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05/23/2016 Seminole State College’s Summer Semester Begins June 6
05/20/2016 Community Development Seminar
05/19/2016 Student Legacy Award
05/19/2016 Cooperative Effort between SSC and GCTC Saves MLT Program
05/17/2016 Leone Named Head Baseball Coach at SSC
05/16/2016 SSC To Hold Girls’ Basketball Camp
05/05/2016 SSC’s Coach Simmons Reaches 1,800th Win
05/03/2016 SSC Offers Summer Kids Camps
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May 23, 2016

Seminole State College’s Summer Semester Begins June 6

Seminole State College’s summer semester begins Monday, June 6.  Students interested in taking college courses during the eight-week term are encouraged to enroll before the first day of the summer session.

Weekday and online courses are being offered. Classes will be offered in accounting, history, biology, psychology, criminal justice, art and many other subject areas. For a class schedule detailing all current course offerings, visit the College’s website at

Students interested in attending the fall semester are also encouraged to enroll now.  The fall semester will begin Monday, August 15.  Enrollment for fall intersession is also underway. The intersession runs August 1 through August 12.

SSC’s summer office hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Offices are closed on Fridays. Summer office hours will run May 23-July 29. 

For more information on classes or enrollment at Seminole State, contact the SSC Admissions Office at 405-382-9230 or stop by the Walkingstick Student Services Building – a one-stop enrollment center – located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus.




May 20, 2016

Community Development Seminar

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Seminole State College co-hosted a community development seminar with the Rural Community College Alliance in Oklahoma City on May 17.  Officials from the United States Department of Agricultural Rural Development program, including Deputy Undersecretary Vernita Dore, were featured guests at the summit.  SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback and SSC Rural Business and Resources Center Director Larry Smith made a presentation on “Utilizing Community College Foundations” at the conference.




May 19, 2016

Student Legacy Award

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Recent Seminole State College graduate Cody Arbuckle (right) of Seminole was presented with a special “Student Legacy Award” by College President Dr. Jim Utterback. Arbuckle was selected for the award by the Language Arts and Humanities Division based on his academic dedication, campus involvement and the overall positive impact he had during his time as an SSC student.




May 19, 2016

Cooperative Effort between SSC and GCTC Saves MLT Program

The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their monthly meeting.  At their May meeting, the Board approved a proposal for a cooperative agreement with Gordon Cooper Technology Center that will allow the continuation of the College’s Medical Laboratory Technology Program.

During the President’s report to the Board, Dr. Jim Utterback reflected on recent events and activities at the College.  He discussed end-of-year student honors, the success of the SSC Educational Foundation’s Spring Recognition Banquet, Commencement activities and spring sports play-off results.

The first and only action item on the agenda was the approval of a cooperative memorandum of understanding with GCTC in Shawnee to continue the MLT program. MLT classes and labs will be offered on-site at Gordon Cooper. GCTC will assume the costs of instruction and students will continue to receive degrees from the accredited program at SSC. Approval by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission will be pursued as needed.

President Utterback said that the agreement was the first of its kind.  “We are appreciative of Gordon Cooper Technology Superintendent Marty Lewis and his staff, along with our academic affairs personnel and the MLT program instructors for their work on this agreement.  Lots of people have spent a lot of time hammering out the details to make this possible.  It is a credit to Gordon Cooper that they jumped up so quickly to make this happen.

The program is highly valued by area hospitals, as well as current students and alumni of the program.  It is a big win to get this done,” Utterback said.

Under the consent agenda, the Board approved two routine items including the FY17 Campus Master Plan Projects – which are annually submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents – and the 2016-2017 Events and Employee Holiday Schedule.

Board members present at the May meeting were: Chair Karen James, Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho and Curtis Morgan. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2016.




May 17, 2016

Leone Named Head Baseball Coach at SSC


Former Seminole State College Trojan and current Assistant Baseball Coach Dax Leone will assume the role as head coach of the Trojans upon the retirement of current head coach Lloyd Simmons at the end of June.

SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback announced the appointment on Monday. He said, “Coach Leone brings with him an extensive background of experience. I am excited about this appointment and have every confidence that he will continue the tradition of excellence for which Trojan baseball is known throughout the country.”

Leone, a Shawnee Native, returned to his alma mater in 2015 after serving five years as the head baseball coach for the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He played for SSC under Coach Simmons in the late 90s and previously served as an assistant coach at the College in 2005-2006 under head coach Eric Myers.

Coach Simmons said he is pleased with the appointment of Leone.  “I am proud to turn the program over to a former Trojan that had a great career as a player and has proven himself as a coach.  Dax came on board last year as my assistant and did a great job.  I know he will carry on the Trojan tradition,” Simmons said.

With over 15 years of coaching experience, Leone has worked with several major NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA baseball programs. In 2001, he began his coaching career at East Central University where he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers. During his tenure there, ECU won the 2004 Lone Star North Division Championship, their first since 1973.

In the summers of 2003 and 2004, Dax coached the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast Baseball League in British Columbia, Canada. During his time there, the Falcons had five all-conference players, and won the International Division for the first time in team history.

