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March 14, 2017


Health reasons force Regnier to step down from Board of Trustees


Sid Regnier has been a vital part of the Cowley College campus for the better part of four decades. He spent 26 years of service to the college as the vice president of business services before retiring in 2000. He has spent the past two years as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and has strived to do his best to provide educational opportunities to the students of Cowley College. Due to health issues, Regnier submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately during Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Trustees.

“To all the employees of the college, I will always believe in you and wish you success as you strive to continue to brand Cowley College the best institution it has always been,” Regnier said.

In recognition of all that Regnier has done for the college, the Cowley College bookstore was named in his honor during the fall of 2000.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle thanked Mr. Regnier on behalf of the faculty, staff, students, and community for his years of service to the college, while Board Chair Bob Juden thanked Mr. Regnier for not only what he has done for the college but also in aiding himself.

Past chairman Dennis K. Shurtz echoed those sentiments.

“The Board of Trustees and the community applaud Mr. Regnier for his years of service as an administrator and board member for the college,” Shurtz said.

In other matters:

1. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided a College update. Dr. Rittle mentioned the Nelson Sensation Award for March that was given to the college for its work done at the Cowley College softball field. He also mentioned three separate cross-sectional steering committees recently met for the first of two meetings to discuss the preliminary design of the new campus in Wellington. Also, the spring edition of Tiger Talks were held last week at the Wichita, Mulvane, and Arkansas City campuses. Also, Jeramy Lamar, Cowley College student from the Mulvane campus, was announced as the 2017-2018 Kansas-Nebraska Region President for Phi Theta Kappa.

2. Jessica Lucas, Sumner County Campus Campaign Champion and Strategist, provided the Board with a legislative update. House Bill 2164 and Senate Bill 75 each passed unanimously in both committees and on the House and Senate Floor. House Bill 2164 for a Sumer County seat on the Cowley College Board of Trustees now goes to Senate for a vote and then directly to the Governor for his signature to become law. This individual would take office in January, 2018 and begin serving a two-year term.

3. Saw Dr. Rittle present Stephanie Cabrera of Arkansas City with a gift for being named the school’s March Student of the Month.

4. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented with general operating funds of $991,010.69, financial aid funds/student refund checks of $1,645,320.44, federal funds of $22,445.84, and Foundation funds of $9,344.56.

5. The Board authorized Chair Juden to sign the agreement to transfer real estate between the City of Arkansas City and Cowley College, transferring ownership of Carver Park from the City of Arkansas City to Cowley College with the stipulation that the college will partner with the City and the federal matching dollars to cover the costs (not to exceed $87,000 on the part of the college) of extending the hike and bike trail from Chestnut Avenue to the Hafner Center. The Board also authorized Chair Juden to execute the documents relating to the sale of the Lease Purchase Agreement, with proceeds in the amount of $8,360,000 to be used to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing and equipping the new campus in Sumner County.

6. Approved a 1.25 mill levy to be authorized annually for a period of five years, and a special building fund be created for the purposes of construction, reconstruction, repair, remodeling, additions to, furnishing and equipping of community college buildings, architectural expenses incidental thereto, and the acquisitions of real property for use as building sites for educational programs on the Arkansas City Campus. This mill levy will raise approximately $316,507 each year producing an aggregate amount of $1,582,535 for the five year period. All dollars raised will be spent on improvement projects for the Arkansas City Campus.

7. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, provided an update on the architectural services time line of various functions/activities to complete the construction of the Wellington campus.

8. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that Cowley does all of the GED testing for the state prison system. He also mentioned that the Renn Memorial Library has 65 registered community users that have visited the college’s library for computer access 675 times in the last year. Dr. Arnett also shared good news about six Cowley College DECA members taking first place in the State Collegiate DECA Leadership Academy held recently in Hays, KS, and Cowley College’s Ark City and Mulvane PTK chapters recently receiving 5 Star status. In addition, Jeramy Lamar, who attends the Mulvane Campus, will serve as the Kansas-Nebraska region’s 2017-2018 PTK president.

9. Rama Peroo, director of institutional communication and public relations, filled in for Dr. Kori Gregg, and provided the Board with an update from the department of institutional advancement. He spoke about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Cowley Duck Dash. The event will be held at Spring Hill Farm on May 20. He also mentioned the department has begun budget planning for 2017-18 and informed the Board to visit to vote for Cowley College in the “Best of Cowley County” contest.

10. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, said installation of long-range wireless networking equipment to tie the press box building into our campus network has been completed at the Lady Tiger softball field. The installation of Wi-Fi at the Tiger baseball field has also been completed.

11. Marcus Hicks, interim executive director of enrollment management, informed the Board enrollment for the summer and fall semesters opens March 14. Admissions representatives continue to visit service area high schools and build relationships. He also mentioned the college had booths at the recent KMEA Conference and TPA Homeschool Conference held at Wichita’s Century 2, while admissions representatives traveled to Fort Riley this past weekend to take part in the Youth Hiring and Education Fair.

12. Chris Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, informed the Board that as of March 7 the fall enrollment report for IPEDS is complete. Hollon also provided a Higher Learning Commission update to where the college is currently in the process of finishing the 2016-17 institutional update which will be completed by March 17. Hollon also said Dr. Walker is finalizing the contract with Zogotech, an analytics firm, and it is planning on going live within a month. Training will be provided by Zogotech.

13. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, proved a housing update. He also mentioned the IMPACT program recently delivered checks in the amount of $598 to 28 students totaling $16,744. These students are Pell grant recipients who have unmet need. They completed full time hours, maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, completed financial literacy online topics, created a portfolio in the Focus 2 program, and were active in IMPACT activities.

14. Shane Larson, athletic director, informed the Board of the Tiger women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams that placed 13th and 23rd, respectively at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships. He also mentioned the Tiger Booster Club has purchased new paws for the Tiger mascot and is looking into purchasing an additional Tiger costume.

15. Accepted a letter of retirement from Jack McVey as custodial supervisor, effective August 1. McVey has spent more than 20 years employed at the college. “Jack has been a long and dear employee of the college,” Dr. Rittle said.

16. Accepted a resignation from Heather Kelly as Natural Science Department instructor, effective July 31.

17. Accepted the employment of Janet Grace as Campus Operations Officer, effective no later than October 1; accepted the employment of Kristi Shaw as executive director of enrollment management, effective March 14; accepted the employment of Jerry Thor as assistant tennis coach, effective March 14; accepted the employment of Beau Vest as head wrestling coach, effective March 14.