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Coffee With the President
12/12/14 Fuel for Finals
12/12/14 Smalley Meets Student Leaders
12/12/14 Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel
12/12/14 SSC Regents Convene for December Meeting
12/11/14 Santa’s Workshop
12/11/14 Testing the Waters
12/09/14 Finals Eve Breakfast
12/08/14 Utterback Speaks on Community Colleges and MSIs Panel
12/08/14 Santa's Helpers at SSC
12/08/14 SSC Night at the Lights
12/08/14 Speaker encourages GEAR UP students to live a life with no more excuses
12/08/14 SSC NASA Students Learn About Seminole Nation
11/18/14 SSC Spring Schedules Available
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December 12, 2014

Coffee With the President

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Seminole State College faculty and staff took an early morning break on Dec. 12 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.




December 12, 2014

Fuel for Finals

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Seminole State College dance team members (l-r) Jacey Masoner and Ashley Carr provide coffee, hot chocolate and all the fixings to treat students who are studying in Seminole Nation for finals this week. SSC organizations across campus are encouraged each year during finals week to sponsor tables with drinks and snacks for residential students to enjoy while studying.




December 12, 2014

Smalley Meets Student Leaders

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Members of Seminole State College’s Presidential Leadership Class met with newly-elected Oklahoma State Senator Jason Smalley (Stroud - R) Thursday following his community presentation at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce December Forum.  Pictured (left to right) are:  Denver Rogers, Holdenville; Sierra O’Dell, Konawa; Alexis Long, Seminole; Senator Smalley; Kinzey Bryan, Bowlegs; Lucas Tapp, Seminole; Allyson Hanan, Strother and Destiny Prevost, Sasakwa




December 12, 2014

SSC Regents Convene for December Meeting

The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their December meeting to discuss changes in material costs and contract days for the construction of the Boren Center and to review the renewal of consulting services for the College.

The Board heard a financial report from Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton for October and November of purchases made over $15, 000. For October, $15,000 was paid to Hinkle & Company for the Annual External Audit and $52, 670.00 was spent on Apple Ipads, a GEAR UP grant purchase. There were no purchases over this amount for November.

During the President’s Report, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lana Reynolds shared with the Board a variety of recent SSC campus activities and trips and also gave an update on the Denmark Exchange Program.

For the first item of business, the Board approved a change order from Atlas Construction for the increase of contract days to complete construction of the Boren Center.

The second action item was a change order from Atlas Construction regarding an increase of $52, 576.65 for construction of the Boren Center due to the fluctuation of material costs. The change order was approved.

Under the next item of business, Board members renewed their annual contract with Suzie Brewster & Associates for consulting services. Members also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Ramona Munsell & Associates Consulting. Inc.

Under the consent agenda, Regents approved the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar and program modifications to the Associate in Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation SSC degree program.

Board members present at the meeting were: Chair Marilyn Bradford, Karen James, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan, Bryan Cain and Leesa Adams.

The next SSC Board of Regent’s meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 15, 2015




December 12, 2014

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. Mathematics Instructor Melissa Bryant was honored as “Educator of the Month” and Financial Aid Clerk Sonja Sigman was honored as “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.


Bryant is a graduate from Shawnee High School. She holds an Associate in Science from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and a Master of Education in Counseling from East Central University. Bryant began her teaching career at SSC in 1999. She enjoys spending time with her three girls, Lilly, 15, Grace, 11, and Mia, 8, reading, playing tennis and golf and traveling.








Sigman is a Tecumseh High School graduate. She received an Associate in Science from Seminole State College in 2005 and is currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Oklahoma.  Sigman has been employed in the SSC Financial Aid Office since September 2013. In her spare time, she loves to fish and travel with her husband Bart and daughter Emily.




December 11, 2014

Santa’s Workshop


Seminole State College student athletes volunteered their time and talents this week to wrap over 700 gifts for the upcoming Rotary Christmas Dinner.  The presents will be distributed at the annual community dinner on Thursday, Dec. 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.




December 9, 2014

Finals Eve Breakfast

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Seminole State College faculty and staff served a late-night breakfast at the beginning of finals week on Monday, Dec. 8 to over 100 students from the college’s residence halls. Students were invited to bring their books to the E.T. Dunlap Student Union to study for final exams while they were served a full-course breakfast starting at 9 p.m.

SSC servers (standing left to right) are: Mark Goeller, Mechell Downey, Justin Streater, Lana Reynolds, Dr. Linda Goeller, Jamie Mills, Richard Schroyer, Robin Crawford, Kristin Dunn, Tammy Kasterke, Janet Farrow, Jonea Rima, Sadiaa Jones and Dr. Jim Utterback. Students seated around the table from left to right are: Crystal Thomas, San Antonio, TX; Samantha Stafford, Rockport, TX; Taylor Factor, Moore; Makenzie Baker, Holliday, TX; Kailey Hamilton, Denison, TX; Sydney Brummett, Whitewright, TX and Miranda Rodriguez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.


