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Date of Article Title of Article/
01/26/15 Breedlove Awarded Integris Seminole Scholarship
01/26/15 Longtime Belles Coach Shares About Family, College & Career
01/26/15 Former Trojans Return Home to Kick-Off Baseball Season
01/23/15 SSC Supporters Attend Regional Higher Education Legislative Briefing
01/23/15 Meetings Scheduled for SSC Global Studies Summer Tour
01/20/15 Fall Honor Roll recognizes SSC Students
01/20/15 MLK Day Observance
01/15/15 SSC Regents Convene for January Meeting
01/15/15 Students Visit with Lt. Governor
01/08/15 SSC to Sponsor Martin Luther King Exhibit
01/08/15 Seminole State College Classes Begin Monday
01/08/15 Guthrie Elected Vice President of Black Nurses Association
01/06/15 SSC Students Featured in “Who’s Who


Professor Isaacs’ Book Deep August Published
11/18/14 SSC Spring Schedules Available
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January 26, 2015

Breedlove Awarded Integris Seminole Scholarship

breedlove and pink ladies

Pictured left to right is Pat Atyia, President of the Women’s Auxiliary; Brittney Breedlove, SSC Nursing student; Jan Lewis, Volunteer; and Veva Simmons, Volunteer.

Brittney Breedlove, a Seminole State College nursing student, recently received a $500 Integris Seminole Medical Center Women’s Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship. The auxiliary, also known as the “Pink Ladies,” is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the hospital and patients at Integris Seminole Medical Center.

           The “Pink Ladies” impact patients’ lives in a positive way through visitation, deliveries, and managing the gift shop. Their services reach beyond the hospital setting to help the community as a whole. Each year, the organization sponsors a scholarship program to assist students entering into health related careers.

“We are so proud to be honored by the Pink Ladies each year. They truly impact the lives of our nursing students with these scholarships,” stated Donna Chambers, Division Chair for the Seminole State Nursing Program. Brittney is a second year nursing student at SSC and plans to graduate in May. She is the daughter of Brett and Lori Breedlove of Seminole. She plans to work on a medical-surgical floor after graduation.




January 26, 2015

Longtime Belles Coach Shares About Family, College & Career .

rita familyRita Story-Schell has spent 27 years of her life coaching at the community college level. She says she wouldn’t have it any other way. The past 15 years, she has been the Seminole State College women’s head basketball coach.

In addition to her coaching duties, Story-Schell is chair of the academic division of Health, Recreation and Physical Education and teaches classes as well. She juggles and balances being a wife to husband Mark Schell and mother to their 9-year-old son, Beckham, who is a fourth grader at Northwood Elementary in Seminole. Mark is president of the local BancFirst in Seminole and has been with the bank 14 years.

She explained “I’ve been blessed with a lot of people to help me. My husband has been so supportive and the Boosters and people like Sue Snodgrass and Hope Pickering have helped so much.” Story-Schell said she returned to Seminole State College “because of the opportunity, being familiar with the community, the great coaching tradition and the chance to be closer to my parents who live in Shawnee.”

As she discussed her approach to coaching and recruiting, she said “we set high expectations for our athletes and hold them accountable and they know that up front.”


Rita Story-Schell with husband Mark Schell and son Beckham.

She added “we want athletes who will help us be successful, but also who will excel in the classroom.” Among the major challenges she sees in the student athletes is work ethic. “They don’t understand when they first get here they have to work hard every day. They realize it though that we don’t waver in what we expect, being on time for practice, being on time for classes.” She said her two assistants do a wonderful job as well and ensure the athletes are making curfew and making their classes.

Story-Schell is a native of Bethel Acres where she grew up and graduated from Bethel High School in 1982 before heading to then Seminole Junior College where she played for the Dixie Woodall for two years. After graduating from Seminole Junior College in 1982, she would go on and earn a degree from East Central State University. After graduation, though, coaching wasn’t her first job, she said. “Much to the chagrin of my mother, I went to live with my brother in Huntington Beach, Calif., where I worked at a Sports Medicine Clinic for a year.”

