May 6, 2011
Pat Mauzey retires from Cowley after 36 years
Pat Mauzey began her teaching career at Cowley College in March 1975.
After 36 years in the profession, she has decided to retire. Before
coming to Cowley College, Pat taught cosmetology at her parents’ family-owned,
private Cosmetology College in Wichita. She admired her parents who
were successful and had one of the best cosmetology schools, at that
time, in the state of Kansas.
Pat shares these comments about her time at Cowley College: “I decided to be an instructor because I enjoyed the challenges of teaching others and seeing their skill and self-confidence develop. Teaching has always been the opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life. When I started at Cowley College, it was an opportunity for me to get the Cosmetology program established. I knew very little about the community college concept. I appreciated the guidance from the administration, other faculty members, and staff. Without their help, I could not have been as successful.”
“The Cosmetology Department has come a long way since the early years. We have state-of-the-art equipment and professional products for our students to use in the learning process. Our technology improvements have allowed us to document services performed and retail sold by our students. My plans for retirement are to travel and see places that I have never been to. I also plan on spending more time with my family and grandchildren and making special memories. I will also work for Mauzey Construction, Inc. as the office manager.”
Some of Pat’s most memorable moments while working at Cowley include: one of her students scored 100% on her state written test, both of her daughters graduated from Cowley, and both were Queen Alalah finalists. Pat also has a lot of great memories from her students’ hairstyling competitions and how well they did. She’ll always think fondly of working with Dejon Ewing and Scott MacLaughlin over the years helping them with hair and make-up for the college plays. She also remembers her students doing pedicures after hours at Home National Bank. She is thankful for the community support that the cosmetology program has received. They have provided services for more than 4,000 clients in her time at Cowley.
Pat states that she has enjoyed working at Cowley because of the people who work with her. Staff, faculty, and administration are friendly and always helpful. It is like a second family at Cowley for her, and she will miss everyone. Pat’s sentiments about leaving the college are shared by those she is leaving behind. Bev Grunder, Department Chair, and Director of Business & Industry Training, commends Pat for a job well done. She wants Pat to know that her warm smile and happy laugh will be missed. Pat has done an outstanding job of instruction in the Cosmetology department, and something that will not be easily replaced. Bev wishes her all the best as she begins retirement, and encourages Pat to rest, relax, and enjoy!