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10/15/14 SSC President Leads Way on Safe Room Funding
10/15/14 Trick or Treat Trail on SSC Campus
10/14/14 Fond Farewell to SSC Nursing Professor
10/13/14 SSC Names New Coordinator of Media Relations
10/13/14 Study Abroad
10/12/14 Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel
10/7/14 Training Day…
10/01/14 SSC to Present Program on Benefits of Creative Writing Degree
9/29/14 SSC Offers Eight-Week Classes
9/27/14 SSC Faculty Present at National Conference
9/24/14 Accreditation Visit
9/24/14 Learning about Children’s Health Care
9/19/14 Oklahomans Visit Washington
9/12/14 Trojans Tryout Camp Set for October
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October 15, 2014

SSC President Leads Way on Safe Room Funding

shawnee tornadoStorm clouds are rolling.  Weather forecasters on television are warning people to take cover.  The winds are howling and it’s getting dark outside.  Still, for too many people – there is nowhere safe to go.

The ominous threats of Oklahoma thunderstorms and tornados have area residents’ attention after devastating storms have hit close to home in recent years.  Damage and loss of life have been the reality left behind from storms that have hit throughout central Oklahoma and “Tornado Alley.”   Yet even with major damage in Midwest City, Moore, Shawnee and the rural areas just north of Seminole – public shelters are largely unavailable.

Seminole State College is about to change that for residents of Seminole.  Ground will be broken on a new building on campus next week that will house an underground safe room that can provide shelter for 500 people. 

After a three-year application process, the College was awarded a $469,820 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the addition of the safe room to the Dan and Andrea Boren Center construction project.  See plans

The new building project, being funded largely through private donations from the Borens and the Chickasaw Nation, has been a joint undertaking by the Seminole State College Board of Regents and the SSC Educational Foundation. 

Adding the safe room increased the overall project cost to approximately $2.7 million.  An additional $300,000 is needed to fully fund the project with the safe room and the revised construction plans.

utterbacksSSC President Dr. Jim Utterback and his wife Karrie stepped forward to jump start a fund raising effort to help make this safe room a reality.  They have pledged $10,000 for the project.

  “Karrie and I were fortunate when the big tornado hit north of town a few years ago, we were trapped in our cellar – but, at least we had a cellar.  Many people don’t have that option available, and we want to help change that,” Utterback commented.

The SSC Educational Foundation is seeking 100 individuals or businesses who are willing to pledge $1,000 a year for three years to fund the safe room. Dr. Utterback, who is completing his eighteenth year as President of Seminole State College, said he feels this may be one of the most important undertakings of his career.  “This safe room will be an important addition to our campus and to our community.  We made a commitment that future construction on this campus would include such an addition, if at all possible.  The FEMA grant opened the door for us – and now we need individual and corporate community partners to help us raise the remaining funds for this project,” Utterback said.

He added, “The College has experienced tremendous support from its friends, alumni, boosters and corporate sponsors for a variety of needs over the years.  We appreciate so much the gifts that have been given to provide scholarships, improve educational experiences and enhance the appearance of the campus.  This ‘ask’ is for a potentially life-saving project that will benefit our entire community.  We need everyone to reach deep and help us build this safe room for the people of this area.”

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




October 15, 2014

Trick or Treat Trail on SSC Campus

Seminole State College will be hosting a Trick or Treat Trail on campus on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several campus organizations will have tables set up along the walking trails of Henderson Park, located on the east side of the Haney Center, with candy for trick-or-treaters. This free activity is open to the public of all ages.

Those planning to participate should meet at the J. Smart Family Foundation Pavilion located on northeast corner of Henderson Park on the SSC campus. A campus map can be found at the following link:

Any questions can be directed to Melinda Sims, Residential Life & Student Activities Coordinator, at 405-382-9604 or




October 14, 2014

Fond Farewell to SSC Nursing Professor

attendee of reception

Current and former Seminole State College nursing faculty members gathered to celebrate the retirement of longtime SSC nursing professor Dr. Jorge Neuhaus Monday afternoon.

