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05/23/2017 Seminole State College’s Summer Semester Begins June 5
05/22/2017 Spring Honor Roll Recognizes SSC Students
05/17/2017 SSC Chemistry Lab Receives Renovation
05/16/2017 SSC Vice President Completes Doctorate Program
05/15/2017 SSC To Hold Girls Basketball Camp
05/12/2017 SSC Baseball Camps Set for June
05/11/2017 SSC Meets Students at FFA Convention
05/11/2017 SSC Announces Summer Kids Camps
05/11/2017 SSC Honors Employees and Students
05/11/2017 SSC Faculty Honor Retiring SSC President
05/09/2017 Graduating PLC…
05/09/2017 Utterback Receives Recognition from State Capitol
05/08/2017 SSC Announces Expected Graduates
05/03/2017 SSC Hosts Discussion on Engaging Culturally Diverse Students
05/02/2017 Sheffield and Hyden Appointed SSC Regents
04/28/2017 SSC Celebrates Retiring President Dr. Jim Utterback
04/25/2017 SSC Students Inducted into Psi Beta
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NEWS RELEASE

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.
Weekday and online courses are being offered. Classes will be offered in accounting, history, biology, psychology, criminal justice, art and many other subject areas. For a class schedule detailing all current course offerings, visit the College’s website at www.sscok.edu.
Students interested in attending the fall semester are also encouraged to enroll now.  The fall semester will begin Monday, August 14.  Enrollment for fall intersession is also underway. Intersession courses will run July 31 through August 11.
SSC’s summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Offices are closed on Fridays. Summer office hours will run from May 22 to July 28. 

For more information on classes or enrollment at SSC, contact the College’s Admissions Office at 405-382-9230 or stop by the Walkingstick Student Services Building – a one-stop enrollment center – located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus.

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

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):
Ada: Gena L. Mccraw, Caleb R. Scroggins
Allen: Joshua K. Riley
Arlington, TX: Kaiygen B. Stubblefield
Bixby: Breydon K. Daniel
Castle: Angel R. Dearman, Cassidy J. Shannon
Centrahoma: Jonathan S. Stinnett
Chandler: Adriana L. Davis, Miranda M. Shupe
Choctaw: Haley D. Pomplun
Davenport: Rachel A. Waters
Durant: Mary S. Grider
Earlsboro: Jeston W. Bennett
Fort Worth, TX: Parker C. Johnson
Gunter, TX: Kevin D.Teems
Harare, Zimbabwe: Zahra Finnigan
Henryetta: Megan R. Tabor
Holdenville: Alexandria J. Anderson, Abbigail J. Coleman, Lori D. Laster, Saundra K. Richardson
Konawa: Steven J. Davis
Land O’Lakes, FL: Michael E. Obi-Anadiume
Macomb: Ashley R. Hazell, Kyle D. Hogan
Maud: Melanie Cancino
Mcloud: Kylee J. Burris
Midwest City: Kelly C. Truong
Noble: Megan N. Livingston
Norman: Jackson D. Case
Okemah: Jessica L. Johnson, Sydney D. Smith, Bailee P. Tucker
Prague: Lucille P. Sargent
Sasakwa: Grady J. Alexander
Selkirk, Canada: Mckyla M. Poponick
Seminole: Sarah J. Biffle, Cherie N. Brewer, Gavin R. Cox, Yahnah L. Factor, Kylie L. Francis, Klein C. Haley, Jessee L. Holman, Joseph Jeong, Stephanie R. Johnson, Katie-Grace L. Mason, Addison G. Mcdonald, Abigail H. Nance, Jordan B. Parks, Michael J. Seaman, Thomas W. Walters

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
Spencer: Chelsey D. Olds
Stigler: Robert W. Turner
Stonewall: Sarah P. Monday
Stroud: Jacelyn R. Williams, Madison M. Wolff
Sulpher: Jennifer L. Smith
Tecumseh: Hunter F. Dugan, Madison J. Edgemon, Shana R. Gribble, Taylor R. Mcclure, Taci L. Richardson, Alex M. Sigman

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
Sallisaw: Jose J. Obregon

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. Weeks

Wewoka: Tate T. Cain, Rhoda L. Garcia-Davis, Karmen E. Nalley, Cortney L. Newell, Baylie B. Norman, Shelby T. Yates, Ivy R. Young

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

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.  

