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09/14/2017 SSC PLC Students Visit OSBI
09/12/2017 SSC PLC Students Go to St. Crispin's
09/11/2017 Stanley Hired as New SSC Assistant Professor of STEM
09/08/2017 SSC Upward Bound Math/Science Programs Receive Grant Renewal
09/08/2017 SSC Retirees Return to Campus
09/07/2017 Wilson Joins SSC as Assistant Professor of English
09/05/2017 Hurricane Harvey Relief
08/25/2017 PLC class volunteer at the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals Annual Salute
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September 14, 2017

SSC PLC Students Visit OSBI

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Checking for Prints
Members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class travelled to Edmond Tuesday afternoon to visit the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory. While there, the group toured the facility and learned about each unit within the organization.
Miranda Shupe of Chandler (left) and Colton “Red” Smith of Stroud (right) stop outside of the Latent Evidence Unit – one that specializes in latent (hidden) print, footwear and tire impression collection, examination, development and comparison.

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Invisible Evidence
PLC students (l-r) Hayden Thompson of Depew, Wyatt Norton of Earlsboro and Kaitlyn Trunk of Okemah study a photo display outside of the Trace Evidence Unit during the OSBI tour this week. The students learned that trace evidence is evidence that cannot be seen by the human eye without instrumental assistance, such as gunshot residue or fibers.



September 12, 2017

SSC PLC Students Go to St. Crispin's


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-Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class students learn proper safety techniques before beginning the high course challenge at St. Crispin’s Lodge last week. 

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-PLC students (l-r) Gavin Winchester of Prague, Macyn Kinkade of Shawnee, Triniti House of Holdenville, D.J. Lee of Holdenville and Chaz Orr of Norman stop for a group photo as they prepare to take on the ropes course at St. Crispin’s.

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– PLC students paired-up and participated in a game called “Tanks,” a team-building exercise where one student leads their blind-folded partner in an attempt to knock-out other players by tagging them with a ball.

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–Will Cotner of Seminole, Kaylie Davidson of Seminole, Earnest Sego of Tecumseh and Sidney Osborn of Seminole work as a team to jump over various lengths of rope as fast as they can.



September 11, 2017

Stanley Hired as New SSC Assistant Professor of STEM


Kara Stanley of Prague has been hired as Seminole State College’s new Title III Curriculum Specialist/Assistant Professor of STEM. She comes to the College from The City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, bringing with her over 15 years of experience in environmental sciences.

Stanley holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Plant Soil and Environmental Science from West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. She plans to continue work toward her Ph.D. in Environmental Science. At SSC, her duties include advising new students, revising curriculum for science courses and serving as an assistant professor in the STEM division teaching biology, earth science and environmental science classes.

Stanley expressed her excitement about assuming the position at SSC. “I enjoy teaching because it is rewarding to witness the difference being made in the lives of students,” she said, adding, “I enjoy working directly with students to help them learn and understand practical scientific knowledge that can benefit their quality of life – info they may not have access to otherwise.”

During her time at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, she served as the coordinator for operating certificates, exams and licensing. She also started her own consulting firm specializing in agriculture, horticulture and environmental sciences.

She and her wife reside in Prague where they run an animal welfare nonprofit, Pug Hollow, a home-based hospice and long-term care sanctuary for small dogs under 25 pounds. “I’ve always had a soft spot for old dogs and rescues. I saw the need for hospice care and unofficially began operating over seventeen years ago,” Stanley said. In 2011, they incorporated their organization and currently have 34 dogs at the sanctuary.

Stanley is located in the Ben and Bonnie Walkingstick Student Support Services Center, Office 138. She can be reached by phone at 405-382-9214 or by email at


September 08, 2017

SSC Upward Bound Math/Science Programs Receive Grant Renewal

Seminole State College recently received notification from the U.S. Department of Education of the renewal of two federal Upward Bound grants.  Together, Upward Bound I Math/Science and Upward Bound Math/Science II will receive over $2.6 million in grant money over the next five years, beginning this September. The grants will provide the institution $527,876 annually, with each program receiving $263,938.

The College’s Upward Bound Math/Science programs are designed to provide participants with STEM focused academics and summer activities that help students with necessary skills and motivation for entry and success in post-secondary education. The programs are 100 percent federally-funded and serve students from Bowlegs, Earlsboro, Shawnee, Seminole, Strother, Varnum, Wewoka, Okemah, Holdenville, Paden, Macomb, Maud, Weleetka, Graham- Dustin, Wetumka and New Lima schools.  

SSC President Lana Reynolds expressed her appreciation to U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and U.S. Congressmen Tom Cole and James Lankford for their diligence and perseverance in assisting SSC during the grant application and award process. She stressed the importance of receiving federal money during these difficult financial times. “With our public schools facing loss of revenue from the state, funding the services provided to the students and schools in this area is more important than ever.  Many of these services would not be available, if not through our grant programs,” she said.

Throughout the school year, both programs assist students in study skills, test-taking strategies, life skills and college and career preparation.  The programs also provide campus tours and evening financial aid workshops for parents and students. 

