Wheeling Jesuit University
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January -- Students move into the Steenrod Building - Wheeling Jesuit’s new housing facility for graduate students.
--The Challenger Learning Center flies the first distance learning missions in West Virginia and New York. The program was launched in 1998 with schools in Summit County, Ohio. The distance learning missions link a flight director in Wheeling with a classroom.
--The WJU Cheerleaders captured their first WVIAC conference crown. The team finished first at the cheerleading competition.
March -- Jay DeFruscio returns to the coaching ranks as the Cardinals head basketball coach.
April -- the first ever student research symposium was held. About 60 students presented papers and projects in several fields of expertise. Awards were given to the top projects in 12 areas.
May 7 -- Kirby Hall is dedicated. The female residence is named in honor of Philip and Evelyn Kirby. Philip Kirby was the chairman of the board of directors and a benefactor to the University.
May 13 -- United States Attorney General Janet Reno delivers the May Commencement address. The Attorney General was greeted with a standing ovation. Before the ceremonies began, Reno met with about 20 WJU students.
May -- The Board of Directors and other honored guests recognized Rev. Thomas S. Acker for his 18 years of service to Wheeling Jesuit. At a reception, Acker, Board President Philip Kirby and past board president Donald Hofreuter were given the Clifford Lewis S.J. Award from the WJU Alumni Association. The three men were recognized for leading Wheeling Jesuit’s resurgence.
July 5 -- a group of WJU, CET and CLC officials travel to Alaska to participate in the launch of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska’s site. Wheeling Jesuit’s CLC licensed its distance learning program to Alaska’s center.
July -- An educational program, created in part by the Center for Educational Technologies, captured a regional Emmy award in the category of children’s programming. The 30-minute program “Geometry of Exploration: Water Below the Surface of Mars?” is part of the 1999-2000 NASA CONNECT series.
September -- Wheeling Jesuit University announces its law school acceptance rate will remain at 100 percent. Since 1992, at least 61 Wheeling Jesuit University students have been accepted into law schools across the country, representing a 100 percent acceptance rate.
October -- WJU and Ohio County Schools Team Up with Yale University to offer educational program to teachers. The "Teacher Training for Diversified Instruction and Assessment: A New Program for Elementary School Fourth Grade Teachers, aims to implement three different methods of instruction and assessment at the fourth grade level. Teachers at Ohio County and WJU teacher prep students took part in the program.
October 13 -- Executive Vice President and CFO Carole T. Coleman and Director of Athletics Jay DeFruscio announced that women's fast pitch softball would return as a varsity sport in the spring of 2001. Melissa Frost, a former player and coach at Marshall University, was named head coach.
October 28 -- The campus community celebrated Rev. Walter Buckius and Rev. Joseph Burke's 60th anniversary as members of the Society of Jesus. The celebration was marked by a Mass in the Chapel of Mary and Joseph and was followed by a dinner. Because of their dedication to WJU, the Buckius-Burke Scholarship has been named in their honor. The scholarship will benefit a third-year science or theology major in need of financial assistance.
November -- Wheeling Jesuit's fall sports teams earn honors. The women's soccer team, the volleyball team and men's cross country team captured West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. The men's soccer team entered the NCAA Division II tournament ranked in the top five in the nation, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to Lewis University.
December -- MountainMade.com, a web site designed by the NTTC to sell West Virginia artisan creations on the Internet, officially opened for business in early December. Introduced in April 2000 by Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.), the site is the culmination of several years worth of research, site design, operational setup and logistics planning. Warehouse/distribution operations, as well as a retail store are open and located in Thomas, W.Va., in the heart of the Canaan Valley recreation area. The site features works of more than 80 artisans and offers glassware, woodworks, jewelry, pottery and clothing
January -- Jane Elliot, author, teacher and inventor of the Brown Eye, Blue Eyes experiment, speaks during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration.
April -- Wheeling Jesuit announces it will bring back women’s fast pitch softball in the spring of 2002 after a 10-year hiatus.
July -- After 17 years of working in Washington D.C., Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J., returns to his home state to serve as special assistant to President George F. Lundy, S.J.
September -- U.S.News & World Report names Wheeling Jesuit the 12th best master’s university in the south region.
