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February 22, 2011

Mauzey, Dr. Hashemi to retire at end of semester


During the annual Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center, the Board was informed that a pair of well-respected instructors are preparing to retire at the end of the semester. 

Pat Mauzey, cosmetology instructor and the second longest tenured employee at the college, will retire on July 1. While, Dr. Jafar Hashemi, Natural Science Department instructor, will retire May 31 after spending the last 11 years teaching at the college. He received a Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in 2009.

Mauzey began her employment at the college on March 1, 1975.

“I will miss my colleagues and the great working environment that Cowley College provides,” Mauzey said in her letter to the Board.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Jordan Williams of Arkansas City for being named February Student of the Month.
  2. Heard from Board member Ron Godsey, who attended the Community College National Legislative Seminar, Feb. 13-16 in Washington, D.C.
  3. Received an overview from Ron Godsey and Dr. Patrick J. McAtee on the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon in Topeka, which they attended on Feb. 17. Cowley College had four students honored at the luncheon. The students were Jordan Lukert of Clearwater, Justin Balmer of Derby, Roberta Anis of Wichita, and Claudia Sotelo of Arkansas City. Nancy Ayers (Mulvane Campus) and Ryan Doom (Arkansas City campus) serve as the PTK sponsors.
  4. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the Board with an update on the construction of the indoor athletic facility. Crouch said the foundations are complete and some slab-on-grade has been poured, meaning that much of the below ground mechanical and electrical work has been completed. Because of the weather, the building itself is scheduled to be delivered Feb. 24. By spring break, a visible structure should be in place.
    “Everything is progressing as expected,” Crouch said.
  5. Approved a $1 increase in tuition and a $1 increase in fees for all Cowley College students for the next fiscal year.
  6. Approved Great Western Dining’s proposed 2.75 percent increase in rates for next year. This represents a $25 or 0.6 percent increase for the 14 meals/week plan and 19 meals/week plan necessary to cover the price increases from Great Western Dining and the amount of debt reduction payments scheduled for the coming year.
  7. Received an academic update from vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths. The Early Childhood Education program was modified/approved by the academic affairs council, as recommended by the public advisory committee. The academic affairs council also approved the following new courses: Introduction to Fraud Examination and Training Officer II.
  8. Approved the 2012-2013 academic calendar.
  9. Approved the changing of policy 403.00, Student Code of Conduct, and approved the new policy “Credit for Articulated High School Coursework”.
  10. Reviewed the results of the Strategic Planning process, which assessed the views from the public, students and employees.
  11. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Feb. 16, full-time equivalency was 2.822, which is up from 2,666 at this time last year.
  12. Accepted a letter of resignation from Will Peach as supervisor, grounds/custodial service, effective April 1.
  13. Approved a two-semester sabbatical for Natural Science Department instructor, Scott Layton, who has been accepted into the Environmental Science Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University.
  14. Held a 30-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, acquisition of real property, and consult with legal counsel.