Report onAccomplishmentsand Highlightsfor 2014Seminole State College

JANUARYUpward Bound Welcomes New MembersSeminole State College’s Upward Bound Projects welcomed 75 students at their new memberorientation. Current Upward Bound members were there to help welcome the newparticipants, and parents were given information about the program and upcoming activities.Higher Education Chancellor Presents Legislative AgendaWith the demand for employees who have certificates and degrees continually increasing,college completion remains the top priority in the State of Oklahoma. That was the messagedelivered by Chancellor Glen D. Johnson as he presented the Oklahoma State Regents forHigher Education’s FY 2015 legislative agenda to an audience of lawmakers, community leadersand educators from Southeast Oklahoma at Pete’s Place in Krebs.Saying GoodbyeFriends and colleagues gathered to say goodbye to longtime SeminoleState College Admissions Clerk Debbie Hammond who retired at theend of January after 28 years of service to SSC.FEBRUARYFormer Trojans Come Home to Kick-Off Baseball SeasonFormer Seminole State College baseball players, along with community supporters andmembers of the 2014 Trojan squad, gathered on the SSC campus for the annual Trojan SeasonKick-off Banquet. Speaker for the 1984 team was Scott Hamilton. Chris Dean spoke on behalf ofthe 1994 Trojans. Cody Merrill spoke on behalf of the 2004 team. Former Trojan and LosAngeles Dodgers closing pitcher Eric Gagne was the special guest for the event and wasinterviewed by master of ceremonies and former Trojan Harvey Friesen.SSC Delegation Attends Higher Ed DayA large delegation of campus and community leaders representing Seminole State Collegeattended “Higher Education Day at the Capitol” in Oklahoma City. The event, sponsored by theOklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, is held annually to demonstrate grassrootssupport for Higher Education funding.1

Sosbee Attends Nigh InstituteSeminole State College student Carson Sosbee of Wewoka was one of 30 Oklahoma college anduniversity students selected to attend the Nigh Institute Leadership Conference held inOklahoma City.Utterback Honored by OETADr. Jim Utterback, President of Seminole State College, waspresented a “Big Bird Leadership Award” for his service for the pasttwo years as chair of the Oklahoma Educational Television AuthorityBoard (OETA).SSC Offers Seminar for Area EducatorsArea high school officials heard experts speak on the prevention of bullying and how to dealwith teen suicide during a Seminole State College workshop. During the training session,presentations were made on college admissions standards, financial aid and college programsand services.Lady LeadersSeveral members of the Seminole State College Presidential Leadership Class attended aluncheon to learn about the National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute. The summerleadership program is coordinated by the Carl Albert Center for Congressional Research andStudies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.Scott Awarded Kirk Global Studies ScholarshipKatie Scott, an art major at Seminole State College, was the winner of the 2014 Kirk GlobalStudies Scholarship. She joined the June 16th “Grand Tour of Italy.” Scott is a graduate ofSeminole High School and in her second year of studies at the College.Seminole Chamber Honors SSC PersonnelTwo Seminole State Collegetheir outstanding dedicationChamber of CommerceEngineering faculty memberReadiness Program Secretaryrecognized as “Educator of thethe Month,” respectively.employees were honored forand work during the monthlyForum. Math, Science andDave Helseth and EmploymentChristina Parsons wereMonth” and “Staff Member of2

MARCHSSC Celebrates Black History MonthIn celebration of Black History Month, the Seminole State College NASNTI staff presented “TheForgotten First: Remembering African Americans in U.S. History” in the Jeff Johnston Fine ArtsAuditorium. The musical, literary and artistic entertainment was interspersed with four videopresentations of African Americans who accomplished historic “firsts.”Students Inducted into Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor SocietyMu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society of Seminole State College inducted newmembers into their organization. The society began in 2013 at SSC to encourage students whoare seeking mathematics intensive degrees.SSC Students Participate in Oklahoma Academic Mind Games ChallengeThree Seminole State College students, who participated in the firstround of a state-wide academic “Mind Games” competition, defeated ateam from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla. Thecompetition aired on KSBI Television Channel 52, as part of theOklahoma Academic Challenge. Literature major Megan Goff, fromMason; fine arts major Cole Kilpatrick, from Tecumseh and zoologymajor Garrett Stinnett, from Maud composed the SSC team.Wind, Rain and Hail – Oh My!Members of the President’s Leadership Class at Seminole State College toured the NationalWeather Center in Norman. OU meteorology student David King showed the SSC studentsstorm tracking vehicles, equipment and technology used in the field and at the center.Local Student Receives OACC ScholarshipSeminole State College freshman Allyson Hanan was selected as an Oklahoma Association ofCommunity College Scholarship recipient and was recognized at the organization's annualawards luncheon.College and Bank Partnership HonoredSeminole State College and First United Bank were among education and business partnershipshonored during an Economic Development Partnership Recognition program at the OklahomaHistory Center in Oklahoma City.3

