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PAGE 11  50 YEAR CLUB NEWSLETTER                         VOLUME 7 ISSUE 3

Jesuits Making an Impact on Campus and in the Community

From teaching and counseling WJU students to serving and developing programs for the people in Wheeling and the
state of West Virginia, the Jesuit Community is touching the lives of many individuals each and everyday. “All the Jes-
uits at WJU work to support spiritual nurturing and growth, both on campus and throughout the Diocese of Wheeling-
Charleston. We not only minister to the needs of our students, we also impact the greater community through our daily
Masses on campus and with the Sisters at Mount St. Joseph, not to mention our service to projects in the city and across
the state,” said Rev. Jim Conroy, S.J., superior of WJU's Jesuit Community.

At right are Jesuit community members: in front (L-R)
Rev. William George, S.J., and Rev. Mike Woods, S.J.
Second row; Rev. Don Serva, S.J. and Rev. Jim Fleming,
S.J. and in back Rev. Jim Conroy, S.J., Rev. Michael
Steltenkamp, S.J., Rev. Luis Tampe, S.J., Rev. Brian
O'Donnell, S.J. and Rev. William Rickel, S.J.
Rev. Luis Tampe, S.J. is the academic support coordina-
tor for Wheeling Jesuit's Jesuit STRONG program. Jesuit
STRONG -- Scholars Trained and Ready for Our Next
Generation - gives high-achieving graduates of Cristo
Rey High Schools from across the country, an affordable
way to receive a Jesuit college education. In this role, Fr.
Tampe will teach the Jesuit Strong freshman seminar,
coordinate on-campus internships for the students, pro-
vide one-on-one academic counseling and help the stu-
dents make a seamless transition into WJU. Additionally,
Tampe is teaching two undergraduate classes - one in religion and one international studies.

“Each of these 10 priests at WJU plays a uniquely Jesuit role on campus. One aspect of being a Jesuit in this millenni-
um is to work well in partnership with others. While there is no denying the distinctive role of a Jesuit at a Jesuit uni-
versity, learning how to lead by example, by working with others is a model of servant leadership needed in the 21st
century,” said WJU President, Rev. James Fleming, S.J.

Like Tampe, all of the Jesuits have roles on campus, two members have additional responsibilities that stretch beyond
the campus - one whose work makes an impact on the lives of many throughout West Virginia; and one whose pres-
ence will leave a footprint in the Wheeling community.
Rev. Brian O'Donnell, S.J. is executive secretary of the Catholic Conference of West Virginia, as well as serving as di-
rector of the Department of Social Ministries; both are positions with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. His work
throughout the state is embodies the WJU mission to be a person for others. Through his efforts at the state legislature
and with state agencies, Fr. O'Donnell represents the interests of the hungry, the impoverished, the imprisoned and the
sick. In addition, Fr. O'Donnell has worked on a series of pastoral letters on health and poverty issues in West Virginia
for the Most. Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

A familiar face, Fr. Mike Woods has returned to serve as the sustainability coordinator for WJU's Clifford Lewis, S.J.
Appalachian Institute and also will teach courses at the university. In his new role, Fr. Woods will be responsible for all
activities and programs on the WJU campus that promote environmental sustainability and expanding current efforts, as
well as engage students and employees to participate in the program. Also, he will be responsible for development of
new programs that promote sustainability on-campus, in the local community, during immersion trips and at Lantz
Farm and work with on-campus department to implement sustainability programs. Also, he will work closely with
Grow Ohio Valley (GOV), a non-profit founded by WJU alumnus, Danny Swan '09, to confront the problem of food
insecurity -- that is growing and providing residents with access to good healthy food.

“We are a diverse Jesuit community, both in ages and backgrounds. The one thing we have in common is our desire to
live out Wheeling Jesuit's mission to be men in service of others,” Conroy added.
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