Jul 15, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Development and Support




Shawnee State University’s philosophy holds that there are opportunities for educational growth outside of the classroom. Shawnee State sponsors twenty intercollegiate athletic sports. In addition, all SSU students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of intramural activities.

Intercollegiate Athletics



Shawnee State University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA Division I) and the Mid-South Conference (MSC). As an NAIA Institution we promote the Champions of Character initiative; representing the five core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Currently, Shawnee State fields twenty varsity teams: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, cross country, indoor & outdoor track, golf, tennis, bowling and soccer; baseball, softball, women’s volleyball, and eSports. The athletic department strives to promote educational opportunities for qualified student-athletes in the field of competition.

Intramural Sports

Competitive experiences and recreational activities are a desirable part of one’s educational program. Participation allows development and appreciation of leisure time and a wholesome attitude towards physical activity and friendly competition.

The Intramural Department strives to provide activities of interest to the students of Shawnee State University. The department’s goal is to provide an opportunity for every individual to participate in some activity of his or her own choosing. Intramural activities are organized on a team and/or individual basis so that everyone can participate. Ability is not the issue; the only requirement is a desire to participate. The goal of intramurals is to enhance campus activities by creating a competitive and fun environment in which students can participate with or against their classmates.



The Shawnee State University Bookstore operates as a complete store solution for the convenience of students, faculty, staff, and the public at large.  The Bookstore provides both an online ordering platform for textbooks, as well as in-store supplies necessary to complete required coursework.  Also available are items such as calculators, laptops, computer supplies, art and drafting supplies, gift items, and a wide selection of imprinted campus wear.

Career Services and Workforce Development


Career Development is a process of self-assessment, career exploration, career decision-making, and implementation lasting throughout the duration of your role as a student. Whether you are just starting to ask questions about majors or careers, or whether you have a clear goal and simply need assistance reaching it, the Student Career Development staff can help pave your way to success!

The Student Career Development staff assists current students and alumni in the following areas:

  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Establishing and Implementing a Career Development Plan
  • Professional Skills Building (e.g. interviewing, networking, and more!)
  • Internship, Job and/or Graduate School Search
  • Resume and Cover Letter Development
  • Free Resume Printing Services
  • Comparing and Accepting Job Offers
  • Professional Clothing Closet and “Tiebrary”

The office is located in Massie Hall, room 124, and it is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Accommodations can be made for students who may not have availability during business hours. Contact the office by calling 740.351.3027, or email Careers@shawnee.edu or via fax at 740.351.3643.  For more information visit our website at ssucareers.com.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter Instagram, and LinkedIn.  Shawnee students also have an account on Handshake, the university’s caareer platform, which will help them to find a job and internship opportunities, set job alerts, network with employers and other college students, register for upcoming SSU career events, and make appointments with Career Services.

Through the university’s Workforce Development efforts, online training is available through partnerships with Ed2Go, Hondros, and Cisco.  Several Shawnee State credit and non-credit programs are approved for reimbursement through the Ohio Workforce Inventory of Education and Training, and the Kentucky Eligible Training Provider List, and additional programs may be added upon request.  In addition, students may be eligible for assistance through Community Action to help pay for tuition, textbooks, uniforms, and supplies.

Find out more about all of these programs by visiting ssucareers.com and selecting the Workforce Development tab.  Shawnee State is also a member of Ohio Technet, the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee, the Insurance Industry Resource Council, and the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, working with partners in education and industry across the state of Ohio to address the gap between the in-demand jobs that are available and the number of qualified pplicants 

Children’s Learning Center


The Dr. Miller & Genevieve Toombs Children’s Learning Center at Shawnee State University (CLC) is a 5-Star Step Up to Quality rated center serving children birth to age 12, operated in conjunction with Shawnee State University. Classroom teachers hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with expertise in the field of early childhood education; and, teacher assistants are enrolled as full-time students in education or a related field.

The Center serves both the University and local community.

Academic Support The CLC is an important resource for SSU students enrolled in education, social sciences, nursing, and occupational therapy programs. Clinical work may consist of field experiences, practicums, or internships in a specified area of study.

A Community Resource As a model early childhood site, the CLC may be the only point of contact for individuals not associated with Shawnee State University. It is for this reason that the CLC strives to provide positive and effective communication between the University and the surrounding community.

