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Academic Year 2017-2018

Board of Trustees' Meetings

Read MinutesJune 18, 2018

Board welcomes visit from Lieutenant Governor

Tracey Mann, the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, made a stop in Arkansas City on Monday and shared a few minutes with Cowley College's Board of Trustees prior to the annual monthly meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.

Mann is a businessman and politician who was appointed Lieutenant Governor by Governor Jeff Colyer in February 2018, after Colyer became Governor.

Mann resides in Salina, Kansas, where he works as a commercial real estate broker. He also owns a farm in Quinter, Kansas.

Prior to visiting with the Board of Trustees, Lieutenant Governor Mann was given a short tour of Cowley College's main campus.

"I am excited to hear about what you are doing here in Arkansas City and also what you are doing in Sumner County," Mann said. "I also send greetings from Governor Colyer. We thank you for your service to Cowley College."

Read MinutesMay 21, 2018

Fall enrollment looking good at Cowley College

Kristi Shaw, Cowley College executive director of enrollment management, provided the Board of Trustees with an enrollment update during the annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center. Shaw excitedly shared fall enrollment is currently at 1,094, which is up significantly, more than 10 percent, from this date a year ago.

Shaw also mentioned the Parent/Student Information Nights planned in June. The first Parent/Student Information Night will be held Monday, June 25 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Conway Springs High School. Later that evening, the event will be held from 7-8:30 at Udall High School. The final event will be held Wednesday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Wellington High School.

Read MinutesApril 16, 2018

Board recognizes accomplishments of TRiO program

Cowley College's Board of Trustees took time to honor the work done by those in Cowley College’s TRiO-Student Support Services program during the annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle read a proclamation issued by Dan Jurkovich, Mayor of Arkansas City, making April 16, 2018 Cowley College Student Support Services Day.

TRiO SSS, fondly known as IMPACT at Cowley College, is part of the Student Life Department. The TRiO program is housed in the Underground located at 115 South 3rd street.

TRiO SSS is a college success competitive grant created in 1968. Federally-funded college opportunity programs motivate and support students with disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.

Roxanna James, director of IMPACT programs, informed the Board that the program serves 160 students each year.

“We give them the tools they need to be successful to move on to the next level,” James said.

Read MinutesMarch 12, 2018

Board authorizes partnership with Army ROTC

The Cowley College Board of Trustees authorized College administration to enter into the necessary partnerships to offer Army ROTC starting in the fall of 2018 during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Major Eric Hollingsworth, State Education Officer, provided the Board with an overview of the Army ROTC program and the benefits of the partnership.

The partnership will be with Cadet Command, Kansas National Guard and Pittsburg State University.

Read MinutesFebruary 19, 2018

Board hears of success of DECA Club; Ian Alumbaugh named head bowling coach

The success of Cowley College's DECA Club was celebrated during Cowley College's regularly scheduled monthly Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center. Also during the meeting, Ian Alumbaugh was named the head coach of the newly formed bowling program, which will be housed at the Mulvane Center.

Collegiate DECA (Cowley Chapter) is a business organization open to any student preparing for careers in business and business-related fields or an interest in business. Specifically, finance and accounting, marketing and communications, entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism, business management and administration.

Read MinutesFebruary 10, 2018 — Board Retreat

Read MinutesJanuary 16, 2018

Recreation building to be named Linda Adams Hargrove Athletic Center

"Linda Hargrove is a pioneer in women's sports at Cowley College," wrote Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle in the summary of the naming committee’s recommendation to the Cowley College Board of Trustees. The legendary basketball and volleyball coach left her mark on the college and will be honored for her accomplishments as the Board approved the naming advisory committee's recommendation that the Cowley College Recreational Building located at 617 West Washington Avenue be named the Linda Adams Hargrove Athletic Center. The announcement was made during Cowley College's regularly scheduled monthly Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday, January 16 in the McAtee Dining Center.

Read MinutesDecember 11, 2017

Board approves the addition of bowling; Shurtz takes part in final meeting

It was an eventful evening during Cowley College’s regularly scheduled monthly Board of Trustees meeting held Monday, December 11 in the McAtee Dining Center, with the Trustees approving the addition of men’s and women’s bowling teams at the Cowley College Mulvane Center in the fall of 2018.


