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2013-2014 Shepherd University Catalog 
2013-2014 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Programs and Activities

The Student Center

The center for popular social and recreational activities on campus is the Student Center. The Student Center provides resources and services which enrich the community life on campus. Various boards, students clubs and organizations, committees, and Student Center staff make it the center for most cultural, social, and recreational co-curricular programs.

The Student Center is the location of a dining area known as the Ram’s Den that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu items as well as snack food items. The Fireside Bistro, which has a coffeehouse atmosphere with comfortable furniture and a fireplace, offers gourmet coffee, pastries, and made-to-order sandwiches. Also housed in the Student Center are the Bookstore, Game Zone, TV lounge, several meeting rooms, Information Center with lost and found and ticket services, Rambler Card Office, and a variety of student affairs offices. A large screen TV with surround sound is available in the Ram’s Den.

The Game Zone includes eight bowling lanes and a large activity room with billiard tables, table tennis, air hockey, table soccer, and board games. The Storer Ballroom is available for movies, large meetings, and special events, and several meeting rooms are available for study, relaxation, or meetings of recognized campus organizations. The Student Government Association and Program Board offices are located in the Student Center.

Late Night in the Zone, a free program cosponsored with the Program Board, offers free prizes as well as free bowling and billiards, free food, crafts, bingo, special performances by hypnotists, bands, DJs, and casino nights. For more information about the Student Center, visit www.shepherd.edu/scccweb/.

Performing Arts Series at Shepherd (PASS)

The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd (PASS) plans and produces culturally diverse, high quality arts performances, workshops, and events that educate, enlighten, and entertain. PASS is committed to nurturing within all members of Shepherd’s community the sense that each individual’s story and each individual’s creativity are vital to our society as a whole. We seek to explore who we are, how we have come to be here, the traditions we have brought with us, and the ways in which we influence one another.

PASS’s multicultural, interdisciplinary programs complement Shepherd’s curriculum and offer opportunities for learning and growth outside the classroom. Through attending our programs, both students and community members are drawn into dialogues and come to a better understanding of themselves and one another.

Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID may receive one free ticket to each PASS performance at the Shepherd Bookstore on the ground floor of the Student Center. For information on the current season visit PASS’s website www.shepherd.edu/passweb/.

Student Activities Programming

The Program Board (PB) sponsors diverse, positive events that entertain and unite Shepherd’s community. From comedians and coffeehouse performers to special events and films, the PB provides free entertainment for Shepherd students and their families every week and cosponsors the Late Night in the Zone program with the Student Center. The biggest PB event of the year is Shepfest, the annual concert experience that brings the campus community together for a day of music, food, and activities. PB strives to provide a diverse array of events—by the students, for the students. The executive board is chosen through an interview process from applications solicited from the student body. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. To get involved, visit the PB Web site www.shepherd.edu/pbweb or call 304-876-5326.

Leadership Conference at Shepherd

For more than two decades, the Leadership Conference at Shepherd (LCS) has been bringing students together to develop leadership skills. Sponsored by the Student Life Council, LCS is a professionally-conducted conference for students that brings special guest lecturers, performers, and community leaders together with representatives from every campus organization and the student body at large to share ideas on topics ranging from art and creativity to multiculturalism, politics, and science. Activities during the conference range from large group sessions with dynamic keynote speakers to small, interactive group workshops.


The Shepherd University Intramurals program strives to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of all students by providing intramurals activities that are responsive to the physical, social, recreational, and lifelong education needs of the campus community as they relate to health, fitness, and learning. To sign up for individual sports, stop by the Intramural Office Butcher Center 222. For more information, call 304-876-5076 or visit our Web site www.shepherd.edu/intramurals/.

Religious Life

Shepherdstown has a variety of churches including Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed, and Roman Catholic. Synagogues and churches of other denominations are located in nearby communities. Various religious groups sponsor recognized campus organizations which offer many opportunities for spiritual fellowship. These organizations sponsor rap sessions, study groups, coffee houses, and other similar activities. Ministers from local churches serve campus students on an informal basis and are available for religious counseling or guidance.

