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September 16, 2014

Long time employees to retire from the college

A pair of long-time employees of Cowley College submitted letters of retirement during the college’s Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Greg Schartz, bus driver, who has served various roles at the college since 1992, plans to retire at the end of the year. Julie Perdue, secretary in the Registrar’s Office, has been employed at the college since 1996 and also plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2014.

Also, at Monday night’s Board Meeting, the Board approved the decision to allow the college to negotiate with Jenzabar (EX) to create a new Administrative/Student Information System (A/SIS) at the school.

The college sent request for proposals to four companies and three vendors were then invited to demonstrate their product on campus. A committee was formed with representatives from across campus, and an open forum was held for the campus community to discuss products, with additional questions from the meeting submitted to the vendors. The information from the submittals was then compared side-by-side and a scoring spreadsheet was created to qualify vendors.

Pricing was tabulated and compared and a list of the most desired functionality was ranked in priority order. The committee then met three times, and a vote was taken to determine the final product between Ellucian (PowerCampus) and Jenzabar (EX).

After the voting ended in an 8-8 tie, Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch made the final decision based on what system he thought would be the best fit for the college.

“I could make a strong point for either product, but what isn’t equal is the relationship we have with the two companies,” Crouch said. “We have worked with Jenzabar for over 20 years, and our folks are comfortable with the support we get from them. They understand the product we have and the one we would be going to. To me, there would be less risk of problems and uncertainty. The tie-breaker to me is the relationship.”

The Board praised the work done by Crouch and the committee in selecting an Administrative/Student Information System (A/SIS).

In other matters:

  1. Board of Trustee representative Bob Juden and Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch reported on the Quarterly KACCT/COP meeting they attended Sept. 12-13 at Pratt Community College.
  2. Discussed the ACCT Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Ill. Ron Godsey, the college’s ACCT delegate, plans to attend.
  3. Saw Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch present Michael Meloy of Cedar Vale, KS, with a gift for being named the school’s September Student of the Month. “I really do appreciate it,” Meloy said. “It is a humbling experience as well as a boosting up experience. I hope to leave my mark on campus.”
  4. Sid Regnier, retired vice president of business services at Cowley College, provided the Board with handouts listing campus history and the removal of items that he was either involved in maintaining or instrumental in the development of.
  5. The Board declared the following items surplus property: 15 chair/desks; one Lenovo X1 laptop computer; 1 Dell Precision M6600 laptop computer; 1 Cisco 5508 Wireless Network Controller; and a Chariot – Scrubber Model CSX24.
  6. Held first readings for the following policies: Nepotism (170.00), Student Code of Conduct (403.00), and Campus Disturbances (425.00).
  7. The Board granted the college authority to negotiate a final contract with Barker Education Service Team (BEST) after reviewing its Online Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) program proposal.
  8. Accepted a letter of resignation from Mark Britton as registrar, effective Sept. 12; accepted a letter of resignation from Cindy Lenhart as associate vice president of instruction.
  9. Approved the employment of Jeff Benito as head men’s tennis coach/dorm manager, effective Aug. 28.
  10. Approved the internal transfer of Devin Graves from director of GED/ABE to registrar, and Kathy Witte from library assistant to IMPACT program coordinator.
  11. Heard from Brad Vogele on the possibility of hosting a Championship Bull Riding (CBR) or Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event on college property located by the Travis Hafner Training Center sometime in the spring. The Board granted Vogel 60 days to gather more information to present at the November meeting.
  12. The Board approved the decision to pursue a $5,000 expense for a Fact Sheet on Cowley College and how it relates to the economic impact of Cowley County.
  13. Crouch discussed the agreement between USD 470 and Cowley College to share the use of the Arkansas City High School tennis facility. “I applaud (USD) 470 and Cowley College in sharing the use of the high school tennis facility as a saving to the tax payers,” Board Chairman Dennis K. Shurtz said.
  14. Crouch mentioned Cowley College freshman soccer player Sandra Urrutia was recently named the NJCAA Division I Goalie of the Week.
  15. Heard from vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths on Cowley College students who transfer to Emporia State University. Cowley students do better than ESU students that start there and those that transfer to them from other community colleges.
  16. Approved moving the regularly scheduled starting times of the monthly Board of Trustee meetings from 6:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  17. Held three executive sessions totaling 60 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel and property acquisition.