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Date of Article Title of Article/
08/26/2016 Athletic Boosters
08/25/2016 Saying Goodbye
08/25/2016 SSC Welcomes Presidential Leadership Class X
08/24/2016 SSC Global Studies to Travel to China
08/19/2016 SSC Nursing Program Enrolls 41 New Students
08/19/2016 Checking Out Campus…
08/18/2016 SSC Regents Convene for August Meeting
08/18/2016 SSC Outdoor Volleyball Court Receives a Facelift
08/17/2016 A Heart of Service
08/17/2016 Talent Search Grants Renewed at SSC
08/15/2016 Welcoming A New Semester
08/15/2016 PIE Academy Completes Camp at SSC
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August 26, 2016

Athletic Boosters


Members of the Seminole State College Athletic Booster Club met Thursday to elect new members and hear reports from College coaches about the upcoming year in sports at SSC.  Directors (pictured left to right) seated are:  Harrel Kennedy, Hope Pickering (President) and Lisa Schoaps.  Standing, are:  Les Walker, Cynthia Yerby, Neil Craig, Micha Baker, Kevin Riggs, Dillon Robinson, Larry Smith and Matt Riffle.



August 25, 2016

Saying Goodbye


Coworkers, friends and family gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the retirement of long-time Seminole State College employee Brenda Cates. Cates has served in several different roles during her 20 years at the College, including TRiO Office Manager, Talent Search Advisor, Enrollment Management Specialist/High School Recruiter and her most current position as Student Support Services Adviser/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Specialist




August 25, 2016

SSC Welcomes Presidential Leadership Class X

Freshmen members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class X, pictured left to right, are: (seated) Chandler Lipe, Ashley Elmore, Genesis Dockery and Lucy Sargent; (standing) Billy Morgan, Destanie Jacoway, Hunter Dugan, Zach Ilbery, Gavin Cox, Adam Choate, Gavin Aldridge, Miranda Shupe, Hayden Thompson, Colton Smith, Mayce Croce, Gage Wright, Leona White, Kelsey Ross, Jordan Parks and Deinna Burkitt.

Seminole State College has chosen 20 students for Class X of the SSC Presidential Leadership program.  PLC is a two-year scholarship program created to help students develop leadership skills and provide personal and professional growth opportunities.
“The Presidential Leadership Class provides students with unique opportunities to foster their leadership skills while developing academic growth,” said Seminole State College President, Dr. James Utterback who instituted the program in 2007.   “We look forward to working with these outstanding students.  They will have some great opportunities throughout the year to meet with state leaders, learn about state government and philanthropy, study leadership styles and volunteer their time,” he said.
 The scholarship program was established to provide educational classroom and extracurricular activities to enhance leadership skills of students.  Responsibilities of PLC members include volunteering for community service programs and campus events. 
School officials throughout the College’s service area of Seminole, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Hughes and Okfuskee counties are invited by SSC President Utterback to nominate high school seniors as candidates for the scholarship program each December.  Other students are nominated by business owners and school officials.  Participants are selected based on ACT scores, academic performance in high school and demonstrated leadership ability.
Freshmen members of the President’s Leadership Class X include: Gavin Aldridge of Earlsboro; Deinna Burkitt of Seminole; Adam Choate of Seminole; Gavin Cox of Seminole; Maycee Croce of Holdenville; Genesis Dockery of Earlsboro; Hunter Dugan of Tecumseh; Ashley Elmore of Shawnee; Zachary Ilbery of Checotah; Destanie Jacoway of Tecumseh; Chandler Lipe of Edmond; William “Billy” Morgan of Hartshorne; Jordan Parks of Seminole; Kelsey Ross of Moss; Lucy Sargent of Prague; Miranda Shupe of Chandler; Colton “Red” Smith of Stroud; Hayden Thompson of Depew; Leona White of Wetumka; and Gage Wright of Stroud.
Sophomore members of the PLC IX, returning for a second year in the program, include:  Leah Cervantes of Earlsboro; Mary Dodgen of Shawnee; Jacob Goodson of Vilonia, Ark.; Jarris Hamilton of Durant; Hannah House of Holdenville; Parker Johnson of Fort Worth, Tex.; Kevin Lentzer of Trophy Club, Tex.; Taylor McClure of Tecumseh; Sydney Smith of Okemah; Paige Vanlandingham of Seminole; Kamy Walck of Shawnee; Zane Watters of Seminole; and Katie White of Wetumka.
The freshmen attended an orientation session at the College prior to the start of classes.  They were also guests, along with their parents, at a reception held at the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 23, where they heard about the history of the Museum and the importance of volunteerism from Museum founder and former SSC Regent Melvin Moran.
During the fall semester, they will participate in a “challenge adventure course” team-building exercise; visit the Oklahoma State Election Board, tour the VF Jeanswear/Wrangler Distribution Center and Enviro Systems in Seminole; and tour the U.S. Army Ammunition Plant and the Port of Catoosa.  The group will also volunteer at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, visit the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial and host a Presidential Election Watch Party for residential students on campus.  Females in the class will also participate in a Women’s Leadership Luncheon.

