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Update from the President

June 25, 2021

Dear Wheeling University Community, 

Mother Teresa once said, “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”  

This week, Wheeling University and Belmont College brought Mother Teresa’s words to life by creating a new, wonderful partnership that will provide local students an affordable way to earn bachelor’s degrees in nursing and psychology. The 2+2 articulation agreement for nursing allows students to earn their Associate’s Degree at Belmont, begin working as a registered nurse, and seamlessly enter Wheeling to complete a BSN. While this pathway provides an affordable way to obtain a Bachelor’s in Nursing, it is an opportunity to train nurses who will stay in the Appalachia area to help combat the health care crisis that has stricken this region. Likewise, our agreement related to psychology will allow Belmont to easily transfer to Wheeling upon completion of their Associate’s Degree. This partnership will allow our two institutions to educate a skilled workforce to serve residents locally. Additionally, embedded in the Mental Health track is a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling offering psychology majors additional instruction – tools they can use to assist those struggling with addiction. Our partnership shows we can work together and not compete to advance educational opportunities in the Ohio Valley. 

Our Cardinal Family continues to grow! More than 100 students and family members came to campus for our New Student Orientation today. Our outstanding Student Services and Admissions teams answered questions, conducted campus tours, and helped the students learn how to use Blackboard. In addition, a panel of student orientation leaders offered insights about what our new Cardinals can expect when they arrive in August, answered questions and shared what their Wheeling University experience has been like. All of us look forward to helping them move into their residence halls in August! 

Senior Cardinal Football player Matt Greenwood has had a mission to have mirrors installed inside our McDonough Center weight rooms and has persevered this project over the past year. Finally, Matt’s plans came to fruition this week. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we had Allied Plate Glass on campus Wednesday, installing the mirrors inside the two rooms. Matt is a beautiful example of how our students make a difference on our campus and in the lives of others. I’m confident all our students will enjoy the improvement. 

June has been an exciting month for the Hanna family. Associate Athletic Director Carrie Hanna ’96, who is also head coach of the Wheeling Park High School girls’ soccer team, was one of five Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year nominees. Carrie guided the Park team, which included her daughters, Gracelynn and Lilly, to the West Virginia State Girls Soccer title. And last week, Gracelynn, who scored the winning goal in the championship game, was named the Gatorade West Virginia Girls Soccer Player of the Year. This prestigious honor for Gracelynn, who joins an impressive group of past winners, includes Peyton Manning, Candace Parker, and Kobe Bryant. We are so very proud of Carrie, Gracelynn, and Lily on all their accolades during this past season and congratulate each for their well-deserved recognition. 

I would like to remind the Wheeling community that there is still time to participate in the Adopt a Bench program. Six of our initial 10 benches have been dedicated, and we are accepting pledges for a bench that will honor our alumni who are veterans. This program is a perfect way to honor or remember someone special while helping to support the University’s mission to provide affordable, high-quality education to our students. In addition, the new benches help us provide students and visitors a place to relax and enjoy our beautiful campus. A customized bronze plaque will be placed on each bench. If you would like more details on the Adopt a Bench program, please contact Kelly Klubert, the campaign project manager, at or 304-243-8165. 

We continue to make great strides at Wheeling University – from improving the physical plant to enhancing our solid academic programs. Your love and dedication to our beloved University is why we continue to grow. This community has shown that we can ‘do something wonderful’ by working together. 

With appreciation, 

Ginny R. Favede, President
Wheeling University