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12/09/2016 SSC Operation Appreciation and Holiday Cheer
12/09/2016 SSC Athletes Wrap Gifts for Rotary Christmas Dinner
12/09/2016 Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel
12/09/2016 De-Stressor Week at SSC
12/08/2016 White Shares Experience as SSC Student
12/07/2016 SSC Spring Enrollment Currently Underway
12/03/2016 Coffee with the SSC President
12/03/2016 Kindness Campaign
12/03/2016 SSC Students Participate in Food Drive
11/22/2016 SSC Baseball Signs 2017 Players
11/21/2016 SSC to Host “Night at the Lights"
11/18/2016 SSC NASA Activities
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December 9, 2016

SSC Operation Appreciation and Holiday Cheer

Thank You for Your Service

Seminole State College students, faculty and staff, along with members of the community, worked together this holiday season to sign over 250 holiday cards that will be delivered to Veterans and military personnel. The “Operation Appreciation and Holiday Cheer” project was organized in order to thank those who serve our country and to bring them holiday cheer.

Holiday Cheer
A group of SSC students complete cards to thank Veteran’s and active duty personnel for their service and to wish them a merry holiday season

Special Delivery
SSC Professor of History Marta Osby delivers a basket of thank-you cards to Richard Maxey, Chief of Voluntary Services at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, to be distributed to military patients at the hospital.





December 9, 2016

SSC Athletes Wrap Gifts for Rotary Christmas Dinner

Santa’s Workshop
Seminole State College student-athletes and coaches volunteered their time on Tuesday afternoon to wrap over 700 gifts for the upcoming Rotary Christmas Dinner. The presents will be distributed at the annual community dinner on Sunday, December 25 at the Senior Citizen’s Heritage House at 210 W. College between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Arrangements may also be made to have the gifts and meals delivered to homes by calling 382-3640 prior to Christmas Eve.

Student Wrappers
Blake Kennedy, Austin Exparza and Addison Tway, members of the SSC men’s golf team, joined over 80 other College athletes in the Raymond Harber gymnasium to wrap gifts for this year’s Rotary Christmas dinner.

Making Spirits Bright
SSC Belles basketball manager Alexandra Ayers (left) and player Dembri Weeks (right) work together to wrap presents to hand-out at the annual Rotary community dinner this Christmas.






December 9, 2016

De-Stressor Week at SSC

students in chairs

SSC students took a break to enjoy cyberchair massages, an activity provided by campus activities and residential life to reduce stress during finals. The chair provided a full-body massage while participants viewed a relaxing virtual scene of their choice, complete with audio.

To help relieve stress during finals this semester, the Seminole State College Campus Activities Board and Residential Life hosted a week of free “de-stressor” activities for students and employees to enjoy. Activities included dodgeball, ping-pong, massage chairs, hot chocolate, s’mores and hypnotist Steven Stone.





December 9, 2016

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel

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Jason Cook                                         Kristin Dunn    

Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on Thursday. Title III Advisor and Instructor Jason Cook was honored as “Educator of the Month” and Coordinator of Media Relations Kristin Dunn was honored as “Professional 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.

Cook began at SSC in the summer of 2015 as a recruiter/advisor. In 2016, he assumed his current role as an advisor and instructor for the Title III grant on campus – a program focused on improving the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. He currently teaches biology, nutrition and medical terminology and also assisted with instruction of Chemistry this past summer.

On campus, Cook serves as a member of the College’s Wellness Committee and the Nursing Admissions Committee. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Cook holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a focus on Biomedical Science, and plans to return to OU to begin graduate work. In his spare time, Cook – who holds a pilot’s license – enjoys flying with his father, spending time with his dog Macy, hunting and watching Netflix.

Dunn came to SSC in 2011. She began as a clerk in the business office and then served as an administrative assistant in student affairs before assuming her current role in media relations in 2014. Dunn also served as co-instructor for a General Psychology course on campus this semester. She is a member of the College’s Professional Staff Council –she recently served as secretary – and is also a member of the Emergency Response Team on campus.

Dunn holds an Associate in Arts from Seminole State College. She also holds both a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Master of Science in Education from East Central University in Ada. Her hobbies include reading, crafting, decorating, camping and spending time with friends and family. She and her husband Austin reside in Shawnee with their two-year-old son Archer.





December 8, 2016

White Shares Experience as SSC Student


Kathyren White assembles cardboard boxes to be filled with food by her fellow members of the President’s Leadership Class during their trip to the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank.