Program Options and Fees

The CLC offers two classes for 3-5 year olds, and two classes for 0-3 year olds.. The program offers year-round programming with flexibility to meet the needs of the university and the greater community.  The CLC also offers a school-age summer program for children that have completed grades K-6.  The CLC offers extended child care hours for enrolled children at a rate of $3.00 per hour for morning (7:30 – 8:30 a.m.) or afternoon (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.). As a full-day program (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) children attend two to five days a week at the following rates:

SSU Students/Staff/Alumni $28.50 per day for Preschool and $38.00 per day for Infant/Toddler.
Community $30.00 per day for Preschool and $40.00 per day for Infant/Toddler.

Fee adjustments apply based on Job and Family Services and/or Pell Grant eligibility.

For More Information

Amanda Hedrick, Director
Amber Hall, Secretary

Children’s Learning Center
Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662-4344

Phone: 740.351.3252
Fax: 740.351.3184
E-mail: ahedrick@shawnee.edu

Campus Counseling Services

Campus Counseling offers a wide range of free and confidential services including skills based workshops, therapeutic groups, individual therapy, psychiatry and crisis intervention. We believe in a holistic wellness model that includes achieving and maintaining optimal emotional health, growing healthy interpersonal relationships and the interdependence of emotional, physical and spiritual health. 

Campus Counseling Services

Campus Counseling Services (CCS) provides a broad range of services to the students of Shawnee State University.  CCS is located in Hatcher Hall at 1001 Fourth Street, Portsmouth, Ohio and can be reached by phone at 740-351-3608 or by fax 740-351-3551. Services are offered by licensed clinical counselors in a confidential setting. The focus of the services are developmental, remedial, and preventative in nature. Services are also available to any post high school student of the university community, whether they be full-time or part-time, and they are free of charge.

Students may be experiencing a personal problem, which they may wish to discuss with a counselor. The situation need not be desperate or overwhelming. However, understanding a situation before it becomes a crisis often prevents the onset of more serious difficulties. Initially, the student and the counselor work together to assess the situation, develop a better understanding of why it is occurring, discuss alternatives to rectify the situation and then decide how best to proceed. Occasionally, only one consultative session is necessary. Most often, the student will see the counselor on an on-going basis for several sessions.

Students who seek services present a range of issues and concerns. Some of the most common are:

  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, or anger
  • Stress from academic or personal issues
  • Misuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Problems with food and eating
  • Relationship troubles with family, friends, roommates,  or significant others
  • Anxiety when taking tests
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Coping with traumatic events
  • Victimization
  • Thoughts of harm to self or others
  • Adjustment issues

A full range of services are provided to address these or any other concerns that a student may be experiencing. These include:

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Relationship counseling
  • Relaxation/stress management training
  • Consultation
  • Substance abuse education/counseling
  • Safe sex counseling
  • HIV/AIDS testing/counseling
  • Skills development workshops
  • Education/prevention programs
  • Referral services
  • Psychiatric services
  • On-Line Mental Health Self-Assessments, e-Check-Up to Go (e-CHUG and e-TOKE

Regardless of the issue, help is available from qualified, concerned counselors. Often, finding a way to talk about and effectively deal with these issues can make a difference.

Campus Counseling Services, located at 1001 Fourth Street, Portsmouth, Ohio is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment. You are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 740.351.3608, but every attempt will be made to accommodate students on a walk-in basis. For additional information,including hotline numbers and after hours crisis contacts, please visit our website at www.shawnee.edu/offices/campus-counseling-services/need-immediate-help.aspx.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment?

A student may contact 740-351-3608, present as a walk-in and/or e-mail one of the clinicians to schedule an appointment.

Does counseling cost anything? 

No, unless the student violates student code of conduct and, as a result, is sanctioned to complete an online assessment. The cost for the assessment is $100.

What are CCS hours?

Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other times available by appointment. Students with pressing / crisis issues can walk-in to see a counselor any time that the office is open.

Who will know?

Anybody you tell. Services are confidential unless risk of harm to self or others, child, or elder abuse, court order (in some cases) and / or felony hacking into a database / computer (such as the FBI).

Where is CCS located?

In Hatcher Hall located at 1001 Fourth Street, Portsmouth, Ohio (on the corner of Fourth and Bond).

Why do students come and see us?

Depression, anxiety, adjustment to SSU, misuse of alcohol or drugs, problems with food/eating, relationship troubles, time management, grief or loss and / or unresolved feelings as a result of sexual assault, abuse or other life changing events.

What if I am concerned about a friend or family member?

