Alderson Broaddus Students and Staff Earn Crystal Award Honors

Crystal_AwardsCharleston, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University students in Media Practicum and Video Production classes brought home Crystal Awards and three other honorable mentions presented by the Public Relations Society of America-West Virginia Chapter June 14 at the PRSA-W.Va. Gala in Charleston.

The COMM 220 Media Practicum class brought home the Script Crystal Award for their radio broadcast about the “Philippi Mummies”, a story that chronicled amateur scientist Graham Hamrick’s experiments that culminated in the eventual mummification of two deceased female inmates from the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va.

The class began with collecting research about the two female mummies, selecting sound effects, and formulating questions. Sophomore Malik Washington interviewed museum volunteer Ed Larry and a script was prepared after the interview was recorded. While senior Marcus Hardinger was the story’s reporter, a female voice was needed to read a letter written by a 40-year old woman who would eventually become mummified following her death from natural causes. Since COMM 220 had only male students, Digital Edge president and public relations senior Ciera Nestor lent her talents to the project. In addition, seniors Tyler Hott and Luis Velasco participated on the project.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting aired the story twice on October 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM during “West Virginia Morning” and at 5:45 PM during the evening local news segment. The broadcast occurred over WVPB’s 16 transmitters and translators that cover the entire state as well as portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

In addition, the production was rebroadcast during the Halloween edition of “Inside Appalachia,” which aired twice on these same stations on Sunday, October 30, 2016. As a syndicated program, “Inside Appalachia” is heard over 15 additional stations in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The combined potential audience for the students’ production over all 31 outlets could number more than 50,000 listeners.

The second Crystal Award winner came in the Long Form Video category produced by the COMM 271 Video Production I class.

The production was created for the AB Advancement Office to promote Giving Day 2017. The Giving Day campaign raised $25,625 that went to support 25 student scholarships. The video featured several members of the faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni. It promoted the May 3, 2017 Giving Day event. COMM 271 students were involved in videography, chromakey, audio production, and editing. Participating students included Quaseem Fields, Kelvin Gilcreast, Phillip Grant, Tyler Hott, Earl Kochel, Jordan Look, Tyson McDonald, Ciera Nestor, Lora Owston, Joe Ravenell, Leah Russo, Dillon Schoolcraft, Paris Vaughan, Malik Washington, Jacob Whitlock, and Adam Zirkelbach. In addition, senior Tyler Schiefelbein, who had taken the class in 2015, provided the narration.

“I am excited for the students that participated in these award winning projects,” said Dr. James Owston, Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “Not only did they receive practical experience, they have the opportunity to use these accolades to build their resumes. It really says something when your work is judged worthy by professionals who currently work in the field.”

Sophomore Lora Owston received an honorable mention for her submission of a card promoting AB’s RN to BSN program. Lora designed the informational card as part of her work study position in AB’s Marketing Department in the spring.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences received an honorable mention for the College’s 2016 summer newsletter that was produced for the months of June through September.

The Mass Communication program also received an honorable mention for its assessment poster. The poster was used as part of AB’s Annual Assessment Day held on May 19.

“This is the second year that AB has submitted entries, and the competition from the other mass communication and public relations programs in the state is stiff,” Owston said. “Having won a Crystal Award last year and two Crystals and three honorable mentions this year is confirmation that AB is preparing students for a lifetime of achievement.”

The West Virginia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America opens submissions every spring for work created by any West Virginia public relations practitioner or student. In addition, out-of-state practitioners and agencies may submit work that was completed on behalf of any West Virginia client. A research component for each submission was added for the 2017 call for submissions and comprised a significant portion of the scoring. The Public Relations Council of Alabama judged this year’s submissions to eliminate local bias.

Starks Named to Future of Nursing West Virginia 40 Under 40

Emily StarksPhilippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University Nursing Faculty Instructor Emily Starks was honored as one of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders by the Future of Nursing West Virginia.

The Future of Nursing West Virginia is an action coalition comprised of a diverse array of stakeholders, charged with transforming health care through nursing.

“For me nursing is a deeply personal calling, my life’s work,” said Starks. “I am honored to be among the outstanding emerging nurse leaders recognized by this award. Nursing plays an integral role in the health of our state and country. As the nurses’ role continues to expand in the future, I hope to be able to educate and mentor future nurse leaders.”

The purpose of the 40 Under 40 Award is to engage, support and develop the next generation of West Virginia Nurse Leaders. All award winners will receive their awards on August 19th at the annual awards gala.

Alderson Broaddus School of Nursing Alums Take Classroom into the Community

Philippi, W.Va. – A pair of Alderson Broaddus University School of Nursing graduates are taking their classroom work and carrying it out into the community.

“While furthering my education in the BSN program, I worked on a couple of projects with a class mate about community health and wellness,” Sara Deffet ‘17 said. “We were told to ‘find a need in the community and develop a plan of how to meet that need.’”

Deffet and Caraline Baxa, 2017 graduates of Alderson Broaddus’ LPN-BSN program, collected data and interviewed many people in the community. Through their research they discovered a passion and need for recovery services and awareness of the recovery services that are available.

“Due to the number of clients who need recovery services, availability and attainability of such services, it is hard not only for the person struggling, but for the providers who are trying to find services or community resources available to continue care,” Deffet said.

