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December 15, 2015


New programs approved at Cowley College


Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved two new course programs during the Board of Trustees monthly meeting held Monday, December 14 in the McAtee Dining Center.


The two new course programs are Fire Science (Certificate A) and Milling Technician (Vocational Certificate).


The Fire Science program will prepare students to enter the workforce as an entry-level firefighter. According to Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, Chris Cannon, Allied Health Department Chair, put in a lot of work to pull the courses together for the new program.


“The Fire Science program is a good example of responding to the community and advisory council,” Dr. Arnett said.


The Milling Technician program will prepare candidates to work in flour mills as an associate working in many of the areas of the modern mills. These classes will be taught by professionals from the International Association of Operative Millers while college faculty teach the ancillary courses required in the industry.


“We are excited about these new programs,” Dr. Arnett said. “Along with the new (Rubbermaid) grant this signifies a new era for Cowley College being more deliberate in connecting with the community.”


Also during the meeting, Christina Henson of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC, provided Cowley College’s Board of Trustees with an audit report. In performing the audit, the accountants examine the validity of financial transactions according to generally accepted accounting principles and state law.


Henson praised the work done by Dr. Gloria Walker, Cowley College vice president of finance and administration, and her staff.


Each Board member was provided with a publication of the audit and the Board unanimously approved the audit report as presented.


“I want to compliment the Business Office and Financial Aid Office for the positive outlook and findings in the audit report,” Board member Sid Regnier said. “They did a real fine job.”


Later in the meeting, Cowley College president Dr. Dennis Rittle informed the Board of some of the major happenings at the College over the past month. A few of the highlights included the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Board of Regents recently awarding the Workforce AID project for Rubbermaid to Cowley College; the College and Best Western Patterson Park Inn teaming together to host a successful Thanksgiving Basketball Classic; the College recently presenting Newell-Rubbermaid in Winfield with a Champion Level plaque in recognition of their work with the school; Dr. Rittle and Stephani Johns-Hines, associate vice president for Mulvane and online operations, served as presenters and panelists at the Regional Kansas Association of City/County Managers Conference held Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Best Western Holiday Manor in McPherson, KS; Dr. Rittle served as a keynote speaker during the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce noon networking luncheon held Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the President’s Private Dining Room; Dr. Rittle recently held a strategic planning meeting with Fort Hays State University president Dr. Mirta Martin; and the College has implemented several new programs.


“Very good things are happening thanks to the great people here at the College,” Dr. Rittle said.


In other matters:


  1. Saw Dr. Rittle present Cera Magana of Wichita, KS, with a gift for being named the school’s November Student of the Month. “Thank you all so much. It really was an honor just to be nominated. I am happy people are noticing what I do,” Magana said.
  2. Dr. Rittle provided a brief update on the sessions he and Board member Ned Graham attended at the annual KACCT/COP meeting held December 6-7 at Allen County Community College.
  3. The Board approved the 2015-2016 final county valuation and mill levy. The mill levy is 18.915, which is up from the final 2014-2015 levy of 18.790.
  4. Approved the following policy: Vacation Full-Time Non-Faculty employees (166.0), eliminating Vacation Administrative Staff (113.0) and Vacation Classified Staff (166.0).
  5. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, spoke of the Workforce AID project for Rubbermaid that was awarded to Cowley College. This will provide training for 12 students in all specified areas and is built around Cowley’s Mechatronics program, which was originally developed in collaboration with Rubbermaid several years ago. The training will begin in January and will deliver 13 credit hours for the trainees. Those that complete the training will be employed by Rubbermaid.
  6. Brian McChesney, systems administrator, provided an update on the Student Information System. The second pass for data migration and cutover to the portal (JICS) was performed last week. Training has been resumed and discussions with Jenzabar are underway about which third party products need to be integrated.
  7. Elizabeth Thummel, endowment coordinator, informed the Board that the Cowley College Foundation Board approved the contract with Cargill Associates in preparation of a feasibility study for a future campaign. Thummel also mentioned that the annual campaign mailer has been mailed.
  8. Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, provided an enrollment update. Spring enrollment is continuing to climb and is closing the gap from last year’s spring numbers. Cobble also mentioned enrollment is growing at the Wichita Downtown Center and met enrollment numbers for the fall.
  9. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided a dorm update. O’Toole said the dorms are currently at 99.4% occupancy with 23 more students in the dorms than at this time a year ago.
  10. Shane Larson, athletic director, provided an athletic update. Larson shared the success of the Cowley College volleyball team which placed sixth at the NJCAA Division II National Championships. He also mentioned Tiger track and field national champions Sergio Guijo and Damien Odle will be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Independence on Jan. 13. Also, the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon and induction will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16. Larson recently filled a vacancy by being named the Assistant Men’s Region VI Director with a new election to take place in the spring.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Deryk S. Ruddle as lead paramedic instructor, effective Nov. 30; accepted a letter of resignation from Janet Kennedy as assistant web master, effective Dec. 31.
  12. Approved the employment of Michael Bryant as public safety officer, effective December 16; approved the employment of Ruy Vaz as assistant soccer coach/dorm manager, effective January 19; approved the employment of Dan Adler as assistant track/cross country coach, effective January 4; approved the hiring of Stephani Jones as administrative assistant for Academic Affairs, effective January 4.
  13. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Dennis K. Shurtz, Board Chair, wished the administration, staff and faculty a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
  14. Board member Ned Graham was absent.