The Dr. Daniel R. Unger Faculty Friday Luncheon Lecture Series Kicked off Jan.27

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – A new series at Alderson Broaddus University began on Friday. Jan. 27. The Dr. Daniel R. Unger Faculty Friday Luncheon Lecture Series kicked off with its inaugural speaker, Dr. Danny L. Franke.

“This new series is dedicated to providing a venue for faculty to share scholarly work, research interests, and gather as colleagues,” said AB President Rick Creehan. “We are excited to support such an intellectual platform as well as honor Dr. Daniel Unger who continues to leave his footprint on this campus community.”

At the first presentation, Dr. Franke discussed his research about the Civil War and its beginnings in Philippi.  His presentation explored the involvement of the Barbour Grays in the Civil War from their beginning in Philippi to their conclusion at Appomattox, with an emphasis on religion.  His research has examined the impact of religion on local units during the Civil War.

Dr. Franke explains the intentional positioning of a Confederate General's headstone.

Dr. Franke's research pursuit has taken him to such historic locations as Richmond, Appomattox, Lexington, Washington D.C. and Gettysburg.  Funded in part by the Alderson Broaddus University Faculty Development fund, Dr. Franke's presentation was engaging, educational and informative. 
This lecture series honors former faculty and administrator, Dr. Daniel R. Unger, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy whose contributions to Alderson Broaddus University are marked with a long and distinguished history of service to the College campus and community.  Dr. Unger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern University; a Master's of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary; and, both the Masters of Education and Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.  He was employed by AB for over 32 years; first as a member of the faculty and later serving as the Interim Academic Dean/Provost.  He is the recipient of several teaching awards including the first Excellence in Teaching award granted by the Alderson Broaddus University student body in 1971.

The Dr. Daniel R. Unger Faculty Friday Luncheon-Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring Semester with new speakers each month. The presentation dates are February 24th; March 30th; and April 27th.  The speakers for the upcoming months will be announced soon. Each presentation will take place at noon in the Crim Dining Room of the newly renovated Campus Center.  Faculty are cordially invited to join the presentations over lunch.

Lunch is provided by Sodexo at the cost of $5/person.  Guests are welcome to begin gathering for lunch as early as 11:30am; presentations will begin around noon and end in time to resume class schedule at 1pm.