Kilpatrick Receives Global Studies ScholarshipCole Kilpatrick, an art major at Seminole State College, was named to receive a 2014 Kirk GlobalStudies Scholarship. He joined the College’s international summer studies program - “GrandTour of Italy.”SSC Hosts Creativity SymposiumThe Language Arts and Humanities Division at SeminoleState College hosted their Fourth Annual “Howlers andYawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase ofOklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, andDancers.” This year’s featured presenters were KeynoteSpeaker Rilla Askew, award-winning novelist, and Special Guest, Dustin Mater, acclaimedChickasaw visual artist.Native Students Visit MuseumStudents in Seminole State College’s Native American Literature class visited the AmericanIndian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM).Plant TourMembers of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class toured the Oklahoma Gasand Electric power plant in Konawa.Students Travel to New York Over BreakSeminole State College Business and Information Technology Division instructors Fred Bunyanand Brad Schatzel traveled with ten students to New York City during Spring Break. Elements ofthe tour complimented the curriculum of business division studies at Seminole State.Students Inducted into Honor SocietyThirty-two SSC students were inducted into the Alpha Theta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta KappaInternational Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges.SSC Board Awards Tenure at March MeetingDuring their March meeting, the Seminole State College Board of Regents reviewed andapproved granting tenure to Mona Ridley, Assistant Professor of Psychology; ChristalStevenson, Assistant Professor of English/Psychology; Jeffrey Christiansen, Assistant Professorof Government; and Dr. Linda Goeller, Assistant Professor of Math/Science. Subsequently, inaccordance with Board policy, the instructors were promoted to Associate Professor status.4

APRILThe Sound of Music at SSCClose to 200 guests filled Foundation Hall in the Seminole StateCollege Haney Center to hear a benefit concert by guitaristEdgar Cruz and trumpeter David B. Hooten. The event wassponsored by the SSC President's Leadership Class to raise fundsfor their global studies visit to Denmark in June.SSC Nursing Program Receives Continued AccreditationThe Seminole State College Nursing program received notification that the Oklahoma Board ofNursing granted the program continuing full approval for five years.SSC Math Students Tour Enviro SystemsStudents in the Seminole State College Mu Alpha Theta Math Club toured Enviro Systems, Inc.of Seminole.Students Inducted into SSC English Honor SocietySeminole State College’s Upsilon Alpha chapter of the English Honor Society Sigma Kappa Deltainducted 13 students in an evening ceremony.Get Your Baskets ReadyMembers of the Seminole State College women's basketball and volleyball teams volunteeredto help the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum prepare for "Jazzy's Egg Run” by stuffing 8,500eggs in less than two hours for the free community event.Norman, Downey Honored by ChamberTwo Seminole State College employees were honored for theiroutstanding dedication and work during the monthly Chamber ofCommerce Forum. Web Specialist Teresa Norman and AdministrativeAssistant to the President Mechell Downey were recognized as the“Educator of the Month” and “Staff Member of the Month,”respectively.Medical Laboratory Program to Host Open HouseSeminole State College’s Medical Laboratory Technology Department hosted an Open House toshow what goes on behind the scenes in a laboratory.5

