WHEELING - Wheeling Jesuit University recently recognized 16 students for academic excellence, service to the community and commitment to values represented by the institution, by inducting them into Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society.
Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, Alpha Sigma Nu encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.
This year's inductees participated in a wide variety of service projects including the daily "bread runs" at Riesbeck's Food Markets in the local area.
Front row, from left to right: Faith Rinklin, Andrea Long, Jenna Klemkowsky, Devon Humienny, Chelsea Amos, Amanda Agdeppa, Emily Robinson, Lucy DeFruscio, Patrick Maxwell. Back row from left to right: Patrick Washington, Peter Scharf, Sarah Buch, John Pennacchio III, Brennan Comfort, Evan Collins, Michael DiCenzo, Patrick Maxwell
Rev. Michael Steltenkamp, S.J., WJU's moderator of Alpha Sigma Nu, noted, "Alpha Sigma Nu is the premier honor society on each Jesuit university campus. To qualify for induction, one must be recognized for excelling in academics, service to others, and fidelity to values represented by Jesuit tradition. Even then, only a limited number of juniors and seniors are inducted each year."
Students inducted this year are:
Amanda Agdeppa, St. Clairsville, Ohio, Chelsea Lee Amos, New Martinsville, W.Va., Sarah Buch, Beckley, W.Va., Evan Collins, Houston, Pa., Brennan Comfort, Washington, Pa., Michael DiCenzo, Yorkville, Ohio, Lucy DeFruscio, Wheeling, W.Va., Devon Jean Humienny, Steubenville, Ohio, Jenna Nicole Klemkowsky, Morgantown, W.Va., Andrea N. Long, Wheeling, W.Va., Patrick Maxwell, Bridgeport, W.Va., John Joseph Pennacchio, III, Weirton, W.Va., Faith Rinklin, Brookville, Ind., Emily Robinson, Circleville, Ohio, Peter Scharf, Kettering, Ohio, and Patrick Washington, Chesapeake, Ohio.
During the induction ceremony, Jay DeFruscio, '87, former men's basketball coach and athletic director at WJU, was the guest speaker. DeFruscio said there are three important things each
Chartered by the state of West Virginia on September 25, 1954, Wheeling Jesuit University consistently is ranked as one of America's top regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and other organizations. It is the youngest Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States and the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia. Its Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and service to others draws a global student body of 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 25 states and 26 countries.