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History Of WJU - 1990's


1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998| 1999

1990:
The NASA Teacher Resource Center opens.

1991:
Wheeling Jesuit is designated as a host site for the Challenger Learning Center.

January 9 -- The college is accepted as a member of NCAA Division II.

May -- Wheeling Jesuit begins a $40 million Capital Campaign.

1992:
January -- Alma Grace McDonough of Parkersburg, WV, makes a $6 million unrestricted gift to the college. That money is used to build the McDonough Center, a 107,000-square-foot health and recreation complex which is completed in time for the 1993-94 school year.

April 13 -- Ground is broken for the Alma Grace McDonough Center.

May 4 -- Alma Grace McDonough dies.

October -- The NTTC opens its 1-800 gateway to federal technology resources.

1993:
April -- The Alma Mater is revised to make it more "singable" and more appropriate to today.

April -- An addition is made to the Benedum Room. The new campus store, mailroom, switchboard and security offices are located beneath this addition.

April -- The faculty gives approval for a new bachelor's degree program in technology and a master's degree program in technology transfer.

April -- Trenching routes are set for the fiber optics network which will enable students to connect through the use of a computer to the campus library or any library across the country from their own room.

July 12 -- Ground-breaking ceremonies are held for the college's new residence hall.

Fall -- The college adds master's degree programs in nursing administration, physical therapy and technology transfer.

September 3 -- U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, U.S. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan and NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin attend the ground- breaking ceremonies for the construction of the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center and the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies.

November 1 -- The Alma Grace McDonough Center opens for use by the students and employees of the college.

November 22 -- The college announced the formation of men's and women's swimming and track teams that will see action in 1994-95.

1994:
February 16 -- The Lady Cardinals basketball team clinches its first WVC regular season title. The team compiles a 20-4 regular season record, and senior Kathy Long is a first-team all-conference selection. Wheeling Jesuit also wins the conference tournament, with Long voted tournament MVP.

March 10-14 -- The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed in the McDonough Center.

March 10-- Wheeling Jesuit receives one of five Proud of Wheeling (POW!) awards at the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce's 1994 annual meeting.

August 18 -- A new dormitory is approved. A new 8 story, $7.9 million dormitory was approved. The structure is to house 275 students.

September 1 -- McDonough Center Dedicated. Thomas Murphy, mayor of Pittsburgh, was the featured speaker.

September 22 -- Challenger Center marks its first flight with more than 30 college employees on board.

October 25 -- Senator Robert C. Byrd and Congressman Alan B. Mollohan dedicates the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies. The CET building is to be the official home of The Classroom of the Future.

1995:
November 28 -- Wheeling Jesuit's theater is renovated. The new Troy Theater, which cost approximately $900,000, is unveiled as the latest addition to Swint Hall.

1996:
June -- Construction of an olympic style track is underway at WJU. The ground for the new track was broken early in the month. The new facility is similar to the one constructed for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The track is a $1 million project, which will be accompanied by a grandstand and pressbox complex.

1997: May -- Swint Hall saw many different renovations, which included the expansion of the Ratt, the game room and additional student activity and theater lobby space. Additional construction includes the expansion of Sara Tracy parking lot. The total cost of the renovations is $1 million.

September 8 -- U.S. News & World Report, in its Sept. 8, 1997 issue, listed Wheeling Jesuit University fourth in its Best Values ranking for Southern Regional Universities. The rankings are based on the ratio of quality to price. In the Sept. 1 issue of the same magazine, the issue of "Best Colleges--1998," Wheeling Jesuit University was listed 15th in the Southern Region for its quality. This magazine uses its own rating system for the 504 Regional Universities.

October 16 -- With the flip of a switch by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the National Technology Transfer Center's $13.5 million headquarters and service facility was officially dedicated Thursday October 16.

At the appointed moment of dedication, gold covering fell away from the glass and brick building's exterior name plate to reveal its official lettering--the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center.

Byrd was joined in dedicating the building by U.S. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, West Virginia Gov. Cecil H. Underwood, Edward Heffernan, acting associate administrator of NASA, and Wheeling Jesuit President Thomas S. Acker, S.J. More than 1,300 Wheeling Jesuit students, faculty, staff, and visitors from the Wheeling community attended the dedication at Emily LaRosa Field. The event was "streamed" to the Internet live where it was accessed by computer users all over the world.

1998:
May 1 -- New Statue Celebrates 'Bridges'
Through the generosity of West Virginia sculptor Bill Hopen, the university has acquired a new bronze statue which sits on the east side of the Chapel of Mary and Joseph. This bronze cast statue depicts a young mother of mixed racial background holding her newborn baby. The hand of the mother BRIDGES the hand of the child signifying the passing on of life from generation to generation.

1999:
August 1999 -- U.S. News & World Report, named Wheeling Jesuit University the 10th best university in the south region for quality of education and 12th in best value.

Fall 1999 -- it was announced that funding had been secured by Sen. Robert C. Byrd for the construction of a new $8.5 million computer and science center. The building will be located behind Donahue Hall and connect to Donahue via an enclosed walkway.

--The arts return to Wheeling Jesuit. The University announced in the Fall of 1999 that every student would be required to take fine arts-based courses as part of the core curriculum. The university formed a partnership with Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center to offer the courses.
--Sports management was added as a degree program at WJU.

--The University learned in 1999 that the Lantz Family donated a 540 acre farm in Jacksonburg, W.Va. to the University. The University has renovated the barn and farm house so that retreats can be held on the site.

Dec. 9 -- the board of directors announced that Rev. George F. Lundy, S.J. Would become the sixth president of Wheeling Jesuit University. Lundy would



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