Only SSU students are eligible to receive services at CCS. However, we are available for consultation and can provide information on community mental health resources. http://www.shawnee.edu/offices/campus-counseling-services/community-providers.aspx


Shawnee State University prohibits discrimination against any individual because of race, color, genetic information, religion, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status or military status.

The Office of Accessibility Services promotes equal access to academic material and opportunities by coordinating services and accommodations for students with disabilities.  ADA Compliance Committee ADA STATEMENT (2009): Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008 require Shawnee State University to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities which would not compromise the integrity of the academic program. Students seeking accommodations must meet with a Coordinator of Accessibility Services in Campus Counseling Services (call 740-351-3608 for an appointment). After meeting with the Coordinator, students are required to meet with their instructors to discuss the student’s needs related to their accessibility issue and present a form listing necessary accommodations. If a student chooses not to make a timely request for accessibility accommodations and/or fails to meet with the Coordinator of Accessibility Services and the professor, no accommodation(s) will be provided.

How to Request Academic Accommodations

  1. Student schedules to meet with he Coordinator of Accessibility Services via phone or e-mail.
  2. Student can complete an application for services electronically at https://cpsintake.shawnee.edu/Titanium_Web/, by logging in with their Shawnee network user/password and clicking #7 ADA intake, or by bringing a printed form to their scheduled appointment, or on orientation day. https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/6a48dac8-0130-48eb-852d-345025fc4578.
  3. Student brings documentation for intake process at first meeting with Coordinator.
  4. The Coordinator of Accessibility Services reviews the documentation and determines eligibility according to guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  5. The Coordinator of Accessibility Services provides the student with an approved accommodation letter after intake meeting for each enrolled course.
  6. Student is required to obtain approved accommodations every semester, preferably prior to the beginning of the semester or within the first week of classes.

How to Request Non-Academic Accommodations

  1. Student schedules to meet with the Coordinator of Accessibility Services via phone or e-mail, at least three weeks prior to the semester. Earlier is recommended as obtaining supporting documentation may require additional time.
  2. Students will complete a Verification Form and Request for Housing Accommodations electronically at https://cpsintake.shawnee.edu/Titanium_Web/ by logging in with their Shawnee network user/password and clicking on #10 ADA Verification from, or bring a printed form to their scheduled appointment. https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/860ee79d-f530-4280-892a-32f973d34c12.
  3. The Coordinator of Accessibility Services reviews Verification Form and Request for Housing Accommodations, as well as all supporting documentation, and determines eligibility according 5to guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  4. The coordinator of Accessibility Services contacts the Director of Housing if the housing accommodation is approved and notifies the student by e-mail.
  5. Student will meet with the Director of Housing and sign a policy agreement with the Housing office that outlines responsibilities for housing request.
  6. Student will submit additional requested documentation and/or records if needed.  Failure to do so may result in denial of housing accommodation.

For more information:

Accessibility Services
Hatcher Hall
1001 4th Street
Portsmouth, OH  45662
Phone: (740) 351-3608
Fax: (740) 351-3551
Michelle Patrick, M. Ed., LPCC
Accessibility Services Coordinator

Health Clinic


Your Health is Important!

We at Shawnee State know how important good health is to a successful education and career.  The Health Clinic at SSU is designed to help you maintain good health; to provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses; and to help you lay a strong foundation for the future.

Using the Clinic

The Health Clinic is located in Hatcher Hall at 1001 Fourth Street, Portsmouth, Ohio.  The Health Clinic takes appointments on walk-in basis and can be reached by phone at 740-351-4362 or by fax at 740-351-4365.  Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The Health Clinic is open to all SSU students enrolled for at least 1 credit hour during the current semester and all faculty and staff members.  Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm with patients being accepted until 2:30 pm.

Free Services Provided for Students:

  • Emergency, first aid, including treatment of minor injuries and basic suturing
  • ​Nurse assessment and evaluation
  • University-required immunizations
  • Health education, including nutrition, tobacco and alcohol/substance use
  • Minor excisions, incisions and drainage
  • Blood pressure checks/management
  • Sports, employment and annual physicals
  • STD checks (does not include off-site laboratory testing), counseling and treatment
  • Pap Smears (does not include off-site laboratory testing)
  • Tobacco cessation and counseling, referral to tobacco-support group
  • Medication review and management
  • Management and treatment of minor illnesses, such as UTIs, upper respiratory infections, rashes and stomach “bugs”
  • Headaches and other routine ailments

Additional Services & Fees:

Services for Faculty & Staff:

Faculty and administrative/ATSS staff may utilize the University Health Clinic as needed for the payment of $20 per visit.  These payments will be processed through payroll deduction, and employees will be required to complete a payroll deduction authorization form at the time the services are rendered.

