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June 21, 2018
SSC Board of Regents Convene for June Meeting
The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their monthly meeting. At their June meeting they approved increases in tuition and fees and accepted the College’s budget for FY 2019, which reflects a raise for all full-time SSC employees. The Board also accepted a new policy regarding free speech on campus and approved bids for two renovation projects.
Under the President’s Report, the Board heard updates on recent campus events, activities and personnel. They also received information about the College’s athletic programs and heard an update on the new location of the baseball quadraplex recently approved by the SSC Educational Foundation. The 80-acres of land is located west of the construction site of the new Seminole High School on Highway 9 and is currently under contract subject to findings in environmental surveys and testing.
As the first item of business, the Board approved an increase in tuition and fees, effective Fall, 2018. Total resident tuition will rise from $96.00 to $99.00 and nonresident tuition will go from $294.00 to $303.00 per credit hour. These increases will help in the restoration of a few positions on campus and help provide a small salary increase for current employees.
Under the next action item, Board members approved an increase in the Infrastructure Fee from $9.00 to $11.00. It is anticipated that these fees will generate approximately $67,000 in new revenue which will help provide needed maintenance and improvements to many of the College’s facilities. Overall, these tuition and fee increases reflect a 3.24% increase for the upcoming year, effective Fall, 2018.
The Board also approved the College’s Educational and General Fund Budget for FY 2019. The budget reflects an across-the-board raise for all employees of $1,500. SSC President Lana Reynolds said that while this is not a major increase, the raise demonstrates the College’s commitment to reward employees after many years without raises. “I would like to applaud the Seminole State College Administrative Council, particularly Vice President of Fiscal Affairs Tony Crouch, for their diligent efforts in developing a budget that is conservative in nature, yet keeps SSC moving in a positive direction,” said Reynolds.
Next, the Board approved a new policy regarding “expressive activity,” or free speech on campus. At the request of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, all colleges and universities have also been developing such policies. The College has worked to develop this policy over the past year, with input from legal counsel at the OSRHE and the Attorney General’s office.
The Board accepted two final business items – two bids from Land Home Specialties for renovation projects on campus. The first project will address much-needed renovations and maintenance inside the Roesler Residential Learning Center. The second project will expend funds from the SSC Title III grant to complete renovation of a classroom/lab in the science wing of Tanner Hall on campus.
Several items were approved on the consent agenda including several contractual agreements for services, leases and maintenance during FY 2019.Board members present at the June meeting were: Chair Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Ray McQuiston, Paige Sheffield and Kim Hyden. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 19, 2018.
June 21, 2018
Hartman to be Honored at Retirement Reception
Seminole State College will celebrate the retirement of long-time employee Carol Hartman at a come-and-go reception beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 in the David L. Boren Library on the College campus.
Hartman, who currently serves as Business and Industry Coordinator, has been with the College for over 30 years. 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.
In her current role, Hartman has developed and coordinated numerous courses featuring specific training needs for those in the community, including annual lifeguard training, CPR, dental assisting and pharmacy technician. In addition, she has also developed several public service non-credit course options such as Kids Summer Camp and Therapy Dog Training programs.
She also helped manage a business leadership program in conjunction with area banks and worked closely with The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma to develop a Seminole/Creek language course. She has recruited and trained instructors for the courses, selected and designed course curriculum and helped market all of her classes.
During her time at SSC, she served as President for the Classified Staff Association and the Professional Staff Council. She is a member of the College’s Wellness Committee and has also served as a member of the Assessment Committee on campus for over 25 years. She holds an Associate of Applied Science from SSC and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University.
SSC President Lana Reynolds said, “Carol has been a dedicated employee of Seminole State College for over 30 years. She has single-handedly developed and ran our business and industry efforts and summer kid’s camps for a number of those years. She is a creative and talented lady. We will miss her, and wish her well in her retirement.”Friends, family and community members are all welcome to join the campus in celebrating Hartman and her many years of service to the College. For more information about the reception, please contact the President’s Office at 405-382-9200.
June 19, 2018
Marshall Hired as Full-Time Police Officer at SSC
Former Seminole Chief of Police Shane Marshall was recently hired as a full-time officer for the Seminole State College Police Department. Marshall brings with him over 23 years of law enforcement experience.
For the past year, Marshall has served as a part-time officer for the College’s Police Department. In his full-time role at SSC, Marshall will continue to assist the campus by 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.
SSC Chief of Police Louis Ross said, “The College is fortunate Marshall will be serving the campus community full-time. His experience and training will enhance our ability to provide excellent service to this institution.”
Marshall stated that SSC is an excellent fit for him. “This College has so many great people. I really looking forward to working with them and being a part of this campus,” he said.
Marshall retired from the Seminole Police Department in 2016 where he served his entire professional career. He began as a Dispatcher/Reserve Officer in 1993 and after three years became a Patrol Officer. In 2002, he was promoted to Detective where he served for the next 8 years until he assumed the role of Police Chief in 2010. During his time as a law enforcement officer, Marshall obtained over 1200 hours of continuing education credits and training throughout his career, including executive level training at Arkansas Leader in Little Rock, AR, Rural Executive Management Institute in Chicago, IL and New Chiefs Training in Oklahoma City, OK.
Marshall was born and raised just east of Seminole and graduated from Butner High School. He took concurrent classes at SSC and went on to get his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Central University. He has been a lifelong resident of Seminole where he and his wife Heather have raised their four boys, Kolten, Kendell, Bryce and Jordan.
