Alderson Broaddus Prepares for Homecoming ‘16

University to Celebrate Homecoming Sept. 29-Oct.2

Philippi, W.Va. –  Alderson Broaddus University will be hosting a variety of events for the public as part of their Homecoming celebration “Every Battler has a Story” September 29-Oct. 2.

A Pep Rally and Bonfire will be held Friday evening at 9 p.m. on the old soccer field. All students, alumni, and friends are invited to this spirit-filled, student-lead event.

The campus spirit march will take place on Saturday Oct. 1 beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are invited to take in the spirit march which will end at the Multi-Sport Performance Stadium ahead of the Battlers 1:30 p.m. kick-off against Fort Valley State University.

Wilcox Chapel will be full of music Saturday evening, at 8 p.m. as the School of Music hosts its annual homecoming concert and Opera Highlights Reunion. The cost for the concert is $10 and is payable at the door only.

On Sunday morning, Oct. 2 the annual Homecoming Worship Service will take place at Philippi Baptist Church located at 69 Church Street in downtown Philippi led by Rev. David A. Carpenter ’71.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and all are welcome to attend.

For a complete list of events, please view the Homecoming brochure online at www.ab.edu/homecoming.

Please come and join the Alderson Broaddus University family for a weekend of community.

AB Ranked Number Four in State-Wide Student Debt Study

Alderson Broaddus University has been named among the top schools in the state of West Virginia for the lowest student loan debt.

A study done by lendedu.com, an online website tailored to assisting students in choosing an appropriate destination of higher education learning, showed that Alderson Broaddus ranked number four in West Virginia for providing aid for those seeking to further their education and the top private, non-profit, university on the list.

“Higher education is an investment in one’s future,” Director of Financial Aid Amy King said.  “Often time paying for college includes student loans. We work very diligently in our office to assist students in keeping down their loan debt. This includes an aggressive financial need based grant program through Alderson Broaddus, educating our students on financial aid opportunities and helping identify ways for alternative funding to lessen debt.”

The study showed that the average debt per borrower at graduation for Alderson Broaddus students was $23,715 and the percentage of students that will obtain some amount of debt is 88%.

“Being on the list of Colleges for Lowest Student Loan Debt at Graduation in West Virginia is a testament that our continued efforts are making a difference in the future of our students,” King said.

AB Announces Inaugural Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Philippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University will be hosting its Inaugural Graduate Commencement Ceremony on August 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. in Wilcox Chapel.

Mr. Thomas Moore, M.S, MMSC, PA-C, Dean of the College of Medical Sciences, will deliver the commencement address title Who We Are.

Mr. Moore is a graduate of Alderson Broaddus University’s Physician Assistant Program, holding a Master of Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Science degree in Surgery. He also completed the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Certificate Program in 2010. He joined the faculty at Alderson Broaddus in 2012 and became the director in 2013.

“With the radpid growth of undergraduate enrollment and an eye toward future graduate programs, we felt it was the right time to have a graduate commencement ceremony,” said Provost Dr. Joan Propst.

Prior to 2016, graduate students have taken part in the May commencement proceedings, but this year’s cohort of 32 graduate students is the first to receive their degrees in a separate graduate commencement ceremony.

Alderson Broaddus University Names Dr. Andrea Bucklew Associate Provost

Alderson Broaddus University Names Dr. Andrea Bucklew Associate Provost

Andrea BucklewPhilippi, W.Va. – Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joan Propst announced Dr. Andrea J. Bucklew as the Associate Provost of Alderson Broaddus University effective June 1, 2016.

Dr. Bucklew assumed the role of Associate Provost after the promotion of Dr. Eric Shor to the Vice President of Enrollment Management. As the Associate Provost, Dr. Bucklew will serve as the institutional liaison to the regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission. She will work with faculty in assessment of student learning and serves as an internal consultant for discipline-specific accreditation. Dr. Bucklew will also supervise the delivery of distance education.

“Dr. Bucklew brings a great skill set to the position as Associate Provost,” said Dr. Propst. “She is intellectually suited for the work associated with accreditation and assessment.” 

Dr. Bucklew joined the faculty of Alderson Broaddus University in August 2012.  Since then, she has served as a Professor of Criminal Justice and as Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree both from West Virginia University. In 2016, she was honored with the “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” award given by the Alderson Broaddus Student Government Association.

“She has distinguished herself among our faculty colleagues as an insightful, detail-oriented individual and was honored by the students this past academic year by being named “Faculty of the Year.”” Dr. Propst said. “As a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, she brings a “just-in-time” perspective to the work the Associate Provost manages and I am very happy to have her as a valued colleague.”

Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Bucklew served as an assistant prosecuting attorney and was a partner in a general practice law firm.  Before joining the faculty at Alderson Broaddus, she worked for 11 years at Potomac State College of West Virginia University where she was an associate professor of criminal justice, the Honors Program director, and chair of the Curriculum and Instructional Programs Committee. 

In addition to maintaining her license to practice law in both West Virginia and Maryland, Dr. Bucklew also serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  Dr. Bucklew and her husband Chad reside in Tunnelton, W.Va. with their three daughters, twins Morgan and Lyndsay age 12, and Emily age 10.

Alderson Broaddus Named One of the Top Online Colleges in WV

PHILIPPI, W.Va.– Alderson Broaddus University’s Department of Nursing has been featured in the BestColleges.com online publication of the Best Online Colleges in West Virginia for 2016.

As distance learning enrollments continue to rise, quality programs such as this give students a flexible and affordable option for earning their degree.

“This award is indicative of AB’s commitment to serving the needs of our students by offering high-quality, affordable, and flexible programs,” Associate Provost Andrea Bucklew said, “We hope the success of the RN-BSN program can serve as a model as we work to expand our distance education offerings into other disciplines.”

Alderson Broaddus Online is ideal for students pursuing nursing degrees. The program is highly ranked and can be completed in approximately 18 months of full-time study. Individual courses are taught in eight-week blocks, credit may be given for life and work experience, and there is no hospital clinical rotation required.

“Alderson Broaddus University School of Nursing developed the Online RN to BSN Degree program to meet the needs of registered nurses who have an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing,” said Professor of Nursing Brenda Mason. “If you are interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing without sacrificing work and family responsibilities, this program is for you.  Our innovative format will allow you to earn your bachelor’s degree in a way that fits your schedule, classes are set up in an asynchronous format so you can participate in your courses morning or night.”

Each student is assigned a student support liaison to ensure their individual success. Classes begin in January and July and can be tailored to fit any schedule.