October 2022
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location: Danville Golf Club

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Chamber Classic Golf Tournament and we need your support! LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER A TEAM, SPONSOR A HOLE OR RAFFLE PRIZE!

Primary Team & Hole Sponsor Package - $1,100
Primary Team Package - $1,000
Signature Sponsor - $1,500
Hole Sponsor - $200
Golf Cart Sponsors - $35/cart or $100 for four carts
Averett University is holding its Fall 2022 Career & Graduate School Expo November 15th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main campus in Danville. We want your organization to come share information regarding open positions, future positions, and internship opportunities with our students. This expo is open to all students and all majors as well as Averett alumni. To register, please contact Angie McAdams, Director of Career Competitiveness, amcadams@averett.edu. Come meet our students - they are eager to meet you!

Averett University is a Liberal Arts institution located in Danville, VA. We currently offer more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special programs, along with five graduate programs with a number of concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe.
Virginia-based university will become the first American institute of higher learning to create personalized Web 3.0 capabilities while committing to sustainable energy outcomes

In a major effort toward sustainability and creating an immersive learning experience for its students, Averett University announced today that it will partner with Dalrada Financial Corporation (OTCQB: DFCO, “Dalrada”) to drive significant reduction in carbon emissions and deliver savings on energy costs, while taking the university into the metaverse.

Dalrada Energy Services, a division of Dalrada Corporation, will facilitate Averett’s goal of designing a next-generation campus experience that uses cutting-edge technology and tools that enable the metaverse, powered by Web 3.0 partner, imagineeer. This will include student ownership of digital assets and personalized artificial intelligence, as well as learning and understanding the impacts of digital currency.

Plans surrounding sustainability include taking steps toward achieving carbon neutrality using Dalrada’s innovative technology, including the company’s Likido™ONE heat pumps. The proprietary technology will be paired with digital twining capabilities in the metaverse along with other measures that will optimize energy use across the campus. This will revolutionize the scale and speed at which more sustainable practices can be adopted.

These highly efficient energy resources and Web 3.0 solutions will save Averett up to 20 percent in energy costs, while decreasing its carbon footprint to help reach Net Zero goals faster. The university will capture activity data and project future energy usage.

Timelines for implementation on Averett’s campuses are underway, and additional partners within the Dalrada ecosystem will be enlisted as projects begin.

Averett continues to be a forward-thinking leader in education by creating new and exciting learning experiences that will shape solutions and fulfill workforce needs of the future.
Rankings Continue to Stack Up for Averett University with Recognitions from Princeton Review, Colleges of Distinction and U.S. News and World Report

Averett University was recently named as one of the best southeastern colleges by The Princeton Review’s “2023 Best Colleges” List, and has once again been designated a 2022-2023 College of Distinction, in which it was also recognized as a best school in business, education and nursing. Averett has additionally been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 25 in the “2022-23 Best Regional Colleges in the South” list – the highest ranking Virginia school on the list.

The University also earned U.S. News’ No. 10 spot for best colleges for veterans among regional colleges in the south – the only school in the Commonwealth on the list – in addition to No. 17 for best value schools and No. 34 for social mobility among regional colleges in the south. Furthermore, the University was recognized for economic diversity among the student body and campus ethnic diversity.

According to U.S. News, the top performers on social mobility ranking measures the extent schools enrolled and graduated students who received federal Pell grants, and economic diversity was based on percentages of fall 2021 full time and part time degree-seeking undergraduates who received Pell grants. As for campus ethnic diversity, U.S. News factored in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. View the complete rankings by clicking here.

For The Princeton Review’s 2023 Best Colleges list, 655 colleges in five zones – northeast, southeast, midwest, west, and international – are considered academically outstanding, according to its website. For more than 30 years The Princeton Review has provided students and professionals the tools needed for success in high school, college, graduate school and beyond to help students become well-rounded applicants. View more about this list here.

This year, Colleges of Distinction focused on four distinct factors it deems fundamental elements of an effective undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
Averett University’s Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing Program Marks a Milestone with Pinning Ceremony for First Cohort of Graduates

In a time-honored tradition, Averett University hosted a pinning ceremony for the first cohort of students in its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The event marked the transition from students to nurses following completion of a rigorous 16-month program – a milestone in helping graduates find their calling in a rewarding field while filling the demand for nurses in Virginia and other parts of the nation.

