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Date of Article Title of Article/
04/27/15 Rogers Attends Nigh Institute
04/27/15 Isaacs Wins Oklahoma Book Award
04/20/15 SSC Students to Participate in Oklahoma Study Abroad Project
04/20/15 Simon and Son to Perform at SSC
04/20/15 SSC Nursing Department to Host Campus Health Fair

Congressional Visit

04/19/15 SSC PLC Group Visits Bombing Memorial
04/19/15 Medical Laboratory Program to Host Open House
04/19/15 SSC Nursing Students Participate in Disaster Training
04/19/15 SSC Education Foundation Banquet to Honor Alumni, Students, Staff
04/19/15 SSC Attends Oklahoma’s Promise Day at the Capitol
04/06/15 SSC to Host Creativity Symposium
04/06/15 SSC’s Permanent Issue Band to Hold Auditions; Host Spring Concert
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April 27, 2015

Rogers Attends Nigh Institute

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Denver Rogers (right) meets with former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh (left) at the Nigh Leadership Conference.

Area Seminole State College student Denver Rogers of Holdenville recently attended the Nigh Institute Leadership Conference held in Oklahoma City.

Rogers received a 2015 George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship through the Nigh Institute program funded by the Oklahoma Legislature. During the leadership academy, students visited with members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as attended sessions concerning Oklahoma’s local government, government relations, the national election, public policy, and Oklahoma’s economic future.

The students also had time to enjoy some of Oklahoma City’s numerous attractions.  They toured the Devon and Chase office buildings, the State Regents Office and the State Capitol. Students heard remarks from Oklahoma author Dr. Robert (Bob) Burke, former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh and Chancellor of Higher Education Glenn Johnson.

In addition, the group had the opportunity to visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma History Center, the OKC National Memorial and Museum and attend an OKC Thunder basketball game. The group also attended briefings from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, House of Representatives and Senate.

Rogers graduated from Holdenville High School in 2014.  At HHS, he was active in a variety of clubs and activities and served as Class President, Student Council President and National Honor Society President. He was also involved in athletics and participated in football, basketball, track, cross-country and golf. He is a member of the SSC Presidential Leadership Class VIII. Rogers is currently studying health-science and plans to attend The University of Oklahoma after graduating from SSC. He intends to pursue a career in dentistry.



April 27, 2015

Isaacs Wins Oklahoma Book Award

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Seminole State College Professor of English Jessica Isaacs (left) recently won an Oklahoma Book Award for her book of poetry, Deep August. Carl Sennhenn (right), a former OBA winner in poetry, presented the award to Jessica at the 26th annual OBA ceremony held at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.



April 20, 2015

SSC Students to Participate in Oklahoma Study Abroad Project

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Two Seminole State College students have been selected to participate in a service-learning based study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic this May.
            SSC sophomores Marques Christopher Marshall and Sierra O’Dell have been chosen to participate in the study abroad experience organized by institution members of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC).
Marshall is from Dallas, Texas, and is current President of the SSC Student Government Association. He is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and serves as Vice President for the campus organization. Marshall is studying international business and plans to attend the University of Oklahoma after graduating from SSC.
O’Dell is from Konawa and is a member of the SSC President’s Leadership Class. She is President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Vice President of the Student Government Association. O’Dell is also a member of the Student Activities Board and the SSC Dance Team. She is currently studying biology and plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician.
Participating OACC members are partnering to offer and administer the week-long trip scheduled for May 13-20. Students from 11 other Oklahoma community colleges will also be participating.  EF College Study Tours will be the travel provider.
                Each participating community college has selected two students to take part in this opportunity and will provide them with funding assistance. Representatives from Murray State College, Connors State College and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College will provide leadership on the trip.  Upon return from the Dominican Republic, students will engage in a local community service project in order to give back to local Oklahoma communities.
The OACC Service Learning & Leadership Development program Steering Committee and EF College Study Tours believe that by working directly with communities in the Dominican Republic, students will develop cultural empathy and awareness through firsthand engagement in areas such as poverty, equality and public health. Service-learning projects are aimed to help students gain critical thinking and leadership skills and motivate them to make a difference and implement change within their own communities.
For more information about the program, please contact SSC Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton at 405-382-9219 or by email at




April 20, 2015

SSC Nursing Department to Host Campus Health Fair

The Seminole State College Nursing Department will be hosting a health fair on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
            The fair will be held outdoors on the SSC Cook Commons, just outside the north entrance of the E. T. Dunlap Student Union. In the event of bad weather, the fair will move inside the Student Union.
The health fair will feature 11 booths. Ten of the booths are dedicated to “Topics of Interest” and will be organized and taught by students in the SSC Nursing Program. Booth topics will include: Poisonous Snakes of Oklahoma/First Aid for Bites, Bicycle/Motorcycle Safety, Dangers of Alcohol Use, Dangers of Drug Use, Dangers of Texting and Driving, How to Talk to Your Children About Sex, Home Safety, Poisonous Spiders of Oklahoma/First Aid for Bites, Hypertension Prevention/Treatment and Diabetes Prevention/Treatment.
Also available will be a SSC Nursing Department booth with current nursing faculty and staff available to discuss the program, answer questions and handout materials to interested students. Those who attend will have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of several prizes including a Go-Pro camera, RCA surround sound system, Canon printer/copier or an iTunes gift card.

The health fair is a free event and is open to the campus and community. For more information, please contact the SSC Nursing Department at 405-382-9205.




April 19, 2015

SSC PLC Group Visits Bombing Memorial

20th Anniversary Visit
group Members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum as part of the state’s observation of the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building.

McVeigh Vehicle
car SSC students Collin Taylor, of Seminole, and Dylan Fazekas, of Red Oak, view the newly-added exhibit of the 1977 Mercury Marquis driven by Timothy McVeigh following the bombing.

The Gates of Time
touching wall President’s Leadership Class member Corbin Austin, of Shawnee, places his hand on the wall of The Gates of Time in the outdoor reflecting pool area of the museum.




April 19, 2015

Congressional Visit

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Seminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback (right) and Northeastern State University Director of Community and Government Relations Jerry Cook (left) visit with U.S. Congressman James Lankford this week in Washington D.C.  College and university representatives were in the nation’s capital to discuss the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act – the major law governing federal student aid.



April 6, 2015

SSC’s Permanent Issue Band to Hold Auditions; Host Spring Concert

Auditions for Seminole State College's show band, "Permanent Issue," will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  Open positions include vocalist, drummer, bass guitarist, rhythm guitarist and pianist.

Auditions will be scheduled beginning at 2 p.m. in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus.  For more information, or to schedule a time for a try-out, contact Permanent Issue Band sponsor Travis Qualls by email at or by phone at 405-382-9295.  Please provide name, mailing address and telephone number in the email or message. Once the contact information has been received, the student will be sent a packet containing complete information about the auditions.

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.

This year’s Permanent Issue Band will be performing a spring concert on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Jeff Johnston. Admission is free and the campus and community is invited to attend. The current band contains five vocalists: Kevin Andrews, New Lima; Allyson Hanan, Strother; Damera Krenzer, Kansas; Hailey Taylor, New Lima; and Anna Smith, Maud. Dalton Robason of Maud plays drums and Seth Dean of Okemah plays the keyboard. Lane Lambert of Holdenville is on bass guitar, Josh Harris from Strother plays rhythm guitar and Josh Vandergriff of Shawnee is on lead guitar.




April 19, 2015

SSC Nursing Students Participate in Disaster Training

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SSC nursing student Amanda Stell providing CPR to “victim” Crystal Matchen during the disaster training

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SSC nursing students Angie Hughey and Chelsea Jernigan prepare to participate in recovery efforts as part of the disaster training

. In today’s world the potential for a disaster is everywhere. Each year in Oklahoma, homes are damaged or destroyed by tornados and earthquakes. There is constant news on floods, tsunamis and shootings being broadcast worldwide.
Seminole State College is taking an active role in training nursing students for potential disasters. The nursing class of 2015 recently participated in a day-long training module designed to help them understand what qualifies as a disaster, how to triage patients and resources, and how to work with other agencies to access quick medical care.
The students participated in a lecture series about the role of nursing during a disaster. Nursing students were then asked to practice triage skills. “Effective triage and communication skills are the two most important elements of a successful disaster response,” says Nursing Instructor Crystal Bray.
Following lecture and triage practice, the nursing students were able to put disaster skills to use during a stimulation drill where a local business had been bombed. SSC Nursing students were asked to preform search and rescue, triage patients and tend to their medical and psychosocial needs.
“Disaster training is becoming more and more important in today’s society. We are proud of our nursing students who embrace the philosophy that nursing is an intricate part of any successful disaster response,” says Nursing Division Chair Donna Chambers. “In the future, we plan to work with area hospitals and Emergency Medical Services to expand the training for our nursing students, as well as, area healthcare professionals,” she continued.




April 19, 2015

SSC Education Foundation Banquet to Honor Alumni, Students, Staff

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Degraffenreid                                                                      Jech

