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10/30/14 Trick-or-Treat Trail a Success
10/30/14 Shakespeare in the Park
10/29/14 Passing of the Gavel
10/23/14 Regents Convene for October Meeting
10/22/14 SSC Breaks Ground on Boren Center
10/11/14 Trojan tennis player wins National Championship
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October 30, 2014

Trick-or-Treat Trail a Success


Seminole State College hosted its very first Trick-or-Treat Trail on campus Tuesday evening. Over 25 tables were set up along the walking trails of Henderson Park with various SSC teams and groups who passed out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Several hundred kids and family members walked through the trail that evening. Helpers passed out close to 100 large bags of candy to the campus and community who participated.

“We already had groups talking about what we could do for next year to help improve.  I think everyone really enjoyed doing this.  I know I did, this was an idea I had for a while and finally did it! I am glad we did because it was a success!” said Residential Life and Student Activities Coordinator Melinda Sims.

The Trick-or-Treat Trail was included as part of the annual Freak Week activities for SSC students held each year in October during the week of Halloween

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October 30, 2014

Shakespeare in the Park


Seminole State College Language Arts and Humanities students recently attended a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, presented in Wintersmith Park in Ada, OK. SSC faculty members traveled with their students to see the play which is one of the new Shakespeare in the Park productions put on by the Ada Shakespeare Company.  SSC alumnus Greg Votaw held the role of Fleance in the play and Kevin Worden, a former College adjunct instructor, played the role of MacBeth.

Photo (left to right): SSC students Billy Peixotto, Briana Anderson, Andrew Rainey, Brandi Nickelson and Kimala Zenon,  SSC alumna Megan Goff, Professor of English Jessica Isaacs , Associate Professor of English Rayshell Clapper and student Shawnna Elmore.




October 23, 2014

Regents Convene for October Meeting

The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their monthly meeting.  At their October meeting, the SSC Board heard reports on campus activities and recent purchases and also approved the FY14 External Audit Report.

The board members received a financial report that told of purchases made over $15,000 for the previous two months. There were none for August and for September there were several bookstore purchases that exceeded this amount.  This money was spent to buy textbooks for rent and resale to SSC students.

During the President’s report to the Board, Dr. Jim Utterback updated members on conferences and trainings attended by faculty and staff, honored SSC employees, special outings by students, and current personnel changes.

President Utterback also spoke to the board about the College’s recent participation in the Ice Bucket Challenge where over $500 was raised for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the ground breaking ceremony for the new Dan and Andrea Boren Center.

As their first and only item of business, the board approved the FY 14 External Audit Report covering items for the entire campus for the year. Jim Hinkle with Hinkle & Company, PC, who conducted the audit and attended the Board meeting, commended SSC Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton and her staff for a “clean audit.” Hinkle thanked Benton and her staff for their hard work and cooperation during the audit process and Board Chair Marilyn Bradford voiced her appreciation as well.

Under the consent agenda, board members approved modifications to two SSC degree programs: Associate in Science in Business and Associate in Science in Computer Science.

Board members present at the meeting included:  Chair Bradford, Karen James, Marci Donaho, Curtis Morgan, Bryan Cain and Ryan Franklin.

The SSC Board of Regents’ next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 11.



October 11, 2014

Trojan tennis player wins National Championship

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Seminole State freshman Guy Iradukunda, from the country of Burundi, recently won the NJCAA Singles National Championship in Sumter, South Carolina.

Iradukunda went a perfect 3-0 on the week, taking out the #1, #4, and #2 seeds in route to the title. The talented freshman only lost one set also, in the semi-finals to Josh Page from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College who won the Flight #1 singles title in last May’s NJCAA nationals.

Iradukunda is the second Trojan to capture the Fall NJCAA singles National Title, as Mbonisi Ndimande did the same in the fall of 2010. After Guy won the NJCAA division, he advanced to the “Super Bowl.” The Super Bowl consists of the NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA and Jr. College champions. This year, NJCAA was paired up against NCAA D2 first. Iradukunda fell to the NCAA D2 champ in three sets, 3-6; 6-4; 6-4. The NCAA D2 champion was Fernando Bogajo, a 22 year old Senior from Armstrong Atlantic University. Bogajo ended up winning the “Super Bowl”, as he also defeated the NAIA champ in the Super Bowl finals to advance to the NCAA D1 indoor championships in November.

Iradukunda is currently 15-1 on the fall season and has one tournament left. The fall ITA/NJCAA rankings will be released in November, and is expected to be ranked the #1 player in Jr. College singles.

Final Championship draw:$!27s+Singles+Draw.pdf




October 22, 2014

SSC Breaks Ground on Boren Center

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Over 200 friends and supporters of Seminole State College crowded into the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on campus to witness a ground breaking ceremony for the Dan and Andrea Boren Center Wednesday morning.  Numerous sponsors, community members and friends of the College attended in support of the new building. 

After a warm welcome from SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback, Former U.S. Congressman Dan Boren, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation Bill Anotubby and the Chief of the Seminole Nation Leonard Harjo each spoke briefly in honor of the new structure.

A special indoor ceremony showcased building donors and other groups “turning dirt” to celebrate the start of construction on the Boren Center. Guests enjoyed food, punch and cake following the ceremony.

Among the special guests that “turned dirt” during the indoor ceremony were campus administrators, leaders of employee organizations, the Student Government Association officers and local and state elected officials.  Members of the Boren family, including Dan and Andrea’s children Janna, age 6, and Hunter, age 4, also participated in breaking ground for the new building.

A lead gift from Dan and Andrea Boren in October, 2012, kicked off a fund raising campaign by the SSC Educational Foundation to solicit private individual and corporate gifts for the building project.  The construction of the Boren Center is a joint effort of Seminole State College and the SSC Educational Foundation. 

The 8,137 square-foot, $2.7 million building will house several of the College’s federally-funded public school outreach programs, and provide space for SSC Student Government Association and Human Resources offices. The building will also include an underground public safe room that will provide a storm shelter for 500 people.

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October 29, 2014

Passing of the Gavel…


Out-going Chair of the Seminole State College Educational Foundation Board of Trustees Paige Sheffield, of Wewoka, receives a plaque from newly-elected Chair Ray McQuiston, of Seminole, in appreciation for her service.  Sheffield completed her two-year term and was recognized at the Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22.  She will remain on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair with McQuiston and new Vice Chair Jeramy Rich of Prague.  Others joining the Foundation as new Trustees this fall are:  Chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Rocky Barrett; Edward Jones Financial Advisor Rick Geist; Kinslow Sonic Group President Gary Kinslow; President of First United Bank of Seminole Troy Miller; President of Vision Bank of Shawnee Carl Packwood; and Owner of Sullivan-Dollar Insurance Agency of Seminole David Wilson.​