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Wheeling University to Host Homecoming Activities This Weekend

WHEELING, W.Va., Oct. 6 – Wheeling University will welcome parents and alumni to campus to celebrate and enjoy a full slate of events during Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 7-9. Wheeling University has announced the 2022 Homecoming Court candidates, with a total of 10 seniors on the ballot for Homecoming royalty.

The court will be recognized with an on-field ceremony during halftime of the Wheeling University vs. UNC Pembroke University football game at noon on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Bishop Schmitt Field, prior to the announcement of the two students who have been voted as Homecoming King and Queen. The students elected to this year’s court are Lauren Calhoun, Allison Cook, Taylor Cullen, Kimbria Lance, Mikayla Petrisko, Malkolm Barrett, John Korte, Dominic Parker-McDonald, George Taylor III, and Elijah Young.

The 2022 Wheeling University Homecoming court includes the following members of the senior class:

Lauren Calhoun is a senior secondary education major and psychology minor from Ravenna, Ohio. She is a Black Student Union and education club member, Vice President of SAAC, and plays for the women’s basketball team. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Allison Cook is a senior athletic training major and business minor from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a Luceat Student Ambassador, a member of the Athletic Training Club, and a women’s soccer team member. She plans to enter the University’s Master of Athletics program after graduation.

Taylor Cullen is a senior biology major and chemistry minor from Mooresville, North Carolina. She is a member of the Biology Club and a member of the women’s basketball team.  After graduation, she plans on attending Carolina’s College of Health Science to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Kimbria Lance is a senior psychology major from Fowler, Michigan. She is a resident assistant, President of the Campus Activities Board, President of the Psychology Club, a leader in campus ministry programs and Kairos retreats, and a track and field team member. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to earn her Master of Sports Psychology.

Mikayla Petrisko is a senior exercise science major from Richmond, Ohio. Mikayla is a member of the Theater Guild, an athletic training volunteer, and an active participant of on-campus activities.  Following graduation, she plans to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Malkolm Barrett is a senior business administration major with a concentration in management from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. He is the committee chair of the Black Student Union and is a member of the baseball team. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a career in coaching baseball.

John Korte is a senior education major with a focus in mathematics from Watertown, Massachusetts. He is a member of the men’s basketball team. After graduation, he plans to continue his athletic career playing basketball overseas.

Dominic Parker-McDonald is a senior athletic training major with a psychology minor from Chesapeake, Virginia. He is the secretary of the Athletic Training Club and plays for the baseball team. Following graduation, he plans to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

George Taylor III is a senior exercise science major and member of the men’s basketball team from Fayetteville, North Carolina. After graduation, he plans on earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Elijah Young is a senior exercise science major with a business minor from Columbus, Ohio. Eli is a member of the Black Student Union, a participant in track, and a member of the football team. Following graduation, he plans on attending Graduate School for his MBA or continuing his football career.

Additionally, the Homecoming Court Junior Royalty includes: Junior Class representatives; Cassie Feyh, Deja Ryals, Isha Sesey, Jabez Reeves, Maisah Thorne, and Shane Tomlin. Sophomore Class representatives;  Jade Miller, Chylyn Pate, Aliva Thompson, Rua Karimazondo, Brennen Reid, and Ty Taylor. Freshman Class representative; Karyn Goins, Ella Keffer, Mara Johnson, Krishna Kwenda, Flemming Sandt, and Ethan Short.

Wheeling University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend will feature a variety of activities and sporting events for students, their families, and alumni to enjoy.

“We are very excited to be welcoming alumni, family, and friends to campus for our Homecoming and Family Weekend,” “We love to see the Wheeling Family as well as the Wheeling Community visit our beautiful campus and enjoy this weekend of activities with friends and family,” said President Favede

Friday’s events kick off Family Weekend with the President’s Welcome Reception held in the Benedum Dining Room, a women’s Volleyball game against Concord, and a Wheeling Rugby Game against Notre Dame College.

Saturday’s activities start with a Family & Alumni Breakfast, disc golf, a scavenger hunt, campus tours, the home football game against UNC Pembroke, and the President’s Red Zone Tailgate featuring live music with the MSM band, games, Meet the Team athletic tents, corn hole, inflatables, a women’s Volleyball game against Glenville, Women’s Soccer versus Frostburg, a Homecoming Dance for students and an alumni and family night in the RATT – with music and trivia.

Sunday, the day begins with breakfast and alumni and family Mass in the Chapel of Mary and Joseph with Fr. Praveen. To see the entire schedule of events and to register, go to the Wheeling University website.

“Homecoming Week and Homecoming and Family Weekend are two wonderful events we hold each year. It’s an opportunity for our students to have their families join them on campus for a weekend full of activities,” said Lewis, Vice President of Student Services.