Averett University is a private non-profit college in Danville, Virginia, USA, in south-central Virginia near the North Carolina border. Founded in 1859 as a women's college, Averett became a 4-year, coeducational institution in 1969. In 2011 the university restored its Baptist affiliation, renewing a relationship that had existed from Averett's founding until 2005. Wikipedia.
News Article | November 8, 2016
Over 700 regional students, educators, and parents attended the 10th Annual Aviation Education & Career Expo hosted by ProJet Aviation at their corporate aviation facility at Leesburg Executive Airport. $138,800 in college aviation and flight training scholarships were awarded to students who submitted essays describing their aviation aspirations. “The ability to award this kind of scholarship money is very rewarding. Our aviation community has come together to make dreams a reality for these students,” said Julie O’Brien, ProJet Aviation’s Director of Marketing. “We have changed destinies with this financial and mentoring assistance.” The all-day event featured keynote speakers, industry leaders, performers, and demonstrators. Representatives from more than 56 aviation and aerospace businesses met with students throughout the day to share their experiences, and opportunities for future employment. Speakers and demonstrators included: Shye Gilad, CEO of ProJet Aviation, Kelly Burk, Leesburg, VA Vice-Mayor, Tony Springer, NASA, the US Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, Kwong Ko, RCA Operator and Drone Demonstrator, The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (K-9 Demonstration), Matt Crabbe, Agricultural Aviation Pilot, Heidi Kemner, National Transportation and Safety Board. “Every organization has the opportunity - if not the obligation - to create value beyond profitability,” said Shye Gilad, ProJet Aviation CEO. “It is inspiring to see so many industry leaders contribute to the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals.” Scholarships and Corporate Sponsorships were donated by host sponsor ProJet Aviation, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), Air Culinaire, Av-Ed Flight School, Avemco Insurance, Averett University, Aviation Adventures, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Aviation Week, Bowling Green State University, Cirrus Aircraft, Community College of Baltimore County, Easy FBO, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Frederick Flight Center, Geico Flight Department, General Dynamics, GIF-E North America, Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA), The Hoxton Agency, Kansas State University, Liberty University, Marywood University, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, Paragon Aviation Detailing, Paramount Business Jets, Phacil Inc., Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Eastern Shell Fuels, Sugarloaf 99’s, The Aviation Foundation, Toth Financial Services, USAIG Insurance, Vaughn College of Technology, and Women in Aviation. About The Aviation Education & Career Expo The Aviation Education & Career Expo is one of the largest and most successful aviation education events in the United States, awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school students pursuing careers in the aviation and aerospace since its inception in 2005. Over 600 students attend the event each year, which features keynote presentations by industry leaders, static and live aviation demonstrations, and scholarship awards from universities, small businesses, and corporate sponsors. Cofounded by aviation professionals Julie O’Brien and Sarah Thompson, the Expo is committed to helping high school and college students explore the many career opportunities available to them through the world of flight. The Aviation Education & Career Expo is hosted by ProJet Aviation at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), in Leesburg, VA. About ProJet Aviation ProJet Aviation is the DC metro region's premier aviation hospitality company, dedicated to helping people accomplish extraordinary things through the wonder of private flight. The company operates ProJet Center FBO at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), the general aviation gateway to Washington DC, Dulles, and Virginia's Horse & Wine Country. Established in 2007 as a partnership between former airline pilot and entrepreneur Shye Gilad and noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, Founder & CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, ProJet Aviation combines the operational integrity of the world’s best airlines with the refined service of a world-class resort. ProJet’s numerous accolades include recognition as a Washington Business Journal Best Place to Work, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Service Business of the Year, and an Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company. Find out more at ProJetAviation.com.
Butler R.J.,Duke University |
Contreras M.,Orange County Fire Authority |
Burton L.C.,Averett University |
Plisky P.J.,University of Evansville |
And 2 more authors.
