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April 21, 2016
Art Prints Available in Support of LAH Programs at SSC
Jessica Isaacs and Angela Church of the Seminole State College Language Arts and Humanities Division have collaborated in a joint fundraising venture to support the College’s Art Club and annual Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium.
Isaacs, a professor of English at SSC, works with the LAH division to produce an annual Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium that invites numerous speakers to the College to share their creative talents. From poets to writers, performance artists, film producers and many other types of art industry professionals, Howlers and Yawpers is a venue for showcasing local professional and emerging talent.
Church, assistant professor of art, proposed the creation of an edition of fine art prints to sell to the public as a way to pay honorariums to the visiting artists. She presented the idea to the Art Club who agreed to fund the project.
Twenty five original fine art prints were produced using the serigraphy printmaking process. The artwork has been printed on 22” x 30” one-hundred percent cotton rag paper and is signed and numbered for authenticity. Church designed the prints after collaborating with Isaacs on the meaning behind the title of the symposium, “Howlers and Yawpers.”
Al Ginsberg, who coined the term “howl” and Walt Whitman who shouted “yawp,” are famous American poets who promoted creative awareness through their writings. Ginsberg was a leading figure in the 1950s Beat Generation and the counterculture that followed. Whitman, who lived from 1819 to 1892, was a humanist who wrote poems, essays and journals and was known as the father of free verse.
Inspired by images of these two poets, Church created a design using nine different colors and incorporated text to promote the event. The prints, titled “Al and Walt…Still Inspiring,” are on sale through the College’s Art Department and can be acquired with a $100.00 donation to SSC. All proceeds will be split between the Art Club and the Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium to pay for event expenses and to fund future art projects. Those interested in purchasing a print should contact Church by phone at 405-382-9564 or by email at email@example.com.This year’s Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium will be held on April 28th and 29th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside the Jeff Johnson Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus. A detailed symposium schedule is available online at http://yawpers.kellimcbride.com. The event is free and open to the public.
April 21, 2016
SSC Attends Oklahoma’s Promise Day at the Capitol
Seminole State College students and staff members attended the Oklahoma’s Promise Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon in support of the scholarship program.
SSC joined other students and representatives from Oklahoma public colleges to show appreciation for Oklahoma’s Promise and encourage legislators to continue to support the program.
Oklahoma’s Promise, formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), was created in 1992 by the state Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college. To be eligible, the program requires that the student be a resident of Oklahoma and must be enrolled in the eighth, ninth or 10th grade. The annual income of the student’s family must not exceed $50,000 when they apply.
Students are required to take 17 units of specific high school courses and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in those classes as well as all other courses in grades nine through 12. Students must also attend class regularly and avoid drugs, alcohol and any involvement in delinquent acts.
If the student meets the program's requirements, Oklahoma's Promise will cover tuition costs at an Oklahoma public two-year college or four-year university. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution. The scholarship amount does not cover items such as books, room and board or other fees.
SSC students present at the event were: Billy Andrew of Earlsboro; Chelsi Rahbusch of Ada; and Austin Sanders of Shawnee. Staff members present were Melanie Rinehart, Director of Financial Assistance and Sonja Sigman, Financial Assistance Clerk.For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise, visit www.okpromise.org
April 21, 2016
MLT Program Honors Laboratory Professionals Week
Seminole State College’s Medical Laboratory Technology Department will host an open house on Wednesday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The open house will take place at the south end of Tanner Hall on the SSC campus in the MLT Laboratory, Room 500.
“This event celebrates National Medical Laboratory Week, which honors all medical professionals in the laboratory technology field,” said MLT Director Malinda Browning.
National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 25-29 and celebrates the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in many aspects of health care.
“Lab professionals often work behind the scenes and few people know about the critical testing they perform every day. Lab Week is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the US every year,” Browning said. The campus and community is invited to use this opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes in a laboratory.
SSC MLT students also recently traveled to the Oklahoma State Capitol as part of their observance and appreciation of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. While there, they toured the building and met with state officials, including Governor Mary Fallin.
For more information about Medical Laboratory Technology or National Medical Laboratory Week, please contact Browning by phone at 405-382-9286 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. MLT Instructor Kelly Hankal may also be contacted at 405-382-9214 or by email at email@example.com.
