February 13, 2009
Students take part in FutureSpace 2009
Exploring transfer options and career opportunities, close to 200 students
took part in FutureSpace 2009 held Thursday at Cowley College’s
Arkansas City campus.
During the College Transfer Fair, 16 colleges/universities from Kansas and Oklahoma were on hand to provide information about the academic programs they offer.
There were also 16 guest speakers from various careers to talk to students during the Career Fair held in classrooms in the Brown Center and Webb-Brown Academic Center.
Mike Fell, Cowley College art instructor, teamed with Cowley College graphic designer, Kris Ripley, to speak to students about careers in their respective fields.
“I felt it was a beneficial day,” Fell said. “I was able to speak to the students about being an art educator at various levels and also about being a professional artist.”
Attendees included students from Cowley College, Cedar Vale High School and Burden High School.
Julie Rhoads, FutureSpace committee chair and elementary education instructor at Cowley College, was pleased with the participation and help she got in making the day a success.
“The team is thrilled with the overall response and truly appreciated the commitment of the faculty and staff,” Rhoads said.
During the event, the Cowley College Endowment Association gave away four $50 gift cards, which can be used at the Tiger Deli, Cowley College Bookstore, or the school’s Cosmetology Department.
The following individuals served as speakers at FutureSpace 2009:
Mike Fell, Cowley College art instructor and professional artist; Kris Ripley, Cowley College graphic designer; Connie Donatelli, Cowley College vocal music director; Lindsay Ramirez, music educator; J.R. Hurst, writer, director and performer; Dean Hall, licensed clinical marriage and family therapist; Brian Grunder, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper; Lane Massey, Arkansas City director of administration; Brandon Russell, assistant director of Butler County EMS; Sarah Clawson, registered nurse; Angela Norton, registered pharmacist; Mary Ayers, forensic scientist Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center; Steve McNinch, Ethanol Company; Andy Roberson, PSG first assistant golf professional at the Flint Hills National Golf Club; Fred Hayes, president BG Products; and Kim Howard, Carquest store manager.
Colleges/universities that had representatives at the College Transfer Fair:
Baker University; Bethel College; Bethany College; Emporia State University; Friends University; Kansas Wesleyan University; Newman University; Oklahoma City University; Ottawa University; Pittsburg State University; Southwestern (Okla.) Christian University; Southwestern College; Tabor College; University of Kansas; Washburn University; Wichita State University.