Averett alumnus and former Cougars baseball player Chad Wright '02 won a national contest to represent the Washington Nationals this past week at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as part of the MLB/People Magazine All-Star Teachers program presented by Target. To read the full story, click here.
Two recent standout student-athletes, Allison and Sarah Sparks class of 2014, have hit the ground running with their education degrees.
Allison has accepted a third grade math and science position at Cluster Springs Elementary School in Halifax County. Sarah has accepted a sixth grade math position at Central Academy Middle School in Fincastle. Both are from Ruffin, N.C. We wish them the best!
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team finished the competition year with great success. Overall the team finished in fourth place out of 10 teams in the region, and 12 riders qualified for post-season competition in their divisions. Of those 12 riders, Marina DaSilva and Adeline Bova placed high enough at the Regional competition on Sunday, March 30 to qualify for Zone competition on Saturday, April 5. They traveled with Coach Cricket Morris to Berry College in Rome, Ga. to attempt to qualify for the National finals to be held in May.
During the IHSA Zone finals competition on Saturday, Marina placed sixth in the Open Over Fences competition and Adeline finished seventh in the Walk/Trot competition. Congratulations to Marina and Adeline on a strong finish to the year!
For the third year in a row the men's basketball team has been recognized by the USA South Conference with the USA South Sportsmanship Award. Read the full story on the athletics website by clicking here.
A team of Averett MBA students collaborated with local manufacturers and Danville Utilities to form the Danville Chapter of the Association for Energy Engineers (AEE). Cecil Jones, AEE vice president Region II, presented the Danville Chapter with its charter on Feb. 20 at the Regional Center for Applied Technology and Training (RCATT).
The mission of the AEE Danville Chapter is to promote energy efficiency in the region. The chapter will meet on a regular basis and offer educational and networking opportunities for energy professionals in the area.
The team consists of Eric Walker, Philip Kauneckas, Robert LeMieux, John Parkin, Grady Sessoms and Adjunct Professor Mike Jones.
In their final home competition of the season, Averett's IDA team came away with the win. This win ranks the University first in the region going into this weekend's final competition. For the complete results, please click here to read the web story.
Congratulations to all of the members of the IDA team, and their coach, on a job well done!
Averett Flight Instructor Travis Wireman '11 has accepted a position with PSA Airlines based in Vandalia, Ohio. After graduating, Travis worked for Averett to build his flight time and has now reached his first career goal to fly for an airline. Congratulations and good luck, Travis!
A hearty congratulations is extended to the aeronautics department! Last week, the department received some fantastic news that will make a huge difference for our students. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the program the ability to certify our graduates for the restricted flight hour Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating. This means our graduates will be able to pursue a career that much sooner. To learn more, click here to read the story on our website.
When she was enrolled in the strategic management class Maryellen Cosby-Smalls '10, and her classmates, "purchased" a franchise for their final project. Her team studied Fresh Coat Painters. She was so impressed with the business opportunity that she bought the franchise for the Hampton Roads area. To read the rest of Maryellen's story, please click here.
John Ayers has quickly climbed the ranks of management at
Walmart. His rapid climb to level 2 management is very
Jessica Childers graduated with her BBA degree last August and attended Tidewater's Community Job Fair on Nov 11. She connected with Xerox Corporation and was offered a position the very next day.
The University's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team has competed for the last two weekends. The first weekend (Oct. 26 & 27) they placed first and second overall. This past weekend (Nov. 2) they placed third overall.
For individual results from both competitions click here and here.
As you see members of the team around campus, make sure to congratulate them on a job well done.
The University's academic support center has been recertified through the College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Training Program Certification (CRLA-ITTPC). Congratulations to Holly Kilby, director of academic support, and all of her tutors for their hard work in making this happen! Click here to read more about this accomplishment.
*Special thanks to Marley Anthony, peer tutor, for the picture.
Senior Dakota Rogers never thought his summer internship would land him a job before he graduated, but that's exactly what happened. Now, he attends classes and then leaves at the end of the day to head to Lynchburg to work at ABC 13 WSET-TV as a video-journalist. To read about Dakota's experience, please click here.
