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Alums and Staff Honored by SSC

May 8, 2014

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Over 400 friends and supporters of Seminole State College attended the SSC Educational Foundation’s annual recognition banquet May 1, in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center.

The event, which included recognition of college alumni, students, staff and supporters, raised over $32,000 for the Foundation’s scholarship program and campus capital projects.

Long-time Seminole State College employee Don Gill received the “Distinguished Service Award” for his long-time support of the college and commitment to students and the institution.

Also during the banquet, Rick Best, of Denver, Colo.; Ryan Kelly, of Houma, Louisiana; and Carl Packwood, of Shawnee; were inducted into the Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame.

Best, Kelly and Packwood joined 59 other former students in the Hall of Fame.  Recipients of the honor are selected for their achievements while attending the college and contributions they have made in their professional careers which bring pride to the institution. Nominations are accepted each year from faculty, staff, members of the SSC Educational Foundation and the public for induction.

Four employees were recognized for reaching milestones for their service to the College. 30 Years – Director of Sponsored Programs, Kathy Hoover; 25 Years – Chair of the Nursing and Health Sciences Division; 25 Years – Associate Professor of Sociology Tracy Jacomo; and 20 Years – GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Russell Beene.

Retiring staff recognized at the event included: Professor of Business Fred Bunyan, Head Cashier Mona Griffin, Learning Resources Center Director Marguerite Hearod, Associate Professor of Life Science Dave Helseth, Communications Clerk, Becky Moreland, Financial Aid Director Jeanie Nix, Assistant Professor of Biological Science Loretta Rush, and Admissions Clerk Janet Waddell.

One student from each of the College’s six academic divisions was selected by faculty to be recognized as the “SSC 2014 Outstanding Students.” Those honored included: Business and Information Systems – Trisha Kingsbury of Prague, Health, Physical Education and Recreation – Alejandra Moran from Calexico, Calif., Language Arts and Humanities – Greg Votaw from Varnum; Math, Science and Engineering – Garrett Clark from Seminole, Nursing and Health Sciences – Megan Conley from Anchorage, Alaska, and Social Sciences – Clayton Powell of Stroud.

Campus organizational leaders were also honored at the event. Kendall Rogers served as Faculty Senate President; Yashanda Scruggs served as Professional Staff Association President; Ann Gavin served as Classified Staff Association President; and Clayton Powell served as President of the Student Government Association.

The SSC Educational Foundation, Inc., was created in 1972 “to supply aid for charitable, benevolent, educational, scientific and literary purposes,” according to the foundation’s articles of incorporation.

Paige Sheffield serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees.  Vice Chairs are Ray McQuiston and Ken Pryor.  Other members of the Board are:  Dan Boren, Bryan Cain, Richard Carr, Dr. Vickie Carter, Steve Degraffenreid, Ryan Franklin, Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Blake Hargrove, Chief Leonard Harjo, Doug Humphreys, Tim Mathews, Gordon Melson, Jeramy Rich, Harvey Robinson, Lance Ruffel, Mark Schell, Jack Sherry, Roy Sisco, Sue Snodgrass, Bob Swearingen, Ben Walkingstick, Darlene Wallace, Mark White and Lance Wortham.

May 1, 2013

SSC Education Foundation Banquet to Honor Alumni, Students, Staff

 

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The Seminole State College Educational Foundation’s annual recognition banquet, set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center, will include recognition of college alumni, students, staff and supporters.

A special award will be given to long-time supporter of Seminole State College. Dixie Woodall will receive the “Distinguished Service Award” for her long-time support of the college and commitment to students and the institution. Woodall is from Kiefer, OK.  She is a three-time All-American, a national championship coach and as of 2005, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  Woodall coached at Seminole Junior College for 10 seasons and fashioned a record of 281-71.

In addition, she has become an international symbol for American basketball – first as a player, then as a coach, then as a diplomat.  In 1967, she was a member of the United States Olympic squad that earned a silver medal in the Pan American Games.  She is currently a member of the Women Basketball Coach’s Association and U.S. Olympic Athlete Advisory Committee.

Also during the May 2 banquet, Dr. Tschantre Dorsett, Yariel “Papo” Ramos and Londaryl Perry, will be inducted into the Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame.

Dr. Dorsett is the attending physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, OK.  Dorsett is a graduate of Butner High School in Cromwell. She received her associate degree in Chemistry from Seminole State College in 1994.  She received a bachelor’s degree in anatomy and doctorate degree from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas.  She received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2008.

She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Medical Association and has been awarded the “March Vanderslice Award” and the “Outstanding Resident Teaching Award.” She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Ramos, a stand-out player on the SSC Trojan Baseball Team, graduated from SSC in 1990 with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.  He was the first player in school history to be named the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player in 1991 and received the All-Star Northwest League Award from the San Francisco Giants in 1992.     Ramos has been the Supervisory Criminal Investigator for Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) for the Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) since 1996. He was given special recognition as a Sharpshooter and Outstanding Physical Fitness Performance Award (FLETCO) in 1996 and 1999.  In 2012, he was a part of Operation Caribbean Resilience and was recognized for attacking drug organizations involved in murders and violent crimes while performing a special assignment in Puerto Rico.

