2019 Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation is a celebration of student accomplishments, and it is only natural that Honors and Silver Key students collect a substantial number of awards.

This year, 20 students were inducted to the Silver Key Honors Society:

Our graduating Honors students, Jayme Hykes (also Silver Key), Jordan Guthrie, and Lora Owston (also Silver Key), received their Honors Certificates:

Lora Owston also received the Graduating Senior Academic Award, the Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Award, and the Mass Communication Award; Jayme Hykes made it to the President’s List.

Honor/Silver Key student Emily Rainey received Dr. Jim Daddysman Award that recognizes an academically superior student who will be participating in the Semester in Europe Program:

Silver Key student Caleb Pell receive Epsilon Tau Eta Sigma Alumni Academic Award and Forrest G. Clark Award that recognizes the athletes in the senior class with the highest academic average:

Silver Key student Timothy Hopkins received the Criminal Justice Achievement Award:

Silver Key student Morgan Winterbottom received the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Research Award:

Silver Key student Carolyn Gougeon received the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Academic Award; she also made it to the President’s List:

Silver Key student Ashleigh Martin received the Teacher Education Academic Award:

Honors student Taylor Wagner received the Sophomore Academic Award:

Honors/Silver Key student Wallaa Abo Elenin received the Junior Academic Award:

Rachel Gaspar (Honors/Silver Key, in the photo) and Sarah Reed (Silver Key) received the Senior Academic Award and were recognized on the President’s List:

Other Silver Key students who made it to the President’s List are Krista Cooper, Chelsea Jefferson, Jeremy Linaburg, Abigail Smith, and Katelyn Steigerwald:

Some Silver Key students were not able to attend the ceremony and are, therefore, not featured in the photos:

Recognized on the President’s List are Brianna Burger, Christian Clarkin, and Patrick McCombs (Honors).

Joseph Varela received the Business Academic Award, and Emily Rhodes received the Nursing Academic Award.

Congratulations to all Honors and Silver Key students! We are so proud of you!

Emily Rainey, AB Honors student, aims to empower women through research

Last summer (2018), Emily Rainey participated in WVU-INBRE research symposium https://ab.edu/news/alderson-broaddus-student-aims-to-empower-women-through-research/?fbclid=IwAR0-yuW9pudR2U8YIF5ObkULRPkPiLq7bciXWYVrkoqRqPNGhyrTscFN73k

She also presented the results of her research during the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 26, 2019.


Morgan Winterbottom, an AB Silver Key student, experiences biomedical research through WV-INBRE

AB Silver Key student Morgan Winterbottom graduated in December 2018 with a degree in Biology and is now starting at the AB Physician Assistant Program. Congratulations, Morgan!

Here is an article, written by AB Honors student Lora Owston, about Morgan’s research.https://ab.edu/news/ab-student-experiences-biomedical-research-through-wv-inbre/

Spring 2019 Honors Course: Telling “Tails”

Spring 2019 Honors course Telling “Tails”: Human-Animal Studies  was taught  by Professor Kayla McKinney. In this course, students learned how humans have impacted and continue to impact animal lives and how animals have shaped human activity and understanding. For her research project in this class, Emily Rainey investigated Western and non-Western views on animals.

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.