Posts Tagged With: Community Service

It’s About More than Sheetrock

			IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN SHEETROCK Service involves solidarity—finding common cause with others, particularly with those in need. Solidarity involves long-term partnerships, community building, time, and trust. That’s why Wheeling Jesuit students continue to serve in New Orleans nine years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city. During winter break, fourteen students and two staff joined our friends at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (yrno.com) hanging drywall in a rebuilt house in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood. But it’s about more than sheetrock: it’s about the relationships, the interactions with organizations and individuals that, in the words of Elizabeth Nawrocki, ’16, “showed hope for the area in the future.”

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Thanks For The Shoutout, Mr. President

WE DID IT AGAIN!  Wheeling Jesuit University has been admitted to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second year in a row!  WJU has been recognized as one of the leading universities in promoting actions to solve community problems while involving students along the way.  The SSAC would like to congratulate WJU students, staff  and community partners who gave their time and effort in serving to make a difference in the Wheeling community and beyond. 	Furthermore, WJU students are committed in helping communities as close as Wheeling, WV and as far as Central America.  Seven students spent Spring Break on a service trip in El Salvador. Kara DeSantis, Senior, said "You grow as a person when you do service, and that's what college is about."

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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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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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WJU Receives Community Service Award!

WE DID IT!  Wheeling Jesuit University has been admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll!  Let us congratulate the university students and staff who gave their time (26,000 hours 	 last year alone!) and also to our community partners that allowed them  to make such an impact in the Ohio Valley and beyond. 	Speaking of doing great things… WJU students have returned from an immersion trip in Nashville where they learned about urban poverty and how organizations are making a difference.  Some Arrupe scholars also made the most of their Spring Break by leading 59 participants from 4 schools on immersion trips throughout West Virginia.  Keep up the 					great work everyone and enjoy this awesome weather!

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