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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 Center.

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:

  1. Approved the March and April Board minutes in separate motions.
  2. Discussed the KACCT/COP Annual Summer Retreat, which will be held June 18-19 at Neosho County Community College.
  3. 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.
  4. Approved the Social Networking and Use of Tobacco on Campus policies.
  5. Approved the 2011-2012 academic calendar.
  6. 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.
  7. Approved the name change of the Cowley Student Government Association to the Cowley College Student Senate.
  8. Approved a letter of resignation from Wesley Ackerman as custodian, effective April 21.
  9. 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 May 18.
  10. Approved club sponsorship payments to seven clubs for a total of $6,400.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Approved the bid from Bud’s Heat and Air to replace three air conditioner/furnace units on the Arkansas City campus at a cost of $12,130.
  15. 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.
  16. Approved the motion to offer the owner of the property at 1601 South A Street $50,000.
  17. Board members Ron Godsey and Dennis K. Shurtz were absent.