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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The June Buchanan School ACE Club had the opportunity to visit one of the nation’s most famous landmarks, the majestic Niagara Falls, during Labor Day weekend.
The ACE Club, named for its focus on Arts and Cultural Enrichment, is an honors club for high school students with great academic standing. Since its beginning, they have embarked on numerous trips, local all the way to international, to expand their knowledge of the world.
“Visiting Niagara Falls was such a fun educational experience for our kids,” says JBS Dean Amanda Clark. “We love being able to reward our students with opportunities to explore the amazing adventures and sights that this world has to offer.”
Participants of the trip included eight students and several faculty members who utilized the weekend to explore and learn about the largest waterfall in America. They were able to take in all of the Niagara Falls’ attractions, including its museum, aquarium, and, the group’s favorite, a boat ride through the mists of the waterfall itself.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles volleyball team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to take on Welch College. Here is a recap of the game.
ALC 3: WC 0
Playing solid volleyball from start to finish, Alice Lloyd won decisively in straight sets, 25-16, 25-16 and 25-13. With the victory, Coach Dan Wilson was rewarded with his first coaching win.
Delaney Pritchard and Macy Allen had 2 digs each to lead the way for ALC.
Sarrah Huber had 7 kills while Allen and Savannah Sizemore recorded 5 kills apiece.]]>
In addition to being recognized regionally, Alice Lloyd College ranked fifth among all national colleges and universities for graduating students with the least amount of average debt. The College also ranked ninth in the nation for student selectivity. This fall, a record 4,120 applicants competed for only 184 spots in the freshman class. Alice Lloyd College’s tuition guarantee to members of the 108-county service area, along with other scholarship opportunities, is a huge attraction for applicants.
ALC graduates have always been very involved and supportive, and this year was no exception. The College had a record number of 42% of alumni donate to their alma mater during the 2012-2013 academic year. This generosity earned Alice Lloyd College 21st in the nation for alumni giving.
U.S. News and World Report evaluates institutions based on several different criteria including academic quality and financial statistics. ALC President Joe Stepp had this to say when asked about ALC’s rankings, “We’re honored to be listed among the top in the nation. Alice Lloyd College is a great institution and is truly a light in the mountains for Appalachian students.”
Nearly a century ago, Mrs. Lloyd set out to educate the youth of Appalachia and the College continues that mission today by keeping the cost of an ALC education affordable so that students, regardless of financial ability, can attend without incurring mountains of debt. It is with great pride that we are able to see the traditions Mrs. Lloyd set forth so long ago earn national recognition today.
Help us continue the miracle at ALC! It takes the assistance of individuals all across this country to sustain our commitment of guaranteeing tuition to each one of our qualified students. Please visit http://www.alc.edu/alumni-giving/ways-to-give/ to find out how you can help.
Mrs. Jacobs, the Phi Beta Lambda Advisor, recently discovered that certain students at Jones Fork Elementary in Knott County, Kentucky were not eating their lunch food, but instead saving it to take home for their siblings to eat. Mrs. Jacobs and ALC’s Phi Beta Lambda, along with Econ 330 students, Entrepreneurship Club, KEA-SP, Allied Health Club, Law Society, and Impact Club, immediately started brainstorming ideas to overcome this horrifying issue, and created Power up with Nutrition.
“Since Mrs. Jacobs mentioned it to me, I just felt like God laid it on my heart to be involved and help. It’s absolutely heart-breaking to me that young kids were going hungry. I think it would be awesome to get the whole community involved and really help make a difference. I would love to be able to branch the program out to other schools in the county,” Sarah Woolridge, one of the students from Alice Lloyd College involved in the Power up with Nutrition had to say.
Power up with Nutrition will work to support the local children who attend the Jones Fork Elementary, in Knott County and ensure that they, as well as their siblings, are all well fed when at school and home. All students at Jones Fork Elementary are provided both breakfast and lunch every week day and should be able to eat this food without fearing that their siblings will go hungry if they do.
ALC students and local volunteers are committed to providing a gallon zip-lock bag of food for 10 children each week. Each child in need will receive their bag every Friday in order to be sure that they have food during the weekend as well. Donation areas will be located throughout the ALC campus. Donations accepted include food that won’t spoil quickly and monetary donations to buy food with. Different examples of foods would consist of Saltine Crackers, Fruit Cups, Mac & Cheese, Pudding Cups, and other long lasting snacks along those lines.
