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January 23, 2013

Matt Stone provides Board of Trustees with security update


With the protection of human health and safety being the top priority for Cowley College’s security team, Matt Stone, director of security and public safety, provided the school’s Board of Trustees with a security update during Monday night’s Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.

Stone informed the Board of what the college has done to prepare for a crisis and spoke of the school’s Crisis Management Team. He also spoke of the communication principles that apply during a college crisis and the on-campus emergency shelters to be used in the event of a crisis.

Stone said he and his staff of security officers at the college are each National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified and part of the Crisis Management Team. Each security officer attends law enforcement training, workforce violence training, and annual severe weather training.

Following his update, Stone held a question and answer session with the Board.

Stone also spoke of the two-day juvenile homicide super seminar the college will host March 19-20 in the Robert Brown Theatre. Phil Chalmers, considered America’s leading authority on juvenile homicide, and popular speaker Lt Col Dave Grossman, one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime, will be presenters at the two-day seminar.

The seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and the cost is $199 per person. To purchase tickets, go to, fill out the registration form, and enter your credit card information, or choose the option of bringing a check to the training.

In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley interim President Tony Crouch present a gift to Brandi Regier of Newton for being named December 2012 Student of the Month, and Lindsay Handlin of Burden for being named January Student of the Month.
  2. Discussed the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon, which will be held Feb. 14 in Topeka at the Ramada Downtown.
  3. A protest petition has not been filed in regards to the intent of Cowley College to change from a Board of Trustees comprised of six members to one comprised of seven members. Also, eight people have filed for what will be four available positions on the Board of Trustees. Of the eight that have filed two are incumbents.
  4. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 30-minutes to discuss non-elected personnel, property acquisition, professional negotiations, and consult with legal counsel.
  5. Reviewed an academic report provided by vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths.
  6. Reviewed an endowment/alumni update provided by vice president of student affairs, Ben Schears.
  7. Reviewed an athletic update provided by interim athletic director, Dave Burroughs. Burroughs also presented the Board with the new criteria for selecting the Athlete of the Month.
  8. Accepted a letter of resignation from Kathy Blaine as accounts payable specialist, effective Jan. 11; accepted a letter of resignation from Shannon Massey as executive director of alumni and development, effective Jan. 18; accepted a letter of resignation from Lisa Miller as enrollment services representative, effective Jan. 31.
  9. Crouch provided the Board with information on internal transfers/promotions. DeAnna Harp has moved from financial aid customer service representative to financial aid specialist; Heather Barker has moved from Social Science Department secretary to accounts payable specialist; and Jennifer Odom has transferred from third shift custodian to Social Science Department secretary.
  10. Crouch presented Board Chairman Ron Godsey with a plaque that was awarded to Conco Construction from the Association of General Contractors for its work on the Travis Hafner Training Center.
  11. Board member Donna Avery was absent.