On Nov. 29, Averett held its second annual Averett Celebrates Christmas event to a nearly packed house in Pritchett Auditorium. The event featured readings and holiday carols featuring the Averett Singers.

Here at Averett, the month of December brings about a time of reflection as well as new beginnings.We are able to look back and see all that we accomplished during 2011 - continued growth in our traditional undergraduate program, new concentrations in several degree programs, the creation of Averett Central, opening new locations for our Graduate and Professional Studies Program, a renewed relationship with the Virginia Baptists and the opening of our new Carrington Autism Resource Center, which you can read more about below.These are just a few of the wonderful things that have occurred at your Hometown University this year and we are already anticipating more positive developments in 2012.

This is also a month of new beginnings as on December 10, nearly 450 students will walk across the stage at the E. Stuart James Grant Center and receive their diplomas.What an exciting time!We wish all of our graduates well as they pursue their dreams of bold new futures.

As you reflect on the past year and look forward to the one on the horizon, my husband Joe and I, along with the rest of the Averett family, wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year.

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Reconciliation Paves Way for New Beginnings
On Nov. 9, Averett and the Baptist General Association of Virginia renewed their 148-year-old relationship and a commitment to developing emerging leaders in communities and churches.   Full Story

Carrington Autism Resource Center Opens
The University's autism initiative has taken another step forward with the opening of the Carrington Autism Resource Center on Nov. 30. Full Story

Former President of Smart Start to Speak at Commencement
Karen Ponder is a strong advocate for education, specifically early childhood education from birth to kindergarten.Her nationwide efforts have earned her recognition at the national and state level. Full Story

Education Students Present at State Conference
Nine students from Averett's education program attended a state conference in Roanoke last month where they presented information on problem-based learning to educators.Full Story

Mark Your Calendars for our Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Breakfast
At 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, the University will be holding its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Breakfast in the Student Center dining hall.Cost is $10 per person. Stay tuned for more information.


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