The solution was a location where anyone struggling with or from any of life’s hurts or hang ups could “take the next right step” and go where recovery services are available.

As Deffet and Baxa work to make this project a reality, they in conjunction with Mike Holliday the owner of Wellsmart Rehab and Fitness in Philippi, W.Va., they will be hosting a day of recovery and rediscovery on May 28 at 2 p.m. to raise awareness at the future site of The Next Right Step, 1600 Stalnaker Road, Philippi, W.Va.

Please bring a chair and your fishing pole. The pond on site has been stocked with 150 lbs. of trout. There will be a lunch provided and covered dishes are accepted, but are optional.

The Next Right Step is not a treatment center, but a safe, supportive place for those in need.

For more information, contact Mike Holliday (304) 457-9355.


Alderson Broaddus University Announces Rev. Dr. Marilyn Turner-Triplett as Commencement Speaker

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Philippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University announced Rev. Dr. Marilyn Turner-Triplett as the 2017 Commencement Speaker for the 146th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Rex Pyles Arena in the Memorial Coliseum.

The traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel.

Turner-Triplett currently realizes her commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ by serving as the founding director for Rizpah’s Children, the American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ initiative that is focused on creating a network of community outreach ministries that provide long term solutions to the complex problems that children who are encumbered by poverty face each day.  Rizpah’s Children takes its name from Dr. Turner-Triplett’s sermon by that same name which tells the 2nd Samuel 21:1-10 account of Rizpah, a mother who advocated for the seven slain children of Saul; two of her own and five of another.  The sermon and the ministry call on us to follow Rizpah’s example by proclaiming, through our diligent actions, that we will not stand idly by while allowing children to be consumed by the systems that prey upon the poor.

Dr. Turner-Triplett also facilitates the denomination’s connections with American Baptist related colleges, universities and seminaries.  In that capacity, she works with these institutions of higher learning to assure that the voices of theological educators and their students are included in the ministries and perspectives of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies.

In the past, Turner-Triplett has provided leadership and direction for missional ministries of ABHMS, including discipleship, community and congregational transformation, intercultural strategies, caring and prophetic justice ministries, efforts associated with Children in Poverty, and youth leadership development.  She has also previously provided oversight to the development and implementation of effective mission and management strategies for ABHMS.

Turner-Triplett is a writer whose works are featured in various devotional and inspirational books, Bibles, and magazines. She is actively involved in many faith-based and community boards and organizations. Turner-Triplett loves Jesus, and one of the greatest joys in her life is being called of God to spread the good news of Christian love, power, and faithfulness. She is convinced that the privilege of being able to touch even one life under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit is to be blessed beyond measure. Her ongoing prayer is that her ministry will please and honor Jesus Christ.

Turner-Triplett was born in Rochester, Pa., the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Walter L. Turner and Julia M. Turner. Her corporate background in Information Technology and Business Process Engineering led her to the Philadelphia area where she heard and answered God’s call to ordained ministry. She is an associate minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springhouse, Pa. where she previously served as executive minister.

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:

Three Alderson Broaddus Faculty/Staff Members Present at Quality Matters Conference

Philippi, W.Va. – Three members of the Alderson Broaddus faculty/staff, Dr. Kayla McKinney, Mr. Nathan Fortney, and Dr. Andrea Bucklew, accepted an invitation to present at the Annual Quality Matters Regional Conference at Berkley College in New York City on April 20-21st.

Quality Matters is a professional organization comprised globally of over 1000 member schools from across higher education, K-12 education, and educational publishing houses. The mission of Quality Matters is to promote and improve the quality of online education and student learning though the use of a standard quality assurance rubric and a system of professional development.

McKinney, Fortney, and Bucklew’s presentation, titled “Grappling with the Grendel: How the QM Rubric Improves an Online & Traditional Early British Literature Course”, is one of four presentations accepted in the category of “Bending, Flipping, Extending: QM Beyond the Online Classroom” and will discuss how online learning methods and techniques can be applied in traditional face-to-face courses to enhance student learning. Other presenters in this same concentration include representatives from Quality Matters member schools, Virginia Tech, Rutgers University, and the University of Connecticut.

“Designing and teaching this course has shown me the possibilities for online education at Alderson Broaddus University,” said McKinney whose course is at the heart of the presentation. “I’m excited to present at the Quality Matters conference, as I’m sure our team of presenters will come home with many new ideas and methods that will help us to implement additional online courses.”

The conference, which is held annually, brings together educators and administrators from the northeast region of the United States to share, learn, and connect about the future of online education.

“Being asked to present at such a prestigious conference is a true testament to the quality of online education provided at Alderson Broaddus University” said, Associate Provost Dr. Bucklew.

Having Alderson Broaddus presenting alongside major universities from the Northeast speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff to the University.

“Since coming to AB in 2014, I’ve always been impressed by the willingness of the faculty to take on new challenges and embrace evolving ideas in higher education,” said Fortney. “Over that time we have more than quintupled the number of online courses we offer, and expanded to include our first online Master’s degree program.”

Fortney was referencing the newly announced Master’s of Education: Teacher Leader program that Alderson Broaddus introduced in October and is set to accept students in Fall of 2017. The program is 100 percent online with both full and part-time tracks.