50 Years of AB Soccer Honored During Weekend-Filled Events

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – During the weekend of October 16-17, Alderson Broaddus celebrated the 50th anniversary of offering soccer on campus. President Richard Shearer, who fired his cannon for every goal our soccer team scored back in the 60s and 70s, is credited for bringing the sport to AB.
The weekend was a special one for the men who played soccer over multiple generations at AB. Thanks to a committee consisting of current employees, former coaches, and former players, an all-star team of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Battlers was named and honored with a banquet.
“Long before football; there was soccer at AB,” said Jay E. Nussel, vice president for institutional advancement, who acted as Master of Ceremonies during the banquet. “Long before Homecoming featured a halftime celebration; there was soccer at AB. It is time to celebrate this legacy of men’s soccer.”
Darrell Saunders and Bob Gray were named as honorary coaches for the All-50 Year Team. The entire All 50 Year Team is listed below. More than 20 were able to attend a jam packed Lobby of Burbick Hall to receive a small memento of the honor. According to Vice President Nussel, there were some especially moving moments that evening. 
A moment of silence for the deceased members of the team and speeches by Bob Gray and Darrell Saunders were particularly poignant. A special tribute to the recently deceased President Richard Shearer by his son-in-law Dick Wilson and the gift of Coach Saunders’ NAIA Hall of Fame Plaque were very pleasant surprises.
“The weekend continued on Saturday with over 60 participants in the Alumni Game where it is reported that there were no serious injuries but that Ibuprofen was on most every participant’s mind,” said Nussel jokingly. 
Later on that evening, an alumni tailgate party was held immediately before the highly regarded current AB Men’s Varsity Team took on Salem International. 
“Perhaps the most important part of the weekend’s activities was the simple opportunity for old teammates to reconnect, tell stories, and thank the coaches that made 50 years of soccer possible,” said Nussel.  “These relationships are life-long. The friendships are enduring. And the memories are nothing short of priceless. Fifty years of soccer is something to celebrate not just at a banquet or a weekend, but something to celebrate for generations to come.”
Craig Brady
McIver Broomes
Ramon Christian 
John Cole
Peter Curtis
John Davies
Ian Day
Dwight Donaldson
Chris Doran 
John Durkot
Rich Eaton
Chris Fermanis
Joe Ficerai
Harold Fink
John Fogle
Barrington Gaynor
Larry Goodrich
John Granish
Bob Gray
Kenneth Hibshman
Michael Hince
Dennis Hutchinson
Ricky Johnson
Dan Kelly
David Lamport
Denny Laskey
David Leckie
Zach Marshall
Ian McAra
Jose Noriega
Keith Oliver
Reggie Patter
Kirk Pearson
Johnny Perrina
Mick Rawlins
Doug Rhodes
David Rhodes
Darrell Saunders
Hans Schubert
Dave Smith
Theodore Stoev
Peter Tarasi
Aubrey Taylor
Oswald Taylor
Gil Vainshtein
Jim Walmsley 
Gary White
John Williams
Dick Wilson
Mike Wilson
Ed Yohman
Frank Alphonso
Rich Alphonso
Eric Belcher 
Ryan Burr
Martyn Conquest
Chris Grassie
Rich Groff
Dave Harvey
Rich Hochmuth
Ted Kinghorn
Kevin Lake
Mick Moloney
Ron Nentwig
Harry Orbin
Bill Parysz
Butch Pavucek
Taylor Pile 
Jan Piotrowski
Paul Rayment
Sean Ryan
Dexter Sandy
Grant Springer
Mitch St. Clair
Shinya Turley
John Bressanelli
William Burns
John Cehily
Barrington Gaynor 
John Granish
Robert Higginbotham
Terry Jones
John Metzler
Earnest Orr
Stephen Packosky
Frank Persampieri
Preston Rader