Politics and MedicineStudents in the Seminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology Program visited withOklahoma Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman during a visit to the Oklahoma State Capitol.Wind PowerMembers of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class touredthe Crosswinds Wind Farm near Canton, OK to learn about the growingalternate energy source.MAYStudents Inducted into Psychology Honor SocietyTwelve Seminole State College students were inducted into the College’s chapter of the PSIBeta National Psychology Honor Society.Bunyan, Helseth to RetireTwo long-time Seminole State College instructors, Fred Bunyan andDave Helseth, were honored at a retirement reception. Bunyantaught accounting and other business courses in the Business andInformation Division for the past 38 years and Helseth has been anadjunct instructor at SSC since 2001, and became full-time in 2006.PSI Beta Students Tour OUSeminole State College PSI Beta Psychology Honor Students toured the University of Oklahomacampus and learned about transfer opportunities and scholarships after graduation.Turpen to Speak at SSC CommencementMike Turpen, Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education and a partner in the law firm ofRiggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and Lewis, was the featured speaker at the 81stCommencement Exercises for Seminole State College.Alums and Staff Honored by SSCOver 400 friends and supporters of Seminole State College attended the SSC EducationalFoundation’s annual recognition banquet. Long-time Seminole State College employee Don Gillreceived the “Distinguished Service Award” Also during the banquet, Rick Best, of Denver,Colo.; Ryan Kelly, of Houma, Louisiana; and Carl Packwood, of Shawnee were inducted into theSeminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame. The event raised over 32,000.6

Franklin to Serve as Seminole State College RegentFormer Seminole State College Trojan, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher andOlympic Gold Medal winner Ryan Franklin was appointed by OklahomaGovernor Mary Fallin to serve on the Seminole State College Board ofRegents.Six SSC Students Receive National ScholarshipsSix Seminole State College Medical Laboratory Technician students were selected to receive2014 Siemens/American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Scholarships. The unprecedentedsix of only fifty scholarships awarded nationwide were presented to: Jamie Vazquez, Seminole;Becky Wilson, Seminole; Dessirae Stingley, Shawnee; Stephen Mullins, Prague; StephenMcDonough, Ada; and Suzan Izaguirre, Shawnee.Graduating PLCGraduating sophomores in Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class received awardsrecognizing their completion of two years in the program. Graduating members were: AllenBlankenship, Vanoss; Paige McAlvain, Seminole; Dylan Helms, Eufaula; Erin Bonner, Shawnee;Trisha Kingsbury, Prague; Kaliann Kincade, Wewoka; Clayton Powell, Stroud; Brian Hatcher,Tecumseh; and Monica Belles, Seminole.Area Seniors HonoredOver 450 area high school senior honor students, family members, bankers and educatorsattended a “Recognition of Excellence Honors Ceremony” at Seminole State College. The event,sponsored by First United Bank, SSC and East Central University, recognized students from 38area schools for their academic and leadership achievements.Cain Appointed as RegentPresident of Security State Bank Bryan Cain, of Wewoka, was appointed byOklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Seminole State CollegeBoard of Regents.SSC Board Approves PromotionsDuring the May meeting, the Board approved the promotion of Dean of InstructionalCompliance Dr. Tom Mills to fill the open position of Vice President for Academic Affairs andthe Board also approved the promotion of Dr. Mark Ames, Dean of Student Services, to fill theopen position of Vice President for Student Affairs.SSC Nursing Students Participate in Disaster TrainingSeminole State College took an active role in training nursing students for potential disasters.The nursing class of 2014 participated in a day long training module designed to help themunderstand what qualifies as a disaster, how to triage patients and resources, and how to workwith other agencies to access quick medical care.7

Students Arrive for Summer Residential ProgramSeminole State College Upward Bound Projects welcomed over 200 students from 22surrounding high schools to their summer camp. The federally-funded Upward Boundproject simulates a college environment that includes hands-on interactive enrichment classes,social activities, overnight field trips and other social, educational and cultural events.JUNEPLC Students Visit DenmarkPresident Utterback and Vice President for Fiscal AffairsKatherine Benton accompanied 13 freshman members of thePresident’s Leadership Class to Denmark on an educationaland cultural tour in June. The group visited Silkeborg BusinessCollege with which an exchange program is currently ongoing.Denmark InternsTwo students from the Silkeborg Business College in Denmark served as interns at SeminoleState College assisting with the Upward Bound summer program for area 8th – 12th gradestudents.Summer Youth ProjectsOver 120 area youth participated in SSC Business and Industry’s Kids Summer Camp, a series ofone-week and two-week camp activities held at the College. Focused on a variety of kidfriendly learning activities, Kids Camp includes classes in pottery, reading, swimming, sports,Lego construction and Minecraft activities.Lots of Helping HandsApproximately 175 Seminole State College Upward Bound Projects participants volunteered atthe Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma where they helped package needed food for hungryOklahomans.Retirement PartyOver 130 friends and colleagues of Seminole State College employees Mona Griffin, BeckyMoreland, Janet Waddell and Jeanie Nix gathered to honorthe four ladies’ retirement. Griffin was Head Cashier at theCollege, Moreland served as Communications Clerk, Waddellwas an Admissions Clerk and Nix was Director of FinancialAid. All four retirees are members of the Seminolecommunity.8