Then, in 1988, she landed the job as women’s head basketball at El Reno Junior College later named Redlands College. She spent 12 years there, she said, before “coming home” to Seminole State College where she has been since. Story-Schell has compiled a lifetime coaching record of 416 wins against 195 losses. Her 2007 team won the conference that year with a 25-6 mark and her team had the Region II player of the year. Yet, she thinks the 2012 squad, which went 18-10, “is probably the best team I’ve ever had.”

Through January 21, her team has an 8-10 overall record, but has played short-handed most of the season. She has nine players because four others have been injured and will miss the remainder of the season. Three of the four will not return next year because they are sophomores now, while one is seeking a medical hardship to see if she can play next year.

Story-Schell said “we have probably six to eight athletes we have to replace who account for 75 percent of this year’s scoring.” Story-Schell says “my niche is life at the Junior College level.” She adds that what she enjoys most about Seminole State is “I love the comraderie with faculty and with all the athletes and their successes both on and off the court and field. We work well together.” The SSC women’s basketball season continues through early March. For the schedule and other information, visit the SSC athletics webpage at

rita and players

Seminole State College women’s basketball players gather around head coach Rita Story-Schell during a home game against Western Oklahoma State College



January 26, 2015

Former Trojans Return Home to Kick-Off Baseball Season

This year’s Seminole State College annual Trojan Alumni baseball banquet will feature Houston Astros catcher and left fielder Evan Gattis, a former SSC player.

The banquet is the kick-off event for the 2015 Trojan baseball season and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 7, at the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on the Seminole State College campus. Cost of the banquet is $25 a person.

The Trojans kick off the 2015 season on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Carl Albert. During the banquet special recognition will be given to the players from the 1985, 1995 and 2005 Trojans marking their 10th, 20th and 30th anniversaries. Speaking for their respective teams this year will be Mike Eckert (1985), Danny Crawford, (1995) and Brett Case, (2005).

Gattis played for SSC in 2006. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2010. Gattis made his debut in Major League Baseball on April 3, 2013, with the Braves. His first hit as a major leaguer was a homerun in his second at bat. He was traded in early January of this year to the Astros which sent three minor league players to the Braves.

Seminole State baseball Coach Lloyd Simmons regarding Gattis said “I appreciate the fact that he is taking his time out of his busy schedule to be here. It means a lot to these kids to see someone who has been successful who came through program here and who has gone on to the Major Leagues.” “A large crowd is expected and people are asked to contact the College by Monday, Feb. 2, and reserve their tickets, so we can plan accordingly,” said Lana Reynolds, Executive Vice President for Institutional Support.

To RSVP and order tickets please contact Reynolds by phoning 405-382-9218 or emailing her at

To keep up with the Trojans, check out the webpage at for scores, upcoming games and other Trojan news.




January 23, 2015

Meetings Scheduled for SSC Global Studies Summer Tour

students in front of colosseum

2014 SSC Global Studies summer group participated in the “Grand Tour of Italy” and made a stop in Rome to see the Colosseum

Two informational meetings will be held next week on Tuesday, Jan. 27 and Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Seminole State College regarding the 2015 Global Studies summer tour to Edinburgh, London and Dublin. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 100 in the Boren Library on the SSC campus. The summer tour will be discussed as well as the Global Studies Program.

           The Edinburgh, London and Dublin tour is a ten-day trip scheduled for June 15 through June 24. Stops on the tour include the Edinburgh Castle, the London Tower, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 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 $3,775 and $4,362. This amount includes college fees, flying to and from Oklahoma City, most meals, local transportation, and most other related expenses.  Additional costs would include souvenirs, lunch and optional side trips. Trips can be customized for longer stay times, special diets or flight arrival/departure from a different city.

           SSC Art and Global Studies Professor Kelly Kirk, who is coordinating the global studies trip, encourages those who are interested to enroll soon for this “fun and life changing experience.” Anyone interested is welcome to participate. The Global Studies Program is open to the students as well as the public.