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Knowles also expressed his excited to have Marshall join the SSC Police Department. “We are thrilled to have Shane on campus in a full-time capacity. His wealth of police knowledge will help convey the importance of safety and security as we continue to update and improve these efforts on our campus.”Marshall and the rest of the SSC Police Department are located inside the Walkingstick Student Services Building, Room 102. Campus police can be reached by phone at 405-382-9500 or 405-380-8989.
June 18, 2018
SSC Concurrent Students Now Eligible for More Hours Each Semester
Concurrent high school seniors attending Seminole State College will now be eligible to receive a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours without being restricted to 6 hours each semester.
Interested seniors can take advantage of this program and earn both high school and college credit at the same time while saving time and money. Because tuition is waived by SSC for up to 18 credit hours, students are only responsible for the cost of fees and books. Though SSC is not currently waiving tuition costs for high school juniors, these students can also enroll for concurrent classes as long as they meet eligibility requirements.
To apply for concurrent classes at SSC, interested students must complete an application for admission and submit an SSC concurrent enrollment form as well as an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. High school students must have scored a minimum composite of 19 on the ACT or a 900 on the SAT or have a high school GPA of a 3.0 or above. Other requirements include eligibility for high school graduation, a combined high school and college course load of no more than 19 hours and signed approval by the high school principal and counselor, as well as parental consent.All concurrent forms are available on the College website at www.sscok.edu or they may be obtained from the SSC Admissions Office on campus. For more information about concurrent enrollment at SSC, you can contact Admissions by phone at 405-382-9230 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 14, 2018
Ready, Set, Paint!
Seminole State College Wellness Committee members (l-r) Melinda Sims, Carol Hartman, Mechell Downey and John Bolander gathered inside Raymond Harber Fieldhouse this week to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls of the exercise room. The College’s maintenance department also helped by removing all the workout equipment and prepping the walls to be painted. The SSC Wellness Committee is sponsored in part by Blue Cross/Blue Shield and is allotted wellness funds each year by the organization to make updates to campus equipment and hold activities to encourage employees to lead healthy lifestyles. The committee aims to provide accurate and consistent education regarding physical activity through yearly campus-wide health challenges that promote physical activity. Downey serves as President of the SSC Wellness Committee.
June 14, 2018
Alternative Site for SSC Baseball Complex Approved by Foundation Trustees
A new site for the construction of a baseball quadraplex planned for Seminole State College, located west of the construction site of the new Seminole High School, has been approved by the SSC Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. The Foundation has been working on a location for the facility for over a year near the SSC campus, but due to contractual difficulties and increased costs associated with construction, changed direction recently and planned to build the complex in Seminole on a 53-acre tract north of the Seminole Walmart.
A couple of weeks into the process of acquiring the new site, concerns were voiced by residents of neighboring housing additions that the baseball facility would adversely affect them due to noise, lights and traffic.
Seminole State College President Lana Reynolds said, “When we were contacted about the concerns we immediately scheduled an informational meeting and invited area residents to come to campus to learn about the project and to listen to their concerns. Overwhelmingly, those in attendance said that they liked the concept of the quadraplex and thought it would be a very beneficial project for our community, however, felt strongly that it should not be located at the site north of Walmart. We listened and understood their concerns, and quickly redirected our search for a new site.”
Reynolds said that there was never any intent to move forward with the project without public input. “The rezoning of the property would have been proposed to the City Planning Commission who would have notified all residents in writing of the proposal and allowed for citizen comments. The proposal would have then been presented at a public City Council meeting. But, when we heard that there were concerns, we immediately decided not to advance the project until we could meet with concerned citizens,” she said.
The Seminole State College Educational Foundation, a private 501(c)3 organization which provides student scholarships and aids the college in the development and financing of capital projects, is overseeing the construction of the fields. A major gift by the Brian Crawford Memorial Foundation kicked-off fund raising efforts for the field late last summer. Crawford, a senior at Prague High School, was killed in a car accident in 2005. His family has partnered with the Foundation to build the baseball complex in his honor.
SSC President Emeritus Dr. Jim Utterback, who was contracted by the SSC Educational Foundation to oversee fundraising and the development of this project after his retirement from the College last summer, has worked with SSC Educational Foundation Trustees over the past few months to explore other possible sites for the complex.
Utterback said parcels of land large enough for the proposed fields were difficult to find in, or even near Seminole. A Trustee of the Foundation suggested the property near Walmart owned by Seminole Realtor Pam Robinson and her husband Harvey Robinson. Utterback said, “The Robinsons did not approach us about selling the land – we contacted them. Following the completion of several surveys that revealed a few issues involving easements, and in consideration of extensive concerns expressed by area residents, the Robinsons graciously allowed the SSC Educational Foundation to rescind its offer on the property.”
Pam Robinson stated they understand that the Seminole State College Educational Foundation came to the decision that they needed to seek other alternative sites for their proposed “Field of Dreams.”
“We will void the contract that they offered us with full escrow returned. We have supported the College, and College’s athletic programs and academic programs for well over 20 years and will continue to do so. We hope that they are successful in finding a site that the Foundation, Board of Regents, City of Seminole and the citizens can all support,” she said.The SSC Educational Foundation Board of Trustees met Wednesday for their regularly-scheduled June meeting. The group approved a recommendation by Utterback and members of the Foundation Executive Committee to pursue the purchase of land near the College west of the construction site of the new high school on Highway 9.
