Arkansas City residents Otis and Terri Morrow recently were named recipients of the Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award by the Cowley College Foundation for having brought recognition and pride to the Cowley College community through their achievements in their chosen profession and in their service to the community.
“Terri and Otis are pillars of the community,” said Cowley College vice president for institutional advancement Ben Schears. “They have both worked and volunteered to the benefit of the college throughout their years. This award could not go to two more deserving people who love Ark City and love Cowley College.”
Otis is a native of Arkansas City. He is a 1968 graduate of Cowley College who went on to earn a double degree from Southwestern College, graduating cum laude in business administration and history/political science in 1970.
Otis received his law degree from Washburn University in 1973 and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at Southwestern College in 2013.
He served as city attorney for 30 years and also served as senior vice president and senior trust officer at Home National Bank from January 2005 until his retirement from the bank in February 2013. Otis continues to practice law and is in his 43rd year of practice.
He has been involved in community and civic affairs for the past 41 years, serving on the board of directors of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce on several different occasions and as president in 1983. He also is a member of Rotary and served as past president in 1985, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Otis also received the Community Cornerstone Award in December, 2008 for “serving people and enhancing the quality of life in Cowley County” and the Community Servant Award in 2015 from the Salvation Army for “doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way.”
He said he is thankful for the opportunity afforded him through his higher education, starting with Cowley College.
Terri worked at Cowley College for 17-plus years in the Foundation office.
She enjoyed leading the Endowment Association in all fundraising and related activities; managing alumni relations, including class reunions; establishing the Great Cowley Duck Dash, which still is a fun and special way to raise money for scholarships; producing the Tiger Alumni News; and helping to organize several banquets and receptions within the college.
Terri booked several speakers and main-stage cultural arts performances at the college, and worked with different artists to design the college Christmas card.
She also served on several college committees, including the administrative council, strategic planning committee, marketing committee and cultural arts committee.
Terri helped to grow the Foundation’s funds from $550,000 to more than $3,866,000. In addition, the Endowment Association returned $2 million to the college for capital projects.
Through the years, she has been a member of the Rotary Club (serving as past president), the Walnut Valley Beautification Committee, South Central Kansas Medical Center Foundation Committee, Southwestern College Board of Trustees, Legacy Foundation, Arkansas City Community Theatre, Arkansas City Area Arts Council, Arkansas City Children’s Theatre and the Power of the Purse Foundation. Terri also has served on several committees at First Presbyterian Church.
This information was provided by Cowley College director of institutional communications and public relations Rama Peroo.