Endowment Association shows its appreciation with annual banquet
With many wonderful things happening at Cowley College, a large contingent of donors were treated to an evening of dinner and music during the Endowment Association’s annual banquet held Dec. 6 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
The event had generous support from EarCare Hearing Aid Centers, TCK - The Trust Company of Kansas, and CPA Solutions, LLC.
“We truly can’t thank our sponsors enough for helping make this such a special night” said Ben Schears, Vice President of Student Affairs.
Harpist Jane Hyde provided music throughout the banquet. Dr. Nick Rogers, President of the college’s Endowment Association, served as emcee for the evening.
Great Western Dining provided a wonderful dinner. While, Cowley’s Theatre Department performed Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” following the banquet.
Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee was impressed with the event.
“Congratulations to Scott MacLaughlin, Connie Donatelli, Jamison Rhoads and all the cast and crew for an outstanding production of White Christmas,” Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee said. “The acting, singing, dancing and orchestra were superior. I also congratulate the Endowment Association for making the decision to use our talented students and faculty for our annual Endowment dinner entertainment. I am so proud of all of you and everyone who helped make this a great event for the college.”
During the banquet, Dr. McAtee was presented with a gift from the Endowment Association for his 25 plus years of service to the college and the Endowment Association.
Also during the banquet, Cowley head tennis coach Josh Cobble was announced as this year’s recipient 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.
Cobble was an All-American tennis player at Cowley in 2002. He returned to coach the men and women’s tennis teams at Cowley in 2007 and was named the Wilson/ ITA Women’s National Tennis Coach of the Year during the 2011 season and was selected as the 2012 Wilson/ITA Men’s Coach of the Year.
Cobble coached the Tiger men to four victories over NCAA Division II squads this past spring and had the Tigers ranked in the top-10 throughout the season. The Tigers claimed the 2012 NJCAA Region VI Tournament in dominating fashion, reaching the finals at all three doubles positions and all six singles positions en route to claiming all 27 team points. He then led the Tiger men to a sixth place finish at the NJCAA Division I National Tennis Championship. All of this was accomplished with four newcomers in his lineup.
He also led the women’s tennis team to its fourth straight Region VI title and a fourth place finish at the national tournament. The finish was the highest in the last 10 years for the Lady Tiger tennis team.
Cobble has guided the men and women’s tennis programs to four straight top-10 national finishes and the squads have combined to capture seven of the eight Region titles during that span.
Away from Cowley, he is a Sunday school teacher at his church and a devoted husband to his wife, Rashelle, who is the associate director of enrollment management at Cowley College.
“I am surrounded by a lot of great people at Cowley, so to be picked for this is a great honor and I am very appreciative and humbled,” Cobble said.
The Ambassador Award was presented to Cowley College payroll and benefit specialist Ellen Kelly. The award recognizes individuals who have provided sustained volunteer or other service, or through philanthropic work to Cowley College.
Outside of the wonderful work she does at Cowley College, Kelly helps teach people with developmental disabilities and is a founding member of Cowley Cares Coalition Fund, which helps single mothers. She is also an active member of Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle, and has spent more than 15 years as an active member of The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.
“I am truly overwhelmed, humbled, and know that there are others who are more deserving than I,” Kelly said.
Overall, the evening was an overwhelming success.
“The Annual Banquet is truly an event to show appreciation to our donors for all they do for us throughout the year,” Executive Director of Alumni and Development Shannon Massey said. “I want them to just sit back and enjoy the evening. I knew when we decided to combine the Endowment Dinner with a show put on by our theatre department that they would make us proud, but they even exceeded my expectations. It was fabulous! It’s just amazing to me the talent we have in our staff and students.”
To donate to the Cowley College Endowment Association, contact Shannon Massey at 620-441-5319, or Ben Schears at 620-441-5245.