OCTOBER 17, 2008

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Seminole State College Welcomes Community for Ribbon Cutting of
Seminole Nation Residential Learning Center

Photo of Chancellor Johnson and Kelly Haney at SSC ribbon cutting ceremony.
Dr. Glen Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education and Seminole Nation Chief Kelly Haney cut the ribbon at the dedication of Seminole State College's new Residential Learning Center.

“From a vision to a reality,” a simple statement that embraced the spirit of community involvement and appreciation that filled the campus of Seminole State College during the institution’s official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Seminole Nation Residential Learning Center on Sept. 18.

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, community members, and legislators were on hand to celebrate the joyous event that marked the completion of a long-term building goal for the College.

Activities began with entertainment by Native American flutist Lewis Johnson of Wewoka, a former Seminole Nation Council Representative. Invocation was lead by Rev. Chebon Kernell of the First American United Methodist Church of Norman, who also gave a native blessing on the new facility.

Dr. Glen Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, introduced keynote speaker Chief of the Seminole Nation Enoch Kelly Haney. Haney expressed that this event was a great example of the continued collaborative events of the Seminole Tribe and the Seminole community.

Following the ribbon cutting, Steve Littleman of the Kiowa Tribe performed a cedar “cleansing” ceremony, a traditional Native American custom.

The 56,000 square-foot residence hall is constructed to the northeast of the Roesler Residential Learning Center. The approximately $8 million state-of-the-art facility was designed to house 150 students and currently has 130 residents.

In September, 2006, the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority (ODFA), acting on behalf of SSC, issued revenue bonds for the construction of new residence hall. This past spring semester, students moved into the housing facility.