201430
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.

201429
Early in July, Assistant Art Professor Lee Sandstead rode his bicycle 28 miles to the summit of Mt. Evans in Colorado. Mt. Evans is the highest "autopass" in all of North America and the subject of numerous landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902).

But there was much more for Sandstead in Colorado than the mere physical aspects of climbing. Mt. Evans was originally called Mt. Rosalie and named by Bierstadt after his mistress. In the early 1860s, Bierstadt traveled with several companions to the Rocky Mountains in search of pictorial ideas. In 1863 he conducted numerous sketches of the peak and surrounding area, and in 1866 he completed "A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie." Rosalie Osborne was Bierstadt's traveling companion's wife. After a brief affair with Bierstadt, Rosalie left her husband and married Bierstadt in 1866. The painting named in her honor remains to this day an American masterpiece and is owned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Climbing huge mountain passes has often been considered the "heart and soul" of cycling, and for many amateur cyclists, these giant climbs are the pinnacle of achievement and fitness. For Sandstead, climbing Mt. Evans represents the perfect blend of grand adventure, physical fitness, American history, gorgeous scenery and art that he has loved so much since hiking the Camino de Santiago.

201429
Please join the University on Tuesday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Jut's Café as we welcome Dr. Tim Fulop, our new vice president for academic affairs and student success. In addition to welcoming the newest member of our family, take this opportunity to cool off with some ice cream.

201428
Adjunct Instructor Kim McMurtry published a book review of "The Instructional Design Knowledge Base: Theory, Research, and Practice" by Rita C. Richey, James D. Klein and Monica W. Tracey in the May 2014 issue of "TechTrends." Read the full article here.

201428
Just wanted everyone to know that my radiation and chemo treatments have finished, and I'm recovering well. Still have hair! Now that my stamina is getting better, and we know there are no more summer treatments, Linda and I are working on travel plans.

Thanks for all the cards, emails, prayers, and good wishes,

Steve L.

201425
Robbie Hendrix '10 began his career at Averett as a student. Once he graduated, he was hired as a records specialist in the registrar's office, and from there he was lured to Averett Central as a student services coordinator. We have been fortunate enough to once again coax him back to the registrar's office as an academic evaluator. Please stop by and welcome Robbie back to the registrar's office!

201425
Sherry Phelps '13 has been promoted from assistant to associate registrar. Sherry has been with the registrar's office since 2006. Last year, she earned her MBA at Averett. Please stop by and congratulate Sherry when you are in Averett Central!

201423
To the Carrington Autism Resource Center,
On behalf of the Autism Awareness 5K, I would like to thank you so much for your generous sponsorship! With your help, we were able to raise over $45,000 for the Autism Education Fund.

Kendra Moser
Support Services of Virginia

201420
Robbie Hendrix '10, switchboard operator and student services coordinator, will be performing in "Shrek the Musical" when it takes the stage at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) later this month. Hendrix will be playing multiple roles in this production, but his lead role will be Pinocchio. The show will run May 29, 30 and 31; and June 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The show starts at 7 p.m. during the week and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $15 and are on sale at The Artisan Center in Uptown Martinsville and in the PHCC switchboard office at Patrick Henry Community College or by calling (276) 638-8777. Visit the show's Facebook page for more information by clicking here.

201420
Thank you to everyone who helped in any and every way to make Spring Reunion 2014 extra special for the 20 ladies who attended. For some of them it was their first time on campus in 50 years! They cried tears of joy about the quality of their weekend. I'd especially like to thank Aramark and Bon Appétit for all the work they did around preparing for graduation.

Dan Hayes, alumni director

201420
Head Softball Coach Bren LaFlamme Taylor, and her husband, Adam Taylor, welcomed Ava Lynn Taylor into this world on April 22 at 8:16 a.m. She weighed 6lbs and 14ozs and was 19 inches long. Despite being a month early, both mom and baby are very healthy and doing well!

201419
Last Wednesday (April 30), the University's Women's Leadership Circle (WLC) awarded the inaugural Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award to Dr. Tiffany Franks. Congratulations, Dr. Franks!

The Women's Leadership Circle honors Averett's history as a women's college. It recognizes our tradition of empowering women and challenges other women to support and mentor the next generation of female students. If you would like to join the WLC, please contact Debbie Flinn for more information.

201419
Congratulations to the following faculty members who received tenure at the April Board of Trustees meeting:
Hank Dempsey, assistant professor, aeronautics
Dr. Michelle Liu, associate professor; physical education, wellness & sport science
Patrick Wasley, assistant professor, archivist, humanities librarian

Congratulations also to those faculty members receiving promotions:
Virginia "Ginger" Henderson to associate professor
Dr. Simona Kragh to associate professor
Dr. Anne Lewis to professor
Dr. Michelle Liu to associate professor
Dr. Marvin "Jimmy" Turner to associate professor

Thank you, faculty, for all that you do to grow professionally and to provide a top-notch education to Averett students.

201418
The Student Government Association would like to thank Dan Hayes, Jillian Gourley, Kyle Patterson, Kendall Ratliffe, Christine Thompson and Lisa Stewart for graciously volunteering as dealers at their casino-themed formal on Saturday, April 26.

They also want to acknowledge Daniel Jones, Robert Watlington and Lesley Villarose for their support during the event.

This year's formal was a huge success and couldn't have been possible without your assistance and support!

201418
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Hughes, Jim Verdini and Dr. Patrick Wasley, winners of the 2014 JeopardBee in support of Project Literacy!

Founded by the late Nancy Jiranek, former reading teacher and "true champion of literacy," this worthy program has found a new home at West Main Baptist Church.

Project Literacy welcomes Averett students and employees as volunteer tutors. To get involved or make a donation, contact Ann Smithwick at ann.smithwick@hotmail.com.

201417
Exciting news from Richmond! The Innsbrook campus now has a lovely sign denoting where the GPS Program offers classes. Says Melissa Anderson, regional director of enrollment, "The transformation is complete, and we love it! It's a great day to be an Averett Cougar! We are so proud to have our name displayed in Innsbrook."

201416
Dr. Mary Vanderlinden, dean of student success, was recently elected to the board of directors as treasurer for North Carolina Pet Partners. North Carolina Pet Partners is part of an international organization dedicated to community outreach and training animal/human teams to provide a variety of therapy activities to people of all ages.

201416
Dr. Pam Riedel, education professor, has created a restricted fund to help education majors who want to travel to Wales in May as part of the department's partnership with the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Students who travel to Wales spend two weeks as teacher assistants at the Model School there at the university. For more information about the restricted fund, or to contribute to it, please contact Pam at pamela.riedel@averett.edu or ext. 15744.

201414
Husband-and-wife team Rebecca Raab and Lee Sandstead traveled through England over Christmas, and now, Lee is presenting his research and photography to various groups in Danville as part of his outreach series.

This past Thursday Lee led a talk about the trip at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. "To date, my journey to England is the greatest adventure through history and culture that I have been on."

His next two outreach talks will be:
* Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., at Ballou Park Recreation Center, "Hiking 600 Miles through France, Portugal and Spain for Art-Part I." It is free and open to the public.

* Tuesday, April 29, 11 a.m.-12p.m., at Ballou Park Recreation Center, "Hiking 600 Miles through France, Portugal and Spain for Art-Part II." It is free and open to the public.

201414
Alumnus and Assistant Athletic Trainer Thomas Underwood '08 has been named head athletic trainer. Thomas has worked at Averett since September 2011. Congratulations, Thomas! For the full story, click here.

201414
Dr. Carrie Hendrick, head athletic trainer, has been selected as the new director of the athletic training program beginning July 1. Carrie has served as the University's athletic trainer since July 2013. Congratulations, Carrie! To read more about her new role, click here to read the story on the athletics website.

201414
Dr. Lee Burton, professor in the physical education, wellness and sport science department and director of the athletic training program, will be transitioning to a new role within the University. Starting in July he will take on a consulting and instructional role with the athletic training program as sports medicine scholar in residence. To read more about the upcoming change, click here.

201413
On Monday, Sam Ferguson '97, our annual fund director, was named director of athletics at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He will begin his new career in west Texas on May 1 and will work his last day at Averett on April 25. We wish Sam the best as he begins this new adventure in his life.

201413
It is with deep regret that we announce Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, is leaving Averett as our full-time instructional technologist as of March 28 to devote her time to her doctoral studies. Kim is willing to provide professional development for new online instructors, and you will be hearing more about that in the future. All of Kim's materials will continue to be available on the intranet under instructional technology. Kim has done an outstanding job at Averett, and we wish her every success.

Between March 28 and the end of the semester, if you have a specific question about instructional technology, Dr. Aimee Brenner has graciously offered to answer your questions. Since she is teaching and observing student teachers in the schools, please leave her a phone or email message if she's not in – (434) 791-5048 or abrenner@averett.edu. Any classroom technology-related issues should be directed to the IT helpdesk.

If you have a specific need for instructional technology workshops during the summer, please contact Dr. Janet Laughlin (434) 791-5630 or jlaughlin@averett.edu.

201413
Congratulations to Philip Wilson '13, who has been named head coach of the men's soccer team. Philip has been with Averett since 2011 as the assistant coach. Read the full announcement on the athletics website by clicking here.

