201431
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 Sean Peters, who is pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree. Sean expects to graduate in December 2016.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?
I want to obtain my degree prior to my children graduating from high school to provide them additional motivation towards success. I don't want them to say that Dad was able to make a successful life without graduating college.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
It was offered through the Higher Ed Center after work hours and had a focus on business.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
I would recommend taking a writing course prior to taking classes in order to understand the process if you have not written papers in more than two years.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
I quit once after a year at Virginia Tech and refuse to quit again. Also, as mentioned previously I want to help motivate my children toward greater success by encouraging them to obtain their degree. No one in my family has a degree at this time. I wish to change the trend.

201430
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 Robert Fors who is pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree. Robert looks forward to graduating in 2017.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?
I want to add a formal education to my life experiences. I also think it is setting a good example for my daughters.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
In the fall of 2012, we had an education fair at my work. All schools in the area were represented. Trish Nicol spoke on behalf of Averett University and she quickly sold me on starting with this school. One night a week in the classroom works perfectly for me as I have a busy life, both at work and at home.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Stay focused and don't procrastinate, but most important, have fun and express yourself in the classroom.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My children keep me motivated, because I want them to know how important it is to continue education.

201429
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 Marco Phifer, who is pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree. Marco anticipates graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?
My motivation for pursuing my degree is so that I can continue into the graduate program with hopes of becoming a teacher at Averett.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
After careful evaluation of many different schools, I found Averett to be the most understanding of my needs. The staff actually sat down with me and discussed all my options, and more importantly they told me if Averett was not my choice that they could assist me in choosing another school. That was the kicker for me because no other school had offered that.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
My tip is very simple; it is not how you start, but having enough left to finish. A lot of students enter college and have so much energy and drive in the beginning but as time goes on, they sometimes lose focus and become distracted and discouraged. My advice is to pace yourself and have enough drive left to finish what you started.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My son and fiancée keep me motivated. They always offer words of encouragement at the right time. It goes a long way with me.

201419
Congratulations to Samantha Dobbins on being awarded the Danville Luncheon Pilot Club Scholarship. The Pilot Club raises money and awareness of brain-related disorders, one of which is autism. This scholarship is intended to fund the three courses in autism here at Averett.

Samantha is soon-to-be junior in the equestrian studies program and has a passion for individuals on the autism spectrum. Bravo, Samantha on all of your hard work and recognition!

201418
Elections were recently held for students to elect the Student Government Association leadership for the 2014-2015 academic year.

They are pictured (l-r): Brandon Veasey (senator), Nolan Jennings (senator), Cierra Gunter (senator), Brandon Cendejas (senator), Marquis Broadwater (senator), Carl Adams (president), George Bechtold (senator), Morgan Williams (senator), Brandi Peterson (secretary), Robert Winer (treasurer).

The group has already begun meeting to make plans for next year. As you see these students around campus, please be sure to congratulate them and offer words of encouragement as they take on these important leadership roles.

201413
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 Felicia Perry, a BBA student, who looks forward to graduating in August 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My motivation for obtaining my degree was realizing I had not done for myself what I had encouraged others to do; and to be an example for my two sons.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Averett was recommended to me by a friend, but my final decision was based on the curriculum and the five to six week class schedule.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
My tip for current and future AU students would be to keep focused on your goal and realize you are important enough to accomplish this for yourself.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My motivation comes from family/friends who regularly check in on me and having motivation talks with my son, who is a freshman at Old Dominion University. I can't expect something from him that I am not doing myself.

201409
Meet Craig Thornberry, a MBA student, who looks forward to completing his degree in April 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My motivation was to further my professional career with a master's program. The degree program helps to advance my career at my organization.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Averett University provided a strong after work educational environment. Their VA benefits office representative provided great guidance on the Post 9-11 GI program in which I enrolled.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Communication with Averett advisors, professors and fellow students will be important in a productive career getting an education. Then again, communication, collaboration and self-evaluation are important to all endeavors.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My wife and family have been my biggest motivators.

201409
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 Pamela Thomas, a BBA student who will graduate in August.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My desire to obtain my degree has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I work in a large institution that values education.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose Averett's GPS program for the flexibility it offers adult learners.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
One major take away is that you have to a have a strong team. Everyone on your team comes with different strengths and weaknesses - help each other.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My motivation comes from my team. We give each other encouragement when we feel down.

201409
Please join senior Faran Asif on Monday, March 3 from 4-4:30 p.m. as he takes us on a journey through Pakistan. Having been abroad for several years, Faran returned home to Pakistan over winter break and discovered aspects of his country he had previously overlooked.

"I felt like a tourist in my own country, and this presentation will be filled with insights and images from this moving experience," Faran said.

If you are interested in discovering a new land or simply enjoy supporting our students, please join ESL Programs in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Student Center for this wonderful cultural experience.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Raab director of ESL programs and writing support at Averett.

201403
In December, 13 students in the equestrian studies department spent more than two weeks in Vechta, Germany. They had the opportunity to study and ride at the State Equestrian College at Weser-Ems. To learn more about their experience, click here to read the story from Catherine Doane '14.

201402
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.


