Spring 2003 Campus Briefs
The Cosmetology Department won first place in the Cosmetology Competition and first and second place in the Nail Care Competition March 31 through April 4 at the Kansas Skills USA VICA Competitions in Wichita. Traci Anderson, contestant and Josie Wakefield, model, won in Cosmetology, and Elizabeth Amezcua, contestant, and Hillary Gardner, model, won in Nail Care. Ursula Brinkman, contestant, and Kacie VanDegrift, model, took second in Nail Care. First-place finishers will be going to the national competition the last week of June.
The Academic Excellence Challenge team placed third overall in the state finals. Fifteen community colleges entered teams in this year’s competition. Cowley’s AEC team of Breanna Anderson of Arkansas City (Hillsboro High School), Chris Craft of Caldwell, Beth Kennedy of Arkansas City (Cedar Vale High School), and Jenny Tevington of Mayfield (Campus High School) shared a cash prize for finishing third. Cowley’s AEC team won the state championship in 2000 and 2001 and placed fifth last year. Final standings: 1, Allen County, 4-0 record, averaged 108.75 points per round; 2, Hutchinson, 3-2, averaged 146.00 points per round; 3, Cowley County, 3-2, averaged 101.00 points per round. Tevington earned a spot on the All-Tournament team by averaging 32.78 points per round.
The Mobile Intensive Care Technician program received official accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Programs. Slade Griffiths, Cowley’s director of EMS education, said he’s known for years that his program was solid. The most recent accreditation validates that fact. “It’s extra validation if someone comes in and checks your program,” Griffiths said. “It was a lot of work, but it’s worth it.” Cowley’s program is housed in the Winfield Center at 1406 E. Eighth St., Stevenson Hall in Baden Square. Griffiths, who started Cowley’s program seven years ago, said the program has two goals. The first is to produce competent, entry-level MICTs to serve in career and volunteer positions in the United States. The second goal is to possess adequate resources to provide effective EMS education by implementing and utilizing appropriate practices while meeting the needs of the communities of interest. A two-person team, one from Texas and one from Ohio, spent two days with Griffiths and Lead MICT Instructor Cindy Branscum, going through the program with a fine-tooth comb. Griffiths received official notification on April 10.
Tim Frick, a sophomore from Shawnee, Okla., (Ponca City High School), was crowned Mr. CinderFella 2003 during the annual event held May 8. The Beachwear award went to Schuyler Thomas. Other contestants were, Derek Kellermann, Mike Brock, Frank Eddy, Ryan Julius, James Akers, Trent James, Mike Gamache, Tory Alexander, Dane Carpenter, Jake Moss, Mike Dome, Jeremy Smith, Devin Woods, Will Sellers, Iggy Mwela. James won the Best Eyes category, while Frick also won the Want to Take Him Home award. Alexander won the Best Smile category. Mr. Personality went to Moss. Talent Show winner was Woods, and Evening Wear winner was Kellermann. Smith was Mr. CinderFella’s runner-up, second place went to Brock, Dome took third and Kellermann was fourth. Miss Kansas 2002, Jeanne Anne Schroeder, emceed the event.
Twelve students qualified to attend a national conference this summer after the 52nd Phi Beta Lambda Kansas Leadership Conference and Competition Feb. 27-28. Eight of the 12 students qualified in more than one event. They will be limited to competing in only one event at nationals, set for June 29 through July 2 in Dallas. The 12 Cowley students who qualified for nationals are Gail Ballew, Latham; Richard Brammer, Winfield; Holly Beaty, Arkansas City; Carthon Diggs, Wichita; Sheila Irving, Arkansas City; Hollie Meeker, Wellington; Andrea Larkins, Rose Hill; Angela Root, Winfield; Angela Naasz, Winfield; Russell Lowden, Arkansas City; Nicole Turner, Winfield; and Wesley Nellis, Arkansas City. Seventeen Cowley students attended the Salina conference and competed against those from Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Friends University, Central Christian of McPherson, Labette Community College and Colby Community College. Cowley swept the top three places in the Word Processing and the Public Speaking events. Other events they will be competing in at Nationals include Accounting, Business Principles, Computer Application, Business Law, Desktop Publishing, Impromptu Speaking, Human Resource Management, and Hospitality Management. Beverly Grunder, chair of the Business and Service Technology Department, is sponsor.
Sarah Pritchard of Augusta, a freshman communications major at Cowley, was named Outstanding Student of Arkansas City during a banquet held in honor of all nine finalists April 7. Pritchard, who also is a member of Cowley’s softball team, was chosen among more than 70 students who were nominated for the award. The award is presented to a student from either Arkansas City Middle School, Arkansas City High School, or Cowley. Pritchard’s award marks the second consecutive year that a Cowley student has been so honored. Besides softball, where she plays outfield, Pritchard is a member of Campus Christian Fellowship, plays intramural volleyball and softball, and referees intramural volleyball.
Enrollment at Cowley, both full-time and overall headcount, set another record after figures were released by the Registrar’s Office. Full-time equivalency (FTE) for the spring 2003 semester jumped 11.5 percent from a year ago, 2,903, compared to 2,604 in 2002. Total headcount, every student who takes classes from the college, rose 7 percent, from 4,309 in spring 2002 to 4,609 this spring. Once again, the largest increase occurred at Cowley’s Southside Education Center in Wichita. FTE at Southside increased 25 percent, from 1,015 last spring to 1,267 this spring.