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During a general chemistry course this spring, SSC students Mya Tramble and Kamron Bay dissolve a brass bullet casing using nitric acid in one of the lab’s new fume hoods. The hood vents toxic gases out of the laboratory building.

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SSC Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chris Holtz and his recent general chemistry class stand in the newly renovated lab which features new cabinets used to store glassware. Students pictured (l-r) are Kamron Bay, Jace Martin, Logan Chesser, Talon Coleman, Professor Holtz, Macee Croce and Mya Tramble.

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

May 16, 2017

SSC Vice President Completes Doctorate Program

knowles and family

Seminole State College Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Knowles and his wife Christal – who serves as Language Arts and Humanities Division Chair – prepare to participate in the College’s commencement ceremony, held on May 5.

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Dr. Bill Knowles (center) and his family tour the Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium during the summer of 2015. Pictured (l-r) are his son Caleb, Dr. Knowles, daughter Olivia and wife Christal.

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.
Dr. Bill Knowles finished his doctorate program at Northcentral University in Arizona this April, earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership. He admits that the program took him six years to complete, but believes working on your education is always worth it, no matter how long it takes.
“My advice to anyone going to college is to find that one person that will keep you on track and provide moral support, but who isn’t afraid to give it to you straight and force you to stick with it,” he said, adding, “and never be afraid to ask for advice.”
A Seminole native, Dr. Knowles began his college education at Seminole Junior College in 1989. After completing his associate degree, he went on to attend The University of Oklahoma where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He also holds two master’s degrees, one in criminal justice from Oklahoma City University and another in secondary education from East Central University.
In 1998, Dr. Knowles began teaching adjunct criminal justice courses at the College, while also working full-time at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville. In 2005, he was hired as a full-time faculty member in the Social Sciences Division.
“I enjoyed the daily interactions with the students and seeing them progress throughout their time at SSC,” he said of his time as a professor. While teaching, he instructed nine different courses, two of which he was instrumental in starting at the College.
“I helped start the Adult Corrections course back when I was an adjunct in 2000 and in 2014 I began our Crime, Delinquency and Social Science Issues through Film class. The film course is important because often, students think criminal justice is exactly what they see on T.V. In the class, they watch movies and then we discuss what is real, what isn’t and how it all applies to life situations,” explained Dr. Knowles.
During his time as faculty, Dr. Knowles served as the College’s Student Government Association sponsor and in 2014 he acted as Chair for the Social Sciences Division.
In 2015, he began taking on duties within Student Affairs on campus. He served a year as Coordinator of Student Conduct and then moved up to Director of Student Services. In July 2016, he was named Vice President for Student Affairs.
“I knew I wanted to work in administration but still interact with students on campus. The Student Affairs area offers all of that,” he stated of his current position.
Dr. Knowles supervises numerous areas on campus, including athletics, residence life, advising, recruiting, enrollment, admissions, testing and campus police. He also oversees Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, S.T.E.M. Student Support Services and Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) – all federal grant programs at the college.
“It’s a lot of work, but I love it,” said Dr. Knowles.
Outside of work, Dr. Knowles and his wife Christal – who also works at SSC as Language Arts and Humanities Division Chair – enjoy traveling, watching movies and attending football games.
“I’ve held OU football season tickets since 2005,” he stated, adding that they often take their daughter Olivia. “I used to take my son Caleb, but now he attends OU and sits in the student section. We will find each other in the crowd at games and wave,” he said, laughing.

He and his family also attend Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee, where they reside.

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Dr. Bill Knowles (center) and his family tour the Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium during the summer of 2015. Pictured (l-r) are his son Caleb, Dr. Knowles, daughter Olivia and wife Christal.

