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May 23, 2017
Seminole State College’s Summer Semester Begins June 5
Seminole State College’s summer semester begins Monday, June 5. Students interested in taking college courses during the eight-week term are encouraged to enroll before the first day of the summer session.
May 22, 2017
Spring Honor Roll Recognizes SSC Students
Seminole State College has released the names of honor roll students for the 2017 spring semester. Three separate honor rolls recognize students for their academic achievements.
The President’s Honor Roll is comprised of students who maintain a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average in at least 12 credit hours of coursework.
Students named to the Vice President’s Honor Roll must have a 3.5 grade-point-average or better and no grade below a “C”.
The Part-time Students’ Honor Roll is for students who maintain a 3.5 grade-point-average with no grade below a “C” in at least six, but less than 12 college credit hours.
Students named to the President’s Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):
Shawnee: Miranda C. Bays, Sierra N . Benard, Alyssa R. Black, Taylor W. Crawford, Ksenia N. Fisher, Joshua W. Hair, Noah W. Hembree, Rachel J. Hill, Haley S. Holder, Karri D. Hollis, Caitlyn B. Mosser, Robert G. Prewitt, Ronald L. Rhodes, Rylee Streight, Brittney M. Stroup, Cheyenne L. Watson, Jacy N. Wesley, Kaysi S. West, Kaddie L. White, Cynthia A. White
Sparks: Corie D. Carpenter
Vilonia, AR: Jacob W. Goodson
Wanette: Collin C. Prough
Wetumka: Amanda E. Barton, Rachel N. Costley, Katelyn J. Miller
Wewoka: Hanna M. Barnhart, Keeley R. Merriman, Ethan J. Pollard, Mariah A. Reynolds Tabitha A. Rosamond, Kimbrie R. Strayhorn, Angel I. Zuniga
Students named to the Vice-President’s Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):
Abidjan, Africa: Gueninle A. Ouattara
Ada: Aleana J. Holtman, Carolyn B. Medlock, Olivia C. Wells
Altus: Taylor L. Busby
Atoka: Sadi K. Avants
Atwood: Ashley N. Gillean, Shelbey L. Gillean, Ashley L. Reeves
Boerne: Gabrielle M. Grivel
Broken Arrow: Brad W. Verel
Broken Bow: Shalee Brantley
Calexico, CA: Karla R. Soto
Caracas, Venezuela: Katheryne Valencia
Castle: Makena A. Goff
Checotah: Zachary T. Ilbery
Choctaw: Caleb W. Lee
Cushing: Taylor C. Smith
Davenport: Ricky L. Machado Jr.
De Soto, TX: Dominique A. Dawson
Del City: Karlie K.Velasco
Earlsboro: Genesis K. Dockery, Kevin A. Williams
Edmond: Jacob D. Essman
Harrah: Tamara L. Elizondo
Holdenville: Talon M. Coleman, Misty D. Kirkland, Angela M. Miller, Logan D. Wilkes
Hugo: Ray'Shionne A.Smith, Qua'Charmany T. Tarkington
Kolonia, Micronesia: Tj R. Apis
Konawa: Tamra L. Christensen, Abigail F. Williams
Little Elm, TX: Cameron M. Kennedy
Mansfield, TX: Austin R. Exparza
Maud: Dylan C. Thornton, Terry R. Young
Meeker: Katelyn R. Ferguson, Morgan A. Gross, Jamie B. Ledbetter, Ryan D. Reed
Midwest City: Alaisha R. Castleberry
Newcastle: Evan P. Speck
Noble: Antonia E. Alexander
Okemah: Kloe D. Britton, Racee R. Gibson, Marcy D. Turner, Victoria L. Turner
Oklahoma City: Calon A. Woodson
Paden: Megan Y. Watson
Prague: Jonathan L. Radell, Bo W. Riggs, Alexandria T. Thomas
Schweinfurt, Germany: Viktoria Seifert
Seminole: Desiray Abney, Joshua L. Beauford, Natalie M. Burgard. Kelli Cavins, Adam J. Choate, Sariah C. Choate, Ashley L. Cole, Destiny C. Donaldson, Ashlie A. Gelm-Skidmore, Demissie Getachew, Kristie A. Herriman, Nora L. Jackson, Elizabeth M. Lasko, Dennis M. Malerba, Brianna K. Martin, Madison L. Parsons, Keeley N. Reed, Rebecca L. Reeves, Jordan L. Taylor, Terry L. Troha, Paige N. Vanlandingham, Taylor M.Wainwright
Shawnee: Cade L. Belshe, Elizabeth M. Bronson, Cindy L. Carlton, Whitney K. Clemence, Lindsey M. Cowan, Mary L. Dodgen, Misty D. Dyer, Whitney N. Elmore, Kimberly L. Emmons, Alexis C. Freeman, Leoncio J. Gonzales, Aiden J. Green, Courtney L. Hendershot, James B. Hill, Nathan K. Jeans, Destiny P. Osife, Charlotte M. Owens, Danielle V. Peevyhouse, Konswallowa R. Rosamond, Stephen M. Smith, Kamy K. Walck, Jayden T. Watson, Jordan A. Wissman, Colbie A. Woodberry, Grant J. Woodell, Collin D. Woodruff, Ethan A. Wright
