Dr. Barbara F. Sims Honored for Dedication to Forensics
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Dr. Barbara F. Sims, professor emerita of communication and retired speech and debate coach at Alderson Broaddus University, was recently honored by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association (WVIFA) and the Collegiate Forensic Association (CFA) for her years of dedication to Forensics.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, Dr. Sims was honored at the award ceremony of the WVIFA State Tournament as the pentathlon award was renamed the Barbara F. Sims Pentathlon Award. Students must compete in at least five categories during a given tournament to be eligible for the award. Surrounded by her former students and current forensics competitors from around the state, Dr. Sims received the award for her years of service to West Virginia forensics. She was honored with a reception, presented with a video and picture booklet with comments from former team members, and flowers.
“When I met Barbara, I lacked the self-esteem and confidence to achieve the things in life I wanted,” stated Dr. Tiffany Curtis Elliot ’00. “She convinced me of the potential I had and turned me into a debater and public speaker. She has played a huge part in my life long beyond graduation as a mentor and now close friend. A lot of what I have accomplished today I owe to her.”
The CFA recently awarded Dr. Sims by renaming the Year-Long Lincoln-Douglas (L-D) Debate Award after her during the organization’s Tournament at the Beach on Saturday, March 5 in Ocean City, MD. This award, given to a CFA competitor that exemplifies outstanding merit in L-D policy debate during the year, is a perfect representation of her passion.
“We decided to rename this particular award after Barbara Sims because Lincoln-Douglas Debate has always been what she is passionate about,” stated Dr. Ted Sheckles, president of CFA, during his opening remarks on Saturday’s award ceremony. “L-D Debate was something she always wanted to see thrive, and we have eighteen competitors at this competition this weekend. That says a lot.”
“Dr. Sims was an influential and integral part of my life,” stated Erica Byrd ’03. “She accepted everyone the way they were, and she pushed us to succeed in all facets of our beings.  She has been a driving force behind all I professionally do.”
Dr. Sims began teaching communication at Alderson Broaddus in 1969. Throughout her 44-year tenure, which culminated in 2013 with her retirement, she touched the lives of hundreds of students that went through her classroom and competed on her forensics team. In 2013, Alderson Broaddus University bestowed upon her the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, and she was named Professor Emeritus of Communication in 2015.

CFA Presentation of Award: Dr. Sims presents Taylor Evelyn of Randolph-Macon College with the Barbara F. Sims Year-Long Lincoln-Douglas Debate award during the CFA’s Tournament at the Beach in Ocean City, MD for his outstanding showing in policy debate throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.WVIFA Awards: After receiving the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association’s Award for a Lifetime of Dedication to West Virginia Forensics, Dr. Sims embraces Danny Ray III, former President of WVIFA and coach of Marshall University’s Thundering Word forensics team.


Students and job-seeking community members invited to speak with local businesses
PHILIPPI, W.Va. –The Office of Career Services at Alderson Broaddus University is hosting its 6th Annual AB Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 16 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Hamer Campus Center. 
The Annual AB Job and Internship Fair is an outstanding opportunity for businesses to meet with highly qualified candidates that will be able to make significant contributions to their organization as interns or full time employees. 
“This year we have also decided to invite members in the community who are looking for jobs to attend along with our students,” said Teresa VanAlsburg, director of career services. “We at AB look forward to this event every year and are excited to provide businesses with a venue to visit with and collect resumes from students, soon-to-be graduates, and former students, and those in the community who are currently job searching.”
VanAlsburg says there are over 20 businesses participating to date, and a complete list can be found at www.ab.edu/jobfair2016 .  Be sure to check the list as it is updated frequently to include participants as they RSVP.  
“We realize organizations may not be hiring immediately, but are glad to see that they consider this as an opportunity to get acquainted with the skills that our graduates possess, and to network with our younger students to lay the groundwork for their future employment needs,” said VanAlsburg.
For more information, please contact Teresa VanAlsburg at (304)457-6380 or via e-mail at vanalsburgtd@ab.edu.