Work | Year: 2013
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether measures of physiologic function and fundamental movement are predictive of injury in firefighters during a training academy. PARTICIPANTS: 108 firefighter trainees enrolled in the training academy. METHODS: Baseline measures of physical performance and fundamental movement patterns were obtained in firefighters entering a training academy to determine predictors of injury. The physical performance measures were standardized tests of individual maximum performance on a set of four different total body tests and one firefighter specific performance test, the tower test. Measurements of fundamental movement patterns consisted of the seven tests of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) along with the composite score.Performance on each of the individual tests was examinedto determine if any of the variables were predictive of injury. RESULTS: ROC curve analysis established that a FMS cut score of ≤ 14 was able to discriminate between those at a greater risk for injury. In addition, the deep squat and push up component of the FMS were statistically significant predictors of injury status along with the sit and reach test. CONCLUSIONS: Injury in firefighters during academy can be predicted by baseline measures of musculoskeletal movement and physiology. © 2013 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
Minick K.I.,University of Evansville |
Kiesel K.B.,University of Evansville |
Burton L.,Averett University |
Taylor A.,Averett University |
And 2 more authors.
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research | Year: 2010
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a series of 7 tests that categorize fundamental movement. Each test is scored on an ordinal scale with 4 categories. The purpose of this study was to determine the interrater reliability of the FMS. Forty healthy subjects were videotaped while performing the FMS. The videos were independently scored by 4 raters, including 2 experts who instruct FMS training courses and 2 novices who completed a standardized training course on the FMS. Interrater reliability was analyzed using the weighted kappa statistic. The novice raters demonstrated excellent or substantial agreement on 14 of the 17 tests, whereas the expert raters did the same on 13 of the 17 tests. When the novice raters were paired with the expert raters, all 17 components demonstrated excellent or substantial agreement. These data indicate that the FMS can confidently be applied by trained individuals. This would suggest that the FMS can be confidently used to assess the movement patterns of athletes and to make decisions related to interventions for performance enhancement, and the FMS may assist in identifying athletes at risk for injury. © 2010 National Strength and Conditioning Association.
News Article | February 22, 2017
Sartomer Americas, a business unit of Arkema Group, has appointed René Neron and Nick Ferraco as Plant Managers in West Chester, PA and Chatham, VA, respectively. In their new roles, Neron and Ferraco will oversee all production operations and activities to ensure that Sartomer's high-performance specialty chemicals continue to be manufactured with the highest quality. Both Neron and Ferraco will begin their new posts on February 23 and will report to Chris Glover, Global Manufacturing Director. Neron began working with Arkema in 2015 as the Plant Manager at the Chatham, VA plant. Prior to working with Arkema, Neron worked for 25 years in the manufacturing industry, earning certifications of Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Leader. Previously, Neron held multiple positions with Celanese Corporation, ranging from process engineering, R&D, technical service, technical management, customer product support, and manufacturing excellence. Ferraco got his start with Arkema in the Developing Engineer program in 2005. After leaving in 2007, Ferraco returned to Arkema in 2013 as the Operations Manager for the Chatham plant. He also served as a Production Superintendent with Total Petrochemicals Inc., where he was responsible for safety, production, maintenance, and engineering. At ATOFINA Chemicals, Inc. (now Arkema), Ferraco worked as a Process Engineer. “With their proven technical knowledge and leadership skills, René and Nick will carry on our record of producing the finest specialty chemicals that help formulators develop their industry-leading products,” Glover said. “At the same time, they will work to move the company forward by inspiring both their teams and product innovation.” Neron holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Pfeiffer University. Ferraco has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College, and he anticipates a June 2017 graduation from the MBA program at Averett University. In addition, Ferraco is a graduate of Arkema's MMDP program. Sartomer is a premier global supplier of specialty chemicals for ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB), peroxide, and two-part epoxy/amine systems. For more than 55 years, Sartomer has pioneered the development of these advanced technologies, introducing hundreds of products that enhance performance in coatings, graphic arts, adhesives, advanced materials and other demanding applications. For more information, visit http://www.sartomer.com. A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.7 billion in 2015, we employ approximately 19,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. http://www.arkema.com
Samoilenko S.,Averett University |
Osei-Bryson K.-M.,Virginia Commonwealth University
Journal of Global Information Technology Management | Year: 2015
The limited resources of transition economies accentuate the need for formulating effective and efficient policies for investments in information and communication technologies. However, the empirical evidence required for sound decision making is scarce, thus prompting a call for studies in the area of macroeconomic impact of investments in information and communication technologies. Using two-time series data sets, one for the period from 1993 to 2003 and another for the period from 2004 to 2010, the impact of investments in telecoms on total factor productivity in the context of transition economies was investigated. Specifically, the focus was on a group of seven transition economies that is comprised of the Visegrád Group of countries (e.g., Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) and the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). Results suggest that all the members of the Visegrád Group of countries and the Baltic States group exhibited overall growth in productivity. Further, a comparison of the two periods shows that the most significant difference between those periods is that the dominant source of growth in productivity in the later transition period (2004-2010) was the efficient utilization of the existing technology, while in the former transition period the growth was driven by technological changes. © 2015 Sergey Samoilenko and Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson.
