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December 17, 2013

Board receives update on Natural Science Department


Michelle Schoon, Natural Science Department Chair, provided the Board of Trustees with an update on Cowley College’s Natural Science Department during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Schoon delivered a power point presentation informing the Board of 10 things they may not know about the Natural Science Department.

Schoon informed the Board that there are 14 full-time faculty in the Natural Science Department, consisting of 10 instructors at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City and four instructors at the Mulvane Center.

All of the 14 full-time faculty members stay current with trends and issues in Math and Science, while four instructors have been working with students on undergraduate research projects.

There are 20 degree plans offered in the Associate of Science. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including online, hybrid, traditional, or block classes.

The college’s CAAP (ACT assessment program) scores are consistently above the national norm.

The Natural Science Department has four lab rooms at its main campus in Arkansas City and one lab room at its Mulvane Center. Three of the labs were remodeled in 2002 and one was remodeled in 2011.

The Department has two clubs and organizations for students, the Math and Science Club and Mu Alpha Theta.

The Natural Science Department offers a seamless transfer of courses, with courses such as Principles of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chem I, Physics I and Physics II, Physical Science, College Algebra, and Calculus I.

The college’s Natural Science Department serves over 5,000 students annually with 378 sections of Math and Science. In the 2012-2013 academic year there were 22,774 student credit hours generated and a total headcount of 5,683.

In other matters:

  1. Board member Jim Ramirez informed the Board of his recent attendance at the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees/Council of Presidents (KACCT/COP) annual meeting held at Coffeyville Community College on Dec. 8-9. During the meeting, legislative leadership as well as the economy and budget were discussed. The KACCT strategy, and Kansas Board of Regents policies were also discussed.
  2. Approved moving the January Board of Trustees meeting date to Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:45 p.m. in the President’s Private Dining Room of the McAtee Dining Center.
  3. Christina Henson of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC was on hand to inform the Board of the annual audit of all college funds for fiscal 2012 that were recently completed. “I think you will be pleased with the findings,” Henson said. “You have a great staff in place, and Tony and his staff did a great job of getting us the information we needed.”
  4. Cowley College president Clark Williams mentioned the accomplishments of the NJCAA Division II national champion Cowley College volleyball team. He also spoke of head coach Jenifer Bahner being named NJCAA Division II National Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons, while B.J. Specht and Jessica McDougald were named to the All-Tournament Team. Specht was also named the national tournament Most Valuable Player and a First-Team All-American. “That is an astounding performance at the national level,” Williams said. Sophomore setter Katelynn Slade was also named First-Team All-American, while McDougald was named Second-Team All-American. Sophomore libero McKenzie Hartzog was recognized as a Honorable Mention All-American.
  5. President Williams provided the Board with an academic update. The AQIP portfolio is much further along and on schedule for completion; the Achieving the Dream application was sent in early December; the all-college meeting for the spring semester is set to take place Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:45 a.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room; the Kansas Board of Regents performance agreement was approved by their subcommittee on Dec. 3. “Kudos to Slade (Griffiths) and his team who presided over that effort,” Williams said.
  6. Linda Kreutzer, director of human resources, provided the Board with an update on the following personnel vacancies: vice president for enrollment management and Student Affairs; athletic director; associate vice president for Career and Technical Education; enrollment services representative, West Wichita; enrollment services representative, Mulvane; administrative assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement.
  7. Announced the recent hiring’s of Paul Erdmann as vice president for information technology, effective Dec. 1, and Sarah Bryant as director for marketing, effective Dec. 11. Helen Nakos will begin as director of admissions on Jan. 8, 2014.
  8. Held a 15-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.