DRF Speaker Series

This month, the Danville Regional Foundation is holding a breakfast as part of its Speaker Series. Sarah Lewis, cultural historian, author and Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University will speak during a breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 a.m. Those interested in attending must register for this free event by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 434-836-6990 or visiting their website by clicking here.

DRF Speaker Series

Sarah Lewis, cultural historian, author and Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University will speak during a breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 a.m. The free event, part of the Danville Regional Foundation's (DRF) Speaker Series, is sponsored by DRF, the Danville Area Association for Arts and Humanities and the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

Lewis' talk will mirror her book "The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery." "The Rise" is a story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery and the creative process are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely and even failure.

To make your reservation for this event call the Chamber at 434-836-6990 or visit their website by clicking here.

Leading an Engaged Workforce

The Chamber of Commerce is offering a professional development opportunity at a minimal cost ($35) and within a 10 minute drive from campus. For additional information, click here.

Collecting Donations

Frankie Reaves, a local pastor, went on a mission trip to South Dakota this summer. During the trip, Reaves visited a reservation, where the plight of the children touched him. Since his return, Reaves has partnered with other local churches to fill a tractor trailer with non-perishable goods to take back to the reservation.

If you would like to make a donation to this cause, drop items off to Tammy Wall in the business office. Wall also asks that if you don't use the coupons in Sunday's paper that you drop those by as well. If you have questions, or need more information please contact Wall at twall@averett.edu.


Help Danville's House of Hope Homeless Shelter by participating in a Foodortunity contest being held by CIT, located at Ballou Park Shopping Center here in Danville. The contest runs through Friday. All you have to do is vote for House of Hope. Votes can be cast once a day, but you can vote from all of your devices (cell phone, laptop, home computer, etc.). The non-profit organization with the most votes will be awarded $10,000 from CIT. To place your vote for House of Hope, please follow the link: www.cit.com/vote. All voting is anonymous, you don't have to register for anything. The winner will be announced Sept. 15.

Foodortunity is a corporate wide contest being held by all of CIT's locations worldwide. Each location got to choose a non-profit organization in need of food donations.

Health Insurance Choices Survey

The Cancer Research and Resource Center, on behalf of VCU, is administering a health insurance choices survey. Participants can earn up to $100 for completion of the survey. Please click here for more information.

Workshop at the Institute

Two workshops - 1-Minute Manager and Situational Leadership - will be presented at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (150 Slayton Ave.) on Friday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost to attend is $25. For more information about the workshops and to register, click here.

Customer Service Workshop

Get ready to learn about customer service like you've never heard it discussed before! Give 'Em The Pickle will be held Thursday, June 5 from 9-10 a.m. at the Pittsylvania County Administration Building (1 Center Street, Chatham). The event is free, but reservations are required. To register for the workshop, please click here.

In the Give 'Em The Pickle training workshop you'll be acquainted with Bob Farrell, who learned the importance of giving away pickles to keep his customers happy and coming back. In this training, we join Bob (via DVD) to learn that "Your business is not what you sell. It's who you serve."

This training workshop will focus on the four PICKLE Key Learning Points: service, attitude, consistency and teamwork.

Join the Challenge & Get Your Game On!

Help chase away heart disease with HeartChase! Join the chase at www.HeartChaseDanville.org. It's an adventure game with healthier hearts and lives as the goal.

Administrative Professionals Day

The Southside Virginia Chapter of SHRM will be holding a luncheon seminar on Wednesday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) to recognize administrative professionals in and around the Danville area. Visit the SVSHRM website by clicking here for more information and to register online for the luncheon.

STEM-H Summit

The 2014 Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit will culminate in two days (March 13 & 14) of regional events at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.

• February 27-March 12 - local kick-off events
• March 13 - student symposium & counselor/advisor workshop followed by an evening community reception and STEM-Arts performance
• March 14 - educator and industry convention

The registration fee is $50. Please note that each registration fee helps subsidize the cost for an educator. For additional information, please visit www.sovastem-h.org.

Attention Aspiring Entrepreneurs!

Do you have an idea for a new business in Danville? Register now for IdeaFest Friday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Attendees will gain knowledge about the startup process, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and learn about business development resources in the region. They will also have an opportunity to pitch their business idea. First, second and third place winners will win cash and services to launch their startups. Register now at wwww.ideafestdanville.com.

Note: business professors, this might be an interesting event for your students to attend.

Join Danville United

The city of Danville has created a coalition - Danville United Community Relations Coalition, otherwise known as Danville United. The coalition's purpose is to engage interested persons in working together to make Danville a more tolerant, friendly, and welcoming community to everyone regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, ethnicity, nationality or economic status. For more information about Danville United, or to formally join the coalition, visit www.danvilleunited.org.

The coalition will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The keynote speaker will be Birmingham, Alabama attorney Jim Rotch, author of "The Birmingham Pledge". Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Support the Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Danville is hosting a Ribs Rhythm & Blues Soul Festival Saturday, Sept. 7 from 3-10 p.m. at the Carrington Pavilion. In addition to outstanding food, families will find a variety of activities to enjoy including games, rides and arts and crafts specialty items. Performers at the event include Dante Lewis, Terence Young of "The Terence Young Experience" and Shableek.

To purchase your tickets online, please click here. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under with one school supply item (all school supplies will go to the Boys & Girls Club and the Church Based Tutorial Program). For more information about the event, please contact Kenny Lewis at (434) 421-0034.

Eat Out & Support the Pilot Club

The Pilot Club, which supports the University via scholarships, is holding a Dine & Donate event at Lone Star Steakhouse (Lowe's Drive in Danville) on Friday, Sept 5 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Print out the flyer and show it to your server for the club to receive credit.

In addition to the dining event, the club is holding a raffle for a 50 inch Hitachi Plasma TV. Tickets are $5 per ticket, or you may purchase five tickets for $20. The drawing will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 and you do not have to be present to win. To purchase a ticket, contact Debbie Flinn at ext. 15680 or via email at dflinn@averett.edu or another member of the Pilot Club.

The Pilot Club's focus is on promoting awareness of brain related disorders and to improve the lives of those affected - through education, volunteer activities, financial support and research. They help those with Autism, Alzheimer's, stroke, head trauma, veterans and so many more.

This week we are pleased to recognize the Bon Appétit staff in the dining hall. Congratulations, everyone!

This week we are pleased to recognize Petrina Carter, director of Career Services. Congratulations, Petrina!

This week we are pleased to recognize Wanda Haynes, administrative assistant to the faculty in Frith Hall. Congratulations, Wanda!

This week we are pleased to recognize the office of residence life. Congratulations, everyone!

This week we are pleased to recognize Stephanie Mullins, associate director of admissions and transfer counselor. Congratulations, Stephanie!