Board Promotes Vice PresidentDuring the June meeting, the Board voted to change Vice President for InstitutionalAdvancement Lana Reynolds' position to clearly designate her as the administrative officer incharge in the absence of the President. Utterback said Reynolds' longevity as an administratorand her close exposure to the daily operations of the President's Office will serve her well inthis new role. In conjunction with this designated responsibility, her title was changed toExecutive Vice President for Institutional Advancement.JULYHospital Volunteers Award ScholarshipSeminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology student Becky Wilson was awarded ascholarship from Integris Seminole Medical Center Volunteer Services. Wilson, of Seminole, iscompleting requirements for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical LaboratoryTechnology.GEARing UP to DriveTwenty-one students from area high schools completed a summer Driver’s Education Academythrough Seminole State College‘s GEAR UP program. The academy was conducted with the useof a courtesy vehicle provided by Seminole Ford.AUGUSTSSC Medical Laboratory Instructor HonoredSeminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology Program DirectorMalinda Browning was selected for two special recognitions by the AmericanSociety for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Browning was named “2014 ASCPRegional Member Award for the South Central Region” of the nationalorganization. She was also invited to serve as the HematologyRepresentative on the ASCP Joint Generalist Committee. Her term beganfollowing the organization’s fall meeting in October.9

Fall In-Service TrainingSeminole State College employees gathered for In-Service training prior to the start of the Fallterm. In addition to professional development sessions on transformative teaching andlearning, the employees heard presentations on the College's history, relationship with thecommunity and plans for the future.Smile - You Are in PLC!Sophomore members of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class helpedfreshmen PLC members get acquainted with campus during a photo scavenger hunt as part of aspecial orientation session.SEPTEMBERSSC Welcomes Presidential Leadership Class VIIIThe 21 students selected for Class VIII of the SSC Presidential Leadership program, and theirparents, were guests at a program orientation held at the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum.SSC Leadership Students Grow Through ChallengesFreshmen members of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class worked “highand low” on team building activities and to accomplish personal goals on a ropes challengecourse at St. Crispin’s Conference Center.SSC Hosts Constitution Day ObservanceIn celebration of Constitution Day 2014, Seminole State College hosted a public presentationfeaturing Associate Professor of History, Dr. Ronald Petrin. In observation of Constitution Day,Petrin discussed “The Constitution, Same Sex Marriage and Modernity: A HistoricalPerspective.”Dousing for DollarsFaculty and staff at Seminole State College participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raisemoney and awareness of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’sDisease. Students were invited to Henderson Park on the SSCcampus for free hamburgers and hot dogs and the opportunityto pour ice water on the employees who volunteered for thefund raiser. Everyone was invited to donate to the cause. Over 500 was raised at the event and forwarded to ALS.Oklahomans Visit Washington10

Representatives from Seminole State College joined over 150 business leaders from acrossOklahoma for the State Chamber of Commerce Fly-In to Washington D.C. Rural Business andResources Director Larry Smith, Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement LanaReynolds, Regent Bryan Cain and President Dr. Jim Utterback all attended the event.Learning about Children’s Health CareMembers of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class toured The Children’sHospital – OU Medicine in Oklahoma City. The group heard a presentation about the Children’sMiracle Network and the Children’s Hospital Foundation, toured the facility, and explored theChildren’s Village – an outdoor, rooftop playground for children and their families.SSC Faculty Present at National ConferenceAssistant Professor of Psychology Kendall Rogers and Assistant Professor of English YasmindaChoate spoke to higher education colleagues from across the nation on “Strategic Planning andBest Practices for Online Learning at the Rural Community College” at the Rural CommunityCollege Alliance (RCCA) Annual Conference in Arizona. Both instructors are members of theDistance Education Committee at Seminole State College and are experienced online teachers.OCTOBERSSC Presents Program on Benefits of Creative Writing DegreeA presentation on “Creative Writing, OBU, and YOU: The Benefits of a Creative WritingBachelor’s Degree” was presented at Seminole State College in October. The program,sponsored by SSC’s Language Arts and Humanities Division featured Dr. Ben Myers, CrouchMathis Associate Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.Training DayStaff members from Seminole State College attended the “People, Purpose and Passion”workshop as part of the annual Support Staff Conference of the Oklahoma Association ofCommunity Colleges at Rose State College in Midwest City.Trojan Tennis Player Wins National ChampionshipSeminole State freshman Guy Iradukunda, from the country of Burundi, won the NJCAA SinglesNational Tennis Championship in Sumter, South Carolina.Fond Farewell to SSC Nursing ProfessorCurrent and former Seminole State College nursing faculty members, aswell as other colleagues and students, gathered to celebrate theretirement of longtime SSC nursing professor Dr. Jorge Neuhaus.Neuhaus taught at the College since 1982.11

