September 23, 2011
Construction projects at the college moving right along
With construction work at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas
City and at the nearby Travis Hafner Training Center in full swing, Tony
Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the school’s
Board of Trustees with an update on the projects during Monday night’s
regular monthly meeting.
Crouch mentioned that work on the upstairs and downstairs hallways inside Galle-Johnson is complete, while work on the new elevator inside Galle-Johnson is progressing nicely and they are expecting the elevator to arrive in early October.
Crouch also spoke of Cowley’s new dormitory, The Lodge, which met its deadline and opened on Aug. 16. The new dorm houses 51 students plus a dorm manager.
The air conditioning system being installed inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is nearing completion.
As for the Travis Hafner Training Center, storefronts are being installed and the building is now secure. Lights are going up and fixtures are being hung. With the installation of the electrical transformer, painting has begun, and the epoxy showers are to be installed any day now. The rework of Pierce Avenue is complete and site work is currently being done around the building.
In other matters, the Board:
1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Clinton Meyer of Kingman, KS, for being named September Student of the Month.
2. Heard from Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, on Cowley College’s Adult Education Program, which ranked first in Quality Measures out of all 19 community colleges in Kansas.
3. Members of the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (CAAT) informed the Board of events they have planned for the 2011-2012 academic year. They also spoke about the CAAT Benefit Dinner and Auction, which will be held Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. inside the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
4. Approved the interlocal agreement with the City of Winfield 2012-2014 Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that was presented by Gary Mangus.
5. Submitted seven policies for first readings.
6. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 45 minutes to discuss property acquisition and consult with legal counsel.
7. Heard from Board member Jim Ramirez on his participation at the KACCT/COP meeting held Sept. 12 at Highland Community College.
8. Approved the date change of October’s monthly meeting to Oct. 18 due to the annual Endowment Banquet on Oct. 17.
9. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of August 14, full-time equivalency was 3,042, which is up from 3,026 as of August 14, 2010.
10. Tracey Williams, secretary for the registrar’s office submitted a letter of retirement, effective Dec. 31.