Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling Jesuit Professor, Alumnae Recognized As Ohio Valley's Top Leaders

A professor and three alumnae of Wheeling Jesuit University were recently named among the Ohio Valley’s top young leaders, as chosen by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.

Out of more than 90 nominations, 31 individuals under the age of 40 were honored for their professional accomplishments in community involvement and shaping the area’s future.

“Our professors and students are going into the greater society and seeking to transform the world, truly becoming men and women for others and illustrating the Jesuit ideal of the constant challenge to improve oneself and the world in which we live. We’re pleased to see our alumni and professors recognized by the community for their leadership and service with and among others,” said Steven Infanti, Vice President of University Relations.

Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research at Wheeling Jesuit University, was selected for his work as a researcher in finding solutions through research that help people improve their lives and as an educator in helping to shape the minds of young students.

Carla Alexander, owner of Giorgio Biscotti, is a 1994 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University with a degree in political and economic philosophy. Naming the business after her firstborn son, she has since expanded Giorgio Biscotti to include two branches of gourmet cookies, which are named after her other two sons, Carmen and Marino.

Based on a family recipe and already a regional favorite, Alexander’s Giorgio Biscotti is quickly gathering a national following. It was recently featured on the Food Network’s special “Treats of the Trade: Desserts.”

Jomana Papillo, a sanitarian-in-training with the Marshall County Health Department, is a 2001 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a current student in the graduate-level business administration program. Previously, she worked with the Coal Impoundment Project at the University.

Papillo is committed to the public health field and wants to help communities remain free of illness outbreaks and prepared for emergency situations.

Erikka Storch, chief financial officer for Ohio Valley Steel, received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1996 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1999 from Wheeling Jesuit University.

While she was an intern with the company as a student at Wheeling Jesuit, Jack Kerr, Storch’s father and owner of Ohio Valley Steel, asked her to serve as the company’s accountant, a position she readily accepted. Today Storch crunches numbers to ensure that the business’s employees and vendors are paid and the books are in order.

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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