The Cowley College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with installing wayfinding signage on the Arkansas City campus.

The project, which will be completed by APCO Graphics, will total $380,225.

“This kind of signage can be found at any campus (around),” said Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration.

The signage will contain vital information for locating specific buildings, emergency services and more.

An example of this signage can be found at the intersection of South Second Street and West Fifth Avenue.

“Every building will have a sign,” Walker said during the monthly meeting at the McAtee Dining Center.

The signage will be large enough to see from the street and many of the signs will be double-sided, in order to ensure visibility.

The committee in charge of the conceptual work behind the signage initially wanted project options that would have pushed the cost much closer to $500,000, according to Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.

Last October, the board approved financing $266,205 of the anticipated costs through a 36-month capital finance lease.

It also included costs for other projects, such as the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system for the Brown Center.

The payment of this lease would be made with an annual cost of $159,829.73 from the capital outlay mill levy.

However, $144,020 will have to be financed separately.

There will be information signs at six locations on the main campus, as well as pedestrian, building, vehicle, and LED signage to assist students, campus guests and community members.

“It can be very difficult to find your way around the campus (currently),” Rittle said.

Linda Hargrove Athletic Center

The Board of Trustees also decided that the Cowley College Recreational Building, located at 617 W. Washington Ave., will be renamed the Linda Adams Hargrove Athletic Center.

“Linda Hargrove is a pioneer in women’s sports at Cowley College,” Rittle wrote in a summary of the naming committee’s recommendation to the trustees.

The basketball and volleyball coach left her mark on the college’s athletic programs, both during her education and during her early coaching career.

Hargrove is the second-winningest coach all-time in the history of the Cowley women’s basketball and volleyball programs.

She won 316 games as head coach of the Lady Tigers basketball team from 1972 to 1989 and accumulated 292 wins during 10 seasons in charge of the volleyball team, from 1976 to 1985.

Hargrove also earned National Basketball Coach of the Year honors in 1987, was named Region VI Coach of the Year four times, and coached several All-Americans in basketball and volleyball.

She is the only Cowley coach to take basketball and volleyball teams to the national tournament.

Following her coaching career at Cowley, Hargrove went on to serve as the head women’s basketball coach at Wichita State University from 1989 to 1998.

She later was the general manager and head coach of the Portland Fire, in the Women’s National Basketball Association, and general manager of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

Hargrove also was an outstanding athlete at Cowley. She played volleyball, basketball and softball, and started the track team.

She chaired a drive for a bond issue to build a new campus and later served as director of admissions.

Hargrove was inducted into the inaugural class of the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

In other business, the trustees:

  • heard updates from Rittle.
  • heard a report from Jessica Lucas, government affairs liaison.
  • unanimously approved the December 2017 bills and claims.
  • unanimously authorized board chair JoLynn Foster to sign documents related to the transfer of ownership of Carver Park from the City of Arkansas City to Cowley College.
  • heard Michael Bergagnini, mayor of Parkerfield and former trustee candidate, ask the board to revisit bowling as a sport at Cowley College’s Mulvane Center.
  • unanimously authorized the college to negotiate and execute a final termination agreement and final termination payment to Knowlura, formerly known as BEST.
  • learned the college recently purchased a new theater ticket printer and has donated the old one to the Arkansas City Area Arts Council.
  • receive an update from Walker on the Sumner County campus, where construction is moving at such a strong pace that the Technical Center should be open this fall.
  • heard reports from administrative staff.
  • unanimously approved the employment of Brandon Burke as admissions representative and Candy Russel as Natural Sciences Department secretary, both effective Jan. 17.
  • unanimously approved the appointment of Ned Graham as a board representative to the finance subcommittee, replacing Bob Juden.

Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo contributed to this story.