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Date of Article Title of Article/
06/30/2016 SSC’s FOCUS Program Recruiting New Students
06/28/2016 SSC Students Return from Denmark
06/28/2016 SSC Employees Volunteer at Community Youth Camp
06/28/2016 Trojan Players Make All-American, Selected in MLB Draft
06/28/2016 SSC’s Global Studies Program Enrolling for 2017 Tour
06/23/2016 Global Studies Returns from Summer Trip
06/21/2016 Smalley Visits SSC Campus
06/20/2016 Saying Goodbye
06/17/2016 SSC Board of Regents Convene for June Meeting
06/14/2016 Mathews Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship
06/09/2016 SSC Vice Presidents to be Honored at Retirement Reception
06/09/2016 SSC Upward Bound Camp Begins
06/07/2016 Kids Learn Educational and Construction Skills at SSC Summer Camps
06/07/2016 St. John Named SSC Athletic Director
06/01/2016 Spring Honor Roll Recognizes SSC Students
05/03/2016 SSC Offers Summer Kids Camps
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June 30, 2016

SSC’s FOCUS Program Recruiting New Students

The FOCUS/ Educational Talent Search Program at Seminole State College is currently accepting applications for new participants. Students in grades 6-12 who attend Tecumseh, Shawnee, Macomb, Maud or Earlsboro schools are invited to apply. 

Seminole State College’s FOCUS / Educational Talent Search Program, which has been assisting students in the College’s service area since 1991, is a free academic enrichment program. It is part of the TRiO Programs, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

During the school year, FOCUS / Talent Search Advisors visit participating schools and meet with students in groups and individually. They conduct workshops and activities that provide participants with valuable information—but in fun ways.  Students learn about college, careers, study skills, life skills and ways to improve their interpersonal skills by interacting with others.  The program also provides participants with high quality academic tutoring services, field trips and summer activities.

The FOCUS / Talent Search Program assists participants and their parents in navigating the entire college process, including applying to and enrolling in college, and finding sources of financial aid. 

To apply, interested parties may pick-up an application in Room 109 in the Scott Building on the SSC campus located at 2701 Boren Boulevard in Seminole.  You may also visit the FOCUS / Talent Search webpage listed under Community Programs on the College’s website at For more information, or to request an application to be mailed to you, please contact Educational Talent Search Director Mary Ann Hill at 405-382-9703 or by email at




June 28, 2016

SSC Students Return from Denmark



Nine Seminole State College students and two faculty members recently returned from a 14-day trip to Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic as part of a cultural and educational exchange program with the Silkeborg Business College. SSC STEM Division Chair Dr. Linda Goeller and Mathematics Instructor Lynnette Gomez accompanied the group on their journey in June. The group spent two days in Copenhagen, six days in Silkeborg, one day in Berlin and two days in Prague. Pictured from left to right in front of the historic Berlin Cathedral are: Lynnette Gomez, Mary Dodgson, Lene Tranborg, Garett Reeves, Kamy Walck, Leah Cervantes, Austin Vega, Paige Vanlandingham, Hannah House, Taylor McClure, Amber Young and Silkeborg Business College President Hans Justesen.




June 28, 2016

SSC Employees Volunteer at Community Youth Camp

Several Seminole State College employees, in collaboration with the 2016 Leadership Seminole class, recently hosted an arts and crafts class for participants in the Seminole Family Resource Center’s Making a Difference Summer Youth Program.
Members of the SSC Professional Staff Council, along with SSC art department faculty member Angela Church, volunteered an afternoon last week to host two painting sessions for children enrolled in the youth summer camp.
During the two classes, SSC employees worked with over 40 camp participants to promote self-esteem through a writing and painting exercise. Church, who led the class sessions, encouraged students to discover what made them unique by answering questions about themselves on a special worksheet. Camp participants were then given blank canvases and painting supplies to create a work of art that they believed best represented them. All art supplies for the classes were donated by the SSC Bookstore.
The Making a Difference Summer Youth Program is a free and educational camp offered to children in Seminole County. Through a variety of skill-building opportunities, team-work activities, educational experiences and self-esteem building exercises, this camp provides children a break from stressful life situations.

Established in 1997, the Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization that assists families and individuals that are affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. For more information about the program, please contact their offices at 405-382-5979.

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Seminole State College STEM Student Support Services Advisor Cami Correa (left) and Assistant Art Professor Angela Church (right) help students answer questions during the self-esteem painting class.

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kids showing picturesCamp participants from session one show-off their works-of-art after the self-esteem painting class led by SSC volunteers.

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Students from the second painting session join SSC employee volunteers to display their creations.




