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March 2008

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Date of Article Title of Article
3/28/08 SSC Faculty Win a “GIFT”
3/27/08 Hendersons’ Project Helps Get Campus Landscaping Initiatives Underway
3/25/08 Public Invited to SSC Softball Complex Grand Opening
3/14/08 SSC PTK Honor Society Inducts New Members
3/14/08 SSC’s Dugan Receives OACC Scholarship
3/14/08 Chamber Honors SSC Personnel


Two SSC students named to Oklahoma Academic Team


SSC Scholastic Meet Winners Announced
3/3/08 SSC Student Receives Jeltz Scholarship


March 28, 2008

SSC Faculty Win a “GIFT”

Two Seminole State College employees earned a “gift” at the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) conference earlier this month.

SSC Medical Laboratory Technology Instructor Malinda Browning and Language Arts Division Chair Jeff Cox, were awarded prizes for their entries in the Great Ideas For Teaching (GIFT) contest.

            The GIFT contest is designed to encourage faculty from colleges in the state to share their teaching ideas. Participant’s entires were reviewed at the OACC conference and winners were announced during the group’s luncheon.


SSC Medical Laboratory Technology Instructor Malinda Browning and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rebecca Kennedy  pose in front of Browning’s entry into the "Great Ideas for Teaching" (G.I.F.T.) competition.  Browning and Language Arts Division Chair Jeff Cox were honored by the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) during the annual conference held earlier this month at the Reed Center in Oklahoma City.

Browning brought home a first place win with her entry Teaching with Puzzles. She explained in her presentation how the use of a floor puzzle helped her students memorize coagulation cascades.  Browning created the puzzle after seeing how some students were challenged when learning certain cascades - thus the creation of “Cascade in a Box.”

After discussing the sequence of the cascade, Browning gives the puzzle to teams to work out on the floor. She said that the repetition, competition, and teamwork reinforce the basic concept of the cascades. As a result, test scores improved after utilizing the new learning tool.

As top winner, Browning was selected to present her entry during the OACC conference workshop and was awarded $700 and a plaque at the conference luncheon.

Browning has served at SSC since 1989. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s in public health from the University of Oklahoma.

            Cox took third place with his plagiarism quiz, subtitled Because Being Smart Is Better than Looking Smart.  The ten question quiz is used to educate students about the requirements of academic attribution, prompt discussion, and document students’ knowledge and acceptance of responsibility for their work. Instructors keep the test, along with a signed acknowledgement that the student is responsible for academic integrity.

Cox received a $100 prize for his entry.

Cox began his career at SSC in 1984. He teaches journalism, photography and English.  Cox attended Oklahoma City University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He holds a master’s degree from East Central University.

“Malinda Browning and Jeff Cox exemplify Seminole State College’s commitment to teaching and student learning. We are pleased that their work is getting the recognition it deserves,” said SSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Rebecca Kennedy.




March 25, 2008

Hendersons’ Project Helps Get Campus Landscaping Initiatives Underway

Thanks to a donation by Kenneth and Rose Henderson, Seminole State College will be able to complete some long-term campus beautification goals. 

In 2000, when U.S. Congressman Dan Boren was CEO of the SSC Educational Foundation, he worked with representatives from the University Of Oklahoma School Of Engineering to draft landscaping plans for the campus pond area. Building on donations from the Dennis and Leilani Roesler and Jim and John Smart families, the contribution by the Henderson’s is making the drawn-up-plans a reality.

henderson planting treeSSC Board of Trustees member Kenneth Henderson takes a moment to pose while placing a protective netting material around a tree on the SSC campus

The Hendersons have not only contributed time, but labor to make the campus beautification project happen. In phase one of the landscaping efforts, two hundred and six trees - ranging from Chinese pistache to Henderson’s favorite, crate myrtle - were planted on the  grounds, mostly near the pond located at the center of the campus.  Landscaping has also been done on the east side of the new softball complex.

“Through the philanthropy and generosity of the Hendersons, the campus is undergoing an extensive aesthetic transformation. The College is so blessed to have supporters who are willing to donate their time, energy, and funds to continue the growth of Seminole State,” said SSC President Jim Utterback.



