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Date of Article Title of Article/
10/19/2016 Oklahoma’s River-Port
10/17/2016 SSC PTK Honor Society Inducts New Members
10/17/2016 SSC to Host Trick-or-Treat Trail Next Week
10/14/2016 SSC Hosts Blood Drive
10/13/2016 SSC Baseball Golf Tournament and Alumni Weekend Set
10/13/2016 Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel
10/11/2016 SSC to Host Zombie Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser
10/06/2016 Seminole State Employees Present at National Conference
10/05/2016 SGA Students Attend Retreat & Visit Capitol
10/05/2016 SSC Staff Attend OACC Conference
10/03/2016 Palmer and Sidmore Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship
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October 19, 2016

Oklahoma’s River-Port

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Members of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class toured the Port of Catoosa, northeast of Tulsa, Tuesday.  The shipping complex and 2000-acre industrial park has an estimated $300 million economic impact on the State.  The complex hosts over 70 companies and employs nearly 3,200 Oklahomans.  Millions of tons of bulk freight are moved by barge each year at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck through the Port of Catoosa - which is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States.

river port   river comples




October 17, 2016

SSC to Host Trick-or-Treat Trail Next Week


Seminole State College will be hosting its’ third annual Trick-or-Treat Trail on Monday, Oct. 24 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Community members of all ages are invited to participate in this free event.

Various campus organizations and athletic teams will have tables set up along the north walking trails of Henderson Park with candy for trick-or-treaters. Those planning to participate should meet at the J. Smart Family Foundation Pavilion located on northeast corner of Henderson Park on the SSC campus. Questions about the event can be directed to Melinda Sims, Residential Life and Student Activities Coordinator, at 405-382-9604 or




October 17, 2016

SSC PTK Honor Society Inducts New Members


Twenty-nine Seminole State College 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 participation in community service projects.
Requirements for membership at SSC include: enrollment at an accredited two-year college with a Phi Theta Kappa chapter and an overall GPA of 3.5 in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
SSC Regent and Executive Director of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Marci Donaho was the special guest speaker for the evening. Donaho was appointed to the SSC Board of Regents by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry in 2005, and reappointed in 2012 by Governor Mary Fallin. She has served as the executive director for the children’s museum in Seminole for the past 20 years. Donaho is a member of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Seminole School Board. 
Assistant Professor of Business, Engineering and Computer Science Jeff Cheng and Mathematics Instructor Lynnette Gomez, who serve as the chapter’s faculty advisers, were also present at the ceremony.
SSC students inducted in the ceremony were:
Allen: Joshua Riley

Arlington: Kaiygen Stubblefield

Byars: Tiffany Lashley

France: Celine Massereau

Henryetta: Megan Tabor

Holdenville: Faith Flick, Tristan Wood, Abbigail Coleman, Logan Miller

Konowa: Jaqueline Crenshaw

Maud: Melanie Cancino

Noble: Antonia Alexander

Prague: Lucille Sargent

Seminole: Elizabeth Lasko, Cassie Perez, Ashley Cole, Whitney Fowler, Stephanie Johnson, Courtney Chambers

Shawnee: Brittney Stroup, Eric Rowley, Melissa Wood, Andrew Jones

Spencer: Chelsey Olds

Tecumseh: Destiny Redmon, Kailee Collins

Wewoka: Keeley Merriman, Hanna Barnhart, Robin Merriman




October 14, 2016

SSC Hosts Blood Drive

 SGA Blood Drive

in front of signup desk

Seminole State College students Dylan Moore of Varnum (left) and Miles Piersall of Seminole (right) help with registration during a one-day blood drive hosted by the College’s Student Government Association on October 12. Piersall serves as Vice President for SGA. Moore is an SGA member who also serves as the President for the Student Nurses Association on campus.


Taking Time to Donate

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Nick Lee of Okemah makes time in his schedule on Wednesday afternoon to give blood during the College’s blood drive held in the Student Union. Lee serves at SGA Secretary.




October 13, 2016

SSC Baseball Golf Tournament and Alumni Weekend Set

  trojan log  The Seminole State College baseball team will be hosting alumni weekend events November 4 and 5, including a community golf tournament and special baseball alumni activities. Proceeds from these events will go to support the College’s baseball program.

