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8/16/2018 SSC Welcomes Students and Employees
8/16/2018 Welcome to SSC
8/16/2018 SSC to Celebrate Softball Program’s 20th Anniversary
8/15/2018 Sweet Treats
8/13/2018 SSC First Day Experience
8/13/2018 SSC In-Service activities
8/13/2018 X Marks the Spot…
8/10/2018 Be Incredible!
8/10/2018 SSC Receives $10,000 WICHE/Lumina Grant
7/31/2018 Seminole State College’s Fall Semester Begins August 13
7/24/2018 Hernandez Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship
7/23/2018 SSC Accepting Submissions for Creativity Symposium
7/23/2018 Building Relationships in Belize
7/19/2018 SSC Regents Convene for July Meeting
7/09/2018 SSC PTA Program Receives Candidacy for Accreditation
6/27/2018 A Fond Farewell…
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August 16, 2018

SSC Welcomes Students and Employees

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President Lana Reynolds (center) welcomed new full-time employees this past week during a new employee breakfast held during the College’s annual in-service program. Pictured left to right are: (back row) Stephen Brooks, Mack Chambers, Shane Marshall, Michael Murray and David Cobb; (front row) Robin Tyler, Dianna O’Connell, Rachel Barker, Lana Reynolds, Andrew Davis, Nilmini Senaratne and Kim Pringle

Seminole State College welcomed back both new and returning students for the new academic year on Monday, August 13. New students aren’t the only fresh faces on campus this fall – SSC has welcomed 11 new full-time employees.

Andrew Davis, Dianna O’Connell, Dr. Nilmini Senaratne, Rachel Barker and Stephen Brooks have all assumed faculty positions at the College.

Andrew Davis has joined the Language Arts and Humanities Division as an Assistant Professor. Davis comes to SSC from Oklahoma State University where he served as an American Studies Lecturer. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Connecticut College and a Master of Art in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently pursuing his PhD in screen studies at Oklahoma State University. He will be teaching English composition I and II as well as supervising the writing center on campus.

Dianna O’Connell joined SSC as a Student Success Instructor. She holds a Bachelor in Education from Missouri Western State University and a Master in Education from the University of Oklahoma. O’Connell will be teaching the College’s learning strategies courses this fall and will also serve as a student advisor.

Dr. Nilmini Senaratne was hired as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and both a Master of Science and a PhD in Chemistry from Wichita State University. Senaratne will be teaching introduction to chemistry and general chemistry this fall.

Rachel Barker comes to SSC from the Pottawatomie County Health Department where she was a Coordinating Nurse. She has joined the Nursing Division as an Assistant Professor. Barker holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master in Nursing Education from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She will be teaching medical surgery this fall and maternal newborn and pediatric nursing in the spring.

Stephen Brooks, previously an adjunct instructor in the Business and Education Division at SSC, will now serve as Assistant Professor of Business/Business and Industry Coordinator of Outreach. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master in Business from the University of Oklahoma.

Along with new faculty members on campus, one new coach and five new staff members have also joined the SSC team. Mack Chambers was hired as the SSC Head Baseball Coach and will also be teaching health and wellness courses this fall. He came to SSC from Broken Arrow High School where he was the Assistant Baseball Coach. Chambers earned his associates degree at SSC and received his bachelor’s from North Eastern State University in health and human performance.

David R. Cobb was hired as an Information Technology Technician at the College. He previously served at Seminole Public Schools where he was the Information Technology Director. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma. Cobb will help to maintain all of the computers and systems on campus.

Kim Pringle has joined the GEAR UP Program at SSC as an advisor. Pringle comes to the College from South Rock Creek School where she worked as a music teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma Baptist University. Pringle works on site at Okemah Middle School, Konawa Middle School, and Varnum High School with a cohort of students that are currently in seventh and eighth grade. She also works with the faculty to encourage college and career readiness, leadership skills and social/emotional growth for the students.

Michael Murray recently joined the Information Technology Department as a technician. He comes to SSC from St. Gregory’s University where he served as a Data Systems Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from St. Gregory’s University. He will help maintain all of the computers and other related technology on the SSC campus.

