2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
    Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Services, Activities, and Programming



Archives

The Archivist collects and maintains materials which document the history, growth, and development of the University and its predecessor institutions, their programs, administrators, students, faculty, and alumnae/i. The Seton Hill University Archives is the official record-keeping center on campus.

The Archives houses records, in a variety of formats, pertaining to: students, Board of Trustees, presidents, administrators, and administrative offices. Also collected is information about the alumnae/i, faculty, curriculum, and academic divisions and departments. Some information on Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the patroness of the University, and the Sisters of Charity, the founders of the University, is also collected. The Archives is located on the ground floor of Brownlee Hall.

Athletics

Seton Hill is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The athletic programs at Seton Hill University allow students to participate in intercollegiate and recreational sports throughout the academic year. Seton Hill offers women’s athletic programs and men’s athletic programs at the intercollegiate level. During the fall semester, Seton Hill competes in football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s golf, and women’s equestrian events. Intercollegiate sports during the winter season include wrestling and men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field, while the spring semester offers baseball, softball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s tennis, and women’s golf, and equestrian events.  A co-ed ESports team competes in both the spring and fall semesters.  Intramural sports occur throughout the academic year in flag football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, yard games and other indoor and outdoor activities.

The McKenna Center includes a gymnasium, coaches’ offices, training rooms, weight room, locker rooms, and an indoor running track. Outdoor amenities include two multi-sport turf fields. A field house overlooks the fields and houses a training room, weight room, and locker rooms for home and visiting teams. There are also a softball field and a practice field available to all students. Sullivan Hall is utilized for additional athletic activities.

Bookstore

Textbooks, supplies, clothing, and sundries may be purchased at the bookstore on campus. The bookstore accepts cash, personal checks (with a current driver’s license or state identification card), VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The website for the Seton Hill Bookstore is www.setonhill.bkstr.com.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry, while Catholic in orientation, provides opportunities for students of all denominations to enrich their university experience by participation in prayer and worship, community service, social responsibility, and, in general, sharing the gifts of faith with the entire university community. The Campus Ministry staff welcomes diverse sensibilities and encourages a range of religious and spiritual expressions in an environment rooted in ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue. All students are invited to participate in Campus Ministry.

Campus Police

To ensure the utmost protection for students, Seton Hill University maintains a Department of Public Safety. As an essential part of the total university security, a campus-wide communication network is available to students via any campus phone. The security phones located throughout the campus filter into the network system. When needed, a police officer can be dispatched to any location within a matter of seconds. A 24-hour on-call staff person is available seven days per week. Security policies and procedures and crime statistics are available in accordance with PA Act 173 and the Student Right to Know Act.  Please visit the Campus Safety page and the Institutional Health and Safety Policies on PolicyTech for additional Information.

Career and Professional Development Center

The Career and Professional Development Center provides assistance to students to enhance their liberal arts education by developing the skills needed to be marketable for employment or pursuing graduate-level education. Seton Hill University is one of a select number of colleges and universities nationally that integrates the development of career readiness skills as part of the University’s curriculum. The Career and Professional Development Center reinforces career readiness skill development by partnering with local and regional employers who value and encourage career development in the internship and employment opportunities they offer to students.

Career development begins when a student enters the University and continues as a lifelong career management process. This process promotes a high level of self-knowledge, career competency through self-assessment, career exploration, and decision-making, and job-search skill development.

Services provided by the Career and Professional Development Center include:

  • major and career exploration
  • resume and career document development
  • interviewing preparation
  • networking guidance
  • internship and job search strategies and resources
  • graduate and professional school planning

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center is a preschool dedicated to providing an excellent education for children ages three to five and their families as well as serving as a learning laboratory for future teachers and social scientists.

The Child Development Center has been accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs since 1994. The Academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an organization that establishes guidelines for excellence in Early Childhood Programs. Additionally, the center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Private Academic School.

Community Service

Students are encouraged to study peace and justice issues at Seton Hill and to think about how they can have a creative effect on the world. The Office of Service Experience provides opportunities for students to train for, participate in, and reflect upon meaningful service to the community. These include aiding the very young and the elderly, the unemployed and economically disadvantaged, the homeless, and the handicapped. Students enrich their own lives while helping others in the search for justice and liberation.