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

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.

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

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 dylanwhelms@hotmail.com or by phone at 918-618-2022

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

May 11, 2017

SSC Meets Students at FFA Convention

SSC Attends State 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.

 

Visiting with Students

During the FFA Convention, SSC Recruiter/Advisor Lauren Anderson visits with potential students about the College’s agriculture program.

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

May 11, 2017

SSC Announces Summer Kids Camps

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Students enrolled in last summer’s Lego Camp at Seminole State College work on constructing Lego tow trucks

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.

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

May 11, 2017

SSC Faculty Honor Retiring SSC President

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A Red Oak for Retirement

Retiring 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

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

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 3202 – SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback receives his employment milestone award from SSC Educational Foundation Chair Jeramy Rich for 20 years of service to the College.

Photo 3203 – SSC Executive Vice President Lana Reynolds receives her employment milestone award from SSC Educational Foundation Chair Jeramy Rich for 30 years of service to the College.

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
 

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May 9, 2017

Graduating PLC…

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, Sydney Smith of Okemah, receives an award recognizing her completion of two years in the program from SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback.

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

 

 

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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).

 

 

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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):

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Graduating Seminole State College students gather in Tanner Hall before entering Raymond Harber Field House for the 82nd annual commencement ceremony.

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SSC students Stephanie Johnson (left) and Abigail Nance (right) celebrate their graduation after the College’s commencement ceremony on Friday morning.

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SSC S.T.E.M. Student Support Services Program Director Janna Manlapig (left) congratulates graduate Terry Troha (right) after the commencement ceremony. Troha was a participant in the program while attending the College.

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SSC nursing graduate Amber Palmer receives her pin from Nursing Program Director Valerie Watts during a special ceremony following the College’s graduation.

 

Ada
Alethea Amador
Mikala Diann Carpenter
Ali Marie Hamilton
Meagan Rae Hoover
Cara M. Morris
Chelsi Lynn Rahbusch
Jessica Sage Rue
Christina Marie Vinson
Olivia Wells

Arlington, TX
Kaiygen Barrick Stubblefield

Azle, TX
Sarah Nicole Brown

Boley
Karla N. Banks

Bowlegs
Alvin Barnes
Brehana Danielle Brown

Broken Arrow
Taylor Jones

Calvin
Kaci Bunker

Castle
Angel Rose Dearman
Makena Annisa Goff

Centrahoma
Scotty Stinnett

Cromwell
Marty D. Hudson

Cushing
Taylor Christian Smith

Davenport
Anna Bromley
Ricky Louis Machado Jr.
Isaiah Benjamin Marshall

DeSoto, TX
Dominique Andrea Dawson

Del City
Karlie Kay Velasco

Durant
Jarris J. Hamilton

Earlsboro
Jeston Wayne Bennett
Kourtney Jones
Donavon E. Keiner Jr.
Katie Lynn McCray

Edmond
Jacob Daniel Essman

Fort Gibson
Coleman Crawley

Fort Worth, TX
Parker Johnson

Guatemala City
Stefan Emilio Gonzalez

Gunter, TX
Kevin Teems

Harare, Zimbabwe
Zahra Finnigan

Harrah
Adam Leroy Cheever

Holdenville
Lisa Lynette Cathey
Talon M. Coleman
Abbigail Julene Coleman
Dan Gomez
Karen Idalia Gonzalez
Ashlyn N. Griffin
Grace Breanne Harris
Nadia Paola Martinez
Maricela Martinez
Landon Moody
Leestra Shatia Robinson
Shon Thomas Taylor
Logan D. Wilkes
Tristan Bailey Wood

Hugo
Ray'Shionne Smith
QuaCharmany Tarkington

Idabel
Burtchal Griffin Jr.