Shane Marshall joined SSC full-time this summer as a campus Police Officer. After retiring from the Seminole Police Department in 2016 where he served as Chief of Police, he decided to return to law enforcement at SSC. Marshall holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Central University. His job duties include training department personnel, students and employees with emergency preparedness and safety. He will also help the department maintain twenty-four-hour coverage of the campus, facilities, students, staff and guests.

Robin Tyler has been hired as the College’s Librarian/Special Topics Instructor. She previously worked as a tutor for the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions Program on campus. Tyler holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas and a Master of Education in Media Library Services from East Central University. Tyler will teach three special topics classes in English as well as oversee the Boren Library


August 16, 2018

Welcome to SSC


The Seminole State College Professional Staff Council (PSC) organized their second annual "Move-In Event" for all students living in the campus residence halls this year.  Members gathered to fill welcome bags with a variety of school supplies and snacks and also created and hung welcome signs in each room. They received donations from individual employees and organizations on campus to make up these welcome sacks for residential students. PSC members also gathered during freshman move-in day to greet parents and students and help them carry their belongings to their rooms. Pictured left to right are: (back row) Heather White, Kim Pringle, Mike St. John, Leslie Sewell and Autumn Wiles; (front row) April Briscoe, Jeanie Nix, Julie Hix, Holly Newell and Jennifer Rudolph.




August 16, 2018

SSC to Celebrate Softball Program’s 20th Anniversary

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The 2017-2018 Seminole State College Trojan Softball team swept the NJCAA Region II Tournament held at Rose State College in Midwest City in May. The team advanced to the National Tournament in St. George, Utah where they finished fourth in the College Softball World Series

The Seminole State College Trojan Softball Program will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by hosting an Alumni Celebration on Saturday, August 25 at the SSC Softball Complex located across from campus off of Highway 9.

The event will kick-off with an alumni game at 4 p.m. followed by a cook-out at 6 p.m. All SSC softball alumni, friends, family and community members are invited to come visit with old teammates and meet the current players. Cost for this event is free for all SSC alumni. Cost for guests will be $5 per person, ages 6 and above, for those attending the picnic. Special alumni t-shirts and SSC hats will be available for purchase at the event.
The 2017-2018 year was record-breaking for the SSC Softball Program, with a conference record of 30-2 and an overall record of 50-7. This included a 36-game winning-streak and a fourth place finish at the National Tournament in St. George, Utah in May. The program was also successful academically this past year, with its largest group of softball student-athletes, 13 total, each qualifying for All-American Academic Honors.
“The 2018-19 season holds promise to be yet another exciting year for Seminole State College Softball. We have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming season, and we are excited about the direction that Seminole State College Softball is moving. We look forward to visiting with everyone at our alumni event to celebrate 20 years of the game,” said SSC Head Softball Coach Amber Flores.

Alumni interested in registering for the game can contact SSC Athletic Services Coordinator Leslie Sewell at or by phone at 405-382-9541. You may also register online through Eventbrite at




August 15, 2018

Sweet Treats

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Seminole State College softball players (l-r) Jocee Sparks of Maud, Kyla Monawhee of Morris, Mckayla Jones of Carney and Jaclyn Gray of Chickasha, enjoy free Kona Ice snow cones outside the Student Union Monday afternoon – one of several Welcome Week activities planned for students this week to kick-off the start of the fall semester.




August 13, 2018

SSC First Day Experience


First Day Experience
Seminole State College faculty and staff members participated in a First Day Experience on Monday to help students navigate campus during the first day of the fall semester. Pictured is SSC Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Knowles greeting a student outside of the Student Union.

A Warm Welcome
During the First Day Experience, SSC employees greeted students, helped them locate buildings and classrooms and handed out water and candy. Director of Human Resources Courtney Jones and Language Arts and Humanities Division Chair Christal Knowles prepare to welcome students outside of Tanner Hall.



August 13, 2018

SSC In-Service activities


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Let’s Be Incredible!
Seminole State College President Lana Reynolds welcomed faculty and staff back on campus Wednesday morning to kick-off the new academic year with an in-service program built around the theme “Be Incredible.”

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SSC Family Feud
Faculty and staff members participated in a spin-off of Family Feud during this year’s in-service luncheon where teams from different divisions on campus were pitted against each other in a winner takes all event. Pictured (l-r) are: Paige Ramsey, Upward Bound Coordinator; Brad Schatzel, Business and Education Division Chair; and Christal Knowles, Language Arts and Humanities Division Chair.

