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by July 25 for a July 30 publication.
|Fall 2014 Faculty & Staff Opening Event|
Make plans to attend the Fall 2014 Faculty and Staff Opening Meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 in Blount Chapel. During the meeting, new faculty and staff will be introduced and pinned. The meeting will also mark the end of the 2009-14 Strategic Plan and kick-off the 2020 plan.
If you are a new member of our faculty or staff, please plan on sitting close to the front of the chapel.
The schedule for the day is available by clicking here.
|Become a Mentor|
The athletics department is in the process of revamping its Faculty Athletic Mentor Program (FAM) and they are looking for mentors. The department is looking for mentors who:
• are interested in the integration of student-athletes and academics
• believe that athletics play an integral role in the mission of the college, and that athletic participation is meaningful and valuable
• will provide another resource for our student-athletes as they balance achieving success in academics and athletics
• will be a person student-athletes and coaches can contact with academic questions
• will attend team practice(s) and/or game(s) when possible
If you are interested in becoming a FAM, email academic committee chair Patrick Henry. If there is a particular sport you would like to mentor, please include that in your email. If you have previously expressed interest in mentoring with a coach or the athletics director, please get in touch with Patrick.
The program will officially begin with a brief session before the opening of fall sports.
|Summer Series of Something|
Wrapping up the annual Summer Series of Something (Triple S) is Assistant Professor of Art Lee Sandstead with a presentation on Preserving Memory in Art and Travel. Sandstead will speak on Thursday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.
When Sandstead, an art historian, started traveling to Europe in his early 20s, he did what most of us do - take pictures. But after looking at the pictures from his first adventure abroad he knew that he could do better in not only preserving the myriad of different experiences, but he could also do better artistically. Ever since, Lee's photography has been crucial to not only his memory, but what and how he remembers his trip. Lee will first discuss the use of memory in art in the late 1800s, which is quite considerable, and then discuss his own photography.
|Parke Resigns as Men's Basketball Coach|
Men's Basketball Head Coach Matt Parke has resigned, effective July 30. Parke's wife, Liz, was offered a position to get her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Hawaii and the two will be moving to Honolulu next month.
"It is with a heavy heart that I step down as Averett's head coach to move with my wife as she pursues this new opportunity," Parke said. "When we moved here four years ago, Liz made a huge sacrifice for me by putting her career on hold. Earlier this year, we decided that she would pursue her doctorate to further her career. There are very few universities that offer the program she is seeking and Hawaii happens to be one of them."
To read the rest of the story, visit the athletics website by clicking here.
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Recent Graduates Find Success
Two recent standout student-athletes, Allison and Sarah Sparks class of 2014, have hit the ground running with their education degrees.
Allison has accepted a third grade math and science position at Cluster Springs Elementary School in Halifax County. Sarah has accepted a sixth grade math position at Central Academy Middle School in Fincastle. Both are from Ruffin, N.C. We wish them the best!
Alumnus Recognized for Dedication
Averett alumnus and former Cougars baseball player Chad Wright '02 won a national contest to represent the Washington Nationals this past week at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as part of the MLB/People Magazine All-Star Teachers program presented by Target. To read the full story, click here.