The Presidential Leadership Program brought Kathyren White to Seminole State College, where she is currently a sophomore business major.
“I found out that I got the PLC scholarship and that helped me decide to come to college here,” explained White.
The PLC program helps SSC students develop leadership skills through extracurricular activities including community service programs and campus events. “We recently went to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma where we spent a couple of hours filling boxes for families to have Thanksgiving dinner,” said White, when asked about some of her favorite PLC activities.
White also enjoyed touring some of the businesses in Seminole, including Wrangler and Enviro. “We were able to see the different types of leadership within the local businesses,” she said.
On campus, White also serves as a Resident Advisor in the Roesler Residential Learning Center. She makes sure residents are following the rules, helps deliver mail and reports building maintenance issues. “My nickname is the Mean RA,” she said, laughing. “It started as a joke last year because I made everyone follow the rules,” she explained.
White also works 35 hours a week off-campus. “I work at the Dairy Queen and the Super C-Mart grocery store in Wetumka,” she said. “I just started at the Super C this summer, but I’ve worked at Dairy Queen on and off since I was in high school,” she added.
Outside of school and work, White is currently training to run a marathon in 2017. “I ran the half-marathon this April and now I’m training to run the full,” she explained, stating that the runs are a part of the OKC Memorial Marathon held every April.
White plans to graduate from SSC this December and will continue her education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She wants to major in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
“I’d like to eventually become a wedding planner,” White explained as her dream job. “In high school, I enjoyed planning different events like homecoming, dances and fundraisers. But now, my main focus is on wedding planning.”
White is from Wetumka, Okla, where her family still resides. Her sister Leona also attends SSC and is a freshman majoring in Elementary Education. Her brother Allen is in junior high and her youngest sister Maya is in elementary school.
In talking about her time spent at SSC, she said, “I like the people. Everyone is nice and the professors really care.”




December 7, 2016

SSC Spring Enrollment Currently Underway

Seminole State College is currently enrolling for 2017 spring and May intersession courses. A current course schedule can be viewed on the College’s website at

Spring courses are set to begin Monday, January 9, 2017  Students and area residents can take advantage of regular open enrollment now through Saturday, Jan. 7. Special late enrollment is allowed through Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

SSC is also currently enrolling for the December-January intersession which begins December 12, 2016 and ends January 5, 2017.  All intersession classes operate in a blended online and face-to-face format. Students will meet face-to-face in class Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 12-16 and Jan. 3-5. Students will complete online coursework using Brightspace. Intersession classes offered this term are anthropology, marketing, humanities, sociology and speech.

For help with enrollment, students may visit with advisors in person inside the Walkingstick Student Services Center or call (405) 382-9230. Current students may enroll with their academic advisor.

SSC students can receive associate degrees in 18 transfer degree programs, including concentrations in art, biology, business, child development, computer science, criminal justice, elementary education, health, physical education and recreation, health sciences, language arts, liberal studies, mathematics, physical science, pre-engineering, psychology and social sciences.

SSC also provides training in business technology, child development, medical laboratory technology, nursing and phlebotomy.  Regular hours for the SSC Office of Admissions, Business Office and Bookstore are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. On Friday, Dec. 16, offices will open at 8 a.m. and will close at noon for a staff event. SSC offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Jan. 2 for winter break.

In January, special extended enrollment hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Thursday, Jan. 5; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.

For additional information about enrollment at SSC, please call the college’s Office of Admissions at (405) 382-9230.




December 03, 2016

Coffee with the SSC President

Coffee with the President
Photo 2594-Seminole State College faculty and staff took an early morning break on Dec. 2 to enjoy coffee and hot apple cider with President Dr. Jim Utterback. The “Coffee with the President” event allows employees from across campus a chance to visit with each other and the President while enjoying a few treats before the end of the fall semester.

Visiting with Friends
Photo 2579-SSC Upward Bound Math and Science II Coordinator Anna Skender (left) and Student Support Services Advisor Sarah Ledford (right) enjoy refreshments while visiting with other faculty and staff during Coffee with the President.





December 03, 2016

Kindness Campaign

In an attempt to combat the negative environment surrounding the recent presidential campaign and election, the Seminole State College Student Government Association sponsored a “Campus Kindness Campaign” on Wednesday. As part of the effort, student organizations and employees participated in a variety of friendly gestures to those on campus throughout the day.

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Candy and Compliments
SSC Student Support Services student Cassie Perez of Seminole gives Andrew Parker of Australia a compliment and a piece of candy as part of the campus-wide Kindness Campaign.

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Water with a Smile
As part of the College’s effort to spread kindness, Employment Readiness students Cassidy Williams (left) and Kim Emmons (right) of Shawnee prepare to hand out bottles of water to those on campus.

