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March 30, 2015
Isaacs and Wilson to Read at Writing Festival
Two Seminole State College faculty members have been selected to present their writings at the 2015 Scissortail Creative Writing Festival at East Central University in Ada, April 2-4.
March 26, 2015
Denmark Students involved in Exchange Program
Welcome to Oklahoma
Happy to be in the Sooner State
Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Bottles and Bottles of Pop on the Wall
Big Round Barn
March 26, 2015
SSC Board of Regents Convene for March Meeting
The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their monthly meeting. At their March meeting, the Board awarded tenure to a faculty member, renewed the College’s food service contract, approved an increase in room and board rates for the coming academic year and approved a policy revision regarding diversity on campus.
During the President’s Report, Dr. Jim Utterback gave updates on current campus activities and events. The President informed the Board of the recent arrival of Danish students to campus as part of SSC’s exchange program with the Silkborg Business College in Denmark. He also mentioned the upcoming campus concerts by Peter and Sailing Simon, the Spring Recognition Banquet and May commencement ceremony.
Under the first item of business, the Board retired into executive session to review recommendations for granting tenure to Mr. Jim Wilson, Assistant Professor of English. After returning to open session, the Board reviewed and approved granting tenure to Wilson. Subsequently, in accordance with Board policy, Wilson was promoted to Associate Professor status.
Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science in History/Anthropology/Sociology from Iowa State University and also holds three master’s degrees: a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Spalding University, a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts in Archaeology from the American University of Beirut. Wilson is actively involved on campus and serves as lead sponsor of the Native American Student Association (NASA). Wilson’s personal essays have been published in various literary outlets and he is currently working on a memoir titled Love in the Time of Civil War.
Under the next item of business, the Board approved an increase in room and board costs for the coming academic year. The proposed $200 per semester increase will raise the cost 6% from $3,335 to $3,535. According to Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton, this increase is well in line with room and board rates at several sister institutions.
As the final action item, Board members approved a revision to Policy II-4-1 regarding equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. The revisions were made to strengthen the language of the policy, emphasizing the importance of diversity on the College campus. Legal counsel Ed Cadenhead assisted with the improvements of the policy.
Under the consent agenda, a number of academic program modifications were approved along with several change order requests for the Dan and Andrea Boren Center construction project.
Board members present at the February meeting were: Chair Marilyn Bradford, Karen James, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan and Bryan Cain. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015.
March 25, 2015
Five former Seminole State College employees, who recently received Emeritus status, were honored at a special “Coffee with the President” reception at the College on Tuesday morning. Fellow coworkers and community friends came to visit with the honorees and congratulate them on their recognition. The honorees pictured left to right are: Fred Bunyan, Jonna Bunyan, Patricia Cokeley, Pam Koenig and Dr. Brad Walck
March 23, 2015
Factor Shares on Roles as Pastor and SSC Police
He’s been a law enforcement officer for 38 years. He’s also been pastoring a church for 22 years. So, Dan Factor has plenty on his plate each day.
Factor is the coordinator of police at Seminole State College, a position he’s held since 1998. “We provide safety and security here at Seminole State College,” Factor said, in talking about some of his duties. “We do courtesy services and respond to any emergencies. We also conduct criminal investigations, do traffic control and make sure the campus stays peaceful,” he added.
“We try to maintain visibility here which is really important,” he mentioned. “We also do presentations to students about what they can do to help make the campus environment safe,” he said.
The coordinator of police pointed out that he and his staff also work with local emergency services organizations to plan responses for all types of emergencies from natural disasters to active shooters on campus. “In addition to emergency personnel and campus leaders, we also get community people and area churches involved so that everyone can come together to work as needed,” he said.
Factor’s staff consists of six part-time and full-time people, which includes himself. One area of responsibility of his department is to comply with record-keeping and statistical reporting for state and national guidelines. He mentioned, “We maintain statistics for the Cleary Act which requires keeping a record of drills and criminal activity. These are substantial reports which require a lot of detail and time.”
Factor began his career in law enforcement at the Wewoka Police Department in 1977. He has worked for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Light Horse Police, and the State Department of Corrections - where he ran a dog team at Boley - all before finding his way to his current position at SSC in 1994. “I haven’t ever gotten up in the morning and not wanted to go to work here,” Factor stated. What he enjoys most about his job at SSC are the people. “There are good people here from top to bottom,” he said.
Factor described the most challenging part of his job is dealing with disciplinary hearings. Factor explained, “The hearings are often difficult, but the College is always fair with those involved. Whether we are dealing with thefts on campus or student conduct, there is a lot of time and paperwork involved.” Factor began work as the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in 1993. He said it is of the Southern Baptist denomination. He began pastoring before taking the position at Seminole State.
“It used to keep me really busy when we had more people. Our numbers have been up and down,” he said of the church. Factor stressed, though, “It’s rewarding spiritually. I grew up in the church. That is my first calling now. The Lord brought my spiritual vocation to my front door.” Factor and his wife Denise have been married 38 years. They have four children, two girls, two boys, three of whom are grown and one who still lives at home. They also have three grandchildren. “All of the kids live around here, so we get to see them regularly. Sundays we get together a lot,” he said.