201411
Lee Sandstead, assistant professor of art, was one of two guest speakers at Marymount University in Arlington last week. James Percoco, an inductee to the National Teacher's Hall of Fame and director of education for the new WWII Memorial in Washington D.C., spoke along with Lee. Lee and James discussed monuments and memory from the American Revolution and Civil War.

"It's opportunities like these that can really help Averett," said Lee. "Through my new contact, James Percoco, Averett students have an open invitation to go behind the scenes of the WWII Memorial as lead by a master educator."

Lee is currently exploring options for a trip to National Mall this fall, if you have any students who might be interested, please contact him via email at lsandste@averett.edu.

201410
Assistant Professor of Art Lee Sandstead has always been an advocate for reaching out to the community. From 2009-2011, Lee hosted up to 18 members of the community in his art-history classes. Called the "OWLS" (Older, Wiser, Learners), these students went through the entire art-history series of five classes.

Now, Lee is partnering with the Danville Recreation Department, he will be giving six art-history classes to the community at the Ballou Park Recreation Center.

"This has been a great opportunity for me," said Lee. "Not only do I get to reach out to the community, but I get to see many familiar faces."

His first talk was Thursday, Feb. 27, and he will be giving five more throughout the year. For more information, please contact Lee at lee@sandstead.com.

201410
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English/journalism, has an article in this month's Blue Ridge Country magazine. The two-page article is titled "Sadie: The Bird, Bug and (Mostly) Baseball Dog." The article is about Sadie's ability to sniff and track down baseballs at Dan Daniel Park and along the Riverwalk Trail. This past year, from June 1 to mid-November, Sadie found 89 baseballs. Click here to read the article.

201408
Dr. David Rosenberg, professor of psychology, will give a free presentation on "Complementary and Alternative Healthcare: An Introduction to Energy Medicine" Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ballou Park Recreation Center (lower level). The program will focus on strategies for being more grounded and stress-free. A boxed lunch may be ordered in advance for $6 by calling 434-766-6650 or email cllitzenberg@vcu.edu; attendees may also bring their own lunch if they prefer. The presentation is open to everyone.

The program is part of the popular Keeping Well in Mind, Body & Spirit Series for those concerned with cancer prevention and survivorship. It is brought to the Dan River Region by the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in partnership with Danville Parks & Recreation, and with the support of Danville's Cancer Task Force.

201407
Dr. Jill Hamlin, director of autism studies, has been invited to serve on the board for the Virginia Autism Council. Congratulations, Jill!

She also serves on The Arc of Southside Board with Dan Hayes and Dr. Susan Huckstep.

201406
Congratulations to Dr. Carrie Hendrick, who will assume the position of director of athletic training in the fall, and will be a full-time faculty member. Carrie is currently our head athletic trainer.

We also congratulate Dr. Lee Burton whose business has grown so successfully that he finds himself needing more time there. We are so grateful that he will remain affiliated with Averett and will spend time with students in the program several hours a week.

201406
Head Volleyball Coach Danny Miller '91, '95 has been promoted to associate director of athletics. He has been the assistant director of athletics for compliance and operations since 2009. Congratulations, Danny! To read the rest of the story on the athletics website, please click here.

201403
Faculty and staff are invited to a special presentation by students in the equestrian studies department at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The students who traveled to Vechta, Germany this past December will present short reflection pieces on varying aspects of their course work and travels while abroad.

201403
Mitzi Riddle, coordinator of conferences, camps, and special events, will be leaving Averett as of Jan. 20. She has accepted a position with the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce. Please stop by Mitzi's office, Student Center 421, to wish her well!

201402
Beginning this month, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will be exhibiting the artwork of Robert Marsh, art professor at Averett for more than 40 years. Faculty and staff are warmly invited to attend the free opening reception sponsored by the University on Friday, Jan. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit, "Robert Marsh: Drawings and Paintings," will be on display through March 9. For the museum's hours and ticket prices, visit its website at www.danvillemuseum.org and then click on visitor information.

201350
Thank you to the Averett community for helping make the Special Olympics Fall Fun Day a huge success! The athletics department hosted more than 100 Special Olympic Athletes at the Grant Center on Thursday, Nov. 21. Each athlete was paired up with an AU athlete to complete various stations that were being run by the different sports teams.

Articles on the event can be found at:
Danville Register & Bee

WSET Ch. 13

Danville City TV

201350
I want to thank everyone who signed a card for my Nanny's 90th birthday. I collected 90 birthday cards from Averett for her birthday, which fell Thanksgiving Day. She was so excited and overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who took the time to sign a card for her. It was truly a day to be thankful.

Sincerely,
Sandy Isom and family

201348
The equestrian studies intercollegiate riding teams are supporting the Free Clinic of Danville as part of their community service this year. On Nov. 15, the teams gathered to make "healthcare" themed ornaments to decorate the Free Clinic Christmas tree as part of a fundraiser being held at the Institute. Show your support for the Free Clinic (and the artistic talents of the ES teams!) by going to the Institute and voting for the Free Clinic Tree. The non-profit with the most votes gets all of their money and 25 percent of the total raised. This is a good cause and a good excuse to look at some pretty trees!

201348
Janet Schwalenberg-Ezzat, associate director of admissions, will be leaving Averett as of Nov. 27. Please stop by the admissions office and say goodbye. She will be joining her new husband near Richmond. We wish her well!

201347
Assistant dean of students Marsha Foster has been selected to present one of the featured workshops at the Virginia Student Services Conference. Foster and her co-presenter Stacy Ballinger, Director of Calling and Career at Lee University, will be presenting on strengths-based leadership and development.

201347
Mark Nickens will teach at the Allahabad Bible Seminary, Allahabad, India, during the week of Thanksgiving. While there, he will visit Varanasi. The Ganges River flows through Varanasi and is the place where many Hindus go to worship, bathe (for the purposes of karma), or even have their ashes scattered after cremation. He will also visit Sarnath. This is the location of the first sermon by the Buddha which basically began Buddhism.

201347
Brad Bass, artist in residence in the Theatre department, will be performing in "Forever Plaid Tidings" at The Prizery in South Boston. Brad will perform the role of Sparky. Songs from the show include “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The show will be performed December 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14, 15, 18, 21, and 22 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from The Prizery box office at 434-572-8339, or online at www.prizery.com.

201346
Bill Woodward, Averett’s Dean of Students, now has three new letters after his name: Ph.D.

Bill recently earned his doctorate in Educational Studies: Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

His dissertation is entitled “Qualitative Exploration of Mattering and Belonging in the Transfer Student Experience.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bill!

201345
Words cannot describe how much your flowers, cards, phone calls and emails have meant to me while I have been home recovering from surgery. Each of you holds a dear place in my heart. I am so thankful to work with a team that cares so much for one of its own. I am hopeful to be back soon. Thank you all again for your thoughtfulness.

Tammy Wall, senior accountant

201345
Randell Fultman, institutional research analyst, will be leaving Averett to return to Dallas, Texas. His last day will be Nov. 15. Please stop by Randell's office, Main 10, to wish him well!

201344
During the first week of October global leadership expert Mike Markovits , Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, was on campus visiting several classes and giving talks on leadership to various groups. Markovits is a former vice president of leadership at IBM, and currently works as a partner with AchieveMission, where he is responsible for consulting services.

On Oct. 1 Markovits gave an outstanding talk to a large crowd of faculty, students and citizens of Danville and surrounding areas. His talk focused on the six key attributes of leadership.

*Pictured left to right are: Woodrow Wilson Scholar Mike Markovits; Dr. Sholpan Gaisina, our visiting Fulbright Scholar from KIMEP University in Kazakhstan; and Dr. Michael Parsons, associate vice president of the GPS Program and a Fulbright Scholar.

201344
On Saturday, Oct. 19, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Marsha Foster facilitated team building initiatives and leadership learning for local high school students participating in the Junior Leadership program through the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce. Junior Leadership is a skills building program for local high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Participants meet monthly to build skills in leadership, communication and business development.

Foster is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Southside XIX.

201344
Robbie Hendrix '10, student services coordinator, will be performing in "Purlie the Musical" Nov. 6-10 at Patrick Henry Community College. Hendrix will play the part of Charlie. Also performing in the production is Averett alumnus Walter Bondurant '94, '10 who is playing the part of Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Patrick Henry Community College switchboard at 276-638-8777. More information is available at the musical's Facebook page, which can be found here.

201344
Meg Stevens, our new athletics director, has a nice write up about her in the Fall 2013 issue of the NCAA Champions magazine. You can find the article by clicking here and then going to page 79.

201343
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English/journalism communications, just published his twenty-fifth monthly column, "Vultures: The Creepy Scavengers on the Riverwalk Trail," in Sunday's Danville Register & Bee. Hoffman's column, entitled "The Beauty of Nature," appears on the third Sunday of each month. The column includes nature photographs and stories about his daily walks on the trail with his English setter, Sadie. To read this past Sunday's story, click here.

201343
Mavis Brantley-Lloyd, administrative assistant for the athletics department and the department of physical education, wellness and sport science, will be performing in the Little Theatre of Danville, Inc.'s production of "Steel Magnolias." Mavis will play the part of M'Lynn Eatenton, the mother of Shelby.

The play will be performed Oct. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and may be purchased at The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Rippe's, Karen's Hallmark, Amburn & Co. Salon & Spa or online at www.danvillelittletheatre.org.

201342
A farewell reception for Dr. Metta Alsobrook, director of institutional research and effectiveness, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Jut's Café. Metta has worked at the University since 2011. Join us for light refreshments as we wish her well!