October -- Wheeling Jesuit University’s psychology department receives funding to establish a sleep lab to allow students and faculty to conduct in depth research.
Center for Educational Technologies announces it will work with two other universities to establish a new Internet-based learning Web site to teach people about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
November -- Rev. Daniel R. Joyce, S.J., is named assistant to the President for community partnerships. Wheeling Jesuit University joins more than 20 other congregations from all over the city in the Hopeful City Project – a faith based organization working to revitalize the city of Wheeling.
December -- The National Technology Transfer Center’s First Responders Technology Program receives $1.5 million in funding from Cong. Alan B. Mollohan. The portrait of Sara Tracy, benefactor to Wheeling Jesuit University is dedicated. The Online RN to MSN degree program is launched for nursing majors wishing to gain bachelors and graduate degrees.
January -- Men’s Basketball Coach Jay DeFruscio records his 200th win at Wheeling Jesuit. The first campus Colloquium is held. The month long program featured events dealing with diversity issues.
February -- Former men’s basketball player Scott Bittner, ’95 and former women’s soccer player Carrie Plute Hanna, ’96, are inducted into the Wheeling Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame.
March -- Professor Ed Younkins book, “Capitalism and Commerce Conceptual Foundations in Free Enterprise” is completed and ready for release.
April -- More than 20 former softball coaches and players returned to Wheeling Jesuit to celebrate the resurrection of the varsity sport
May -- West Virginia Governor Bob Wise delivers the commencement address
August -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd and Congressman Alan B. Mollohan joined former Wheeling Jesuit President Thomas S. Acker, S.J. to dedicate a new science center on August 28. The new center was named in honor of the former Wheeling Jesuit president.
September -- Wheeling Jesuit University announced it maintained its 100 percent acceptance rate for students entering law schools. Timothy McKeen scored in the 97th percentile national on the LSAT—the highest scored recorded to date by a Wheeling Jesuit student. U.S.News & World Report ranked the University at the 14th best master’s university in the south region. The Clifford M. Lewis S.J. Appalachian Center was launched. Rev. Joseph R. Hacala was named the first director of the Center, which will work to build safer, healthier and stronger communities in the region.
November -- The University and the Center for Educational Technologies team up to offer workshops to help elementary and secondary educators receive national board certification.
December -- The Challenger Learning Center dedicates its new office complex during a luncheon and ceremony. During the ceremony, the CLC honored retired astronaut Joseph Allen for his contributions to education.
January -- CET develops a classroom assessment tool to help low achieving student accomplish greater learning outcomes. Ohio County circuit Court Judge Arthur Recht is the first to present at the Appalachian Institute’s lecture series. The modern language department develops the first upper level online Spanish course. Jeff Smith sets a new Wheeling Jesuit LSAT score record, scoring in the 98th percentile.Former men’s basketball coach Paul Baker, former women’s basketball coach Don Hustead and women’s basketball player Diane Wichlinski are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
February -- Country music star Charley Pride appears on Wheel of Fortune. The long time benefactor to the University wins $10,000 and donates half to Wheeling Jesuit.
NTTC helps to commercialize the HazMat Smart Strip, a cost-effective chemical detection badge to be used by first responders. CET’s Jeanne Finstein is featured on the internationally syndicated radio show “The Best of Our Knowledge.Wheeling Jesuit launches a doctorate in physical therapy program, the first doctoral program in physical therapy in West Virginia.
March -- NTTC, Wheeling Jesuit and the Appalachian Institute receive $3 million to lead a pilot program to address the dangers of coal slurry impoundments in southern West Virginia. Novelist Tim O’Brien speaks at Wheeling Jesuit as part of the second Campus Colloquium, Vietnam Encounters. Men’s Basketball Coach Jay DeFruscio is named the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year.
April -- The Appalachian Institute hosts “Toward a Sustainable Steel Industry – A conference on the Future of Steel in the United States. USWA President Leo Gerard, James Bradley, president of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, as well as state and local union leaders participate in the two-day conference. Philosophy professor Tom Michaud talks about paying college athletes to play sports on international radio show, The Best of Our Knowledge. Four new scholarships, totaling $250,000, are established at Wheeling Jesuit. The new scholarships include the Vicky DiPiero Diversity Scholarship, the Lenore N. Haller Memorial Scholarship, the Rakosky Memorial scholarship and the Stephen E. Hannig Memorial Scholarship.