Below is a list of services that will be excluded from the $20 fee:

  • Referral for hearing and vision screenings to off-campus resources
  • Blood pressure screenings and weight checks
  • Pap Smears
  • Breastfeeding/pumping support
  • Contraceptives
  • Health education and outreach
  • Nutritional information/advising
  • Routine immunizations (measles/mumps/rubella, tetanus, flu shots, Hepatitis A/B)
  • Confidential HIV testing and testing for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Tobacco cessation - information, materials, over-the-counter supplies
  • Substance abuse (alcohol, drugs) - information and referral

Employees participating in a medical Flexible Spending Account may request reimbursement of these fees using this form: AmeriFlex FSA Claim Form (www.shawnee.edu/offices/health-clinic/media/ameriflex-fsa-claim-form.pdf

For a quick reference guide of what expenses are eligible for reimbursement: FSA Eligible Expenses (www.shawnee.edu/offices/health-clinic/using-the-clinic.aspx)

Other charges may be assessed by the health clinic depending upon the services provided.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I take advantage of the services?

Just report to the clinic during regular hours.  You will need to provide registration information (name, address, medical history, chief complaint) and present your student ID.  Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.  Life-threatening emergencies are cared for first.

Can I get allergy injections/medications through the Clinic?

You may have these services at the Clinic if your family doctor has previously evaluated you for allergies, and you are currently undergoing treatment.  You will need to provide a prescription from your family physician.  Please bring your vial(s) of antigens and instructions on your first visit if you receive allergy injections.  We will store these for you and provide the injections according to the physician’s directions.

What if I need care above what is available at the Clinic?

We will refer you to the appropriate resource, depending upon the need.  This may include a referral to King’s Daughters Urgent Care Center, a specialist or family doctor at King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio.  Please let us know if you have another preference, and we will accommodate your request.

KDMC Urgent Care is open 24/7/365, and is located on the hospital campus at 2001 Scioto Trail, Portsmouth, OH.  More information about the hospital and the urgent care can be found online at kdmcohio.com

What should I do if I need help and the Clinic is closed?

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you feel your life is in danger or you are at risk of serious bodily harm.  Call your family physician or go to King’s Daughters Urgent Care if the situation is urgent.

Are there charges for services through the Clinic?

Clinic visits and some medicines are provided at no charge to students.  There are charges for those tests that are sent to an outside laboratory.

Payment is expected at the time of service.  We do accept many insurance plans, cash, credit cards and checks.

Are the records of treatment I receive at the Clinic accessible to my family doctor back home?

Yes, per medical records request.

Dean of Students Office

Dean of Students Contact Information

Morris University Center, Room 222


The Student Conduct Code can be found on the Dean of Students’ web page http://www.shawnee.edu/offices/dean-students/media/student-conduct-code.pdf.

The Dean of Students office provides assistance with many areas of the university community. The Dean of Students office has an open door policy, assisting with any issues which a student may have whether it be asking a question, or directing a student to the appropriate office for their needs.  The Dean of Students office aims to provide a friendly and kind atmosphere for all students.  The Dean of Students office assists with numerous issues involving students, but not limited to the following:

  • Academic faculty and student issues
  • Off-campus issues involving students
  • Area to discuss complaints, and offer direction in problem solving
  • Excused Absences for students
  • House judicial, health & safety, and misconduct files
  • Misconduct issues for on and off campus
  • Filing reports or complaints in regard to misconduct, harassment, or intimidation
  • Event planning for Safety Week, Orientation, Emerging Leaders, AHANA
  • Student Holds pertaining to Student Affairs, My Student Body, E-Chug and E-Toke
  • Student Code of Conduct (Refer to the Dean of Students’ web page)
  • Felon applicant judicial reviews
  • Felon check-in and informational updates each semester
  • Non-Academic discharges from previous universities, check-in and follow-up.

Event & Conference Services

The goal of the Office of Event & Conference Services at Shawnee State University is to provide our guests with an environment of excellence through unique and affordable event solutions.  Quality customer service is achieved through attention to detail, professionalism and high standards in accordance with the needs of our clients and the mission of the university.

