A first-time student’s guide to the start of the school year New Student Orientation - A Special Publication August 2007
When current sophomore Matt Nelson enrolled in Orientation, he wanted to get an easy credit. Though he did get the credit, he also got some unneeded stress because he waited to do the assignments.
Orientation Procrastination: Learning from others’ mistakes Current sophomore Matt Nelson wanted to acclimate himself with Cowley when he began his freshman year, so he enrolled in freshman Orientation. “I didn’t know the campus very well, plus I thought that it would be an easy credit,” Nelson said. In order to get the one credit hour offered, students must attend the Orientation session and complete several assignments that go along with it. However, the assignments are easy to forget about and can cause unnecessary stress, as Nelson learned. “I started my assignments two days before they were due,” Nelson said, citing what he should have done differently. “I actually did get all of the signatures in one day, but didn’t start on the online assignments until the next day. Putting off his Orientation assignments caught up with Nelson. “I pulled an all-nighter staying up to do the assignments on the computer. Then I started falling asleep and was 20 minutes late for my first class. I was just kind of out of it the whole day.” According to Vice President of Student Affairs Sue Saia, freshmen cannot be taught everything in one day and it would be impossible to get everyone together again once classes and activities begin. The assignments allow students to work at their own speed when it is convenient for them. “If I had to do it again, I either wouldn’t go [to Orientation],” Nelson said, “or I’d do the assignments gradually so I wouldn’t have to rush through them at the last minute.” Take a lesson from Matt and don’t procrastinate. That extra credit hour depends on your Orientation assignments. Other helpful academic hints:
- If you are taking any online classes,
remember that you have to do the online orientation before you can gain access to your class.
- Students enrolled in Physical
Conditioning: get to the Wellness Center! You don’t want the 1,500 minutes required for an “A” to haunt you at the end of the semester.
Upcoming activities A fun-filled schedule for student activities in August guarantees a good start to the school year Back to School Meet & Greet Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. Nelson Student Center Freshman Orientation Wednesday, Aug. 15 Guest speaker C.L. Lindsay Mentalist Christopher Carter’s free performance Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. (See page 4) Club Fair with Ice Cream Social Sunday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Dining Hall Sign up for 6-on-6 tug of war Student Government Association meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Dining
Hall All students welcome to attend Street Dance Thursday, Aug. 23, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. (See page 4) Free swim at the Paris Park Pool Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1-7 p.m. Must have your student ID 6-on-6 Tug of War Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. behind Kimmell dorms (See page 2 for more information on intramural activities) Pictured above: Rhett Laubach, a leadership expert and author, extols the virtues of hard work to last year’s freshmen at orientation.
Your speaker today... Every year someone comes to Cowley to speak at freshman Orientation. These speakers share stories and experiences with incoming students in hopes that they can affect their audiences’ outlook, and motivate them. Each speaker has his own style, and they come from different fields of study. The speaker at this year’s freshman Orientation is different than speakers from years past. C.L. Lindsay III is an attorney, author and student advocate. Lindsay was an attorney in New York
City in 1998. Rather than stay at his practice, he left for a different route. Lindsay began building the Coalition for Student and Academic Rights (CO-STAR), helming the project as the Executive Chair. By all means, CO-STAR has been a success and bloomed into a national organization, helping thousands of college students with legal woes each year. What’s the cost? Nothing. Services are free-of-charge, leaving one less worry for the students. Having established CO-STAR, Lindsay continued his work helping the college
Pictured directly above: Mentalist Christopher Carter speaks to the audience after having his eyes covered with duct tape. student when his book The College Student’s Guide to the Law: Get a Grade Changed, Keep Your Stuff Private, Throw a Police-Free Party, and More! was published in August 2005 by Taylor Trade Publishing. Beyond the subjects in the title, Lindsay offers ways to avoid problems and runs the gamut of legal explanations for any situation that may arise throughout a student’s college career. Lindsay has also made innumerable appearances on television and radio, as well as in print publications. C.L. Lindsay III graduated magna cum laude from Denison University and received his Juris Degree from the University of Michigan.
GET READY FOR FALL SPORTS Volleyball team looks for a return to the national tournament
Former student Tyler Blevins and current sophomore Tommy Williams battle it out during an intramural basketball game.
The Lady Tigers’ volleyball team will be looking for more success this season. Having won the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division championship for two consecutive years and finishing in the top three at the NJCAA Division II National Championships both years, the Lady Tigers will return only four players. Among the departing sophomores is Eliane Domingos. Domingos, a middle hitter, was named to the All-Tournament team at Nationals and was the MVP of the Jayhawk East. Returning players Valerie Cox, Andrea Mitchell, Lilian Rezende and Courtney Shanklin will provide the team with experience. Their season opens at Johnson County on Sunday, Aug. 26, and the first chance to see the Lady Tigers in action at home is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 29 when they host Kansas City.
