Wheeling Jesuit University
June 15 --Dr. Thomas Wack becomes the college's first lay academic dean.
Winter --Student body president Jim Doherty is one of 10 student body presidents in the nation chosen by the United States National Students Association for a special tour of Vietnam.
June 12 --Andrew Novotney, Class of 1964, becomes the first Wheeling College graduate to be ordained as a Jesuit priest.
October 12 --The first professional basketball game ever in Wheeling is played in the Wheeling College Field House as the ABA Pittsburgh Condors top the Dallas Chaparrals, 120-118, in a pre-season exhibition.
After five years, Wheeling College became one of the few schools in the nation to quit the Title III program voluntarily. Fr. Currie left with an 80 percent rise in enrollment, gifts from private sources reaching $1 million per year, an evening division and 12 new programs. Although the college still had a $1 million debt by the time he left, Currie was able to balance the yearly budget.
He was born July 9, 1930, in Overbrook, PA, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1950. He held degrees from Boston College and Weston College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was ordained on June 16, 1963. In 1964, he was the host of an NBC television program, "New World on Campus." He currently serves as rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph's in Philadelphia.
September 13 --Men's soccer becomes a varsity sport. The Cardinals win their first game, 3-2, over Linsly Academy.
Fall --A Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved.
Winter --"The Rathskellar" opens for business.
Fall --Graduate business courses are added to the curriculum, and a Master of Business Administration program begins.
December 1 --A 24-hour prayer vigil is held on campus for the hostages being held at the American Embassy in Iran.
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