Then tonight at 7 PM, Dr. John Poffenbarger, professor of political science at WJU, will return to talk about Comparative Modern Political Systems for the OCPL's People's University Government series.
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More about Dr. Laker's book:
The 60-acre campus of Wheeling Jesuit University is located in the eastern suburbs of Wheeling, West Virginia. Originally named Wheeling College, it is the youngest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. John Swint, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, and the Jesuits founded Wheeling College as a traditional, coeducational, liberal arts institution. In time, faculty and students became quite diverse, and programs of study proliferated. The institution added “Jesuit” to its name in 1988 to become Wheeling Jesuit College and, eight years later, became a university and modified its name accordingly. In 1994, the board of directors approved a mission statement that calls on Wheeling Jesuit University to educate men and women for life, leadership, and service with and among others.
Author Bio: Dr. Joseph A. Laker, who taught history at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1974 to 2009, reviewed thousands of photographs to choose more than 200 images to illustrate the history of the school from its founding in 1954 to the present. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and those interested in local history will find this pictorial story of Wheeling Jesuit University and how it has grown and changed during the past half-century enjoyable and informative.