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Weekend of Welcome

Weekend of Welcome is a time at the beginning of every year where we celebrate with, and welcome, all the new students that will be joining us for years to come. During this weekend new students will get to experience a number of things: from meeting other new students to learning the truths about the major they have chosen. It is both a weekend of preparation and one of enjoyment. We hope to see you all there!

WOW dates are August 24–26, 2018

  • Move–In for new students is Friday, August 24.
  • Returning students move–in is Saturday, August 25.

Events

Friday, August 24

Time Event
8 am – 5 pm Morris University Center Office Hours
8 am – 5 pm ITS Service Desk Hours
Clark Memorial Library (CML)
8:30 am – 1:45 pm New Student Housing Move–In
Morris University Center (MUC), Sodexo Ballroom

Students are required to check in at the Morris University Center prior to moving into their residence hall. See below for specific times.
8:30 am – 10:15 am Move–In: Campus View 100, 300, 700, 900, Tanner Place, University Townhouse A1–A4 and A13–A16
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Move–In: Campus View 400, 600, 1000, 1300, Bridgeview Court South, University Townhouse A5–A8 and A9–A12
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Move-In: Campus View 200, 500, 800, 1100, 1200, Cedar House and Bridgeview Court North
8:30 am – 3:00 pm Parking Permits
Morris University Center (MUC), Sodexo Ballroom Hallway

Bring your vehicle registration and driver’s license with you. More information is available on the Public Safety webpage
8:30 am – 3:00 pm Housing Parking Permits
Morris University Center (MUC), Sodexo Ballroom Hallway

ITS will be available for your computer and technology questions. For more information visit the SSU Information Technology Service webpage
3:00pm – 3:45 pm Family Farewells

Family members are asked to depart campus so students can attend WOW sessions as programming after this point will be designed specifically and intentionally for new students only.
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm WOW New Student Check–In
Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

Every new student will receive their SSU T-Shirt, Bears Backpack, ITS Flash Drive, BEARS CARE School Supplies. Attendance is required of all new students.
4:00 pm – 4:25 pm

Academic Truths 101: Get the truth about your major
Various Locations

Undecided // CML, Flohr Lecture Hall
* Who are unsure of major
* Still looking for a major
* Not accepted into a Health Science Program

Engineering // ATC 134
Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering, Environmental Technology, Plastics Engineering Technology

Fine Arts // UC 215
Digital 3D, Interactive Media, Musical Theater, Photography, Studio Arts, Graphic Design

Natural Sciences // MAS 203
Biology, Pre-med, Chemistry, Geology

Mathematical Sciences // MAS 204
Mathematics, Actuarial Science

English/Humanities // MAS 108
English Generalist, Culture and Media, Communications

Gaming // MAS 020
Digital Simulation & Gaming Engineering Technology

 4:30 pm – 4:55 pm Academic Truths 102: Get the truth about your major
Various Locations

Gaming // MAS 020
Gaming & Simulation Development Arts

Social Sciences // CML, Flohr Lecture Hall
History, Political Science, Psychology, Psychology-Pre Art Therapy, Sociology, Social Science

Nursing // UC 214
Associate Degree in Nursing (RN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), BSN Completion, LPN to RN

Allied Health Science // UC 215
Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technologies, Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS)

Rehabilitation & Sport Professions // KRI 250
Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Sports Management, BSOT/MOT 3 + 2

Education // EDU 126
Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Intervention Specialist, Middle Childhood Education, Secondary Education

Business // ATC 134
Accounting, Management, Marketing, Health Care Administration, Information System
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Bear Beginnings
Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

New Student Official Welcome from Faculty and Staff along with the Class Picture. Attendance is required of all new students.
5:45 pm Meet Your Welcome Ambassador
Check Your Name Badge for the Designated Location
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm VIP Shopping Night
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, MUC

Spoil yourself with a little shopping. Look for special deals and discounts for one night.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Bear Beginnings Breakfast
Bears Den Cafeteria, University Center

Start the year with the most important meal of the semester. Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new students.
7:45 pm All New Student Meeting
Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Theater

The Do's and Don'ts and What to Expect! Attendance is required of all new students.
8:30 pm SSU Bingo
James. A Rhodes Athletic Center

Join us for SSU's most popular game. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.