Online Classes – Non-Credit

Online courses provide flexibility in scheduling and location.  All you need is access to the Internet.  Courses are designed for the student’s personal enrichment and professional development.  All courses are accessed through www.ed2go.com/shawnee.

Housing and Residence Life (HRL)


University Housing Policy

Shawnee State University is committed to the particular educational value that is provided by a residential campus community. The residential setting offers you an unparalleled opportunity to gain from the social interactions and other life experiences that characterize on-campus housing and dining.

As a condition of admission and continued enrollment, all freshmen students in their first year of attendance are required to live in university housing, to the extent that space is available, and to take their meals in dining facilities as provided in meal plans approved by the University. Exceptions to this policy include married students, single parents, veterans, students over the age of 23, transfer students, students living with their parents, and other extraordinary circumstances as determined by the Executive Director, Auxiliary & Business Services.

Research has shown that maturation compatibility among students is a significant factor in the normal operation of housing and a major determinant of student success and retention. Student housing complements that experience when the age range difference of students in a housing unit does not exceed ten years. Thus, housing applicants beyond the typical age range of 17-23 years need to demonstrate extenuating circumstances and receive approval from the Executive Director, Auxiliary & Business Services (or designee) to live in university facilities.

Housing and dining contracts are drawn for an academic year or a remainder of a year. All freshman are required to have unlimited meal plan; and, those with sophomore standing can choose between all residential plans.  Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to opt out .  Housing and dining rates are established by the Board of Trustees.

Non-exempt first-year students not residing on campus are considered in violation of this policy and may have their records placed on hold with the University, thus preventing future registration.

Living on Campus

The residence life experience is one you will remember for a lifetime, with lasting friendships, opportunities for involvement, and the chance to learn while living with others. Whether you are required to live on campus, or are simply looking at on-campus housing as an option, you will find that our convenience, service, security, and comfort make University Housing a great place to live!

Our apartments offer students an independent living style with HRL staff there to assure maximum safety and service. All of our apartment complexes are within minutes of any university building. Each apartment is furnished, and you will find many luxuries you would not expect in on-campus housing.

Throughout the year, the staff offers many events for resident involvement. Previously, the activities have included such things as sand volleyball tournaments, dances, time management seminars, and alcohol education. We try to provide opportunities for students to socialize and take a look at the issues that face them.

Shawnee State University provides apartment-style residence halls within walking distance of all campus facilities.  Students living on campus have access to a full service, buffet-style cafeteria in the University Center. 

Housing and Residence Life Information

Applications and contracts are issued for a two-semester academic year, or the remainder of the academic year in which the student applies.  First-time applicants $150 deposit, refundable (less a $35 administration fee) if housing cancellation notice is received, in writing, 30 days prior to first day of summer or spring semesters or postmarked no later than April 30 for upcoming fall semester.

For further information, contact the  Office of Housing & Residence Life at:

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-4344
Located in the Morris University Center, room 222.
Phone: 740.351.3222

Email: housing2@shawnee.edu





Please follow HRL link for current housing  and meal plan prices http://www.shawnee.edu/offices/housing-and-residence-life/media/room-board-rates.pdf .

On-Campus Dining

The Den

Located on the first floor of the University Center, the Bear’s Den is an “all you care to eat” establishment with 9 stations serving fresh and nutritious meals.  Our dining service features an appetizing menu that changes daily.  The Al Dente station features fresh baked pizzas, calzones, strombolis, and a variety of pastas and sauces.  In the mood for a classic cheeseburger and fries? The Grill Works station serves all your grilled favorites! Ginger’s Great Noodle Bowl is ramen your way.  Customize a ramen noodle bowl to your taste with your choice of broth and toppings!  Looking for an action-packed experience? Your dish will be made your way, right before your eyes, at the Showthyme station! Are you looking for home-style meals?  The Comfort Zone station provides all your wholesome comfort food favorites. Vegan or Vegetarian? You can always find plant-based meals at the Season’s Harvest station.  For those days when it is chilly outside, or you’re just in the mood, Mugsy’s has two soup options and a variety of breads.  Garden Grove features a variety of salad options, as well as pasta salads and fruit.  New Deli is a DIY deli bar that has an assortment of deli meats and cheese.  Got a sweet tooth? An assortment of cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats are also available.

The Bear’s Den is open from 7:00am - 6:30pm, Monday through Friday; and 9:00am - 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday. To get more information, or see daily menus, visit our web page at https://shawneestate.edudine.com.