June 28, 2016

Trojan Players Make All-American, Selected in MLB Draft

Four Seminole State College baseball players were recently honored as NJCAA All-American athletes and five players were selected during the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.
Cameron Warren of Midwest City and Abraham Toro of Greenfield Park, Canada were selected for the All-American First Team and Louis Pelletier of Montreal, Canada and Xavier Freeman of New Lima, OK received All-American Honorable Mentions.
Along with All-American honors, Toro was also chosen during the 5th round of this year’s MLB draft by the Houston Astros. Also selected was Dillon Drabble of Texarkana, Ark. during the 17th round by the Kansas City Royals, Louis Pelletier of Montreal, Quebec in the 20th round by the Houston Astros and Ian Hardman of San Diego, Calif. in the 36th round by the Houston Astros. Cade Cabbiness of Bixby, who had signed to play at SSC during the 2016-2017 season, was selected during the 20th round of the draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

A number of Trojan sophomore players signed to NCAA Division I and Division II colleges this year, including: Drabble – Texas A&M University; Warren – Texas Tech University; Freeman – College of Charleston; Julio Gonzales of Bayaman, Puerto Rico – Florida Gulf Coast University; Hayden Grimes of Haworth, Okla. – McNeese State University; Seth Freed of Bay City, Mich. – Ball State University; Dakota Robbins of Miami, Fla. – Marshall University; Philippe Berthiaume of Quebec, Canada – University of Texas Arlington and Austin Brownell of Cleveland, Okla. – Pittsburgh State University.





June 28, 2016

SSC’s Global Studies Program Enrolling for 2017 Tour

The Seminole State College Global Studies program has released the itinerary for the 2017 Irish Heritage Tour and is currently enrolling interested participants. A question and answer session about the trip will be held this Wednesday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m. in room 100 of the Boren Library.
           The Irish Heritage Tour tour will be a nine-day trip and is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 22, 2017. Participants will visit Dublin, Cork and Killarney and stops on the tour will include Georgian Square, O’Connell Street, Pheonix Park, St. Patrick’s and Blarney Castle. There will be free time throughout the trip for tour group members to explore museums, shops, restaurants and other sites of interest. Those interested can take the tour/class for three credit hours or audit the course.
           Cost for the trip will be between $3775.000 and $3985.00. This amount includes college fees, flying to and from Oklahoma City, most meals, local transportation, and most other related expenses.  Additional costs include souvenirs, occasional lunches and dinners and optional side trips.
           Kelly Kirk, retired SSC art and global studies professor, will be coordinating the trip. Kirk encourages those who are interested to enroll soon and stresses that you need not be a student to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The program is open to SSC students and the general public who are 18 years of age or older. Those under 18 can participate in the trip if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
           Kirk has been involved with the SSC Global Studies Program for many years and has organized and chaperoned 26 trips.  Kirk has traveled with groups to Egypt, China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Greece and France.

            Informational meetings for the 2017 summer trip will be scheduled at SSC at a later date. For immediate questions and further details about the upcoming summer tour, contact Kirk at 405-275-5811.




June 23, 2016

Global Studies Returns from Summer Trip

travelers to Paris in front of Effiel


Seminole State College’s Global Studies program recently returned from a trip to Paris, Normandy and London.  SSC students, faculty and community members who participated in the trip are (l-r): David Ray, Brent Houston, Donna Houston, Corey Parsons, Jan Kirk, Kirk Hoster,  Racketa Crawford, Daria Hoster, Zandi Sigman, Miranda Coon Judy Kirk and Kye Henry. The group posed for a picture standing in front of the famous Eifel Tower while in Paris.  The nine-day trip, June 6 through June 14, took travelers to other popular sites including Notre Dame, the Normandy beaches, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.





June 21, 2016

Smalley Visits SSC Campus

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Senator Jason Smalley and SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback listen to SSC students Alex Eddlemon of Seminole and Kelsie Carsten of Tecumseh explain their chemistry experiment.

State Senator Jason Smalley (R-Stroud) visited the campus of Seminole State College Tuesday.  During the stop, he talked with students in a General Chemistry I lab in Tanner Hall.  He told the students that getting a college degree had a major impact on his life, and enabled him to get jobs that he would have missed out on otherwise.  He stressed to the students that education opens doors.

Smalley was on campus to talk with SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback about recent budget cuts made to Seminole State College and other higher education institutions.  Dr. Utterback, SSC President, said, “We appreciate Senator Smalley taking a close look at the effects of State budget cuts on the small rural colleges.  More importantly, we appreciate him always being a champion for education on every level.”

