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Let's get your college journey off to an outstanding start with Weekend of Welcome!

During this multi-day virtual and on-ground event, you’ll receive your official welcome to Shawnee State University, learn about the business of being a college student, and get connected to key student life and academic services. Oh, you’ll have lots of fun, too.

Our Weekend of Welcome is for all new students — whether you plan to live on campus or commute from home. WOW is designed to help new students make the transition to college life and everyone on campus celebrate the start of a new academic year. 

This year’s WOW is scheduled for Friday, August 20 - Sunday, August 22, but the dates are subject to change based on COVID restrictions.

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Friday, August 20

8 am-4:30 pm 
Morris University Center Office Hours  

8:30 am-3:00 pm
New Student Housing Move-In // Waller Street Parking Lots  

Housing students are required to check in at the Move-In Tents before moving into their residence hall. 

8:30 am-4:00 pm
Housing Parking Permits // Waller Street Parking Lots

Bring your vehicle registration and driver’s license with you. More information is available on the of Public Safety webpage.   

8:30 am-3 pm
Information Technology Services Support Table // Clark Memorial Library 

ITS will be available for your computer and technology questions. For more information visit the SSU Information Technology Service webpage.

4:15 pm-4:45 pm
Family Farewells  

*Family members, please depart campus so students can attend “WOW” sessions as programming after this point will be designed specifically and intentionally for new and transfer students only. 

Let’s Get WOWED

4:30 pm-4:50 pm
“WOW” New Student Check-In // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts  

Attendance is required. Every new student will receive their WOW T-Shirt. Students only.

*Parking passes will be available for commuters. ITS will be available for questions.

5:00 pm-5:40 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.  

5:50 pm-6:30 pm
Academic Truths 101 // Various Locations  

5:45 pm-7:45 pm
Bear Beginnings Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, University Center 

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new housing and commuter students. 

6:40 pm-7:20 pm
Academic Truths 102 // Various Locations      

5:45 pm-7:45 pm
VIP Shopping Night // Barnes & Noble Bookstore, MUC 

Spoil yourself with a little shopping. Look for special deals and discounts for one night only. 

7:50 pm
New & Transfer Housing Student Meeting- Building Bonds // VRCFA Theater

The Do’s and Don’ts and What to Expect! Attendance is required. 

7:50 pm
New & Transfer Commuter Student Meeting – Commuter Connect // Clark Memorial Library  

The Do’s and Don’ts and What to Expect! Attendance is required. 

8:30 pm
SSU Bingo // Alumni Green 

Join us for SSU’s most popular game where everyone is a winner! Hosted by SPB.  

Saturday, August 21 

11 am-1pm
Brunch // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC 

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new housing and commuter students. 

12 pm-4pm
ITS Service Desk Open // Clark Memorial Library  

12 pm-3pm
Student Business Center Open // Morris University Center  

12 pm-12:45 pm
Campus Tours // Alumni Green  

1:15 pm
Success Now // Clark Memorial Library  

What you do today leads to your success tomorrow.

2:30 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.   

3:30 pm
The Walk // Alumni Green

We get you to your successful tomorrow.  

4:15 pm-6:30 pm
Shawnee Crafts // Library Lawn 

Create your Shawnee masterpiece.  

4:15 pm-4:45 pm
Campus Tours // Alumni Green  

4:30 pm-6 pm
Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC  

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new housing and commuter students. 

6:30 pm-8 pm
WOW Carnival // ATC and Administration Annex Lawns 

Student Organization Showcase 

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

Academic Programs/Office Showcase 

6:30 pm-8 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. 

8:15 pm
Bears Bonfire Bash // Beside the SSU Tennis Courts  

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

Sunday, August 22 

11 am-1 pm
Brunch // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC 

12 pm
Bus to Walmart // Morris University Center, Pick-Up/Drop-Off Location   

Pick-Up Times
SSU Pick-Up Time Walmart Pick-Up Time
12:00 pm 12:40 pm
12:20 pm 1:00 pm
12:40 pm 1:20 pm
1:00 pm 1:40 pm
1:20 pm 2:00 pm
1:40 pm 2:20 pm
2:00 pm 2:40 pm
2:20 pm 3:00 pm
2:40 pm 3:20 pm
3:00 pm 3:40 pm
3:20 pm 4:00 pm
4:00 pm 4:20 pm
4:20 pm 4:40 pm

4:00 pm
Meet the Greeks // Library Lawn

Get to know our Fraternity & Sorority Life community on campus. Learn about the history and values of each organization.  

4:30 pm-6 pm
Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC 

6:15 pm
MANDATORY All Housing Building Meeting // Campus Housing 

7 pm
Shakespeare in the Park // Alumni Green

Free community event. Bring a blanket or chair. Sponsored by the Portsmouth Area Arts Council.