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08/18/2017 Welcome Week Activities
08/17/2017 SSC to Host Guest Speaker Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe
08/17/2017 Seminole State College: First Day Experience
08/17/2017 SSC Enrolling for Parent and Baby Motor Skills Class
08/17/2017 SSC Software Celebration
08/17/2017 SSC Regents Convene for August Meeting
08/17/2017 SSC Hires Crawford as Director of Tournament and Event Recruitment
08/17/2017 Checking Out Campus…
08/10/2017 SSC In-Service activities
0810/2017 Positions Open in SSC’s Permanent Issue Band
0810/2017 SSC Summer Honor Roll List
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August 18, 2017

Welcome Week Activities

Seminole State College students enjoyed an array of Welcome Week activities to kick-off the fall semester which began on Monday. From bamboo planters to dodgeball, there were daily events available for the students both on and off-campus. SSC students and employees also had the opportunity to hear Absentee Shawnee Tribe Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe speak on the topic of women in leadership – an event hosted by the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions program at the College.

Bamboo, Who knew…
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SSC Women’s Volleyball teammates (L to R) Kaitlyn Carrol of Broken Arrow, Simone Wright of Seminole, Teagan Hamilton of Bethany, Maria Mathews of Owasso and Lindsay Derricott of Tulsa showcase the bamboo plants they created outside the Student Union on Monday.

Dodge This!
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Several SSC students gathered to eat and play dodgeball Wednesday night at the Reynolds Wellness Center in Seminole as part of the College’s Welcome Week activities.

Women in Tribal Leadership…
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Absentee Shawnee Tribe Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe spoke to students, faculty and staff on ways she has overcome stereotypes and prejudice while serving as a female leader in tribal government.



August 17, 2017

SSC to Host Guest Speaker Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe

The Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) program at Seminole State College has invited Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe for a one-hour symposium on ‘Native Women Power” on August 17. The event will be held in the Jeff Johnston Building on campus beginning at 11:10 a.m.

Butler-Wolfe is currently serving her third-term as the Governor of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe since being elected in 2013. She is the first female Governor in the tribe’s history to serve a full-term of office and be elected a third time. Her focal interest is on educational reform and curriculum advancement. She has served on multiple advisory, planning and educational committees and boards over the past 26 years.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact NASNTI Engagement Specialist Kay Wallace by phone at 405-382-9646 or by email at

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August 17, 2017

SSC Regents Convene for August Meeting

At their August meeting on Thursday, the Seminole State College Board of Regents heard reports about the opening of the new academic year, accepted a compliance review report and approved two items under the Consent Agenda regarding academic programs at the College.

During the President’s Report, Lana Reynolds updated the Board about recent back-to-school activities on campus and the upcoming SSC Educational Foundation Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 8. The College’s 2016-2017 Annual Report was also presented – a document highlighting accomplishments, achievements and activities from the past academic year.    

As the first and only item of business, the Board approved the final report from a compliance review by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Two items were then approved under the Consent Agenda. First, the board approved a revision to the Memorandum of Understanding with Gordon Cooper Technology Center regarding a new Physical Therapy Assistant Program. The revision will reduce the number of participants from 16 to 12 per cohort, as is reflected in the College’s accreditation application. Next, they approved the deletion of the Associate in Arts in Language Arts degree – a result of low productivity as a declared degree. Students interested in this field may now choose an English, language arts or speech emphasis within the Liberal Studies degree.

  Board members present at the meeting were: Chair Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan, Ryan Franklin and Kim Hyden. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017.




August 17, 2017

SSC Hires Crawford as Director of Tournament and Event Recruitment

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Kenneth Crawford has been hired as the Director of Tournament and Event Recruitment at Seminole State College.

Crawford will be working with the College, the SSC Educational Foundation, the City of Seminole and the Seminole Tourism Council to organize athletic tournaments and events to draw teams from across the country in order to boost the local economy. He will also help raise money for the new SSC baseball sports complex. “I presented this idea to a couple of other local cities, but the Seminole City Manager and Dr. Jim Utterback (former SSC President) were the first to really grasp the vision and understand the positive impact a program like this could have on Seminole,” said Crawford.

“Crawford’s extensive knowledge and experience of tournament and event planning will serve him well in his new position at SSC,” said Dr. Utterback, who is now serving as President Emeritus at the College. For the past two years, Crawford has been running tournaments full-time for the City of Choctaw at the Bouse Sports Complex where teams from across the country come to play in the 25-30 tournaments held there each year. “We held some tournaments where we would have to turn away 50-60 teams because we couldn’t take anymore” said Crawford.