For more information about the PLC, contact SSC Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lana Reynolds, who serves as coordinator and sponsor of the program, at 405-382-9218 or at


August 24, 2016

SSC Global Studies to Travel to China

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Chunfu “Jeff” Cheng, SSC Assistant Professor of Business, Engineering and Computer Science, stands in front of Tiananmen in Beijing – one of the many major landmarks participants will visit during the Global Studies trip to China.

TThe Seminole State College Global Studies Program has announced a special two-week trip in May 2017 for those interested in visiting China.
The trip, which is scheduled for May 15 through May 28, will take participants to four cities, including Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Travelers will visit popular landmarks, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Wuzhen – Venice of the East. Participants will also experience authentic Chinese food during the trip and will have free time to explore, shop and experience the Chinese culture on their own.
Those who sign-up will be required to take a Global Studies in Language Arts and Humanities course at the College prior to the trip. The class will be an eight-week course offered during the 2017 spring semester. SSC Assistant Professor of Business, Engineering and Computer Science Chunfu “Jeff” Cheng will be instructing the course.
Cheng, who is originally from China, will also serve as the interpreter and chaperone throughout the trip. “I am very passionate and happy to bring SSC students to see the other side of the world. This is going to be an eye-opening and life-changing experience,” said Cheng.
The cost for the trip is currently estimated at $3,404 ($2,990 per traveler for trip cost, plus $414 for tuition for the Global Studies course). This amount includes all travel and hotel expenses, daily meals, tours and venue entrance fees. This amount does not include the cost of a passport and visa. Students, as well as community and family members, are all welcome to participate in this global studies opportunity.
For more information about the SSC Global Studies trip to China, contact Cheng by phone at 405-382-9570 or by email at



August 19, 2016

SSC Nursing Program Enrolls 41 New Students

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This fall marks the largest first-year class in recent history for the Seminole State College Nursing Program. “This year we were able to enroll 41 new students into the program. We are so excited that our program is continuing to grow in spite of difficult financial times in our state” said Valarie Watts, SSC Nursing Program Director.

Three of the 41 students joined the College’s Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse Program. The LPN to RN track enables licensed practical nurses to advance their degrees, while giving them credit for past educational accomplishments. Depending on their educational background, some LPN students may be able to complete their associate degrees in less than one year.

Those entering the nursing program this fall are: Jessica Kelly of Cushing; Alicia Reliford of Meeker; Stacey Vance of Prague; Sidnee Allen of Kingston;  Alethea Amador of Ada; Jade Baca of Seminole;  Amanda Bean of Meeker; Leah Cervantes of Earlsboro; Madeline Clark of Shawnee; Dominick Cloud of Newalla; Jessica Dillman of Seminole; Alexandra Fisher of Chandler; Faith Flick of Holdenville; Rebecca Gray of Shawnee; Laurelee Hanson of Shawnee; Grace Harrington of Holdenville; Carissa Harris of Wetumka; Kourtney Hause of Seminole; June Hill of Seminole; Kristen Jones of Tecumseh; Melissa Landreth of Holdenville; Abigail Marical of Ada; Chelsea Milliman of Shawnee; Brandon Mills of Roff; Cara Morris of Ada; Kristofer Moucka of Shawnee; Shelbie Pace of Ada; Ashton Qualls of Prague; Jenna Quantz of Shawnee; Taylor Scott of Stroud; CaSandra Shirley of Tecumseh; Sylvia Shupe of Chandler; Shyanna Sigman of Tecumseh; Mikala Sisco of Asher; Sierra Stacy of Ada; Casandra Stapp of Earlsboro; Lauren Van Horn of Shawnee; Janice Wakeman of Meeker; Amber Walker of Wetumka; Amber Young of Shawnee; Ethan Lofton of Shawnee; and Dylan Moore of Seminole.

The program accepts students each March for the upcoming fall semester. Students are encouraged to start the application process early.  For more information about the nursing program at Seminole State College, please contact the nursing office at 405-382-9205.