Averett University launched its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in 2021 as a professional path for those with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees or at least 60 non-nursing college credits. The accredited program combines an online curriculum with hands-on application in an interactive, state-of-the-art learning lab and can be completed in about 16 months. Students also apply their skills through clinical rotations at Bon Secours, the University’s health care partner in Norfolk. After completing the programs, graduates prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before they can officially begin working as a nurse.

The nurse pinning ceremony stems from centuries of tradition, and includes many significant symbols, from nursing caps and pins, to lamps and anointed oil. The nursing pin the graduates were presented denotes the nursing school from which one has graduated. In addition, the nursing cap worn by each BSN graduate – except the one male in this graduating class – has been part of the female nurse’s uniform since the early history of nursing, representing a hygienic and professional look. Today, it serves as a universal symbol of nursing care and kindness. The ceremony also included a blessing of the hands, and the graduates and all nurses in the room reciting in unison the Nightingale Pledge.

The ABSN program complements Averett’s School of Nursing offerings at its main campus, including a four-year traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a focus in two key areas – Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

The ABSN program has annual start dates in January, May and August. For more information, visit https://absn.averett.edu/.
There has been a date change for the upcoming event Ann & Bill Payne ACA Angel University at The Big Launch Challenge. The previously scheduled date of October 13 has been moved to November 17. If you have any questions regarding this change or can no longer attend, please feel free to contact edoss@thelaunchplace.org.

Learn from our experts, meet ACA members, angel investors & entrepreneurs during the AU at The Big Launch Challenge. This will be a full day of action-packed investor and entrepreneur focused agenda. The Big Launch Challenge is a competition targeting the best startups in the country and the combination of the two events offers a unique, immersive experience.

There are two courses valuable to both angel investors and entrepreneurs—Valuations and Term Sheet Basics. This is a unique experience where these two courses are being taught with angels and entrepreneurs learning together.

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Conference Center @ NC Biotech • Research Triangle Park, NC
Main Street America has announced The River District Association [RDA] as a 2023 Great American Main Street Award [GAMSA] Semifinalist. This prestigious award is the nation’s top award recognizing communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. A jury of professionals and leaders in the fields of community and economic development and historic preservation convened to review a nationwide pool of applicants. After thoughtful deliberation, the jury unanimously selected eight semifinalists that demonstrate exemplary use of the Main Street Approach™ to lead community-based transformation strategies in their downtowns.

The 2023 GAMSA Semifinalists are:
River District Association – Danville, Virginia
Denison Main Street – Denison, Texas
Downtown Florence Main Street – Florence, South Carolina
Metuchen Downtown Alliance – Metuchen, New Jersey
Mills 50 Main Street – Orlando, Florida
Ruston Main Street – Ruston, Louisiana
Downtown Sheridan Association – Sheridan, Wyoming
Downtown Sykesville Connection – Sykesville, Maryland

From small towns with traditional downtowns to commercial corridors within larger cities, the 2023 GAMSA represent the diversity of the Main Street America network and the power of the Main Street Approach™. Semifinalists have generated over $872 million in local reinvestment, helped open 863 net new businesses, facilitated the creation of 4,706 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 1,922 historic buildings, and leveraged 178,452 volunteer hours.

The 2023 Great American Main Street Award winners will be announced at the Opening Plenary of the 2023 Main Street Now Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on March 27, 2023.
Foster Fuels' Mission Critical division dispatches close to 100 emergency fuel trucks ahead of Hurricane Ian's impact on Florida. The team is making its way to secure locations north of the projected impact area and will respond after Ian makes landfall. Demand is expected to increase after the scale of the hurricane's impact is better understood.

Foster's team has been operating around the clock, sending trucks throughout the weekend, with the bulk of their fleet leaving Tuesday, September 27. The trucks carry loads of diesel, gasoline, propane, water, DEF, and other necessary provisions. Its mission is to fuel FEMA's relief efforts and other critical infrastructures like hospitals, data centers, and utility companies. The impact area forecasted will be heavily affected by storm surges, and it is anticipated that power outages and flooding will be substantial.

Foster's Mission Critical team has responded to catastrophic events for almost two decades. Notable, wide-scale activations include Superstorm Sandy, the Haiti Earthquake, and, most recently, Hurricane Ida in 2021. In 2019, Foster Mission Critical responded to relief efforts in Florida after Hurricane Dorian hit. Its path of destruction stretched across multiple states, including North Carolina and Georgia, causing almost four billion dollars in
Over the past 11 years the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has held an annual community holiday event. Last year's Decorating the Wreaths event was so successful that we are going to decorate wreaths again this year. Please see all the details by downloading the form at https://www.ialr.org/wreaths-for-a-cause-2022/
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