Posted on August 1st, 2016 by Travis Dix

student spotlight

Averett University’s Trees Undergoing Inspection
WSLS Ch. 10

Friendship Health, Averett University Partner to Offer Low-Cost Education
WDBJ Ch. 7

Averett University set to Welcome Prospective Students for Private College Week
Caswell Messenger

Averett set to Welcome Prospective Students
Danville Register & Bee

Averett University, Friendship Foundation Create Unprecedented Agreement
Danville Register & Bee

Averett Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced
Danville Register & Bee

New Averett Aviation Program Offers Students Direct Path to American Airlines
WSET Ch. 13

Averett Aviation Partners with Piedmont Airlines
Danville Register & Bee

Alumni Links

Peninsula Pilots Assistant Coach Matthew Mitchell has his own Dreams
Daily Press

Women of Distinction Magazine Selects Hilda C. Stevens, Med, as a Distinguished Professional in her Field
Women of Distinction Magazine

Hurt Postmaster Honored for Service
Altavista Journal

Beck Passes National Board Exam

The Athletic Training Education Program would like to congratulate Carianna “Cari” Beck ’14 for passing her Board of Certification exam to become a certified athletic trainer. Carianna has assisted in the Student Success Center here at Averett for the past year and prior to that worked in the CCECC as an Americorps Vista. Cari will be attending The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine this fall.


Averett welcomed two new staff members in July. DeAndre Howard joined us as our new director of housing and residence life and Dr. Sherill Anderson joined us as the new director of student success for the Galesi Family Student Success Center.

Howard came to us from Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, N.C., where he was the associate director of housing and residence life.

As a first generation college student, he attended what is now Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C., and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and a minor in Spanish. After college, he went on to pursue his master of arts degree in criminal justice with a concentration in juvenile justice at Norfolk State University. His concentration instilled within him the desire to work with young people.

Howard has been involved in housing and residence life since his undergraduate tenure as a work study student and as a resident assistant for the department. At Norfolk State University, he served as a graduate assistant for three consecutive years where he supervised a residence hall of 334 first-year male students and nine resident assistants. After finishing his graduate work, he accepted a community coordinator position with the office of housing and residence life at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Although, she is native of New York City, Anderson most recently lived in Rochester, N.Y. where she worked at The College at Brockport as the second-year experience coordinator. Like Howard she is a first generation college student who attended Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. earning both her bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a master’s degree in education with a focus in counseling and college student development.

After earning her master’s degree, Anderson worked at the Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT) in residence life and academic advising. It was at RIT where she developed her passion for advocating and supporting students. Her professional experiences motivated her to complete her doctoral degree in executive leadership at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Her dissertation research was entitled “Working Nine to Five: A Qualitative Research Study Examining the Interview Behaviors of a Young Adult Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Ferguson Wins in France

On July 2, Dr. Richard Ferguson, professor of physical education, won the overall title at the 11 kilometer mountain race in Villard-Reculas, France. In the fourth edition of the race, he won in course record time. Parts of the race climbed to over 6,000 feet in the French Alps.