Dr. Richard Ferguson, chair of the department of physical education, participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George Utah last week, winning the Half Marathon. Congratulations, Richard!
On Sept. 29, the University's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team traveled to Virginia Tech to compete in its first competition of the year. The team finished the day as High Score Team of the show and Marina Da Silva was named Reserve High Score Rider. To read the complete story, please click here.
The team also hosted their first ever competition on Saturday, Oct. 5. This time they finished third as a team and also had several individual riders place. To read the results from that competition, click
As you see members of the team around campus, make sure to congratulate them on a good start to their year.
Ginger Henderson, assistant professor and chair of the equestrian department, will serve as a judge of the third annual Colt Starting Challenge, which is hosted by SouthEastern Farriers and Horseowners Association, on Oct. 19 in Chatham. Katie Angis '05, will also serve as one of the four judges. Congratulations, Ginger!
Laila Hatoum '09 a new addition to the staff at DSS, was selected as a new family services specialist. She most recently served as assistant director/lead teacher at Apple Tree Children's Center in Danville, where she supervised teaching assistants and provided supervision for children ages 2-12 and coordinated the curriculum. Laila was also responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy environment that fostered children's social, cognitive, physical and academic development.
She was awarded her bachelor of science degree in sociology from Averett.
Tyra Griffin Williamson '00 has been selected as the new family services supervisor. She has served as a child protective service worker at DSS since 2003. Her experience includes conducting presentations to local and mandated agencies and hospitals on reporting child abuse. She also conducted assessments to ensure safety of children and relocation of families and coordinating with agencies to help stabilize clients in crisis.
Tyra was awarded her master of science in criminal justice from Everest University in Tampa, Fla. and her bachelor of science degree in criminal justice/sociology from Averett.
Kaitlyn Hall '08 has been selected as the new senior family services specialist. She has served as a social worker at Danville Social Services (DSS) since 2009, most recently as the senior social worker. Kaitlyn's experience includes case management for foster children cases and adoption cases, as well as the preparation of court documents for adoptions. She also trained perspective foster/adoptive parents and foster children for independent living skills.
She received her bachelor of science degree in sociology/criminal justice from Averett.
Meet Rebecca Hudson, who graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in business administration: marketing.
I feel as though obtaining a bachelor's degree is a must in today's society because it gives you a better knowledge of the job you wish to pursue. It also helps you learn how to present your ideas to a co-worker or management, or maybe conduct research for your company. There are just so many benefits to getting a bachelor's degree.
Averett prepared me for my future and career because professors know how to guide their students without "holding their hand," which makes students begin to figure out what the "real world" is like.
I am an employee of QBE NAU Country as a crop adjuster. In my position, I work claims for the insurance agency, which means that I go out to the farmer's fields and appraise their damage, whether it be from drought, excessive rain or anything else that may occur.
My favorite thing about my time at Averett was when I finished all of my general education requirements and began to have the same people in all of my classes. We formed a real bond. Teachers became a part of this bond as well which made it easy to go to them when there was a problem.
I encourage other students to create day-to-day goals. Before you know it, your long-term goal will be accomplished.
Tamara L. Owens '06 is a BBA graduate who is returning to AU to complete her MBA. The GPS Program has made a huge impact on Tamara. Below, she tells her story in her own words.
I just wanted to take a moment and let you all know how important Averett's adult education program has been to me. There have been a few changes in my life since graduating with my BBA. I was a lifelong student, but due to many life changes I had never finished my degree. I had lots of credit hours, but no "paper."
Upon learning of Averett's accelerated learning program, I enrolled and finally reached the end goal of attaining my degree. I was fortunate to have had success in many areas, but nothing like what I am experiencing now. Since earning my degree, I am eligible for many positions that would have been closed to me before. If returning to 'traditional' college courses had been my only option, I am not sure I would have returned to school.