April 21, 2016
SSC’s Psi Beta Students Donate to Local Nursing Home
Seminole State College’s Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society took time out of their busy school schedules this semester to collect and donate socks and gloves to area nursing home residents.
Students involved in the organization discovered that socks and gloves are some of the most needed items year-round for seniors, but they are the least donated. The students recognized this need in the community and coordinated a drive to solicit donations to give to the Seminole Care and Rehabilitation Center in Seminole.
“Seminole State College students have generous hearts,” noted SSC Psi Beta Co-Faculty Sponsor and Psychology Professor Christal Stevenson. “The Psi Beta honor students took it upon themselves to help people in need. I think they are a perfect example of how our students are dedicated to helping the community,” she continued.
Psi Beta is a national psychology honor society for two-year community colleges. Seminole State College has held an active charter with PSI Beta since 1996. Stevenson and Seminole State College Psychology/Sociology Professor Kendall Rogers serve as co-sponsors of the organization.
The mission of Psi Beta is to provide professional development of psychology students through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service. To become a member, students are required to have an overall grade-point-average of 3.2 with at least a “B” or better in psychology and to have demonstrated a genuine interest in psychology.For more information regarding the SSC Chapter of Psi Beta, contact Stevenson at 405-382-3239 or Rogers at 405-382-9691
April 21, 2016
SSC Students Visit Art Attractions in OKC
Members of the Seminole State College Art Club travelled to Oklahoma City last week to view and create art. They visited the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection, the Paseo District and the Oklahoma City Zoo.
During their time at the museum, students viewed the hand-blown glass works of Dale Chihuly, an artist from Tacoma, Washington. They also saw works by Leon Polk Smith, Bob Barker and Edward Rusha, all who are either from Oklahoma or have lived in the state for years.
“It was inspiring for the students to see the work of native Oklahomans who have had successful professional careers in studio art,” said Angela Church, Assistant Professor of Art at SSC.
The group also viewed a special exhibit at the museum – a collection of artwork titled “Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy.” The collection included prints from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) era of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency, which helped to employ over 3,000 artists across the country. Students were also introduced to Acee Blue Eagle’s work in this exhibit. Blue Eagle was a Creek-Pawnee artist and teacher born near Anadarko in 1909. Seminole is home to one of his murals which can be viewed at the downtown post office on Oak Street.
Students also made a quick stop at the Oklahoma State Capital to view the Oklahoma State Capital Art Collection on the first floor. The permanent collection is full of many pieces made by more Oklahoma artists who focused their works on events, people and land. A variety of artwork is exhibited at the Capitol, including paintings, ceramics, fiber art, photography, sculpture and works on paper. In the East Gallery, students viewed the artwork of still life painter Keith Murray from Sulphur.
The group had lunch in the popular Paseo Art District where students were introduced to the different gallery spaces along Paseo Drive. Students viewed the outdoor sculpture of Jonathan Hils, Associate Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma They also visited Paseo Pottery, where Collin Rosebrook provides sales of clay materials and art objects and also teaches pottery classes.
After lunch, students visited the OKC Zoo where they were encouraged to view and sketch the wide array of animals. From tigers to chimpanzees, students drew from nature and took photographs of the many creatures that make their home in Oklahoma. “Observational drawing and learning to sketch quickly are definite skills that young art students need to acquire early in their artistic careers,” Church said.
Church stressed that without the help of the local community during the Art Club Chili Bowl Cook-Off fundraiser and the recent Made in Oklahoma Festival booth where students sold ceramic wares, this field trip would not have been possible.
For more information about art courses at the College, or the SSC Art Club, contact Church by phone at 405-382-9564 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Cole, a member of the SSC Art Club, studies a piece of artwork at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
April 21, 2016
Alumni, Employees and Students to be Honored by SSC
Seminole State College will recognize alumni, employees and students at their annual recognition banquet next Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. This event is sponsored by the College’s Educational Foundation to honor individuals with outstanding achievements as well as those who have provided leadership and service to the College.
