’s Board of Trustees with a College update during the annual monthly meeting.


Dr. Rittle informed the Board that on Sunday, December 11 the Beta Phi Upsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society hosted its chartering and first induction ceremony at Cowley’s Mulvane Center. The event was a success and featured a standing room only crowd of family and friends. Dr. Rittle praised the work done by chapter advisors Chad and Tiffany Killblane as well as Mulvane Center administrative assistant Julia Jarboe.


Dr. Rittle also discussed the recent KACCT meeting he and Board member Jill Long attended in Parsons, KS. He said the two biggest take aways from the meeting were the continued discussion of a merger between Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College, and the ongoing discussion to allow guns on campus.


Dr. Kori Gregg, Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement, has been accompanying Dr. Rittle to visit Sumner County businesses that are interested in helping support the new campus in Wellington. They recently visited Tect Aerospace, GKN Aerospace, Triumph Accessory Services, and KanOkla.

 

official minutesNovember 21, 2016

 

Cowley College Announces Location of Sumner County Campus

 

The Cowley College Board of Trustees convened for its first board meeting since the election on Monday, November 21, 2016, and approved a property/naming agreement for the Sumner County campus after announcing a gift of land in excess of $1 million dollars by the Short family of Oxford.


Marjorie Short, the wife of the late Bill Short, is the owner of Short Land Company, LLC, and the donor of 18 acres of property just east of Walmart along Highway 160. In honor of the donation, the family received naming rights and announced the naming of the first building to be the Short General Education Center. 


“Two weeks ago, Sumner County voters gave us their approval to move forward with a Cowley College campus in this community,” said Dr. Rittle at the Sumner County Economic Development office where the board approved the property agreement. “Now, because of the generosity of Marjorie Short and her family, we’ve got a location in east Wellington and are able to begin our construction plan so we can open the Short General Education Center in the fall of 2018.”

 

official minutesOctober 17, 2016

 

Cowley College to add wrestling in fall of 2017

 

The Cowley College Board of Trustees approved the decision to give Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle and athletic director Shane Larson the authority to move forward with adding wrestling as a College athletic program in the fall of 2017. The announcement was made during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, October 17 in the McAtee Dining Center.


The Board also made the recommendation to retain former Arkansas City High School wrestling Coach Wayne Jackson as a consultant to Larson if Coach Jackson is willing. Jackson led the Bulldog program from 1979 to 2000 and won a record 13 Kansas State Team championships during his tenure. The team’s accomplishments included the success of 150 individual state placers and an incredible 57 individual state champions. Coach Jackson has remained involved with Ark City wrestling since stepping down in 2000.


During Monday’s meeting, Larson provided the Board with a feasibility study that showed the benefits of adding a new athletic program at the College. Four sports were taken into consideration in the study. The study showed there is a large recruiting base in the region to support the addition of a wrestling program at Cowley College. The NJCAA allows 18 scholarships for wrestling, and most intercollegiate programs carry rosters of 30-35 athletes.


The study also showed the popularity of wrestling in the Cowley County region could lead to more participation in the Tiger Booster Club and provide an opportunity for increased enrollment.
Along with the study, Larson provided the Board with printed emails and letters from individuals supporting the startup of a wrestling program at Cowley College.


Larson said the College will look to hire a head coach to lead the wrestling program in January or February, 2017. This will allow the coach time to assemble a roster and schedule matches.

 

official minutesSeptember 19, 2016

 

Cowley soars in credential attainment

 

Cowley College’s Board of Trustees were provided with an update on the recent KACCT/COP quarterly meeting attended by President Dr. Dennis C. Rittle during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, September 19 in the McAtee Dining Center.


Dr. Rittle reported that there were two areas of focus at the KACCT meeting held September 9-10 at Seward County Community College. One being, that the KACCT requests all community colleges to send a consistent message when speaking with legislators about the incredible return on investment community colleges provide to their communities and the State of Kansas. 


