SSC Extends Office Hours as Students Enroll for Spring

Seminole State College’s spring semester is set to begin Monday, Jan. 8. Special extended office hours will take place to provide students extra time and flexibility to enroll for the 2024 spring semester. While classes begin Jan. 8, enrollment remains open for the spring semester through Jan. 12.

While the campus is currently closed for winter break, advisors are still available to assist students online. Prospective students or students looking to re-enroll can begin the process by visiting the College’s website, sscok.edu, and clicking the homepage banner.

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SSC Named Certified Healthy Campus

Pictured, Community Drug Overdose Prevention Coordinator Zane Winters (left) presents the Certified Healthy Campus award to SSC Wellness Committee Chair Mechell Downey (right) on Dec. 1.

Seminole State College has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a Certified Healthy Campus. Community Drug Overdose Prevention Coordinator Zane Winters (left) presented the award to SSC Wellness Committee Chair Mechell Downey (right) on Dec. 1.

Certified Healthy Campus was created in 2011 to recognize both public and private post-secondary campuses and career technology centers that promote health and wellness for their faculty, staff, students, and even visitors. Promotion of health and wellness can be done in a variety of ways including passing policies that encourage healthy lifestyles and making facilities available for physical activities.

Leaders Luncheon

Pictured (left to right) seated on the couch are: SGA officers - Vice President Trenton Stewart of Holdenville, President Benjamin Parker of Shawnee and Secretary Elizabeth Smith of Agra. Standing (left to right) are: SSC President Lana Reynolds, Director of Board Relations and Administrative Operations Mechell Downey, Director of Information Technology and Information Security Officer Marc Hunter, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Knowles, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Amanda Estey, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Melanie Rinehart and SGA Sponsor Talina Lee.

Seminole State College Student Government officers met with members of the college’s Administrative Council on Oct. 23 for lunch and a discussion of topics surrounding enrollment, physical safety, personal data security, food service and sports activities. Pictured (left to right) seated on the couch are: SGA officers – Vice President Trenton Stewart of Holdenville, President Benjamin Parker of Shawnee and Secretary Elizabeth Smith of Agra. Standing (left to right) are: SSC President Lana Reynolds, Director of Board Relations and Administrative Operations Mechell Downey, Director of Information Technology and Information Security Officer Marc Hunter, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Knowles, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Amanda Estey, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Melanie Rinehart and SGA Sponsor Talina Lee.

Mobile Petting Zoo Makes Stop at SSC

Pictured, SSC students interact with one of the many animals brought to campus by The Little Bitty Acres Mobile Petting Zoo.

The Little Bitty Acres Mobile Petting Zoo brought a wide variety of animals to Seminole State College on Sept. 26. Students and employees interacted with the animals in the courtyard outside of the E.T. Dunlap Student Union. The event was hosted by SSC Campus and Activities.

Pictured, Information Technology Technician Teresa Norman holds a chicken at the petting zoo on SSC’s campus on Sept. 26.

Information Technology Technician Teresa Norman holds a chicken at the petting zoo on SSC’s campus on Sept. 26.

SSC Board of Regents Approve Bids for Renovation Project

The Seminole State College Board of Regents reviewed bids for the institution’s natatorium renovation project and made updates to the employee policy manual regarding compensation at their meeting on Aug. 23.

Prior to the discussion of business items, President Lana Reynolds spoke about personnel changes, reported on enrollment numbers and presented SSC’s 22-23 Annual Report publication to members of the Board. The Annual Report encapsulates the achievements, milestones, community partnerships and endeavors undertaken by the College over the past year. A digital version of the publication may be viewed at sscok.edu/news/annual-report.

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SSC Kicks Off Academic Year with Week of Welcome Events

Pictured: Assistant Professor of Agriculture Wendy Rich (center) welcomes two students in Tanner Hall.

As students arrived for their first day of class on Aug. 14, Seminole State College faculty and staff greeted them, helped them find their classrooms and passed out goody bags. Pictured: Assistant Professor of Agriculture Wendy Rich (center) welcomes two students in Tanner Hall.

Pictured: Students stand in line for free cotton candy during Welcome Week.

SSC Campus and Activities annual Welcome Week programming included free cotton candy for students to begin the week.

