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10/16/17 Shupe and Gray Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship
10/13/2017 SSC Employees Honored by Seminole Chamber
10/11/2017 SSC Night at the Museum
10/11/2017 Cathey Awarded Conference Scholarship
10/11/2017 SGA Attends Leadership Retreat
10/06/2017 Classical Evening at SSC

SSC Tennis Takes Three Out of Four

10/05/2017 SSC Baseball Golf Tournament and Alumni Weekend Set
10/04/2017 SSC SGA President Attends National Conference
10/02/2017 SSC Employees Present at National Conference
10/02/2017 Past Presidents Honored
10/02/2017 PLC travels to Chickasaw Cultural Center
10/02/2017 GEAR UP Program Receives Grant Renewal
09/26/2017 Trojan Players Sign with Division I & II Colleges
09/26/2017 International Concert Pianist Peter Simon to Perform at SSC
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October 16, 2017

Shupe and Gray Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship

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Pictured with the AllianceHealth Seminole “Pink Ladies” are (l-r): Elsie Wilson, Volunteer; Juanita Hays, Volunteer; Sylvia Shupe, SSC Nursing Student; Rebecca Gray, SSC Nursing Student; and Veva Simmons, Volunteer

Sylvia Shupe and Rebecca Gray, two nursing students at Seminole State College, each recently received a $1,000 AllianceHealth Seminole Women’s Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship.
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.
“We are so proud to be honored by the Pink Ladies each year. They truly impact the lives of our nursing students with these scholarships,” said SSC Nursing Program Director Valarie Watts.
Shupe resides in Shawnee and is a second year nursing student at SSC. She plans to graduate in May 2018 and continue her education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Gray resides in Shawnee and is also a second year nursing student at SSC. She plans to graduate in May 2018 and intends to pursue a career in acute care nursing at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital after graduation.





October 13, 2017

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel

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Crystal Bray                                            Tammy Presley         

Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on Thursday. Assistant Professor of Nursing Crystal Bray was honored as “Educator of the Month” and Business Office Head Cashier Tammy Presley was honored as “Classified Staff Member of the Month.”

The Seminole Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, along with the Lions Club and Blue Ribbon Realty, recognize SSC employees several times during Forum each year. Individuals are nominated from across the campus and chosen by SSC administrators to receive the honor.

Bray came to SSC in 2010 from St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. As a nursing faculty member at the College, she currently teaches Pre-Nursing, Critical Care and Leadership courses. She also assists in advising students within the nursing program. At the College, she is a member of the Nursing Advisory Board and the Curriculum Team, as well as the College’s Scholarship Committee. She also serves on the Gordon Cooper Technology Center Advisory Board for their practical nursing program.

She holds an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing from SSC and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. She also earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City.

Outside of work, Bray attends Wetumka First Assembly of God where she in involved with the youth group and serves as the church secretary. She also serves as president of the Wetumka Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. Bray and her husband Roll reside in Wetumka with their two daughters Randi and Allison. In her spare time, she enjoys four-wheeling and reading.

Presley first came to the College in 1999. She began in the business office as assistant cashier and was promoted in 2014 to her current position as head cashier. Presley is responsible for the daily operations of the business office, including daily deposits, processing student billing, applying financial aid to student accounts, issuing student refunds and answering questions and concerns about student accounts.

Presley holds an Associate of Science from SSC and a Bachelor of Science from Mid-America Bible College in Oklahoma City – now called Mid-America Christian University. She is a member of the Classified Staff Association on campus and serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Bowlegs Reserve Alliance and Support Society – an organization that assists the Bowlegs Fire Department.

Presley and her husband Charles reside in Seminole with their son, Charles Presley Jr., who is a senior at Bowlegs High School and a concurrent student at SSC. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and riding with her husband on their Harley Davidson motorcycle





October 11, 2017

SSC Night at the Museum

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Over 100 Seminole State College employees and their family members attended a “Night at the Museum” Tuesday hosted by the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. 

