Ed Lemmings Hired as New Director at SSC

Long-time Seminole civil servant Ed Lemmings has been named the Director of Physical Plant and Campus Safety at Seminole State College. Lemmings, who mostly recently worked as the Facility and Operations Manager at Seminole High School, will now monitor campus safety, oversee maintenance and custodial efforts, and help with projects related to COVID-19 responses at the College. Continue reading “Ed Lemmings Hired as New Director at SSC”

SSC Honors Three Campus Leaders

Seminole State College recently recognized three employees for their campus leadership: Faculty Senate President Jeff Cheng, Classified Staff President Dana Denwalt and Professional Staff President Caitlin Brown. The employees were set to be honored at the Seminole State Educational Foundation’s annual Spring Recognition Banquet, but the event has been postponed due to restrictions on large gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “SSC Honors Three Campus Leaders”

SSC Recognizes Employees for 20 Years of Service

Seminole State College recently recognized six employees for 20 years of service: Mechell Downey, Teresa Norman, Carol Parker, Tina Savage, Rita Story-Schell and Susan Shumaker. The employees were set to be honored at the Seminole State Educational Foundation’s annual Spring Recognition Banquet, but the event has been postponed due to restrictions on large gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “SSC Recognizes Employees for 20 Years of Service”

SSC Regents Approve Social Media Policy and Tenure for Professor

At their meeting on Feb. 20, the Seminole State College Board of Regents approved tenure for a faculty member and adopted a social media policy for the College.

Pictured (l-r): Regent Ray McQuiston, Regent Paige Kim Hyden, Assistant Professor of Life Science Theran Hernandez, Regent Paige Sherry, Regent Marci Donaho and Chair Curtis Morgan pose for a photo following the SSC Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 20. The Board granted tenure to Hernandez during the meeting.

During the President’s Report, Reynolds informed the Board about recent activities and events at the College.

With the first action item on the agenda, the Board approved tenure for Assistant Professor of Life Science Theran Hernandez. Hernandez was recommended for tenure by Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Goeller. Hernandez began working for SSC in 2011 as part of the TRiO program and quickly thereafter transitioned to the role of coordinator for the Upward Bound Program. In 2012, she became an Educational Talent Search Advisor and also served as an adjunct instructor. She was hired as a full-time faculty member in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Langston University, a Master of Science from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Langston University.

The Board then approved the second action item on the agenda, a social media policy for the College. This policy was established to comply with Senate Bill 198, which passed during the 2019 Legislative Session. Senate Bill 198 requires all state agencies to adopt a social networking policy to discourage abusive or offensive online behavior by employees, on state time and using state resources.

SSC’s new policy reads, “All Seminole State College employees are discouraged from sharing content or creating comments on social media containing the following: obscene sexual content or links to obscene sexual content; abusive behavior and bullying language or tone; any unwelcomed discriminatory or harassing statements or images based on a protected characteristic that are so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim’s access to an educational opportunity or benefit; conduct or encouragement of illegal activity; and disclosure of information which an agency and its employees are required to keep confidential by law, regulation or internal policy.”

Board members present at the meeting were: Chair Curtis Morgan, Marci Donaho, Kim Hyden, Ray McQuiston and Paige Sherry.

The next meeting of the SSC Board of Regents is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020.

SSC Honors Veterans with Holiday Cheer Project

From Veterans Day until the end of the fall semester, SSC students, student athletes, faculty, staff and Administration signed thank you and holiday messages on festive cards and delivered the cards to veterans in the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City. This year more than 100 cards were signed with notes of appreciation and cheer. SSC Professor of History Marta Osby (left) received a large number of cards gathered by Assistant Professor Sam Rivera (right) and his wife Stefanie (center).   Continue reading “SSC Honors Veterans with Holiday Cheer Project”