Awards ceremony to be held at Homecoming

PHILIPPI, W. Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is proud to recognize this year’s alumni award winners during Homecoming on Friday evening, Oct. 14. These individuals will be recognized at a private, alumni event at Adaland Mansion.

The recipients and their awards are listed below.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Brian McClure graduated from Alderson Broaddus University in 2005, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in church music. While at AB, McClure was part of “The West Virginians,” and served as worship leader for Chapel services for four years.

After graduation, McClure served as Minister of Worship at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Charleston, West Virginia. During his time at Emmanuel, he had the church’s youth actively involved in music – both vocally and instrumentally. He later moved to Tennessee and became Minister of Worship and Youth at First Baptist Church in Pegram, Tennessee. The number of youth has grown from five in the summer of 2008, to a current average of forty.  He and his youth groups are faithful participants in Servant’s Heart - an AB hosted summer youth mission/outreach program that partners with World Servants of Barbour County. They host community outreach activities and serve to clean up schools, parks, and community buildings - doing all for the glory of God. Brian has served the last few years as worship leader and camp director, two roles that require a lot of time, talent and energy.

McClure regularly endorses Alderson Broaddus University. He also sponsors many events to raise money for mission trips and mission work. McClure hosts an annual New Year’s Eve service in which he invites fellow AB alumni and current students to participate and to lead in authentic worship. He is an excellent mentor and a great ambassador of Alderson Broaddus University and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Brian McClure is a native of Parkersburg, W. Va. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have rendered outstanding service to AB University and/or have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career within ten years of graduation.

Alumni Achievement Award

Karmelle Chaise grew up in California, but wanted to experience life in a small, rural town so she enrolled at Alderson Broaddus University. Married at the time, she lived off campus in Philippi and was able to experience a sense of community both in the College and in the context of the wider community.

One course in particular, an Honors course in Utopian Ideology helped to shape her graduate studies and the course of her career. The cross-discipline course tackled environmental stewardship and what it means to create community and society. She was so inspired that she went on to study Sustainable Development for her master’s degree at Goddard College in Vermont. With the adoption of her two children from Ukraine, she saw that community extended past national borders and she founded a non-governmental organization, OrphanBaby, to address deprivation and starvation in orphanage settings by educating medical and care giving personnel in these institutions.

She set up the Human Touch Project to help orphans receive better care and also developed an exchange program to bring orphanage doctors to the United States and educate them on the importance of good care for brain and character development in children. Her advocacy efforts with the highest levels of government in Ukraine helped to bring about major reforms in baby orphanages. Now, most orphaned babies are not put in orphanages in Ukraine, but are placed in homes much like our foster care system.  Many societal stigmas around adoption in Ukraine have dissolved as orphaned children are living in society there now. The work of the organization has been featured in many newspapers in the U.S., and Karmelle was named a Carolina Hero in 2007.

Currently, Karmelle is focused on the field of sustainability, working to green hospitals and the travel industry and consults for the U.S. Green Building Council and its Chapters.  “Everything I invest my time in is somehow tied to that Honors course in Utopian Ideology – the belief that society and the environment are important and our future depends on the strength of them both.”

Karmelle Chaise currently lives in Clover, S.C. The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Nancy Johnson has led a very illustrious career in the field of nursing. Graduating from Alderson Broaddus University in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Dr. Johnston continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving an M.S. in nursing/maternal-child clinical nursing specialist. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing with a minor in physiology from Penn State University, and a post M.S.N. certificate for family nurse practitioners from Widener University. She holds Registered Nurse and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner licensure from the state of Pennsylvania.

Working extensively as a nurse from 1973-1999, Nancy served as a clinical nursing specialist at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; as a family nurse practitioner at Bethlehem Health Bureau Pediatric Clinic; and most recently, as a family nurse practitioner at a private physicians’ practice.  She held clinical practice appointments as a clinical nursing specialist at Easton Hospital, and as a parent-child nursing specialist at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Currently, Dr. Johnston is an associate professor of nursing at Cedar Crest College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  She also serves as a volunteer faculty member for master in nursing students at DeSales University. Since joining the faculty at Cedar Crest in 1994, she has earned several honors including the Leadership Award from the Theta Rho chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Advisor of the Year from the Cedar Crest College Student Government Association. She also earned the Pauline Thompson Clinical Nursing Research Award from the Pennsylvania Nurses Foundation, along with many other distinctions.

Dr. Johnston has earned numerous research related grants and awards including a faculty development grant from Cedar Crest for a Well Being Picture Scale research project, a collaborative effort between her and Psychology Department Chair Kerrie Baker.

Her research has been published in numerous publications, including Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, Biological Research for Nursing, and The Pennsylvania Nurse. She has also made many professional presentations, including creation of a “Turn Your Life Around” motivational workshop at Cedar Crest’s Health and Wellness Conference, and most recently, “Predictors of Success in BSN Students” at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute.

Dr. Nancy Johnston resides in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have rendered outstanding service to AB University through recruiting students, working with the College on special projects, being instrumental in assisting the College in fundraising, or making other significant contributions to the College.