Art Instructor Hunter
loses battle with cancer
Doug Hunter, an art instructor at Cowley since 1979, died Jan. 6 at his home in Arkansas City. He was 52. A celebration of his life was held Jan. 12 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center at the college.
In 1979, he began working at Cowley, where he was an art instructor until his death. He handled athletic recruiting from 1979 to 1985, was an assistant baseball coach in 1985, and head coach of the women’s softball team from 1980 to 1984. Hunter’s 1984 softball team, which finished with a 23-15 record, won the Region VI Tournament and qualified for nationals. That same year, the Lady Tigers were ranked fourth in the nation, the highest ranking in the history of Cowley softball. Hunter was 55-63 during his five seasons.
Hunter received numerous awards during his career, including being recognized in 1998 in “Who’s Who in America,” and earning the Master Teacher Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development at the University of Texas in 1995. He was named Outstanding Teacher in Education in 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1989, received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Kansas Art Education Association in 1997, and was named softball Coach of the Year in 1984 by the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
He married Patricia Tieperman on July 22, 1986, in Arkansas City. Survivors include his wife, Patti, of the home; one daughter, Ashlee Hunter of the home; two stepdaughters, Lindsay Sunderland of New Bern, N.C., and Tricia Morgan of the home; his parents of Alamo, Texas; one brother, Gary Hunter, of Fort Collins, Colo.; and two stepgrandchildren, Chase Sunderland and Jayden Sunderland. An Art Scholarship Fund has been established at Cowley, as well as a memorial fund with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas. Contributions may be made through Hawks Funeral Home.
Brown Center custodian dies
Danial Benning, 54, Arkansas City, died Jan. 5 at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City. He was a custodian in the Brown Center on the main campus. Cremation was effected and private family services were held.
MICT students graduate
Graduation for 13 students in the Mobile Intensive Care Technician program was held Jan. 5 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room on the main campus. The one-year program finished on Dec. 8.
Following is the class of 2000: Jessica A. Cassaboom, Winfield; Blake R. Kennard, Wichita; Tracy Lynn LeValley, Winfield; Gary James Poindexter, Derby; Brandon J. Russell, Halstead; Denell J. Smith, Wichita; Joshua N. Jenek, Halstead; Angela D. Hamilton, Wichita; Jason L. Newberry, Wellington; Chet M. Ranzau, Halstead; Andrew B. Saville, Wichita; Lorraine R. Stelz, Wichita; and Fran R. Trosper, Latham.
The class assessed 5,000 patients and gave 1,500 medications during the year. With this fourth graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat 40,000 patients each year.
Davis, Riedmiller earn awards
Rhiannon Davis of Tonkawa, Okla., and Kelli Riedmiller of Mulvane, Kan., are the November and December students of the month, respectively. Davis is a sophomore accounting major with a 4.0 grade-point average. Riedmiller is a sophomore liberal arts major with a 3.77 GPA. Davis is the daughter of Janet and Joe Davis. Miller is the daughter of Karen and Gary Riedmiller.
BOT members seek re-election
Donna Avery, Albert Bacastow Jr., and LaDonna Lanning, members of the Board of Trustees whose terms expire this year, have filed for re-election. Avery and Bacastow are from Arkansas City. Lanning is from Winfield. Avery and Lanning are pursuing second terms, while Bacastow has served on the Board all but two years since 1985.
Spring play Ewing’s last
After 26 plays and musicals, Dejon Ewing is calling it quits. The chair of Cowley’s Humanities Department plans to continue teaching, but after the spring play Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” 7:30 p.m. March 1-3 in the Robert Brown Theatre, Ewing is giving up the director’s chair to devote more time to teaching.