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January 18, 2012

Board learns Hafner Center campaign reaches its goal


With the Travis Hafner Training Center opening in November, the Cowley College Board of Trustees learned that the school’s capital campaign has wrapped up as it recently reached the $250,000 fundraising mark. This along with other matters were discussed during the annual monthly meeting held Tuesday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

The Cowley College Endowment Association staff, and the Endowment Associations Board of Directors put in a great deal of work to see that the campaign reached its goal and were proud to see 20 percent of the number of gifts were from first time donors.

“The campaign would not have been a success without contributions both large and small,” said Ben Schears, Cowley’s vice president for institutional advancement. “My thanks goes to everyone who supported the campaign and helped carry it to completion.”

The Travis Hafner Training Center, which is located at 115 E. Pierce (next to the Tiger Baseball Stadium) in Ark City, benefits all 15 of Cowley’s athletic teams and is considered to be one of the top junior college indoor training centers in the nation. The facility features a multi-purpose area, batting cages, weight facility, athletic training room, a pair of conference rooms, as well as locker rooms and restrooms.

Schears said the Training Center would not have been possible without Travis Hafner’s support.

“I want to give a big thanks to Travis for having the desire to give back such a large, lead gift,” Schears said. “Our mission at the college is to impact the lives of our students, and this new facility is just one more way we can make that happen.”

The Board also received updates on the Annual Fund campaign, the deferred maintenance tax credit program, and reviewed findings of the fall survey.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Jordan McDowell of Arkansas City, for being named January Student of the Month. “Thank you for the award,” McDowell said. “I love being a Cowley Tiger and part of the Cowley family.”
  2. Held a 20-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to real property, personnel matters of non-elected personnel, professional negotiations, and consultation with the governing body’s attorney.
  3. Discussed the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon, which will be held at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka on Thursday, Feb. 16. The COP’s/Trustees will have meetings on Thursday afternoon, following the PTK luncheon. There will also be a KBOR meeting that morning from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  4. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, presented the following update: The air conditioning/heating system in W.S. Scott Auditorium is substantially complete with some duct insulating continuing; The elevator installation in Galle-Johnson is complete, while the hallway and flooring work in the building will wrap up soon; The plumbing repair at The Lodge dormitory was completed on time. Crouch thanked Conco Construction and Winfield Plumbing and Heating for completing the project in a tight timeline.
  5. Approved the Request for Professional Services, Athletic-related injuries policy.
  6. Discussed the Endowment Board and talk of a possible restructuring of that group.
  7. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Jan. 11, full-time equivalency was 2,774, compared to 2,779 at this time last year.
  8. Were presented with information about this year’s Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. in the Earl N. Wright Community Room. This year’s inductees are Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, Tom V. Saia, and Keith Bonney.
  9. Approved the employment of Sam Vogele as full-time strength and conditioning coordinator, effective Feb. 1; approved the employment of Riann Deere Mullis as full-time assistant volleyball coach, effective Feb. 1.
  10. Board member Donna Avery commented on the nice job Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, did with the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity event held Sunday in the Robert Brown Theatre.
  11. Board member Mark Paton was absent.