The second theme Dr. Rittle noted is the Kansas Board of Regents’ request for all community colleges to increase their student credential attainment. Currently, the national average is 10 semesters of decreasing enrollment. Add that to the decrease in the overall Kansas population and the decrease in state funding, and colleges face some significant challenges. However, in light of those challenges, Cowley is one of the top student credential attainment colleges in the State of Kansas per headcount and is willing to take the challenge of increasing student credential attainment because of the tremendous value to students, industries, and communities.

 

official minutesAugust 8, 2016

 

New Board of Trustee appointed

 

Jill Long of Winfield, KS was appointed to serve on the Cowley College Board of Trustees during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, August 8 in the McAtee Dining Center.


David Andreas, Legal Counsel, administered the Oath of Office. Along with Long’s installation she was appointed to serve as a voting delegate to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT), and serve as one of three Trustees on the Academic Sub-Committee as recommended by the nominating committee consisting of Trustee Dennis K. Shurtz and Board Chair Bob Juden.


Also, during the meeting, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2016-2017 operating budget for the College. The 2016-2017 budget has a projected mill levy of 18.990.


Revenues are based on in-state enrollments, a state operating grant, and an estimated county valuation of 253,892,051. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives as set forth by the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Team.

 

official minutesAugust 6, 2016

 

A Retreat of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was called to order on August 6, 2016, at 8:00am, in the Board of Trustee Conference Room, McAtee Dining Center on the CCCC campus, 206 South Fourth Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

official minutesJuly 25, 2016

 

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was called to order on July 25, 2016, at 3:00 pm, in the Board of Trustee Conference Room, McAtee Dining Center on the CCCC campus, 206 South Fourth Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

official minutesJuly 18, 2016

 

A meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was called to order on July 18, 2016, at 6:00 pm, in the Board of Trustee Conference Room, McAtee Dining Center on the CCCC campus, 206 South Fourth Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

July 12, 2016official minutes

 

Jill Long fills vacant seat on Board of Trustees

 

During Monday night’s meeting of Cowley College’s Board of Trustees, Jill Long of Winfield, KS was selected through a vote to fill the empty Board seat vacated by Jim Ramirez, who spent nearly five years as a member of the Board of Trustees before resigning in May. Long’s term will expire in January 2020.
Long was selected among a pool of four candidates. Others running for the vacant seat were, Jeremy Biddle of Winfield, and Bonnie Niles and Forrest Smith of Arkansas City.


“Every one of them were super,” Board member Bob Juden said.


The board also approved the nominations for Board of Trustees’ officers for 2016-2017: Bob Juden, Chairman; JoLynn Foster, Vice-Chairman; Dennis Shurtz, Past Chairman Who Shall Serve as an Advisor to the Chairman of the Board; Jill Long, Voting Delegate to the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees (KACCT); Brian Sanderholm, Alternate Delegate to Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT); Brian Sanderholm, Voting Delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT); Dennis Shurtz, Alternate Delegate to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT); JoLynn Foster, Trustee Representative for Professional Negotiations; Sid Regnier, Trustee Representative to Receive Open Bids; Ned Graham, Trustee Representative to the Cowley College Foundation Association; Ned Graham, Trustee Representative to the Tiger Booster Club; Dennis Shurtz, Ned Graham, and JoLynn Foster, Three Trustees to serve on the Finance Sub-Committee; Bob Juden, Brian Sanderholm, and Jill Long, Three Trustees to serve on the Academic Sub-Committee.


Board appointments include Tiffany Vollmer as Clerk of the Board, Dr. Gloria Walker as Treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Attorney for the Board.


The Board designated RCB Bank, Union State Bank, CornerBank, Sunflower Bank/Wichita, and Carson Bank/Mulvane as official depositories, and utilize all qualified institutions in the County for the investment of idle funds.


The Board also designated the Cowley CourierTraveler for publication of official notices, and kept the Board meeting time at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every month with four alternate dates of August 8, December 12, January 17, and March 13.