Preparing for a New Semester
As part of this year’s in-service program, guest speaker Lyn Watson, Senior Vice President of Coaching and Training for Strata Leadership, addressed SSC employees about the importance of being present in the workplace, truly noticing those around you and going the extra mile in everything you do.  Faculty and staff also attended sessions about campus safety and student success.



August 13, 2018

X Marks the Spot…


Sophomore members of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class helped freshmen PLC members get acquainted with campus Friday during a photo scavenger hunt as part of a special orientation session prior to the start of classes.

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Pictured (l-r), Cami Sosbee, Wewoka; Cattie Lesley, Okemah; Dylan Thomas, Shawnee; Charles Presley Jr., Seminole; and Anthony Weeks, Wetumka take a selfie in from of the Boren Library.

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Pictured (L-R), Beau Johnston, Weleetka; Tie Ehler, Davenport; Jordan Rodriquez, Seminole; and Kris Scott, Seminole pose in front of the Seminole State College sign at the corner of campus.

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Pictured (L-R), Jake Robbins, Ft. Gibson; Kendra Hisaw, Stonewall; K.C. Bryan, Bowlegs; and Kaitlyn Trunk, Okemah stand together for a photo by the College’s Trojan Horse statue.




August 10, 2018

Be Incredible!

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Faculty and staff at Seminole State College celebrated the beginning of the new academic year with an in-service program built around the theme “Be Incredible.”  Employees gathered Thursday morning for a group photo wearing shirts with a logo specially designed for this year’s activities. The College is currently enrolling for the fall term, which begins Monday, August 13. Late enrollment for students runs through Friday, August 17.  




August 10, 2018

SSC Receives $10,000 WICHE/Lumina Grant

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During the National NASNTI Summit, Seminole State College representatives discuss the NASNTI program at their institution and share the College’s unique strategies aimed to help Native American students become successfulPictured (l-r) is Sponsored Programs Compliance Officer Holly Newell, SSC President Lana Reynolds and NASNTI Coaching Specialist Deedra Eldredge.


Seminole State College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Lumina Foundation to pursue homegrown projects on campus —ranging from culturally relevant programming, to faculty mentoring, to other high-impact practices.

As a part of the grant award, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) Coaching Specialist Deedra Eldredge, SSC President Lana Reynolds and Sponsored Programs Compliance Officer Holly Newell were invited to attend a NASNTI National Summit in late July in Denver, Colorado where they had the opportunity to share SSC’s unique circumstances and strategies that are in place to help Native American students be successful. On average, about 26 percent of all SSC students are Native Americans.

The Summit was the inaugural event held in connection with a new partnership between the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and Lumina Foundation. In December, Lumina granted WICHE $990,000 to organize an alliance to help Non-Tribal Serving Institutions (NSIs) develop networks, speak with a strong and common voice on legislative and policy matters, and tailor strategies to help their students succeed.

According to recent WICHE research, fewer than 24 percent of Native American students earn an associate’s degree or higher, barely half the rate of Caucasian students. Of Native American students who do successfully reach college, just one-third graduate within six years; this rate drops below one-fifth when isolated to the public two-year school category that constitutes half of NSIs.

SSC President Lana Reynolds said, “It is very important to SSC to help all of our students be successful, and this includes our Native American population. We are beyond grateful to receive this grant from WICHE and the Lumina Foundation. This gift will provide our faculty and staff with the extra resources they need to help positively impact our Native American students.”

To learn more about the NASNTI program at Seminole State College, please contact NASNTI Director Carol Parker by phone at 405-382-9640 or by email at



July 31, 2018

Seminole State College’s Fall Semester Begins August 13


Seminole State College’s fall semester begins Monday, August 13.  Students interested in taking college courses during this semester are encouraged to enroll before classes begin.