June 12, 2018
Seminole State Offers Zoom Classes for Concurrent Students
Seminole State College is now featuring Zoom – a videoconferencing solution that has improved the quality of distance learning courses offered by the College. Videoconference-based courses like Zoom provide high schools students with the opportunity to earn college credit by participating in concurrent enrollment programs without the need to travel to SSC.
A Zoom class consists of an instructor who teaches from his or her office desk in front of two computer monitors. One monitor, which is also seen by the students, is used to display PowerPoints and other graphics to students – similar to the way a smartboard is used in the classroom. The other monitor displays to the instructor the faces of the students who have checked into class. Zoom allows up to 25 student faces on the instructor’s screen at a time.
High schools wishing to make SSC Zoom classes available to their students only need to provide computers with internet access, webcams and microphones. Students can also participate through their personal computer, tablet, or smart phone as long as it has a microphone and webcam. High schools and students are not required to pay anything to use the Zoom software.
Dr. Tom Mills, SSC Vice President of Academic Affairs, and SSC faculty have helped pilot this updated technology at the College. “This is a valuable resource for students who hope to achieve college and career readiness goals while still in high school. This set-up offers a profoundly superior student and instructor experience compared to IETV – the old distance learning technology we will be replacing with Zoom. Furthermore, it has possible applications for virtual office hours, student study group sessions, online courses, and blended courses,” he explained.
Though Zoom courses are currently only being offered to concurrent students, they could potentially be offered to all students. Zoom technology could eventually be used in traditional face-to-face and online courses. The increased amount and quality of instructor-student and student-student interaction is an advantage to using this delivery system.
SSC has worked closely with OneNet over the past year to help develop and implement this new Zoom software program – a scalable and cost-effective alternative to the College’s traditional videoconferencing service, IETV. Using this technology, SSC is able to maximize use of existing equipment and offer courses to students through almost any internet connection. This new Zoom software will help reduce costs associated with equipment maintenance and IT support, increase student engagement, add features to modernize course offerings and provide reliable and consistent educational interaction.SSC is offering and currently enrolling for several Zoom course options this fall for area high school students. The fall class schedule, including Zoom courses, can be found online at www.sscok.edu. For more information about enrolling in the Zoom program at SSC, contact Tammy Madden at email@example.com or 405-382-9716.
June 7, 2018
Engineering Technology Degree Program Now Available at SSC
Beginning this fall, Seminole State College will offer classes to interested students through its newest degree program – an Associate in Applied Science in Engineering Technology.
June 7, 2018
SSC Student-Athletes Receive All-American Academic Honors
Thirty-nine student-athletes and four athletic teams at Seminole State College have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievements this year by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The NJCAA All-American Student Athlete Awards are divided into the three groups based on GPA – First Team requires a 4.0 GPA, Second Team requires a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99, and Third Team requires a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79.
SSC student-athletes recognized as First Team are: Jamie Clark – Women's Basketball; Briana Davis – Soccer; Mitchell Elliott – Basketball; Teagan Hamilton – Volleyball; Kalli Jones – Soccer; Cameron Kennedy – Basketball; Kaytlyn Kizarr – Softball; Maria Mathews – Volleyball; Katelyn McCarn – Softball; Hanna Pitman – Women's Basketball; Haley Pomplun – Softball and Carly Scallorn – Softball. Student-athletes recognized as Second Team are: Hannah Ash – Women's Basketball; Sydney Breckenridge – Volleyball; Lindsay Derricott – Volleyball; Daryian Francher – Soccer; Aleksa Koracin – Basketball; Suni Meely – Softball; Andrew Parker – Tennis; Valentina Ramirez – Women's Tennis; Hayley Reibenspies – Softball; Emily Richasdson – Softball and Hunter White – Softball. Student-athletes recognized as Third Team are: Sadi Avants – Softball; Bailey Baker – Women's Golf; Kaitlyn Carroll – Volleyball; Mason Coulston – Golf; Alexis Freeman – Softball; Franki Hull – Softball; Lindsey Hurley – Women's Basketball; Meghan Mickle – Volleyball; Chaz Orr – Baseball; Timothy Reed – Baseball; Molly Reynolds – Women's Tennis; Kaci Richardson – Women's Basketball; Jolie Romine – Softball; McKenna Solberg – Softball; Dembri Weeks – Women's Basketball and Gracee Zito – Volleyball.
Four SSC Athletic Teams have been nominated for Academic Team of the year by sport. A nomination is given for a team with a 3.0 GPA or above. Softball held an overall team GPA of 3.55, Volleyball held a 3.44 GPA, Women's Tennis earned a 3.32 GPA and the Belles collected a 3.32 GPA. Four other SSC teams narrowly missed the requirement for a nomination.For more information about athletics at Seminole State College, visit their website at www.sscathletics.com.
Women's Tennis Team
May 31, 2018
SSC Athletic Camps Set for June and July
Seminole State College is currently registering for several upcoming athletic camps to be held on campus this summer.
The Belles Basketball Camp will be held at SSC's Raymond Harber Field House Monday, June 4 through Thursday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This camp is for grades 3rd through 9th, and cost is $60. Participants will play in organized games each day to further their understanding of the game. A camp T-shirt is included in the camp fee. Those interested in registering for the camp should contact SSC Head Belles Basketball Coach Rita Story-Schell at 405-382-9223.
The Trojan Softball Kids Camp and Prospect Camp will be held at the SSC Softball Complex on Thursday June 7 and Friday June 8. Kids Camp will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Prospect Camp will take place 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee to attend this camp is $50.00 per person. Kids Camp is for participants 7-12 years of age and Prospect Camp is for those 13-18 years of age. Kids Camp registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and Prospect Camp registration at 12:30 p.m., both on Thursday June 7.
