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February 16, 2016


Enrollment for Fall classes opens March 1

With spring classes nearly a month into the semester, Cowley College administrators informed the Board of Trustees that fall and summer enrollment will begin Tuesday, March 1. This and other items were discussed during the Board of Trustees monthly meeting held Monday, February 15 in the McAtee Dining Center.

For information on enrollment visit or call 620-441-6335.

Also during the meeting, Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided the Board with an update on the following items: legislative funding, re-centering costs, guns on campus, the capital campaign survey, and upcoming Higher Learning Commission visit on March 7-9. He also mentioned the athletic department feasibility study that is being conducted and will be shared with the Board in either October or November.

In other matters:
1.       Saw Dr. Rittle present Samantha McClaflin and Brianna Hand of Arkansas City, KS with gifts for being named the school’s January and February Students of the Month.

2.       Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented with general operating funds of $456,101.49; financial aid funds of $547,072.95; and Foundation funds of $12,225.94.

3.       Approved the dormitory plan and tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year as presented by Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration. There will be a $3 per semester credit hour in the general fee, known as the incidental fee. Also, with the costs of additional security needed to cover anticipated changes in the concealed weapon legislation, and other technology securities, a security fee of $10 per student, per semester was approved. An increase of $200 per year was approved for double occupancy in the dorms and $500 per year for single occupancy at The Lodge Dormitory.

4.       Dr. Rittle, Trustee member Bob Juden, and Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, attended the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon held at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka, KS on Thursday, Feb. 11. Cowley College Ark City PTK honorees were Hannah and Samantha Twenhafel. The Cowley College Mulvane PTK Honorees were Tabitha Slater and Taylor Swarts. PTK sponsors Scott Layton, Deb Layton, and Tiffany Corley also attended the event.

5.       Dr. Rittle and Mr. Juden provided an update on the joint COP/Trustee meeting.

6.       Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that the College has begun surveying high school students in Sumner County to determine what types of courses, times, and delivery methods they prefer. The College will be pushing the survey out to Cowley County and the Mulvane area in the near future.

Dr. Arnett also mentioned a recent power outage at the College’s Wichita Downtown Center that was handled in a positive and effective manner. Instructor Ryan Doom ended up teaching by flashlight. His innovative thinking kept the students engaged in learning.

7.       Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, shared some of the things the IT Department has accomplished from February 2015 to February 2016. They have increased network speed, set up new email for faculty and staff, installed new server equipment, new disk backups and new network computer devices, eliminated equipment in the server room, expanded centralized storage, and begun work on the Student Information System which has a “go live” date of Sept. 12.

8.       Ben Schears, vice president of institutional advancement, informed the Board the Foundation staff has been working with the Foundation Board, Dr. Rittle, and Cargill Associates to finalize documents for the pre-capital campaign survey. Schears also mentioned Kelly Johnson, director of institutional research, attended a four-day SQL training in Kansas City in preparation for the data reporting requirements in the new Student Information System.

9.       Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, discussed upcoming event days including Arts & Humanities Day on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Cobble also mentioned financial aid is preparing to open for the 2016-2017 academic year for awarding aid to eligible students. This will be done for the first time in PowerFaids, which is part of the new Student Information System.

10.   Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, discussed the upcoming Kansas Community College Residence Life Conference and Spring Kansas Community College Public Safety Conference which will be held on the main campus on Thursday, February 18. O’Toole also informed the Board that Jim Brown, disabilities services coordinator, contacted library director Rhoda MacLaughlin about a set of DVD’s to help instructors teach English more effectively to students who use American Sign Language. MacLaughlin wrote a grant that was funded by the South Central Kansas Library System and will be used to purchase the DVD’s.

11.   Shane Larson, athletic director, discussed the upcoming Tri County Tiger Golf Classic that will be held at 1 p.m. April 10 in Wellington. Larson also mentioned the College’s involvement in the “Go Nuts” fundraiser in conjunction with the Wichita Wingnuts Community Benefit Concert on April 22-23 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. This year’s concert will feature The Band Perry, another to be announced country act, plus three local acts.

12.   Accepted a letter of retirement from Roy Reynolds, Jr. as Student Life counselor, effective June 30; accepted a letter of retirement from Rae Dale, Business, Computer, and Information Technology Department Chair, effective at the end of the spring 2016 semester; accepted a letter of retirement from Lois Sampson, Humanities instructor, effective August 2016.

13.   Accepted a letter of resignation from Jerame Hernandez as system administrator, effective Feb. 12; accepted a letter of resignation from Beverly Grunder as part-time academic grant coordinator, effective June 30.

14.   Approved the employment of Jeremy Goerzen as paramedic instructor coordinator, effective March 1; approved the employment of Cheryl Shepherd as site coordinator, effective Feb. 16; approved the employment of Janet Winegarner as Visual and Performing Arts administrative assistant, effective March 1; approved the employment of Abby Hollins as admissions representative, effective Feb. 29.

15.   Held a 20-minute executive session for preliminary discussions of property and to consult with legal counsel.