Stillwater: Whitney M. Madden
Stroud: Gage E. Wright
Tecumseh: Morgan S. Birchall, Bradin C. Bowie, Taryn L. Colbert, Ashley N. Cummings, Kyle C. Curry, Shalyn K. Hale, Taylor A. Petty, Christopher A. Short , Sarah A. Stewart, Taylor F. Walker
Wellston: Toni R. Christy
Wewoka: Kylie E. Davis, Keaton B. Esselstrom, Allison O. Lukacsko, Devon R. Whitehead
Wichita, KS: Hayley M. Reibenspies
Students named to the Part-Time Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):
Ada: Seth B. Bartlett, Meagan R. Hoover, Quannah J. Lindsey, Cara M. Morris, Ashley D. Newport, Chelsi L. Rahbusch, Kobey S. Zachary
Bristow: Breanna M. Weaver
Cromwell: Marty D. Hudson
Davenport: Nate A. Cowan, Kaycee J. Funk, Rachel H. Keith
Earlsboro: Suni N. Meely, Mckenzie J. Webb, Lexi A. Whitson
Enid: Elizabeth R. Fuerte
Harrah: Adam L. Cheever
Henryetta: Michelle L. Girty
Holdenville: Christopher D. Cheatwood, Samantha P. Cox, Erika N. Mccoy, Matthew S. Stafford
Konawa: Sahara N. Coffey, Kohl G. Doner, Dakota L. Jesse, Chrissy R. Sharp, Janell R. Streeter, Marissa A. Walker, Chandler V. Wilson
Macomb: Megan N. French
Maud: Alexandria D. Baize, Ethan J. Bunnell, Chloe J. Curtis, Tadina A. Jackson, Damien C. Odaniel, Sarah C. Willmett
Mcloud: Madaya D. Bertram, Caitlin R. Payne, Hanna L. West
Meeker: Cherice Armitage, Cylie Holik, Christina Hulett, Tiffany Snyder
Meeker: Brooklyn R. Carter, Alisia D. Friedman, Laney D. Lynch, Coleman S. Seaborn
Mombasa, Africa: Abdella N. Mohammed
Montpelier, France: Carla Lachasseigne
Oklahoma City: Kyah J. Hawkins
Okemah: Natalie R. Battaglia, Alexa G. Fraser, Tayah J. Harjochee, Tayler L. Lee, Victoria E. Moore, Shawn A. Murray, Gregory C. Orr, Timaree B. Peters, Kayla D. Schweigert, John E. Sharber, Vanessa L. Sisseck, Whitney R. Williams
Paden: Samantha B. Clonts
Prague: Braden M. Alexander, Courtney L. Blair, Abbey R. Brunson, Matthew B. Carlson, Wanda J. Clark, Caitlyn M. Cox, Preston K. Fridrich, Lauren G. Fried, Raygan S. Gillispie , Arden B. Huckeba, Tristin R. Jorgensen, Whitney L. Mullins, Karlee R. Ogden, Miranda J. Opela, Sarah J. Snyder
Seminole: Bailey L. Baker, Ashton M. Coulter, Aaron J. Dillman, Jayden N. Edwards, Whitney L. Fowler, Abigail D. Gosa, Angela M. Hale, Samantha L. Hall, Justin D. Hudlow, Penny K. Inman, Susan R. Knight, Logan D. Long, Mallory K. Magruder, Angela D. Miller-Mack, Stacy R. Oyler, Sarah F. Parks, Lacinda L. Poole, Jose J. Prieto, Denise R. Strickland, Abbey M. Tinsley, Ashley I. Vega, Emily D. Walker, Lindsy A.White, Sterling E. Zavala
Shawnee: Elizabeth D. Alexander, Madelyn T. Alldredge, Hannah L. Ash, Lacee N. Barnell, Jade E. Barrett, Susan D. Bauer, Ryann L. Baxter, Logan S. Blankenship, Makayla J. Blassingame, Branden M. Blaylock, Jennifer N. Briggs, Lillian E. Bryant, Bradley T. Burnett, Hope G. Burnett, Marielle A. Buttram, Nicole L. Byrd, Beth R. Cabe, Colby R. Chamblin, Meera Chandra, Judy B. Daniels, Monica A. Danner, Brittley M. Dean, Harrison J. Diamond, Rachel M. Dockrey, Anna E. Dowhower, Connor S. Edwards, Sara G. Ellis, Abigail L. Ford, Ethan R. Fry, Felicia L. Gonzales, Shaniah A. Green, Melissa F. Harjo, Aaron C. Hester, Lacey F. Hood, Lauren G. Hood, Andrew W. Jones, Jordan T. Leach, Kaileb A. Little, Lydia K. Longhorn, Matthew C. Martin, Alexia L. Mcalister, Kelsey N. Mcguire, Abigail R. Mohr, Brandon M. Moon, Emily E. Palinkas, Cole R. Payne, Erin E. Presley, Marissa D. Roberts, Avery C. Robertson, Cory D. Roe, Cody D. Runion, Asia E. Sanders, Belinda M. Skinner, Tanner J. Sparks, Zack T. Stastny, Parker S. Stewart, Cody D. Swearingen, Taylor M. Thompson, Nicole D. Tison, Kyle E. Williams, Izaiah X. Wood, Terri L. York
Sparks: Brandi A. Albrecht
Stroud: Blake A. Redus
Sulpher: Stormy J. Thomison
Tecumseh: Kendra R. Arrasmith, Kailee M. Collins, Michael J. Davis, Hunter S. Etchieson, Erin A. Harris, Tiesha R. Henneha, Bailey A. Holmquest, Cassidy M. Morton, Cole J. Moutaw, Beth A. Reed, Kaylen L. Richardson, Allyson M. Sing, Ariel C. Wagoner
