Posted on October 5th, 2015 by Travis Dix

student spotlight

Averett Athletic Hall of Fame Class Announced
Danville Register & Bee

Averett Ranked Among Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern Colleges
Danville Register & Bee

Averett University Athletic Training Program Director Beats Cancer for Second Time
WDBJ Ch. 7

Princeton Review, U.S. News Rank Averett Among Region’s Best
Danville Register & Bee

Princeton Review, U.S. News Ranks Averett Among Region’s Best
Danville Economic Development

College Students Lend a Helping Hand
WSET Ch. 13

Averett, Piedmont Community College, Team up to Make Transition Smooth for Nurses
WSET Ch. 13

The Spoken Word: Poetry Project Gains Momentum in Danville
Danville Register & Bee

‘Averett’s a Family, and it’s a Big Reunion’
Danville Register & Bee

CROP Walk Means a lot for one Averett Student
Danville Register & Bee


Delray Beach: Retirement to Gillie Means Looking Ahead
The Coastal Star


During the month of September we welcomed several new faculty and staff to the Cougar family:

Dr. Janet Phillips is our new Assistant Professor of Music. Janet is no stranger to Averett having taught music courses as an adjunct professor. In addition to teaching music courses and private lessons on flute and saxophone, she will be developing the instrumental program and an early childhood music education initiative. Janet performs regularly as a flutist in Danville, Greensboro, and the surrounding areas. She and her husband, Bob, have two teenaged children, and the oldest has headed off to college for her freshman year this fall.

Laura Branham is the newest athletic trainer to join the athletics department. Laura comes to Averett from a very successful program at Western Carolina University.

Tim Coston ’15 is the new Assistant Area Director of Fugate and Main Building who joins the Office of Residence Life. Tim worked with Residence Life as a Resident Assistant for three years before graduating in the spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. While attending Averett, Tim was an ever-present figure in the residence halls and at the North Campus, where he performed as an athlete on the baseball team. Please help us welcome Tim Coston back to our Averett family!

Taylor Mahaffey ’15 is our new Assistant Coordinator of Student Engagement. Taylor comes to us with a degree in Marketing Management and a Minor in Coaching. She will serve as a fantastic member of the Student Life team, and more specifically the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. She was a four year softball player here at Averett, and a three time captain of the team. The team won a conference championship during her senior year. She is very excited to begin the process of achieving her next goal of graduating with her MBA in Marketing. Taylor is ready to hit the ground running and can’t wait to work alongside her colleagues at Averett University.

Shekinah Logan is our new Campus Guest Coordinator for the Admissions Office. Shekinah is a Danville native and a 2015 graduate of Liberty University where she studied speech communications with a minor in crisis management.


CCECC Recognized by Cardinal Village

On August 20, the Cardinal Village Tenants Association recognized the CCECC and Rachel Covington, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, for their “outstanding and dedicated service to the children and residents of the Cardinal Village community.” Thanks, CCECC and Rachel for all of your hard work!

Freshmen Participate in Service Projects

On Tuesday, August 18, our freshmen class participated in various service projects with their IDS classes. These projects are part of the CCECC’s #365daysofservice campaign. The goal is to have an Averett student, faculty, or staff member engaging in service each day throughout the year — and it started with our freshmen class on Day 1!

Check out the amazing work these students accomplished: 42 bookbags full of school supplies were donated to Cardinal Village and Cedar Terrace Youth Centers (Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies!); 11 fleece blankets were made for cancer patients; 105 thank you notes were written for our troops; 76 “soap bunnies” and cards were made for residents at Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Center; 35 “distance hugs” were made for children in local hospitals; 89 birthday cards were made for Tate Malone, a local teenager with cerebral palsy who wished for birthday cards for his 16th birthday; 61 cards of encouragement were written in Romanian for students at Ruth School in Romania; and 14 posters were made to raise awareness about the social issue on Averett’s campus

There were also two classes who participated in projects that required more physical labor: one class mulched the entire property of West Main Baptist Church, and another class painted windows and chalked sidewalks on campus to spread the word about Get Connected and the upcoming Week to Engage.

Flinn Earns Certification

Debbie Flinn, Director of Development, has successfully met all the requirements to be named a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) – the CPA of fundraising. To be certified, participants must acquire 85 points of education, continuing education, teaching and a minimum of five years’ fundraising experience as well as pass the formal exam.

“CFRE International certifies experienced fundraising professionals aspiring to the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector,” said Philip Schumacher, CFRE, ACFR CFRE International Chair.

Howell Featured in Publication

Congratulations to Aaron Howell, our Vice President for Business and Finance, who was featured in a story in Business Officer, the leading publication on higher education finance for Chief Financial Officers and Presidents! To read the story, click here.

Ferguson Publishes Article

Dr. Richard Ferguson, Professor and Chair in the Physical Education Wellness & Sport Science department, has published an article in Run Ohio. You can read the article by clicking here. He is a regular contributor to the magazine.

Week to Engage Wrap-up

During Week to Engage, Averett had 51 staff and eight faculty members volunteer more 100 hours of service. We hope you enjoyed your Week to Engage experience! One of our new colleagues, Dr. Adrienne Brune, had this to say, “I had my first volunteer experience at the Boys and Girls Club in Danville on the Monday of Week to Engage. As a new transplant to Danville, I wanted to find ways to get involved with the community and maybe put some of my own skills to good use. I decided to become a regular volunteer and spend an hour each Monday assisting with homework during “power hour.” It’s been fun and I plan to be a weekly volunteer!”