Pictured left to right are:  Donna Chambers, Terrie Kiker, Aggie Busby, Loraine McKay, Brenda Hudson, Dr. Jorge Neuhaus, Carolyn Hanson, Crystal Bray, Susan McLaughlin, Jeff Jordan and Simone Guthrie. Neuhaus was also joined by many campus collegues and several current and former nursing students who attended to wish her well.

 Neuhaus is a former Chair of the Nursing and Health Sciences Division, and has taught at the College since 1982. 




October 13, 2014

SSC Names New Coordinator of Media Relations


Seminole State College has named Kristin Dunn as the new Coordinator of Media Relations.  Dunn is originally from Shawnee, and is a graduate of Tecumseh High School.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from East Central University in Ada and is currently working on her master’s degree in Education at ECU.

“We are very excited about having Kristin as a member of the Seminole State College professional staff.  She will be the day-to-day contact between area media and the College, as well as have the responsibility for campus publications,” said Lana Reynolds, Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “I know she will be a tremendous asset for the College as well as the community.”

Dunn moves into her new position from the Student Affairs office at Seminole State College. She previously worked in Fiscal Affairs on the SSC campus as well. “I am very excited to take this new position at Seminole State College,” said Dunn.  “I am lucky to work for such a wonderful institution and I am eager to begin my new role on campus.”

Dunn’s office is located in the main lobby area of the Enoch Kelly Haney Center.  She can be reached by e-mail at  or by phone 405-382-9525.

Dunn and her husband, Austin, and their seven-week-old son Archer, make their home in Shawnee




October 13, 2014

Study Abroad

rogers and choate

Seminole State College sophomores Sierra O’Dell of Konawa and Marques Christopher Marshall of Dallas, Texas, have been selected to represent Seminole State College on an international study trip to the Dominican Republic in May, 2015.  O’Dell (right) and Marshall (left), pictured with SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback (center), were introduced along with 24 other students chosen as part of the inaugural class of the “Oklahoma Study Abroad Program,” at the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges’ Fall Conference last Thursday in Midwest City.




September 27, 2014

SSC Faculty Present at National Conference

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Kendall Rogers and Yasminda Choate

Two Seminole State College faculty members recently presented at the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) Annual Conference in Arizona.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Kendall Rogers and Assistant Professor of English Yasminda Choate spoke to higher education colleagues from across the nation on “Strategic Planning and Best Practices for Online Learning at the Rural Community College.”  Both instructors are members of the Distance Education Committee at Seminole State College and are experienced online teachers.

The RCCA Conference, “Mile High Aspirations,” was held in Prescott, Arizona, September 24-26.  The Alliance represents the nation’s 600 community and tribal colleges that serve more than 3.5 million students in more than 800 sites.  The association promotes rural community colleges’ ability to provide educational opportunities, support for local and regional employees and cultural centers for the fine arts.

The organization’s website states, “With hospitals, rural community college are rural America’s most important regional intermediaries for sustainable development.  Strong, viable, rural community and tribal colleges help to create strong, vibrant, innovative rural communities and regions.”

The SSC faculty presentation at the RCCA conference was sponsored, in part, by the Seminole State College Faculty Senate Professional Development Committee.




October 12, 2014

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel

Two Seminole State College employees were honored for their outstanding dedication and work during the monthly Chamber of Commerce Forum Thursday, Oct. 9.  Robin Crawford and Christal Stevenson were recognized as “Staff Member of the Month” and “Educator of the Month,” respectively.

Crawford serves as the secretary for the Business and Information Systems Division and the Athletic Department.  Stevenson is an Associate Professor of Psychology and an English Instructor.

