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02/21/2017 SSC Enrolling for Active Shooter Preparedness Course
02/16/2017 SSC Board of Regents Convene for February Meeting
02/16/2017 SSC Enrolling for Business and Industry Courses
02/16/2017 SSC Delegation Attends Higher Ed Day
02/13/2017 Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel
02/13/2017 SSC Art Club to Host Second Annual Chili Bowl Cook-Off
02/13/2017 SSC Set to Honor Black History Month
01/30/2017 SSC Accepting Submissions for Creativity Symposium
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February 21, 2017

SSC Enrolling for Active Shooter Preparedness Course

The Seminole State College Business and Industry Training Program is currently enrolling for a one-day Active Shooter Preparedness Course for local education and business employees on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Haney Center Lecture Hall on campus. SSC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Sam Rivera will be the instructor for the class. Cost for the course is $59.

This course is intended to help participants anticipate and appropriately respond to an active-shooter, respond appropriately when law enforcement arrives at the scene and recognize potential violence indicators to help prevent an incident from occurring. These proper planning and preparedness techniques may help reduce the probability of an active-shooter at a workplace or school.

During the class, participants will receive an overview of active-shooter incidents and options for staying safe during an active-shooter incident, including how to evacuate, hide-out and take action. Other topics to be discussed include understanding an active-shooter, after-action analysis and workplace violence.

Those interested in enrolling are encouraged to contact Carol Hartman, Business and Industry Training Coordinator, at 405-382-9246. Participants can also enroll at the College’s Office of Admissions located inside the Walkingstick Student Services Building on campus.




February 16, 2017

SSC Board of Regents Convene for February Meeting

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Jarrod Tollett, SSC Associate Professor of Mathematics, was granted tenure during the College’s Board of Regents Meeting Thursday afternoon. Pictured, left to right, are President Dr. Jim Utterback, Board Chair Leesa Adams, Tollett, and S.T.E.M. Division Chair Dr. Linda Goeller.

The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their monthly meeting.  At their February meeting, the Board awarded tenure to a faculty member and approved a finance and lease agreement resolution with the SSC Educational Foundation for a new baseball complex.

During the President’s Report to the Board, Dr. Jim Utterback gave an update on recent campus activities and events, including Higher Ed Day at the Capitol, the Trojan Baseball Season Kick-Off Banquet and several student organization activities.  

Under the first item of business, the Board granted tenure to Jarrod Tollett, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Subsequently, in accordance with Board policy, Tollett will be promoted to Associate Professor status.

Tollett began teaching at SSC as an adjunct instructor in 2001 and was hired as a full-time faculty member in 2010. Tollett teaches physics, astronomy, physical science, engineering and mathematics courses at the College.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Art in History from East Central University in Ada. Tollett also earned a Master of Education in Secondary Education from ECU.

Under the next item of business, the Board approved a resolution to enter into a finance and lease agreement with the Seminole State College Educational Foundation for the development and construction of a new baseball complex.

The new baseball field and facilities will not only provide the College’s nationally-recognized baseball program with a state-of-the-art facility, but will benefit the community as well. The new complex can be used to attract games and tournaments throughout the state and beyond, bringing in potential tourism dollars to local hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

This agreement will allow the SSC Educational Foundation to develop a financing plan for this project and proceed with construction with the understanding that the College will lease the facility upon completion.

Board members present at the February meeting were: Chair Leesa Adams, Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan, and Ray McQuiston. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March, 23 2017.




February 16, 2017

SSC Enrolling for Business and Industry Courses  

The Seminole State College Business and Industry Program is offering three short-term training courses beginning in March. The course options include Pharmacy Technician Certification, Dental Assisting and Lifeguard Training.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification course is scheduled for March 7 through May 2, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The class will take place in room 115 in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. The cost of the course is $1,044. This cost includes textbooks, lab supplies and parking and student I.D. fees. Deadline for enrollment is Wednesday, March 1.

The 50-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Students are encouraged to have taken math and science in high school and to have a high school diploma or GED to register for the course.  Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and other health care setting under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.

The Dental Assisting Program course is scheduled for March 2 through May 4, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The class will take place in room 104 in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. The cost of the course is $1,244.  This cost includes the price of textbooks and parking and student I.D. fees.

The purpose of this 60-hour course is to familiarize students with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice.  In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program.

The two-day Lifeguard Training course will be offered three times – March 4 and 5, April 1 and 2, and May 6 and 7. All classes will meet at the Raymond Harber Field House Pool. Course times for all three dates are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Participants will learn several lifeguarding techniques, including surveillance skills to help recognize and prevent injuries, rescue skills in and out of the water, first-aid training, professional rescuer CPR and how to interact with the public. 

Cost for the course is $150. This amount covers the class textbook and certification cards. Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age and able to pass a pre-course swim test to enroll. This course includes an online training section which must be completed prior to the first day of class. Space is limited, so preregistration is required.

