Chris Bakeris the men’s athlete of the week. Baker is a freshman runner from Bell County. Chris graduated high school in 2009, but felt that college was not the route for him at that time. Instead, he enlisted in the United States Marines where he served for 4 years. During his years of service to our country, he served 2 stints in the Middle East. Upon completing his duty, Chris knew he wanted to earn a college education, so he enrolled at Alice Lloyd. Chris had ran cross country his last two years of high school and was eager to get involved once again. Despite the fact that he had not raced in over 5 years, Chris set out with a strong determination to improve. With his pluck and grit, Chris has demonstrated a true winning effort each and every day. In his first meet at Shawnee State, Ohio, Chris completed the 5 mile run in 34:54. In his second meet at Berea on a more challenging course, Chris completed the race in 35:00. As his comfort level for racing returns, Chris is sure to see his time dramatically decrease. ]]>
This week’s Female Athlete of the Week honors goes to Katie McFarland. The senior continues to show what it means to be a leader out on the volleyball floor.
Coach Dan Wilson says that McFarland’s leadership out on the court is invaluable and that she is a tremendous asset for the Lady Eagles.
McFarland is averaging 0.95 kills, 2.43 digs and 0.81 service aces this season but Wilson says that the Church Hill, Tennessee native means more to her squad than the stats indicate. She played a pivotal role in the team’s second victory on Saturday, September 20th against Welch College.]]>
On the evening of Friday, September 19th, Alice Lloyd College held its 18th annual Alumna & Alumnus of the Year Awards Banquet. This special event provides the College an opportunity to honor two of its outstanding alumni and celebrate their lives of service and leadership. Family and friends were in attendance at the banquet, which was hosted inside ALC’s beautifully restored Cushing Hall. Alumni Association President, Mrs. Kimberly Jones, presided over the program. ALC President, Dr. Joe A. Stepp, was also in attendance to give remarks and present recognition awards.
This year’s honorees were Mr. Charles “Chuck” E. Stamper, Class of 1991, of Paintsville, KY, and Mrs. Sallie Conley Scherrer, Class of 1941, who passed away earlier this year. Her husband, Mr. Victor Scherrer, of Johnson City, TN, accepted this honor on Sallie’s behalf.
Biographies for Mrs. Scherrer and Mr. Stamper follow:
Sallie Conley Scherrer (1923-2014) was a native of Floyd County and a graduate of Garrett High School. One of seven children, Sallie was raised in a family that considered education a priority. She and several of her siblings attended Caney Junior College, where, in 1941, Sallie earned an Associate’s degree. Sallie then went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree at Berea College, where she also met her future husband, Victor E. Scherrer. She received a Master’s degree at the University of Kentucky and pursued advanced studies at the University of North Carolina and North Eastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sallie embarked upon a career in education which began in rural Floyd County. In 1948, when Sallie and Victor married, Victor’s career with the Naval Research Laboratory led them to relocate to Washington, D.C. There, Sallie taught junior high school in the Embassy section of the District of Columbia and later served as a reading specialist, guidance counselor, and a principal in Maryland. She also taught at Estabrook Elementary in Lexington, Massachusetts, a school that is considered to be among the finest in the country. Sallie received many awards and recognitions for her contributions to education. At the age of 70, she retired from teaching and began a successful career in real estate in Washington, D.C.
A compassionate and caring woman, Sallie adored and faithfully supported her husband, and their two children, Huel Conley Scherrer and Marla Jane Scherrer Merrick, in their endeavors and careers. In later years, her grandchildren and great-grandchild provided her with additional joy. Sallie’s life of service and leadership greatly endeared her to others. She was involved in numerous organizations including the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Legal Women Voters, the National Educators Association, International Reading Association, Elderhostel, and the 70+ Ski Club.
Caney Junior College provided Sallie with a strong foundation which, in many ways, contributed to her successful and accomplished life. She was always grateful for the opportunities she received on Caney Creek, and was one of the school’s most generous and dedicated ambassadors. The world truly lost a treasure when Sallie passed on to her eternal home on March 15, 2014. However, her legacy of selfless service –instilled by the Purpose Road Philosophy – continues to inspire the lives of others.
Charles “Chuck” Stamper grew up in Knott County, and was raised in a family with strong ties to Alice Lloyd College: his father and grandfather attended Caney Junior College, his great-grandfather, Sam Slone, was one of Alice Lloyd’s first advocates, and three of his six siblings attended ALC. Considering this history, it came as no surprise when Chuck decided to also further his education there.
While attending ALC, Chuck strengthened his intrinsic leadership qualities. He served as president of ALC’s chapter of Kappa Delta Epsilon, was a member of the drama club, and had the distinct opportunity of directing JBS student productions. In 1991, Chuck earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle School Education. He later received a Master of Science Degree in Vocational Education from the University of Kentucky in 1999. Chuck is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from Morehead State University.
