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”

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 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.  

SSC Selects Longtime Employee to Serve as Interim Vice President

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. Linda Goeller

           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.