Commuter Student Services

Commuter students have access to all campus services and are encouraged to participate in campus organizations and activities. Services including lounge areas, Community Ambassadors, meal plans, lockers, and mailboxes are available for commuting students. Contact the Office of Residence and Commuter Life with any questions or concerns.

Counseling

Professional counselors are available to provide programs and services that enable students to learn more about themselves, assess their potential, and develop goals. Counseling activities focus on conducting individual sessions, facilitating support groups, presenting workshops, and referral services to professional agencies outside of the University community. The counselors respond to students’ requests for assistance related to topics such as anxiety, alcoholism, family challenges, drug abuse, depression, stress, relationships, and sexuality. All services are confidential and free.

Counseling center staff also administer alcohol and drug abuse prevention education individually and in groups, using evidence-based methods and materials to encourage all students to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

 

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is staffed by the Director of Disability Services and the Coordinator of Disability Services. Any student with a diagnosed disability who is interested in supportive services and accommodations must provide the Director with current documentation of the disability. Documentation should include a diagnosis and the functional limitations or impact that the diagnosis has on the student. Students seeking support should then schedule to meet with the Director to review the documentation and, if eligible, participate in the development of an accommodation plan.  Upon acceptance to Seton Hill, it is recommended that students who are requesting accommodations for the first time meet with the Director, at least 60 days before the start of the semester in order to provide sufficient time to submit all the necessary documentation, have it reviewed and learn about the differences in the accommodation processes at college vs K-12. Once eligibility for accommodations is established, students will need to meet with the Director or Coordinator at the start of each semester to discuss the accommodations that are needed for each of their courses that semester.  All services are confidential, individually derived, and documentation-driven.  Please note that accommodations are not retroactive so early contact is encouraged.

Groups and Organizations

With over sixty (60) registered student organizations at Seton Hill, there is almost certainly a group for everyone.  Whether focused on academics, faith, identity, social or professionalism, all of our student organizations contribute to create the community we have at the Hill.  You can find information on student groups and organizations at Seton Hill by visiting SHINE: Seton Hill’s Internal Network for Engagement at setonhill.campuslabs.com.  Students who are interested in starting a new organization can reach out to the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement by emailing studentinvolvement@setonhill.edu.

Health Services

Health Services is staffed by a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and two Registered Nurses. Comprehensive, evidence-based, and confidential health care is provided to all part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Services include point-of-care testing; laboratory/phlebotomy services; acute illness management;
injury care; allergy injections and specialized injections; Tuberculosis (TB) screening by PPD skin test; health education; and referrals to other disciplines. All incoming students are required to upload documentation of university required immunizations to Med Proctor and complete the on-line Health History and TB Risk Assessment Form

Library (Reeves Memorial Library at the Learning Commons)

At the center of the Seton Hill campus is Reeves Learning Commons at Reeves Hall. Located in the Commons, Reeves Memorial Library serves as the information center of the campus for students, faculty, and staff alike. The library makes available a collection of approximately 150,000 items. These holdings are available in many formats including books, ebooks, periodicals (mainly electronic subscriptions), research databases, educational and entertainment DVDs, and CDs. Access to information is made easy through the Polaris automated library system, and the majority of the library’s services are available online.

The library offers quiet study areas in the Reading Room and the O’Hara Room, both of which are located on the lower level of the building. The in-house collection of monographs is housed in state-of-the-art compact shelving units to free up additional space for patron use. With the addition of new furniture all spaces are open and inviting. To retain the charm and history of the previous incarnations of Reeves Memorial Library some of the older furniture has been refinished and integrated throughout the Commons. The main floor has been transformed into an area for collaborative work while also offering rooms that can be reserved for individual and group study.

Among the online products offered are: EBSCOhost (25 databases), Hoover’s Online, JSTOR, Nexis Uni, Medline, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Naxos Music Library, Oxford Music Online, and Political Science Database. These databases offer thousands of abstracts, newspaper articles, and legal and medical information, many of which are full-text, to further enhance the library’s holding.