“The students and I are very excited about this opportunity to help children in our community. It’s a humbling experience to hear how appreciative these local students are to receive their food pack. We hope to see the program grow to reach even more children in Knott County,” Mrs. Jacobs responded with gratitude.
So far, Power up with Nutrition has already sent 10 bags of food this week. Students who received the bag were very grateful. The group hopes to see more donations coming their way in order to have Power up with Nutrition continuously helping those in need. The group is inviting everyone to join in to help the children in need. Your donations will be very much appreciated, and even the smallest donation will have a big impact.
For more information on Power up with Nutrition, or how to get involved, feel free to contact Mrs. Jacobs via email at email@example.com.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles Volleyball under the direction of first year coach Dan Wilson opened their season at home on Friday, August 29th against Midway College. They then took to the road on Saturday, August 30th at Crown College. They finished the week by traveling back home to face Berea College on September 2nd. Here is a recap of the four matchups.
ALC 0; MC 3
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles fought valiantly in their home opener but dropped a 3 set match to Midway by the set scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-13.
Delaney Pritchard led ALC with 9 digs while Sarrah Huber recorded 4 kills. Shayla Brinegar and Katie McFarland also produced 3 digs.
ALC 0; CC 3
The Lady Eagles took to the road for the first away match of the season. It was another hard fought battle, but the visitors came up just short. The set scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-18.
The youthful Eagles gave every ounce of energy and forced the hosts to fight for every point they earned. McFarland led Alice Lloyd with 8 digs while Savannah Sizemore was the team’s leader in kills with 2.
ALC 0; GNW 3
During the road trip to Crown College, the Lady Eagles also faced off with Georgia Northwestern. The Lady Eagles battled hard but fell just short of their first victory. The set scores were 25-15, 25-21 and 25-22.
Savannah Sizemore and Macy Allen led the way for the Lady Eagles, recording 3 kills apiece. Katie McFarland also racked up 2 service aces and 6 digs.
ALC 0; BC 3
The Lady Eagles wrapped up their first week of play at home with an intense match against Berea College. The Lady Eagles played a high paced match, but fell short in 3 matches. The set scores were 25-18, 25-19 and 25-19.
Katie McFarland recorded 4 kills while Sarrah Huber followed behind with 2. Savannah Sizemore contributed with 3 service aces.]]>
“We are excited about this upcoming season and we are looking forward to the start of our matches,” says head coach Dan Wilson. “The team has really come together in such a short time. We have worked extremely hard in practice and I think these ladies are ready to show all they’ve learned in a match. We have a good mix of upperclassmen and new players and everyone has blended well together. Each player brings something unique to the table which is essential to any team.”
Coach Wilson and the Lady Eagles will be led by veteran players Katie McFarland and Shayla Brinegar. McFarland and Brinegar both show copious amounts of leadership on and off the court. Wilson also looks for support from junior libero Delaney Pritchard and junior outside and middle hitter Sarrah Huber. Huber had a breakout 2013 season and is looking to keep up the pace. Sophomore Macy Allen and her sharp hitting from the outside, middle, and back row will also play a role in the team’s success. The Lady Eagles setting skills will come from sophomore Joy Hatfield and freshman Maggie Wilkes. Freshman Savannah Sizemore brings power hitting and blocking skills that will only improve as the season progresses. A complete roster can be found here. Coach Wilson will complete his bench with assistant coaches Nathan Hall and John Mills.
Wilson adds, “We have a solid team in every spot. Our front row is tall and athletic for attacking and spiking the ball. Our back row is solid and quick to get control of the ball. We feel that our players this year will be able to successfully compete with any team. They all have a desire to win and uplifting attitudes that will be vital to our success.”]]>
The Alice Lloyd College Invitational, first NAIA golf event of the year according to golfstat.com, was held at Stonecrest Golf Course on August 25 and 26. University of Pikeville men sizzled, shooting a 578 for the two rounds with matching 289’s for each round. Pikeville standouts Casey Castle and Will Boyd battled for medalist honors with Castle winning by 3 shots with a pair of 69’s to Boyd’s 72/69. Hiwassee College took second place with 335/319 for a 654 total for the two rounds, edging out West Virginia Tech by 2 strokes. University of Pikeville took 4 of the 5 All-Tournament honors, with Tyler Smith taking third shooting 72/75 for 147 and Drew Rothenstine taking fifth shooting 76/78 for a 154 total. Alice Lloyd College freshman Jared Albright shot 76/75 to take fourth place, rounding out the All-Tournament Team. University of Pikeville’s average score of 72.25 for this tournament ranks among the best in the NAIA, considering current NAIA golf champion Coastal Carolina’s adjusted scoring average is 73.14.