March 25, 2008

Public Invited to SSC Softball Complex Grand Opening

Enjoy a night at the ol’ ball game! Seminole State College invites the public to the grand opening of the college’s new softball complex on Thursday evening, March 27 with free admission to the 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. games. 

In celebration of the new addition to the SSC campus, fans will be treated to free hot dogs and a fireworks display. 

The night’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. with an opening ceremony, including Seminole High School senior Janna Smith singing the national anthem and the official ribbon cutting by Trojan Softball Head Coach Mark Dicus, members of the softball team and representatives of the College’s Foundation, Board of Regents and campus organizations.

The opening pitch of the game will be thrown by SSC Board of Regents Chairman William Harrison Jr. following comments by SSC President Jim Utterback. Fans will also enjoy a fireworks display between the double header games against Murray State College.

softball field

SSC’s $2 million state-of-the-art facility is located just south of Highway 9 across from the main campus.  The new softball complex was funded by the 2005 Higher Education Bond.

Approximately 10,000 square feet, the softball complex includes two fields, stadium seating, a press box, concession stand, main locker room/fitness center, ticket booth, and a storage building.  Tiered, grassy areas are also available at the facility for blanket and lawn chair seating


March 14, 2008

SSC PTK Honor Society Inducts New Members

ptk group

Seminole State College’s Alpha Theta Nu chapter inducted 41new members during ceremonies held March 10.

Forty-one SSC students were recently inducted into the Alpha Theta Nu Chapter of 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 opportunities for participation in community service projects.

Requirements for membership at SSC include: enrollment at an accredited two-year college with a Phi Theta Kappa chapter, overall GPA of 3.5 in a minimum of 12 credit hours.

SSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Rebecca Kennedy was the special guest speaker at the ceremony. Marta Osby and Tracy Jacomo, social sciences instructors, serve as the organization’s faculty advisers. 

SSC students inducted in the ceremony were:
Broken Arrow
Ky Burgess
Tommy Luce

Amy Schultheiss

Jessica Cross

Myles McLerran

Brooke Helms

Cody Barlow
Larry Morgan

Ronald Wiseman

Stella Gibson

Jessica Schimmel

Yuphin Cheewinkulthong
Brenda Deise
Annette Gibbs
Cassandra-Leigh Kieber
Kimberly Parks
Sarah Price
Charla Smith
Drew Taylor
Arisara Yenjai
Jonathan Young

Amy Brannan
Virgie Cochran
Ronald Given
Jacie Hutson
Holly Neely
Brandi Parsons
Corine Schepper-Smith
Cedar Shirey
Jeff Seebeck
Kate Wallgren
Mark West

Micah Blackwell

Amanda Ake
Ryleigh Byrum
Natasha Dugan
David Northrip

Billy Brown

Shelley Johnson

Cypress, Texas
Mary Cox

Sanger, Texas
Katie Sanderson



March 14, 2008

SSC’s Dugan Receives OACC Scholarship


Dugan (left) receives a plaque at the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges annual conference last Thursday, March 6 at the Reed Center in Oklahoma City.  She is pictured receiving her award from OACC President, and SSC Nursing Instructor, Donna Chambers. The presentation was made during a noon luncheon program. 

SSC’s Natasha Dugan was one of two college students from across the state selected to receive a scholarship from the Oklahoma Association of Community College (OACC).

Two college students and two high school students were the recipients of $1,000 scholarships from OACC. Each year, the organization awards students from its member institutions scholarships to continue their education.   OACC scholarships must be used by recipients to study at one of the association’s member colleges on a full time basis during the academic year.  

Dugan, a freshman business major from Tecumseh, was presented a plaque at the at the OACC annual conference on March 6 at the Reed Center in Oklahoma City.

After obtaining an associate degree from SSC, Dugan plans to transfer to Oklahoma State University and obtain a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business/marketing. She aspires to work with Oklahoma Youth Expo in its Youth Livestock Program.

Dugan said she is appreciative to the faculty and staff at SSC for all that they have done to help her achieve her goals.” I chose Seminole State because it is a great community school and I knew that they would better prepare me before I jumped into a four year institution. I have truly been blessed by the teachers that I have had. They have given me the knowledge, courage and advice to think big and set my goals high,” said Dugan.

