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Please remember to drop by the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 18) from 2-3 p.m. to say goodbye to Petrina Carter, who has served as our director of career services since 2009. Petrina is taking a job as a senior manager at the Virginia Employment Commission.

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Assistant Professor of Art Lee Sandstead can check two more museums off his bucket list. Lee recently visited The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. and the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Ala.

While in Lexington, he gave a series of talks to various groups concerning the Camino de Santiago and art appreciation. While in Birmingham, he delivered a series of talks concerning the history of the Virgin Mary in art, how different civilizations use art in their daily lives and the art and architecture of England. For all talks, Lee was able to meet new colleagues and discuss emerging trends in art education.

"It's always great for me to get out there in the field," said Lee. "I can take what I learn and bring it right back to the classroom for the benefit of the students. But just as important, it is an opportunity for me to shake people's hands, look them in the eye, and thank them for all they do for the arts."

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It is with sadness that we say farewell to Petrina Carter, who has served as our director of career services since October 2009. Her last day will be December 31. Petrina is taking a job as a senior manager at the Virginia Employment Commission.

Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 2-3 p.m. at the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness to say goodbye. We wish Petrina the best and look forward to working with her in her new role!

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On Sunday, Nov. 9, international students from Rebecca Raab's English 111 ESL course traveled to her parent's home in Halifax County for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Itayetzi Zafra Mendez, Averett's Fulbright Scholar, also came along for the fun. Students not only learned about Thanksgiving and ate a delicious feast, but also had the opportunity to hike around the beautiful Banister River.

Special thanks to Christine Thompson for baking pies and helping transport students, and Anne and Tom Raab for graciously hosting the event!

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I just wanted to say thank you to all who have been so thoughtful during the time of my mother's illness and subsequent death. It truly is a blessing to work with such a caring group of people. Thank you so much for the cards, flowers and other acts of kindness. I am so grateful for the time that I was able to spend with my mother prior to her death. Cancer is a terrible disease, but could never replace those precious memories. From my heart, and to any who are still fighting the fight, I would like to encourage you to keep on fighting. I am praying for the day a cure will be found.

Tammy Wall, senior accountant-payroll/benefits

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