Marshall praises Cowley’s response to pandemic

From left, Congressman Roger Marshall, Cowley County vice president of academic affairs Dr. Michelle Schoon and Cowley president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle.

U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, who is running for U.S. Senate, visited Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City to meet with Cowley president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marshall was interested to learn how Cowley is adapting to the changes that were made to protect the health of its students, faculty, staff, and community. Marshall was excited to learn that Cowley College has had small groups of students return for face-to-face instruction in a safe, responsible manner.

“I don’t know anybody else that has done as much as Cowley has done to have students back on campus,” Marshall said. “For me, I think we have to have students back on campus this fall. We have to do it in a safe, responsible fashion. To open business up in Kansas we have to get the kids back on campus. They are a big contributor to the economy.”

Rittle and vice president of academic affairs Dr. Michelle Schoon led Marshall on a tour of the campus where Marshall had an opportunity to visit with visual and performing arts department chair Mark Flickinger, welding instructor Bob Moffatt, and criminal justice instructor Frank Owens.

“On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and administration, it is always a joy to have our legislators visit our campuses and observe first-hand the work that is being accomplished,” Rittle said. “We appreciate Congressman Marshall taking the time to walk the Ark City campus and take-in the courage and pride of Tiger Nation.”

Along with his visit to Cowley, Marshall’s goal is to visit every higher learning institution in the state.

“As we spend federal dollars I want to know what is working and what isn’t working,” Marshall said.

Marshall, Congressman for Kansas’ Big 1st District, graduated from community college prior to receiving his bachelors degree from Kansas State University and receiving his Medical Doctorate from the University of Kansas.

He served in the Army Reserves for seven years and practiced medicine in Great Bend for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Laina, continue to have business interests in healthcare, agriculture, community banking and the oil and gas industry.

In Congress, Marshall serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. He serves as the health care task force chairman for the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in Congress, and has been a congressional leader on new trade agreements, a national voice on pro-life issues and a champion of the Second amendment. He also takes a leading role promoting U.S. trade around the world.

Marshall is hoping others can learn from Cowley’s lead.

“It’s nice to see what lessons have been learned here already that Cowley can share with other folks,” Marshall said.

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