When Alice Lloyd settled on Caney Creek in 1917 her goal was clear: she wanted to educate the Appalachian children and do so at little to no cost to them. Alice Lloyd believed that the children of Appalachia were some of the “brightest and best,” and felt they deserved a quality education. To make that goal a reality, Alice Lloyd established a grade school, high school, and with the help of June Buchanan, the Caney Junior College, later named Alice Lloyd College.
Today, the College continues to carry on the mission originally established by Alice Lloyd. Alice Lloyd College requires all full-time students to complete ten hours of work study per week through the College’s Student Work Program. With the help of charitable donations and the work provided through the work program, Alice Lloyd College is able to offer a no out of-pocket-cost tuition to qualified students who live in a 108-county service area in central Appalachia. Our tuition guarantee, named the Appalachian Leaders College Scholarship, attracts high quality students from the central Appalachian region. With this guarantee, students are able to graduate from the College with little to no debt. Due to the availability of jobs in our region rapidly decreasing, Appalachia needs help from highly educated and qualified students and as Mrs. Lloyd stated “the leaders are here.”]]>
Allison Holbrook, state secretary for Kentucky Phi Beta Lambda, placed 6th in Project Management. Amelia Johnson ranked in the top 15 in the nation for her professional presentation in Community Service. She was also recognized for her completion of the Membership Madness event for the Career and Membership Achievement program. Kristen Haney reached finals in Help Desk, an extemporaneous response to fictional scenarios, placing her in the top 15 as well. Austin Allen, Courtney Crowder, and Jennifer Lewis also competed in various events.
Alice Lloyd College was also awarded the Gold Seal Chapter Award, which recognizes ALC’s Phi Beta Lambda as a top performing chapter in the nation. We would like to congratulate all students that participated and we are excited to see what PBL will achieve in the upcoming academic year!]]>
Eagles Head Golf Coach Rob Hamilton is pleased to announce the signing of Sheldon Clark standout Jared Albright. The signing took place July 3, 2014 at Stonecrest Golf Course.
“Jared is a solid player who has the ability to compete among the best of the KIAC,” says Coach Hamilton.]]>
Alice Lloyd College’s undergraduate Secondary Education preparation program is ranked among the best in the nation and in the state of Kentucky, according to a report released this month by The National Council on Teacher Quality.
Of the 1,612 colleges and universities reviewed, Alice Lloyd’s Secondary Education teacher preparation program was ranked 103rd nationally. It was the highest ranked secondary program of any private school in Kentucky and the third highest of all Kentucky schools reviewed.
The 2014 NCTQ Teacher Prep Rankings, published by U.S. News & World Report, are meant to serve as a guide to future educators, informing them of those programs that provide the best teacher training.
“Think-tanks and the Federal Department of Education have been talking about Higher Education improvement for some time,” said Norm Bishop, the department chair of Alice Lloyd’s Education program. “This is the first group to actually quantify and attempt this sort of ranking using a subjective analysis. Alice Lloyd’s Secondary Education program scored in the top tier, and the rankings for our elementary program put us well within the top quarter of those schools reviewed in the state as well as the nation.”
Alice Lloyd was praised for its teacher candidates having “the requisite academic talent” and “sufficient content knowledge in every subject they will be qualified to teach,” particularly in Mathematics, English, Science, and Social Sciences.
Alice Lloyd’s teacher education program offers teacher certification at the bachelor’s degree level for English/Communications, Fine Arts/Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Social & Behavioral Studies, and Physical Education. Through this program, students may earn a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in any of those fields while gaining secondary teaching certification (grades 8-12) in Kentucky.
For more information about Alice Lloyd’s teacher education program, visit http://www.alc.edu/academics/department-of-education/.
To read the entire report on Alice Lloyd from NCTQ Teacher Prep, click here.]]>
Members of the ALC Golf Team participated in the free youth golf clinic offered by StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg, Ky. Coach Dr. Rob Hamilton and ALC golf team assistant captain Randall Smith volunteered for the event along with Dr. Janelle Pryor and Dr. Gerald Walford.
The event was held on June 25 and 26 beginning at 9 AM at the Jenny Wiley Golf Course. The clinic provided instruction on the Rules of Golf, golf etiquette, driving range hitting, chipping and putting.
ALC Registrar Thelmarie Madden Thornsberry passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.
