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4/22/14 Politics and Medicine
4/21/14 Medical Laboratory Program to Host Open House
4/18/14 Get Your Baskets Ready...
4/17/14 Gill and Distinguished Alums to be Honored by SSC
4/17/14 Students Inducted into SSC English Honor Society
4/17/14 SSC Math Students Tour Enviro Systems
4/11/14 Norman, Downey Honored by Chamber
4/10/14 SSC Nursing Program Receives Continued Accreditation

Students Inducted into Honor Society

3/14/14 SSC to Host  Creativity Symposium
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April 22, 2014

Politics and Medicine

  students with speaker of house     

Students in the Seminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology Program visit with Oklahoma Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman during a visit to the Oklahoma State Capitol.  As part of their observance of National MLT Week, April 20-26, the students travelled to Oklahoma City to speak with elected officials.  Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration of the laboratory professionals and pathologists who accurately perform the lab tests that lead to high quality patient care.




April 21, 2014

Medical Laboratory Program to Host Open House

  students showing lab     

MLT students Kelly Maples of Wewoka (left) and Crystal Mooney of Holdenville (right) demonstrate the use of a chemical analysis test to SSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Melanie Croy during a visit to the campus lab.

Seminole State College’s Medical Laboratory Technology Department will host an Open House on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Open House will take place in the campus lab in Room 500 of Tanner Hall at the southeast end of the building.

“This event celebrates National Medical Laboratory Week, which honors all medical professionals in the laboratory technology field,” according to MLT Director Malinda Browning.  National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 20-26 and celebrates the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care.

 Browning said, “Lab professionals often work behind the scenes and few people know about the critical testing they perform every day. Lab Week is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the US every year.” 

Browning said community are invited to use this opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes in a laboratory. Aspiring students are also invited to attend and find out what it takes to be a part of this program.

For more information on MLT or National Medical Laboratory Week please contact Malinda Browning at (405) 382-9286 or or MLT Instructor Kelly Hankal at (405) 382-9214 or




April 18, 2014

Get Your Baskets Ready...

  stuffing eggs     

Members of the Seminole State College women's basketball and volleyball teams volunteering to help the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum prepare for "Jazzy's Egg Run" at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19 on the Museum grounds 1714 Hwy 9 West in Seminole.  The ladies stuffed 8,500 eggs in less than two hours for the free community event!




April 17, 2014

Gill and Distinguished Alums to be Honored by SSC


The Seminole State College Educational Foundation’s annual recognition banquet, set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center, will include recognition of college alumni, students, staff and supporters.

Long-time Seminole State College employee Don Gill will receive the “Distinguished Service Award” for his long-time support of the college and commitment to students and the institution. Gill, who retired from the College in 1991, still makes his home in Seminole. Gill was one of the original administrators at the College, when it became independent of the local public school system.  He served as Dean of Students at then Seminole Junior College from 1969 to 1983.  He taught speech in the Language Arts and Humanities Division until his retirement.He has been an active civic volunteer in the Seminole community – serving as a member of the Seminole Rotary Club, Past President of the Elks and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church.  He is a member of the Maple Grove Chapel Association and for the past 30 years has helped organize and operate the Interfaith Social Ministries programs.

Also during the May 1 banquet, Rick Best, Ryan Kelly and Carl Packwood will be inducted into the Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame. 


bestRick Best, of Denver, Colo., graduated from Seminole Junior College and Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he played varsity tennis and was active member of the debate team.  He received a law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in both Oklahoma and Colorado. Best has been with the Hughes Law Firm since 1988 where he concentrates his practice in criminal defense trial work and estate planning.  He assists in hosting seminars, workshops and panel discussions on a variety of estate planning topics. He has traveled the world, visiting 47 countries and every continent except Antarctica.  Nationally and world-ranked in tennis, and nationally ranked in snowboarding, Best also enjoys paragliding, kayaking, riding motorcycles, and scuba diving.




kellyRyan Kelly, of Houma, Louisiana, is married to former Wewoka resident Penny Bevelhymer.  He graduated from SSC with an Associate’s Degree in Arts in 1996.  He was a member of the Trojan baseball team, where he earned the “Ironman” award from Coach Lloyd Simmons.  He played baseball at Louisiana Tech University after leaving SSC. He returned to Oklahoma and earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001.  While at OU, he was Vice President and President of the American Society of Civil Engineers Chapter.

