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December 13, 2016


Dr. Rittle provides Board with College update


Following a Christmas dinner sponsored by Great Western Dining Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center, Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided the school’s Board of Trustees with a College update during the annual monthly meeting.

Dr. Rittle informed the Board that on Sunday, December 11 the Beta Phi Upsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society hosted its chartering and first induction ceremony at Cowley’s Mulvane Center. The event was a success and featured a standing room only crowd of family and friends. Dr. Rittle praised the work done by chapter advisors Chad and Tiffany Killblane as well as Mulvane Center administrative assistant Julia Jarboe.

Dr. Rittle also discussed the recent KACCT meeting he and Board member Jill Long attended in Parsons, KS. He said the two biggest take aways from the meeting were the continued discussion of a merger between Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College, and the ongoing discussion to allow guns on campus.

Dr. Kori Gregg, Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement, has been accompanying Dr. Rittle to visit Sumner County businesses that are interested in helping support the new campus in Wellington. They recently visited Tect Aerospace, GKN Aerospace, Triumph Accessory Services, and KanOkla.

The Christmas dinner was provided by Great Western Dining at no cost to the College.

In other matters:

1. The Board authorized Chair Bob Juden to sign the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between Sumner County, Kansas and Cowley County Community College, and to sign the Lease Purchase Agreement, assigning a portion of the Sales Tax monies as Bonded dollars to fund all of the construction and infrastructure of the Sumner County campus in Wellington. The Board also authorized Chair Juden to adjust the closing date of the Short Family donated property, should the need arise. The Board also authorized college administration to select Gordon & Associates Architects for the design and construction of the Sumner County campus in Wellington.

2. The Board acknowledged the adjustments to the terms of office referenced in statute K.S.A. 25-21a01, stating that the term of members of governing bodies and other elected officials of any municipality that would expire at any given time in 2017 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2018, when newly elected members of the governing body and any other newly elected officials shall take office.

3. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented with general operating funds of $791,275.63, and financial aid funds of $262,431.09, and federal grant funds of $17,531.13.

4. Saw Dr. Rittle present Kyndal Dutton of Winfield and Abby Garcia of Wichita with gifts for being named the school’s November and December Students of the Month.

5. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, informed the Board the College is in the evaluation phase of the signage proposal. She also mentioned a few equipment items and said Commerce Construction was selected as the contractor to complete the construction referenced in the Request for Bid for the construction of the softball restroom and press box project, for a price not to exceed $262,000. The construction should be completed by February 15, 2017.

6. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board he is working on semester-ending activities and planning for Sumner County and preparation of competitive grants for training in cooperation with local businesses. He also discussed the recent concert performances and Life: Through Word and Lens event.

7. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, let the Board know work continues on the various functionality of the student information system. He also discussed the centralized storage solution. The new equipment has arrived and the College is awaiting dates for implementation from the vendor.

8. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, informed the Board that the Foundation has begun its migration to Jenzabar with the first conversion pass set for January 13, 2017. Foundation staff are currently working to clean the data within the current system RazorsEdge, in preparation for the data pass. The final conversion pass will take place on February 10, 2017.

9. Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, discussed fall enrollment. Cobble also said spring enrollment is underway in the new Student Information System. Students are now able to enroll in TigerConnect with advisor approval of course selection. Cobble also mentioned over 1,100 potential students were on the College’s main campus in Arkansas City during the fall semester as part of event days and campus visits.

Cobble also shared the College’s recent designation as a Military Friendly School from GI Jobs Magazine. Cowley received a Gold Award for outstanding programs and support for our nation’s veterans and was named a Top School in the 2017 Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine.

10. Christopher Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, informed the Board the fall KSPSD report is locked and accepted by the Kansas Board of Regents. Also, Dashboard progress is progressing slowly. Jenzabar has provided a platform named Izenda for the dashboard needs. Hollon recently participated in online training for the new Higher Learning Commission website and guidelines for documentation. He and Cowley College Natural Science Department Chair Dr. Michelle Schoon are working to begin the processes as needed.

11. Dianne Flickinger, IMPACT English Specialist, discussed the recent Academic Excellence Challenge Snow Bowl competition hosted by Cowley College on December 3. The Cowley “A” team placed second out of 12 teams and Chris Simmons placed sixth out of 49 competitors. The Cowley AEC team will compete again on January 21 to determine if they will make a third straight trip to nationals. Flickinger also provided a dorm update and mentioned the Late Night Breakfast planned on Tuesday, December 13 from 10-11 p.m. in the McAtee Dining Center. Along with the Late Night Breakfast Director of Student Life Kristi Shaw has planned several activities to help students relieve stress during Finals Week.

12. Shane Larson, athletic director, mentioned the work that is being done to prepare for the South Central Border League Basketball Tournament that will be held January 18-21 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. Also, the College is gearing up to host the Region VI track meet in the spring. Larson also mentioned the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon and induction that will be held Saturday, January 7. Reservations for the luncheon need to be made to the Athletic Office by Dec. 30. The luncheon will take place at 12 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room and a ceremony to honor the inductees will take place between the women and men’s basketball games that evening.

13. Accepted a letter of resignation from Cathy Coon as custodian, effective December 21.

14. Approved the employment of Autumn Mumford as admissions representative at the Wichita Downtown Center, effective January 3, 2017.

15. Board member Brian Sanderholm said Terri Schroeder, director of Ark City Dance, praised the work done by John Rohr, Cowley technical director of theatre, during a recent dance performance held in the Robert Brown Theatre. Schroeder said Rohr did a fantastic job and looks forward to working with him again.