           Kirk has been involved with the SSC Global Studies Program for many years and has organized and chaperoned close to 25 trips.  Kirk has traveled with groups to Egypt, China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Greece and France.

            For more information on the upcoming summer tour or the SSC Global Studies Program, contact Kelly Kirk at 405-382-9251 or by email at




January 23, 2015

SSC Supporters Attend Regional Higher Education Legislative Briefing

legislators and staff

Representative Kevin Wallace, Senator Jason Smalley, Larry Smith, Karen James, Pat McCullough, Curtis Morgan, Jim Hardin and Courtney Jones were among Seminole State College supporters who attended the Southeast Oklahoma Legislative Briefing at Krebs this week. 

Supporters of Seminole State College were guests at the Southeast Oklahoma Legislative Briefing hosted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education this week in McAlester.

Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, met with the group of area legislators and friends of higher education to discuss the importance of higher education in improving the economy and business climate of the state.

Area community leaders were among those in attendance at the event held at Pete’s Place in Krebs.  Oklahoma State Senator Jason Smalley (R-District 28) and Representative Kevin Wallace (R-District 32) were special guests of the SSC group.

Others in the delegation included SSC Regent Karen James, SSC Regent Curtis Morgan, SSC Educational Foundation Trustee Jim Hardin; SSC Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton, Director of the SSC Rural Business and Resources Center Larry Smith and SSC Director of Human Relations Courtney Jones.

Other guests joining the Seminole delegation were Pat McCullough, President of BancFirst of McAlester and Karel Brewster of Brewster & Associates consulting firm.

Colleges participating in the event included:  East Central University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Carl Albert State College, Connors State College, Murray State College, Seminole State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event was part of a statewide initiative that brings together local legislators, college and university presidents, and community leaders in a forum to discuss higher education’s goals, initiatives and agenda for the upcoming legislative session.





January 20, 2015

MLK Day Observance


    Members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class observed Martin Luther Day by going to the show to see the new movie “Selma” about the Civil Rights leader’s effort to gain voting rights in the South in the 1960s.  Pictured (left to right) are sophomores Collin Taylor, Seminole; Armani Berry, Varnum; Dillon Shepherd, Strother; Allyson Hanan, Strother; Bailey Easley, Tecumseh; and Patricia Wright, Wewoka.




January 15, 2015

SSC Regents Convene for January Meeting

The Seminole State College Board of Regents convened Thursday for the first time in the new year. At their January meeting, the SSC Board heard reports on recent campus activities, reviewed policy revisions, approved a new Student Accident Shield fee and reviewed the terms of the President’s employment.

            During the President’s Report, Dr. Jim Utterback updated the Board on recent activities and events at the College. Utterback also provided Board members with a document reviewing 2014 highlights. This document is available to the public online at:

           For the first item of business, Board members approved a revision to Board Policy II-4-15 that requires employees planning to retire to notify the College by April 1 in order to benefit from the incentive program. The previous notification date was May 1. The change will align the College date with new timelines established by the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System.

           Under the next action item, the Board approved a Student Accident Shield fee which will provide accident insurance to SSC students. The fee will be $4 per credit hour for all students enrolled in at least six hours at the College. The new insurance program was developed in collaboration with Two-Year Colleges across the state and the insurance consortium, of which SSC is a member.

           The Board then retired into executive session to discuss the terms of employment for the President’s 2015 contract. After returning to open session, the Board made a motion to extend Utterback’s contract for another year with the same terms.

           Board Chair Marilyn Bradford thanked the President for his leadership.  “We appreciate your service and what you do, not only for this College, but for the entire State,” she said.

College Accomplishments during President Utterback's Tenure

           “I am honored to be President of Seminole State College.  It is a blessing to get to work with such an outstanding group of faculty and staff.  What we do out here is important.  We improve the lives of thousands of people every year.  It is gratifying to watch those people grow and advance in their educational process,” Utterback said

           Under the consent agenda, the Regents approved modifications to three SSC programs: Associate in Science in Office Management, Associate in Applied Science in Applied Technology and Associate in Applied Science in Business Technology.

