The SSU Basey Campus located in Brgy. Dolongan, Basey Samar was severely devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. Roofs, windows, doors of the buildings as well as the facilities in the campus were damaged severely. Estimated cost of damaged infrastructure and facilities totals PhP 16M excluding uprooted trees and agricultural crops planted in the 90 hectare campus. SSU Basey Campus has a total enrollment of 270 and could not hold classes until January 15, after temporary classrooms are constructed. The university has asked the government immediate financial support to rehabilitate the said infrastructures and facilitates. It also designated Dr. Felisa Gomba to lead the rehabilitation efforts of the campus.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) is the most active College of Samar State University when it comes to refereed journal publications, specifically in the last two years. For the first 3 quarters of 2013, CONHS was able to published three research reports in an international refereed journal.

Read more: 3 new refereed publications from CONHS

Publication in a refereed journal is one of the weakest aspects of the Philippine Higher Education Institutions. The Philippines has lagged behind our neighboring institutions even in the Southeast Asian Region. Publication is one of the major accomplishments of any higher education institution. It improves the academic reputation of a University which is expected to be active in producing new knowledge-based products.  By publication in a refereed journal, a personnel in HEI contributes to the body of knowledge. This new knowledge serves as springboard for others to the next level.

Read more: SSU refereed journal publication expected to increase next year

About 40 new project proposals was subjected to review this past two days. These projects either seek institutional funding or endorsement for external funing. This years IHR was participated by faculty and staff to include the VPs, Deans. Dr. Lebertad Garcia, The Regional Director of the Commision on Higher Education Regional Office No. 8 (CHED-8) headed the panel of four evaluators. Other panel of evaluators are Engr. Ramil Uy of DOST, Dr. Tito Cabili the R&D Director of University of Eastern Philippines, and Dr. Felex Afable, Dean of Eastern Samar State University - Graduate School.

Six(6) of the nine(9) of SSU projects entries to the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) 2013 held in Robinson's Place Tacloban City last August 19-21, 2013 was declared winners. The 3 projects winning first place in three categories will compete in 2014 at the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE 2014). During the NICE 2012, 1 SSU project represented Region 8 and was selected 2nd in the Sibil College Category and first place on two special awards.

Read more: 6 out of 9 SSU projects won RICE 2013, 3 qualifies NICE 2014

Nine (9) of SSU projects qualified in the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) 2013 which will be held at Robinson's Place in Tacloban City on August 19-21, 2013. The 9 projects includes 2 utility models and 7 creative research projects (sibol college category) namely;

Read more: 9 SSU projects qualified for RICE 2013

The university just concluded the 78th commencement exercises and investiture ceremonies last March 25, 2013 with a total of 684 graduates from the seven colleges and external campuses of the institution. This year ceremonies guest speaker was Hon. Angelo B. Palmones, AGHAM Partylist representative who was represented by its chief of staff Dr. Florentino Tesoro.

There were four PHD graduates degrees, 61 masters degrees, 607 baccalaureate degrees and 12 vocational courses graduates.

Research productivity was the major issue that has cropped-up in the two day planning workshop, the first of the several strategic planning activities. The government led reforms for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) specifically the State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) greatly emphasizes the need to produce knowledge-based products.

Read more: University officials pushes for more research productitvity

The VPs, Deans & Associate Deans, Directors, Heads of Sections, Program Heads, Research and Extension Directors attended a two day strategic planning workshop last February 21-22 at the CGS Multi-purpose hall of Samar State University. The said workshop was conducted to revisit and develop new set of strategic plans taking into consideration the challenges such as ASEAN 2015, CHED reforms, amalgamition or the regional university system, and the typology of universities in the country to name a few. The activity conducted was the first of the many workshop series to complete the development plan. At the end of two day workshop, the group was able to formulate and select three vision to be presented to an assembly and later to the clientile.

The Samar State University will undertake a two day planning workshop on February 21-22, 2013. The said activity aims to revisit the university's plans and re-align this to the current Higher Education Roadmap as well as the ASEAN 2015, Amalgamation, etc. The workshop will be lead by the President and to be participated by the VPs, Deans and Campus Directors, as well as Associate Deans, College R&E coordinators, program heads and officials of the Adminstrative department.

Mr. Ledoro Labrague of the College of Nursing was choosen as this years Best Oral Research Preentation Awardee during the 3rd international Conference on Multidisciplinary Research. Mr. Labrague presented the paper entitled Stress, Stressors, and Stress Responses of Student Nurses in a Government Nursing School. The conference was held at the Planta Centro Hotel and Residences, Bacolod City, Philippines which was organized by La Consolacion College of Bacolod last February 7th and 9th February 2013.