May -- Wheeling Jesuit graduate, Cynthia Rank ’65, delivers the comment address.
June -- Wheeling Jesuit announces plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2004-2005 academic year. The University launches the online bachelor’s program in healthcare leadership.President George F. Lundy, S.J. announces he will leave the University to assume a position in the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesuit. Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J. is named to succeed Lundy.
July -- Paul Ostasiewski is named director of the university’s graduate business programs.
August -- Psi Chi, the psychology honor society at Wheeling Jesuit, receives ‘model chapter’ designation from the National Council.
September -- The Challenger Learning Center is honored for serving the most children of the 51 centers worldwide. The award marks the eighth year the center won the honor. Wheeling Jesuit launches the Multicultural mentoring Program to help multicultural students adjust to college life. President Joseph R. Hacala, S.J. renames the first floor of Whelan Hall the Schmitt Family Center in honor of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Bernard Schmitt and his family.
October -- Students from Westover, West Virginia are the first in the Mountain State to test the CET’s STORME Weather program. The program is a distance-learning program designed to improve student proficiency test scores. Wheeling Jesuit participates in the dedication of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Catholic Heritage Center in south Wheeling.
November -- The MBA Program celebrates its 25th anniversary during a reception for students, alumni and faculty. Members of the Wheeling Jesuit community travel to Fort Benning Georgia to participate in the School of the Americas protest. Students and employees observe National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Nancy Sturm, education director of the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit, is named to serve on the board of director for Challenger Center for Space Science Education.
December -- Rev. Terrence Toland, S.J. is named rector of the Jesuit Community and special assistant to President Joseph R. Hacala, S.J. Rev. Paul Stark S.J., director of Campus Ministry, announces that Wheeling Jesuit will host the 2004 Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Mission and Identity Conference. President Joseph R. Hacala, S.J, names Thomas Pie´ director of alumni and assistant to the vice president for Advancement.
February -- Dr. Jill Kriesky becomes Director of the Clifford M. Lewis, S.J. Appalachian Institute.
Howard “Corky” Korth, ’64, a member of the Cardinal basketball team, and James McGrogan, ’91, from the men’s soccer program, are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
March -- Sistersville resident Darlene Peregoy is the recipient of the 2004 Linda K. Baron Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship designed to help students in Wheeling Jesuit University’s bachelor of organizational leadership and development (BOLD) program.
April -- Wheeling Jesuit University’s women’s softball team finished fourth in this year’s West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament
May -- University President Joseph R. Hacala announced plans to celebrate 50th anniversary of University’s incorporation.
June -- President George W. Bush watches as flight controllers in Wheeling Jesuit University's Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies guide seventh grade students at Southern Columbia High School in Catawissa, Pennsylvania, on a distance education e-Mission.
July -- Gov. Bob Wise recognizes graduate Ian Wilson, a faithful servant to young people in the Wheeling area, for his service to St. Alphonsus Youth Center and for being a positive role model to the many children at the center.
August -- University establishes Service for Social Action Center (SSAC) to coordinate the extra-curricular and course-based service activities of members of the Wheeling Jesuit University community.
September -- University President Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J., enrolls 350 students in the Class of 2008, making it the largest incoming class in the history of the campus.
Hundreds turn out for the September 24th kickoff of the 50th Anniversary.
November -- University Hosts 2004 AJCU Mission and Identity National Conference
December -- Senior Jose Gonzalez is the 34th men’s basketball player in Wheeling Jesuit University history to score 1,000 points in his career.
January -- The Class of ’63 and the Class of ’64 launch a pilot planned giving campaign among its respective classmates.
February -- Terry Edwards of Wheeling Central Catholic High School will coach the University's newly established Cardinal baseball program.
University honors Dr. Lee Jones of Wheeling with the St. Francis Xavier Award during its Founder’s Day celebration, Friday, Feb. 11
March -- Wheeling Jesuit University receives two 50th Anniversary gifts from the men's and women's basketball teams as both teams won their respective West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournaments. This is the first men's WVIAC title in the history of the University. It's the first men's-women's double in the WVIAC since Fairmont State turned the trick in 1984.
