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December 2018

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Date of Article Title of Article
12/19/18 Seminole to Host Major Basketball Tournament
12/17/18 Employees Celebrate Upcoming Retirement
12/13/18 SSC Regents Convene for December Meeting
12/13/18 SSC Places Second in Voter Registration Contest
12/13/18 Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel
12/11/18 SSC to Host Free Photos with Santa
12/7/18 SSC Athletes Wrap Gifts for Rotary Dinner
12/7/18 Plans for the Future
12/7/18 SSC Employees to be Honored at Retirement Reception
12/10/18 Medical Laboratory Technician Students Tour OU Children's Hospital
12/05/18 SSC’s Night at the Lights a Success
12/4/18 SSC Hosts Finals Eve Pizza Party


December 19, 2018

Seminole to Host Major Basketball Tournament

In a joint effort, Seminole State College, the Brian Crawford Memorial, the City of Seminole and the Seminole Tourism Council will host the Seminole Hoops Classic Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Reynolds Wellness Center. The event includes 30 elementary boys and girls teams from across the state, slated to play approximately 50 games.

SSC Director of Tournament and Events Kenneth Crawford helmed the effort to bring the major tournament to Seminole.

“We have a wonderful event coming this weekend,” Crawford said. “Restaurants and hotels should be full. Working with my contacts at Brian Crawford Memorial Sports and the Wellness Center, we are planning for 50 games right now, but that could increase. We’re trying to accommodate everyone for now.”

City Manager Steve Saxon also expressed his excitement about the tournament.

“This is tourism in action. We appreciate the Tourism Council helping us to be able to create these type of tournaments,” Saxon said.

SSC President Lana Reynolds was glad different entities in the community could come together to make the event possible.

“This is exactly the kind of partnership with the City and Tourism that we have been trying to create. I think this is just one example of more great things to come,” Reynolds said.

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. and the last game will start at 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 22. On Dec. 23, games will start at noon and the final game is set for 6:40 p.m.




December 17, 2018

Two SSC Employees Celebrate Upcoming Retirement at Reception

SSC employees Rick Hanson (left) and Ann Gavin (right) celebrated their upcoming retirement at a reception on Dec. 13 at the Haney Center’s Utterback Ballroom on campus.
Gavin, who has served as the STEM Office Manager, retired after spending 10 years with the College. IT Technician Rick Hanson spent nearly 19 years at the College in his role. Both employees will finish their time at SSC at the end of this month.

The reception was well attended with many SSC employees and community members present.




December 13, 2018

SSC Regents Convene for December Meeting

SSC freshman Tijah Johnson speaks about how much the College’s Upward Bound program has done for her academically at the Board of Regents meeting on Dec. 13.

At their meeting on Dec. 13, the Seminole State College Board of Regents approved a contract to replace the College’s telephone system and a revision to the employee tuition reimbursement policy.

During the President’s Report, Lana Reynolds informed the Board of a variety of campus activities and events, including conferences and trainings attended by faculty and staff. She also outlined the 2019 Board Meeting dates, spoke about special student outings and activities and gave a personnel update.

SSC freshman Tijah Johnson attended the meeting to provide a student’s perspective on the College’s Upward Bound program.  She said the positive experiences she had in the program influenced her life and educational pursuits.

“I never thought I would be someone who shows other students where their classes are or participates in Student Government, but Upward Bound and this College give me those kind of opportunities,” Johnson said.

Under the first item of business, the Board approved the replacement of the College’s 18-year-old telephone system. The College will enter into a contract with Jive Communications, which will reduce the institution’s monthly equipment and service bill from approximately $7,000 to $4,000. SSC Director of Information Technology Marc Hunter recommended the change and explained that the new system will provide numerous new services and capabilities for the campus. 

Under the second action item, the Board approved a change to the employee tuition reimbursement policy. The State Division of Central Accounting and Reporting recently informed the College that employee tuition reimbursement programs must include verbiage to require employees to remain at an institution for a designated amount of time if the institution has provided funds for educational expenses.

“We want to continue to encourage our employees to further their education. SSC will continue to offer this important benefit, but we need to change our policy to comply with current law,” President Reynolds said.

Under the consent agenda, the Board approved the Student Assessment Activity Report and degree program modifications for Elementary Education and Pre-Engineering. The Board also approved degree program reviews of the Business and Education Business Technology AAS, Social Sciences Psychology AS, STEM Pre-Engineering AS and STEM Computer Science AS.

Board members present at the meeting were: Chair Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan, Paige Sherry, Bryan Cain and Kim Hyden. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2019.




December 13, 2018

SSC Places Second in Voter Registration Contest

Seminole State College placed second in Oklahoma Campus Compact’s annual Voter Registration Contest in the “Democracy” category. Over the 19-week contest period, SSC registered six percent of its student body. A total of 3,244 students at 21 institutions registered to vote during the contest.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recognized the eight contest winners at their meeting on Dec. 6 in Oklahoma City.