Wanette: Tarin B. Dubler
Weleetka: Patty L. Shaddix
Wetumka: Shelby L. Allford, Catelyn S. Curtis, Chelsea D. Jaggars, Cali R. Sweazea, Nathan W. WeeksWewoka: Tate T. Cain, Rhoda L. Garcia-Davis, Karmen E. Nalley, Cortney L. Newell, Baylie B. Norman, Shelby T. Yates, Ivy R. Young
May 17, 2017
SSC Chemistry Lab Receives Renovation
The Seminole State College chemistry laboratory recently received renovations as part of an "Engaging Students in Science” title III federal grant awarded to the College last year. The grant, which provides $450,000 per year for five years, will assist SSC in increasing enrollment and graduation in science-related fields.
To help meet these requirements, funds from the grant will be used to renovate and supply five labs with updated equipment and redesign science curriculum. To help retain students in science programs at the College, the grant will also provide funds to help purchase an advising module to be included with the new operating system currently being implemented on campus. Funds are also allocated for follow-up advisor training sessions.
During year one of the grant, funds helped expand workspace and update equipment in the College’s chemistry lab. During this year – the second year of the grant – SSC plans to equip the previous MLT lab on campus with biology related supplies to help increase the overall student capacity of biology labs at SSC. During the final three years of the program, the College will renovate and supply the microbiology, anatomy/physiology and physics labs with new equipment and workspace.
For more information about current chemistry and other science class offerings at SSC, please contact the College’s Office of Admissions at 405-382-9230 or visit www.sscok.edu.
May 16, 2017
SSC Vice President Completes Doctorate Program
As Seminole State College students celebrate their recent graduation, the College’s Vice President for Student Affairs is also celebrating a new accomplishment – completing his Ph.D.
May 15, 2017
SSC To Hold Girls Basketball Camp
The Seminole State College Belles Basketball Program will sponsor a basketball camp June 5-8 for girls grades three through nine. The four-day camp will be held inside the College’s Raymond Harber Field House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cost $60.
Campers will receive individual instruction in basketball fundamentals to improve their game and will have the opportunity to play in daily games to further their basketball understanding. Participants will have a 30-minute lunch break each day and participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch. A concession with snacks and drinks will be available and pizza will be sold for $1.50 per slice. Campers will also receive a t-shirt with their registration fee.Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, June 5. Those needing additional information or wanting to pre-register for the camp should contact SSC Head Belles Basketball Coach Rita Story-Schell at 405-382-9223.
May 12, 2017
SSC Baseball Camps Set for June
Area youth interested in learning proper techniques and fundamentals of baseball are invited to sign up for Seminole State College Youth Baseball Camps scheduled in June. A Prospect Showcase Camp will also be offered for interested high school players.
Fundamental Camp will be held June 12-13 and Prospect Camp will take place on June 14. Both camps will be held at Oiler Park and the Lloyd Simmons Baseball Facility in Seminole. Along with instruction from Trojan players and coaches, the camps also include a tour of the SSC baseball facilities.
Fundamental Camp will cover defense on June 12 and offense on June 13. On both days, a morning session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 8-12, followed by an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Cost will be $90 per person for the two-day camp, or $50 per person for those attending only one day of camp.
