AB Announces Masters of Education: Teacher Leader

AB to launch M.Ed.: Teacher Leader beginning in Fall of 2017

Philippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University announced the addition of the Master’s in Education: Teacher Leader degree to its offerings. The announcement was made on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 during a press conference held on the Alderson Broaddus campus.

When Alderson Broaddus made the move to University status in 2013, an expanded master’s degree offering was part of the strategic plan. This program is delivered entirely online and is designed to prepare licensed Pre-K-12 teacher educators to take on new teacher leadership roles in the classroom, school and district.

“Throughout our history we have been very concerned about teaching and learning and that is the primary emphasis and activity at this institution,” said Alderson Broaddus President Dr. Tim Barry. “It is very appropriate in this day and age that we develop this online advanced degree program to address the issue of teaching as well as the teacher as a leader in the community, in the classroom and in the area of education.”

The Master’s in Education: Teacher Leader has a full-time student and a part-time student track. The full-time option allows degree seekers to finish in one year and a summer session while the part-time option can be completed in two years and one summer session.

“It is a totally online program,” said Dr. F. Joseph Super, Dean of the College of Education and Music. “It affords practicing teachers who want to stay in the classroom, the opportunity to do so while rising to leadership roles among their colleagues.”

The online course delivery will prepare teacher leaders to assume roles that include: mentor teacher, lead teacher, department chair, curriculum design specialist, academic coach, technology integration specialist, professional development specialist and school improvement specialist.

Applications for the Master’s in Education: Teacher Leader program are being accepted immediately with the first cohort beginning classes in the Fall of 2017.

Alderson Broaddus is continuing to add more graduate programs and academic initiatives, which will be announced in the near future.Dr. F. Joseph Super, Dean of the College of Education and Music

Successful Alcohol Awareness Presentation at AB

Philippi, W.Va.  – A packed Funkhouser Auditorium gathered to listen to Scott Maloney, a national speaker, share his personal story in a presentation entitled “I Got Lucky” for Alcohol Awareness Month.

Nearly 275 Alderson Broaddus University student, faculty, staff, and local community members heard Maloney share his message about the importance of making good decisions surrounding alcohol use. Students from varying years, majors, student organizations, and athletic teams were in attendance. Colin Murphy, Alderson Broaddus alumnus and Beverage Distributors, Inc. representative and Alanna Kelley, Senior Marketing, Finance, and Business Administration major and Student Athletic Advisory Committee President, greeted the audience and introduced the speaker.

During his presentation, Maloney described himself as a college senior who had everything going for him. He was a star athlete – the MVP of his cross country team – had a close knit group of friends and a loving family. But in an instant, all of it changed. Maloney recounts the night that life as he knew it was turned upside down by one poor choice. After an evening of drinking, Maloney attempted to scale a tree to retrieve his keys from a locked dorm room and lost his balance – falling three stories and striking his head on the ground. The resulting traumatic brain injury nearly killed him, left Scott in a coma for three weeks and required years of therapy to relearn how to eat, talk and walk again. Maloney does not want to see other college students be an alcohol related injury statistic like him. During his presentation, Maloney shared other talents like free-style rapping and telling a few jokes for the audience.

“His story was one to take seriously,” Makenzie Rose, Senior Journalism Major and President of Baptist Campus Ministry stated.  “He is a walking testimony.”

To help promote the event, AB Greek Life lined the Quad with over 400 bottles of water with labels advertising the speaker and information about alcohol safety and education. This is an annual Greek Life program entitled Think Before You Drink. Those attendance were in a raffle for gift cards sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and invited to a free dessert buffet in the cafeteria for fellowship and an opportunity to mingle with Maloney. The speaker and dessert buffet was sponsored by Beverage Distributors, Inc. of Clarksburg, WV, the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, as part of the company’s commitment to help prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Alderson Broaddus University is grateful for community partnerships that want to serve and educate the students about safe behaviors.Scott Maloney, a national speaker, shares his personal story in a presentation entitled “I Got Lucky” for Alcohol Awareness Month.

AB Ranked No. 2 in WV Federal Work-Study Awarded

Alderson Broaddus University was the top-ranked private institution for Federal Work-Study aid awarded to the student body finishing behind only West Virginia University in a study released by the Student Loan Report.

The study used Peterson’s Financial Aid Data that was released in August of 2016 and showed the Alderson Broaddus offers 443 jobs and issued over $600,000 to work-study students.

“Higher education is an investment in one’s future,” Director of Financial Aid Amy King said.  “The Federal Work-Study program is a way for students to not only help pay for their education, but to gain experience to help students later in life.”