           Board members present at the January meeting were: Chair Marilyn Bradford, Karen James, Marci Donaho, Bryan Cain and Ryan Franklin.

           The next SSC Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19.




January 15, 2015

Students Visit with Lt. Governor


  Several members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class had the opportunity to visit with Oklahoma State Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb during his visit to Seminole this week.  The Lt. Gov. spoke to the Seminole Lions Club and guests from the community at a luncheon Tuesday at SSC as part of his effort to visit all 77 counties in Oklahoma in 77 days.  Pictured (left to right) are:  Jacob Boggess, Piedmont; Joe Dell Williams, Henrietta, Tex.; Dylan Fazekas, Red Oak; Xavier Freeman, Seminole; Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb; Seth Freed, Bay City; Mich.; Isaac Friesen, Louisville, Colo.;  Gustavo Escobar, Yukon; and Marco Ramos, Brownsville, Tex.

students and lamb



January 8, 2015

SSC to Sponsor Martin Luther King Exhibit


     In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Seminole State College Native American Serving Non-tribal Institutions (NASNTI) program will host an exhibit entitled The Road to the Promised Land: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

           The exhibit will be begin this Monday, Jan. 12 and will be open to the public through Friday, Jan. 16. There is no cost to view the exhibit.

           Schools, clubs, organizations and any other large groups who are interested in visiting the exhibit should make reservations by contacting NASNTI Student Development Specialist Kay Wallace at 405-382-9646.

           The exhibit will be displayed along the main hallway inside the Ben and Bonnie Walkingstick Student Services Center located just off of highway 9 on the south side of the SSC campus.

            The Seminole State College NASNTI project serves to increase retention and graduation rates of Seminole State College students and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The NASNTI offices are located in the Boren Library on the SSC campus.




January 8, 2015

Seminole State College Classes Begin Monday

Seminole State College classes are slated to begin Monday, Jan. 12.  Enrollment for the spring semester will continue through Friday, Jan. 16. 

Students may enroll for the Spring 2015 semester at the Ben and Bonnie Walkingstick Student Services Building - a one-stop enrollment center, located just off Highway 9 on the south side of campus.

Offices will open this Saturday, Jan. 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. for enrollment. Students are encouraged to come register for classes before the spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 12.

Beginning, Jan. 12 the enrollment offices will be open Monday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the regular term classes, Seminole State College offers 8-week, evening and Saturday classes.  Many courses are offered at times to accommodate working adults.  Additional course offerings will be announced throughout the semester. Class schedules detailing course offerings are available on the College’s website at

For more information on classes or enrollment at Seminole State, contact the SSC Admissions Office at (405) 382-9230.




January 8, 2015

Guthrie Elected Vice President of Black Nurses Association


Simone Guthrie, assistant nursing professor and alumna of Seminole State College, was recently elected Vice President of the Oklahoma City Black Nurses Association.

“The Oklahoma City Black Nurses Association is an organization focused on supporting the health care needs of the black community. Our mission is to investigate, define and determine what health care needs exist in black and other minority communities and to implement changes that impact health care in these communities for the positive,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie transferred from St. Kitts University in Jamaica to attend Seminole State College’s Nursing Program and graduated in 2007. Following completion at SSC, Guthrie continued her education and received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009, and her Master of Nursing Education from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2012. She graduated Sigma Theta Tau for her academic excellence in nursing and plays an active role in OGNEW: Oklahoma Geriatric Work Educators Workgroup.

Guthrie is presently working on her doctorate at Oklahoma City University and is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Seminole State College.  “I wanted to return to my alma mater to teach. The professors were wonderful and inspiring when I went to Seminole State. I wanted to give back to the institution and students in that same manner,” said Guthrie.

