SSU announces Pacula as director of Women’s Center


PORTSMOUTH – The Shawnee State University’s Women’s Center is up and running under the direction of new director Jessica Pacula.

Pacula earned her undergraduate degree in Middle Childhood Education from Malone University and completed her Master’s degree from the University of Akron. She has previously taught at SSU and worked as a tutor in the Success Center.

“I’m honored and excited to be further involved with SSU and the Women’s Center,” said Pacula. “I’ve been so impressed with all of the powerful events the center has hosted in the past and I can’t wait to bring new ideas to the table. My main goal is to keep this save haven for students open and running.”

The mission of SSU’s Women’s Center is to promote, advocate, educate and support the women of SSU and the community. It is a safe space created to support the female students with whatever they may need, be it a gender-related issue or not. Past services that have been offered are academic support, professional guidance, relationship support, self-imaging and identity support.

The Women’s Center will be hosting an event focusing on raising awareness about eating disorders during the week of Feb. 22 through 26. The event will be hosted in conjunction with the Department of Counseling and Health Services and the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

Pacula plans on hosting read-ins, brown bag lunches and inviting key speakers from the community or SSU to share in topics important to women, as well as adding a clothing drive, to the center’s activities for 2016. The Women’s Center also plans to work in collaboration with the student-led group, Women’s Initiative for Strength and Excellence (W.I.S.E).

The Women’s Center is located at Room 019 in the basement of Massie Hall and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon. through Thurs., and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

For more information, contact the Women’s Center at 740-351-3738 or email Pacula at jpacula@shawnee.edu.

• Meanwhile, Shawnee State University welcomes five new international students from the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan).

The new students joining the SSU family are Umer, Muhammad, Aisha, Fariha and Nida.

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program allows the international students the opportunity to develop a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values through an exploration and integration of the U.S. culture, while allowing for developments in leadership opportunities by becoming citizen ambassadors to increase diplomatic and development partnerships.

In addition to their academic studies, students will participate in performing community service and explore American traditions through the unique digital Cultural Passport to America program, which provides them with a framework for comprehensively exploring various aspects of American culture broadly and systematically.

Upon returning to their hometowns, Global UGRAD-Pakistan students will give presentations at local schools, Rotary clubs, elderly homes and other locations, about their experience and perspective regarding what they have learned about U.S. culture and values.

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). The goal is to foster mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations through a range of programs based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international educational and cultural exchange, and leadership development.

For more information about the program, visit: https://www.irex.org/projects/ugrad-pakistan. For more information about the ECA exchanges, visit: http://exchanges.state.gov.

For more information on study abroad programs available at SSU, contact Ryan Warner, Director of the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA), at rwarner@shawnee.edu or at 740.351.3127.

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