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.

crawfordCrawford has been working at Seminole State College since September, 2012.  She was first employed on a part-time basis and then became full-time in June, 2013. Prior to her employment at the College, she worked for the Muscogee Creek Nation for over four years as General Manager, Internal Auditor and Human Resource Manager.  She also owned and operated two H&R Block franchises for 18 years. Her duties include assisting the business division chair and athletic director with meetings, budgets, scheduling adjunct instructors, purchase orders, athletic eligibility files and Booster Club activities.

Crawford holds an Associate Degree in Science from Seminole State College and has completed numerous other professional development training classes and seminars. She and her fiancé Jerry Johnston make their home in Okemah.  They have five sons, one daughter, eight grandsons and one granddaughter. Her hobbies include reading, fishing, camping and gardening.  She has travelled and lived in other countries and enjoyed experiencing different cultures.  Her passion of the love of her children, entertaining and cooking for friends and family.

stevensonStevenson teaches psychology, English, personal and academic success skills classes and “Fundamentals of Language Arts.” She has worked at Seminole State College since August, 2009.   Prior to joining the faculty at SSC, she was a social worker at the Department of Human Services in the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program where she worked to provide services to single partners to go to school to prepare for employment. She attended Cameron University in Lawton, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science.

She is a co-sponsor of Psi Beta – the campus chapter of the national honor society for psychology students. She is active in the Family Program in Shawnee that provides housing assistance for homeless families.  She is also active in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church where she teaches 3rd through 6th graders in Sunday school and leads group discussions for college students on Wednesday nights.

Stevenson has one child – her ten-year-old daughter Olivia.  They enjoy going to the movies together.  She also enjoys reading and cooking – especially Mexican food.  They also enjoy travelling to visit out-of-state family.



October 7, 2014

Training Day…


Staff members from Seminole State College attended the “People, Purpose and Passion” workshop as part of the annual Support Staff Conference of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges last Friday at Rose State College in Midwest City.

Representing SSC were (left to right):  Mary Higgins, Accounts Payable Clerk; Toni Wittmann, Secretary for the Language Arts and Humanities Division; Susan Shumaker, Payroll Clerk; Carol Landes, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs; Lanita Haynes, Bookstore Clerk; Mechell Downey, Administrative Assistant to the President; Robin Crawford, Secretary for Athletics and the Business Information Systems Division; and Laquita Smith, Business Services Clerk.  The group heard presentations and participated in round-table discussions on team building, customer service and communication skills.




October 1, 2014

SSC to Present Program on Benefits of Creative Writing Degree

myersA presentation on “Creative Writing, OBU, and YOU:  The Benefits of a Creative Writing Bachelor’s Degree” will be presented at Seminole State College on Monday, Oct. 20.

The program, sponsored by SSC’s Language Arts and Humanities Division will feature Dr. Ben Myers, Crouch-Mathis Associate Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.  The free presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the campus of Seminole State College. SSC students, as well as the public, are invited to attend.

Myers, who was raised on a dairy farm outside Chandler, Okla., is the author of two books of poetry:  Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press 2010).

His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Nimrod, The New York Quarterly, 32 Poems, Poetry Northwest, and other journals, as well as online at the Verse Daily website. He is the recipient of the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry and of a 2014 Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Myers teaches in the English and Creative Writing programs at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he is the Crouch-Mathis Associate Professor of Literature.  He and his wife and three children live in Chandler.

For more information about the Oct. 20 program at Seminole State College, contact Professor of English Jessica Isaacs at 405-382-9209 or




September 29, 2014

SSC Offers Eight-Week Classes

Want to earn college credit, but don’t have four months to spend in class?  Seminole State College is offering special courses to allow students to gain college credit or finish their degrees in a shorter amount of time.

Starting the week of Oct. 13, a variety of classes will be offered for extended meeting times in special formats on Saturdays, evenings, weekdays and online. Dr. Tom Mills, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the college is offering these midterm courses in order to better serve students.“Many of our students work during the day or have schedules that prohibit them from taking traditional, sixteen-week classes.  The midterm courses’ flexibility will allow students to take classes in an eight-week, weekend or online format.”