The Trojan Baseball Showcase Camp for high school players will be held June 13 at Oiler Park in Seminole. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. for position players – with a 9 a.m. warm-up – and 1 p.m. for pitchers – with a 2 p.m. warm-up. 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, pop times, batting practice and bull pens. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, contact Dylan Helms by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 918-618-2022.
SSC Youth Soccer Camp is scheduled for Monday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $60 per player for early registration on or before July 1 and $65 per player after July 1. Registration will include a camp T-shirt. Participants for the camp should be between 8 and 16 years of age. The camp will focus on technical, tactical and mental parts of the game. Those interested should pre-register with Head Coach Dan Hill at 405-250-6690 or email@example.com.All SSC summer athletic camp information can also be found online at www.sscathletics.com.
May 30, 2018
GEARING UP for Summer
The Seminole State College GEAR UP program recently hosted over 60 seventh and eighth grade students on campus for a four-day summer camp. The students participated in various leadership and S.T.E.M. activities during their stay, and also visited the Oklahoma City Zoo. GEAR UP will host a second summer camp July 9 - 12. The deadline to register is June 10. Those interested can contact Jeanie Nix by phone at 382-9682 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. GEAR UP currently serves students at Asher, Holdenville, Konawa, Maud, Prague, Okemah, Seminole, Varnum, Wetumka and Wewoka.
May 30, 2018
SSC Graduates Attend N.E.W. Leadership Conference
Recent Seminole State College graduates Miranda Shupe of Chandler and Allyson Sing of Tecumseh recently attended the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute in Norman.
May 24, 2018
Spring Honor Roll Recognizes SSC Students
Seminole State College has released the names of honor roll students for the 2018 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: Austin Guinn
Bixby: Breydon Daniel
Blanchard: Katelynn McCarn
Bogota, Columbia: Diego Orduz
Bowlegs: Lauren Coker
Broken Arrow: Kaitlyn Carroll
Burpengary East, Australia: Mitchell Elliott
Caddo: Zachary Dill
Caracas, Venezuela: Katheryne Valencia Perez
Castle: Cassidy Shannon
Chandler: Bethany Damron, Miranda Shupe, McKenna Solberg
Choctaw: Haley Pomplun
Depew: Matilyn Wood
Earlsboro: Bryce Clark
Fort Gibson: Jorden Brown
Harrah: Daryian Fancher
Healdton: JaDee Nipp
Holdenville: Dustin Ford, Triniti House, Brooke Taylor
Iowa Park, TX: Landen Kimbro
Konawa: Tameka Hamilton
Lawton: Alexis Borowski
Little Elm, TX: Cameron Kennedy
Macomb: Tori Annanders, Kyle Hogan
Marlow: Kaytlyn Kizarr
McLoud: Kylee Burris
Meeker: Caitlin Payne, Taylor Doss
Melbourne, Australia: Andrew Parker
Midwest City: Breana Murphy, Kelly Truong
Moore: Emily Richardson
Newalla: Na Drescher
Norman: Jackson Case, Jamie Clarke, Chaz Orr
Odense, Denmark: Adam Larsen
Okemah: Vanessa Sisseck, Kaitlyn Trunk
Oklahoma City: Sydney Breckenridge, Moriah Pace, Kaci Richardson
Owasso: Maria Mathews
Porter: Kalli Jones
Porum: Mason Coulston
Prague: Abbey Brunson, Whitney Mullins, Ashton Qualls
Quinton: Hanna Pitman
Sapulpa: Briana Davis
Sasakwa: Tamra Christensen
Seminole: Shelby Amos, Cherie Brewer, Marissa Byrd, Starla Griffin, Jessee Holman, Elizabeth Ladish, Ryleigh Lane, Megan Livingston, Danielle Peevyhouse, Michael Seaman
Shawnee: Miranda Bays, Sierra Benard, Logan Blankenship, Mariah Carter, Anisha Clemens, Lindsey Cowan, Alicia Cudjoe, Haley Depel, Hunter Dugan, Andrea France, Alexis Freeman, Natasha Galindo, Vince Garza, Teagan Hamilton, Amanda Hammons, Haley Holder, Hannah Little, Kristy Lively, Stevie McBay, Caitlyn Mosser, Deacon Nixon, Taylor Powell, Troy Sherman, Lauren Van Horn, Katie Walker, Kaysi West, Grant Woodell
Sparks: Corie Carpenter
Stigler: Robert Turner
Stonewall: Sarah Monday
Stroud: Madison Wolff
