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 Oct. 20. Professor of History and Student Success Coordinator Dr. Steve Bolin was honored as “Faculty Member of the Month” and Admissions Clerk and VA School Certifying Officer Stacey Foster as “Staff Member of the Month.”

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SSC Employees Recognized at Statewide Conference

Two Seminole State College employees were honored at the 54th annual Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Conference held on Oct. 7 at Oklahoma City Community College. During the event, SSC Human Resources Director Holly Wilson-Byrd was recognized as Professional Staff Member of the Year and Professor of Psychology Christal Knowles was named Faculty Member of the Year for the College.

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SSC Hosts Retirement Celebration for Employee

Seminole State College IT Technician Robbie Lindsey was honored at a retirement reception on July 27 in the E.T. Dunlap Student Union on campus. Lindsey worked at SSC for six years. He received both his bachelor’s degree in Engineering and his master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Jerrie, reside in Holdenville.

Seminole State College IT Technician Robbie Lindsey poses with his retirement cake.

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 Public Relations Team Wins Awards in Statewide Competition

Two members of Seminole State College’s Public Relations team won awards at the annual Oklahoma College Public Relations Association conference on July 11, held at the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur. The team members, Web and Multimedia Coordinator Brooks Nickell and Communications Coordinator Josh Hutton, won awards in three categories. Hutton won in the category of Cover Design for the institution’s 2020-2021 Annual Report. The cover celebrated the College’s 90th anniversary with a colorization of the original concept art for SSC’s first campus building, Tanner Hall.

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SSC Employee Completes Leadership Academy

Seminole State College Director of Advisement and Recruitment Britney Honsinger was honored at a reception on July 7 for completing the Council on Student Affairs’ Leadership Academy. The program was created by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to facilitate the professional growth and career advancement of student affairs specialists and to create leadership skill development opportunities. The Leadership Academy is comprised of student affairs professionals who attend and participate in a yearlong series of forums led by experienced student affairs leaders

Honsinger has worked at SSC for nearly 4 years. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma and her MBA at Louisiana State University. She and her husband, Nat, make their home in Earlsboro.

SSC Basketball Coach Inducted into Hall of Fame

Seminole State College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Don Tuley was inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edmond. Tuley has been coaching for 43 years, nine of the years at SSC. His overall record is 708 wins and 308 losses.

Tuley won a 2001 NJCAA National Championship at Redlands Community College as an assistant coach and won the 2010 National Championship as a Head Coach of the Oklahoma Impact at the semi-professional level. The teams he has coached have won numerous sectional, district and region championships. He has coached and helped develop at more than 100 student-athletes who have gone on to play NCAA Division I basketball and/or professional basketball. Tuley was selected as an assistant coach at the 2004 McDonald’s All-American Game held in Oklahoma City.

He graduated with an associate’s degree from Murray State Community College in Tishomingo. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from East Central University in Ada and completed his master’s degree in Education at The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.