The three newest members who will join this prestigious club are: Mr. Geoff Cody (Basketball), Mr. Will Dillard (Basketball), and Mr. Jason Smith (Baseball).
The ceremony is scheduled to take place in conjunction with Alice Lloyd College’s Appalachia Day Homecoming on October 10, 2015. The festivities will begin immediately at the conclusion of the 3:00 Men’s Alumni basketball game at The Grady Nutt Athletic Center. It will be followed by the Women’s Alumni basketball game. Homecoming festivities will take place at halftime of the second game.
We invite everyone, including former Hall of Fame members, to join us for the presentation.]]>
This year’s honorees were Mrs. Joyce O’Quinn Watson, Class of 1971, and Mr. Billy W. Tuttle, Class of 1961.
Biographies for Mrs. Watson and Mr. Tuttle follow:
Joyce O’Quinn Watson is a native of Floyd County. One of nine children, Joyce grew up in a Bible-based family which believed that acquiring an education was essential to success in life. After graduating from ALC in 1971, Joyce went on to complete her BA in mathematics and German at Morehead State University. She received a graduate assistantship at Eastern Kentucky University, where she taught college algebra and completed her MA. Joyce also earned a Rank I in Secondary Education and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership.
During Joyce’s 37-year career as a Floyd County educator, Joyce served as a resource teacher for Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP), and stepped forward to become one of the first Kentucky computer teachers in the 1980s. In the 1990’s worked to implement distance learning in her school. As the State Education Reform Movement was being implemented, Joyce represented the eastern region in numerous statewide initiatives including the Kentucky Mathematics Coalition and Kentucky Content Advisory Committees. After 20 years of exemplary teaching, she was appointed Director of Instruction for Floyd County Schools and was also selected to serve Kentucky as a Highly Skilled Educator. She retired in 2010; however, she continues to work for Scholastic, Inc. as a national mathematics consultant and for the University of the Cumberlands as a University Supervisor in their Masters of Education alternate certification program.
Joyce refers to her work as her life’s mission rather than her career. She attributes the enjoyment and success of her career to her parents’ belief in the importance of education and dedication to hard work.
Joyce has received numerous opportunities and honors. She was awarded the Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society for Women Educators International and State Scholarships, the Kentucky Mathematics Education Service Award, and she is included in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competitions Hall of Fame. In addition, Joyce served on the curriculum committee for the Challenger Learning Center and the judging team for the Center’s annual robotics competition. Joyce is a member of the Hueysville Church of Christ and attests that having a personal relationship with God has provided an anchor for her life’s decisions.
Her greatest enjoyment in life is her beloved family. Joyce and her husband, Neil Stanton Watson (class of 1971), have two children, daughter Heather (Bob Fleu) and son Brett Watson (Nicole), and two beautiful granddaughters, Kiley and Willow Leigh, who are great sources of joy in their lives today.
Joyce is a wonderful ambassador for Alice Lloyd College who passionately shares her love for the school and its impact on her life. Joyce taught Upward Bound classes for five summers at ALC, has served as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors, and is an active member of the ALC Floyd County Alumni Chapter. There is no doubt that Joyce O’Quinn Watson is a servant leader and an inspiration to others, and her life beautifully exemplifies the school’s Purpose Road Philosophy.
Billy W. Tuttle is a native of Floyd County and a graduate of McDowell High School. Bill continued his educational journey at Caney Junior College, where he graduated with an Associate Degree in 1961. He went on to attend both Morehead State College and Eastern Kentucky State College, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology in 1965. He also furthered his education with graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University and advanced Tool Design Studies at the International Correspondence School and Advanced Automation in New York.
Bill began working for Sylvania Lighting Electric in 1965, when the company was still in its early stages of growth; now it is one of the leading manufacturing companies in North America. He served Sylvania for 38 years, and his professional accomplishments included the innovation and development of a longer life light bulb, a more reliable air bag switch in vehicles, and a better method of gold mining in South Africa. Bill retired in June 2003 but continues to be active with industrial design and automation. He has received three patents for his inventions and continues to work on developing potential patents.
A dedicated civic and community leader, Bill served 25 years as a church deacon. He has taken on leadership positions that allow him to work closely with the youth of his community, serving as the chair of the Clark County Boy Scouts and mentoring groups of young people in a variety of activities. Bill formed a company, The Hobbye Shop, to provide work for the Boone Adult Work Shop Activities Center, a sheltered workshop group which manufactures his patented products.
