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February 23, 2018

Board hears of success of DECA Club; Ian Alumbaugh named head bowling coach

The success of Cowley College’s DECA Club was celebrated during Cowley College’s regularly scheduled monthly Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center. Also during the meeting, Ian Alumbaugh was named the head coach of the newly formed bowling program, which will be housed at the Mulvane Center.

Collegiate DECA (Cowley Chapter) is a business organization open to any student preparing for careers in business and business-related fields or an interest in business. Specifically, finance and accounting, marketing and communications, entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism, business management and administration.

A total of 12 Cowley College DECA students recently participated in the State Collegiate DECA Leadership Academy held at Fort Hays State University. Cowley students Baylee Bird, first place in retail management, Paige Dull, second place in travel and tourism, and Mallory Case, third place in restaurant and food service management, placed in the individual events. While, the team of Kelly Armstrong and Kaitlyn Taylor placed first in business ethics, and the team of Sidney Potter and Abigail Wolf placed second in financial statement analysis. These seven students will be accompanied by DECA Club sponsor Sarah Mathews at the national convention in Washington, D.C. in April.

Alumbaugh has had the opportunity to serve as a certified bowling coach through the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and has competed in Midwest Professional Bowlers Association Tournaments (PBA). He has bowled 13 USBC sanctioned 300 games and five sanctioned 800 series.

Cowley College athletic director Shane Larson is excited to see what Alumbaugh can do in this new position.

“I was most impressed in the interview process with Ian’s organization and his plan for building a brand new program into a nationally competitive program over a short period of time,” Larson said. “He has the experience along with the internal drive to build to accomplish those goals.”

In other matters:

1. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided a College update. Dr. Rittle informed the Board that employees from each of Cowley College’s locations recently attended Professional Development Day on the main campus to engage in the strategic planning process, as well as build comradery. Dr. Rittle also mentioned the CowleyGo mobile app is now set up to where students can pay their bill online. Lastly, Dr. Rittle said he will present the “State of Cowley College - Higher Education” at the Arkansas City Chamber Network Luncheon held Wednesday, February 21 at 12 p.m. in Cowley College’s Earle N. Wright Community Room.
2. Dr. Rittle filled in for Jessica Lucas, Government Affairs Liaison, to provide the Board with a legislative update. The Higher Education Budget committee recently voted to support the budget recommendations of Governor Brownback and sent a favorable recommendation to the Appropriations Committee to include $7.3 million in 2018’s budget and $8.3 million in 2019’s budget for technical education provided through Senate Bill 155. This would be new money for the program and is the amount estimated to achieve “full funding”.
3. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented with general operating funds of $1,989,697.01, activities disbursement including Foundation funds of $99,677.77, and federal funds of $7,744.63 for a total written of $2,097,119.41.
4. Saw Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle present gifts to January Student of the Month Kacia Hilty of Hutchinson, KS, and February Student of the Month Taylor Williams from Tecumseh, OK.
5. Dr. Rittle shared information that Cowley graduates now attending Emporia State University are doing at or better compared to students from other community colleges. “Our faculty does a good job of preparing the students for transfer,” Dr. Rittle said.
6. The Board reviewed the proposed amendments to the Interlocal Agreement establishing a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan within the City of Arkansas City and heard from City Manager Nick Hernandez. The Board decided to table the decision and will continue to discuss the matter and conduct further research prior to the next meeting.
7. Board member Glennis Zimmerman and Dr. Rittle attended the PTK Honors Luncheon and KACCT/COP meetings on Thursday, Feb. 15 in Topeka. Trustee Zimmerman provided the Board with a brief recap of the meetings. “It was an enjoyable trip and a pleasure to see Cowley students being honored,” Zimmerman said. Dr. Rittle also congratulated the students and thanked the faculty sponsors and the local legislators for celebrating the success of these students. Area legislators in attendance to support the students were Senator Larry Alley, Representative Ed Trimmer, and Representative Anita Judd-Jenkins.
8. Approved the increase to the Dormitory plans by $200 per academic year, and the general fee by $5 per semester credit hour for new students and those not eligible for the Cowley Promise.
9. Approved the entire signage/wayfinding package from APCO Graphics for the Winfield, Mulvane, and Sumner Campus sites. The costs for the Winfield Campus will come from the Capital Outlay Mill (COM) since that campus is in the taxing district and such infrastructure costs are eligible for use of COM. The costs for the Mulvane Campus will come from the annual operating budget, and the Sumner Campus will come from the bond proceeds and sales tax revenues from the Sumner County ½ cent sales tax.
10. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, provided a Sumner Campus update. Dr. Walker also presented the Board with a change order relating to infrastructure for the IT Lab in the Technology Building.
11. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, discussed the renovations taking place at Cowley College’s Winfield Center. He also mentioned that Cowley College is currently co-sponsoring HeartSafe Winfield along with Winfield Fire/EMS, USD 465, William Newton Hospital, Southwestern College, and GE. Cowley is providing equipment for hands-only CPR training in Winfield during February. So far, nearly 200 people have been trained in this life saving intervention. Dr. Arnett also said numerous changes happening at the university level have created the opportunity for Cowley students to take more education courses at Cowley College and transfer those over. Julie Rhoads, Cowley College director of education, is working on updating course procedures for two courses to ensure those transfer to all university education programs, rather than just a few.
12. Approved the proposed academic programs as presented. Programs presented were, AAS-App Coding and Design; AAS-Software, Security and Development; Cert A-Database Administration; Cert A-Game Development; Cert A-Geographic Information Systems; Cert A-Information Security; Cert B-App Development; Cert B-Information Technology Foundations; Cert A-Agriculture.
13. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, informed the Board that during the January Board meeting of the Cowley College Foundation, an approval was made to contract with Cargill and Associates for consulting services related to the feasibility of undertaking a capital campaign. Staff from the firm will be conducting in-depth interviews of a selected sample of Cowley College Foundation constituents to assist with a capital campaign decision. The desire to move forward with a campaign is related to a recent donation received by the Foundation which would serve as a lead gift in the campaign. Dr. Gregg also mentioned KanOkla Networks recently gave the college $40,000 for the naming rights to the IT Lab located inside the Technical Center at Cowley College’s Sumner Campus.
14. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, said his department is down to its final five computers remaining to be deployed in the desktop computer replacement project. When this project is complete, all machines will be one-year-old or newer, and approximately 580 machines will have changed out. Erdmann also provided an update on the Student Information System.
15. Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, informed the Board that student headcount is up close to 300 students from this date a year ago. Her department is continuing to work on new processes and is completing event dates for next year.
16. Chris Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, said the Strategic Leadership Team is moving into the planning phase and will be working closely with the Strategic Planning process to establish goals based on the input from the work that has been previously done during the opening day meeting as well as the Professional Development Day. The goal is to have the priorities reviewed by the Administrative Council and have the new plan launched by July 1.
17. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided a housing update. O’Toole said the dorms currently have 431 occupants and are right at the eight-year average. O’Toole also mentioned the 3D virtual tours that were recently filmed in all six dorms, the homecoming week festivities, and the work done by student accessibility coordinator Jim Brown with the recent Title IXS training during Professional Development Day.
18. Jan Grace, Sumner Campus Operations Officer, provided the Board with a rundown of the activities and meetings she has recently attended in Sumner County. Grace also mentioned the net Sumner/Harper County principal, superintendent, counselor meeting scheduled for March 2.
19. Lory West, BCIT faculty, filled in for Deborah Layton, faculty liaison. West shared information on the success of the Writing Center as well as the IMPACT program. Eight IMPACT students achieved a 4.0 grade point average in the fall semester and 20 were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll.
20. Shane Larson, athletic director, informed the Board that the Cowley College women’s indoor track and field team recently captured its first region title since 2011. Larson also mentioned the Cowley College women and men’s basketball teams will host First-Round Region VI Playoff games on Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., while the Tiger wrestling team had six athletes qualify to compete at this weekend’s national tournament in Council Bluffs, IA.
21. Approved the termination of Doug Stewart as custodian, effective December 11, 2017.
22. Approved the employment of Tanner Brock, as assistant soccer coach, effective February 20; approved the employment of Ian Alumbaugh as head bowling coach, effective March 1.
23. Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, regarding employee contracts, pursuant to the exception for discussions relating to non-elected personnel, and consultation with the Board attorney on a matter deemed privileged, pursuant to the exception for attorney-client consultation.