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November 16, 2010


Board receives update on indoor athletic facility


With ground work set to begin this week on Cowley College’s new indoor athletic facility, Kevin Cowan of Gilmore & Bell, PC, provided the school’s Board of Trustees with an update during the annual monthly Board Meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The next phase of the indoor athletic facility will be the authorized sale of Certificates of Participation, which will allow the college to pay for the project over time. Cowan set a sale date of Dec. 13.

The facility will feature a multi-purpose area, batting cages, weight facility, coaches offices, athletic training room, a pair of conference rooms, as well as locker rooms and restrooms. The facility will be utilized by all 15 of Cowley’s athletic teams.

Also during the meeting, Cowley College President, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, shared with the Board of Trustee members the 2010 National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Report.

IPEDS is a system of survey components that collects data from nearly 6,700 institutions that provide postsecondary education across the United States. IPEDS collects institution-level data on students (enrollment and graduation rates), student charges, program completions, faculty, staff, and finances.

These data are used at the federal and state level for policy analysis and development; at the institutional level for benchmarking and peer analysis; and by students and parents, through the College Navigator, to aid in the college search process.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Milissa Crawford of Newton for being named November Student of the Month.
  2. Heard from Board of Trustee Member, Ron Godsey, on his attendance at the 41st Annual Leadership Congress on Oct. 20-23, at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Canada. There were over 100 educational sessions on best practices for community colleges, fundamental and advanced trustee training, and several other special sessions. "That was the best one I have ever been to," Godsey said. "Everyone at this table would have benefited from attending the conference."
  3. Approved moving the date of December’s Board meeting to Dec. 13.
  4. Discussed the KACCT/COP Annual meeting, which will be held Dec. 5-6 at Labette Community College.
  5. Received a construction report from executive vice president of business services, Tony Crouch. Crouch mentioned that the new fire alarm system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is nearing completion. Crouch also said dirt work on the new indoor athletic facility should begin this week.
  6. Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with an academic update. Griffiths said the Culinary Skills and Audio and Video Production classes were recently developed and approved by the academic affairs council. While, the Interior Design Fundamentals class was modified and approved by the academic affairs council to meet a business and industry request. Griffiths also spoke of the mathematics pilot the college is in the process of completing.
  7. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Nov. 10, full-time equivalency was 1,183, which is up from 880 at this time last year.
  8. Approved the Articles of Cowley County Community College Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame Permanent Endowment Fund.
  9. Approved the employment of Alicia Ybarra as administrative support Mulvane Outreach, effective Nov. 16; approved the employment of Jamie L. McGee as accounts receivable specialist, effective Nov. 29; approved the employment of Lory West as director of retention and assessment, effective Dec. 1; approved the employment of Elisha Swope as student service specialist/Eastside, effective Dec. 1.