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8/21/14 SSC Receives FEMA Grant for Safe Room
8/21/14 Regents Convene for August Meeting
8/19/14 Smile - You Are in PLC!
8/19/14 SSC Offers “Basic Computer Skills” Special Interest Class
8/15/14 What's the Word ?
8/05/13 SSC Medical Laboratory Instructor Honored
8/05/13 SSC to Host College-Bound Academy
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August 21, 2014

RSSC Receives FEMA Grant for Safe Room

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SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback signs construction documents for the new Dan and Andrea Boren building as Regents and SSC Foundation Executive Committee members look on.  Seated (left to right) are: SSC Foundation Chair Paige Sheffield, Utterback, and Board Chair Marilyn Bradford.  Standing (left to right) are:  Regent Marci Donaho, Legal Counsel Ed Cadenhead, SSC Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton, Regent Bryan Cain, Foundation Vice Chair Ken Pryor, Regent Ryan Franklin, Regent Karen James and Regent Curtis Morgan

Seminole State College has been officially notified that they will receive a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the addition of a safe room to the Dan and Andrea Boren Center construction project.  The FEMA grant will provide $469,820 of the approximate $2.7 million cost for the entire construction project.

drawing of buildingDr. Jim Utterback, President of Seminole State College, signed construction contracts for the project on Thursday, August 21, 2014 – prior to the meeting of the SSC Board of Regents.  Utterback said the signing was, “historically significant for the future safety of our community.”  He said College staff have been working on the FEMA application process and approval for almost three years.

Thursday’s signing of construction documents was witnessed by members of the SSC Board of Regents and SSC Educational Foundation Executive Committee.Both groups have previously endorsed the project and approved funding for construction.

Utterback commended Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton, Director of Business Services Braden Brown and Director of Sponsored Programs Kathy Hoover and for their diligent work in pursuing the FEMA money.

Utterback stated that since devastating tornadoes have hit Oklahoma, including surrounding communities in the past few years, there has been a heightened awareness of the need for a large scale safe room.  “We made a commitment that future construction on this campus would include providing such a safe room, if at all possible.  We are appreciative to FEMA for recognizing this need and providing help with this project.  I believe it will be one of the most important building projects I have been involved with during my 18 years as President of Seminole State College,” he said.

Paige Sheffield, Chair of the SSC Educational Foundation, said, “Should disaster strike, this safe room could save nearly 500 lives.  I am proud for the Foundation to be a partner in such an important undertaking.”

The 8,137 square-foot building will house several of the College’s federally-funded programs.  Starting as early as sixth grade, first generation and low-income students benefit from these programs.  Students from Asher, Bethel, Bowlegs, Butner, Dale, Davenport, Earlsboro, Henryetta, Holdenville, Justice, Konawa, Macomb, Maud, McLoud, New Lima, Okemah, Paden, Prague, Seminole, Shawnee, Strother, Stroud, Tecumseh, Varnum, Weleetka, Wetumka and Wewoka benefit from these programs.  The grants help over 2,200 students annually achieve academic success in an effort to improve student success and thereby fight inter-generational poverty.

Thanks to the generosity of Dan and Andrea Boren, historic memorabilia, documents and collections from the political career of former U.S Congressman Dan Boren will be preserved, displayed and housed throughout the new building.

The building will also provide space for the SSC Student Government Association, Human Resources offices and the public school outreach program offices.

The Dan and Andrea Boren construction project is a joint effort of Seminole State College and the SSC Educational Foundation.  The Foundation has been actively pursuing private and corporate donations for the building since receiving a lead gift from the Borens in October, 2012.

The Chickasaw Nation has also provided substantial funding for the building project. Receiving the FEMA grant enlarges the project to include an underground safe room that will house 493 people during threat of storms.  An additional $300,000 will be needed to fully fund the project with the addition of the safe room and revised construction plans.

The Seminole State College Educational Foundation has targeted raising those additional funds during the coming year. Foundation Vice Chair Ken Pryor said, “This will be an incredible addition to our community.  Now we need our individual and corporate community partners to step up and help us raise the remaining funds.”

Any individuals, business or foundations interested in donating to the Dan and Andrea Boren building fund, may send checks, made payable to the SSC Educational Foundation to the President’s Office, P.O. Box 351, Seminole, OK  74818.  Donations may also be made online through the SSC Educational Foundation website:


August 21, 2014

Regents Convene for August Meeting

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Ryan Franklin, of Shawnee, was sworn in as a Regent by Seminole State College legal counsel Ed Cadenhead during Thursday’s meeting

At their August meeting held Thursday, the Seminole State College Board of Regents welcomed a new Regent and heard reports about the opening of the new school year, elected officers, approved athletic insurance, and academic program modifications.

As the first order of business, Shawnee businessman Ryan Franklin was sworn in as a Regent by SSC legal counsel Ed Cadenhead.  Franklin was appointed last Spring by Governor Mary Fallin and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate for a seven year term beginning July 1, 2014. 

As the next item of business, the Board elected officers for the coming year.  Regent Marilyn Bradford was elected chair.  Regent Karen James will serve as vice chair, and Regent Leesa Adams as secretary.

Bradford is beginning the final year of her seven-year term on the SSC Board of Regents.  She was appointed to the Board in July, 2008.

The board approved the revision of Policy II-4-16 regarding retirement.  Wording in the policy requiring special permission for the renewal of contracts for individuals over the age of 70 was removed to comply with federal law.