Those interested in enrolling are encouraged to contact Carol Hartman, Business and Training Coordinator, at 405-382-9246. Participants can also enroll at the College’s Office of Admissions located inside the Walkingstick Student Services Building on campus




February 16, 2017

SSC Delegation Attends Higher Ed Day  

A delegation of Seminole State College students, employees and supporters attended “Higher Education Day at the Capitol” in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 14. The event, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, is held annually to demonstrate grassroots support for Higher Education funding.

OSRHE Chancellor Glen Johnson welcomed those in attendance during an afternoon session held in the chamber of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Following his introductions, remarks were given by Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb.

Other speakers included Oklahoma State Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Shulz, Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Jon Echols and Oklahoma Council of Presidents Chair Randy Beutler. Several students from across the state then spoke about the importance of higher education, including SSC sophomore Jeston Bennett of Earlsboro.

Prior to the afternoon program, community and campus leaders representing Seminole State College were guests at a luncheon held at Jamil’s Steakhouse in OKC. Special guests included Chancellor Glen Johnson, State Senator Jason Smalley and State Senator Ron Sharp. State Representatives in attendance were Dell Kerbs, Steve Kouplen, Leslie Osborn and Kevin Wallace. Following introductions by SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback, the elected officials spoke to the SSC delegation about higher education funding and the upcoming legislative session.

While at the Capitol, SSC students visited the offices of state officials to deliver candy and special “#IHeartHigherEd” booklets – the cover showcasing the Valentine’s theme of this year’s event. Each booklet contained feature stories of SSC students, and highlighted the positive impact of higher education and the difference it has made in students’ lives.

SSC students in attendance were: Jeston Bennett, Earlsboro; Taylor McClure, Tecumseh; Miles Piersall, Seminole; Nick Lee, Okemah; Mary Dodgen, Shawnee; Jake Goodson, Vilonia; Jarris Hamilton, Durant; Parker Johnson, Fort Worth, TX; Sydney Smith, Okemah; Paige Vanlandingham, Seminole; Kamy Walck, Shawnee; Zane Watters, Seminole; Gavin Aldridge, Earlsboro; Deinna Burkitt, Seminole; Adam Choate, Seminole; Gavin Cox, Seminole; Maycee Cox, Holdenville; Genesis Dockery, Earlsboro; Hunter Dugan, Tecumseh; Ashley Elmore, Shawnee; Zachary Ilbery, Checotah; Destanie Jacoway, Tecumseh; Jordan Parks, Seminole; Kelsey Ross, Moss; Lucy Sargent, Prague; Miranda Shupe, Chandler; Colton “Red” Smith, Stroud, Hayden Thompson, Depew; and Gage Wright, Stroud.

Community supporters present were: Tara Bennett, Wife of SSC Student Speaker Jeston Bennett; Myrna Bennett, Mother of SSC Student Speaker Jeston Bennett; Bryan Cain, Wewoka Security State Bank President; Jeramy Rich, SSC Educational Foundation Chair; Jim Hardin, Retired Seminole County Treasurer; Mark Schell, Seminole Security State Bank President; Karel Brewster, Brewster and Associates; Dr. Donna Hardin, Retired SSC English Faculty; Dr. Rebecca Kennedy, SSC Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs; Harrel Kennedy, Retired Vice President for East Central University; Doyle Long, Seminole Chamber of Commerce President; and Cameron Worthy, Son of SSC Student Speaker Jeston Bennett.

College representatives in attendance were: Dr. Jim Utterback, SSC President; Lana Reynolds, Executive Vice President; Larry Smith, Director of SSC Rural Business and Resources Center; Bill Knowles, Vice President for Student Affairs; Braden Brown, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs; Kristin Dunn, Coordinator of Media Relations; Cindy Guinn, Assistant to the Executive Vice President; Laura Harrison, Student Support Services Advisor; and Janna Manlapig, Student Support Services/STEM Student Support Services Director.

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Meeting State Officials  
A group of Seminole State College students visit with Oklahoma Senator Jason Smalley (R) yesterday – one of many state officials who spoke to the group – during a luncheon at Jamil’s Steakhouse before heading to the Capitol for Higher Ed Day.

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The SSC Experience
SSC student speaker Jeston Bennett discusses his positive college experience at Seminole State and stresses the value and importance of education during the afternoon session of Higher Ed Day at the Capitol.

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Student Speakers
Student speakers shared the positive impact higher education has made in their lives during Higher Education Day on Tuesday. Pictured, left to right, are Tulsa Community College student Faith Harl, Oklahoma State University student Jesse Belvin, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma Panhandle State University student Elida Esquivel and Seminole State College student Jeston Bennett.

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Supporting Higher Ed
SSC students and employees gather after the afternoon session of Higher Ed Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol this week.  




February 13, 2017

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel

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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 Life Sciences Susan Walker was honored as “Educator of the Month” and Business Office Cashier Amelia Hendrix 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.

Walker began her career at SSC in 2007 as an adjunct instructor. In 2014, she assumed her current role as Assistant Professor of Life Sciences. She teaches Principles of Biology, General Biology and Microbiology at the College.

