National Disaster Relief Official Visits Seminole

The Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) National Office of Disaster Assistance was in Seminole last week to meet with various disaster relief agency representatives and community leaders. Francisco Sanchez, Jr., spoke with the group Thursday morning in the Seminole State College Haney Center Board Room. Prior to being named to his national position, Sanchez served as Deputy Homeland Security and Emergency Management Coordinator for the Harris County (Texas) Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Sanchez and those attending discussed ways to better coordinate and complement services offered to Seminole following the May 4 tornado, as well as how to improve all response efforts following disasters.

Pictured, Various disaster relief agency representatives and community leaders meet in the Seminole State College Haney Center Board Room to discuss ways to better coordinate and complement services offered to Seminole following the May 4 tornado, as well as how to improve all response efforts following disasters.
Various disaster relief agency representatives and community leaders meet in the Seminole State College Haney Center Board Room to discuss ways to better coordinate and complement services offered to Seminole following the May 4 tornado, as well as how to improve all response efforts following disasters.

Mills Named 11th President of Hill College

Former Seminole State College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tom Mills has been named to serve as the 11th President of Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas.

The Hill College Board of Regents approved the appointment last week and Mills will begin his service as President on August 1, 2022.

Mills held a number of positions over the course of 16 years spent at Seminole State College. He served as Vice President for Academic Affairs for five years and the Athletic Director for four years. He also coached the men’s basketball team for nine of his years at the College.

Dr. Mills left SSC in 2019 to accept a position as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Tarrant County College Trinity River campus, located in Ft. Worth Texas.

He has almost 30 years experience working on community colleges in Texas and Oklahoma.

Mills began his education career at Rose State College where he received an associate of arts degree, followed by a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of Houston.

SSC to Host Summer Camps for Kids

Seminole State College will begin hosting its annual Kids on Campus Summer Camps beginning on June 13. SSC camps provide an opportunity for children to learn new skills, explore new interests and make new friends. The College offers instruction provided by faculty, staff, and local area educators that have expertise in their field and love working with children. June Camp offerings include: Ceramics (Pottery), Picasso Art, Minecraft Gaming, Print Making, Legos and Concepts of Music. All camps are designed for grade-school age children (K-6th grades). Lego Camp is appropriate for even younger children (4-5 years old). Children can register for multiple camps. All camps are two weeks long, Monday-Thursday, for eight days total, and cost $79. June camps begin Monday, June 13 and end Thursday, June 23.

Sign up here, or click Kids on Campus Summer Class Camps under “Announcements” on the College’s website, sscok.edu. For more information, call Stephen Brooks, Business and Industry Coordinator at 405-382-9261 or email him at s.brooks@sscok.edu.

SSC Postpones Commencement Service, Helps with Recovery Effort following Tornado

Seminole State College has cancelled its annual Commencement Ceremony set to be held on May 6 due to the effects of Wednesday evening’s tornado in Seminole.

Emergency response coordinators advised the College to not host the event due to the potential for intermittent loss of power and general safety issues.

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SSC President’s Leadership Class Visits Lake Thunderbird

Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class students and Forester Riley Coy of the Oklahoma Forestry Services paused to take a photo before heading out on a 1.5-mile hike at Lake Thunderbird on April 21. Forester Coy provided insight about trees and other flora in the area, as well as the state. Pictured (left to right, back row): Riley Coy, Blake Parrick, Kaden Brill, Jenna Harrison, Anna Kelsey, Sydney Winchester, Uriah McPerryman, Abigail Shook, Thomas Choate, Marlee Hunter, Colin Dulaney, Jordan Lewis, Hunter Winn, Frank Bourlon, Brent White, Hailey Wallace, and Ayzia Shirey; (left to right, front row): Erin Bronson, Allyson Randall, Ava Adams, Caryssa Bui, Rebekah Choate, Cynthia Bui.
Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class students and Forester Riley Coy of the Oklahoma Forestry Services paused to take a photo before heading out on a 1.5-mile hike at Lake Thunderbird on April 21. Forester Coy provided insight about trees and other flora in the area, as well as the state. Pictured (left to right, back row): Riley Coy, Blake Parrick, Kaden Brill, Jenna Harrison, Anna Kelsey, Sydney Winchester, Uriah McPerryman, Abigail Shook, Thomas Choate, Marlee Hunter, Colin Dulaney, Jordan Lewis, Hunter Winn, Frank Bourlon, Brent White, Hailey Wallace, and Ayzia Shirey; (left to right, front row): Erin Bronson, Allyson Randall, Ava Adams, Caryssa Bui, Rebekah Choate, Cynthia Bui.