Leone served a year at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee as a pitching coach and then, in 2005, Leone was hired on as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at SSC. While at Seminole, the Trojans lead the NJCAA with 478 strikeouts, allowing only 348 hits, a staff ERA of 3.89, while only allowing an ERA of 2.73 in conference play. During that season, eight players were drafted, three of which signed professional contracts.

After serving a season at Seminole, Leone worked for the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he served as their pitching coach and recruiting coordinator from 2006 to 2009. Leone helped bring in ULM's 2007 recruiting class, a top-10 class that featured five players that were eventually drafted. ULM won 30 games in 2007, and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in five years. During the 2008 season, ULM won the Sun Belt Conference with a conference record of 20-10.

In 2009-2010, Leone worked as an assistant coach in the Oklahoma State University program. During his time in Stillwater, he coached two players who currently play for the major leagues.

From 2010-2015, Coach Leone served as head baseball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. Leone was instrumental in landing UCO's first contract with TPX/Louisville Slugger, and helped raise nearly $200,000 for facility improvements. He coached three All-Americans during his time at UCO, along with several All-Region players. During his tenure, Leone won 150 games, including 38 wins in 2014 – the most wins for UCO since 2007. During the 2014 season, UCO had the South Central Regional Player of the Year, three All Region players and a school record of eight MIAA All Conference players.

After playing for Coach Simmons at SSC in 1997-1998, Leone continued on to the University of Texas where he played under head coach Augie Garrido in 1999-2000. Leone holds an Associate in Science from SSC, and both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from ECU.

“I am truly honored to be named the head coach of the Trojan baseball program. Seminole baseball is nationally respected across the country, plus this program is a major priority to college, community, and alumni here. We have had over forty- three big leaguers come from Seminole and Coach Simmons is the winningest college baseball coach in NJCAA history, with 1800 wins. As a former player, assistant coach and alumni, I look forward to leading this historic program into the future,” said Leone.




May 16, 2016

SSC To Hold Girls’ Basketball Camp

The Seminole State College Belles Basketball Program will sponsor a girls’ basketball camp June 6-9 for grades three through nine. The four-day camp will be held in the College’s Raymond Harber Field House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cost $60.
Campers will receive individual instruction in basketball fundamentals to improve their game, as well as have the opportunity to play in daily games to further their basketball understanding. Participants will have a 30-minute lunch break each day. A concession with snacks and drinks will be available and pizza will be sold for $1.50 per slice. Campers will also receive a t-shirt with their registration fee.

Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, June 6. Those needing additional information or wanting to pre-register for the camp should contact SSC Head Belles Basketball Coach Rita Story-Schell at (405) 382-9223




May 11, 2016



Seminole State College Trojan Baseball Coach Lloyd Simmons announced this week that he will retire, effective June 30, 2016.
Simmons, who has built a dynasty in collegiate baseball in his 30 years at Seminole, begins playoff action at the NJCAA Region II Tournament in Woodward, Oklahoma Thursday.  His 2016 team has a conference record of 13-4 and overall record of 40-11.  The team is currently ranked 6th in the nation.
“I appreciated the opportunity to return to the College and coach the past four years.  I have enjoyed this opportunity to work with the young men in this program, my assistant coaches, alumni of the program, community supporters and my colleagues at the College during this time.
I have been very fortunate to have the support of the community, as well as the SSC Board of Regents, administration, faculty and staff.  I appreciate the many fans and friends who have helped build the Trojan program,” he said.
During his tenure at Seminole, his teams have made 13 trips to the NJCAA nation tournament – JUCO World Series – in Grand Junction, Colo., where they returned home as runners-up four times. His teams have been consistently ranked in the top 15 in the nation.  Along the way, Simmons produced over 200 players who signed professional baseball contracts, with 43 of those playing in the major leagues.
Simmons has become affectionately known as “Zero” or “Z” by his players, for the number on his uniform and the number of games he reportedly plans to lose each season.
The City of Seminole and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce also recognized him for his civic contributions with induction into the Seminole Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1997, the Seminole coach was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame. 
That same year, Simmons saw the completion of the Lloyd Simmons Baseball Facility at Oiler Park in Seminole.  Built utilizing contributions and in-kind financial support from Seminole and nearby communities, the state-of-the-art indoor training facility includes offices, a large dressing room, a weight-training area and indoor pitching and hitting tunnels.
In 1999, Simmons became the most winning coach in collegiate baseball history in the nation with a record at that time of 1,495-271.  Earlier this month, he captured his 1,800th career win, with a victory over Eastern Oklahoma State College.
Simmons resume’ also includes serving as assistant coach of the USA Team Tour of Japan in 1983 and coach of the USA Olympic Trials in Homestead, Fla. in 1994.
This past January, Simmons was voted Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association “Coach of Year” for the eighth time in his career.
After 26 years at the helm of the Trojan baseball program, Simmons left the College in 2001.  He served as the Rookie Manager for the Kansas City Royals for six years, and then worked three years as the pro team’s area scout for Oklahoma, Arkansas and Western Tennessee.
In February, 2011, he became the area scout for the New York Yankees organization – covering Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. 
He returned to Seminole State College in May, 2012.
Dr. Jim Utterback, President of Seminole State College, said Simmons will be greatly missed for both the professional and personal contributions he has made to the College and the community.
“He will leave an amazing legacy at Seminole State College.  The success of his teams and players, combined with the personal development and professional success of his alumni are unmatched.  He has brought positive national and international attention to Seminole State College.  On a local level, his players are known for both their academic success as well as their personal character.  They are widely recognized in this community for their civic engagement and volunteerism.
It has been a tremendous honor to have served with a legend and gentleman like Coach Lloyd Simmons.  We want to offer our best wishes to “Z” for the remainder of this tenure at SSC – and beyond,” Utterback said.
Former SSC Regent and Seminole community leader Melvin Moran added his appreciation for Coach Simmons’ career at SSC.