I am now the program site manager on a contract for the government. I have a total of 461 employees for which I provide oversight - seven departmental managers, 26 supervisors, five administrative personnel, and 423 employees at different levels reporting to them. This success would have never been possible without the opportunity which Averett provided.
Now, I want to go forward and receive my MBA through Averett, even at my advanced career stage, I am excited about the opportunities that are ahead of me!
Meet Loretta Kinnard '13 who graduated in April. She works for HCA Hospitals in patient accounts and has motivated other students to enroll at Averett. Loretta recently took the time to share about her Averett experience. Here's what she had to say.
My primary objective for obtaining my degree was for a sense of accomplishment. Secondly, it was to advance in the corporate business industry. I know some people would say for a better job first, then accomplishment. That was not my case.
I started college in the early 80's and went for a few years and then stopped because "life" happened. So about 33 years later, when the opportunity arose, I returned. The GPS Program allowed me to still work full time as well as fulfill my other daily obligations. Also, the classes were not overcrowded like your usual college classes.
It is never too late, and you are never too old to complete what you have started - as a "Baby Boomer, " I would know! No matter how hard it gets, hang in there, you will get through it.
I am a minister in my local church, a caregiver for my 81-year old mom and I also had the difficult task of burying my brother. Robert Crawford stated that "being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. " Take this quote with you through every one of your classes when challenges arise.
Now that I've completed my degree, my first plan is to rest! But, not for too long. I might dive back in again for my masters. This has been a life-long goal of mine to complete my education and with one class at a time, accompanied by a few challenges, I did it! To God be the glory!
Dr. Catherine Clark, assistant professor of French and English and director of the study abroad program, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program this October. Way to go, Katy!
The purpose of this program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of France through exchange. As one of twelve recipients nationwide, she will travel to Paris, Bordeaux and Strasbourg for a series of briefings, campus visits, appointments with selected government officials, networking and cultural activities and meetings with French international education professionals. Upon her return, she will schedule a round-table presentation and discussion in order to share her personal and professional experience with the Averett community.
Jessie Hayes, class of 2014, traveled with Coach Cricket Morris to Harrisburg, Pa. to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships May 2-4. Jessie competed in the Novice Equitation on the Flat championship class. In a ride against 16 of the national qualifiers, Jessie placed third in the competition. Congratulations, Jessie!
For the complete story, please click here.
A special congratulations to everyone who was recognized for their years of service during the Faculty, Staff & Retiree Appreciation luncheon on April 25.
Those recognized include:
Dr. Don Ethington - 40 years
Dr. David Hoffman & Susan Newcomb - 35 years
Kendall Carter, Wanda Fallen, Dr. Anne Lewis & Katherine Pappas - 25 years
Paul Collins, Dr. Richard Ferguson & Dr. Alice Obenchain-Leeson - 20 years
Donna Gourley, Kevin Harden, Laura Hartman, Alonzo Jones, Robin Martin, Susan Osborne & Sherman Woodson - 15 years
Dr. John Guarino, Chris Hanks, Priscilla Culley, Daniel Jones, Vickie Knowles, Brenda Stone, Dr. Philip Sturm, Jim Verdini, Amy Williamson & Donna Zimmerman - 10 years
Donna P. Benz, Donna Brande, Wayne Dabney, Dr. Deborah M. DeMarey, Hank Dempsey, Brenda Farmer, Linda Fisher, Aretha Fitzgerald, Traci Fitzgerald, Debbie Flinn, Dr. Tiffany Franks, Ed Goodhines, Reggie Hairston, Dan Hayes, Sarah Hudson, Marty Jackson, Dr. Michelle Liu, David McMoore, Carly Michelle Pearce, Gene Pounds, Robin Robinson, Felecia Saunders, Donna Schweiger, Tim Shipman, James Thurnes, Dr. Patrick D. Wasley, Gabe Waterman, Clarence Wilson, Drew Wilson, Dr. Jane Wiseman & Amanda Yager - 5 years
Congratulations to Ginger Henderson and Gloria Robertson who are the 2012-13 Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Staff award winners! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication, ladies.