Anesia Newton is an MBA student at our Watkins Center campus. She looks forward to graduating next fall.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
Originally I just wanted to get my MBA to educate myself in a new field, but my motivation now is to become an international business owner. I have owned my own clothing store for a little over a year, but the program is motivating me to take it to the next level. It is really educating me in a whole new light.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I was referred to Averett by one of my professors from my undergraduate school and everything she said about the program and the school was true. Averett goes above and beyond to take care of their students and make them feel like individuals and not just a number.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
The biggest tip I have for my classmates and future AU students is to be sure to TIME MANAGE. Do not procrastinate and get overwhelmed. Allow yourself to do some kind of work for about an hour a day and it will really help.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
A big motivation is my family, teachers and my advisor, Pat Williams. Pat is so friendly and she stays on top of me with the program. The teachers all push you and want you to succeed.

201351
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 Chester Gilmore, who is a BBA student at the Watkins Center in Richmond. He anticipates graduating in the spring.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
I have always wanted to get my degree. A few years ago I had a very good job opportunity; it all came down to one candidate and me. We had very similar career paths and performance, but there was one advantage that he had that I didn't - a four year college degree in business. I decided at that very moment, I would not allow someone to tell me no, because I didn't have a four year degree.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
The cost of the program compared to others available played a major role in my decision, along with the class schedule of once per week.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
The key to study group projects is nothing more than communication. Setting expectations early, will lead to success.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
The main motivation for me is the knowledge that with the completion of each class, I am one step closer to graduation.

201350
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 David Dunfee, a BBA student at Quantico. He anticipates graduating in the summer of 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My intent with seeking a degree has several layers. First, I want to be more competitive in the marketplace and open up greater opportunities in the future for myself and my family. Second, I made a promise many years ago to my father, that I would get my degree on my own. My military service benefit allows for me to be able to accomplish both goals.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
After analyzing the degree's that would have the most benefit to me and my current position within the government civil service, a degree in business was the best fit. Fortunately, Averett had a tailor made curriculum for me to achieve my degree with the BBA program. One of the best moves I ever made was to walk into the Averett admissions office in Quantico.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
The one piece of advice that I could give is to remain true to your goals. If you focus on the end, which is the accomplishment of your educational goals, you will finish what you start. Time is irrelevant. I started my goal as an 18-year-old right out of high school. My service in the military helped to mature and develop me for this opportunity mentally and financially. Opportunities exist from the effort we put in.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Discipline; it's the one thing that I did not have coming out of high school. Additionally, I did not have the courage to see that I could accomplish a higher education. I felt I wasn't smart enough. Both of course are mental reservations that can only be distractors if you allow them to be. College is a new way of learning, but not something that is unattainable. As long as you truly exert the effort you will succeed.

201349
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 Denise Dye, a BBA student. She anticipates graduating in December 2015 or May 2016 depending upon her completion of elective courses. "I look forward to Commencement!"

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My original motivation for obtaining a degree from Averett University stems from the fact I had never completed my educational goals, since attending J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College back in 1977-78. Since 1978, I've been busy raising a family, ensuring my children received adequate education, and working as a presidential assistant in one of Virginia's state institutions of higher learning.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Frankly, I chose Averett's GPS Program, because of a recommendation from a fellow employee who received her degree from Averett. Averett University has very dedicated and persistent enrollment management staff members who never give up on recruiting potential students, especially nontraditional students like me. Amanda Yager (enrollment representative) was relentless in encouraging me to show up for our initial meeting, and the rest is history.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
One tip I can share with my fellow classmates and future AU students is to never give up. You can do this program and can complete this program to earn your degree. I honestly believe God has guided me to this University and allowed me to be a successful student here at Averett.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
The one constant motivating factor while I've been in this program is one of my classmates, who started the program with me. She and I have formed a relationship of encouragement for one another, as we are not as young as most students who attend college today. We motivate one another and support one another, because we know in the end, we will march across the stage together in just a few short years.

201348
On Saturday, Nov. 23, Averett's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team hosted its final competition of the semester. Among the visiting schools were NC State, Longwood University and fierce rival St. Andrews University. At the end of the day, Averett's Team A finished third and Team B finished first.

The following is a list of individuals who placed:

At First Level: Shannon Stone placed first, Jessie Hayes placed fourth and Micah Andrews placed fifth

At Upper Training: Amanda Arnold placed third and Lindsey Baker placed fourth

At Lower Training: Catherine Doane placed first and Nicki Conradt-Eberlin placed eighth

At Intro: Sydney Owen placed first and Kathleen Nettnin placed second

Averett also held four Dressage Seat Equitation classes where the riders were judged on their riding positions. Alex Argentieri placed second, Deanna Beebe placed second, Scnobia Stewart placed fifth, and Natalie Lademan placed first.

Congratulations on a job well done! The IDA team returns to the show ring next semester.

201348
Averett's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team competed at Virginia Intermont College Nov. 16 & 17 against six other schools. After day one, Averett finished third thanks to the following rides:

At Open: Marina da Silva placed fourth at both fences and on the flat. Jessie Hayes placed first over fences.

At Intermediate: Jessie Hayes placed second on the flat. Dana Ellwanger placed second on the flat.

At Novice: Both Hannah Walters and Nicki Conradt-Eberlin placed third over fences. Zuri Lamper placed fifth over fences.

At Advanced Walk Trot Canter: Cary Carrington placed first, Allie Crouse placed second and Emily Hopson placed second.

At Walk Trot: Moustafa Nassar placed second.

On the second day, Averett finished fourth overall thanks to these great rides:

At Open: Marina da Silva placed first on the flat and third over fences. Jessie Hayes placed fourth at Open on the flat

At Intermediate: Jessie Hayes placed third over fences. Dana Ellwanger placed first on the flat and fourth over fences.

At Novice: Hannah Walters placed second over fences and Zuri Lamper placed third. Nicki Conradt Eberlin placed first on the flat.

At Advanced Walk Trot Canter: Allie Crouse placed first, Cary Carrington placed fourth, and Emily Hopson placed fifth.

At Walk Trot: Moustafa Nassar placed third.

Averett's IHSA Team returns to the show scene next semester!

201348
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 Brooke Welch, a BBA student. She anticipates graduating in May 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My motivation for finally obtaining my degree was to make a better future for my husband and myself. I just got married a little over a month ago and I am finally ready to finish college. I want to be able to provide the best future possible for myself, my husband and our future family. My bachelor's degree in business administration will be the key to a brighter future for all of us.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose Averett's GPS Program because of the flexibility with my full time work schedule. I work 45 hours per week and I needed a degree program that would allow me to continue to do so in order to provide for my husband and myself.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
One tip I have for my fellow classmates and future AU students would be to not wait, to do it now! For my fellow classmates, do those homework assignments early so that you have time to reflect on what you have learned! For future AU students, if you are nervous about trying to obtain a degree while working full time, taking care of your children, etc., don't be nervous do it now! Averett's GPS Program works so well with any schedule that anyone can get a degree!

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My biggest motivators right now are my husband and my parents. My husband and I work so hard for everything that we have, I want to obtain my degree so that I can be the best that I can possibly be and provide even more for us and our future family. I have been in and out of college for the past five years and my parents have always stood by me. I have finally found a degree program that works for me and I cannot wait to obtain my degree and finally be able to tell my parents that all of the hard work has paid off.

201347
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 Ian Watson.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
As a former military member, using the training that I received in the Marine Corps to transfer it to Averett's educational program (degree completion program). Not wasting the opportunity to better myself. Receiving monies to pay 100% of my education.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Convenience. For what I wanted to accomplish, Averett had a solution. They were able to work around the commitments I already had in my life.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Fellow classmates, find a good work partner.
Future students, use ALL your previous transcripts to transfer credits and shop online for books.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Self-sacrifice now, benefits later. Family.

What is your anticipated Date of Graduation?
Summer 2015

201346
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 Neal Edmonds, a master of business administration student who looks forward to completing the program next October and graduating in December.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
I've wanted to pursue a graduate degree for years to better myself professionally and personally. I finally asked myself, "If not now, then when?"

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
It is a challenging program with a good reputation, as well as being convenient for my schedule.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Work well with your teammates and learn from their diversity … and don't fall behind in your work (stick to your personal schedule)!

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Remembering my short-term goals of making the best grades I possibly can, and my long-term goal of completing my degree on time!

201345
A new organization has come to Averett and many faculty and staff have been asking: what is The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)? The purpose of the society, which was founded in 2001, is to create lasting positive change. According to its website, the society encourages "community action, volunteerism, personal growth, and strong leadership." It has members and chapters all over the world.

The group is advised by Marsha Foster, assistant dean of students and director of residence life and Dr. Jason Robertson, assistant professor of biology. Additional leadership for the organization includes:

AU Chapter Executive Board Roster
Eboni Allen, president
McKenzie Pickareal, secretary
Monti Gould, vice president
Linda Silva, treasurer
Michael Williams, SNT coordinator
Kelsey Flowers, fundraising chair
Jawoin Williams, publicity chair
Jewel Dale, welcome chair/membership coordinator
Mercedes Key, social events chair
Alex Hattwick , social events co-chair
Breanna Jones, society events chair
Jessie Gomes, community service chair

If you know students interested in learning more about the organization, please connect them to any of the organizations' leadership listed above. For more information about NSLS, visit their website at www.societyleadership.org. To learn why Eboni Allen, president, decided to start the organization on campus, please click here.

201345
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 Felicia Glick, an online sociology/criminal justice student. She anticipates graduating in 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
In January 2012 I was faced with searching for a job after 20 years with a local law enforcement agency. I wanted to continue in law enforcement and was fortunate to join the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Fisher and Captain Hanger are very supportive of continuing education. Augusta County also offers a continuing education reimbursement program. I have wanted to complete my degree for a very long time, but with two children and working full time the thought of traveling the short five minutes to the nearby community college and sitting in a classroom for several hours even one night a week was not appealing. While representing the Augusta County Sheriff's at a health, safety, career fair I met Rosemary (Parsells) with Averett who told me about the adult degree program Averett offers. Rosemary quickly connected me with Trish (Nicol) who guided me through the enrollment process, acquired my transcripts from Blue Ridge Community College and Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy and quickly presented me with a schedule that works great with other obligations in my life.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
The GPS Program allows me to work on class assignments at home or while traveling for work related obligations or visiting our daughter who is three hours away at the College of William and Mary. The support and encouragement from Averett counselors and staff made Averett the perfect choice for accomplishing my goal of completing my degree.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Education is something that can never be taken from you; work hard, set goals and stay focused.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Courses thus far have given me additional perspective in my career. The length of each course has been perfect. I find myself able to stay engaged with others in the class and the anticipation and receipt of the final grade creates an increased desire to continue moving forward.

201344
When it comes time to choose a major in college, many people choose to major in something they are passionate about, whether it is theatre, environmental biology or art. Senior Jordan Bay chose to major in art because "it just felt right." She will be displaying the artwork she has created during her four years at Averett as part of her Senior Art Show now through Nov. 25 in Jut's Café. Full Story

201344
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 Madlyn White-Winn who is pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree. Madlyn anticipates graduating in the spring.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
There were numerous reasons why obtaining my degree was important to me; however, self-fulfillment and career advancement were my top two motivators.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I looked at various educational options before making a decision. Averett offered an affordable program that fit my work schedule and lifestyle.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Embrace the experience! The road may be long and hard but the end reward is truly worth the many sacrifices.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
What keeps me motivated is the constant encouragement I receive from colleagues, family, friends and my awesome study partners.

201343
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 Diane Granderson who is pursuing an associate degree in business administration. "I was so excited about starting college I really don't know my graduation date. It has to be in 2017. Yeah!"

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
The next level of advancement, at my current employment, requires a college degree. This is my motivation. I've been with my current employer for 19 years and I enjoy working for this company. So I will continue on until I obtain a position I enjoy as much.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
The adult program seemed to fit my schedule. The information provided to me made me feel like I could accomplish anything once I put my mind to it. The encouragement provided by the counselor was want I needed at the time to assist me in making the right decision.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
If obtaining a college degree is your goal, don't let small excuses discourage you. Keep going after your dream until it's accomplished. It will be worth of the extra hours of completing homework assignments.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My motivation is having my daughter see me walk across the stage. All the hard work and dedication I put into my studies to make our lives better.

201342
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 Harvey Walker who is a MBA student. Harvey looks forward to graduating next fall.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
I received a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1998. When I enrolled at Averett University, it had been 15 years since I last attended a university. My first motivation was because I was bored. I ran out of things to challenge me. I needed a new challenge -something to challenge me methodically. I had been thinking about going back to school for a few years, however I was apprehensive about not fitting in with specific age groups, and whether or not I had the desire to provide the time required to give it my best. The motivation for obtaining this degree started with self-motivation, and to challenge myself to see if I still had the drive and desire.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose Averett because of the location. I work on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico. A secondary reason is the program itself. The students enrolled in the GPS program in Quantico are a mixture of prior military, retired service members and career minded adults who work daily jobs. These individuals have the same goals and desires as I do, which is improved education that could lead to a better opportunity. The Averett program is easier to fit into than other programs that I observed, especially for someone who has not attended school in a few years.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Learn to write and understand the material presented in the program. It's challenging, but this is a master's program and it should be challenging. Averett studies involve numerous group projects and writing assignments, however students should remember that they need to learn to write and think on their own. Once you graduate with your MBA degree, supervisors and employers will expect nothing less of you, but quality work.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
I am a little over half way through the program. I try not to miss any class periods. I firmly believe that if I attend class, I will learn something. Also, since I have a master's degree I have to continue to motivate myself. The best way for me to do that is to attend class. I believe that if I missed class for an extended period, it would be hard to return. The short classes of 6-10 weeks are motivation, compared to attending class for 12-15 weeks.

201340
Senior Kathleen Moore loves art and everything about it. That's why choosing art as her major was as natural as breathing.

Kathleen will be holding her Senior Art Show Oct. 3-Nov. 15 in the library. Stop by to check out the work produced by this talented young lady. To read more about Kathleen and her show, click here.

201340
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 Gary Lane. Gary is an MBA student who will be graduating in December.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My main motivation for obtaining my degree was to show my children that obtaining an advanced degree was normal. My secondary motivation was to develop and increase my critical thinking skills so that I would become more marketable.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose Averett's GPS Program for two reasons. First, I have peers who completed the program and spoke highly of their experiences at Averett. Second, the GPS program's one night a week format worked perfectly with my schedule.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
The one tip I would give with future AU students is to have fun and make the most out of your opportunity while at Averett. The more you put into course work and studies, the more you will reap.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
At this point in the program what keeps me motivated is graduating with my classmates. Additionally, I think it will be really special to walk across that stage with my children in attendance.

201339
It all started with a sculpture class and senior Ariel Barrett was hooked on art. She will be showcasing her work during her Senior Art Show Sept. 27-Oct. 25 in Jut's Cafe. Stop by while you're in the Student Center and check out the work of one of our amazing students.

To read Ariel's story and learn more about her art show, click here.