Perry received his associate’s degree in 1995 from SSC and a bachelor’s of science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998.  He currently teaches High School and Middle School Social Studies at Northeast Academy Health Science and Engineering in Oklahoma City.  Perry is also the school’s girls basketball coach. His 2012-2013 won their State Championship and finished the season with a 30-0 record.  In 2011-2012, his team was State Runner-up and he was recognized as the Little All-City “Coach of the Year.” Perry previously taught and coached at Putnam City West High School and Guthrie High School.

He has been the recipient of the Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals and 2 Army Achievement Medals.  Perry is an Eagle Ridge Consultant and a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association, Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association and Oklahoma Social Studies Chair for Northeast Academy.

Dr. Doresett, Ramos and Perry will join 56 other former students in the Hall of Fame.  Recipients of the honor are selected for their achievements while attending the college and contributions they have made in their professional careers which bring pride to the institution. Nominations are accepted each year from faculty, staff, members of the SSC Educational Foundation and the public for induction.

Proceeds of the banquet will go to the SSC Educational Foundation. Individual tickets for the banquet are available for $25 each. Corporate sponsorships for the dinner are available for $300 per table of eight.  Additional sponsorship levels are $500 and $1,000.

The SSC Educational Foundation, Inc., was created in 1972 “to supply aid for charitable, benevolent, educational, scientific and literary purposes,” according to the foundation’s articles of incorporation.

Paige Sheffield serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees.  Vice Chairs are Ray McQuiston and Ken Pryor.  Other members of the Board are:  Dan Boren, Dr. Vivkie Carter, Steve Degraffenreid, Ryan Franklin, Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Blake Hargrove, Chief Leonard Harjo, Doug Humphreys, Mike Langley, Tim Mathews, Gordon Melson, Curtis Morgan, Jeramy Rich, Harvey Robinson, Lance Ruffel, Mark Schell, Sue Snodgrass, Bob Swearingen, Ben Walkingstick, Darlene Wallace and Mark White.

For more information about the event, contact a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees or SSC President’s Office at (405) 382-9200.

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April 11, 2013

College to Honor Former Coach Dixie Woodall

 

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Former Belles Basketball Coach Dixie Woodall will be presented a “Distinguished Service Award” by the Seminole State College Educational Foundation at their annual recognition banquet on May 2.  The event, which will include recognition of college alumni, students, staff and supporters, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Foundation Hall of the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. Woodall’s award is given in honor of her years of service to the institution and the positive impact she has had on hundreds of student-athletes as a coach and mentor.  Previous recipients of the award are former Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jack Medlock and Trojan Baseball Coach Lloyd Simmons. Woodall is from Kiefer, Okla.  She is a three-time All-American player, a national championship coach, and as of 2005, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  Woodall coached the Seminole “Junior” College Belles basketball team for 10 seasons and compiled a record of 281-71. In addition, she has become an international symbol for American basketball – first as a player, then as a coach, then as a diplomat.  In 1967, she was a member of the United States Olympic squad that earned a silver medal in the Pan American Games.  She is currently a member of the Women’s Basketball Coach’s Association and U.S> Olympic Athlete Advisory Committee. In conjunction with Woodall’s return to Seminole, former Belles and friends of the team are hosting a Belles reunion on Friday evening, May 3.  Anyone interested in attending, or getting more information about the reunion is encouraged to contact former Belle Sue Snodgrass at 405-323-9868 or tshsue@sbcglobal.net. Proceeds of the SSC recognition banquet will support scholarships and capital projects sponsored by the SSC Educational Foundation.  Individual tickets for the banquet are available for $25 each.  Corporate sponsorships for the dinner are available for $300 per table of eight.  Additional sponsorship levels are $500 and $1,000. The SSC Educational Foundation, Inc., was created in 1972 “to supply aid for charitable, benevolent, educational, scientific and literary purposes,” according to the Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation. Paige Sheffield serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees.  Vice Chairs are Ray McQuiston and Ken Pryor.  Other members of the Board are:  Dan Boren, Dr. Vickie Carter, Steve Degraffenreid, Ryan Franklin, Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Blake Hargrove, Chief Leonard Harjo, Doug Humphreys, Mike Langley, Tim Mathews, Gordon Melson, Curtis Morgan, Jeramy Rich, Harvey Robinson, Lance Ruffel, Mark Schell, Sue Snodgrass, Bob Swearingen, Ben Walkingstick, Darlene Wallace and Mark White. For more information about the event, contact a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees or the SSC President’s Office at (405) 382-9200.



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