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Service with a Smile
Financial Aid Specialist Kristen Bean gives Chelsi Rahbusch of Ada a piece of candy and a handwritten compliment inside the Walkingstick Student Services Building.







December 03, 2016

SSC Students Participate in Food Drive

Lending a Helping Hand…

students with food

Representatives from the Seminole State College Leadership Development Class help unload donations at the Interfaith Social Ministries community food pantry. The class sponsored a holiday food drive on campus as part of a service-learning project for their humanities course. Pictured (left to right), Miranda Shupe of Chandler, Hunter Dugan of Tecumseh and Lucy Sargent of Prague help pantry director Don Gill unload one of three vehicles filled with non-perishable items to help restock the pantry’s shelves. The pantry is open four days a week to help provide food for area families in need. They average serving 300 people each month, but served over 450 last month. In August, over 900 people received meals through the service organization.




November 22, 2016

SSC Baseball Signs 2017 Players

The Seminole State College Trojan Baseball Program has signed 14 new players who will join the team in the fall of 2017.

Incoming freshman players will include: Nic Swanson – right-handed pitcher from Bixby; Shawn Harper – right-handed pitcher from Calera; Caleb Bolden – right-handed pitcher/infielder from Texarkana, Texas; Cal Howard – right-handed pitcher from Seminole; Jacob Bailey – outfielder from Berryhill; Jo Jo Craig – outfielder from Blanchard; Jace Fixico – infielder from Binger; Brett Owen – infielder/outfielder from Blanchard; Colby Adkins – infielder/right-handed pitcher from Texarkana, Texas; Tucker Elliot – right-handed pitcher/infielder from Allen; Mekhi Edwards – outfielder/infielder/right-handed pitcher from New Lima; Tanner Tredaway – infielder from Justin, Texas; A.J. Barron – infielder from Shawnee; and K.C. Bryan – right-handed pitcher from New Lima.

Head SSC Baseball Coach Dax Leone said, “We are really excited about this class and what they will bring to our program. They are an athletic bunch all the way around, and we feel like we met some needs around the field on both sides of the ball. Our goal in the recruiting process is to identify the players that are not only extremely talented, but also the right mentality for Seminole Baseball. I really want to thank James Martin for all his hard work in helping me put this class together. We are excited about the future of Seminole Trojan Baseball.”

For more information about the SSC Trojans, visit the College’s athletics webpage at




November 21, 2016

SSC to Host “Night at the Lights”

crowd of people

Crowds of kids and adults turned out to tour lights, make holiday crafts and listen to Seminole State College's "Permanent Issue" at "SSC's Night at the Lights” last December, an annual event that will be hosted again this holiday season.

Seminole State College will host their annual “SSC Night at the Lights” event on Monday, November 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the community Snowman Wonderland Light Display showcased at Magnolia Park in Seminole.
Community members are invited to come and enjoy the free activities provided by the College. SSC student-athletes will have tables set-up to help children create holiday crafts and the College house band “Permanent Issue” will be performing live music. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will also be available for those who attend.
This community project features 148 colorful light displays along the walking trail east of the intersection of Main and Strother, near downtown.  There are 10 new displays arranged along the trail this year. Viewing of the lights is free and open to the public. Tram rides will be available to tour visitors around the light displays.
Bring your family and friends – and enjoy “SSC Night at the Lights.”




November 18, 2016

SSC NASA Activities


Friendly Competition

student teams

The Seminole State College Native American Student Association recently hosted a 3-on-3 basketball event at the Raymond Harber Field House on campus. Seven teams participated and the top three won t-shirt prizes printed with a logo designed specifically for the event. The top two teams are pictured with NASA members Cameron Walker (far left) and Wyatt Fixico (second from right). On the left in second place is, "The Dream Team," with blue shirts and on the right are the winners, "Last Minute," with white shirts.  Not pictured, but winning award shirts and finishing third were "Skins."  


A Visit to Durant

student outside of student success center

Several SSC NASA students traveled to Durant to visit the program offices at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and to take part in a demonstration stickball game and picnic hosted by the NASA group of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The trip was organized by Crystal Bully, an employee of the Choctaw Nation's Marketing and Public Relations program, and by a NASA member at Southeastern. SSC students met with Choctaw Nation employees of Higher Education, Human Resources and the Video Production programs to learn about career opportunities and how the Choctaw Nation helps its members through education and other training and certifications.  SSC NASA members pictured with host guide Crystal Bully (far right) from left to right are: Kateri Harjo, Alexandria Anderson, Cameron Walker and Thomas Walters.