Caleb Harmon

Caleb Harmon is a sophomore criminal justice major from Chatham, Va. Harmon is a part of the wrestling team, a resident assistant, a member of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the secretary of the Blue Crew.

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“Averett’s criminal justice program is a very good program. All of the professors I have had so far have been very helpful. A good friend of mine graduated from Averett with a criminal justice degree and is now a police officer in Pittsylvania County where I am from.”

What do you like best about the University?

“I like Averett for the community atmosphere. It’s easy to make new friends and people are always willing to help when the help is needed.”

Why did you choose your path to study?

“The reason I chose to be a criminal justice major is because of my family heritage. My grandfather was a state trooper until he was shot and paralyzed. My father is a police officer, my oldest brother is a state trooper and one of my other brothers works in a juvenile detention center. Also, my mother is a 911 dispatcher. It runs in the family and I am going to continue building that legacy.”

Rana Davis-Robinson

Rana Davis-Robinson is a freshman studying sports medicine from Rock Hill, S.C. Davis-Robinson is on the women’s basketball team and a National Bonner Leader.

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“Averett is an incredible University and is a liberal arts school that is the right size for me. I will get to have more interaction with my professors and can achieve more in my studies.”

What do you like best about the University?

“What I like best about Averett is that the campus is not too big. I love the size of the classes and the community of Danville.”

Why did you choose your path of study?

“I chose to study sports medicine because I am an athlete and being able to help other athletes while still being in an environment with sports is just a thrill.”

Allison Haran

Allison Haran is a sophomore studying biomedical sciences from Ridgeway, Va. Haran is an orientation leader. She tutors subjects involving sciences in the Student Success Center, usually anatomy or biology. She regularly attends Christian Student Fellowship, Focus and Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is also involved in Junior S.E.T.

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“Averett has given me connections with alumni, professors and even other students that will help excel my future and education. Also, Averett has helped me find a graduate program that will fit my needs to get my master’s.”

What do you like best about the University?

“I love being able to know a lot of people from a lot of different kinds of backgrounds. I also like how the University is so small that I know someone no matter where I go.”

Why did you choose your path of study?

“I love biology and the study of life. I really wanted to go into the field of medicine with more specifics like microbiology.”

Markell Poole

Markell Poole is sophomore majoring in criminal justice from Greensboro, N.C. Poole is a resident assistant on Main Hall. He is also one of the team managers for the football team.

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“I believe that Averett will help me with my degree by preparing me with a broad set of skills it takes to succeed in any career.”

What do you like best about the University?

“The thing that I like best about my University is the close-knit atmosphere around campus with the students and faculty. Averett has many support systems to help you succeed in college and in your career.”

Why did you choose your path of study?

“I chose this path of study because I truly want to be able to make a difference in my community. I’ve always been interested in the criminal justice field, mainly in law enforcement.”

Erik Blick

Erik Blick is a freshmen majoring in computer science from Gothenburg, Sweden. Blick is on the men’s soccer team here at Averett.

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“I believe Averett will help me with my degree by giving me the understanding and skills needed for my future career. As a student majoring in computer science, Averett has offered me, with no previous experience, to leave with a solid foundation to build my career.”

What do you like best about the University?

“What I like best about Averett University is the small classes and the good connection with the professor that you can have. The small classes make me pay more attention and do better in class, and the professors are always easy to contact if you have any questions and are also quick to respond.”

Why did you choose your path of study?

“I chose computer science as my path of study because this is still a fairly new field of working and I find that very interesting. It also has great job opportunities for the future.”

Kara Oaks

Kara Oaks is a sophomore elementary education major from Danville, Va. Oaks is a member of Kappa Delta Alpha Sorority and is the sorority’s community service chair. She is also a National Bonner Leader.

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“I believe Averett will help me because of the care of the faculty and staff members. The classes offered here are expected to lead me in my field to be as knowledgeable as possible.”

What do you like most best about the University?

“My favorite thing about Averett is the home feel that the students, faculty and staff have, and the support they bring help excel my learning. Also, I like the opportunity to know the professors well with the small class sizes.”

Why did you choose your path to study?

“I just changed my major this semester, but I chose elementary education because I worked at a summer camp and realized that I would be happiest working with kids – helping children in a positive way and impacting their lives every day of work.”

Devin Merritt

Devin Merritt is a junior from Nutley, N.J. majoring in management science. Merritt believes that extracurricular activity is essential to the development of a student and says he participates in a lot at Averett. Currently, he is a resident assistant, plays on the football team and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, with a mission of becoming a charter member for the first Divine Nine fraternity at Averett. He is the junior class Student Government Association president, a National Society of Leadership and Success member and a member of the Black Student Union.

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“Averett can help me with my degree with the amount of extracurricular activities that I am involved with. Being on diverse e-boards over my time here, and networking with so many people has helped with my management skills.”

What do you like best about the University?