Tecumseh: Autumn Bowie, Bradin Bowie, Taylor Burnside, Kyle Curry, Alysha DelosSantos, Kristen Dougan, Shana Gribble, Neiki Harville, Franki Hull, Heather Klutts, Paula Lyon, Cassidy Morton, Chad Paige, Kaylen Richardson, Michael Ruttman, Carly Scallorn, Sarah Stewart, Chanse Tiffin, Ariel Wagoner
Wetumka: Amanda Barton, Asia Mooney, Kasey Pack, Kerra Pack
Wewoka: Sage Escareno, MD Jahid Hasan, Felicia Miller, Mariah Reynolds, Crystal Smith, Jessica Vallejo
Whichita, KS: Hayley Reibenspies
Students named to the Vice-President’s Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):
Ada: Caleb Scroggins, Dembri Weeks
Anadarko: Alexis Toles
Antlers: Melissa Boling
Atoka: Sadi Avants
Bayamon, PR: Sebastian Toro
Belgrade, Serbia: Aleksa Koracin
Binger: Hunter White
Bowlegs: Kaleb Bryan
Broken Arrow: Brad Verel
Bujumbura, Burundi: Mariam Mujawimana
Catoosa: Gracee Zito
Checotah: Zachary Ilbery
Chickasha: Stanton James
Choctaw: Caleb Lee, Paige Russell
Davis: Jolie Romine
Earlsboro: Suni Meely
Edmond: Hayli Hoffman
Holdenville: Latosha Allen, Alexandria Anderson, Mikayla Brown, Jason Hunter, Erika McCoy, Dawson Taylor
Kansas City, MO: Rosario Messina
Konawa: Mark Auld, Steven Davis
Maud: Brian Brewer, Brittany Gee, Madison Remington, Tori Roberts
McLoud: Amy Griffin, Gunnar Hathcock, Christina Lee, Lacee McCoy
Medellin, Columbia: Valentina Gonzalez Ramirez
Meeker: Mikayla Cloud, Taylor Morrow
Midwest City: Breail Goodlow, Abigail Johnson, Meghan Mickle
Muskogee: Aaron Givens
Norman: Angel Kennedy
Okemah: Kai-L Stevens
Oklahoma City: Gabrielle Pace
Paden: Alison Conklin
Palm Bay, FL: Madison Edgemon
Plano, TX: Brittany Bennett
Prague: Braden Alexander, Michael Bailey, Raygan Gillispie, Bo Riggs, Gavin Winchester
Roff: Timothy Reed
Sasakwa: Caleb Postoak
Seminole: Bailey Baker, Tyrese Barlow, Shelby Brown, Adam Choate, Bailey Cole, Alexa Conklin, Jessica Cook, Kaylie Davidson, Jayden Edwards, Leslyn Fox, Justin Hudlow, Landry King, Sydney Lucas, Caleb Peters, Miles Piersall, Kristopher Scott, Jolee Smith, Joseph Surratt, Ashtin Thomas, Taylor Wainwright, Shaun Washington, Madison Withrow
Shawnee: Hannah Ash, Mason Boatman, Ashlynn Boland, Aysha Bui, Bradley Burnett, Hope Burnett, Casey Carter, Whitney Clemence, Seth Cody, Taylor Crawford, Coyote Foster, Kaylin Franklin, Laurelee Hansen, Elena Johnson, Avery Kosemund, Bailey Loman, Victoria McCracken, Sabrina Mcswain, Angela Miller-Mack, Kimberly Morgan, Rhonna Morris, Hope Roberson, Kendra Scott, Carlos Slaughter, Stephen Smith, Deigh Taylor, Kindra Wilcox, Riley Woody
Stroud: Gage Wright
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Pokusaev
Tecumseh: Nicholas Brandon, Katelynn Corwine, Kyle Fleming, Shalyn Hale, Deborah Kinsey, Elijah Lichty, Erin Rose, Ernest Sego, Christopher Short, Madeline Williams
Tulsa: Lindsay Derricott
Wanette: Collin Prough
Wetumka: Isaac Bellinger, Rachel Costley, Chelsea Jaggars
Wewoka: David Tahchawwickah, Cameron Tucker-Sosbee
White Hall, AR: Chase Bryan
Students named to the Part-Time Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):
Ada: Gena McCraw, Amy Sanders
Asher: Caleb Browning, Ashley Odell
Atwood: Ashley Gillean
Chandler: Adriana Davis
Davenport: Rachel Waters
Earlsboro: Jeston Bennett, Chelsea Gillespie, Maylin Hladik, Randy Loman, Brittney Owen
Holdenville: Makayla Crawford, Mason Davenport, Kylie Davis, Hannah Harrington, Scotti Johnson, Melissa Landreth, Angela Miller, Jennifer Odom, Holly Ryan, Colton Scott, Cheryl Strech, Randee Taylor
Konawa: Kayla Carpenter, Carlee Chew, Randee Wolfe
Lexington: Travis Ola
Macomb: Toni Grubbs, Ashley Hazell
Maud: Cody Campbell, Breanna Meyer, Kaylee Sanders
McLoud: Colin Meiler, Sierra Osborne
Meeker: Kyle Bennett, Jessica Frazier, Ashley Guinn, Makinzie Timmons, Jennifer Wolf
Midwest City: Lindsey Hurley
Newalla: Kelsey Miller
Norman: Kelly Vu
Okemah: Brandi Adams, Kelly Briggs, Kloe Britton, Valerie Degge, Taylor Johnson Dalton
Paden: Tori Holdridge, Timaree Peters, Elida Silva, Carter Bailey, Matthew Brown, Matthew Carlson, Madison Dunn, Cozette Dyer, Rayvante Embry, Preston Fridrich Bailey Harris, McKenna Hyden Makenzie Sheldon Kallie Stahlman.