At this year’s banquet, Dr. Wayland Billings, Dr. Jequita Billings Snyder and Cynthia Yerby will be inducted into the Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame.
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Dr. Billings graduated from the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program in 1995. His sister, Dr. Billings Snyder, also graduated from SSC’s MLT Program in 1991. Both of these medical professionals will be inducted into the SSC Alumni Hall of Fame by former SSC Medical Laboratory Technology Program Director Perthena Latchaw.
Yerby graduated from SSC, then Seminole Junior College, in 1973 with her Associate in Arts degree. Yerby will be inducted into the SSC Alumni Hall of Fame by former Chief of the Seminole Nation and former Oklahoma State Senator Enoch Kelly Haney.
Three SSC employees will be recognized at the banquet for their upcoming retirements.
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Those to be honored this year include: Dr. Mark Ames, Vice President for Student Services; Katherine Benton, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs; and Brenda Cates, Student Support Services Advisor and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Specialist. Cates will also be recognized for reaching a 20-year milestone for her service to the College.
Simmons Hill Ledford
Three other employees will also be recognized for employment milestones. Reaching a 30-year milestone of service to the College this year is Head Baseball Coach Lloyd Simmons. Mary Ann Hill, Talent Search Director, has reached her 25-year milestone and Sarah Ledford, Student Support Services Advisor, will be recognized for reaching her 20-year milestone.
Five students – one from each of the College’s academic divisions - have been selected by faculty to be recognized as the “SSC 2016 Outstanding Students.” Four campus organizational leaders will also be honored at the event.
Proceeds of the banquet will go to the SSC Educational Foundation. Individual tickets for the banquet are available for $25 each. Corporate sponsorships for the dinner are available for $300 per table of eight. Additional sponsorship levels are $500 and $1,000.
The SSC Educational Foundation, Inc., was created in 1972 “to supply aid for charitable, benevolent, educational, scientific and literary purposes,” according to the foundation’s articles of incorporation.
April 18, 2016
Let’s Play Ball…
Seminole State College Trojan baseball players worked with members of “A League of Their Own” last Monday evening at the Seminole Softball Quadruplex. The “League” was established to allow individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities to play baseball, who would not be able to play in a more competitive league. They play to the best of their abilities with the assistance of a buddy. Games are played Monday evenings through June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help over 20 participating players, at a 2 to 1 ratio, hit and run the bases, as well as provide encouragement and support. Individuals, or organizations, wishing to help with the program may contact Holli Daniels at 405-380-7027.
April 15, 2016
Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel
Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on Thursday. Assistant Professor of Political Science Steve Hendrix was honored as “Educator of the Month” and Registrar Corey Quiett 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.
Hendrix came to SSC in 2013 as an adjunct instructor. In 2014, he was hired as a full-time faculty member. He currently teaches American National Government and other courses as needed. Prior to teaching, Hendrix was a minister for 30 years, serving churches in Texas, Florida and Oklahoma. He made the transition to teaching in 2006 and taught as an adjunct instructor in the History, Political Science and Geography Department at Southern Nazarene University. He has also served as an adjunct at Southwestern Christian University, teaching American government.
Hendrix earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. and a Master of Public Administration from The University of Oklahoma. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Design at OU.
Outside of work, Hendrix has a love for sports and especially enjoys OU football. He is also associated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Oklahoma and helps the organization with fundraising efforts. He and his wife Sherri make their home in Oklahoma City. They have two children, Christian, 23, and Cassie, 20.
Quiett came to SSC in 2014. She began as a clerk in the Admissions Office and then assumed her current role as registrar later that year. As registrar, Quiett maintains all student records and enrollment, helps coordinate the College’s commencement ceremony, certifies enrollment for students receiving Veterans Affairs educational benefits and issues paperwork allowing international students to attend SSC. She is also a member of the Professional Staff Council at the College.
Quiett holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Oklahoma State University and is currently working toward her Master of Science in Human Resources and Administration from East Central University. She will complete her degree in July.In her spare time, Quiett enjoys reading literary fiction and watching movies – specifically documentaries and films by the Coen brothers. She also collects figurines of armadillos dressed as cowboys and is currently completing a Couch to 5K exercise program. She and her husband Chad have been married for three and a half years and reside in Seminole.
