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February 18, 2014

Board honors Hargrove; receives update from Social Science Department


The Cowley College Board of Trustees took time to recognize the accomplishments of Lady Tiger head softball coach Ed Hargrove during its monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center. Hargrove announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2014 season earlier in the day.

Hargrove is the winningest coach in Cowley sports history. He has spent the past 30 years as the head softball coach at Cowley College and his 1,101 wins rank first in the nation on the National Junior College Athletic Association wins list of active softball coaches.

Cowley College president Clark Williams read the Board a long list of accomplishments Hargrove has had during his time at the school.

“His retirement will leave a huge hole to be filled in Cowley College athletics,”” Williams said. “Join me in wishing Ed well and we will give him one heck of a sendoff at the end of the school year.””

Also during Monday’s meeting, Todd Shepherd, Cowley College Social Science Department Chair, provided the Board of Trustees with an update on the school’s Social Science Department.

Shepherd has worked at Cowley since 1999 as a macroeconomics, microeconomics, math, and astronomy instructor, and became Department Chair in 2002. He received the NISOD Master Teacher Award in 2002 and made the list of Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers.

Shepherd informed the Board the Social Science Department offers the following programs: Anthropology, Archaeology, Child Care & Development, Economics, Education, Geography, Health & Physical Education, History, Paraprofessional, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Recreational Leadership, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, and Sports Administration.

The Social Science Department has seven full-time faculty members and offers 15 AA/AS degrees and 1 AAS degree. The Department also offers a certificate program. The Department generated 1,551.5 FTE during the 2012-13 academic year and served 9,494 students, while teaching 582 classes through all modes of delivery.

Shepherd also spoke of the Academic Civic Engagement through Service (ACES) program, which is required for all Psychology, Sociology, and Economics classes. Students in ACES logged 18,004 service hours during the 2012-13 academic year.

In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley College president Clark Williams present a gift to Ashley Blossom of Belle Plaine and Chelsey Bruce of Arkansas City for being named the January and February Students of the Month.
  2. Discussed the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon held at the Ramada Downtown/Topeka on Feb. 13. Will Weeks, Kristen Phipps, and Alyssa Schartz were PTK students representing Cowley College. PTK sponsors Scott Layton and Chad Killblane attended the luncheon as did Cowley president Clark Williams, Board Chair Ron Godsey, vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths, associate vice president for Mulvane and Online Operations Stephani Johns-Hines, associate vice president for instruction Cindy Lenhart, and vice president for institutional advancement Ben Schears.
  3. The dates of March 28 and 29 have been scheduled for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board Training. Narcisa Polonio, Ed.D./Executive Vice-President of Education, Research & Board Leadership Services will conduct the training. Also, a copy of the January 2014 “Trustee Talk” was provided for the Board to review.
  4. Approved microscopes to go to surplus.
  5. Reviewed academic, athletic, enrollment, endowment, housing, and student life reports.
  6. Linda Kreutzer, director of human resources, provided an update on personnel vacancies, resignations, and hirings. Video interviews are set for Feb. 18, 20, and 21 for the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs position. A committee is currently reviewing applications for the director of theatre position. Applications for the part-time library assistant position will be accepted through Feb. 18. Alyssa Parson began employment as a student services representative at Wichita’s Eastside Center on January 27. Rashelle Cobble will become the new administrative assistant for institutional advancement beginning March 10.
  7. President Clark Williams authorized an additional staff position at the college titled, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.
  8. President Williams praised the tremendous work of the Cowley College students that were named to the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls.
  9. President Williams mentioned Jimmy Gibson, preventative maintenance technician, who is in the hospital following surgery to repair a broken leg.
  10. Discussed a College Coordinating Council that has been established and met for the first time last week. The council will serve as the principal consultative body to president Clark Williams and will meet once a month. Cindy Lenhart, associate vice president for instruction, will serve as the interim chair of the council.
  11. The Board approved reserved parking spots for the Board Chairman and a member of the Board of Trustees in the parking lot on the north side of Galle-Johnson Hall.
  12. Approved a resolution to visit with Burlington Northern Santa Fe about property.
  13. Approved the purchase of property at 1426 South A Street from Chris Terrant at a price of $43,000.
  14. Held a 30-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, professional negotiations, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.