A large crowd of Cowley College donors were treated to a night of dinner and music at the annual Cowley College Foundation banquet Nov. 9 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
The event had generous support from CPA Solutions LLC and The Trust Company of Kansas, which both have served as sponsors for the event for a number of years.
Kori Gregg, Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement, served as mistress of ceremonies for the event and thanked those in attendance for their support.
“Every day, we see students who benefit from your donations,” Gregg said. “You are making a difference in their lives.”
During the past year, the college had in excess of 200 donors. This fall, the school was able to provide almost $160,000 worth of scholarship support to more than 150 students.
“Your donations and contributions, along with your time and effort, help answer the call for hundreds of students (who) otherwise could not afford college,” said Cowley College Foundation Board Vice President Mike Munson.
Great Western Dining served dinner, while music was provided by Cowley College freshman Jacob Edelman. Following the banquet, Cowley College’s theater department performed “Mary Poppins” in the Robert Brown Theatre.
Dockings receive Ambassador Award
During the banquet, Munson presented the Ambassador Award to Bill and Judy Docking. The award recognizes individuals who have given significant volunteer and other contributions to both Cowley College and the community, and consistently give of themselves and their time to make the community better.
The Dockings were married in 1995.
Judy Docking is a graduate of Pioneer Technical School in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Following graduation, she spent more than 10 years as a labor and delivery nurse.
Bill Docking is chairman of Union State Bank in Arkansas City and City Bank & Trust Company in Guymon, Oklahoma. He also is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Docking Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company, and president of Cowley County Broadcasting, Inc., which owns two radio stations.
An attorney and certified public accountant, Bill Docking has distinguished himself as a businessman, community leader and friend of Cowley College. Although he has three degrees from the University of Kansas, he and his wife have supported Cowley College generously. Docking’s support of the community has led to extensive service throughout Cowley County and Kansas.
He also is a member of Cowley College Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“Bill and Judy have personally asserted that no other investment is more important than higher education,” Gregg said of the Dockings. “Bill and Judy have supported the educational dreams of countless students through their unwavering support of scholarships and faculty enrichment.”
Harader-Pate named Young Achiever
Brice Harader-Pate was announced Nov. 9 as this year’s recipient of the Young Achiever Award. The award recognizes individuals aged 40 or younger who have had success in their educational achievements, careers and community service, and/or service to Cowley College.
Harader-Pate graduated from Cowley College in 2005. She went on to receive a bachelor of science degree in biology from Northeastern State University, as well as both a bachelor of nursing degree and a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
She is pursuing her doctor of nurse practitioner degree, with an emphasis in acute care, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently works as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse in the emergency room of St. Francis Health Care in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Harader-Pate is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, the American Association of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, SkillsUSA and the Medical Reserve Corps.
She has traveled to Peru to serve on medical missions for the last three years and this year, she will travel to Kenya for yet another mission trip.
Also during the banquet, a video was shown featuring Foundation Scholarship recipients Katherine Adams, Felipe Escalante, Corey Firebaugh, Tyler Kurtz and Tara Lukert.
The Foundation Scholarship recipients thanked the donors in attendance for making their scholarships possible.
To donate to the Cowley College Foundation, contact Gregg at (620) 441-5245 or go to www.cowleyfoundation.org/donate.
This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.