Dr. Mary Condon, department chair of nurse education, has completed her examination and continuing education courses - successfully maintaining her National Certification Corporation credential as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified. Congratulations, Mary!
On Saturday, April 6, Hailey Brown and Jessie Hayes traveled with Cricket Morris, coach of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team, to the Zone 5 championship show in Brooklet, Ga. Both riders qualified for the Zone championship by finishing first or second in the Regional Championship held the previous weekend at Virginia Tech.
Hailey competed in the Intermediate Over Fences class and received a strong sixth place finish. Jessie competed in the Novice on the Flat class and finished second, qualifying her for the National Championship show. Jessie and Cricket will travel to the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa. for the National Championships the first week of May.
The IHSA competition is unique in that the riders do not take their own horses to each show, but instead compete on unfamiliar horses that are owned by the host. Jessie and Hailey have both qualified for Zone finals before, always finishing in the top six riders in their division. Zone 5 consists of 59 colleges from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Alabama. More than 500 riders compete in shows in this zone throughout the year trying to qualify for one of two spots at the National Championship competition.
For the second year in a row, the men's basketball team has been awarded the USA South Conference Sportsmanship Award for men's basketball. Way to go gentlemen! Full Story
Congratulations to the ladies on our IDA team who are headed to Nationals this year! If you see them around campus, make sure to congratulate them.
To read about their last competition and to see who placed, check out the story on the Averett news page by clicking here.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team competed in two competitions at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol on Feb. 16 and 17 - winning a total of 26 ribbons.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, amidst tough competition, Averett finished fifth overall. Then on Sunday, determined to prove the strength of their smaller team, they placed fourth overall. Special congratulations go to Hailey Brown, the high point rider for Sunday's show.
For a complete list of finishers, please visit the Averett news page.
For their community service project, an MBA class in Charlottesville sponsored a turkey shoot to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and raise gun safety awareness. They donated $200 to Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that selects potential homeowners based on need, ability to repay a no-profit loan, and their willingness to give 250 hours of "sweat equity." This self-help building program allows those making $8-12 an hour a chance at homeownership.
Pictured left to right: Bradley Riddle, April Dove, Stuart Foster, Mary Leaf and Lanette Wood
The women's soccer team went undefeated during the regular season in conference play and won the USA South conference tournament, defeating CNU 3-2 in overtime. These championships were the first in program history.
Taylor Ortman, Pernilla Milton, Sandra Johansson, Malin Borjesson and Mathilda Hansson were named to the All-Tournament team. Pernilla Milton was also named Tournament Most Valuable Player, and Head Coach Carly Pearce was named Coach of the Year.
Nine ladies were named to the USA South All-Conference team: Pernilla Milton, Sandra Johansson, Mathilda Hansson, Malin Borjesson, Camilla Sjoren, Catherine Onarheim, Suvi Pipponen, Charlotte Thibault and Emma Olsson.
Pernilla Milton and Sandra Johansson were also named to the Academic All-District team.
Averett hosted the first Intercollegiate Dressage Association show of the 2012-13 competition season on Sunday, Oct. 28. Five universities from North Carolina and Virginia attended, with two teams per school competing. Averett's Team A won the day, with a total of 15 points, and Averett junior Lindsey Baker won the Reserve High Point Rider Award.
Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies, had an article on Saul, ancient Israel's first king, published in the latest issue of the Bulletin for Biblical Research. The article is entitled "The First Glimpse of Saul and His Subsequent Transformation" (BBR 22.3 : 353-362). The paper examines select elements related to Saul's character and transformation within 1 Samuel 9:1-10:16. It seeks to make the case that, even after having reshaped his sources, the author of the biblical historical books (DtrH) did not eliminate the affirmative dimensions of Saul's character, but retained them in 1 Samuel in its current form.
The University is pleased to announce that its recruitment efforts over the last four years have been recognized by Noel-Levitz with a 2012 Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Award (MREA). The MREA award recognizes state-of-the-art programs, services and strategies that have made an impact on campus student enrollment.