201339
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 Daryl Henley, who is pursuing an associate's degree in business administration. He plans to graduate in 2015; and then begin pursuing his bachelor of business administration degree so he can graduate in 2017 with a bachelor's degree.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
I have been considered promotable by management at my company, but there is a policy of higher education to meet the minimum criteria for advancement. Most of all, this is something I started years ago, but never finished.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Averett has a good reputation, and was the perfect fit for a working adult. Averett sets a pace that one may not keep up with in other programs.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Juggling life and school will be tough at times, but remember why you are here. The end results will be worth the stress and sacrifice.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
The thoughts of that long awaited bachelor's degree in four years, and an upgrade in my family's lifestyle keeps me motivated.

201338
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 Adan Euresti, who is a BBA student. He looks forward to graduating in December 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My original motivation for obtaining my degree was to achieve a goal that I set out to achieve a long time ago; to be the first in my family to receive an education. I also know this degree will aid in furthering my career growth/job advancement as well as benefit my family.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose to attend Averett because I like the adult learning format where I can actually go to class and have a discussion and interaction with working professionals from other lines of work.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Don't hesitate because life is so short! Keep striving to meet your goals in life!

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
The classroom environment Averett offers helps keep me motivated. I'm currently finishing my third class at Averett and I feel confident I will be able to obtain my degree because this program truly caters to the working adult with a family.

201337
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 Carl Brown a MBA student. Carl anticipates graduating in the spring of 2014.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
When I started the program I was a father to a 19-year-old (Montell) and 5-year-old (Camren) -both boys. My motivation for obtaining a master's degree was to give my children, especially my youngest son, something to strive for, a goal to surpass and a motivational tool to push them academically. My wife and I believe that our children should set lofty educational goals, at the very least, surpass any goals/achievements that we were blessed to accomplish. I also believed that I needed to set the bar high; completing a master of business administration program met that objective.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I selected Averett's GPS Program for three reasons: (1) The structure of the program was a great fit for my family's busy lifestyle. Having class one night a week allowed me to manage my family time and still have the ability to complete any class requirements. (2) Averett afforded me the opportunity to continue my education without being in class all weekend, away from my family. (3) The class location was perfect. The Richard Bland location is 10 minutes from my place of employment and 18 minutes from my home.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students.
The one tip I would share with my fellow classmates and future AU students is to work on time management. Having a plan to complete class assignments and continue to do the things you enjoy is invaluable. Any educational program is going to require a commitment of your time; how you manage it is critical. I have not missed one major family event since starting the program at Averett. If I could offer a second tip, it would be to learn from your classmates. Everyone brings a different set of experiences/skills to the program, leverage what each individual offers because it will enhance your knowledge and learning experience.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My primary motivation is, and continues to be, my youngest son, Camren. Now six years old, I realize that I am his educational example; he is watching everything I do. How I handle homework assignments, projects, etc. are opportunities to send positive messages to him on how he should approach his education. My second source of motivation comes from my wife, Leona. She continues to encourage me to work hard, do my best, and set an example for our youngest son. As she always reminds me, "we have to provide a solid foundation for Camren. He is not going to be a statistic."

201335
Senior art major Ashley Green will be holding her Senior Art Show in Jut's Café beginning tomorrow (Aug. 29) through Sept. 25. Stop in when you have a moment and check out the talent of one of our very own artists.

To learn more about Ashley, and her show, click here.

201335
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.


Priscilla Hurt is a BBA student who anticipates graduating in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivations for obtaining my degree are to receive a promotion at my job and the self-gratification of reaching my goal in earning my bachelor's degree.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The best thing I like about Averett's GPS Program is still being able to work full-time and attend class one night a week.
What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
My tip for my fellow classmates and future AU students would be "You can accomplish your goal as long as you stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize."

201334
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 Lanette Green, one of our MBA students. Lanette looks forward to graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
Obtaining my MBA is the next step in my plan to run/own a successful business.

What do you most like about your degree program?
There is nothing like the flexibility that going to class one night a week allows. I can still work a full time job and get great grades.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Don't overlook the advantage that having a great group gives you!

201333
Meet Jennifer Sulik an ASB student. Jennifer anticipates graduating in May 2015 with her associate's degree and then in May 2017 with her bachelor of business administration degree.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is to be a positive role model and allow myself the best possible opportunity to further my career. I have two children that I am encouraging to go to college. What better way to inspire my children than leading by example? Also, I have reached a point in my professional career that I am unable to advance without furthering my education and earning my degree. I want to give myself and my family all of the rewards that I will reap by performing to my full potential, personally and professionally. The next logical step was to work toward my degree.

What do you most like about your degree program?
Flexibility. Averett offers online and evening classes. This flexibility allows working adults to pursue the associates and bachelor's degrees in the traditional timeframe.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Believe in yourself. Don't let fear keep you from reaching your goals. Averett will provide a platform for success. From your academic advisor, instructors, and fellow classmates there is always someone ready to give a helping hand or encouragement. You can do this!

201333
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 Keshia Pruitt, an MBA student who looks forward to graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation for obtaining an MBA is to push myself to reach my full potential. The degree will be beneficial, but the knowledge that I gain from this experience is worth even more.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I love the schedule. Having class one day a week is great for my busy work and social life. I even like that I have class during the summer because it means that I will get my degree even sooner.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Make time for yourself. I can easily become overwhelmed when I think about everything I have to do for work and school. I've learned that I have to schedule some "me time" into the week to have fun and unwind.

