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April 21, 2015

Board hears about success of PTK organization


During Cowley College’s Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center, the Board had an opportunity to hear about the school’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) organization’s recent attendance at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Cowley College’s PTK chapter members and advisors received a Distinguished Chapter Award during the Hallmark Awards Gala.


Three Cowley College students, Amanda Krook, Tori Anstine and Madison McDowell, along with advisor, Melinda Neal, joined over 3,800 other community college students from around the world at the PTK International Convention.


To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project. Selection of the Distinguished Chapter was based solely on the written entries for these Hallmark Awards. 


The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories were averaged to determine a chapter’s overall ranking. Awards were then presented to the top-10 percent of chapters entering the Honors in Action and College Project categories. 


Alpha Gamma Upsilon also received recognition for reaching five star level and being one of the top 100 chapters of Phi Theta Kappa.

Along with Melinda Neal, Deb and Scott Layton served as PTK advisors for the college.


“The sponsors have done an excellent job and the students have done outstanding work in representing the college,” Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch said.


In other matters:

  1. Saw interim president Tony Crouch present Kandice Wright of Douglass, KS, and Laura Petersburg of Goddard, KS, with gifts for being named the school’s March and April Students of the Month.
  2. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services/interim president, provided the following construction update. Wells Construction is in the process of making minor grade modifications to level a soccer field-size area south of the Travis Hafner Training Center. The plan is to use dirt mounds from baseball containing grass sprigs to finish the area, thus giving the start to a playable turf for a practice field. Crouch also mentioned Schneider Construction is repairing the header over the stage inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.
  3. Approved a bid from Morgan Painting to paint both the interior and exterior of the college’s Recreation Building.
  4. Discussed the KACCT/COP June quarterly meeting which will be held June 12-13 at Barton County Community College. There will also be a New Trustee Training at this meeting.
  5. Board Chair Dennis K. Shurtz publicly thanked the Board of Trustees, Board Clerk Libby Moore, and Rama Peroo, director of institutional communications and public relations, for their time, effort and dedication in the presidential search. “Without their hard work it could not have been done,” Shurtz said.
  6. Accepted a letter of retirement from Tony Crouch, interim president/vice president of business services, effective June 30, 2015. “I wish to thank all the students and staff of the college with whom I have had the great privilege to work these last nearly twenty-one years,” Crouch said in his retirement letter.
  7. Accepted letters of resignation from Molly Scanlon as assistant women’s volleyball coach, effective April 17; Wesley Taylor as Natural Science instructor, effective May 31; Bev Manuszak as TRIO-IMPACT/Student Support Services Counselor, effective June 17; Dennis Abington as Security and Safety Officer, effective June 30; and Peg Williams as Dorm Manger at the Lodge/Secretary for the Student Services Department, effective June 30.
  8. Approved the employment of Samantha Troyer as Paramedic Instructor Coordinator, effective May 1, 2015.
  9. The following personnel positions are currently open: Maintenance Technician; Faculty-Director of Vocal Music; Faculty-3D Art; Technical Director of Theatre; Department Secretary-TRIO program; Advisor-TRIO program; Vice President of Academic Affairs; Department Secretary-Registrar’s Office; Department Secretary-Admission’s Department; Coordinator of Student Health Services; Disability Services Coordinator; Natural Science instructor; Security and Safety Officer; Dorm Manager/Secretary-Student Services Department; Vice President of Business Services; assistant women’s volleyball coach.
  10. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 45 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel, professional negotiations, and consult with legal counsel.