AU CoffeeBreak 2-21-18

Posted on February 21st, 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. 23, for a Wednesday, Feb. 28, publication.


GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Tracey Carter Abdur-Rahim, a student pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2018. To see her on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?

ANSWER: “My faith in God and my family are my biggest motivations. Without prayer and guidance, I feel like I would not have made it this far. I have a strong support team that pushes me to go on, even when my body is tried.”

Academic Support Tutor of the Week

Emily Shelton is our Academic Support Tutor of the Week. Emily is a senior from Danville majoring in biological psychology/clinical psychology/sociology. She works most afternoons in the Student Success Center. Emily is well known for her patience and her ability to check for understanding. What she most enjoys about tutoring is the fact that tutoring is reciprocal; helping them, helps her. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with Emily Shelton, please email

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!

“I am a football manager and it feels like a family the way they treat us and each other.”

“How the coaches care about me as a person.” (Wrestling)

“Meg is awesome.”

“Faculty – professors are great.”

“Great support from teachers! They tell athletes good luck at games, and they come to games and  are easy to get into contact with.”

“Choices in the cafeteria.”

Averett Chapel

Join Spiritual Life for Averett Chapel tomorrow, Feb. 22, at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel. This week, the Black Student Union will be hosting chapel, everything from the music and singing, to the message. This is a great way for faculty and staff to honor Black History Month and encourage our new student club, BSU, as well. Come join us!

Arts@Averett: Black History Month Event

In honor of Black History Month, Arts@Averett will host The Winston-Salem State University Choir tomorrow, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. The event is completely free and open to the public. The choir is the oldest student organization on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

Under the leadership and baton of Maestra D’Walla Simmons Burke, the choir has traveled to the Bahamas, Czech Republic and South Africa, performing with major symphony orchestras including the D’Vorak Symphony Orchestra, Colour of Music Symphony Orchestra and Gateways Festival Orchestra to name a few. They have recorded nine CDs, performed at Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Alice Tully Hall of the Lincoln Center and have been nominated for a Grammy.

Planned Fall 2018 Courses to Satisfy the African & African American Studies Minor

To all faculty: If you are planning to teach a course in the fall semester that could possibly count toward the African & African American Studies minor, please contact Toni Gazda at or (434) 791-7101.

Three fall courses are already in process: ENG/AFAM 242: African American Literature; HIS/AFAM 399: The American South; and MUS/ENG/AFAM 399: Music & Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. However, if students can obtain credit for the minor for other courses, we want to make sure they receive consideration. Thank you!

Cougar Nation Discount Program

The Cougar Nation Discount Program is designed to increase awareness of local businesses and reward students, faculty, staff and alumni for supporting local businesses. Look for this sticker on the outside of participating businesses! Click here to see the discounts and for a list of business that participate.