Student Code of Conduct

The staff at Shepherd University assumes that students enroll with a sincere desire to become better educated individuals and to prepare themselves for useful, productive lives. The intent of the University is to facilitate student development in habits of study, application, self-control, integrity, honesty, and ethical standards by which to live and work. The University affirms that students have certain rights and responsibilities for contributing to their own personal growth and awareness within the framework of the campus community. The University reserves the right to take appropriate action, including separation from the University, for violations of accepted standards. All students are expected to be familiar with and are governed by the policies of this university, in particular the Student Code of Conduct, found in the Student Handbook, which includes a section on residence life policies. Handbooks are available in the Office of Student Affairs in the Student Center.

Student Organizations, Groups, Committees


Student learning is central to the culture of Shepherd University both inside and outside the classroom. Recognized organizations and clubs are an important part of this education since they allow students to gain leadership skills, to explore their values, and to begin laying the foundation for their professional careers. Adding to the richness of our campus culture, clubs and organizations, give students the opportunity to explore their own interests. Understanding the importance of diversity, we continue to work to engage and support a wide range of multicultural, academic, professional, Greek, social, philanthropic, political, cultural, recreational, spiritual, and athletic organizations.

Active recognized clubs and organizations:
AIGA Graphic Design Club
Allies (Gay/Straight Alliance)
Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Sigma Tau
Alternative Spring Break
Amnesty International
Art Education Association
A-Team Peer Leaders
Beta Beta Beta
Catholic Campus Ministries
Common Ground
Cross-Country Club
Debate and Forensics
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Zeta
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Habitat for Humanity
Homecoming Committee
Interclass Council
Interfraternity Council
International Student Union
Kappa Delta Pi
Lacrosse Club
Lambda Chi Alpha
Late Night in the Zone
Leadership Conference
Level Up Gaming Club
Mu Alpha Theta
Multicultural Leadership Team
Music Educators National Conference
Panhellenic Association
Performing Arts Series at Shepherd
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Epsilon Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Pi Kappa Delta
Pi Sigma Alpha
The Picket Newspaper
Pre-Professional Society of Shepherd University
Program Board
Psi Chi
Psychology Club
Ram Marching Band
Relay for Life
Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players
Sans Merci Literary Magazine
Scene Stealers
Shepherd Ambassadors Association
Shepherd Dance Team
Shepherd Education Student Association
Shepherd Environmental Organization
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Pi Epsilon
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Sigma Tau Delta
Social Work Association
Society of Composers Incorporated
Spanish Speakers Club
Student Community Services
Student Environmental Action Coalition
Student Government Association
Student Life Council
Student Nursing Association
Swim Team
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Theta Xi
United Brothers
University Democrats
University Republicans
U.S. Green Building Council
Women’s Field Hockey Club
Wrestling Club
WSHC Radio Station
Young Life

Identification Cards

The Rambler Card is Shepherd University’s official student picture ID and shows the Shepherd Identification Number (SID) on the back of the card. All students are furnished with a Rambler Card. Students are required to carry this card at all times. The Rambler Card provides secure stored value for purchases at properly equipped vending machines, copiers, printers, and other locations on and off campus including the Bookstore, Dining Hall, Ram’s Den, Wellness Café, and University Police. It also allows students to access their chosen meal plan. When student fees are paid, the Rambler Card also provides access to chosen meal plans, residence hall buildings/rooms (residence halls students only), labs, Health Center, Wellness Center, sporting events, and events for the arts, as well as other student activities and services. The Rambler Card is the property of Shepherd University, is nontransferable, and must be presented to University officials upon request. Lost/stolen cards must be reported immediately and may be replaced by paying a $25 replacement fee. For more information, visit www.shepherd.edu/rambler.