This camp is intended to teach participants the basic fundamentals of baseball in a fun and energetic atmosphere. Emphasis will be on individual position play, hitting/pitching fundamentals and game play experience.
Prospect Showcase Camp registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the work-out will start at 10 a.m. Cost per player is $75. Players must have proof of insurance and bring their own gear, bats, glove, cleats and turfs. Players attending prospect camp will participate in a pro-style work-out including stretching, 60-yard dash, position throws, batting practice and bull pens.Pre-registration is required for both camps. To sign up, or for more information, contact Dylan Helms by email at email@example.com or by phone at 918-618-2022
May 11, 2017
SSC Meets Students at FFA Convention
Seminole State College Advisor/Recruiter Lauren Anderson (right) and current agriculture student Zach Illbery (left) attended the recent State FFA Convention in Oklahoma City – an event that hosts over 11,000 students from across Oklahoma – where they organized a booth with information about SSC.
During the FFA Convention, SSC Recruiter/Advisor Lauren Anderson visits with potential students about the College’s agriculture program.
May 11, 2017
SSC Announces Summer Kids Camps
Seminole State College is currently enrolling for Kids on Campus, a variety of children and youth camps scheduled throughout the summer. The series of activities are scheduled for June 5 through July 20 and will focus on a selection of kid-friendly learning activities.
June camps include Clay Camp, Screen Printing Camp, Lego Camp, Minecraft Camp and Sewing Camp. July camps focus on swimming and include Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, Swim Stroke Development Skills and Parent/Child Aquatics.
Clay Camp is a pottery program offering a hands-on experience for children 7 and older. Kids will learn to shape clay into pinch pots, build unique coil vessels and decorate and glaze clay, among other ceramic techniques. Clay camp will run June 5 through June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.
Screen Printing Camp is designed to allow students to embrace their creativity. Kids will make their own masterpiece and then learn how to transfer their design onto a t-shirt, tote bag, apron and picture. Screen Printing camp will run June 19 through June 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.
Lego Camp is designed for kids who like to create, build and discover using building sets and is ideal for children in grades first through fourth. This camp offers project-based educational play designed to teach principles of math, science, physics, problem solving, critical thinking, fine motor skills, social cooperation and imaginative play. Lego camp will run June 5 through June 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost for this course is $79.
Minecraft Camp encourages campers to create, problem solve and work together as a team. This camp is designed to help students gain appreciation for math and science and use creativity and social skills. Both newcomers and experienced Minecraft players are welcome to participate. Minecraft camp will be offered June 5 through June 15 at two different times – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for the course is $79.
Sewing Camp is a hand-on class recommended for children ages 8 and older. Kids will learn the fundamentals of sewing – no experience is required. Sewing Camp will run June 5 through July 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for the course is $117 for a one-week session and $225 for a two-week session. This cost includes all class supplies.
Swim Camp covers a variety of swim levels. Parent/Child Aquatics, Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills and Swim Stroke Development Skills classes are scheduled for July 10 through July 20. Parent/Child Aquatics is a 30-minute course that will begin at 4 p.m. Other swim classes will be offered between 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. in 45 minute slots. Students are assigned a class time depending on their individual swim skill level. Cost of each course is $69 per student. All swim classes will be held in the indoor swimming pool at SSC’s natatorium in the Raymond Harber Field House. The climate-controlled, indoor facility allows instruction regardless of the outside weather conditions and without the dangers of overexposure to the sun.Registration is required for all camps. Those interested are encouraged to call Carol Hartman, Business and Training Coordinator at 405-382-9246 or Executive Vice President Lana Reynolds at 405-382-9218. Participants can also enroll by calling or stopping by the College’s Office of Admissions in the Walkingstick Student Services Center located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus. The Admissions Office can be reached by calling 405-382-9230.
May 11, 2017
SSC Faculty Honor Retiring SSC President
A Red Oak for RetirementRetiring Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback was honored on Monday during a special tree planting ceremony organized by members of the College’s Faculty Senate. A Red Oak tree was planted on campus near the north pond of Henderson Park in appreciation of Dr. Utterback’s 20 years of service to the College. The faculty chose to plant a tree not only in recognition of Dr. Utterback’s past service, but also as a living, growing symbol of SSC’s future. Faculty pictured at the ceremony are (l-r): Dan Hill, Kendall Rogers, Releigh Shockley, Christal Knowles, Angela Church, Yasminda Choate, Theran Hernandez, Marta Osby, John Bolander, Dr. Linda Goeller, Emily Carpenter, Dr. Utterback, Karrie Utterback, Melissa Bryant, Jeff Cheng, Tammy Kasterke, Jeffrey Christiansen, Dr. Steve Bolin and Rita Story-Schell
May 11, 2017
SSC Honors Employees and Students
Seminole State College recently held an Honors Reception on campus to recognize employees and students for their outstanding achievements and service to the College.
