AU CoffeeBreak 3-15-17

Posted on March 15th, 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. 17, for a Wednesday, Mar. 22, publication.

New Employee in the Student Success Center

h.kilbypictureHolly Kilby has returned to Averett University as the coordinator for academic support. Kilby is familiar to Averett, both as a student and as an employee. She graduated from Averett with a bachelor’s of arts in English and history (double major) in 2009, and she received a master’s of business administration in 2015. She hopes to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership in the near future.

During her five-year tenure as an administrator within academic support, Kilby increased access to tutoring services, expanded testing services, streamlined the accommodations process for special needs students and she oversaw the center’s initial CRLA certification and worked to strengthen tutor training programs. Additionally, Kilby has experience in the public school system teaching local at-risk youth. When not working, she enjoys traveling with her husband, David Thomas, and their four sons; she is also a “den mother” for her boys’ scout troop!


GPS Student Spotlight

Chrissy Wagner 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 Chrissy Wagner who is pursuing her bachelor’s of business administration and is expected to graduate in 2017.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “My motivation for obtaining my degree is to follow my dream of succeeding in my career. Also, I want to show my daughter that no matter what, you can accomplish your dreams.”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “I chose Averett’s GPS Program because it was the best fit for the degree I am working toward, a bachelor’s in business administration. I like how well the classes fit in with my daily schedule.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students. “Communicate; it is important to have open communication with your classmates and professors. I have found in tough and confusing times, my professor or classmates have always helped me.”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “I am a very ambitious individual and when I put my mind to something, I accomplish it. I signed my schedule and have not looked back since. The fact that I will be the first person in my family to receive a bachelor’s degree is a very strong motivation for me.”

Engage Showcase Awards

engage showcaseThe Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness’ (CCECC) 3rd Annual Engagement Showcase is focused on recognizing the great work of students, faculty and staff who have been engaged in volunteerism, internships and service-learning at Averett University. For the first time, the Engage Showcase is partnering with the Honors Awards Program to simultaneously recognize student groups, research and other academic achievements.

To nominate a student, instructor or community partner you believe is an outstanding engage leader to receive an Engage Leader Award, please visit the criteria for award nominations and the award application. All applications must be submitted by Friday, Mar. 24. If you or others would like to present your community work or have any questions, please email Brigid Belko at The Annual Engage Showcase and Honors Awards will take place Monday, Apr. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center lobby.

Faculty and Staff Lacrosse Clinic

facstaff laxFaculty and staff are invited to participate in a lacrosse clinic hosted by the Averett men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. The clinic will be held on North Campus at Frank R. Campbell Stadium on Monday, Mar. 20, from 5-7 p.m. Come be a part of history and learn about the sport of lacrosse and our new programs. Equipment will be provided but please bring athletic shoes. Please contact Coach Kelly Ryan with any questions at

Volunteers Needed for the Community-Wide Job Fair

job fair engaged employeerLooking for a chance to use your Engaged Employer Service leave? We are in need of volunteers to staff the upcoming Community-Wide Job Fair to be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed anytime from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To volunteer, please contact Angie McAdams at (434) 791-5629 or by Tuesday, Mar. 21.

Pre-Registration Next Friday Message from the Advising Committee

pre registration CBThe Advising Committee is reminding everyone that pre-registration begins Friday Mar. 24. Please consider doing the following: 1. Review your advisees’ mid-term grades. 2. If any advisee has a grade of “F,” start a conversation to see if it possible that he/she can bring it up to a passing grade. If not, try and reschedule the class in the fall. 3. Check with your “undecideds” to see if they have selected a major. 4. Review curriculum changes which are located in the Intranet.

Tornado Drill – March 21

tornado drill CBOn Tuesday, Mar. 21, Averett University will participate in the statewide tornado drill. Notifications that the drill has begun and ended will be coming from designated staff members and our e2campus notification system. Please take some time before the day of the drill to be sure that you are signed up to receive messages via the e2campus system, which you can do here.

Please refer to yesterday’s email from Dean Lesley Villarose, Chair of the Emergency Management Team, for the spreadsheet listing locations on campus and the designated shelter areas, and identify your designated area before the drill. Should you have any questions, contact Dean Villarose at

New Position Postings

Averett_Stacked_nursingThe School of Nursing is looking for a clinical and assessment coordinator tenure track. To view the posting on the the AU web, click here.

TIAA CREF on Campus

TiaaNo matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with Matt Meade from TIAA-CREF can help you create a unique plan for your goals. It’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more: Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals? Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need? How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working? You can register for one of the sessions by clicking here, and get an action plan created especially for you.

Meade will be on campus, Tuesday, Mar. 28, and Wednesday, Mar. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Main Hall room 131. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity!