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August 12, 2014

Cowley employees honored


Slade Griffiths, Frank Owens, Mark Flickinger, Tony CrouchCowley College took time to recognize the stellar work done by its employees during the All College Meeting held Monday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

Art instructor Mark Flickinger and criminal justice instructor Frank Owens were named recipients of the Cowley College Master Teacher awards.

“We are honored to have these two as faculty members at the college,” Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs said. “Frank cares about his students and does everything needed to produce a quality program. While, Mark’s classes are ones where you don’t even know you are in class because of how much he engages the students.”

Flickinger has been at Cowley College since 2001 as an instructor of Art History, Painting, and Drawing.

“To be in the company of the previous master teachers is a real honor,” Flickinger said.

After serving 17 years as a member of the Winfield Police Department, the last five of which were as lieutenant of investigations, Owens returned to work at his alma mater in August 2011.

“I have had so much support from everyone at Cowley,” Owens said. “This is a tremendous honor considering all the wonderful instructors we have here.”

Owens was also recognized as the recipient of the Grassroots Recruitment Award. The award was presented to Owens in honor of his dedication to the recruitment of outstanding students.

Custodian Gary Hale and technical director of theatre Jamison Rhoads were recipients of Grassroots Appreciation Certificates presented by admissions director Helen Nakos.

Exhibiting excellence in the four core values of Cowley College, Janice Stover was named the recipient of the Ben LeClair Staff Excellence Award.

“I could not be more excited to present this award than I was to present it to Janice,” Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch said. “I have worked with Janice since my first day here and I know no one who is more passionate about Cowley than she. The award is given based on the four categories of People, Accountability, Integrity, and Leadership.  Janice clearly exemplifies all of these and is very deserving of the award.  I was pleased to call her name as this year's recipient of the Ben LeClair Award, but I'm more pleased to call her friend.”

Benny Joe “Ben” LeClair was a long time employee of Cowley College, who died February 7, 2011. He was a valuable staff member who was dedicated to the continual pursuit of excellence by embracing the four Core Values of Cowley College. He performed his daily duties with integrity and a smile and led by example.

“I had the privilege to work with Ben LeClair a number of years, and I can say he was a really great guy and dedicated employee,” Stover said. “Although I might not go about my work as quietly as Ben, I share that same commitment to excellence and devotion to serving the needs of Cowley College.”

To honor and remember LeClair’s legacy, the college accepted nominations for the Ben LeClair Staff Excellence Award for Cowley College.

“I feel there are many employees that are equally deserving of this award and could be recognized for their work at the College,” Stover said. “Receiving this award is an honor and I truly appreciate being recognized by my peers and College administration.”