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September 22, 2015


Shriver announces retirement; Dr. Rittle provides update


After 25 years at Cowley College Mindi Shriver announced her plans to retire on January 1, 2016 during Cowley College’s Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.


Shriver began employment at Cowley College on August 20, 1990, and has been Administrative Assistant for the Instruction Office since July 2002. She plans to pursue other projects and spend time with her daughter, Jayme, who lives in Wisconsin and is expecting her first child in March of 2016.


“I love Cowley College and will still attend sporting events and plays as much as possible,” Shriver said. “I will always be a Tiger.”


Also during the meeting, Cowley College president Dr. Dennis Rittle discussed the recent ribbon cutting ceremony held at the school’s Wichita Downtown Center, the upcoming Vice President’s Meet & Greet Reception for Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, and Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, to be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, and the Presidential Installation Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Brown Theatre and reception to follow in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.


Dr. Rittle also mentioned the Manufacturing Day event that will take place Friday, October 2 at the school’s Walker Technology Building in Arkansas City. Stan Ahlerich, Executive Director of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, has been invited to speak about the impact of manufacturing on the local and state economy.


Dr. Rittle thanked the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame committee, the Tiger Booster Club Board, and the college’s Board of Trustees for their work during the process of selecting three new members into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame. All-American track/cross country athlete Josephat Boit, women’s basketball coach Darin Spence, and All-American baseball player John Urick were recently chosen to be inducted into the 2016 Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 16, 2016.


Dr. Rittle also shared news of an official invite he received to meet with Sumner County commissioners on Monday, September 28 to explore Cowley College making a larger footprint in Sumner County.


In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley College president Dr. Dennis Rittle present Hannah Twenhafel of Norton, KS, with a gift for being named the school’s September Student of the Month.
  2. KACCT Board delegate, Ned Graham, and Cowley College president Dennis Rittle attended the annual KACCT/COP meeting Sept. 11-12 at Cloud County Community College. Graham and Dr. Rittle provided a review of the meeting.
  3. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, informed the Board that she plans to seek bids on a CD that is maturing on Sept. 22. She also said the relocation of the welding program on the Mulvane campus is nearly complete, and policy 132 (Purchasing) and policy 142 (Access to College Facilities) are under review for developing and/or revising associated procedures. The fiscal year 2015-16 budget is also to be submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents before September 30, 2015.
  4. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that Ti Training Corp was on Cowley College’s main campus in Ark City Sept. 15-16 to shoot a variety of training scenarios for Criminal Justice training. The director was so pleased with the scenarios that Criminal Justice instructor Frank Owens developed that he is interested in using them for national distribution. Dr. Arnett also stated that several faculty members are currently developing proposals that would provide potential students with the opportunity to earn certificates in a relatively short time that would increase their earning potential and/or employment options.
  5. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, informed the Board of the fiber cabling installation being done on Cowley College’s main campus in Ark City. Erdmann brought fiber cable to demonstrate to the Board the work that will continue to be done once the cable is received off of back order.
  6. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, spoke of the recent Burden Dayz PRCA Rodeo event that the Cowley College Foundation helped sponsor. The Foundation was highly visible for the duration of the event and will discuss ways to broaden its reach and visibility at next year’s event. Schears also praised the work done by endowment coordinator Elizabeth Thummell during the Foundation’s annual audit.
  7. Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, informed the Board of the college’s presence at the Kansas State Fair. He also mentioned with the recent opening of Cowley College’s Wichita Downtown Center the college is working on engaging the local area through the Wichita Chamber of Commerce events like Exposure as well as working with businesses in local neighborhoods with plans to expand those opportunities. Cobble also said Health & Human Services Day will take place Oct. 8 and Social Science/BCIT Day will be held Oct. 20.
  8. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided a report on the dorms. The school is currently at over 100 percent occupancy in the dorms. O’Toole also praised the work being done by Lea Newman, coordinator of health services; Roy Reynolds, student life counselor; and Jim Brown, student accessibility coordinator. “They are doing a wonderful job and we are fortunate to have them on campus,” O’Toole said.
  9. Shane Larson, athletic director, informed the Board that $69,000 in pledges have been received through the Tiger Booster Club Blitz Drive and the Foster Parent Meet and Greet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, September 27 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
  10. Appointed Dr. Gloria J. Walker as Treasurer of the Board. Dr. Walker replaces interim treasurer Dr. Dennis Rittle.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Sam Vogele as strength and conditioning coordinator, effective Sept. 11, 2015; accepted a letter of resignation from Elizabeth Lanier as admissions representative, effective Sept. 11, 2015.
  12. Approved the separation of employment of Christy Parker as custodian effective August 11, 2015, and Beau Elrod as maintenance technician, effective August 3, 2015.
  13. Approved the employment of Paige Winslow as Cosmetology instructor, effective October 1, 2015; Tiffany Vollmer as Human Resources coordinator, effective October 6, 2015; Jeremy Mount as maintenance technician, effective October 1, 2015; Charlotte Smith as custodian, effective October 1, 2015; and John Popchoke as custodian, effective September 22, 2015.
  14. Board Chairman Dennis K. Shurtz thanked Dr. Rittle for the work he has done since coming to Cowley. “I applaud the leadership you have shown this institution the last three months,” Shurtz said. “You have done an outstanding job with your involvement in the community and on campus.”
  15. Held a 10-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, non-elected personnel, and to consult with legal counsel.