Seminole Chamber Honors SSC PersonnelTwo Seminole State College employees were honored fortheir outstanding dedication and work during themonthly Chamber of Commerce Forum. Robin Crawfordand Christal Stevenson were recognized as “Staff Memberof the Month” and “Educator of the Month,” respectively.Study AbroadSeminole State College sophomores Sierra O’Dell of Konawa and Marques Christopher Marshallof Dallas, Texas, have been selected to represent Seminole State College on an internationalstudy trip to the Dominican Republic in May, 2015.SSC President Leads Way on Safe Room FundingSeminole State College was awarded a 469,820 grant from the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA) for the addition of the safe room to the Dan and Andrea BorenCenter construction project. The new building project, being funded largely through privatedonations from the Borens and the Chickasaw Nation, has been a joint undertaking by theSeminole State College Board of Regents and the SSC Educational Foundation. SSC President Dr.Jim Utterback and his wife Karrie stepped forward to jump start a fund raising effort to helpmake this safe room a reality. They pledged 10,000 for the project.SSC Breaks Ground on Boren CenterOver 200 friends and supporters of Seminole State Collegecrowded into the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on campus towitness a ground breaking ceremony for the Dan and AndreaBoren Center. Numerous sponsors, community membersand friends of the College attended in support of the newbuilding and to participate in “turning dirt.”Passing of the GavelOut-going Chair of the Seminole State College Educational Foundation Board of Trustees PaigeSheffield, of Wewoka, passed the gavel to newly-elected Chair Ray McQuiston, of Seminole, atthe Foundation’s meeting in October.Shakespeare in the ParkSeminole State College Language Arts and Humanities students attended a performance ofShakespeare’s Macbeth, presented in Wintersmith Park in Ada.Trick-or-Treat Trail a SuccessSeminole State College hosted its first Trick-or-Treat Trail on campus. Over 25 tables were setup along the walking trails of Henderson Park with various SSC teams and groups who passedout candy to community trick-or-treaters. Several hundred kids and their family memberswalked through the trail to receive Halloween sweets.12

Downey Assumes Presidency at ACCT ConferenceMechell Downey, Administrative Assistant to the President ofSeminole State College, attended the Association of CommunityCollege Trustees (ACCT) - Leadership Congress in Chicago, Illinoiswhere she was installed as President of the Professional BoardStaff Network (PBSN) a national organization affiliated with ACCT.SSC Students Get TestedApproximately 200 Seminole State College students took the Collegiate Assessment ofAcademic Proficiency Test given in the Haney Center on campus. An important part of the SSCassessment process, the academic test is designed to measure general education foundationalskills typically attained in the first two years of college.Big BusinessMembers of the Seminole State College President’s Leadership Class visited Homelandcorporate headquarters in Oklahoma City on Oct. 28 to learn about the business’ operations.SSC SGA President Attends National ConferenceSeminole State College Student Government President Chris Marshall alongwith Faculty Advisor Bill Knowles attended the American StudentGovernment Association (ASGA) National Summit in Washington Oct. 1-5.NOVEMBERMLT Students Hear Guest SpeakerSeminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) students heard about a specialonline training program from guest speaker Dr. Sallie Ruskoski. Ruskoski, who is the MedicalLaboratory Science (MLS) Program Director at Northeastern State University (NSU) inTahlequah, presented information about the online transitional MLT to MLS degree programavailable at NSU.Hump Day EventStudents, faculty and staff at Seminole State College celebrated "HumpDay” on Wednesday, Nov. 5 with camel rides, an activity organized bythe SSC Campus Activities Board.13

SSC PTK Honor Society Inducts New MembersTwenty-seven Seminole State College students were inducted into the Alpha Theta Nu Chapterof Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges. Students are selectedbased on their scholarship, leadership and service qualities. The chapter provides programs,activities and participation in community service projects.SSC MLT Students Tour Chickasaw Nation Medical Center LaboratorySeminole State College Medical Laboratory Technology students and the MLT Orientation classvisited the Clinical Laboratory at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada. This visit enabledstudents to learn more about a career in the medical laboratory technology field and to seefirsthand how a laboratory operates.Holiday Food DriveSeminole State College’s Leadership Development Class and Student Government Associationteamed up to collect non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army before the Thanksgivingholidays.NASNTI Hosts “Native November”The Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions Student Development Center at SeminoleState College hosted “Native November” on campus to celebrate Native American CulturalHeritage Month. Events included “Native Style” Jeopardy, De Wagen Kwek (Ladies Drum Group)a Traditional Fashion Show, “Fashions of Tradition.” Guestspeakers visited all Personal Academic Success Strategiesclasses and the campus was also encouraged to “Roc YourMocs” (wear your moccasins) all week long.Backpack PackingMembers of the Seminole State College President's Leadership Class volunteered at theRegional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The students packed food for backpacks to be sent homewith kids from schools across the state for weekend nourishment. The students packed,weighed, sealed, boxed and stacked pallets of boxes for shipment. Collectively, the groupprepared 436 cases with a total weight of 6,920 lbs. which equated to preparation of 5,767meals.Speaker encourages GEAR UP students to live a life with no more excusesHigh School students from schools served by the Seminole State College GEAR UP Project cametogether for assemblies in November and were encouraged by speaker and author GrantBaldwin to answer the question “How are you going to live your life with no more excuses?”After the presentations, Baldwin stayed to visit with the students and autographed copies of hisbook Reality Check. Written as “the student’s guide to the real world,” the book includespractical advice and insights on issues like creating a budget, applying for scholarships, dealingwith relationships and finding a career.14

DECEMBERSanta’s HelpersThe Seminole State College Classified Staff Association organized acampus-wide effort to collect holiday gifts for “Little Angels” identified bythe Salvation Army and Department of Human Services. This year a total of40 angels were sponsored by the campus.SSC NASA Students Learn About Seminole NationSeminole State College Native American Student Association (NASA) visited the SeminoleNation Museum in Wewoka to learn about the tribe’s history and culture.SSC Night at the LightsSeminole State College hosted their annual “SSC Night at the Lights” event at the communitySnowman Wonderland Light Display showcased at Magnolia Park in Seminole. Children createdholiday crafts with the help of SSC student athletes and everyone snacked on hot chocolate,apple cider and cookies.Utterback Speaks on Community Colleges and MSIs PanelSeminole State College President Dr. Jim Utterback traveled to Washington, D.C. in earlyDecember to participate in a blue-ribbon forum on Community Colleges and Minority ServingInstitutions (MSIs). The AACC forum and panel highlighted best-practices and effectivecollaborations between community colleges and MSIs that lead to college success andcompletion. The focus of the forum was to develop potential guidelines that will aid in thedevelopment of partnerships between community colleges and MSIs.Testing the WatersSeminole State College students enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering class this fall werechallenged to design, build, wire and test a Remotely Operated Vehicle-an underwater vehiclefor their final class project. Each vehicle was required to turn left and right, move forward andbackward and go up and down.Finals Eve BreakfastSeminole State College faculty and staff served a late-nightbreakfast at the beginning of finals week to over 100 studentsfrom the college’s residence halls. Students were invited tobring their books to the E.T. Dunlap Student Union to study forfinal exams while they were served a full-course breakfaststarting at 9 p.m.15

Santa’s WorkshopSeminole State College student athletes volunteered their time and talents to wrap over 700gifts for the Rotary Christmas Dinner. The presents were distri

Scott Awarded Kirk Global Studies Scholarship Katie Scott, an art major at Seminole State College, was the winner of the 2014 Kirk Global Studies Scholarship. She joined the June í òth Grand Tour of Italy. _ Scott is a graduate of Seminole High School and in her second year of studies at the College. Seminole Chamber Honors SSC Personnel