Thel was an amazing woman who truly exemplified the traits and characteristics set forth by our founder, Alice Lloyd. She worked at the College for over half a century. She was not only our registrar, but our historian, counselor, and friend. She and her husband, Cloys, made every effort to attend on-campus events, especially basketball games, and to help out any student in need. The friendship and love she shared will be greatly missed.
As a way of recognizing Thelmarie’s life of service to Alice Lloyd College and her dedication to the thousands of students she guided in their academic goals, a scholarship is being established in her honor.
Donations in memory of Thelmarie are being accepted toward her scholarship. You may make a gift in either of the following ways:
• Online at www.alc.edu and include a notation that your gift is in memory of Thelmarie Thornsberry.
• Leave your gift at Hindman Funeral Services where envelopes will be available during visitation hours.
• Drop a gift off at the funeral service which will be held at the Estelle Campbell Center for the Arts on the Alice Lloyd College campus Friday, June 20th, at 11:00 a.m.
• Mail your gift in to:
Thelmarie Thornsberry Scholarship Fund
Alice Lloyd College
100 Purpose Road
Pippa Passes, KY 41844
Being a native of Pippa Passes, I grew up on the campus of Alice Lloyd College. I attended The June Buchanan School, which is a private college preparatory school for grades K-12 located on ALC’s campus, for seven years. While attending school there, I became even more familiar with the College. Additionally, my grandfather has worked on the ALC campus for 53 years. I knew it would make him proud for me to choose to stay close to home while receiving my education.
In 2012, I graduated from The June Buchanan School with 29 college credit hours, which I earned from Alice Lloyd College through the Caney Honors Achievement Program (CHAP). There were only twelve students in my graduating class, and I found that I preferred smaller class sizes. This is one of the reasons why I chose to attend ALC. Smaller classes make it easier to learn the information and to focus on the tasks at hand.
I plan to graduate with a degree in Mathematics Education (Grades 8-12), along with a certification in Middle School mathematics and K-12 Special Education. Throughout my high school career, I was certain I would find myself attending a school that’s very similar to ALC located in Central Kentucky. I had been accepted to this college with honors, awarded scholarships, and had even enrolled in classes there. However, I knew in the back of my mind that pursuing my degree at that particular institution wasn’t in God’s plan for me.
Money, of course, was a determining factor in my college choice, too. My mom, a single parent, works long, difficult hours as a Hospice Nurse to support me and my two brothers. When learning of the scholarships and opportunities that Alice Lloyd College had to offer, I decided it was the right college for me. Here at ALC I have been able to complete four semesters without taking out any student loans! What a blessing that has been for my family! What’s even more amazing is that I’m planning to graduate from ALC completely debt-free, which is something so rare that it is very nearly unheard of at other colleges and universities.
In my time here, I have excelled as both a student and as an individual. I have managed to maintain a great GPA, which has placed me on the Dean’s List every semester. In addition to this, I am president of the Kentucky Education Association – Student Program, vice president of Student Affairs in the Student Government Association (SGA), and an active member of Phi Beta Lambda. ALC offers plenty of student activities, clubs, and organizations for everyone to enjoy, and you are able to join as many as you want.
Alice Lloyd College has given me the college experience that any student could hope for. Being familiar with the campus and its people made it much easier for me to transition from being a high school student to a college student. The small classroom setting has made it easier and more convenient for me and my peers to not only learn the information, but to be able to apply the information we have learned to real world situations. This, along with the socialization we receive in various clubs and sports, ensures that we will be more prepared for our future occupations.
Aside from academically preparing us for our futures, ALC also makes sure to send us out into the world with little to no debt by offering a high-quality education at a low price. I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given while at Alice Lloyd College, and encourage high school students looking for their next step to visit ALC. It was in God’s plan for me, and it may be for you, too!
Help us continue the work of Mrs. Alice Lloyd and countless others by giving to Alice Lloyd College! With gifts from people like you, we can continue to offer a high-quality education to the young people of Appalachia. Click here to make your gift today!]]>
During Nickell‘s four-year career, she was selected as KIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year three consecutive years, KIAC Female Athlete of the Year twice, USCAA First Team All-American, NAIA Second Team All-American, and NAIA Third Team All-American two times. Her jersey from two years ago hangs in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tn.
This year, she led the country (NAIA Division II) in rebounding and was second in the country in scoring. She also led the KIAC in scoring (25.63) and rebounding (13.37). Nickell was 9th in the NAIA in three-point shooting (42.2%) and 3rd in total points (692). She ended her career being the leading scorer in Alice Lloyd College history (men and women) with 2,587 points. Nickell also set the school record in rebounding (men & women) with 1,251 rebounds. During her career, she averaged a double/double, 22.5 points and 10.9 rebounds.
