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09/23/2016 SSC Awarded $1.7 Million Federal Grant
09/22/2016 Boosters, Burgers and Buns, Oh My!
09/22/2016 SSC Honors Constitution Day
09/15/2016 Learning the Election Process…
09/15/2016 Enrollment Open for Five-Week Saturday Classes at SSC
09/15/2016 Former SSC Player Signs First Professional Contract in Sweden
09/15/2016 Larson Shares Experience as SSC Student
09/12/2016 SSC’s Global Studies Program to Hold Informational Meeting
09/08/2016 Here are the Keys…Be Home by 10
09/06/2016 PLC Students Participate in Ropes Course at St. Crispin's
09/06/2016 Selfie with the Prez...
08/26/2016 Athletic Boosters
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September 23, 2016

SSC Awarded $1.7 Million Federal Grant

Seminole State College recently received word from the U.S. Department of Education that the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) grant has been funded in the amount of $1.7 million. The grant is anticipated to be funded over the next five years beginning this October.
The purpose of the NASNTI Program is to support institutions of education in their effort to increase their self-sufficiency by improving academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability. Funds will be used to assist the College with planning, developing, undertaking and carrying out activities to improve and expand the institution's capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals.  All students, regardless of race or ethnicity, will be eligible to participate in the grant’s programs and receive services provided through the grant.
“We are excited to receive this award. This grant will allow the College to better serve an under-represented group in higher education and strengthen our community by providing additional developmental and outreach services to those students, as well as the college’s general population” said Shelly Watson, NASNTI Program Director.
NASNTI funds will be used to improve technological infrastructure; renovate and improve instructional facilities; support faculty development, curriculum development and academic instruction; and aid academic tutoring, mentoring programs and student support services.
Dr. Jim Utterback, SSC President, said, “Seminole State has a diverse campus population. We are among the highest percentage in the nation of public institutions serving Native American students. The College has always shown a commitment to improving student services and student development. The funding of this grant is important in addressing that mission. Receiving federal funds is critically important to the College during these times of reduced state funds.”

            For more information about the NASNTI Program at SSC, contact Watson by phone at 405-382-9640 or by email at





September 22, 2016

Boosters, Burgers and Buns, Oh My!


Seminole State College student-athletes were welcomed to campus and the community by the SSC Booster Club Tuesday evening at the College’s Softball Complex.  Booster Club Directors (left to right) Les Walker, Dillon Robinson, Kevin Riggs and Ken Pryor cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for over 150 guests, while other Booster Board members organized and served food.  Coaches and individual team members were introduced at the event, and the Army National Guard provided a gaming trailer for entertainment.  This year’s players include 111 students from Oklahoma, 35 students from out-of-state and 16 international students.


sitting at table getting food



September 22, 2016

SSC Honors Constitution Day

In observance of Constitution Day, Seminole State College hosted “Who Wants to Be a Constitutionaire?” in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center Lecture Hall on Monday.  SSC Social Sciences Assistant Professor Steve Hendrix organized the event and also served as the game show host. The Constitution-themed game show, based on the popular television program “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” encouraged student contestants to answer questions that related to the Constitution. Social Sciences Division Chair Dr. Steve Bolin, Associate Professor Jeffrey Christiansen and Professor Marta Osby also assisted with the event.

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Photo 2173-SSC student contestant Lucy Sargent of Prague (left) answers a question about the Constitution during the College’s game show “Who Wants to Be a Constitutionaire?”

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Photo 2176 - Professor Hendrix thanks student contestants (l-r) Lucy Sargent of Prague, Grady Alexander of Sasakwa, Branden Blaylock of Shawnee and Mary Grider of Durant for their participation in the Constitution Day event.  




September 15, 2016

Learning the Election Process…

Members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class visited the Oklahoma State Election Board offices in Oklahoma City Tuesday.  The students learned about voting machines and the election process.  They were also given the opportunity review samples of ballots to be used in Seminole County for the upcoming November 8 General Election.  Several members of the class used the opportunity to register to vote.  This fall will mark the first time many of these college freshmen and sophomores will get to vote – and the first time for any of them to be able to vote in a Presidential election.


Photo 563  Every Vote Counts
Mary Dodgen, of Shawnee, and Sydney Smith, of Okemah, look over sample ballots.

Photo 571  Getting Registered
State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax assists freshmen Hayden Thomas, of Depew, in registering to vote.

Photo 589  Tour of the Capitol
PLC freshmen and sophomores visited the Senate Chambers and Gallery during a tour of the Capitol Tuesday.