The Brian Crawford Memorial Foundation recently committed a half a million dollar gift to the College’s Educational Foundation for the new baseball complex at SSC. Crawford has spent the last 12 years raising money through his late son’s memorial foundation with the dream to one day build a sports complex named after him. “This has been a very long road, and the Lord has been laying out this plan even before Brian’s passing. I am so happy to finally have found a home for the complex we’ve been working so hard toward,” said Crawford.

Crawford explained that based on statistics provided by Gameplan Oklahoma, the Brian Crawford Memorial Foundation and BCM Sports, bringing sports tournaments and events to Seminole could potentially bring in millions of dollars in revenue to Seminole and surrounding cities once fully developed. He explained that his goal is to help SSC become one of the top two or three complexes in the country for sporting tournaments and events.

Crawford is a graduate of Prague High School. He holds an Associate in Liberal Arts from Rose State College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from East Central University. He served four years in the U.S. Airforce. He retired in 2014 from Tinker Air Force Base Fire and Emergency Services after 25 years. When asked what he likes doing with his free, he said with a chuckle, “I’m doing it. This is like winning the lottery. I get to do what I love, and I get paid to do it.”

Crawford and his wife Anna have been married for 32 years and reside in Shawnee. They have three sons – their late son Brian, Brad who is 26, and Bryce who is 17 and a junior at Dale High School.

            Crawford is located on campus in the Raymond Harbor Field House, Office #2. He can be reached by phone at 405-642-9592 or by email at




August 17, 2017

Checking Out Campus…

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

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Pictured (L to R), Elizabeth Bond, Moss; Kaylie Davidson, Seminole; Miranda Shupe, Chandler; and K.C. Bryan, Bowlegs, stand together around the College’s Trojan Horse statue.

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Pictured (L to R), Kelsey Ross, Shawnee; Breana Murphy, Choctaw; Macyn Kinkade, Shawnee; and Cassidy Johnson, Bristow, visit an emergency phone tower on campus.

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Pictured (L to R), Destanie Jacoway, Tecumseh; Kaitlyn Trunk, Okemah; Gavin Winchester, Prague; Bo LeFlore, Shawnee; and Cami Sosbee, Wewoka, pose under a gazebo in Cook Commons.




August 17, 2017

First Day Experience

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Seminole State College faculty and staff members served as “Campus Experts” on Monday and Tuesday to help students navigate campus during the first few days of the fall semester. During this First Day Experience, SSC employees greeted students, helped them locate buildings and classrooms and handed out water and candy. Pictured is Assistant Professor of Mathematics Emily Carpenter (left) and Mathematics Instructor Lynnette Gomez (right) outside the Boren Library greeting and directing students.




August 17, 2017

SSC Software Celebration


Seminole State College employees gathered Friday to celebrate a new campus-wide software transition. The new system maintains all standard campus operations including course scheduling, enrollment, payroll and accounts payable. It also enabled the launch of the new online portal named My SSCOK, where students can access transcripts, grades, financial aid and other information.  Faculty and staff enjoyed cake, cookies and punch to recognize the hard work of the College’s software transition team and the new My SSCOK portal.

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August 17, 2017

SSC Enrolling for Parent and Baby Motor Skills Class

The Seminole State College Business and Industry Program is currently enrolling for a two-day Parent and Baby Gross Motor Skills Development class.

The class is scheduled for August 29 and 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. each day. The class will be held in room 119 of the Boren Library on campus. The cost of the course is $29. Parents will need to bring a blanket and a few small toys that their baby is interested. Deadline for enrollment is Monday, August 28.

This class is designed for parents with baby’s ages 2-9 months. Parents will gain helpful tools to facilitate their baby’s gross motor developmental milestones. Gross motor skills are a child’s ability to use large muscles for various activities. Working with children on these activities through their infant months will strengthen those muscles and enable them to achieve these milestones at the proper time.

Those interested in enrolling are encouraged to contact Carol Hartman, Business and Training Coordinator, at 405-382-9246. Participants can also enroll at the College’s Office of Admissions located inside the Walkingstick Student Services Building on campus.





August 10, 2017

Positions Open in SSC’s Permanent Issue Band

Seminole State College's show band, "Permanent Issue," currently has open positions for guitarists and vocalists this semester.