201332
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 Leonard Ruitta, who is a BBA student. He looks forward to graduating next spring.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation is my family. I am the eighth of nine brothers and sisters, all of whom have their degrees. I joined the Marine Corps instead. Now that chapter of my life is over and I knew a degree was my next step. Also there are my children, as a father how can I ask my children to do their best and get a great education if I don't have one myself?

What do you most like about your degree program?
What I like most about Averett University's GPS Program is the environment. The hands-on learning experience I am able to obtain with my professors makes things all the easier. As they say, "life happens," and as a working adult that could not ring more true. Averett's program makes the process easier, and no one can argue the benefits of that.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
A wise man, and a professor at AU, used to always end his conversations with me by saying, "Stay the course!" As an aviation guy, not just in the AU program but in my professional life as well, that comment always had a way of making me smile. However, the context in which he said it never faded in my mind. No matter how tough things seem to be, or possibly even unchallenging, always remember there is a beacon in the dark. The first bad decision is almost always followed by another.

201331
Meet Keith Norris, who is a BBA student. He looks forward to graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is the idea of completing what I start no matter what obstacles life may throw my way.

What do you most like about your degree program?
Averett's GPS Program allows for interaction and team building among fellow classmates, along with the convenience of one night per week, five week courses.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Do not ever quit or give up what you start, although the end may seem distant, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

201331
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 Mandy Owens, a BBA student who anticipates graduating in April 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My initial motivation for completing my degree was for career and advancement opportunities at work. Now, in addition to "opening doors," I am extremely motivated by knowing my son will see that both his mom and dad have completed their degrees and hope this will help encourage him to pursue his degree (many years down the road)!

When I started the program (before having a child), I had a vision of looking out into the crowd, seeing my child sitting on my husband's lap and clapping for mommy as I walked across the stage! That vision is now a reality....that keeps me motivated!

What do you most like about your degree program?
The best part about the GPS Program is that it is truly geared toward working adults. Sometimes work-life and/or family-life can make it very difficult to stay motivated, but the way Averett's program is designed, helps me stick with it.

The study team format is very helpful as "many heads are better than one" - especially in statistics and economics! I also really enjoy how the classroom atmosphere is more about discussions versus lectures and often times adult students can relate to each other better.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Stick with it - it flies by!! Each class is just a few weeks and one class down gets you one step closer to reaching your goal!

201330
The Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has a Student Spotlight program. Each month, the academic advisors pick a student from each campus and have the student answer a few questions about his or her experience here at Averett.


Meet Bridget Crusan, a BBA student who anticipates graduating in April 2015.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
I am motivated by my desire for career advancement and a bigger salary. I have worked as an administrative assistant for more than 18 years. It is a very demanding job and companies would add more responsibility without any increase in pay. I decided I needed a change, and in order to advance with any company I needed to get a degree. I have been promoted twice with my current company because I was in the process of earning a degree here at Averett!

What do you most like about your degree program?
The best part of the GPS Program is the accelerated bachelor of business administration degree. As a working adult, it can take twice as long to achieve a degree and Averett has found a system that allows you to gain the same degree as a traditional college student without spending 15 plus weeks in class.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Time management is the key to succeeding in college. Learning how to manage your time each day to accomplish each week's objectives for the class is extremely important. I use this formula for every hour in class - spend a half hour outside of class on assignments.

201329
Meet Willie Fobbs, an MBA student who expects to complete the GPS Program in the fall of 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
I've always wanted to pursue a master's degree, but never felt the time was right given family and work obligations. I now have three adult children who are making their way in the world and felt like the time was right. I have a great job right now and feel that pursuing my master's degree will broaden my knowledge and experiences in my current position, as well as expand my opportunities should I decide to begin a 'second career.' In addition, I hope to be a beacon of light and inspiration for my three kids to show them that anything is possible and you never stop learning.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The Averett program provides a flexible, learning environment to pursue my studies at my own pace, and the program focuses on real-world issues in the business and government environment.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
The program is yours to mold. The professors have been engaging and easy to work with so far, and they give you an opportunity to adapt the program's requirements to your learning style.

201329
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 Jeanine Marchese, a BBA student who will graduate in 2017.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation for obtaining my degree with AU is to remain employable in today's changing market and to continue my personal journey of learning something new each and every day.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I love it that everyone, the people in the financial office, the advisor (Yea, Erma!) and the professors are so enthusiastic and helpful. They make going back to school easy and fun.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Ask about alternate ways off the base at Quantico after 10 p.m.!

201328
Meet Kristina Berryman, a BBA student. Kristina anticipates graduated in the spring of 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
To advance further in my career.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I like the study teams and being able to focus on just one class at a time.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Don't be afraid to ask questions or plan study meetings with your study team before tests so you have a set time to study!

