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01/19/2017 SSC Regents Approve President Utterback’s Retirement
01/18/2017 Learning About Food and Nutrition
01/18/2017 SSC President Visits with CEO of Oklahoma Tomorrow
01/12/2017 Coach Dindy Speaks at SSC in Honor of MLK Day
01/12/2017 Woodall to be Honored by SSC
0109/2017 SSC Set to Honor MLK Day
01/09/2017 Positions Open in SSC’s Permanent Issue Band
01/03/2017 Seminole State College Classes Begin Monday
12/15/2016 SSC Ag Student Presents at IAC
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January 19, 2017

SSC Regents Approve President Utterback’s Retirement

Adams, Reynolds, Utterback

SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback (right) and Board Chair Leesa Adams (left) congratulate Lana Reynolds on her appointment as Executive Vice President. She will assume the role of Acting President July 1, 2017.

Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2017 at the SSC Board of Regents meeting onThursday.  The Board officially accepted his letter of retirement at their January meeting held in the Haney Center Board Room at 1:30 p.m.

Utterback will mark his 20th year as President of the College this week. During his tenure, the College has increased enrollment, expanded academic and athletic programs, promoted opportunities for under-represented groups, transformed the physical appearance of the campus, increased technology, created new global education opportunities and partnerships, strengthened the SSC Educational Foundation and achieved maximum accreditation status for the institution and numerous programs.

In announcing his retirement, Utterback thanked the SSC Board of Regents, the Chancellor and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for their roles in helping shape a bright future for Seminole State College. He also expressed appreciation to his administrative team, faculty, staff, students and his family for their support during his presidency. He said, “I love Seminole State College and everyone associated with it.”

In a letter to the Board, campus and community, he stated, “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this incredible ride. The results of your positive energy can be seen throughout this campus. It’s in the statues, sidewalks and bridges…It’s in the art rooms, the residence halls and the science labs…It’s in the sweat on the floor of the gym and in the stains on the uniforms of our athletes...I have seen your work revealed in the proud and promising smiles of our graduates, and their loved ones. What you do matters!  It truly does not seem like enough, but THANK YOU!”

Utterback’s letter may be seen in its entirety on the College’s website at:

The Board also named Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lana Reynolds to serve as Acting President in the absence of the President.  Her title will immediately change to Executive Vice President. She will assume the role of Acting President on July 1, 2017.

Reynolds said, “I have worked closely alongside Dr. Utterback for the past 20 years and have a great appreciation for his leadership and all he has meant to this institution. The College has experienced tremendous growth during his tenure – from the creation of programs to the development of the physical campus. The College has also weathered some tough storms and is on a positive course.  I am excited at the prospect of working with our administrative team, faculty and staff to continue to make great things happen here.  I appreciate the Board for their confidence and support.”

During the President’s Report, Utterback updated the Board on recent activities and events and discussed the upcoming Trojan Baseball Season Kick-off Banquet on Feb. 4. The President also provided Board members with a document reviewing SSC highlights from 2016. This document is available to the public online at:

Under the consent agenda, the Board approved the renewal of an annual contract with Suzie Brewster & Associates for consulting services. They also approved the submission of reviews for four academic programs to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, including the Associate of Arts Program, the Associate in Science in Elementary Education Program, the Associate in Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation Program and the Associate in Arts in Language Arts Program. Two program deletions were also approved by the Board – the Associate in Science in Physical Sciences Program and the Associate in Science in Mathematics Program.

Board members present at the January meeting were: Chair Leesa Adams, Bryan Cain, Curtis Morgan, Ryan Franklin and Ray McQuiston.

The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16.




January 18, 2017

Learning About Food and Nutrition


Members of the Seminole State College Native American Student Association recently visited the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Food and Nutrition Services Program. Director Tod Robertson – an SSC graduate – hosted the group and explained the workings of the program, warehouse, green house and offices. He discussed the program's successes in cooperative ties with the United States Department of Agriculture and invited Shane Phillips, Director of Recreation, Wildlife and Parks, to speak to the students as well. Pictured are (l-r) Thomas Walters, Jim Wilson, Tod Robertson, Cameron Walker and Shane Phillips at the Food and Nutrition offices.  





