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January 21, 2015


Art instructor to retire from Cowley College


The Cowley College Board of Trustees accepted a letter of retirement from art instructor Mike Fell during the regular monthly meeting held Tuesday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

Fell has been a full-time instructor at Cowley College since 2005 and plans to retire on June 1, 2015.
At Cowley, Fell serves as an instructor of 3D Art, Design, and Art Appreciation. He taught both Art and Biology at the middle school and high school levels in Winfield for 27 years before coming to Cowley to teach Art and Design.

“I can honestly say that the past decade of service here at Cowley College has been the capstone of my teaching career of 37 years,” Fell said. “I could have asked for, but would not have found, better colleagues and staff with which to work.”

Also, during Tuesday’s meeting, Roxanna James, director of IMPACT programs, provided the Board with an update. The program is a federally funded TRIO Student Support Services program designed to assist eligible students in successfully reaching their academic goals. Services are offered free to individuals who are enrolled in the program. The IMPACT program is located in the Underground of the Nelson Student Center. The IMPACT program provides valuable services, including transfer visits, tutoring, IMPACT courses, career exploration, and cultural trips. The program serves up to 160 students a year.
“Our department is passionate about what we do and proud to be a Tiger,” James said.

In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch present gifts to the school’s November, December, and January Students of the Month.
  2. Sid Regnier, retired vice president of business services at Cowley College, asked for the Board of Trustee’s opinion to President Obama’s proposal to give two years of community college education to students which can meet certain grade requirements.
  3. Ron Godsey and Tony Crouch plan to attend the annual Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor’s Luncheon at the Ramada in Downtown Topeka, KS on Thursday, Feb. 12.
  4. Approved Brian Sanderholm’s attendance at the ACCT Community College National Legislative Summit Feb. 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Sanderholm will represent the college in place of Ron Godsey.
  5. Tony Crouch provided the Board with a construction update. All work on the Nelson Student Center roof has been completed except for the roof cap.
  6. Held a first reading on the Mail Services policy (154.00).
  7. Discussed the college’s visit from the Office of Civil Rights on Tuesday, Jan. 20. “We received some great comments in the exit interview,” Crouch said. “I would like to personally thank (executive director of student affairs) Jason O’Toole.”
  8. Accepted a letter of resignation from Mark Richardson as Disability Services Coordinator, effective May 22; accepted a letter of resignation from Jamison Rhoads as technical director of theatre, effective June 30.
  9. Approved the employment of Megan Brownlee as technology support specialist, effective Jan. 21; approved the hiring of Joe Shriver as bus driver, effective Feb. 2.
  10. Discussed the new Coordinator of Military and Veteran Services position which is currently open.
  11. Approved that the College will offer those employees who have obtained or will obtain 85 points prior to June 30, 2015, pursuant to KPERS’s calculation, an early retirement opportunity whereby the customary 60 years of age requirement will be waived, and upon submission of retirement letter on or before March 31, 2015, with an effective retirement date of on or before June 30, 2015, said employee will otherwise be allowed to participate in retirement benefits.
  12. Held three executive sessions totaling 60 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, property acquisition, professional negotiations, and to consult with legal counsel.