April 11, 2016
SSC to Host Creativity Symposium
The Language Arts and Humanities Division at Seminole State College is hosting their Sixth Annual “Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase of Oklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, and Dancers” on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29, 2016.
The free symposium will be from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus. A detailed symposium schedule is available online at http://yawpers.kellimcbride.com. The event is open to the public, and area high schools and middle schools are welcome to bring their students to enjoy two days filled with an eclectic mix of varied musical performances, creative writings, dramatic readings, artistic presentations and dances by both professional and emerging Oklahoma artists and scholars.
This year’s Special Guests are Margaret Roach Wheeler, Chickasaw Textile Artist, and Outsiders Productions, Independent Film Company.
Wheeler will present at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29, and Outsiders Productions will present at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29.
Margaret Roach Wheeler is of Chickasaw – Choctaw descent. Her weavings have been shown in museums in Oklahoma, New Mexico, New York, Colorado and Arizona. Wheeler was one of four Native American fashion designers chosen to speak at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. She was one of the fellowship recipients of the Artist-in-Residence program for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC, and one of three designers to present a fashion show at the Denver Art Museum. She was chosen to exhibit in “Changing Hands II, Art without Reservation” at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and will be in the upcoming Native Fashion Now exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Wheeler has won “Best of Division” and the “President’s Award” with her hand-woven garments at Red Earth Indian Market, “Best of Division” at the Santa Fe Indian Market and “Best of Class” at the Heard Museum Indian Market. She also has a “Purchase Award” from the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. Commissioned by Chickasaw Nation, Wheeler created the costumes and stage set for Lowak Shoppala, a stage production. She currently has a studio in the Artesian Gallery and studios in Sulphur, Oklahoma where she works and teaches textile design. Wheeler lectures, and teaches workshops and seminars on Native American fibers and her unique style of weaving.
Outsiders Productions, an independent film company, was founded in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 2004 by Jason Alexander, Kenny Pitts, Chad Mathews and Adam Hampton. Outsiders Productions have produced Rough Cut, The Unusual (Calling of) Charlie Christmas, Looking for Hope, The Cellar, Bowlin’ Alley, and the short film, A Beautiful Day. The company is also credited as an associate producer of the film When I Find Bin Laden. Their productions have been screened at the Trail Dance Film Festival, Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, EyeCatcher International Film Festival, Wizard World Tulsa, Austin Revolution Film Festival, Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase and the Red Dirt International Film Festival. The Unusual (Calling of) Charlie Christmas and the series Rough Cut have been nominated for numerous awards at these various film festivals and have won in multiple categories including First Place in the Drama Web Series at the International Indie Gathering and Best Director for Adam Hampton at the Lionshead Film Festival for Rough Cut.
The Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium was established by the faculty of the SSC Language Arts and Humanities Division in the spring of 2011 as a free, fully-accessible celebration of Oklahoma creative expression, in all of its diverse forms. “We hope this symposium will encourage all those who attend and participate to continue to find passion in their creative arts and appreciate the role the fine arts play in education and in Oklahoma culture,” said Jessica Isaacs, Symposium Director and Professor of Language Arts and Humanities at SSC.High school and middle school teachers or counselors wishing to bring students to the event or anyone wishing to bring large groups to enjoy the symposium should contact Jessica Isaacs for information about bus parking and other necessary arrangements. Isaacs can be reached at 405-382-9209 or by email at email@example.com or, contact SSC Language Arts & Humanities Division Secretary Annie Daniel at 405-382-9561 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 8, 2016
NASA Members Visit Choctaw Nation
Seminole State College Native American Student Association (NASA) member Wyatt Fixico and group sponsor Jim Wilson visited the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma headquarters in Durant, Okla. on Monday. During the educational day-trip, the two participated in classes for Choctaw Language and Historic Preservation at the tribal headquarters during their monthly Heritage Day events. Fixico and Wilson met Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr. and also enjoyed an Indian-taco lunch and participated in exhibition stick-ball. Pictured, Waddel Hearn (center) of the Choctaw Nation Public Relations office, welcomes Wilson (left) and Fixico (right).