University of Pikeville also won the women’s tournament shooting 334/321 for a total of 655 for the two rounds. UPike women were led by Brittany Brophy, who shot 84/75 for a 159 to take Medalist honors. UPike women swept the All-Tournament team with Ashley Veach shooting 80/85 for a 165 to place second, Lauren Vice shot 85/82 for a 167 and third place with a 167, Lauren Gregory shot 79/89 for 168 to take fourth and Ayla Rhinesmith fired 90/79 for a 169 to take fifth. Midway College took second place in the women’s tournament shooting 366/349 for a two round total of 715.]]>
Alice Lloyd College senior Tawny Aguayo recently traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, to compete in the Miss Kentucky Pageant. Tawny, from Garner, Kentucky, is working on a degree in biology.
Tawny says it all began when she was chosen to represent Alice Lloyd College at the Mountain Laurel Festival in 2013. Since that was Tawny’s first introduction to the pageant world, she remembers thinking “everyone off stage could hear and see [her] nerves.” She now reflects on the event as being “a blast” and a great confidence booster. She quickly decided that one taste of that world was simply not enough. Tawny decided to force herself out of her comfort zone in order to build her confidence and self-assurance. She knew that these pageants would not only improve her self-image, but also help her prepare for future medical school interviews and allow her to be a voice for her community in Eastern Kentucky.
Tawny’s first pageant was held by the Miss Central Kentucky Scholarship Organization in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in October of 2013. She says, “I was completely new to this and needless to say, it showed! I tripped over my dress on stage and wasn’t prepared at all, but it was a learning experience and helped me to improve.” Even though her first pageant wasn’t a hit, she wouldn’t give up on what she had set out to do.
In order to better prepare herself for her next pageant entry, Tawny decided to first conquer her fear of public speaking.. Tawny has been an avid volunteer at the local animal shelter for over a year. This has been her most demanding, yet rewarding, volunteer effort to date. Tawny decided to use her volunteer work for her advantage by speaking on a widely broadcasted television network to every week. This helped her overcome her fear while raising awareness for the animal shelter. With her help, volunteers were able to increase adoption rates and successfully drop the euthanization rate by over fifty percent.
After months of improvement upon her public speaking skills, she decided to try a pageant again. She chose to compete in The Miss Cumberland Falls pageant, which took place on March 2nd, 2014. “I remember telling my mom about halfway through the pageant, ‘I don’t know why I’m doing this. I’m not going to win today.’” There were about fourteen girls competing in events such as talent, lifestyle and fitness, on-stage questions, private interviews, and evening wear. Tawny says she felt like everything was going wrong, from a snowstorm brewing outside to her hair refusing to be styled. However, at the end of the day she walked away with the crown and a title that would give her the chance of a lifetime! She says, “After the initial shock, I was so grateful and humbled to be given the opportunity to represent not just the Cumberland Falls area, but my hometown, too!”
Winning the title of Miss Cumberland Falls qualified Tawny to compete in the Miss Kentucky Pageant, and so the preparation began. “It took a lot of work. I spent anywhere from two to three hours working out every day to prepare for the Lifestyle and Fitness competition. After I would get done with that, I would practice my talent for an hour or two. On top of practicing and working out, I had to stay up to date on current news and events for the Interview and On-Stage Question portions so I spent a lot of time watching the news and researching topics related to my platform. I would make my mom ask me interview questions every single day. It was time consuming, but an absolute blast.” In addition to preparing for Miss Kentucky, Tawny held a part-time job and studied for the MCAT. Tawny says, “For two months, I would literally wake up, go to work, head to the gym, go practice my talent, go home, and study until I fell asleep. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but it was completely worth it because it taught me the importance of perseverance and that if you really want something, you will push yourself to limits you never thought you could achieve. I tested myself, and I’m pleased with the outcome.” She didn’t forget to mention that her time management skills “are through the roof now!”