Shawnee State University offers meal plans to our housing students as well as those students who are commuting.  Please visit https://shawneestate.edudine.com/meal-plans/, or call (740) 351-3222 for meal plan information.

Smith Coffee House

Located on the first floor of the Morris University Center, Smith Coffee House is a We Proudly Serve location, serving a variety of Starbucks favorites.  Enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee, fresh baked pastries, delicious salads, and made-to-order wraps and sandwiches.

Office of Student Life


The Office of Student Life provides resources needed for students to develop knowledge and skills needed for success in the 21st century. The Office of Student Life is committed to encouraging and helping students become involved in campus life through a variety of leadership programs and through student clubs and organizations.

Diversity & Inclusion

The office of Diversity & Inclusion addresses the issues of diversity and leadership and also encourages awareness and respect for other cultures. The Diversity & Inclusion office serves as an advocate for underrepresented ethnic minorities and students of color, women, and other student groups by offering educational and social programming aimed at personal development, retention, and the success of Shawnee State University and its students.

Diversity and Inclusion offers guest presentations throughout the academic year in celebration and recognition of various cultural and ethnic anniversaries.  The Diversity & Inclusion along with the Student Life office is located in the Morris University Center, Suite 222, Phone number: 740-351-3553.

Student Government Association

SGA is an organization formed by students.  The SGA motto is: “We the Student Government Association provide a voice for the student body to address and meet the needs as seen at Shawnee State University.”

Student Programming Board

SPB is an organization formed by students to promote student engagement through special events, entertainment, educational and cultural programming, weekend programming, and community service.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Becoming a member of the Fraternity & Sorority community at SSU will provide a number of experiences that will not only help prepare you for a career, but also for life. Fraternity and Sorority Life is about being a part of a value system where students strive for similar goals and share the same principles and values. A combination of academics, social life, campus involvement, and friendship can make your college experience valuable and rewarding. 

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is an interactive program for new students at Shawnee State University. A year long program, Emerging Leaders challenges students to develop their leadership abilities through workshops, presentations, service projects and retreats. The Emerging Leaders program creates an opportunity for first-year students to become actively engaged in the campus community through leadership development, civic engagement and self-discovery. It is through achievement, mentoring and co-curricular involvement that students experience an all-inclusive approach to college life.


AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) is a student organization that promotes Diversity and Inclusion.

Student Organizations

Students who join student organizations make connections on campus and maximize their college experience. Students are encouraged to join an existing or start a new student organization, develop leadership skills and promote their interests while in college. 

Campus-Wide Service Events

Student Life sponsor’s exciting, service-oriented events for students that take place throughout the academic year.  For example, join us for 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance in September; or, participate in our MLK Day of Service in February.

The University Center


Shawnee State’s Morris University Center was dedicated in the spring of 1992 and saw an extensive expansion and renovation project completed in January 2010. It is the hub of co-curricular activities at the University and a home away from home for our students. A variety of functions and services are provided at the center.

The second floor is home to the following offices: Admissions, Vice President for Advancement & Institutional Relationships, Student Business Center (Registrar, Financial Aid, Bursar), Dean of Students, Housing and Residence Life, Diversity & Inclusion, Student Life, Women’s & Gender Equity Center, Food Pantry, Student Programming Board, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Veterans Services, Development Foundation, Development, and Alumni and Community Engagement.

The University Chronicle


The University Chronicle—Shawnee State University’s official student newspaper—is packed full of news about the things that matter to SSU students, faculty, and staff. The Chronicle also provides a great means through which students who are interested in journalism and/or communications- related careers can build a solid portfolio that will help them find jobs in the future.

The University Chronicle is always looking for reporters, photographers, advertising sales reps, and layout/design personnel. Some positions are paid, while others receive college credit. If you are interested in becoming a part of the University Chronicle, please contact Melody Sands, faculty advisor, at 740.351-3349, or via e-mail at msands@shawnee.edu.

The Alumni Association


The Shawnee State University Alumni Association is an growing network of over 16,000 graduates. https://www.shawneestatealumni.com

The Alumni Association’s mission:
To support the growth of Shawnee State and expand opportunities for students and graduates.

Enduring Values
Pride: We are the torchbearers of institutional spirit, and leaders in encouraging loyalty and involvement, invested to advance the University.

Service: We are leaders in promoting the giving of time and talent in support of SSU, it’s students, and alumni.

