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December 12, 2012

Bev Grunder leaving Cowley after twenty-two and half years of service


Bev GrunderBev Grunder has worked at Cowley College for nearly a quarter of a century. She currently holds three titles: the Department Chair of Business, Computer and Information Technology, the Director of Business & Industry, and the Carl Perkins Coordinator. All of this is set to change, as she will retire at the end of December. Bev’s upcoming absence will definitely be felt by all of those around her.

Bev considers her time at Cowley to have been a fulfilling career. She is thankful for the professional opportunities that were provided to her, which allowed her to advance in her career and assume greater responsibilities. During her twenty-two years at Cowley, Grunder also served as the sponsor for Phi Beta Lambda for 12 years and the sponsor for the Academic Excellence Challenge team for two years. Grunder has been recognized as a Master Teacher by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, named the PBL State Advisor of the Year, received the Grass Roots Recruitment Award, and awarded the National Academic Advising Association Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Academic Advising.

Tony Crouch, Executive Vice President of Business Services and Interim Athletic Director, has appreciated Bev’s quality of service and her attentiveness to detail. With her accountant perspective he could rest assured that whatever project she was working on it would be completed with appropriate detail and an accurate paper trail. All of those that work in the BCIT Department have valued Bev’s strong sense of teamwork and department unity.

Grunder has taught hundreds of students throughout the years, and she has always considered it a privilege to be able to interact with them both in and out of the classroom. She particularly enjoyed seeing students achieve that “aha” moment when they grasped the material that she was covering. Working with Phi Beta Lambda has also been very rewarding to Bev. She considered it an honor to attend the state and national competitions and watch her students do outstanding jobs in their competitive events. 

Hopefully there will be some free time in her upcoming agenda. However, Bev certainly plans on keeping busy. She has two grandchildren, which she plans on spending more time with and spoiling in the process. There are also several sites in the United States that she would like to visit and explore. She even plans on keeping Cowley in her routine, by returning part-time in the spring as the Carl Perkins Coordinator.

Bev is married to Allen Grunder. They have three children: Brenda Myers and husband Bob of Shawnee, KS, Sara Hopp and husband Aaron of Mead, CO, and Brian Grunder and wife April of Rose Hill, KS.