SSC employees Rusty Beene, Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) Professional Development Coordinator, and Dr. Jim Utterback, SSC President, were recognized at the reception for their upcoming retirements. Dr. Utterback was also recognized for reaching a 20-year milestone for his service to the College.
Three other employees were also recognized for employment milestones at the reception. Reaching a 30-year milestone of service to the College this year was Executive Vice President Lana Reynolds. Toni Wittman, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, reached her 25-year milestone and Sherry Keisman, Nursing and Social Sciences Division Secretary, was recognized for reaching her 20-year milestone.
Four campus organizational leaders were honored at the event, including: Jeffrey Christiansen, Faculty Senate President; Julie Hix, Professional Staff Council President; Ann Gavin, Classified Staff Association President; and Taylor McClure, President of the Student Government Association.
Along with employee recognitions, numerous SSC students were honored at the reception. Twenty-one Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society sophomore students were honored as graduating members of the organization. Those included were: Abbigail Coleman of Holdenville; Angel Dearman of Castle; Whitney Fowler Seminole; Diana Garzon of Imperial, Calif; Rachel Hill of Shawnee; Stephanie Johnson of Seminole; Elizabeth Lasko of Seminole; Chelsey Olds of Spencer; Kevin Teems of Gunter, Texas; Stacey Vance of Prague; Kamy Walck of Shawnee; Monica Danner of Shawnee; Taylor McClure of Tecumseh; Brittney Stroup of Shawnee; Andrew Jones of Shawnee; Jacqueline Crenshaw of Konawa; Kaiygen Stubblefield of Arlington, Texas; Mary Grider of Durant; Madaya Bertram of Mcloud; Karla Soto of Calexico, Calif.; and Mary Ellis of Seminole.
Five students were selected by faculty from each of the College’s academic divisions to be recognized as “SSC 2017 Outstanding Students.” Those honored at this year’s reception included: Business and Education – Courtney Hendershot of Shawnee; Language Arts and Humanities – Melanie Cancino of Maud; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – Dru Collins of Norman; STEM – Health Sciences – Sarah Biffle of Seminole; and Social Sciences – Stephanie Johnson of Seminole.
During the reception, SSC students Andrew Jones of Tecumseh and Chelsea Olds of Spencer were honored for their recent selection as All-Oklahoma/USA Academic Team Members. The College also recognized two SSC students as recipients of the Kay Edwards Memorial Scholarship, awarded to qualified students each summer by the SSC Professional Staff Association. This year, Terri York of Choctaw and Taylor Scott of Stroud, were both awarded the scholarship.
Photo 3201 –Toni Wittmann, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, receives her employment milestone award from SSC Educational Foundation Chair Jeramy Rich for 25 years of service to the College.
Photo 3200 – Sherry Keisman, Nursing and Social Sciences Division Secretary, receives her employment milestone award from SSC Educational Foundation Chair Jeramy Rich for 20 years of service to the College.Photo 3188 – Seminole State College 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Graduating Members
May 9, 2017
Shawnee area sophomores in the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class recently received awards recognizing their completion of two years in the program. Members pictured with SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback are (l-r): Taylor McClure of Tecumseh, Kamy Walck of Shawnee and Mary Dodgen of Shawnee.
Seminole area sophomores in the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class recently received awards recognizing their completion of two years in the program. Members pictured with SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback are (l-r): Leah Cervantes of Earlsboro, Paige Vanlandingham of Seminole and Zane Watters of Seminole.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Jarris Hamilton of Durant, receives an award recognizing his completion of two years in the program from SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Jacob Goodson of Vilonia, Arka., receives an award recognizing his completion of two years in the program from SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Parker Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas, receives an award recognizing his completion of two years in the program from SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback
May 9, 2017
Utterback Receives Recognition from State Capitol
For 20 Years of Leadership….
Retiring Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback was recently awarded two citations from officials at the Oklahoma State Capitol in recognition of his 20 years of service and leadership to the College. He received a citation from Governor Mary Fallin and Senator Jason Smalley and another from Representatives Kevin Wallace and Chris Kannady. Dr. Utterback’s retirement will go into effect June 30, 2017.
Photo 1167 – Pictured, left to right, are Representative Kevin Wallace, SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback and Representative Chris Kannady.
Photo 1144 – Pictured are Senator Jason Smalley (left) and SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback (right).
May 8, 2017
SSC Announces Expected Graduates
Seminole State College students completing degree requirements at the end of the 2017 spring and summer semesters, along with 2016 fall graduates, participated in the College’s annual commencement exercises on Friday, May 6.
