AU CoffeeBreak 10-25-17

Posted on October 25th, 2017 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 by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, for a Wednesday, Nov. 1, publication.


GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Christina Niblett, a student pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree and is expected to graduate in 2018. To see her on the GPS blog, click here.

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

ANSWER: “First, the GPS staff and faculty truly understand what it means to be a full-time employee and student. Choices, it’s all about choices. The GPS program incorporates concentration choices as an added bonus to earning an MBA. Second, I tried an online program and it wasn’t a good fit. I need to be in the classroom with teacher/student interaction. Meeting once a week with my classmates and a teacher allows me to be an active participant with the opportunity to hear what others think.”

Averett Chapel

Join us tomorrow, Oct. 26, for Averett Chapel at 11:15 a.m., in Blount Chapel. It will be a time for fellowship, music and the ability to grow the spiritual community on Averett’s campus. We hope to see you there!


Averett Women’s Network

The Averett Women’s Network is proud to announce that the next event for this fall is a full panel of Averett alumnae. Please join the network tomorrow, Oct. 26,  and bring your lunch for, “Leadership, Change and What We’ve Learned” in the Frith Fine Arts Center at noon.

The panelists will include:
• Ms. Amy Boles, Tourism Coordinator, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce;
• Ms. Lisette Jordan, Director of Human Resources, Pittsylvania County;
• Ms. Sara Weller, Director of Human Resources, City of Danville;
• Dr. Annie Wimbish, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center; Averett University Trustee.

Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Week

The Student Success Center serves as a resource for students protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. As such, the Student Success Center is currently hosting a Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Week, which runs until Friday, Oct. 27. There are three more events this week that you can take part in.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Representatives from the ARC at Southside will present in the Student Success Center (rooms A/B) at 4:30 p.m. The presentation is entitled “Working Beyond Limits.”

Thursday, Oct. 26: Charlene Pressley will present an Impairment Awareness and Sensitivity Workshop from 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Student Success Center, rooms A/B.

Friday, Oct. 27: Volunteer with H&W Enterprises from 2-3 p.m., to spend quality time (games, arts and crafts) with adults who have special needs. This event is off-campus. Those interested and any questions should contact Holly Kilby at

Military Appreciation Day

The football game this Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. is a Military Appreciation game! All military personnel will receive free admission to the game. Just bring your military ID and come join us!

Arts@Averett Presents: Student Art Show and POPS Concert

The Averett Student Fall Art Show is now on display in Jut’s Café and Blount Library until November 27. Go check out the all the student work!

AU Cougar Band POPS Concert will take place Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Halloween Candy Collection

Student Life is collecting candy for Halloween on Main. Boxes are located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center, the Student Success Center Lobby, the entrance of Main Hall and the 4th floor of Frith Hall. Student Life will be collecting candy until next Monday to hand out Halloween evening at the front of Main.

Staff Meeting and Halloween Costume Contest

The staff meeting for October will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11:15-11:45 a.m., in the multipurpose room. There will be a media slideshow, Golden Bagel Award and staff department announcements. All those who attend will get a lunch ticket.

Come dressed in costume! The annual Halloween Costume Contest will take place directly after from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the café. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff individual and group/department costumes can enter the contest. There will be prizes for best individual student costume, best individual faculty/staff costume and best group costume. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Flu Shot Clinic

There will be a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until noon in the multipurpose room. Bring your insurance card and your photo ID. No sign-ups required, just show up. It is free if you are Averett insured. We cannot say for certain it will be free if you are under other insurance companies, just in case they don’t call it preventive, although most do. All are welcome.


Sam’s Club on Campus

Karen Shields, our Sam’s Club Representative, will be on campus to renew memberships and register new ones on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. Karen can renew several months in advance if necessary. Contact Kathie Tune at or Karen at (434) 250-4303 for additional information.

Save the Date

The TIAA representative is returning on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Additional information will be available soon on the TIAA website. Call or email Kathie Tune with questions at (434) 791-7106 or




Celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday

Please join us in the dining hall for a festive lunch on Thursday, Nov. 9, beginning at 11 a.m. Bon Appétit Management Company will prepare a special meal to honor the traditions of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The menu will feature carved turkey with all the trimmings, a seasonal salad bar, traditional desserts and other holiday favorites. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event will have special pricing. All taxes included: adults, $8.50; children 6-12 years of age, $6.40; children five and under, no charge. There is a $3.10 surcharge for Faculty and Staff with meal plans.

Active Shooter Training

Thanks to all who attended the Emergency Response Team’s Active Shooter Training last week. For those who were unable to attend or want to reference the materials, the Powerpoint and link to the video are available here. As a reminder, the members of Averett’s Emergency Response Team are as follows: Lesley Villarose, Jill Adams, Aaron Howell, Elliot Baynes, Jamie Walker, Charles Harris, Dr. Timothy Fulop, and Cassie Williams Jones. For questions about the presentation or the team, contact Lesley Villarose at

Also, the team is working to collect and verify all faculty and staff cell phone numbers. If you are not receiving LiveSafe notifications by text message and did not submit your cell number at the training, please email it to Cassie Williams Jones at

Mindset Minute: Averett’s QEP

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: If you commit to trying one new thing every day, you will have tired 365 new things in one year. The chances of finding something you like, enjoy or are good at are much higher. More importantly, you will quickly develop a personal growth mindset where you see challenges rather than problems. And you are unafraid to try new things.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Alpha Sigma Phi (Theta Beta- Averett University) is currently holding a Yankee Candle Fundraiser that will run through December 31.

It is the perfect time of the year to start thinking about Christmas presents for friends and family. Enter the group number 990105478 and start shopping!

Alpha Sigma Phi will receive 40 percent of each product you buy. This fundraiser goes towards helping the brothers go to their leadership conference in St. Louis, Mo., creating scholarships for potential members, and to donate to philanthropic partners. To support Alpha Signma Phi and buy a candle, click here.

To the Averett Family:

My sincere thanks to all who reached out to me to offer condolences and sympathy due to my mother’s death. Your cards, flowers, donations and expressions of caring are very much appreciated. These gestures have meant a lot and have helped me to get through a difficult time.

Laura Meder