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December 21, 2004

Board receives update on new communication program


The college's new communications program is flourishing, members of the Board of Trustees learned Monday night during the Board's regular monthly meeting.

Tom Mason, who serves as a Humanities Department instructor, started the college's communication program this past summer. The college now offers three new communication courses: Introduction to Broadcasting, Introduction to Public Relations, and Radio Practicum.

All three courses have been immensely successful. Introduction to Broadcasting, which was offered for the first time this fall, filled all of its available spots. The Introduction to Public Relations class will begin in the spring semester and is already full. The Radio Practicum class filled all of its spots for the fall and spring semesters.

The college purchased a 16-channel mixing board for the communication students to use for broadcasting Tiger basketball games on KACY 102.5 FM and to use in the classroom.

"Being able to provide the play-by-play and the color (commentating) of a game is something most students don't get the experience to do until they are in their junior or senior year at a four-year university," Mason said. "This is a very positive thing for our program."

The college also purchased a Dolby Auditions digital-editing program to give students a hands-on experience with editing sound programs. Mason also helped organize a new communications club, which is called Tyger Tawk. The club has 10 members. It promoted a Talent/No Talent show that had 16 entries and had more than 220 students in attendance. The money that was raised went to the club, and the food that was donated went to a local food bank.

The club also hosted a sheet contest for the men’s and women's home basketball games vs. Northern Oklahoma College on Nov. 20. Fifteen clubs on campus decorated twin-size sheets with the motto “Corral the Mavs” to represent their clubs. Phi Beta Lambda won $50 for having the best sheet.

The club also sponsored, along with Act One Drama Club, Alice in Wonderland. More than 650 children in the community attended the 9 a.m. performance, more than 700 attended the 1 p.m. performance, and more than 200 people attended the evening performance.

Mason said the club has two major activities planned for the spring semester.

In other matters, the Board:

(1) Approved the audit report conducted by Parman, Tanner, Soule & Jackson, CPA, of Arkansas City. Elliott Jackson took the Board through the firm's audit findings Monday night.

(2) Approved a lease agreement with Cowley College and the city of Arkansas City to build a new fence around Lady Tiger Softball Field located at Seventh Street and Washington Avenue.

(3) Approved a lease agreement between Cowley College and USD 263 in Mulvane.

(4) Approved the college to proceed with expanding its Industrial Technology Department in Mulvane's business park. Currently, Automotive and Welding technology classes are being taught at Cowley’s Mulvane Industrial Technology Center.

(5) Approved changing the date of January's board meeting to Jan. 24.

(6) Heard an overview from Donna Avery on the KACCT/COP meeting she and Board Chairman Ron Godsey attended Dec. 5-6 at Kansas City Community College.

(7) Accepted the resignation of Robert Mason as Aviation Instructional Specialist at the Aviation Tech Center in Wichita effective Nov. 30.

(8) Commended the Christmas party committee for its hard work.