Day: October 17, 2017

Jordan fights stage 4 breast cancer; friend seeks help for family expenses

Local resident Debbie Jordan has been diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She has taken a leave of absence from work and is unable to go back for the time being. Her friend and co-worker, Patty DeHaven, has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the Jordan family during this time. “They are in desperate need of financial stability,” DeHaven said in an interview Oct. 16. A positive person Many people may recognize Jordan from her job at Dillons, where she has worked for more than 20 years. “Debbie is a very positive person, a very hard worker,” DeHaven said. “She is the kind of person that will go out of her way to help anyone.” Jordan lives in Arkansas City with her husband and two children, who are 12 and 13. “She is a great mom to her two children, and a great wife and helpmate to her husband,” DeHaven said. The family attends Trinity Baptist Church. Ongoing battle for Jordan Jordan first was diagnosed with breast cancer on July 16, 2015. She immediately underwent chemotherapy. On Feb. 18, 2016, she had a lumpectomy and some lymph nodes were removed, followed by radiation treatments. “Things were good since then, until August 2017,” DeHaven said. “Debbie started experiencing extreme back pain.” An MRI revealed cancer had spread to her spine. “One vertabra has already collapsed and two...

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Trustees talk handbook, honor Thimesch, hear Hall of Fame inductees

The Cowley College Board of Trustees is examining a trustee handbook at the request of Board Chair Bob Juden and Cowley College President Dennis Rittle. While the trustees took no action regarding the handbook during their meeting Oct. 16, they were charged with reading the document and helping to point out any corrections or changes that would be pertinent. “I think it’s good to have (guidelines),” Juden said. “When most of us came on board, there were none.” The handbook is meant to serve as an orientation tool for new trustees, as well as a resource for current board members. The handbook outlines the “mission, vision and core values of Cowley College; board member duties and responsibilities; the fiscal operations of the college; and the overall functions and organization of the board of trustees,” according to board packet documents. Rittle said trustee Dennis Shurtz had similar documents from another time period, which he would bring to college staff so that could be incorporated in the document. “I think the one I have is the original pamphlet,” Shurtz said. “I’ll give it to (board secretary) Tiffany (Vollmer).” Student of the Month The trustees recognized Kenzie Thimesch during the meeting as the October Student of the Month. “Thank you for this award,” said Thimesch, a Garden Plain native. “Everybody at Cowley has been so friendly and helpful. It has been a...

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Candidate Q&A: Ned Graham — Cowley College Board of Trustees

Name: Ned Graham Position you are running for: Cowley College Board of Trustees Family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren): Wife, Claire Graham; son, Eric Graham; daughter-in-law, Julie Graham; their children, John Graham and Mitchell Graham; son, Stuart Graham; daughter-in-law, Kelley Graham; their sons, Noah and Gareth Graham How long have you lived in Cowley County? Lifetime, except for two years in Garden City Have you served on any boards previously? Board of Directors, Winfield Community Theatre Why did you choose to run for this position? I felt like there wasn’t enough representation on the Board from northern Cowley. I felt it needed to have a balance among Cowley County taxpayers. What do you think of the plans for the new Sumner County campus and how its construction will be financed? I think its great! What started that ball rolling was the generosity of the Short family and its donation of nearly $10 million dollars in prime land. Then Sumner County voted in an addition to its sales tax levy to pay for the building costs and some operating costs. We are the envy of most of the community colleges in Kansas. Cowley College had a slight increase in enrollment this fall after years of decline. What would you like to see done to try to continue this increase in future semesters? I believe that if we keep doing what we...

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Candidate Q&A: Jonathan Hansen — Cowley College Board of Trustees

Name: Jonathan R. Hansen Position you are running for: Cowley College Board of Trustees Family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren): Married to Sarah Kate Reilly and we have four children: daughter, Maley, a seventh-grader; son, Arri, a fifth-grader; daughter, Alola, a third-grader; and daughter, Zadie, a first-grader. Maley attends ACMS and the other three attend Jefferson Elementary. We also foster athletes for Cowley College women’s soccer and track — too many to name, but you know who you are! Dogs: Bacon and Phog. How long have you lived in Arkansas City? 4 years Have you served on any boards previously? No, but I’m looking forward to the present opportunity. Why did you choose to run for this position? It is extremely important to me and my family that we live in a community that has access to and values higher education. I have a wide variety of higher education experience in both community colleges and large and small universities as a student, athlete, resident, researcher, and teacher. I believe quality education should not be costly, and community colleges are essential to the educational and cultural enrichment of the communities they are in. I believe my experience in education, as well as my role in the community, would bring a unique perspective to the Cowley College Board of Trustees. What do you think of the plans for the new Sumner County...

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Soroptimists offer scholarship, honor Thompson, donate to United Way

The Soroptimists of Arkansas City are offering a scholarship to women who are the primary breadwinners in their homes. Through the “Live Your Dream” awards program, women in the Arkansas City area can apply for and potentially receive up to $5,000. In order to be eligible, a woman must be the primary financial provider for herself and her dependents, be attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program, and have financial need. The application deadline is Nov. 15. Applicants must not have been awarded this scholarship previously. Recipients may not be a Soroptimist member, nor be or have an immediate family member who is an employee of Soroptimist International. The winner of the scholarship will have the opportunity to receive additional awards at the District, Region and Federation levels. Soroptimist International is a global organization whose mission is “to improve the lives of women and girls, locally and globally.” To learn more about this opportunity, call Sharon Eggen at (620) 442-5489, Linda Neal at (620) 442-6466 or Tracy Muller at (620) 307-6290. Thompson a Soroptimist Girl Piper Thompson has been selected as the Soroptimist Girl of the Month for September. She is the daughter of Doug and Jennifer Owen, and Kevin Thompson. Thompson was inducted into the National Honor Society her sophomore year and plans to graduate midterm, then become a full-time college student at Cowley College...

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