AU CoffeeBreak 2-7-18

Posted on February 7th, 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. 9, for a Wednesday, Feb. 14, publication.

In memory of J.T. Earley, Jr.

In memory of J.T. Earley, Jr.’s passing on Sunday, Feb. 4, the chapel service tomorrow will include a memorial to him.

Please continue to keep J.T.’s family and his coworkers in your hearts during this very difficult time.  Thank you for your understanding thoughts, prayers and compassion as we mourn his loss and appreciate the special person he was in the Averett community.

The Averett Chapel Service is tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 11:15 a.m., in the multipurpose room. Join fellow students, faculty and staff, for a 30-minute, non-denominational worship service. Chaplain Skyler will offer a brief and encouraging message to all of us.


GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Lacy Thompson, a student pursuing his Bachelor of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2019. To see him on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future Averett students.

ANSWER: “Don’t procrastinate, things in life are only as hard as a person makes them; and for future students, don’t be afraid of success.”

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 can stop anyone and ask them a question and they help.”

“The togetherness atmosphere.”

“How safe I feel – someone is always there – I’m not in danger or need of help.”

“Student Success Center – the writing center really helps a lot.”

“Faculty and teachers are friendly – they know who you are.”

Academic Support Tutor of the Week

Meet Sydney Glass, a senior tutor/writing consultant. Sydney has worked in the Student Success Center for a year. She serves as a French and Spanish tutor, as well as a writing consultant. To have Sydney assist you with a language course, please email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. In the Writing Center, Sydney works open hours Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2–4:30 p.m. You do not have to schedule to have a consultation during this time.


Campus Store Inventory

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


“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

Averett’s Theatre Department will perform “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” From the sumptuous private drawing rooms of 18th-century Paris to the decadent estates and chateaus of the French countryside, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont hatch a long-distance plan of vengeance and seduction.

Come support the theatre department on Feb. 15-17, at 7 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. Students get in free, faculty and staff get two free tickets. This performance includes mature content.

Black History Month Film – “Loving”

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Andrew Canady will discuss the historic significance after airing the film “Loving.” This is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room. This showing is open to the public and admission is free.

Save the Date: New Employee Orientation (Spring edition)

If you are a new employee (part time or full time faculty, staff or graduate assistant) who was hired since the August opening, or if you could not make it to the Fall New Employee Orientation, then plan on joining us this spring.

Invitations to the event will be coming soon via a Punchbowl email invite. The program will include lunch, an Averett history trivia game and updates from Dr. Franks and her leadership team. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Mar. 6, from 11:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

Newly Renovated Lounge Spaces

As a project of the Brand Excellence theme of the Averett 2020 Strategic Plan, many student spaces have been renovated and refreshed. Come check out and enjoy the new cozy look of the newly redesigned Student Success Center Lounge with all new furniture, lights, rugs and wall color, thanks to a donation from The Alexander Berkeley Carrington, Jr., and Ruth Simpson Carrington Charitable Trust.

The Barkhouser Computer Lounge next to the multipurpose room in the Student Center has been remodeled, funded by The Hughes Memorial Foundation. There is all new furniture, high top tables and a couch. There are several ethernet hook-ups for laptops as well as three traditional desktops and two Mac’s that will be installed soon. The WEPA has been moved into the lounge.

Study Abroad Program Spotlight

Advisors and faculty, here’s a study abroad opportunity for students: the Summer Intercultural Communication and Global Leadership Program. This engaging and interactive summer study abroad program combines classroom instruction with high profile guest lectures, visits and excursions, as well as practical training elements in the area of goal finding, human rights, mediation, dispute resolution, social responsibility/peace building, and intercultural negotiation skills to prepare students for their future careers goals to become leaders in a globalized world.

CEPA Study Abroad is a non-profit run by a former member of the German Parliament and his wife. They have a very personal approach (and bring an impressive network with them). Scholarships are available. Contact Averett University Study Abroad Office at [email protected] for more information.