Coronavirus Disease

Health Advisory: Coronavirus

Campus Communications

May 22


Dear Wheeling University Community,

Unprecedented times require unprecedented collaboration, cooperation and planning, and thanks to YOU-- our dedicated faculty and employees -- we are accomplishing great work to overcome the challenges the Coronavirus has brought.

Daily meetings are being held in a variety of areas to plan for the upcoming academic year and to help ensure Wheeling University remains strong and resilient in the midst of this time of continued uncertainty. 

Our Commencement Committee is hard at work planning for our July 25 ceremony. I am pleased to announce that Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott, a Georgetown University law school graduate, will serve as our speaker. Mayor Elliott is a product of Jesuit education and understands the Ignatian principles we continue to instill in our students. I believe he will offer the Class of 2020 some beneficial insights to take with them in life. With the help of members of the senior class and SGA, we are mapping out the details of the ceremony, and how best to honor this very special class. I will continue to update the community on the specifics of the ceremony as they come into focus. 

Baccalaureate will be held the evening before Commencement – Friday, July 24. Like Commencement, Baccalaureate will take place on Bishop Schmitt Field. I am working with the Diocese to ensure that Bishop Brennan and other priests from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston can join Fr. Jim Conroy, Fr. Hadi Sasmita and Fr. Rich McCouch, to celebrate this Mass with our students and their families.

We have begun recognizing the members of the Class of 2020 on our social media platforms. I would like to remind any graduating senior who hasn’t sent their information and photo to Kelly Klubert at, to do so soon. It is important to me that we honor each member of the class, so please take a few moments to send us this information if you haven’t already.

The campus community is preparing for our June 12th Virtual Cardinal Orientation for deposited students, which will feature a live GoToMeeting session with Admission, Academic Affairs and Student Life personnel. To comply with social distancing rules, we have decided that it is best to provide a virtual orientation at this time. Orientation packets will be mailed to all participants prior to the event. On June 12, emails will be sent to the prospective students that will include videos and how to join the GoToMeeting session. 

We hope to begin having Sunday Mass in the Chapel of Mary and Joseph soon. Fr. Hadi Sasmita is working with our Director of Physical Plant, Bruce McColloch, on properly spacing the seats inside the Chapel. As part of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s guidelines, all churches must comply with social distancing requirements. I promise to keep the Community updated on this date.

Last Friday, May 15, on the Feast of Isidore the Farmer, patron of farmers and farm laborers, Fr. Rich McCouch, S.J. offered a blessing for our campus garden. Fr. Jim Conroy, S.J., Fr. Hadi Sasmita, S.J. and members of the faculty and staff gathered at the garden, located behind Sara Tracy, for this special blessing. Some employees planted tomato plants in the newly renovated garden beds. I am grateful for members of the Cardinal family who took time out of their day to gather for this special event.

In order for the growth and financial health of our University to continue moving in the right direction, payroll will now be managed and processed by the Office of Business and Finance. This will allow for stronger control over the creation, maintenance, and management of the largest operating expense of the University. Questions related to the processing of payroll can be directed to Debra Sine, Accountant. All employee benefits will continue to be managed by the Office of Human Resources.  

We had a pleasant surprise this morning. Wheeling University football recruit Anthony (AJ) Warren Haythe, Jr. and his family were on the Today Show’s Virtual Plaza. In the video, AJ can be seen displaying the Wheeling University Cardinal, and he and his father, Anthony, were dressed in Wheeling University apparel. AJ’s recognition is the second feature in this video. The Today Show also recognized Anthony, Sr. who retired after 30 years as a Washington, D.C. police officer. We look forward to welcoming AJ and his family to our campus soon! 

As we enter this Memorial Day weekend, let us take time to remember with gratitude and pride all those men and women who served and perished for our country and for our freedom. I wish you a happy and safe weekend.


With gratitude,


Ginny R. Favede

President, Wheeling University


Student & Employee Hardship: Financial Support

Students and employees experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 related changes can apply for an emergency award.  Read more about eligibility requirements and examples of needs that may qualify.



Support Emergency Funding

To those in the Cardinal Family who are looking for tangible ways to help students and employees who may have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, gifts can be made to the President’s Fund of Excellence.  The President’s Fund of Excellence was created as a place where the Cardinal Family can make philanthropic gifts, allowing the University to respond to emerging needs at the University.




Who to contact if you have questions:

Student Concerns – contact the Office of Student Services

Daytime: 304-243-2350
Evening: 304-830-4683


Employee Concerns – contact the Office of Human Resources


Academic Concerns – contact the Office of Academic Affairs


Athletic Concerns – contact the Athletic Office


Media Calls/Concerns – contact Kelly Klubert


All Other Concerns


Cleaning/sanitizing – The University has increased its cleaning and sanitizing efforts across all University buildings. All pertinent surfaces are being cleaned multiple times a day. Students and employees should take care to clean their shared spaces such as door knobs, desks, keyboards, etc.  

Staying Healthy – There are a variety of resources available to help ensure that you stay healthy over the coming weeks. Recommendations include:

  • Maintain social distancing where possible, avoid unnecessary contact.


Check back to this page frequently for more updates.



Additional Communications

May 15 - Campus Update from the President

May 8 - Campus Communication from the President

May 1 - Update from the President

April 30 - CARES Act - Higher Education Relief Fund Grant

April 30 - Federal CARES Act Guidelines

April 27 - Wheeling University Offers Academic Support Services to Students

April 27 - Health & Mental Health Assistance Remain Available to Students

April 17 - Campus Update from the President

April 11 - Update from the President

April 3 - President's Update

March 27 - Important Information for WU Students During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 27 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 19 - NCAA Student-Athlete Q&A

March 18 - President's Update to Campus Community 

March 18 - Wheeling University to Close Residence Halls, Extend Online Instruction for Remainder of Semester

March 18 - President's Update

March 18 - Student Q & A

March 18 - President's Update to Campus Community  

March 17 - Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID-19

March 17 - Keep on Learning While Keeping Safe

March 13 - MEC Suspends All Activities Indefinitely

March 13 - President's Update

March 13 - Wheeling University to Begin Online Course Delivery March 16

March 13 - The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling University

March 12 - Coronavirus Information

March 12 - Highlights of WV Governor Jim Justice’s Press Briefing on COVID-19 Response

March 10 -  Wheeling University's Coronavirus Task Force Announcement

March 6 - Residence Life: COVID-19