September 15, 2016

Enrollment Open for Five-Week Saturday Classes at SSC

Seminole State College is currently enrolling for several upcoming Saturday classes that will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for five weeks.
The first three courses will begin on Saturday, September 24 and will conclude on Saturday, October 29. Courses offered include Art History I, Introduction to Sociology and American History Since 1877. The next two classes will begin on Saturday, November 5 and will conclude Saturday, December 10. Courses offered include Introduction to Microsoft Office and Introduction to Communication.

Those interested may enroll with their assigned advisor or in the Ben and Bonnie Walkingstick Student Services Building – a one-stop enrollment center, located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus. Students must enroll before classes begin.          

Regular office hours at the College are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Visit our website at to view our current class schedules. For questions about classes or enrollment at Seminole State, contact the SSC Admissions Office at 405-382-9230.




September 15, 2016

Larson Shares Experience as SSC Student 


Although the path hasn’t always been easy, Jared Larson has made it a priority to complete his education.
Larson, who was born and raised in Rohnert Park, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age. “MS is a neurological disorder that attacks the brain,” he explained.
Throughout his education, Larson struggled with the symptoms and admitted he eventually decided to drop-out of high school.
It didn’t take him long though, before he made the decision to return. “I eventually decided that I needed to deal with it. I went back and got my GED,” Larson said. “What really motivated me was the thought of working a job in my 40’s that wasn’t going anywhere,” he added.
Now living in Seminole, Larson is a sophomore English major at Seminole State College. “I like reading and culture. English just seems to be the area that can offer all of that,” he explained. He admits that he has tried his hand in other areas, including culinary arts and computer repair, but none of them stuck.
Larson mentioned one of his favorite classes so far has been World Literature with Kelli McBride, an associate professor of language arts at the college. “She is very bright. She brings a modernist view to old culture,” he said.
On campus, Larson is a member of Sigma Kappa Delta and the Art Club. He also worked briefly as an English tutor on campus, until budget cuts caused the position to be eliminated. 
Larson explained that over time, he has learned to manage his MS on his own. He was on medication for a while, but he didn’t like how it made him feel. “My MS is reoccurring – it comes and goes. Fortunately, I don’t have a severe case like some do,” he said.
Larson plans to graduate from SSC this fall. He then plans to attend East Central University in the spring to continue his education in English.
“I’ve made a lot of new friends at SSC. I’ve experienced things here I never would have if I’d stayed in California. It has broadened my horizons,” he explained.
His ultimate career goal is to become an English educator oversees. “I would like to teach in Germany or France. It is such a different culture there,” he said.
When he is not in class, Larson enjoys music, movies and video games. “My favorite movie happens to be the newest Star Wars show,” he said.
Larson plays a variety of video games including Halo and Resident Evil. He added, “There is probably not a game I haven’t played – or won’t play – at some point in my life.”

He mentioned that he has also been spending more time in the art building. “I’ve been doing some sculpting and working on pottery,” Larson said. He hopes to continue his clay work a few hours a week throughout his final semester at SSC.




September 15, 2016

Former SSC Player Signs First Professional Contract in Sweden


Jabril Durham, former Seminole State College basketball player, recently signed a one-year professional contract with Jamtland Basket of the Swedish Basketligan. Durham played for SSC during the 2013-2014 season under Head Coach Don Tuley.
Durham, a 6’1” point guard, finished his senior season 12th in the NCAA and 2nd in the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in assists per game with 6.4, while ranking 5th in the country with a 3.6 assists-to-turnover ratio. He also averaged 6.2 points, 3.5 rebounds to go along with 1.6 steals, while starting in all 32 games. During the 2015-16 campaign, Durham became the first Razorback in 20 years to register three straight games with 6-plus helpers and no turnovers, completing the feat against Auburn University (Feb 17th), University of Missouri (Feb 20th) and Louisiana State University (Feb 23rd). Durham was the only player in the NCAA with multiple games of 10 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. During the 18-game regular season, his 103 total assists ranks 2nd most in school history.
A DeSoto, Texas native, Durham attended DeSoto High School prior to committing to play collegiate basketball with Lubbock Christian University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In his freshman year, Durham led the Chaparrals in both assists with 4.8 per game and total steals with 41. Durham spent his sophomore season with Seminole State College of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) where he averaged 21.2 points while dishing out 6.7 assists, good for 16th and 9th respectively in Region II of the NJCAA.
Durham committed to the University of Arkansas for the 2014-15 season where he posted averages of 1.8 points and 1.4 assists in 10.0 minutes per game. Durham’s strongest performance of his junior year came against the University of Dayton on December 13th, 2014 where he registered 9 points and 2 assists in 25.0 minutes of court time.
“It feels great to get my foot in the door with my first professional contract and I’m excited to start this journey,” said Durham. “I can only thank God for allowing me to continue to play the game I love, to glorify him. Jamtland will be getting a hungry determined player coming in ready to win!”
Jamtland Basket finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 11-19. They look forward to welcoming Durham’s offensive vision and defensive awareness.
“We found Jabril through our extensive scouting of pass-first point guards who play tenacious defense,” said Torbjorn Gehrke, Jamtland Head Coach. “We feel very lucky to have signed Jabril and are expecting great things from him this coming season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Jabril throughout the season, visit




September 12, 2016

SSC’s Global Studies Program to Hold Informational Meeting

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The Seminole State College’s Global Studies program visited Paris, Normandy and London in June, 2016. The group posed for a picture standing in front of the famous Eifel Tower while in Paris. SSC students, faculty and community members who participated in the trip are (l-r): David Ray, Brent Houston, Donna Houston, Corey Parsons, Jan Kirk, Kirk Hoster, Racketa Crawford, Daria Hoster, Zandi Sigman, Miranda Coon Judy Kirk and Kye Henry.

The Seminole State College Global Studies program will hold an informational meeting on campus on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in the Boren Library, room 100. This session will provide details about the 2017 Irish Heritage Tour.
           The Irish Heritage Tour tour will be a nine-day trip and is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 22, 2017. Participants will visit Dublin, Cork and Killarney and stops on the tour will include Georgian Square, O’Connell Street, Pheonix Park, St. Patrick’s and Blarney Castle. There will be free time throughout the trip for tour group members to explore museums, shops, restaurants and other sites of interest. Those interested can take the tour/class for three credit hours or audit the course.
           Cost for the trip will be between $3775.000 and $3985.00. This amount includes college fees, flying to and from Oklahoma City, most meals, local transportation, and most other related expenses.  Additional costs include souvenirs, occasional lunches and dinners and optional side trips. A $200 discount is being offered to those who sign-up for the trip through the month of September.
           Kelly Kirk, retired SSC art and global studies professor, will be coordinating the trip. Kirk encourages those who are interested to enroll soon and stresses that you need not be a student to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The program is open to SSC students and the general public who are 18 years of age or older. Those under 18 can participate in the trip if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
           Kirk has been involved with the SSC Global Studies Program for many years and has organized and chaperoned 26 trips.  Kirk has traveled with groups to Egypt, China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Greece and France.
           For immediate questions and further details about the upcoming summer tour, contact Kirk at 405-275-5811.




September 8, 2016

Here are the Keys…Be Home by 10

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Roy Sisco and John Smart, Owners of Seminole Ford, and General Manager Mark Gentry present the keys to two vehicles the company will be loaning to the Seminole State College Athletic Department this fall to SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback and Trojan Baseball Coach Dax Leone.  Sisco said he realized how devastating recent cuts in state funding were on the local two-year college.  “We know the school is strapped and felt this was one way to positively affect its programs and the students served by SSC.”  Pictured (left to right) are: Sisco, Gentry, Leone, Smart and Utterback.




September 6, 2016

PLC Students Participate in Ropes Course at St. Crispin's


Photo 0953 -Seminole State College President’s Leadership students Genesis Dockery of Seminole and Destanie Jacoway of Tecumseh prepare to tackle a high course challenge at St. Crispin’s Lodge last week. 


Photo 0933 -PLC student Lucy Sargent of Prague (center) trusts her classmates to pass her around their circle during a free fall team building exercise at St. Crispin’s.


Photo 0946 – Hayden Thompson of Depew balances himself on the high wire challenge course at St. Crispin’s.


Photo 0968 – Freshman PLC student Miranda Shupe of Chandler successfully completes a zip line challenge during leadership activities last week.


Photo 0923 - Adam Choate of Seminole jumps a short rope as his team creatively works through a timed event during a challenge course activity.




September 6, 2016

Selfie with the Prez...

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DeMay Harjo Tiger of Wewoka (left) and Reagan Rivera of Seminole (right) pose for a "selfie" with Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback.  The SSC students were visiting the President's Office as part of a campus scavenger hunt conducted through their first-year student success course.




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.