201341
We are so pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Canady, assistant professor of history, is now chair of the Honors Program. Congratulations, Andrew!

Please refer students who may be interested in the Honors Program to Andrew.

201341
We are sad to announce that Dr. Metta Alsobrook, our director of institutional research and effectiveness, is leaving Averett effective Oct. 22. Metta and her family will be moving to Phoenix where she will be working for the University of Phoenix as their director of assessment. We will miss her and wish her well.

201341
Dear Averett Family,
Thank you for the beautiful flowers and the numerous expressions of support received during the loss of my brother, Robert Woodall, Jr.

I am extremely grateful to work with such wonderful people.

Sincerely,
Karen Ward

201340
Thank you so much to everyone who made Homecoming a huge success. I am definitely not the only one who plans this event, it takes a combined effort of the whole University to make Homecoming come together. Thank you for the part you played.

If for some reason you missed out this year, go ahead and plan now for Homecoming 2014, Oct. 17-19.

Dan Hayes, alumni director

201339
Marty Jackson, senior student financial services counselor, has been promoted to assistant director of student financial services for the traditional program. Congratulations, Marty!

201335
The offices in student life would like to thank all those who helped with new student orientation as well as move-in days for all of students. We had a successful move-in and orientation for our new and returning students!

201334
Joe Franks, Dr. Franks' husband, has retired from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C. after 30 years of teaching and coaching. The school plans to name the football field at Jamieson Stadium in his honor. To read an article about Joe's retirement in the Greensboro News & Record, please click here.

Congratulations, Joe! We look forward to seeing you around campus more.

201334
Dr. Tiffany Franks, University president, has been appointed to the Virginia Advisory Board for American National Bank and Trust Company. She is one of 21 community leaders selected from across the bank's four Virginia regions. The advisory board serves the bank as a core group of community liaisons who provide feedback on bank strategies and advice on the relevance of various products and services. Congratulations, Dr. Franks!

201333
Special thanks to Pat Bowman, Peggy Wright and Kim McMurtry for giving up their evenings to paint whiteboards on the walls of Bishop, Danville and Grant classrooms! The IT department appreciates you!

201332
Marietta Sanford, director of academic services for the GPS Program, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for the Downtown Danville Association. Congratulations, Marietta!

Founded in 1999, the Downtown Danville Association is a registered non-profit, established with the goal of promoting and advocating for the city’s traditional core downtown area. It currently has nearly one hundred members from across the city and the region.

201331
Congratulations to Feleta Morton, associate registrar, who has been selected to represent Averett University, as a member of Leadership Southside XX.

Leadership Southside is a leadership development program that connects participants with community business leaders through interactive seminars and community projects. The program is co-sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

Feleta will join a wonderful class of alumni who have graduated from the Leadership Southside program and who continue to represent Averett in the region. Leadership Southside alumni are: Sam Ferguson, Donna Benz, Katherine Pappas, Petrina Carter, Marietta Sanford, Jennifer Robinson and Marsha Foster.

201330
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.

201330
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.

201330
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!

Lesley Villarose
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Devlopment

201329
My family and I would like to thank you all for the beautiful cards, emails, phone calls, flowers and most importantly your prayers during the recent loss of my Dad. The outpouring of support and the blessings from prayers have helped us so very much. Please continue to remember us in your prayers that God's comfort will continue to embrace us.

Brenda Wilcox
Operations manager at the Flight Center

201329
Back in May, we had to say goodbye to Dr. Stuart Jones. Now, we must say goodbye to his wife, Terri, as she leaves the AU family to join Stuart in Indiana. Please join us on Monday, July 22 from 3-4 p.m. in the break room on Main Hall's first floor (down the hall from Averett Central) to wish her well.

201329
The spring 2013 issue of "The Journal of Applied Learning Technology" features an article by Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist. The article, which is entitled "Designing Online Training for Faculty New to Online Teaching," explains the design of an online training seminar in best practices for facilitating online courses based on the constructivist instructional design model of Morrison, Ross, Kalman and Kemp.

201326
Danny Miller '91, '95; Joel Nester '00, '12; James Thurnes '07, '12; and Bren LaFlamme '98 played in the Greenberg/Overcash/Heard Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by the Danville Speech and Hearing Center June 14. The AU foursome finished third in the 15-team tournament.

It was an honor for these alumni to play and place in memory of Dr. Betty Heard, professor emeritus of English and a long-time supporter of the tournament. They would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gail Allen, who supported and participated in the tournament in Betty's stead.

201326
Donna Benz, senior admissions counselor, has taken a new position. Starting in August, she will be serving as the area director for apartment living - coordinator of summer residential programs/staff development and training. Congratulations, Donna!

201326
Please join us this afternoon (Wednesday, June 26) from 3-4 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center as we say goodbye to Rowland Tolliver '07, '12.

*Please note the change in venue.

201325
After many years of learning and service to Averett, it is time to say goodbye to Rowland Tolliver '07, '12. Rowland acquired both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Averett along with serving in the residence life office. During his five years of service to student life/residence life, he has made major contributions to our residential program, as well as intramural sports and our residential summer programs. He will be missed!

Please join us for a farewell reception in Jut's Café on Wednesday, June 26 from 3-4 p.m. Drop in, share a story and say goodbye.

201325
Please accept our appreciation for your thoughtfulness during our time of grief. The beautiful plant will serve as a reminder of our mother, Mary Ann Bowman, who passed away on May 23. Mom always loved her flowers and gardening; she was especially fond of the brilliant blue blooms of the hydrangea.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Sincerely,

Pat Bowman and family

201324
A dozen members of the Averett staff completed the Campus CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training on June 5. The training was led by Al Smith, the CERT outreach coordinator for the city of Danville. During the 24 hours of training over three weeks, the participants learned about a variety of topics relating to emergency response protocols. The last class was a live simulation exercise in which the members of the training class were able to put the information they learned into practice.

This was the first training session of this kind to be offered on campus. Plans are being made to offer this training in the fall semester to others. Once the dates have been set, notices will go out to all faculty and staff with information on how to register.

201324
Drew Wilson, sports information director, and his wife, Heather, have welcomed a baby girl into their family. Caroline Ruth was born on Tuesday, June 4 at 8:21 p.m. Congratulations, Drew!

201323
The academic journal "Christian Higher Education" has published a book review by Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, of "Best Practices of Online Education: A Guide for Christian Higher Education," edited by Mark A. Maddix, James R. Estep and Mary E. Lowe. Read it in the current issue here.

201321
We will be saying goodbye to Dr. Stuart Jones on Tuesday, May 28 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Averett Central. Please take a few minutes to stop by and wish him well in his new endeavors.

201321
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English/journalism, has received the 2013 Saint Francis of Assisi Animal Friends Award from the Danville Area Humane Society. He was presented the award for providing awareness of local wildlife in the Danville area through his photographs taken on Danville's Riverwalk Trail and his monthly column "The Beauty of Nature," in the Danville Register & Bee. Congratulations, David!

201321
Members of Aramark's grounds keeping, maintenance and housekeeping departments spent part of their day Tuesday, May 14 representing the University as part of Danville's Make Danville Shine campaign for the month of May. The group gathered at the corner of Colquhoun and Jefferson streets, picking up litter all the way to Holbrook Avenue. They also picked up trash at Doyle Thomas Park. Way to go everyone!

201320
Meet Mary Leaf, who is an MBA student. Mary anticipates completing the program in August and graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my MBA degree is centered on working towards my true potential and to advance my knowledge of business, which will offer numerous positions of professional advancement. Overall I am motivated knowing that I can achieve great things as long as I am willing to work for it.

What do you like best about Averett's GPS Program?
Averett's GPS Program is structured one class at a time, and because of this I can put all of my attention into the subject matter at hand thus getting the most out of each course. Also, belonging to a study group, we each have our moment in the spotlight and have built relationships that I hope will last long after we complete the program.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Tip: Take it as it comes, focus on the task and assignment at hand and move forward.

201320
Meet Kristina Jones, a BBA student. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is a personal goal that I set for myself before graduating from high school. I want my children, family and friends to experience and actually watch how a goal is transformed into reality as you stay focused on it.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The Averett GPS Program has allowed me to accomplish the largest goal of my life, while continuing to be successful as a mother, grandmother and employee. The research and knowledge that I have gained through this program has enhanced my skill level and business knowledge. I have been able to apply these skills in every aspect of my life.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Don't give up! The mountain that stands before you is truly a mole hill, there are going to be times you feel very overwhelmed and feel like "I can't do this anymore, this is just too much." When you start to feels those emotions, step back and think about the real reason you started this program, pick up the phone and call a teammate that you know will encourage you to continue to push forward. The greatest reward you will receive is the feeling of accomplishment you have when you walk across that stage with family and friends watching as you collect your degree.

201320
Rebecca Warren, IT technician, recently placed 3rd overall at the Danville Art League Member's Only Show. A reception was held at American National Bank on Sunday, April 21. The judge's critique of her photograph, "The Pillar of Hercules," states "The linear appeal of this image invites the eye to move through and be caught in an eddy around the sphere-like architectural detail. The image's asymmetrical nature strikes an unlikely tranquility between movement and stasis, which is enhanced by its attention to monochromatic color and textures."

Rebecca is pictured with her dad, Bill Hudson, a 1973 alumnus of Averett.