During his visit, Senator Smalley said that he hoped the State would put the entire $100 million surplus that has recently been identified, back into education.  “I think this money is desperately needed to help our school districts that are struggling to make ends meet.  In addition, the cuts to higher education overall, and the two-year colleges in particular, were far too drastic.  No one has been discussing the reduction of funding for the concurrent enrollment of high school students enrolled in college courses.  This has had a disparate impact on the two-year schools, as well as the small rural public schools.

“Similarly, Oklahoma’s only statewide television station, OETA, which has been a source of important education for pre-school kids for the past 50 years has taken unconscionable funding reductions over the past several years.  This is a part of education that cannot be ignored.  I can think of no more pressing need right now for our State government than to properly fund education,” Smalley said.





June 20, 2016

Saying Goodbye

benton and ames

Friends, family and colleagues gathered last week to celebrate the retirement of Seminole State College administrators Katherine Benton (left) and Dr. Mark Ames (right). Both have had long, distinguished careers in higher education. Ames has served SSC as Vice President for Student Affairs and Benton has served as Vice President of Fiscal Affairs.




June 17, 2016

SSC Board of Regents Convene for June Meeting

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President Dr. Jim Utterback presents outgoing SSC Board of Regents Chair Karen James with a gavel and plaque in appreciation of her service and dedication to Seminole State College. James’ term on the Board will end June 30.


The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for their monthly meeting.  At their June meeting, the Board approved increases in tuition and fees for the fall term, accepted a proposal to begin a women’s soccer program and approved the College’s Educational and General Fund Budget for FY 2017.
During the President’s report, Dr. Jim Utterback updated the Board about campus activities.  He presented information about summer federal Upward Bound program activities for high school students and about a variety of classes being conducted as part of “Kids on Campus” summer camps.
Under the first item of business, the Board accepted the FY16 Internal Audit Report from BKD, CPAs & Advisors covering payroll and miscellaneous claims.  The report was a “clean” audit with no noted exceptions.
As the second item of business, Board members approved the request to begin a women’s soccer program this fall. Dan Hill, who was recently hired as the College’s new volleyball coach, will also act as the College’s new soccer coach. Coach Hill comes to SSC from Harrah High School where he was the men’s and women’s soccer coach – and led his 2016 women’s team to a state championship. Dr. Utterback told the Board that Hill’s background and interest in soccer, a growing sport in SSC’s service area, will allow the College to begin this program at minimal expense. He said the new program will also address Title IX issues by providing more athletic opportunities to female students. Budget costs for travel, uniforms and equipment are estimated at $12,000.  These expenses will be offset by the addition of 20 players for this fall.  After costs, this program has the potential to generate between $150,000 and $175,000 in additional income for the College.
Under the next action item, SSC Board members approved an increase in tuition and fees, effective this fall term. Total resident tuition will rise from $83.45 to $90.50 and nonresident tuition will go from $255.45 to $277.00 per credit hour. These increases will help offset mandatory cost increases and will help compensate for drastic reductions in state funding.
            Board members approved the next two action items requesting the creation of two new fees of $2.00 each per credit hour. It is anticipated that each new fee will generate approximately $68,000. These funds will help address costs associated with reductions in funding for campus safety and the massive compliance reporting mandates.
            As the last item of business, the Board approved the College’s Educational and General Fund Budget for FY 2017. Utterback said that some very difficult decisions were made in order to balance the institution’s budget. He commended Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton and her staff on their diligent efforts to construct the budget.
            In discussing the drastic cuts in state funding over the past and coming year, Dr. Utterback informed the Board of employee positions that have been eliminated. Those included: part-time child development faculty, child development coordinator, social science faculty, business and physical plant operations director, part-time advising/recruiting specialist and director positions, public relations and sports information support positions, housekeeping and secretarial staff, assistant coaches and dozens of student worker positions.
            Additional reductions have been made in scholarships, memberships and sponsorships, course offerings, student support services, employee benefits, travel and supplies and general operations.
            Several items were approved on the consent agenda including agreements for services, leases and maintenance.
Board members present at the May meeting were: Chair Karen James, Bryan Cain, Marci Donaho and Ryan Franklin. The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016.




June 14, 2016

Mathews Awarded AllianceHealth Scholarship

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Pictured left to right are: Jo Lynn McCarver, volunteer; Pat Atyia, volunteer; Jan Lewis, volunteer; Asheleigh Mathews, MLT student; and JaNene Day, volunteer.

Seminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology student Asheleigh Mathews of Stroud was recently awarded a scholarship from the AllianceHealth Seminole Women’s Volunteer Auxiliary.
The auxiliary, also known as the “Pink Ladies,” is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the hospital and patients at AllianceHealth Seminole. Each day, the “Pink Ladies” impact patients’ lives in a positive way through visitation, deliveries and managing the gift shop. Their services reach far beyond the hospital setting to impact the community as a whole. Each year, the organization sponsors a scholarship program to assist students entering into health related careers.
Mathews is completing requirements for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. She is currently participating in a clinical internship at the Stillwater Medical Center laboratory under the supervision of lab manager, and SSC MLT Program graduate, Linda Brown. The scholarship is presented through the generosity of the volunteers at AllianceHealth Seminole. 

For more information about the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Seminole State College, contact Malinda Browning, MLT Program Director at or (405) 382-9286.




June 9, 2016

SSC Vice Presidents to be Honored at Retirement Reception

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SSC administrators Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton (left) and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Mark Ames join President Dr. Jim Utterback (center) prior to their final SSC commencement ceremony in May.

Seminole State College will celebrate the retirement of two vice presidents at a special reception on Thursday, June 16 at 3 p.m. in the Haney Center Foundation Hall.

Dr. Mark Ames, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Katherine Benton, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, will both be honored at the reception for their long, distinguished careers in higher education.

Dr. Ames has over 30 years of work experience in higher education. He came to SSC in 2011 from Tulsa Community College where he served as Dean of Student Services for 15 years. At SSC, Ames began as Dean of Students and later assumed his current position as Vice President. Dr. Ames oversees the areas of Student Recruitment, Admissions, Records, Testing, Academic Advisement, Student Activities, Campus Police and Safety, Student Housing, Athletics and several federal grant programs. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in higher education administration.

Benton has served in higher education for almost 30 years, 18 of those years at SSC. She previously worked for nine years in the areas of financial aid, recruiting, counseling and advising at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. Benton came to SSC in 1998 and began in the Talent Search Program. She also worked as Director of Financial Aid and then Director of Enrollment Management before assuming her current position. Benton oversees Fiscal Affairs, the SSC Bookstore, Human Resources, Business and Physical Plant Operations, Financial Assistance, the Office of Sponsored Programs and the GEAR UP federal grant program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Counseling and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Administration, both from East Central University.

Friends, family and community members are all welcome to join the campus in celebrating these two employees and to wish them well in their retirement at the end of June. For more information about the reception, please contact the President’s Office at 405-382-9200.




June 9, 2016

SSC Upward Bound Camp Begins


Upward Bound students kick-off the beginning of this year’s six-week summer camp at Seminole State College with an indoor concert, fair food and snow-cones.

Seminole State College’s Upward Bound Projects recently welcomed students from over 20 surrounding high schools to the college campus for a six-week summer camp.  The camp is designed to simulate college life through participation in interactive enrichment classes, social activities and educational field trips.  This year they have a record high attendance of over 210 participants.

As the first of many activities, the SSC Upward Bound students kicked off their camp with a concert, provided by Life of the Party band, fair foods and all you can eat snow-cones from Kona Ice.  During this year’s camp, students will also travel to the OKC Civic Center to watch the musical Mamma Mia!, tour the campus of Oklahoma City Community College and watch an OKC Dodgers baseball game.

SSC Upward Bound Projects are also hosting lectures on teen issues including Texting and Driving by the Sac and Fox law enforcement agency, Stand for the Silent (bullying) by Kirk Smalley, Drug and Alcohol issues by the “I Believe Guy” Brian Jackson and Teen Pregnancy and STDs by Vicki Feuerborn.

Upward Bound Projects are 100 percent federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education annually.  For more information about the SSC Upward Bound Projects, contact their offices at 405-382-9706.


June 7, 2016

Kids Learn Educational and Construction Skills at SSC Summer Camps

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Local students attend Lego Camp this summer at Seminole State College where they work on constructing Lego tow trucks

Seminole State College Kids on Campus Summer Camps kicked-off Monday morning with children participating in Clay Camp, Minecraft Camp and Lego Camp.

Kids on Campus Summer Camps help provide children with the opportunity to develop character, make new friends and discover new interests. Instruction for each summer course is provided by SSC faculty, staff and area educators who are selected for their expertise in the classroom.

Enrollment is currently open for two upcoming kid’s camps at SSC. Screen Printing Camp will begin June 20 and Swim Camp will be offered in two sessions, one beginning June 20 and one beginning July 11.

Screen Printing Camp is designed to allow students to embrace their creativity. Kids will make their own masterpiece and then learn how to transfer their design onto a t-shirt, tote bag and picture. Screen Printing camp will run June 20 through June 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.

Swim Camp covers a variety of swim levels.  Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, Swim Stroke Development Skills, Swim Stroke Improvement and Swim Stroke Refinement classes are scheduled for June 20 through June 30 and July 11 through July 21.  A Parent/Child Aquatics course is also available July 11 through July 21. Lessons are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 45 minute slots.  Students are assigned a class time depending on their individual swim skill level. Cost of the course is $69 per student.  The swim classes take place in the indoor Olympic-size swimming pool at SSC’s natatorium in the Raymond Harber Field House. The climate-controlled, indoor facility allows instruction regardless of the outside weather conditions and without the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

Those interested in enrolling for a class are encouraged to call Carol Hartman, Business and Training Coordinator at 405-382-9246 or Lana Reynolds at 405-382-9218.  Participants can also enroll by calling or stopping by the College’s Office of Admissions in the Walkingstick Student Services Center located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus. The Admissions Office can be reached by calling 405-382-9230.




June 7, 2016

St. John Named SSC Athletic Director

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Seminole State College has named Mike St. John as the new Athletic Director. He will oversee the operation of the athletics department including supervision of the College’s nine sports programs, related student-athletes and personnel and compliance for the department.

St. John comes to SSC from Carl Albert State College in Poteau where he served as the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach for the past 12 years. Prior to CASC, Mike spent 10 years in the same capacity at Murray State College in Tishomingo. At SSC, he will replace former athletic director Sadiaa Jones, who recently accepted a position at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

With 35 years of experience in athletics, St. John has extensive knowledge of athletic administration, rules and standards, compliance, student conduct procedures and institutional judicial processes. Throughout his career, St. John has worked with thousands of students through recruitment, scheduling, coaching, teaching and academic advisement. He has developed and implemented new sports programs and managed the development of new athletic facilities.

Along with his service as an athletic director and coach, St. John is active in numerous National Junior College Athletic Association committees and athletic associations. He currently serves as the NJCAA Region II Men’s Director, a position he has held since 2008.

St. John holds an Associate of Arts and Science from Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Health Education and Coaching from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.

"I would like to thank Seminole State College, the Board of Regents, and Dr. Utterback for this blessed opportunity.  I look forward to the future as I join SSC in the endeavor of providing much needed opportunities in higher education for the students of Oklahoma and beyond,” said St. John.

St. John will begin his new position at SSC on July 1, 2016.




June 1, 2016

Spring Honor Roll Recognizes SSC Students

Seminole State College has released the names of honor roll students for the 2016 spring semester. Three separate honor rolls recognize students for their academic achievements.
            The President’s Honor Roll is comprised of students who maintain a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average in at least 12 credit hours of coursework.
            Students named to the Vice President’s Honor Roll must have a 3.5 grade-point-average or better and no grade below a “C”.
            The Part-time Students’ Honor Roll is for students who maintain a 3.5 grade-point-average with no grade below a “C” in at least six, but less than 12 college credit hours.
Students named to the President’s Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):
Ada: Blakeley Franz, Gena Mccraw
Atwood: Shelbey Gillean
Boerne, TX: Clayton Klein
Bowlegs: Kinzey Bryan   
Byars: Tiffany Lashley
Carcavelos, Portugal: Ricardo Almeida
Chandler: Sylvia Shupe
Choctaw: Cameron Warren
Davenport: Jared Harrison
Durant: Mary Grider
Earlsboro: Zachary Duncan, Natalie Harjo, Amy Stapleton, Katherine Taylor
Edmond: Bryan Creel, Jacob Santana
Flower Mound, TX: Nicholas Minor
Fort Gibson: Coleman Crawley
Fort Worth, TX: Dagan Johnson
Gunter, TX: Kevin Teems
Holdenville: Abbigail Coleman, Blakeley Fox, Logan Miller
Konawa: Steven Davis
Lamar: Zachary Gann
Leonard, TX: Sydney Brummett
Maud: Melanie Cancino, Emily Mullen, Emilee Riddle
Mcloud: Morgan Palmer
Moore: Dominick Cloud, Taylor Factor
Mounds: Shelbie Brose
Norman: Charissa Penrod
Okemah: Frederick Ashley, Sandra Childress, Sydney Smith, Taylor Thomas
Prague: Beau Mcginnis, Amber Parker, Sarah Snyder
Pretoria, South Africa: Anru Fourie
San Antonio, TX: Crystal Thomas
Seminole: Christopher Berry, Levi Brown, Teresa Cherry, Robert Clemmer, Ashley Cole, Damon Cravens, Alexandra Eddlemon, Yahnah Factor, June Hill, Joseph Jeong, Beth Johnson, Damera Krenzer, Jared Larson, Kimberly Lena, Jordan Moreno, Cassie Perez, Sierah Phillips, Amanda Thomas, Charis Whitley, Janis Whitley

Shawnee: Briana Baquera, Taylor Curtis, Devan Harris, Courtney Hendershot, Rachel Hill, Brianna Hilton, John Killingsworth, Maisie Rizkharati, Meghan Tade, Horn Van, Jayden Watson, Lindsy White, Samantha Willoughby

