CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 347 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, May 18, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Thomas Perriello (D-VA) on April 21, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, which took no official action.
H.Res. 347 would express the sense that Congress "congratulates Averett University in Danville, Virginia, for 150 years of service and leadership to the United States."
According to the resolution's findings, Union Female College, the forerunner of Averett University, was established in 1959. The name of the school was later changed to honor its early founders and became a fully accredited four-year, coeducational school in 1971. The university awarded its first master's degree in 1980, and later expanded to offer programs for working adults who wished to get advanced degrees. Today, Averett University enrolls 2,450 students on its main campus in, Danville, Virginia, and 20 other locations around the state.