Alderson Broaddus announces new degree program to be offered in Fairmont

Alderson Broaddus University, in conjunction with Pierpont Community and Technical College, will be offering a new bachelor’s degree program in Fairmont.

The Bachelor of Science in professional leadership is a degree completion program geared towards community and technical college graduates and working adults who have some college experience, but do not yet have a four-year degree.

“This program provides students with marketable skills to take their careers to the next level,” said Dr. Jim Owston, assistant provost for extended learning. “The Bachelor of Science in professional leadership will assist you in your personal growth to become a leader, allow you to manage change, provide you with the skills to brand yourself, and aid you in dealing with others professionally and personally.”

Classes begin June 10 and will be held in the evening at Pierpont’s Advanced Technology Center. To find out more, Alderson Broaddus and Pierpont invite you to a reception at Muriale’s Italian Kitchen in Fairmont on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Come anytime during these three hours and enjoy a complimentary meal and talk to representatives about this and other bachelor’s degree programs to be offered on the Pierpont campus.

To RSVP, call 304.457.6222 or email Alderson Broaddus University at


AB Celebrates 148th Commencement

World-renowned human rights activist Richard E. Lapchick led the list of honorary degree recipients when Alderson Broaddus University sent nearly 160 graduates into the world on Saturday, May 4 as commencement ceremonies took place.

Of those graduating, 159 earned their undergraduate degrees, six earned their associate degrees, and three earned their master’s degrees in anatomy. The Class of 2019 is a generation prepared to serve out the AB mission as well-rounded, responsible citizens contributing greatly to society. Among these seniors are graduates from a variety of disciplines, representing 12 countries and 21 states, who have participated in 9,753 hours of community service in the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Dr. Tim Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus University, welcomed Commencement Speaker Richard Lapchick to the stage stating that rarely does someone meet a personal hero.

Lapchick opened by reciting the mission of Alderson Broaddus University: “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.”

He explained how important that mission is to society as a whole. “I speak to many sport audiences, but never to a student body of 70% student-athletes,” said Lapchick. “As Battlers, you come prepared to crush defeat and take on new challenges. As you leave here today, there’s a lot of challenges facing us in society today.”

He spoke of his own trials growing up, listening to and witnessing racial bigotry and inequality. His father, Joe Lapchick, was an iconic figure who broke the color barrier in 1950 by signing Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton—the first African American NBA player—to the New York Knicks. Lapchick saw his father become a change agent which significantly impacted him; he vowed never to let race get in the way of doing the right thing.

In 1961, Lapchick spoke out against those who were hurling racial epithets toward a young African American man on the basketball court. Lapchick was beaten for defending the man who would eventually become known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Lapchick led the American sports boycott of South Africa from 1975 until the end of Apartheid. During this boycott, Lapchick was brutally assaulted in his office. As he spent the night in the hospital recovering from liver and kidney damage, a hernia, a concussion, and wounds from a racial slur that was carved into his stomach with scissors, he vowed to dedicate his life to bring about positive social change.

He went on to explain that social injustices and inequalities are higher now more than ever.

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“In the U.S., white women earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to white men in the same job. African Americans earn 64 cents on the dollar. Latinos earn 53cents on the dollar. Women makeup 51% of the U.S. population, but hold only 19% of the seats in the House and 21% of the seats in U.S. Senate. We rank—if you can comprehend this—100th, globally, for the percentage of women holding national government positions; we rank after Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. We rank 46th in the world in maternal mortality rates, behind Saudi Arabia, Libya, Kuwait, and Kazakhstan.”

He explained that worldwide, more girls and women die simply because of their gender in the 20th century than all the soldiers who died in all the wars in the 20th century. The Forbes’ list of 100 wealthiest Americans have a collective, aggregate wealth greater than the entire population of the 42 million African Americans in this country. Today, an estimated 32 million people in the world are living in human slavery, more than a million in the U.S.

“I will have spoken about 12 minutes this morning. In those 12 minutes—if it was a typical 12 minutes in America—this is what would have happened: 34 students would have dropped out of high school, 11 students would have been victimized by violence on school property, a child under the age of 16 would have been killed by a handgun, 900 children were abused, 129 women or girls were battered, 25 women or girls were raped, and 28 were enslaved.”

Lapchick explained that this was the very reason he wanted to speak to the Alderson Broaddus community. He challenged all graduates to be “Battlers for life” and to crush defeat and take on challenges that so many people face in our society. Lapchick said, “I don’t have any doubt that if there were more women and people of color making decisions in our country, that all those social injustice issues I talked about would be addressed in a more systematic way and we can get toward a conclusion for that. I wanted to be here because I know the AB community is a community that cares and is going to make an enormous difference.”

