Named 40th in 2015 Rankings
ABU Nationally Recognized For Online Nursing Degree
Alderson Broaddus University has been ranked as the 40th overall best online Bachelor of Science in nursing program in the nation by CollegeChoice.net. ABU was the only non-profit school ranked in the state of West Virginia.
According to CollegeChoice.net, the organization’s aim is to offer students a ranking of the top online nursing programs that they can trust to deliver excellence in education, flexibility, affordability, and the results that a student desires. The top 50 rankings, released on November 4, were compiled based upon a variety of important factors including faculty credentials, technology and student support, accreditation, cost, as well as the national and regional reputations of each school.
“We cross-referenced a variety of data sources to measure these factors, including the National Center for Education Statistics, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, individual program websites, and U.S. News & World Report,” said College Choice spokesperson and associate editor, Sara Wilhelm Garbers. “We are dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college and are committed to connecting people to inspiring ideas and high quality educational opportunities. We are confident that students will find both at ABU.”
Alderson Broaddus University recently launched the RN to BSN online degree in the fall of 2013 as the school’s first online program. Academic innovation is an enduring feature of Alderson Broaddus University and the institution has a strong history of offering cutting edge programs in the health sciences. In 1945, ABU developed the first four-year nursing and the first radiologic technology programs in West Virginia.
“I would like to congratulate the entire department for such an achievement, especially within the first year,” said Catherine Lawrence, a student in the online Bachelor of Science in nursing program’s first cohort which will graduate this December. “It certainly reflects on the collaborative efforts of everyone involved.”
Lawrence commented that the challenges presented by each class required the students to research and investigate to comprehend more fully the need for a deeper level of knowledge as a BSN graduate.
“Entering this program as an ADN, I knew my strengths were technical skills, but now I comprehend the decision making process of a BSN which is well-rounded and concentrates on the complete wellness of an individual,” said Lawrence. “Being able to work collaboratively with colleagues requires personal autonomy and confidence in my role and being a baccalaureate trained nurse allows for a deeper level of involvement with peers.”
Lawrence went on to say that working independently within this program is a necessary component; however, most instructors maintained an open availability, allowing the students to understand they were not alone.
“Their commitment to our success reflected on their involvement with each of us,” she said. “Being in school again has reignited my thirst for knowledge. I know completing my BSN is another stepping stone toward a master's degree which will allow me to teach again, and position me to consider a PhD as some point.”
Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution firmly rooted in the liberal arts. For more information on the online RN to BSN degree or any of the nursing programs offered at ABU, please contact Dr. Brenda Mason, Dean of the College of Health Sciences at (304) 457-6385 or Lesa Jordan, Director of RN-BSN, at (304) 457-6394. Interested candidates may also contact the admissions office toll free at 1-800-263-1549 and visit the program website at www.ab.edu/rn2bsn .
Information from College Choice can be found at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-online-nursing-programs.
Flowers By Jennifer Hosts Open House
Flowers by Jennifer opened their doors on Saturday, November 15, for an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to encourage Barbour County residents to come out and see everything that the shop has to offer.
“I offer live flowers, funeral arrangements, weddings, silks, grave saddles, and primitives,” says owner Jennifer Taylor of the special arrangements and products she offers.
Taylor encourages Barbour County residents to come in to experience the new and fresh vision and products she has to offer in her shop. From live and silk flower arrangements to special events and primitives, Taylor’s shop has something for everyone.
Flowers by Jennifer is located at 34 Hickory Corner Road in Philippi. For more information, contact owner Jennifer Taylor at (304) 457-5080 or email@example.com.
Christmas Dinner Set For Post 44
American Legion Post 44 of Philippi will be holding their annual Christmas dinner on December 12, 6 p.m., at the Post Hall.
The dinner will be a covered dish with the meats and drinks being provided.
All veterans, their families, and friends are invited to attend.
For more information or questions, call 304-457-2911.
Post 44 Plans Food And Toy Drive
The American Legion Post 44 and the Auxiliary Unit 44 are sponsoring a food and toy drive to help some needy families in the area.
Toys or gifts are needed for six girls, ages 4 to 16, and 18 boys, ages 4 to 14.
Those wishing to help can call 304-457-2911 or any member of The American Legion or the Auxiliary.
Barbour Schools See First Snow Day Of The Winter Season
Strong, cold winds continued from Monday as Barbour County Schools closed for the first time this year on Tuesday, November 18, as a light but cold snowfall covered the ground. A two-hour delay was reported on Monday evening, but, by the next morning, school was quickly canceled due to slick roadways and cold temperatures.
