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July 19, 2011

Bacastow, Jr. re-elected as Chairman at regular monthly Board meeting


Board of TrusteesWith a sixth dormitory set to open in August and the Travis Hafner Training Center planned completion date in November, many exciting things are taking place at Cowley College. With Albert Bacastow, Jr. having served as Board Chair during these important additions to the college, the school’s Board of Trustees announced its decision to re-elect Bacastow, Jr. as Chairman during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting.

Bacastow, Jr. has served the majority of the past 25 years on the college’s Board of Trustees. He graduated from Arkansas City High School and is a 1965 graduate of Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College). Bacastow, Jr. went on to receive a business administration degree from Southwestern College. He is a retired Winfield postmaster and will begin his sixth term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Bacastow, Jr. is pleased with the direction of the college and is looking forward to serving another year as Chairman of the Board.

"We have got a lot of irons in the fire right now and have some projects nearing completion, which is pretty amazing in these economic times," Bacastow, Jr. said. "We have been able to do all of this without raising taxes and that is a tribute to the college’s administrative team. There are always challenges with state cutbacks, but we are excited about things at the college and are looking forward to another really good year.”

Officers elected for the upcoming year: Chairman, Albert Bacastow, Jr.; vice chairman, Ron Godsey; Kansas Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Donna Avery; Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Jim Ramirez; Board representative for professional negotiations, Mark Paton; trustee designated as the Board representative to the College Endowment Association, Dennis K. Shurtz; and Mark Paton was named trustee designated to open bids received for college purchases.

The Board also appointed Libby Palmer as clerk of the Board, Tony Crouch as treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Board attorney.

The Board designated RCB Bank, Union State Bank, CornerBank, Sunflower Bank/Wichita, and Carson Bank in Mulvane as official depositories. The Board also designated the Arkansas City Traveler and Winfield Daily Courier for publication of official notices, and made the decision to change the Board meeting time to 6:45 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, excluding the meeting on August 8.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Swore in Jim Ramirez as a member of the Board of Trustees as well as returning Board members Mark Paton and Ron Godsey.
  2. Held a pair of 15-minute executive sessions to discus property acquisition and consult with legal counsel.
  3. Approved the move of the August Board meeting to Monday, August 8, which would also be the adoption of the 2011-2012 operating budgets.
  4. Discussed the annual KACCT/COP meeting, which will be held September 11-12 at Highland Community College.
  5. Discussed the 41st annual Community College Leadership Conference, October 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. Dr. McAtee, Albert Bacastow, Jr., Donna Avery, Mark Paton, and Jim Ramirez indicated their attendance.
  6. Heard a construction update from Tony Crouch on various projects at the college. Crouch said exterior wall panels are complete at the Travis Hafner Training Center. Interior framed walls are 95 percent complete and the burnished block walls (interior and exterior) should be completed soon. Windows have been installed, while mechanical and electrical work remains on schedule. Drywall and rework of Pierce Avenue are approaching. Crouch then gave a short presentation in regards to the building signage. Crouch also provided updates on the work on W.S. Scott Auditorium, Galle-Johnson Hall, the North Dormitory, and the carpeting, which was recently completed inside the McAtee Dining Center.
  7. Slade Griffiths, vice president for academic affairs, provided a quality update, as well as updates on AQIP, academics, and strategic planning. The academic affairs council approved the following new three-hour courses: Database Fundamentals, Introduction to Oracle, Control Systems Security, Data Warehousing, ASP.NET Programming, Database Programming, and Secure Coding.
  8. Approved the modification of policy 262.00 Assignment of Grades. This change will modify the practice where incomplete grades can only be approved near the end of the course.
  9. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of July 12, full-time equivalency was 745, which is up from 730 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of July 12, full-time equivalency was 2,162, which is up from 2,094 this time last year.
  10. Discussed housing at the college as there are close to 60 individuals on the dormitory waiting list.
  11. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, presented information from the Endowment/Alumni office and spoke of the recent Raiser’s Edge Training the Endowment staff took part in June 26-July 1 in Kansas City.
  12. The Board extended the contracts of the college’s administrative staff an additional year through the 2012-2013 academic school year.
  13. Approved an overload contract to faculty member Frank Arnold for the summer 2011 second four-week session.
  14. Approved the employment of Chad Killbane as chemistry instructor, effective Aug. 11; approved the employment of Kevin McDougal as assistant cross country/track and field coach, effective July 1; approved the employment of Krista Andereck as assistant athletic trainer/dorm manager, effective July 21.
  15. Submitted policies 423.00 Financial Aid and 433.0 Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Aid Recipients for editorial change.