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Update from the President

Dear Wheeling Family,

The University began a four-day workweek this week!  Offices around campus are now open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with the campus closed on Fridays. I find the adjusted hours to be a wonderful opportunity to provide our employees with the enjoyment of a three-day weekend. Essential services, such as security and housekeeping/maintenance, will continue to provide normal coverage to the University. The campus will operate under regular working hours during the week of June 19-23, which is the week of Alumni Weekend. We will observe this schedule on a six-week trial basis and will evaluate the Summer hours prior to the week of July 10 to determine if the four-day workweek will be continued through the remainder of the Summer.  

Our first term of Summer courses is underway. Students – current, incoming, and rising high school seniors – who wish to take summer courses still have time to register for upcoming Summer sessions. Summer classes are offered at a discounted rate and are perfect for students wanting to graduate early or jump-start their academic careers. These classes are available online, making it more convenient for students to take a class while at home for the Summer. To inquire about summer classes or to register for courses, contact the Academic Affairs Office at 304-243-2321.

I would like to remind any student who has an outstanding account balance that they need to have a zero balance before they can register for classes and move into residence halls for the Fall semester. Students with questions about their account should contact Walker Polivka at 304-243-2389. Walker can also assist anyone wishing to make a payment or anyone who would like to set up a payment plan.

Work continues around campus to prepare our grounds and residence halls for a number of camps we will be hosting in July and August. Our camps kick off July 8th and run through August 5th. Once again, this year, all the participants for the annual Rudy Mumley OVAC Football Game will come to campus on July 16th. The football players for the West Virginia and Ohio teams, along with coaches, band members, and cheerleaders will stay on campus to prepare for the game that will be played at Wheeling Island Stadium on Saturday, July 22nd. This will be our largest camp of the summer. This year, we will welcome back to campus GenOn, a Christian youth camp, for the first time since COVID hit. These camps allow us to showcase our campus and University to hundreds of prospective students – each of whom will receive admissions information during their visit!

I had the opportunity this week to attend the Appalachian College Association annual meeting. This meeting was held at ACA member institution Tusculum University in Greenville, Tennessee. I had the chance to talk with presidents and senior leadership from the 33 other ACA institutions. This consortium of four-year liberal arts schools from across Appalachia supports the delivery of higher education opportunities to the people who live in this region. During the meeting, I was honored to be elected chair of the ACA Board of Directors. I look forward to serving as chair and using the next two years to share how Wheeling serves the educational needs of residents in this area.

Please note that our food service friends at Aladdin will be closed the week of June 5-8. No meals will be served in the Benedum Room during this period.

Monday our nation marks Memorial Day – a special holiday when we remember and honor those men and women who gave their lives for our country. Each of us should be forever grateful for their bravery and sacrifice to protect our freedom. I hope you will take time this weekend to remember our fallen heroes and to pray for all those who serve our country today. May their courage and dedication never be forgotten.

With gratitude,

Ginny R. Favede 
President, Wheeling University