Day, evening, weekend and online courses are being offered. SSC students can receive associate degrees in 18 transfer degree programs including concentrations in agriculture, art, biology, business, child development, computer science, criminal justice, elementary education, health, physical education and recreation, health sciences, liberal studies, pre-engineering, psychology, secondary education and social sciences. The College also offers 5 workforce degrees programs in business technology, engineering technology, medical laboratory technology, nursing and physical therapy. For a class schedule detailing all current course offerings, visit the College’s website at

Special extended office hours for admissions, financial aid, the business office and the bookstore will take place Monday, August 6 through Wednesday, August 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, August 9, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, August 10, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  SSC’s regular office hours will resume Monday, August 13 and are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

SSC representatives will also be at the Shawnee Mall near the Sante Fe Steakhouse entrance on Saturday August 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions and help potential students complete the online application.

For more information on classes and 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.


July 24, 2018

Hernandez Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship

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Members of the AllianceHealth Seminole Women’s Volunteer Auxiliary, also known as the “Pink Ladies,” present SSC-GCTC Medical Laboratory Technology student Hailey Hernandez with a $500 scholarship. Pictured left to right are: Pat Atyia, volunteer; Joyce Skelton, volunteer; Hernandez, student; and Jackie Whitley, volunteer.

Hailey Hernandez of Tecumseh, a Seminole State College-Gordon Cooper Technology Center Medical Laboratory Technology student, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from the AllianceHealth Seminole Women’s Volunteer Auxiliary.

The auxiliary, also known as the “Pink Ladies,” is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the hospital and patients at AllianceHealth Seminole. Each day, the “Pink Ladies” impact patients’ lives in a positive way through visitation, deliveries and managing the gift shop. Their services reach far beyond the hospital setting to impact the community as a whole. Each year, the organization sponsors a scholarship program to assist students entering into health-related careers.

Hernandez is currently working to finish her clinical internship at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada. She will complete her Associate in Applied Science in MLT in the summer of 2019.

For more information about the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at SSC-GCTC, contact MLT Program Director Malinda Browning by phone at 405-273-7493, ext. 2279, or by email at




July 23, 2018

SSC Accepting Submissions for Creativity Symposium:
Deadline October, 5, 2018

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The Language Arts and Humanities Division at Seminole State College is currently accepting submissions for the Eighth Annual “Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase of Oklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, and Dancers.” Those interested can visit the symposium website at to access the 2018 Submission Form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October, 5, 2018.

The free symposium will be held in the Jeff Johnson Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9, 2018. The event is open to the public, and area high schools and middle schools are welcome to bring their students to enjoy two days filled with an eclectic mix of varied musical performances, creative writings, dramatic readings, artistic presentations, and dances by both professional and emerging Oklahoma artists and scholars.

This year’s symposium will feature Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma Poet Laureate, as the Keynote Speaker, and Jason Poudrier, novelist, essayist, poet, and Purple Heart recipient of the Iraq War, as the Special Guest. Both featured presentations will be on Friday morning, November 9.

The Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium was established by the faculty of the SSC Language Arts and Humanities Division in the Spring of 2011 as a free, fully accessible celebration of Oklahoma creative expression, in all of its diverse forms.  “We hope this symposium will encourage all those who attend and participate to continue to find passion in their creative arts and appreciate the role the fine arts play in education and in Oklahoma culture,” said Jessica Isaacs, Symposium Director and Professor of Language Arts and Humanities at SSC.

High school and middle school teachers or counselors wishing to bring students to the event, or anyone wishing to bring large groups to enjoy the Symposium, should contact Isaacs for information about bus parking and other necessary arrangements at 405-382-9209 or by email at




July 19, 2018

SSC Regents Convene for July Meeting

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Returning SSC Regent Bryan Cain (right) was sworn in by the Honorable Associate District Judge Tim Olsen (left) during the College’s July Board of Regents meeting. Cain was reappointed by Governor Mary Fallin to serve a second seven-year term on the College’s Board of Regents.

At their July meeting on Thursday, the Seminole State College Board of Regents elected Board officers and approved an annual consultant agreement. The Board also approved the temporary suspension of men’s and women’s tennis to allow the College time to hire a new coach after the recent departure of long-time head coach Brian Nelson – and address several other matters pertaining to the program.

During the President’s Report, Lana Reynolds updated the Board about recent college activities and events, as well as personnel changes. She also discussed the start of the fall semester on August 13 and the upcoming SSC Educational Foundation Golf Tournament on Sept. 20.

As the first item of business, the Board elected officers for the coming year. Regent Marci Donaho was elected chair.  Regent Curtis Morgan will serve as vice chair, and Regent Ryan Franklin as secretary.