Projects have also been developed through the program to help students understand the value of group sharing and cooperative learning, including a six-week summer residential camp. This component of the program simulates a college-going experience for first-generation, low-income students.  “Upward Bound Math/Science supports life-long learning and encourages students to develop and enhance the intellectual, cultural and social skills necessary for success in postsecondary education,” said Richard Thornton, Director of Upward Bound at SSC.

Thornton, along with Upward Bound Math/Science I Coordinator Ronnie Williamson and Upward Bound Math/Science II Coordinator Anna Skender, organize and chaperon activities for the Upward Bound Math/Science programs.

For more information about SSC Upward Bound programs for area high school students, contact the College’s Trio Programs at 405-382-9710


September 08, 2017

SSC Retirees Return to Campus


Former employees of Seminole State College met at the College last Wednesday for a luncheon honoring the school's retirees.

Nearly 40 Seminole State College retirees returned to campus last week to attend a luncheon held in their honor.  The event was hosted by SSC President Lana Reynolds.

"We were thrilled to see so many former employees who dedicated most, and in some cases all, of their professional careers to this College.  They played an important role in the growth and development of the institution.  We wanted to thank them for their service and invite them to reconnect and stay involved with SSC."

The group included two former Presidents, four Vice Presidents, faculty members, admissions and business office staff, a computer systems staff member, print shop manager, grant program staff and housekeepers.

President Reynolds spoke to the group about campus news, including information about budget challenges, enrollment, grant funding and plans for construction of a baseball complex.  Following self-introductions and comments, the group reviewed old photographs from the College's public relations archives.

Those in attendance were:  Annette Barnes, Katherine Benton, Larry Birdwell, Joy Blanton, Fred and Jonna Bunyan, Joan Butler, Brenda Cates, Patricia Cokeley, Dr. Jim Cook, Marie Dawson, Dr. Thurman Edwards, Dan Factor, Norma Gillespie, Mona Griffin, Debbie Hammond, Kathy Hoover, Ted Hurt, Tracy Jacomo, Judy James and Beverly Williams.

Others who attended included:  Dr. Rebecca Kennedy, Ron Killian, Kelly Kirk, Perthena Latchaw, Gerhard Laule, Mike McGaha, Dr. Jack Medlock, Linda Moore, Dr. Bud Ousley, Travis Qualls, Peggy Riddle, Debbie Robertson, Tom Stephens, Elsie Trout, Dr. James Utterback, Janet Waddell, Dr. Brad Walck, Mary Whitley and Cynthia Yerby

Reynolds said, "It was a fun day for everyone.  We often talk about becoming part of the 'SSC Family,' and this truly felt like a family reunion.  We hope to plan future events and activities that will bring these folks back to campus often."


September 07, 2017

Wilson Joins SSC as Assistant Professor of English


Seminole State College has hired Jenny Wilson as a new ­­Assistant Professor of English. She comes to SSC from Northern Marianas College in Saipan (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), bringing with her over seven years of teaching experience in language arts.

Wilson began her career as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi. She also taught for two years at Cerritos Community College in Los Angeles, California followed by four years at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Montana. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi.

Her current duties at the College include teaching English composition this semester and serving as the new coordinator of the Hoccicku Cuko Student Writing Lab. She also hopes to teach creative writing and literature courses in the future. Additionally, she is involved on campus as a faculty sponsor for the Native American Student Association.

“I’m honored and thankful to be here and to be welcomed by the SSC family and community. We look forward to calling this our long term home. We really appreciate all of the help and guidance we’ve received as we settle into a new place” said Wilson. She said she was drawn to SSC because of the College’s core values and its emphasis on student success. “It was evident during the interview process that SSC is committed to seeing students succeed, graduate, and begin their careers,” she said.

Wilson and her husband Anthony currently reside in Prague with their two-year-old daughter Cali. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, horseback riding and creative writing.

On campus, Wilson is located in Tanner Hall in the Language Arts and Humanities Division, Room 609. She can be reached by phone at 405-382-9271 or by email at




September 05, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Seminole State College employees and students worked together last week to gather supplies for donation to those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. President’s Leadership Class students (l-r) Kaitlyn Trunk of Okemah, Hunter Dugan of Tecumseh and Wyatt Norton of Earlsboro helped load an assortment of toiletry items, water, diapers, clothing and other supplies for delivery. SSC Medical Laboratory Technology Assistant Professor Kelly Hankal, who helped organize the collections efforts, delivered the donations to the Dallas Food Bank over the weekend. There, the supplies will be sorted, packaged and shipped to area evacuations centers. 




August 25, 2017

PLC class volunteer at the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals Annual Salute


The Vote is In

Five Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class students volunteered last week at the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals Annual Salute in Tulsa. The group, accompanied by SSC Director of Community Relations Kristin Dunn, joined students from the University of Tulsa in surveying guests on the topic of voting – the organization’s focus for their 2017 Town Hall Conference which takes place annually in October. The Oklahoma Academy has held over 20 community sessions across the state gathering responses on barriers to voter access and the election process, as well as possible solutions. Pictured (l-r) are: Zachary Ilbery of Checotah, Ashley Elmore of Shawnee, Kaitlyn Trunk of Okemah, Miranda Shupe of Chandler, Kristin Dunn of Shawnee and Gavin Winchester of Prague