201320
It's never easy to let our family members move away - especially when they have meant so much to the University. Please join us on Tuesday, May 28, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Averett Central as we say goodbye to Dr. Stuart Jones and wish him well in his new endeavors.

201319
Meet Felipe Cantu, a BBA student. He will graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation in obtaining a BBA is to diversify my résumé and workforce experience. I also wanted to set an example for my four children. I look forward to having them attend graduation in December.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I enjoy the versatility of class lecture setting and an online educational experience.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Take advantage of rotating teams at least three or more occasions during your GPS experience. Learn from and encourage one another!

201319
Meet Melissa Skunca, a MBA student who anticipates graduating next spring.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation to return and obtain my MBA is to further my career and have the necessary credits to become a licensed CPA.

What do you most like about your degree program?
What I like most about the program is the team atmosphere. It is wonderful to have your teammates around to pick you up when you feel like you cannot keep going forward.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
One tip for my fellow class mates is to breathe. It is challenging to juggle full-time work, family and school, but you can succeed!

201319
Drs. Janet Curley and Mary Condon were selected to present a poster titled "Create explicit values-based grading rubrics" at the National League for Nursing Education Summit. The selection process was competitive, with only 50 posters selected from the more than 300 abstracts received. The Education Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. Sept. 18-21.

201319
Charles Harris, executive vice president, is featured in the spring 2013 issue of the NCAA's "Champion" magazine. To read the article, please click here. He is also mentioned in another story in the magazine here.

201318
Meet Troy Bartley, a BBA student who will graduate this December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My main drive to obtain a degree is to open as many career doors as possible. Having a degree in today's society is a requirement for many careers. Not having a degree puts you at a real disadvantage and I do not want that. Another motivation to obtain my degree is my children. Like many others who have children, I want to set the example for them to emulate.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The GPS Program gives me the ability to obtain a degree while being able to provide, enjoy and care for my family. This was very important in my decision on which university to attend. I am thankful that I discovered the GPS Program here at Averett.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students? The courses are very short and the material covered is extensive, but not unbearable. You need to stay focused on your schoolwork and do it as early as you can. This alleviates all issues that will undoubtedly come if you wait until the last minute.

201318
Meet April Dovel, a MBA student who will graduate in August.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My main motivation for obtaining my degree is to be able to move into a management level in my current profession in the mental health field.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I enjoy the convenience that the MBA program offers me. I am able to maintain my full-time job while completing the program as full-time student.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Do not let self-doubt rule you.

201318
Dr. Mary Condon and Dr. Janet Curley have been selected to present a poster session at the 2013 National League for Nursing Summit held in Washington D.C. Sept. 18-21. The poster session is entitled "Create an Explicit Values-Based Clinical Evaluation Tool."

201317
Meet Patrick Shirley, a BBA student. He is on track to graduate in 2015 but is hoping with a little more hard work he can do it sooner.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is my desire to improve myself.

What do you most like about your degree program?
What I like best about Averett's GPS Program is the flexible schedule; it allows me to work towards my goal without getting overwhelmed.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
One tip that I would share for fellow classmates and future AU students is do everything possible to reduce procrastination.

201317
Meet Karen Hawthorne, a BBA student who looks forward to graduating in August.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I would say the biggest motivation for obtaining my degree is the sense of accomplishment. I started this journey 30 years ago, but due to life happening I did not finish. I started back to school in the fall of 2009. It has been a challenging time, but giving all praise to the good Lord, I am still standing and looking forward to completing my degree.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The best part of the GPS program is the program itself. In the past I have taken up to four classes at a time and it can be very difficult to keep it all straight. Although the GPS program is challenging, it is nice to only have one class at a time. My mind can focus on the task at hand and allow me to pursue my education with more precision.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
It may sound a little crazy, but my tip is to learn to breathe. This is a journey, and you must pace yourself. Take time to catch your breath. Enjoy your classmates, team members and the faculty. The goal ultimately is to finish; however, stop and smell the roses along the way. The days when it seems like you cannot go on - take a deep breath. You can do it!

201317
Jason Ferrell, who joined the University in the fall as the North Campus grounds supervisor, has been promoted to director of grounds for the University's campuses.

Jeff Hubbard has been named the customer response manager for all campuses. This promotion rolls all of his responsibilities into one function (he is the safety director, serves on the assessment advisory committee and works on the CIRT team committee).

Congratulations, gentlemen, on your promotions!

201317
Charlotte Wilson, student financial services assistant for the GPS Program, was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, April 18. Please keep Charlotte and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

201316
Meet Alex Forti, a BBA student. Alex anticipates graduating this December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
To obtain the tools to be more successful in my career, in order to better provide for my family.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I like the fact that the program is so convenient for adult learners with busy schedules.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Never give up, no matter what life throws at you.


201316
Meet Christopher Robinson who is a BBA student. He hopes to graduate from the program December 2015.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My main motivation for obtaining my degree is to better myself and obtain the knowledge and tools needed to advance within my company.

What do you like most about your degree program?
I really enjoy the group structure and the amount of knowledge that we achieve in such a short period of time. You get a lot accomplished and the professors really make sure you understand what you have learned.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
One tip that I would offer to other AU classmates is to always communicate with those who are in your groups. Communication is key to making sure you complete all of your group work in the time allocated and your overall performance in that particular class.

201316
The following student leaders were recognized Tuesday, April 2 at the Honors Banquet:

Student Leader of the Year: Jessie Henderson and Ashley Monroe
Unsung Hero: Sierra Braxton Sears and Whitney Bronson
Student Organization of the Year: Cougar Activities Board

201315
Meet Vicki Collins, a BBA student who anticipates graduating this December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Obtaining a college degree has been a long time goal. When I started back in 2008, it was the right time to make it happen. In the future, I hope it might also help me to further my career path.

What do you most like about your degree program?
Our focus is on one class at a time, which is great. Since the classes are accelerated, just about the time you are getting tired of one class (subject) you are moving onto the next class.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Do not procrastinate and wait until the last minute to do an assignment! I have found things I thought would take no time to complete have taken two to three times longer than I anticipated. Get those assignments completed early!

201315
Meet Lee Maddox, an MBA student who expects to finish his degree program next July and walk across the stage in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
For many of us, an education will serve as the foundation for our success. I am convinced that success is being prepared when opportunity presents itself. Louis Pasteur, a French chemist, once said, "Chance favors only the prepared mind."

What do you like most about your degree program?
The one night per week class schedule and the centralized location of the Innsbrook Campus are key factors that influenced me in attending Averett's GPS program.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Success stems around planning and preparation. With that being said, setting realistic goals, believing in oneself and always respecting others are words of wisdom to live by.

201315
The following students were recently elected by their peers to Student Government Association leadership positions for the 2013-2014 academic year:

President: Faran Asif
Vice President: Kayla Sanon
Treasurer: Carl Adams
Secretary: Brandi Peterson
Senators: Chad Davis and Michael Williams

As you see these student leaders on campus, please offer them your congratulations and support as they begin their planning for next year.

201314
Meet Denise Scribner, who is pursuing a BBA degree. She will graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
It's a personal goal that I never gave up on. Unfortunately, life has a way of pushing you off the path. I was determined to get back on it.

What do you like most about your degree program?
The accelerated classes fit well into my work and family life. Going to class one night a week is do-able.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Support your work study team. Being an active player makes the work load easier on everyone. Your team members will get you caught up with notes if you need to miss a class, or help you understand an assignment.


201314
Meet Amanda Cuomo, an MBA student. She expects to graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Professionally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to open up more job opportunities. If a potential job becomes available I don't want the lack of education to disqualify me. Since my introduction into the federal government I have wanted to be a director or deputy director running a branch or program. I still see that in my future. This degree will put me one step closer to that dream.
Personally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to show my children that you are the makers of your fate. When the Lord opens up opportunities for you, you don't pass them up. The Lord has been my strength throughout my life and is making this dream possible for me.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I really like that I'm in class with the same core group throughout the program. They have become my family. Also, the Averett GPS program is very similar to real life working groups. By working in a team you are able to improve on your own weaknesses by tapping into your teammates' knowledge, experience and abilities.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
The only person who can keep you from obtaining your dream is you. Don't let the naysayers shape your goals.

201314
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank everyone at Averett for the many kind expressions of sympathy and support we received since the unexpected loss of my father, Daniel F. Horne Jr. We are extremely grateful for the flowers, cards, books, and donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name. Also, I owe a special thank you to Dr. Deb DeMarey who so expertly covered numerous classes in my absence. Thank you all for your help in getting through such a difficult time.

Patti Horne

201314
Janet Roberson, registrar and military affairs officer, has been named commander of the Danville Area Veterans Council. The Council pulls together the VFW, American Legion and DAV. Please congratulate Janet when you see her. We thank you for all that you do for our veterans, Janet.

201313
Meet Tracy Williams, an MBA student. Tracy anticipates graduating in Spring 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is a personal goal of mine. It was important for me to finish what I started nearly 20 years ago. As a parent, it is equally important to me to be a role model, and encourage my children to continue their education beyond high school.

What do you most like about your degree program?
One of the things I like best about Averett's GPS Program is being in a traditional setting amongst your peers and participating in a study group. It's like having an extended family that is rooting for your success. We play off of each other's strengths and support one another throughout our group assignments.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
For my fellow classmates: when working with your study group, use each other's strengths and switch it up every now and again. This will allow others to develop in areas where they lack. For future AU students: three words, "Just do it!" I must admit I have procrastinated over the years and thought I could never return to school. However, once I set my mind to do it, I did.

