May 18, 2010
Cowley to be well represented at NISOD
With the 32nd annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development
(NISOD) conference to be held May 30-June 2 in Austin, Texas, the Cowley
College Board of Trustees were informed that the school will be well
represented at the conference as part of several items that were discussed
during the regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining
The NISOD Master Teachers of the Year are Cowley College Natural Science Department instructors David Hays and Greg Nichols. Marlys Cervantes, Humanities Department Chair, and Meg Smith, director of journalism, will also attend the conference and present a class on multidisciplinary teaching.
Several other representatives from Cowley College will attend the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.
In other matters, the Board:
- Approved the March and April Board minutes in separate motions.
- Discussed the KACCT/COP Annual Summer Retreat, which will be held
June 18-19 at Neosho County Community College.
- Decided items need to be submitted to Cowley College president
Dr. Patrick J. McAtee by June 4 in order to prepare the information
for the Board of Trustees Retreat on Saturday, June 26 from 7 a.m.
to noon in the Hall of Fame Room.
- Approved the Social Networking and Use of Tobacco on Campus policies.
- Approved the 2011-2012 academic calendar.
- Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of May 13,
full-time equivalency was 744, which is up from 598 at this time last
year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of May 13, full-time
equivalency was 1,240, which is up from 887 at this time last year.
Board Chair Mark Paton commented about the increase in the college’s
online enrollment, which is more than double from this time last year.
- Approved the name change of the Cowley Student Government Association
to the Cowley College Student Senate.
- Approved a letter of resignation from Wesley Ackerman as custodian,
effective April 21.
- Approved the employment of Abigail Stevens as early childhood education/education
instructor, effective Aug. 1; approved the hiring of Dennis Rogosch
as mechatronics instructor, effective Aug. 1; approved the hiring of
Robin Greene as dorm manager/prevention specialist, effective May 31;
approved the employment of Joshua Lee Sprague as custodian, effective
- Approved club sponsorship payments to seven clubs for a total
- Approved the request from certain faculty members that have completed
their contractual obligations at the end of the school year, to have
advanced payment of their salaries for June and July.
- Approved the list of instructors for Advisement pay for the Spring
2010 semester, according to the Master Agreement for a total of $32,062.50.
- Heard updates on three summer projects from executive vice president
of business services, Tony Crouch. Crouch said the troweled quartz
epoxy flowing system in the McAtee Dining Center began Monday. While,
work on replacing the track for the moveable wall in the Earle N. Wright
Community Room will begin June 21. Work on the ceiling/lighting fixtures
in Renn Memorial Library is scheduled to start July 5.
- Approved the bid from Bud’s Heat and Air to replace three
air conditioner/furnace units on the Arkansas City campus at a cost
- Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 45 minutes for preliminary
discussions relating to acquisition of real property and professional
negotiations, as well as consult with legal counsel.
- Approved the motion to offer the owner of the property at 1601
South A Street $50,000.
- Board members Ron Godsey and Dennis K. Shurtz were absent.