For the full story click here.
Dr. Joanne Pereira has been named principal of Rosemont Elementary in Virginia Beach. She was previously the assistant principal at Holland Elementary. Joanne has been a valuable member of Averett’s GPS faculty in the MEd program since 2010. Of her recent promotion, she says, "I am very excited and cannot wait to embark on the next phase of my career!"
Jeffrey Hubbard, assistant director of operations with Aramark, was presented the Boy Scouts’ 2012 Waldon France Scoutreach Scouter of the Year award by American Legion Post No. 29. Jeffrey is a scoutreach coordinator for the city of Danville and trains volunteers to be scout leaders. He has worked with Aramark for 14 months.
Since O'Kelly's opened on Piney Forest Road in Danville it has grown by leaps and bounds – soon it will open a third location. Alumni Gerald Kelly, '08 and his brother Joseph Kelly '11 help oversee and run the family business. The Danville Register & Bee ran a feature story on Sunday, to read the article visit the Register & Bee.
Cornelius "Chip" Coleman, assistant head football coach/defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator, was selected by the NCAA and the NFL to attend the 2012 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy May 22-24 in Dallas, Texas. Coleman has been a member of Averett's coaching staff since 2007.
The Coaches Academy was developed to provide college coaches with less than eight years of coaching experience with the necessary tools, and networking opportunities, to enhance their chances at success in the football coaching industry.
Sophomores Marina da Silva and Hailey Brown represented Averett during the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 5 Finals March 30-31 at Virginia Intermont College. Both riders qualified in February for Zones during the regional competition at Virginia Tech by placing first and second. Zones are considered to be the semi-finals before qualifying to go to the national competition. To read more about the competition click here.
Ashley Brooks Jones '06, Mrs. Sherman Oaks, was crowned Mrs. California United States 2012 on March 25. She will compete for the title of Mrs. United States in July in Los Vegas.
Averett named six of its student teachers as 2012 Virginia Teachers of Promise. The students who received this distinction are: seniors Wendy Bradner, Sara Campbell, Thornton Rowland and Re'Shawn Woodson; and 2011 graduates Cary Lee Cumbo and Olivia Frost.
The students attended the Virginia Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond last month along with 130 other top rated teachers from across the Commonwealth.
Averett's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team competed at their last regional show of the season on March 18 in Laurinburg, N.C. at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Averett's teams placed second and third overall and one rider was named Reserve High Rider for the day.
Click here for details about the competition.
Congratulations to Coach Matt Parke and the Averett Men's Basketball team, who won the USA South Athletic Conference's Sportsmanship Award for Men's Basketball for the 2011-12 winter sports season.
This is the fourth time the men's basketball team has received the award. The team previously was the award recipient in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.
The USA South Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee instituted a Conference-wide Sportsmanship Award in 2004-2005 in recognition of the importance of sportsmanship to college athletics. For each of the 11 Conference-sponsored team sports, all team members vote for the teams he or she deemed to have demonstrated the best overall sportsmanship throughout the season. The team garnering the most votes receives that sports' Sportsmanship Award.
Senior Charles Terrell recently found out he was one of 60 students from around the country who were accepted for participation in the 2012 Institute on Economics and International Affairs. He will spend the summer in Washington D.C., interning during the day and taking classes at night. Full Story
Averett's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team participated in their final competition Feb. 11 followed by the IHSA Regional Competition Feb. 12. Both events were held at Virginia Tech. Four students represented the University during the Regional Competition - one rider was named champion intermediate over-fences and another rider was reserve champion novice over-fences and on the flat. For the full results from both competitions click here.
Nadeshda "Nayda" Balabanova Enachescu '03 will have a paper published in the winter issue of the "International Journal of Mobile Marketing." The paper, which she co-authored with six MBA students at Loyola Marymount University, is titled "Mobile Payments - The Reality on the Ground in Selected Asian Countries and the US." Nayda lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ramon, and is a business intelligence specialist with Loyola Marymount University. She is formerly of Sofia, Bulgaria.