Seminole State to host workshop on bullying.

Area high school officials will have the opportunity to hear experts on the prevention of bullying and how to deal with teen suicide during an upcoming Seminole State College workshop. Also during the free, half-day morning training session on Thursday, Feb. 27, presentations will be made on college admissions standards, financial aid and college programs and services.


Oklahoma Commissioner of Mental Health Terri White will open the program during a breakfast session in Foundation Hall of the Haney Center on the SSC campus.


White has served as Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services May 13, 2007. White previously served as a member of former Governor Brad Henry’s Cabinet. She was Henry's Secretary of Health - the first woman in State history to hold that post.

Following Commissioner White’s comments, an informational session on college admissions and special programs will be presented through a panel discussion moderated by SSC Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Mark Ames.


The keynote presentation of the day will be “A Personal Perspective on School Bullying and Youth Suicide” by Kirk Smalley with “Stand for the Silent.”

“Stand for the Silent” was started in 2010 by a group of students after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field-Smalley. At eleven years-old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years.


The organization exists as a platform to allow them to share their story and offer education and tools to prevent their tragedy from happening to other families. Since May, 2010, the Smalleys have traveled to hundreds of schools and spoken with close to 800,000 students. In March, 2011, they met privately with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House prior to attending the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying.


The SSC program will conclude with a panel discussion of ways to help prevent bullying and deal with youth suicide. Area experts Karrie Utterback, Pottawatomie County Child Welfare Collaborative Program Coordinator; Julie Dawson, Tecumseh Schools Assistant Superintendent and Special Services Director; and Linsy Ingmire, Shawnee Public Schools 8th Grade Counselor will participate in the panel.


The workshop is designed for counselors, principals and superintendents. There is no charge for attending the event, but, reservations are required. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Kristen Dunn in the Student Affairs Office at: 405-382-9216 or


The event is sponsored by Seminole State College Student Services, TRiO Programs and Public Relations offices. Certificates of completion will be awarded to those who desire staff development credit.