Working the same job year after year can be a challenge.
Yet Elvin Hatfield has accepted this challenge with such commitment, that it has made him the current, longest working employee at Cowley College.
tenure will come to an end.
After 37 years of service, Hatfield
will retire this spring.
Elvin worked in the law enforcement field before beginning his teaching career at Cowley College.
"My career in law enforcement was at a local level," said Hatfield
"The majority of the work was spent in investigations.
chose the criminal justice field because his
uncle was the Chief of Police in Woodward, OK.
The other part Hatfield
liked about the criminal justice career was "it wasn't indoor assembly line work.
It was something that a person could initiate on their own and be able to follow up and be self-directive once a case was assigned."
has both experience and education on his
long list of accomplishments.
He earned an associate of arts degree and an associate of applied science degree from Cowley College, a bachelor of arts degree from Southwestern College, and a master of science degree from Pittsburg State University.
He has continued graduate studies in Kansas Law Enforcement Academy courses, Kansas Bureau of Investigation courses, and Federal Bureau of Investigation courses.
Lee Gregg, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Cowley College, remembers Elvin Hatfield well from his Police Officer years.
has left many strong, positive impressions on a lot of people.
was working in the law enforcement arena, he
was a guest speaker for the criminal justice classes at Cowley College
When the previous Cowley College instructor moved to Washington, D. C., Elvin accepted his position.
has enjoyed his
teaching career because of being able to develop courses and know that students leave Cowley College
with more than just textbook knowledge.
The best memory of his
career is when he
had a class of excellent students; they were all top notch students.
They were all employed in law enforcement within one year of graduating.
has put time into making sure the criminal justice program at Cowley College
is working to the benefit of the legal system.
in general has been beneficial to Cowley College
dedication to the criminal justice field and to his
students has not gone unnoticed.
While at Cowley
has received the following awards, Kansas Top Worker of the Year, 1999; "Top 50" National Community College
Teacher; NISOD Master Teacher, 1993; NISOD Master Presenter, 1991; and a USA Today Award.
Bev Grunder, Department Chair and Director of Business & Industry Training, would like to wish Elvin
all the best as he
can't imagine him slowing down one bit, but at least he
will have lots of time to paint.
Bev has enjoyed working with Elvin
and is not sure how their department will be able to survive without his sense of humor, but they will do their best.
Cowley colleague Scott MacLaughlin, Director of Theatre, shared the following memorable moments about Elvin, "I always enjoyed seeing Elvin every summer in the Brown Center with his baseball hat on and covered with paint.
I liked finding out what "color" Elvin
would be next.
MacLaughlin also particularly enjoyed sitting next to Elvin
during in-services and profiting from his sense of humor.
Everyone at Cowley College
would like to wish Elvin
well on his
upcoming retirement, and that is no joke!