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Averett Recognizes Retirees and Faculty & Staff for Years of Service

May 6, 2013

Averett University said goodbye to five faculty members during a Faculty, Staff and Retiree Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 25. It also recognized faculty and staff members for their years of service. Those who retired from the University this year are Dr. Stephen Ausband, English professor; Vincent Kania, associate professor of business administration; Dr. Timothy Montgomery, music professor; Dr. Sue Rogers, education professor; and Dr. William Trimyer, religion professor.

Ausband came to Averett in 1970 as a member of the English department. In his four decades at the University he served as chair of the department, vice president of academic affairs, editor of the "Averett Journal," served many terms on the Dean's Council, was the first president of Faculty Council, chaired the publications board and coordinated the writing competency program where he trained and recruited faculty. In 1990, he was recognized by his peers with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, and in 2011, he was awarded the inaugural Ausband Medallion.

Kania joined the business accounting faculty at Averett in 1981. He jokes that he came for three years and stayed for 32. He brought "real life accounting" to his students as a certified public accountant. His colleagues describe him as the "very heart and soul of the Averett accounting program." He not only started the program, he carried it alone for years. Kania is known for his dedication to the ideals of Averett, and as evidenced by the number of his students who have passed the CPA exams, has prepared graduates for the rigors of the accounting profession. He will continue to run his CPA firm, Kania and Associates in Danville.

Montgomery is widely known and respected in the Averett community as an esteemed music professor, since he joined the faculty in 1981. During his tenure, he helped to develop, assess, revise and restructure courses for the music curriculum. He also served on numerous committees at the University including as chair of faculty affairs, professional development chair, concert/lecture, institutional advancement and scholarship and curriculum. He has attended and participated at the National Choral Conference sponsored by the American Boychoir School in Princeton, N.J., and served as consultant to the Children's and Youth Choirs at the State Choral Festival. Montgomery has also served as a substitute organist/director at a number of Danville churches.

Rogers joined the University in 1975 as the director of the Reading Center. She has contributed to the teaching, advising and curriculum development of the teacher education department as well as provided expert consultation with area school divisions in instruction and practicum work. Her commitment to scholarly pursuits is evidenced by her ongoing research projects and presentations at state, national and international venues. She has been commended for her service on the editorial advisory board of the Reading Research and Instruction Journal and program committee for the College Reading Association's annual conferences and served as treasurer for the Virginia Reading Educator's Council.

Trimyer accepted a position with the religion faculty in 1987. He collaborated for many years on curriculum development for the religion department and sought ways in which the department could grow. During his tenure at the University, he served on a number of committees including the faculty affairs committee, leadership studies and student recruitment. Trimyer led study trips to Israel, Egypt, Greece, Italy and Turkey. He also helped in the orientation of new adjunct faculty. He retired from Pastoral Counseling Services of Central Virginia after 25 years of service. He also served as vice chair for the Ministry to Ministers Foundation and as their board chair.

Also during the luncheon, the University recognized a number of faculty and staff for their years of service. Those recognized included:
• 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