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November 17, 2015


Media Club students inform Board of Austin Media Convention


Students in Cowley College’s Media Club had an opportunity to share details of their recent attendance at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention in Austin, TX during the Board of Trustees monthly meeting held Monday, Nov. 16 in the McAtee Dining Center.


Media Club students Wesley Bradford, Deja Hernandez, Jaden Mount, Caitlin Peters, Austin Tedrow, Clinton Willis, and Hannah Winterhalter joined Media Club sponsor Meg Smith on the trip.


The students had an opportunity to attend workshops, learning sessions, and hear from high-profile speakers. The trip was funded by the Media Club.


“We could not have done it if the Board did not support our academic endeavors,” Smith said.


In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley College president Dr. Dennis Rittle present Liz Vishnefske of Mulvane, KS, with a gift for being named the school’s November Student of the Month.
  2. Discussed the annual KACCT/COP meeting which will be held Dec. 6-7 at Allen Community College. Ned Graham, Trustee representative, and Dr. Rittle plan to attend.
  3. Approved the recommendation to reschedule December’s Board meeting to Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the President’s Private Dining Room of the McAtee Dining Center. A pre-holiday meal for the Board of Trustees will be held at 5 p.m. prior to the regular meeting, with no business during this time.
  4. Held a first reading on proposed changes to the following policies: Vacation-Administrative Staff (113.00) and Classified Personnel (166.00). The changes would remove confusion and enact the best practices in higher education as they relate to the accrual and management of employee vacation leave. In addition, the application of a consistent formula to compute the accumulation of maximum vacation leave benefits for non-administrative employees, who comprise the majority of the college’s full-time non-faculty employees. Final approval will be requested at the December Board meeting.
  5. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, provided the Board with analysis of lease versus buy for Cowley College’s current fleet of vehicles. She provided the Board with a pair of scenarios.
  6. Board member Sid Regnier asked Dr. Walker to provide the Board, at a future meeting, with a lease versus buy analysis for Cowley’s current fleet of buses.
  7. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board of a new course approved for the Non-Destructive Testing program. Phased Array Level I is a course that was requested by the Career and Technical Education advisory group. It may be submitted as a Stand Alone Parent Program as a one-course certificate program.
  8. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, informed the Board of the network upgrade being conducted at the school’s Travis Hafner Training Center. Work is being done to get long-range wireless gear installed at the Hafner Center. Conduit work is being completed, and investigation into ways to mitigate wind-related problems is underway.
  9. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, provided the Board with an update on the recent Foundation banquet and the DodgeBallalah tournament. He also let the Board know in advance of the volleyball team’s participation at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, he, athletic director Shane Larson, and Dr. Rittle will host an alumni event in Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday evening, Nov. 18.
  10. Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, said spring enrollment has started off well and the admissions staff is staying busy with high school visits and hosting students for campus visits.
  11. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided an update on the dorms. The dorms are currently at full capacity.
  12. Shane Larson, athletic director, informed the Board that about 50 individuals attended a send-off for the Cowley College volleyball team as they departed Monday morning for Phoenix, AZ. Larson also mentioned the last Tiger Booster Club luncheon of the year will take place at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. In other athletic matters, soccer is looking to go to a divisional split with a Jayhawk East and Jayhawk West Conference, however an announcement on the matter will not be made until the spring. Also, the eTeam sponsor (fundraiser) the athletic programs are involved in is up to $10,500 in revenue.
  13. Accepted a letter of resignation from Tommy Scott as security and public safety officer, effective Nov. 5; accepted a letter of resignation from Jennifer Odom as Social Science/Visual Performing Arts secretary, effective Nov. 6; accepted a letter of resignation from Kevin McDougal as head cross country/assistant track and field coach, effective Nov. 13.
  14. Approved the employment of Jacey Camac as admissions representative in Ark City, effective Dec. 1.
  15. Held a 30-minute executive session for preliminary discussion of property, non-elected personnel, and to consult with legal counsel.