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John Waltz

VP for Enrollment Management

M.A., Communication, West Virginia University, 2001
Weirton, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
Like most students, when I was in high school I didn't know what I wanted to do. When looking for schools, I wanted to find one that gave me the opportunity to write, study, act, sing, engage in leadership activities, be in a fraternity, and a variety of other things all in one place without being tied to any one specific major or activity. Wesleyan provided me those opportunities as it does for all of our students today. You are shaped greatly as a person even more than you are as a student. 

Any advice to prospective students:
At the risk of sounding like my father, read a book! The most difficult transition from high school to college is the volume of reading.



Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Master of Business Administration, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2008
New Martinsville, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
My favorite thing about Wesleyan is the true "family" feeling you get around campus. Everyone knows each other and are willing to give a helping hand whenever someone needs it. Also, as a former student-athlete I get excited when anyone talks about Wesleyan athletics. Whether it is on the court, on the field, or in the pool, Wesleyan puts out a solid team that strives to win championships. 

Any advice to prospective students:
My advice to prospective students would be to get involved. Whether you are joining a club, fraternity, sorority, or playing a sport, be involved on campus. It not only helps you build relationships with your peers but also helps prepare you for life after college.


Leah Ripley

Associate Director of Admissions

MA, Communication Studies, West Virginia University, 2013
Dillonvale, OH

Favorite thing about WVWC:
Its beauty. The first time I set foot on Wesleyan's campus was a cold, rainy, gloomy night in the middle of winter. I remember saying to myself, "this place is gorgeous." The buildings' architecture, the chapel and now the addition of the fountain in the center of campus, WVWC's beauty is truly remarkable. 

Any advice to prospective students:
Though it's a cheesy saying, it's true, "the early bird gets the worm." Don't wait to apply; apply early. Don't wait to complete your FAFSA; complete it as soon as you can. Don't wait to visit; visit soon. The sooner you get things done, the more opportunity that awaits you, the better chance you have for more financial assistance, the easier your decision making process will be. I can't say it enough, so, what are you waiting for?

 Josh Lopitz

Admissions Counselor

B.A., Communication Studies, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2016
Leonardtown, MD

Favorite thing about WVWC:

My favorite thing about Wesleyan is the small campus aspect. I love being able to walk around our campus and not have to drive to another office. That being said, it’s so easy to get involved on campus because you can’t walk more than a couple feet without seeing a student lead organization promoting an activity. I think it’s great how personal you can get with our professors because it creates and individualized learning system you can’t find anywhere else. Really. You get on a first name basis with your professors; to me this helps students learn more efficiently because they aren’t intimidated by a professor who may have multiple degrees.

Any advice to prospective students:
My advice to our prospective students would be to just get involved. Don’t stay in your residence hall 24/7! Don’t go home for the first month and a half. You chose Wesleyan for four years. You need to get your feet wet here because even though we are such a small college, so so so much goes on here. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Wesleyan offers more resources for students than you could ever count. Lastly, get ready for the best four years of your life and sign-up for B.O.O.T Camp if you are an incoming freshman!


Jaclyn "Jackie" Luciany
Admissions Counselor

B.A. Communication Studies, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2015
Pennsauken, NJ

Favorite thing about WVWC:
My favorite thing about Wesleyan is the community within the campus. Everyone is willing to do anything it takes to help everyone succeed. Whether it means helping someone move into their dorm the first day freshman year, or if anyone is having trouble with school work. There is always somewhere to go for help. It's a pretty good feeling when you know you always have someone looking out for you and your are always looking out for others.

Any advice to prospective students:
My advice for prospective students would be to never be afraid to try new things, and do not be afraid to come out of your shell. This campus is very supportive of everyone being their own unique person. There will always be a place at Wesleyan for you to get involved and I encourage that you do so. Every organization at Wesleyan are very welcoming so do not be afraid to join anything. Enjoy these next four years at Wesleyan because they fly by and they are some of the best years you will ever have!


Emily Noel
Admissions Counselor

B.S. Business Management, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2015
Elkton, MD

Favorite thing about WVWC:
I could go on and on about how much I love the beauty of Wesleyan or how AWESOME the faculty and staff are; but my favorite thing about WVWC was the memories I made and the people I shared them with. Being a student athlete and joining Greek Life, I was able to meet so many wonderful people. I made my best friends at Wesleyan and I wouldn't trade my experiences for anything!

Any advice to prospective students:
Your life at Wesleyan is completely what you make of it. It is important to be involved on campus, you will develop friendships with people that you may not have met otherwise. My last bit of advice is GO TO BIG BINGO, if you don't attend Big Bingo, You're doing college wrong. Trust me. It's Cool. 



Morganne Tenney
Transfer and Graduate Enrollment Coordinator

B.Sc. Marketing with minor in Spanish, WVWC, 2012
MBA, WVWC, 2014
Winfield, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
There were many aspects of WVWC that I fell in love with when I first visited as a high school senior, but one moment sealed the deal for me. While visiting the campus for track & field, I decided to sit in on a business class to see the academic side. I sat in the back and watched as Professor Mike Ervin walked in and began calling roll for class. I was stunned! He continued to engage the class by calling students by name and asking questions. I remember thinking, “Wow! They care if you are in class; there won’t be any skipping class here!” WVWC faculty and staff care about you. I’ve always felt I was a part of something bigger, not just a student/staff/faculty member (and I’ve been all three!).

Any advice to prospective students:
My parents always told me that your friends in college will be your friends for life; they weren’t wrong! Take advantage of every opportunity to get involved, meet every person you possibly can, and watch how your relationships will support and carry you beyond graduation.

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