Dr. Bobic to sign copies of With the People’s Consent at Meadowbrook Mall 
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University’s Dr. Michael Bobic, assistant professor of political science and local author, will be conducting a book signing for his new book “With the People’s Consent” on Saturday, March 19 at Meadowbrook Mall. The event will take place at Books-A-Million from 3 to 5 p.m. where copies of the book will be available.
“With the People’s Consent” explores Howard Baker’s ability to lead the United States Senate at a time when it was divided by partisanship and ideology. This book features a quantitative analysis of Senate leadership through roll call analysis, an evaluation of the advantages and difficulties in roll call data, an a discussion of data used to evaluate Baker’s leadership in the 95th to 98th Congress. With the People’s Consent addresses how the current instability of the Senate could be improved by looking toward Baker’s own success during a tumultuous time.
“I am truly humbled to have not only completed this manuscript, but am indebted to all those who helped me along the way,” said Bobic. “This book is especially dedicated to Senator Howard Baker, a model of leadership for us all. I’m excited to bring his story, one that supports him as a highly effective leader during extraordinarily difficult times, to life.”
This event is free and open to the public.

AB President Barry Meets with Philippi Community

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University hosted a Meet and Greet Luncheon with Interim President, Dr. Tim Barry, on Monday afternoon, February 29, at the Taj Moe Hall in Philippi. The university invited community members to join them for lunch in order to meet Dr. Barry and to hear what he has to say about the state of the university’s present and future. 
Several community officials, leaders, business owners, and residents filled the banquet hall as Dr. Barry introduced himself those in attendance, including Karen Weaver, Philippi City Manager; Reggie Trefethen and Cheryl Wolfe, Barbour County Development Authority; Eric Ruf, Belington Medical Clinic and Board of Education member; Ed Larry, Philippi City Councilman; John Cutright, Barbour County Assessor; Leckta Poling, Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney; Millard and Valerie Minor, Philippi Lions Club; Jeff Powelson, Broaddus Hospital; Ben Propst, County Coordinator; and many others. 
Dr. Barry’s presentation highlighted the periods transition and transformation the university has continually faced throughout its rich history—the merging of the Alderson Academy and Broaddus College in 1932, the official restructuring from college to university in 2013, and Barry’s appointment as interim president in December 2015. Barry’s appointment at AB is expected to continue past his December 2016 contract.
“We are an institution that has been in transition its entire existence,” says Dr. Barry. “It’s a journey of transition and, in my opinion, without that we wouldn’t be who we are.”
In addition to discussing the current transitional period, Barry expressed his desire to rebuild and strengthen to university’s ties with the Philippi community and Barbour County. 
“I’ve found a lot of tremendous opportunities. We’re an economic engine for the City of Philippi… Barbour County… West Virginia,” Barry says, “but we live in a city that is also an engine to us. Together, we can build that economic engine. That’s so important. Where are we together? How can we put the facts on the table and say, this is what we could do together?”
The answers to these questions and many more about the future of Alderson Broaddus and Philippi remain to be heard. Look to future issues of The Barbour Democrat as we chronicle this period of transition and transformation through Dr. Barry’s presidency at Alderson Broaddus.

AB Launches Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is pleased to announce the addition of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. The announcement was made on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 during a press conference held on AB’s campus.
The new exercise science major reaffirms the importance of the institution’s history and heritage in the health sciences while developing new academic programs to match 21st century market-driven demands. This program serves as excellent preparation for further study in various health care fields.  
“We are pioneering the way and being proactive to the changes that are forthcoming in the athletic training field,” said Dr. Michael Boehke; chair of the school of athletic training, program director and associate professor of athletic training at AB. “The exercise science major will be housed in the College of Health Sciences. Students who complete the degree will earn a Bachelor of Science in exercise science with a concentration in at least one of four health care specializations: athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthotics and prosthetics.”
The exercise science major provides an option for undergraduate students seeking future employment in a health care profession. The program at Alderson Broaddus University was specifically designed to focus students’ attention on professions associated with rehabilitation.
“A bachelor’s degree in exercise science will teach students how to create exercise programs that are safe and effective for a variety of individuals,” said Boehke. “Students will learn to promote wellness within individuals of different fitness levels and abilities. The curriculum will focus on rehabilitation, injury prevention and sports performance, and will include an internship.”  
Courses will include: anatomy and physiology, orthopedic evaluation, rehabilitation, kinesiology and biomechanics, nutrition, and psychology.  
Graduates will be qualified to pursue a graduate education in many other health care fields, including athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthotics and prosthetics.  They will also be prepared to take the exams required to become fitness instructors, strength and conditioning specialists, and cancer exercise trainers.
“The major is designed to allow students to participate in extracurricular activities and possibly travel abroad while earning their degree,” said Boehke. “It is our hope that this program will become a premiere major in preparing future health care professionals.”  
To view the press conference in its entirety, please click here.
Alderson Broaddus University is continuing to work on adding more academic initiatives, which will be announced in the near future.