August 19, 2016

Checking Out Campus…

Sophomore members of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class helped freshmen PLC members get acquainted with campus during a photo scavenger hunt as part of a special orientation session prior to the start of classes.

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Pictured (left to right), Colton Smith, Stroud; Hunter Dugan, Tecumseh; Miranda Shupe, Chandler; Sydney Smith, Okemah; and Billy Morgan, Hartshorne, check out the cafeteria line in the E.T. Dunlap Student Union.

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finding phone

Sophomores Taylor McClure, Tecumseh, and Leah Cervantes, Earlsboro, show Kelsey Ross,
Moss, and Adam Choate, Seminole, campus emergency phone towers.

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Gavin Cox, Seminole; Gage Wright, Stroud; Mary Dodgen, Shawnee; and Kevin Lentzner, Trophy Club, Texas, pose under a gazebo in Cook Commons.




August 18, 2016

SSC Regents Convene for August Meeting

At their August meeting on Thursday, the Seminole State College Board of Regents elected Board officers, discussed the start of two academic programs and approved the naming of the College’s gymnasium floor in honor of a former long-time Belles basketball coach.

During the President’s Report, Dr. Jim Utterback updated the Board about the start of the new academic year, campus activities and the upcoming SSC Educational Foundation Golf Tournament on Sept. 9.

As the first item of business, the Board elected officers for the coming year. Regent Leesa Adams was elected chair.  Regent Bryan Cain will serve as vice chair, and Regent Marci Donaho as secretary.

Under the next item of business, members of the Board approved a recommendation by the SSC Booster Club to name the gymnasium floor in the Raymond Harber Field House in honor of former SSC Belles Basketball Coach Dixie Woodall. Coach Woodall led the 1976 SSC women’s team to a National Championship – the College’s only team sport national championship to-date. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and was honored by the SSC Educational Foundation with its “Distinguished Service Award” in 2013.

The Board then approved the next two business items, both regarding new academic programs. Members approved the request to begin an Associate in Science in Secondary Education Program to be offered jointly with East Central University in Ada. This program will attempt to help keep education majors on track to graduate on time. The Board then approved a request to enter into a Memo of Understanding with Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee to collaboratively offer a Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

Two items were presented under the consent agenda. The Board approved a recommendation to move the October Board meeting from Thursday, October 20 to the following Thursday, October 27. Board members also approved a Memo of Understanding with Ramona Munsell and Associates for their assistance with a GEAR UP federal grant application.

Members present at the meeting were: Chair Leesa Adams, Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan and Ray McQuiston.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016


August 18, 2016

SSC Outdoor Volleyball Court Receives a Facelift

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Helping Hands…

Tim Porter, with Porter Construction, lends a helping hand to give the Seminole State College outdoor volleyball sand court a facelift this week.  Tim and Mike Porter donated time, equipment and materials for the project.  Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Knowles said that the court was in dire need of refurbishing, but due to state budget cuts, repairing the court had been put on hold.  Knowles said, "We appreciate Mr. Porter helping us out with this project.  The court is highly used by our students - particularly residential students.  Having a 'new court' for the start of school year was great.".



August 17, 2016

A Heart of Service


Six Seminole State College nursing students led the way in service to underclassmen over the summer. These sophomore nursing students volunteered time during their break to mentor and lead the upcoming freshmen class. They helped the new students understand how the two- year nursing program is designed, and assisted them with study and organizational tips. “We love seeing students pass the torch to the next class. No one understands the challenges of nursing school better than nursing students. We are so proud of these leaders for reaching out to those who are entering the program and offering a friendly face and a helping hand,” said Brenda Hudson, an assistant nursing professor at SSC. Sophomore nursing students holding their certificates of appreciation are (l-r): Jacqueline Crenshaw of Konawa; Baylee Lucas of Seminole; Jessica Cordell of Prague; Kourtney Reeves of Seminole; Whitney Madden of Stillwater and Elizabeth Sidmore of Shawnee.



