WINFIELD — To show continued support for the Cowley County 4-H youth program and community food banks, Cowley College purchased a steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction on Aug. 7 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Cowley College purchases steer


FROM LEFT: Cowley College representatives Dennis Shurtz, Gloria Walker, Bob Juden, Dennis Rittle and Malorie Depenbusch.

The 1,140-pound steer was presented by Malorie Depenbusch, a senior-to-be at Udall High School.

She is the daughter of Craig and Ronda Depenbusch, and both she and twin sister Miranda had livestock in the auction.

Malorie Depenbusch has shown animals at the fair for the past seven years and said she was pleased to know the sale of her steer will go toward a good cause.

The meat will be processed and donated to the Manna Ministries food bank in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry, to benefit area families in need.

“I really like the idea of Cowley donating the meet to the local food pantries,” Depenbusch said. She currently is enrolled in fall online classes at Cowley College.

Cowley College booth's goal is to steer students


Cowley College admissions representative Mandi Hernandez, left, and admissions coordinator Valerie White were among the individuals who staffed the college’s booth at the Cowley County Fair on Aug. 3-7 in Winfield. Hernandez and White also assisted with Tiger Enrollment Night on the college’s main campus in Arkansas City and are preparing for Dorm Storm on Aug. 12.

Cowley College President Dennis Rittle, Vice President of Finance and Administration Gloria Walker, Board of Trustees chair Bob Juden and trustee Dennis Shurtz represented the college at the fair. “This is a great way to support the youth in Cowley County,” Juden said.

The college began purchasing cattle from local 4-H members back in 2010 as a way not only to support local 4-H programs and their students, but also to give back to the community.

“This will be a way for us to provide much-needed food to members of the community in Arkansas City and Winfield,” Rittle said.

The 1100 lb steer was purchased for approximately $850, the college also covered the cost of processing — $1.10 per pound.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.