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September 21, 2010

Nelson to retire from Cowley at end of semester


Having worked at Cowley College for 10 years, Marlys Nelson, Enrollment/Student Services Specialist at the Eastside Center, announced her intentions to retire at the end of the fall semester during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.

Nelson began working at Cowley College on Sept. 1, 2000 as a secretary in the Upward Bound program. In addition, she has been an administrative assistant to Student Learning, an administrative assistant to Student Life, and has been employed in her current position at the Eastside Center in Wichita since July 1, 2008, Nelson will miss working at the college, but is also looking forward to retirement.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my years at Cowley,” Nelson said. “I will leave behind many good friends and good memories. I leave with a special sense of satisfaction at what has been accomplished at the Eastside Center in the past two years.”

Ben Schears, executive director of enrollment and outreach services, credited Nelson with being the cornerstone for the success of the Eastside Center during its creation, and praised the work she has done in every position she has held at the college.

“Thanks largely to the diversity of her work on the main campus, she knew who to call to get things done and find the answers our students needed,” Schears said. “Her dedication, hard work, and insight will be sorely missed.”

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Jordan Lukert of Clearwater for being named September Student of the Month. Lukert thanked the Board for the gift and spoke of his time at Cowley.
    “The reason I am at Cowley is because I felt wanted here,” Lukert said. “I have had a great experience at Cowley.”
  2. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 60 minutes to discuss property acquisition, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.
  3. Discussed the KACCT/COP annual meeting, which was held Sept. 9-10 at Hutchinson Community College. Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, and Board of Trustee member, Donna Avery, attended the meeting.
  4. Dr. McAtee has invited area legislators to a dinner meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in the President’s Dining Room on the Arkansas City campus.
  5. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided a construction update. Work on the smoke alarm system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is currently underway. While, the Board approved the bid of $14,000 from Central Electric to replace the lighting inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. Crouch told the Board T5 technology has advanced and become a cheaper and more viable alternative.
  6. Reviewed the Technical and Professional Writing and Special Topics in Anthropology courses, which were approved by the academic affairs council.
  7. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Sept. 15, full-time equivalency was 3,072, which is up from 2,712 at this time last year.
  8. Accepted a letter of resignation from Luke Houser as grounds crew/custodial, effective Aug. 27.
  9. Approved the employment of James Wheeler as custodian, effective Sept. 21.