Cowley College’s Board of Trustees had an opportunity to tour the college’s new Sumner Campus in Wellington prior to the monthly meeting on Monday. The meeting was held in the Sumner Campus Technology and Innovation Center.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the Board had an opportunity to view the construction being done on the Short General Education Center, which will open in the fall of 2019. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle later showed the Board a video visual of the completed Short General Education Center that was put together by Agora Architecture.
Dr. Rittle praised the work done by Sumner Campus Operations Officer Jan Grace and her team.
“We had a big push to open the Technology and Innovation Center for the fall semester,” Dr. Rittle said. “The future is definitely bright.”
In other matters:
1. Dr. Rittle provided a College update. Dr. Rittle shared an EMS video created by the Cowley College marketing department. The video featured students in Cowley’s nationally recognized EMS and Paramedic programs.
2. Jessica Lucas, Government Affairs Liaison, provided the Board with a legislative update. Lucas discussed the upcoming election. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 16.
3. Megan Roth, Student Senate Vice President, provided the Board with an update on events happening on the main campus.
4. Authorized the College to conduct a feasibility study of student housing on the Carver Park property, situated on the main campus in Arkansas City. The study is to be completed and shared back to the Board in approximately six months.
5. Discussed housing options at the Sumner Campus in Wellington.
6. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, provided a Sumner Campus construction update. Dr. Walker also informed the Board that the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act has been posted on the Cowley College website.
7. Dr. Michelle Schoon, interim vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that the Academic Affairs office is working on policy revisions and internal processes. On October 12, there was a Kansas Core Outcomes Group meeting in Kansas City. Also, the Online Paramedic class recently had a 100% pass rate on the NREMT practical exam, and Health and Human Services Day was attended by more than 170 students. In adult education, LaVaughan Scheurich recently helped 13 inmates at Winfield Correctional Facility earn their Kansas State High School diploma by passing the GED. Dr. School also mentioned the recent Higher Learning Commission visit, and the Fall play “Night Must Fall”.
8. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, provided an update on active campaigns and projects. She also mentioned that Pizza Hut in Arkansas City was announced as the first-ever Tiger Spirit Award recipient. Dr. Gregg attended a recent conference in Orlando, FL, and was able to hear best practices from colleagues from around the country. She also mentioned current and future updates to the Cowley College website; the Alumni Association Party that will be held from 4-6 p.m. on October 27; and the Foundation Banquet which will be held on November 8.
9. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, provided the Board with a Student Information System update, and detailed other projects the IT Department is working on.
10. Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, provided an enrollment update. Enrollment is slightly up from this date last year. Shaw explained her goals for enrollment and her plan of action. Also, Senior Day will be held October 24.
11. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, filled in for Debbie Phelps, executive director of institutional effectiveness. Dr. Gregg informed the Board of the fall preliminary report that was submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents. It is important to understand that this data collection does not include enrollments for those students whose fall enrollments are all second, eight week classes or the winter session and cannot be used as a comparison tool for total 2018 fall semester enrollment figures.
12. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided a housing update. O’Toole said the dorms are at 97.6 percent occupancy. O’Toole also mentioned the recent hiring of Lacey Kennedy as Health Services Coordinator.
13. Jan Grace, Sumner Campus Operations Officer, informed the Board of the meetings she has attended over the past month, and also discussed the events Cowley recently sponsored in Wellington. Grace also shared information on new machinery that is set to arrive at the Sumner Campus.
14. Deborah Layton, faculty liaison, shared information on the upcoming band and choir concerts and provided an update on recent events and professional development opportunities the faculty have attended.
15. Shane Larson, athletic director, provided a fall sports update. Several of Cowley College’s fall sports teams are nationally ranked, while the women and men’s basketball season will tip-off Thursday, November 1 with home games at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Larson discussed the nationally ranked Tiger men’s soccer team that is currently 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. The Tigers recently captured its first-ever conference title in the history of the program and will host Neosho County Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Also, the No. 5-ranked Cowley College volleyball team will host No. 1-ranked Coffeyville Community College Friday at 6:30 p.m. Lastly, the Tiger Booster Club Luncheon will be held Thursday at noon in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.