Natural Science & Mathematics
Allied Health Club
Math/Science Education Club
ALC's Natural Science & Mathematics Goals
The Natural Science and Mathematics Division offers excellent programs of study. In these programs, faculty work with students in the classroom and individually in order to broaden the students’ view of the world. The Natural Science and Mathematics curriculum allows students to study the scientific approach to learning about the natural world using the problem solving and critical thinking techniques associated with the major areas of science and mathematics, including biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Since the observable world can be viewed from either the macroscopic, microscopic, or atomic viewpoints, students are encouraged to develop their concrete and abstract thinking and reasoning skills. Many graduates of Alice Lloyd College who receive a degree in science further their education by entering programs in medicine, pharmacy, engineering, dentistry, teaching/education, nursing, physical therapy, and so on. It is the desire of the science and mathematics faculty that students develop an appreciation for learning and so become life-long learners.
Students wishing to seek advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy are encouraged to consider the opportunities available through the Caney Cottage Scholarship Program. This competitive scholarship is available to qualifying students who are accepted into graduate or professional schools.
Also, take a look at our Science and Math Brochure (pdf), which introduces you to some of our standout students and relates their experiences at ALC.
Pre-Professional Programs with Transfer Agreements in Pre-Pharmacy
To assist students transferring from Alice Lloyd College to professional programs in pharmacy, direct transfer agreements have been established with the University of Kentucky and West Virginia University. Students may complete two years of study in Pre-Pharmacy and transfer directly to the chosen university for completion of the appropriate degree in Pharmacy. For further details, please contact the Pre-Pharmacy advisor or the Vice President for Academics/Dean of the College. Students interested in this pre-professional program should establish their program with the designated advisor at the beginning of their studies at Alice Lloyd College
Meet our Faculty
Dr. Paul Yeary
Dr. Yeary graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 1985 with a degree in Math/Physical Science. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Kentucky. After completing his studies at UK, Dr. Yeary worked for the Teknor Apex Corporation in Brownsville, TN, Remington Industries in Benton, TN, and for the Thomasville Furniture Company/Founders Furniture in Appomattox, VA as a Process Improvement Chemist. Subsequently, in 2000, he accepted a professorship at Alice Lloyd College where he is currently the chair of the Natural Sciences & Mathematics division.
Along with his duties as Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Yeary serves as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, as well as on the Caney Scholarship and Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committees. He is deeply involved in other campus programs and activities. Dr. Yeary is an active and longtime member of the American Chemical Society and has won a number of awards, including the Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award and ALC’s 10-Year Service Award.
Dr. Yeary has co-authored and published two academic papers: “On the Importance of Carbocation Intermediates in Bimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions in Aqueous Solution” in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (1993) and “Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes” in Nanomaterials: Inorganic and Bioinorganic (2008). He has also participated in various research activities at the University of Kentucky and has given recent scientific presentations at the Carbon Society Workshop and the International Conference on Carbon (both in Seattle, WA) and at the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Summit. From 2004-2012 he served as a summer research associate with the Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky where he worked on a variety of projects in material science.
Dr. Ryan Lechlitner
Dr. Ryan Lechlitner serves as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Alice Lloyd College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Huntington University in Exercise in Movement Science in 2015. During his time at Huntington, he was an NAIA academic all-American while a member of the men’s soccer team. After graduating from Huntington University, he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Lynchburg in 2018 and began practicing at Fox Rehabilitation.
In 2019 he began coursework pursuing a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from Concordia University-Chicago. In 2020, Dr. Lechlitner is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) which was conferred by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is interested in manual therapy, therapeutic pain education and science, personality traits and persistent pain development, and phantom limb pain.
Dr. Michael Dexter
Dr. Billy Haigler
Dr. Haigler is an Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Alice Lloyd College. Born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, he received a B.S. in Zoology in 1975 and a B.A. in Microbiology in 1978 from the University of Texas at Austin. He then earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 where he studied the enzyme naphthalene dioxygenase from soil bacteria.