January 18, 2017

SSC President Visits with CEO of Oklahoma Tomorrow

utterback and youngblood

Education in Oklahoma

Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback (right) visits with Devery Youngblood (left), founding CEO of Oklahoma Tomorrow, following the Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum last week where Youngblood was the guest speaker. Oklahoma Tomorrow is a statewide not-for-profit organization working to create more college degrees and certifications in fields that expand and grow Oklahoma’s economy in a partnership between employers, the higher education community and the Legislature.





January 12, 2017

Coach Dindy Speaks at SSC in Honor of MLK Day


Coach Rodney Dindy discusses the importance of education and setting goals to the students, faculty and staff at Seminole State College.

As part of a special Martin Luther King Day program at Seminole State College, Norman High School Head Basketball Coach Rodney Dindy visited campus Thursday afternoon and spoke to students, faculty and staff.

            Dindy focused his presentation around several famous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes regarding education. He stressed the importance of setting goals and sticking to them. He went on to discuss the value in having a firm foundation in your life – one built on family, education and life experiences – and encouraged the audience to surround themselves with people of similar character and values as their own.

Along with Dindy’s speech, the program also featured a musical performance by Violinist Densi Rushing who performed two songs, Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art. The audience also watched an excerpt from Dr. King’s speech “What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” and viewed a video timeline presentation of his life and accomplishments.

            This event was sponsored by the College’s Student Government Association and organized by the Native American Serving Non-tribal Institutions (NASNTI) Program.




January 12, 2017

Woodall to be Honored by SSC


Dixie Woodall, former Seminole State College Belles coach and basketball legend, will be recognized by the College during a special dedication ceremony naming the Raymond Harber Field House gymnasium floor in her honor.

The dedication will take place on Monday, January 23 during half-time of the men’s 7:30 p.m. home basketball game against Redlands. The Belles will play first, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The College would like to invite the campus, community and all past Belles to attend the games and ceremony in support of Woodall and her many accomplishments, both as a player and a coach.  

Woodall was born in Tulsa and attended public schools in Kiefer, Okla. After high school, she attended Northeastern A&M Junior College in Miami – now Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College – where she received a scholarship to play on their Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team. After graduating from NEO, she went on to play for Nashville Business College. In 1960 the team won the national AAU championship and was runner-up the following year.

After two years in Nashville, Woodall moved to Missouri to play for Pepsi Cola and later joined the Raytown Pipperetts. During her five years as a Pipperett, she was selected for the AAU All American team three times. She went on to play in the 1967 World Tournament Pan American Games and earned a silver medal as a member of the USA squad.

In 1967, Woodall decided to retire as a player. She returned to Oklahoma and completed her degree at Northeastern State College in Tahlequah – now Northeastern State University. After graduating in 1969, she moved back to her hometown of Kiefer where she began her career as a coach.

In 1971, she was hired by Seminole Junior College to take over the women’s basketball program. During her time at Seminole, Woodall led the Belles to win the College’s only national championship in 1976.  Her 1975 and 1977 teams finished as national runners-up. She coached 10 junior college All-Americans while at SSC. In 1975-76 she coached the USA team that toured Russia and was an assistant at the World Games in Bulgaria.

woodall coaching     woodall with players

Woodall also spent four year as the head women’s basketball coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. During that time, she coached the USA team that played in Hong Kong, China, Korea and Japan. This team played in the Big 4 tournament that included Russia. She also coached the USA team in Madison Square Garden against the Chinese National team.

She retired from coaching in 1987 with a junior college record of 281 wins and 71 losses. Her record at ORU was 109 wins and 26 losses for a combined record of 390 wins and 97 losses – a total of 81 percent wins overall.