In February Nickell was selected to the USA Athletes International basketball team and competed in Scotland with her teammate Carla Booth and eight other players from across the country, representing the USA in a set of games in the Scottish Friendship Series.
“Wow! What a way to end a magnificent career,” says John Mills, head coach of the Alice Lloyd College women’s basketball team. “The accolades Ariel has received are numerous and are all very prestigious — four-time All-American, four All-KIAC selections, three-time Player of the Year, recently selected to play on the USA Athletes International team that traveled to Scotland, and now, a second KIAC Female Athlete of the Year award.
“Receiving this honor, voted on by the conference’s athletic directors, is a huge honor,” Mills continues. “It has been a wonderful experience coaching Ariel and watching her develop as a player and grow as a young woman.”
Off the court Nickell was very active with community service projects. She embraced the five core values in the NAIA’s Champions of Character Program and was instrumental in leading the ALC women’s basketball team’s community service efforts. This year, the team conducted five programs, and she had the lead role in three of them. Along with those projects, each student in her economics class had to plan and conduct a community service project. Nickell organized a food drive to get students to donate a can of food for the Caney Baptist Church Food Pantry.
When asked why she chose this particular project, Nickell said, “When I drive around the local community, I see my people struggling to make it. I wanted to do something to help during these tough economic times. They have given me so much during my time at Alice Lloyd. I wanted them to know how much I appreciate them.”
Reflecting on Nickell‘s natural leadership skills, Coach Mills added, “I’d like to see Ariel really step up to the plate and give back to the youth in the community she settles into so that some other young girl can live out her dream like she has.”]]>
I graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in both History and Sociology. I am originally from Jeff, in Perry County, Kentucky, so, when it came time to choosing a college, ALC caught my attention because it was so close to home. At the time, I didn’t feel like a “big city school” was right for me. In addition to being close to home, ALC offered many excellent opportunities to its students, including its unique Caney Scholars Program.
Through the Caney Scholars Program, I have been able to live in Caney Cottage, which is located on Rose Lane in Lexington, Kentucky, rent and utility-free while attending the University of Kentucky. In May of 2014 I graduated from UK with a master’s degree in History. I plan to apply to Ph.D. programs in hopes of one day teaching history on the collegiate level.
At ALC I seized every opportunity offered to me. I served as Vice President of the ALC Environmental Club and was also a member of Alpha Chi. My original work-study position was serving as a kitchen assistant in Alice Lloyd’s cafeteria (the Hunger Din), and with hard work and dedication, I was able to become a teacher’s assistant in the College’s Social Science Department. Because I committed myself to my studies and my work, I won the Senior History Award during my last year at ALC. Recently, during my master’s program, I was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. It just goes to show that hard work pays off and that it will continue to do so.
My four years at Alice Lloyd College were outstanding. I was able to forge close bonds with students, staff, and faculty members who greatly improved my educational experiences. I hope that I can embody the Purpose Road Philosophy and help future students from eastern Kentucky just as the many people I met at ALC were able to help me.
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Alice Lloyd College’s own Scott Cornett was recently awarded a Century Club certificate by the American Baseball Coaches Association to celebrate his 500th win as head coach of the Alice Lloyd College baseball team. Cornett has coached the Eagles for twenty-five seasons, and has earned various honors and achievements throughout his coaching career.
Before taking the position of head coach at ALC, Cornett was on the field as an Eagle himself. Cornett played baseball for ALC from 1985-1989 before going on to play two seasons as a catcher for the White Sox. He was named a three-time MVP in high school and college, three-time 1st Team All-Conference, an All-American during the 1988-89 season, and was 2nd in the nation in batting average in 1989. On top of this, he was invited to the Pan Am and the USA Olympic Tryouts. Cornett was inducted into the ALC Athletics Hall of Fame for his success as both a player and a coach in the fall of 2003.
Receiving an award from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) makes this milestone that much sweeter. Very few coaches are able to celebrate so many wins. Coach Cornett says, “What I like most about coaching at ALC is the kids. I’ve built a lot of good relationships with my players.”
In addition to coaching baseball, Cornett also acts as the College’s Dean of Students and Community Life. Having been a student-athlete at ALC gives Cornett a perspective that most lack. He advises current athletes to focus on their studies, saying, “Ultimately, as a player, you have to make sure that you can do all the little things. But your number-one priority should be to go to class and enjoy this time.”]]>