Wheeling Jesuit Community Welcomes Class of 2021 to Campus

  WJU News
  Friday, August 18, 2017 1:00 PM
  Academics, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

Cardinal Move-In Day is an annual tradition at Wheeling Jesuit University – a time when employees and students not only welcome new students to campus, but help move them into the residence halls.

WJU helping freshman move in to their doormsOn Friday, student leaders, employees and alumni welcomed the class of 2021 to WJU. The incoming class is made up of 49 percent men and 51 percent women and they come to Wheeling from 19 states and 15 countries. The incoming class has a combined grade point average of 3.37 and 129 will compete on athletic teams at WJU.

“We have spent the summer making upgrades to classrooms and residence halls, all in preparation for our new and returning students. The campus community once again this year welcomed our new Cardinals to campus and made them see what it means to be a part of the Wheeling Jesuit family,” said WJU President, Dr. Debra Townsley.

This year, the campus community and alumni once again helped welcome and move new students into their residence halls during Move-In Day. Campus volunteers met families at their cars, unloaded them and helped carry all the items to their room.

This year, the Student Services Department made the process for checking in easier by launching a ‘One Stop Shop.’ Students and families reported to the McDonough Center where they found all the departments set up to assist them before checking into their halls.

“We streamlined the check in process for our new students, as well as our upperclassmen this year. By having all of the departments in one place, it allowed our students to take care of everything from getting new ID cards to picking residence hall keys to dropping off their health forms. The “One Stop Shop’ really saved everyone time and made the experience less stressful,” said Dr. Dan Dentino, vice president for Student Services.

WJU staff during Freshman move in dayAccording to David ‘Puddy’ Agans, director of Student Life, “Volunteers – employees, students and alumni – really pitched in to welcome our new Cardinals to campus. I think our new students now know they are part of a great family we call Wheeling Jesuit University.”

In addition to a number of activities on campus as part of Welcome Week, the class of 2021 will begin the academic year performing service during WJU's annual “Make a Difference Day” scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19.

Make a Difference Day engages new students into the university's mission at the very beginning of their tenure at WJU, and introduces them to community partners in the greater Wheeling area.

The schedule for Saturday's Make a Difference Day is:

Students and mentors will be working from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:King’s Daughters Childcare Center,  House of Hagar/Grow OV, Gabriel Project, Laughlin Memorial Chapel and Appalachian Outreach.

Students and mentors will be working from 1:30-4 p.m. at the following locations: Grow Ohio Valley, Mt. Wood Cemetery, Seeing Hand Garden, House of Hagar/Welty Home and Laughlin Memorial Chapel.

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