Sasakwa: Chloe Reich
Seminole: Grace Adams, Rachel Arguelles, Drew Belles, Paige Brown, Tyanna Carlisle, Brittany Chastain, Austin Chesser, Taylor Eaton, Adrienne Foster, Thaddeus Frazier, Demissie Getachew, Angela Hale, McKenna Hanan, Lainee Hartley, Zoe Howe, Nora Jackson, Wesley Lane, Amanda Lewis, Jace Martin, Addison McDonald, Brittney Moore, Matthew Neel, Makala Pack-Johnson, Laura Peffley, Beckie Powell, Daniel Skelly, Karlie Sneed, Hanna Wainwright, Laurel Wieck
Shawnee: Jalynn Lucy, Jordyn Bailey, Braden Barlean, Kamron Bay, Cordel Belshe, Blaize Blankenship, Troy Britton, Megan Brown, Rebecca Brown, Nhi Bui, Beth Cabe, London Calvillo, Cindy Carlton, Kristen Casteel, Ashton Champion, Summer Chapline, Claire Chastain, Adrianna Climer, Celia Dodgen, Taylor Edmonds, Avery Epperley, Taylor McInturff, Tyler McInturff, Summer Moran, Shelby Morris, Caeden Palmer, Ashley Pierce, Garrison Poyer, Brooklynne Price, Andrew Reed, Tami Reynolds, Mikayla Rutland, Grayson Scoggins, Belinda Skinner, Derica Smith, Skyler Smith, Cassidy Stephens, Abigail Thompson, Rylee Thompson, Kaelee Trammell, Allison Tucker, Vanessa Villanueva, Morgan Wallace, Taryn Washburn, Lydia Watkins, Terri Welliver, Emily Wheeler, Kaddie White, Joshua Wilder, Jalyn Williams, Lindsay Willoughby, Chase Winn, Jared Wyatt.
Sparks: Hailey Bishop, Leah Bourlon
Stratford: Katie Weaver
Tecumseh: Vanessa Ellison, Danielle Browning, Bailey Carlile, Mariah Creek Ashley Cummings, Kelly Cunningham, Clay Deal, Levi Deal, Harly Henderson, Ryann Herrera, Cole Moutaw, Kameron Permetter, Lisa Riddle, Allyson Sing, Reba Speers, Thaddaeus Tucker, Taylor Walker.
Wetumka: Shelby Allford, Hannah Goodson, Cali Sweazea, Mya Ward
Wewoka: Levi Henson, Keeley Merriman, August Murray, Ethan Pollard, Stephanie Rivera, Chance Tipken, Mya' Tramble.
Yukon: Kirsty Coomer
May 16, 2018
Dressed for Success
The Seminole State College Trojan Softball players dressed for success Monday afternoon as they prepared to travel on behalf of the College to the NJCAA Division I National Softball Championship Tournament in St. George, Utah. The team members were special guests at a cook-out where campus and community members came to show their support and wish the team luck at the tournament May 16-19.
SSC Softball Celebration
During a special softball send-off event at Seminole State College, Lady Trojans Head Coach Amber Flores addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support throughout the season. This is her sixth year as head coach of the softball program at SSC.
May 14, 2018
Trojan Baseball Heading to District Playoffs
The 2018 Trojan Baseball Team, led by Interim Head Coach James Martin, won the NJCAA Region II Championship in Woodward, Oklahoma this weekend. The Trojans had four straight wins in the tournament - beating Arkansas Baptist (21-2); NEO (17-15); Connors (9-8) and Eastern (7-6). The team will advance to the South Central District playoffs next Friday, May 18 and face Jefferson County, Missouri at 3:30 p.m. and Delagado of Louisiana at 7:00 p.m. The District will be hosted by the Trojans at Oiler Park in Seminole. The winner will advance to the NJCAA JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado
May 10, 2018
Serving Through Giving
The Seminole State College Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recently received a certificate of recognition from SSC President Lana Reynolds (center) for winning a community service project against other campus organizations. Students in each campus organization worked to collect items for donation to the Department of Human Services. SSC students gathered toys, backpacks, school supplies and diapers to help benefit foster children in the Pottawatomie County Child Welfare Department. PTK also received a pizza party as a part of their prize for winning the competition and helping collect items for kids in the community. Pictured (l-r) are: Katheryne Perez, Molly Reynolds, Jackson Case, Alyssa Black, Allyson Sing, Lana Reynolds, Mattie Wood, Deacon Nixon, Adriana Davis, and Jeff Cheng.
May 10, 2018
SSC Board of Regents Convene for May Meeting
The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their monthly meeting. At their May meeting, they approved a revision regarding standard working hours for employees during the summer months as well as revisions to the campus tobacco use policy.
During the President’s report, President Lana Reynolds updated the Board about recent campus events and activities, including the Spring Recognition Banquet and Commencement. She also discussed the progress of several SSC athletic teams, with updates on the softball team who will be heading to nationals next week, and the Trojan baseball team who began play in the NJCAA regional tournament on Thursday.
Under the first item of business, the Board approved the revision of Policy II-5-3 regarding standard working hours for 12 month employees. For many years, the campus has closed on Fridays during the summer months. Employees were required to take annual leave or work extended hours Monday through Thursday to make-up those Friday hours. Under the approved policy revisions, employees will not be required to make up those missed hours with annual leave or compensatory time. In short, employees will be awarded five hours of paid annual leave each week in June and July.
Except for special requirements in certain areas of campus, general office hours will be set 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with a one-hour lunch break. This leave program will be conducted on a trial basis this summer. The adjusted schedule will begin on Tuesday, May 28, 2018, following the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Additionally, due to the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday this year, the campus will be closed for three days that week – July 4, 5 and 6.
President Reynolds said she hopes the adjusted summer hours will be a morale booster to SSC employees. “We are appreciative of the hard work, perseverance and dedication our employees have given this institution during our recent years of budget challenges. This reduction of the summer work load is a small ‘thank you’ from the administration and our Board of Regents.”