Silkeborg, Denmark: Mark Fjordside, Anne Hummelgaard, Freja Jensen

Sparks: Ian Blackwell, Corie Carpenter

Stroud: Cheyenne Douglas, Jacy Gray, Asheleigh Mathews

Tecumseh: Ashlee Birchall, Shayna Gilbert, Eva Hisaw, Taylor Mcclure, Dakota Paxson, Beth Reed, Taci Richardson, Kali Wagoner

Texarkana: Hudson Hopkins

Trophy Club, TX: Kevin Lentzner

Tulsa: Mckayla Hendrix

Tupelo: Caleb Stallcup

Valencia, Venezuela: Luisa Varon

Vilonia, AR: Jacob Goodson

Washington: Dagan Lampkin

Wetumka: Whitney Leftwich, Kathyren White

Wewoka: Kylie Davis, Taylor Kanard, Jessica Loafman, Steven Lockey, Brandon Mcclure, 
Laci Reichert

Students named to the Vice-President’s Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):

Ada: Abigail Marical, Elizabeth Martin, Taryn Mills, Cara Morris, Porsche Ramsey, Reid Wall,
Olivia Wells

Arlington, TX: Kaiygen Stubblefield

Armona, CA: Kiannah Molina
Atwood: Ashley Gillean

Baxter, KY:  Melina  Baldwin

Bowlegs: Terry Young

Braedstrup, Denmark: Emma Frisk

Bridgetown, Barbados: Adrianne Bynoe

Bristow: Taylor Conkling

Razlog, Bulgaria: Tsvetelina Bozhanova

Byrup, Denmark: Laust Jensen

Calexico, CA: Karla Soto

Calvin: Kaci Bunker

Montreal, Canada: Louis-Philippe Pelletier

Castle: Angel Dearman, Makena Goff

Chandler: Hunter Hudson

Cromwell: Emma Donati, Marty Hudson

Davenport: Ricky Machado, Isaiah Marshall

Denison, TX: Kailey Hamilton

Earlsboro: Amanda Elmore

Elgin: Kaitlyn Holmgren

Guatemala City, Guatemala: Stephen Gonzalez

Guthrie: Blaze Hastings

Harrah: Destiney Brackett

Holdenville: Dan Gomez, Grace Harrington, Landon Moody

Imperial, CA: Diana Garzon
Issoudun, France: Celine Massereau

Kjellerup, Denmark: Ida Jensen

Konawa: Hannah Gray

Lemming, Denmark: David Christensen

Macomb: Jessica Lorance

Maud: Alexandria Baize

Mcalester: Neil Ichord                      

Meeker: Shelby Miller, Hunter Park

Montreal, Canada: Louis-Philippe Pelletier

Newalla: Kelsey Pennington

Newcastle: Sara Hamilton

Norman: Tayler Burzette, Dru Collins

Okemah: Laci Enright, Dyna Robison, Victoria Turner

Prague: Sherri Bodine, Darlene Dallas, Megan Rojas, Rachell Seward

Quebec, Canada: Philippe Berthiaume

Razlog, Bulgaria: Tsvetelina Bozhanova

Ry, Denmark: Siw Sinkjar

Selkirk, Canada: Mckyla Poponick

Seminole: Megan Adcock, Courtney Chambers, Lainey Cole, Destiny Donaldson, Larry Elmore, Jessee             Foster, Kimberly Fox, Leslie Hill, Hailey Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Korey Taylor, Courtney Wise

Shawnee: Brittny Adams, Nicole Bailey, Elizabeth Barry, Lindsey Bishop, Josh Collier, Rebecca Cranford, Haley Dawkins, Steven Dowell, Sara Ellis, Heather Farrill, Jaelin Flewallen, Christina Garber, Kasmine Garner, Rylee Haley, Codeylynn James, Francis Johnson, Jaylen Johnson, Jeffrey Mccune, Charlotte Owens, Eric Rowley, Lila Smith, Julie Storie, Kerri Underwood, Kamy Walck, Thomas White
Silkeborg, Denmark: Julie Edslev-Christensen, Emilie Enevoldsen, Birgit Erno-Kjolhede, Anne Poulsen, Mads   Primdahl, Helena Schelle, Jacob Skovbjerg

Stratford: Savannah Harrison

Stroud: Brynna Bunyard, Peyton Scott, Taylor Scott, Samantha Waller

Tecumseh: Heather Collier, Jordan Detherage, Ashley Longhorn, Garett Reeves, Alex Sigman, Reba Speers, Desirae Stevenson