In 2001, Kelly joined Schlumberger, one of the largest oilfield service companies in the world.  He was based in Oklahoma and Texas, working as a field engineer, but covered several other states including California and Alaska.  In 2005, he began his international career and moved to the Middle East, living in Doho, Qatar.  After this assignment, Kelly became a Field Services Manager and moved to Southern Thailand for four years. Kelly accepted a sales position as an Account Manager for Schlumberger in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for two and a half years, where he also covered the Phillipines.  Since January, 2013, he has worked as an Operations Manager for Schlumberger in the Gulf of Mexico.



packwoodCarl Packwood has served as President of Vision Bank of Shawnee since 2008.  His previous banking experience includes 11 years with the BancFirst organization, serving as a loan collector, consumer loan officer, commercial loan officer and vice president and branch manager.  He worked at locations in Shawnee, Tecumseh and McLoud. A graduate of Shawnee High School, he received his Associate of Science degree from Seminole Junior College in 1986 and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from East Central University in 1988.

He currently serves as Treasurer of the Gordon Cooper Technology Center Foundation and as a member of the Shawnee Kiwanis Club and South Central Industries.  He was recognized by BancFirst with the Certified Master Lender Award. He is actively involved in the Friends of Scouting Annual fund raiser, the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce and the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of Leadership Shawnee and Past Finance Chairman of the Last Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America.



Best, Kelly and Packwood will join 59 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.

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.

Paige Sheffield serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees.  Vice Chairs are Ray McQuiston and Ken Pryor.  Other members of the Board are:  Dan Boren, Bryan Cain, Richard Carr, Dr. Vickie Carter, Steve Degraffenreid, Ryan Franklin, Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Blake Hargrove, Chief Leonard Harjo, Doug Humphreys, Tim Mathews, Gordon Melson, Jeramy Rich, Harvey Robinson, Lance Ruffel, Mark Schell, Jack Sherry, Roy Sisco, Sue Snodgrass, Bob Swearingen, Ben Walkingstick, Darlene Wallace, Mark White and Lance Wortham. 

For more information about the event, contact a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees or SSC President’s Office at (405) 382-9200.




April 17, 2014

Students Inducted into SSC English Honor Society


Co-sponors Assistant Professor of English Yasminda Choate (far left) and Associate Professor of English Rayshell Clapper (far right), are:  Amanda Hannifan, Brionna Duke, Timothy Roberts, Deaven Steele, Jessica Johnson, Teri Potter, Megan Goff, Greg Votaw, Destine O'Brien, Kimala Zenon, Sunny Stephens and Bobbi Franklin.

Seminole State College’s Upsilon Alpha chapter of the English Honor Society Sigma Kappa Delta inducted 13 students in an evening ceremony last week.  Students must have completed 12 hours of college credit, have earned at least a 3.3 grade point average, and received at least a grade of “B” in English composition, writing, or literature classes to be eligible for membership.

Individuals inducted in the ceremony include the following: Brandi Brown, Tecumseh; Tyler Craig, Seminole; Brionna Duke, Wewoka; Bobbi Franklin, Seminole; Megan Goff, Castle; Amanda Hannifan, Shawnee; Jessica Johnson, Seminole; Alexis Long, Seminole; Destine O’Brien, Seminole; Teri Potter, Wewoka; Timothy Roberts, Tecumseh; Deaven Steele, Okemah; Sunny Stephens, Sasakwa; and Kimala Zenon, Meeker.