Brenner A.M.,Averett University |
Brill J.M.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
TechTrends | Year: 2016
The purpose of this study was to identify instructional technology integration strategies and practices in preservice teacher education that contribute to the transfer of technology integration knowledge and skills to the instructional practices of early career teachers. This study used a two-phase, sequential explanatory strategy. Data were collected through surveys and interviews. Participating early career teachers assessed themselves as proficient users of instructional technologies and comfortable with their level of technology integration in the classroom. They identified modeling of, reflecting on, and experimenting with technology integration in their teacher education programs as prevalent promoters of technology integration, and ineffective field experiences as the most prominent barrier. Findings from this study lead to naturalistic recommendations, corroborated by the literature, on how to improve technology integration in teacher education programs. In addition, the study offers a survey that can be utilized in future studies to investigate further technology integration transfer factors in the education of preservice teachers. © 2016, Association for Educational Communications & Technology.
McMurtry K.,Averett University
TechTrends | Year: 2014
The Instructional Design Knowledge Base: Theory, Research, and Practice by Rita C. Richey, James D. Klein, and Monica W. Tracey describes the instructional design knowledge base and further provides a taxonomy to frame the elements and related theories, thus approaching ID from both a practical and scholarly perspective. Geared toward the graduate student or scholar and not for the novice in its extensive explanations and source citations, the text should be required reading for all students of instructional design. Concepts are explained clearly and succinctly with well-organized chapters that provide headings and subheadings with introductions and transitional cues. The historical development and current research of each theory and model is well documented, and the references list alone would serve as a helpful reference for the student of instructional design. Scholars of ID will also find thought-provoking the suggestions for future research at the end of each chapter. © 2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Bolton F.,Averett University
Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management | Year: 2013
Differences between the emergency management and cybersecurity professions create a barrier to effective communication based on technical jargon and specialized language. This article discusses the nature of professions and the need for common terms in order to improve the ability of organizations to respond to cyber emergencies. Recommendations are provided and include action by the Emergency Management Institute, professional organizations, and improvements in sharing information.
Bullis R.K.,Averett University
Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice | Year: 2012
This paper consists of three sections. The first section will review the literature describing the role of narratives surrounding legal proceedings, psychological autopsy (PA) reports, and testimony. It describes the extensive role that narratives play in courts and with jury decisions as well as how narrative analyses comply with the law judges use to allow or disallow expert testimony. The second section will assert that narratives can play significant roles in both assessing investigative narrative and in testifying to the results of psychological autopsies. This describes how narratives and narrative analysis form the basis for effective investigations and effective testimony. The third section will suggest training tools and methods using narrative approaches. This article suggests methodologies and skill sets for narrative approaches to PA's in both the investigative and testimonial stages. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Samoilenko S.V.,Averett University
Information Technology for Development | Year: 2014
The framework of neoclassical growth accounting is widely used to estimate the impact of investments in information and communication technologies (ICT) on the macroeconomic bottom line. Results of multiple investigations presented evidence that investments in ICT have a positive impact on such measure of macroeconomic outcome as gross domestic product. Thus, it is not surprising that less developed countries of the world often turn to investments to ICT as one of the sources of a sustained economic development. But sustainability of economic growth is predicated on the sustainability of the sources of growth, such as investment capital and labor. The question of how annual investments in ICT are sustained is an important one, and yet it was not given much research consideration. This is, in part, due to the absence of a theoretically sound framework outlining mechanisms of investments → outcomes → reinvestments process. In this study, we synthesize a consistent with the framework of neoclassical growth accounting model allowing for investigating the process by which various microeconomic outcomes of investments in ICT are associated with re-investments in ICT. We test the proposed model using techniques of structural equation modeling with the data on investments in telecoms (a common subset of investments in ICT) in the context of transition economies. The results of the investigation support the notion of cyclical relationship between investments in ICT and economic outcomes [Qureshi, S. (2013). What is the role of mobile phones in bringing about growth? Information Technology for Development, 19(1), 1-4] and offer valuable insights to decision- and policy-makers tasked with the responsibility of improving the impact of investments in ICT. © 2014 © 2014 Commonwealth Secretariat.