AU CoffeeBreak 3-1-17

Posted on March 1st, 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, Mar. 3, for a Wednesday, Mar. 8, publication.

Danville Symphony Orchestra

janetwithfluteJanet Phillips, assistant professor of music, is performing French composer Jaques Ibert’s Concerto for flute and orchestra with the Danville Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, Mar. 4, at 8 p.m. The concert is free and will be held at George Washington High School Auditorium in Danville.


GPS Faculty Spotlight

blairphotoDr. Gary Blair, adjunct faculty for the GPS master of education program, has been voted as the interim superintendent for Rappahannock County Public Schools. Dr. Blair holds an M.Ed in administration & supervision and an Ed.D. in educational leadership. He has served in many capacities in the Richmond area school systems, most recently as director of human resources for Rappahannock County. He has taught for Averett University since 2015. He believes in “the value of teamwork…and leadership that is founded with integrity.”



Student Accolades

thumbs up accodalesThis week, Student Life would like to nominate Erica Skiddle, Andruw Cain, Lindsey Fulcher, Devin Merritt, Brandon Veasey, Ora McMillian, Dennis Edstrom and Daniel Surley.

Last fall, the Student Life department began recognizing students that go the extra mile in whatever they are doing on campus. Each week, the staff meets to select students for recognition for their dedication to Averett, and they are notified they’ve been nominated for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. At the end of the semester, we put all the names in a bowl and draw the name of one lucky student. This is our way to let the students know we appreciate all that they do.

GPS Student Spotlight

Jeremy Straton GPS CBThroughout the month, the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) admissions team interviews and highlights our GPS students. We hope you will enjoy learning more about these amazing members of our Averett family!

Meet Jeremy Straton who is pursuing his bachelor’s of business administration and is expected to graduate in 2017.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “My motivation to obtain my degree is based on my desire to advance my career, as well as to set an example for my kids.”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “The Averett GPS Program allowed me to attend class once a week, while gaining the classroom experience and still having the flexibility I needed to balance a busy life schedule between work, family and college.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students: “My advice to fellow classmates and future AU students is simple: you will get out of the program what you put into it. If you invest the necessary time, the learning experience is extraordinary!”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “The encouragement and support of my family, with the end goal of graduating.”

All Gender Restrooms on Campus

All Gender RestroomA number of facilities on campus have been designated “All Gender Restrooms,” denoted by a sign. These restrooms were already single-use spaces. They are located in the following places:

– Basement of Bishop Hall
– Second floor of the Bookstore
– Carrington Gym
– Lobby of Fugate Hall
– Inside the Health and Wellness Center (2)
– Outside and inside of mailroom in Main Hall
– First floor of Student Center/Jut’s Café (2)
– Fourth floor of Student Center

Common Hour

logoReminder: Tomorrow, Mar. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to noon is the Averett common hour. In order to embrace Averett’s Judeo-Christian heritage, the University decided to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to fellowship and worship together.

Chaplain Skyler Daniel will hold a non-denominational Christian worship service in Blount Chapel that is open to the entire Averett Family. For any questions or more information about this worship service, contact Skyler Daniel at or (434) 791-7104.

 YMCA Soccer League

Soccer YMCA CBThe YMCA and Averett are hosting an adult co-ed indoor soccer league at Averett’s North Campus starting Sunday, Mar. 12. The league will run 6-8 weeks. To register, each player needs to sign up on a roster form that can be collected from the YMCA. Team captains can submit team rosters. Teams are made up of 8-10 players, with at least 2 female players. Individual sign ups, that don’t have a team will be placed on a team.




 Spring Break Soccer Camp

Averett Mens soccer camp CBAverett Soccer will be hosting a half-day Spring Break soccer camp, Mar. 20-23. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Averett’s North Campus. Boys and girls ages 4-13 are invited to participate. Please contact Coach Wilson at to get the faculty and staff 50 percent-off discount code. For more details about the camp, click here.