Members of the Lady Tigers celebrate a victory over Neosho in last year’s District M Tournament. The victory clinched a berth to the national tournament.
How to avoid the freshman fifteen: intramural sports
Experienced cross country squads on path to excel
Have some free time? Looking for some friendly competition? The Cowley College Intramural Program can help with both. The program offers several activities throughout the year, which are available to all staff and students who wish to participate. The free, fun sports activities include basketball, softball, volleyball, dodgeball and flag football, among others. All intramural events are held on the Arkansas City campus, so if you live in the dorms they are right up your alley. They are designed to accommodate both novice and advanced athletes. Intramurals are also a great way to meet people and relax; they can also help you stay away from the freshman fifteen! Winners of the events receive free t-shirts, so everyone can know about their achievement. The first event of the 2007-2008 school year is six-on-six tug of war on Aug. 30. Teams of three males and three females will show their muscle, or fall in the mud. Students can sign up at club fair on Aug. 19. Sign-up sheets are also available in the game room or from intramural coordinator Kristi Shaw. Her office is located in the Jungle. To be on the Cowley intramural e-mail list, go to www.cowley.edu/studentlife/ intramurals and click the link. When you have registered, you will receive information about upcoming intramural events. Sign up and get active.
After a fourth place finish at the 2006 NJCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships, the Cowley women look poised to make a run for nationals again. While all-conference and all-region performer Patricia Dailey is the team’s only loss, several notable athletes are returning. Jeniffer Cherono, Ashley Cronin and Kenyan Irene Kosgei all had stellar freshman seasons, capped with All-American honors for each of them. The men’s cross country team looks equally adept. The Tigers finished fifth at the national tournament, thanks in no small part to Daniel Maina and Stanley Mugo, also Kenyans. They will be expected to reprise their roles at the head of the pack. While both were named All-American runners, Maina had an especially remarkable season with numerous first place finishes. Maina had shattered school records in past years, and added the men’s 8K cross country record to his collection last year, with a winning time of 23:53 at the Oklahoma Baptist University Bison Invitational. Freshman Tristan Wall is also expected to compete well after having a successful high school career. The Tulsa Hurricane Festival on Sept. 1 is the first scheduled meet. The first home meet, the Tiger Duals, is set for Oct. 12.
Daniel Maina, left, and Stanley Mugo break away from the competition at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree. Maina and Mugo are expected to be two of the top cross country runners this fall.
For more on Tiger athletics, go to www.cowleytigers.com. Rosters, schedules and the latest news on Cowley sports is available.
Perspectives: Spotlight on diversity One of Cowley College’s initiatives this year is to promote cultural diversity. Each issue of the Cowley Press student newspaper will feature a staff or faculty member, or a student in the Spotlight on Diversity section. Name: Uwe Conrad Position at Cowley: Mathematics Instructor Years with Cowley: 6 How would you define your cultural identity and what role has it played in your life? I think that I would best describe myself as a cultural “mutt.” I was of course strongly influenced by my upbringing in the Wagner-City of Bayreuth, Germany, in Upper Franconia. Bayreuth is a place where the “Ride of the Valkyries” and “The Flying Dutchman’s Overture” are heard in harmony with beerfest tubas and rock & roll. Growing up in a mid-size German
town instilled in me the importance of family ties, as well as the desire for exploration. I believe that the stability of my German roots has enabled me to make myself at home anywhere. The next great cultural influence in my life would have been the many years I have spent in the U.S. south of the Mason-Dixon line. The time I spent there is probably largely responsible for my (as my wife calls it) obsession with the smoking of large quantities of meat on weekends. This hobby has also taught me that patience is a virtue which can eliminate a lot of stress in one’s life. I now have spent about twelve years in Kansas and I hope that some of the Kansas way has become part of my cultural identity, as well. I am always striving to look beyond the horizon anticipating what great things might lay ahead. What cultures have you studied or visited,
and what cultures are you particularly interested in studying or learning more about? One of the great benefits of being a teacher is the interaction with faculty and students from many other counties. I have traveled quite a bit in Europe (I loved Venice), but I would really like to learn more about the Far Eastern cultures like those from India, China and Japan. I think that the interaction with people from other cultural backgrounds has been one of the most influential forces on my personality. As I was growing up there was an apartment building for Turkish factory workers across the street from my parents home, it took no time at all for me to make friends with the new arrivals (for children language is no barrier). It might have been the encounters with other cultures which eventually led me to immigrate to the U.S. Uwe Conrad
NO EXCUSE FOR BOREDOM Keep up with what’s happening on the Ark City campus
Current sophomore Rashad Parker and his entourage dance to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson during the Mr. Cinderfella competition. Cinderfella, an annual male beauty pageant, is a favorite among the many activities and entertainment events scheduled throughout the year.