“Lloyd has brought honor to Seminole State College, our entire community, and to Oklahoma. Having him coach SSC baseball was a blessing. I know that we all wish Lloyd and Carolyn (his wife) much happiness.  They will be dearly missed,” Moran said.




May 5, 2016

SSC’s Coach Simmons Reaches 1,800th Win

Seminole State College Head Baseball Coach Lloyd “Z” Simmons reached his 1,800th win Sunday, May 1 by defeating Eastern Oklahoma State College 17-7 at home.

Coach Simmons has served SSC for 30 years as head coach for the Trojan Baseball Program and was recently recognized for this employment milestone at the College’s annual recognition banquet. During his career at the College, he has led 13 SSC teams to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series and has coached the Trojans to an NJCAA Region II Championship 18 times.

Earlier this year, Coach Simmons was honored as “College Coach of the Year” by the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association (OBCA), marking his eighth time to receive this award. Simmons is also a former OBCA Hall of Fame inductee – a special honor that recognizes baseball coaches throughout the state each year for their service and dedication. Simmons was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Simmons was also inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 and was recognized by the City of Seminole and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce in 1994 for his civic contributions with induction into the Seminole Hall of Fame.

For a current game schedule and other Trojan baseball news, visit the College’s athletics website at




May 3, 2016

SSC Offers Summer Kids Camps


Students enrolled in last summer’s Clay Camp at Seminole State College work on painting their ceramic creations

Seminole State College is offering Kids on Campus, a variety of children and youth activities scheduled throughout the summer. The series of camps are scheduled for June 6 through July 21 and will focus on a selection of kid-friendly learning activities.

June camps include Clay Camp, Screen Printing Camp, Lego Camp and Minecraft Camp. July camps focus on Reading Camp, Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, Swim Stroke Development Skills, Swim Stroke Refinement Skills and Parent/Child Aquatics. 

Clay Camp is a pottery program offering a hands-on experience for children 7 and above. Kids will learn to shape clay into pinch pots, build unique coil vessels and decorate and glaze clay among other ceramic techniques.  Clay camp will run June 6 through June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.

Screen Printing Camp is designed to allow students to embrace their creativity. Kids will make their own masterpiece and then learn how to transfer their design onto a t-shirt, tote bag and picture. Screen Printing camp will run June 20 through June 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.

Lego Camp is designed for kids who like to create, build and discover using building sets. This camp is ideal for children in grades first through fourth. This camp offers project-based educational play designed to teach principles of math, science, physics, problem solving, critical thinking, fine motor skills, social cooperation and imaginative play. Lego camp will run June 6 through June 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost for this course is $79

Minecraft Camp encourages campers to create, problem solve, work together as a team. This camp is designed to help students gain appreciation for math and science and use creativity and social skills. Both newcomers and experienced Minecraft players are welcome to participate. Minecraft camp will run June 6 through June 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will cost $79.

Reading Camp is designed for students in grades first through third, or older readers who may need extra practice developing reading skills. Reading camp will place emphasis on reading comprehension by using a combination of children’s literature, concentration exercises, hands-on experiences, and research-based strategies. Campers will practice phonics, word attack skills, and sight words. Reading camp will run July 11 through July 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.

Swim Camp covers a variety of swim levels.  Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, Swim Stroke Development Skills, Swim Stroke Improvement and Swim Stroke Refinement classes are scheduled for June 20 through June 30 and July 11 through July 21.  A Parent/Child Aquatics course is also available July 11 through July 21. Lessons are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 45 minute slots.  Students are assigned a class time depending on their individual swim skill level. Cost of the course is $69 per student.  The swim classes take place in the indoor Olympic-size swimming pool at SSC’s natatorium in the Raymond Harber Field House. The climate-controlled, indoor facility allows instruction regardless of the outside weather conditions and without the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

Registration for all camps begins Monday, May 9.  Those interested are encouraged to call Carol Hartman, Business and Training Coordinator at 405-382-9246 or Lana Reynolds at 405-382-9218.  Participants can also enroll by calling or stopping by the College’s Office of Admissions in the Walkingstick Student Services Center located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus. The Admissions Office can be reached by calling 405-382-9230