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August 10, 2004

Orientation for Cowley students, parents Aug. 18


Cowley County Community College expects as many as 400 students to go through its one-credit hour Orientation course, scheduled for Aug. 18 on the main campus in Arkansas City.

Students enrolled in PSY6720 01 will earn one hour of college credit while learning important information designed to assist them while they are students at Cowley. The daylong Orientation will include guest speakers, meetings with instructors and advisors, and great food and fun social activities. Sessions also have been developed for parents.

The first day of fall classes at Cowley is Aug. 19.

Studies have shown that students who successfully complete an orientation program are more likely to succeed than those who choose not to enroll in the course. The schedule:


  • 8 a.m., check in at the Brown Center for Arts, Sciences and Technology.
  • 8:15 a.m., Compass meetings in campus classrooms.
  • 9 a.m., campus tour, club fair, and Student Services session
  • 10 a.m., guest speaker, Nancy Hunter Denney, Robert Brown Theatre inside Brown Center.
  • 11 a.m., optional lunch on the lawn (free).
  • 1 p.m., faculty panel session, Brown Center
  • 1:45 p.m., advisor meetings in campus classrooms.
  • 2:30 p.m., True Colors session, Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center.
  • 3:25 p.m., Compass meetings in campus classrooms.
  • 4:20 p.m., wrap-up session, Brown Center.
  • 4:30 p.m., community fair, Earle N. Wright Community Room and Gallery, Brown Center.


  • 8-9:45 a.m., Student Services Fair in The Jungle, Nelson Student Center.
  • 10 a.m., guest speaker, Nancy Hunter Denney, Robert Brown Theatre inside Brown Center.
  • 11 a.m., optional lunch on the lawn ($5 per person).
  • 1 p.m., faculty panel session, Brown Center.
  • 1:45 p.m., parents’ meeting, Brown Center.
  • 3 p.m., community fair, Earle N. Wright Community Room and Gallery, Brown Center.
  • 4 p.m., reception and evaluations, Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center.

Students enrolled in Orientation will be given six assignments that involve an advisor meeting, library basics, Campus Connect, service learning, the Discover Program, and a signature page.

Back-to-school activities:

  • Aug. 17, New Student Housing Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Student Government Association Welcome Night, 8-10 p.m., The Jungle.
  • Aug. 18, New Student Orientation, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Returning Student Housing Fair, 5:30-7 p.m.; Returning Student Housing Meeting, 7 p.m.; Open Game Room Night, 7-10 p.m., Nelson Student Center; Dorm Meetings, 7:30-8 p.m.
  • Aug. 19, First Day of Fall Semester; Magician/Illusionist Aaron Radatz, 7 p.m., Robert Brown Theatre.
  • Aug. 25, Back-to-School Bash, 5 p.m., Kimmell Dormitory Parking Lot.
  • Aug. 26, Back-to-School Breakfast (served by Cowley Board members and administrators), 7 a.m., McAtee Dining Center.

This year’s Orientation speaker is Nancy Hunter Denney, author of the book “Life by Design.”

Denney says that when people live their lives by design, or lead by design, the only outcome is one of meaning and an enhanced sense of purpose.

“I know from my own efforts to live everyone else’s definition of ‘having it all’ that there had to be a way of gaining back my life, and hopefully, re-discover happiness,” Denney said. “On the outside, I appeared capable, experienced and well educated. Inside, I was asking, ‘Why couldn’t I fit 38 hours into a 24-hour day?’ ‘Why wasn’t I productive at work or play?’ and ‘Is this all there is?’ “

She then discovered what she calls The Future Plan, a five-phase strategy for making life improvements. Denney’s life changed because she literally had a plan.

In 1993, after 12 years as a professional in higher education, she quit her job and started her own speaking business. Since then she has made a career out of inspiring others to make a difference. Her second book in which she co-authored, “Let Your Leadership Speak: How to Lead and Be Heard,” provides various tools for enhancing one’s leadership potential.

Denney is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and leadership trainer who has appeared on numerous radio and television morning shows, including ABC and NBC in Chicago discussing her life improvement strategies. She also appeared with Dr. Phil at the iWomen Conference in Indianapolis as the opening keynote.