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Three priests have resigned from their high-ranking positions in West Virginia, according to a press release from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. 


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On February 1, 1975, 25 Catholic bishops from Appalachia released a pastoral letter called “This Land is Home to Me.” It was officially distributed from Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University). 

It was written in response to a report from the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, highlighting the region’s economic and political inequalities. For a year, committee members traveled throughout Appalachia and collected stories of hardship from individuals and from community and church groups. The committee members then folded these stories into the pastoral letter.

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Wheeling Jesuit University has been purchased by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to assure the future of the only Catholic university in the state.

Earlier this year, the school's board of trustees appealed to the diocese to help secure its long-term future and lower its operating costs. Specifically, the university was challenged by its long-term debt. Bishop Michael J. Bransfield responded by redeeming WJU's bonds.

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Nicholas Cochran, 27, and Uneeke Ferguson, 21, are students at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, where they volunteer at a catholic worker home.

They discussed their childhood experiences with homelessness growing up in inner city Baltimore and Marietta, Ohio, and how volunteering has changed their views on the homeless population.

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Wheeling Jesuit University has named Debra Townsley as its interim president.

She will serve in the role after the Rev. James J. Fleming resigned as president in January. Fleming has been administrator at the university for seven years, the first three as vice president and as president since 2013.

WJU President, Rev. James Fleming, S.J. announced the new program.
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Wheeling Jesuit University announced a new program this week that uses novel approaches to make college more affordable for some students, and prepares them more effectively to enter the workforce.

 


More than twenty programs will be recruiting service-minded people at Wheeling Jesuit University this week in the first-ever ServeCon event.

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Former Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich visited the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling last night. He spoke with students and community members about the upcoming presidential election.

“Why 2016 Will Be An Extraordinary Election” was the title of the talk. Several hundred gathered to hear Gingrich analyze the  front runners in  the upcoming presidential election.

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The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle explosion that killed seven astronauts.

The event is set for Thursday evening.

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Wheeling Jesuit University's Appalachian Institute will hold a panel discussion on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

The discussion will take place on Wednesday night in the Center for Educational Technologies building on the Wheeling Jesuit campus.

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Wheeling Jesuit University has scheduled a series of events this month to mark Pope Frances' first visit to the United States.

The first event is scheduled Sept. 14 with an address by the parish social ministry coordinator for Catholic Charities of West Virginia. Kate Kosydar will discuss the papal encyclical and its impact on West Virginians.

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Wheeling Jesuit University has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the federal government to settle claims that it misused grant funding.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced the settlement Monday. He said the agreement ends an investigation into allegations that the university misused funds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation from 2003 to 2010. A NASA audit led to the allegations.

The trial of a Florida man charged with killing a Wheeling Jesuit University student came to its final verdict today.

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Wheeling Jesuit University

  Wheeling Jesuit University has received a $172,000 grant to show teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons.

The grant will be used to offer a professional development program called e-TechTeach.

In addition to using technology, e-TechTeach educates teachers on an instructional method called flipped learning. The flipped learning method involves presenting lesson material through video. Class time is spent working on activities that promote thinking skills.

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The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is controversially changing the job description and requiring more education for the house parents who watch children living on campus. New technology is being used to track the population of deer around the state. Wheeling Jesuit University celebrates Appalachia through a series of lectures.