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May 22, 2012


Cowley to be well represented at NISOD


With the 34th annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conference to be held May 27-30 in Austin, Texas, the Cowley College Board of Trustees were informed that the school will be well represented at the conference as part of several items that were discussed during the regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The NISOD Master Teachers of the Year are Cowley College director of communications Adam Borth, Natural Science Department instructor Scott Layton, and Lead MICT instructor Deryk Ruddle.
Several other representatives from Cowley College will attend the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.

In other matters:
1. Held a 30-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, non-elected personnel, and consultation with the governing body’s legal counsel.

2. Board members Donna Avery, Mark Paton and Jim Ramirez will join Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee and vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths at the KACCT/COP Retreat June 8-9 at Johnson County Community College.

3. Heard a Business Services Report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. Crouch informed the Board that work by Commerce Construction is going smoothly on the office remodel of the new Westside Center in Wichita; minor cosmetic work will be conducted on the bathrooms at the Lodge Dormitory, along with replacing a small section of the blacktop parking lot with concrete; carpet on the upstairs of the Winfield Allied Health Center will be replaced in late June; some small patches of concrete sidewalk will be replaced across campus as well as some customary paint touch-ups.

4. Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with a Quality Update.

5. The Board reviewed a copy of the most current Accountability and Institutional Measures (AIM) document.

6. Received an Academic Update, which showed the academic affairs council approved the following new courses: Therapeutic Nutrition (3 credit hours), and Educational Technology (3 credit hours). The academic affairs council also approved the Instructional Technology and Design AGS degree.

7. Approved the Mandatory Assessment and Placement Policy and the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Aid Recipients.

8. Held first readings for the Academic Progress Policy; Student Title IX Policy; and College TB Testing.

9. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of May 16, full-time equivalency was 1,389, compared to 1,360 at this time last year. Summer school classes will begin on June 4.

10. Reviewed an Endowment/Alumni update provided by Ben Schears, vice president of institutional advancement, on planned giving/new format for the alumni newsletters; graduation; Great Cowley Duck Dash; and digitalization of the college’s yearbooks, Tigerama’s, and Endowment newsletters to be later published on the college’s web site for alumni and donors.

11. Approved the employment of Richard Speas as athletics director, effective July 1, 2012; approved the hiring of Michael Moore as custodian, effective May 7; approved the employment of Daniel Higdon as mechatronics instructor, effective Aug. 1; approved the hiring of Lindsay Ramirez as vocal instructor, effective Aug. 1; approved the employment of Mitchell Wright as enrollment services representative at the Eastside Center, effective May 29.

12. Approved club sponsorship payments to six clubs for a total of $4,800.

13. Approved the request from certain faculty members that have completed their contractual obligations at the end of the school year, to have advanced payment of their salaries for June and July.

14. Approved a bid of $325,660 from Compton Construction in Wichita to conduct the remodel of the former post office building in Mulvane, which is leased by the college. The project will start as soon as possible and is slated to be completed by Aug. 7.

15. Approved the addendum on the lease of the college’s Mulvane property.

16. Heard from Joe Steiner with Control Automations on an energy consumption/preventive maintenance program proposal.