A large crowd of Cowley College donors attended the annual Cowley College Foundation banquet Nov. 3 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, where they were treated to a night of dinner and music.
The event had generous support from CPA Solutions LLC and The Trust Company of Kansas, which have served as sponsors for the event for a number of years.
Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement Kori Gregg served as mistress of ceremonies for the event and thanked those in attendance for their support.
“Without what you do, we could not do what we do, and that is change the lives of students,” Gregg said.
“Without you, these students would not have the dream of a college education.”
Great Western Dining provided dinner, while music was provided by the Cowley College Singers. Following the banquet, Cowley College’s theater department performed “Once Upon a Mattress” in the Robert Brown Theatre.
Wests receive Young Achiever Award
During the banquet, Cowley College employees Landon and Lory West were announced as this year’s recipients 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 service to Cowley College.
Landon West serves as the director of housing at Cowley College.
He attended Cowley on a baseball scholarship and graduated with an associate’s degree in 2005. He then went on to Emporia State University to continue playing baseball and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in recreation with a minor in coaching.
Lory West also received an associate’s degree from Cowley College prior to obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University.
While at Cowley, she was crowned Queen Alalah in October 2004 and was named the school’s 2004-05 Student of the Year.
She is a member of the Kansas National Education Association, National Education Association and College Education Association.
“This is very unexpected,” said Lory West. “This means a lot to us. We love Cowley. Our kids love Cowley and everything about it.”
Sturd receives Ambassador Award
Mike Munson, vice president of the Cowley College Foundation Board of Trustees, presented the Ambassador Award to John Sturd.
The award recognizes individuals who have provided sustained volunteer or other service through philanthropic work to Cowley College.
Sturd is the market president for RCB Bank in Arkansas City, and serves on the Cowley College Foundation and Tiger Booster Club boards.
He graduated from Cowley College in 1980. At Cowley, he captured Region VI singles and doubles titles as a member of the men’s tennis team, which finished sixth nationally.
Sturd served in various clubs and organizations while also serving as vice president of the Student Governing Association during his sophomore year at the college.
He went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University and now has more than 35 years of experience in the banking business.
Sturd, who is a member of Rotary, serves on several committees and leadership positions at Central Christian Church in Arkansas City.
He is a previous grand marshal for Arkalalah and past president of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sturd said he was extremely humbled to receive the award. “Cowley has meant a lot to me and our family,” Sturd said.
“We bleed orange. Because of what Cowley did for me in helping me become who I am, it is only right that I give back.”
Sendall speaks on Student Experience Fund
Also during the banquet, Meg Smith, director of journalism, and Cowley alumnus Courtney (Crain) Sendall spoke about the Student Experience Fund.
Sendall shared her experience as a Cowley student, when she was able to take a trip to Paris, France, with the Media Club to attend an international media seminar.
“It was an incredible experience that you cannot put a price tag on and it was possible thanks to the donors,” Sendall said.
Gregg thanked Cowley employees Lisa Grose, Liz Shepard, Abby Hollins and Kris Ripley for their help in coordinating the annual Endowment Banquet.
“This is a way to celebrate our donors who give the greatest gift they can give, and that is the gift of an education,” Gregg said.
To donate to the Cowley College Endowment Association, call Gregg at (620) 441-5245.
This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications Rama Peroo.