Interested students can schedule an audition by contacting Permanent Issue Band sponsor Travis Qualls by email at Students should provide name, email address and telephone number in the email, along with what position they would like to audition for. A detailed list of audition requirements can be found by clicking the Permanent Issue link under the Explore SSC tab on the homepage of the College’s website at
The band plays contemporary rock and country music and performs at various campus activities, as well as at high school assemblies and community events, throughout the school year. Scholarship opportunities are available for selected band participants.





August 10, 2017

SSC In-Service activities

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Start a Fire…Inspire!
Faculty and staff at Seminole State College celebrated the beginning of the new academic year with an in-service program built around the theme “Start a FIRE…INSPIRE.”  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 14. Late enrollment for students runs through Friday, August 18.  

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First to Finish
During the College’s In-Service activities, three SSC employees participated in a “First to Finish” panel where they discussed being the first person in their family to graduate from college and how faculty and staff can better serve first generation students. Employees later heard from guest speaker Dr. Kathryn Gage, Executive Director of Student Affairs at OSU, on how to engage culturally-diverse students. Pictured (l-r) is SSC President Lana Reynolds with panelists Theran Hernandez, STEM Assistant Professor; Autumn Wiles, Educational Foundation Advancement Coordinator; and Kelly Hankal, MLT Assistant Professor.

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Do You Know Your Supervisor?
Faculty and staff members participated in a spin-off of the newlywed game during this year’s In-Service luncheon where several administrative assistants tried to guess how their supervisors would answer a series of questions. Pictured are (l-r): Braden Brown, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Administrative Assistant Carol Landes; Dr. Tom Mills, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Administrative Assistant Robin Crawford; Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Knowles and Administrative Assistant Toni Wittmann; and President Lana Reynolds and Administrative Assistant Mechell Downey.





August 10, 2017

SSC Summer Honor Roll List

Seminole State College has released the names of honor roll students for the 2017 summer semester. The honor roll is a way to recognize students for their academic achievements and success.

Students on the College’s Summer Honor Roll must have a 3.5 grade-point-average or better and no grade below a “C” in six or more college credit-hours during the summer semester.

Students named to this year’s Summer Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):
Ada: Shadley Grove, Meagan Hoover, Nicky Lashbrook, Carolyn Medlock
Atwood: Ashley Reeves
Austin: Jake Velasco
Bowlegs: Lauren Coker
Castle: Ashlyn Smart
Dustin: Kalyann Rowan
Earlsboro: Brooke Johnson, Dakota Mason
Holdenville: Latosha Allen, Sydnie Dority, Dorothy Lee, Randee Taylor
Maud: Tadina Jackson
Mcloud: Brooklyn Sparks
Meeker: Ryan Reed
Melbourne: Andrew Parker
Midwest City: Lindsey Hurley, Sidney Hurley
Okemah: Paul Golden, Abby Haddox, James Anthony Helm, Hannah Henry, Kaitlyn Trunk
Oklahoma City: Terrian Church
Prague: Leeann Littlejohn, Jonathan Radell
Sasakwa: Grady Alexander
Seminole: Tomas Barksdale, Cherie Brewer, Tyler Churchwell, Montana Douthit, Caitlin Fixico,
Abigail Gosa, Starla Griffin, Kierstin Hudson, Penny Inman, Nora Jackson, Sydney Lucas, Addison McDonald, Keeley Reed, Shania Satterfield, Kobe Wood
Shawnee: Megan Brown, Adrianna Climer, Aubrey Davies, Kaylin Franklin, Natasha Galindo, Rebecca Gray, Wendi Mahtapene, Kaitlyn McCune, Kaitlyn McSwain, Delin Oldham, Taylor Powell, Madison Rutherford, Asia Sanders, Jake Seawright, Samuel Josiah Terry, Katie Walker, Kaddie White, Terri York, Ashley Young
Sparks: Corie Carpenter
Stroud: Jeremy Thomas
Tecumseh: Bradin Bowie, Brittany Burks, Daniel Freeman, Jonah Freeze, Franki Hull, Deborah Kinsey, Allyson Madden, Austin Sack, Allyson Sing
Wanette: Collin Prough, Abigail Stewart
Wetumka: Simmer Coachman, Rachel Costley, Kerra Pack

Wewoka: J.T. Brockhaus, Mariah Herrera, Savannah Mariott