Board members also approved the second agenda item regarding revisions to the use of tobacco on campus – Policy II-7-9. The changes to the policy strengthen restrictions on smoking at off-site campus-sponsored events, prohibits tobacco sponsorships, and advertising and requires the promotion of tobacco cessation benefits. These changes were made at the recommendation of Gateway to Prevention and Recovery of Shawnee.
Under the consent agenda, the 2018-2019 Events and Employee Holiday schedule was also approved.Board members present at the May meeting were: Chair Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan, Paige Sheffield and Kim Hyden. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018.
May 10, 2018
SSC Hosts Guest Speaker Dr. Dee Terrell
Seminole State College recently hosted Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center Associate Professor of Epidemiology Dr. Dee Terrell on campus where she spoke to students, faculty and staff. She discussed personal obstacles she encountered on her journey to achieving her academic goals, including lack of financial resources and support. She explained how the phrase “Just keep swimming” from the movie Finding Nemo inspired her grit and perseverance and how the mantra gave her motivation and determination to be successful.
Dr. Terrell grew up in the small rural town of Dover, Oklahoma. Graduating with only 12 students, she was a first generation, low-income college student. She attended Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated with a degree in biology. Continuing her education, she completing both a master’s and doctoral degree in epidemiology – the study of diseases – at the OU Health Sciences Center where she is currently an associate professor of epidemiology. As a professor, Dr. Terrell is currently conducting research on understanding disease from a patient’s perspective.
The event was sponsored by Student Support Services and STEM Student Support Services – federal grants that are hosted by Seminole State College. SSS/STEM SSS Director Janna Manlapig said, “Between our two grants, we annually serve 280 first-generation, economically challenged, or disabled students. Our main goals are to guide our participants toward graduation from SSC and transfer to a university. Dr. Terrell’s story of determination and academic success exemplifies our hopes for all of our students. We were very fortunate to have her on campus and for her to share her time and expertise with us.”For more information about Student Support Services or STEM Student Support Services, please contact Manlapig at (405) 382-9642 or visit www.sscok.edu/sss
May 10, 2018
SSC Professional Staff Council Scholarships
The Seminole State College Professional Staff Council recently awarded the Kay Edwards Memorial Scholarship to Tomas Barksdale (center) of Seminole. The $400 scholarship will help cover tuition for the 2018 summer semester at SSC. The SSC Professional Staff council selects outstanding students each summer to receive this scholarship. Professional Staff members pictured (l-r) with Barksdale are: Melanie Rinehart, Edie Cathey, Rich Thornton, Julie Hix, Barksdale, Holly Washington, Laura Votaw, Shaina Moon and Janna Manlapig.
Raygan Gillispie (center) of Prague receives the Kay Edwards Memorial Scholarship for the 2018 summer session at SSC. The scholarship is awarded to students by the SSC Professional Staff Council each summer based on academic excellence. Presenting Raygan with the scholarship are Professional Staff members Melanie Rinehart (left) and Edie Cathey (right).
May 7, 2018
Reynolds Receives Honorary FFA Degree
Seminole State College President Lana Reynolds (center) was honored last week with an Honorary State FFA Degree at the annual convention held in Oklahoma City. Following a special VIP banquet, Reynolds received her award for her contributions to FFA and agricultural youth of Oklahoma.
Several SSC agriculture students congratulate President Lana Reynolds on her honorary FFA degree at the state convention. Pictured (l-r) are Zachary Ilbery of Checotah, Michael Keeton of Varnum, Daniel Reyna of Konawa, President Reynolds, SSC Assistant Professor of Agriculture Wendy Rich, Summer Ochs of Paden and Hannah Jackson of Davenport
May 7, 2018
SSC Students Receive UCO Scholarship
Two Seminole State College students, Collin Prough of Wanette and Jackson Case of Norman, each recently received a $500 Broncho Transfer Scholarship from the University of Central Oklahoma. The scholarship is awarded to graduating college students who will attend UCO in the fall. Prough is a pre-engineering major and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Case is a math major and will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science. Both students are members of Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Alpha Theta.
May 7, 2018
Road to Nationals…
The Seminole State College Trojan Softball team swept the NJCAA Region II Tournament held at Rose State College in Midwest City May 4-6. The ladies defeated Eastern (11-3) on Friday, and NOC-Enid (8-4) and Connors (2-0) on Saturday, before facing Connors again on Sunday in the Championship game. SSC beat Connors (21-3) and will advance to the National Tournament May 16-19 in St. George, Utah.
May 4, 2018
FBLA Inducts New Members at SSC
Ten Seminole State College students were recently inducted to the SSC Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
FBLA students are selected based on their scholarship, leadership and desire to pursue a career in business. The SSC chapter provides activities and participation opportunities through community service projects. During the past academic year, FBLA engaged in community service projects with the Seminole Humane Society Animal Shelter and Pottawatomie County Youth Services Shelter. Additionally, the group participated in the SSC campus Trick-or-Treat event and entered a float in the Seminole Main Street Christmas Parade.
SSC Assistant Professor of Business Brad Schatzel was the guest speaker at the ceremony. Schatzel is the current Chair of the Business and Education Division and serves as the chapter’s current sponsor. New inductees included: Carson Bond, Shalyn Hale, Elijah Lichty, William Loyd, Rebekah Maritim, De’Neisha Moon, Destiny Redmon, Mariah Reynolds, Kendra Scott and Madison Wolff.