Alderson Broaddus was recognized earlier this year by lend.edu as the fourth lowest student loan debt at graduation in the state of West Virginia.

“We work diligently to help our students find ways to keep down their student loan debt and the work-study program is one tool that helps us achieve that,” said King.

AB Honors Outstanding Alumni at Annual Alumni Awards Banquet

Philippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University announced their Alumni Award winners Saturday evening at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet as part of the University’s Homecoming festivities.

Dr. Teresa Marsh was honored with the Alumni Achievement Award presented to an alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution in their chosen field or endeavor.

Dr. Marsh graduated from Alderson-Broaddus in 1999 with a BA in secondary education with specializations in English/Language Arts and Math and a minor in literature. She completed her master’s as a Reading Specialist in 2000 from WVU and her doctorate in educational psychology in 2004 from WVU. She also completed her school administration certification in 2014 from Salem International University.

She taught English and Math at East Fairmont High School from 1999-2000 and English at Philip Barbour High School from 2000 to 2013, worked as a county literacy coach from 2013-2014, and then, served as principal at Junior and Volga-Century Elementary Schools from 2014-2015. She has also taught as an adjunct for Fairmont State University. She is now the principal at Kasson Elementary/Middle School where she has received several grants for field trips, sports equipment, and the school garden.

The Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding service to the University was presented to Mr. Jeffrey Gross.

Mr. Gross was born on February 2, 1952, in Bethlehem, PA. He graduated from Gateway Senior High School in 1970 and immediately enrolled in Alderson-Broaddus College. While a student at AB, he pledged with the Sigma Delta Nu Fraternity (The Delphics) in the fall of 1971. In 1974, he became the President of Sigma Delta Nu and the President of the Men’s Dorm Council. Jeff graduated Alderson-Broaddus with a BA in History in 1974.

He began employment at U.S. Steel as a management trainee in 1974 and married Marsha Spalla in 1981. Jeff continued his education and graduated from Saint Francis College with an MA in Industrial Relations in 1983. He was then employed at the University of Florida from 1985 to 1988 as a Labor Relations Manager. Jeff received a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) in 1992 from the Society for Human Resource Management while being employed at Florida Steel Corporation from 1990 to 1998 as HR Manager and Plant Superintendent.

Jeff became the Founder and President of Artificial Turf Products, Inc. in 1998, which is the company that built the Delphic Green at Alderson Broaddus University in 2014. He has been a member of the Alderson Broaddus University Alumni Council since 2015 and was elected President of the Delphic Alumni Association in 2016.

Mrs. Louzette “Lou” Shriver was named the Outstanding Ally Award recognizing a non-alumnus who demonstrates their dedication and passion for the University through extraordinary actions or commitments that assist to fulfill the mission of the University.

Mrs. Shriver was born July 28, 1936, in Oxford, N.Y. She is a graduate of Oxford Academy High School. Lou proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. She is a member of the Grafton Women’s Club and attends church at the Beulah Baptist Church in Pruntytown, W.Va. She is a homemaker by choice, with her husband, James Shriver of 57 years. Lou is an avid collector of antiques and unique stuffed bears. Her philanthropic efforts include not only her church, but also contributions to her husband’s alma mater, AB University, to aid in their many improvements in recent years. In 2012, Lou and her husband, Jim, made a significant contribution to the Rex Pyles Memorial Coliseum by replacing the court side bleachers which are now named the “Jim and Lou Shriver Grandstand.”

The Hu C. Meyers Award, which recognizes achievement and leadership in the physician assistant profession by an Alderson Broaddus graduate, was presented to Dr. Kyrus Patch.

Dr. Kyrus Patch has been a Physician Assistant since 1977, graduating with a B.S. in Medical Science from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.V. Her medical career started in rural Ohio where she treated patients in an outpatient facility and made house calls on a routine basis. She returned to the mountains of West Virginia as the senior medical officer at Snowshoe Ski Resort from 1980- 1985. During the “off season” she worked in the cardiology department of Memorial General Hospital in Elkins, W.Va. Once tiring of the sub-zero climate she moved to Orlando, Fla. and worked for Walt Disney World making house calls to guests throughout the complex.

Naples, Fla., became home after a few years; she worked as a Physician Assistant in an urgent care/family practice setting in Naples and Ft. Myers Beach from 1988 to 2007. She earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007 from her alma mater, Alderson-Broaddus College. This led to a career change as Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program Fort Myers. Dr. Patch earned her doctorate in Health Science from A.T. Still University in June of 2015. Dr. Patch is the course director for Physical Diagnosis I, II, and III, served as Assistant Academic Director, Academic Director, and Associate Program Director before being named Program Director in July 2015. After 30-plus years of clinical practice as a Physician Assistant, Dr. Patch hopes to teach a new generation of Physician Assistants what it means to be a knowledgeable, compassionate, and professional health care provider.

