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Update from the President

Dear Campus Community, 

Our students had the chance to showcase their scholarly work Wednesday when they presented research projects during the 2023 Student Research and Scholarship Symposium.  More than 65 students took to the Troy Theater stage to present projects that they spent months researching alongside faculty mentors. Students in Biology, Criminal Justice, English, Exercise Science, the Honors Program, and Psychology, as well as a panel from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, gave insights into their scholarly work. In all more than 20 projects were presented. I was amazed at the topics the students chose to explore and to listen to their conclusions. Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, Professor of Physical Therapy, who organized the very first Research Day back in April 1998, offered the keynote address. He talked about the importance of undergraduate research and the impact it makes on our student’s academic experience. I hope his words of wisdom will inspire our current students to continue to engage in research as a way to enrich their educational experience. Congratulations to the students on successfully completing and presenting their research, and a special thank you to the committee who coordinated this event.  

Voting for the 2023-24 Student Government Officers is open until midnight TODAY. Three students, Skylar Coogle, Eva Tolliver, and Tsigereda Mulgeta, are running for president, while Ashlynn Clark, Jade Miller, and Chief Chipfumba are candidates for vice president. Your vote will determine who will lead the SGA in the coming academic year, so, students, make sure to cast your vote before midnight! 

Members of the campus community have a chance to win a $75 gift card by filling out a survey seeking feedback from our food service partner – Aladdin. The survey helps Aladdin determine where improvements might be needed, and see what they are doing well. The survey rates such items as employees, the dining hall, food, and food offerings.  There is also a section for comments and concerns – good or bad.  I encourage everyone who dines in the Benedum Room to take this 10-minute survey.  

Alumni, employees, and friends can help the baseball and softball teams raise money by participating in their upcoming golf scramble. This event will be held on May 20th at Wheeling Country Club. To learn more about the golf scramble or to register for the event click this link. I hope members of this community will support the Cardinal baseball and softball programs! 

April 7 is not only Good Friday, but the birthday of a very special member of the Wheeling family – Fr. Jim O’Brien. This dear man has impacted countless lives during his 50-plus years of service to the University. Please offer a special prayer for Father on this day. If you would like to send him a card, you can direct it to his attention at Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore, Maryland. Happy Birthday, Father – may you have a wonderful day! 

Holy Week is upon us. The University will be closed for Good Friday, so this will be my final update before Easter. Holy Week is a time of prayer as we prepare for the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. During this time of new beginnings, may we open our hearts this Easter season to God’s grace. 

Have a happy and blessed Easter, 

Ginny R. Favede 
President, Wheeling University