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February 22, 2017


Board approves extension with Cowley County Economic Development Agency


During Monday night’s meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees, the Board approved the authorization for Chairman Bob Juden to sign the extension to the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement providing for the creation and operation of the Cowley County Economic Development Agency. The agreement has been extended for three years, expiring on December 31, 2019.

Deb Firebaugh, administrative assistant for Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development, appreciates the college’s willingness to extend the interlocal agreement with Cowley First.

“Throughout our partnership these past 13 years, Cowley College has always been an active participant no matter the topic, issue or project Cowley First is working on,” Firebaugh said. “We are excited to see what we can continue to accomplish together as an economic development partnership.”

The Board also approved the authorization for Chair Juden to sign the Permanent Utility Easement, granting the City of Arkansas City access to the Cowley College baseball field parking lot, for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, repairing, improving, and maintaining the public water line, which lies beneath.

Chair Juden was also granted authorization to execute the Option to Purchase Real Property Agreement between Cowley College and the Short Land Co., LLC and the Short Family, giving Cowley College the option to purchase up to 10 additional acres of land, adjacent to the location of the future campus site in Wellington, KS, sometime during the next 10 years.

In other matters:

  1. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided a College update. Dr. Rittle thanked members of the Board that were able to be in attendance at the recent visit by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. The Governor’s visit allowed Cowley the opportunity to showcase several programs of study as well as share information about how students can obtain a baccalaureate degree for less than $15,000 if they start with Cowley College while in high school and then move on to Fort Hays State University. Dr. Rittle also mentioned the ribbon cutting ceremony planned at the Cowley Softball Field at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23. The event will showcase the new press box and restrooms constructed at the facility. He also mentioned discussions he has had with U.S. legislators about the Dream Act, which is a legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for undocumented immigrants in the United States that would first grant conditional residency and upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency.
  2. The Board approved the annual audit report provided by Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd, LLC. Scott Loyd and Christina Henson were on hand to go over the audit report and praised the assistance and helpfulness provided by the College staff during the audit.
  3. Saw Dr. Rittle present Peyton Adams of Wellington with a gift for being named the school’s January Student of the Month. Dr. Rittle also recognized Tanner Balsters of Belle Plaine for being named the school’s February Student of the Month.
  4. Board member JoLynn Foster, vice president of institutional advancement Dr. Kori Gregg, and executive director of student services Jason O’Toole, recently attended the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon held at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka, KS. Cowley had two honorees from its Ark City campus and two more from its Mulvane Center. Mrs. Foster provided an update on the joint COP/Trustee meeting that followed the PTK Honor’s Luncheon.
  5. Approved Dr. Rittle’s request that he and a Board member attend the 2017 Leadership Congress, which will be held September 25-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  6. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, informed the Board the administration has negotiated a contract with Gordon and Associates for phase I of architectural services not to exceed $83,500.
  7. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, discussed the recent Manufacturing Day events held at the College and plans for a third Manufacturing Day event for Sumner County students. He also mentioned Golden Tigers director Margaret Neal, who plans to retire on Aug. 1 after more than 20 years with the program. “We are certainly going to miss her, she has done a good job with the program over the past 20 years.”
  8. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, informed the Board of the recent Scholarship Reception which was attended by 125 people and 82 first time scholarship recipients. Dr. Gregg also said the College is in the process of forming a scholarship review team to examine the College’s current processes and structures. It is the goal of the analysis to determine how the institution can deliver scholarship awards in a manner that best serves the students while providing flexibility to faculty and staff in how scholarship awards are offered. The scholarship review team will also be responsible for leading the college’s strategic leadership team as it pertains to scholarships and for developing and monitoring the outcomes for the representative AQIP goal.
  9. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, provided the Board with a Student Information System update. Erdmann said for the last four weeks CampusWorks technical personnel have been on campus assisting and facilitating the completion of key items and issues, while Jenzabar continues to provide support with integration issues. Erdmann also mentioned the work is being done to install a long-range wireless network at the new softball press box, while work is also underway to install a built-in sound system at the facility.
  10. Marcus Hicks, interim executive director of enrollment management, informed the Board that summer and fall enrollment begins on March 14. Hicks also said the admissions team has been busy working events such as Math and Science Day, Wichita women’s Fair, and sponsoring the Winfield High School basketball games on Feb. 3. Admissions is also preparing to assist with the Arts and Humanities Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
  11. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided the Board with a dorm update. O’Toole also mentioned that on Tuesday, February 14, Cowley dorm managers Haley Strawn, Cassady Cook, and Lynlea Bartlett joined in celebrating IXL Elementary Kindergarten’s 100th day of school. While, Bartlett made valentines treats for Cowley’s dorm students.
  12. Chris Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, said winter KHEDS and IPED reports are complete and submitted. Hollon, who provided a training session during in-service for anyone interested in additional functionality with Microsoft Excel, said future training will focus on Izenda and or/Zogotech as a tool for generating reports that are helpful on a daily basis in differing departments.
  13. Shane Larson, athletic director, informed the Board that the Cowley College women’s indoor track and field team captured the Jayhawk East title and placed second in the region at last weekend’s meet held at Pittsburg State University. Larson also mentioned the athletic department’s cumulative GPA for all sports after the competition of the fall semester was 3.22 which is well above the national average for two year athletics.
  14. Approved the increase in the dormitory plan by $100 per academic year and general fee by $6 per semester credit hour.
  15. Accepted the resignation from Brad Louderback as assistant tennis coach/dorm manager, effective Jan. 31; accepted the resignation from Josh Cobble as executive director of enrollment management, effective Feb. 17; accepted the resignation from Megan Lambert as technical support specialist, effective March 3.
  16. Approved the employment of Jonathan Moore as public safety officer, effective Feb. 21; accepted the employment of Bryson Reed as third shift custodian, effective Feb. 21; accepted the employment of Leslie Norris as cosmetology instructor, effective August 7.