Wheeling Jesuit University

Alumna Erin McDonald Joins Service for Social Action Center

Erin McDonald, an alumna of Wheeling Jesuit University, is returning to her alma mater to serve as assistant director of the Service for Social Action Center (SSAC).

The SSAC was established to coordinate the extra-curricular and course-based service activities of members of the Wheeling Jesuit University community by identifying service projects, tracking participation and providing support with spiritual reflection and skill development.

McDonald’s responsibilities include coordination of community-based organizations’ requests for assistance with individual students, faculty, staff members, clubs and scholarship students who are looking for service opportunities. She also will assist with development of the University's service database and administration of the Arrupe Award program, Make a Difference Day and other service-learning opportunities.

“I am very excited to be back at Wheeling Jesuit, and I am especially excited to be working with the Service for Social Action Center,” McDonald says. “Service to the community was very much a part of my experiences as an undergraduate. I know how influential those experiences have been in my personal life, so I am especially passionate about bringing those experiences to current students.”

McDonald received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 2003. While at Wheeling Jesuit, she lived and worked with the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and participated in a wide range of service activities at Wheeling Hospital, Catholic Neighborhood Charities and a summer camp in Mingo County. She also completed internships at Wheeling Youth Services McCrary Center, Community Mental Health Services and Oglebay's Good Zoo, in addition to running summer camps for underprivileged children in Mingo County.

“Through my work in the community as a student at Wheeling Jesuit, I developed a great connection to the people of West Virginia and a desire to make a difference in the community here,” the native of Cape Cod, Mass., says.

Jill Kriesky, director of the Service for Social Action Center, says McDonald is a welcome addition to the campus community. "Erin has a unique blend of hands-on service experiences with several Wheeling-area agencies and firsthand observation service program administration. I look forward to her administrative assistance and to the wealth of knowledge she brings to the job."

Wheeling Jesuit University integrates the Jesuit traditions of intellectual excellence with the best of advanced technology to help students develop lives of success, service and significance. The University's mission is to educate students for life, for leadership, and for service with and among others. U.S.News & World Report ranks Wheeling Jesuit University 15th in the "Best Master’s Universities in the South," making it the highest ranked institution in West Virginia in that category for eight consecutive years, and the highest ranked school in the Ohio Valley. Wheeling Jesuit University is profiled in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development, which profiles exemplary college programs that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives. Wheeling Jesuit--the only Catholic institution of higher education in West Virginia--offers more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate degrees to about 1,500 students. It has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to1, and 18 intercollegiate NCAA Division II athletic teams. The 65-acre campus located in Wheeling, W.Va., includes 15 modern buildings, the multi-million dollar Acker Science Center, residence halls and a modern recreation and athletic facility that includes a soccer/track and field complex. The campus is home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.

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