Thanks to the support of people
like you in our community, Shawnee State University has grown
tremendously in the past few years. We now have nearly 4,600 students on
campus and more than 1,000 students living in university housing.
We want to continue to grow — for us, for our students, and for our community.
Our plan for continued growth is our Master Facilities Plan that was developed in 2007 utilizing the services of a professional planner and involving the entire university community, City leadership, and community members. This plan reflects our intentions to increase enrollment, provide enhanced living and learning opportunities for our students and tie our campus and campus community more closely to Portsmouth City Schools and Portsmouth’s downtown.
Two years ago we decided to move ahead with our request to close Third Street as we dealt with the need to accommodate an exploding enrollment, the need to provide a safer campus, the desire to have a cohesive campus environment, and the need to begin the process to site, plan, and secure funds, for a new classroom/laboratory building.
These actions are critical to our growth – and we believe that the growth of Shawnee State University is good for the community, and translates to jobs – both at the university and in the community; a more educated workforce which allows us to compete for jobs of the future; more money spent with local businesses by students and SSU employees; and an enhancement of the quality of life in our community.
Our request to close Third Street is now before City Council. We have prepared a fact sheet [fact sheet.pdf] with more information about what the closure of Third Street means for us, and our community. I ask that you consider supporting our efforts to expand across Third Street by voicing your support to Mayor David Malone or City Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to copy and attach this sample letter [letter.pdf] regarding the closure of Third Street.
Thank you for your continued support of Shawnee State University and our community, and thank you in advance for your support of our plan to grow.