Nine Members of Wheeling Jesuit Class of 2017 Commit to a Year of Serving Others

  WJU News
  Monday, August 21, 2017 10:12 AM
  WJU News, Service

Wheeling, WV

Nine members of the Wheeling Jesuit class of 2017 – the largest group in WJU history – are living out the university’s mission by performing full time service with agencies throughout the world.

According to Colleen Ryan Mayrand, director of WJU’s Service for Social Action Center (SSAC), “The class of 2017 was very involved in service throughout its four years at Wheeling Jesuit. It’s very exciting to have so many members of the class commit to full-time service following graduation.”

Dr. Debra Townsley, WJU President, said, “Our mission here at Wheeling Jesuit is to prepare young men and young women for lives of leadership and service. Having so many graduates dedicate the first year of their professional lives to this mission shows that the Jesuit principle of being men and women for others is truly alive at WJU.”

The students who are working at service organizations are:

Michael Adamowski, Lyndhurst, Ohio – Operation TEACH at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Michael Ames, Baltimore Md. –  Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Michael Catrino, Voorhees, N.J. – Ignatian Service Corps, Los Angeles

John Cotter, Pittsburgh, Pa. – Change a Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program, Pittsburgh

Nancy Leon, Hyattsville, Md. –  Xavier High School, Micronesia

Katy Munhall, Newark, Ohio – Lalanne Program at the University of Dayton

Cole Roberts, Follansbee, W.Va. –  AmeriCorps – Grow Ohio Valley

Krista Sudyk, East McKeesport, Pa. –  Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps

Fallon Weidman, St. Clairsville, Ohio –  Xavier High School, Micronesia 

Each year, Ryan Mayrand explained, the SSAC hosts programs that introduce students to the many service opportunities available while they are a student and following graduation. “We have alumni come back and talk about their service experiences, and those talks really hit home with them.”

The Serve Con Fair and other activities, she added provided students with the many service options that are available. “The fair really opens our students’ eyes to the many agencies – local, national and international – that they can serve with once they graduate. When you see such a large group as we have this year, commit to serving others, it shows that our students take our mission to heart.”

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