With an emphasis on service, the library staff works in collaboration with Seton Hill’s faculty to provide a comprehensive information fluency instruction program. Each element of the Liberal Arts Curriculum offers an aspect of research and critical thinking to broaden students’ capabilities in gathering, evaluating, and applying information.  The librarians also provide LibGuides that assist students in locating information on various subjects, classes, and majors.

As part of the growing world of information, the library offers its patrons interlibrary loan service for books and journal articles. Also reciprocal borrowing privileges are in place through an agreement with the Westmoreland Academic Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program that is comprised of: St. Vincent College; the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg; Westmoreland County Community College; and Seton Hill University. Borrowing privileges are also available at any of the Penn State campus libraries.

National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education

Seton Hill University established its National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) on the anniversary of Kristallnacht (November 9), 1987, in response to the urging of Pope John Paul II to recognize the significance of the Holocaust (Shoah), and to “promote the necessary historical and religious studies on the event which concerns the whole of humanity today” (Letter to Archbishop John L. May, 1987).

The mission of the Center is to counter anti-Semitism and to foster Catholic-Jewish relations by making fruits of Holocaust scholarship accessible to educators at every level, especially in Catholic colleges and universities throughout the United States. To this end, the Center sustains a vital cooperative program with Yad Vashem in Israel and designs events to assist educators in shaping appropriate curricular responses for students.

Nowhere has the Center’s impact been felt more directly than at Seton Hill itself. Twenty-three Seton Hill faculty and staff members have participated in the Center’s premiere program, the Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies, a graduate-level summer institute in Israel. Consequently, faculty have developed a program in Genocide and Holocaust Studies consisting of two components, an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate program, offered completely online. Not only does this program support the mission of the Center and the University, but it also serves as a valuable resource for teachers, professors, students - anyone interested in the causes and consequences of genocide.

The Center is deeply concerned with the rise of antisemitism, racism, and other forms of hatred in the United States and around the world. Its programs are designed to raise awareness of these issues, and provide educators with resources that are effective in teaching students about these vital topics.

The work of the Center is greatly enhanced by generous grants from Ethel LeFrak and from Hans and Leslie Fleischner.

The NCCHE provides Seton Hill students with many programs and resources including the following.

  • Annual Kristallnacht Remembrance Service (fall semester);
  • Annual Yom HaShoah - Westmoreland Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Program (spring semester);
  • Special exhibits, plays, and concerts in cooperation with academic departments;
  • Triennial Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education conference;
  • The Eva Fleischner Lecture Series;
  • Internship opportunities with the Center;
  • Genocide and Holocaust Collection including the Karen Rachel Hurwitz Collection of Children’s Holocaust Literature;
  • Permanent exhibit of archival photographs depicting women and children in the Holocaust.

In summary, the NCCHE seeks to eradicate prejudice and to promote peace, truth, and justice. We welcome students to participate in the Center’s programs and events.

New Student Orientation

Traditional Students:

New Student Orientation initiatives are meant to welcome students (traditional new students and transfer students) into the Seton Hill community. New traditional students and transfer students are required to attend a Setonian Orientation Day before their first semester on campus, to begin the transition to Seton Hill and to be registered for the first semester. Welcome Weekend is the next part of orientation that is required for all incoming traditional and transfer students. Welcome Weekend is held during the weekend before classes start in the Fall Semester. Various activities and events are planned to help new students make connections with each other, with upper-class students, as well as with various faculty and staff members. Highlights of Welcome Weekend include: Mass on the Grass; Playfair, an activity where all of the incoming students have a chance to meet one another in a fun and high energy environment; the annual Class Photograph; Connections class meetings; and fireworks.  Orientation Leaders (OLs) are upper-class students that assist new students throughout Welcome Weekend and in the days following. Each new student is assigned to an OL that provides assistance with the adjustment to college life on the hill.

Online and Graduate Students:

All learners, whether taking classes online or on campus, are welcomed and oriented to Seton Hill University. In-person orientation is held prior to the start of each semester for those who are more local. An online orientation is offered through Canvas and is continuously available as a resource.

Office of Diversity, Inclusion and International Services

The Office provides services to assist all domestic multicultural and international students so that they can be successful at Seton Hill University. The staff assists students with personal and social matters and serve as liaisons between all international students (graduate and undergraduate) and the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, including the creation and maintenance of all records to assure compliance with relevant laws and regulations. Additionally, the staff provides cultural programming for the campus community and advises the Black Student Union (BSU), Multicultural and International Student Organization and PRIDE.

