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December 14, 2010


Flickinger presents painting to the Board


Grateful to Cowley College’s Board of Trusteesflickinger for allowing him the opportunity to visit many locations across the United States and Canada during his six-month sabbatical, art instructor Mark Flickinger donated one of his paintings to the college during the annual monthly Board meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The painting was titled “Icebergs off Saint Anthony”.

Flickinger, who traveled through 27 states and provinces, spoke about the importance of the locations he visited to early American art and literature, and how they were important in developing the 19th century mind in what America had to offer.

“I want to thank the college for letting me go on my sabbatical,” Flickinger said. “It was a great experience for me and allowed me to understand my own work better.”

Donna Avery and other members of the Board stated their praise for the work Flickinger has done at Cowley.

During his travels Flickinger visited Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Acadia, Maine; Mount Desert on Acadia Island; Katahdin Lake in Maine; Newfoundland, Canada; St. Anthony and Quirpon, where the Viking settlements are; North Hampton, Mass. On the Connecticut River; Kauterskill Falls in the Katskill Mountains of Southern New York; Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt in Colorado; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; Puget Sound and the Olympic Range in Washington; the Grand Canyon in Arizona; Shoshone Falls in Southern Idaho, which is the largest waterfall west of the Mississippi; Glen Ellis Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; and Yosemite National Park in Wawona, CA.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Anne Harmon of Wichita for being named December Student of the Month.
  2. Heard from Dr. McAtee, as well as Board members Donna Avery and Albert Bacastow, Jr. on the KACCT/COP joint meeting they attended, which was hosted by Labette Community College on Dec. 5. Avery presented members of the Board with some interesting information she learned while at the meeting. Such as, Kansas Community Colleges provide 80 percent of all technical education within the state, while educating over 50 percent of all freshmen and sophomores enrolled in college in Kansas. The colleges annually bring $130 million dollars into Kansas from federal education funds, and have increased enrollment by 14 percent in the last two years. Kansas Community Colleges are also responsible for over 80 percent of growth in enrollment at all colleges/universities in the fall of 2010. Yet, only 27 percent of Kansas Community College’s revenue comes from the state, and the state aid has been cut over 13 percent over the last two years.
  3. Discussed the Trustees whose terms expire on June 30, 2011. Those Trustee members are: Ron Godsey, Lee Gregg, Jr., and Mark Paton. The filing deadline is noon, Jan. 25. The primary, if needed will be held March 1 and the general election would be held on April 5.
  4. Board member Dennis K. Shurtz requested that discussion of a seventh Board member be presented at the meeting.
  5. Viewed a final county valuation and mill levy for 2010-11. The mill levy went down slightly and is at 20.219.
  6. Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided information for the Board that showed the following classes were developed and approved by the academic affairs council: Principles of Information Assurance; Enterprise System Management; Introduction to Linux/Unix; Healthcare Mathematics Review. Also, the Introduction to Computer Forensics class was modified and approved by the academic affairs council.
  7. Viewed the Kansas Board of Regents 10-year strategic plan entitled Foresight 2020. Cowley College’s strategic plan will be updated so that all data, AQIP, job targets; departmental plans and this KBOR initiative are incorporated into one large strategic plan for the institution. Cowley College will hold a strategic planning community forum on April 6, 2011 to garner feedback from the community.
  8. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Dec. 8, full-time equivalency was 2,083, which is up from 1,841 at this time last year.
  9. Approved the advising contracts for the fall 2010 semester.
  10. Approved the audit report, which was presented by Mr. Elliott Jackson of Parman, Tanner, Soule & Jackson, Certified Public Accountants.
  11. Approved the low bid for issuance of bonds from Country Club Bank in Kansas City, MO. Also approved the resolution authorizing Cowley County Community College to enter into a lease purchase transaction, the proceeds of which will be used to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing and equipping a certain athletics indoor practice facility; and to approve the execution of certain documents in connection therewith. Kevin Cowan of Gilmore & Bell, P.C. was on hand to provide the Board the information on the bid from Country Club Bank. “I think it is a really good bid,” Cowan said. “The rates range from 1.1 to 3.6 percent. The rates are almost right on what were estimated two months ago.”
  12. Lee Gregg, Jr. was absent.
  13. Held a 20-minute executive session for preliminary discussions of property acquisition, as well as consult with legal counsel.