Five outstanding Seminole State College students were recently honored for the month of September. Each academic division selected one student to honor based on work ethic, academic standing and campus involvement. The students were awarded a certificate from the Academic Affairs Office, a gift certificate to use at the Student Union Grill and a special parking pass allowing them access to park in any spot on campus for a month.
September’s students of the month are: Rodney Ackerman of Holdenville – Language Arts and Humanities; Kegan Magee of Aurora, Texas – STEM; Sophie Augustin of Augsberg, Germany – Business and Education; Donna Rupe of Shawnee – Health Sciences; and Raedyn Pierce of Shawnee – Social Sciences.
Seminole State College sophomore Dominic Green (center), of Shawnee, recently donated $3,500 to the SSC Educational Foundation to support projects of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society. In addition to providing funds for student fees associated with joining the national organization, he wanted to provide financial support to purchase holiday gifts for children through PTK’s Angel Tree project. Green said that when he was growing up, his family struggled with poverty, and he never forgot when he received Christmas presents through the Angel Tree program.
“I want to help people,” Green said. “I want to give back to the community now that I can.” Pictured alongside Green are PTK Advisor and Associate Professor of Business Dr. Jeff Cheng (left) and President Lana Reynolds (right).
Throughout the 1980s, faculty, staff and students at then Seminole “Junior” College participated in an annual spring ritual known as “Trojan Olympics.” Held the week prior to final exams, teams competed in such activities as tricycle races in the parking lots, food eating contests and canoe races on the campus pond.
Seminole State College Student Activities hosted Fair Day on Sept. 22 in the courtyard just outside of the E.T. Dunlap Student Union. The event featured fair cuisine, such as cotton candy, popcorn, turkey legs and corn dogs, as well as several games for students to play, including inflatable axe throwing, basketball, ring toss and more.
SSC students Elijah Durham, of El Reno, and Uriah McPerryman, of Wetumka, enjoy an assortment of fair food during the event.
Melinda Sims, Director of Residential Life and Student Activities, joins in on the games at the Fair Day event on Sept. 22.
Seminole State College is offering COVID relief funds to students through an allocation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III that is being provided by the U.S. Department of Education, as authorized by the American Rescue Plan.
In 1994, Seminole “Junior” College President Dr. Jim Cook came up with an idea to honor outstanding former students of the college with induction into an “Alumni Hall of Fame.” Members of the inaugural class, pictured left to right with Dr. Cook, are: long-time Varnum School Superintendent Eugene Warrenburg; retired SJC Reading Instructor Frances Warrenburg; former Wilson Elementary School Principal Bonnie Lee Grisso; former Seminole civic leader and business owner Neil Molleur; and former Trojan basketball player and NAIA National Championship Coach at Oklahoma City University Win Case. Since that time, 25 Annual banquets have been held recognizing over 70 additional honorees whose personal and professional accomplishments have brought pride to the institution.
Seminole State College will host its annual Constitution Day event on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Utterback Ballroom, located in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. This year’s event will feature guest speaker John Guinn, the Oklahoma Convention of States Director. Attendees will also have the opportunity to register to vote at stations set up by the Student Government Association and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Light refreshments will also be provided for attendees.
Oklahoma Sen. Roger Thompson was recognized with 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Service Awards for Higher Education during today’s meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He was honored for his support of higher education in his role as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, co-chair of the Committee on Pandemic Relief and as a member of the Finance and Rules committees.
Seminole State College launched a telemedicine program for students and employees on Sept. 1. The College’s Board of Regents approved an agreement with SwiftMD on Aug. 26, based on recommendation from campus administrators. The agreement with SwiftMD was purchased through a consortium of Oklahoma two-year colleges.