Community: We represent over 16,000 alumni in the world and are dedicated to promoting a strong sense of community among the SSU family.

Relevance: We are committed to be a strategic and valued partner in serving, engaging, and enhancing the SSU community.

Join the SSU Alumni Association

Contact the Alumni Association for more info on volunteer opportunities, membership benefits, and a calendar of special events.

Honors and Awards

The Alumni Association Awards are presented annually.

Alumnus of Tomorrow Award 
Presented to a graduating student (from current academic year) who has displayed a commitment to his or her endeavors - academic, social, and personal - and who shows great promise toward his or her future endeavors.

Distinguished Alumnus Award 
Presented to alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated distinguished professional achievement, personal qualities, and service to Shawnee State University.

Medal of Merit Award
Presented to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated career achievements and outstanding performance in their profession.

Alumni Community Service Award
Presented to alumnus or alumna in recognition of their outstanding volunteer service and contributions to the community.

Outstanding Recent Graduate Award
Presented to an alumnus or alumna with their first baccalaureate degree from Shawnee State within the last 5 years, and who demonstrates the positive impact their University education has had on their profession and community.

Contact the Alumni Association

Shawnee State University Alumni Association
Berndt Development Suite
Morris University Center, Suite 205
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

Phone: 740.351.3081
E-mail: alumni@shawnee.edu
Website: https://www.shawneestatealumni.com

Kara Stump
Assistant Director, Alumni & Community Engagement
Shawnee State University
Office - 740.351.3081, Cell - 740.703.2151

Stay in touch with the Alumni Association:
Website: https://www.shawnee.edu/alumni
Email: alumni@shawnee.edu
Facebook: @ShawneeStateAlumni
Twitter: @SSUalumni
Instagram: @ShawneeStateAlumni

Veterans Services 

Shawnee State University has a long history of providing education to those who have served in the military. SSU is committed to meeting the needs of an increasing number of veterans enrolling in college.

The most important way to help veterans achieve their educational goals is to address their specialized needs by connecting them to identified services. The Veterans Services Coordinator at Shawnee State will work with the veterans to assess their needs and then coordinate the assistance for them.

The Veterans Services Coordinator also offers orientation programs for veterans, assessment of the specific needs of the veteran, a web site for veterans and families, an information resource library, and oversees the Shawnee Student Veterans Association and referral to other on and off campus services. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.shawnee.edu/offices/veterans-services/index.aspx

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center at Shawnee State was established in 2006 to help empower, educate, and advance women on campus and in the community. The goals of the Center include:

  • Increasing awareness of gender-related issues affecting the status of women within academia and the workplace.
  • Addressing through focused initiatives the specific concerns of women within Appalachian culture.
  • Providing a forum for discourse regarding issues affecting women at SSU.
  • Encouraging the establishment of academic courses and programs that provide the opportunity for concentrated study of women’s issues, while serving as a resource to the women’s studies academic minor.
  • Offering programming that increases the level of self-esteem and personal expectations of all women.
  • Creating an atmosphere where all women are valued, treated with respect, and afforded the same opportunities available to others within the university community.
  • Offering space for meetings, study, programs, and discussions.

The Center coordinates various activities throughout the school year to realize these goals. Faculty, students, administrators, and staff can opt to become a Friend of the Women’s Center to help plan such events or merely to support them. Contact the director for more information.

Currently, a women’s studies minor is available to students at SSU. The minor is designed to complement many existing degree programs. It enables students to study the roles of women in society and their various contributions over time. By doing so, students broaden their cultural and intellectual perspectives in significant and meaningful ways and, in the process, give themselves an impressive edge with employers. The minor benefits students studying for careers in politics, medicine, social services, education, law, and business, as well as those planning to pursue graduate degrees.

For more information

Jessica Pacula,M.ED. Director
Women’s Center, Massie Hall, Room 019

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-4344

Phone: 740.351.3738
E-mail: jpacula@shawnee.edu
Website: www.shawnee.edu/womenscenter

Our Commitment to Your Success

  • The goals of Shawnee State’s women’s studies minor include:
  • Fostering an appreciation of all women’s contributions to our society and the world.
  • Complementing and balancing existing programs and courses.
  • Fostering critical thinking about historical and contemporary gender roles.
  • Fostering critical thinking about society’s understandings of sex and gender.
  • Promoting an appreciation of diversity.
  • Promoting the equitable treatment of all members of society.