Alderson Broaddus Homecoming Events Slated for October 

Alderson Broaddus University is humming with anticipation ahead of AB’s annual Homecoming celebration October 9-13.  In a few short weeks, AB will be hosting a variety of events including the Dr. Robert V. Digman Lecture Series, the annual Alumni Awards Banquet, and much more for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Alderson Broaddus.

Each year, AB invites members of the Battler community for a weekend of celebration featuring renowned alumni and honored friends of AB.

For a complete list of events and online registration information, visit our website www.ab.edu/homecoming.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. The University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

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Alderson Broaddus University Celebrates Ten Percent Increase in Enrollment

Alderson Broaddus University commences a new academic year by welcoming the Class of 2023. Students from nearly 20 countries and 35 states represent a more than ten percent increase over the incoming class of 2018, bringing a more diverse and vibrant culture to AB and the community.

“We are excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to Alderson Broaddus University,” said Executive Vice President for Administration and Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Shor. “Our innovative and adaptive programming offers students a distinctive experience. I look forward to what this group will accomplish at Alderson Broaddus.”

The incoming class and their families were welcomed to campus with a weekend full of activities for Orientation 2019 August 17-30, and students have since settled into the initial weeks of fall semester courses.

On Thursday, September 5, Opening Convocation officially welcomed back students and staff to the AB community. The convocation included a welcome address from Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joan Propst, a performance by the West Virginians, and the traditional parade of flags ceremony.

This year’s Opening Convocation address was given by Assistant Professor of Business and Faculty Member of the Year Elizabeth H. McComas. McComas graduated from Alderson Broaddus in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and later became a member of the faculty in 1989. Her address, titled “Lessons,” encouraged students to make friends, live in the moment, learn to be patient, and show kindness in all parts of life.

More than 910 students are making AB their home away from home and trusting in the University’s rich tradition of providing the highest quality education. Welcome home, Battlers.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. The University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

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Photo Caption: AB’s Opening Convocation event commences a new academic year by welcoming the Class of 2023.

For a full recording of AB’s 149th Opening Convocation, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bO35HQuWyc

For the news media coverage, please click here: https://www.wboy.com/news/barbour/abu-welcomes-new-students-and-staff-with-annual-convocation

Alderson Broaddus University Celebrates Historic Commencement Ceremony with Physician Assistant and Teacher Leader Graduates

Twenty-eight members of the Class of 2019 Physician Assistant Studies Program received their Master of Science degrees, and four members of the first Teacher Leader program graduating class received their Master of Education degrees during AB’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony in Wilcox Chapel on August 16.

The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2019 include: Charlene Marie Arena from Aliquippa, Pa.; Rachel Christine Ashley from Teays Valley, W.Va.; Megan Dawn Bartlett from Fairmont, W.Va.; Keri Bedillion from Washington, Pa.; Shawn T. Beltz from Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Vivian Angelica Bracero from Manassas, Va.; Jordan Ann Brewer from Uniontown, Pa.; Nida Rasool Chaudhry from Manassas, Va.; Marie Christenson from Buffalo, Mn.; Amanda Mary Fitzgerald from Mokena, Ill.; Tonya Marie Gayman from Washington, Pa.; Avery Gookin from Morgantown, W.Va.; Jory C. Gotham from Gouverneur, N.Y.; Elizabeth Katheryn Holsclaw from Trenton, Mich.; Alexa Danielle Kuenzel from Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; Elizabeth Marie Luttner from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Melanie Marie Lyon from Mesa, Ariz.; Michelle Nicolette Mandus from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Elizabeth Sinclair McLean from Charlotte, N.C.; Robert Oshnock, II from Macomb, Mich.; Amelia Katelyn Paine from Daniels, W.Va.; Joe Jaxon Panelli from Mesa, Ariz.; Nicolai Armand Pineda from Atlanta, Ga.; Ethan Ramsey from New Milton, W.Va.; Nicholas Ronald Schubring from New Glarus, Wis.; Sahara Joelle Stanley from Princeton, W.Va.; Aleksandra Tomczyk from Whippany, N.J.; and Rawan Zeidan from Swartz Creek, Mich.

These professionals join a long line of physician assistants graduating from the nation’s first physician assistant program, founded in 1968 by AB’s own Dr. Hu C. Myers.

The Teacher Leadership Class of 2019 includes Marian Katherine Cummings from Lumberport, W.Va.; Jennifer M. Fleshman from Parkersburg, W.Va.; Erin Catherine Gallagher from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Jerri Lynn Hinebaugh from Bridgeport, W.Va. AB’s Teacher Leader program is designed to assist teachers in becoming leaders in their schools, provide a strong understanding of research-based practices, and guide authentic, hands-on research within their classroom and school.

