Senior Tanmay Patel speaks to the crowd on Aviation Day, which the University held March 18. The day allowed students to talk to alumni who are in the aviation industry and featured the new full motion flight simulator.

April is one of the most energizing months at Averett University.   Hundreds of students are in the final push, preparing to graduate, pursuing their job search and looking forward to the next chapter of their lives.   Averett's 2011 Spring Commencement on Saturday, April 30, will feature as our guest speaker a leader familiar to the Averett community and many in our city - Dr. Stephen Ausband.   Between now and Commencement, much remains to be done and many memories will be made - just ask any senior!   Last weekend provided one of those memories-in-the-making, as Joshua Fox, '11, traveled with the Honors Program to present at the 39th Annual Conference of the Southern Regional Honors Council, in Little Rock, Ark.   Another upcoming memorable experience is a unique Arts@Averett production April 8-10.  Averett equestrian studies students will perform "Around the World in 80 Days" at the University's Equestrian Center.   The production will showcase horses and riders performing together to a variety of music from America, India, Spain and Italy.

April follows a month that had its own share of growth and change.   Last week we hosted a media conference at our future Riverview Campus in Danville's Historic Tobacco Warehouse District.   Learn more about this renovation and partnership with the Danville Regional Foundation and the city at  We continue to move forward in our expanded health sciences initiative, and I am pleased to share that Dr. Kathleen Quinn has joined Averett as our new chair of nursing education as part of this program expansion.

I do hope you are enjoying the arrival of spring and I hope to see you on campus soon.

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Community Collaboration Works to Revitalize Downtown
On March 23, Averett along with the Danville Regional Foundation and the Industrial Development Authority shared the repurposing of the former Dimon Headquarters on Bridge Street. Two of the building's occupants will be the University's Adult Professional Program and its expanded health sciences initiative. Full Story

City as Text - a Look at Charleston, S.C.
Nationwide, Honor Society Programs at colleges and universities are exploring cities worldwide through text - textbooks, novels, newspapers and magazines. Averett students have had the same opportunity, first with a trip to Vienna, Austria last summer and most recently with a trip to Charleston, S.C. Full Story

Aviation Day Shows Off New Flight Simulator
Since it was first offered in 1981, Averett's aeronautics program has grown by leaps and bounds. The University marked a new chapter in the program's history when it unveiled its full motion flight simulator to the public March 18. Full Story

University Wraps up Spring Arts Series with a Jig and a Jump
Averett is pleased to have partnered with DCC to bring in Grammy Award winning bluegrass artist Tony Rice and the Tony Rice Unit, which will perform April 1. Rounding out the University's spring arts series is an equestrian show "Around the World in 80 Days" April 8-10. Full Story

Spring Commencement April 30
The University will hold its spring Commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. April 30 at its E. Stuart James Grant Center. This year's speaker will be Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Ausband who has been at the University for more than 40 years. 

Harlem Globetrotters Show off Their Mad Skills at Averett
The world renowned Harlem Globetrotters made an appearance at Averett's E. Stuart James Grant Center on Tuesday, March 22 where they performed to a sold out crowd. Photos from the Event  

Averett Names New Chair of Nursing Education
The University is excited to announce another significant step forward in our expanded health sciences initiative: Dr. Kathleen Quinn is joining Averett as our new chair of nursing education. Full Story

Tour Our Danville Campuses from Your Desktop
Most students have their first contact with a college via their website, and prospective students who visit a college campus are much more likely to apply to that school. Both of those were key drivers behind an exciting project to revamp Averett's online campus map. We're pleased to introduce Averett's new virtual map. Tour the Map.  

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