November 17, 2023
Update from the President
Dear Wheeling Community,
Tuesday, we launched our Fall Giving Days – a drive to raise $100,000 over the next two weeks. Our alumni, employees, parents, and friends have our campaign off to a great start. I am excited to report that we have received 32 gifts totaling $25,120 thus far. As a member of this Cardinal family, you know that Wheeling is a special place where students are nurtured to excel academically, grow spiritually, and blossom personally. To educate the next generation of leaders to make a difference in society, we rely on the generosity of this FAMILY to help make this possible. I ask you to join us by making a gift between now and November 28th. A gift, in any amount, will make an impact on the lives of our students. Gifts made during this fundraising drive will: fund scholarships; support academic programs and student activities; provide resources to help students succeed; and help maintain the campus infrastructure. You can make a gift online by clicking here, or you can send a donation to the Wheeling University Office of Advancement, 316 Washington Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003. Thank you in advance for your generosity in support of the next generation of Wheeling students.
In the coming months, I am looking forward to getting back out on the road to visit alumni in various cities. The Philadelphia alumni group, after a COVID hiatus, will once again hold a Post-Holiday Party on Saturday, January 20th. This year, the gathering will be hosted by Marilou Doughty ’77 at her home in West Norriton, PA. I hope our alumni in the area will join me at Marilou’s house for a fun evening with other Wheeling alumni. Other cities I plan to visit after the first of the year include Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Cleveland. I will update our alumni on the dates and locations for those events once we have the details. I look forward to visiting with our alumni and bringing them up to date on their alma mater!
Today, 32 retreatants, retreat leaders, and Fr. Freddie traveled to Lantz Farm to participate in the Fall Kairos Retreat. This retreat is a time of intentional reflection on relationships with God, self, friends, and family. Students often say after attending Kairos it was one of the most influential and powerful experiences during their time at Wheeling. Please keep the retreat participants in your prayers as they look to deepen their faith and connection with God.
Two Cardinal teams are competing in post-season tournaments this weekend. The Women’s Volleyball team is at the Mountain East Conference Tournament in Institute, West Virginia. The Cardinals defeated Frostburg 3-0 in its first-round game on Thursday. The squad beat Fairmont State this evening in the semifinals, propelling the Cardinals into the MEC championship game at 5 p.m. on Saturday. You can watch the games live on the Mountain East website. The Cardinal Rugby will host St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Rugby 15’s National Championship. The game will be streamed live and can be viewed by clicking this link. The rugby team qualified for the tournament by capturing the 2023 Big Rivers Rugby Conference title two weeks ago. A win on Saturday would advance the Cardinals to the NCR semifinals in Reading, Pennsylvania next weekend. Good luck to both our teams!
With Thanksgiving falling next week, this will be my last update of November. My weekly update will resume on December 1. I am always thankful for all of our alumni, employees, parents, and friends for your unwavering support of our students at Wheeling. Thanks to you, Wheeling University continues on a steady path of progress. I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends.
With deep gratitude,