“We are proud of Simone’s recent election as a Black Nurses Association officer and thrilled to have her as one of our professors. She is an asset to the nursing program at Seminole State College and I am sure she will serve the association well,” said Donna Chambers, Seminole State College Nursing Division Chair.





January 6, 2015

SSC Students Featured in “Who’s Who”

The 2015 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include the names of 61 students from Seminole State College who have been nationally selected as outstanding campus leaders.

Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory include the names of these students based on their academic achievement, service to community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for success.

They join an elite group of students from more than 1,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign countries.

Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1966. Seminole State College students named this year are:

Callisburg, TX: Kalli, Byrom
Chandler: Emma, Sukovaty
Denton, TX: Alex, Clerihew
Earlsboro: Sharon Ferrell
Hartshorne: Joshua, Rogers
Holdenville: Mason Davenport
Konowa: Katlynn Duck, Sierra O’Dell
Louisville, CO: Isaac Friesen
Luther: Austin Weathers
Macomb: Felecia Cope,
Maud: Chrystal Stalnaker
Mcloud: Christy Bates, Nicole Erskine, Harold Zind
Meeker: Micaela Martin
Okemah: Virginia Groves, Meggin Pangle
Paden: Logan Crenshaw
Prague: Nicole Ferrell, Terry Needham, Amber Parker, Emma Parris, Megan Rojas, Jerrod Sestak
Red Oak: Dylan Fazekas
Seminole: Brett Breedlove, Dylan Burkhart, Bobbi Franklin, Tessa Hansen, Beau Hester, Heaven King, Crystal Matchen, Chad Quiett, Carl Renfrow, Korey Shipman, Collin Taylor, Lashonda Vardiman
Shawnee: Angela Barlow, Chance Cagle, Jessica Ellis, Chelsea Fry, Stuart Hall, Brianna Hilton, Alecia Neash, Jordan Oswald, Holly Scott, Alondra Taximoroa, Andrew Watts, Marissa Wood
Sparks: Angela Hughey
Stonewall: Kaitlin Hisaw
Tecumseh: Devan Harris, Tina Heaton, Chelsea Jernigan, Russell Kilpatrick, Wilton Romena
Wetumka: Annie Merritt, Seth Winters

Wewoka: Holly Barnhart, Jessica Loafman





January 5, 2015

Professor Isaacs’ Book Deep August Published

isaacs  book cover

Seminole State College Professor of English and Assistant Division Chair Jessica Isaacs recently had her book, Deep August, published and released for purchase. Her official book signing will be held Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at The Paramount in Oklahoma City.

Isaacs’ book, an eclectic collection of poetry, has an Oklahoma flavor with a broad range of emotions and experiences. “As the Sun scorches the Oklahoma dirt, so Isaacs does to her reader’s souls. Her poetry leaves us hot and bothered while also icy and frigid. She is the extremes of the Oklahoma seasons and the Oklahoma people. She tackles the complex experiences of woman, man, mother, son, father, daughter, sister, brother, friend, lover and worker in ways evocative of the voices of the past yet all her own strength” said SSC Associate Professor of English Rayshell Clapper of Isaacs’ book.

Isaacs has worked for Seminole State College since 2001. She currently serves as the director of the annual SSC Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium and is the current chair of the coordinating committee for the Woody Guthrie Poets. She is also co-editor of Dragon Poet Review, an online literary journal.

Isaacs has presented her writing in several regional and national conferences and her poems are published in various journals and anthologies including Cybersoleil Literary Journal, All Roads Lead Home Poetry Blog, SugarMule’s Women Writing Nature, The Muse, Elegant Rage, the 2014 Scissortail Creative Writing Festival Commemorative CD, Short Order Poems (forthcoming), a chapbook – smoldering embers, and her audio book, Spare Ashes (forthcoming from KevyD Records). Deep August is her first full length book of poems.   Isaacs makes her home in Prague, OK with her husband, kids, dogs and cats.

Deep August was published by Village Books Press and cover artwork was done by Devey Napier. Isaacs’ book is available for purchase on




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.

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 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.

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.