“What I like about Averett University the most is not only close relationships with administrators and teachers, but giving students a voice. Students are able to hold leadership positions on this campus where on other campuses, it’s tradition for certain people to hold those positions. Opportunity is definitely what I like most about Averett.”

Why did you choose your path of study?

“I chose my path of study because after receiving my bachelor’s, I would like to try to get an MBA while being a graduate assistant. With this, after my dream of coaching for a few years, I would like to go into managing businesses such as food industries or sports shops.”

Dawn Saunders

Dawn Saunders is a Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) student from Minnesota who now lives in Danville, Va., to be closer to her husband’s family. Saunders is expected to graduate in May of 2022.

What is an average day like for you in the GPS Program?

“My average day is busy! I have four children so we are at school by 8 a.m. I also work part-time at their school. When I first get to work, I look at my class assignments and any emails I may have gotten. I tend to work about an hour doing class work. I have a great benefit working part-time at my job because I have the ability to do my school work there.

The next part of my day is work after the kids get out of school I then become mom and take them to their sports or work on their homework or run errands. If I don’t have any of that to do, I will try to get some of my class work done. Once we all are home, it is dinner and clean-up time. Hopefully by 9 p.m. the kids are settled and I can work on my classwork for a few more hours. Every day is different for me, depending on what is happening with the family. There are times I have one hour to work, or many hours to work on classwork. One thing I do is try to make some time every day to do some portion of my work. This keeps it in my mind, thinking on it and processing some question or assignment.”

Why did you decide to continue your education at Averett?

“Averett is the hometown University. My mom-in-law graduated from Averett in 1968 and my father-in-law is very active with Averett. I also know people who work there and I have easy access to the campus if I need help.”

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“The ability to do my classes online and one at a time makes it easier for me. I then can concentrate on one class at a time. The way the program is set up, I believe I am set up for success. There are many people there to help me along the way.”

What do you like best about the University?

“What I like best are the people of Averett because they are friendly and helpful. They have answers for me or if they don’t, they know someone who does.”

5. Why did you choose your path of study?

“Ichose sociology/criminal justice because the credits I had previously transferred in and it gave me a program of study that I could complete in roughly two years. My ultimate plan is to teach, hopefully at my kids’ school.”

Erika Culley

Erika Culley is a Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) student from Danville, Va. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing. She is expected to graduate in December of 2019

What is an average day like for you in the GPS Program?

“An average day for me in the GPS program is spending time with my three-year-old son named Mega, work and schoolI don’t have to go to a class and other than textbooks, everything I need is on my laptop. So, throughout the day I am researching and completing assignments.”

Why did you decide to continue your education at Averett?

“I wanted to stay with my Averett Family. In 2009, I received my bachelor’s degree in management science from here. I had a great college experience and the quality of my education was great. It was only right for me to obtain my master’s from Averett University.”

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree?

“I am a single mother who is employed with more than one job. Averett helps me with my degree by providing a program that accommodates my schedule. This program makes it possible for adults like me to be able work multiple jobs, spend time with family and complete class assignments on time. Obtaining my master’s degree with a concentration in marketing will put me in position to excel in my professional career.”

What do you like best about the University?

“I love how the GPS master’s program is designed. You can go at your own pace by taking one class at a time. I also love the library staff at the Danville location. They go above and beyond to keep me motivated and answer my questions in regards to guidelines and research.”

Why did you choose your path of study?

“I wanted to gain more knowledge in the business and marketing field. I have always enjoyed working in administration. In the future, I would like to open my own business and I feel this is the path of study that will help me to achieve my goal.”

Lolita Martin

Lolita Martin is a Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) student from Danville, Va. She was born in Washington, D.C., attended school in Pittsylvania County and the city of Danville, and has been a resident of Danville, Va., all of her adult life. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She is expected to graduate in December of 2020.

What is an average day like for you in the GPS Program?

“I work a full-time job. I am a mother, wife, grandmother and now, a full-time Averett student. My plate is very full right now and I find myself up early mornings and staying up late nights to make sure I achieve my goal to graduate with honors.”

Why did you decide to continue your education at Averett?

“I chose Averett to pursue my degree because of its impeccable worldwide reputation and its reputation in the city I reside.”

How do you believe Averett will help you with your degree? 

“Obtaining my degree in business administration will open up so many doors for me that were previously closed due to my lack of education and experience in the human resources field.”

What do you like best about the University?

“I love the reputation that Averett University has in our community and I also love the friendly and professional staff. Whenever I have a question or concern about anything related to my progress, grades, financial aid, etc., they always try to find an answer for me. If they don’t have an answer, they will point me to the right people who can address my concerns.”

Why did you choose your path of study?

“I obtained my associate’s degree in 2006, and about four years ago, I had an unexpected career change that landed me in a profession where I had zero experience. By obtaining my bachelor’s degree and getting the experience in my newfound profession, I will have a leg up on the competition when seeking employment and on the job promotions.”