Woodall was inducted into the national Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. She was also honored in 2013 by the SSC Educational Foundation with a “Distinguished Service Award” for her successful career and the positive impact she had on the lives of students during her tenure at the College.

Woodall makes her home in Kiefer. Following her retirement, she established a private safety consulting company, Choice Not Chance, that provides training services for large corporations in Oklahoma and surrounding states.




January 09, 2017

SSC Set to Honor MLK Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Seminole State College will host a special MLK program on campus Thursday, January 12.

dindy     rushing

The event will feature guest speaker Rodney Dindy, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Norman High School. Violinist Densi Rushing will also perform during the program. The event will begin at 11:05 a.m. inside the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on campus and is free and open to the public. 

Dindy has over 20 years of experience working in athletics. As a basketball coach, he aims to teach young athletes the importance of dedication, commitment, development and hard work. While serving as Head Coach of Midwest City High School, he was named Mid-State Conference Coach of the Year twice – in April 2007 and 2008.  He helped lead Midwest City High to 10 state titles, three conference championships and a 2007 6A State Championship.

Rushing began playing the violin at age seven and went on to attain degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education. For 14 years, she has worked at Putnam City Schools teaching elementary, junior and senior high students orchestra – one of the most highly rated orchestra programs in the Midwest. Rushing currently performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lawton Philharmonic, Lyric Theatre OKC Orchestra and Go for Baroque.

This event is sponsored by the College’s Student Government Association and organized by the Native American Serving Non-tribal Institutions (NASNTI) Program. For more information, please contact NASNTI Student Development Specialist Kay Wallace at 405-382-9646.




January 09, 2017

Positions Open in SSC’s Permanent Issue Band

Seminole State College's show band, "Permanent Issue," currently has open positions for guitarists, vocalists and a keyboardist.
Interested students should schedule an audition by contacting Permanent Issue Band sponsor Travis Qualls by email at or by phone at 405-382-9295.  Students should provide name, email address and telephone number in the email or message along with what position they would like to audition for.
The band plays contemporary rock and country music and performs at various campus activities, as well as at high school assemblies and community events throughout the school year.

Scholarship opportunities are available for selected band participants




January 3, 2017

Seminole State College Classes Begin Monday

Seminole State College classes are scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 9. Special extended office hours will take place this week in an effort to provide students extra time to enroll for the 2017 spring semester.

This week, special extended enrollment hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 and 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. Students are encouraged to come register for classes before the spring semester begins on Monday.

For help with enrollment, students may visit with advisors in person inside the Walkingstick Student Services Center – located just off of Highway 9 on the south side of campus – or call 405-382-9230. Current students may enroll with their assigned academic advisor.
Beginning Jan. 9, SSC offices will resume regular hours, which are: Monday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the regular term classes, SSC also offers 8-week, evening and Saturday classes.  Many courses are offered at times to accommodate working adults.  Additional course offerings will be announced throughout the semester. Class schedules detailing course offerings are available on the College’s website at

For more information on classes or enrollment at Seminole State, contact the SSC Admissions Office at 405-382-9230.




December 15, 2016

SSC Ag Student Presents at IAC

Ilbery Speaks at IAC
Seminole State College freshman agriculture major Zach Ilbery recently traveled to Las Vegas for the annual Intertribal Agricultural Council (IAC). During the week-long event, Ilbery had the opportunity to present to 60 youth participating in the Indian Ag Youth Alliance Summit – a division of the IAC. He spoke on the importance of youth in agriculture and also discussed the agriculture program at SSC. Among several other presentations he gave throughout the week, Ilberry also participated in a panel discussion on 1994 Land Grant Universities and curriculum for range management.

Building Relationships
During the IAC, Zach Ilbery (right) visits with Charles Presley (left), one of the 60 students across the nation selected for the Indian Ag Youth Alliance. Presley is a junior and attends Bowlegs High School.