Dugan is a graduate of Tecumseh High School and was active in numerous school and community activities. She is a member of the SSC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and had been listed on the President’s Honor Roll. She serves as the special projects coordinator for the United Way of Pottawatomie County.




March 14, 2008

Chamber Honors SSC Personnel

Two Seminole State College employees were honored for their outstanding dedication and work during Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce monthly Forum. Human Resources Director Mona Ridley and Graphic Arts Technician Ted Hurt were recognized as “Educator of the Month” and “Classified Staff Member of the Month,” respectively.

The Seminole Chamber of Commerce recognizes SSC employees several times during Forum each year. Individuals are nominated from across the campus and chosen by SSC administrators, chairpersons and other directors of campus services to receive the honor.

mona ridleyRidley graduated from the University of Oklahoma with academic distinction in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts. She completed her Master of Arts from OU in 1998.

She began working for the College in 1997-1998 as coordinator of media relations. Following that, she served as the assistant director of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association for two years. Ridley returned to serve as coordinator of media relations in 2000 and worked in that capacity until her appointment as director of human resources in 2005.  

She is the vice chair and past scholarship committee member of the SSC Professional Staff Council. She is an active member of the Seminole County Business and Professional Women organization, where she serves as chair of the public relations committee and is part of the special events committee.

She has been married to David Ridley for 13 years. They have three children: Emily, 6, and identical twins, Abigail and Hannah, 3. The Ridleys make their home outside of Tecumseh in the Harjo area.

Hurt is in his 28th year of service at SSC. He was hired part-time in 1980 and became a full-time employee in 1988. He is responsible for most of the printing jobs of the College.ted hurt

Hurt is a graduate of Wewoka High School and attended Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee where he studied printing.

The Seminole resident enjoys attending sporting events and riding motorcycles.  He and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 20 years.  They own Sooner Press in Seminole. The Hurts are the parents of two sons: Dakota, 17, and Cheyenne, 15.

Hurt attends Bowlegs Assembly of God Church and is a member of the Seminole Gospel Singing Association.


March 13, 2008

Bird's Eye View

board members

Several members of the Seminole State College Educational Foundation Board of Trustees get a view of the new SSC Softball Complex from the press box overlooking the main field during a tour with campus officials on Wednesday.  A grand opening of the facility will be celebrated on Thursday evening, March 27 with free admission to the 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Trojans Softball games.  Fans will be treated to free hot dogs and a fireworks display.  Pictured (left to right) are:  Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lana Reynolds, Athletic Director Rusty Beene, Foundation Trustee Dorothy Forth, Foundation Trustee Mark Schell, SSC Rural Business and Resources Director Larry Smith and Foundation Trustee Jim Hardin.



March 11, 2008

Two SSC students named to Oklahoma Academic Team

Seminole State College students, Sarah Rooney and Cole Germann, have been named to the 2008 All-Oklahoma Academic Team for the state’s community colleges and technical branches.

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SSC students Sarah Rooney (left) and Cole Germann (right) pose with SSC President Dr. Utterback (center).  The duo was named to the All-Oklahoma Academic Team. The presentation was made during a noon luncheon program at the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) annual conference last Thursday, March 6 at the Reed Center in Oklahoma City. 

Rooney and Germann were selected for the honor based on scholastic achievements, personal character, leadership abilities and service to the community.

The All-Oklahoma Academic Team members were honored during the annual convention of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges held at the Reed Center in Midwest City, March 5-6.

The academic and student leaders in each of the state’s 14 two-year institutions nominated outstanding students, then narrowed the list to the top two representatives of the student body from each campus.

 After graduating from SSC in May with her associates in behavioral science, she plans to transfer to West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. and pursue a bachelor’s in the same major.  Rooney plans to work in domestic violence rehabilitation.

Germann will graduate from Seminole State College in May with an associate degree in business. Upon graduation, he plans to attend the University of Missouri at Columbia and obtain a master’s degree in business.  While at SSC, he served as the Chapter President for the Alpha Theta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  Germann was been recognized as a Neil Molleur Scholar. He is the son of John and Lynn Germann of St. Peters, Mo. 