Forester Riley Coy (left) shows SSC student Jenna Harrison (right), of Shawnee, how to take a core sample from a cedar tree.
Forester Riley Coy (left) shows SSC student Jenna Harrison (right), of Shawnee, how to take a core sample from a cedar tree.

Senator Lankford Visits with Constituents at SSC

U. S. Senator James Lankford addresses constituents at a “Meet and Greet” at Seminole State College.
U. S. Senator James Lankford was in Seminole April 19 to tour local business, meet with community leaders and visit with constituents at a “Meet and Greet” at Seminole State College.

Community leaders posing for a photo after the Leadership Luncheon with Senator James Lankford. Pictured left to right: SSC President Lana Reynolds, Security State Bank President Mark Schell, Chamber President Shelly Pogue, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bob Gragg, Moran Oil Enterprises Owner Melvin Moran, BancFirst President Mike Mariano, U.S. Senator Lankford, Rural Business and Resources Consultant Larry Smith, Mayor Jeff Griffin, State Senator Zack Taylor and City Manager Steve Saxon.
Community leaders visited with Senator James Lankford over lunch during his visit to Seminole State College. Pictured left to right: SSC President Lana Reynolds, Security State Bank President Mark Schell, Chamber President Shelly Pogue, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bob Gragg, Moran Oil Enterprises Owner Melvin Moran, BancFirst President Mike Mariano, U.S. Senator Lankford, Rural Business and Resources Consultant Larry Smith, Mayor Jeff Griffin, State Senator Zack Taylor and City Manager Steve Saxon.

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel

Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on April 14. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Nilmini Senaratne was honored as Faculty Member of the Month, and Director of Residential Life and Student Activities Melinda Sims was honored as Staff Member of the Month.

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Walkingsticks Honored at Chandler Chamber of Commerce Banquet

Former Seminole State College Regent, Foundation Trustee and long-time supporter Ben Walkingstick and his wife Bonnie were recently recognized at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce banquet by the Oklahoma National Guard with the Thunderbird Medal, honoring their “lifetime of exceptional service.” The Walkingsticks’ efforts to save the community’s local Armory and preserve it as the Route 66 Interpretive Center, as well as their financial support and political influence were credited as improving the City of Chandler and the State of Oklahoma. Lt. Col. Jack Vaughan, battalion commander for the 1-160th, said the Walkingsticks represent the National Guard motto “Always Ready, Always There.” Bonnie Walkingstick, a local business owner and civic worker, was also honored at the banquet as Chandler’s “Citizen of the Year.”

The Walkingsticks were recognized at Seminole State College with the prestigious “Founders Award” in 2011 for their support of the college. The Walkingstick Student Service Center is named in their honor and annual scholarships are provided to area citizens through their generosity.

WATCH: 2021 Commencement Ceremony Livestream

While in-person attendance will be limited at this year’s Commencement Ceremony to accommodate social distancing, you can still watch the event live in the space below or on our Facebook page.

When the event begins on May 7 at 10:30 a.m., you’ll be able to view the livestream in the space below. Until the video goes live, you may see a “Video Unavailable” message. 

If, for whatever reason, the video is not displaying at the time the event goes live, you may also view the livestream directly here.