Homecoming Week


Workforce Story Driven Business Workshop
Tuesday, Sept. 25

9 am-4 pm | Kricker Innovation Hub

Join us for a Story-Driven Business Workshop. This workshop gives you the control and focus to tell the right story to the right people at the right time, through the exercises of identifying the core needs of your customer, realizing your brand ideal and position, and crafting your compelling hero-centric story. Workshop is FREE, but requires registering.

Lunch Sponsored by Century 21 Commercial.

“Fake News: For Real” Workshop
Thursday, Sept. 27

1-2 pm and 5-6 pm | LIB 244, Clark Memorial Library

What is “fake news”? How would one identify it? What are beneficial ways to respond to it? Find out in a hands-on workshop hosted by the Clark Memorial Library!

Entrepreneurial Journey Speaker Series
Thursday, Sept. 27

6 pm | Kricker Innovation Hub

Featuring Sam Peters (Patter Fam Sauces/Food, Pastors Food Pantry & Simply Coffee).

Sponsored by Workforce Development


Friday, September 28


Show Your Shawnee Spirit
Friday, Sept. 28

All Day | SSU Campus

Shawnee State students, staff & faculty show your Shawnee State spirit by wearing Blue and Gray on Friday. Also, offices, areas and organizations can decorate campus to show your Bear Pride. Shawn E. Bear will judge for the most spirited office for a prize.

2017 winners:

1st Place – Office of Student Life
2nd Place – Clark Memorial Library
3rd Place – Vern Riffe Box Office  

Kricker Innovation Hub Grand Opening
Friday, Sept. 28

9–11 am | Kricker Innovation Hub

Join us as we celebrate the opening of the Kricker Innovation Hub. Don’t miss the ribbon cutting at 11 am! 

Engineering Open House
Friday, Sept. 28

2–5 pm | Advanced Technology Center

Check out the newly renovated Advanced Technology Center.


Mathematics Alumni Picnic
Friday, Sept. 28

3–7 pm | Earl Thomas Conley Park


Golf Outing
Friday, Sept. 28

5 pm | Elks Country Club

Shawnee State alumni, parents and students can golf 9-holes at the Elks Country Club.

Interested in playing? Contact Jeff Hamilton at or (740) 351-3393.

Sponsored by Shawnee State Athletics. 

Final Friday – Blues on Court
Friday, Sept. 28

5–9 pm | Boneyfiddle District

Join the Portsmouth community for their last Final Friday of the year. Free for all ages. Bring a chair and sit back, relax, and listen to the area’s best musicians and song writers. Stop by the SSU College of Arts & Sciences table to visit with faculty and other alumni!


SSU Bonfire & Pep Rally
Friday, Sept. 28

8-10 pm | Daehler Tennis Center

Shawnee State students come show your spirit at the annual SSU Bonfire and Pep Rally.

Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

$4 Movie Night
Friday, Sept. 28

11 pm | Republic Theatres – Portsmouth Cinemas

Shawnee State students enjoy $4 movie at the Portsmouth Cinema.

Sponsored by Student Life.

Saturday, September 29


Shawnee Showcase Day
Saturday, SEPT. 29

8:30 am–2 pm | Campus

Shawnee Showcase Day in an exciting Saturday event that lets high school juniors and seniors explore campus and all it has to offer on their terms!

Pick the sessions that excite you and talk to our student volunteers! At the conclusion, stay and help us celebrate Homecoming.

Learn more about Shawnee Showcase Day

Hosted by Admissions.

Occupational Therapy Alumni Day
Saturday, SEPT. 29

10 am-Noon | Kricker Hall Building

Shawnee State University Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) programs will be hosting their second annual Occupational Therapy Alumni Day.

Join us in celebrating occupational therapy practitioners from SSU, visit campus, see our renovated learning space and participate in a free one hour of continuing education event on mentoring. Learn more about Occupational Therapy Alumni Day

For more information, contact Kelley Frantz at (740) 351-3169 or

Sponsored by Occupational Therapy and Alumni Association.

Books & Brunch Library Student-Employee Reunion
Saturday, SEPT. 29

10 am | Clark Memorial Library

Calling all former library student-employees. Join the staff at Clark Memorial Library for brunch and check out what’s been happening at the library. 


Shawnee State Tailgate and Carnival
Saturday, SEPT. 29

11 am-5 pm | Shawnee Turf 

Join us for our second annual Tailgate and enjoy good food, refreshments, games and a good time.

A Reunion Years Tent, Bear Club Hospitality Tent, Manufacturing on the Go truck, Portsmouth Public Library’s Book Mobile, and inflatables and games set up for all ages. Local food vendors include Scioto Ribber, Gatti’s Pizza, Kona Ice, 83 Sweets, Coffee at the Loft’s and Jet’s Gourmet Popcorn with entertainment provided by DJ Drew Carter, and SSU Beer Garden for those of age.

Mingle with alumni, faculty, friends and students while cheering on your SSU Bears.

Sponsored by the SSU Alumni Association.

Annual Homecoming Parade
Saturday, SEPT. 29

Noon | SSU Campus

Shawnee State students, family, alumni and Portsmouth Community join us for our second annual Homecoming Parade.

Watch floats, student organizations and clubs, student-athletes, Shawn E. Bear, Buster the Plastics’ Robot and much more march through campus.

Interested in being in the parade? Contact Tiffany Hartman at (740) 351-3315 or

Sponsored by Student Life.

Women’s Soccer vs. Pikeville
Saturday, SEPT. 29

1 pm | Shawnee Turf

Cheer on the women’s soccer team as they face Pikeville in Mid-South Conference action. 


Homecoming Coronation
Saturday, SEPT. 29

3 pm | Shawnee Turf

The 2017-18 Homecoming Royalty will be announced.

Sponsored by Student Life. 

Men’s Soccer vs. Pikeville
Saturday, SEPT. 29

3:30 pm | Shawnee Turf

Cheer on the men’s soccer team as they face Pikeville in Mid-South Conference action.   

Men’s Basketball Alumni Game
Saturday, SEPT. 29

5 pm | Waller Gymnasium

All past Shawnee State men’s basketball players will take the court again in the annual Shawnee State Alumni Men’s Basketball Game.

Interested in playing? Contact Head Coach Delano Thomas at or (740) 351-3250


Alumni Soccer Game
Saturday, SEPT. 29

5:30 pm | Shawnee Turf

All past Shawnee State men’s and women’s soccer players will take the field again in the annual Shawnee State Alumni Soccer Game.

Warsaw Aquatic Center Dedication
Saturday, SEPT. 29

6 pm | Warsaw Aquatic Center

Join us for the dedication of the Warsaw Aquatic Center, the first phase of the renovations in the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center. The newly remodeled space will be home to Shawnee State’s men’s and women’s varsity swimming teams starting in fall 2019.

Renovations include upgrades to the pool, as well as the completion of new locker rooms for the men’s and women’s swimming teams. The pool will be open for swimming from 6–7:30 pm.

Sponsored by the SSU Development Foundation.

Alumni Social
Saturday, SEPT. 29

8 pm | Port City Pub

Attention all Shawnee State Alumni, join us at Port City Pub for food, refreshments, and fun! Shawnee State Athletics will announce the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees during the mixer.

Sponsored by the SSU Alumni Association.


Homecoming Dance
Saturday, SEPT. 29

10 pm | Morris University Center

Shawnee State students come out for the annual Homecoming Dance. Dance, mingle and have a good time.

Sponsored by Student Programming Board.