The most cherished aspect of Bill’s life is his family. He and his wife, Margie, have been married for 51 years. They have a daughter, Laura, who is a constant source of joy to them. The Tuttles reside in Burlington, Kentucky.
As one of Alice Lloyd College’s most faithful ambassadors and supporters, Bill’s contributions are of great generosity and devotion. He is currently a member of the Alumni Board of Directors, and is active in the Ohio Alumni Chapter. Bill has provided financial support to some of the College’s major campus projects, as well as assisting individual students. He has also been an integral figure in the development of ALC’s Entrepreneurship Program. Grateful for the opportunities that ALC provided him, Bill comments: “There are great Biblical truths in ALC’s Purpose Road Philosophy. These principles helped me to grow as a person, take on responsibility, develop my career, and confront the many challenges that I have faced in life. Overall, I learned that one person can make a difference in the lives of many others.” Bill’s selfless nature and innovative spirit have immeasurably contributed to the betterment of society, and his accomplishments are firmly rooted in the personal innovation that occurred within Bill along his Purpose Road journey.]]>
On Friday, September 25th, the Lady Eagles volleyball team took on the Grenadiers of Indiana University Southeast. The ladies struggled early in the 3 set match. They only landed a total of 7 points in the first two sets (5-25, 2-25), but had an impressive third set where they scored 23 points. Sarrah Huber, Katelyn White, and Tiffani McClanahan lead the Lady Eagles with 2 kills each. Amber Reynolds recorded 10 digs.
The Lady Eagles will play in their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game on Friday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM in the Grady Nutt Athletic Center.]]>
On Thursday September 24th, the men’s and women’s cross country teams battled it out with the Bears of the University of Pikeville in the 1st annual Black and Gold meet. The teams raced on the hilly 6k course at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville.
Freshman Jacob Medley experienced his first taste of victory on Thursday. Medley crossed the finish line in 20 minutes and 43 seconds. His average mile pace was at 5 minutes and 33 seconds, and he won the race by 51 seconds.
When asked to assess his performance, Medley said, “The start was fast. I tried pushing the pace from the beginning. I wanted to challenge the other runners mentally and physically. Two guys from UPike ran on my shoulder for the first half mile. I didn’t want them sucking on me, so I pushed the pace a little harder. They ended up not going with me once I cranked it up a notch. When I came to the final downhill and was able to see the finish line I said a thankful prayer for my first college win; well, my first ever cross country win. It was really exciting coming down that final stretch and hearing students from ALC, my coaches, and my grandparents cheering for me. It was a surreal feeling.”
Although neither the men nor women pulled out a team victory, they both competed extremely well. The men raced a 6k earlier in the month, and every runner set a 6k personal best in the Black Gold meet. Sophomore John Driskill finished 3rd on the team in his last race with a 27:10, but he finished second on the team with a 24:13 this time around. Zach Templeton came in 4th on the team in his last race running a 27:44, but he moved to the third spot on the team and ran a 24:23. Caleb Mills went from the team’s second man to the fourth man in the lineup, but still managed to beat his early season 26:53 by 1 minute and 9 seconds running a 25:44. Broderick Moore ran his first-ever race on Thursday and he impressively finished the race with a 29:13 time.
On the ladies side, freshman Brittney Buttrey was the first Eagle to come off of the hill and cross the finish line for the women. She completed the course in 24:37, and was the 2nd place overall finisher of the race. Senior Shiloh Jekel was the second Eagle team finisher, but was the overall 4th place finisher of a competitive female field. She ran a 27:15 finishing an impressive 32 seconds ahead of UPike’ s next female.
Coach Brandon Arnold had this to say about Thursday’s showing: “We did really well as a team especially for not having any idea about how the course was going to be laid out. Although we didn’t win the dual against Pikeville I was still very pleased with how everyone finished. Having the first runner to cross the finish line made me extremely proud. Then having the rest of the team finish so strong only made me even more proud of them. “Arnold added, “The team has been working extremely hard, and I believe it is paying off. Everyone is getting stronger and faster. I am excited to see how much more we will progress throughout the season.”
