AB Honored Alumni at Homecoming 2019: October 9-13

Alderson Broaddus University welcomed hundreds of guests to campus over the Homecoming weekend on Oct. 9-13. The annual celebration hosted a variety of events that featured renowned alumni and honored friends of Alderson Broaddus.

The crowning of Homecoming King and Queen kicked-off the festivities, with students Alex Buckheit and Alex Shaffer named respectively. Buckheit is a senior double majoring in business administration and accounting from Baltimore, Maryland, representing the Phi Beta Lambda student business organization and the Epsilon Tau Eta Sigma fraternity. Shaffer is a senior triple majoring in exercise science, psychology, and religion and philosophy from Morgantown representing Baptist Christian Ministries and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

“Homecoming is a special time that allows us to come back home to the mountaintop and reminisce with old friends and make new memories,” President Tim Barry said. “Our Battlers are living embodiments of this wonderful place.”

During AB’s annual Alumni Awards Banquet, the University paid tribute to the success of its graduates by bestowing honors to seven deserving alumni.

Gary K. Washington, a 1979 graduate and native Washingtonian, was honored with the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in his chosen field. Washington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alderson Broaddus University and obtained his Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from the University of the District of Columbia. Washington, who was an educator and a member of the Washington, D.C. Board of Education, spent his 30-year career as a high school and middle school principal working to develop efforts to improve numerous chronically failing schools. He received numerous awards for educational leadership, including the Rubenstein Award for Outstanding Leadership, National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year, Virginia Commonwealth Leadership Award, and a letter of commendation from First Lady Laura Bush for outstanding leadership at Backus Middle School following 9/11.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, representing outstanding service to the University, was presented to 1980 graduate Dr. Cynthia D. Sofhauser. Sofhauser obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alderson Broaddus University and holds certification in advanced holistic nursing and nursing education. She earned her master’s degree in adult health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was prepared as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, and received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas. Sofhauser is a professor of nursing at Indiana University South Bend School of Nursing, Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. As a member of the Indiana University Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching, she has received numerous awards for her scholarly efforts.

Dr. Alvita K. Nathaniel was honored with the Nursing Alumni Association Award. This award recognizes achievement and leadership in the nursing profession. Nathaniel graduated from Alderson Broaddus University in 1972 and went on to receive her master’s, doctorate, and Ph.D. in nursing from West Virginia University. She began her nursing career at the Charleston Area Medical Center as an in-service instructor and staff nurse. Nathaniel is now professor emerita at West Virginia University School of Nursing, where she teaches bachelor, master, and doctoral level courses. She is widely known for her contributions to the field of nursing grounded theory and public policy.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes an individual for exceptional achievement in their field within ten years of graduation, was presented to 2007 graduate Adam L. Cheeseman. Cheeseman received his degree in secondary education from Alderson Broaddus and holds a master’s in biblical studies from Liberty University and a Superintendent’s Certification from Salem International University. He now serves as Superintendent of Doddridge County Schools and is currently pursuing his doctorate in strategic leadership at Liberty University. Cheeseman’s leadership style is focused on meeting the needs of the holistic child to prepare students who not only are college or career prepared but also prepared for life after high school. During his tenure as Superintendent, graduation rates have increased, and district statewide academic achievement has improved.

Each year, a Lord and Lady are selected to preside over the Homecoming Festivities. The distinction was awarded to Dr. Scott and M. Jane Kavanagh, a couple who differentiated themselves through their service, dedication, and gifts to AB. Scott graduated from AB in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and earned his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation. M. Jane graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s in psychology and obtained dual certification in early childhood and elementary education. Since retirement, she has volunteered as a tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse and now mentors at the University of New England.

“AB has amazing alumni, and this year we were so blessed to have so many distinguished alumni return to the mountaintop and help us celebrate one another’s lifelong achievements,” President Barry said.

This year’s Homecoming represented milestones for several groups. AB’s Class of 1969 celebrated its 50th-year reunion and induction into the E.J. Willis Society.

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.

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2019 Alumni Award Recipients: from left to right: Adam L. Cheeseman, Dr. Cynthia D. Sofhauser, Dr. Scott and M. Jane Kavanagh, Dr. Alvita K. Nathaniel, and Gary K. Washington

Friends, Family, and Fellowship Highlight AB’s Homecoming Celebration

Alderson Broaddus University will host a variety of events for the public as part of their Homecoming celebration October 9-13.

To kick-off Homecoming week, the Dr. Robert V. Digman Lecture Series will be held Wednesday-Friday, October 9-11, from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m. in Crim Dining Hall in the AB Campus Center.

Wednesday, October 9, Adam Cheeseman, a 2007 AB graduate and this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner, will begin the annual lecture series. Adam Cheeseman received his Bachelor of Arts from Alderson Broaddus in secondary education with a specialization in social studies in 2007. Cheeseman holds a Master of Arts in biblical studies from Liberty University and a Superintendent’s Certificate from Salem International University. He has been Superintendent of Doddridge County Schools (WV) since 2016.

On Thursday, October 10, Associate Professor of English Dr. Charlie Starr will share his C.S. Lewis expertise. Starr teaches, writes, and lectures on Classic and American literature, film, theology, and on the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He has published three never-before-seen C. S. Lewis manuscripts and will soon be releasing an additional 24 new Lewis documents, including a lost sequel to The Screwtape Letters.

