AU CoffeeBreak 1-31-18

Posted on January 31st, 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, Feb. 2, for a Wednesday, Feb. 7, publication.

Averett Athletics Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Averett University’s Department of Athletics was among 18 institutions nationally to receive an Award of Merit for community service from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators and Jostens.

Averett was one of six Award of Merit recipients in the “One-Time Activity or Project” category for the 2016-17 academic year with its Special Olympics Fun Day event. Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks and Director of Athletics Meg Stevens accepted the award at the NCAA Convention on Saturday in Indianapolis. Click here to read the full story.



SCLC Black Tie Gala

Averett University’s Black Student Union (BSU) attended the SCLC Black Tie Gala for MLK week. The Gala discussed the wonderful things that the legend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for the Danville community, and also discussed African American issues within the Danville Community.

Several BSU members attended including Isaiah Howard, president of BSU, India Moore, Jamond Jordon and Naevaughn Henry Charles, a prospective Averett student. BSU represented themselves and Averett University well at this MLK event, and even gave positive feedback on things concerning the Danville community. We look forward to seeing what more Black Student Union will do at Averett University.

Women’s Basketball Senior Samm Chandler Breaks School’s All-Time Scoring and Blocks Record

Averett Women’s Basketball senior Samm Chandler broke the program’s all-time scoring mark, passing Hall of Famer Michelle Warner’s total of 1,442 points. In the same game, Chandler also became the program’s all-time leader in career blocks, passing Warner for that mark. To see the full story on our athletics website, click here.

Averett: From the Eyes of Freshmen

During every Averett 101 class each fall semester, the students go to the president’s house and enjoy a dinner with Dr. Franks and her husband, Joe. 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!

“Wrestling team connectiveness.”

“Women’s Lacrosse being a new program.”

“Football being on the rise/getting the job done – success.”

“Men’s Lacrosse new program.”

“Feels like a home away from home- people are friendly, and they’re nice and welcoming.”

Alumni Spotlight: Commissioner of Revenue

Meet Ingrid Morroy, MBA ’95 is the Commissioner of Revenue for Arlington County. To see her on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: How has your degree from Averett University assisted you in your career since graduation?

ANSWER: “After I graduated, I began to look for positions that would challenge me and that required an MBA. I stumbled upon a job announcement in the Business Section of the Washington Post: the Treasurer of Arlington County, an elected official, was looking for a Deputy Treasurer for Operations with a banking background and an MBA. I believed that my experience and my MBA degree would help me get an interview. The Treasurer obviously agreed: he interviewed me, hired me and I spent the next eight years managing a staff of about 20 in the Operations Division of the Office of the Treasurer of Arlington County.

Since then, I ran for and was elected Arlington County’s Commissioner of Revenue in 2003, an office I currently occupy. Although elected, it is an administrative office. One of the most important lessons I learned through Averett’s master’s program, I still apply today – to be successful leaders, we must manage through people. I have a staff of 52 professionals, all of whom are empowered and have taken ownership of their jobs and of the office. They include tax assessors and specialists, tax inspectors, tax auditors, legal experts and communications specialists. During my 14 years as Commissioner of Revenue, I have used my own career path as an example and encouraged employees to continue their education. Several staff members are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.”

Sam’s Club on Campus

Karen Shields, our Sam’s Club representative, will be on campus in the Dining Hall today, Jan. 31, and tomorrow, 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.


AU Women’s Network session featuring Dr. Franks

Please join us for our next AU Women’s Network session to be held at Dr. Franks’ home today, Jan. 31, from 4-5 p.m. We will have an informal, informative conversation regarding women’s issues in the workplace.

We have conversation starters, however, we encourage each of you to bring your own questions and/or conversation topics. Please contact Angie McAdams at with any questions.

 Senior Dinner

Senior Dinner is Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. and we like to have prizes for all of the seniors. Do you have an Averett coffee mug that you never use? You can donate that. A spare gift card that you are never going to use? You can offer that. We have gotten gently used sweatshirts and fancy style tea cups.

We’re never sure what the students are going to appreciate, but they usually do! If you have something to give or questions to ask, contact Dan Hayes at or (434) 791-7252.


SGA Fundraiser at Chipotle

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Averett University SGA. Come in to the Chipotle, 450 Mall Drive Suite 130, on Monday, Feb. 5, between 4 and 8 p.m. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Averett University SGA.

Campus Store Inventory

The Campus Store will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, and reopen at noon on Thursday, Feb. 8, to conduct its annual inventory. During this time orders can be placed by clicking here.

Save the Date

Please save the date for the 4th annual Engage Showcase and Honors Recognition on Monday, Apr. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Frith Auditorium. This is Averett’s premier opportunity to celebrate student learning. If you and your students are interested in sharing service-learning projects, internship accomplishments, student research or engagement with a community partner, please contact Brigid Belko Gorton at to host an interactive table presentation. More details to come!

Community Foundation Invests $25,000 in Campaign for Main

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has invested $25,000 to assist Averett in updating Main Hall to a 21st century living-learning environment for our students in our master plan to renovate and update residence halls.

The idea behind living-learning environments is that by having students live together in a community of scholarship, it produces greater student learning. A student does not get smarter simply by living in a college residence hall. However, the evidence is clear that living-learning environments do have a positive effect on academic performance, critical thinking and persistence when compared with students living in conventional residence halls, and we want to create these experiences for Averett students. Averett was also the recipient of more than $10,000 in other award funds. We sincerely thank the Community Foundation for all they do for our region and for Averett.

Student Success Center: Testing Policies

The Student Success Center proctors a variety of exams throughout the academic year, including make-up exams, special needs exams and standardized exams, such as the CLEP and the TEAS. CLICK HERE, to see the handout detailing general testing policies. If you have questions or concerns about testing, please reach out to Holly Kilby at or (434) 791-5788.