Post Office

The Post Office, located on the ground floor passage between the Administration Building and Maura Hall, receives mail from the U.S. Postal Service daily and distributes it each morning. Intra-university mail is distributed to campus boxes throughout the day. Resident students are automatically assigned mailboxes with their housing information. Commuting students are assigned mailboxes upon request through the Office of Residence Life. All students are expected to check their mailboxes weekly.

Residence Life

For students living on campus, the Residence Life Staff plays a vital role. The staff strives to create an environment that is conducive to living and learning both in and out of the classroom. The staff works closely with campus residents to promote a positive sense of community through encouraging personal and professional growth, building interpersonal and intercultural relationships, instilling accountability, creating opportunities for leadership, and preparing students to be fit for the world in which they live.  For information on Seton Hill Residence Life Policies, please click here.

Student Involvement

There is no shortage of opportunities for students to get involved on campus through campus programming, trips, intramural sports and fitness programs, and student leadership development. 

The Seton Hill Programming Board (SHPB) collaborates with the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement to host a variety of events both on and off campus. Programs include social events like monthly karaoke and campus carnivals, expressive events like Drink ‘n Doodle led by fellow Seton Hill students, and make and take events. SHPB also plans trips away from campus where students can explore all that southwestern Pennsylvania has to offer through cultural, athletic, artistic, and educational trips. The Mystery Trip every spring allows students to sign up for a trip and not learn where they’re going until they get on the bus that day. 

Intramural sports are offered regularly and give students an opportunity to compete against others on campus in a fun and friendly atmosphere. There is also a game room called the Griffin’s Lounge in Sullivan Hall where students can plan poll, ping pong and air hockey when the building is open. Fitness programs like yoga and dance fitness classes allow students to exercise in group situations and focus on their physical well-being.


Students who are looking to further their leadership development can get involved with student governance, the Student Affairs marketing team or simply attend student leadership programming hosted regularly throughout the year by the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement.

Technology

Mobile Learning @ the Hill

Seton Hill’s Mobile Learning @ the Hill program provides our students and faculty with the best in mobile technology and everything they need to use it with ease, from a robust campus-wide wireless network to specially-trained technical support.

Other Technologies

To complement mobility, Seton Hill makes use of many web-enabled products. Products and services include a student/faculty/staff information system coupled with course management which encourages interactive communication, Canvas, Gmail and Google Docs.

Most classrooms are equipped with multimedia podiums. 

Specialized studios that support media production are located in the Reeves Memorial Library Learning Commons:

  • The Media Studio and Sound Booth: The Media Studio is a fully-functional media recording studio. Equipped with a green screen and recording equipment such as video cameras, portable lighting, microphones, etc., the Media Studio supports learners in the creative development of multimedia projects and presentations. An editing hub equipped with iMac computers and video-editing software/hardware provides learners with the ability to edit their presentations for a professionally finished product.
  • The Podcasting Studios: Two podcasting studios are also available to the learning community. Each studio is equipped with a 27” iMac computer, boom microphone, and Primacoustic London Studio Kit. The podcasting studios provide learners with the soundproof space and necessary tools to leverage the medium of podcasting in their learning activities. Using state-of-the-art microphones, laptops, and recording software, students are able to create and publish podcasts on a variety of topics depending on their interests and needs. The podcasting studios also serve as audio and video editing suites where learners may develop and produce media projects.

The Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities was established to create a competitive niche for Seton Hill University as a leader in entrepreneurial education and increase visibility across Seton Hill’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The services provided by the Wukich Center complement and further enhance the entrepreneurship curriculum offered by the undergraduate and graduate Seton Hill University programs. The Wukich Center focuses on helping students and alumni transform their business ideas into fully operating businesses by utilizing the guidance of experienced, successful entrepreneurs via the Entrepreneur-in-Resident (EIR) program. Additionally, the Wukich Venture Fund was established to help finance student start-up businesses. The Center also employs a Wukich Scholar to support faculty research as well as support various events and activities out of the Center such as our Entrepreneurs Club, Elevator Pitch Competition, Business Model Competition, and leadership lectures series.