Approximately $560 was raised for anti-malaria nets as Wheeling Jesuit University students took their learning to heart.
The students in a human sexuality class wrote papers about the impact of AIDS in select African countries and uncovered the relationship between high rates of AIDS and malaria.
"This led to a project designed to raise money to purchase anti-malaria nets for children who live in malaria-prone areas. Each bed net costs $10, lasts up to 5 years, and can protect up to 3 children from the malaria-carrying mosquitoes that come out at night," said Debra Hull, Ph.D., psychology department chair. Students had a bake sale and collected outright donations too.
"I'm so proud of their efforts and for their desire to help children in need," she said.
Students who raised the money include: Natalie Allen, Jude Almeida, Kenneth Badaracco, Kara Blacker, Elissa Caligiuri, Trevor Cessna, Courtney Cira, Sarah Connors, Bethany Doneson, Keith Fleischmann, Kayla Grosso, Shannon Harkins, Justin Harmer, Maqsood Harrington, Melanie Jose, Melissa Kahriman, Megan Keenan, Patricia Knestrick, Kristen Koval, Anne LaBrosse, Rachel Lee, Jenna Lepole, Kayla Lewellen, Michelle Logan, Danielle Longerbeam, Marcy Maple, Kristen McCarthy, Ramsey Miller, Andrew Nelson, Abby Powell, Daniel Rosato, Rebecca Shoemaker, Scott Sinick, Lisa Strollo, Caitlin Swauger, Samantha Taczak, Robert Toothman, Lauren Twigg, Benjamin Wershing, Nichole Zarnoch and Adriana Zyskowski.
The anti-malaria nets project is one of hundreds of service projects taken on by Wheeling Jesuit students annually as they complete their education.
One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit University offers students a high-quality private education for life, leadership and service and it has been ranked among the top institutions in its "Best Master's Universities in the South" category by "U.S.News and World Reports" since 1995.