Former Trustee and long-time College employee remembered fondly at meeting

October 19, 2021

Sid Regnier was a vital part of the Cowley College campus for the better part of four decades, having spent 26 years of service to the college as the vice president of business services before retiring in 2000. He later spent two years as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees before having to step down due to health issues in 2017. Regnier, who recently passed away, was remembered for his long-time dedication to the school during Cowley College’s Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

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

“Our heartfelt thoughts and compassion go out to his family,” Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said. “We thank him for his work on campus and can’t say enough about the man he was. He really put his life into the college.”

In other matters:

1. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided a college update. Dr. Rittle informed the Board that a Covid-19 booster vaccine will be offered on the main campus in Arkansas City on November 3. This was made possible through a partnership with Graves Drug. He also mentioned the work the Trustees have been doing since their Board Retreat in August and the recent tour of the Construction Trades facility. The College will close on property at the Sumner Campus later this week and a meeting is planned with Conco Construction the following week. Dr. Rittle also mentioned Second Eight-Week classes are now underway, while Arkalalah will keep the College hopping next week with Dodgeballalah on Thursday and Queen Alalah coronation on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. The College was also fortunate to host the KACRO Conference on its main campus. The conference brought 51 high schools and more than 300 students to the main campus. Lastly, he congratulated the Cowley College volleyball team (30-0), which recently moved to No.1 in the latest NJCAA Division II rankings after defeating previously top-ranked Iowa Central Community College. “It has been very impressive what Coach (Steve) Gream and his Lady Tigers have done,” Dr. Rittle said.
2. Saw Dr. Rittle present a gift to September Student of the Month Shanna Nichols of Augusta, KS, and October Student of the Month Dawson Crawley of Jenks, OK.
3. Liz Shepard, Upward Bound Director, provided the Board with a Centennial Celebration update. The Centennial Committee has been working to provide activities, promotions and opportunities for the college and community to celebrate 100 years of Cowley. The group will have sub-committees that will break out to help share the load. They recently met with some stakeholders in the community to get ideas for activities and how they would like to participate. The committee is also working with internal stakeholders to see how they too would like to partner with the celebration.
4. The Board viewed a Cowley Foundation quarterly update from Foundation CEO Dr. Kori Gregg.
5. Dr. Steve Abrams provided the Board with a Trustee Academic Subcommittee update.
6. Board Chair Gary  Wilson provided the Board with a Trustee Policy Subcommittee update.
7. Approved the Consent Agenda to include, minus the Financial Reports:

  1. Board Minutes of the September 20 meeting.
  2. Bills and Claims. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented.
  3. Administrative Reports.
  4. The Board held first readings on the following policies: (122.00) Payroll Accounting; (123.00) Optional Payroll Deductions; (136.00) Accepting of Gifts by Employees; (245.00) Professional Activities; (252.00) Student Records.
  5. The Board approved the following policies: (140.00) Exemption from Alcohol Policy; (147.00) Records Retention; (183.00) House Policies; (253.00) Registration and Enrollment; (254.00) Adding/Dropping a Class; (274.00) Late Registration Fee Payment; (410.00) Refund of Tuition and Fees.
  6. The Board approved the resignation of Autumn Huerter as admissions representative at the Wichita Downtown Center, effective October 18.
  7. The Board approved the employment of Laura Cordero as admissions representative at the Wichita Downtown Center, effective October 19; approved the hiring of Stephanie Humphries as academic department specialist-Health and Human Services, effective October 19.

8. Approved Resolution number 101821 as amended authorizing the sale of Lease Purchase Agreement Certificates of Participation Series A 2021 of Cowley County Community College for the Sumner Campus housing project.
9. Approved the decision to hold the December Board meeting at the Sumner Campus in Wellington.
10. Approved the decision to vary from Policy 132.00 due to the urgency of the Ireland Hall project. This decision allows the project to move forward with only two bids instead of the normal requirements of three bids.
11. Approved the bid from Retana Construction for phase one of the cleaning and disinfecting of the second and third floors of Ireland Hall on the main campus at a cost of $35,600.
12. Approved the Financial Report.
13. Holly Harper, vice president of finance and administration, provided the Board with a Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) update.
14. Dr. Michelle Schoon, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that Golden Tigers’ enrollment continues to climb with 221 individuals now enrolled in the fall. On September 9th The Career Center hosted the Cowley Student Job and College Fair, where 129 students attended. All Kansas public universities and three Kansas private colleges and one Oklahoma university attended as well as 18 employers.
15. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, provided an update on projects the information technology staff has worked on over the past month.
16. Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, provided an enrollment update. Shaw also informed the Board of the recruiting events the admissions representatives have assisted with over the past month and have lined up in the coming months.
17. Debbie Phelps, executive director of institutional effectiveness, informed the Board the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) announced a fall preliminary enrollment summary on September 30, 2021. This summary provided a look at the census or 20th day enrollment at all public institutions for the most recent, five fall terms. The numbers in this press release reflect a subset of the students currently enrolled at Kansas colleges and universities and this year’s announcement contained more dramatic year over year changes due to the impact of COVID-19.
18. Julie Rhoads, faculty liaison, provided updates from several Cowley instructors.
19. Jason O’Toole, director of athletics, informed the Board that the turf project for soccer has been completed, while the turf project for baseball and softball is ongoing. Also, the first Tiger Booster Club Luncheon of the fall semester has been set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 20 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
20. Trustees JoLynn Foster and Glennis Zimmerman were absent.
21. The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Rama Peroo

Director of Institutional Communication & Public Relations
Cowley College
125 South 2nd Street
Arkansas City, KS 67005