August 16, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Alumni Council formed at Shawnee State
The Shawnee State Alumni Council met on Saturday, Aug. 7 to
learn about alumni initiatives and to provide feedback and
ideas from an alumni perspective.
alums committed to a two-year term to develop several Alumni
Association initiatives. Additional Shawnee State graduates
are being sought to join the Alumni Council and many are
slated to join in the months to come.
for members include participation in the SSU Alumni
Mentoring program, on-campus Homecoming, and fundraising
activities to support the Shawnee Fund.
Association’s mission is dedicated to enriching the lives of
some 12,000 alumni, as well as current and future students.
attending the meeting and their year of graduation are Missy
Ankrom, of Portsmouth, 1998; Lora Mae Gampp, of South
Portsmouth, Ky., 2004; Brandi Harris, of Jackson, Ohio,
2009; Jonathan James, of South Point, Ohio, 2008; Stacy
Magnet-Clarkson, of Minford, Ohio, 1997; Kyle Martin, of
Portsmouth, 2008; Katy Mathuews, of Chillicothe, Ohio, 2004;
Phyllis Noah, of Portsmouth, 2006; Elizabeth Scott, of
Portsmouth, 2003; Roger Taylor, of Winchester, Ohio, 2008;
and Amanda Wheeler, of Ashland, Ky., 2003.
thrilled to have this great group of our graduates to guide
our Alumni Association into the future,” said Angela
Henderson-Bentley, assistant director of the Development
Foundation, Alumni and Retiree Affairs. “I look forward to
working with them as we work to grow both the Alumni
Association and the university.”
first meeting of the year, the council members were given a
tour of the campus and shown all the new additions including
the University Center.
Athletics Jeff Hamilton shared news about Bear varsity
sports and previewed Shawnee State’s first year in the
Mid-South Conference. He also talked about upgraded
facilities and venues, including Shawnee Turf, the new
all-purpose field that will be open for the upcoming soccer
season. Hamilton stressed the importance of alumni
participation in the success of SSU athletics.
Communications Elizabeth Blevins showed the Alumni Council
the impact of the University’s new branding and marketing
efforts are having on the growth and character of the
student population. This fall Shawnee State welcomes a
record 4,400-plus number of students enrolled for classes.
President Rita Rice Morris shared lunch with the Alumni
Council and spent time listening to direct feedback from
graduates. Discussion focused on ways the University can
better engage its alums and provide meaningful programs and
services to graduates.
Shawnee State’s executive director of the Development
Foundation, discussed the ways alumni can support SSU.
State’s growth and success is the product of students
investing their time and talents on campus. SSU alumni are
uniquely situated to continue to impact this growing
institution by taking part in the Alumni Council during a
time of significant forward momentum.”