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October 17, 2017


Board hears of Hall of Fame selections


The Cowley College Board of Trustees had an opportunity to hear about the accomplishments of three athletes selected for induction into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, October 16 in the McAtee Dining Center.

Recognized for their contributions to Cowley College athletics, baseball player Toby Anglen, tennis player Gavaska Williams, and women’s basketball player Debbie (Adams) Nittler will be inducted into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Anglen remains one of the best third basemen to ever play at Cowley. Hailing from Sperry, OK, Anglen was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection for the Tiger baseball team. He is referred to by Cowley baseball coaches Dave and Darren Burroughs as a “program changer” as the Tigers set a then school-record for wins (36) during the 1992 season and went 70-34 during his two years at the school.

As a freshman, Anglen batted .402. He was even better as a sophomore, batting .420. Anglen went on to play for NCAA Division I Arkansas State University and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft.

Along with serving as the general manager for the Nelson Auto Group in Oklahoma, Anglen remains involved with baseball as the owner of the Next Level Baseball Academy. He also conducts baseball camps and clinics.

Williams was the singles and doubles national champion and region champion in singles and doubles in his one year at Cowley. He scored the final point to clinch the 1991 national championship for the Tiger tennis team and served as the team-captain and leader of the team.

Williams went on to win a second national title at Tyler Junior College as a sophomore and then played two years of tennis at NCAA Division I Arkansas University. He was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation with his doubles partner at Arkansas.

He later played on the satellite pro circuit after graduation. Former Tiger head coach Larry Grose considers Williams to be the best player in the rich history of the Cowley tennis program.

Williams is in the real estate business in Los Angeles, CA and remains connected to tennis by working with African American youth in Los Angeles in teaching them the game of tennis.

After a stellar high school career playing basketball and volleyball, Nittler passed up opportunities to play at other schools and instead chose to play basketball at Cowley College for her sister, Linda Hargrove.

While at Cowley during the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons, Nittler’s scoring average of 19.1 points per game stood as a school-record for 17 years. If her 19.1 point scoring average were to be projected out over a 31 game schedule, which is a minimum played today, she would be fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list. The long-distance shooter managed to do this before the three-point shot came into play.

Along with basketball, the multi-sport standout also played volleyball, softball, track, and tennis at Cowley.

After Cowley, she went on to have a solid career playing basketball at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS.

Nittler returned to Cowley in 1984 and along with teaching and working in admissions, she also served as an assistant coach in three sports. She took over as the head coach of the Cowley volleyball team in 1986 and spent 15 seasons at the helm. Her 389 career wins remains the most in school history.

She was the recipient of the Conrad and Janet Jimison Tiger Booster of the Year Award in 2014.

Nittler also served as Cowley College’s Social Science Department Chair from 1999-2001, CEA negotiator from 1996-2001 and academic advisor from 1986-2014. She received the NISOD award in 1993 and was in Who's Who Among America's College Teachers.

She retired in 2014 after 30 years at the college.

In other matters:


  1. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided a College update. Dr. Rittle discussed the recent groundbreaking ceremony at the Sumner Campus in Wellington, KS. More than 270 individuals attended the event, which featured comments from Kansas Lieutenant Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer (Keynote Speaker), Marjorie Short, Owner of the Short Land Company, Michael E. Zamrzla, Deputy State Director of U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s Office, Debbie Luper, District Director of U.S. Congressman Ron Estes’ Office, Kansas State Representative Anita Judd-Jenkins, Kansas Senator Larry Alley, Kansas State Representative Ed Trimmer, Dr. Blake Flanders, President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, Ray Frederick, Chair of the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, Clifford Bales, Chair of the Sumner County Commission, Stacy Davis, Executive Director of Sumner County Economic Development Commission, Bob Juden, Chair of the Cowley College Board of Trustees, and Cowley College President Dr. Dennis C. Rittle. “I want to publically thank the Groundbreaking Committee, the Board, distinguished speakers, dignitaries, faculty, staff and students who attended the event. I also want to thank the City of Wellington for their hospitality and generosity, and most importantly the citizens of Sumner County,” Dr. Rittle said. Board Chair Bob Juden thanked Dr. Rittle for his vision and leadership. “Two years ago who would have thought we would be breaking ground on the Sumner Campus,” Chair Juden said. Dr. Rittle also informed the Board that Monday was the first day of spring enrollment and thanked the Trustees for the work they do for the College. “This Board is amazing, courageous, and takes sensible risks and for that I am thankful,” Dr. Rittle said. “Thanks for your efforts, sacrifices, and commitment.”
  2. Saw Dr. Rittle present Kenzie Thimesch of Garden Plain, KS with a gift for being named the school’s October Student of the Month. “Thank you for this award,” Thimesch said. “Everybody at Cowley has been so friendly and helpful. It has been a great experience and I will be sad to leave.”
  3. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented with general operating funds of $1,584,076.93, and federal funds of $21,744.84. “Dr. Walker, I applaud you for this (financial report) sheet. It is quick, easy, and to the point,” Board representative Dennis K. Shurtz said.
  4. After careful review and consideration of documentation provided by the requesting parties, the naming advisory committee determined that naming of the City Ball Park at this time does not meet the criteria for naming as outlined in the college’s facility naming policy.
  5. Held a first reading on the Trustee Handbook. The handbook serves as an orientation tool for new Trustees as well as a resource for current Board members. Final approval will be requested at the November Board meeting.
  6. Approved the Acquisition and Disposal of College Property policy, which outlines the proper steps of acquiring and disposing of college property.
  7. Approved the request to enter into a contract with J Squared Communications (Jessica Lucas) to provide government affairs services for Cowley College, that is, serve as the Government Affairs Liaison for the College.
  8. Approved the purchase of a public safety vehicle from the Kansas Highway Patrol.
  9. Approved to finance the purchases of the temporary chiller, new HVAC, and signage for the Arkansas City campus through University Lease.
  10. Approved the request to enter into a contract with Elmore Painting to paint the interior walls of the Winfield Center.
  11. Approved the request to enter into a contract with Ramco Building Maintenance to provide custodial services for the Mulvane Center for six months.
  12. Approved the request to have Pearson Construction, as a subcontractor to Conco Construction, perform the storm sewer construction work.
  13. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, submitted the requests for contracts and provided the Board with a Sumner Campus update.
  14. Dr. Tina Grillot, associate vice president for business and industry, informed the Board more than 400 eighth graders from Sumner County were recently on the main campus as part of Manufacturing Day. “They were very impressed with our facilities,” Grillot said. Grillot also informed the Board that Cowley’s Career and Technical Education Department and Allied Health Department are working on a grant to advertise and enroll more non-traditional students in those two areas.
  15. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, discussed the recent Foundation Scholarship Reception in which 170 donors and students attended. This year, 145 students received Foundation scholarships and a total of 158 scholarships were awarded. The total dollar amount of scholarships awarded was $153,470. This represents a 35% increase in scholarship awards over the previous year.
  16. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, informed the Board that work on the Parent CRM implementation is complete. This is the module that gives students the ability to grant permission to a designee, allowing them to view chosen portions of their student record, including grades, attendance, courses currently enrolled in, and viewing/paying of bills. Erdmann also provided an update on the desktop computer replacement project. To date, 100 computers and 128 monitors have been received. The hope is to have 540 computers replaced by the end of the year.
  17. Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, provided an enrollment update. Shaw said 79 students enrolled at Cowley College on the first day of spring enrollment. Shaw also mentioned the Tiger Stripes Work Ethic Scholarship being offered in Sumner County. Shaw recently visited with students at Argonia, Oxford, South Haven, and Wellington High School to inform them about the scholarship.
  18. Chris Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, said the retention module is complete with team training through webinar to take place on Friday, October 20. Also, fall reports will be done by the end of the week.
  19. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided a housing update. He also mentioned the successful Red Cross Blood Drive held last week, the additional links that have been added to the Title IX webpage, and the good work being done by director of student life Landon West and intramural coordinator Tanner Brock with student activities.
  20. Janet Grace, Sumner Campus Operations Officer, provided an update on the work she has been doing over the past month. She and Tina Grillot visited several companies in Sumner County to discuss education possibilities at Cowley College. She and Grillot are also working on grant opportunities. Grace also mentioned the successful groundbreaking ceremonies held in Wellington. “Attendees and speakers were impressed and inspired by the construction activity, the 3DVM Zone, the refreshments, Cowley presence, and the great speeches,” Grace said.
  21. Shane Larson, athletic director, informed the Board that a Tiger Booster Club Luncheon will take place at noon on Thursday, October 19. He also mentioned the recent Athlete of the Month recipients for September and October, and the success of the fall sports teams.
  22. Accepted a letter of resignation from Michael Moore as custodian, effective September 29.