Posts Tagged With: WJU

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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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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Where Did Your Food Come From?

Ten WJU students  have chosen to spend their Spring Break participating in the Food Justice Immersion Trip. They enjoyed exploring backyard gardening, urban farming and industrial agriculture in the Ohio  Valley. These students experienced milking cows, building compost piles and planting seeds. They learned the importance of nutrient cycling by planting gardens in vacant lots in neighborhoods in Wheeling, WV. The Food Justice Immersion Trip has taught students about the problems and opportunities of our food system in the 21st century. Community gardening, food co-ops, faith-based food initiatives, regional food hubs are some healthy alternatives to supermarket food that cost a fortune. “This experience was not only fun but informative as well. I am glad that through this trip I have made an impact in the Wheeling community.” says Rachel Enders ‘16.

 

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“Off the Hook” HESS Fishing Trip

The Service for Social Action Center has been teaming with students for some incredible events this month.  Last weekend the HESS students went to Oglebay Park for an exciting fishing trip!  We also had our Super Sunday Dance where students made crafts, did face painting and danced with adults with special needs.  Thanks to everyone who helped at both events to make them so successful! We also partnered up with the Appalachian Institute to send a group of WJU students and employees to Logan County to help gut a house damaged by the recent flooding.  These dedicated volunteers took off an entire work/school day and drove a total of 8 hours to serve with others in need.  Now that’s dedication!  WJU students with mentees for the 2012 “Off the Hook” HESS Fishing Trip

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