The graduation ceremony was held Friday morning inside the Raymond Harber Field House on campus. SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback was the featured guest speaker and special remarks were also heard from graduating SSC student Jeston Bennett. Processional and recessional music was provided by Susan Gates. SSC students Robert Hanson of Shawnee and Stephanie Johnson and Abigail Nance, both of Seminole, performed during the ceremony.
Degrees were then presented to candidates by Dr. Tom Mills, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and conferred by Dr. Utterback. According to the information released by the SSC Office of Admissions, the following students were eligible to complete degree requirements and are expected graduates (listed by hometowns):
Fort Worth, TX
Selebi Phikwe, Botswana
May 3, 2017
SSC Hosts Discussion on Engaging Culturally Diverse Students
Engaging Culturally Diverse Students
Seminole State College’s Native American Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) program recently hosted a roundtable discussion on campus targeting ways to engage culturally diverse students in the classroom. The discussion featured two guest speakers – Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Youth Program Manager Lakota Pochedley and Muscogee Creek Nation Department of Higher Education Manager Pete Coser, Jr.
SSC employees who participated in the roundtable discussion include: (back row left to right) Jeff Cheng, John Bolander, Dr. Linda Goeller, Brenda Hudson, Kelly Hankal, Shakira Judah, Angela Church, Jim Wilson, (front row left to right) Kay Wallace, Marie Dawson, Yasminda Choate and Emily Carpenter.
May 2, 2017
Sheffield and Hyden Appointed SSC Regents
Wewoka Mayor Paige Sheffield and Prague business owner Kimberly Hyden have been appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Seminole State College Board of Regents. Sheffield will begin immediately, replacing former SSC Regent Karen James, whose term on the Board concluded in June, 2016. Hyden will take the place of current Chair Leesa Adams upon the completion of her term at the end of June, 2017.
Both appointments were confirmed by the Oklahoma State Senate Education Committee on May 1 and sent to the Oklahoma State Senate for final approval. The nomination was carried by Senator Jason Smalley (R). Sheffield’s term as Regent will conclude July 1, 2023 and Hyden’s term will conclude July 1, 2024.
SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback said, “We appreciate Governor Fallin making such fine appointments, and Senator Smalley for carrying their nominations. We believe Paige and Kimberly will be wonderful additions to the Board.”
Sheffield, a long-time Wewoka resident, has worked in her family’s business, Patterson Oil Company, for over 30 years. She currently serves as the Mayor of Wewoka – a position she has held since 2013. Sheffield also holds her Real Estate Sales Associate License and has been working for Jack Sherry Real Estate & Investments since 2014. She holds an Associate in Science from SSC and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business management from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee.
She is involved with numerous community organizations and clubs. She is past chair and current vice chair for the SSC Educational Foundation. She has served as the president of the Wewoka School Board, treasurer for the Wewoka Cemeteries Association and is active in the BZ Chapter of P.E.O. International – a philanthropic organization for women. She is a member of the Wewoka Lions Club, where she served as the first female president in 1993-94. She also serves as advisory director for First National Bank in Wewoka.
Sheffield was Wewoka’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2009 and 2013. In 2011, the Wewoka Chamber named her “Distinguished Citizen of Year” for promoting organ, eye and tissue donations coast to coast. She was inducted into SSC’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2006, she and her family received the Wewoka Chamber “Project of the Year” award for the Memorial Skate Park built in memory of her late son Jayce Ray Sheffield. Paige has two other children, Joshua and Tara.
Hyden serves as co-owner and president of Gary A. Crain, Inc. in Prague, a business founded in 1986 that specializes in highway and bridge contractor services. She holds an Associate in Arts from Seminole Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.
An active member of her community, Hyden serves on the Lincoln County PARB Review Board, volunteers for Prague Public Schools and is a member of First Baptist Church in Prague. She also serves as a CASA volunteer – a court appointed special advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. She and her husband Glen reside in Prague and have two children, McKenna, 17, and Graceyn, 14.
Members of the Seminole State College Board of Regents are appointed by the Governor for seven-year terms. The Regents serve as the College’s governing body and hold supervision and management responsibilities for the College.Other members of the Board, listed by order of appointment include: Leesa Adams of Shawnee, Marci Donaho of Seminole, Curtis Morgan of Seminole, Bryan Cain of Wewoka, Ryan Franklin of Shawnee and Ray McQuiston of Ada
April 28, 2017
President Utterback to Speak at SSC Commencement
Seminole State College will hold its’ 84th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 5 for students completing coursework requirements for their degree programs. The graduation ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. inside the Raymond Harber Field House on campus.
This year’s featured speaker will be SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback. Dr. Utterback has been with the College since 1997 and is SSC’s fourth and longest-serving president. Under his guidance, the College has grown tremendously. SSC has seen increases in campus size, academic and athletic programs, cultural education opportunities and student enrollment. He has also fostered the growth of the SSC Educational Foundation and the development of the College’s Rural Business and Resources Center. After two decades of leadership, Dr. Utterback will retire this year, effective June 30, 2017.