The Seminole State College Educational Foundation’s annual recognition banquet, set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center, will include recognition of college alumni, students, staff and supporters.
At this year’s banquet, Steve Degraffenreid and Senator Darcy Jech will be inducted into the Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame.
Degraffenreid is a longtime Shawnee business owner and manager. He and his brother Ron own and operate Boomarang Diners Inc., a company with 43 restaurant locations across the Midwest.  They also own 3D Restaurant Group, the company that owns and operates DeGraff’s Restaurant and Tavern in Shawnee.
Degraffenreid received his associate degree from SSC in 1991 and went on to pursue a degree in education from the University of Oklahoma. He holds an endorsement in gaming management from San Diego University in San Diego, Calif. He is actively involved in his community and is a member of the Seminole and Shawnee Chambers of Commerce. Degraffenreid sits on the Board of Trustees for the Shawnee Elks Lodge and the SSC Educational Foundation. He is also a member of both the National and Oklahoma Restaurant Associations as well as the National Small Business Association.  Degraffenreid will be inducted into the SSC Alumni Hall of Fame by Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman Rocky Barrett.
Senator Jech is currently serving his first term in the Oklahoma State Legislature. He is owner and operator of Delvin Jech Agency, Inc., an insurance group located in Kingfisher, and is also active in the cattle and ranching business.
Senator Jech attended then Seminole Junior College and received his associate degree in 1977. While at the College, he was a member of the 1976-1977 Trojan Baseball Team – the first coached by Lloyd Simmons.  He next attended Southeastern State University in Durant where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1979.
Senator Jech is an active member of the Kingfisher Rotary Club and acts as an Elder at First Christian Church of Kingfisher. He has served as a member of the Kingfisher City Council and the Chamber of Commerce among other community and civic organizations. Senator Jech will be inducted into the SSC Alumni Hall of Fame by former Seminole attorney Dale Elsener of Kingfisher.
Degraffenreid and Jech will join 62 other former students in the Hall of Fame.  Recipients of the honor are selected for their achievements while attending the college and contributions they have made in their professional careers which bring pride to the institution. Nominations are accepted each year from faculty, staff, members of the SSC Educational Foundation and the public for induction.
Also at the April 30 banquet, Larry Vickers and Wayne Day (posthumously) will receive the “Distinguished Service Award” for their longtime service and commitment to the institution.

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Vickers                                                                       Day

Vickers began his career at SSC in 1975 and served the College for a total of 34 years. During his time at SSC he served in several different capacities. Vickers was a Mathematics Instructor and served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Math, Science and Engineering Division. Following his retirement in 2001, he returned to the College and served part-time as Assessment of Student Learning Coordinator until 2009.
He attended Southwestern State College in Weatherford where he earned his bachelor’s degree and went on to earn his master’s degree from Northeastern State College in Tahlequah. He is a member of both the National and Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is past president of the Oklahoma Junior College Mathematical Association. He currently teaches Bible class and serves as Elder at the Church of Christ in Little, Okla. Vickers’ award will be presented by former SSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jack Medlock.
Day served the College for a total of 25 years. He started his career at SSC in 1971 as the Director of Cooperative Education and the Director of Federal Programs. In 1977, he assumed the position of Dean of Admissions and served as the College’s first registrar. He later became Dean of Students in 1987, and his duties expanded in 1990 when he became Vice President for Student Affairs.
After his high school graduation from Woodward, Day joined the United States Army and served stateside in the Korean Conflict. Day went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Panhandle A&M College, now Panhandle State University, in Goodwell, and also earned a Master’s of Teaching Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. He served as President for the Seminole Housing Authority and was a former member of the Seminole Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. He was involved with many other community and civic organizations in Seminole. Day’s award will be presented by former SSC Dean of Students and long-time speech instructor Don Gill. Accepting the award on behalf of his late father will be Tulsa television News On 6 anchor Craig Day.
Six SSC retirees will also be honored at the spring banquet. The employees to be recognized this year are: Marie Dawson, Assistant Professor of Speech; Dan Factor, Campus Police Coordinator; Dawna Hamm, Business/Information Systems Division Chair; Kathy Hoover, Director of Sponsored Programs; Kelly Kirk, Professor of Art and Global Studies; and Annette Troglin, Math, Science and Engineering Division Chair. Along with retiring employees, the banquet will also honor campus leaders, outstanding students and employees reaching milestones in their careers.
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.
Ray McQuiston serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees.  Vice Chairs are Jeramy Rich and Paige Sheffield.  Other members of the Board are: Chairman Rocky Barrett, Dan Boren, Richard Carr, Dr. Vickie Carter, Steve Degraffenreid, Rick Geist, Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Leonard Harjo, Douglas Humphreys, Gary Kinslow, Tim Mathews, Gordon Melson, Troy Miller, Carl Packwood, Kenny Pryor, Harvey Robinson, Lance Ruffel, Mark Schell, Jack Sherry, Roy Sisco, Sue Snodgrass, Bob Swearingen, David Wilson and Lance Wortham. 
For more information about the event, contact a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees or the SSC President’s Office at (405) 382-9200.



April 19, 2015

SSC Attends Oklahoma’s Promise Day at the Capito

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Seminole State College students and staff members meet with Senator Jason Smalley (R) during the Oklahoma’s Promise Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Tuesday.

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: Courtney Wise, Seminole; Jaeden Cotton, Seminole; Deknisha Willis, Okemah; Annie Gilbert, Tecumseh; Aaron Pybas, Asher; Raven McClain, Earlsboro; and Kenneth Landes, Shawnee. Staff members present were: Brenda Cates, Edie Cathey, Cami Correa, Kristin Dunn, Deedra Eldredge, Damaris Haney and Shaina Moon.

For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise, visit


Seminole State College student and Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship recipient Deknisha Willis places her note of what the program means to her on one of the displays at the event.



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.