WJU hosts first-ever "CardinalFest"

  WJU News
  Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:22 PM
  Athletics, Student Services, Academics, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

This past weekend, Wheeling Jesuit University partnered with the city of Wheeling to host a welcome-back party for all students, employees, and members of the community at Centre Market. The event, “CardinalFest 2018,” took place on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5-8 p.m.

Over 250 students and employees attended the event, which was a part of First Fridays Wheeling. “CardinalFest” allowed students to experience downtown with local food and drinks, live music, shopping, a free WJU t-shirt, and University sponsored giveaways.

First Fridays, which occur on the first Friday of every month, offers members of the community the chance to experience the city with special events at different venues throughout Wheeling.

“I thought the event really came together well considering we only began the planning a few short weeks ago. It truly was a win – win for both Wheeling Jesuit and Centre Market,” said Kurt Zende, Centre Market manager and economic development specialist for the city of Wheeling.

The event would not have been possible without the support of Centre Market and several of the local vendors – Coleman’s Fish, The Soup Shack, Osaka Express, Oliver’s Pies, Valley Cheese, Wood n Stiches, and Vocelli’s Pizza – who graciously donated all of the food and drinks.

Zende continued, “It was great exposure for our market businesses to show off their awesome shops to a potentially untapped market of college students; and it gave the University an opportunity to present a quality of life component for its students to go along with the high quality education that they will receive on campus. It’s just another recruitment tool for both the City and Wheeling Jesuit University.”

“CardinalFest” was free for all WJU students, and shuttle transportation was provided from the University to downtown Wheeling. The University believes this will become an annual gathering and serve as a welcome back for both new and returning students as well as employees and their families.

"Wheeling Jesuit's first-ever CardinalFest was a huge success! We had over 250 students attend to enjoy a variety of delicious foods donated by many of the Centre Market restaurants, walk around to check out the retail shops, and win some great prizes throughout the evening. Many of our students said they had never been to Centre Market before and are excited to go back,” said Mary Lu Adams, assistant dean of students and director of student services.

Adams added, “This event was beneficial for everyone involved – students were able to learn about a vibrant, exciting area of the city, the local businesses were able to host plenty of new customers, and the community was able to witness what a huge part Wheeling Jesuit plays in the life of the city of Wheeling. We're very excited to see CardinalFest continue to grow for years to come.”

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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