From the Dean's Desk
Now that the students have returned from spring break, their focus turns to academics and the quickly approaching final projects, papers, and exams. The Galesi Family Academic Resource Center and the Writing Center are valuable resources for students who need an extra boost in preparing for their work over the next few weeks. The co-curricular experiences available provide outlets for students to relax and enjoy each other's company while also developing leadership and other skills they can take with them wherever they find themselves after Averett.
Other information provided in this edition of the newsletter will help you and your students navigate "what's next" - whether that is graduation from Averett or preparing for what classes to take and where to live next year.
Feel free to contact any of the departments listed if you have questions related to their specific areas. I can also be contacted if you have questions, or if there is information you would like to see in future editions of this newsletter. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my office number is 434-791-7103.
Dean of Students
Congratulations to those of you who have a son or daughter graduating from Averett University on May 1. It goes without saying that the support and encouragement you provided helped get them to this day. You certainly deserve to share in this special day.
Averett's Commencement is held at the Grant Center on the North Campus. The program will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.
For additional information about graduation, including student deadlines, please visit the registrar's Web site: http://www.averett.edu/academics/registrar/index.html
It's Time for Registration!
Parents, it is time for your son or daughter to register for summer and fall 2010 classes. Since their return to campus from spring break, students should have scheduled to meet with their academic advisors. It is most helpful if students do their own course audit, and research what classes they need, or want, to take in the upcoming semesters. Academic advisors will further instruct students on how to register for their classes using Averett's Self Service program.
Residence Hall Closing Dates
As the school year comes to a close at the end of April, on-campus students should prepare to move out of their residence hall rooms. Information regarding proper check out procedures will be provided by the student staff in the buildings.
Students who are not graduating are expected to move out of their rooms 24 hours after their last final exam or by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, whichever is earlier.
Graduating seniors living on campus have until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, to move out of their rooms.
Does your Son or Daughter Need Academic Help?
Averett University has a tremendous academic assistance program. Students in need of academic help are encouraged to make an appointment in the Office of Student Success, the Writing Center, or the Galesi Family Academic Resource Center. The function of these three areas is to provide sustained, individualized aid to all students. Specifically, Mary Vanderlinden in the Office of Student Success works with students on organization, study skills, and planning. Writing Center consultants help students in formulating, researching, and writing papers. The Academic Resource Center provides a plethora of tutors that can aid students in improving their grades. It is important for you to know that there are resources available to help your son or daughter find academic success.
Student Organization Highlight: Student Government Association
Under the leadership of junior Kris Echols, a strong group of students are bringing the Student Government Association (SGA) back to its full potential as the voice of the Averett student body. This year they have been busy updating the organization's constitution, planning social programs, and holding forums to hear the students' thoughts on how the Averett experience can be enhanced for everyone in the community.
If your student is looking for a way to get involved on campus, the SGA is a great place to start. Election packets are currently available for students interested in being a part of SGA in the fall. They can also contact any of the SGA leadership, or their advisor - the dean of students, to find out ways to get involved in other campus organizations.
Fall Homecoming Date
Mark your calendars to join us for Homecoming 2010 October 1-3.
At Averett, everyone is invited to visit campus during Homecoming. In addition to celebrations for alumni, there will be programs specifically planned for the parents of our current students. Look for more information in early fall.
Averett University Bookstore Moving
With the help of a generous, anonymous donor to the university, the bookstore will move from its current location in the basement of Main Hall to the house on the corner of West Main Street and Woodland Drive.
For the complete story, visit http://www.averett.edu/news/dbase/display_story.php?storyid=769
Winter and Spring Sports Updates
Be sure to visit www.averettcougars.com to keep informed of all of the highlights of our spring sports teams.
Outreach to Haiti
The earthquake in Haiti brought out the best in our students, faculty, and staff as numerous efforts were coordinated to aid in relief work for the country. Follow this link to learn more about how the Averett community came together:
New University Chaplain
James "Jamie" Williford joined the University as the new chaplain earlier this semester. He will also serve as youth minister at West Main Baptist Church. On campus, he coordinates worship opportunities, works closely with student groups and provides ministerial support to the entire University community. Jamie's office is in the Counseling Suite on the fourth floor of the Student Center.
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