The commencement speaker, Jeff Lamphere has the privilege of being a 1986 and 2009 graduate of AB University, a current member of the AB Board of Trustees, and adjunct professor of health professional services at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Science in Buies Creek, N.C. 

Lamphere’s address to the class, titled “Remembering the Man in the Mirror,” left students with a message of faith, hope, and love in all things. He urged graduates to use what they have learned to find their passion and do what they love, to take words of wisdom as they come, and remember to learn from life’s greatest lessons.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Joan Propst presented the class with degrees. Four students were inducted into Pi Alpha, the national Physician Assistant honor society that honors significant academic achievement, leadership, research, community, and professional service. Those awarded were: Charlene Marie Arena, Megan Dawn Bartlett, Amanda Mary Fitzgerald, and Tonya Marie Gayman.

Graduate students of the Physician Assistant Studies Program were presented hoods by College of Medical Science Dean and Physician Assistant Studies Program Director Thomas Moore. Graduates of the Teacher Leader program were presented hoods by College of Education and Music Dean Erin Brumbaugh and Education Adjunct Senior Lecturer Joseph Super.

AB University President Dr. Tim Barry conferred the degrees and left the graduates with his last remarks, “Your labor has not been in vain as you have prepared yourself for a career of service to humankind.”

About Alderson Broaddus University 

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.

AB stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945. For more information, visit www.ab.edu.

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Photo Captions:

Top: Class of 2019 Physician Assistant Studies Program Graduates – First row, from left to right: Keri Bedillion, Nida Chaudhry, Jordan Brewer, Vivian Bracero, Rachel Ashley, Sahara Stanley, Rawan Zeidan. Second row: Megan Bartlett, Tonya Gayman, Maria Christenson, Amanda Fitzgerald, Avery Gookin, Jory Gotham, Elizabeth Holsclaw, Alexa Kuenzel, Elizabeth Luttner, Melanie Lyon, Michelle Mandus. Third row: Charlene Arena, Nicholas Schubring, Elizabeth Sinclair McLean, Shawn Beltz, Amelia Paine, Alexsandra Tomczyk, Joe Panelli, Nicolai Armand Pineda, Ethan Ramsey, and Robert Oshnock, II.

Bottom: Class of 2019 Teacher Leader Program Graduates – From left to right: Jerri Hinebaugh, Erin Gallagher, and Marian Cummings.

For a full recording of AB’s 2019 Graduate Commencement Ceremony, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lhcO99ClkE&t=745s

For the news media coverage, please click here: https://www.wboy.com/news/barbour/alderson-broaddus-students-receive-masters-degrees/

Public Notice: Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by ACEN

PUBLIC NOTICE OF UPCOMING ACCREDITATION REVIEW VISIT BY THE ACEN

Alderson Broaddus University wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its baccalaureate nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 19, in the Auditorium of Myers Hall of Health Sciences located at 101 College Hill Drive, Philippi, WV. Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to: Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 Or email: mstoll@acenursing.org All written comments should be received by the ACEN by September 5, 2019.

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Alderson Broaddus University brings degree programs to Charleston, Beckley, and Fairmont

Alderson Broaddus University, in conjunction with area community and technical colleges, will be offering new bachelor’s degree programs in the Charleston, Beckley, and Fairmont areas.

Beginning with the fall semester, Alderson Broaddus’ Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, and Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion programs will be taught at the campuses of BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, New River Community and Technical College in Beaver, and Pierpont Community and Technical College’s Advanced Technology Center.

In addition to the three new degrees, registration will continue with the existing Bachelor of Science in Professional Leadership program, which began this June at Pierpont CTC. Additional programs will be offered at all three locations in 2020.

“AB is pleased to have our community and technical college partners in this important initiative,” said Dr. Jim Owston, assistant provost for extended learning. “Our degree completion programs provide associate program graduates, and other working adults with some college credits the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree close to home.”

Evening classes begin on August 26 at all three locations. To find out more, Alderson Broaddus invites you to a reception at one of the following locations:

In Fairmont: Muriale’s Italian Kitchen on Thursday, August 8 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

In Charleston: Black Sheep Burritos and Brews on Tuesday, August 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

In Beckley: Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant on Thursday, August 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Come anytime during these evenings, enjoy a meal and talk to representatives about this and other degree programs to be offered at BridgeValley, New River, and Pierpont Community and Technical Colleges.

To RSVP, call 304.457.6222 or email Alderson Broaddus University at FinishYourDegree@ab.edu.

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For the news media coverage, please click here: https://www.wboy.com/news/education/alderson-broaddus-university-to-offer-new-degree-programs/.