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Elliot Belle Ross, daughter of SSC Police Chief Louis Ross, designs a masterpiece in the Museum’s art room.

Making Change
SSC President Lana Reynolds checks out Nora Downey, granddaughter of SSC Administrative Assistant to the President Mechell Downey, in Kids’ Mart.

Big Red Truck
SSC English Assistant Professor Jenny Wilson and her daughter Cali Evans take a ride in the Museum’s fire truck.

Blowin’ Bubbles
Daughter of SSC Business and Education Division Chair Brad Schatzel, Genevieve Schatzel, creates giant bubbles in the Museum’s bubble factory.

Full Load
Archer Dunn, son of SSC Director of Community Relations Kristin Dunn, fills his basket while shopping in the Musuem’s grocery store.





October 11, 2017

Cathey Awarded Conference Scholarship


Seminole State College Financial Aid Specialist Edie Cathey has been selected to receive the Logan Ware Professional Development Scholarship – an award given by the Southwestern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA) to help cover costs for their annual conference on November 8-10. Cathey, one of only two scholarship recipients, competed against other financial administrators across five states. The SWASFAA conference will provide Cathey the opportunity to continue to develop her education in a variety of financial-aid related topics.





October 11, 2017

SGA Attends Leadership Retreat

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Seminole State College Student Government Association leaders l-r Miranda Shupe of Chandler, Nickolaus Lee of Okemah and Miles Piersall of Seminole attended the 2017 Student Leadership Retreat at Rose State College in Midwest City last week. The event, hosted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, facilitated student breakout sessions regarding social media presence, resilience, communication skills and bystander intervention. At the College, Shupe serves as the SGA Vice President, Lee is the Secretary and Piersall serves as President.





October 6, 2017

Classical Evening at SSC

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Concert pianist Peter Simon performed “Spiritual Music of the Great Composers” Thursday evening in the Utterback Ballroom at Seminole State College.  The event was sponsored by SSC President Emeritus Dr. Jim Utterback and his wife Karrie, along with the SSC Educational Foundation.  Simon, who lives in Colorado, has performed at the college as an artist-in-residence and for civic and community groups at various times over the past 20 years.  He and his wife, Susan, were special guests at a reception in the SSC President’s Office prior to the performance.  Pictured (left to right), Seminole residents LaVere Bishop, Thelma Randolph and Sharlene Hammons visit with Susan Simon before Thursday’s concert.

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October 5, 2017

SSC Tennis Takes Three Out of Four


Four Seminole State tennis players took home first place in three out of four division events at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships this past weekend in Oklahoma City. Freshman Valentina Gonzalez Ramirez of Colombia won the women's singles division. Ramirez also partnered with freshman Mariam Mujawimana of Burundi to win the women's doubles crown. Sophomores Kevin Major of the Bahamas and Guilherme Dos Santos of Brazil paired to win the men's doubles division. SSC will move on to the ITA Small College National Championships in Rome, Georgia next week. Pictured from l-r is Major, Santos, Mujawimana and Ramirez.




October 5, 2017

SSC Baseball Golf Tournament and Alumni Weekend Set

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The Seminole State College baseball team will be hosting alumni weekend events October 27 and 28, including a community golf tournament and special baseball alumni activities. Proceeds from these events will go to support the College’s baseball program.

The weekend will begin with an open practice for all SSC baseball alumni on Friday, October 27 at the Oiler Ballpark in Seminole. Friday evening, a Baseball Alumni Social will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the ­­­Bumpy Brick Grill in Seminole. Dinner and a soft drink will be provided to those who attend.

On Saturday, October 28, alumni and community members are invited to participant in a golf tournament at the Jimmie Austin Municipal Golf Course in Seminole. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Entry fee for the two-person scramble is $100 per player. Payment includes green fees and cart as well as breakfast and lunch. Mulligans are available for $10 each, with a limit of two per player.

Hole sponsorships, providing recognition for business and individual supporters of the baseball team, are available for $100 each.

