WJU students celebrate opening week with Taking Flight series

  WJU News
  Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:49 PM
  Student Services, WJU News, Academics

Wheeling, WV

This past week, more than half of the WJU student body attended a series of different events to kick off the beginning of the academic year.

The events were a part of the Taking Flight series, which introduces students to the campus community and the city of Wheeling and allows them to interact with their peers and educators outside of the classroom.

The series was sponsored by Student Services, Student Government, Campus Activities Board, and the Black Student Union.

The events included a kick & slip, nerf night, trivia night, comedy night, summer jam, Wheeling walking tour, casino night, basketball tournament, wing night, and the involvement fair.

“Trivia night was dedicated strictly to WJU trivia and it educated the students about the great school they attend. It was also open to faculty and staff so that students could have the chance to interact with their professors and the people who work on campus,” said Jonathan Barrett, coordinator of student activities.

The involvement fair, which takes place every fall, attracted over 300 students. This event provides students with the opportunity to learn about the different clubs and groups on campus and helps them discover their interests and how it can translate into a lasting experience at WJU.

Several of the students who went on the Wheeling walking tour had a chance to meet and speak with the Mayor of Wheeling, Glenn Elliott, and learn about his role and how he serves the community.

“Tip of the hat to those Wheeling Jesuit students who took it upon themselves to explore our local community and seek out opportunities for civic engagement," Mayor Elliott said. "I very much enjoyed our Q&A session and hope that those students who participated will continue to expand their University experience beyond campus to take advantage of all that Wheeling has to offer." 

“This was an outstanding way to begin the semester as we welcomed the largest class in school history. The events were well attended, the students were engaged, and a good time was had by all,” said Daniel Dentino, vice president of student services.

Dentino added, “Taking Flight was a wonderful way to help the new students feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves--the Wheeling Jesuit community. This is critical for new students in terms of helping them find their footing at a new place.  We will definitely do this again next year.”

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and five graduate degrees. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others.  The 65 acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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