Dr. Utterback holds both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado.
During the ceremony, special comments will also be given by graduating SSC student Jeston Bennett. Bennett is a sophomore from Earlsboro who will receive an Associate in Science degree during the ceremony. He plans to continue his education in the field of nursing.
Following the commencement address, Dr. Tom Mills, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will present degree candidates, and Dr. Utterback will confer degrees.
Friday’s Commencement exercises will include a musical presentation by SSC students Abigail Nance and Stephanie Johnson, both from Seminole. The two will perform the song I’ll Always Remember You by Miley Cyrus. An invocation will be delivered by Bryan Cain, SSC Board of Regents Vice Chair. Processional and recessional music will be provided by Susan Gates.
Graduates of the SSC Nursing Program will complete their commencement activities with a special “Pinning Ceremony” inside the Enoch Kelly Haney Center Utterback Ballroom. The nursing ceremony is scheduled for noon.
Campus offices will be closed to the public on Friday morning, May 5, to allow staff time to prepare for commencement exercises. Offices will open at 1:30 p.m. For additional information regarding graduation activities, contact the Office of Admissions at 405-382-9230.
April 28, 2017
SSC Celebrates Retiring President Dr. Jim Utterback
Approximately 500 friends, family members and supporters gathered Thursday evening to celebrate retiring Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback.
The special retirement dinner, held inside the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on campus, honored Dr. Utterback and his 20 years of leadership and service to the College, community and beyond. Featured speakers for the evening included Dan Boren, SSC Educational Foundation Trustee and Former Oklahoma Congressman, and Lana Reynolds, SSC Executive Vice President. Also present was Oklahoma State Senator Jason Smalley, who presented Dr. Utterback with a proclamation on behalf of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Melvin Moran, former SSC Regent, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Special congratulatory videos were also presented throughout the event, featuring comments from Senator Jim Inhofe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman Rocky Barrett, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Vice Chair Linda Capps, Seminole Nation Principal Chief Leonard Harjo, Seminole Nation Assistant Chief Lewis Johnson, Former Oklahoma Senator and Seminole Nation Chief Kelly Haney, American Association of Community Colleges Senior Program Associate Kevin Christian, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson, East Central University President Emeritus John Hargrave and OETA employees.
A best wishes video was also shown with comments from Silkeborg Business College President Emeritus Torben Jessen and students from the Denmark college – an institution SSC has participated in a cultural and educational exchange program with for the past several years.
Dr. Utterback received special acknowledgements from the College’s Faculty Senate, Professional Staff Council and Classified Staff Association as well as a presentation from the President’s Leadership Class – a scholarship program he instituted in 2007 to help students develop leadership skills and provide personal and professional growth opportunities. A presentation was also given on behalf of the community in appreciation of Dr. Utterback’s many years of service.
The evening concluded with a very special announcement – the naming of “Utterback Ballroom.” Formerly known as Foundation Hall, the large event room located just inside the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on campus was renamed in honor of President Utterback and his 20 years of leadership at SSC.
Dr. Utterback and his wife Karrie expressed how overwhelmed they were by the outpouring of support at last night’s event, admitting they both fought back tears throughout the evening. “We love and appreciate this community so much. The planning committee did an amazing job. The generosity of the sponsors was extremely heartwarming. Melvin touched our hearts, as he always does. Dan Boren did a fantastic job. We're so happy and honored to call Melvin and Jasmine and Dan and Andrea our friends. It’s hard to describe, but all of this is a true reflection of what makes this area so special.
“Karrie, Amanda, Sara and I are so grateful for all of the friendship and support during the past 20 years. Many of those present Thursday evening are like family to us. I could not have been successful in this position without the insight, guidance, support and hard work of the people in attendance, those in the videos and countless others. My time at SSC has been wonderful. I'm very proud of what we have accomplished together.”
Proceeds of the banquet will go to the SSC Educational Foundation as well as the Utterback Family Scholarship Fund. The SSC Educational Foundation, Inc., was created in 1972 “to supply aid for charitable, benevolent, educational, scientific and literary purposes,” according to the foundation’s articles of incorporation.
Jeramy Rich serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees. Vice Chairs are Paige Sheffield and Lance Wortham. Other members of the Board are: Chairman Rocky Barrett, Dan Boren, Richard Carr, Dr. Vickie Carter, Steve Degraffenreid, Rick Geist, Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Chief Leonard Harjo, Douglas Humphreys, Gary Kinslow, Tim Mathews, Gordon Melson, Troy Miller, Carl Packwood, Kenny Pryor, Harvey Robinson, Lance Ruffel, Mark Schell, Jack Sherry, Roy Sisco, Sue Snodgrass, Bob Swearingen and David Wilson.