Service with a Smile

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SSC Financial Aid Director Justin Streater delivers an order to a table of students at the Finals Eve Breakfast Monday evening.







Breakfast for Dinner

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Seminole State College volunteer servers (front to back) Jonea Rima, Robin Crawford, Mechell Downey and Jamie Mills complete student breakfast orders for the annual Finals Eve Breakfast in the Student Union on campus.



December 11, 2014

Testing the Waters

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Seminole State College students enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering class this fall were challenged to design, build, wire and test a Remotely Operated Vehicle (R.O.V.)-an underwater vehicle-for their final class project. Each vehicle was required to turn left and right, move forward and backward and go up and down.  Pictured (l-r) is Gustavo Escobar and Joel Davis demonstrating the movements of their R.O.V. creation.




December 8, 2014

Utterback Speaks on Community Colleges and MSIs Panel

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SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback (left) and Southern University System President Dr. Ronald Mason (right) participate in discussion at the AACC Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions Forum panel in Washington D.C

Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to participate in a blue-ribbon forum on Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).  Utterback was invited to be a part of the program by Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the organization who planned the event.

           President Utterback was one of four participants asked to speak on the forum panel entitled “Sharing Promising Practices of Building Community College/MSI Relationships.” Others on the panel included: Dr. Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George Community College, Maryland; Dr. Ronald Mason, President, Southern University System, Louisiana and Dr. Lezli Baskerville, President and CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Washington D.C.  The panel was moderated by Dr. JoAnn Haysbert, Executive Vice President, Hampton University, Virginia.

           The AACC forum and panel highlighted best-practices and effective collaborations between community colleges and MSIs that lead to college success and completion.  The focus of the forum was to develop potential guidelines that will aid in the development of partnerships between community colleges and MSIs. The forum was facilitated by The Barthwell Group, a Certified Woman-Owned, Minority Business Enterprise.

           President Utterback is in his eighteenth year serving as the fourth president of Seminole State College. He has published numerous articles and is a nationally recognized speaker in areas related to student development, economic development and diversity in higher education.

            Utterback has served on the AACC Commissions on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Commission on Global Education and on the AACC Board of Directors. Utterback currently serves on the Board and is a past Chairman of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, the only statewide television network in Oklahoma.  He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.




December 2, 2014


DEADLINE FEB. 13, 2015

The Language Arts and Humanities Division at Seminole State College is currently accepting submissions for the Fifth Annual “Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase of Oklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, and Dancers.”   Those interested can visit the symposium website at to access the 2015 Submission Form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 13, 2015.

The symposium will be Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, 2015. The free Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. both days in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus. 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.

The 2015 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Phil Morgan, a poet, painter, songwriter, biographer, historian, literary critic and novelist. Four of the six books he has published since 2006 have won regional, national or international awards. His most recent work, a novel titled Anompolichi the Wordmaster, a story set in 1399 in America, was published in October by White Dog Press.  Dr. Morgan has been the senior staff writer of Chickasaw Press, for which he authored Chickasaw Renaissance and co-authored Dynamic Chickasaw Women. He also is the award-winning author of The Fork-in-the-Road Indian Poetry Store, and co-author of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Native American literature from the University of Oklahoma. Phil Morgan lives and collaborates with his artist-sculptor wife of 35 years, Kate Arnott Morgan, on their family’s original Chickasaw tribal allotment farm in Blanchard, OK. They have three children and four grandchildren.

The 2015 Special Guests are Rowdy Folk, the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Lindsay Oliver, who create “homemade Americana music.”  The Olivers are from Oklahoma and Texas and use guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, boot stomping and tambourine shaking. Rowdy Folk is exactly what the name suggests: alternative-country guitar, rock-n-roll sensibility, bluegrass banjo and a heart of blues.

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 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 at (405)382-9209 or email at, or they may call or email SSC Language Arts & Humanities Division Secretary, Annie Daniel at (405)382-9561 or email at




December 8, 2014

SSC Night at the Lights

Kids decorate snowmen at a holiday craft table, one of the “Seminole State College Night at the Lights” activities held Tuesday evening.

kids decorating

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Seminole State College Softball players (l-r) Shyanna Sigman, Brooke Estes, Alissa Taylor, Morgan Wardlow and Mckayla Hendrix help children create holiday ornaments at the SSC Night at the Lights event Tuesday.


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Young visitors enjoy hot chocolate and cookies after viewing the lights at the Snowman Wonderland.


Seminole State Softball players (l-r) Chloe Clifton and Alejandra Moran sip hot chocolate and hand out holiday goodies to visitors at SSC Night at the Lights.

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November 18, 2014

SSC Spring Schedules Available

Class schedules detailing Seminole State College’s Spring 2015 Semester and May Intersession course offerings are now available online. Courses can be viewed on the college’s website at

Spring courses are set to begin Monday, January 12.  Students and area residents can take advantage of regular open enrollment now through Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.  Special late enrollment is allowed with permission through Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Online enrollment is available for those students who qualify.  All first-time students are required to come to the Admissions office in person for enrollment.  Returning students, who have cleared any academic deficiencies, may contact an SSC counselor to be released to enroll online.  Contact with counselors may be done in person in the Walkingstick Student Services Center, by phone at

(405) 382-9230 or by email at Enrollment is also ongoing for the December-January Intersession which begins December 15, 2014 and ends January 19, 2015.  All intercession classes require students to meet face to face for five days, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and to complete online coursework using Campus Cruiser.  Intersession classes offered this term are anthropology, government, wellness and human development, humanities, sociology and speech.