Cowley College athletic director Shane Larson provided the Board with a feasibility study showing the benefits of adding men and women’s bowling teams. Larson said bowling is growing in popularity among Kansas high school students and there are strong recruitment areas in Kansas and Oklahoma.


With Wichita State University having one of the top college bowling programs in the nation, the Shockers turn away an average of over 60 potential student athletes that attend the annual tryout for their teams.

Read MinutesNovember 20, 2017

Dr. Rittle announces statewide President and Trustee meetings on the Arkansas City Campus

During the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center, Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle announced the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees has partnered with the Council of Presidents and will meet on the Cowley College campus on Dec. 3-4 for meetings to include, new Trustee orientations on Dec. 3. Newly elected trustees, Gary Wilson and Glennis Zimmerman, have been invited to participate in this statewide training. State legislators will also be in attendance for a reception and dinner to include Senator Larry Alley, Representative Ed Trimmer, and Representative Anita Judd-Jenkins.

Read MinutesOctober 16, 2017

Board hears of Hall of Fame selections

The Cowley College Board of Trustees had an opportunity to hear about the accomplishments of three athletes selected for induction into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, October 16 in the McAtee Dining Center.

Recognized for their contributions to Cowley College athletics, baseball player Toby Anglen, tennis player Gavaska Williams, and women’s basketball player Debbie (Adams) Nittler will be inducted into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Read MinutesSeptember 18, 2017

Board announces donation of Bowman family property

The Cowley College Board of Trustees, along with president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, expressed their appreciation to the Bowman family for two pieces of property that were recently donated to Cowley College during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, September 18 in the McAtee Dining Center.

The property, located at 303 South Third Street and 415 West Washington in Arkansas City, was donated in honor of Carrie Effie.

Board Chair Bob Juden thanked the Bowman family for the generous gift.

“That ground will be used for something special you can be sure of that,” Juden said.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Cowley College athletic director Shane Larson provided the Board of Trustees with an update on the new wrestling program. Larson said there are 33 student-athletes on the wrestling team, with12 of the athletes walking on to be a part of the squad. Larson said through discussions with members of the wrestling team an additional 28 students decided to enroll this fall semester at Cowley due to a person they knew coming to wrestle at the school.

The wrestling program recently received new competition and practice mats as well as a new locker room in the Cowley Recreation Building. Tiger fans can get their first look at the wrestling program when Cowley hosts Neosho County in a dual at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 9 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.

Read MinutesAugust 14, 2017

 

Board views future Sumner Campus through 3D Virtual Modeling

 

Cowley College’s Board of Trustees got a glimpse into the future during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, August 14 in the McAtee Dining Center.


Members of the Board were able to use 3D Virtual Modeling goggles to see renderings of the future Sumner Campus. The 3D goggles will be available at the groundbreaking ceremony held at 1 p.m. October 11 at the Sumner Campus in Wellington, KS.


Cheri Hulse and David Herlocker with Agora Architecture in Winfield, KS, were on hand to answer questions about the 3D Virtual Modeling goggles, which will provide a naturalistic panorama.


“This is something we can bring to the groundbreaking to share with everyone,” Hulse said.
The 3D Virtual Modeling goggles will also allow donors to see what spaces will be available for potential naming opportunities.


Also, during the meeting, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2017-2018 operating budget for the College.

 

Read MinutesJuly 31, 2017

 

New hires approved at Special Meeting of the Board

 

A Special Meeting of Cowley College’s Board of Trustees was held Monday, July 31 in the McAtee Dining Center. During the meeting, the Board approved seven new hires to begin employment on August 1, 2017.

 

Read MinutesJuly 17, 2017

 

Cowley College and Mulvane School District sign lease agreement

 

The Cowley College Board of Trustees authorized Chair Bob Juden to sign the lease of real property agreement between Cowley College and USD 263 during Monday night’s meeting of the Board held at the Mulvane Bloomenshine facility. The agreement allows the college to lease the Mulvane Bloomenshine property, with the option to purchase the property at the conclusion of the three-year lease term.