AU CoffeeBreak 1-24-18

Posted on January 24th, 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. 26, for a Wednesday, Jan. 31, publication.

Memorial Service for Professor Brian Coffin

Averett will hold a remembrance service for Professor Brian Coffin at the Flight Center, 427 Airport Drive, this Friday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m.

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.



Averett: From the Eyes of Freshmen

During every Averett 101 class each fall semester, the students go to the presidents house and enjoy a dinner with Dr. Franks and Joe Franks. During that time, Dr. Franks asks the students what they love about Averett and if they have any concerns. During this spring semester, we will be sharing some of those positive comments with you. Enjoy!

“You were right about family and friendly teachers.”

“Football is a family, a brotherhood.”

“S.A.A.C. helps the students and the campus.”

“My team is a brotherhood.”

GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Tracie Brookman, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2019. To see her on the GPS blog, click here.

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

ANSWER: “I chose Averett’s GPS Program because of their attention to detail. Everything is set up for me; my schedule is made through my graduation. I know exactly what I am going to pay. I take classes online and I do them based on my schedule. I also like that the classes are short, 5-7 weeks, so getting bored by doing the same thing over and over is not an issue. The cost was my biggest concern when considering going back to school but Averett’s cost per credit hour for each course is very reasonable. They are in line with other universities in Virginia. All of these things combined made the decision easy.”

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! – tomorrow, 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 the Danville Police Department, the Danville community and Averett University.


Sam’s Club on Campus

Karen Shields, our Sam’s Club representative, will be on campus in the Dining Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Shields is available for new memberships and renewals. Costs are as follows: $100 Plus (Savings and Business) and $45 Savings (Savings and Business). New and renewed members will receive a $10 gift card and $140 in Instant Savings.

Student Success Center Hosts Mid-Year Training

The Student Success Center hosted a mid-year student-worker training for academic support tutors, writing consultants, speaking consultants and federal work-study students this past Saturday, Jan. 13. The Student Success Center is a popular resource for students, with nearly 1,000 academic assistance sessions held in the fall semester alone.

Please continue to keep the Student Success Center in mind as you progress through the spring semester, and remind your students. For tutoring, email For writing assistance, email Beyond tutoring and writing support, Holly Kilby can assist with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations at Aries Wilson can assist with probationary concerns, Early Alerts and general academic challenges at

Volunteering as a Department

We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to Averett’s North Campus Facilities team for coming out to volunteer at God’s Storehouse during the MLK Day of Service!

If your department would like to volunteer together anytime throughout the year, please contact Rachel Covington at to set it up.