SSC students can receive associate degrees in 23 major fields of study, including concentrations in art, behavioral science, business, child development, criminal justice, computer science, elementary education, English, general studies, government,  history, health occupations, health, physical education and recreation, language arts and humanities, life science, mathematics, physical science, psychology, pre-engineering, sociology, and speech.

SSC also provides training in medical lab technology, nursing, business and information systems, applied technology and child development.

Special extended enrollment hours for the SSC Office of Admissions, Business Office and Bookstore are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 through Thursday, Dec.18; 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 19; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5 through Thursday, Jan. 8; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan.10. The Admissions office will be closed Monday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Jan. 2.

Students may pay tuition and fee charges online at through “eCashier.”

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




December 8, 2014

Speaker encourages GEAR UP students to live a life with no more excuses

Speaker and author Grant Baldwin talks with GEAR UP students about real world issues including budgets, scholarships, careers and relationships.

High School students from schools served by the Seminole State College GEAR UP Project came together for assemblies in November and were encouraged to answer the question “How are you going to live your life with no more excuses?”

By relating personal anecdotes and stories about his teenage years, Grant Baldwin energized the crowds that gathered in the morning and afternoon GEAR UP-sponsored presentations at Seminole, Holdenville, Konawa and Prague auditoriums just before the students’ Thanksgiving break.

A speaker and author, Baldwin has spoken to more than 250,000 students in 42 different states and continues to travel the country speaking to students at conferences, school assemblies and other youth events enjoying what he calls “hanging out with teenagers.” After each of the presentations, he stayed a few extra minutes to visit with the students and autographed copies of his book Reality Check. Written as “the student’s guide to the real world,” the book includes practical advice and insights addressing student questions on issues like creating a budget, applying for scholarships, dealing with relationships and finding a career.

While the presentations could have been mistaken for stand-up comedy by those hearing the student reactions and laughter as they passed by in the hallway, the students still came away with his message that “Your past doesn’t have to determine your future.” He challenged the students to work toward reaching their full potential by asking “Does it bother you enough to do something about it?”

Julie Hix, GEAR UP Project Director, told the students they will “see Grant again during the spring” and announced plans for a GEAR UP Leadership Institute during the summer months to include Baldwin’s participation. GEAR UP is a federally-funded program designed to improve the chances that young people are “Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.”

Seminole State College was notified in the spring of 2012 of an award of $568,000 annually to fund a GEAR UP partnership grant with 15 qualifying rural school districts in the college’s immediate area. The grant focuses on providing services in support of the education of a group of students from Asher; Bowlegs; Butner; Davenport; Earlsboro; Holdenville; Konawa; Maud; Paden; Prague; Sasakwa; Seminole; Strother; Varnum and Wetumka.

The project follows the cohort group of students through the remainder of their K-12 education, providing services through a network of support that includes community partners, volunteers, counselors, teachers, school leaders and families. SSC GEAR UP also provides services to parents supporting their children’s education and assisting in the student’s college preparation.

In addition to the project commitment by the college and 15 schools, local businesses, volunteers and community organizations can add to the grant’s effectiveness by providing in-kind products, services and time as a partner in the GEAR UP grant. GEAR UP grantees are required to match part of the cost of operating the project from non-federal sources.

For more information about Seminole State’s GEAR UP project, visit Seminole State GEAR UP on Facebook, go to  or contact the GEAR UP offices at (405) 382-9687




December 8, 2014

SSC NASA Students Learn About Seminole Nation


:Seminole State College Native American Student Association (NASA) visit the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka, OK to learn about the tribe’s history and culture. Pictured in the museum (l-r) are Troyce Marshall, Chasity Scott, Adam Haney, Angellea McCarter, James Larney, Bunnie Jesse, Ted Underwood and SSC NASA Advisor Jim Wilson.

Photo 101: The Seminole State College Native American Student Association (NASA) showcases the newly decorated NASA bulletin board in SSC’s Tanner Hall. NASA member Alyssa Kelough used samples of Seminole Patchwork to honor the College’s host tribe, Seminole Nation.

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December 8, 2014

Santa’s Helpers

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The Seminole State College Classified Staff Association organized a campus-wide effort to collect holiday gifts for “Little Angels” identified by the Salvation Army and Department of Human Services. This year a total of 40 angels were sponsored by the SSC organization. Donations were received by various offices and individuals across campus. Pictured (l-r) are Vice President Mechell Downey, Cindy Guinn, Jessica Guinn, President Ann Gavin, Robin Crawford, Treasurer Toni Wittmann, Twila Kappele and Annie Daniel.