Lydia Bickham has never let obstacles stand in her way. Lydia, a freshman at Alice Lloyd College, was born in Russia where she lived in an orphanage until she was seven years old. She had no formal education and had never been taught any English prior to being adopted in 2001.
“Growing up in an orphanage was tough, but I am grateful for the experience. It made me the person that I am today. I have more compassion towards others and I try not to take things for granted because I know how it feels to not have anything,” says Lydia.
September 11th, 2001 is a day that most mourn in the United States, but for Lydia this day was filled with joy. Lydia’s parents had journeyed to Russia to complete the adoption process, and finally gave her the family that she had been dreaming of. Lydia travelled back to the United States with them, where she found her new home in Texas. She lived there for ten years until her father’s job required them to move to Winchester, Kentucky. Lydia graduated from George Roger’s Clark High School in 2014.
While living in Kentucky, Lydia’s family became well acquainted with the College’s President Joe Stepp and his family. As Lydia got to know the Stepp family, she also got to know Alice Lloyd College. The low student-teacher ratio and the tuition guarantee caught her attention. Upon taking a campus tour, Lydia decided that ALC was the school for her. After spending two semesters on campus studying Sociology and English, Lydia tells anyone that asks that Alice Lloyd is the perfect school for those that are nervous about college. “Students looking for a college that has a family atmosphere as well as caring professors should check out Alice Lloyd. It’s the perfect school for students who are scared of feeling lost in college. There are no strangers at ALC, only friendly faces.”
Lydia serves as an assistant work head in Carrick, one of the female dorms. Lydia feels as though her work study teaches her a lot about service leadership. Lydia partakes in several clubs such as the IMPACT Club, as well as the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM). She also enjoys using her spare time to volunteer at a local animal shelter.
Lydia plans on graduating in 2018 with a degree in sociology and a minor in English. Upon graduating from ALC, she hopes to attend graduate school at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Lydia wants to put her degrees to good use by helping others in the future. She dreams of starting an organization that will work with Russian orphanages to provide children with counseling and an education program. She says that after she has completed graduate school she plans on returning back to Texas to pursue her career. We cannot wait to see Lydia make her dreams a reality.]]>
On Wednesday, August the 12th Alice Lloyd College was honored for the second consecutive year by the Daily Caller as one of “The 17 Best College Values In America”. Also included in the list were prestigious and well-known institutions, such as University of Virginia and the United States Naval Academy.
The Executive Vice President of Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Jim Stepp commented that “the Daily Caller recognition is another reminder of the high national regard for ALC’s unique high-quality academic model. We are blessed with wonderful friends across America who are helping us provide an outstanding character-based education to Appalachian students.”
The Daily Caller ranking emphasizes colleges and universities with strong academics, which are also affordable. Alice Lloyd College charges $0 out of pocket tuition for Appalachian students. All full time students work jobs to develop character and help lower the cost of education.
Today, the college continues to carry on the mission originally established by the founder of the college, Alice Lloyd, which was to educate Appalachian children and do so at little to no cost to them. From the beginnings of the college Mrs. Lloyd proclaimed, “the leaders are here.” With the support of our many friends Alice Lloyd College continues to develop leaders for the Appalachian region.]]>
The JBS varsity volleyball team opens the 2015 Volleyball season with a match against Buckhorn in Perry County, Kentucky on August 20th. Buckhorn is currently 1-1 on the year. Buchanan showed the potential for a promising new season in a scrimmage against Letcher County Central last week. The Crusaders currently have a 21 game schedule, but they could hopefully end up playing longer into the post season. First year Coach Rex Frohnaofel, along with his wife and assistant, Pam Frohnaofel, believes that although the team is very inexperienced, they are eager to learn and play their best.
Currently the small team is paced by seniors Megan Hall, Tyra Lamb and Breana Conley, while juniors Kendall Pollard and Ruby Yeary will be looked upon for additional leadership. This season, JBS is adding several basketball players to the team who should provide needed depth. Sophomores Lindsey Proffitt, Brianna Harrington, and Alexis Lykins are quickly developing into very talented volleyball players. Freshman Anika Thacker and Hope Watts, along with 7th graders Chloe Watts and Carly Lafferty are showing promise for the future in JBS’s volleyball program.
With the returning players and new additions, the Crusaders volleyball team can potentially put together a history making team. This season’s goal is to initially earn the first varsity win in JBS history, and from there help the program continue to build.]]>
Brandon Arnold has been named as the new Head Cross Country coach at Alice Lloyd College. In addition to his cross country coaching duties, Arnold will also be serving the men’s baseball program as an assistant coach. Additionally, he will assist the Director of the Library and supervise the Campus Fitness Center.
“Brandon is a quality fit in our athletics department”, stated Director of Athletics Gary D. Stepp. “As a former ALC athlete himself, he understands the opportunity our college provides student athletes. He has worked closely in athletics with the school for the past several years. He is a hard worker and has a strong desire to see our programs continue to grow.”
When asked what attracted him to the position, Arnold commented,” I like having the opportunity to continue to strengthen a program that is headed in the right direction. Also, I appreciate the chance to give back to a college that has given so much to me.” As far as his expectations, Arnold commented, “I want to see our teams work hard. I believe with the right student athletes and a lot of dedication, we need to set a goal of eventually competing for a conference championship. Most importantly, I hope to be a positive influence while helping develop high character men and women.”