Saturday, August 25

Time Event
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Returner Student Housing Move-In
Morris University Center (MUC), Sodexo Ballroom
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch
Bears Den Cafeteria, Morris University Center

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new students.
12:00 pm – 4 pm ITS Service Desk Open
Clark Memorial Library
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Student Business Center Open
Morris University Center
12:00 pm Bus to Walmart
Morris University Center

12:00 pm (Leave SSU) – 1:00 pm (Walmart pickup)
12:45 pm (Leave SSU) – 1:45 pm (Walmart pickup)
1:30 pm (Leave SSU) – 2:30 pm (Walmart pickup)
2:15 pm (Leave SSU) – 3:15 pm (Walmart pickup)
3:00 pm (Leave SSU) – 4:00 pm (Walmart pickup)
1 pm – 5:00 pm Shawnee Crafts
Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Lawn

Create your own Shawnee masterpiece.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Dinner
Bears Den Cafeteria, Morris University Center

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new students.
6:15 pm Housing Students: 1st Building Meeting with Your Resident Assistant & Welcome Ambassador
Campus Housing

All housing students are required to attend the building meeting.

6:15 pm Commuter Students: Commuter Connect
Clark Memorial Library
7:00 pm Speak, Up, Speak Out
Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

This program is a required part of WOW for all incoming freshman students at SSU and is one of the most impactful events of WOW. Receive your SSU Stand Out t-shirt.

8:00 pm Bears Bonfire Bash
Beside the SSU Tennis Courts

Welcome to a night of music, games and bonfire fun! Sponsored by Sodexo Dining Services


Sunday, August 26

Time Event
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch
Bears Den Cafeteria, Morris University Center

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new students.
12:00 pm Bus to Walmart 
Morris University Center

12:00 pm (Leave SSU) – 1:00 pm (Walmart pickup)
12:45 pm (Leave SSU) – 1:45 pm (Walmart pickup)
1:30 pm (Leave SSU) – 2:30 pm (Walmart pickup)
2:15 pm (Leave SSU) – 3:15 pm (Walmart pickup)
3:00 pm (Leave SSU) – 4:00 pm (Walmart pickup)
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Magic the Gathering
Jazzman's Cafe, Morris University Center

Building decks, casting powerful spells, summoning monstrous creatures and battling new opponents. Bring your cards.
1:00 pm Sunday Game Day
Sign up from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Morris University Center Lobby

Cornhole Tournament // 3rd Street
Winning team wins two sets of SSU boards and bags. For new students only. Brought to you by SSU Intramurals.

eSports // Morris University Center Lobby
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Open Gym
James A. Rhodes Athletic Center

Shoot some hoops or play volleyball.
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm How to start a Student Organization
Morris University Center, Room 215

Start your own student organization or learn about organizations on campus. Meet the Student Government Association leaders.
1:20 pm – 1:35 pm Meet the Greeks 
Morris University Center, Room 214

Learn about the history and values of each organization.
1:40 pm – 1:55 pm Join the Student Programming Board
Morris University Center, Room 215

Be part of an organization that builds your resume, teaches you leadership and helps you make connections all while having a great time!
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Meet SAGA
Morris University Center, Room 214

Looking for an organization that supports the LGBTQ community? SAGA is open to all students.
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Money Matters
Clark Memorial Library

Credit Cards? Loans? How to better prepare yourself to graduate with as little debt as possible.
2:20 pm – 2:35 pm  Meet AHANA (Asian, Hispanic, African & Native American) 
Morris University Center, Room 215

AHANA promotes cultural and social awareness. AHANA welcomes all students to join.
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm  Don't Get Screwed
Clark Memorial Library

Tips for making good decisions and avoiding common mistakes students make.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Find Your Classes Campus Tours
Student Success Center, Massie Hall

Print your class schedule in the Success Center and have staff help you find your classrooms
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Dinner
Bears Den Cafeteria, Morris University Center

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new students.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm WOW Carnival
ATC and Administration Annex Lawns

Student Organization Showcase

Drunk Goggles Golf Cart Driving with the Department of Public Safety.

Safety Check - Meet the Department of Public Safety, Title IX Team and Counseling & Health Services.

Academic Programs/Office Showcase

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Party at the Library
Clark Memorial Library, 1st & 2nd Floors

Games, DJ, photo booth, food and fun! Hosted by the Clark Memorial Library, Information Technology Services and the Writing Center.

7:00 pm Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar
Alumni Green

Sponsored by the Portsmouth Area Arts Council & SSU

Student Life

Contact Information

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Office of Student Life
Jonna Cook
(740) 351-3392
studentlife@shawnee.edu
Morris University Center

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