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12/07/2017 SSC Regents Convene for December Meeting
12/07/2017 Operation Appreciation and Holiday Cheer
12/07/2017 Santa’s Workshop
12/06/2017 SSC's Night at the Lights
12/06/2017 Finals Eve Dinner
12/04/2017 SSC Boren Center Ribbon Cutting
12/05/2017 Former SSC Students Selected for McNair Scholars Program
11/30/2017 SSC Students Visit OBI in Ada
11/29/2017 MLT Students Tour OU Children’s Hospital Laboratory
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December 7, 2017

SSC Regents Convene for December Meeting


At their December meeting on Thursday, the Seminole State College Board of Regents approved two program fee increases and as well as several current program modifications and one new program request. The Board also accepted a resignation letter from the College’s Vice President for Fiscal Affairs.

During the President’s Report, Lana Reynolds informed the Board of a variety of campus activities and events including the recent Dan and Andrea Boren Center Ribbon Cutting ceremony and the upcoming SSC Educational Foundation Holiday Event.

Under the first and second items of business, the Board approved two program fee increases. The first is a $20 per course fee for students who will enroll in Physical Therapy Assistant courses – a program the College plans to offer in the fall of 2018. The second is an addition of a $50 fee for courses in an Engineering Technology program – a new SSC program approved by the Board under the Consent Agenda. Funds generated from these two fees will help offset lab costs at Gordon Cooper Technology Center where courses for both programs will be held as part of SSC’s partnership agreement with GCTC. These fee requests will now be submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for their approval.

The Board then entered into Executive Session to discuss the resignation of Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Braden Brown.  Upon returning to open session, the Board accepted Brown’s resignation letter and announced that a search will begin immediately to fill his position. Chairman Cain thanked Brown for his service to the College and President Reynolds agreed, stating, “Braden has been an integral part of the administrative team at SSC. We will miss him and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Under the Consent Agenda, the Board approved several routine items including degree program modifications in Computer Science, Learning Strategies and an Early College Certificate. They also approved degree program reviews in Child Development, Liberal Studies Criminal Justice, Biology and Health Sciences. Also accepted was the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar and the new program request for an Associate in Applied Science in Engineering Technology.

  Board members present at the meeting were: Chair Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan, Ryan Franklin, Paige Sheffield and Kim Hyden. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018




December 7, 2017

Santa’s Workshop

wrapping present


Seminole State College student-athletes and coaches volunteered their time on Tuesday afternoon to wrap over 600 gifts for the upcoming Rotary Christmas Dinner in Seminole. The presents will be distributed at the annual community dinner on Monday, December 25 at the Senior Citizen’s Heritage House at 210 W. College Street between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Arrangements may also be made to have the gifts and meals delivered to homes by calling 382-3640 prior to Christmas Eve.




December 7, 2017

Operation Appreciation and Holiday Cheer


Thank You for Your Service

holding cards that have been signed

Photo 46191 - Seminole State College students, faculty and staff worked together this holiday season to sign over 150 holiday cards that will be delivered to Veterans in the hospital over the holiday season. The “Operation Appreciation and Holiday Cheer” project was organized in order to thank those who serve our country and to bring them holiday cheer.

Special Delivery

handing basket to maxey

Photo 1234 - SSC History Professor Marta Osby delivers a basket of thank-you cards to Richard Maxey, Chief of Voluntary Services at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, to be distributed to military patients at the hospital.




December 6, 2017

SSC's Night at the Lights

Winter Wonderland

people doing crafts

Photo 5071 -Crowds of kids and adults attended Seminole State College’s Night at the Lights event on Monday evening to tour Seminole’s Snowman Wonderland, make holiday crafts, enjoy snacks and listen to SSC’s Permanent Issue Band.

Get’n Crafty

phelps and daughter working on ornament

Photo 3720 -Seminole State College Softball player Natalie Phelps of Beggs helps Briar Sewell of Shawnee, daughter of Athletic Services Coordinator Leslie Sewell, to create holiday ornaments.

Holiday Jams

band playing

Photo 5107- SSC Permanent Issue Band members Gavin Garner of Maud, band sponsor Travis Qualls, Kevin Andrews of New Lima, Robert Hanson of Shawnee and Brittany Gee of Maud entertain outdoors as part of the college’s Night at the Lights activities.





December 6, 2017

Finals Eve Dinner


Finals-Eve Dinner

group shot of attendees

Photo 5060-Seminole State College faculty and staff served Finals Eve Dinner to over 100 students from the college’s residence halls Monday Evening. Everyone even joined in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to celebrate the season together. SSC servers (standing left to right) are: Steven Little, John Bolander, Carol Parker, Dr. Bill Knowles, Rita Story-Schell, Edie Cathey, Dr. Tom Mills, Janna Manlapig, Melanie Rinehart, Lana Reynolds, Kristin Dunn, Deedra Eldredge, Autumn Wiles, Sarah Ledford, Courtney Jones, Natasha Rodgers and Braden Rodgers. Students seated in the front row are: Lindsey Hurley, Midwest City; Alisha Castleberry,  Midwest City; Hayli Hoffman, Edmond; Hannah Ash, Shawnee; Ren Long, Tulsa; Summer Jones, Edmond; Victoria Vickers, OKC; Sidney Hurley,  Midwest city; Tra'Chael Quarles, OKC and Mykayla Dumas, Tulsa. 