The weekend will begin with an open practice for all SSC baseball alumni on Friday, November 4 at the Oiler Ballpark in Seminole. Friday evening, a Baseball Alumni Social will be held at 7 p.m. at Degraff’s Restaurant and Tavern in Shawnee. Dinner and a soft drink will be provided to those who attend.

On Saturday, November 5, alumni and community members are invited to participant in in a golf tournament at the Jimmie Austin Municipal Golf Course in Seminole. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Entry fee for the two-person scramble is $80 per player. Payment includes green fees, cart and lunch. Mulligans are available for $10 each, with a limit of two per player.

Hole sponsorships, providing recognition for business and individual supporters of the baseball team, are available for $100 each. Half sponsorships are available for $50 each.

Following the golf tournament, a homerun hitting contest will begin at 2 p.m. at Oiler Park. Entry for the contest is $20 per person. After the hitting contest, an Alumni vs. 2016 Trojans baseball game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

SSC Head Baseball Coach Dax Leone said, “This is a great event every year for all former and current Trojan baseball players. Our tradition here is much more than just wins and losses, it's a brotherhood. As a former player at SSC, I understand the amount of hard work it takes to be a Trojan. I welcome all alumni back for this great weekend of events.”

To register for the golf tournament, contact Trojan Baseball Alumni Association member Kevin Riggs by phone at 405-382-3365 or by email at Those interested in the alumni dinner or game should email Coach Leone at to sign-up.




October 12, 2016

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel

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Angela Church                                      Sheila Morris       

Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on Thursday. Assistant Professor of Art Angela Church was honored as “Educator of the Month” and Admissions/Records Clerk Sheila Morris was honored as “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.

Church began at SSC in 2008 as an adjunct art instructor and was hired as a full-time art assistant professor in August, 2015. She teaches a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Art I and II, Art Appreciation, Printmaking, Drawing I and II, Watercolor I and II, Painting I and II and Art History I and II.

On campus, Church serves at secretary for the Faculty Senate, is a member of the Professional Development Committee and is the faculty sponsor for the College’s Art Club. Off campus, she currently serves as secretary for the Seminole Art Council and the Wewoka Golf Association. Church is also executive director of Angela Church Payee Services, Inc. – a non-profit organization that helps manage fiduciary concerns for individuals in Seminole and Pottawatomie counties.

Church earned an Associate in Arts from SSC and a Bachelor of Art from East Central University in Ada. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Oklahoma. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing golf, visiting art museums and creating her personal artwork. Church has two children, Micah and Caleb.

Morris came to SSC in November, 2014. In the admissions office, Morris performs a variety of data entry – including the input of student transcript – and assists with the preparation of the spring graduation ceremony. Along with her responsibilities in admissions, Morris serves as the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Specialist on campus and is also instructing a course this fall semester – Introduction to Microsoft Office.

Morris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Radio/TV from East Central University in Ada. She is a native of Hartshorne, Okla. but now resides in Shawnee. She was married to her husband Steve for 20 years until he passed away in 2009. Together they have one son, Dylan, who will turn 16 this November. Outside of work, Morris enjoys reading, quilting, camping, watching sports and creating video scrapbooks.




October 11, 2016

SSC to Host Zombie Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser


The Seminole State College Classified Staff Association invites all community members to join SSC students and employees in a run for their lives on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

The College’s first annual Zombie Fun Run/Walk will start with registration at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. The run will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants will encounter zombies as well as obstacles – courtesy of the Oklahoma Army National Guard – as they progress throughout the course. The route for the run/walk will be entirely on the SSC campus and is just under two miles long.

Cost for the run/walk is $15 for SSC students and $20 for any non-student participants. The first 50 to register are guaranteed a zombie run t-shirt, so those interested are encouraged to sign-up quickly. Registrations forms are available through Mechell Downey in the President’s Office inside the Haney Center. She can be reached by phone at 405-382-9260 or by email at Ages 12 and up are welcome to participate. Those under 18 are required to have their registration form signed by a parent or guardian.

All proceeds from the zombie run/walk event will be used by SSC Classified Staff to provide student scholarships and support projects on campus and in the community.




October 06, 2016

Seminole State Employees Present at National Conference

mills and rogers

Pictured at the Rural Community College Alliance National Conference are Jamie Mills (left), SSC Director of Advisement/Title III ESS Project Director, and Kendall Rogers (right), Coordinator of Student Success/Assistant Professor of Psychology/Sociology.

