Beckley Community Honors Holocaust Victims

By Lora Owston

Temple Beth El will honor Holocaust victims with its 27th annual Remembrance Day service at WVU Tech on April 15.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom HaShoah, is dedicated to memorializing the 6 million Jews that perished during the Holocaust. Although Yom HaShoah is officially recognized this year on April 12, the Beckley gathering is traditionally held on the following Sunday to allow for increased attendance.

The service will remember the lives of those lost in the Holocaust and other genocides, but will also place a special emphasis on the life of Max Lewin, Beckley’s only Holocaust survivor. A never-before published interview with Lewin detailing his experiences of the Holocaust will be showcased during the service. The interview was originally recorded in 1996 for a television program by Mountain State University. However, Lewin later requested that the video never be shown during his lifetime.

“In the interview, you can see Max’s voice get broken at times; he gets more emotional,” said Temple Beth El secretary Dr. Joe Golden. “You need to empathize with that because he’s remembering the horrors that he and his family experienced and what he saw around him.”

Lewin was the only Holocaust survivor from his hometown of Lipniszki, Poland and came to the city of Beckley in 1946 to live with his brother Harry. Lewin was a local businessman in Beckley, having owned several businesses including Home Modernization, Inc. and, following his brother’s death, Harry’s Men’s Shop. Lewin passed away on August 24, 2002.

Although Lewin published his memoirs in 1968 in Yiddish, Beckley residents were unaware of the extent of his suffering until he revealed it to Temple Beth El members in 1990. This revelation led to the first Beckley Holocaust Remembrance Day service at Temple Beth El on April 14, 1991. After the dedication of the Lewin Family Bell Tower in 1996, subsequent services were moved to what is now the campus of West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

“The WVU Tech community is honored and humbled to be a part of this longstanding tradition,” said campus president Carolyn Long. “Our city – and indeed, our campus – is part of a tapestry of lives from all parts of the world, from many cultures and from many faiths…This event is so important because it reminds us that our communities cannot flourish when that light goes out.”

In addition to the video, the service will include a candle lighting ceremony, a reading of the Lewin family’s names, the story of Max Lewin, and other inspirational recitations and prayers.

Beckley’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day service will take place this year on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s Carter Hall.

AB students hope to extend winning streak at leadership conference

Alderson Broaddus students set out for Charleston to compete in a statewide event on April 9.

A total of 19 students from the business oriented student organization Phi Beta Lambda will be participating in the organization’s State Leadership Conference at the University of Charleston. Each student will be competing in one or two events, which take the form of interviews, objective tests, presentations, speeches, prejudged projects, or a combination of several types.
Students had the opportunity to choose from over 60 events for the competition – all of which vary in content and required skills. Individuals who place first or second in their event will be able to participate in the National Leadership Conference in June.
“We have very strong projects and people in the competition this year,” said Alderson Broaddus chapter president Jeremy Linaburg. “I believe many of them will continue on to nationals.”
In addition to events that students signed up for prior to the competition, several open events will be hosted that all students will be able to join. In the past, Phi Beta Lambda has also traditionally hosted a keynote speaker for the event alongside the competitions. However, this time the event will instead host a job fair and numerous workshops.
This year will mark the third consecutive year that Alderson Broaddus University has participated in the competition. Last year, Linaburg placed second in the Future Business Educator event during the conference, and later went on to win first place at the National Leadership Conference.
Phi Beta Lambda is a student organization that focuses on connecting education with real-world scenarios by utilizing leadership, service, and learning. For more information on the organization and to inquire about membership, contact chapter president Jeremy Linaburg or faculty advisor Rich Foley.

Charlie Brown comes to town

By Lora Owston

Alderson Broaddus University will hit the stage next week with the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

The musical is a comedic production based on Charles Schultz’s comic strip Peanuts, and follows a series of vignettes centered on Charlie Brown and his circle of friends. The production is hosted by Alderson Broaddus University’s school of music and directed by assistant professor of music Lewis Hall. Continue reading “Charlie Brown comes to town”

Defender-turned goalkeeper finding success in the net

Senior goalkeeper Fallyn Gonzales of the women’s lacrosse team prepares to pass in this photo taken at the Battler’s home field during the 2017 season. Photo credit Quentin Murphy.

By Hadassah Curry

Alderson Broaddus University women’s lacrosse senior goalkeeper, Fallyn Gonzales prepares for her last season on the field with her  teammates.

Gonzales holds a record 188 saves over her three years playing for the women’s lacrosse team. Gonzales was recruited as a defender, but ended up being the Lady Battler’s starting goalkeeper.

Continue reading “Defender-turned goalkeeper finding success in the net”

Hundreds of eggs hidden on AB campus

Phi Kappa Delta sister Abby Smith stuffs an Easter egg last Thursday evening in the Kincaid game room. The sorority hosted an Easter event for the community, with plans to make it an annual affair. Photo by Hadassah Curry

By Hadassah Curry

A sorority hid 750 plastic eggs on the Alderson Broaddus University campus last weekend in preparation for a community service project  .

Phi Kappa Delta (PKD) sorority hosted their inaugural Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, which also included face painting, concession stands, field games, music and entertainment. Peter the Rabbit also made a special guest appearance at the hunt, which took place on the quad.    Continue reading “Hundreds of eggs hidden on AB campus”

AB offers on-campus health care

By Lora Owston

With flu season now over, your mind may be temporarily eased when considering thoughts of impending sickness. But what should you do when unexpected illness strikes? Alderson Broaddus University offers a convenient and local option for your healthcare needs.

The Wellness Center is a federally qualified health clinic located on the ground floor of Burbick Hall, and is open to students, faculty, and staff. It is operated by a receptionist, a nurse, and a physician’s assistant, but care at the Wellness Center is primarily provided by physician’s assistant Jennifer Parker, an Alderson Broaddus alum with 20 years of experience in the field. Continue reading “AB offers on-campus health care”

New major fights the digital dark side

By Agustin Sanchez

A new major in Cyber Security set to debut in the fall will arm students with the tools to combat cyber-terrorism, hacking, and phishing scams, Alderson Broaddus University officials announced last month.

Ironically, just as the University released information on the new program, the Office of Information Technology was working to eradicate an aggressive computer virus that infected some networks and completely shut down some employees’ laptops in February.   Continue reading “New major fights the digital dark side”

Influx boldly goes sci-fi; AB literary mag explores new territory

By Lora Owston

Literary magazine Influx has been an annual staple for Alderson Broaddus’ English department for many years – but this year, the publication comes with a twist.

The 2018 edition of Influx will focus on a science-fiction theme instead of the generalized format used in the past. Daniel Propst, associate professor of English and the faculty member in charge of this year’s edition, decided on this change early in the planning process. Continue reading “Influx boldly goes sci-fi; AB literary mag explores new territory”