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Update from the President

Dear Wheeling Family, 

After a quiet start to the Summer, the campus is beginning to buzz with activities. 

Sunday our first camp of the Summer begins – iBelieve. The mission and outreach by this organization aligns with our mission – it was created to help provide opportunities for Appalachian youth. At this summer camp, the iBelieve Foundation will help these young people develop the skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for success in high school and beyond. We cannot wait to welcome more than 80 students, counselors, and educators to campus, and we hope they enjoy learning how to become leaders who effect positive change in their schools, communities and the region.  

The University will offer a free Healthcare Camp August 15-16, which is open to students in grades 8-12. The camp will be held each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for middle and high school students, interested in the health sciences, to gain medical knowledge and learn skills such as CPR and other medical assessments. The students will get an inside look at a medical helicopter, as well as use some of the state-of-the-art medical equipment inside the University’s Health Science Simulation Lab. In addition to our own faculty, Healthnet and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will offer instruction. We are grateful that the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will provide the funding needed for this exceptional educational opportunity for the youth in the Ohio Valley. To learn more about the camp or to register, please contact Jill Emery, Director of Nursing Programs, at

Employees in the CET Building are relieved that the air conditioning is up and running! We are very grateful to Bishop Mark Brennan and the Diocese’s Director of Buildings and Properties, John Reardon for their assistance in getting a new AC unit installed and operational. I cannot thank them enough for their support and all they do for our students and employees. 

Institutions of higher education nationwide continue to struggle post-COVID. In the past month, several public universities around West Virginia announced cutbacks would be necessary to balance budgets. This week, we learned that Alliance University in New York is closing. We have received inquiries from students at this private Christian university. Our Admissions team is fielding questions and assisting those students who wish to transfer make an easy transition to Wheeling University.  

I would like to remind graduate students that the University offers housing at the Steenrod Apartments. These fully furnished apartments are located in a safe neighborhood, a few blocks from campus. To learn more about the amenities, cost, and how to apply, click this link. Anyone interested in renting an apartment at Steenrod can call 304-243-2233. 

Starting Monday, the University will return to a five-day work week. Campus offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  

Finally, Homecoming and Family Weekend will be held October 7-9. I hope our alumni and families will return to campus for a weekend of activities and sporting events. A detailed schedule of events will be announced soon. 

May you find time this weekend to refuel your soul and thank God for the blessings He has given you. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

Luceat Lux Vestra!

Ginny R. Favede 
President, Wheeling University