Texarkana, TX: Dillon Drabble

Vian: Denver  Coffee

Wetumka: Katelyn Miller

Wewoka: Kiersten Barker, Kylie Francis, Kristian Tolson

Wichita, KS: Carter Towey

Students named to the Part-Time Honor Roll include (listed by hometown):

Ada: Quannah Lindsey, Carolyn Medlock, Brandon Mills, John Thompson, Kobey Zachary

Allen: Joshua Riley

Asher: Marissa Cheatwood, Shelby Fleming, Garrett O'Neal

Boley: Miranda Stiles

Bowlegs: Samantha Earles, Angelina Worley

Byars: Haylee Andrews, Chelsy Bottom

Davenport: Amanda Cook, Kaycee Funk

Earlsboro: Jeston Bennett, Genesis Dockery, Kade Fiegener, Emily French, David Hladik, Kendra Jackson, Musytta Miner, Kyla Minix, Cory Parsons, James     Tobler

Glenpool: Terra Negahnquet

Harrah: Adam Cheever, Arthur Kribbs

Holdenville: Charity Childs, Hanna   Fletcher, Kaitlyn Hodgins, Miranda James, Kyra Murray, Cheryl             Strech, Heather Townley, Tristan Wood                   

Konawa: Cody Campbell, Jessica Goodnight, Tarah Madron, Braden Prewett, William Wheeler

Macomb: Deborah Staggs, John Woods

Maud: Emral Haynes, Tadina Jackson

Mcalester: Shelby Burks

Mcloud: Cory Burns, Sophia Carbajal, Jasmine Cotter, Adrienne Mahseet, Mykel Sherrill

Meeker: Cherice Armitage, Cylie Holik, Christina Hulett, Tiffany Snyder

Meeker: Amanda Bean, Ryan Reed, Josiah Romano, Maygan Taber

Noble: Megan Livingston

Okemah: Makenzy Adams, Kathryn Mcdowell, Marissa Ramsey, John Sharber, Hunter Webb

Paden: Kymberlie Bryant, Alison Conklin, William Glasspoole, Kenda Jones, Janay Nix

Prague: Wanda Clark, Alex Dickson, Morgan Dickson, Nicole Ferrell, Lauren Fried, Landrea Hixson, Seth Mclaughlin, Mary Moore, Samantha Pratka, Sayble Turner, Stacey Vance, Cade Wright

Sasakwa: Christianne Comer

Schweinfurt, Germany: Viktoria Seifert

Seminole: Gabriel Anderson-Ysassi, Maresa Archer, Bailey Baker, Hannah Banning, Logan Chesser, Abigail Coates, Gavin Cox, Tina Dickenson, Faith Flick, Whitney Fowler, Demissie Getachew, Kolbi Glenn, Klein Haley, Karli Hammond, Leslie Haskin, Cal   Howard, Kathy Hoyt,
Jacey James, Ethan Johnson, Madylan Kean, Jennifer Kelley, Whitney Keltch, Wayne Ketcher,
Susan Knight, Kassidy Lawson, Logan Long, Blayke May, Nancy Maye, Shelby Ogden, Kathrine Prieto, Keeley Reed, Rose Roberts, Lillie Simpson, Brittany Skipworth, Jamie Smith, Alexander Spencer, Nora Stanfill, Joseph Surratt, James Vanlandingham, Ashley Vega, Julia Whitetree, Sterling Zavala, Julianne Zehren

Shawnee: Madelyn Alldredge, Autumn Barnett, Jack Barrick, Cade Belshe, Taylor Bivings, Chelsea Boatman, Elizabeth Bronson, Lillian Bryant, Kendra Burch, Jennifer Burks, Rebecca Canaga, Shetaya Case, Riley Chastain, William Chesser, Alvin Cleere, Garrett Climer, Bonnie Collett, Kristen Conaway, Taylor Crawford, Kaycee Crow, Michael Crow, Chandler Cuellar, Sadie Cullison, Colby Daniel, Judy Daniels, Monica Danner, Emmy Davies, Ashley Elmore,
Jacob Estep, Alexandra Evans, Rylee Evans, Andrea France, Logan Franklin, Brittany Freeman,
Joseph Garcia, Jarett Geissler, Kalah Gilmore, Cody Gingrich, Alicia Givens, Gage Gossett, Tripp Hall, Noah Hembree, Anna Henson, Ethan Hudson, Natalie Jackson, Zackary Johnson,
Andrew Jones, Kaylee Jones, Rebecca Jones, Creighton Kathol, Natalie Kieffer, Reagan King,
Skylar Lawrence, Crystal Lee, Austin Link, Carlynn Martin, Seth Maston, Wendy Mcconnell,
Madelyn Mcintosh, Logan Moore, Delin Oldham, Emily Pryor, Ashley Purdey, Heather Redfield,
Kendal Roach, Teddy             Robertson, Genna Robinson, Dace Sala, Heather Satawake, Grayson Scoggins, Kyle Scott, Jeffrey      Shafer, Tisha Simon, Amy Smith, Faith Stacy, Brittney Stroup, Skye Sutton, Kenzi Tatum, Shawndra Terrell, Alexandria Thomas, Kaitlyn Thompson, Christina Tiffin, Destiny Walker, Jennifer Watkins, Kaddie White, Sierra Winters, Bronson      Wise

