Endowment Association members treated to enjoyable evening
Treated to an evening of dinner and music, a large crowd of Cowley College donors attended the Annual Endowment Association Banquet Nov. 10 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. During the banquet, it was announced that the total assets for the Endowment Association sit at $3.5 million dollars.
Cowley College’s Steve Butler and the Cowley College singers provided music throughout the banquet. Curt Freeland, President of the college’s Endowment Association, served as emcee for the evening.
Freeland announced the Tiger Booster Club surpassed its goal of $30,000 by raising $40,000 during the Blitz Drive. He also provided an update on how the Cowley athletic programs are doing.
Great Western Dining provided dinner.
“The dinner went really well, I would like to thank Robert (Rogers) and his staff for the wonderful food,” Cowley College Director of Alumni and Endowment Shannon Massey said.
Shannon O’Toole, director of Bookstore Operations, and Craig Isom, adjunct EMT/MICT instructor, were recipients of the Young Achiever Award. The award recognizes individuals age 40 or younger that have had success in their educational achievements, careers and community service, and/ or service to Cowley College.
O’Toole began her employment at Cowley College, Nov. 10, 1997, as Coordinator of the Endowment Association. In Dec. of 1999, O’Toole began work as the Director of Bookstore Operations at Cowley.
She serves on several committees at Cowley including Co-Chair of AQIP Project 4 Team, which plans and implements an employee professional development and mentoring system; Cowley College Insurance Committee; Business Services Council, Cowley College Christmas Planning Committee, and has been Cowley College Arkalalah Queen’s Committee Chair since 1997.
O’Toole graduated from Cowley College with honors receiving an Associate of Arts in Accounting in 1994. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Cowley College Cheer Squad and Varsity Tennis. She has attended every coronation since she was crowned Queen Alalah LXXVII in 1993.
Upon completing her studies at Cowley with a cumulative GPA of 3.8, O’Toole continued her educational studies at Kansas State University, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with honors in 1996. She obtained her Master’s Degree from Wichita State University with honors in 2002, while working full-time at Cowley.
O’Toole has been responsible for the administration and daily operations of the College’s two bookstores in Arkansas City and the Southside campus in Wichita.
When summer school began in 2002, she implemented online bookstore purchasing. This service makes it much more convenient for students, alumni and friends to purchase items like clothing, souvenirs, and textbooks.
She is a local Arkansas City supporter of her church and the community. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she is serving as: Sacred Heart PSA President; Sacred Heart Arkalalah Float Building Chair; Ark City Takedown Club Secretary/Treasurer; a member of P.E.O. Chapter ER serving as President from 2005 – 2007, as well as Corresponding Secretary for two years. She has been a member of the college’s Endowment Association for the past 10 years.
Isom began his connection with Cowley College in January of 1998 when he enrolled in an EMT class. At the time he was a high school senior at Arkansas City High School. After graduating from high school and becoming a certified EMT, Isom began working for Cowley as an Adjunct Instructor for EMT classes.
In January of 1999 Isom started the MICT program taught at the time by Slade Griffiths. While in class he continued to help with EMT classes and also was hired full time by Arkansas City Fire and EMS. He graduated from the paramedic class and was awarded the Lyle E. Eckhart award. His involvement with Cowley continued to grow, as he became an active adjunct instructor for both EMT and MICT courses. He quickly proved himself as a knowledgeable and reliable employee, and continues to express those attributes with his current employment at Cowley.
A little over two years ago Isom ventured into the online teaching realm by teaching a section of the online pharmacology class. A year or so later, he added a section of medical terminology. Then, under the request of Griffiths, Isom developed a pharmacological calculations class for online students and has now added, with Griffiths help, an online ECG interpretation course. Recently, Isom taught the first Advanced Medical Life Support course at Cowley bringing his total teaching load this semester to 13 credit hours.
This is an impressive load as Isom continues to work as a parttime employee at Cowley and as a full-time paramedic with Winfield EMS. His employment with Winfield EMS has also been full of accolades as shortly after being hired he re-wrote the entire set of protocols. These protocols were immediately adopted by the Medical Society and put into place. Isom soon took over all scheduling responsibilities and makes sure that there are at least two technicians that cover three ambulances 24/7 for Winfield EMS.
Isom also worked as a liaison to the Winfield EMS reserve unit for several years. During that time Isom conducted most of the training for the reserves and also organized a Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support course for the entire Winfield response area (this includes Dexter, Cambridge, Burden, Atlanta, and Udall).
He received his Bachelors in Business Administration last May from Southwestern College.
The Ambassador Award was presented to James Fry, Cowley College’s ACES Office Manager. The award recognizes individuals who have provided sustained volunteer or other service, or through philanthropic work to Cowley College.
Fry has given countless hours of his time and talent to students here at Cowley as well as to service projects in the community. He has worked at Cowley College since August of 1997 where he started as the Service Learning Office Manager.
He was one of the key individuals in starting the volunteer service programs in the city of Arkansas City and is very involved in city volunteer efforts. He works for many projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Manna Ministries, the Burford Theatre Project, Arkalalah, and many more. Fry also owns a farm in which he incorporates wildlife conservation and management.
He is a Cub Scout leader, served on a city board for individuals with disabilities, served on the ACCA school board, has set up the Cowley College Bowl for Kid’s Sake for Big Brothers and Big Sisters for many years and is very involved in his church.
In his job at Cowley College, Fry is responsible for coordinating the service projects of the ACES program as well as service hours for students enrolled in psychology and sociology courses. That amounts to hundreds of young people each year.
Fry doesn’t just assign students to work projects; he also accompanies them and works alongside them in these projects. He is a familiar face at the weekend Habitat projects and serves as a “sounding board” to students who often come to him for advice and direction.
To donate to the Cowley College Endowment Association, contact Shannon Massey at 620- 441-5319, or Stephen Mc- Cann at 620-441-5291. Gifts to Cowley College earn you a 60% Kansas tax credit. Gifts must be made to the College by Dec. 31 for tax credits for this year.
The college is also raising funds for the remodeling of the Physics Lab, which will allow the College to expand course offerings and be able to look into new programs. Please contact Massey if interested in making a donation for the Physics Lab.
Following the Endowment Association Banquet, the crowd headed into the Robert Brown Theatre to catch a performance by sixtime Grammy nominee John McCutcheon, who performed some of his classics as well as songs from his new album “Sermon on the Mound”, which speaks of his love for baseball.
“John McCutcheon really entertained everybody,” Massey said. “I want to thank our donors for all they have done for the Endowment Association and Cowley College. We greatly appreciate them.”