December 13, 2018

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel


Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on Dec. 13. Language Arts and Humanities Vice Chair and Speech Professor John Bolander was honored as “Faculty Member of the Month” and Information Technology Technician Rick Hanson was honored as “Professional Staff Member of the Month.”

The Seminole Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, along with the Lions Club and Blue Ribbon Realty, recognize SSC employees several times during Forum each year. Individuals are nominated from across the campus and chosen by SSC administrators to receive the honor.

Bolander has worked for SSC since 2009 when he began as an Adjunct Professor of English. He served as an adjunct for six years before taking on a full-time professorship in 2015. Last year, Bolander took on the role of Faculty Senate President and is presently the degree program mentor for the Liberal Studies with a Speech Emphasis program.

In November, Bolander organized the College’s inaugural Speech and Debate Tournament, where a total of 14 high schools across the state came and competed. All funds raised at the tournament will go to three scholarships for Language Arts and Humanities students.

Bolander holds a bachelor’s degree in English/Speech from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Counseling. He is presently working on his Doctorate through Swansea University, utilizing its partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

 Bolander and his wife, Brenda, live in Meeker. They have two children Allison, 32, and Jake, 29, and two grandchildren.

Hanson began his employment at SSC in 2000 while working on his associate’s degree. He has served as an Information Technology Technician for nearly 19 years. Hanson is set to retire at the conclusion of the fall semester.

Hanson has enjoyed his time at the College, saying, “No two days are ever the same.” He has provided expertise to faculty, staff and students when they’re struggling with technical issues. He has also helped ensure events had the proper audio/visual equipment in place, and previously served as an administrator for the school’s management software.

Upon retirement, Hanson plans to travel more, spend more time working in his garden and enjoy attending his grandsons’ sporting events. He and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Seminole.


Caption: SSC Information Technology Technician Rick Hanson was honored as the December Professional Staff Member of the Month at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum Dec. 13.


Caption: SSC Language Arts and Humanities Vice Chair and Speech Professor John Bolander was honored as the “Faculty Member of the Month” at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum Dec. 13.




December 11, 2018

SSC to Host Free Photos with Santa

Seminole State College is getting into the holiday spirit by hosting a free “Photos with Santa” event on Tuesday, December 18 in the south lobby of the Walkingstick Student Services Center on the college campus.

The two-hour event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. An SSC photographer will be present to take a photo of each visitor with Santa in front of the large decorated tree inside the Walkingstick building. Those planning to attend will need to provide a current email address the college can use to send the photos after the event.

This activity is being organized by the SSC Recruitment Office, with help from Media Relations. For questions or more information, please contact Recruitment Specialist Britney Honsinger by phone at 405-382-9751 or by email at




December 7, 2018

SSC Athletes Wrap Gifts for Rotary Dinner

Santa’s Workshop

Seminole State College student-athletes and coaches volunteered their time this week to wrap over 600 gifts for the upcoming Rotary Christmas Dinner. The presents will be distributed at the annual community dinner on Tuesday, December 25 at the Senior Citizen’s Heritage House at 210 W. College. Arrangements may also be made to have the gifts and meals delivered to homes by calling 405-382-3640 prior to Christmas Eve.

Student Wrappers
Members of the SSC men’s basketball team joined other college athletes in the Raymond Harber gymnasium to wrap gifts for this year’s Rotary Christmas dinner.


Making Spirits Bright
SSC Belles basketball player Hannah Ash of Dale wraps presents to hand-out at the annual Rotary community dinner this Christmas.




December 7, 2018

SSC Employees to be Honored at Retirement Reception


Seminole State College will celebrate the retirement of employees Ann Gavin and Rick Hanson at a reception beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Haney Center’s Utterback Ballroom.  
Gavin, who currently serves as the STEM Office Manager, has been with the College for 10 years. In her role, Gavin supports STEM faculty, manages the switchboard and helps organize and oversee the department’s array of programs.
 “SSC has the best faculty. I would put them up against anyone in the state,” Gavin said. “They really, really care about the students, and the staff makes it worth everything.”
Gavin also said she values the friendships she’s made with her co-workers.
“I’m so thankful to have worked with Cindy Guinn and Robin Crawford. They will be lifelong friends.” Cindy Guinn serves as the Administrative Assistant to the President’s Office, and Robin Crawford serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Upon retirement, Gavin looks forward to working on her home renovation project and spending time with her husband Michael, her daughter Wendy, her son Colt, her daughter-in-law Emily and her grandchildren Shayla, Lane, Cy and Cale. Gavin resides in Henryetta.

