The Cowley College Board of Trustees is examining a trustee handbook at the request of Board Chair Bob Juden and Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.
While the trustees took no action regarding the handbook during their meeting Oct. 16, they were charged with reading the document and helping to point out any corrections or changes that would be pertinent.
“I think it’s good to have (guidelines),” Juden said. “When most of us came on board, there were none.”
The handbook is meant to serve as an orientation tool for new trustees, as well as a resource for current board members.
The handbook outlines the “mission, vision and core values of Cowley College; board member duties and responsibilities; the fiscal operations of the college; and the overall functions and organization of the board of trustees,” according to board packet documents.
Rittle said trustee Dennis Shurtz had similar documents from another time period, which he would bring to college staff so that could be incorporated in the document.
“I think the one I have is the original pamphlet,” Shurtz said. “I’ll give it to (board secretary) Tiffany (Vollmer).”
Student of the Month
The trustees recognized Kenzie Thimesch during the meeting as the October Student of the Month.
“Thank you for this award,” said Thimesch, a Garden Plain native. “Everybody at Cowley has been so friendly and helpful. It has been a great experience and I will be sad to leave.”
Thimesch was nominated by her teacher, Scott Layton.
She has plans to major in sports management.
In addition to maintaining her 4.0 grade-point average, Thimesch is on the college’s volleyball team and serves as a Student Ambassador.
Hall of Fame selections
Trustees also had an opportunity to hear about the accomplishments of three athletes selected for induction into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame during the meeting in the McAtee Dining Center.
Baseball player Toby Anglen, tennis player Gavaska Williams and women’s basketball player Debbie (Adams) Nittler will be recognized for their contributions to Cowley College athletics and inducted into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 27, 2018.
Anglen remains one of the best third basemen ever to play baseball at Cowley. Hailing from Sperry, Oklahoma, he was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection for the Tigers.
Anglen is referred to by Cowley baseball coaches Dave and Darren Burroughs as a “program changer.” The Tigers set a then-school-record for wins (36) during the 1992 season and went 70-34 during his two years at the school. As a freshman, Anglen batted .402. He was even better as a sophomore, batting .420.
Anglen went on to play for NCAA Division I Arkansas State University and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft.
Along with serving as general manager for Nelson Auto Group in Oklahoma, Anglen remains involved with baseball as the owner of Next Level Baseball Academy. He also conducts baseball camps and clinics.
Williams was the singles and doubles national champion and region champion in singles and doubles in his one year at Cowley. He scored the final point to clinch the 1991 national championship for the Tigers and served as team captain.
Williams went on to win a second national title at Tyler Junior College as a sophomore and then played two years of tennis at NCAA Division I University of Arkansas. He was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation with his doubles partner at Arkansas.
He later played on the satellite pro circuit after graduation. Former Tigers head coach Larry Grose considers Williams to be the best player in the rich history of the Cowley tennis program.
Williams is in the real estate business in Los Angeles and remains connected to tennis by working with African-American youth in Los Angeles, teaching them the game.
Debbie (Adams) Nittler
After a stellar high school career in basketball and volleyball, Nittler passed up opportunities to play at other schools and instead chose to play basketball at Cowley College for her sister, Linda Hargrove, during the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.
Nittler’s scoring average of 19.1 points per game stood as a school record for 17 years. If her 19.1-point scoring average were projected out over a 31-game schedule, which is the minimum number of games played today, she would be fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list. The long-distance shooter managed to do this before the 3-point shot came into play.
Along with basketball, the multi-sport standout also participated in volleyball, softball, track and tennis at Cowley.
After Cowley, she went on to have a solid career playing basketball at Southwestern College in Winfield.
Nittler returned to Cowley in 1984 and, along with teaching and working in admissions, also served as an assistant coach in three sports. She took over as the head coach of the Cowley volleyball team in 1986 and spent 15 seasons at the helm. Her 389 career wins remain the most in school history.
She was the recipient of the Conrad and Janet Jimison Tiger Booster of the Year Award in 2014.
Nittler also served as Cowley College’s social sciences department chair from 1999 to 2001, a Cowley Education Association negotiator from 1996 to 2001 and an academic advisor from 1986 to 2014. She received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development award in 1993 and was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers.
She retired in 2014 after 30 years at the college.
In other business, the trustees:
- unanimously approved the Sept. 18 meeting minutes, financial reports for September, board reports, and bills and claims as presented in the packet.
- heard an update from Rittle.
- acknowledged multiple “thank you” notes.
- unanimously approved the tabling of the official naming of City Ball Park, as it does not currently meet the criteria for naming as outlined in the college’s facility naming policy.
Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo contributed to this story.