Through everything, Tawny continued to volunteer at the animal shelter although not as much because of time constraints. She takes pride in working at the animal shelter, and says that it provided her with more than she could have ever imagined. “It helped me realize how pets benefit special needs children, and I hope to start an organization someday that will pair up families of special needs children with pets. I also hope to extend that to veterans suffering from PTSD as well.”
This tied in perfectly with Tawny’s platform for Miss Kentucky, which was “A Negative Attitude – The Only Real Disability.” “My platform is very special to me because I became hearing-impaired due to an accident when I was sixteen. High school is hard enough without adding a new disability to that, and my self-esteem and confidence plummeted.” Tawny says that the emotional impact of becoming hearing-impaired was harder for her to overcome than the physical impact was. “I felt like being hearing-impaired somehow made me less capable of achieving my goals.” Tawny found inspiration for her platform after reading a book titled Listening with my Heart by Heather Whitestone, who was the first deaf competitor to be named Miss America in 1995. She used her platform to reach out to others, disabled and not, to tell them that no matter their circumstances, they have the power to overcome it and achieve anything they want. “The only thing holding us back is ourselves and our outlooks on life.”
As a member of both the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Kentucky Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Tawny was better able to reach those that she could relate to. She spent plenty of time with disabled veterans and visited many local elementary schools. “I had the opportunity to spend time with the special education department at Hindman Elementary, and it was just amazing to see how hard both the students and teachers work to improve the lives of those children.” Tawny also took her Yorkie, Benji, to schools to promote the benefits of pets for children with special needs, such as improving social skills in autistic children and reinforcing the concept of responsibility. She says, “I loved seeing their faces light up around Benji!” All of Tawny’s experience with volunteer work only prepared her more for the pageant. “It gave me more of a voice and a purpose at Miss Kentucky because everything I had been doing went hand-in-hand with what I wanted to accomplish with my platform. Regardless of whether I compete again or not, I will continue to carry on with my platform because it truly is a part of me and my life.”
Tawny also made sure that her talent was close to her heart. She performed a Spanish Fusion Belly Dance to the song “Ojos Asi.” “The current Miss America, Nina Davuluri, is of Indian descent and chose to do a Bollywood fusion dance, so I thought why can’t I do the same? Some of my favorite memories are in Puerto Rico dancing with my aunts and uncles, so I was inspired by that to draw on my Spanish roots. It was so much fun choreographing it and putting it all together!”
Leading up to Miss Kentucky week (July 6th – July 12th), Tawny says she felt very calm. “Regardless of whether or not I came home with another crown, I knew that I was accomplishing what I had set out to do. I had wanted to push myself into new things, gain confidence, and grow as a person. Most of all, I wanted to make sure I represented southeastern Kentucky to the best of my ability, and I felt very successful in accomplishing all of this.”
Tawny says the week she spent in Lexington for the pageant will forever be one of her most memorable. On the first day, Dillard’s, one of the Miss Kentucky sponsors, hosted a fashion show in the Fayette Mall. Miss Kentucky contestants modeled Dillard’s outfits and had their makeup done by the makeup consultants. On the second day, the contestants visited the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Tawny says that that was one of her favorite experiences. “The little girl I got to spend time with was from Pikeville and she loved animals, so we bonded really quickly!” The third day, the women visited the Veterans Affair Hospital, which Tawny noted was also a lot of fun. She was excited to be able to spend time with and personally thank veterans for their service. The rest of the week was spent practicing and competing. The crowning took place on Saturday, July 12th.
Although Tawny didn’t win the crown, she was presented with the Spirit of Kentucky Award, which is selected by the Hostess Committee and is presented to a competitor who embodies what Miss Kentucky should be. In addition to this, the award comes with a $500 scholarship. Tawny says, “It was a huge honor! It is so important to me to be kind and gracious to everyone because you never know what they are facing. I was nothing but myself at Miss Kentucky, so it was really nice to know that my attitude was appreciated by the hostesses. I feel very blessed!”