SSC Associate Professor of English Rayshell Clapper and Assistant Professor of English Yasminda Choate serve as the organization’s co-faculty advisers. “These students deserve the recognition and honor of their hard work and excellence within the English discipline. We are proud of each member,” said Clapper

The 2013 edition of The Muse, SSC’s Literary and Art Journal, was also unveiled at the ceremony. The purpose of the anthology is to encourage expression in the literary and fine arts, and also encourage students, faculty, and staff to publish their works.  It can be found electronically at
For more information on The Muse or SKD or to donate to the student organization contact Rayshell Clapper at (405) 382-9563 or Yasminda Choate at (405) 382-9289.

contributing authors

Students whose literary works and art have been published in this year’s campus anthology include: Courtney Skelly, co-sponsor Yasminda Choate, Brionna Duke, Shawnna Elmore, Chalee Groves, Greg Votaw, Megan Goff, Cole Kilpatrick, John Slover, Ashley Crane and co-sponsor Rayshell Clapper.




April 17, 2014

SSC Math Students Tour Enviro Systems


SSC Math, Science and Engineering Division Chair Annette Troglin; mathematic students Derreck Edwards, Dylan Barnes, Garrett Clark, and Paige Harjo; former SSC mathematics student Jake Froelich; and SSC Physics Assistant Professor Jarrod Tollett are pictured with Enviro Human Resource Generalist Donna Quinalty.

Students in the Seminole State College Mu Alpha Theta Math Club recently toured Enviro Systems, Inc. of Seminole. Craig Froelich, the President of Enviro Systems, Inc. gave the group an overview of the company, its products, and processes. Addressing the mathematics students, Froelich stated the need in the job market for engineers who possess integrity, a strong work ethic, and great processing skills.

After the presentation, Froelich guided the students on a tour of the plant and pointed out the many avenues for employment for college graduates with mathematics or science related degrees. Students were shown state-of-the-art technology used at the plant - such as a 3D printer and an electromagnetic interference testing lab.

Mathematics student Garrett Clark, of Seminole, stated, “I enjoyed seeing the electric lab where they tested for the electric field and the effect electricity can have on their products. We are learning about electricity and magnetism in Physics right now.” Froelich said, “I view that both Enviro and I have an obligation to support the education of our youth.”

Enviro Systems, Inc. offers both scholarships and internships for students majoring in mathematics, science, engineering fields. Enviro Systems, Inc. has grown to encompass 98,000 sq. feet with 155 employees including an engineering staff of 22 with 17 engineers.

demostrating 3d printing

Craig Froelich shows students the results of using a 3D Printer.

explaining electromagnetic interference

Enviro Systems President Craig Froelich explains electromagnetic interference to Garrett Clark.




April 11, 2014

Norman, Downey Honored by Chamber


(left to right ): Mechell Downey, Administrative Assistant to the President; Dr. Melanie Croy, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Teresa Norman, Web Specialist

Two Seminole State College employees were honored for their outstanding dedication and work during the monthly Chamber of Commerce Forum Thursday, April 10.  Web Specialist Teresa Norman and Administrative Assistant to the President Mechell Downey were recognized as the “Educator of the Month” and “Staff Member of the Month,” respectively. The Seminole Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, along with the Lions Club and Blue Ribbon Realty recognize SSC employees several times during Forum each year.  Individuals are nominated from across the campus and chosen by SSC administrators to receive the honor.

Teresa Norman has worked at Seminole State College for the past 19 years.  In her role as Web Specialist, she creates and maintains the campus website.  She also serves as support for the College’s grant programs in setting and troubleshooting their websites. She is also the Cruiser Online Environment Manager - providing technical support for the instructional and informational software program.  As part of that support, she manages class, faculty and student information and provides technical assistance for staff and students.

Norman holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Seminole State College and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from East Central University.  She also has received additional training in web design and web accessibility. She is a member of the SSC Professional Staff Association and iPro-Oklahoma, an organization for Information Professionals across the state. She is also a member of Seminole First Assembly of God Church and is involved in the church’s Girls Ministry Program.

She is the daughter of Richard and Marilyn Norman of Seminole.  Her sister, Cindy Rudich, lives in Shawnee. In her spare time, she enjoys building models, puzzles and crafts.