201313
Meet Tim Nall, an MBA student. He expects to graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I earned my bachelor's degree in December 1994 and began working two weeks later. After working for the same company for almost 16 years and advancing through the ranks, my position was eliminated. While looking for a new career, even with my extensive background and a bachelor's degree, one question seemed to always come up and that was if I had my master's degree. With so many people in similar situations, I knew that I had to stop putting off a return to school and enrolled at Averett.

What do you like most about your degree program?
The structure: the way the program is set up at Averett makes the commitment a lot less invasive on all other aspects of one's life. With the classes only one night a week, it leaves more time for study meetings and other activities throughout the week. There are other programs out there that require attending classes every other weekend and that just would not work for me.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Rely on your team: life happens and situations will arise where work or family may require more attention than usual, so you will need to lean on your team members for assistance. I have been fortunate enough to have a great set of team members and we rely on each other whenever necessary.

201312
Meet Guy Haskins, a bachelor of business administration degree student. Guy expects to complete his degree program in September 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is further career advancement and to become more competitive in the work force.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I like the flexibility of the program because it is a perfect fit for my work schedule; I travel a lot for work.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Take full advantage of every opportunity you have to take multiple classes, do not over extend yourself, and give full participation in all group work, because team work makes things that much easier.

201312
Meet Brian Bristow '12 who is pursuing his MBA degree. Brian anticipates graduating in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I think one of the most motivating factors is success, and in that mindset, I have completed my bachelor's degree graduating summa cum laude, and currently am in the process of obtaining a master of business administration. I had intended to obtain my bachelor's while on active duty in the Corps, but as many can relate "Operational Commitment" takes precedence. Additionally, my supportive wife, family and friends assist in keeping me motivated to push forward, and yes, they do want to hear what course you're in and what you are learning.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The program works in coordination with my full time job, family, sporting events and experiences. Although there have been some compromises on social events over the years, I know that my education and degree will afford me other opportunities - like the international business course going to Ireland this year.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Sometimes you just really have to sit down and just do the work, and you may have to change your environment and habits to suit your own set of rules. Just like any undertaking that will require years of commitment, keep firmly in the forefront of your mind why you are doing it. Reward yourself each time to complete an assignment or course; these milestones are very important.

201312
Dr. Gene Steadman Jr., professor of business administration and chair of the department, will provide the Commencement address at Brunswick Community College in Supply, North Carolina on Friday, May 10. Steadman requested the honorarium for the keynote be placed in the Campus Fund Drive Scholarship account to lend tuition support to a deserving Brunswick Community College student.

201311
The battle continues...

I will be having surgery on March 26 at Duke. There are two small spots in my upper left lung (that have been tracked for several months by scans locally) that need to be removed. It looks promising - they will do a wedge resection (taking a small part of the lung) and a lymph node removal. Possibly the surgery will be followed by radiation, depending on what they find. The current estimate is 2-4 days in the hospital, followed by 4-6 weeks of recovery.

The surgery is a fairly standard procedure, and it is very encouraging that no other spots have appeared. As a bonus, I get out of the two April faculty meetings.

201311
Meet Fred Hicks, an MBA student who anticipates graduating in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree was to meet like-minded persons to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.

What do you most like about your degree program?
All of the instructors are active practitioners in their respective field, bringing real-world experience and lessons to the classroom.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Be prepared to have fun, challenge yourself, engage the content and commit to being a lifelong learner.

201311
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 Michelle Ayala, who is pursuing her bachelor of business administration degree. She expects to graduate in 2015.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Family is the most important thing to me in life, and so my motivation for obtaining my degree would be my parents. I want to make them even prouder, and someday be able to take care of them the way they have taken care of me for so many years. I love my parents and owe it all to them.

What do you most like about your degree program? My enrollment team and academic advisor, Kim Prosser, Dr. (Nancy) Atkins, and my professors have all made this a great experience. This program supports my busy schedule and I love the way everyone is always willing to work with you and help find a solution to whatever road blocks that may come up.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Obtaining a degree is the best decision anyone can make. Education is the key to having a successful future and it's never too late to go back to school. No matter what we do with the time God has given us here on earth, one thing is for sure, the time will go by. So why not do something positive with it that can better our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

201311
The Aramark staff recently spent some time at G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School in Danville. They read and acted out Dr. Seuss's "The Sneetches and Other Stories" for a group of kindergarteners. Mike and Jeff were Sneetches and Phillip was Mr. Sylvester McMondkey McBean, the story's protagonist.

201311
One of the MBA classes at Quantico celebrated the end of their two-year program by sharing dinner at Olive Garden on Feb. 27. The guest speaker was Joe Johnson (second from left), owner of the Shelf Genie franchise in the metro-Washington D.C. He spoke about the challenges of selecting a franchise and managing a small business.

201310
Meet Wanda Gonzalez, who will graduate in the spring of 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
It was on my bucket list and I felt that after encouraging my four daughters to get an education that I should do the same and set an example for my grandchildren.

What do you like most about your degree program?
I like that we are in small groups and everyone helps and supports each other.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
When you feel like giving up, share your thoughts with someone who has encouraged you, and they will pull you through.

201310
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 Keith Newnam, who will graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I am inspired by my family. Completing my undergraduate degree has been a dream since the mid-80s. Life has offered challenges, and years have passed. Both of my daughters have just recently graduated college and it was time for me to finish what I started 30 years ago. I have the support and encouragement from my family and my company's leadership, so I am finishing this journey.

What do you like most about your degree program?
I enjoy the GPS structure. Weekly face-to-face meetings keep me engaged at a commitment level that I can manage. I treat these responsibilities like a business meeting that I attend weekly and need to be prepared for. The program mirrors business life and is manageable. Additionally, I really like the flow from class to class. I know exactly where I need to be to see this to conclusion. I don't have to worry about registering for classes and changing schedules. This is a very well structured program.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
I believe the secret to success in this program is teamwork. The study group dynamic is similar to committees and teams in an organization. Partnering with quality people and pulling your own weight is a positive formula for success. I am fortunate to have an awesome study group team and I will share this graduation success with them.

201309
Dr. Aimee Brenner, assistant professor of education, will present a paper at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 27. The title of the paper is "Nine Substantiated Practices in Teacher Education that Promote Technology Integration in Early Career Teachers: Applying Empirical Work to Professional Development."

The paper focuses on a study she conducted to identify instructional technology integration strategies and practices in preservice teacher education that contribute to the transfer of technology integration knowledge and skills to the instructional practices of early career teachers. She has been able to apply many of these technology integration strategies to her own instructional practice as a first year faculty member in Averett's education department. The implementation of these strategies was also a focus of the paper.

201309
Thanks to the Averett family for your cards and words of caring after the death of my mother, Theresa Lemery. She lived a good life in the Denver area. And thanks for the plant as well - it is lovely.

For more info, Mom has an online obituary, with some pictures, posted at rundus.com.

Steve and Linda Lemery

201308
The family of Betty Heard thanks you all for your many acts of kindness during her illness and following her death.

Gail Allen

201308
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team had their first competition of the spring season Feb. 9 at North Carolina State University. The team finished fourth out of six teams and several individual riders placed well. Sophomore Scnobia Stewart placed first in her division and junior Lindsay Baker placed third. Senior Nicki Conradt-Eberlin placed sixth at the Introductory level, while junior Jessie Hayes placed sixth at the Upper Training level and junior Shannon Stone placed first at the First level.

201308
Jillian Gourley '09 has been promoted from a senior admissions counselor to assistant director of admissions. Jillian has worked in the admissions office for four years and has done tremendous work. Please congratulate Jillian on her promotion when you see her around campus.

201307
The Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has a Student Spotlight program. Each month, the academic advisors pick one undergraduate and one graduate student from each campus and have the student answer a few questions about his or her experience here at Averett. Meet Tim Eaton, one of our GPS students. Tim expects to graduate before the end of the year.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from AU? I've always understood the importance of having a degree, but it just never made its way to the top of my list. With my wife, three kids, church commitments and my career as a Marine, I stayed really busy and was never able to find the time to be a full-time student. Well, now I am retired, my kids are educated and productive members of society and there is little travel with my current job, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and pursue my degree.

What do you most like about your degree program? I chose the Averett GPS Program because Averett values the same things I do. I also enjoy the smaller class size and find learning much more fun under the GPS structure.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students? The one tip I would offer fellow classmates and future AU students is to make a commitment to be on time and attend every class. It's kind of like being on a fitness program. When you shorten your workout or skip a day, it gets easier and easier to do it again and again. Next thing you know you are not even working out at all.

201306
Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Jason Robertson and his family would like to think the Averett community for their show of love and support following the death of his mother. "Thank you to all!"

Sincerely,
Jason

201305
Jamie Walker '06, director of security, was presented with an Excellence in Service Award in support of housing and residence life during the campus wide staff meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24. The award, which is given out by the statewide housing/residence life organization - Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers - recognizes an individual's contribution, support and positive impact on the housing/residence life program on campus.

Walker was nominated for the award based on his leadership and support not just of residence life, but of the University as a whole. Under Jamie's leadership, campus security, in partnership with residence life, has adjusted to grow and meet student needs and expectations, creating a new culture on campus where students are much more engaged in safety and security efforts and initiatives. In addition, a training program has been created that partners RAs with campus security to do evening patrols and safety security checks throughout campus during the month of August. This initiative has not only helped residence life and campus security develop more meaningful relationships, it models for our students teamwork and systems of support at work for them.

