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January 18, 2017


Spring enrollment up at Cowley College


With the first day of spring classes underway at Cowley College, the school informed the Board of an increase in full-time students from this time a year ago. The information was shared during the monthly Board meeting held Tuesday, January 17 in the McAtee Dining Center.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said the College is up 166 FTE from a year ago.

"It took all hands on deck to accomplish this and I thank everyone for their efforts," Dr. Rittle said.

Dr. Rittle also informed the Board that the College was recently awarded a pair of grants totaling $91,998. Funding will set up the computer lab needed for teaching CNC programming and related skills at the new Wellington Campus. The Grant money will also be used to purchase new computers to outfit a drastically updated graphic design lab. 

"It took work from all around the College to help us achieve this wonderful success," Dr. Rittle said.

In other matters:

  1. The Board reviewed Operating Fund Revenues which are up 1.12 percent above last year and Operating Fund Expenditures which are 1.60 percent below last year.
  2. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented with general operating funds of $1,045,093.86, financial aid funds of $168,208.55, federal funds of $1,754.13, and Foundation funds of &943.03.
  3. The Board authorized Chair Bob Juden to sign the Resolution No. 011717, authorizing the offering for sale of lease purchase agreement certificates of participation, series 2017, of Cowley County Community College, Cowley County, KS.
  4. The Board authorized Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, to sign the Certificate Deeming Preliminary Official Statement (POS) Final, as the purchaser on behalf of the college.
  5. Approved the removal of Tony Crouch, and the addition of Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, and Tiffany Vollmer, Board Clerk, as the designees of the Cowley College account at Carson Bank in Mulvane, KS.
  6. Approved the removal of Elizabeth Moore and the addition of Dr. Gloria Walker and Tiffany Vollmer to the Cowley College account at Sunflower Bank in Wichita, KS.
  7. Approved the decision to allow Suzie Bacon, accounting director, access to online banking and statement review for all Cowley College accounts at the following banks: RCB Bank, Union State Bank, Carson Bank/Mulvane and Sunflower Bank in Wichita.
  8. The Board approved Dr. Rittle’s request to attend the ACCT Community College National Legislative Summit Feb. 13-16 in Washington, D.C.
  9. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, informed the Board the College has received proposals for the posted Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design, fabrication, and installation of exterior signage and is in the evaluation phase of those proposals. Dr. Walker also said the construction of the restroom and press box at the softball field is on schedule to be completed by February 9.
  10. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, recognized Tina Grillot, associate vice president for business and industry, Mark Flickinger, Visual and Performing Arts Chair, and graphic design instructor Mark Dykes, as well as Kammy Downs, Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce Director, for their work in securing grants totaling $91,998.
  11. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, informed the Board of the Billboards promoting enrollment in Wichita and the new Billboard the College purchased in Wellington. Dr. Gregg also shared that after careful consideration and discussion with Jenzabar consultants, it has been decided that the Foundation will not migrate from Razors Edge until January 2018. Also, Lee Media Group was chosen as the Foundation websites new hosting server. The migration of the website was completed before semester break. Dr. Gregg also mentioned the Alumni Newsletter was delivered before semester break with the Opportunity Fund mailing directly following. Over the break the Foundation received $32,000 for the annual fund.
  12. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, informed the Board that work continues on the various functionality of the student information system. Also, the IT team was recently able to install and configure the new Nimble storage array. All data has now been moved from the old storage system. Erdmann also discussed the self-service password reset which allows users the ability to reset their own password directly from the single sign-on page.
  13. Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, discussed the increase in spring enrollment as well as the college’s sponsorship of the Winfield High School basketball game on Jan. 6. The college will sponsor another basketball game at Winfield High School on Feb. 3.
  14. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided a housing update. The dorms are at 92.8 percent occupancy.
  15. Shane Larson, athletic director, discussed the South Central Border League Basketball Tournament that will be held January 19-21 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. Upcoming Tiger Booster Club (TBC) Luncheons will take place Jan. 25, Feb. 20, and March 29, while the annual TBC Athletic Banquet will be held April 26 in the Agribusiness Building. Larson also mentioned the College is close to finalizing the interview process for a head wrestling coach.
  16. Accepted a letter of resignation from Michael Bryant as public safety officer, effective Jan. 4; accepted a letter of resignation from Paula Phelps as coordinator of online education, effective Jan. 3.
  17. Approved the employment of Jane Maynard as full time bus driver, effective Jan. 19.
  18. Held an executive session for 20 minutes for preliminary discussion of property and consult with legal counsel.