Chuck is a highly regarded educator and community leader. His career with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service began twenty-four years ago in Floyd County, where his primary responsibility was overseeing the 4-H program. Chuck now holds the position of Special Projects Coordinator and Extension Fine Arts Program Leader. His professional accomplishments, awards, and recognitions are numerous.
Chuck’s personal contributions to his community and region are diverse and prolific. He was a founding member of the Institute for Dyslexic Education in Appalachia and has dedicated much of his personal time as an advocate for families with dyslexia. He serves as chair of the Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Floyd, Johnson, and Pike counties. Chuck is also an ordained Deacon and Vacation Bible School Director at Paintsville First Baptist Church.
Chuck resides in Paintsville with his wife, Stephanie, and their eleven year old daughter, Emma. He is a devoted family man who enthusiastically supports his wife and daughter in their activities and encourages their aspirations.
As an ambassador for ALC, Chuck’s service and dedication are immeasurable. He has held leadership positions in the Floyd County Alumni Chapter and the Alumni Association. Chuck was also instrumental in establishing the Sarah Laven Purpose Road Scholarship and the Campus Spirit Award. He embodies the Purpose Road Philosophy, and has taught this concept to students over the years. His life and personal journey along the Purpose Road exudes positivity that encourages and inspires others to begin their paths toward service and leadership.]]>
The five newest members who will join this prestigious club are: Mr. Steve Miller (Baseball), Mr. David Mollett (Basketball), Mrs. Tammy Oakes (Basketball), Mr. John David Slone (Basketball), and Mr. Robert Wright (Tennis).
The ceremony is scheduled to take place in conjunction with Alice Lloyd College’s Appalachia Day Homecoming on October 11, 2014. The festivities will begin at 3:30pm during halftime of the Alumni basketball game at The Grady Nutt Athletic Center.]]>
The Alice Lloyd women’s and men’s cross country team traveled to Berea, KY on Saturday, September 20th to participate in the Berea College Invitational race. A very strong field was in attendance, and the day was exceptionally nice.
A total of 77 men’s runners and 89 women runner’s from various colleges comprised the field for the challenging 3.1 mile race and 5 mile race. The course featured several small hills, a wooded section, and even a water obstacle that required everyone to run through the creek that was on campus.
The Lady Eagles were paced by junior Allison Holbrook (Hyden, KY) who completed the course with a time of 24:16. Freshman Allie Bolling (Sullivan East, TN) and Junior Katie Hylton (Louisa; Lawrence Co.) finished in times of 27:18 and 28:09 respectively.
The Eagles were paced by junior Clay Montgomery (London, KY) who completed the course with a time of 34:16. Freshman Chris Baker, the former marine from Bell County, finished in a time of 35:00.
“This was a very demanding race and the field was exceptionally strong,” commented Coach Gary Stepp. “We have a very young and inexperienced squad, so the opportunity of racing against this level of competition will only help improve our times. The effort was outstanding from everyone and I was pleased with their determination. We are all eager to improve, however.”
The next meet will be on Saturday October 4th. Both squads will race in the challenging Greater Louisville Classic which will be held at the Thomas Walker Park. The race begins at 1:00 pm.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Volleyball club squared off against Hiwassee College, Midway College and Point Park University. Here is a recap of the three games.
ALC went to battle against Hiwassee on Monday, September 8th. The Lady Eagles lost 25-12, 25-17 and 25-10.
Macy Allen had 7 kills for the Lady Eagles while Delaney Pritchard recorded a team high 7 digs.
Midway College was Alice Lloyd’s opponent in the match-up that took place on Friday, September 12th. 25-13, 25-12 and 25-15 were the set scores.
Sarrah Huber led the team with 7 kills while Katie McFarland produced 8 digs.
Alice Lloyd’s second contest of the day pitted the Lady Eagles against the Lady Pioneers of Point Park University. PPU was victorious by the set scores of 25-3, 25-10 and 25-6.
Macy Allen came up with 2 kills in the game while Katie McFarland tallied 3 digs.]]>
The Alice Lloyd College Eagles cross country squad ventured to Portsmouth, Ohio this past Friday to participate in a big season opening race hosted by Shawnee State University
The weather was cooperative as the rain had subsided earlier leaving temperatures in the upper 60’s
On the women’s end, 54 ladies started the 5K race. For the Eagles, Allison Holbrook (Leslie Co.) was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 24:58. She was followed by Sullivan East (Tennessee) freshman Allie Bolling in 26:57. Rounding out the order was Katelin Hilton (Lawrence Co.) with a time of 28:57.
On the men’s side, 61 runners toed the starting line for the 8K race. When the dust had settled, Clay Montgomery (North Laurel) completed the course in 34:00. He was followed by Chris Baker (Bell Co.) with a time of 34:54
“I felt that this meet was a major test for our young squad”, commented Eagle Coach Gary D. Stepp. “These kids showed a lot of toughness against a very strong field. I know this will only help to make us stronger.”
