AU Coffeebreak 2-19-15

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by Travis Dix

cbreak_headerCoffeeBreak is a 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. Feb. 20 for a Feb. 25 publication.


 hendrick_thanksA Huge Thank You!

I just wanted to take this time to say thank you! Thank you for not only the support and the prayers, but the friendship and concern. I really meant it when I said there is no other institution like Averett University. Being new, you have made me feel at home!

Thank you for continuing to show me how strong I am, and how important it is for me to keep pushing! The generosity that was shown on Wednesday (Feb. 4) not only for me, but for cancer research as a whole, reminds me that the people at Averett University are one of a kind.

Someone has said that the Inuit of Canada’s North have over 100 words for snow. I wish there were that many for thank you, because I’d use every one of them in this letter.

Thank you!

Carrie Hendrick, Program Director of Athletic Training

senior_dinner1Senior Dinner Thanks

We had a great senior dinner with more than 40 seniors attending. The event is special not only because we are recognizing our seniors, but because we had faculty and staff (who our students respect) serving them – a fact that impressed our students and showed them how much we care.

Thank you to Barbara Kushubar, Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, Steve Lemery, Linda Lemery, Meg Stevens, Ginger Henderson and Patrick Henry. And a special thank you to Past Alumni Association President Pattie Cairns, who represented the Alumni Board at the event.

Graduation can be a scary time, so thank you to Janet Roberson, Carl Bradsher and Alexis Ehrhardt. They shared information about how to make graduation easier and better.



Please join the Facilities Department in welcoming their new staff to campus:

Joanie Forth was previously employed as an independent contractor with more than 40 years of experience in painting, decorating, wallpapering and custom sewing.

Mitch Gunn was previously employed with the city of Danville for more than 10 years as well as being an independent contractor. He brings more than 35 years of expertise in carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

Rodney Harper is our new Mailroom Supervisor. He took over this position on October 1, 2014. Rodney is currently enrolled in the GPS program, working towards a degree in Business Administration.

The Facilities Department is elated with these new additions to our staff. As a reminder, when your department is considering facilities improvements please contact us to initiate bids, quotes, and work with your designee.

harris_pamPamela Harris joins us as a Senior Student Success Counselor in the GPS Program for the southern Virginia region. A former member of the Averett family, Pam is no stranger to Averett. She has extensive experience in financial aid, student accounts and overall adult education. In addition to overseeing student success for our GPS ground based students in southern Virginia, she will be working with a portion of our online student population. Welcome back to Averett, Pam!

logan_chazleyChazley Logan joins us as a Student Success Counselor in the central Virginia region. A native of Danville, she is very familiar with Averett University. Chazley resides in Richmond, and will be assisting our central Virginia ground based students and a portion of our GPS online students with student success. She has a background in student services and is passionate about working in higher education. Welcome, Chazley. We are excited to have you on the team!

ellis_chrisChris Ellis ’01 joins us a Student Success Counselor in the Tidewater region. He earned his Master’s degree from Duke University in 2004. Chris now resides in the Tidewater area and is passionate about serving his alma mater. He has extensive experience in student services and a true passion for student success. We are excited to have Chris on board to support the ground based Tidewater students as well as our online GPS students. Welcome back home, Chris!

neveu_ermaErma Neveu is not new to Averett, but she has a new title – Military Site & Student Support Liaison. Erma continues to serve our students in northern Virginia at the Quantico Marine Base. She is an essential part of the service we provide to GPS Marine’s and civilians at Quantico. Along with serving our students at Quantico, Erma assists in the support of our GPS online students. Thank you, Erma, for all you do!

dosier_valerieValerie Dosier is not new to Averett, but she is new to the team for Student Success as a Student Success Manager. Valerie is located in Central Virginia and has an extensive background in several positions charged with student retention, student success and degree completion. We are excited to have her leadership among the SSC team! Valerie will also be working with students in the RN to BSN program. Congratulations, Valerie, in your new role!


who_who1Nomination for Who’s Who

The annual nomination for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is now open. Students may be nominated by faculty, staff or their fellow students. Once nominated, the Student Life staff will check to ensure that all minimum criteria have been met. Those students who meet the minimum criteria will be contacted with information about completing the Who’s Who application. Nominations must be submitted using this form by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Nominations received with incorrect or missing email addresses may not be considered. An attempt will be made to contact those students via their Averett University email but the delivery and their response cannot be confirmed. All applications will be reviewed by the Student Awards Committee as selections are made.

Who’s Who was founded in 1934. Selection for membership is based on academic scholarship, participation in extracurricular activities, citizenship, positive contributions, development and leadership. Each year approximately 1,500 institutions of higher learning are represented among Who’s Who recipients.

health_fairAnnual Health Awareness Fair

Averett University’s annual Health Awareness Fair in honor of Black History Month will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The fair is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The fair will host well over 25 local vendors who are dedicated to supporting our well-being. For questions (or if your organization would like to participate as a vendor), please contact Holly Kilby at 434-791-5788. We hope to see you there.

jobs1New Job Posting

A new staff position is open on campus and it has been posted online – Senior Accountant/Operations. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

orientation1Summer Orientation Dates

Offices are already working on the opening of classes for fall 2015. Following are the new orientation dates, please add them to your calendars.


New Student Orientation

June 27 and 28
July 18 and 19

Transfer Student Orientation

July 17

intramural_sportsIntramural Sports Sign-up

Intramural sports will begin with basketball and indoor soccer on Wednesday, March 18. Packets will be available in the Residence Life Office (fourth floor of the Student Center) by Wednesday, Feb. 18. The deadline to submit the packet back to the Residence Life Office is Friday, March 6 and both sports will take place at the Grant Center. If you have any questions, please contact Karmen Robinson at

professional_developmentProfessional Development Opportunities

The Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness is inviting you to discover service-learning via these professional development opportunities. Please let Brigid Belko know if you are interested in attending one of the following:

The Duke International Service-Learning Conference in Durham on March 4-6
The National Service-Learning Conference in Washington D.C. on April 8-11
Old Dominion University’s Annual Summer Faculty Institute (this year’s theme is service-learning) in Norfolk on May 19-20

Space is limited, so please let Brigid know as soon as you can.