The lecture series will conclude on Friday, October 11, with Dr. Charles Smith, a 1969 Alderson Broaddus graduate. Smith received his Bachelor of Science in both mathematics and chemistry at AB. Smith obtained his master’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a senior manager of pharmacokinetics for Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC in Richmond, VA.

The public is also invited to the women’s volleyball game on Friday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. against Ohio Dominican University. Saturday, October 12, men’s football will battle Lake Erie College at 12 noon.

Wilcox Chapel will be full of music on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. as the School of Music hosts its annual homecoming concert.

On Sunday morning, the annual Homecoming Worship Service led by Rev. Patricia Lawrence, a 1969 AB graduate, will take place at Philippi Baptist Church located at 69 Church Street in downtown Philippi. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., and all are welcome to attend.

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

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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Alderson Broaddus University Anatomy Graduates Become Educators

It comes as no surprise that following the 148th Commencement Ceremony, which included the inaugural Master of Science in anatomy graduating class, the Battler community is again celebrating student successes. Three Alderson Broaddus University alumni have, in less than six months, found themselves taking the next steps in their careers.

Just before the start of the 2019-20 academic year, Mackenzie Bergeron `18 from Newcomerstown, Ohio, Seth Bergeron `18 from West Lafayette, Ohio, and Matthew Searls from Saint Albans, W.Va., transitioned from recent graduates to faculty members.

“I decided to become a Battler because AB reminded me of home. The small-town atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for,” said Mackenzie Bergeron. Bergeron attended AB for her undergraduate study and graduated in 2018. She was later accepted into the University’s Masters of Science in anatomy program and earned her graduate degree in 2019. As an assistant professor of biology, Bergeron has begun to share the skills she cultivated during her time as a student in her role as an educator.

In 2015, Matthew Searls earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Searls began perusing his graduate degree in 2018 and credits the location, class size, and program goals as his reasons for joining the Battler family.  “Since it had been three years since attending undergraduate school, it took a few weeks for my mind to transition back to my role as a student. The opportunities and instructive practices of the anatomy program at AB were a great fit,” said Searls. Searls was offered and accepted the position as an assistant professor of anatomical science at Alderson Broaddus University.

Seth Bergeron received his undergraduate from Alderson Broaddus in 2018 and continued his education by also pursuing his graduate degree at AB. “I became a Battler because of the small, tight-knit community and the opportunities to obtain an excellent education,” said Bergeron. After graduating as one of AB’s first Master of Science in anatomy degree recipients, he accepted a position at West Virginia Wesleyan College as an instructor of biology.

“It was wonderful to watch our anatomy students from the Alderson Broaddus Class of 2019 grow over the last year as they trained to become educators in the field of anatomical science,” said Kristen Winter, associate professor of anatomical science.

Congratulations, Battlers!

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.

About the Master of Science in Anatomy

The Master of Science in anatomy program is a 24-month on-campus blended program conducted in a traditional face-to-face lecture format, with some online courses offered during the student’s class schedule.

Students in the Master of Science in anatomy program are educated to be anatomists, work in clinical laboratories, teach in community colleges and universities and pursue professional educations in medical or research-related fields.

For more information on the anatomy program, visit ab.edu/apply.

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Alderson Broaddus University Anatomy Graduates Become Educators: From left to right: Matthew Sealrs, Mackenzie Bergeron, and Seth Bergeron.

Alderson Broaddus Promotes Dr. Eric Shor to Dual Role

“There is a strong sense of family and community at Alderson Broaddus University that inspires students, faculty, staff, and our community to grow and achieve great things,” shared Dr. Eric Shor. “I am honored that I am able to continue moving my career forward, and more importantly, serve the institution that serves so many.”

Dr. Shor has been with Alderson Broaddus University since 1999 when he was first employed as the program director for athletic training. During his early years at Alderson Broaddus, Dr. Shor made it his goal to grow the athletic training offerings and worked to create an accredited athletic training education program. On the back of his accreditation success, Shor achieved his goals by expanding programming, increasing the number of faculty and staff, and later became the division chair.

Following the completion of his doctorate in leadership and management from Capella University, Dr. Shor expanded his commitment to Alderson Broaddus by transitioning into a position with the administration team as associate provost and later as vice president for enrollment management.

At the start of the 2019-20 academic year, AB President Dr. Tim Barry announced the promotion of Dr. Eric Shor as the new executive vice president for administration.

“It is my pleasure to announce Dr. Shor as executive vice president for administration,” said Dr. Barry. “I have every confidence in the decades of support Dr. Shor has provided the University.”

In his dual role as vice president for enrollment management and executive vice president for administration, Dr. Shor will work closely with all facets of the administration, admissions, financial aid, retention, and marketing. “Everybody believes in the mission and what it is that we, as a higher education institution, are trying to achieve,” said Shor. “The people that want to be part of our continued success are providing our students with an opportunity that they may not find anywhere else.”

Shor says he is eager to work alongside the administration and enrollment teams to continue his charge to move Alderson Broaddus forward.

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: Dr. Eric Shor accepts dual role as vice president for enrollment management and executive vice president for administration.

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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