Posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Travis Dix

student spotlight

Mom Raising Money to Provide Therapy Dog for her Daughter with Autism
WSET Ch. 13

Averett Announces 2015-16 Arts Season
Chatham Star-Tribune

Averett University Celebrating Largest Enrollment Since 2000
WSET Ch. 13

Averett Welcomes Students to College Life
Danville Register & Bee

Hundreds of Freshmen Arrive for Averett Move-In Weekend
WSET Ch. 13

Averett University Announces Engaged Employers Initiative
Danville Register & Bee

Averett sets Coffeehouse Lecture Series

Averett University Gears up for Fall Semester
Danville Register & Bee

Averett University Announces Lineup for new Season
Danville Register & Bee

Averett Honored by U.S. Veterans Magazine
Danville Register & Bee


Through Pageant, a Quest to Inspire and Give Back to Community
Danville Register & Bee

Averett University Alumnus GOP’s Pick for High Court
Danville Register & Bee 

Devon Arendosh
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Veteran Educator Begins Teaching at EVHS

Home Trust Bank Hires Stacey Deaton, Vice President, Regional Banking Manager

Alumni Part of Team Recognized by National Publication



Bert Poole, has been named our new Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach. Bert joins us from Division II University of Mount Olive where he had served as the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach since 2012. Following the 2015 season he was named Division II Men’s Tennis Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. To learn more about Bert, click here.

Carianna “Cari” Beck ’14 is serving in an interim role as Director of Writing Support. Cari most recently worked as our AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer in the CCECC. While she was a student here she worked for many semesters as a biology tutor and writing consultant.

Skyler Daniel is our new Chaplain (and the Associate Minister at West Main Baptist Church). He has a bachelor of arts degree from Lee University and a master of divinity degree from Wake Forest University.

While at Averett, Skyler will be responsible for providing leadership needed to support a vibrant religious life on campus through advising and active engagement with Christian Student Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and other avenues for helping students nurture and grow in their faith. Among his other duties, he will be working with student groups to organize regular worship services in creative and ecumenical ways that meet the interests and needs of our student body.

Skyler and his wife, Ronella, just completed two years of mission service in Romania. They have one daughter, Charlize. Prior to going abroad, Skyler served in various roles with churches including pastoral support and serving in church leadership.

Karen Duhamel ’14 is our new Director of Academic Support. While she was a student, Karen was employed as a history tutor and has mastered the art of coaching students on study/test taking skills. Karen received a bachelor of arts degree in English/History.

Jennifer Nunn joins the School of Nursing as the Simulation & Skills Lab Coordinator. Jennifer comes to us with more than 22 years of experience in healthcare, as well as extensive experience in simulation and nursing education. Jennifer and her family have relocated to South Boston from Buffalo Junction.

Dr. Gena Nichols is an assistant professor of Biological Sciences. Gena received a PhD from Wake Forest University in Microbiology and Immunology, focusing on interactions between viruses and human DNA repair systems. She continued to focus on viral infections during postdoctoral fellowships at Tulane University and SRI International, investigating new drugs and vaccines for Influenza virus and studying how Dengue virus, a hemorrhagic fever virus, alters blood vessels during infection. Gena has taught Microbiology at South University in High Point, N.C. and particularly enjoys sections on infectious diseases caused by viruses and protozoan parasites. Outside of studying how microbes make people sick, Gena enjoys entertaining her husband and two children, attempting to grow indoor plants, and running really long distances.


Ausband Published in New Book
A book published by Cambridge UP features a chapter from our very own Dr. Steve Ausband, former English professor. Ausband’s essay on William Byrd covers the entire third chapter in “A History of Virginia Literature.” The book is now available in Mary B. Blount Library.

Opening Session Video Link Available
In case you could not attend the opening session, or you want to see the video or #audifference and #averett19 tweets again, the opening session was recorded and here is a link to it!

Snow Named Coach of Cross Country
Averett University’s Director of Athletics Meg Stevens is pleased to announce that Cornelius Snow IV is the new men’s and women’s cross country head coach. Snow will continue to serve as a men’s basketball assistant coach, a position he has held since September 2014. Visit the athletics website by clicking here.

Nunn Presents at VASSA
Jennifer Nunn, our new Simulation & Skills Lab Coordinator for the School of Nursing, recently participated in the 2015 Virginia State Simulation Alliance, Inc. (VASSA) Conference in Virginia Beach. Jennifer presented a simulation she has created based on an end of life scenario that deals with the patient in the home and family dynamics. The scenario helps nursing students care not only for the dying patient, but helps them assess the home for safety issues, educate the family, and prepare for intense family conversations. She includes additional actors to play the roles of family members to make the scenario more realistic for the students.

Ballance Earns Certification
Dennis Ballance ’15, Simulation Technologist in the School of Nursing, recently completed the necessary training to become certified to maintain and repair the Sim Man 3G manikin. This is a significant achievement, and it provides a cost-saving benefit to the School of Nursing to be able to conduct in-house repairs on simulation equipment. Congratulations, Dennis!