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.

Winners Announced for AB’s Biennial Honors

Philippi, W.Va. The School of Music of Alderson Broaddus University presented its biennial Honors Recital on Sunday, February 21, 2016 in Wilcox Chapel on the AB campus.

Five winners were selected by audition in this year’s competition.  The two vocalists selected for the honor are senior music education major Francesca Molinaro, soprano, of Connellsville, PA, and Ashlan Thompson, a senior music education major (voice and piano) from Cumberland, MD.  Ms. Molinaro will sing J’taime by Isabelle Aboulker; Ms. Thompson will sing an aria from Massenet’s Werther.

Three instrumentalists were selected.  Bass trombonist Clayton Heath, a senior majoring in music performance and musical arts of Rawlings, MD, will perform Ernst Sache’s Concertino in F Major.

Senior music performance major Zackary Neville from Clay, WV, performed the first movement of a work written for clarinet by AB’s Professor of Music Judson F. Bracey entitled Sonatina Contrafacta.  Dr. Bracey will retire at the end of this academic year after 40 years of service to the institution.

Charles Kilmer, a senior who comes to AB from Romney, WV and majors in music performance, saxophone, performed Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche.  The five winners also performed in collaboration with pianists Dr. Hooi Yin Boey and Dr. Lillian Long, associate professors of music in the School of Music.School of Music Honors Recital Winners – Standing:  Clayton Heath, Francesca Molinaro, Charles Kilmer, Zackary Neville.  Seated:  Ashlan ThompsonThe School of Music hires a panel of three judges for these competitions—professionals not associated with AB—in order to provide students objective performance feedback and to insure an experience that most closely resembles the audition procedures they will encounter in their future professions.  This year the adjudicators selected the five winners from those who auditioned.

Those adjudicators were Dr. David Bess, Associate Professor of Music and former Chair, Division of Music, West Virginia University; Mr. James Kenon Mitchell, Assistant Conductor for the CoOPERAtive Program and former Adjunct Professor of Musical Theater at the University of West Florida as well as Director for Tri-Cities Opera and Opera Forza; and Mr. Carl Hess, DMA Candidate in conducting at James Madison University and former Assistant Professor at Duquesne University and Interim Director of Instrumental Studies, Bridgewater College.

Located in Philippi, WV, Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution.  The School of Music offers a rigorous curriculum with significant opportunities for performance in numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles.  To find out more about Alderson Broaddus University, call the Office of Admissions at (800) 263-1549.

AB to be Featured on Outdoor Channel’s Fly Rod Chronicles

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Alderson Broaddus University will be featured in this weekend’s airing of the Outdoor Channel’s Fly Rod Chronicles hosted by Curtis Fleming.
Fleming was a special guest of the Battler football team during their Oct. 15 Thursday night football game against Glenville State.
The show will air nationally on the Outdoor Channel three times throughout the weekend:
  • Friday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Feb 5 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 6 at 7 a.m.
For a preview of the episode featuring AB visit: http://outdoorchannel.com/fly-rod-chronicles.