Following the golf tournament, a homerun hitting contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Oiler Park. Entry for the contest is $20 per person. After the hitting contest, an Alumni vs. 2018 Trojans baseball game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

SSC Head Baseball Coach Dax Leone said, “We are always excited to see all the former Trojans and their families. This is also a great event for our current players. They are able to see our former players’ passion for Trojan Baseball.  Our job as coaches at SSC every year is to continue a tradition of excellence, on and off the field. Our current team is in a really competitive off-season this fall, working towards one common goal – a national championship.”

To register for the golf tournament, contact Trojan Baseball Alumni Association member Kevin Riggs by phone at 405-382-3365 or by email at Those interested in the alumni dinner or game should email Coach Leone at to sign-up.




October 4, 2017

SSC SGA President Attends National Conference


Seminole State College Student Government President Miles Piersall of Seminole, along with SGA Sponsor Leslie Sewell, recently attended the American Student Government Association (ASGA) National Summit in Washington D.C. September 27 – October 1.

The four-day national summit brought together Student Government leaders and advisors from colleges and universities nationwide where they discussed ideas and solutions, received training and personal consultations from the ASGA staff of Student Government experts, networked with peers and also received a tour of the U.S. Capitol.

The SSC Student Government Association honors the ASGA mission of staying connected, being committed and serving others. Members are dedicated to promoting the interests of the total student body by formulating and proposing ideas to administration for the improvement of the college.

For more information about SGA at SSC, contact Leslie Sewell at 405-382-9541 or




October 2, 2017

SSC Employees Present at National Conference

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Four Seminole State College employees recently presented "Engaging Faculty in Student Success through Transformative Learning" at the Rural Community College Alliance annual conference in Oklahoma City. The presentation provided information based on work within the SSC Language Arts Division and Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) grant program to create transformational learning opportunities for students.  Pictured (l-r) are: Michael Schnell, NASNTI Instructional Technology Specialist; Justin Yates, Assistant Professor of Language Arts and Humanities; Yasminda Choate, Assistant Professor of Language Arts and Humanities; and Kelli McBride, Associate Professor of Language Arts and Humanities




October 2, 2017

Past Presidents Honored

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Former Seminole State College Presidents Dr. Jim Cook (left) and Dr. Jim Utterback (right) are congratulated by current SSC President Lana Reynolds (center) for their induction into the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Hall of Fame last week at Rose State College. The ceremony took place during a noon luncheon as part of the OACC Annual Conference.  Dr. Cook served as the third President of SSC from 1987 to 1996. Dr. Utterback, SSC’s fourth and longest-serving president, served the College from 1997 to June, 2017.




Octboer 2, 2017

PLC travels to Chickasaw Cultural Center

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– Members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class traveled to Sulphur Thursday afternoon to visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center. While there, the group learned the history and heritage of the Chickasaw Nation and how they have endured and persevered. They stopped to take a photo on the Inkana Bridge that connects the Chickasaw National Recreation Area to the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

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- PLC students (l-r) Will Cotner of Seminole, Sidney Osborn of Seminole and Cami Sosbee of Wewoka stop for a photo as they enter the art exhibit at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.



October 1, 2017

GEAR UP Program Receives Grant Renewal

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Seminole State College received notification this week from the U.S. Department of Education of the renewal of the federal GEAR UP grant.  The program will receive $5,605,600 in grant money over the next seven years, beginning immediately. 

SSC President Lana Reynolds expressed her appreciation to U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford and U.S. Representative Steve Russell for their perseverance in assisting SSC during the grant application and award process. She stressed the importance of receiving federal money during these difficult financial times. “With our public schools facing loss of revenue from the state, funding services provided to the students and schools in this area is extremely important. Many of these services would not be available, if not through our employees in these grant programs – they play a vital role on our campus and in the community,” she said.

GEAR UP, “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Program advisors work with a cohort of students beginning in sixth and seventh grade and mentor that group through their first year of postsecondary education.