The cold weather came quickly earlier this week as low temperatures and rain turned to snow late yesterday afternoon and temperatures quickly fell into the high teens, causing roads and walkways to become slick by yearly Tuesday morning. Minor wrecks were reported across the county Tuesday as roads were slowly cleared and the snow came to a halt.
The National Weather Service forecast for today is a little bit warmer, with a high near 32 and a low around 23, but cold wind will continue as gusts could get as high as 31 mph. The area could see scattered snow showers after 1 a.m. on Wednesday night. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Thursday should see more snow showers in the morning before lightening up to a chance of flurries later in the day. Forecast predicts the day to be mostly cloudy with a high around 27 and wind gusts as high as 34. Thursday night will see more scattered flurries in the evening with a breezy low around 9.
The weekend will see clearing skies and more sunshine but temperatures will only get to a high of near 30 degrees on Friday and near 38 on Saturday. Rain and a chance of showers are forecast to return Sunday.
Normal temperatures at Elkins for this time of year are 53 degrees for a high and 30 for a low. The record high for Nov. 17 was back in 1958 at 75 degrees and the low was -2 degrees in 1933.
There has been no recordable snowfall (excluding the nearby mountain ridges) in the Elkins area this season.
Ronald McDonald Signs Autographs At Philippi McDonalds
On Sunday, November 16, Philippi McDonald’s welcomed the famous Ronald McDonald who stopped by to visit and sign autographs for delighted Barbour County children. The restaurant was packed full of happy customers enjoying their meals and numerous children who were thrilled to see Ronald McDonald.
Seven-year-old Gavin Barnes, of Belington, enjoyed the afternoon by having a meal with his family after talking with Ronald McDonald, who signed an autograph for him to keep. The happy boy said that he had a lot of fun talking to Mr. McDonald.
Ronald McDonald arrived at the Philippi location on Sunday afternoon and began signing autographs for the many children and families in attendance around 1 p.m. He was his usual enthusiastic self and delighted customers.
WVU Extension Service’s Statewide 4-H Program Blasts Off At Mt. Vernon Elementary’s KidReach
West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H program is helping young people send “rockets to the rescue” as part of the world’s largest youth-led science experiment. The interactive experiment encourages participation, education and awareness of science, technology, engineering and math—STEM—activities and opportunities for youths across the nation. Fifty Mt. Vernon Elementary students were “aerospace engineers” designing and launching rockets on their playground November 3.
This year’s experiment focuses on rocket science and aerospace. Youths design and build a rocket, test it with the stomp rocket launcher, reflect on its performance, then improve upon their design and launch it again. This experiential learning is reflective of the 4-H experience and the projects 4-H members select each year. A 4-H community club will be blasting into Mt. Vernon Elementary school’s community of Brownton beginning with their organizational meeting Thursday, November 20, at 4:45 p.m. at the school.
This year’s 4-H National Youth Science experiment was designed by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and was selected as the winning experiment to be used for the seventh annual National Youth Science Day.
For more information about 4-H National Youth Science Day and the National Youth Science Day experiment or joining 4-H, contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service at (304) 457-3254 or visit www.ext.wvu.edu.
National sponsors of the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day include Lockheed Martin, Hughes (HughesNet Satellite Internet) and John Deere. Other partners include Dow AgroSciences, NBC Learn, Afterschool Alliance and NASA. Barbour County’s BCI donated the supplies to build the stomp rocket launchers and World Vision donated supplies to build the rockets for our local program. 4-H member, Trey Freeman, volunteer Raquel Freeman, and WVU Extension’s Program Assistant, Barbara Wolfe helped the students launch their awesomely created rockets.
For 100 years, WVU Extension Service has helped make the lives of young people better through 4-H youth development programs. WVU Extension Service, as part of WVU and its land-grant mission, continues to provide educational opportunities that allow for the growth and development of youths in all 55 counties of West Virginia.
Board Hears LSIC Reports; Discusses Carry Over Fund
The Barbour County Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night. At the meeting, the board heard Local School Improvement Council presentations from Kasson Elementary/Middle School and Mount Vernon Elementary School.
In other news, the board continued discussion of how to allocate the carry over funds from fiscal year 2014, which total about $136,000. Last year’s budget would have seen a shortfall of $200,000 if the unexpected windfall of funds had not came through to balance the budget, which resulted in the carry over funds. Several options have been discussed for the funds, including placement of the funds into capital improvement or using the fund to backfill the current fiscal year’s budget, which is expected to fall short.