201305
Charlotte Wilson, student financial services assistant, was briefly in the hospital last week and is now recuperating at home. Please keep Charlotte in your thoughts and prayers.

201305
Two Averett staff members recently graduated from the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Southside Program. Jennifer Robinson, technical services librarian and assistant professor, and Marietta Sanford, director of academic services for the Graduate and Professional Studies Program were a part of the 18th class. Robison and Sanford, along with their classmates, created the LoveSouthside.com website and campaign. The mission of LoveSouthside is that it will foster community pride by raising awareness of positive attributes of the Southside region. Congratulations, Jennifer and Marietta!

201305
Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies, just published a new book, "How Israel Became a People." The book is about the origins of Israel in the ancient land of Canaan. To purchase the book visit www.amazon.com.

201304
Former English Professor Dr. Betty Heard, who had been in declining health for several months, passed away peacefully early Wednesday (Jan. 23). Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.

Betty retired in 2011 after working at Averett since 1981. During her tenure at the University, she was twice recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Member Award. She served on numerous committees, chairing the Faculty Council on more than one occasion, and was the editor of the newly revived "Averett Journal." She loved to share her passion for literature and poetry with her students and those around her.

Her interests expanded beyond books. Betty was an avid golfer and in the summer could often be found on the golf course at Caswell Pines. She was a passionate Cowboys fan, and was willing to fight anyone who talked badly about her beloved Cowboys. Her sharp wit and infectious smile will be greatly missed.

Please keep Betty's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

201304
Congratulations to Susan Rowland who has been named director of distance learning and IDEAL at Averett. Susan has been working with Averett's faculty to develop quality distance learning courses for years, and she is now researching what it takes to offer online courses beyond Virginia. Susan will be our go-to person as we expand our distance learning offerings. Thank you, Susan!

201304
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English/journalism, and his English setter, Sadie, will be at the Attic Hound (on Main Street below the Coffee Emporium) on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Some of his pictures from the Danville Riverwalk Trail are on display there. There will be refreshments.

201304
While Sarah Plaut, academic advisor for the GPS Program in the Central Region, is leaving Averett she will continue to help others, just in a different capacity. Sarah, who graduated from John Tyler Community College's Nursing Program as an RN on Dec. 17, has accepted an RN position at the Richmond Community Hospital. She will start working there Feb. 11.

We wish her the very best as she begins this new venture in her life. Congratulations, Sarah!

201304
Carolyn "Cricket" Morris, equestrian associate and coach of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team, has been awarded the Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association (SWVHJA) Annual Sportsmanship Award. She has also been appointed the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Youth Committee Chair.

Cricket has served on the USHJA Youth Committee since its creation in 2003. She has also served as president of the SWVHJA board for many years and just recently stepped down from that position.

201303
Basketball wasn't the only thing on the minds of the Averett men's basketball team during their holiday break. The team provided a meal to Danville's House of Hope Homeless Shelter and spent some time with the residents.

To read the full story, visit the team's page on the athletics website by clicking here.

201303
Stephanie Walker '12, has been promoted to student financial aid counselor and federal work study coordinator. She previously served as student financial services assistant. Stephanie's office is in Averett Central, room 117. Congratulations, Stephanie!

201301
Averett Men's Basketball player Paul Porter was featured in an article in a Roanoke magazine, PlayByPlay, last month. You can find the article on page 12 by clicking here.

201301
Dear Averett Community,
Thank you so much for the beautiful flower arrangement! More than that, thank you for the love and support you've shown Andy and I during this trying time. We are so blessed to be a part of the Averett community!

Sincerely,
Andy & Katie Fitch

201251
After nearly eight years at the University, most recently as the director of annual giving programs, Joey Wilkerson '07 is leaving Averett at the end of the month. Wilkerson has accepted a position at Guilford College as their associate director of philanthropy.

Please drop by Alumni Hall from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 as we thank him for his tireless work on behalf of Averett and wish him well in the next chapter of his life.

201249
Dr. Gene Steadman Jr., professor of business administration and department chair, has been invited to speak at convocation and graduation Dec. 17 for the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at the University of South Carolina. Steadman, himself a chemical engineering graduate from the CEC, will speak about his experiences and things he wishes he had known when he graduated.

201249
Please keep Charlotte Wilson, student financial services assistant in Averett Central, in your thoughts and prayers. She has recently been in the hospital, but is now resting at home.

201248
Dear Averett University Family,

I want to thank you for all of the kind and supportive words expressed to Katie and me following Katie's mom's passing earlier this month.

Your thoughtfulness, cards and prayers have meant so much during this time.

Sincerely,

Andy Fitch, controller

201248
Averett's Aramark team reached out to one of their own during the Thanksgiving holiday. The team collected food and money for retired employee Nina Garrett. Nina wanted to let everyone know how much she appreciated the gifts.

Thanks to everyone who participated in making her day special.

201248
Dear Averett University Family,
We would like to thank those at AU who have reached out to our family after the death of our brother, Gilbert. We would also like to express our thanks for the beautiful flower arrangement.

Your thoughtfulness, kindness, expressions of sympathy, cards and prayers have meant so much to our family. Thank you for your support at this difficult time.

Mavis Brantley-Lloyd and Amelia Brantley

201247
Dear Averett University Family,
Thank you so much for the beautiful plant that was sent during the passing of my father.

Your thoughtfulness, cards and prayers have meant so much during this time.

Sincerely,
LeeAnn Mahan
senior enrollment representative for GPS

201247
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English and journalism, has been selected as the Artist of the Month at a new store, the Attic Hound, on Main Street. Several dozen of his nature photos from the Riverwalk Trail will be on display from Nov. 15-Dec. 15.

201246
Theatre Professor Jackie Finney is continuing to recover at home following surgery on his heel.

Please remember to keep former English Professor Dr. Betty Heard in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to recover from a prolonged illness.


201246
I want to extend a special thank you to my AU family for the beautiful floral arrangement, thoughts and prayers during the loss of my father.

Faye Brandon

201245
Students and faculty from our teacher education programs attended the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Fall Conference (VA-CEC), Nov. 2, in Lynchburg. Participants had opportunities to network with educators throughout Virginia; attend sessions designed for professional development; share information on topics such as behavioral disorders and positive supports, technology, response to intervention, and instructional strategies for math, science and reading.

Participants included Allison Sparks, Carllnisha Johnson, Michael McGregor, Kaitlyn Fulcher, Brandon Hopkins, Caitlin Haws, Dr. George Odongo and Dr. Pamela Riedel.

201245
Dr. Lisa Witzig, adjunct professor for the Graduate and Professional Studies Program, has had a paper she co-authored accepted for presentation at the AMTP 2013 conference in the spring. It has also been nominated for Best in Track. The paper, "A Calculated Model of LinkedIn Feature Usage Across Organizational Types: Large, Small, and Non-profits" was co-authored with two professors from Anderson University.

The group researched the usage of LinkedIn by business type - Fortune 200, INC 200 and Fortune 200 Non-profit. Their study showed that non-profits and small businesses utilize the features of LinkedIn with less intensity than large businesses.

201244
AU's Gospel Choir will hold a meet and greet on Monday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. There will be music, food, and fellowship.

201243
Several MBA students collaborated with Intertape Polymer Group by participating in the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce's Show Biz Trade Show on Oct. 17 as part of a community service project. The mission of the team was to educate and inform the community about the benefits of energy efficiency and promote ENERGY STAR®.

The team also formed a new organization, the Southside Energy Efficiency Council (SEEC), which will continue to promote energy efficiency in Southside Virginia through its various members. For more information about the SEEC visit their website at gosouthside.com.

The team consisted of Ta Lowery, Richard Phelps, Valerie Draud, Chase Fitzgerald, Mike Burgess, Rebecca Hudson, Philip Kaunekas and Adjunct Professor Dr. Michael Jones.

201243
Thank you to everyone who helped with Homecoming. It is truly an event that takes a village of people to make it a success.

Homecoming 2013 is September 27-29 so mark your calendars now.

Dan Hayes, Alumni Director

201242
Thank you to everyone who helped with Homecoming. It is truly an event that takes a village of people to make it a success.

Homecoming 2013 is September 27-29 so mark your calendars now.

Dan Hayes, Alumni Director

201242
Angie Bowers, admissions office manager and coordinator of applications processing has been named coach of the cheerleading squad. Angie has been an avid supporter of the University's athletics programs for more than a decade.

Angie has worked in admissions since 2000. Congratulations, Angie!

201241
With Averett's new partnership with Synergis Education, Graduate and Professional Studies is on course to grow. With that expected growth came the realization that the University needs a person in the registrar's office who could assist with the development of GPS, would embrace the use of technology and could envision a multi-state system.

The perfect person for this critical position was already with us in Kendall Carter '86, '97! With her vast experience and knowledge of Averett, Kendall will be invaluable as an associate registrar with major responsibilities for GPS faculty credentialing and student records. Kendall, thank you for growing with us - and welcome back to Main Campus!

201201
Averett University Family,
I don't believe there are words to express just what the "Averett family" meant to Mom. We, her family, want to thank you not only for your thoughtful floral remembrance, but for all your many kindnesses to Mom through the years, phone calls and visits, as well as your thoughts and prayers for us at this time.
God bless you all.

