WJU kicks off the year

KICKING THE YEAR OFF — More than 300 Wheeling Jesuit University students took part in a variety of activities as part of the university’s Taking Flight series, geared toward introducing them to the WJU campus and the Wheeling community. -- Contributed

WHEELING — More than half of the Wheeling Jesuit University student body attended a series of 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, and 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. The students were able to visit Downtown Wheeling while having the chance to learn about Elliott’s role and how he serves the community.

“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.”