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2015-2016 Shepherd University Catalog 
2015-2016 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Programs and Activities

The Student Center

The location 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, student clubs and organizations, committees, and Student Center staff make it the hub 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, Games Zone, TV lounge, several meeting rooms, Information Center with lost and found, and a variety of Student Affairs offices. A large screen TV with surround sound is available in the Ram’s Den.

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

The Student Center is home to Student Activities and Leadership, Late Night in the Zone, Campus Recreation, EMS Room Scheduling, and Conference Services.

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. 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, join the PB Facebook group www.facebook.com/shepherdpb or call 304-876-5326.

Leadership Conference at Shepherd

For nearly 30 years, 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. Activities during the conference range from large group sessions with dynamic keynote speakers to small, interactive group workshops. The conference is free and open to all students. Contact Rachael Meads at rmeads@shepherd.edu for more information.


Housed in the Wellness Center, the intramural program engages students in recreational activity through healthy competition in a safe environment. For team registration, calendar of events, or other questions, please stop by the front desk at the Wellness Center. For more information, please visit www.shepherdwellness.com or call 304-876-5005.

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 registered 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 registered clubs and organizations:
Accounting Club
Active Gaming Club
AIGA Graphic Design Club
Allies (Gay/Straight Alliance)
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honorary
Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity
Alpha Sigma Tau Social Sorority
Alternative Spring Break
Art Education Association
Association for Historic Preservation
A-Team Peer Leaders
Beta Beta Beta Biology Fraternity
Campus Recreation
Catholic Campus Ministries
Chemistry Society
Chi Alpha Sigma Athletics Honorary
Common Ground
Dance Team Connections
Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity
Delta Zeta Social Society
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Financial Planning Association
French Club
Game Club
Habitat for Humanity
Homecoming Committee
Interfaith Club
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
International Student Union
Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary
Lambda Chi Alpha Social Fraternity
Late Night in the Zone
Leadership Conference
League of Legends
Manga Anime Drawing Club
Multicultural Leadership Team
Music Educators National Conference
One Student Violence Prevention
Panhellenic Association
Performing Arts Series at Shepherd
Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary
Phi Epsilon Kappa Physical Education and Recreation Fraternity
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Phi Kappa Tau Social Fraternity
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Social Music Fraternity
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary
The Picket Newspaper
Pre-Law Society
Pre-Veterinary Society
Program Board
Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
Psychology Club
Ram Marching Band
Ratio Christi Apologetics Club
Relay for Life
Robotics Club
Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players
Sans Merci Literary Magazine
Scarborough Library Advisory Board
Scene Stealers Musical Theater Club
Security and Intrusion Detection Club
Secular Student Alliance
Shepherd Education Student Association
Shepherd Environmental Organization
Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity
Sigma Sigma Sigma Social Sorority
Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary
Social Work Association
Society of Composers Incorporated
Sociology Club
Spanish Speakers Club
Student Ambassadors Association
Student Community Services
Student Government Association
Student Life Council
Student Nursing Association
Study Abroad
Swim Club
Tau Kappa Epsilon Social Fraternity
Therapeutic Recreation Club
Theta Xi Social Fraternity
University Democrats
University Republicans
U.S. Green Building Council
Veteran Student Organization
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.shepherdbook.com.