As 2009 comes to a close, I am filled with gratitude for what has been a wonderful year of both celebration and reflection for Averett.I am especially appreciative of all of you who continue to support our academic community.Many of you have stepped forward this year to host students in your homes, to attend events on campus, and to support us through your contributions.Please know that now and always, we are grateful.

I hope you join us in entering 2010 with a sense of hope and excitement for the future of our University and our region.We are ready for the "fresh start" that the crisp air of January always brings to mind.I wish you a new year filled not with a "to do" list of resolutions, but rather one filled with the excitement of new opportunities.
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Averett Welcomes New Chaplain
Averett is pleased to welcome James "Jamie" Williford who will join Averett Jan. 10 as University chaplain. Jamie will serve as both Averett's chaplain and as minister to students and young adults at West Main Baptist Church.On campus, he will coordinate worship opportunities, work closely with student groups, and provide ministerial support to the entire university community.Jamie has seven years of experience working in churches and collegiate settings, and graduated in December 2009 with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from the McAfee School of Divinity at Atlanta's Mercer University.

Journal Features Work of Faculty and Staff
In honor of last year's 150th anniversary celebration, Averett has revitalized the Averett Journal.The Journal features research, book reviews and creative works by the University's faculty and staff.  View the Journal online.

Join Us for Founders Day Jan. 21
Averett will celebrate Founders Day Jan. 21 at 11:15 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.This year's featured speaker is alumna Wanda Bostick Jeffress, '81, '92, of Halifax.Now a successful business leader, Jeffress will share her inspiring story.The event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Arts@Averett Events

"A Night of Short Scenes"
Averett Theatre Department

Jan. 28-30, 7:30 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium
Adults $8, Students/Senior Citizens $6 For Tickets: 434-791-5712, or at the door Open To The Public

Authors on Campus
Emyl Jenkins

"Stealing with Style" & "The Big Steal"
Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Blount Chapel
FREE - Open To The Public


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