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”
Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on Thursday. Assistant Professor of Business Stephen Brooks was honored as “Educator of the Month” and Language Arts and Humanities/Social Sciences Office Manager Tina Morris was honored as “Classified Staff Member of the Month.”
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.
Brooks began at SSC in 2015 as an adjunct instructor and in 2018 he moved into his current position as an Assistant Professor in the Business and Education Division. Along with teaching, Brooks also serves as the coordinator for Business and Industry at SSC. In this role, he manages several programs, including the Student Bank Board and Kid’s on Campus Summer Camps.
“I greatly enjoy being a part of the SSC family and love that I am able to work with a diverse student population of all ages, life-experiences and backgrounds,” said Brooks.
He completed his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, where he also earned his MBA.
Brooks and his wife Susan reside in Shawnee. In their spare time, they enjoy exercising and going to concerts and live plays. They also care for a small greenhouse in their backyard where they keep plants and flowers alive through the winter months.
Morris began at SSC in February of 2017 and currently serves as the Office Manager for the Language Arts and Humanities Division and the Social Sciences Division. Previously, she worked in human resources for over 30 years with the Sac and Fox Nation.
In her current position, Morris oversees the daily operations of both divisions, including greeting visitors, helping students and managing a variety of administrative tasks. She also shares responsibility for the mailroom and switchboard. On campus, she is a member of the Classified Staff Association and serves on the WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) Evaluation Team for NASNTI.
Morris holds an Associate in Science degree from Seminole Jr. College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Gregory’s University. She resides in Stroud and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family in her spare time.
The Seminole State College Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Linda Goeller to the position of Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at a special meeting on Nov. 12.
Dr. Goeller is in her 11th year at the College, where she has served as a Division Chair in the past and most recently as a Professor of Mathematics and Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness.
Dr. Goeller earned her doctorate in Professional Studies/Mathematics Education from Oklahoma State University, her master’s in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University, and her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.
She has served on a number of Faculty Senate and Mathematics Division committees. She also has served as the co-chair of the Oklahoma State Regents Higher Education Mathematics Task Force.
Last April, Dr. Goeller was selected to receive the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award at the 2019 American Association of Community Colleges annual convention in Orlando, Florida. The award is given nationally to individuals who demonstrate a passion for classroom learning, show a willingness to support students both inside and outside of the classroom, and go above and beyond what is required to ensure the academic success of their students.
She is also active in the community of Seminole. She is a graduate of Leadership Seminole, a member of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, a volunteer with the Seminole Humane Society, and currently serves as President of the Seminole Rotary Club. She and her husband Mark are active members of the Immanuel Baptist Church.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Goeller’s caliber willing to step into this role at such a critical time. I believe she will bring expertise, excitement and integrity to this office,” President Lana Reynolds said.
The previous Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Larry Guerrero notified the College of his intention to resign his position due to personal reasons in early November. Board members in attendance were Curtis Morgan, Ryan Franklin, Kim Hyden, Paige Sherry and Marci Donaho. The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Seminole State College Residential Life and Student Activities Coordinator Melinda Sims recently joined the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education’s Council of Student Activities (COSA) Mentoring Initiative. Continue reading “SSC Employee Joins Student Affairs Mentoring Program”
The Seminole State College Baptist Collegiate Ministry recently hosted a dodgeball tournament on campus. Multiple student teams and one faculty team competed in the Raymond Harber Fieldhouse. Prize money was awarded to the top three teams. The faculty team, which placed third, donated their winnings to the SSC Food Pantry. Continue reading “SSC Baptist Collegiate Ministry Hosts Dodgeball Tournament”
Two Seminole State College employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the monthly Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum on Oct. 10. Business and Education Instructor Amber Flores was honored as “Faculty Member of the Month” and Maintenance Technician Donny Coblentz as “Staff Member of the Month.” Continue reading “Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel”
Three Seminole State College employees received awards at the 52nd annual Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Conference at Oklahoma City Community College Oct. 4. Continue reading “SSC Employees Recognized at Statewide Conference”
The first day of the fall semester brought a flood of new students to the Seminole State College campus on Aug. 12. Faculty and staff organized their annual “First Day Experience” and set up stations around campus to welcome students and pass out snacks and bottled water. Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Tony Crouch (right) helps a student locate her classroom Continue reading “Classes Begin at SSC”
Welcoming the Fall Semester
Faculty and staff at Seminole State College celebrated the beginning of the new academic year with an in-service program built around the theme “HLC Matters to Me” in preparation for the college’s upcoming Higher Learning Commission visit in February, 2020. Employees gathered Thursday morning for a group photo wearing shirts with an image specially designed for this year’s activities.
HLC Matters to Me!
Guest speaker Dr. Nelson Soto, a provost at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio, visited with campus employees on Wednesday to discuss the accreditation process. As a Site Team Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, he gave advice on how to be prepared and what to expect during the visit.
As part of the 2019 In-Service activities, Seminole State College employees enjoyed lunch together followed by a trivia game with questions focused on HLC. Pictured is SSC Business and Education Division Chair and game-show host Brad Schatzel checking the answers written on the board of each team.
A retirement reception was held for Seminole State College employee Cindy Guinn on July 25. Guinn served SSC for 19 years, most recently as an Administrative Assistant in the President’s Office. She is a graduate of Maud High School and attended a business program at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. She is a resident of Shawnee. She is married and has two children, both of whom graduated from SSC. During her retirement, she looks forward to traveling, camping, gardening, and spending more time with her grandchildren. Continue reading “SSC Employee Honored at Retirement Reception”