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WJU expands its advancement team

January 15, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - Wheeling Jesuit University has expanded its advancement team in order to foster fundraising efforts.

The Office of Institutional Advancement recently added two full-time employees. Michele Rejonis was appointed as integrated marketing and communications director, while Jasmine Lo was selected as the foundation and corporate relations officer. Wheeling Jesuit also retained Sisty Walsh as an outside consultant to assist and advise the advancement office.

"A primary objective of the new management team at WJU is to build lasting relationships with the many corporations and foundations which align with us on mission and care about the development of our region. This expansion to our staff will assist the continuing creation of partnerships in conjunction with our enrollment growth initiative and underlying Jesuit mission," said Jim Holt, vice president of Institutional Advancement. "Broadening our alumni support while creating partnerships with leading foundations and corporations will translate into a stronger educational experience for our students and continue the Jesuit Catholic tradition of service for others for many years to come."

Rejonis was previously the director of alumni and parent relations at Bethany College and formerly was employed by the WJU National Technology Transfer Center. With broad experience in marketing and media, Rejonis holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Bethany College and resides in Wheeling.

Lo was formerly an anchor/reporter with WTOV-TV in Steubenville, and WHIZ-TV in Zanesville. Her primarily focus is to build relationships with local and national charitable foundations. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, currently residing in Houston, Pa.

Walsh is a consultant for the Council for Educational Change, an educational improvement organization serving educators and students and the successor organization to the $100 million Florida Annenberg Challenge Initiative. She's also served as communications coordinator for Barry University and was director of communications, partnerships, public engagement and legislative support for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. Formerly a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Walsh relocated to West Virginia in 2009 and resides in Sistersville.

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