College sponsors seminar

Alderson-Broaddus College hosted the Third Annual Kump Education Research Seminar on April 25. Twenty teacher education student researchers from Alderson-Broaddus and Davis & Elkins colleges convened in the Burbick Hall Lobby overlooking the city of Philippi.

Teacher educator Karen Dunkerly selected the theme “Sailing into Research” to encourage future teachers to seek a better understanding of the learning process without fear of sailing into unknown waters. The research participants enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with the sailing theme such as shrimp with green bean sails, deviled eggs with red pepper sails, and water cress ships with crab meat cargo. The tables were decorated with sea shells, life preserver napkin rings, sailor’s lanterns and seagulls and fish nets hung from the ceiling. Dunkerly demonstrated the importance of creativity and imagination to make learning more fun for students of any age.

From Alderson-Broaddus the following students presented teacher work samples: Christopher Doran, Jennifer Francis, Kimberly Kerns, Mitchell Roy, Edward Poling, Holly Stutler and Sandra Wilcox. The following A-B students presented Action Research Projects: Evalene Bartram, Taylor Bryant, Megan Johnson, Matthew Robins,and Tami Jo Wilt.

From Davis & Elkins College, Morgan Gooden and Alex McCumbers presented Teacher Work Samples. The following D&E students discussed their Case Study Research: Caroline Bennett, Samantha Crabtree, Taylor Hurley, Rivanna Kyle, Lisa Papez and Mallory Wishand.

Judges Grace Sundelin and Linda Rudy gave awards. Morgan Gooden received $100 for the best Teacher Work Sample, Taylor Bryant got $50 for the most outstanding Action Project, and Lisa Papez was given $50 for her excellent Case Study Research.

Mary Frances Merrin, Kump Center president, thanked the faculty and staff of Alderson-Broaddus College for a wonderful event honoring the importance of excellence in teaching.