Alderson Broaddus University Students Recognized with Top Honors at PBL State Leadership Conference

The Alderson Broaddus University Phi Beta Lambda chapter joined more than 150 of West Virginia’s best and brightest business-minded college students to Lead, Educate, and Inspire at the PBL State Leadership Conference in Fairmont. Students attended the conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events to qualify for a spot at nationals.

The Alderson Broaddus University PBL chapter won top honors in their division, qualifying 19 members who will move on to compete at the National Leadership Conference held in San Antonio, Texas June 24-27.

Walaa Abo Elenin from Clarksburg, W.Va. won second place in Microeconomics; Ciara Bauman from Barnesville, Ohio won first in Hospitality Management and second in Parliamentary Procedure; Michalea Bolyard from Newburg, W.Va. won first in Parliamentary Procedure and Integrated Marketing Campaign; Alex Buckheit from Baltimore, Md. won first in Integrated Marketing Campaign and second in Parliamentary Procedure; Abigail Busch from Eldersburg, Md. won second in Business Law and Global Analysis & Decision Making; Carson Comer from Powell, Ohio won second in Macroeconomics; Wade Conner from Grafton, W.Va. won first in Integrated Marketing Campaign and Parliamentary Procedure; Brenna Dugan from Alum Creek, W.Va. won third in Job Interview and Desktop Publishing; Christian Heater from Rock Cave, W.Va. won second in Business Law and Global Analysis & Decision Making; Tiffany Hinchman from Grafton, W.Va won first in Hospitality Management and second in Parliamentary Procedure; Rhea John from Kerala, India won first in Business Sustainability; Alexcia Kolish from Middletown, Pa. won first in Parliamentary Procedure and Business Decision Making; Ja’Torrian Lee from Charlotte, N.C. won second in Parliamentary Procedure; Jeremy Linaburg from Stephens City, Va. won first in Social Media Campaign and Local Chapter Annual Business Report; Gray Ramsey from Plano, Texas won second in Parliamentary Procedure; Katelyn Shrader from Beverly, W.Va. won first in Parliamentary Procedure; Abigail Smith from Winchester, Va. won second in Organizational Behavior & Leadership and third in Desktop Publishing; Kiley Sparks from Dillsboro, Ind. won first in Future Business Educator; and Taylor Treadway from Ravenswood, W.Va. won first in Parliamentary Procedure.

“It’s always a pleasure to be a part of these competitions and to be with your peers from across a wide variety of colleges and disciplines,” stated Jeremy Linaburg, Alderson Broaddus PBL chapter president. “I’m so proud of our PBL chapter at AB.” 

These awards are part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.

“It’s an honor to serve alongside so many bright, talented, and motivated students who recognize the importance of demonstrating career-related skills during these events,” said Linaburg. “Our top place finishes speak volumes about the quality of our students and our education at AB.”

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Photo Captions: Top: Thirteen of the nineteen Alderson Broaddus students pose with their awards from the PBL State Leadership Conference. Front row, right to left: Brenna Dugan, Michalea Bolyard, Gray Ramsey, Abigail Busch, Alexcia Kolish, Tiffany Hinchman, Rhea John. Second row, right to left: Rich Foley (advisor), Alex Buckheit, Christian Heater, Kiley Sparks, Jeremy Linaburg, Abigail Smith, Ciara Bauman.

Bottom: AB students participating in the Parliamentary Procedure competition pose for a photo at the PBL State Leadership Conference. From right to left: Michalea Bolyard, Alex Buckheit, Gray Ramsey, Ciara Bauman, Tiffany Hinchman, Wade Connor.

Alderson Broaddus University Faculty Receive National Credential in Teaching Excellence

Faculty honored during campus-wide celebration for their commitment to student success

Twenty-four faculty members at Alderson Broaddus University earned a nationally recognized teaching credential co-endorsed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE) during a pinning ceremony on April 13. Faculty demonstrated their commitment to student success by completing a year-long “Effective Teaching Practices” course to equip them with the instructional skills shown to promote student motivation, learning, and persistence.

“Congratulations to our faculty and administrators, whose dedication to this intense curriculum alongside existing responsibilities is impressive,” said Dr. Tim Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus University. “It speaks to their commitment to strengthening teaching and learning as we strive to enhance our students’ success. ACUE continues to be a great partner in AB’s mission of providing a high-quality education to our all of our students who will be prepared to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.”

The credentialed faculty members span across four colleges and the University’s Academic Center for Educational Success. The following faculty and staff found the recommended practices from ACUE’s course relevant to their teaching:

College of Business
Phil Fetty

College of Education and Music
Phil Bowers
Erin Brumbaugh
Val Huffman
Matt Swallow

College of Health, Science, Technology, and Mathematics
Mary Fanning
Kelley Flaherty
Brandi Gaertner
Jacob Hill
Rebecka Knotts
Matt McKinney
Jacob Steele
Will Wiggins

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Andrea Bucklew
John Davies
James Dunbar
Nathan Fortney
Kayla McKinney
James Owston
Daniel Propst
Kari Sisk
Jonathan Wolf
Shannon Wolfe

Academic Center for Educational Success
Amy Mason

To earn their Certificate in Effective Instruction, faculty members completed an evidence-based, 25-module course that requires them to learn about and implement new teaching practices in their courses and reflect on the experience. Aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning, ACUE’s courses address over 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning techniques, promote higher-order thinking, and utilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning.

Faculty will continue to learn about pedagogy and receive career-long support through ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice, which provides access to member forums, expert webinars, biweekly newsletters, the ‘Q’ blog, and “office hours” with leading scholars in college instruction.