April 25, 2017
SSC Set to Honor Employees and Students on May 1
Seminole State College will hold an Honors Reception on Monday, May 1 to recognize SSC employees and students for their outstanding achievements and service to the College. The event will take place at 2 p.m. inside the Haney Center Foundation Hall on campus.
Two SSC employees will be recognized at the reception for their upcoming retirements. Those to be honored this year are Rusty Beene, Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) Professional Development Coordinator, and Dr. Jim Utterback, SSC President. Dr. Utterback will also be recognized for reaching a 20-year milestone for his service to the College.
Three other employees will also be recognized for employment milestones. Reaching a 30-year milestone of service to the College this year is Executive Vice President Lana Reynolds. Toni Wittman, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, has reached her 25-year milestone and Sherry Keisman, Nursing and Social Sciences Division Secretary, will be recognized for reaching her 20-year milestone.
Four campus organizational leaders will also be honored at the event. Those to be honored are: Jeffrey Christiansen, Faculty Senate President; Julie Hix, Professional Staff Council President; Ann Gavin, Classified Staff Association President; and Taylor McClure, President of the Student Government Association.
Along with employee recognitions, numerous SSC students will be honored at the reception. Twenty-one Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society sophomore students will be honored as graduating members of the organization. Those included are: Abbigail Coleman of Holdenville; Angel Dearman of Castle; Whitney Fowler Seminole; Diana Garzon of Imperial, Calif; Rachel Hill of Shawnee; Stephanie Johnson of Seminole; Elizabeth Lasko of Seminole; Chelsey Olds of Spencer; Kevin Teems of Gunter, Texas; Stacey Vance of Prague; Kamy Walck of Shawnee; Monica Danner of Shawnee; Taylor McClure of Tecumseh; Brittney Stroup of Shawnee; Andrew Jones of Shawnee; Jacqueline Crenshaw of Konawa; Kaiygen Stubblefield of Arlington, Texas; Mary Grider of Durant; Madaya Bertram of Mcloud; Karla Soto of Calexico, Calif.; and Mary Ellis of Seminole.
Five students were selected by faculty from each of the College’s academic divisions to be recognized as “SSC 2017 Outstanding Students.” Those to be honored at this year’s reception include: Business and Education – Courtney Hendershot of Shawnee; Language Arts and Humanities – Melanie Cancino of Maud; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – Dru Collins of Norman; STEM – Health Sciences – Sarah Biffle of Seminole; and Social Sciences – Stephanie Johnson of Seminole.
During the reception, SSC students Andrew Jones of Tecumseh and Chelsea Olds of Spencer will be honored for their recent selection as All-Oklahoma/USA Academic Team Members. The All-Oklahoma Academic Team program provides scholastic recognition to community college students for their academic achievement, leadership and service, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.
The College will also recognize two SSC students as recipients of the Kay Edwards Memorial Scholarship, awarded to qualified students each summer by the SSC Professional Staff Association to help with tuition and books costs. This year, Terri York of Choctaw and Taylor Scott of Stroud, will both receive the scholarship.
Campus and community members are welcome to attend the reception. For more information about the event, contact the SSC President’s Office at 405-382-9200.
April 25, 2017
Utterback Honored by AACC
Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback was recently honored by the American Association of Community Colleges during a special Hail & Fairwell Luncheon. During the event, Dr. Utterback was recognized for his 20 years of leadership and service as SSC President as well as his active role within the AACC organization. Pictured (l-r) are: Walter G. Bumphus, AACC President and CEO; Dr. Utterback; Dr. Utterback’s wife Karrie; and Daniel Phelan, AACC Board of Directors Chair.
April 25, 2017
SSC Students Inducted into Psi Beta
Nine Seminole State College students were recently inducted into the Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society for two-year colleges.
April 21, 2017
SSC’s Permanent Issue Band to Host Spring Concert; Hold Auditions
The Seminole State College show band, “Permanent Issue,” will be holding their spring concert on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on campus.
Admission to this event is free and the campus and community are invited to attend. This year, the band is doing a tribute to 60s and 70s style music. Current band members include Joseph Jeong of Seminole and Robert Hanson of Shawnee.
Auditions for next year’s band will be held on Tuesday, May 2 at 2 p.m. inside Jeff Johnston. Open positions will include vocalist, drummer, bass guitarist, rhythm guitarist and pianist. For more information, or to schedule a time for a try-out, contact Permanent Issue Band sponsor Travis Qualls by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide name, mailing address and telephone number in the email. Those interested should bring a copy of their most recent high school and/or college transcript and two letters of recommendation to the audition.The band plays contemporary rock and country music and performs at various campus activities, as well as at high school assemblies and community events throughout the school year. Scholarship opportunities are available for selected band participants.