Classes that will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays include:  English Composition II at 10 a.m. and English Composition I at 12 p.m. Two classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m.:  English Composition II and Introduction to Communications.

Medical Mycology & Parasitology” will be offered through the Medical Laboratory Technology program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Basic Algebra will be offered 8 a.m.; Macroeconomics at 6 p.m.; and Social Science Issues through Movies at 6 p.m.

A “Bridging to Associate Degree in Nursing” class will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursdays.

Saturday classes will include:  Art History Survey II, English Composition I, General Psychology and Introduction to Communications.

Online classes beginning the second eight weeks of the semester are:  Business Ethics, World Regional Geography, Wellness & Human Development and General Psychology.

A special interest class, “Ebay Basics” will be taught at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evening from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20.

Additional classes that will be offered at SSC during the Winter Intersession, between fall and spring terms, will be posted on the SSC website at:

Anyone wanting to take advantage of the special class offerings are encouraged to call the SSC Office of Admissions at 405-382-9230, or visit the Walkingstick Student Services Center at 2701 Boren Boulevard in Seminole.  The college’s enrollment and admissions hours are Mondays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m


September 24, 2014

Accreditation Visit

business leaders

Representatives of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) were on the campus of Seminole State College this week as part of the college’s Medical Laboratory Technology accreditation visit.    Cecile Sanders from Austin Community College (front, left) and Betty White (front, right), a retired program director from Tennessee, were in Seminole to review program curriculum, visit classes and meet with faculty, administrators, advisory committee members and current and former MLT students.  SSC program director Malinda Browning (seated to the right of White) and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tom Mills visit with the guests during a welcome reception.  Findings from the visit and results of the request for a seven-year accreditation will be officially announced in April, 2015. 




September 19, 2014

Oklahomans Visit Washington

business leaders

Representatives from Seminole State College joined over 150 business leaders from across Oklahoma for the State Chamber of Commerce Fly-In to Washington D.C. this week.  Chuck Mills, owner of Mills Machine Company of Shawnee, (pictured second from left) serves as the current President of the State Chamber.  The group attended meetings and receptions with Congressional leaders and Oklahoma delegation staff members, and were entertained on an evening cruise of the Potomac river.  Pictured are:  SSC Rural Business and Resources Director Larry Smith, Mills, SSC Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lana Reynolds, SSC Regent Bryan Cain, SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback and Jacob Eberhart, Vice President of Communications for Canary, LLC.




September 24, 2014

Learning about Children’s Health Care…

p l c group

Members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class toured The Children’s Hospital – OU Medicine in Oklahoma City Tuesday.  The group heard a presentation about the Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospital Foundation before dividing into groups to tour various areas of the hospital.  Led by doctors at the facility, each small group visited diagnostic, treatment and research areas of the hospital.  The tours concluded with the students exploring the Children’s Village – an outdoor, rooftop playground for children and their families.




September 12, 2014

Trojans Tryout Camp Set for October

The Seminole State Trojan baseball program will hold a one-day prospect/tryout camp on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration for the camp will begin at 12 p.m. at Oiler Park in Seminole, Oklahoma (

The prospect/tryout camp is for high school players who will graduate between 2015 and 2018.  It will provide the opportunity for those wanting to play at the collegiate level to display their skills.  Players will have the chance to showcase their talents during the camp, which will include timed runs, arm strength evaluation, bullpens and offensive evaluation.

Cost for the showcase is $75 per player. Players in a group of 8 or more will only be charged $50 per person. Each of the participants is responsible for bringing their own workout clothes and equipment.  Participants are also asked to bring indoor shoes in case of inclement weather.  Current proof of insurance is required to participate in this camp.  Instruction and evaluation will be provided by the Seminole State baseball staff.

For more information, please e-mail Assistant Coach Link Dearing at