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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Discussed the KACCT/COP Retreat scheduled for June 10-11 at Kansas
City Community College.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions
relating to professional negotiations, non-elected personnel, and consult
with legal counsel.
- It was the intent of the Board of Trustees to non-renew two faculty
- Board members Donna Avery and Lee Gregg, Jr. were absent.