AU CoffeeBreak 1-17-18

Posted on January 17th, 2018 by Danielle Staub

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. Please submit by Friday, Jan. 19, for a Wednesday, Jan. 24, publication.

Remembering Professor Brian Coffin

Services to honor the life of Aviation professor, Brian Coffin, will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, at Salem Baptist Church (4044 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407). A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the fellowship hall of the church.

Averett will hold a remembrance at the Flight Center; details will be announced soon. Anyone wishing to send cards to his wife, Mrs. Jane Coffin, and his family, should send them to the President’s Office and we will see that the family receives them. We continue to keep them in our hearts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Angie McAdams named President-Elect of Southside Virginia SHRM

Angie McAdams has been selected to serve as President-Elect for the Southside Virginia Society for Human Resource Management. Angie begins her duties this month and will assume the role of President in January 2019. Congratulations, Angie!




GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Keith Miley, a student pursuing his Bachelor of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2017. To see him on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program?

ANSWER: “Selecting Averett’s GPS program was easy because it offered the best fit for my then current situation. Going to school is challenging alone, so I had to find the right institution of higher learning, with a degree program that was suited for my situation (and daily schedule). I knew being a student alone is challenging and time-consuming. But, add to the equation, having to support your family, and dealing with everyday life challenges made it complicated to just attend any school. The school had to offer a program that would allow me to develop as a student while meeting the requirements to obtain a degree, and without having to make significant sacrifices. That higher learning institution was Averett!”

Snow Closing Today

Due to inclement weather, the University is closed today, Jan. 17.

Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day is tomorrow, Jan. 18, at 11:15 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.


Come Support the Wrestling Team!

Tomorrow, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., the Wrestling team will take on Ferrum University at home in the Grant Center. This will be the second ever home wrestling match. Come watch the dual meet and cheer on the guys!

Arts@Averett Presents: Opera on the James – Cinderella

The Opera on the James – Cinderella performance is now completely FREE! Bring your family, friends and children – who are encouraged to dress up as every and any type of princess! – on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium!

This fast-paced, 75-minute family version of Cinderella, sung in English, uses the beautiful music of composer Gioachino Rossini to tell the familiar story – with a few interesting twists! Join the Tyler Artists, five young professional opera singers, for an evening of fun as they bring characters to life through song. Following Cinderella, the singers will also perform a few opera and Broadway favorites to complete the musical evening.

Policing in the 21st Century Speakers Forum- “Reducing Crime in Communities”

Averett University’s Criminal Justic Club and the Averett Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice proudly present the second Policing in the 21st Century Speakers’ Forum: “Reducing Crime in Communities.” The forum will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m. in Blount Chapel.

This is an opportunity to bring students, community members, staff and faculty together to discuss issues that have impact on our quality of life. Panel members will include representatives from Danville Police Department, the Danville community and Averett University.

 MedImpact Prescription Updates

MedImpact has scanned and corrected all inaccurate claims processing at SAMS club since Jan. 1, 2018. Prescriptions are now being filled at SAMS Club. In addition, MedImpact has made a targeted mailing to everyone who could be confirmed to have an open mail-order prescription with Anthem or Express Scripts. To continue receiving their medications via the mail, these members must call (855) 873-8739, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to confirm their address and payment information.

MedImpact has agreed to re-print 100 percent of our cards and FedEx them to each college. They will be held in Tammy Wall’s office for your convenience. If you have not received your card, please let Tammy know by email and once the cards have arrived, she will contact you.

Extra cards will be made available at the next faculty and staff meetings should you want additional copies. Click here for all your MedImpact Customer Contact Numbers.

Contact Tammy Wall at or (434) 791-5679, or Kathie Tune at or (434) 791-7106, with questions. Thank you for your patience.

Successful Hot Chocolate and Popcorn Gathering

The Student Success Center enjoyed serving hot chocolate and popcorn to Averett Cougars on their first day of classes. Thanks for sharing in the fun! Remember to stay connected to your Student Success team.



Mindset Minute: Averett’s QEP

A new semester and a fresh start! Have you helped a student think with a growth mindset today? Need ideas for encouraging students? Each week we will provide a snapshot into the world of growth mindset research and practice through “Mindset Minute,” where you can check back for tips.

Growth Mindset Tip of the Week: Do not let self-pity take over you! The person who does the work is the only one who learns.