201328
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 Richard Williams, an MBA student who will graduate this December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My initial motivation to obtain a degree was to gain a feeling of personal satisfaction. I knew that getting the degree would be a challenge and I doubted that I could even find the time to make this happen. However, I reminded myself that knowledge is power. I weighed the possibilities of how much a degree would mean to me for the future. I thought to myself that I might not be at my same job in the next five years. I want to be fully prepared and be competitive with my peers. A degree can help me if I should move on to other employment or even start my own business.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I am an advocate of team-based learning. It is great to pair with others seeking the same goal. As a team, each of our personalities and traits complement each other's, so we are able to function well as a team to meet our team objectives. It also serves as an accountability effort. At least two-thirds of our cohort began our MBA journey in August 2011 and are still in high pursuit to walk across the stage to receive our degrees in December. God is good!

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Author Ben Sweetland said, "We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own." Everyone should have a goal to take advantage of any educational opportunities, as it will pay off in the end - whether to serve others or just to make yourself more marketable in this competitive world.

201327
Meet Greg Gearheart '11, who is pursuing his MBA degree. Greg anticipates graduating next spring.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
I worked as a licensed optician for more than 20 years. About ten years ago I began to see that the optical industry was changing and I had few options for advancement. I eventually enrolled in Averett's bachelor of business administration degree program and graduated in 2011. I then decided to return for the MBA program to give myself further options in the employment field. I have moved from the optical retail field into a management position with a manufacturing company. The opportunity for change would not have been there without my Averett education.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I like the opportunity to sit in a classroom with adult students. I have taken many online courses, but prefer the interaction in the classroom setting. The accelerated class schedule can be taxing when you have a full-time job, but it has allowed me to achieve my goals in a timely fashion.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
The one thing you can count on in life is change. To survive in life or in business you must learn to handle the constant change.

201327
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 Irish Samuels, a BBA student who looks forward to graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
I am a single mom and know how education can open doors for opportunities. My children are my inspiration and motivation. I have encouraged my kids to seek higher education as far back as I can remember. I could not encourage them to do better without me doing better, so I enrolled at Averett. My son graduated from college on May 19, with a bachelor of arts degree and a 3.6 GPA. My daughter is a junior at a college in Boston and doing very well with a 3.4 GPA.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The sharing of knowledge and life experience with classmates and instructors is one of things I like best about the GPS Program.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
What I consider a good and important tip for fellow classmates and future students is communication. Don't be shy. If something is not clear, ask questions. You probably are not alone. Let your study group become your extended family. Work closely together and pull knowledge and ideas from each other.

201326
Robert Truly is a BBA student. He anticipates graduating in the spring of 2016.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is to set an example for my daughter that higher education is important. Regardless of our age, we should always be learning and remain open minded while pursuing an education.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The GPS Program has been an awesome experience because it allows one to still have a family life and career, and further one's education at the same time thanks to the class scheduling and teamwork environment.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
My tip for future students at our university is to use your time wisely and stay in close contact with your peer study group members. Teamwork makes the dream work!

201326
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 Jianna Atkinson, an MBA student who anticipates graduating in April 2015.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation is to better myself career-wise and to encourage future job opportunities. These days a bachelor's degree is what a high-school diploma was years ago. Higher education is becoming necessary.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The weekly class sessions are the main reason I chose Averett. I learn best through lecture and classroom interaction. That, and I've had friends graduate from Averett and they recommended the program.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Oh, boy. Just do it. But, there's no time! Okay...well, if not now, then when?
My cluster and I are a quarter of the way through the program. The teachers, faculty and staff have been helpful and accommodating.

Bonus tips: You will get along wonderfully with most fellow classmates, reasonably well with some and maybe just maybe question the emotional capacity of others. The main thing is – you're going to learn something from everyone. Do the work and have fun!

201325
Meet BBA student Valente Esparza. Valente expects to graduate in 2015 (hopefully). This may sound bad, but I'm not worried about that, not yet. One class at a time, taking small victories along the way to the big goal will help make it not seem like it's going to take forever to finish.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
I have a couple of motivating factors that help keep me focused on obtaining my degree. The first is my father, he always stressed the importance of education to us as kids but I was too stubborn and rebellious to understand that or care. Now as a working adult I understand what he meant and I plan on surprising him with the invitation to my graduation in a couple of years. The second would have to be money. I mean, who doesn't want more money right? I plan on using my business degree to get my own business started after graduation. Even if I don't make a lot of money running my own business, I'll still be my own boss and that seems pretty worth it to me.

What do you most like about your degree program?
There are no bullies to take my lunch money at recess!

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Lighten up! There's no such thing as a permanent record!


201325
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 Shawn Jackson, a BBA student who expects to graduate in February 2015.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
I've truly been blessed; I have an established career in a thriving industry that provides growth opportunity. Although I've achieved success in my career field, a degree is going to give me the potential to be considered for other various opportunities. My dream is to work for the NBA one day. Without playing pro ball, I know I'm going to need every "i" dotted and every "t" crossed to even be considered for a front office position. Obtaining a degree will give me the chance to accomplish a very lofty goal. The simple thought of working for the NBA excites me; that's all the motivation I need.