Lapchick explained how he comes from the world of sport much like our graduates. Regardless of race, religion, economic background, or personal preferences, a team only wins if you all work together. “Keep that teamwork that you’ve learned here at this great University and use it for the rest of your life,” said Lapchick. “We’re going to have a safer, better world because of the people who are graduating from here.”

Lapchick left the graduating seniors with a lyric from a Jana Stanfield song: you can’t do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good you can do.

President Tim Barry bestowed honorary doctorates to Dennis E. Stark, former vice president for finance and chief financial officer at AB; Michael Boisvert, founder and president of Longhouse Capital Advisors; Harry G. “Chip” Shaffer, III, charter member and past president of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia; and Richard E. Lapchick.

In addition to the commencement ceremonies, the AB School of Nursing welcomed 30 students to the profession during the symbolic Convocation and Pinning Ceremony that took place on Friday, May 3 in Wilcox Chapel.

Dr. Gina Maiocco, professor of nursing and a 1981 alumna of AB, spoke to the crowd about how actions matter. She challenged the nurses to always fight for what is right for their patients. “Lead, don’t just follow. Think forward, continue to grow, and remember that actions always matter,” said Dr. Maiocco.


For a full recording of AB’s 148th Commencement, click here:

Learn more about our featured graduates:  Haley Frost’s employment/BA in Criminal Justice, Morgan Winterbottom’s graduate school placement/BS in Biology, Jeremy Linaburg’s leadership/BS in Business Administration and Marketing

Alderson Broaddus University enshrined three new members to the Battler Hall of Fame


Alderson Broaddus University enshrined three new members to the Battler Hall of Fame Saturday night in Heiner Hall.

Ben Bolock, a 2006 graduate, was a member of the cross country and track & field teams at AB. He was a member of two different WVIAC Cross Country championship teams in 2001 and 2006. Bolock was the 2001 WVIAC Cross Country Rookie of the Year and earned all-conference runner honors three times. He still holds the AB records in the 5k and 10k races.

A 2000 graduate, Lakisha (Price) Hameed played two seasons for the Battler women’s basketball team. In just two seasons, Hameed reached the 1,000 point plateau with 1,056 total points. She posted a phenomenal senior season leading the WVIAC in scoring with 23.3 points per game. She earned All-WVIAC honors in both seasons at AB and was a member of 98-99 WVIAC All-Tournament Team.

The 1988 men’s soccer team became the first ever team to be enshrined in the Battler Hall of Fame. The 88 team posted a 17-3-2 regular season record and made a run to the NAIA National Championship game, and they finished as runner up. Four Battlers were named to the WVIAC First-Team including conference Player of the Year John Davies. Four players were named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team as well as boasting a pair of third-team All-Americans. Two individual members of the team are already enshrined in the Battler Hall of Fame.

AB Announces Human Rights Activist Richard E. Lapchick as Commencement Speaker

Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports and social issues, scholar and author Richard E. Lapchick will be the principal speaker at Alderson Broaddus University’s 148th Commencement on May 4, 2019.

“Richard Lapchick is often described as the ‘racial conscience of sport.’ I am delighted to have him on our campus to speak to our students, faculty, and AB family,” said Dr. Tim Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus University.

Lapchick has been actively involved in civil rights his whole life. His father, Joe Lapchick, was an iconic figure who broke the color barrier by signing Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton—the first African American NBA player—to the New York Knicks. Lapchick saw his father become a change agent which significantly impacted him; he vowed never to let race get in the way of doing the right thing.

“Dr. Lapchick brings a rich and varied set of experiences to AB, and I believe his remarks will resonate well with our graduates,” said Barry. “He is one of the most widely admired and broadly influential people in education, business, and sports. Hosting him on our campus is a true honor.”

Lapchick was one of 200 guests personally invited by Nelson Mandela to his inauguration after Lapchick led the American sports boycott of South Africa from 1975 until the end of Apartheid. During this boycott, Lapchick was brutally assaulted in his office because of his civil rights efforts, but that did not deter him from continuing his mission to advance civil rights efforts by using sports as a bridge to achieve equality.

Lapchick’s commitment to equality and belief that sports can be an effective instrument of positive social change led him to launch the DeVos Sport Business Management program at the University of Central Florida. This program has been named one of the top five programs by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and ESPN The Magazine. In 2009, it was named the #1 MBA program in the nation for volunteer service. In 2015, it was named the #2 program in the world by SportBusiness International.

Under Lapchick’s leadership, the DeVos Program launched The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) which publishes the critically acclaimed Racial and Gender Report Card, an annual study of the racial and gender hiring practices of our country’s leading sports organizations as well as in collegiate athletics departments.

Lapchick also helped establish the Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS), later renamed to the Institute for Sport and Social Justice (ISSJ). It is a group of over 280 colleges and universities that created the first of its kind degree completion and community service programs. To date, over 31,000 athletes have returned to NCAS member schools; over 14,000 have graduated. Nationally, the NCAS athletes have worked with nearly 19.1 million students in the school outreach and community service program, which focuses on teaching youth how to improve race relations, develop conflict resolution skills, prevent gender violence, and avoid drug and alcohol abuse. They have collectively donated more than 20.8 million hours of service while member colleges have donated more than $300 million in tuition assistance. During this time, Lapchick also helped create National Student-Athlete Day in 1988, which has recognized more than 2.6 million high school students for being citizen-scholar-student-athletes.

In December of 2006, Lapchick, along with his family and a group of DeVos students, formed the Hope for Stanley Alliance which organizes groups of student-athletes and sport management students to work in the reconstruction efforts in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans. As of the summer of 2018, Hope for Stanley members have spent 55 weeks working on rebuilding more than 140 homes. Hope for Stanley has also worked with the victims of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey.

In recent years, Lapchick has turned his attention to the issues of human slavery and partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to bring the “Shut Out Trafficking” message to college campuses across the country. This program engages student-athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators to help inform their campuses about human trafficking issues.

Considered among the nation’s experts on sport and social issues, Lapchick has appeared numerous times on Good Morning America, Face The Nation, The Today Show, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, CNN, and ESPN as well as numerous other news broadcasts.

He has been the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Work in Civil Rights from the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow/Push Coalition in 2009. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of the Commonwealth Nations in the category of Humanitarian along with Arthur Ashe and Nelson Mandela. Lapchick has won the Arthur Ashe Voice of Conscience Award, the Women’s Sports Foundation Presidents Award, the Ralph Bunche International Peace Award, the Wendell Scott Pioneer Award in 2004 and the NASCAR Diversity Award in 2008 for leadership in advancing people of color in the motorsports industry.

Lapchick also received the Champions Award from the Alliance of Women’s Coaches, the only male to receive the award in 2012. The Black Coaches Association presented Lapchick with their Distinguished Service Award which was only the second time they presented this award in 28 years. Lapchick received the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award at the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies.

In August of 2013, he received the Pioneer Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2014, the National Basketball Retired Players Association gave Lapchick, Bill Russell, and Pat Summit their Life Achievement Award. Lapchick was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was named as one of Beyond Sports Inspirational 50 people (living and passed) who used sport to change the world along with Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali, and Nelson Mandela.

In 2016, he was honored by the Harvard Medical School with the Harvard Impact Global Health Catalyst Distinguished Leader Award for his work in diversity and inclusion. In 2017, he was named as the NCAA’s Champion of Diversity.

He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and Who’s Who in American Business. Lapchick was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports for six years and one of the 20 Most Influential People in College Sport.

Lapchick is a board member of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Open Doors Foundation, Florida Abolitionist, and the onePULSE Foundation. He is on the advisory boards of ESPN-W, the Positive Coaching Alliance, Harbor House, Champion Women, the SEED Project, and the Giving Back Fund.

Lapchick is a prolific writer and is working on his 17th book. He is a regular columnist for and The Sports Business Journal. He has written more than 550 articles and has given more than 2,900 public speeches. Lapchick has spoken in the United States Congress, at the United Nations, in the European Parliament, and at the Vatican.

During Alderson Broaddus University’s commencement ceremonies, Lapchick will receive the University’s highest award, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. AB awards honorary degrees to recognize those who have made profound and enduring contributions to scholarship, culture, and improved quality of life in society at large.


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NASA Visits Alderson Broaddus University

Representatives from NASA visited the campus of Alderson Broaddus University. Mr. Kenneth D. Rehm, associate director of NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) program, and Isaac H. Lambert, cybersecurity assurance specialist, spoke to AB students about the opportunities for internships and pathways to joining NASA.

Computer science and cyber security students at AB learned about the John McBride Software Testing & Research (JSTAR) Laboratory which is part of the NASA IV and V program. This program provides simulations of embedded spacecraft environments and test services to verify and validate spacecraft flight software products from NASA flight projects. Through this internship, students would be involved in research and development conducted to improve test methods and simulations while gaining cyber security knowledge and mentors.

Alderson Broaddus University offers 34 undergraduate and master’s degree programs. The cyber security program was developed in partnership with industry and government agencies to fit the current and future needs of industries. To learn more about cyber security at AB, please visit

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.