AU CoffeeBreak 3-21-18

Posted on March 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, Mar. 23, for a Wednesday, Mar. 28, publication.


GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Rebecca Waterfield, a student pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2019.

QUESTION: What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?

ANSWER: “I remember saying (on numerous occasions), after obtaining my bachelor’s degree, that I would not go back to school for my master’s. Then, I became a mom of twin boys and, now that they are a little older (8), realized how important it was to share my ambition with them and to show them that their success and security in life is available – they just need to go after it.”

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!

“Professors take the time to teach.”

“You can combine studies and sports.”

“There is plenty of stuff to do.”

“I like having a kitchen in my dorm.”

“Living in Fugate is good. I can hang out with my friends.”

Academic Support Tutor of the Week

Gabby South is a senior majoring in clinical and counseling psychology/integrative health psychology/biological psychology. She works as both a psychology/sociology tutor and a writing consultant. If you would like to schedule help with psychology or sociology, you can email, and you can even request Gabby.

In the Writing Center, Gabby works Tuesdays from 2:30–5 p.m., Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m., and Thursdays 3:30-5 p.m. (you do not have to schedule help with a paper during these times). What Gabby most enjoys about working in the Student Success Center is witnessing her tutees progress and become successful students.

Today is Registration Day!

Just a reminder that Registration Day is today, Mar. 21! No classes will be held today so that students have the chance to meet with their advisor and prepare for Pre-Registration! The Pre-Registration dates are as follows:
Seniors: 3/26 & 3/27
Juniors: 3/28 & 3/29
Sophomores: 3/30 & 3/31
Freshmen: 4/1 & 4/2

Cougar Express Vans Schedule Change for Registration Day

Cougar Express vans will travel to both North and Riverview Campuses to drop off and pick up students for advising appointments on Registration Day. Click here for the schedule.

Averett Chapel

Tomorrow, Mar. 22, at 11:15 a.m., is Averett Chapel time. Please join students, faculty and staff for a 30-minute, non-denominational worship service, led by students and our University Chaplain.

No official student, staff, athletic and faculty meeting is to be held during this time; in addition to setting this time aside for the Averett Chapel, other individuals and/or groups may use this time for their own religious, spiritual or reflective purposes.

BSU’s Fear Factor

Black Student Union will be hosting their very own version of Fear Factor tomorrow, Mar. 22, in the multipurpose room from 7-9 p.m. They would love if not only students, but faculty and staff would come out and join the fearful event!

If you would like to attend this event, please email the President of BSU Isaiah Howard at and include in the email if you have any dietary issues they need to be aware of.

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 this 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 this 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.

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

Save the Date for TIAA

Our TIAA Financial Representative Matthew Meade will will be on campus Thursday, Apr. 12, and Friday, Apr. 13. Appointments may be scheduled by clicking here. He will be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day in Main 131. Please note that the last appointment is at 3 p.m.

All full- and part-time, non-student employees are eligible to join and contribute to the Averett University 403b plan. The contribution match is only available to those who work 1,000 hours or more per year and any full-time benefit-eligible employees. Please review the Universal Availability Notice for additional information. Contact Kathie Tune at or Tammy Wall at with questions.

Book Sale

The Averett Campus Store is having a sale on a large assortment of fiction and non-fiction titles. Stop by and check out what we have at 30 percent off!


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

To all faculty – please alert interested advisees of the following fall semester courses in service of the African & African American Studies minor: ENG/AFAM 242: African American Literature (Gazda); HIS/AFAM 399: The American South (Canady); and MUS/ENG/AFAM 399: Music & Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (Lewis/Gazda). Contact Toni Gazda at or (434) 791-7101 if you have questions or send students directly to her for more information.


Save the Dates: Summer New Student Registration

Summer registration for incoming freshmen will be June 22, July 13, July 27 and August 17. Faculty are needed to register freshmen for fall classes. Each date will include two, one-hour general advising/registration sessions, and faculty will be compensated. If you are able to represent your department on one or more of these dates, please contact Janet Roberson at, and Barb Kushubar at Thanks in advice for your help.

Healthy Solutions Subject

The first quarter wellness newsletter is here. Click here to view the full newsletter.

Spring Screenings

Benefits-eligible employees: The onsite screenings will take place on April 10 and 11. Please check your emails for details.

Live Health Online

Did you know that as an active participant in Averett’s Health plan you have access to LiveHealth Online? Why wait at urgent care when you can talk to a doctor online from the comfort of home? Using LiveHealth Online, you can visit with a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on your smartphone, tablet or computer. With no appointments or long waits, it’s a great option for care when your own doctor isn’t available.
• 24/7 access to board certified doctors in minutes.
• Immediate, secure and private video visits.
• Prescriptions sent directly to your pharmacy, if needed.*
• Quick care for the flu, a cold, sore throat, fever, skin rash or infection, pink eye and more!

Please visit Anthem’s LiveHealth Online website by clicking here.

How Would Dr. Franks Decorate Her Dorm Room?

The fourth 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 FOURTH video of the series, which features Dr. Franks and three students who live on third Main! Please share on social media to help us get the word out. Thank you! All donations can be made by clicking here.