“It is a great honor to participate in this program,” said Dr. Andrea Bucklew, associate provost of Alderson Broaddus University. “At AB, we are dedicated to providing continuing support to our faculty to sustain their use of evidence-based teaching practices. To be selected for this opportunity reflects AB’s commitment and the value we place on our teaching faculty. Through this training, we can better equip our graduates to become the next generation of leaders and problem solvers.”

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

About ACUE: The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) believes that all college students deserve an extraordinary education and that faculty members play a critical role in their success. In partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, ACUE supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement, retention, and learning. Faculty members who complete ACUE courses earn certificates in effective college instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education. ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice connects college educators from across the country through member forums, podcasts, and updates on the latest developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning. To learn more, visit


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 Student’s Research Project Hits Close to Home

Forty-five minutes from Brendan Wilson’s hometown, the Toledo water crisis of 2014 still affects the residents of Wauseon, Ohio. Wilson enrolled at Alderson Broaddus University to further his education and play football, and to hopefully take home a remedy to the problem plaguing the Lake Erie area: a toxic algae bloom wreaking havoc on water quality for residents and wildlife.

In preparation for his senior research project, Wilson is investigating how nutrient concentration of phosphorus, nitrogen, and the concentration of suspended solids are impacted by grass filter strips in the Lake Erie Basin.

“The title of my research is The Efficacy of Nutrient Filtration in Water by Grass Filter Strips,” explains Wilson. “Currently in Lake Erie, algae blooms, caused by an excess of nutrients in the water, are deteriorating the quality of the water and are forming dead zones. Those same algae have affected the quality of the water for the city of Toledo and have caused the city to shut the water off due to the danger of the quality.”

Wilson went on to explain the direct impact this type of pollution had on his own family, stating that his grandmother lived in Toledo where bottled water had to be hauled to her home. The algae bloom left residents with contaminated water that wasn’t safe for drinking or bathing. The freshwater wildlife could not even survive the bloom. Seeing this firsthand, Wilson understood the problem and was determined to get his hands dirty to find a solution.

“My research plan to explore the possibility of using grass filter strips on the edge of agricultural fields will hopefully improve the quality of the water that flows through the Lake Erie Basin to the lake itself,” said Wilson. “I chose agricultural fields because agriculture has been targeted as a key contributor to the issue and also because agriculture dominates the landscape of the Lake Erie Basin.”

The idea of the grass filter came from his recent internship last summer with the USDA in Fulton County, Ohio, just a few minutes from his home. During his placement, grass filter strips were being used to guard against soil erosion, trapping runoff containing sediment, pesticides, and other pollutants.

“The concept behind the filter strips is the same concept of a riparian buffer where shrubs, trees, and grass filter water naturally so that when it hits the watershed, the water is the quality it should be,” said Wilson. “Where I live in Ohio, there’s a big issue of runoff from commercial and agricultural sources. It’s appealing to see the concept of grass to help filter water. Many times, grass is used to hinder soil erosion, but I want to look at it to see if it can act as a riparian buffer to absorb some of the nutrients so that the toxins aren’t hitting lake Erie, causing more and more algae blooms.”

Professors at AB encouraged Wilson to apply for the internship to help him hone his interests and prepare for concentrated studies in a master’s program. He called the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District office and inquired about any possible opportunities. He landed an intern spot in the EQIP program, part of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service program. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) helps agricultural producers confront their unique set of challenges while conserving natural resources like soil, water, and air. This program invests in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.

“I’ve grown up around farmlands and love being outside,” said Wilson. “It’s the reason I chose to study environmental science at Alderson Broaddus University, and in doing so, I see all the diversity and opportunities in this field.”

While his hometown environment helped shape his interest in environmental science, Wilson admits that his parents were a huge influence as well. “My dad is a pharmaceutical chemist, and my mom taught math for years. Math and science came to me naturally; it runs in the family.”

“I like to play in the dirt. I like being outside and solving problems. Preparing for this research project has given me the opportunity to have my foot in both worlds: solving the problem by using the nature that is already there.”

Wilson plans to conduct his research over two summers and then present his project in his senior year. His goal is to gain another internship with the USDA this summer.


AB professor featured in top-selling genealogy book

An Alderson Broaddus University professor contributed to a recent top-selling book release on the use of DNA analysis for family history research.

Dr. James M. Owston, an AB mass communication professor and administrator, participated as one of 14 authors of Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies­, which became available for purchase last weekend.

“It was quite an honor to be asked to participate in this project,” Owston said. “The book’s other authors are the crème de la crème of the genetic genealogy community; I am probably the least known contributor.”

As more people turn to DNA analysis in genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies­ allows the intermediate genealogist to move to the next level by applying advanced analysis techniques and genealogical standards in answering family research questions.

While several chapters deal with a variety of genetic genealogy topics, eight chapters provide examples of actual families and the tools, methods and techniques used in solving specific research problems. Owston’s chapter, “Y-DNA Analysis for a Family Study,” explored how he used advanced Y-DNA testing to answer questions regarding his own surname lineage.

“I was always interested in learning more about my unusual surname—its origin and how and when my line came to North America,” Owston said. “There are only 600 or so people in the world who bear our name, which has two variations; genealogical research and DNA analysis has confirmed that we are all related.” 

Owston began his interest in genealogy because of an eighth-grade assignment that required him to create a family tree. When his great-grandparents’ family bible surfaced 10 years later, it inspired him to dig deeper into his roots. For over 40 years, he has concentrated on his surname lineage, which can be traced to Peter Owston of Yorkshire who died in 1568; the surname appears to have originated in the 1400s as a byname. Owston took his first DNA test in 2007; since then, he has inspired over 60 people in his extended family to test their DNA.

Edited by Debbie Parker Wayne, Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies­ is currently the number one selling book in both the genealogy and research categories at Amazon.