New schools can be scary enough, but starting college can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know anyone. Fortunately for you, Cowley keeps a full schedule of social activities that give new students the chance to meet new people. Finding out about what’s happening on campus is simple. The marquee in front of the Jungle is constantly updated is with information about events, and often has something different on each side, so be sure to check them both. The college website, www.cowley. edu, is another reliable source to check, with easy to find lists and calendars. If you don’t have a computer, don’t worry. There are computers available for student use throughout campus. Flyers are also likely to be posted on college grounds to promote upcoming
events. An electronic marquee in the Brown Center, on the east wall of the bottom floor, is convenient to check on your way to class. Students who eat in the dorms or hang out in the Jungle will notice display calendars, too. They can be found on tables in the cafeteria and on boothtops in the Jungle. Now that you are an expert on how to find out about Cowley events, you’ll be having fun and making friends in no time.
Ambassadors take on leading roles throughout campus Who are those students wearing special T-shirts and leading many of the Orientation activities? They’re the Student Ambassadors. Faculty and staff members have selected them as campus leaders. Throughout the school year, they assist with campus events, give campus tours, and help out in the Admissions office. Only sophomores are eligible, but it’s not too early for freshmen to make becoming a Student Ambassador a goal for next year.
Jolene Pierson – Belle Plaine; Graphic
Ambassadors on the Southside campus are:
Courtney Crain – Ark City;
Emily Abraham - Haysville; Business
Dakota Price – Elk City, Okla.; Biomedical
Ryan Frick – Ark City; Religion
Jessica Ford - Wichita; Nursing
Tiffany Glenn – Wellington; Accounting
Lauren Sandmann – Coalgate, Okla.; Pre-
Alan Holt - Derby; Computer Science
Jackie Hutchinson – Ark City; Social Work
Joni Hyle - Belle Plaine; Pre-Veterinary
Kacie Schlegel – Wichita; Undecided
Tori Kill – Dexter; Nursing
Bethany Schmidt – Kremlin; Okla.,
David Lawrence - Derby; Liberal Arts
Ashton Kistler – Udall; Business &
Krysta Minson - Wichita; Interior Design
Following is a list of Student Ambassadors on the main campus in Arkansas City:
Kayla Strickland – South Haven; Business
Brenda Phakonkham - Accounting
Emilie Magnus – Ark City; Agricultural
Stacie Welch - Wichita; Social Work
Katie Bevilaqua – Wichita; Pre-Pharmacy
Jancye Sturd – Ark City; Sports
Amy Williams - Derby; Pre-Pharmacy
Shell Bloyer – Winfield; Theatre
Erin McElgunn – Wichita; Radiology
Management (Education minor)
Ronnie Williams - Wichita; Elementary
Mallory Carroll – Ark City; Business
Paul Paxson – Argonia; Undecided
Elisha Swope – Ark City; Music
Meet the Student Government Association officers Katie Bevilaqua
What other activities are you involved in? I am an ambassador, a member of the Tigerette Danceline, a Resident Assistant for Kimmell dorms. I am in Phi Theta Kappa, PAWS, and CCF.
What other activities are you involved in? The Cowley Crazies, Concert Choir, CC Singers, BSU, and intramurals.
What other activities are you involved in? Newspaper, Phi Theta Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Ambassadors, Tigerette Danceline and I cheered my freshman year.
What other activities are you involved in? The Cowley Crazies, Act One, Choir, and CCF.
What other activities are you involved in? Basketball [manager] and I am an RA. Also, intramural sports. Major: Elementary Education
Major: Photography/ Graphic Design
What was your favorite thing about freshman year at Cowley? Going crazy at games and being a part of Les Miserables.
Song: I don’t have a favorite song. I listen to Linkin Park, Nickelback, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and many more. I listen to rap, Hip-Hop and country.
What was your favorite thing about freshman year at Cowley? I loved the independence of living in the dorms. I love my family; however, it was nice not having to check back with my parents all the time. Major: Pharmacy with a minor in Spanish Favorite... Song: “A Real Fine Place to Start” by Sara Evans. Book: A Summer To Die by Lois Lowry.
What was your favorite thing about freshman year at Cowley? Basketball games, the Chicago trip with Act One and CC Singers trips. Major: Management Information Systems Favorite... Color: Blue Song: I’m not really picky, but any dance song that deals with getting crunk. Book: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous.
