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Update from the President

Dear Wheeling Family, 

The final weeks of the semester are here. There is so much happening around campus as this community prepares for the completion of the academic year and recognizing the Class of 2023. 

Each Spring, many of our academic programs host induction ceremonies into honor societies. This week Psychology and English held a ceremony to welcome their new members. Psi Chi, the Psychology honor society, inducted seven members – Savanaugh Anderson, Kenadee Burgoyne, Randi Holder, Alexa Marley, Jade Miller, Batson Sheets, and Kimora Ward. Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, welcomed five members – Caleb Berk, Rodney Jackson, JayLynn McClarren, Adrianna Patrone, and Batson Sheets. Congratulations to each one of these young men and women for achieving this academic honor. 

Today, we welcomed 28 new Cardinals and their families to campus for our first orientation session. Our Student Services and Admissions offices provided the incoming students with the information they needed before they begin their Wheeling University educational experience in August. The families were presented with an in-depth look at campus life, financial aid, academics, and our Student Success Center while having the chance to meet one-on-one with faculty.  Students also had a chance to learn about the Campus Activities Board, the Theater Guild, the Appalachian Institute, Black Student Union, Campus Ministry, and much more. It was a great day to welcome these new members to our family, and we cannot wait to see them back on campus in August for move-in day! 

To help prepare our students for the ‘real world,’ the University is hosting an Etiquette Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Troy Theater. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach them proper business dining etiquette.  While serving the students a four-course dinner, professionals from Aladdin will offer dining tips designed to refine their etiquette skills. Students are encouraged to dress in job interview attire. If you would like to make your reservation for this dinner, please email Amanda Maul at, no later than 11 a.m. on Monday. Students must make a reservation to attend this event. 

There is a great opportunity this May for Biology majors who are interested in attending medical school to attend a free online conference. Biology Instructor Troy Adamson is encouraging any student considering medical school to attend Marshal University’s Pre-Med Summer Academy. Wheeling students will hear from experts on how to become successful medical school applicants. They will be able to network with current students and administrators at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. This is a great opportunity to learn interviewing skills, receive an overview of the medical school admissions application, and learn helpful tips from experts on navigating the medical school admission process. Any students who are interested in participating must register by May 8th. Please click here to learn more about the academy and to register for this event. 

Recently Wheeling University students Batson Sheets, David Anayo , and Ketsia Abedi participated in a Holy Week Pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling. They along with students from West Liberty and Marshall University Catholic Newman Center had the opportunity to tour the Cathedral. Also, Bishop Mark Brennan welcomed the group to the cathedral rectory for lunch and fellowship. They shared with Bishop Brennan their stories of being young Catholics in West Virginia. I am grateful to Bishop Brennan for welcoming our students to participate in this Holy Week event.  

I am elated to share that today the City of Wheeling  announced that Fr. Jim O’Brien, S.J. will be inducted into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 10th. Father is one of 11 individuals that make up this year’s HOF class, representing Education and Religion. The induction ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at WesBanco Arena. I was not surprised to hear Father’s response to this honor was – “Certainly there is someone more deserving than I.” What an honor for a person who has made such an impact in the lives of so many since he arrived in Wheeling in 1962! Congratulations Father – your Cardinal family cannot wait to celebrate with you in June! 

John O’Donohue once said, “When one flower blooms, spring awakens everywhere.” This week, the warm temperatures and sunshine awakened the daffodils and other flowers around campus. This refreshing sight is a reminder of the beauty God bestows on us each Spring. 

May you have a wonderful weekend! 

Ginny R. Favede 
President, Wheeling University