Service with a Smile

serving food

Photo 5050- Human Resources Director Courtney Jones and NASNTI Director Carol Parker serve SSC students at Finals Eve Dinner Monday evening.




December 4, 2017

SSC Boren Center Ribbon Cutting

cutting the ribbon

Seminole State College employees, community members and supporters celebrated the official opening of the Dan and Andrea Boren Center on campus Monday with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House ceremony. The event featured remarks from Dan Boren, former Congressman and President of Corporate Development of the Chickasaw Nation, Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, SSC President Lana Reynolds and SSC President Emeritus Dr. Jim Utterback. The Boren Center’s top floor houses SSC’s Human Resources and Sponsored Programs Offices, along with staff offices for the federally funded GEAR UP program. The main floor provides office space for the College’s Student Government Association, as well as a campus and community conference room. The facility also has a FEMA-supported safe room – an underground public storm shelter that can hold up to 500 people. The entire building is filled with historic photos and memorabilia featuring the Boren family.


putterbacks, borens, reynolds

Pictured (l-r) are: Dr. Jim Utterback, SSC President Emeritus; Karrie Utterback, wife of Dr. Utterback; Dan Boren, former Congressman and President of Corporate Development of the Chickasaw Nation; Andrea Boren, wife of Dan Boren; and Lana Reynolds, SSC President.


present at ceremony doerflinger, osborn, hyden, smalley, moran, piersall

Present on the front row during the Dan and Andrea Boren Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at SSC are (l-r): Preston Doerflinger, Oklahoma Secretary of Finance and Revenue; Leslie Osborn, Oklahoma State Representative; Kim Hyden; SSC Regent; Jason Smalley; Oklahoma State Senator; Melvin Moran; Former SSC Regent; and Miles Piersall, SSC Student Government President.



Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation  



Dan Boren, former U.S. Congressman and President of Corporate Development of the Chickasaw Nation


boren's children

Pictured (l-r) are Janna Boren and Hunter Boren, daughter and son of Dan and Andrea Boren.






December 5, 2017

Former SSC Students Selected for McNair Scholars Program


andrew   Thomas

Billy Andrew                                                                               Amanda Thomas                   

Two Seminole State College graduates have been selected to participate in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at East Central University in Ada, OK.  The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

Billy Andrew, a May 2016 SSC graduate, has been a participant in McNair for one year and is currently double majoring in Computer Science and Physics at ECU.  This past summer, he was able to attend two research conferences in Baltimore and Niagara Falls.  He is currently working on a research project entitled “Utilizing XLS Form and Form-Hub to Digitize the Data for Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society”.  He will be presenting his research this semester at the Rogers State Oklahoma Academy of Science.  “McNair is a fun and intuitive learning environment.  The constant push and drive to better my learning experience has helped me to conduct my first research project.  When I got to McNair, I knew nothing about research or post-baccalaureate education.  Through the program, I have learned how to appropriately perform research and obtain my master’s and doctoral degrees, all while going new places and meeting new people,” said Andrews.

Amanda Thomas, a May 2017 SSC graduate, was recently accepted into the McNair program and is majoring in biochemistry at ECU. Thomas said, “I feel so honored to be given this opportunity to further my education.  Being accepted into this program is a tremendous step forward in achieving my goal of receiving a doctorate.  I am looking forward to the chance to gain valuable experience in the scientific community, by attending conferences, as a teacher’s assistant, and research via internships.”

Janna Manlapig, Director of Student Support Services and STEM Student Support Services (federal TRIO programs) at Seminole State College said, “I am so proud of the accomplishments of Billy and Amanda.  Billy was in STEM SSS and Amanda was in SSS while attending SSC.  We have two primary goals in SSS/STEM SSS: for our participants to graduate from Seminole State and transfer to a four-year university.  We love to see our participants move on to other TRIO programs at four-year universities and become strong students at their new academic home.  These exceptional students embody the SSC mission statement of ‘empowering people for academic success, personal development, and lifelong learning”.  Andrew and Thomas have been disciplined in their studies and have a desire to excel in the McNair program and in their future endeavors.  I cannot wait to see how they create their future.”

The East Central University McNair program is very competitive and only serves 28 students per year.  It provides undergraduate students in the areas of math and science with opportunities to participate in an internship at Kerr Lab in Ada, Oklahoma. The internship is to be completed the spring semester of senior year. McNair Scholars at ECU attend seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation; complete a research project under the guidance of an EPA mentor; and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences.

For more information about SSS or STEM SSS at Seminole State College, please contact Janna Manlapig at (405) 382-9642 or  You may also visit the website at




November 30, 2017

SSC Students Visit OBI in Ada


SSC Students Visit OBI

students listening lecture

The Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class travelled to Ada on Tuesday to visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute, one of nine OBI locations throughout the state of Oklahoma. While there, the students visited with OBI Consultant Darrell Riley, who discussed the organization’s history and the details of donating. He also highlighted several donor stories and gave details about how to volunteer. Riley encouraged the students to donate, and explained that every two seconds someone needs blood, yet less than ten percent of those eligible to give blood, do.

Feel Good. Give Blood.

students touring lab

While visiting the OBI this week, Seminole State College PLC students were given a tour of the facility, viewing areas for giving blood, platelets and plasma, as well as the laboratory where these items are appropriately prepared, labeled and stored for transport to area hospitals.