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July 26, 2010

Bacastow, Jr. named Chairman at regular monthly Board meeting


Albert Bacastow, Jr. was named the Chairman of Cowley College’s Board of Trustee’s during the school’s regular monthly meeting held Monday, July 19 in the McAtee Dining Center.

Bacastow, Jr. has served the majority of the past 25 years on the college’s Board of Trustees. He graduated from Arkansas City High School and is a 1965 graduate of Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College). Bacastow, Jr. went on to receive a business administration degree from Southwestern College. He is a retired Winfield postmaster and will begin his fourth term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Officers elected for the upcoming year: Chairman, Albert Bacastow, Jr.; vice chairman, Lee Gregg, Jr.; Kansas Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Donna Avery; Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Ron Godsey; Board representative for professional negotiations and to open bids received for college purchases, Mark Paton; trustee designated as the Board representative to the College Endowment Association, Dennis K. Shurtz.

The Board also appointed Libby Palmer as clerk of the Board, Tony Crouch as treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Board attorney.

The Board designated RCB Bank, Union State Bank, CornerBank, Sunflower Bank/Wichita, and Carson Bank in Mulvane as official depositories. The Board also designated the Arkansas City Traveler and Winfield Daily Courier for publication of official notices, and kept the Board meeting time at 6:15 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 45 minutes.
  2. Approved the motion to move the August Board Meeting to Monday, August 9.
  3. Discussed the KACCT/COP Annual Meeting, which will be held Sept. 9-10 at Hutchinson Community College.
  4. Announced Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Ron Godsey, will attend the 41st Annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 20-23 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
  5. Approved the motion of payment to settle a grievance.
  6. Accepted the master agreement contingent on the faculty’s approval of the agreement.
  7. Viewed a proposed operating budget for the 2010-2011 academic year. The final budget will be presented at the Aug. 9 Board of Trustee meeting.
  8. Heard a construction update from executive vice president of business services, Tony Crouch, who informed the Board that the work on the movable wall in the Earle N. Wright Community Room was complete as was work on the ceiling grid in Renn Memorial Library. Lighting installation in the library is underway, while the heating and air work in the Nelson Student Center is near completion.
  9. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of July 13, full-time equivalency was 733, which is up from 630 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of July 13, full-time equivalency was 2,124, which is up from 1,747 at this time last year. According to Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, fall enrollment is doing very well and is up nearly 20 percent from a year ago. On campus FTE is 912 compared to 875 at this time last year. Online FTE is 602 compared to 399 at this time last year, and the Mulvane Center FTE is 413 compared to 292 at this time last year.
  10. Heard from athletic director Tom Saia, who spoke about the college finishing second in the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Cup standings. This award recognizes excellence in two-year college athletics. The college will be awarded $2,000 and a trophy for this honor.
  11. Approved overload contracts to a pair of faculty members for the Summer 2010 second four-week session.
  12. Approved the employment of Cheryl Bolack and Esther (LaVaughn) Scheurick as Adult Education Instructional Staff, effective July 6; approved the employment of Jenny Hoyt as assistant softball coach, effective July 14; approved the employment of Steve Anderson as custodial staff, effective July 20.
  13. Approved the decision to accept applications for the position of Vice-President for Advancement.