Though his duties as pastor will continue, he says his job as coordinator of police at Seminole State will come to an end June 30 when he will retire.He hopes to spend more time with family, including the grandkids
March 25, 2015
SSC Offers Lifeguard Training Course
Area residents interested in lifeguard training will have the opportunity to take a weekend Red Cross Certification course through Seminole State College’s Business and Industry Training Program, beginning in April.
The two-day lifeguard training course will be offered twice, once on April 11 and 12 and again on May 16 and 17. Both courses will meet at the Raymond Harber Field House Pool. Course times for both dates are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 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 and should be paid at the time of enrollment. The tuition covers all costs for the class. Prerequisites require students to be a minimum of 15 years of age and able to pass a pre-course swim test. Mark Ruiz will be the instructor for the training. Space for this class is limited, so preregistration is required.Those interested are encouraged to call 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.
March 25, 2015
College and Bank Partnership Honored
Seminole State College and Security State Bank were among colleges and businesses honored during an Economic Development Partnership Recognition program held Tuesday, March 10 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
The program, sponsored by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, annually honors outstanding partnerships that lead to significant contributions in educating and developing Oklahoma’s workforce. SSC and Security State Bank were recognized for their joint efforts in supporting economic development in Seminole County.
The partnership between SSC and Security State Bank has resulted in the creation of several small businesses and jobs in Wewoka. The bank is a long-time supporter of the SSC Educational Foundation and recently stepped forward to assist with the building of a large underground community safe room that will be constructed on campus as part of the Dan and Andrea Boren Center.
Security State Bank was the sponsoring agency for a $25,000 grant through the Federal Loan Bank of Topeka to help fund the SSC Rural Business and Resources Center. Bank President Bryan Cain along with the SSC Rural Business and Resources Center and the city of Wewoka collaborated to establish a business incubator in the Wewoka Industrial Park. Security State Bank has financed several companies that are located in the incubator.
Officers from Security State Bank have served in leadership roles as trustees of the SSC Educational Foundation and the SSC Board of Regents. Security State Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and is a home owned, locally operated financial institution. CEO Tip Burch and Cain were present at the luncheon to receive the award on behalf of the bank.
Security State Bank has been in operation since 1911. The bank’s mission is to meet the needs of Seminole County and the surrounding communities through superior financial service and community leadership.To learn more about the Partnership Recognition Program, visit www.okhighered.org/RBPE.
March 25, 2015
Schroyer Shares on Role as SSC Golf Coach
Seminole State College’s golf coach describes his two years at the College as “absolutely wonderful,” adding, “It’s been one of the best experiences of my life - very, very rewarding.” What he likes best, he said, is being involved with young people.
Schroyer is in his second year as head coach of both the men’s and women’s golf teams at SSC. Last year’s men’s team won the Region crown and qualified for the Nationals. Four of the women also qualified for their National Tournament.
He thinks this year’s teams, which consist of six men and eight women, have a good chance of making it to their National Tournaments which are in Alabama and Arizona respectively. “I think we’re going to be pretty good,” he stated. The teams’ first tournament is in Tyler, Texas March 1-3.” His three philosophies of coaching are “education, golf and fun” – in that order, Schroyer stressed. “What I like most about Seminole State is all of the coaches help each other in all the sports,” he said.
Schroyer spent over 30 years working for OG+E before retiring in 2008. He explained he was drawn to the golf coach position when he heard the previous coach was moving on. “I played golf here at Seminole. It sounded kind of interesting. I knew some of the people at SSC like Larry Smith and Dr. Utterback, so I decided to throw my name in there. They called me for an interview and I ended up here,” he explained.
He sees the most challenging part of his job as “adjusting to the mind-sets of the young generation. Dealing with what they perceive as problems and their golf game.” Schroyer described recruiting as “quite a challenge to convince prospective students SSC would be a perfect place for them.” But he thinks his efforts so far have been pretty successful.
“I am open, up front, and let them know there is no hidden agendas. I tell them this is what we can offer them in education, golfing and fun.” For next year, Schroyer has already signed two young women from Seminole High School and two young men, one from Gunter, Texas, the other from Newcastle High School. This year’s men’s team of six consists of three sophomores and three freshmen. The three sophomores are part of last year’s national qualifiers.
On the women’s side, he has four sophomores, three of whom were national qualifiers, and four freshmen. He noted seven of the eight women are from Oklahoma, while three of the men golfers are Oklahomans, two are from out-of-state and one is an international student. Schroyer said in the team competition, either four or five can play and the best four scores are taken. “So we eliminate one. The other golfers can also play and compete for the medalist honors,” he stated.
He pointed out, “Some schools don’t give students that extra opportunity. I feel we only have them in junior college for two years, so I like to take all of them, if possible, so they can experience what playing in tournaments is like.”
Those schools who choose to do otherwise have a qualifying system where they take their best four or five golfers, he explained. Looking back on his two years here so far, he said “the second year is almost over and it’s hard to imagine that the time has gone by so quickly.”Schroyer and his wife DeAnn make their home in Shawnee. DeAnn is Vice President of Commercial Lending at Vision Bank in Shawnee. The Schroyers have five children and 13 grandchildren who live throughout the State in Oklahoma City, Choctaw and Owasso – and in St. Charles, Mo.