The Eagles are scheduled to race again on October 20th. The men and women will both be racing a 5k at Lykins Park in Winchester, Kentucky.]]>
The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles tennis team is really excited to have added newcomers to the team who are should play a major role this year. The squad is excited to welcome Kennedi Damron and Ramsey Dixon from Knott County, KY and Elly Fulks from Ohio. Damron is one of the strongest players in the area. She has character and will bring a lot to the team.
The girls are excited to get this season started but their hearts are with a player who isn’t able to compete with us this year. On August 30, Morgan Castle, a senior tennis player, was in a near fatal automobile accident. She is still in critical condition and in ICU and has been through so much these past 25 days. All hearts are heavy for her and her family, and she will be missed; we are praying for God to heal her. The first match was Saturday September 26 in Pittsburg. The game was dedicated in honor of Morgan. The squad all wore pink to show its support. We know that she was cheering for ALC from her hospital bed!
As far as veteran players, the squad returns Crilda Brown, Serena Nickell, Ashley Cornett and Peyton Brown. Crilda Brown and Nickell are seniors this year while Peyton Brown and Cornett are juniors. Overall, they are excited to finally get the tennis season started. With the newcomers playing a major role in helping our team compete and the returning players adding several leadership benefits, our outlook for the season appears bright.]]>
The Eagles Golf Team would like to thank John and Katrina Tallarico for hosting a dinner for the team at their home on Thursday night. They all really enjoyed and appreciated their hospitality!]]>
The ALC Lady Eagles volleyball team faced off against the Hiwassee College Lady Tigers on Tuesday, September 8th at 6 PM. Although they battled hard, the hosts dropped a grueling five set match. The scores from the sets were: (23 – 25) (26 – 24) (23 – 25) (25 – 23) (6 – 15)
Leaders on the night include: Savannah Sizemore with 9 kills, Delaney Pritchard with16 digs, Maggie Wilkes with 13 assists and 2 aces, and Sarrah Huber with 9 kills,1 ace, 6 digs, and 4 blocks.
After the contest, a disappointed Sarrah Huber stated, “We played hard, they just played a little harder. A loss is always tough but as a team we are getting better as the season progresses & I couldn’t be happier about the way we never give up on the court.”
The Eagles return to the court this Saturday as they travel to Midway University on September 12th to face Midway and Brescia University in a tri-match at 1:00 pm.]]>
On the women’s side, freshman Brittney Buttrey, and senior Shiloh Jekel both ran well to be so early in the season. Buttrey crossed the finish line at 21:39 placing 11th while Jekel crossed at 22:55 placing 15th. Sophomore Hayley Short battled hard as she ran the course in 26:55; she placed 23rd.
On the men’s side, freshman Jacob Medley ran the 6k in 23:16 placing 22nd. Fellow freshman Caleb Mills was the next Eagle to cross the finish line. His time of 26:53 placed him 29th. Sophomore John Driskill and freshman Zach Templeton both came in back to back. Driskill ran a time of 27:10, while Templeton crossed the line in 27:44; they earned 31st and 32nd respectively.
On the afternoon, both clubs took a lot away from this meet. This was the first collegiate race any of the runners had been in and they quickly learned how serious the competition is on this level. Rather than be deterred, each member of the squad is hungry and excited to prepare for their next race. Coach Brandon Arnold is pleased with the progress his young squad is making and is eager to see how much improvement they make over the next month.
The next match will be on September 24th when they face Pikeville in the Black Gold meet.]]>
U.S. News and World Report rankings were released today and Alice Lloyd College has again captured number one rankings in multiple categories. ALC is ranked number one for student selectivity among all regional colleges and universities. The college is ranked number one among southern regional colleges and universities for graduating students with the least amount of debt. Also among southern regional colleges, Alice Lloyd College placed second overall for alumni giving and second on the list of “Great School, Great Price.”
In addition to being recognized regionally, Alice Lloyd College nationally ranked:
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 colleges in the nation. Alice Lloyd College is a great institution and is truly a light in the mountains for Appalachian students.”
The survey data was collected this spring; since the collection period, Alice Lloyd College continues to excel. This fall, a record 4,940 applicants competed for only 182 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 45% of alumni donate to their alma mater during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Nearly a century ago, Mrs. Lloyd set out to educate the youth of Appalachia. 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 enormous 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.]]>