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May 17, 2011

Cowley College to be well represented at NISOD


With the 33rd annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conference to be held May 29-June 1 in Austin, Texas, the Cowley College Board of Trustees were informed that the school will be well represented at the conference as part of several items that were discussed during the regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The NISOD Master Teachers of the Year from Cowley College are Joe Clasen, director of the nondestructive testing program; and director of Academic Preparation, Amy McWhirt. Marlys Cervantes, Humanities Department Chair; Meg Smith, director of journalism; Mark Flickinger, art instructor; Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs; and president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee will also attend the conference.

Flickinger and Griffiths will give a presentation entitled “The Sabbatical, Making it Count for Faculty and Institution”.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Reviewed the article that appeared in The Lookout, which ranked Cowley College among the top 120 community colleges in the nation. The 120 schools, representing the top 10 percent of the country’s 1,200 community colleges, are eligible to win a $700,000 prize.
  2. Discussed the KACCT/COP Retreat that will be held June 10-11 at Kansas City Community College. This year will also be a new Trustee Workshop, which newly elected Trustee Jim Ramirez will be attending along with Donna Avery.
  3. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the Trustees with an update on the Travis Hafner Training Center. Work continues on the roof sheeting with wall panels to follow. The interior concrete block around the weight room is complete, as are the main block walls dividing the baseball locker room from the batting cage room, and the one splitting the women’s and men’s locker rooms on the south side of the building. Exterior block work has also begun. Crouch also informed the group on work being done to the visiting locker rooms inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. Plumbing work is complete and the lockers have been installed. Floor work will be done in June. Crouch also said that work on the hallway inside Galle-Johnson Hall will begin as soon as a permit is received.
  4. Approved the proposal from Winfield Plumbing and Heating to put an air conditioning system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium at a cost of $198,010.
  5. Reviewed an academic update.
  6. Discussed the Strategy Forum in Illinois, May 18-20, which will be attended by members of the college’s AQIP Steering Committee.
  7. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of May 11, full-time equivalency was 733, which is up from 708 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of May 11, full-time equivalency was 1,260, which is up from 1,210 at this time last year.
  8. Approved a letter of retirement from Elvin Hatfield as criminal justice instructor, effective Aug. 1.
  9. Approved a letter of resignation from Elisha Swope as Student Service Specialist at Cowley’s Eastside Center, effective May 18; approved a letter of resignation from Phillip Tucker as assistant athletic trainer/Kimmell dorm manager, effective June 27; approved a letter of resignation from Rikki Hettenbach as head cheerleading coach as she has accepted a full-time admissions position on campus.
  10. Approved the employment of Cathy Britton as Associate Director of Enrollment Management at Cowley’s Eastside and Westside Centers, effective June 6; approved the employment of Morgan Barnes as enrollment services representative at the college’s Eastside Center, effective June 6; approved the employment of Hannah Andrews as enrollment services specialist at the college’s main campus, effective May 17; approved the employment of Jana Frazier as enrollment services specialist at the college’s main campus, effective May 24; approved the employment of Mindy Blatchford as financial aid specialist on the main campus, effective May 23; approved the employment of Becky Morgan as cosmetology instructor, effective May 23.
  11. Approved club sponsorship payments to seven clubs for a total of $5,600.
  12. Approved the request from certain faculty members that have completed their contractual obligations at the end of the school year, to have advanced payment of their salaries for June and July.
  13. Approved salary increases of $1,000 for full-time administration and classified staff, effective July 1 for administrative staff and August 1 for classified staff, based on the college’s projected operating budget for 2011-2012. Also approved an increase of $20 per month to the monthly fringe benefit contribution.
  14. Approved salary increases of $1,000 for each current full-time professional employee based on the professional employee’s 2010-2011 contract salary. This agreement shall be for a period beginning Aug. 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012.
  15. Held a 30-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to professional negotiations, property acquisition, as well as consult with legal counsel.
  16. Read a letter from former piano instructor, Dr. Gloria Tham, thanking the school for the opportunity to serve Cowley College over the past two years.
  17. Heard from Cowley College freshmen James Mullen, who spoke on the behalf of Dr. Gloria Tham.