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April 19, 2011

Board receives updates on construction projects


With the school year winding down, several construction projects are popping up around Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided updates on the projects during Monday night’s annual monthly Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.

With some recent office reshuffling in Galle-Johnson Hall being completed over Spring Break, the decision was made to add an additional door into the hallway from the south side office areas. During this time, work will be done to refinish the hallway similar to the work that was done upstairs during the physics lab remodel. The Board approved a bid of $21,453.60 from Schneider Construction to refinish the hallway, with work being done during the summer.

The Board also approved the recommendation to name the indoor athletic facility the Travis Hafner Training Center in recognition of the lead gift given to the project from current Cleveland Indian major leaguer, Travis Hafner.

Crouch informed the Board that the structure of the Travis Hafner Training Center is complete and roof sheeting is underway as is exterior wall studs. The setting of the interior concrete blocks that make up the weight room began this week and the exterior block work is scheduled to begin May 3.

Also underway is work on the visiting locker rooms inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. Plumbing work is in progress and lockers have been ordered.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Erin Griffiths of Winfield for being named April Student of the Month. "Erin is a hard worker in and out of the classroom and is one of the finest young women we have ever had at Cowley," Dr. McAtee said. “We are very proud of her.”
    Griffiths thanked the Board for the recognition and spoke about the wonderful experience she has had at Cowley. "I could not have dreamed of growing as much as I have the last two years at Cowley," Griffiths said.
  2. Reviewed a letter to Dr. McAtee and the college’s Board of Trustees from Scott Layton, Natural Science Department instructor, which thanked them for their support in reference to his sabbatical for the 2011-2012 year.
  3. Discussed the KACCT/COP Retreat scheduled for June 10-11 at Kansas City Community College.
  4. Approved a bid from GLMV to conduct an architectural review and ISI Environmental Services to perform an asbestos evaluation at the former South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center building at a cost of $26,787 for the two proposals.
  5. Received an academic update from Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs. Griffiths informed the Board that the academic affairs council approved the following new courses: Introduction to Research Methods I, II, III, and IV (1 credit hour each), and American Sign Language II (3 credit hours). Griffiths also said the Mechatronics program will be referred to as “Manufacturing Technology” for marketing purposes.
  6. Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, provided an AQIP update and informed the Board that Heather Allen, director of organizational learning and academic advancement, and Shannon Massey, executive director of alumni and development, attended the national meeting in Chicago April 9-12. The meetings were beneficial in reassuring them that the college is on track with accreditation practices and we are actually ahead of several institutions in the AQIP model. Michelle Schoon was recently named President of the K-AQIP group for the next two years. She will assume office this summer and K-AQIP is the Kansas organization of AQIP schools.
  7. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of April 13, full-time equivalency was 2.825, which is up from 2,678 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of April 13, full-time equivalency was 699, which is up from 624 at this time last year. The summer enrollment report indicates full-time equivalency is 477, which is up from 437 at this time last year. Sue Saia mentioned that more than double the amount of dorm contracts have been sent out compared to this same time last year.
  8. Tom Saia, athletic director, spoke of the success of Cowley’s spring sports teams. Saia said the baseball, softball, tennis, and track programs are enjoying strong spring seasons and should be in the hunt for conference and region titles. Saia also mentioned the Athletic Banquet, which will be held Tuesday, April 26 at the Ag. Building.
  9. Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to professional negotiations, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.
  10. It was the intent of the Board of Trustees to non-renew two faculty contracts.
  11. Board members Donna Avery and Lee Gregg, Jr. were absent.