August 17, 2016

Talent Search Grants Renewed at SSC

Seminole State College recently received notification from the U.S. Department of Education of the renewal of two federal Talent Search grants. Talent Search Central and Talent Search West will be funded for another five years and will bring in over $2.7 million to the institution.
The SSC Talent Search Programs serve students in sixth through twelfth grade who attend designated schools in the College’s surrounding service areas. The goal of both programs is to help students complete high school and proceed to some form of postsecondary education.
The competitive federal grants were judged on a 106 point scale.  Seminole’s applications scored 105 and 102.
Talent Search Central will continue to serve 700 public school students from Bowlegs, Butner, Justice, New Lima, Paden, Sasakwa, Seminole, Strother, Varnum and Wewoka schools.  Talent Search West will continue to serve 500 students from Dale, Earlsboro, Macomb, Maud, McLoud, Shawnee and Tecumseh.
Throughout the school year, both programs assist students in study skills, test-taking strategies, life skills and college and career preparation.  The programs also provide campus tours and evening financial aid workshops for parents and students. 
Dr. Jim Utterback, SSC President, said getting federal money during these difficult financial times is important.  “With our public schools facing loss of revenue from the state, funding the services provided to the students and schools in this area is more important than ever.  Many of these services would not be available, if not through our grant programs,” he said.

Talent Search is part of the TRiO Programs, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  For more information about Talent Search at SSC, please contact Director of FOCUS/Educational Talent Search Mary Ann Hill at 405-382-9703 or by email at

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August 15, 2016

Welcoming A New Semester



Faculty and staff at Seminole State College celebrated the beginning of the new academic year last week with an in-service program built around the theme “SSC – We Can Do It!”  Employees heard campus updates from President Dr. Jim Utterback and visited sessions on topics including campus safety and student success. The faculty and staff also gathered in their favorite SSC t-shirts during the program to take a group photo. Classes for the fall term began on Monday.



August 15, 2016

PIE Academy Completes Camp at SSC


During the Peak Into Engineering Summer Academy at Seminole State College, student participants (l-r) Cloe Serre, Gretl Wagner, Robert Trotter and Frida Hernandez work together to assemble their underwater remote-operated vehicle.

A group of 37 high school students from across the state of Oklahoma recently completed a week-long Peek Into Engineering (PIE) Summer Academy at Seminole State College.
The annual camp targets rising ninth through twelfth grade students who have a strong interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). During this year’s camp, students were exposed to aerospace, computer, electrical, material, mechanical and bio-engineering techniques. To put these skills to use, students were divided into groups and given materials to design and assemble underwater remote-operated vehicles (ROV). At the end of the week, the students tested their creations in the water during a special group competition.
During the week, camp participants took a field trip to the Oklahoma State University School of Engineering where they took a tour of the labs. They also enjoyed several guest speakers, including J.C. “High Eagle” Elliot, a former NASA physicist; William “Bill” Browning, Jr., OG&E Senior Engineer;  and Dr. Noble Jobe, Assistant Professor of Science at SSC.
The PIE academy is one of several Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education summer math, science and multidisciplinary academies offered at higher education institutions across the state. The camp at SSC is directed by Assistant Professor of Math/Science/Engineering Jarrod Tollett, with help from Mathematics Instructor Lynnette Gomez and STEM Division Chair Dr. Linda Goeller.  
 “The goal of the summer academy was to expose students to educational and career opportunities in the areas of engineering, through hands-on learning. The participants this year all completed working projects. The students were sharp, attentive and focused,” said Tollett. 
Students who participated in this year’s camp include: Tyler Abbott of Jones; Keaton Allen of Bartlesville; Albany Blackburn of Nardin; Matt Blair of Edmond; Slade Coleman of Idabel; Ford Collier of Edmond; Reese Daily of Boswell; Noah Dorrough of Shawnee; Jonathan Duarte of Seminole; Nathan Eslinger of McLoud; Leonardo Espinosa of Oklahoma City; Shauna Ferrell of Prague; Dylan Gentry of Norman; Ian Goodman of Seminole; Callie Hall of Shawnee; Frida Hernandez of Tulsa; Josef Homola of Edmond; Chenwei Huang of Stillwater; William Huang of Moore; Ha Huynh of Broken Arrow; Colton Ingmire of Tecumseh; Jersey Lee of Sapulpa; Jalon Martinez of Oklahoma City; Markus McClellan of Ardmore; Kayley Mitchell of Choctaw; Jehrome Olah of Yukon; Iesh-LaShay Phillips of Jenks; Cloe Serre of Seminole; Dessi Stefanova of Midwest City; Brandon Surratt of Tulsa; Robert Trotter of Yukon; Kaitlin Vinson of Bartlesville; Hannah Wagar of Earlsboro; Gretl Wagner of Yukon; Remington Ward of Locust Grove; William West of Stuart and Ruoya Yan of Edmond.

For more information about the PIE Academy at SSC, contact Tollett by phone at 405-382-9217 or by email at Those interested may also contact Dr. Goeller by phone at 405-382-9567 or by email at