Cowley CollegeCowley College is working with the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce to create a new internship program.

Mark Flickinger and Mark Dykes are working with chamber CEO Kammy Downs to create the program, which will provide students with experience in graphic design, web design, management and marketing. These internships would be with local businesses.

This news was delivered at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees by Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs for the college.

Arnett’s written report to the board was brief, but included a mention of semester-ending activities and planning for the Sumner County campus.

He also discussed several recent concert performances and the “Life: Through Word and Lens” event.

In other business, the board:

  • attended a Christmas dinner sponsored by Great Western Dining in the McAtee Dining Center, prior to the meeting. The dinner was provided by Great Western Dining at no cost to the college.
  • heard a report from Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.
  • authorized chair Bob Juden to sign an interlocal cooperation agreement between Sumner County and Cowley College, and to sign a lease purchase agreement, assigning a portion of the sales tax receipts as bonded dollars to fund all of the construction and infrastructure of the Sumner County campus in Wellington.
  • authorized Juden to adjust the closing date of the property donated by the Short family, should the need arise, and also authorized college administrators to select Gordon & Associates Architects for the design and construction of the Sumner County campus in Wellington.
  • acknowledged the adjustments to the terms of office referenced in K.S.A. 25-21a01. The term of any trustees that would expire at any given time in 2017 will instead expire on the second Monday in January 2018, when newly elected members of the board will take office.
  • approved fiscal officers of the college to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented, with general operating funds of $791,275.63, financial aid funds of $262,431.09 and federal grant funds of $17,531.13.
  • presented Kyndal Dutton, of Winfield, and Abby Garcia, of Wichita, with gifts for being named the school’s November and December Students of the Month, respectively.
  • heard a report from Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, that the college is in the evaluation phase of the signage proposal. She also mentioned a few equipment items, and said Commerce Construction was selected as the contractor to complete the construction of the softball restroom and press box project, for a price not to exceed $262,000. The construction should be completed by Feb. 15, 2017.
  • heard a report from Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, that work continues on the Student Information System. He also discussed the centralized storage solution. The new equipment has arrived and the college is awaiting dates for implementation from the vendor.
  • heard a report from Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, that the Cowley College Foundation has begun its migration to Jenzabar, with the first conversion pass set for Jan. 13, 2017. Foundation staff currently are working to clean the data within the current system, RazorsEdge, in preparation for the data pass. The final conversion pass will take place on Feb. 10, 2017.
  • heard a report from Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, regarding fall enrollment. Cobble said spring enrollment is under way in the new Student Information System. Students now are able to enroll in TigerConnect with advisor approval of course selection. Cobble also said more than 1,100 potential students were on the college’s main campus in Arkansas City during the fall semester as part of event days and campus visits. Finally, Cobble shared the college’s recent designation as a Military Friendly School from GI Jobs Magazine. Cowley received a Gold Award for outstanding programs and support for veterans, and was named a top school in the 2017 Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine.
  • heard a report from Christopher Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, that the fall KSPSD report is locked and accepted by the Kansas Board of Regents, but dashboard progress is progressing slowly. Jenzabar has provided a platform named Izenda for the dashboard needs. Hollon recently participated in online training for the new Higher Learning Commission website and guidelines for documentation. He and Cowley College natural sciences department chair Michelle Schoon are working to begin the processes as needed.
  • heard a report from Dianne Flickinger, IMPACT English specialist, discussed the recent Academic Excellence Challenge Snow Bowl competition hosted by Cowley College on Dec. 3. The Cowley “A” team placed second out of 12 teams and Chris Simmons placed sixth out of 49 competitors. The Cowley AEC team will compete again on Jan. 21, 2017, to determine if they will make a third straight trip to nationals. Flickinger also provided a dorm update and mentioned the Late Night Breakfast from 10 to 11 p.m. Dec. 13 in the McAtee Dining Center. She said director of student life Kristi Shaw has planned several activities to help students to relieve stress during finals week.
  • heard a report from Shane Larson, athletic director, that work is being done to prepare for the South Central Border League basketball tournament Jan. 18-21, 2017, inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. Also, the college is gearing up to host the Region VI track meet in the spring. Larson also mentioned the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon and induction Jan. 7, 2017. Reservations for the luncheon need to be made to the athletic office by Dec. 30. The luncheon will take place at 12 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, and a ceremony to honor the inductees will take place between the women’s and men’s basketball games that night.
  • accepted a letter of resignation from Cathy Coon as custodian, effective Dec. 21.
  • approved the employment of Autumn Mumford as admissions representative at the Wichita Downtown Center, effective Jan. 3, 2017.

Some of this information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications Rama Peroo.