AB’s Partnership with espnW Continues

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The sport management program at Alderson Broaddus University, housed in the College of Business and Management, would like to announce its showing dates of Nine for IX film series this semester. In a partnership with espnW, ESPN Films released copies of the film series for educational purposes and Alderson Broaddus University will continue showcasing these films with discussions during this spring semester.

Viewings and discussions are open to everyone on campus and in the Philippi community, offering “teachable moments and powerful lessons in sports.” Discussions will be led by Lara Foster, interim assistant professor of sport management.

“Last semester we had a good turnout of students for most of the documentaries,” said Foster. “We’d love to get some community members involved in our discussions pertaining to the history of sport, women in sport, and the triumphs of these outstanding historical figures.”

Documentary viewings will be shown on the following dates, in the Withers-Brandon Lecture Hall. Alderson Broaddus University students, faculty, staff, and the local community are invited to these events.

Friday, January 30th, 2015 7:00PM
Monday, February 9th, 2015 7:00PM
Friday, February 27th, 2015 7:00PM
Monday, March 23rd, 2015 7:00PM
Friday, April 10th, 2015 7:00PM

If you are interested in more information about the Nine for IX film series, please see the espnW website: http://espn.go.com/espnw/w-in-action/nine-for-ix/knowledge-center/main

For more information about the sport management degree program, please contact Lara Foster at (304) 457-6236.


Justice Brent Benjamin to speak to students; Event is free and open to the public

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Justice Brent Benjamin of the West Virginia Court of Appeals will be visiting Alderson Broaddus University on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Justice Benjamin will be speaking to students at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of Burbick Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Justice Benjamin will be giving advice to students planning to attend law school and other political pathways. He will also be discussing his own career and how he was elected to the highest court in West Virginia. He will be introduced by Dr. Martha Phelps, assistant professor of political science at Alderson Broaddus University.

This event is sponsored by the Alderson Broaddus Political Science Association. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Martha Phelps at beutelml@ab.edu or (304) 457-6330.

AB Announces Petroleum Management Degree

AB, Pierpont Community & Technical College team up to offer degree completion program

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – During a press conference held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Alderson Broaddus University and Pierpont Community & Technical College announced a joint venture for a major in petroleum management. The announcement was made at FESCO, Ltd. in Bridgeport, W.Va.

Alderson Broaddus University, working as the degree completion partner, will provide a bachelor degree opportunity for students who earn an associate of applied science degree in petroleum technology at Pierpont Community & Technical College. Building on the petroleum technology curriculum, graduates will acquire expanded skills and knowledge for success in the management and regulatory practices of the oil and gas industry.

“Today, we will sign an articulation agreement that will forge a partnership that begins with the Pierpont Community & Technical College petroleum technology program, and allow students to complete a Bachelor of Science in petroleum management at Alderson Broaddus University,” said Dr. Richard Creehan, Alderson Broaddus University President. “The program will launch next fall, and we are recruiting and accepting students — effective immediately.”

The petroleum technology program at Pierpont Community & Technical College includes 60 credits of study; 15 credits in general education courses and 45 credits specific to the petroleum industry. Alderson Broaddus will accept the credits from Pierpont Community & Technical College, and provide additional 61-64 credits of study to round out the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum management.

“Colleges and universities must be sensitive to the demand of twenty-first century, market-driven programs,” said Creehan. “For the past three years, the Alderson Broaddus University faculty has been hard at work making significant revisions to academic programs and developing new initiatives. This partnership will have a positive impact on both college campuses and the business industry.”

Justin Findley, representing the Findley family who started FESCO commented that FESCO was formed in 1949 by William E. (Bill) Findley in Alice, Texas and has grown to more than 23 district offices servicing more than 20 states.

“FESCO is proud to employee 47 full time West Virginia residents, 75% of whom were born and raised locally,” said Findley. “Additionally, nearly 25% of Team Appalachia are veterans, including Regional Manager, Jack Cooper, who is a native of Bolt, W.Va.”Cooper stated that this type of vision and initiative coupled with West Virginia’s natural gas, oil, coal, and wind power generation capabilities further proves that “the Mountain State is America’s Energy Independence.”

The Honorable Natalie E. Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State, showed her support and also addressed the audience of more than 100 guests including representatives of several oil and gas and energy companies, school officials from both Alderson Broaddus University and Pierpont Community & Technical College, and many local business owners and chamber of commerce members.

“This is an exciting day for our state,” said Tennant. “West Virginians have a right to feel ownership over these natural gas jobs that are being created in our backyards. I am thrilled that steps are being taken to properly train our students for management positions in this burgeoning industry.”
Tennant echoed the pride in training West Virginia students for West Virginia jobs.

“Not every college major has a guaranteed job waiting for them after graduation, but students focused on petroleum technology in West Virginia certainly have a better chance of lucrative employment than many of their peers,” said Tennant. “I hope this announcement will attract more students to a potential career in oil and gas that they perhaps had previously not considered.”

Dr. Ross Brittain, Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Math at Alderson Broaddus University explained the importance of the bachelor’s degree as well as the courses students would take.