April -- Wheeling Jesuit University and the University Jesuit community remember Pope John Paul II and honor him for his many contributions to the Kingdom, especially in education and social justice issues.
May -- Dr. James Birge is selected as Executive Vice-President.
June -- Just in time for May 14 commencement, a special donation of a Rembrandt etching is now on public display at Wheeling Jesuit University. Installed in the Bishop Hodges Library, located in Swint Hall, “St. Jerome Kneeling in Prayer, Looking Down” delights art lovers and local historians. Donated by an anonymous alumnus, the gift is another way for the University to mark its 50th anniversary year.
July -- University unveils Community Alert Online, a new Web site provides Ohio County residents with access to local, real-time emergency information and resources for preparing for and responding to a variety of situations.
August -- Kathleen Solovan, CPA, CMA, associate professor of accounting, becomes chair of the Business Department. Solovan, who joined the Wheeling Jesuit faculty in 1984, is the first female head of the department and received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Wheeling College in 1979, her MBA from Wheeling Jesuit in 1983 and a master’s in accountancy from West Virginia University in 1989.
Rev. Christopher Fronk, S.J., is appointed Rector of the Jesuit Community at the University. He succeeds Rev. Terrence Toland, S.J., who served as Rector since 2003.
September -- For the third time in four years, a Wheeling Jesuit University student-athlete is named NCAA Woman of the Year for West Virginia. Lauren Deschamps, a resident of Gibsonia, Pa., and former soccer standout at Wheeling Jesuit, is chosen among the 2005 state winners.
October -- The results of a new WVICU study reveals the University’s total annual economic impact of $216.4 million, and 1,307 jobs in Ohio and Marshall counties.
November -- Wheeling Jesuit University high marks for offering its students an enriching educational experience, a supportive campus environment, collaborative learning, high level of academic challenge and student-faculty interaction. The campus’ mean scores were higher in every category when compared to the mean scores of the other participating Jesuit colleges or universities in the 2005 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
December -- Wheeling Jesuit University joins Tuition Plan Consortium’s Independent 529 Plan, allowing families to lock in tuition rates at less than present levels for their children’s future use.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin appoints J. Davitt McAteer, VP for Sponsored Programs, as a special advisor to the governor on the investigation into the Sago Mine Tragedy in Upshur County that resulted in the deaths of 12 miners.
The Adult and Continuing Education Department develops the regional workforce as the university's highly effective Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development (BOLD) program helps workers advance in their careers. More than 800 students have graduated from the program since its inception in 1987.
As the highest ranked master’s university in the Ohio Valley and among the highest-ranked master’s universities in the South, Wheeling Jesuit has a profound, positive impact on the long-term economic health of the region and West Virginia. President Joseph Hacala, SJ notes that long before Rev. Clifford M. Lewis of the Society of Jesus—the first priest at then named Wheeling College—set foot on campus, he dreamed of a Jesuit institution that would “provide independent enlightenment to tomorrow’s problems.”
Psychological study finds that peppermint and cinnamon lower driver's frustrations and increases alertness. The scent of peppermint or cinnamon may keep you more alert and decrease your frustration when you’re behind the wheel, according to the results of a recent study led by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, director of Undergraduate Research and associate professor of psychology. According to the study, both cinnamon and peppermint led to increased ratings of alertness and lower frustration. Cinnamon also decreased drivers’ fatigue ratings.
February -- Wheeling Jesuit University announces it will serve as the site for an upcoming International Mining Health and Safety Symposium this April. It will mark the first international gathering of mining industry leaders and safety experts to discuss mine safety since the January passage of landmark mine safety legislation in West Virginia and the introduction of measures on both the state and federal level to make mining safer.
Fellow coaches in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selected Wheeling Jesuit University Lady Cardinals' Coach Joe Key as the Coach of the Year.
The WJU Cardinals Baseball team earned its first win of the season and team history on February 26 on their way to a doubleheader split against the Gannon Golden Knights during their Spring Break trip to Ft. Myers, Florida. The score was 9-0.
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