Posted on July 5th, 2016 by Travis Dix

student spotlight

Averett Nursing Program Accreditation Could Help fill Crucial Need in Southside
WSLS Ch. 10

Averett Nursing Program Receives Accreditation, Looks to Expand
Danville Register & Bee

Averett University’s Nursing Program Receives National Accreditation
WDBJ Ch. 7

Averett University Bachelor’s in Nursing Program Receives Accreditation
Medical Training Magazine

Highs & Lows: A Quick Take on the Dan River Region
Danville Register & Bee

Averett University graduates eighth Junior Leadership Southside Class
Danville Register & Bee

Alumni Links

VCU Health System Welcomes Nkanta Hines as Chief of Staff to the CEO
VCU News

BY’s Athletic Director Takes new Position
Caswell Messenger

Maxwell Named Assistant Principal at APS

KY: Mike Ford Hired as LRAA Human Resources Director
Aviation Pros

Crossfield Earns Certification
Suffolk News-Herald


A warm Averett welcome is extended to …

Kris Echols ’11, our new system administrator in the IT department. A native of Danville, Kris graduated with his two sisters (they are triplets). During his years at Averett Kris was very busy. He served as SGA president for two years, was a founding member of the Averett Pep Band, sang in the Gospel Choir and served as treasurer for Averett’s Brothers with a Purpose. He comes to us from the CIT Group, where he served as “The IT Guy.” Please welcome Kris and help him feel at home.

Cyndie Basinger, executive assistant to the president’s office. Cyndie comes to Averett with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, most recently at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., where she currently serves as the assistant to the vice president for enrollment management. Before moving to Guilford, she spent the majority of her career at Greensboro College, beginning as the part-time secretary for student activities, to becoming the administrative assistant to the president /director of communications. Additionally, during this time, she earned her BBA from Greensboro.

Yancey Named to United Way Board of Directors

Tia Yancey, administrative assistant for the CCECC, has been named to the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County’s Board of Directors. Tia currently serves as a commissioner for the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority and as a parent advisory member for the iChoose program, an initiative of the Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community.

Congratulations, Tia!

Harris Achieves CCNA

Tony Harris, our network and security administrator, recently passed the CCNA, (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Routing and Switching certification exam. The certification validates a professional’s ability to understand, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-level switched and routed networks and also includes the verification and implementation of connections via remote sites using WAN. Rock on Tony!

Phillips Tours Europe

Dr. Janet Phillips, assistant professor of music, recently returned from a 12 day European concert tour with the UNCG Touring Wind Ensemble. The group performed to a full house and a very appreciative audience in Dvorak Hall of Rudolfinum, in Prague, Czech Republic, home of the Czech Philharmonic. Other cities included in the performance tour were Bad Ischl and Innsbruck, Austria and Bologna and Rome, Italy. A special highlight of the tour was playing principal flute on Music for Prague, 1968 by Czech composer Karel Husa, for the Prague audience. Husa is now in his 90s and lives in North Carolina.

Belko and Nappi Present at Conference

Brigid Belko, director of experiential learning, and rising sophomore and CCECC intern Talia Nappi, recently presented at the North Carolina Campus Compact 2016 Community/Civic Engagement Administrators Conference at Elon University. Their presentation, “First Year Engage! Service-Learning in the Freshmen Success Curriculum,” described the process of embedding service-learning into the freshman seminar, and how this one-credit course is changing the culture of service at Averett.

Best Wishes for Future Success

Please join us in wishing Feleta Morton, associate registrar, much success as she leaves us. Feleta will be assuming a new position at Alamance Community College as the VA Coordinator/Recruiter on July 1. We will say goodbye to her formally on Thursday, June 23 at the university-wide staff meeting, but please stop by her office if you’re in the area to wish her well.

Tai Retiring this Summer

Dr. Chin-Chyuan Tai, professor of business, has announced that he is retiring this summer after teaching at Averett since 1982. Tai’s research and teaching has focused on the field of economics and he has an extensive record of publication and speaking at both national and international conferences. He has also served Averett in the past as the business department chair.

We wish him our best as he enters into a new phase of his life, which undoubtedly will continue to include research, writing and speaking at conferences in the field of economics.