Alderson Broaddus University administrators traveled to the Philippines in late November for an international business trip, using the travel opportunity to support Typhoon Yolanda Relief.
With the help of the Student Government Association, AB was able to raise $300 in donations to purchase rice to feed typhoon survivors, collecting donations at the Battler Football Game vs. Cumberland University on November 16th.
Richard Creehan, Alderson Broaddus University president, Joan Propst, provost/executive vice president for academic affairs, and Lesa Jordan, assistant professor of nursing and director of the transnational nursing program originally planned their trip to Manila, Philippines to meet with AB's affiliate Arellano University Administration in the international nursing program to go over the program's parameters as well as to meet with embassy officials.
Currently, AB is exploring the program for options. After starting the program in 2010, 14 students have completed their degrees in international nursing. This purpose of the program is to prepare students to be licensed as professional nurses in the United States and other areas of the world. Arellano students who enroll in the program complete the first three years of their work in Manila, with the opportunity to complete the last phase of their education on AB's campus.
Regarding the international commute, Propst says, "You can't possibly make the connection without the travel."
Through this partnership, students are admitted to AU under AB's admissions standards and must maintain AB's academic standards in order to remain in the program. Arellano University is a practical match, because like AB it has a rich history in nursing and in addition has the oldest and largest baccalaureate nursing program in the Philippines.
Even after the typhoon hit Tacloban, the trip was scheduled to go on as planned, seizing the opportunity to help aid those affected by the disaster. AB presented the donation to Samaritana, a women's home in Manila that AB made connections with through Philippi Baptist Church.
Debbie Mulneix, a member of Philippi Baptist Church, who was doing mission work with Samaritana helped facilitate the typhoon relief donation. According to Propst, the collecting money came as a secondary goal but made a big impact.
With an exchange rate of 44 pesos to one U.S. dollar, the $300 donation converts to 13,280 pesos. One kilo of rice is priced at about $35. With the contribution about 400 kilos of rice were purchased to feed typhoon survivors.