On the consent agenda, the Board approved routine academic program modifications to be submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  They also approved a continuation agreement with Summit Insurance Solutions to provide athletic insurance through a consortium with six other Oklahoma colleges.

Members present at the meeting were: Chair – Marilyn Bradford, Karen James, Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan and Ryan Franklin.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2014.


August 19, 2014

SSC Offers “Basic Computer Skills” Special Interest Class

Seminole State College’s Business and Industry Training Program is offering a special six-class basic computer skills class starting Tuesday, September 9.

The class, “Basic Computer Skills,” will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 9 through September 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in Haney 117 of the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on the SSC campus.  The cost is $121.00.  The course will be taught by Alyssa Parks.

The key features of the course will be working with Windows programs and identifying computer equipment.  Basic Internet, along with the use of e-mail and learning organizational skills and file management, will be covered. “This is a basic computer course designed to provide training for first-time computer users” noted SSC Business and Industry Training Coordinator Carol Hartman.  “This course will also be useful for participants who need basic computer information as well.”

Those wanting to enroll in the Basic Computer Skills course are encouraged to call Carol Hartman, Business and Training Coordinator at (405) 382-9246 or the College’s Office of Admissions in the Student Services Building. The Admission Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at (405) 382-9230.




August 19, 2014

Smile - You Are in PLC!


Sophomore members of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class helped freshmen PLC members get acquainted with campus Saturday afternoon during a photo scavenger hunt as part of a special orientation session.

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Pictured (left to right) Allyson Hanan, Armani Berry, Sylvia Shupe , Logan Gray, Bailey Easley and Shiann Swearingen pose by the College's Trojan Horse statue.

Holly Scott foreground, takes a "selfie" photo in front of the Seminole State College sign with (left to right) Alexis Long, Kinzey Bryan, Logann Boland, Delila Loftis and Patricia Wright.

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 Angie Barlow (foreground), Emily Romeiser, Alex Fisher, Isaac Friesen, Suenju Buttram and Alex Eddlemon locate the SSC Campus Police Office. Classes at Seminole State College began Monday, Aug. 18, with late enrollment continuing through Aug. 29.




August 15, 2014

What's the Word?


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Seminole State College employees gathered this week for In-Service training prior to the start of the Fall term.  In addition to professional development sessions on transformative teaching and learning, the employees heard presentations on the College's history, relationship with the community and plans for the future.  Employees also gathered for a group photo wearing new t-shirts with a uniquely-designed word art graphic focused on attributes of Seminole State College.  Classes at SSC begin Monday, Aug. 18.  Late enrollment continues through Aug. 29.





August 5, 2014

SSC Medical Laboratory Instructor Honored


Seminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology Program Director Malinda Browning has been selected for two special recognitions by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Browning was named “2014 ASCP Regional Member Award for the South Central Region” of the national organization.  She was nominated by her colleague and former Seminole State College MLT Program Director Perthena Latchaw.

According to Diana Kremitske, Chair-Elect of the ASCP Council of Laboratory Professionals, the award selection committee recognized Browning for “promoting and enhancing the field of the medical laboratory profession and for demonstrating commitment to the profession through professional service, leadership and continued support of ASCP activities at the local level.”

Browning will be recognized for the honor at an awards ceremony to be held in conjunction with the Barbara M. Castleberry Lecture for Laboratory Professionals at the ASCP Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida.  ASCP will fund Browning’s round-trip airline expenses and hotel lodging for the trip.

She has also been invited to serve as the Hematology Representative on the ASCP Joint Generalist Committee.  Her term will begin following the organization’s fall meeting in October.

The Joint Generalist Committee consists of representatives from the Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology areas.  The group is responsible for developing the practice analysis, reviewing exam eligibility requirements, content guidelines, reading lists and addressing examinee and program director concerns. 

Browning began working at the college part-time in 1989 and became a full-time instructor in 2008.  She assumed the MLT Program Director’s position in 2012.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology Degree from Indiana University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. She and her husband Bill have three children: Meghan, Katie and Benjamin.  Her two daughters graduated from Southwestern University in Weatherford, OK.  Her son is attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.  Browning enjoys reading and gardening.

 The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. The organization’s mission is to provide excellence in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and laboratory professionals across the globe. With more than 100,000 members, the society’s influence has guided the application and evolution of the pathology and laboratory medicine specialty since 1922.

For more information about the SSC MLT Program, contact Browning at 405-382-9286 or




August 5, 2014

SSC to Host College-Bound Academy

Seminole State College will help high school students and members of the community jump-start their college careers by offering courses in Shawnee and Holdenville this fall through a new “College-Bound Academy.”

Two basic requirement college credit courses, English Composition I and American History Since 1877 will be offered in Shawnee at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center and in Holdenville at Holdenville High School.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tom Mills, said this the academy is a pilot program.  “In future semesters, our intention is to rotate the six general education courses that are required for all degrees at most colleges as part of the College-Bound Academy.”

Classes will begin the week of Aug. 18 and conclude Dec. 12.

In Shawnee, the English course will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.  American History will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

In Holdenville, the history class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the English class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

High school students interested in enrolling in any of these classes should contact their high school guidance counselor.  Non-high school students may enroll in the courses through the Admissions Office in the Walkingstick Student Services Center on the SSC campus.

For more information about the SSC College-Bound Academy, contact Director of Recruitment and Advisement Jamie Mills at 405-382-9716 or