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January 19, 2011

Board receives update on indoor athletic facility; work done by Adult Education Program


Despite the cold weather, concrete work on Cowley College’s indoor athletic facility began last week. The school’s Board of Trustees’ members received this update along with other positive information during the annual monthly meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.

With most of the initial groundwork completed on the indoor athletic facility, the foundations are next. The building is scheduled to be delivered by Valentine’s Day and the initial completion date is set for Nov. 15, 2011.

"Things are going well and everything is on schedule," Cowley College executive vice president of business services, Tony Crouch said.

The facility will feature a multi-purpose area, batting cages, weight facility, coaches’ offices, athletic training room, a pair of conference rooms, as well as locker rooms and restrooms. The facility will be utilized by all 15 of Cowley’s athletic teams and will be located south of the school’s baseball field and west of the track and field parking lot.

Also during the meeting, Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, shared an e-mail from Michelle Carson of the Kansas Board of Regents, praising the work done by Devin Graves and others in Cowley College’s Adult Education Program.

"They are doing a phenomenal job within Adult Education and getting people trained so they can go to work," Griffiths said.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Brandon Sparks of Topeka for being named January Student of the Month. "You are an outstanding young man," Dr. McAtee said. “We are proud of you and glad to have you at Cowley.”
    Sparks has enjoyed his time at the school and thanked the Board for the recognition.
    "You guys have a great program academically and athletically," Sparks said. “I am proud to be a Tiger, so thank you.”
  2. Discussed the annual PTK Honor’s Luncheon, which will be held Feb. 17 at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka. The COP’s/Trustees will have meetings in the afternoon, following the luncheon.
  3. Discussed the filing deadline for Board of Trustees members is noon, Jan. 25. Three positions are up for reelection. Currently Ron Godsey is the only incumbent who has refilled. The general election will be held on April 5.
  4. Received an updated KACCT/COP 2011 Calendar of Events.
  5. Received a construction report from executive vice president of business services, Tony Crouch. Installation of the smoke alarm system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is complete and the system has been turned over to the college. Also, seating area lights have been installed inside the auditorium, while court lighting will have to wait until after the season.
  6. Griffiths provided the Board with an academic update. Nine certificates/degrees were modified and approved by the academic affairs council. These changes were brought forth by the public advisory committees for the programs.
  7. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Jan. 12, full-time equivalency was 2.822, which is up from 2,628 at this time last year.
  8. Tom Saia, athletic director, provided the Board with an Athletic Department update. The Tiger men and women’s basketball teams are tied for first place in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division, while the indoor track and field season opened on Saturday. The Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame induction and luncheon will be held on Feb. 12.
  9. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 30 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, professional negotiations, and consult with legal counsel.
  10. Tabled a request for a sabbatical leave from Natural Science Department instructor, Scott Layton, who has been accepted into the Environmental Science Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University.
  11. Discussed the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity held Sunday in the Robert Brown Theatre. "I would like to extend my appreciation to Sue Saia for the nice Martin Luther King celebration," Board member Donna Avery said. “It was very professional and she worked very hard on it.”