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February 17, 2015


Ewing, Sheets announce retirements


After more than 26 years at Cowley College, long-time Humanities instructor Dejon Ewing announced her decision to retire from full-time teaching at the end of the spring semester during the regular monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

Also announcing his retirement was Glen Sheets, automotive instructor at Cowley College’s Mulvane Center, effective June 1, 2015. Sheets has been employed at the college since August 1, 2008.

Ewing was hired at the college in 1988. As theatre director she produced and directed 30 college shows, as well as founded the Puttin’ On the Hits and Mr. Cinderfella programs. She also received three Master Teacher awards for her work in the classroom and was selected as the school’s first recipient of the Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning award.

Although she will no longer teach full-time, Ewing plans to teach a Theatre Appreciation and Interpersonal Communication class for Fall 2015 and subsequent semesters.

“I am grateful and excited about still being able to teach,” Ewing said. “I have truly enjoyed my Cowley years and appreciate every opportunity afforded me. I was encouraged and empowered to be creative and to grow professionally – a rewarding combination.”

Board of Trustee Bob Juden said Ewing will be sorely missed.

“Dejon did a superb job for the college,” Juden said.

Board Chair Dennis Shurtz echoed Juden’s comments. “She has been a true ambassador for the college,” Shurtz said.

Sheets will also miss working at Cowley.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Cowley and consider myself very fortunate to have been a part of this fine institution,” Sheets said.

In other matters:
1. Saw interim president Tony Crouch present Kayla Crane of Arkansas City, KS, with a gift for being named the school’s February Student of the Month.
2. Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch; Board of Trustees member Ron Godsey; vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths; executive director of enrollment management Josh Cobble; executive director of student affairs Jason O’Toole; associate vice president for Mulvane and online operations Stephani Johns-Hines; Arkansas City PTK advisor Scott Layton, and Mulvane PTK advisor Melinda Neal attended the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon in Topeka on February 12.
Cowley College Ark City PTK honorees were Kayla Crane and Madison McDowell. Honorees from Cowley’s Mulvane Center were Kathryn McIntosh and Nhat Nguyen.
3. Board member Brian Sanderholm discussed the ACCT Community College National Legislative Summit he attended Feb. 9-12 in Washington, DC. “It was a very enlightening visit and I appreciate the opportunity to attend the conference,” Sanderholm said.
4. Approved the removal of Mail Services policy (154.00) and replaced it with Procedure OPR004. College Mail Services. The purpose of this procedure is to ensure employees understand guidelines for mail services and use the most cost effective method.
5. Declared the following pieces of equipment as surplus for disposal. Light table – SN 51J122074, and Dimension BST 1200 3D Printer.
6. Reviewed the following new course recently approved by the academic affairs council. Advanced Stagecraft (3 credit hours).
7. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 40 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, professional negotiations, and non-elected personnel.
8. Held an executive session for one hour for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel and to consult with legal counsel.
9.  Approved the decision to enter into a lease agreement with Larry Fugate for property at 516 through 532 South Market Street in Wichita.
10. Held a first reading of the policy/procedure (263.00) Student Appeal of Course Grades.
11. Reviewed the following personnel positions that are currently open at the college. The positions are Coordinator of Military & Veteran Services, and Maintenance Technician.