The goal of the program is to increase academic performance and the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education by helping students, their families and the school districts. The program provides workshops, academic enrichment, educational field trips, cultural and family events and information on financial aid and Oklahoma’s Promise.

GEAR UP also provides professional development for educators, training for parents about the importance of secondary education for their children and summer camps for program participants.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to continue this tremendous program at Seminole State and to continue our work with students in the surrounding schools,” said GEAR UP Project Director Julie Hix.

The GEAR UP grant serves over 1000 students in the following partner schools: Asher, Holdenville, Konawa, Maud, Okemah, Prague, Seminole, Varnum, Wetumka and Wewoka. The program will also work with area business and community partners to provide career exploration opportunities and workshops.

For more information about SSC GEAR UP program for area students, contact the GEAR UP Project Director Julie Hix at 405-382-9681


September 26, 2017

Trojan Players Sign with Division I & II Colleges

Eleven sophomore Trojan baseball players signed with NCAA Division I and Division II colleges this year, as well as one player who will be joining an MLB team. 

SSC players who signed with four-year colleges include: Denver Coffee – Missouri Southern State University; Jacob Goodson – Southern Arkansas University; Brett Lorah – University of Oklahoma; Gabe LittleJim – Kansas State University; Jake Ayers – Henderson State University; Trey Jeans – University of Louisiana; Monroe Jarris Hamilton – Southeastern Oklahoma State University; Ty Medina – University of Central Oklahoma; Jesus Gamez – Stephen F. Austin State University; Andrew Bolin – Southeastern Oklahoma State University; and Hudson Hopkins – Louisiana Tech University.

SSC freshman Jon Lacroix has signed an MLB contract to play for the Houston Astros.

The 2017 Trojan Baseball Program held a 43-16 record and took the title of Region II Champions. They were also runners-up in the South Central District Tournament. Overall, the College’s baseball program holds 21 NJCAA Region II Titles, 15 NJCAA South Central District Titles and 15 NJCAA World Series appearances. The program has produced over 200 draft picks and 43 major league players.  

For more information about the SSC Trojan Baseball Program, visit the College’s athletic webpage at


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September 26, 2017

International Concert Pianist Peter Simon to Perform at SSC


Concert pianist Dr. Peter Simon will entertain area residents at a free public concert on Thursday evening, October 5.  The “The Spiritual Music of the Great Composers” program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Utterback Ballroom of the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on the campus of Seminole State College. The event is being hosted by Dr. Jim and Karrie Utterback and the SSC Educational Foundation.  Simon will be performing on a 7 ft. Baldwin grand piano donated to the Foundation by the Seminole oil community.

Simon’s performance will feature sounds from Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin. The concert is scheduled to last approximately an hour an fifteen minutes.

Simon has established himself as one of America’s finest musicians and most distinctive and versatile musical personalities.  He has often been called “America’s Ambassador of the Musical Arts.”

Simon’s achievements and recognitions as an international concert pianist include performances in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and at the Oklahoma Mozart Festival.  He has developed a special concert as a one-man dramatic play on the life and music of Franz Liszt. A frequent pianist/entertainer for fundraisers and cruise ships, he has been featured on the television program, “Peter Simon & Friends.”

Although his route to classical music was unconventional, Simon has consistently loved and performed music since he was six years old. His past work experiences include not only being a university professor and artistic director, but also a banker, actor and rock ‘n roll drummer.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado and a master’s and doctorate in piano from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., studying with William Maselos and Jorge Bolet.

Simon is a strong proponent of the belief that classical music is meant for everyone – regardless of age or background, and devotes part of his time to performing for school districts and various civic and social organizations. “I try to make others see the expression and the beauty in the music,” Simon said. “Classical music expresses more ideas than other forms of music.  Other kinds of music are entertainment.  It’s the music of the day; it’s the popular music of that time.  And that’s fine. Classical Music expresses the dignity of the human spirit, the mystical and spiritual experiences of life,” he said.

For more information about the October 5 concert, please contact the SSC President’s Office at 405-382-9200.