Animal Friends Service Project

The Honors Program and Silver Key Society students took on a project to aid the local shelter, Animal Friends of Barbour County. Animal Friends is a Non-Profit “no kill” shelter, which houses dogs and cats of the community until they an reach a loving home. The project was held in Alderson Broaddus University. Throughout the week, Honors Program and Silver Key Society students set up a table and received donations from the community accepting donations for Animal Friends of Barbour county. This service project successfully collected a total of $120 and large quantities of helpful donations such as : dog/cat food, cleaning supplies, towels, etc.

Overall, this was a great experience for the community and students, as we all learned to reach out and help a shelter who aids animals in need of a home. It was an eyeopening experience to see that shelters like Animal Friends of Barbour County are kept running through fundraising and donations such as these and others in the community, and being able to be part of that was truly encouraging and heart warming.


Beyond Sports: Soccer in Costa Rica

My name is Rachel Gaspar and I am a student in the honors program at AB. I had an amazing opportunity this summer to play soccer in Costa Rica. I was invited by an organization called Beyond Sports who chose me based off of my stats throughout my college soccer career here at AB. They chose other soccer players from colleges all around the country and formed a team. We played three games in the week and a half we were there, one being against the Costa Rica Women’s National team. We also participated in different service opportunities mostly within elementary schools throughout the Costa Rican community. My personal favorite was working with the Special Olympics program. We got to set up different physical activity stations for the kids to complete and compete in. It was so rewarding seeing the smiles on their faces when they completed the stations. We also ended the session with the Special Olympics by playing soccer with the kids.

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ACA Summit 2018-Taylor Wagner


On September 28-29, Dr. Rodimtseva and I traveled to Kingsport, TN for the Appalachian College Association Annual Summit 2018. I participated in an Honors Student Round-table along with students from various colleges in the Appalachian region. We discussed many things including leadership and community service projects. One thing worth mentioning was a “hometown service” in which each honors student would go back to their hometown to assess the needs in their community and the honors program would collaborate with other organizations to serve these communities. This model would bring a more visual aspect to our service requirement. I also got to learn about the Ledford Scholarship and I had the opportunity to view different poster presentations and it was very inspiring to see the groundbreaking research that undergraduate students, including AB’s own, Levi Summe, are leading. Some students actually discovered new species! All in all, it was a great experience and I hope to go again in the future.

First Day of Class!

Hello everyone. I want to wish all the honors program students a blessed and happy semester. I am thrilled to be able to lead the honors seminar for fall 2018. We had a wonderful first class this morning with a great group of students. I am looking forward to working with them throughout the semester!

Go Battlers!

Dr. Andrea Bucklew

Danielle Stuart Presents at AB Senior Research Symposium

At the end of each semester, AB College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics holds a senior research symposium where students present their senior research projects. On April 24, 2018, Danielle Stuart, a graduating Honors student majoring in Biology, talked about her research “Risk Factors Associated with Ovarian Cancer.” Here is Danielle with the poster showing the methods and the results of her research. Congratulations, Danielle! Great job!


AB Honors Student on NPR

Lora Owston, ABU Honors student, reported on the Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in Beckley for WV Public Radio’s program West Virginia Morning. Great job, Lora!

Greetings from Honors student, Taylor Wagner!

Hello, my name is Taylor Wagner. I am a freshman Criminal Justice and Psychology major with a minor in Ministry. I am involved with BCM, SPA, the Mission Team, and the Honors program here on campus. Over Spring break this year, I had the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and travel to Nicaragua for a mission trip. It was my first time out of the country and my first time on an airplane. We installed and supervised water filters, we held a health clinic with anemia testing, and we got to hold a Vacation Bible School with the children. While VBS was going on, we held a nutrition workshop with the parents. It was a truly life changing experience and I am looking forward to going again!

Greetings from Jasmine Kyle – Honors Student

Hello, my name is Jasmine Kyle, and I am a second-year undergraduate honors student at Alderson-Broaddus University!

I am dual majoring in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management, two very important fields in the upcoming years as environmental issues become more and more prominent. Hopefully, my future career will be involved with conservation, as I hope to preserve the animals and natural wonders that we have left to us. More specifically, I work with organisms in Order Chiroptera, better known as bats. While many people view bats as pests, or even terrifying animals, one of my life goals is to better illuminate their crucial role on earth and in our everyday lives.

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