Hanson, who currently serves as an Information Technology Technician, has worked at Seminole State College for nearly 19 years. He began employment with the College while working on his associate’s degree at SSC in 2000. Hanson enjoys his work as an IT Technician because no two work days are ever the same. He aids co-workers and students when they have technical issues, he helps ensure events have the proper audio/visual equipment in place and serves as an administrator for the school’s management software.
Upon retirement, Hanson is looking forward to traveling more, including a trip to Hawaii in February and a trip to China in 2020. He is also looking forward to spending more time working in his garden, attending his grandsons’ sporting events, and doing whatever his wife “tells him to do.” Rick and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Seminole.

For more information about the reception, please contact the President’s Office at 405-382-9200.

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After 10 years of service, STEM Office Manager Ann Gavin will be honored at a retirement reception on SSC’s campus Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

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After nearly 19 years of service, Rick Hanson will be honored at a retirement reception on SSC’s campus Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m.



December 10, 2018

Medical Laboratory Technician Students Tour OU Children's Hospital

Seminole State College/Gordon Cooper Technology Center Medical Laboratory Technician students recently toured the laboratory at the OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Students learned how automation helps to improve patient care by delivering faster and more accurate results to the physicians. Pictured left to right are: (back row) Eric Chapman, Shawnee; Zac Billie, Seminole; Abigail Williams, Konawa; Whitney Walker, Mason; Chelsea Milliman, Shawnee; Vince Garza, Shawnee; Vanessa Sisseck, Okemah; Kim Emmons, Tecumseh; Sabrina McSwain, Shawnee; Ricci Flud, Shawnee; Kristin McHenry, McAlester; Taylor Petty, Tecumseh; Felicia Gonzales, Shawnee; (front row l to r) Callie Swinford, Prague; Na Drescher, Newalla; Cassie Maldonado , Henrietta; Olivia Hernandez, Tecumseh; and Danielle Carpenter, Shawnee




December 7, 2018

Seminole State College Plans for the Future

People sitting around a table talking.

Seminole State College is currently working to develop a new multi-year strategic plan for the entire institution – a plan to help guide the development of new academic and sports programs, the physical needs of campus and related budget matters. It will also help SSC prepare for their upcoming Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit.
Members of the College’s Administrative Council recently spent a day with facilitator Bucky Dodd, Director of the Institute for Learning Environment Design – located at the University of Central Oklahoma, to initiate the planning process. In mid-November, a “Charting the Future” task force was assembled and met to develop parameters for a campus and community survey to gather data for discussion at a planning retreat to be held in early 2019.
Those serving on the “Charting the Future” task force are: SSC President Lana Reynolds; Chair of the SSC Board of Regents Marci Donaho; SSC Foundation Trustee Mark Schell; SSC Booster Club President Dillon Robinson; Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Knowles; Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Tony Crouch; Director of Community Relations Kristin Dunn; Professional Staff Council President Edie Cathey; Classified Staff Council President Toni Wittmann; Executive Assistant to the President Mechell Downey; Student Government Association Officer Alyson Sing; and President’s Leadership Class Member Cami Sosbee.

If you would like to provide your feedback to this planning initiative for Seminole State College, you may access the short five-question survey on the college’s website at


December 5, 2018

SSC’s Night at the Lights a Success

Seminole State College hosted its annual “SSC Night at the Lights” event Dec. 3 at Magnolia Park in Seminole. Local families enjoyed the community Snowman Wonderland Light Display, as well as live music, cookies and hot chocolate provided by the College. Dozens of SSC student athletes manned crafting stations inside the Reynolds Wellness Center, helping children create holiday crafts. Tram rides were provided so attendees could enjoy the light displays.

Local families create holiday crafts with a little help from SSC athletes at the “SSC Night at the Lights” event on Dec. 3 inside the Reynolds Wellness Center.

President Lana Reynolds, along with several SSC coaches, helped with the holiday event on Monday evening. Pictured (l-r) are: Head Women’s Soccer/Volleyball Coach Dan Hill; Assistant Baseball Coach Tyrell Cummings; Head Baseball Coach Mack Chambers; Assistant Soccer Coach Araceli Flores; SSC President Reynolds; Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Austin Turner; Head Women’s Basketball Coach Rita Story-Schell; and Head Women’s Softball Coach Amber Flores

SSC Freshman Cattie Lesley, of Okemah, performs as crowds arrive at the “SCC Night at the Lights.”




December 4, 2018

SSC Hosts Finals Eve Pizza Party


Seminole State College faculty and staff members hosted a "Finals Eve Pizza Party" for residence hall students late Monday night.  Among those serving were:  Enrollment Management Clerk Stacey Foster, Faculty Senate President Angela Church, Belles Basketball Coach Rita Story-Schell, and Women's Softball Coach Amber Flores.  Pictured enjoying their late-night pizza snack while taking a break from studying were Summer Jones, sophomore from Edmond, and Victoria Vickers, sophomore from Oklahoma City.  Final exams began Dec. 4 at SSC and will conclude on Dec. 7.  Enrollment is under way for the Spring, 2019 semester, which begins Jan. 14.