Wheeling Jesuit University Opens Charleston Center for Professional and Graduate Studies

By Martina Hart CHARLESTON— Flanked by school officials and community members, Jesuit Father Julio Giulietti, president of Wheeling Jesuit University, cut the ribbon to officially open the school’s Center for Professional and Graduate Studies’ new Charleston facility Sept. 16. Becky Forney, associate dean of adult education at WJU, welcomed dignitaries and members of the community who had joined faculty and staff for the opening. “When you come here either as a student or as a participant, a friend or a teacher you are becoming part of a worldwide organization that is geared towards enhancing humanity,” Father Giulietti said. “Jesuits and Jesuit education is about the spiritual dimension and certainly the intellectual and the emotional.” Also present were Dr. Letha Zook, academic vice president of WJU; Charleston Mayor Danny Jones; Msgr. P. Edward Sadie, V.F., rector of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston; Kelli Murphy, adult admissions counselor; and Melissa Rataiczak, director of business development for the department. The center offers the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development (BOLD) program as well as the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program. Both enable students to apply concepts to real-life situations encountered in the work environment. The center includes the office of adult admissions counselor as well as a classroom where the BOLD and MSOL programs meet. Zook said that a number of students have been able to make positive changes in their companies or organizations through research projects completed during their studies. Msgr. Sadie said that he was delighted with the opening of the center, while Jones recognized the center’s presence as a positive influence on the downtown community. Students, who come from a variety of professional backgrounds, said they appreciate that the courses fit into their schedules of managing work and family. The center is located at the Sacred Heart Family Life Center. An information session on the BOLD program is scheduled for Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Murphy at 720-7292 or at 1-866-716-0323 or via e-mail at kmurphy@wju.edu.