Solak’s Heroic Effort Saves Woman During West Virginia Flooding

Philippi, W.Va. – Josiah Solak, a sophomore from Lewisburg, W.Va. and member of the Alderson Broaddus wrestling team, was a hero during the flooding that took place in the southern parts of West Virginia last week.

As the flooding began to worsen, Josiah and his father rescued a woman who was trapped in her car as it was being carried away by the water. They proceeded by taking her to a nearby tree while Josiah held her for nearly five hours.

The woman that was saved wanted to give up a number of times but Josiah stayed positive the entire time and would not give up even when the situation was getting extremely tough.

During the flooding, the Solak’s home was damaged and both Josiah and brother Davis Solak, who is also a member of the AB wrestling team, lost all of their clothing.

A family member of the Solak family has set up a gofundme page to help support the family. If you can help them out, even a little, to recover from the devastation suffered in White Sulfur Springs, it would be incredibly meaningful.

AB Mass Communications Students Win Crystal Award

Congratulations are extended to a number of mass communication students.  Their course project, “AB is YOU” was awarded a Crystal Award from the West Virginia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.  “AB is YOU” received the award in the category video commercial for broadcast/and or web delivery submitted by students.  Produced by a team from the COMM 270 Video Production I course during spring 2015, the two minute video was directed by Eric Messick (2015) and Rory Winwood (2016). Forrest Miles (2015) served as video editor.  An original music score was composed and recorded by Messick for this production.

Other students involved in the project included Chris Stephens (2016), Tyler Schiefelbein, Khyree Robinson, and Tyler Upton.  The video was created as a promotional vehicle for the AB admissions department and was used on the University’s web site for eight months.  Isaac Mei (2014), who was working with AB’s admissions department at the time, provided the narration and served as the executive producer.

To alleviate local prejudice, the finalists in all categories were chosen by the Public Relations Society of America chapter in Chicago.  This was AB’s first entry into the Crystal Award competition.  Dr. James M. Owston, associate professor of mass communication and the course’s instructor, accepted the award on behalf of AB during the PRSA-WV Crystal Award gala on June 15 at The Cultural Center in Charleston.

The West Virginia Chapter annually honors the best public relations materials in 30 categories.  Each category has five award groups:  business and industry, not-for-profit, political and issue management, pro-bono, and student.

According the PRSA-WV, “Work entered by West Virginia practitioners or agencies can be for any client or employer, not just those based in West Virginia; work done for West Virginia based companies, or companies doing business in West Virginia may be submitted by out-of-state agencies or practitioners. Any student attending a West Virginia college or university may enter.”

“Project entries are judged on their own merits according to professional standards.”  In addition to the Crystal Awards, honorable mention certificates are awarded in each category.  This year’s competition had the largest number of entries in PRSA-WV’s history.JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI5NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjI1NDAlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGcmVUR25CSWtTTVUlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=

Alderson Broaddus University – Congratulates Class of 2016

On Saturday, May 7, Alderson Broaddus University held its 145th annual commencement ceremony in Rex Pyle Arena as 184 students successfully completed their college career.

This year’s commencement address was given by Senator William P. Cole III, President of the West Virginia Senate. Cole’s address to this year’s class, “The Solution is Within You”, challenged students to look within themselves and realize that their aspirations for the next chapter of their lives could be achieved with courage, determination, and faith.

Following the opening invocation by Dr. Danny Franke, President James “Tim” Barry welcomed students, faculty, families, friends, and community members to the ceremony.

After the welcome from President Barry, honorary degrees were presented to three recipients: J.D. Long, Doctor of Education, Michael B. Sisson, Doctor of Divinity, and William P. Cole III, Doctor of Public Service.

During the ceremony, the West Virginians performed the national anthem and “Depart in Peace”.

The Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Andrea Bucklew. Class President Alycia M. (Horner) Perrine lead the students in the turning of the tassel as the new graduates officially became Alderson Broaddus alumni.

President Barry closed the ceremony with the “Charge to the Graduates” address, followed by the closing benediction, read by Chaplain Carl W. Gittings.


Alderson Broaddus University to hold 2016 commencement this Saturday, May 7

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is excited for Republican Senator William P. Cole III to serve as the 2016 commencement speaker on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 10 A.M. in Rex Pyles Arena in the Memorial Coliseum.

The traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 6, at 1 P.M. in Wilcox Chapel.

Senator William P. Cole III was elected to the West Virginia Senate in November 2012. As a Senator, he served on the Confirmations, Education, Government Organization, Health and Human Resources, Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.

Prior to his service in the Senate, he was appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates by Gov. Joe Manchin in May 2010 to fill a vacancy in the then-24th District.

A fifth-generation of businessman, Senator Cole began his career in his family’s heavy-duty truck dealership in Bluefield, and later expanded into five automobile dealerships in West Virginia and Kentucky, a manufacturing facility in Tennessee, and other business interests. Today, those businesses provide jobs to about 500 people.

By the age of 13, he was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Senator Cole also is an ATP-rated (airline transport) pilot with 38 years and more than 4,000 total hours of flying experience. His ratings also include jet, helicopter, and seaplane.

Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the Development Authority of the Greater Bluefield Area and the W. Paul Cole Jr. School of Business at Bluefield State College. In 2013, he was named as a Who’s Who in West Virginia Business by The State Journal.

Senator Cole is the son of Paul and Carol Cole of Bluefield. Cole earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in auto marketing from Northwood University in Michigan. He is married to Brownie Cole, and is the father of four children – Elizabeth, Taylor, Jason, and Lee.

Commencement will be streamed online with full audio and video for those relatives and friends who cannot make it to campus. Information regarding the weekend’s activities will be posted as it becomes available at: