The Cowley College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Dec. 11 to approve the addition of men’s and women’s bowling teams at the Cowley College Mulvane Center in the fall of 2018.

Cowley College logoCowley College athletic director Shane Larson provided the board with a feasibility study showing the benefits of adding men’s and women’s bowling teams.

Larson said bowling is growing in popularity among Kansas high school students, and there are strong recruitment areas in Kansas and Oklahoma. Wichita State University has one of the top college bowling programs in the nation, but the Shockers turn away an average of more than 60 potential student-athletes that attend the annual tryout for their teams, he said.

Larson said the Cowley bowling teams will practice and hold home matches at the Derby Bowl.

He also said the addition of bowling will help to provide a sense of cohesion and student spirit at the Mulvane Center, as well as opportunities for community involvement.

“We are extremely excited to announce the addition of men’s and women’s bowling to our athletic offerings at Cowley College,” Larson said.

“The sport of bowling is very popular at the high school level and we will be the first two-year college to offer the sport in Kansas. We are proud to be able to provide a new opportunity for students (who) want to be able to continue competing in their sport that is financially feasible for them and their families.

“The other aspect that is one of a kind in Kansas for this new program is that we are housing the sport at our Mulvane campus. Cowley College has had a presence in the Mulvane community for years and we are excited to expand our athletic programs to that campus. I am unaware of any other Jayhawk Conference school that offers a NJCAA-sanctioned sport at an extension campus, so this program will be leading the way in expanding offerings at multiple sites for an institution, as well.”

Revenue for the program will be generated through tuition, fees and book sales, Larson said.

Shurtz’s last meeting

Past board chair Dennis Shurtz took part in his final meeting as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Shurtz previously served on the board of trustees from 1991 to 1999 before returning to the board in 2009.

Cowley College President Dennis Rittle presented Shurtz with a plaque honoring his 16 1/2 years of service.

Shurtz said serving with the previous and current board members was a rewarding experience.

“I want to thank the people (who) have made the college a success and have helped it in the direction it is headed,” Shurtz said.

“It is vitally important that people have an opportunity to serve. New faces, new ideas and enthusiasm are needed to continue to make the college grow. The college is important to not only this community, but also the area and the state, and for that, I applaud you.”

Board chair Bob Juden was absent from the meeting due to illness. Vice chair JoLynn Foster served as board chair in his stead.

In other business, the trustees:

  • heard an update from Rittle, who said the first two wayfinding signs on the main campus have been installed at the entrance to the Galle-Johnson Hall parking lot and in front of the Brown Center. There are many more signs to come that will be installed after New Year’s Day. Rittle also thanked the trustees and their spouses, as well as Tiffany Vollmer, Gary Hale, David Smith and Evan Ricker, for their work during the recent Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) trustee meetings held on the main campus in Arkansas City.
  • approved fiscal officers executing payment of bills and claims as presented, with general operating funds of $1,111,545.61 and federal funds of $588,197.18, for a total of $1,703,669.51.
  • saw Rittle present Emily Lundblom, of Mulvane, and Edgar Fuentes, of Arkansas City, with gifts for being named the November and December Students of the Month, respectively.
  • received a legislative update from Jessica Lucas, government affairs liaison.
  • approved the appointments of Vollmer as board clerk, Gloria Walker as board treasurer and David Andreas as board attorney.
  • approved a request for the college to do business as “Cowley College.” The legal name of the college will remain Cowley County Community College for the purpose of buying or selling property and similar official functions.
  • approved the Faculty and Staff Code of Conduct policy.
  • heard an update from Janet Davidson, director of early childhood education, on the proposed Early Childhood Development Center. Davidson said she recently was awarded a $5,000 grant from the V.J. Wilkins Foundation to conduct a feasibility study. She also is working to create a Development Feasibility Board and exploring other funding options.
  • approved the annual audit of fiscal and management accounting of the college for fiscal year 2016-17. Vollmer was directed to file the report with the official records of the college.
  • received an overview from Humanities Department instructors Kyle Hays and Jennifer Rupp regarding the Writing Center, which opened in August as a small pilot program. The Writing Center is housed in the basement of Renn Memorial Library. It is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from from 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Writing Center offers tutoring for all types of writing in any class, and provides both tutoring appointments and work time for students to ask short questions as they work on their own. Going forward, Rupp and Hays said they would like to see more faculty and peer tutors at the Writing Center to accommodate the growing demand for services.
  • heard an update from Cheri Hulse and David Herlocker, of Agora Architecture, and Wayne Winkelbauer, of Conco Construction, on the Sumner County campus. A slideshow of the steel work going up on the Technology Building was presented, as was a digitized Short General Education Center interior design update. They recently began digging the basement for the Short Center and said everything is moving right along.
  • appointed Nancy Burger to fill the vacant seat left by former trustee Sid Regnier. Burger will begin serving on the Board of Trustees on Jan. 8, 2018.
  • received a Sumner campus update from Walker, who also submitted requests for contracts.
  • accepted the donation of a vehicle from the Arkansas City Police Department, with an estimated value of $5,500.
  • approved Wilcox Painting to do painting and floor sealer, and Wendwood to do mill work, for the Sumner Campus Innovation and Technology Building.
  • approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price agreement of $7,989,000 for construction services for the Sumner County campus.
  • learned from Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, that Tutor.com served and supported 127 students with more than 80 hours of tutoring in various subjects during  November. All of the students using the product stated they are glad Cowley offers this service and 100 percent said they would recommend Tutor.com to a friend. Arnett also mentioned that Academic Civic Engagement through Service students completed more than 3,000 hours of community service.
  • heard from Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, about the newly formed Alumni Association. She said they are working to create an Advisory Board to engage alumni.
  • received a technology update from Larson, who filled in for Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology. Larson spoke of the ongoing computer replacement project and said the hope is to have all of the computers replaced prior to the January board meeting.
  • received an enrollment update from Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management. She said spring enrollment is up more than 600 students from this date a year ago. Shaw also said fall enrollment stands at 2,970.
  • learned from Chris Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, that strategic planning is moving forward with planning for event-based discussion about priorities and what can be improved. The first meeting will be at administrative council on Dec. 13. The next internal meeting will be during in-service in February 2018, with a breakout session for each area.
  • was informed by Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, that the dormitories are at 91.8percent capacity.
  • heard from Deborah Layton, faculty liaison, about the recent salon tours the Cosmetology Department instructors took their students on in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
  • received a report from Janet Grace, Sumner campus operations officer, about the meetings she has been attending in Wellington and Mulvane. She also spoke of the growing excitement in those towns, as well as surrounding areas, regarding the ongoing construction of the Sumner campus.
  • accepted letters of resignation from Hanna House as admission representative, effective Dec. 8, and Dane Straight as head women’s soccer coach, effective Dec. 31.
  • approved the employment of Ruy Vaz as head men’s soccer coach, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Roberto Dos Santos, the former head men’s soccer coach, will assume the responsibilities of head women’s soccer coach.
  • appointed Foster to fill the role as chair of the board beginning Jan. 8, 2018. Other officers elected and board appointments for the upcoming year were:
    • vice chair — Jill Long;
    • nominating committee — Foster and Long;
    • past chair to serve as an advisor to the chair — Juden;
    • voting delegate to KACCT — Glennis Zimmerman;
    • alternate delegate to KACCT — Gary Wilson;
    • voting delegate to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) — Juden;
    • alternate delegate to ACCT — Long;
    • trustee representative for professional negotiations — Foster;
    • trustee representative to receive open bids for college purchases — Wilson;
    • trustee representative to the Cowley College Foundation Association — Foster;
    • trustee representative to the Tiger Booster Club — Brian Sanderholm;
    • trustees to serve on the finance subcommittee — Foster, Juden and Long;
    • trustees to serve on the academic subcommittee — Burger, Sanderholm and Zimmerman.

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