AU CoffeeBreak 3-14-18

Posted on March 14th, 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, Mar. 16, for a Wednesday, Mar. 21, publication.


Averett Cheerleading Wins Championship at Christian Cheerleaders of America Competition

The Averett Cheerleaders won the 2018 National All-Girls Team Championship and the 2018 Grand National Championship title on Saturday, Mar. 3, at the Christian Cheerleaders of American Collegiate Level Competition in Fayetteville, N.C.

Cheerleading Coach Angie Bowers says, “We are so proud of this team who have worked so hard and many hours to prepare for this competition and to win is just the icing on the cake. This is the first time in many years an Averett team has competed and going forward Averett will have a competition team as well as a side line team.”

To see a full story written by Lindsey Fulcher, sports information intern, head to the Averett Athletics website by clicking here.

GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Antoinette Person, a student pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2019. To see her on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: Why did you choose Averett’s GPS program?

ANSWER: “I chose Averett’s GPS Program because of their known success rate and the success of my colleagues that have gone through the program.”

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 like the small town.”

“I can find good places to study.”

“There are a lot of opportunities. (Athletics/Bonner/Volunteer)”

“The coffee in Jut’s is great.”

“I like the clubs and organizations.”

Sam’s Club on Campus

The Sam’s Club Representative will be on campus today, Mar. 14, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the dinning hall. Karen Shields, our Sam’s Club representative, can renew your memberships or register you for a new account. Ask her about the specials that go with each level of membership. Karen can also renew your membership several months in advance of its expiration; just ask her! She will only be returning to campus one more time this spring, next month.


Spring Career Fair

Averett’s Spring Career Fair is being held tomorrow, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carrington Gym. Please encourage all students to attend. Not only is this good for students who are seeking a job/internship, but it is also a great networking event.  Please contact Angie McAdams at with any questions.

Staff Meeting

The next staff meeting is tomorrow, Mar. 15, at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Please join your fellow staff members for an update on the new Staff Council Charter, details about voting for new Staff Council members for next year, as well as the Faculty and Staff Members of the Year nominations; followed by lunch in the café.

Have you nominated a colleague for the Golden Bagel award? Do you think there is someone who has gone above and beyond this month? There will be a new staff member of the month announced tomorrow and we continue to encourage you to submit your Golden Bagel nominations to Again, congratulations Daniel Jones on the Golden Bagel for the month of February!

The Glow Carnival

The Student Engagement Office is hosting The Glow Carnival this Saturday, Mar. 17, from noon-4 p.m. on the Student Lawn, as part of the Spring Fling activities. All Averett employees are encouraged to attend and may bring their family. There will be free novelties and activities for all ages. Bon Appetite will be serving lunch outside. Each person will have to use their Bon Appetite meal plan or purchase a  lunch for $8.58 +tax per person.

Easter Monday

Classes will not be held on Easter Monday, Apr. 2. The University will be open.

Registration Day

Just a reminder that Registration Day is Wednesday, Mar. 21. No classes will be held on this day so that students have the chance to meet with their advisor and prepare for Pre-Registration! The Pre-Registration dates are as follows:

Seniors: March 26 & 27
Juniors: March 28 & 29
Sophomores: March 30 & 31
Freshmen: April 1 & 2

Engage Showcase

It is that time of year, again—The Engage Showcase! This is a time for you and your students to celebrate and share your community work.

Awards – Nominate a student, community partner or colleague that stands out in their community work! To nominate an Outstanding Engage Leader, please visit the criteria for award nominations and the award application. All applications must be submitted by Friday, Mar. 23.

Table Presentations – Would your class or intern be interested in hosting a table to discuss their engagement in the community? There will be 18 Averett tables in the Frith Lobby for the Engage Showcase on Monday, Apr. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m. Students should bring tangible evidence of their work via photos, videos or products made for the community partner. We seek genuine conversation and ask that students bring what they used to connect with the community partner. If they cooked a meal, then bring some of the ingredients. If they put on an event, then bring some of the favors and promotional flyers, and so on. Please let Brigid Belko Gorton know of your interest by Friday, Mar. 23, at

Honors Recognition Program – Following the Engage Showcase, at the Honors Recognition Program, 7-8:30 p.m., students will be recognized for their academic accomplishments. There will be group recognitions and individual recognitions. An RSVP to Mary Sullivan at is requested.

Riverview Rocks it to 100%!

After the last staff meeting, the staff at our Riverview campus decided that they would take on Buddy Rawley’s challenge that people can help Averett by giving just a few dollars. And while it is true that big gifts can make a difference on their own; they were correct in thinking that if everyone gives what they are able we can make big changes at Averett!

We have bragged before about Athletics being 100%, but Riverview took it a step further and now the entire Riverview Campus is 100% including all faculty, staff, GA’s, Aramark and security! To stay in the spirit of the campaign, several people gave for a second time this year. Thank you to everyone at Riverview Campus for leading the way!

A New Office: Welcome to Alumni Hall

Diane Gosney, coordinator of development services, and Marion Breen, administrative assistant, have moved their offices from Main Hall to Alumni Hall. Many of you bring your gifts directly to them, or have registered for events with them. Please come look for them in Alumni Hall next time!

Elizabeth and James Bustard Distinguished Award for Graduate Study

Applications for the Elizabeth and James Bustard Distinguished Award for graduate study are available in the office of Dr. Timothy E. Fulop, vice president for academic affairs and student success. The application deadline for the award, which is available for graduate students, is Tuesday, Apr. 3, at noon. You may pick up an application from Mary Sullivan, Main Hall 208.

All applications must be submitted with proof of acceptance to graduate school and three letters of recommendation attesting to character, service activities and/or scholarly potential. Any questions should be sent to

What are Buddy Rawley, Dan Hayes and Rett up to?

The third video is here! The Office of Institutional Advancement has launched an Averett Alumni Board Match Challenge to help name a room in Main Hall after the Alumni Association. The Alumni Board is issuing a challenge to match gifts up to $12,500 to help reach their goal of $25,000 to name one of the 46 dorm rooms in Main Hall in honor of alumni.

Click here to watch the THIRD video of the series, which features Dan Hayes, Buddy Rawley and Rett starting to help with construction! Please share on social media to help us get the word out. Thank you! All donations can be made by clicking here.