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November 5, 2010

Endowment Association celebrates success at Cowley with annual banquet


Endowment Banquet


With many wonderful things happening at Cowley College, a large contingent of donors were treated to an evening of dinner and music during the Endowment Association’s annual banquet held Thursday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee extended his appreciation to those in attendance for helping make the college what it is today.

“I could not be prouder than I am today of being the president of the college,” Dr. McAtee said.

Derek Vaden, a 2007 graduate of Cowley College, and Jennifer Peterson, provided music throughout the banquet. Curt Freeland, President of the college’s Endowment Association, served as emcee for the evening.

Freeland introduced the Endowment Board, which consists of Albert Bacastow, Jr., Dick Bonfy, Bill Docking, Steve English, Bob Foster, LaDonna Lanning, Joyce McArtor, Mike Musson, Patty Neises, Nathan Niles, Nick Rogers, Bruce Schwyhart, John Sturd, and Dr. Patrick J. McAtee. He also provided an update on Cowley College recently being recognized by the Kansas Board of Regents as the fastest growing college in the state and spoke of how well the Cowley athletic programs are doing.

Great Western Dining provided a wonderful dinner. While, Emerson Drive performed an electrifying concert following the banquet.

Steve McCann, coordinator to the Alumni and Endowment Association, had the pleasure of spending time with the group prior to the concert and was impressed with how down to earth members of the Grammy nominated group were.

“The concert was amazing, you can tell these guys love their craft and work very hard at it,” McCann said.Brooke Istas

During the banquet, Brooke Istas was announced as this year’s recipient of the Young Achiever Award. The award recognizes individuals age 40 or younger that have had success in their educational achievements, careers and community service, and/or service to Cowley College.

Istas has been an integral part of the Adult Education Department at Cowley and also serves as an adjunct math instructor for the college.

Over the past three years, Istas has developed a collaborative partnership with Cowley County Corrections, and is currently in the process of developing the same partnership with Sumner County Corrections.

She was asked to be a National Moderator for the Office of Vocational Adult Education and has been a regional and national conference presenter in adult numeracy. Additionally, Istas developed the on-line adult education department at Cowley.


Marshall Brentlinger
The Ambassador Award was presented to Marshall Brentlinger. The award recognizes individuals who have provided sustained volunteer or other service, or through philanthropic work to Cowley College.

Brentlinger is an avid Tiger supporter and can be seen at numerous Cowley College sporting events. Brentlinger and his wife, Doris, are two of the biggest supporters of the Tiger cross country and track and field teams.

Along with working at the Best Western Atrium Gardens in Arkansas City, Brentlinger is a member of the Central Christian Church. He was previously named the 2009 Conrad and Janet Jimison Tiger Booster of the Year.

Former Endowment Association Board member Dave Schaller was recognized at the banquet for all of his time and effort given to the Endowment Association.

Overall, the evening was an overwhelming success.

“We had a wonderful response from the endowment members, it was their generous gifts that made the dinner and concert possible,” McCann said.

To donate to the Cowley College Endowment Association, contact Shannon Massey at 620-441-5319, or Steve McCann at 620-441-5291. Gifts to Cowley College earn you a net 54% Kansas tax credit. Gifts must be made to the College by Dec. 31 for tax credits for this year.