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May 19, 2015

Board hears of Media Club trip to Denver


Members of Cowley College’s Media Club provided a power point presentation highlighting its recent trip to Denver, CO during Cowley College’s Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.


Media Club sponsors Meg Smith and Adam Borth were joined by students Tyler Eckstein, Holly Landis, Avery Osen, and Clinton Willis.

The Media Club’s trip to Denver took place May 1-3 and consisted of the group visiting the Denver 9 News NBC affiliate, the Denver Post newspaper, Sports Authority Field (home of the Denver Broncos), and Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies).


“I would like to thank the Board for their support,” Osen said. “We gained real world journalism experience and were able to network with people in the business.”


Osen recently accepted a summer internship with the Tennis Channel in Santa Monica, CA, while Borth informed the Board that another student in the program accepted an internship in Denver. Media Club is the college recognition and fundraising club for students interested in media at the college. It is primarily made up of newspaper and newscast students, but is open to any Cowley College student.


In other matters:

  1. Approved a three-year lease extension at the Cowley College Mulvane Center located at 430 E. Main Street in Mulvane, KS.
  2. Heard from Arkansas City City Manager Nick Hernandez and members of the City Commission as they discussed the transfer possibilities of properties owned by the City.
  3. Heard from Carl Davis, president of the Ark City Tumbleweeds car club; Debbi Davidson of the Arkansas City Recreation Center; and Arkansas City residents Bob Mathews and Gary Wilson as they shared their thoughts on the potential transfer of properties owned by the City.
  4. Approved the attendance of incoming president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, incoming Board members JoLynn Foster and Sid Regnier, and current Board members Bob Juden and Ned Graham, at the KACCT/COP meetings which will be held June 11-12 at Barton County Community College. A new Trustee orientation will be held for all incoming new Trustees.
  5. Tony Crouch, interim president/executive vice president of business services, provided the following construction update. The grade modifications have been completed and the grass is beginning to spread at the South Athletic Complex. The header repair inside W.S. Scott Auditorium has been completed. Painting of both the interior and exterior of the College’s Recreation Building should begin this week, weather pending.
  6. Approved the bid from Four State Maintenance to epoxy coat the shower rooms at the Lodge Dormitory.
  7. Reviewed a listing of surplus property to be labeled as surplus for disposal.
  8. Submitted for first reading the following policies: Faculty Checkout; Student Senate; and Pet/Animals & College Facilities.
  9. Heard an update on the new SIS –Jenzabar EX. “I would like to thank Paul (Erdmann) for all of his hard work,” Crouch said.
  10. Learned that through the SARA process (ability to teach online education courses in other states) Cowley College can teach in 49 states. The last, Maryland, will be gained in the near future. “Thanks to Stephani (Johns-Hines) and Paula (Phelps) we are way ahead of the game on this,” Crouch said.
  11. Crouch informed the Board that the Cowley College men’s track and field team had a pair of individual national champions at the Outdoor NJCAA National Track and Field Championships held May 14-16 in Hutchinson, KS. Sergio Guijo was the national champion in the hammer and Damien Odle was the national champion in the javelin. “Congratulations to Courtney (Gougler) on her coaching and recruiting efforts,” Crouch said.
  12. Accepted a letter of resignation from Chris Mayer as Social Science instructor, effective May 31.
  13. Approved the employment of Beau Elrod as maintenance technician, effective May 20; approved the employment of Carly Brock as dorm manager-Student Services Department secretary, effective June 22; approved the employment of Milan Anich II as Technical Director of Theatre, effective July 1.
  14. The following personnel positions are currently open: Faculty-Director of Vocal Music; Faculty-3D Art; Faculty-Social Science; Faculty-Life Science; Department Secretary-TRIO program; TRIO-IMPACT, Student Support Services Advisor; Vice President of Academic Affairs; Department Secretary-Registrar’s Office; Department Secretary-Admission’s Department; Health Services Coordinator; Student Accessibility Coordinator; Security and Public Safety Officer; Vice President of Finance and Administration; and assistant women’s volleyball coach/dorm manager.
  15. Approved the request from certain faculty members that have completed their contractual obligations at the end of the school year, to have advanced payment of their salaries for June and July.
  16. Board member Ned Graham was absent.
  17. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling one hour for professional negotiations, preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, property acquisition, and to consult with legal counsel.