Stroud: Ashley Messer, Tiana Paige, Tori Walach

Tecumseh: Morgan Birchall, Elijah Bishop, Jessie Burk, Allyson Collins, Jacy Cowan, Ashley Cummings, Bailey Holmquest, Elijah Lichty, Tristian Lowery, Destiny Redmon, Tammi Richardson, Trevor Rogers, Joeci Sherrill, Casandra Shirey, Taylor Smith, Garrett Trammell,
Ariel Wagoner, Austen Webb

Wanette: Tarin Dubler          

Wetumka: Hannah Schnelle

Wewoka: Hanna Barnhart, Andrew Bevelhymer, Andrew Crowe, Kathryn Gaines, Augustus Greenwood, Karmen Nalley, Lorene           Reynolds, Jasper Sanders, Brooklynn Streater, Cathy Vu,
Kelly Vu




May 31, 2016

SSC’s Permanent Issue Band to Hold Final Round of Auditions

Seminole State College's show band, "Permanent Issue," will hold a final round of auditions on Thursday, June 9.  Open positions include vocalist, drummer, bass guitarist, rhythm guitarist and pianist.

Auditions will begin at 1 p.m. in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus.  Those interested should schedule a time for a try-out 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.




May 3, 2016

SSC Offers Summer Kids Camps


Students enrolled in last summer’s Clay Camp at Seminole State College work on painting their ceramic creations

Seminole State College is offering Kids on Campus, a variety of children and youth activities scheduled throughout the summer. The series of camps are scheduled for June 6 through July 21 and will focus on a selection of kid-friendly learning activities.

June camps include Clay Camp, Screen Printing Camp, Lego Camp and Minecraft Camp. July camps focus on Reading Camp, Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, Swim Stroke Development Skills, Swim Stroke Refinement Skills and Parent/Child Aquatics. 

Clay Camp is a pottery program offering a hands-on experience for children 7 and above. Kids will learn to shape clay into pinch pots, build unique coil vessels and decorate and glaze clay among other ceramic techniques.  Clay camp will run June 6 through June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.

Screen Printing Camp is designed to allow students to embrace their creativity. Kids will make their own masterpiece and then learn how to transfer their design onto a t-shirt, tote bag and picture. Screen Printing camp will run June 20 through June 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.

Lego Camp is designed for kids who like to create, build and discover using building sets. This camp is ideal for children in grades first through fourth. This camp offers project-based educational play designed to teach principles of math, science, physics, problem solving, critical thinking, fine motor skills, social cooperation and imaginative play. Lego camp will run June 6 through June 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost for this course is $79

Minecraft Camp encourages campers to create, problem solve, work together as a team. This camp is designed to help students gain appreciation for math and science and use creativity and social skills. Both newcomers and experienced Minecraft players are welcome to participate. Minecraft camp will run June 6 through June 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will cost $79.

Reading Camp is designed for students in grades first through third, or older readers who may need extra practice developing reading skills. Reading camp will place emphasis on reading comprehension by using a combination of children’s literature, concentration exercises, hands-on experiences, and research-based strategies. Campers will practice phonics, word attack skills, and sight words. Reading camp will run July 11 through July 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Cost for the course is $79.

Swim Camp covers a variety of swim levels.  Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, Swim Stroke Development Skills, Swim Stroke Improvement and Swim Stroke Refinement classes are scheduled for June 20 through June 30 and July 11 through July 21.  A Parent/Child Aquatics course is also available July 11 through July 21. Lessons are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 45 minute slots.  Students are assigned a class time depending on their individual swim skill level. Cost of the course is $69 per student.  The swim classes take place in the indoor Olympic-size swimming pool at SSC’s natatorium in the Raymond Harber Field House. The climate-controlled, indoor facility allows instruction regardless of the outside weather conditions and without the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

Registration for all camps begins Monday, May 9.  Those interested are encouraged to call Carol Hartman, Business and Training Coordinator at 405-382-9246 or Lana Reynolds at 405-382-9218.  Participants can also enroll by calling or stopping by the College’s Office of Admissions in the Walkingstick Student Services Center located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus. The Admissions Office can be reached by calling 405-382-9230