Imperial, CA
Diana Daniela Garzon

Issoudun, France
Celine M. Massereau

Izmir, Turkey
Ege Parlar

Kingston, NC
Shanelle Lynn Osborne

Konawa
Jacqueline M. Crenshaw
Amber Lynn Palmer

Lamar
Zachary Gann

Lawton
Tyrone E. Turner

Longmont, CO
Danielle Renee Bigham

Mansfield, TX
Austin Ryan Exparza

Marietta, GA
Joshua Holliday

Maud
Emily A. Mullen
Terry Ray Young
Mcloud
Addisun Austin
Madaya Danielle Bertram
Christopher Matthew Earnest
Jordan Cade Rogers
Hanna West Starcher

Meeker
Caylin Bundren
Kaylee Rose Dayton
Alisia Friedman
Robert Hanson
Kristal Dawn O'Brien
Mesquite, TX
Davontae M. Bailey

Midwest City
Alaisha R. Castleberry
Jennifer Lenn Dixon

Moore
Jennifer Brooke New Moon

Newalla
Kelsey Pennington

Newcastle
Evan Patrick Speck

Okemah
Frederick B. Ashley Jr.
Amy Marie Kennedy
Dalton Michael Little
Sydney Smith
Marcella D. Turner
Victoria L. Turner
Cheyenna Williams

Oklahoma City
Ahnte K. Harkey

Okmulgee
Laci Legrand

 

Paden
Desirea Jean Coon
Melodie Dianne Perkins
Melanie Deanne Perkins

Pauls Valley
Amanda Osborn

Prague
Kamber Dawn Brown
Jessica Louise Cordell
Regina A. Dennis
Gary L. Duvall Jr.
Schuyler M. Hamm
Beau Kaine McGinnis
Jonathan L. Radell
Chanelle Bree Sisson
Sarah J. Snyder
Sayble Paige Turner
Stacey Ann Vance

Selebi Phikwe, Botswana
Innocent Tidimane

Selkirk, Canada
McKyla Poponick

Seminole
Gabriel Anderson-Ysassi
Zev Z. Araujo
Deidre Beasley
Sarah Biffle
Uriah Rae Bighead
Elijah J. Bloomer
Deana Elizabyth Byrd
Jesse Chaffin
Courtney June Chambers
Nicholas Andrew Choate
Ashley Lynn Cole
Mason Chad Craig
Amy L. Darr
Destiny Donaldson
Mary Jan Ellis Campbell
Larry Gordon Elmore
Whitney L. Fowler
Kylie Larea Francis
Ashlie Gelm-Skidmore
Nykia Groves
Katie Lynn Gunville
Logan Harper
Shawntaviya Hartfield
Ryan Eli Hefner
Kristie Herriman
Joseph Jeong
Stephanie Renee Johnson
Samantha Lauren Kennedy
Susan Knight-Jones
Damera Ann Davidson
Jared Larson
Elizabeth M. Lasko
Julie Marie Leeson
Michael A. Leonard
Austin Long
Alexis Long
Baylee Brooke Lucas
Jordan C. Moreno
Abigail Hope Nance
Shelby Lynn Ogden
Cassie M. Perez
Brandon K. Pigeon
Haley Marie Presley
Jennifer Ramsey
Kourtney Jaylynde Reeves
Jillian Caitlin Scott
John Isaac Slover
Samantha Jo Stacy
Jordan Taylor
Amanda R. Thomas
Terry L. Troha Jr.
Paige Vanlandingham
Thomas W. Walters
Zane Stafford Watters
Lindsy Ann White
Julia Rose Whitetree
Justice Whispers Wise Talamasey

