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November 3, 2014

Endowment Association members treated to enjoyable evening


BanquetRecognized for the difference they make in the lives of students, a large crowd of Cowley College donors attended the Annual Endowment Association Banquet held Thursday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

The event had generous support from CPA Solutions L.L.C., and The Trust Company of Kansas.

KC Udarbe, a 2014 graduate of Cowley College, provided music throughout the banquet, while Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement Ben Schears served as emcee for the evening.

“The work we do in the Endowment Association in support of the students would not be possible without the outstanding support we receive from our alumni and donors – they make it all possible,” Schears said.

Great Western Dining provided a wonderful dinner. While, Cowley College’s Theatre Department performed “Little Shop of Horrors” in the Robert Brown Theatre following the banquet.

During the banquet, Alex Gottlob, the 2006-2007 Student of the Year at Cowley College, and the owner of Gottlob Lawn and Landscape LLC, and Prairie Outfitters and Excursions, was announced as this year’s recipient of the Young Achiever Award. The award recognizes individuals age 40 or younger that have had success in their educational achievements, careers and community service, and/or service to Cowley College.

“I am very honored and appreciative of this award,” Gottlob said. “I look forward to what Cowley has to offer students for generations to come.”

Gottlob, who went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southwestern College in 2009, decided to give back to Cowley by donating $28,000 worth of landscaping to the Travis Hafner Training Center capital campaign.

Gottlob’s company donated native plants, boulders, and grass.

At Cowley, Gottlob was involved in Phi Beta Lambda, Campus Christian Fellowship, and was a Cowley Ambassador.

Representing Cowley’s Phi Beta Lambda organization at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. in June, 2006, Gottlob became the first Cowley student to place first at the national level as he placed first in job interview.

The Ambassador Award was presented to Larry and Carlla Pike, owners of L.G. Pike Construction Company Inc. of Arkansas City. The award recognizes individuals who have provided sustained volunteer or other service, or through philanthropic work to Cowley College.

The Pike’s sons, Darin and Kevin, as well as daughter, Angela, each attended Cowley as have several of their grandchildren.

They have contributed more than $55,000 to be used for scholarships at Cowley College.

After giving an additional $5,000 to be used for scholarships in 2011, Carlla said the couple knows there are people that need help going to college and the Pike’s saw this as one way to help the community and the college.

Schears thanked Cowley employees Elizabeth Thummel, Lisa Grose, and Liz Shepard for their help coordinating the annual Endowment Banquet.

To donate to the Cowley College Endowment Association, contact Elizabeth Thummel at 620-441-5319, or Ben Schears at 620-441-5245.

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