Under the next item of business, Board members approved a consulting agreement with Brewster and Associates for FY2019. This is an annual agreement with the organization for their representation at the State Capitol and in Washington D.C. President Reynolds explained that the College has developed and maintained a long and productive relationship with the Brewster firm and a continued agreement for the upcoming year will be very beneficial to SSC.

The Board then approved the final business item – the temporary suspension of the men’s and women’s tennis program at SSC. The decision stemmed from the recent departure of long-time head tennis coach Brian Nelson, who recently accepted a head coaching position at a Division I school – the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.

President Reynolds said that upon Coach Nelson leaving the College, and with classes scheduled to begin in a few short weeks, finding a replacement coach and recruiting a team would be very difficult. “There is currently only one player who has signed a letter of intent to play in the fall. Also, SSC is the only two-year college in Oklahoma with competitive tennis, which has led to high travel expenses for the program. Additionally, the SSC tennis courts require renovations which need to be addressed before the program can continue,” said Reynolds. These matters, along with general cost savings, led to the decision to temporarily suspend the program.

Members present at the meeting were: Chair Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan and Ray McQuiston.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 16, 2018




July 23, 2018

Building Relationships in Belize

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Seminole State College instructors Dr. Linda Goeller and Lynette Gomez joined three other Oklahoma teachers on a recent trip to Belize to work with teachers in Santa Familia and San Ignacio. Other Oklahoma teachers on the trip included Jenny Goldner from Jay and both Barbie Casey and Sherry Yount from Tahelquah. Dr. Goeller’s husband Mark Goeller also accompanied the group. While there, the team worked with Belizean teachers and students in an effort to develop relationships that could lead to future collaborations on different topics, including STEM projects, reading, literacy and vertical teaming. “SSC has helped me to discover the importance of building relationships with our students and colleagues and we wanted to do the same thing during our time in Belize. The real impact we make is through the strength of our relationships,” said Dr. Goeller. The teaching group plans to return to Belize in 2019




July 09, 2018

SSC PTA Program Receives Candidacy for Accreditation


Seminole State College has partnered with Gordon Cooper Technology Center to offer a Physical Therapist Assistant Program, a degree that recently received Candidacy for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The first cohort of students will begin classes this fall.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tom Mills said, “I am beyond pleased that this program has been granted candidacy for accreditation. I would like to thank Shakira Judeh, PT, and Laci DiLibero, PTA, our Program Director and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, for their hard work and perseverance which led to this exciting news. We are also profoundly grateful for the continued support of GCTC, without whose support this program would not be possible.”

The program’s core curriculum will be provided on the SSC campus, with the technical portion being held at GCTC in Shawnee.  Students who are accepted into the PTA program will take a total of 67 credit hours. Prior to entrance, students must complete 20 hours of common core courses and 11 hours of support courses for a total of 31 hours of prerequisite work. Once in the program, students are required to complete 36 hours of technical training which includes classroom, lab and clinical experiences.

Upon completion of the PTA program, students will receive an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant and be eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Exam. Upon satisfying licensing requirements, a PTA graduate may seek work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, clinics, home health agencies, schools and nursing homes. Under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, a PTA will work to develop mobility, relieve pain, prevent physical disability and promote wellness in patients of all ages.

Shakira Judeh, PTA Program Director, said, “After 20 years of work as a Physical Therapist, I am extremely excited to give back to my profession in this way.  A career as a PT or PTA offers many daily opportunities to truly make a difference in the lives of others.  To help future clinicians become the best that they can be is a dream come true.  I look forward to continued work with SSC, GCTC and our local therapist community to provide a quality education for our students.”

Students wishing to apply to the SSC-GCTC PTA Program must first meet all admission requirements of SSC, and then complete the process for application to the PTA Program which can be found on the SSC website. Students with specific questions about the program may contact Shakira Judeh, by phone at 405-214-3203 or by email at




June 27, 2018

A Fond Farewell…


Coworkers, friends and family gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the retirement of long-time Seminole State College employee Carol Hartman. Hartman has served the College for over 30 years, most recently as Business and Industry Coordinator. She first began at SSC as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and also served several years as a job developer for the Employment Readiness program at the College