“Today, Alderson Broaddus University and Pierpont Community & Technical College are joining the forces of industry to educate a new generation of leaders with the technical expertise to ensure the Petroleum Industry has a sustainable future of energy stewardship,” said Brittain.
The petroleum management major at AB is not only multidisciplinary, but also multi-institutional.

“It is designed to provide petroleum technology graduates from Pierpont Community & Technical College with the regulatory and managerial knowledge and ethics to maintain profitable energy production while providing sustainable stewardship thru regulatory compliance,” said Brittain. “Students enrolled in the petroleum management program will not only gain the liberal arts education critical to effective leadership, but also develop their technical skills as environmental scientists and business managers.”

Students will take classes in ecology, hydrogeology, risk analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the environmental sciences, as well as management, human resources, accounting and operations as part of their education training.

Each graduate is also required to take classes on the federal and state environmental regulations for the industry and an environmental ethics course to aid in their understanding of personal and social conflicts often involved with environmental issues. The program is capped by an internship with an existing business that can be tailored to their specific interests in either business management or regulatory compliance.

“We are excited to be partnering with industry leaders, such as FESCO, to provide these internships and help us educate effective managers,” said Brittain.

Petroleum management graduates will have the technical expertise to navigate important regulations from the Clean Water Act to the Oil & Petroleum Act, and other landmark regulations such as the Endangered Species Act and Superfund. They will be able to assess the health and safety risks associated with industry practices and implement best management practices to prevent or mitigate unacceptable risks. Most importantly, they will also be able to prevent expensive mistakes of regulatory noncompliance by the industry and increasing the efficiency of site location, pipeline location and water analyses.

“All of these skills will make them far more competitive in the current job market and give them greater future opportunities to climb the corporate ladder,” said Brittain. “Job options for graduates of the petroleum management program are abundant in a variety of disciplines within the industry.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job market growth ranging from 10.4% for Industrial Production Managers up to 47.5% for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians. Compliance Officers are projected to have 14.6% growth and Extraction Workers up to 28.8%.

During his remarks, President Creehan also talked about the articulation agreement as a great example of how public and private colleges can work together, as well as a great example of how higher education and business and commerce can work together to accomplish a mutually beneficial objective.

“It is mutually beneficial because the energy sector today is looking for college graduates who are prepared to deal with regulatory, compliance, and entry-level management positions,” said Creehan. “Energy is the fastest growing field in our region and certainly in our great State of West Virginia. It is also mutually beneficial as it gives us the opportunity to fill the void of needed workers in the public sector. The hope and dream of most college students is to find employment in a field of their interest, and in high paying jobs. Pierpont and Alderson Broaddus are pleased to join forces to satisfy the growing demand for well-educated college graduates in the energy field.”

Alderson Broaddus University is continuing to work on adding more academic initiatives, which will be announced soon. For more information on the petroleum management program, please visit ab.edu.

To view the press conference, please click here.


Concert to be held February 8

Philippi, W.Va. – The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music will present its biennial Concerto Competition Concert on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel on the AB campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Five student winners selected in this year’s competition will have the honor of performing concerto movements or arias with a professional orchestra consisting of members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Senior Francesca Molinaro, soprano, will sing “Glitter and Be Gay” from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide. She is the daughter of Henry and Cindy Molinaro of Connellsville, Ohio, and majors in music education. Clayton Heath, bass trombone, a junior music performance major, will perform the first movement of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone. From Rawlings, Md., Clayton is the son of Kenneth and Deborah Heath.

Trumpeter Daniel Adamczyk of Charleston, W.Va., will perform the first movement of the Concerto for Trumpet in E-Flat major by Joseph Haydn. Adamczyk is the son of Christine Dunkley, and is a freshman music education and music performance major. The first movement of Organ Symphony No. 1, Opus 42, by Felex-Alexandre Guilmant will be performed by Cameron Bookman of Belpre, Ohio. Bookman is a senior majoring in music education, and is the son of Bernard Bookman and Beverly Smith. Hornist Elliott Mihelic, a freshman music education major, will perform the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D major for Horn. Elliott is the son of Paul and Corrine Mihelic of Charleston, W.Va.

Coordinator of the concerto competition and conductor for the concert is professor of music Timothy DeWitt.

“We are excited to again be hosting members of the West Virginia Symphony to perform with our winning soloists,” said DeWitt. “The visiting musicians often comment that they especially enjoy this event, citing the acoustics of the performance venue (Wilcox Chapel) and especially the particularly high level of talent demonstrated by our students.

Dr. DeWitt encourages all who are able to take advantage of this opportunity to experience live orchestral music featuring student soloists of great accomplishment.

A panel of three judges—Mr. David Porter, Principal Trumpet of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of trumpet at West Virginia State University; Dr. William Haller, professor of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University; and Dr. Mary Amanda Spivak, assistant professor of music (voice) at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and adjunct professor of music at West Virginia University—selected the five student winners from the eleven who auditioned for this honor.

