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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Annual SSC recognition banquet

  • Three inducted into Hall of Fame.
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  • More than 400 friends and supporters of Seminole State College attended the SSC Educational Foundation’s annual recognition banquet recently in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center.
     
    The event, which included recognition of college alumni, students, staff and supporters, raised over $32,000 for the Foundation’s scholarship program and campus capital projects.
     
    Long-time Seminole State College employee Don Gill received the “Distinguished Service Award” for his long-time support of the college and commitment to students and the institution.
     
    Also during the banquet, Rick Best, of Denver, Colo.; Ryan Kelly, of Houma, Louisiana; and Carl Packwood, of Shawnee; were inducted into the Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame.
     
    Best, Kelly and Packwood joined 59 other former students in the Hall of Fame. Recipients of the honor are selected for their achievements while attending the college and contributions they have made in their professional careers which bring pride to the institution. Nominations are accepted each year from faculty, staff, members of the SSC Educational Foundation and the public for induction.
     
    Four employees were recognized for reaching milestones for their service to the College. 30 Years - Director of Sponsored Programs, Kathy Hoover; 25 Years – Chair of the Nursing and Health Sciences Division; 25 Years – Associate Professor of Sociology Tracy Jacomo; and 20 Years – GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Russell Beene.
     
    Retiring staff recognized at the event included: Professor of Business Fred Bunyan, Head Cashier Mona Griffin, Learning Resources Center Director Marguerite Hearod, Associate Professor of Life Science Dave Helseth, Communications Clerk, Becky Moreland, Financial Aid Director Jeanie Nix, Assistant Professor of Biological Science Loretta Rush, and Admissions Clerk Janet Waddell.
     
    One student from each of the College’s six academic divisions was selected by faculty to be recognized as the “SSC 2014 Outstanding Students.” Those honored included: Business and Information Systems – Trisha Kingsbury of Prague, Health, Physical Education and Recreation – Alejandra Moran from Calexico, Calif., Language Arts and Humanities – Greg Votaw from Varnum; Math, Science and Engineering – Garrett Clark from Seminole, Nursing and Health Sciences – Megan Conley from Anchorage, Alaska, and Social Sciences – Clayton Powell of Stroud.
     
    Campus organizational leaders were also honored at the event. Kendall Rogers served as Faculty Senate President; Yashanda Scruggs served as Professional Staff Association President; Ann Gavin served as Classified Staff Association President; and Clayton Powell served as President of the Student Government Association.
     
    The SSC Educational Foundation, Inc., was created in 1972 “to supply aid for charitable, benevolent, educational, scientific and literary purposes,” according to the foundation’s articles of incorporation.
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    Paige Sheffield serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees. Vice Chairs are Ray McQuiston and Ken Pryor. Other members of the board are: Dan Boren, Bryan Cain, Richard Carr, Dr. Vickie Carter, Steve Degraffenreid, Ryan Franklin, Jim Hardin, John Hargrave, Blake Hargrove, Chief Leonard Harjo, Doug Humphreys, Tim Mathews, Gordon Melson, Jeramy Rich, Harvey Robinson, Lance Ruffel, Mark Schell, Jack Sherry, Roy Sisco, Sue Snodgrass, Bob Swearingen, Ben Walkingstick, Darlene Wallace, Mark White and Lance Wortham.
     
     
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