Seminole State College will host its annual Presidents’ Day event on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Utterback Ballroom, located just inside the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. This year’s event will feature a presentation by Professor of Government Jeffrey Christiansen titled “Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldier and Statesman.” The event is free and open to the public.
“Few stories of the ‘American Dream’ can compare to that of Dwight David Eisenhower,” Christiansen said. “He was born to humble circumstances, but he would eventually graduate from the United States Military Academy, rise to the five-star rank of General of the Army, command Allied forces in the largest amphibious assault in human history during the Second World War, lead one of the country’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning and be elected President of the United States in a landslide—twice.”
Christiansen has worked at SSC for 15 years. In addition to being a Professor of Government, he serves as Vice Chair of the Social Sciences division. He also is the coordinator of the College’s Constitution Day program, a faculty sponsor of the SSC Shooting Sports Club and volunteers as a judge at The Academy of Seminole’s annual History Fair each spring.
For more information about the event, visit sscok.edu or contact Christiansen at email@example.com.
The Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class spent time learning from the leaders at the Boys and Girls Club of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Students went through a typical afternoon at the Club to prepare to volunteer with children who attend on a weekly basis.
Charity Hair, Seminole, and Holden Bradford, Oklahoma City, face off in an enthusiastic rock, paper, scissors battle royale while their teams cheer them on waiting for their turn.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) held a regular meeting at Seminole State College (SSC) on Feb. 1. The meeting was part of the OSRHE’s ongoing effort to visit and learn more about the state’s public colleges and universities. SSC President Lana Reynolds greeted the Regents and made a presentation on the college’s history, academic initiatives, community impact, partnerships, athletics and opportunities for students.
SSC Student Government Association President Benjamin Parker, of Shawnee, spoke with the state regents about his experiences at the college. Pictured (left to right) OSRHE Chair Jack Sherry, Parker and Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Allison Garrett.
Seminole State College hosted area colleges at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Southeast Oklahoma Legislative Briefing at Pete’s Place in Krebs on January 26. SSC attended the event with a delegation of state legislators.
SSC President Lana Reynolds welcomed attendees to the event and introduced Chancellor Allison Garrett of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.
In her remarks, Chancellor Garrett discussed the importance of higher education in improving the economy and business climate of the state. The State Regents are requesting $1.1 billion in state funding for FY25, which reflects an increase of $122.4 million or 12.2% over the FY24 appropriation of $1 billion.
Chancellor Garrett gave a summary of the budget request to attendees of the event. The State Regents are requesting $9.5 million for FY25 to fund the Inspired to Teach program and expand concurrent enrollment.
Public higher education’s budget request also includes strategic investments that align with Oklahoma’s projected workforce demand in STEM and healthcare and focus on increasing adult degree completion. The State Regents seek $41.5 million for critical workforce development initiatives, including funds to increase enrollment and graduation in STEM disciplines, expand nursing education program and medical residency capacity to address the
state’s shortage of nurses and doctors, and provide additional scholarships for adult students nearing completion of a college degree or pursuing an industry-recognized micro-credential or certificate.
The proposed budget also seeks $71.4 million in to fund performance-based institutional allocations to address operational needs, address rising risk management costs, strengthen college access and academic success services for students, and fund strategic collaborations and shared services to drive long-term efficiencies across the state system.
State Representative Danny Williams (R-Seminole), Representative Dell Kerbs (R-Shawnee) and Representative Danny Sterling (R-Tecumseh) attended the event on behalf of SSC.
Others representing Seminole State College at the event were President Leadership Class students sophomore Dalton Fowble, of Wellston; freshman Olivia Stevenson, of Shawnee; freshman Daylan Saxon, of Seminole; and freshman Jaylee Friend, of Prague; SSC Regents Chair Kim Hyden and Bryan Cain; SSC Educational Foundation trustees Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Executive Director of the Avedis Foundation Dr. Kathy Laster, Rhonda McKee and Mark Schell; community supporters Seminole City Manager Steve Saxon and Lisa Saxon; SSC employees President Lana Reynolds, Director of Community Relations Kim Pringle and Communications Coordinator Josh Hutton.
The event was attended by delegations representing Carl Albert State College, Connors State College, East Central University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Seminole State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The Seminole State College Board of Regents met Jan. 18 to discuss changes to the College’s bereavement policy and review the terms of President Lana Reynolds’ employment. The College’s annual Year-in-Review publication was also unveiled during the meeting.
When Latricia Trammell was inducted into the Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2018, someone asked her if she ever thought she’d be a coach in the WNBA when she was still a student at the college. “Without a doubt,” Trammell said. “If sports have taught me anything, it’s that if you do the right thing, work hard—and win, impossible is nothing.”
Trammell, 55, has been a basketball coach for 30 years, but 2023 marked her first season as a head coach in the WNBA. The Dallas Wings named Trammell to the position last June.
The Avedis Foundation has awarded a $70,000 grant to the SSC Educational Foundation to add a shade structure and update handicap-accessible seating to the Brian Crawford Memorial Sports Complex’s adaptive field.
The field, named the Avedis Adaptive Field, which opened in 2022, is designed for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. It is the home of A League of Their Own, a co-ed softball league for young people with disabilities. The field is also utilized for t-ball games in the summer months.
Seminole State College freshman Haley Smith (right), of Seminole, speaks with Admissions Clerk Jessica Guinn (left) about enrollment on Jan. 5. The spring semester begins Jan. 8 at SSC. Enrollment remains open through Jan. 12. Prospective students may visit sscok.edu, call 405-382-9797 or enroll at the Walkingstick Student Services Center – located on Highway 9 on the south side of campus.