Mechell Downey has served as secretary and assistant to SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback for the past 13 years.  Prior to joining the SSC staff worked as a loan assistant at First United Bank of Seminole for seven years. Downey graduated from Maud High School and received an Associate in Arts Degree from Seminole State College.  She also holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree from Rogers State University in Claremore.

Downey is a Past President and current Vice President of the SSC Classified Staff Association.  She is also a Past President of the Seminole Chapter of Business and Professional Women.  She serves on the Board of the Prague Round-up Club and has been a member of the Seminole Planning Commission for the past 13 years.  Downey is immediate Past President of the Northeast Oklahoma United States Air Force Academy Parents Club. She currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Community College Trustees Professional Board Staff Network, and will assume the presidency of that national organization in October, 2014.

She and her husband Mike are owners of Central Sheet Metal of Seminole.  They have two children:  Stephen, who is employed at Central Sheet Metal, and Jessica, who is a senior at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.  She has two granddaughters, Dakota and Nora, and one grandson, Crawford.

Her hobbies and interests include running, biking, participating in triathlons, riding horses and spending time with family.


April 10, 2014

SSC Nursing Program Receives Continued Accreditation

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SSC Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Melanie Croy, (left) and Nursing and Health Sciences Division Chair Donna Chambers (right) talk with Wendy Hubbard, MS, RN, (center) Nursing Education Consultant with Oklahoma Board of Nursing during a recent accreditation visit.

The Seminole State College Nursing program has received notification that the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN) has granted the program continuing full approval for five years. The OBN completed a site visit to campus in late February and accepted accreditation materials for review.  The Board determined the accreditation award at its March meeting.

The program was reviewed by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Inc. in 2011 and received the maximum of eight years “Continuing Accreditation” from that organization.  

“Months of planning and preparation go into academic program reviews,” noted SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback. “On behalf of the College, I want to thank Nursing and Health Sciences Division Chair Donna Chambers and everyone in the Division for their diligent work in building a first-rate program.

“Everyone associated with Seminole State College can take great pride in our outstanding nursing program,” Utterback said.  “We are extremely excited that the Oklahoma Board of Nursing has approved our program for the maximum five years.  We are also every appreciative of the support from the community and the SSC campus community that is always shown to our program,” said Chambers.“We are proud that our program is producing exceptional nurses,” Chambers said.

For more information about the Seminole State College nursing program, contact Sherry Keisman at 405-382-9205 or s.keisman@sscok.


Wendy Hubbard, MS, RN, (center) Nursing Education Consultant with Oklahoma Board of Nursing visits with members of the nursing student body at Seminole State College.

nursing students





April 3, 2014

Students Inducted into Honor Society

new members

Thirty-two Seminole State College students were inducted into the campus chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society this week.

Thirty-two SSC students recently were recently inducted into the Alpha Theta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges.  Students are selected based on their scholarship, leadership and service qualities. The chapter provides programs, activities and participation in community service projects.

Requirements for membership at SSC include: enrollment at an accredited two-year college with a Phi Theta Kappa chapter, overall GPA of 3.5 in a minimum of 12 credit hours. SSC Dean of Student Services Dr. Mark Ames, was the special guest speaker.  Jeffrey Christiansen and Dr. Steve Bolin serve as the organization’s faculty advisers. 

Current officers of the SSC Phi Theta Kappa chapter were recognized at the organization’s new member induction Monday evening.  Pictured (left to right) are: Kayla Vaught; Gregory Votaw; Brett Breedlove, Megan Goff, Edward Baldwin, Alecia Neash, Trisha Kingsbury, Kaitlin Hampton and guest speaker Dr. Mark Ames.