Shawnee
Giovanny Alvarez
Daniel Anderson
Callie Bales
Briana Renae Baquera
Jade Elizabeth Barrett
Bryce K. Beal
Kellyn Beleele
Cade Le Belshe
Jessica Blades
Steven Luke Carter
Bonnie Collett
Michael Alan Crow
Taylor Anne Curtis
Monica A. Danner
Kaitlyn Nicole Davidson
Kassi Marie Dean
Haley Nicole Depel
Mary Louise Dodgen
Misty D. Dyer
Sara Gabriel Ellis
Whitney Nicole Elmore
Ksenia N. Fisher
Chris Forsyth
Joseph Matthew Garcia
Leoncio J. Gonzales
Joshua W. Hair
Laurelee Hansen
Courtney Hendershot
Rachel Jo Hill
Crenisha S. Hurd
Andrew Jones
Connor A. Kelsay
Dusty Kiser
Curtis Wayne Larney
Lydia Kye Longhorn
Wendi Mahtapene
Betorah McDonnor
Brandon Michael Moon
Carolyn A. Moore
Judson David Mork
Shalanda I Orange
Destiny P. Osife
Charlotte Ramirez
Alondra Taximaroa
Victoria Pereyra
Caitlyn Pitchford
River Postoak-Gipp
Robert Gage Prewitt
Lindsay C. Hernandez
Austin B. Sanders
Julia Serena
Stephanie DeAnn Smith
Zack Taylor Stastny
Meaghan Stokes
Devanie Jade Stone
Brittney Stroup
Summer Ann Tarver
Alondra Taximaroa
Nicole Savannah Thomas
Tyler J. Thomas
Kylee Jo Thompson
Kamy Walck
Jennifer Lynn Murray
Brent Watson
Jayden Tyler Scott Watson
Cheyenne Lane Watson
Jacy Nichole Wesley
Thomas Lavan White II
Cynthia A. White
Keanna A. White
Blake Ellis Wiginton
Blake Ellis Wiginton
Amanda June Yardy
Keelie Dawn Zimmer

Spencer
Chelsey Dawn Olds

Stillwater
Whitney Michelle Hensley

Stratford
Savannah Hope Harrison
Tiffany Nichole Lashley

Stroud
Tyler Austin Dean
Asheleigh Brooke Mathews
Santana June Spang
Samantha Jo Waller

Sulpher
Jennifer L. Smith

Tampa, FL
D'Shea Jerome Williams

Tecumseh
Kelsie Carsten
Kailee Madison Collins
Skye Foreman
Amanda C. Hammer
Dustin Todd Harper
Averii Henry
Eva Leanne Hisaw
Brittany Renae Kean
Bradley J. LaChappell
BayLee M Lester
Ashley Brianne Longhorn
Taylor Ricole McClure
Leah McCollough
Chelsea Andrea Danner
Douglas K. Ozment
Alex M. Sigman
Stephanie Monroe
Kathryn Marie Webb
Shelsie White Thunder

Texarkana, TX
Hudson Hopkins

Vilonia, AR
Jake Ayers
Jacob W Goodson

Wellston
Riley Danker

Wetumka
Timothy Costley
Annette Mariella Gonzales
Sabrina Diane Harvey
Katelyn Jo Miller
Lexxi Posey
Kathyren Faye White

Wewoka
Tonya Alexander
Taylor Bumgarner
Louis Coronado
Cody A-yo Cate England
Keaton Burgess Esselstrom
Alexandria Hamilton
Joanah M. Harjo Tiger
Kelly Creed Kemp
Regan Nichole Klinke
Allison Oleisya Lukacsko
Brandon McClure
Robin Merriman
Jeremiah Reed
Lorene R. Reynolds
Jared L. Self
Julie M. Tilley

Wynnewood
Jasen Dodds

Zvornik, Bosnia
Nikola Rajkovic

 

 

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May 3, 2017

SSC Hosts Discussion on Engaging Culturally Diverse Students

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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.

 

 

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May 2, 2017

Sheffield and Hyden Appointed SSC Regents

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Wewoka Mayor Paige Sheffield and Prague business owner Kimberly Hyden were appointed Monday to serve on the Seminole State College Board of Regents. Pictured, left to right, are: SSC Executive Vice President Lana Reynolds, Senator Jason Smalley, Hyden, Sheffield and SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback

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

 

 

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April 28, 2017

President Utterback to Speak at SSC Commencement

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Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback (left) and graduating SSC student Jeston Bennett (right) discuss their speeches for the College’s upcoming graduation ceremony on Friday, May 5. Dr. Utterback will deliver the commencement address and Bennett will give special remarks to the graduating class

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.