What do you most like about your degree program?
Averett's GPS Program is designed perfectly. It allows me to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. With classes only being held once a week, I still have the flexibility to work my unpredictable schedule. Plus, I am not a fan of online classes, so the GPS Program is a perfect fit for me.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
When you don't feel like doing school activities, replay in your mind the reason you signed up to attend AU. This will help you remember why completing class work is so important.

201324
Meet Holli McConnell, an MBA student. Holli will finish her last class on June 26.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I am fulfilling a promise that I made to myself when I completed my undergraduate degree. Knowing how proud my two little girls will be is what keeps me going.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I like that we are able to concentrate on a single course at a time, and that the courses are designed so that they build on one another.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Remember to find time for you. You cannot sustain a life that's all work and school. It's okay to spend a weekend (once in a while) without opening your books.

201324
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 Zena Smith a BBA student who will graduate this year.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My youngest daughter will be graduating from high school in 2014. I want her to see that attending college is challenging, but she can do it as long as she commits to her goals and does not quit!

What do you most like about your degree program?
I enjoy Averett's GPS program because it's accelerated, which helps me achieve my goals in a timely manner since I am a working mom and wife.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
When you get close to graduating, with only a few classes left, do not quit; remember why you started your journey!

201323
Meet Charles Walcott, one of our MBA students. Charles anticipates graduating Aug. 4, 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I am pursuing an MBA degree for a few reasons. First, I want to be more competitive and I feel that this particular degree will give me the necessary skills in today's highly selective job market. Second, one of my professional goals is to earn an MBA. In addition, I wanted to earn an MBA because it offers practical skills I can use in my current profession. Lastly, if I ever make a career change, I can transfer what I learn in the MBA program to any field.

What do you most like about your degree program?
Averett's MBA program offers several advantages. I was interested in taking classes in a classroom setting with a professor and other students rather than online classes. Working closely with my cohort on assignments is both challenging and rewarding. I find working in a team format is very similar to how organizations operate and professionals must learn to perform successfully in a team environment. Also, the schedule is flexible enough to allow me to work full-time and spend time with my family while taking classes.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
One tip I would like to share with my fellow classmates and future Averett students is try to focus on one small goal at a time rather than worrying about the overall goal. For example, complete each assignment to the best of your ability without worrying about how to make it through the entire program. Eventually, as you are successful with each assignment and class, you will complete the program by achieving each small goal.

201323
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 Sonia Elliott, a BBA student. Sonia will graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I wanted to go back to college to finish what I had started so many years ago…a bachelor's degree! I also wanted to understand the business end of my husband's retail business and Averett was there to guide me along the way.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I love the ability to attend class in the evening. I also like the fact my schedule was set from the day I started and I could see my graduation date in black and white. It has been a great motivator!

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Do not procrastinate!

201322
Meet Telly Simons, an MBA student. Telly plans to graduate next May.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
To be in a better position for promotion and to set the standard for my daughters to follow.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I really like the group concept and staying with the same classmates throughout the duration of the program. Having that extra push from your fellow classmates serves as a great motivational tool.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Just know that it will get hard at some point and you may want to quit. But hang in there because this is a feeling we all have had at one point or another. Remember your ultimate goal is to graduate!

201322
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 Shannon Deristel who is enrolled in the MBA program. Shannon anticipates graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Obtaining my MBA has been one of my goal's for as long as I can remember. Not only will it enhance my career and job opportunities, but it's also important because of my background. Almost two years ago now when I started here at Averett, we were asked to create bumper stickers. My bumper sticker read, "I will because I can!" My parents, along with my grandparents, drilled into me constantly the need for an education. My grandmothers, one a mid-wife and the other a maid, weren't allowed the same opportunities to do all that I've had. To not accept the challenges and improve both my quality of life and that of my family would be a disservice to all the sacrifices they made for me. I'm motivated to continue because I know that it would make all of them proud.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I like the fact that these are people who know me! We all started together, struggle together and lean on each other for support. Some of them will be in my life forever. These are friendships forged because of circumstance, but lasting because of commonality!

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students? Keep going no matter how tough you think it is! Life gets in the way sometimes, but you can do it! Persevere!

201321
Meet Chantelle Jackson, a BBA student. She plans to graduate in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining a degree is quite simple. Success! I believe success is the best revenge to anything in life that may try and trick you into believing certain things are unattainable.

What do you most like about your degree program?
Averett's GPS program is blessed to have instructors and staff that care and understand life and its stumbling blocks. The instructors and staff are very committed to helping you navigate your path to personal success.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
One tip I could offer to a fellow classmate and future AU student is undoubtedly to never give up! Where there is a will, there is a way. With the commitment and dedication of the AU instructors and staff you will complete your path to personal success.

201321
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 Art Costa, a BBA student who anticipates graduating in December. "I'm counting the days!"

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
This has been a personal goal of mine. I did not finish college like most of my high school class and earning my degree is something I have wanted to do. Since my company pays for most of the tuition, it was a no-brainer to finish on my own terms.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I really enjoy the one night per week class schedule. It allows me to continue my full-time job, while still allowing me plenty of family time.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Get into a good study group! I have had the pleasure of being in three fantastic study groups. Not only does a good study group provide support when one of us is in need of help, I have also become great friends with all of them as well.

footer

dashboard