Dr. Haigler did his post-doctoral studies at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida where he later accepted a position as a Research Microbiologist. Before joining Alice Lloyd College in 2000, he was a Research Microbiologist for Applied Research Associates, Inc. in Panama City, Florida.
At ALC, Dr. Haigler is a co-sponsor to the Allied Health Club and the college chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
Dr. Robert Hamilton
Dr. Hamilton serves as Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Alice Lloyd College. He received his bachelor’s degree in Ecology from the University of Guelph in 1986. Dr. Hamilton received his Ph.D. in Botany from The Ohio University in 1991. He served as an assistant professor, associate professor and professor of biology in the Department of Biology at Mississippi College from 1991 through 2009. Dr. Hamilton has served as Professor of Biology at Alice Lloyd College since 2010.
Dr. Hamilton has published 19 papers in peer reviewed journals and symposia. He has conducted 10 workshops for high school teachers in the area of Molecular Biology and Ecology. He has mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Dr. Hamilton has authored 3 successful grant applications to the National Science Foundation and participated in a successful grant application to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has made dozens of presentations of his scientific work to academic societies and symposia. Dr. Hamilton has also served on the education committee of the Ecological Society of America, served as a Biology Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research, and served as chairperson and vice chairperson of various sections at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences on numerous occasions.
Ms. Marsha Neace
Ms. Marsha Neace serves as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Alice Lloyd. Prior to teaching at ALC, she taught courses in physics, mathematics, and computer science at Evarts High School, The June Buchanan School, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, KY. She holds an M.A. in Secondary Education from Georgetown College and has completed additional graduate hours in Mathematics and Physics from her alma mater Georgetown, the University of Kentucky, Converse College, and the University of Virginia.
Ms. Neace graduated magna cum laude and is a six-time inductee in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Interestingly, she was also an online reviewer for the NASA website PUMAS.
Dr. Joseph Noroski
Dr. Joseph Noroski serves as the Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Alice Lloyd College. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he received all his degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned in 1993 a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and English Writing, in 2000 a Masters of Science in Science Education, in 2007 a Masters of Science in Physical Chemistry, and in 2009 a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry where he focused on collision energy dependence of the reactions of metastable neon with small molecules. He also gained a Pennsylvania state certificate to teach Physics and Chemistry in Pennsylvania public schools.
Prior to teaching at ALC, Dr. Noroski taught at the University of Indiana, Pennsylvania (IUP) for 5 years. He also taught Chemistry for many years as a Teachers Assistant in the University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Dr. Noroski for decades has taught at various colleges in America. He has also published several peer-reviewed papers, such as “Collision Energy Dependence of the Reactions of Ne”, as well as textbook supplements like Student study guide with selected solutions for University Chemistry.
Dr. Janelle Pryor
Dr. Janelle Pryor serves as Professor of Biology at Alice Lloyd College. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology, graduating cum laude, from Muskingum College (New Concord, Ohio) in 1984. She also received minors in Chemistry and Computer Science. An excellent student, Dr. Pryor was a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. Two years later, she went on to garner a master’s degree in Botany from Ohio University, as well as earning a Ph.D. in Environmental and Plant Biology.
Dr. Pryor completed additional graduate coursework at Mississippi College and earned a second Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is a proud member of the Phi Kappa Phi Interdisciplinary Honor Society.
She is active in campus activities in which she is a faculty sponsor of the Allied Health Club and the IMPACT Club.
Dr. Leszek Rzepecki
Dr. Leszek Rzepecki is Professor of Mathematics at Alice Lloyd College. He attended the University of Warsaw (Poland) where he received an M.A. in Mathematics Education in January of 1985. Later, Dr. Rzepecki was awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Rzepecki claims nearly thirty years of teaching experience, having taught in his native Poland, the University of South Carolina, and John C. Smith University (North Carolina) prior to coming to Alice Lloyd. He has also participated in various conferences and seminars, including the NATO Seminar on Complex Potential Theory at the University of Montreal, the Seminar on Financial Mathematics at New York University, and the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics in San Francisco.
In 1999 his paper on the boundary behavior of “non-isotropic” potentials in the unit ball of Cn was published in Complex Variables, Theory and Application: An International Journal.