On Friday, Nov. 21, tutors from Academic Support and members of the Flight Team teamed up to volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area. These Averett students "gave back" by reading Thanksgiving tales to the children; the 5, 6, and 7 year-olds were divided into smaller groups and then paired with tutors and flight members for this special story-time. Meanwhile, other tutors and flight members played games with the older BGC children, including ping pong, table hockey and video games. Our Averett students were fortunate to spend this quality time with some of Danville's best!

(caption, 1st photo) Math tutor Sam Winegar reads "What is Thanksgiving" to eager children ready for the holidays.

(caption, 2nd photo) Flight team member Gabriel Verde pauses during story-time to answer questions about being a pilot.

The University's Enactus chapter recently celebrated a successful fundraising effort to give children in third-world countries access to cleaner, healthier drinking water. The money the Averett students raised (more than $400) will help fund an innovative system called Lifestraw. Lifestraw is a water purification system that takes unclean water and turns it into water that is safe to drink. One Lifestraw can provide clean water for a year.

Enactus is an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Danville After Hours Rotary made a generous donation to the cause and Averett's Enactus chapter members raised the balance of the money with on-campus fundraisers.

As a "huge perfectionist," art major Tyler Jarvis-Bennett's most important artist tool is an eraser. Tyler is currently displaying her work in Mary B. Blount Library through Dec. 2. Stop in and check out her show, which centers around pop art. To read about Tyler, click here.

Art major Quienton Greear's artwork is "centered on modern and abstract-based artwork that's going to catch a person's attention." Greear will be displaying his artwork Oct. 27-Dec. 1 in Jut's Café. To read more about Greear and his art show, click here.