The Economist names Alderson Broaddus University No. 8 in the country for adding value
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University has been ranked eighth in the nation for adding value to a student’s degree by The Economist, the prestigious international newspaper which has a global emphasis and scope.
This is the first-ever college ranking for the newspaper which took a different approach than most publications; it looked at over 1,200 institutions across the country that do the most to boost graduates’ salaries, representing the economic value added by each school. As stated, the rankings are “for students who want to know which colleges are likely to boost their future salaries by the greatest amount, given their qualifications and preferences regarding career and location.” 
The article also stated that instead of publishing rankings based on influencing where students should attend, they sought to review and publish rankings based on how much universities help their students, focusing exclusively on economic value. The Economist defines economic value as the gap between how much money its graduates earn and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere.
Alderson Broaddus University, a rural, small, private college in North Central West Virginia that is affiliated with the American Baptist Church, was ranked No. 8 in the nation, beating out all local competitors as well as Ivy League schools such as Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University to name a few and other notable schools such as Bucknell University and Stanford University. This is because the difference between what graduates were expected to earn and what they really earned – the “value added” – was greater than more than 1,000 colleges in the country. AB was the only West Virginia school named in the top 50, let alone the top 10.
“This is a remarkable testament to not only the strong liberal arts education a student receives while attending AB, but also affirms the high quality a degree from Alderson Broaddus holds in the workforce,” said President Dr. Richard Creehan. “This is just another confirmation that the nation, and now the world, is taking notice of the great things that have been taking place on our mountaintop the past few years. Our alumni are becoming successful in their chosen fields and should be proud of the foundation their alma mater has provided them.”
The ranking system used characteristics to create a statistical model of what a school’s expected earnings for its students “should” be in the workforce upon graduation. 
AB’s “expected earnings,” based on The Economist’s model, were supposed to be $31,766. The actual median income of graduates was $ 43,400. This means Alderson Broaddus added a bonus of more than $ 11,634 to its graduates’ salaries. To determine this difference, The Economist pulled data from the Department of Education’s “scorecard” website. They found that certain factors correlate with high earnings, like SAT scores. The Economist created a model to combine all of these factors and determine what alumni should theoretically make after graduating from a specific university.
The Princeton Review recently published the Top 10 College Majors, compiling this list “based on research covering job prospects, alumni salaries, and popularity.” The article can be found at www.princetonreview.com. Of the 10 majors that made the list, Alderson Broaddus offers seven including: biology, business, computer science, communication, nursing, political science, and psychology.
“Historically, Alderson Broaddus University has been known for its strength in the health science related fields and currently, the number one major on campus is biology,” said President Creehan. “Most of these students work in our pre-professional programs and go on to medical school, dental school, veterinarian school, or optometry school. Others, who major in biology, work in research, become an ecologist or environmentalist, or find themselves in one of the many growing fields such as genetics and biotechnology.”
According to data from the University’s Office of the Registrar, other popular majors at AB mentioned in the Princeton Review ranking include business which lands in the number two spot; third is nursing; psychology is in seventh; and computer science is one of the fastest growing majors.
“We are excited for the new initiatives we have in the works that satisfies the need of today’s students and meets the demand of today’s workforce,” said President Creehan. “We are in the development stages for new master degree programs, one in anatomy and the other in education. For the past few years we have set the groundwork in establishing the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and have received stage one accreditation for a doctoral optometry program and are currently applying for stage two.”
Creehan states that by offering a major that will be desirable for students, knowing that after graduation, they will work in a field of their interest, in high paying jobs, graduates will also become valuable members of their community. 
“The information reported from places like the U.S. Department of Education and The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as our own campus statistics, cannot be ignored,” said Creehan. “Alderson Broaddus must continue to be competitive in the academic programs that we offer; and colleges and universities today must be sensitive to the demand of twenty-first century, market-driven programs. With that in mind, for the past three years, the faculty at AB have been hard at work making significant revisions to academic programs and innovating new initiatives.”
To view the complete list of rankings by The Economist, please click here.

11-10-2015 USAF Langely Winds 7:30 PM

Tuesday, November 10

7:30 PM

United States Air Force Langley Winds Concert

Wilcox Chapel

Admission is free

Community invited to free concert on November 10
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Enjoy a concert by the United States Air Force (USAF) Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band at Alderson Broaddus University in Wilcox Chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Langley Winds is a pioneering woodwind and percussion ensemble offering innovative programming covering a wide array of musical styles. Employing a unique blend of instruments, Langley Winds performs creative arrangements and new compositions. Enjoy hearing these orchestral solo instruments in an intimate chamber music setting.
Alderson Broaddus is excited to host this prestigious event and invites all students, faculty, staff and the community to attend. The University also hopes the event will attract musicians from schools in the county and music enthusiasts from the community.
For additional information about this free concert, please contact the Alderson Broaddus University School of Music at 304/457-6200 or visit the band’s website at www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil.
Activated in 1941, The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism and enhancing esprit de corps among all the US military service branches. These world-class musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, presenting over 300 events annually for the general public and in support of Airman morale and protocol events. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of communicating Air Force core values and preserving and enriching America’s military and musical heritage into the 21st century.