A&F Newsletter

Summer 2010


Ali Nittler named Cowley College Student of the Year


What a year it was for Cowley College sophomore Ali Nittler. Having been named the school’s Septembernittler Student of the Month and being crowned Queen Alalah LXXVIII, Nittler capped off her school year by being named Cowley College’s Student of the Year during the school’s annual Honors and Awards Ceremony held in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

Nittler, along with the school’s other Student of the Month selections, were up for the prestigious honor of Student of the Year.

“Any of the eight of us would have been more than deserving to get the award,” Nittler said. “It was nice to be among a very elite group of students and I am very gracious to have been selected as the Student of the Year.”

A representative from each department at Cowley College honored students that have excelled during the 2009-10 academic year during the ceremony.

“We want to honor the students and the teachers that have helped the students reach their goals,” Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee said during the ceremony.
Nittler, a business administration major from Arkansas City, was involved in Phi Theta Kappa, and actively participated in intramurals and other campus activities. She was a Cowley Captain, Student Ambassador, Cowley Tutor and SGA Secretary.

She worked two part time jobs and carried a full class schedule while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She is employed at K’ an D’ Pharmacy and also as a Tutor. Along with her other jobs, Nittler plans to work part time this summer at the Arkansas City Recreation Commission.
Nittler plans to transfer to Wichita State University in order to receive her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Nittler recently was nominated to be a Student Ambassador at WSU.

“I have had a great experience at Cowley and am ready to go on to WSU,” Nittler said. “Cowley has provided me with a very good base to build myself upon.”

Nittler grew up well connected to Cowley College as her mother, Deb, was the head volleyball coach at Cowley from 1986-2000 and holds the school-record for most career wins (389). Deb also served as an assistant women’s basketball coach for five seasons during the 1980’s. The head coach of the Tiger women’s basketball team during those years was Deb’s sister and Ali’s aunt, Linda Hargrove, who is the program’s all-time winningest coach with 316 wins. Hargrove also won 292 games as head volleyball coach at Cowley prior to Deb taking over as head coach in 1986.

Nittler’s uncle, and Linda’s husband, Ed Hargrove, is the winningest coach in Cowley sports history, and his 947 wins rank him first in the nation on the National Junior College Athletic Association’s wins list of active softball coaches. Hargrove was an all-conference football player at Cowley and graduated from the school in 1967.

She also has an aunt, Bev Manuszak, which serves as a Student Support Services counselor at Cowley. While, her cousin, April Nittler, is an instructor in the college’s Natural Science Department.

Nittler’s mother, Deb, also served as assistant athletic director at Cowley and is currently an instructor in the Social Science Department. Deb graduated from Cowley in 1975 and was involved in basketball, volleyball, track, tennis, SGA, and cheerleading while a student at the school.

Award recipients:

  • Academic Excellence Challenge — Aaron Brooks, Stefny Cabrera, Jacob Fletcher, Richard Gould, and Marcus Whitson.
  • Kansas All State Academic Team — Phuong Huynh, Aubrey Lyman, Gregory Anderson, and Rebecca Johnson.
  • Student Ambassadors — Callie Barnett, Jamie Blackim, Erin Burroughs, Allie Crow, Mitch Hoover, Clinton Neal, Dayton Rodrigues, Dange’ Sanders, Jory Custar, Titus Massey, Ashley Spencer, Will McKown, Chelsi Smades, Mary Jane Roberts, Alicia Rayl, Robin Ray, Allison Nittler, Cassidy Jordan, Samantha Thieme, Judy Marks, Jaclyn Blazer, and Kale Hamm.
  • Outstanding Student Ambassadors — Jory Custar and Allie Crow.
  • Student Ambassador of the Year — Mary Jane Roberts
  • Resident Assistants—Katie Gillmore, Cassidy Jordan, Tyler Hancock, Justin Kirchoff, Jeffrey Wejman, Jamie Blackim, Judy Marks, Jessica Dyer, and Mitch Hoover.
  • Student Government Association — Samantha Thieme, Jeffrey Wejman, Allison Nittler, and Mitch Hoover.
  • Cowley Tutors — Christine Logan
  • Derek Burroughs Award — Shane Parsons
  • Academic Civic Engagement through Service — Kiley Andes
  • Act One Drama Club — Clinton Haas and Mitch Hoover
  • Art and Design Club — Janet Hamilton and Landon Schmidt
  • Students Honoring All Diverse Ethnicities — Phuong Hyunh
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes — Jamie Blackim
  • Chess Club — Sarah Montgomery
  • College Republicans — Richard Gould
  • Creative Claws — Joanna Carson and Jessica Dyer
  • Film Club — Mitchell Wright
  • Instrumental Music — Jeremiah Johnson and Mitchell Wright
  • Kansas National Educators Association — Wrylie Finkle
  • Math & Science Club — Robin Ray
  • Media Club — Carly Budd, Chris Bales, and Richard Gould
  • Multicultural Scholars Program — Virdiana Sanchez and Falisha Scott
  • Peers Advocating Wellness for Students — Katie Gillmore and Jamie Blackim
  • Phi Beta Lambda — Phuong Huynh and Janessa Gould
  • Phi Theta Kappa — Robin Ray, Phuong Huynh, and Sarah Montgomery
  • Phi Theta Kappa (Mulvane) — Rebecca Johnson and Irona Cliver 
  • Skills USA — Brandon May
  • Vocal Music — Jessica Latham
  • Allied Health Department — Samantha Troyer
  • Business, Computer and Information Technology Department — Phuong Huynh
  • Career and Technical Education Department — Brandon May
  • Humanities Department — Jessica Dyer
  • Natural Science Department — Meagan Mason
  • Social Science Department — John Kuffler
  • Students of the Month — Ali Nittler, Ashley Spencer, Phuong Huynh, Robin Ray, Jamie Blackim, Christine Logan, Aaron Brooks, and B.J. Misialek.
  • Student of the Year — Ali Nittler

Summer 2010