SSC students inducted in the ceremony, listed by hometowns, were:

Logann Boland

Callisburg, TX
Kalli Byrom

Chrysandra Flanagan

Travis Duncan
Nicole Ferrell

Bryanna Crawford

Sierra O'Dell

Joseph Garcia

Little Elm
Marques Marshall

Anna Smith
Lisa Wroolie

Erin Sanders

Sherrill Marble
Morgan Wardlow

Sunny Stephens

Starla Demings
Jocey Farrow
Lucia Lenora
Britne Pharaoh
Katie Scott

Corbin Austin
Suenju Buttram
Stan Cannata
Rhaeanna Casteel
Sarah Hall
Amanda Hannifan

Spring, TX
Jade Larimore

Asheleigh Wheeler

Bailey Easley
Terry Hicks
Garrett Stinnett

Patricia Wright





March 14, 2014

SSC to Host  Creativity Symposium

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Askew                                                                          Mater                

The Language Arts and Humanities Division at Seminole State College is hosting their Fourth Annual “Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase of Oklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, and Dancers” on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25, 2014.

The free Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. both days in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus. The event is open to the public, and area high schools and middle schools are welcome to bring their students to enjoy two days filled with an eclectic mix of varied musical performances, creative writings, dramatic readings, artistic presentations, and dances by both professional and emerging Oklahoma artists and scholars.  This year’s featured presenters include Keynote Speaker Rilla Askew, award-winning novelist, and Special Guest, Dustin Mater, acclaimed Chickasaw visual artist.    

Rilla Askew will speak at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 25. Askew, born and reared in Oklahoma around the Tulsa and McAlester areas, writes about the Oklahoma experience as well as the American experience.  Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.   Her essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of journals, and her story, “The Killing Blanket,” was selected for Prize Stories 1993: The O. Henry Awards.

Askew’s first novel, The Mercy Seat, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the  Dublin IMPAC Prize, was a Boston Globe Notable Book, and received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award in 1998.  Fire in Beulah, her novel about the Tulsa Race Riot, received the American Book Award and the Myers Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.

She was a 2004 fellow at Civiella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy, and in 2008, her novel Harpsong received the Oklahoma Book Award, the Western Heritage Award, the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West, and the Violet Crown Award from the Writers League of Texas. Askew received the 2011 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Her new novel, Kind of Kin, was published by Ecco Press in January 2013 and in the UK by Atlantic Books in August.

Dustin Mater, award-winning artist and Graphic Arts Coordinator for the Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities Division, will also speak on Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m.  Mater grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.  He studied art and design at Santa Monica College and the Multimedia Institute of Hollywood from 2000-2004.

He first became an active illustrator and graphic designer in Los Angeles, and he continued his career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in 2007 in Dallas, Texas.  In 2009, Mater began work on illustrations and designs for the Chickasaw Nation’s world premiere performance of Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light), a multi-movement theatric work depicting different aspects of Chickasaw history and culture.  Included in the original script of that production was the story of Spider Brings Fire.

As a result of that project, he began to create numerous artistic images that brought Spider Brings Fire to life, rekindling a close connection with his tribal heritage and his love for visual arts.  In November of 2011, his mixed media sculpture, Birdman Rising, and his etched glass vase, Nesting Eagle, were showcased in the Chikasha Poya exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

In 2012, Pendleton Blankets selected his design, Spring, as the 2012 Legendary Blanket.  Mater is the first southeastern tribal member to be a part of this prestigious collection.

The Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium was established by the faculty of the SSC Language Arts and Humanities Division in the Spring of 2011 as a free, fully-accessible celebration of Oklahoma creative expression, in all of its diverse forms.  “We hope this symposium will encourage all those who attend and participate to continue to find passion in their creative arts and appreciate the role the fine arts play in education and in Oklahoma culture,” said Jessica Isaacs, Symposium Director and Professor of Language Arts and Humanities at SSC. 

High school and middle school teachers or counselors wishing to bring students to the event, or anyone wishing to bring large groups to enjoy the Symposium, should contact Jessica Isaacs for information about bus parking and other necessary arrangements at 405-382-9209 /, or they may call or email SSC Language Arts & Humanities Division Secretary, Toni Wittmann, at 405-382-9561 / The complete Symposium Schedule is available on the website at