Alice Lloyd will return to run again on September 20th, when they journey to Berea College.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Women’s Tennis team is gearing up for the 2014 season. Jeff Jacobs is in his third season with the team as the head coach. Coach Jacobs says that his team, like last year, is still in a rebuilding phase.
Jacobs is pleased with the team and that the arrow is pointing upwards as far as potential goes. With Courtney Crowder being the only major loss from the team a year ago, the coach thinks that continuity within his team will be very important.
“Towards the end of the season, a lot of the players that I had, I was working with them to develop them,” says Jacobs. “They were actually playing pretty well last year and I am looking for them to improve this year. Ashley Cornett is still the number one player this year. She has shown some improvement over the summer and this past year.”
Cornett is heading into her sophomore year at ALC and hails from Hindman, Kentucky. She captured the 14th region singles title two years ago.
One player that really caught the coach’s eye was Katelynn Rose. The sophomore from Grundy, Virginia was one that Jacobs didn’t know much about but he thought that Rose had quite a bit of upside.
“Towards the end of the year, she was playing really well and I am looking forward to seeing her develop more this year,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs has some new players for this year. He says that he still doesn’t know a lot about them yet but that he likes what he has seen from them and that their ceiling is high.
The season is just now starting and Jacobs hasn’t had a lot of time to work with the team. He is working to improve the inexperienced girls since they don’t have the proper mechanics on the court compared to the more-seasoned players.
With the more advanced girls, I am trying not to do a lot as far as tweaking their strokes. I just want them to get used to moving,” the coach said. “I do mobility drills to improve their footwork. I wished I had more time to do more physical development, particularly with core strength. That is where a lot of the girls are getting hurt… I am trying to help them work on their footwork to help them avoid [injuries] like that, to get them to move better. We aren’t working on strategies for matches yet, we are just keeping things simple.”
Jacobs wants everyone to focus on getting better. If the team does that, then the opportunities for wins will appear.
The rest of the roster includes Crilda Brown (junior from Salyersville, Kentucky), Serena Nickell (junior from Claiborne, Tennessee), Morgan Castle (sophomore from Lucasville, Ohio), Peyton Brown (freshman from Grundy, Virginia), Ashley Hart (freshman from Somerset, Kentucky), Megan Smith (sophomore from Bristol, Virginia) and Alyssa Howard (senior from Hindman, Kentucky).]]>
I am from Somerset, KY. I graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education K-12. I attended ALC for many reasons. To start, most of my great-aunts and uncles that attended college went to ALC and my Great-Uncle Doc Watts was the campus physician there for years. It was also in the same area where my dad’s family had lived, and of course, because I received a great education at an extremely affordable price. During my time at ALC, I played on the softball team and ran cross country. My work study was lifeguarding at the campus pool, where I was the Head Lifeguard for two years. This was a great way to prepare me for a future career, because I was held accountable for my schedule, work, and being a leader to others. I won the pools work study award as a sophomore and the Work Study Head award as a senior. I was also selected to the KIAC All-Conference Softball Team.
After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to be hired as the Physical Education teacher at Hindman Elementary (a K-8 school close to ALC’s campus), and was also named the Head Coach of their girls basketball team and the Head Coach of the Knott County Central Softball Team. I was then given the opportunity to move home to Somerset and teach K-5 Physical Education at Southern Elementary where I also acted as the Head Coach of Southwestern High School Softball Team. Unfortunately, jobs were cut in Pulaski County, and I made the decision to go back to school to get a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. To complete my degree I had to do an internship and was given the chance to be an intern with the Daytona Cubs Minor League Baseball Team in Daytona Beach, FL, an Advanced A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. I completed an 8-month internship and was offered a full-time job as the Director of Community Relations and Special Events with the team.
I LOVE working in baseball. My job consists of going into the community schools, community events, 5K races, and taking our Mascot, Cubby, out to those events. I also do all of the work with non-profit organizations, auditions for the singing of the National Anthem, keeping our special event schedule, planning weddings and other events in the off-season, and running all of our special events during games. I hope to eventually obtain a job in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves, but I wouldn’t turn down a job offer in the MLB, regardless of the team. My ultimate goal is to be an on-field photographer for a Major League Baseball team.
I wouldn’t trade my time at ALC for anything in the world. The connections and relationships that I made there are something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Some people want to go to a big school, but something about the atmosphere of a small school with a small campus is refreshing. You always know that someone has your back, or someone will be there to help you if you are in need, no matter what time of the day, or what the problem is. ALC is truly a family, and I encourage everyone who goes there in the future to get involved in everything you can, make as many connections as you can, and to really become part of the family because no matter how long you have been gone, you are always welcomed back with open arms!
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