While reflecting on the experience, Tawny says, “It has truly been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. A lot of people tend to disagree with pageants, and I was one of them at one point. Seeing how much I’ve grown throughout my experience with this organization is unreal.” Tawny says she has grown into a more capable woman and has no doubt that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to now. “The women who compete in this program have so much more to offer than just a pretty face. They are your future doctors, lawyers, teachers, and leaders. They are intelligent, well-spoken women with a desire to serve their communities.
To young women with a dream, Tawny’s advice is to just go get it. “The only thing standing in your way is you. I was 1 in 32 women in the entire state and 1 in 1,048 in the entire nation who had the opportunity to stand on a state-level stage and represent their area. If a hearing-impaired girl from a blue collar family in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky can do it, so can you! It’s all about how hard you’re willing to work for it.”
Tawny says that after it all, she has developed a new sense of pride for her community. “I want to say thank you again to everyone who helped me throughout all of this. I would have never made it as far as I did without all of the sponsors, donors, and people who encouraged me along the way. I also want to thank Mr. Bowers for allowing me to use CAC to practice my talent and ALC for being one of my program book sponsors. The ALC community was one of my biggest supporters and I am so grateful for them!”
With such a positive outlook on life, we are sure that Tawny will achieve everything she dreams of. From the sound of it, we may even see her back on the stage. “I would do it again in a heartbeat, and there’s a chance you could see me back on the pageantry circuit one last time. We’ll see what the future holds!”
When looking at the history of Alice Lloyd College, you will see many faces that have played a major role in its growth over the years. Few, however, are more familiar than that of our very own Dr. Jerry Wayne Slone, Associate Professor of Business.
He was born February 24, 1958, in Ary, Kentucky, to his parents, Claude Bartlett and Jessie Niece Slone. Upon graduating from high school in Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1976, he was faced with the decision of where to attend college. Jerry already had deep roots established at Alice Lloyd College through his paternal grandparents; his grandfather is none other than Commodore Slone, the man responsible for constructing a large majority of the campus buildings and the name behind ALC’s new Commodore Slone Business and Technology Center. Slone was drawn to ALC through his search for a connection to his heritage and his grandparents.
“My grandparents firmly believed in two things: God and education,” he said.
Jerry graduated from ALC in 1978. He then attended the University of Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1979, and a Master’s in Business Administration in 1981. Throughout this time, he was able to utilize ALC’s Caney Cottage, a housing facility for ALC graduates pursuing further education at University of Kentucky.
Upon graduating from the University of Kentucky, he returned to ALC in the fall of 1981 to take on a teaching position. A few short years later he became a licensed Certified Public Accountant and began working for other CPAs and eventually the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.
In 1986, Jerry decided to pursue a degree in law at the University of Louisville.
“When I left my position at ALC, I knew I was leaving the most rewarding job I had ever had,” Jerry said. “My goal was to practice law until I was forty and then return to ALC to teach.”
He earned his Juris Doctor in 1989 and returned to Hindman, Kentucky, to practice law with Bill Weinberg, Randy Campbell, and Randy Slone. He became a partner at the firm in 1993 and opened his private practice in 1998, which he still maintains today.
In 2001, at the age of 43, Jerry was offered a full-time position as a college instructor by ALC’s Academic Dean, Mary Lee James.
Thirteen years after Dean James’s phone call, Slone can still be found bestowing wisdom and knowledge upon ALC students.
“My parents told me that knowledge is the one thing that no one can take away from you,” said Jerry. “Get as much of it as you can.”
His hard work at ALC earned him both titles of Alumnus of the Year and Teacher of the Year. However, when asked what he believed to be his greatest accomplishment, a diploma or award was not the answer.
“Besides my children, I see people’s achievements as a song, and I enjoy having the opportunity to put a note in their song,” Jerry said. “Most people will live their life and have little possibility to have a positive impact on people. I get that opportunity each and every day.”
Jerry recently completed his Doctorate in Education from the University of the Cumberlands. As a man with many titles under his belt, we could not help but ask Slone what his next adventure will be.
“Some people enjoy traveling, some enjoy mountain climbing, and some enjoy sports. I enjoy the classroom experience,” he replied. “I don’t know what my next academic experience will be, but there will certainly be one.”]]>