Barbour County Education Association President Brain Moats has suggested to the board that a significant portion of the carry over funds be placed toward continued funding of optical and dental benefits for faculty.
The county is currently suffering significant staffing issues due to the low pay rates for West Virginia teaches, compared to the higher pay rates of surrounding states. Moats has stated that he believes discontinuing the optical and dental program will create a larger staffing problem as teachers leave the county for better paying jobs with more benefits.
Superintendent Dr. Joe Super has also suggested that the board delegate funds to compensate central office staff, some of whom, according to Dr. Super, make less annually than many teachers.
The board will continue discussion of the carry over funds in the coming weeks, and are set to make a decision by early January.
The Board of Education will meet again in regular session on December 8, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Office in Philippi. LSIC presentations from Philippi Elementary School and Philippi Middle School will be held at the meeting.
Kasson Elementary/Middle School Expresses Gratitude To Local Veterans
by LANESSA MURPHY
Students at Kasson Elementary/Middle School (KEMS) celebrated Veteran’s Day by honoring local veterans. Over 20 veterans gathered at the school to enjoy lunch with students. Some veterans dined with young family members attending Kasson, while others were “adopted” by many of the children. Though some ate with the elementary students, they also sat with middle school students during their lunch period, quickly engaging in conversation.
“Anytime you can bring the community in, it’s a great thing,” says Principal Lisa Heinbaugh. “It helps our students to connect to what Veterans Day is really about and who in their lives has been affected.”
Not only were the veterans served lunch, the students in Mrs. Sandy Taylor’s sixth grade class produced a musical production to show appreciation for their service. Under the direction of former music teacher and community volunteer, Gloria McLean, the youth sang songs, “We Say Thank You,” and “We Have A Voice” for their performance. They also led fellow students and guests in a national tune, “America.” The students saluted Old Glory and spoke of freedom and the importance of veterans. A life-size American flag was created and displayed by the students. To finalize the show, sixth grader Alex Thompson played “Taps” on the trumpet.
The program came about after a discussion on how to celebrate Veterans Day at the school.
Typically, veterans’ groups come into the school to spread awareness about the service, but this year, Mrs. Taylor’s class thought it would be a good idea to for them to do something to honor local veterans for all they have done. The youth came up with the program, memorized their lines and songs in under three weeks, and produced nearly the entire program themselves. In fact, very few knew what the program contained until its debut, making it an enjoyable surprise to the audience.
The youth who are responsible for the program’s success are Caden Price, Amanda Reed, Alex Thompson, Nate Finley, Chole Freeman, Ben McDaniel, Hunter Melvin, Hannah Poling, Logan Channell, Brittany Woods, Kaitlyn Marsh, Briar Mouser, Chandler Poling, Nathan Smith, Michael Ervin, Diego Beltre, and Eli Drooger.
“We thought it would be a cool idea; we were just trying to come up with something to thank the veterans,” says Hunter Melvin, sixth grader. “It makes me feel overjoyed to see people who are really happy and just to thank them for all the service they’ve done. It makes me feel good too… I hope the veterans feel good about this and feel thanked and welcome.”
Prior to the program, each veteran was invited to introduce themselves to the students and speak briefly about their military branch and their experience.
“Freedom does come as a great price,” said one Vietnam veteran, Gary Freeman. “One thing is for sure, we know now why we fought. You guys are worth it,” he told the students. The student body responded with a standing ovation.
Though this is a first for the program, this is the second year community veterans have connected with the students over lunch. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) funded the event, paying for each veteran’s meal.
Alicia Cutright, PTO member and veteran, commented on the event, “I think it’s very important for the kids to know the services that have been done by their family members or other members of the community. The school thanking them for their service is very nice. I’m really glad the PTO is able to provide this to our veterans and the community at large.”
The visitors were also grateful for their time at Kasson.
“We’ve done this before,” stated veteran Ed Corey, “It’s always been a pleasure to eat with these little kids.”
“They get a big charge out of sitting down and eating with us,” explained veteran Richard Marsh. “All of them talk to us. They enjoy eating with us and asking us a lot of questions.”
In addition to Wednesday’s festivities, the school also celebrated local veterans throughout the month of November. Several photos of veterans, past and present, are currently displayed on a wall in the school’s lobby.
“We are always asking the community to help us. This is one way for us to give back to the community,” Heinbaugh said.