Students named to the All-Oklahoma Academic Team are considered for selection on the All-USA Academic Teams, sponsored by USA Today, the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges. Students named to the All-USA Teams will be announced at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in  Nashville, Tennessee and will be featured in the USA Today.




March 3, 2008

SSC Student Receives Jeltz Scholarship

When Wyatt and Mattie Jeltz died in the mid-1970s, they provided through an endowment, the way to a better life for scores of young people.  Over 30 years later, Shawnee resident Martina Perry, who now walks the campus of Seminole State College, is being added to the list of individuals assisted in their educational pursuits by the Jeltz Scholarship Foundation.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeltz were African-American Oklahomans who devoted their lives to education, employment opportunities and community service until their deaths in 1975 and 1977, respectively.  They were vitally interested in assisting young people, particularly African-Americans displaying strong academic ability, to acquire an education.

Wyatt Jeltz was an assistant principal at Oklahoma City Douglass High School for many years and Mattie Jeltz worked for the Oklahoma Employee Securities Commission.  With no children of their own, they willed their resources to form the Jeltz Scholarship Foundation.

Undoubtedly, they would take great pride in the accomplishments of those who have been helped by their endowed gift.  That pride would certainly be felt if they had the opportunity to meet Martina Perry.

A beautiful and articulate woman in her late 20s, Martina is a sophomore at Seminole State College pursuing a dream she didn’t think would ever happen.

Martina Perry recieves scholarship

Seminole State College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lana Reynolds (left) and Trustee Chairman of the Jeltz Scholarship Foundation Dr. James Mosley (right), congratulate SSC student Martina Perry on her scholarship award.


Martina Griffis was president of her graduating class at Wewoka High School in 1997.  She had a scholarship offer at Langston University, but chose to get married and start a family instead of going to college.

A decade later, with her two children now both in school, she began to receive encouragement to go to college.  Her husband, Floyd Perry, and her Pastor Frank Washington – who is an adviser with SSC’s Talent Search Program – were the motivating forces behind her stepping through the doors to enroll at Seminole State College.

“I was so nervous about it.  I didn’t think that I’d understand ---- and sometimes I still don’t.  But, I know to go up and ask when I need help,” Martina said.

Understand she did.  Martina carried a 4.0 GPA for her first two semesters at the College.  This past fall her grades averaged 3.75.  She was invited to join the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society.

Another encourager was her mother, Myra Jackson, whom she talked into starting college with her.  Myra and Martina enrolled in all the same classes the first two semesters.  Martina said this past fall they were able to “go out on their own” taking different courses.

When SSC financial adviser Mindy Stufflebeam came across some information on the Jeltz Scholarship program, she suggested that Martina apply.  Then, on February 14, Martina got a letter in the mail saying she was receiving $900 to pay on her school loans.

“It wasn’t even the amount of the award. It was just so great that someone thought I was successful.  What a special Valentine’s Day card!  I was so excited. I took the letter to my church that night and stood and read it to everyone,” Martina said.

Last week, Dr. James L. Mosley, Trustee Chairman of the Jeltz Scholarship Foundation made a trip to Seminole to present Martina with her award.  He met with Martina and college officials to talk about the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Jeltz and to meet “face-to-face” the latest recipient of their benevolent gift.

Mosley explained that the Foundation provides scholarships to assist students in paying college-related expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and loan repayment.  To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full-time (12 hours) in a state-supported Oklahoma accredited college and have earned a minimum of thirty credit hours, with an minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.8.  Financial need and good character are also criteria, he explained.

Martina plans to finish her Associate’s degree at Seminole State College and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education through SSC’s partnership program with Mid-America University.  She hopes to return to Wewoka to teach.

Martina is the daughter of Myra and James Jackson of Shawnee and Lozell and Freddie Giffis of Wetumka.  Her mother-in-law, Ader Perry, and her grandmother, Pauline Davis, both live in Wewoka.

Her son, Christopher Perry is eight years old, and her daughter Landree Perry is five.
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