A Great Partnership

Our location on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University leads to a wonderful symbiotic relationship with our partner in education. Not only does Center for Educational Technologies staff contribute to the university's overall mission of Jesuit education and service, we offer a learning laboratory for WJU students, who get the opportunity to help us in our research for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and NASA, for example. In fact, two WJU seniors, Matt Petrole and Steven Nowak, have worked on the CyGaMEs Selene videogame research program during their entire time at the university, performing advanced computer programming. They are key members of the project team now.

Many of our staff also provide services to WJU. Associate director Dr. Laurie Ruberg teaches an online education course each semester. Video manager Don Watson has taught a variety of classes in the Communications Department and oversees the university's CardinalCast productions of sporting events both online and for local cable TV, assisted by our video director/producer, Stacy Keller. Our video production facilities and studio give students hands-on experience in broadcasting under Watson's supervision. Those students are also getting work with the NASA DLiNfo Channel, which is managed through the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future program. Dana Hackley, who helped coordinate the DLiNfo Channel, served as an adjunct faculty member in 2012.

Service and Charity
One less publicized aspect of the relationship with Wheeling Jesuit is how many of our employees contribute to the university's mission of service to others. Some of our employees take part in the daily "bread runs" that involve picking up donated food from the local Riesbeck's grocery chain and Panera Bread and delivering them to the Catholic Neighborhood Center in Wheeling. Ruberg maintains a memorial scholarship to fund WJU-organized trips in which students perform community service in needy areas. These are just a couple of examples. If there's a service event on campus, it's a fair bet someone from the Center for Educational Technologies is pitching in as well.

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