 

 

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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.

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Retirement Dinner Program and Table Setting

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Melvin Moran, who served as Master of Ceremonies at SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback’s retirement dinner Thursday evening, welcomed a crowd of approximately 500 friends, family members and supporters
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Retiring SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback and his family visit with friend and guest speaker Dan Boren and his wife Andrea inside the newly named “Utterback Ballroom,” the large event room located inside the Kelly Haney Center on campus. Pictured (l-r) are: Dr. Utterback, Karrie Utterback, Andrea Boren, Dan Boren, Jeff Hayworth, Amanda Utterback Hayworth and Sara Utterback
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Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback visits with three President’s Leadership Class students after his retirement reception this week. Pictured (l-r) are Paige Vanlandingham of Seminole, Dr. Utterback, Sydney Smith of Okemah and Mary Dodgen of Shawnee
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Guests attending the retirement event stand in line to sign a giant canvas map wishing SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback congratulations and well wishes
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NEWS RELEASE

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.

Click names for pictures: Rusty Beene –Retiree,   Dr. Jim Utterback – Retiree & 20-Year Honoree,   Lana Reynolds – 30-Year Honoree
                                       Toni Wittmann – 25-Year Honoree,   Sherry Keisman – 20-Year Honoree

 

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.

 

 

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April 25, 2017

Utterback Honored by AACC

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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.

 

 

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April 25, 2017

SSC Students Inducted into Psi Beta

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Eight students attended the recent Seminole State College Psi Beta National Honor Society induction ceremony inside the College’s Enoch Kelly Haney Center. Seated (l-r) are: Cortney Newell, Monica Danner, Rachel Costley and Psi Beta President Stephanie Johnson. Standing (l-r) are: Psi Beta Faculty Co-Sponsor Kendall Rogers, Angel Dearman, Alexandria, Cheyenne Watson, Taylor McClure, Alethea Amador and Psi Beta Faculty Co-Sponsor Christal Stevenson. Not pictured: Kennedy Rose

Nine Seminole State College students were recently inducted into the Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society for two-year colleges.
Alethea Amador of Ada; Rachel Costley of Wetumka; Monica Danner of Shawnee; Angel Dearman of Castle; Taylor McClure of Tecumseh; Cortney Newell of Wewoka; Kennedy Rose of Shawnee; Alexandria Turner of Prague; and Cheyenne Watson of Shawnee were inducted into the honor society during a special candle-lighting ceremony held in the College’s Enoch Kelly Haney Center. Each student received a pin, certificate of achievement and honor stole to wear at the College’s commencement ceremony in May.
The Psi Beta ceremony was conducted by SSC Psychology Professor Christal Knowles and Psychology and Sociology Professor Kendall Rogers, who both serve as co-sponsors of the organization. Rogers gave the keynote address encouraging students to find their “instrument” and seek “mastery,” to set goals and accomplish those goals, to celebrate even the smallest victories, and most of all, enjoy the journey.
Knowles presented the Service Award to Psi Beta President Stephanie Johnson for her outstanding service to the Psi Beta honor society as well as Seminole State College and the community. Johnson is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Student Government Association at SSC. Additional Psi Beta officers include Turner, who serves as Vice-President, and Watson, who acts as Secretary.
Knowles said, “All of these students have demonstrated not only the intellectual capability to succeed in the classroom, but they also have demonstrated a strong commitment to serve their community. I am very proud of these students and what they have accomplished in their academic careers and I anticipate more great things from them in the future.”
Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. The mission of Psi Beta is professional development of psychology students through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. To become a member, students are required to have an overall grade-point-average of 3.2 with at least a “B” or better in psychology and to have demonstrated a genuine interest in psychology. SSC has held an active charter with Psi Beta since 1996.
For more information regarding the SSC Chapter of Psi Beta, contact Knowles at 405-382-3207 or Rogers at 405-382-9691.

 

 

 

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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 t.qualls@sscok.edu. 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.