Kendall Rogers and Jamie Mills of Seminole State College recently attended the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) National Conference in Orange Beach, Ala. The two employees held a follow-up workshop over their award-winning presentation from last year’s conference.
At the 2015 RCCA conference, Rogers and Mills led a workshop on efforts at SSC to increase student engagement and retention which was awarded Conference Presentation of the Year. The College’s plan was designed to not only retain students, but to also provide critical infrastructure to help students succeed academically.
SSC created a faculty-led Student Success Council to address key aspects of students’ community college experiences. Based on this initiative, developmental courses, first year experience courses, and advising models received major overhauls. All changes were geared towards the success of the students and involved the dedication of the entire campus community.
This year, Rogers and Mills held a follow-up presentation with statistics on which aspects of their plan were successful and the impact these changes have had regarding student retention and graduation.
At the College, Rogers serves as the Coordinator of Student Success and is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology/Sociology. Mills is the Director of Advisement/Title III ESS Project Director.
RCCA is the primary advocacy organization for America’s 600 rural community and tribal colleges and 3.4 million students. The organization’s national conference draws college faculty and administrators from over 35 states. RCCA promotes a more economically, culturally, and civically vibrant rural America, through advocacy, convening, leveraging resources, and serving as a clearing house for innovative practice, policy, and research.



October 05, 2016

SGA Students Attend Retreat & Visit Capitol

Students Leaders

student leaders

Seminole State College students Taylor McClure (left) of Tecumseh and Nadia Martinez (right) of Holdenville attended the 2016 Student Leadership Retreat at Rose State College in Midwest City last week. The event, hosted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, facilitated student breakout sessions regarding social media safety, resilience, communication skills, cultural competence and bystander intervention. At SSC, McClure serves as Student Government Association President and Martinez serves as Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society President.


Congress at the Capitol

students with congress members

SSC Student Government Association members (l-r) Dylan Moore of Varnum, Taylor McClure of Tecumseh and Nick Lee of Okemah attended the Fall Congress Session for the Oklahoma Student Government Association at the state Capitol on Saturday, October 1. Students visited committee meetings where new resolutions were developed in order to be presented as new legislation during the General Session.




October 05, 2016

SSC Staff Attend OACC Conference


Staff members from Seminole State College attended the annual Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Support Staff Conference last Friday at Oklahoma City Community College in OKC. The group listened to keynote speaker Lyn Watson, who focused on reasons why “We Rock” and discussed tools to become more effective not only in the workplace, but in everyday life. SSC employees pictured with Watson (center) are (l-r): Sonja Sigman, Financial Aid Clerk; Mechell Downey, Administrative Assistant to the President; Carol Landes, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs; and Amelia Hendrix, Cashier.




October 03, 2016

Palmer and Sidmore Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship

students and  pink ladies

Pictured with the AllianceHealth Seminole “Pink Ladies” are (l-r): Valarie Watts, SSC Nursing Program Director, Elizabeth Sidmore of Shawnee and Amber Palmer of Konawa.

Amber Palmer and Elizabeth Sidmore, two nursing students at Seminole State College, each recently received a $1,000 AllianceHealth Seminole Women’s Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship.

The auxiliary, also known as the “Pink Ladies,” is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the hospital and patients at AllianceHealth Seminole. Each day, the “Pink Ladies” impact patients’ lives in a positive way through visitation, deliveries and managing the gift shop. Their services reach far beyond the hospital setting to impact the community as a whole. Each year, the organization sponsors a scholarship program to assist students entering into health related careers.

“We are so proud to be honored by the Pink Ladies each year. They truly impact the lives of our nursing students with these scholarships,” said SSC Nursing Program Director Valarie Watts.

Palmer lives in Konawa and is a second year nursing student at SSC. She plans to graduate in May 2017 and has an interest in critical care medicine. She intends to pursue a career in Intensive Care following graduation. Palmer and her husband Stephen have two children, Rowdy and Reanna.

Sidmore lives in Shawnee and is also a second year nursing student at the College with an interest in trauma nursing. She intends to graduate in May 2017 and plans to work in an Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Room following graduation. She is married to Kyle Sidmore and together they have one child named Kyler.