AU CoffeeBreak 1-06-16

Posted on January 6th, 2016 by Emily Tomlinson


CoffeeBreak is an e-newsletter distributed to Averett faculty and staff to keep them up to date on campus activities and information.

Please send information you would like included in CoffeeBreak via this form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 for a Wednesday, Jan. 13 publication.


thankyou_aniThank You!

During the last two weeks of 2015, people were very generous – mailing or personally delivering $70,000 for various projects from academics to athletics and everything in between. We are so fortunate that people believe in what we are doing and are willing to support us.

In addition, the Scoreboard Challenge was met and has built excitement around the things happening at Averett. Hopefully you saw the great job that our students did in the videos in support of the campaign. Here is the last student video that also has links to the other videos.

Dan Hayes ’92, director of alumni and friend development



Have you welcomed someone new to your department lately? We want to meet them! Make sure you fill out the CoffeeBreak submission form online so an announcement can be run in the next edition.



moving-day1Have you Moved?

If you moved in 2015 and have a new address please notify the Business Office by emailing Pam Paynter. This information is needed for your W-2.


Sunday_SupperAmerica’s Sunday Supper

Averett and Riverview Rotary are joining forces to host America’s Sunday Supper on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at The Venue (318 Main St.). America’s Sunday Supper was started by Points of Light and is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of people of diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels.

Come share a meal, share your story, and engage in a meaningful conversation about our community! Reserve your spot by contacting Tia Yancey at 791-7214 or by clicking here.

For details about all of the MLK Day events in the community, visit

meeting1University Staff Meeting

Our first university-wide staff meeting for 2016 will be Thursday, Jan. 28 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year. (Please note this is a new date.)

 baggerly_christineWomen’s Leadership Development

Beginning this month, Averett will host a monthly speaker series on topics related to women’s leadership development and advancement in higher education. Our first event on Monday, Jan. 25 will feature Christine Baggerly ’04, Vice President, Sales and Support Services at First Piedmont Corporation. Please make plans to join us at 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center to hear Christine talk about knowing your worth, leading with competence, and doing your “homework.” Light refreshments will be served.

This new series is being sponsored under the auspices of the Virginia Network of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Inclusive Excellence Group, which facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education.

Please contact Alexis Ehrhardt, executive director of the CCECC, at 434-791-7212 with any questions.

MLK_day1MLK Day of Service

The university is partnering with Riverview Rotary to host the MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18 from 12-6:30 p.m. at the North Campus. Projects will be ongoing, so stop by when you can!

There will be two opportunities for you to serve our community:

  1. Make a t-shirt blanket to keep Danville warm. Bring a gently-used t-shirt that represents you to donate to a blanket!
  1. Rehab, paint, and build new Little Libraries. Bring a new or gently-used book to donate to a Little Library!

At 4 p.m. we will recognize the winners of the MLK Art Contest and the MLK Story Contest from Danville Public Schools. At 5 p.m., Josephus Thompson III and The Poetry Project Dan River Region will lead the audience in a spoken word performance.

Please contact Rachel Covington with questions or click here for more information. For details about all of the MLK events in the community, visit

donateDonate to Share Your Story!

Can’t volunteer at the MLK Day of Service? You can still participate!

We are collecting donations for two MLK Day of Service projects:

  1. Donate a gently-used t-shirt that represents you to make a t-shirt blanket.
  2. Donate a new or gently-used book appropriate for ages up to 12 years old to a Little Library.

Donation boxes are at the following locations: entrance to Fugate Hall, entrance to the mailroom in Main Hall, entrance to the third floor in Frith Hall, entrance to the Security Office in the Student Success Center, entrance to the Residence Life Office on the fourth floor of the Student Center and entrance to Jut’s Café. Please contact Rachel Covington with questions, or for more details check out the flyer.