Book: I don’t have a favorite, but I love suspense novels. I also like the Harry Potter books.
Food: Pizza, but I love the occasional trip to IHOP.
Food: I love Mexican and Italian.
Song: [There are] too many to pick just one. Book: Bleachers by John Grisham. Food: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.
Activities Liaison Activities Liaison
Favorite... Color: Orange Song: “Mud On The Tires” by Brad Paisley. Book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Food: Chinese.
What other activities are you involved in? My other clubs are Act One, Film club, and I am sure I am going to add some more clubs this upcoming year. What was your favorite thing about freshman year at Cowley? Probably the new friends and faces I got to meet. It was awesome just making so many friends and always having something to do. Just watch out for burnout! Major: Communications Favorite... Color: Green Song: Anything by the Arctic Monkeys. Book: I like reading philosophy.
A first-time student’s guide to the start of the school year August 2007
Dancin’ in the Streets In the spirit of Cowley tradition, the Student Government Association, along with a number of local merchants, will be putting on a welcome back dance for new and returning students. In order to show students what local business have to offer the dance will once again be held down town and will feature free items such as movie rentals, coozies, hair cuts and candy. This year’s street dance will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fifth Avenue, one block east of the main campus.
Scenes from last year’s street dance.
Club fair is a chance to get involved and enjoy some free ice cream All students are invited to the annual ice cream social/club fair. The event will be held in the cafeteria on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All campus clubs/organizations are encouraged to send a representative. Student Government Association will provide ice cream. Last year’s club fair had 18 booths. Following is a list of clubs and activities at Cowley College’s Ark City campus: • Academic Civic Engagement Through Service (ACES) • Academic Excellence Challenge • Act One Drama Club • Art Club • Black Student Union (BSU) • Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) • College Republicans • Cowley Crazies/Pep Club • Film Club • Gamers (at Cowley) • Instrumental Music • Concert band • Jazz Band • Pep Band • Regional Symphony • Intramurals • Journalism Club • Kansas National Educators Association (KNEA) • Mu Alpha Sigma Chi (MASC)
Math and Science Club Sponsor Greg Nichols (right) passes out information at last year’s club fair.
• Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society • Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (PAWS) • Phi Beta Lambda Business Club (PBL) • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) • Skills USA • Skills VICA • Student Ambassadors • Student Government Association (SGA) • Students Honoring All Diverse Ethnicities (SHADES) • Tyger Tawk Communications/Creative Writing Club • Varsity Athletics • Baseball • Basketball (men) • Basketball (women) • Cross Country/Track & Field (men/women) • Softball • Spirit Squad (men/women) • Tennis (men) • Tennis (women) • Tigerette Danceline • Volleyball (women) • Vocal Music • CC Singers Show Choir • Concert Choir
What a tale your thoughts may tell Mentalist Christopher Carter will perform on August 16 Popular mentalist Christopher Carter’s specialty is encouraging people to reach beyond the realm of possibility – sort of like college. Carter will make a return appearance at Cowley for Orientation week on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. Carter, named the 2005 “Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year” by Campus Activities Magazine, “psychologically” entertains at over 180 colleges a year. He combines his own college pursuits of psychology and theater to perform hypnosis, mind reading and motivation on student volunteers. His website, www.mindcramp.com, provides some examples of past volunteers’ hypnotic experiences, such as students who suddenly behaved like sumo wrestlers or superheroes. One student answered her “ringing” bellybutton.
Safety by the numbers Cowley faculty always encourages students to be mindful of possible dangers. Everyone knows not to talk to strangers, but here are a few more tips.
1. The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you’re close enough to use it, do! 2. If a robber asks for your purse or wallet, toss it away from you. Chances are he is more interested with it than he is with you. 3. If you ever find yourself in the trunk of a car, kick out the taillights and stick your arm through the hole. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. 4. After getting into your car, don’t just sit there. Lock the doors and leave before someone has the chance to get in the passenger seat. If a dangerous person does happen to get in, gun the engine and wreck the car into something; the air bags will ensure your safety. Run and get help immediately.
5. Be aware of your surroundings when walking
to your car. Look around you and into the car before you get in. Notice the cars parked beside yours. Big vans are often used by abductors, who pull women in as they try to unlock their cars. You may want to get in on the passenger side. Also look to see if anyone is sitting alone in the cars beside yours. Depending on how unsafe you feel, you may want to go back inside and get a security guard or policeman to escort you out. 6. Take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are notorious crime spots, especially at night. 7. Always run away when threatened with a gun. Running targets are only hit four out of 100 times. 8. Sympathy isn’t always the best emotion. Serial killer Ted Bundy often walked with a cane or a limp to draw unsuspecting women in, then he would abduct them.