Pictured: SSC students pose in front of the Scoops ice cream truck during welcome week.

Welcome Week continued with ice cream provided by the Scoops Ice Cream Truck on Aug. 16. Other Welcome Week activities included cupcake decorating, pen engraving, a free movie night at Strother Cinema, a pop-up gameshow and free fair-style food to conclude the event.

Pictured: SSC President Lana Reynolds speaks with over 170 students at an athletic orientation held in the Raymond Harber Field House on Aug. 15.

SSC President Lana Reynolds speaks with over 170 students at an athletic orientation held in the Raymond Harber Field House on Aug. 15. The College’s sports teams heard from coaches, administrators and staff about goals for the upcoming year, as well as campus resources.

SSC Welcomes Campus Residents on Move-In Day

(Pictured) Students and parents are shown moving furniture into the dorm rooms.

Seminole State College welcomed campus residents, their family and friends on Move-In Day on Aug. 11. Students gathered their belongings and settled into their dorm rooms in the Roesler and Seminole Nation Residential Learning Centers. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 14.

Olivia Sander (right) lends a hand as incoming freshman Jaylee Friend (left) of Prague moves into her dorm.
Olivia Sander (right) lends a hand as incoming freshman Jaylee Friend (left) of Prague moves into her dorm.

SSC President’s Leadership Class Embarks on Scavenger Hunt

(pictured) Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Amanda Estey welcomes the incoming freshman of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class at an orientation event on Aug. 11.

Seminole State College welcomed the incoming freshman class of President’s Leadership Class students at an orientation event on Aug. 11. Students were welcomed by SSC staff and administrators, including Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Amanda Estey (pictured).

Pictured (back row, left to right): Joriana Johnson of Wewoka, Charity Hair of Seminole, Jesse Jones of Tecumseh, Cooper Hamilton of Tahlequah, Jordan Long of Moss, Alex Harper of Coweta, Easton Guest of Sperry, Daylan Saxon of Seminole, Cole Giard, Piedmont and (front row, taking the photo) John Mahalik of Carrolton, Texas, pose for a selfie.

To help new students familiarize themselves with the campus, PLC students participated in a scavenger hunt. Pictured (back row, left to right): Joriana Johnson of Wewoka, Charity Hair of Seminole, Jesse Jones of Tecumseh, Cooper Hamilton of Tahlequah, Jordan Long of Moss, Alex Harper of Coweta, Easton Guest of Sperry, Daylan Saxon of Seminole, Cole Giard, Piedmont and (front row, taking the photo) John Mahalik of Carrolton, Texas.

Students Complete President’s Leadership Class Program at SSC

Twelve Seminole State College sophomores in the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class received awards recognizing their completion of two years in the program on May 1. Members enjoyed a luncheon with SSC President Lana Reynolds and Director of Community Relations and PLC sponsor Kim Pringle to celebrate the occasion. PLC students pictured are: (back row, left to right) Jeremy Slate of Carrolton, Texas, Thomas Choate of Seminole, Brent White of Shawnee, Keegan Magee of Aurora, Texas, Blake Parrick of Stroud; (front row, left to right) Frank Bourlon of Shawnee, Allyson Randall of Okemah, Erin Bronson of Shawnee, Hailey Wallace of Wellston and Grant Jones of Little Rock, Arkansas. Not pictured but also completing two years in the PLC program are: Jordan Lewis of Seminole and Kaden Morris of Holdenville.

SSC Named Certified Healthy Campus

Seminole State College has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a Certified Healthy Campus. James Fife, Health Educator II with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, (pictured at far right) presented the College its “Excellence Certification” this week.

Accepting the award on behalf of SSC are (pictured left to right): Director of Board Relations and Administrative Operations Mechell Downey, President Lana Reynolds, and Holly Wilson-Byrd, Director of Human Resources. Downey and Wilson-Byrd were responsible for nominating SSC for the honor.

Certified Healthy Campus was created in 2011 to recognize both public and private post-secondary campuses and career technology centers that promote health and wellness for their faculty, staff, students, and even visitors. Promotion of health and wellness can be done in a variety of ways including passing policies that encourage healthy lifestyles and making facilities available for physical activities.