The honor of Lord and Lady is awarded every year to a couple who have distinguished themselves by their service, dedication and gifts to Alderson Broaddus University. Dr. and Mrs. William Christian Sizemore were the 2016 recipients.

Dr. Christian Sizemore, President of Alderson-Broaddus College from 1983-1994, had major administrative posts at four institutions of higher education, serving as president of three colleges and retiring as Chancellor of William Jewell College. In his “retirement,” he became the first Director of Business Expansion for the Clay County Missouri Economic Development Council, where he earned national recognition for his business retention work. He holds five earned degrees and has completed additional study at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management, in addition to a number of American Planning Association seminars and national advanced business retention seminars.

A nationally recognized leader and published author in higher education, Dr. Sizemore is often called upon as a consultant in the areas of curriculum, accreditation, library and information science, and fund raising by individual colleges, state higher education councils, and regional accrediting agencies. He initiated the computerization of Alderson Broaddus and William Jewell College. Under his leadership, Alderson Broaddus achieved record enrollment increases.

In addition, Dr. Sizemore has more than thirty years of experience in college building and facility design, construction, maintenance, and funding, with responsibility for the construction of six new buildings, major renovation of twelve buildings, and construction of six other physical facilities, including six projects at Alderson Broaddus.

Dr. Sizemore is a successful grant writer and fundraiser who has led major capital campaigns for academic programming, faculty development, construction, and endowment. Under his leadership, the Alderson Broaddus endowment increased 2,500% to $16 million, and the William Jewell College endowment increased 62% to a value of $80.3 million. During his tenure at Alderson Broaddus, faculty-staff salaries increased an average of six percent per year, and the retirement base increased 60 percent to reach the national average. In addition, he has led campaigns for the Greater Kansas City American Red Cross, headed the fund drive for Liberty, Missouri’s 175th Anniversary History Book, and co-chaired the Steering Committee that raised $1.5 million to build a facility in Liberty for non-profit assistance agencies.

Long involved in health care, Dr. Sizemore has supervised nursing programs at three colleges, working with their national accrediting agencies. At Alderson Broaddus, he led the development of the nation’s first post-baccalaureate physician’s assistant master’s degree program. He served on the Broaddus Hospital Board and was a charter member of the West Virginia Governor’s Rural Health Advisory Board and the West Virginia Health Initiative Advisory Panel. He currently serves on the Liberty Hospital Board.

Active in community and economic development in three states, Dr. Sizemore was the charter Vice President and later President of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Greater Kansas City American Red Cross, Lord and Lady the Salvation Army Advisory Council, and the Clay County Millennium Historical Board. A member of the Mayflower Society, he is past president of the William C. Corum Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and is the Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution Genealogist. Dr. Sizemore is a deacon in the Second Baptist Church of Liberty and has received the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award and the Alexander W. Doniphan Leadership Award. He is included in Who’s Who in America.

Anne Mills Sizemore, a native of Halifax, Virginia, was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond with a B.S. degree and from West Virginia University with a M.S. degree. She began her career as a cancer cytologist in North Carolina in 196l. While teaching mathematics at South Georgia State College in the 1970’s, she was instrumental in establishing a Baptist Student Union and in obtaining a building and campus minister for this ministry.

She became First Lady of SGSC before moving to Philippi, West Virginia, when her husband, Dr. Christian Sizemore, was named the sixth president of Alderson-Broaddus College. During 1983-1994 at A-B, Mrs. Sizemore directed the renovation of Greystone and was responsible for the interior design and furnishing of the Erickson Alumni Center and the Cave. She served as faculty advisor Baptist Campus Ministry, instituted the Chrismon tradition, and led workshops and worship services statewide for the American Baptist Women. For five years, Mrs. Sizemore taught journalism and English and was advisor for the student newspaper. As First Lady of A-B, she extended the hospitality of Greystone to all of the College’s constituencies.

From 1994-2001, Mrs. Sizemore was First Lady of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where she directed the renovation the President’s Home. She served on the Advisory Board of the Kansas City Salvation Army, on the governing board of other charitable organizations and was chair of the Deacon Board of Second Baptist Church of Liberty. She received the Northland’s Anne Robb Townsend Award for Philanthropic Service and a national leadership service award from the Council of Independent Colleges.

An avid genealogist, Mrs. Sizemore has pursued this new career path in retirement. She works as a national genealogist for the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. Past president of the Huguenot Society of Missouri, she is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Jamestowne Society, National Society Magna Charta, and other genealogical societies, in addition to serving private genealogy clients.