Special Events

Service Isn’t Just for Students!

Service isn’t just for Wheeling Jesuit students anymore!  26 university employees left campus on September 11th for the annual Day of Caring sponsored by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.  They volunteered at such sites as  the YWCA, Children's Museum,  Salvation Army, Sandscrest Boy Scout Camp and Sanford Center.  Becky Forney, Director of Professional and Graduate Studies, has been doing this for 12 years.  She says that, "It's a chance to do something for the community… It's fun to be with your co-workers and get to see a job through to its completion in a single day." WJU employees are able to take up to three days off a year for mission-related activities such as this to celebrate the spirit of our Jesuit tradition.  Keep it up!

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20th Annual Make a Difference Day!

 Free Food! Free Fun! Free wheelchair Mission! This past Saturday WJU first year students offered free food to raise awareness for Free Wheelchair Mission as part of the 20th annual Make a Difference Day! Here 235 first year students set out to serve the Wheeling Community. Students worked with community partners like Sandscrest Boy Scout Camp, The Children’s Museum, Faith in Action Caregivers, Welty Home, Holy Family Childcare Center, Mt Saint Joseph, Schrader Environmental Center, Vineyard Hill Green Wheeling Initiative, East Wheeling Community Garden, Appalachian Outreach, Marshall County Animal Shelter, and Laughlin Memorial Chapel. What a great way to introduce new Students to what being a WJU student is all about!

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And That’s a Wrap Folks!

And that’s a wrap folks!  The 2012-13 academic year has ended with lots of excitement. The Special Olympics, as one of our largest events of the year, was a great success with over 160 athletes from six counties. More than 250 volunteers joined participants as “buddies” to navigate the  various aquatic and track field events. Other activities included arts and crafts, music, and dancing. A special thanks goes out to all of the WJU teams that helped make this a meaningful event for everyone.  It has been a great year and we wish the best of luck to students leaving campus, especially the graduating class, as they keep serving God and each other.  As St. Ignatius said, “Go set the world on fire”. Special Olympics Athlete Competes at the WJU Track

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“Lovescaping” in downtown Wheeling

Valentine’s Day is when we show appreciation and extra love to others. This year, students from WJU’s Mother Jones House, art students and organizations such as Youth Rebuilding the Ohio Valley, Students for Life, Hess Mentoring, and Enactus, not only wanted to express love to humans but to vacant buildings in downtown Wheeling as well. There are a number of buildings that offer historic significance but are in need of TLC in the area. Some of these building are either for sale or rent. In honor of Valentine’s Day, students made cut-out hearts with catchy phrases written on them, and hung them to buildings as part of the “All We Need is Love Campaign.” This was an effort to gain appreciation of historical buildings. Messages such as “find me somebody to love” and “love gets  better with age” were presented in hopes to occupy the buildings.

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Christmas Cheer and Canned Peas

Christmas is fast approaching and WJU students are celebrating the season by giving their time in service to others. The HESS mentoring program concluded the semester with a holiday party featuring games, food, gifts, crafts and may have ended with some mentees being literally covered in wrapping paper. Similar good cheer was shared at the Catholic Neighborhood Center where the History Club, Computer Club and other WJU students took part in an event to sort 19,000 food donations to be distributed to 300 local families. One volunteer, Amy, described it as “seriously the best exam de-stressor ever.” We wish the best of luck to those taking finals this week and hope everyone enjoys the soon-to-come break!

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“We sleep out so kids don’t have to!”

 

	If you walked past the Wheeling Jesuit  University’s soccer field last Friday, you probably noticed it was filled with teams of people sleeping in boxes. The event was held during Hunger and Homeless week and what you witnessed was the second annual Wheeling SleepOut. The  teams had the option to participate in the ‘Box Contest’ for the most creative box design, or they could make a donation and participate in the festivities. Many of the teams even stayed outside all night to get a brief, one-night snapshot of what it would be like to be homeless. Members of the community and students alike participated and volunteered in the event with the goal to raise awareness to the homeless people of the Ohio Valley area and across the whole US.  Kudos to Youth Services System for planning such a great event and raising over $32,000 for a great cause!

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Halloween Fun with Service

Who says you can't have fun while serving?  Last week students and guests with special needs showed off their moves at the annual Disc Dance. The Auxiliary Gym was transformed into a Halloween-themed party with music, coloring and snacks.  The mentees of the HESS program also celebrated the season with Trick-Or-Treating in a residence hall and candy-filled games.  If that’s not enough, just yesterday WJU students visited the local Juvenile Detention Center for a holiday party with incarcerated youth. They played a series of races, including moving a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without hands, wrapping up a partner like a mummy with toilet paper and finally, eating a dangling doughnut on a string. These good times came from dedicated, fun-loving students looking to make a difference. Are you one of them?

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New Lundy Lounge Dedicated by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Welcome to the NEW Lundy Lounge on the first floor of Acker Science Center! This new space has a causal coffee shop style about it and hosts the SSAC and Appalachian Institute directors, Adrienne Tharp and Beth Collins. Named after former president Rev. George F. Lundy, S.J., it honors his commitment to service and social justice. A close friend of his and anti-death penalty advocate, Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., came for the dedication. She ate lunch with students that study, serve with or advocate for those incarcerated in this country. Sister Helen then gave a public lecture to a crowd of around 570 people on her experiences ministering to those on death row, a story which was adapted into the 1995 Academy Award winning film, Dead Man Walking. Come check out the new lounge and stay a while!

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New Student Group Makes the Local Paper

	Service is in full swing on and off the campus of Wheeling Jesuit.  The new students learned more about how volunteering can improve their college experience at the Involvement Fair.  Many also showed up at the Red Cross Blood  Drive where 51 units of blood were donated.  Also impressive were the 25 faculty, staff and administrators at WJU that participated in a service project through the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.   	We are also proud of the many students that made the most of their past Saturday morning to paint and clean-up Wilson Park.  This was the first project of Youth Rebuilding the Ohio Valley, a new group of students committed to making a difference in the region.      				Way to get in the paper too!

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Make a Difference Day Kicks Off the New School Year

Welcome to the new school year!  It is incredibly  exciting to see classes starting up and people back on campus.  Things really kicked off with Make a Difference Day this past Saturday where over 250 First Year students volunteered in the Wheeling area at organizations like  Appalachian Outreach, Catholic Neighborhood Center, Children’s Museum, Free Wheelchair Mission, Holy Family, House of the Carpenter, Juvenile Detention Center, King’s Daughters, Marshall Co. Animal Shelter, Rails to Trails, Sandscrest Boy Scout Camp, Welty Home, Youth Services System, and the YWCA.  We think these kinds of projects give new students a chance to improve the city, connect to a new environment, and allow individual learning and growth.  We hope the friendships started and service begun will continue throughout the year!

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