Lynne, Lew, Frieda, Johnathan and Roberta

201235
Dr. Lisa Witzig, adjunct professor in the GPS Program, has co-authored a paper "Organizations' Use of LinkedIn: An Analysis of Nonprofits, Large Corporations and Small Businesses" that will be published in "The Marketing Management Journal." Witzig and her co-authors focused their study on the professional social media tool LinkedIn and its use by large and small businesses as well as nonprofits.

If you would like to read a copy of the paper, please contact Bob Sims.

201233
Dr. Nancy P. Atkins, regional director for academic services in the Central Region for the GPS Program was invited to be the guest speaker for the 2012 Kittrell Job Corps (KJC) Center graduation on Aug. 24. She will address more than 100 KJC graduates, their families and friends.

According to its web page, Kittrell Job Corps center in Kittrell, N.C. is "a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training."

201232
Dr. Lyle Cady, associate professor of business administration for the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program was invited to join the judging panel for the STIHL Manufacturing summer camp July 18-21. STIHL Corporation, located in Virginia Beach, is best known for its high quality chain saws and other landscaping equipment.

Every year, STIHL conducts a summer camp on manufacturing for high school students. The objective is to show these students how products are made and give them some hands on experience in manufacturing. The participants learn construction and programming of CNC engraving mills, build prototypes and learn production planning techniques. The camp's objective is to produce a product, and this year the product was a kit to assemble robots for the robotics competition.

Cady served on the judging panel with Christian Koestler, STIHL's VP for operations and a 2003 graduate of Averett's MBA program. He was invited to join the panel by Simon Nance, manager of training at STIHL and a current MBA student.

201232
Thank you for the many expressions of sympathy during the loss of my father. The support from the Averett family has helped me during this time, and my family will never forget your kindness.

Thank you,
Marty Jackson

201231
Dear AU Family,
Thank you so much for the beautiful flower arrangement and your thoughts and prayers.

The Breen Family

201230
Mike Dunlevy and his family are pleased to announce a new addition to their family - a baby girl named Mollie who weighed in at 8.4 pounds.

201229
Dear Averett Family,
Thank you for the special get well wishes! I appreciate your making me a celebrity.
I wear the Averett University hat at every opportunity.

Albert Maurakis ’41, ‘08

201229
The office of residence life is excited to announce that Rowland Tolliver has been promoted from graduate assistant to area director for apartment living and coordinator of intramurals and residential summer programs. Rowland has served in the residence life for more than three years in multiple roles. Outside of the outstanding work he has done as a hall director for Fugate Hall, his dedication to student involvement has grown the intramural programming into a vibrant, sought after and celebrated experience on campus. Way to go Rowland!

201228
Dr. Eugene "Gene" Steadman will be spending more time in Danville as the department chair for business administration. Steadman has been a professor of business administration at Averett since 1993. He teaches courses in economics, finance and management at several of Averett's sites throughout the Commonwealth.

201226
Gabe Waterman has agreed to continue to serve as the interim director of academic services for the Tidewater Region. He has held this position since late March, previously serving as an academic advisor. Congratulations, Gabe!

201225
MBA students taking an organizational behavior and contemporary issues in leadership course with Dr. John Guarino were required to complete a community service project. The "A Team," as they call themselves, created a collegiate chapter of the American Red Cross. The group helped man a table at the Festival in the Park Health Fair on May 19.

They created the chapter not only to assist the local Red Cross office in the community, but to get Averett students active in helping the community of Danville and to help them get training for disaster relief, CPR and other Red Cross courses. In the fall, they will be set up at the Club Fair.

The team members are Christy Lorenzen, Feleta Morton, Larry Henshaw, Christina Smart and Sherry Phelps.

201223
I wish to thank Averett and Jay Frith for the lab dedication. All of you that attended and those that sent messages made my day. Sorry that I have been so long in sending this, but I entered the hospital shortly after the dedication for surgery and other complications. I am much better now and hope to get back on track. I do miss my friends and students at Averett and sincerely wish I could be teaching those field courses again.

Edward Fisher

201315
Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, will present a paper entitled "Designing Effective Training for Faculty New to Online Teaching" at the 2013 VCU Online Learning Summit in Richmond on May 14. Kim will describe her asynchronous online seminar for faculty, best practices for facilitating online courses and report the results of pre- and post-assessment surveys, which confirm improvement in participants' concept of online education and in online teaching strategies.

201222
It is with mixed emotions that the institutional advancement office announces that Amelia Brantley, webmaster, is leaving the University. We appreciate all that she has done during her 10 years with us, including four revamps of the website, the creation of the campus map, the new admissions video for the website and the Find AU People database.

Amelia's last day with us is June 9. She will be joining Webparts LLC, a new company in Danville that is located in the Masonic Temple Building, as a programmer. Please join us as we say goodbye and wish her well in this new venture.

Buddy Rawley,vice president for institutional advancement

201222
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Catherine Clark will be the new director of study abroad, replacing Dr. Larry Wilburn who retired May 31. Catherine will continue to teach her French classes as well as some classes in the English department. She will be moving to the study abroad office in the Galesi Family Student Success Center over the summer. Congratulations, Catherine!

201221
The newest members of Staff Council, who will serve for the next two years, are:
Lisa Stewart, senior accountant
Dana Mehalko, academic advisor for the GPS Program
Linda Lemery, circulation manager
Amelia Brantley, webmaster

Congratulations, everyone!

201221
A million thanks to the exhibitors who displayed their crafts in the Averett Craft Display. We learned so much about each other and our areas of expertise that we otherwise would never have known about. The displays were so successful because of the participants, and we thank you for that. Thanks too, to all those who attended the Campus-Wide Coffee Breaks this spring - we really enjoyed chatting and exchanging ideas with you!

Linda Lemery and Charlotte Wilson

201221
Danielle Carpenter, enrollment counselor, shared what the enrollment team for the GPS' Central Region has been up to lately.

The team recently organized a military blitz to support our troops. Goodie bags filled with candy, promotional items and a hand-written thank you note were delivered to more than 80 different military installations (Navy, Marines, Army, recruiting offices, reserves and National Guards) in the Metro-Richmond, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia and Petersburg areas.

The military blitz generated 89 new inquiries and 25 new corporate contacts were established. This resulted in 17 new corporate appointments and 16 new events scheduled.

Way to go Team Central!

201221
Several students in the MBA program recently held a fundraiser to support Haven, a new organization in Danville that supports those affected by domestic violence. The members of the study team who helped with the fundraiser are: Ralph Elder, Teresa Wiseman, Brad Hartman, Faith Campbell and David Hudson. To read more about the fundraiser, click here.

201221
Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment, has been invited to Wesley College in Dover, Del. with the Performa Higher Education consulting team to share information regarding Averett's successful creation and launch of Averett Central. Jones has also been invited to give a presentation about Averett Central to other colleges and universities on July 17 at the annual National Small College Enrollment Conference in Asheville, N.C.

201221
Dr. Mary Vanderlinden, dean of student success, has been selected as a contributing editor for FLOW TV, an online magazine that covers television and media culture. She will publish three articles on racial stereotypes and cliched portrayals on television and the affects those illustrations have on our lives.

FLOW TV is published by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas-Austin.

201220
On April 16, Chalk Talk, Danville Public Schools' weekly news magazine, featured Averett University's student-teachers working with third graders at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. The education majors began working with the third graders in the fall on science and economics for their Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. To see the video click here (look for the April 16 segment).

201218
Mike Fisher, assistant director of facilities, and Alonzo Jones, director of facilities, attended and completed Aramark's Facility Maintenance Training Academy at George Washington University in Washington D.C. April 23-27. They attended courses related to People Who Know and Care, Proactive Service, Continuous Innovation, Advanced Asset Preservation and Holistic Stewards of the Environment.

After completing the course they had to present a written and verbal presentation in order to receive certification.

201218
I would like to thank everyone for the flowers, emails, cards and kind words that I received over the past few weeks during my mother's illness and passing. I feel blessed to work with such a kind and caring group of people!

Ginger

201218
Tiffany Smart, a student in Averett's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program, was asked to organize a volunteer team to orchestrate registration at one of the largest fundraisers for the Martinsville-Henry County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Checkers' Mutt Strut and Bike Ride was held at the Martinsville Speedway on April 14 and featured vendors, raffle drawings, K-9 officer exhibitions, a dog costume contest and a stroll around the racetrack.

Smart brought in her fellow bachelor of business administration team members to help - Erica Hudson, Lori McAlexander, Misty Forbes and Kimberly Boyd.

201217
Dear Averett family,
Thank you so much for your phone calls, cards and expressions of sympathy following the loss of my partner, Lynne Bjarnesen. Your kindness and caring has made a difficult time a little easier to bear.

Kenneth Bond

201217
A farewell reception for Don D'Alfonzo, who has worked at Averett for 10 years, will be held Friday, April 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Jut's Café. Join us for light refreshments as we wish him well!

201216
Randy King, director of marketing and communications, will be leaving Averett at the end of April to pursue an opportunity with McKesson Medical-Surgical. Randy, who has led the marketing and communications team since June 2010, will be the communications manager for the Richmond-based business. Click here for the rest of the story.

201216
Students in Assistant Professor Penny Sornberger's Stage Craft II class recently worked on a display for the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic at the Langhorne House. To read more about the exhibit click here.

