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July 2009

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7/30/09 GEAR UP to Host ‘Back to School Night
7/23/09 Regents Convene for July Meeting
7/07/09 Spring Honor Roll Recognizes SSC Students


July 30, 2009

GEAR UP to Host ‘Back to School Night

The Seminole State College GEAR UP grant program will be hosting a “Back to School Night” Thursday, Aug.6 at 5:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the Kelly Haney Center Lecture Hall.  The primary purpose of the meeting will be to distribute school supplies.  All area students involved in the GEAR UP program and their parents are invited to the event.

GEAR UP, “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a federal grant program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Summer activities of the SSC GEAR UP program will be highlighted with the presentation of a slide show.  There will also be a short review of the “Oklahoma’s Promise” – OHLAP program and tips for having a successful school year. Details of the GEAR UP tutoring program will also be discussed.  Parents attending the event will receive Sonic coupons and Tulsa Air and Space Museum passes.  There will also be drawings for door prizes.

School supplies which will be distributed to the GEAR UP students will include: mechanical pencils, ink pens, highlighters, loose leaf paper, folder, notebook, three-ringed binder, and an academic planner. For those parents who would like help completing the Oklahoma’s Promise application, GEAR UP advisors will be on hand to provide assistance after the presentation.  If help is desired, parents are encouraged to bring a copy of their 2008 tax return.

The goal of the program is to increase academic performance, the rate of high school graduation and participation in post secondary education by helping students, their families, and the school districts. GEAR UP 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 and summer camps for its participants.

GEAR UP serves nearly 600 students in nine area school districts: Bowlegs, Butner, Justice, New Lima, Paden, Sasakwa, Seminole, Strother, and Varnum.

For more information about the GEAR UP program at SSC, contact Director Dianna O’Connell at 405-382-9719 or


July 23, 2009

Regents Convene for July Meeting

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SSC legal council Ed Cadenhead (left) administers the oath of office to new Regent Kenneth Henderson (right) during Thursday’s meeting of the Board.

At their July meeting held Thursday, the Seminole State College Board of Regents swore in a new regent and elected officers.   The Regents also approved the Strategic Master Plan, Emergency Operations Plan and the 2009 Self-Study Report prepared by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central.

Seminole civic leader and long-time SSC supporter, Kenneth Henderson, was administered the oath of office to serve as a SSC Regent by Seminole State College legal council Ed Cadenhead. Henderson succeeds Roger Nansel, whose term expired in June. Henderson’s seven-year term will expire in June 2016.

In his “President’s Report,” Dr. Jim Utterback informed the Board about the recent hiring of three faculty members and a coordinator for the Upward Bound program.  Jeffrey Christiansen of  Webb City, Missouri has been hired to teach government.  Linda Goeller of Park Hill, Oklahoma, will join the faculty as a math instructor.  Christal Stevenson, of Lawton, Oklahoma, will teach English.  The Upward Bound Coordinator position is being filled by Karan O’Dor of Seminole.   Also during the President’s Report, Utterback told the Board that he and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Gasparro recently attended a meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges in Chicago.  Utterback presented at the conference on “The Joys of Leadership.”  Gasparro was a participant in the “Future Leaders Institute.”

The Board was informed of several program renewals.  The College’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program was renewed for $257,147 through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program was renewed for $83,736 for the 2010 fiscal year. Four federally-funded programs have also received notification of renewal for FY10:  GEAR UP for $432,000;  Upward Bound I for $334,873;  Upward Bound II for $250,000; and Math & Science Upward Bound for $250,000.

As their first item of business, the Board elected officers for the coming year.  Regent Jon Flowers was elected chair.  Regent Bill Huser will serve as vice chair, and Regent Marci Donaho as secretary.   The Board reviewed and accepted the 2009-2010 Strategic Master Plan.  This document is an expansion and extension of a document prepared annually for planning purposes as well as for submission to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  It includes goals and initiatives for the various areas of campus. It is a revolving document that is periodically reviewed and updated as projects are completed and priorities change.   

The Board also reviewed and approved the Emergency Operations Plan.  The plan was prepared in compliance with regulations established through the National Incident Management Systems and based on recommendations from the Oklahoma Campus Life and Safety and Security Task Force formed by Executive Order of Governor Brad Henry.

Finally, the Board gave its approval for the submission of the Seminole State College 2009 Self-Study Report to for the Higher Learning Commission of North Central. “This report is the culmination of months of work by the writing team and several years of preparation by campus committees,” said President Utterback.  “We’d like to thank them for all their hard work.  This entire self-reflection process has made me extremely proud of our institution.” 

Members present at the July meeting were: Jon Flowers, Bill Huser, Marci Donaho, Jeff Miller, David Wilson, Marilyn Bradford and Kenneth Henderson.

The next meeting is scheduled for August 27.
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