Mrs. Lillian Long, associate professor of music at AB, Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Hooi Yin Boey, and staff accompanist Ms. Elizabeth Etnoyer serve as competition and rehearsal accompanists for the event.

Located in Philippi, W.Va., Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution firmly rooted in the liberal arts. The School of Music offers a rigorous curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance, the Bachelor of Music Education degree, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in musical arts, as well as a minor in audio engineering.

There are significant opportunities for performance in numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles. To find out more about Alderson Broaddus University, call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-263-1549, or visit the university online at www.ab.edu.

Verdict’s In; AB Creates Most Successful Career Path for Students Studying Law

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies to launch Fall 2015

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is pleased to announce the addition of a new major in Legal Studies. The announcement was made during a press conference held in the Barbour County Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

“For the past three years, the Alderson Broaddus University faculty have been hard at work making significant revisions to academic programs and innovating new market driven, 21st century programs,” said Dr. Richard Creehan, president of Alderson Broaddus University. “The new major in Legal Studies is the first announcement of one of these initiatives.”

The program will launch next fall, with the recruitment and acceptance of students to begin effective immediately. School officials stated this is the ideal time to begin this program.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in diverse legal careers including arbitration and mediation, as paralegals and legal researchers, or court clerks and administrators are projected to grow between 10% and 17% over the next 10 years,” said Dr. Andrea Bucklew, Dean of AB’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “We will be providing students with a highly marketable degree.”

The Legal Studies major at Alderson Broaddus University is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with the professional skills and content knowledge necessary for success in law school or in a variety of other legal careers.

“We are in an age where college students worry about job prospects and preparation for graduate programming,” said Creehan. “Students and their parents no longer want to hear college officials tell them you can major in anything and still have a career in law. A student today that wants a career in the legal field, regulatory or compliance, or to attend law school, wants the opportunity to begin that skill set during their undergraduate education. We have listened to these families and we are ready to provide this unique and new opportunity.”

Dr. Bucklew, who is also an attorney, agrees stating that when she was in college, she was not sure which major would be the best fit for her career path.

“There was a time when I, as a young college undergraduate, knew I wanted a career in law, but was unsure of which major would best prepare me for success,” said Bucklew. “Had my university offered a Legal Studies program, my decision would have been much easier. With the launch of the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies at AB, our future students will not face the same dilemma that I did.”

However, some current students at AB faced this dilemma since Legal Studies was not previously an option. Sophomore Maddie Nickerson is a double major in criminal justice and psychology with interest in attending law school upon her graduation. In 2013 when she made the decision to attend AB, double majoring seemed the most appropriate path to her career goal of criminal profiling. However, had a Legal Studies major existed at the time, she would have certainly given it strong consideration.

“The major in Legal Studies will open the door for incoming freshmen to choose a major that will prepare them for further education or a career in law,” said Nickerson. “Although AB already has a criminal justice major, Legal Studies will widen the range of opportunity that students can experience, enabling incoming students to better study these areas. I am happy to see the University be responsive to the interests and needs of students and am sure that the new program will be a popular and attractive choice for students.”

In addition to a strong foundation in the liberal arts, students enrolled in the Legal Studies major will take courses in legal research and writing, argumentation and logic, legal principles and history, civil rights and liberties, and ethics.

Students will also have the opportunity to take specific courses, allowing them to pursue specialized areas of law, to delve into current legal issues, or to better prepare for professional exams. The major culminates with a required internship during the senior year which will allow students to apply their acquired knowledge in real world settings.

The University is happy to have the support of so many local offices willing to provide these internship opportunities. Catherine (Kate) Mullens, Esq., a founder and a managing partner of the Philippi law firm of Mullens & Mullens, PLLC, the 19th Judicial Circuit’s largest law firm, spoke at the press conference on behalf of her law firm. She congratulated and applauded AB, President Creehan, and his staff for implementing the new Legal Studies major.

“Understanding the legal system is key to many careers in the local, state, national and international arena,” said Mullens. “The field of law continues to become more specialized, touching on nearly every aspect of our lives. These issues will demand a workforce educated and trained in the law and justice, with proficiency in writing and reading, logical reasoning, analytical and critical thinking, and training in ethics and professionalism at the forefront.”

Mullens also stated that in an increasingly complex world and increasingly competitive job market, the focused course of study in Legal Studies at AB will provide the student with the educational tools necessary to take his or her next step.

“As the local law firm in Philippi, we are very pleased and excited for the continued growth of programs at AB and particularly this program in Legal Studies,” concluded Mullens.

Alderson Broaddus University is working on adding more academic initiatives, which will be announced soon. For more information on the Legal Studies program, please visit: www.ab.edu/legalstudies .Bucklew
Dr. Andrea Bucklew giving testimony to the benefits of the new major

MullensAlderson Broaddus University Alumn, Catherine (Kate) Mulles, Esq. applauds AB for implementing the new major

Current student, Maddie Nickerson, is a double major in criminal justice and psychology with an interest in attending law school upon graduation believes the new major opens doors for incoming freshman


Click here to view the press conference.

Click here for the program fact sheet.