In May, Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) coaches from nine Kansas community colleges met at the state tournament and agreed to change the name of the activity from Kansas Academic Excellence Challenge (KAEC) to Kansas Collegiate Quiz Bowl (KCQB).
Cowley College Collegiate Quiz Bowl (CQB) sponsor Dianne Flickinger said Jeanie Ferguson and Will Friesen, from Garden City Community College, were the “masterminds” of this change.
“We felt we would no longer have to explain what the AEC team does,” Flickinger said. “We thought it would help prospective students, as well as colleagues, to recognize what we do because ‘Academic Excellence Challenge’ always required explanation, whereas ‘Quiz Bowl’ is self-explanatory.
“The addition of ‘Collegiate’ at the start of the name helps to distinguish us from any middle or high school teams.
“Additionally, the name change should help with recruiting and make college reporting to the Higher Education Commission simpler.”
As a sponsor of Cowley College’s CQB team, Flickinger wants people to be aware of the change. Cowley College AEC students had great success during the last three years. They have gone to nationals in each of the last three years, and have taken first place and finished second twice in the state of Kansas.
“I don’t want the success of AEC to be lost in the name change,” Flickinger said. “We have three returning students and are looking for more students who work together — college students who can quickly answer questions in three to five seconds in sciences, history, current events, mathematics, arts and music.”
CQB will hold its first meeting on Aug. 21 and already has several interested students who signed up at the recent activities fair and were excited to find a Quiz Bowl team at Cowley College.
“I am hopeful for continued success of Collegiate Quiz Bowl, the new Academic Excellence Challenge,” Flickinger said.
Cowley College will host the Snow Bowl Tournament on Dec. 2.
“We will need faculty, staff, and AEC alumni who are interested in moderating and keeping score for the day,” Flickinger said. “It’s an exciting, competitive day if you love Quiz Bowl.”
The public is invited to observe the competition at no cost.
For more information about CQB or to volunteer to assist with the Snow Bowl Tournament, call Flickinger at (620) 441-5211.
This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.