FBLA is the largest business organization in the world with more than 250,000 members worldwide. There are 6,400 chapters in the United States, Brazil, China, and Europe and beyond.For more information about FBLA at Seminole State, contact Schatzel by phone at 405-382-9262 or by email at email@example.com
May 4, 2018
SSC Announces Expected Graduates
Seminole State College students completing degree requirements at the end of the 2018 spring and summer semesters, along with 2017 fall graduates, participated in the College’s annual commencement exercises on Friday, May 4.
The graduation ceremony was held Friday morning inside the Raymond Harber Field House on campus. Oklahoma State TreasurerKen Miller was the featured guest speaker. Processional and recessional music was provided by Susan Gates. SSC studentsSara Beltz, Shelby Brown, Amy Griffin, Caleb Peters and Robert Hanson provided the musical performance during the ceremony.
Degrees were then presented to candidates by Dr. Tom Mills, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and conferred by President Reynolds. 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):
May 4, 2018
Color Me Excited
Seminole State College students celebrate the end of the school year with an explosion of colors. SSC Student Activities sponsored the “End-of-the-Year-Bash” on campus May 2. Over 120 students enjoyed food, laser-tag, inflatables and music. At the end of the evening, students gathered to toss colored powder into the air to conclude the semester. Photo by SSC student Molly Reynolds of Bixby.
May 3, 2018
SSC to Host Summer Kids Camps
Seminole State College is currently enrolling for Kids on Campus, a variety of children and youth camps scheduled throughout the summer. The series of activities are scheduled for June 4 through July 26 and will focus on a selection of kid-friendly learning activities.
June camps include Clay Camp, Screen Printing Camp, Girls Basketball Camp, Picasso Painting Camp, Lego Camp and Minecraft Camp. July camps focus on swimming and include Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills and Swim Stroke Development Skills.
Adventures in 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 4 through June 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.
Girls Basketball Camp will offer students individual instruction in basketball fundamentals to improve their game. Participants will have the opportunity to play in daily games to further their basketball understanding. Students 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. This campus will run from June 4 through June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost of the camp is $60. Registration will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, June 4. 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.
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 18 through June 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.
Picasso Painting Camp builds creativity and self-esteem as each student sees his/her artwork through to completion, giving them a strong sense of accomplishment. Students will do a scheduled painting each day. Picasso Painting Camp will run June 18 through June 21 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.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 18 through June 28 from 9 a.m. to 10 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 18 through June 28 at two different times – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost for the course is $79.
Swim Camp covers a variety of swim levels. Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills and Swim Stroke Development Skills classes are scheduled for July 16 through July 26. 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. Participants can also enroll by calling or stopping by the College’s Office of Admissions in the Walkingstick Student Services Center located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus. The Admissions Office can be reached by calling 405-382-9230.
May 2, 2018
Senator Lankford Visits Seminole
Seminole State College hosted United States Senator James Lankford on campus Tuesday afternoon for a “Community Conversation” with both campus and community members. During his visit, Senator Lankford shared congressional updates and answered questions from those in attendance.
May 2, 2018
SSC PTK Recognizes Graduating Members
Thirty-five Seminole State College students were recently honored as graduates of the Alpha Theta Nu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges. Students are selected based on their scholarship, leadership and service qualities. The chapter provides programs, activities and participation in community service projects.
Requirements for membership at SSC include: enrollment at an accredited two-year college with a Phi Theta Kappa chapter and an overall GPA of 3.5 in a minimum of 12 credit hours. President Lana Reynolds, was the special guest speaker at the ceremony. Jeff Cheng and Sam Rivera, who serve as the chapter’s current advisers, were also present at the awards ceremony. Along with being recognized as PTK graduates, Keeley Merriman and Alyssa Black both received special honors at the ceremony for being named All USA Academic Team Representatives.Students honored included: Adriana Davis, Alyssa Black, Andrew Parker, Ariel Wagoner, Ashley Reeves, Beth Reed, Brianna Martin, Caleb Scroggins, Cameron Kennedy, Carlynn Martin, Cassidy Shannon, Collin Prough, Corie Carpenter, Destanie Jacoway, Destiny Redmon, DJ. Lee, Ethan Wright, Faith Flick, Gage Wright, Grady Alexander, Hayli Hoffman, Hunter Dugan, Jackson Case, Katheryne Valencia Perez, Kristian Letka, Leah Cervantes, Lindsay Derricott, Madison Wolff, Mariah Reynolds, Miranda Bays, Rachel Costley, Sarah Monday, Stephen Smith, Taylor Wainwright and Teresa Cherry
April 30, 2018
SSC Enrolling for Spring Intersession and Summer Classes
Seminole State College is currently enrolling for spring intersession courses. Classes will begin Monday, May 7. Students interested in enrolling will have through Friday, May 4 to sign-up. Courses being offered include: Art Appreciation, Introduction to Microsoft Office, American History Survey Since 1877, Multiculturalism through Film and Speech.
April 27, 2018
Tecumseh 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 Lana Reynolds are (l-r): Destanie Jacoway of Tecumseh and Hunter Dugan of Tecumseh.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Gavin Aldridge of Seminole, receives an award recognizing his completion of two years in the program from SSC President Lana Reynolds.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Adam Choate of Seminole, receives an award recognizing his completion of two years in the program from SSC President Lana Reynolds.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Zachary Ilbery of Checotah, receives an award recognizing his completion of two years in the program from SSC President Lana Reynolds.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Miranda Shupe of Chandler, receives an award recognizing her completion of two years in the program from SSC President Lana Reynolds.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class sophomore, Gage Wright of Stroud, receives an award recognizing his completion of two years in the program from SSC President Lana Reynolds.