201216
You are cordially invited to a meet and greet reception on Wednesday, April 18 from 3-4 p.m. in the garden behind The Schoolfield House Booksellers for Alexis Ehrhardt, assistant for academic affairs; Tom McMurtry, chief information officer and director of technology; and Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist.

201215
Linda Lemery, circulation manager in the library, recently published an article in Associates (2012, March, v. 18, no. 3), an electronic journal for library support staff. Entitled "Food for Thought--Visual Shelf Reading: One Library's Process," the article presents an organized, self-directed method for empowering student assistants to meet or exceed expectations in maintaining library book order in the stacks. To read the article, click here. Congratulations, Linda!

201213
The Averett Singers will perform a spring concert Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church. The concert is free and open to the public. Saxophonist Brentt Simmons will be a featured performer.

201213
Dr. Alice Obenchain-Leeson, associate professor of business administration for the GPS Program, has had a paper she co-authored with Dr. Louis Martinette, GPS adjunct professor and associate professor of business at the University of Mary Washington (UMW), accepted for publication in the Journal of Service Science this spring. The paper - "The Relationship between Learning Orientation, Business Performance and the Moderating Effect of Competitive Advantage: A Service Organization Perspective" - examines the role of any organization's ability to learn and its impact on performance.

For more information about the paper and a presentation Drs. Obenchain-Leeson and Martinette made at Harvard University, click here.

201212
Kevin Harden, social science librarian and associate professor, enjoys playing pop rock acoustic guitar at regional music spots. He recently played at Tate Street Coffee House in Greensboro, N.C. Linda and Steve Lemery along with Jim Verdini were in the audience and really enjoyed the event. Linda particularly enjoyed the Bob Dylan pieces. Way to go, Kevin!

201212
Marquita Graves, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, will perform in the Broadway Musical "Dreamgirls" at The Prizery in South Boston March 22-24, 27, 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee performance March 25.

Graves plays Lorrell Robinson, a character inspired by Mary Wilson, a member of The Supremes. Her character is a good-natured background singer with The Dreams who falls deeply in love with the married Jimmy Early and becomes his mistress.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.prizery.com and are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for youth.

201212
Averett's GPS Danville team participated in a community service project to support our four legged friends on Feb. 23 - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. The GPS admissions team partnered with student services and encouraged students to give boxes of biscuits. The response from students and staff was fantastic! Over the span of a day, a large box filled with treats was collected and donated to the Danville Area Humane Society.

201210
Dr. Anne Lewis, associate professor of music, has been busy. On Feb. 24, she served as pianist for the All-County High School Chorus for Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina. On March 1 she sang in a large chorus for a film concert titled "Voices of Light: the Passion of Joan of Arc" for the American Choral Directors Association's Southern Regional Conference in Winston-Salem, N.C. The chorus and orchestra provided the underscoring for a 1920 French silent film. Then on March 2 she began serving as music director for "Little Women: The Musical," which runs for two weekends with the Theatre Guild of Rockingham County.

201210
Alumnus Scott Grimsey '05, who is stationed in Afghanistan, has been in contact with Sociology Professor Dr. Becky Clark about supporting U.S. service dogs that are part of an active military police unit. Clark is collecting money to purchase items for these dogs through Fosters & Smith, who will ship for free.

If you would like to support this cause, take your donation to Clark's office in 317 Frith by March 21.

201208
If you've been wondering about the crisis in the eurozone and the state of the euro, your questions will be answered during a presentation by three business administration students - Ilona Kilpi, Ville Koivunen and Charles Terrell. They will hold a PowerPoint presentation entitled "€ - Euro: History, Present and the Future," on March 1 at 11:20 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

201208
Chef Terry McGhee, who has served as manager of food services, is leaving us at the end of the month to go to Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, which is just north of Columbus. There he will serve as the general manager of foodservice, just like he has while here at Averett. The only difference is that he'll have a larger staff.

He took a few minutes to answer some questions about his time here at Averett.

What is your favorite event you've worked on while at Averett?
I think the Board of Trustee events because of the creativity we were able to do with these events, and the locations we have had them at...they were challenges that I think we executed well.
What was your favorite student event and why?
I would say the iron chef competition we recently had, because I think the students that participated did a great job, and had a lot of fun doing it.
What was your favorite part about working at Averett?
Working with great leaders like Dr. Franks and Mr. Harris.
What will you miss the most?
My staff!

201208
The GPS Tidewater Region is proud to announce that members of cluster W429 have finished their masters of education degree program. Cluster members are thrilled to be finished and are looking forward to receiving their degrees at the spring Commencement Ceremony.

Congratulations to all members of W429!

201207
It all started with an email from the office of economic development in Danville. It led to Averett art students displaying their artwork during the official ribbon cutting of the Noblis/Clay High Performance Computer on Friday, Feb. 10.

"This is a great example of how the art department tries to involved art students in community events and to reinforce the planning and follow through for exhibiting art," said Diane Kendrick, art professor. "This event allowed students to meet, speak and engage in meaningful conversation about their work."

The student's whose prints were selected for the exhibit were Lisa Santos, Jordan Bay, Ariel Barrett, Billy Newcomb, Cali Earp, Miles Morrison and Heather Reynolds.

201207
Karen Nelson, administrative assistant to the education department, has had an article published in the February 2012 issue of "It's All About Her," a special monthly publication published by the Danville Register & Bee. To read her article, "Organization is not a Luxury" click here and go to page 20.

201206
On Monday, Jan. 30, a group of Averett staff and students visited legislators at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. The purpose of the visit was the annual "Thanks for VTAG" Legislation Day. This is a day that Virginia private colleges come to Richmond to say thank you for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant and to urge lawmakers to continue funding this very important financial aid opportunity for students.

During the visit, Janet Schwalenberg, associate director of admissions; Randall Thornton, assistant director of student financial services; Brentt Simmons, a junior music major; and Lesley Cole, a junior sociology/criminal justice major, had the opportunity to have a photo taken with the Honorable Donald Merricks, delegate for Pittsylvania County. Merricks is an alumni and former employee of the University.

201206
One of the MBA study groups in the GPS Central Region collected 2,550 dental products including toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste for Freedom House, a non-profit organization providing food, shelter and assistance to people in crisis in the Richmond area.

As part of their public relations efforts, the group contacted Kool Smiles, a dental corporation. Kool Smiles generously contributed 2,016 toothbrushes and dental floss to the community service project.

One outcome of the project is a partnership between Freedom House and Kool Smiles to provide dental services to Freedom House residents.

Students in the group are: Gloria Boyd, Cheryl Carlyon, Thomas Cary, Sarah Davis, Brian Griffith, Mary Jane Icalla, Kerwyn Phillip and Marc René.

201204
Brandy Perkins '07 will be working in Averett's Counseling Center this semester as an intern. Brandy completed her graduate degree in marriage and family counseling at Liberty University. She has experience providing individual and child counseling. While at Averett, she will conduct intake interviews, counseling sessions and facilitate psycho-educational groups.

201203
Dana Mehalko, academic advisor for the GPS Southern Region attended the Academic and Student Services Conference in Austin, Texas Oct. 20-21 to co-present "Cross-Campus Collaboration Drives Success." Her fellow presenter was a colleague from Warner Pacific College, Nicole Booker. In addition to presenting at the conference, she attended other presentations and participated in team activities pertaining to the 2011 theme - collaboration!

201202
Marsha Foster, director of resident life, has been promoted to assistant dean of students. She will continue to serve as head of residence life as well. During her five years on campus, Marsha has created an excellent residence life program that provides more than 80 programs per semester for our residential students, and serves as a leadership development opportunity for the resident assistants. Additionally, she has played a significant role in enhancing the student conduct system for campus.

Marsha is always eager to collaborate with colleagues around campus to develop ways to enhance the experience of our students. She has served the University on numerous committees including strategic planning, assessment, and staff council - where she will serve as president next year.

Beyond Averett, Marsha serves as a co-chair of the programming committee for the Virginia Student Services Conference.

Congratulations, Marsha!

201314
Stuart and I want to thank the Averett family for all of the prayers, flowers, cards and messages. The donation to the library of a book in memory of my father, Larry Leuck, was very thoughtful. Your thoughtfulness and compassion meant a lot to us and helped us through a difficult time. Thank you so much!

Stuart and Terri Jones

201314
Melanie Lewis, assistant professor of physical education, wellness and sports medicine, and her husband, Kenny, would like to announce the arrival of their son, Kenneth Jamison Lewis. He was born Saturday, March 23. He weighed 8 lbs 5 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. They are all doing well.

201304
Meet Amanda Cuomo, an MBA student. She expects to graduate in December.
What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Professionally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to open up more job opportunities. If a potential job becomes available I don't want the lack of education to disqualify me. Since my introduction into the federal government I have wanted to be a director or deputy director running a branch or program. I still see that in my future. This degree will put me one step closer to that dream.
Personally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to show my children that you are the makers of your fate. When the Lord opens up opportunities for you, you don't pass them up. The Lord has been my strength throughout my life and is making this dream possible for me.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I really like that I'm in class with the same core group throughout the program. They have become my family. Also, the Averett GPS program is very similar to real life working groups. By working in a team you are able to improve on your own weaknesses by tapping into your teammates' knowledge, experience and abilities.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
The only person who can keep you from obtaining your dream is you. Don't let the naysayers shape your goals.

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