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|Welcoming Back our Students|
Let's show our new and returning students how much we care!
Pick up a "Welcome Back Students" lawn sign from the Schoolfield House Booksellers and show our students your support.
|Save the Date for New Employee Orientation|
New employee orientation is set for Friday, August 16 from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. The program will begin in the Grousbeck Music Center with a continental breakfast. Invitations to all new University employees will be sent to their email addresses.
Orientation for new employees is a great time for new faculty and staff to learn about the University as well as the services and opportunities available. Contact Kathie Tune at ext. 17106 for additional information.
|Coffee Talk: History United|
Danville Regional Foundation history interns, Amelia Grabowski, Katherine Bennett and Evelyn Riley will present their research on "History United," a multi-faceted approach to telling a diverse and inclusive history of the Dan River Region. Join us for their program this Thursday, July 25, 3 p.m., at Blount Library.
Please mark your calendars also for Sept. 26, at 11:15 a.m., when journalist Emma Edmunds will discuss history of the civil rights movement related to her new exhibit: "Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963." The exhibit will be on display at Blount Library Aug. 18 through Nov. 15. For more information about upcoming Coffee Talks click here.
|Fun Event at VIR|
Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is an internationally known racing resort in our own backyard and they are offering a special discount to the Averett family for attending the 24-hour ChumpCar race on Sunday, Aug. 11. Register by Aug. 1 to take advantage of the special discounted price of $10 per ticket (which also includes a BBQ dinner). Order online here and use the code CCAU2013.
|Summer Series of Something|
Our last Summer Series of Something event has been postponed until October. Please stay tuned for more information at a later date.
|Learn Best Practices for Teaching Online|
Are you interested in teaching online? Participate in "Best Practices for Facilitating Online Courses," a three-week, asynchronous online seminar facilitated via Moodle by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. This seminar gives you not only a great foundation for effective online teaching, but also the opportunity to experience an online course from a student's perspective. Participants learn best practices for teaching online, including applying the theory of andragogy to online teaching strategies, exploring online learning theories and student-centered teaching and enhancing student engagement. Offered monthly, the next seminar starts Aug. 5; click here to register.
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On behalf of the New Student Orientation Team I would like to thank the entire university for your support and work to help make our summer orientation programs such a success!
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Devlopment
|Hawkins to Sign Book|
Main Street Coffee Emporium is hosting a book-signing for Dr. Ralph Hawkins on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hawkins will be signing copies of his new book, "Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul."
In this volume, Hawkins and Dr. Richard Parrott provide a practical leadership guide with proven steps. They tell the stories of King Saul's leadership missteps and connect those stories with the challenges facing today's leaders. In our current climate of rapid change, intense competition, and moral relativism, you will find valuable advice that will give your leadership a firm foundation. To purchase the book, click here.
The admissions office would like to congratulate Janet Schwalenberg, associate director of admissions, on her marriage to Abdelghani Ezzat on Friday, July 19. The couple was married in a small ceremony in Fairfax. Janet would like to thank her admissions family for their support leading up to her happy day.
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|AU Student Spotlight|
The Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has a Student Spotlight program. Each month, the academic advisors pick a student from each campus and have the student answer a few questions about his or her experience here at Averett.
Meet Bridget Crusan, a BBA student who anticipates graduating in April 2015.
What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
I am motivated by my desire for career advancement and a bigger salary. I have worked as an administrative assistant for more than 18 years. It is a very demanding job and companies would add more responsibility without any increase in pay. I decided I needed a change, and in order to advance with any company I needed to get a degree. I have been promoted twice with my current company because I was in the process of earning a degree here at Averett!
What do you most like about your degree program?
The best part of the GPS Program is the accelerated bachelor of business administration degree. As a working adult, it can take twice as long to achieve a degree and Averett has found a system that allows you to gain the same degree as a traditional college student without spending 15 plus weeks in class.
What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Time management is the key to succeeding in college. Learning how to manage your time each day to accomplish each week's objectives for the class is extremely important. I use this formula for every hour in class - spend a half hour outside of class on assignments.
In Her Own Words
Tamara L. Owens '06 is a BBA graduate who is returning to AU to complete her MBA. The GPS Program has made a huge impact on Tamara. Below, she tells her story in her own words.
I just wanted to take a moment and let you all know how important Averett's adult education program has been to me. There have been a few changes in my life since graduating with my BBA. I was a lifelong student, but due to many life changes I had never finished my degree. I had lots of credit hours, but no "paper."
Upon learning of Averett's accelerated learning program, I enrolled and finally reached the end goal of attaining my degree. I was fortunate to have had success in many areas, but nothing like what I am experiencing now. Since earning my degree, I am eligible for many positions that would have been closed to me before. If returning to 'traditional' college courses had been my only option, I am not sure I would have returned to school.
I am now the program site manager on a contract for the government. I have a total of 461 employees for which I provide oversight - seven departmental managers, 26 supervisors, five administrative personnel, and 423 employees at different levels reporting to them. This success would have never been possible without the opportunity which Averett provided.
Now, I want to go forward and receive my MBA through Averett, even at my advanced career stage, I am excited about the opportunities that are ahead of me!