Walker holds an Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology from Colby Community College in Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Biology/ Health, Physical Education and Recreation from East Central University. She also earned both a Master of Science in Curriculum and Institutional Education and Master of Science in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from Oklahoma State University.

Outside of work, Walker raises registered Texas Longhorn cattle and enjoys hiking, gardening, baking and going on outdoor adventures with her two grandsons. She resides in Konawa and has three daughters, Shiloh, Sammi and Sierra. Shiloh is an SSC graduate, Sammi will graduate from SSC this May and Sierra is a first year SSC nursing student. 

Hendrix came to SSC in 2014 from American Loans in Shawnee. She currently serves as a Cashier in the Business Office where she assists with student accounts. Her duties include applying payments, updating billing information and releasing financial aid refunds. She also issues vehicle parking permits. On campus, she is an active member of the Classified Staff Association.

Hendrix holds an Associate in Science in Business from SSC. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling and cooking. She and her fiancé Scott reside in Maud





February 13, 2017

SSC Art Club to Host Second Annual Chili Bowl Cook-Off

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SSC Assistant Professor of Art and Art Club Sponsor Angela Church (left) congratulates first place winner Tim Russell (right) during last year’s Chili Bowl Cook-Off.    

The Seminole State College Art Club is encouraging all faculty, staff, students and community members to come to campus hungry on Wednesday, February 22.
            Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Raymond Harber Fieldhouse lobby on campus, members of the SSC Art Club will be holding their second annual Chili Bowl Cook-Off. Chili will be sold for $5 per bowl. This price includes a drink, crackers and condiments of onions and cheese.
            The art department has also worked to create a wide selection of ceramic bowls – over 150 – that will be available for purchase at the fundraising event. The bowls, which come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, may be purchased for an additional $5 each.
            Entries are currently being accepted for the chili cook-off. Campus and community members are welcome to participate. Entries will be judged by a five-panel board and a trophy will be awarded to the winner to hold for one year. Last year’s winner was Tim Russell from Cromwell, husband of SSC GEAR UP Advisor Tessa Russell.

If you have a special chili recipe and would like to support the SSC Art Club, contact SSC Assistant Professor of Art Angela Church for a registration form. Church serves as the College’s Art Club sponsor. She can be reached by phone at 405-382-9564 or by email at

Register for the SSC Chili Bowl Cook-Off




February 13, 2017

SSC Set to Honor Black History Month

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Photo 1- Vanessa Adams-Harris
Photo 2- Vanessa Adams-Harris as Lena Mae Baker 

In recognition and celebration of Black History Month, Seminole State College will host a special program featuring the play “Who Will Sing for Lena?” on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The event will take place at 11:10 a.m. inside the Jeff Johnston Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.

“Who Will Sing for Lena” is a dramatic performance featuring actress Vanessa Adams-Harris who plays the role of Lena Mae Baker. The play is based on the life of Baker – an African American maid who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of her white employer and executed by the state of Georgia in 1945. The play was written by Dr. Janice L. Liddell and directed by Todd Murray.

Adams-Harris is a Muscogee Creek American Indian with African American/European ancestry. She is a 2015 and 2017 Oklahoma Chautauqua Scholar, mixed-media artist, actor, director, producer, adjudicator, workshop facilitator/presenter, spoken word artist and human rights activist.

Her credits include print/commercial modeling and national and international appearances with award-winning solo shows as civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks, Oklahoma legend Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher and Lena May Baker. She attended The University of Tulsa majoring in Theatre and Anthropology.

For questions or more information about the program, contact NASNTI Engagement Specialist Kay Wallace at 405-382-9646 or by email at





January 30, 2017

SSC Accepting Submissions for Creativity Symposium:
Deadline March 10, 2017



The Language Arts and Humanities Division at Seminole State College is currently accepting submissions for the Seventh Annual “Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase of Oklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, and Dancers.” Those interested can visit the symposium website at to access the 2017 Submission Form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 10, 2017.

The free symposium will be held in the Jeff Johnson Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, 2017. The event is open to the public, and area high schools and middle schools are welcome to bring their students to enjoy two days filled with an eclectic mix of varied musical performances, creative writings, dramatic readings, artistic presentations, and dances by both professional and emerging Oklahoma artists and scholars.

The Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium was established by the faculty of the SSC Language Arts and Humanities Division in the Spring of 2011 as a free celebration of Oklahoma creative expression, in all of its diverse forms.  “We hope this symposium will encourage all those who attend and participate to continue to find passion in their creative arts and appreciate the role the fine arts play in education and in Oklahoma culture,” said Jessica Isaacs, Symposium Director and Professor of Language Arts and Humanities at SSC.

High school and middle school teachers or counselors wishing to bring students to the event, or anyone wishing to bring large groups to enjoy the Symposium, should contact Jessica Isaacs for information about bus parking and other necessary arrangements at 405-382-9209 or by email at