Arnold, a native of Blountville, TN, is a 2008 graduate of Virginia High School and a 2013 graduate of Alice Lloyd College. He is married to Char-Leigh Craft Arnold, a native of Whitesburg and a 2012 graduate of Alice Lloyd College.]]>
Nathan Hall has been named the new Head Softball coach at Alice Lloyd College. In addition to his coaching duties, Hall will also be serving as a safety officer for the Pippa Passes Police Department.
“Nathan is a quality fit in our athletics department”, stated Director of Athletics Gary D. Stepp. “As a graduate of ALC himself, he understands the opportunity our college provides student athletes and the work ethic it takes for them to succeed. He has worked closely in athletics with the school for the past several years, and he also possesses a burning desire to see our program grow.”
When asked what attracted him to the position, Hall commented,” I really enjoy being around the sport and believe it is a good opportunity for me. I also am thankful for the chance to return and work for my alma mater because I really enjoyed the campus as a student here. Also, I look forward to working with such a close staff”.
As far as his expectations for his club, Hall said, “I want to see our team exhibit good character while putting ourselves in the position to win games. I also want to help prepare these ladies for life after they graduate. I believe by bringing in high quality student athletes, we can accomplish great things both on and off the field. I look forward to the challenge”.
Hall, a graduate of Betsy Layne High School in Betsy Layne, KY, is a 2014 alumnus of Alice Lloyd College. He served the school as assistant softball coach for two and one half seasons and has umpired both baseball and softball for six years.]]>
Kari Huber has been selected as the new Head Women’s Volleyball coach at Alice Lloyd College.
Huber, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, played collegiately at John Brown University in Arkansas before transferring to Northeastern State, Oklahoma to pursue a degree in Special Education with emphasis in Behavior Disorders. She received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. She has lived in Hazard, KY for the past 15 years and serves the region as an independent consultant for various state agencies. She has coached at various levels for 23 years.
“Kari is a quality fit in our athletics department”, stated Director of Athletics Gary D. Stepp. “Her background in volleyball should lend itself nicely to helping our program grow. She is a hard worker and has a strong desire to help our team as they continue to improve.”
When asked what attracted her to the position, Huber commented,” I love volleyball and especially coaching the sport. I believe these ladies have a lot of ability and my desire is to see them reach their full potential both on and off the court. I expect to see each of them graduate and be able to look back and see what a positive influence Alice Lloyd College had on their life”.
When asked about her goals for the club, Huber stated, “I definitely expect to see our teams work hard and demonstrate high character at all times. I also expect them to represent our school in a positive way as we strive to become a contender in our league”.
Huber is married to Mike Huber. They have two children, Sarrah and Kaleb, who both attend Alice Lloyd College.]]>
Alice Lloyd College and its promise to provide a low cost, quality education to Appalachian students in our 108-county service area has once again received national recognition. A recent article from USA Today highlights Alice Lloyd College for “The Best Way To Avoid College Debt? Go To A Tuition-Free School.” The article cites ALC’s unique model in guaranteeing the full cost of tuition to students willing to earn an education. According to Executive Vice President Jim Stepp, “If a young person has academic ability, is not afraid to roll their sleeves up and work for what they get and has good character, then money is not an issue.”
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. 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. Eighty-two percent of graduates return to work, serve and provide leadership to the Appalachian region.]]>
Alice Lloyd College, a longstanding member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), will also become a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) beginning July 1, 2015.
“We are very pleased to become a member of the NCCAA,” stated Executive Vice-President Jim Stepp. “Alice Lloyd College was founded on and continues to operate on Judeo-Christian principles and we believe that this will be an excellent fit for our institution. We fully endorse the mission of the NCCAA and look forward to this exciting new chapter in our school’s history.”
The NCCAA was incorporated to provide a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion of outreach and ministry and for the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective. From its beginning in Canton, Ohio in 1968, it has grown to encompass over 100 Christian colleges nationwide, both liberal arts and Bible colleges. The participating schools are dedicated not only to providing the best athletic competition possible, but also to exemplifying Jesus Christ in all they do.
One of the features that make the NCCAA unique is the Christian Service Project (CSP) provided during every championship event. CSPs are opportunities in which NCCAA student-athletes and coaches go out into a championship host’s community and serve others. Some CSPs have included visiting children’s hospitals, serving the Salvation Army, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, reading to children in public schools, doing yard work around the community, writing soldiers overseas, working in food projects, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and much more. Tens of thousands of hours have been given to communities across the nation through the NCCAA.
In May 2000, the NCCAA officially moved the National Office to Greenville, South Carolina where it resides today.
As a member of the NAIA, Alice Lloyd College has been named a Champion of Character School each year the program has been in existence. Additionally, two teams, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Tennis, have been selected as the Buffalo Funds Five Star National Champion of Character Team of the Year.]]>
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Wednesday that 402 softball student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes. Alice Lloyd College is proud to announce that senior pitcher Whitley Albury has been named to this prestigious group.
Albury, a native of Peru, Nebraska and resident of Morgan County, KY, is a three year member of the Eagles softball program. Her major is Math Education. She has maintained a 3.77 GPA during her time at ALC.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
You can find a full list of softball scholar-athletes here. (pdf)]]>