AU CoffeeBreak 5-18-16

Posted on May 18th, 2016 by Emily Tomlinson


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, May 20 for a Wednesday, May 25 publication.

cb_successequestrian_studiesEquestrian Students and Coach Receive National Honors

Several Averett equestrian studies students were recognized for their academic achievements during their time at school at the recent Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National finals. Recent graduates Allie Crouse and Samantha Dobbins were awarded the IHSA Athletic Academic Achievement Award for having a cumulative GPA above 3.5 and being a member of the riding team for a minimum of three years, including their senior year.

Junior Amanda Arnold’s written test score on the Teresa McDonald Horsemanship Challenge qualified her for a trip to Kentucky to take the practicum exam. Amanda’s excellent stable skills placed her fourth overall this year, earning her a scholarship from the association. This is a repeat appearance for Amanda, as she finished seventh in this competition last year.

Coach Cricket Morris received the IHSA 2016 Nationals Coach Sportsmanship Award given to the coach who demonstrates actions and efforts beyond their responsibilities as a coach. It was noted that Coach Morris “has put in 100 percent effort into the running of the National Horse Show. If you ask her for something, she does it and asks what else? She is always available to answer numerous questions and always with a smile.”

Recent Alumni Plans

glover_taylorTaylor Glover ’16 will be heading to Ohio for an internship in July to work with a tennis tournament called the Western & Southern Open. Taylor, who is from Powhatan, majored in physical education: sports management with a minor in communications.


gunter_cierraCierra Gunter ’16 will be starting the MBA program with Averett soon. She was a double major in business management and marketing and minored in English. Cierra was very active on campus participating in cheerleading, SGA, Enactus, National Society of Leadership and Success, an orientation leader and peer instructing. She is from Danville and we are happy she is continuing her education with her alma mater.

bass_bradBrad Bass ’16 has been accepted into Goddard College’s master’s program in creative writing with a focus in libretto writing. Brad majored in theatre and minored in musical theatre. We are lucky enough to have Brad staying on at Averett. Congratulations!


  • Please note that Rhyan Scearce will be attending graduate school in Liberty, Missouri, not Mississippi (the wrong abbreviation was used by the editor).


Henderson-2830Henderson Joins IDA Hall of Fame

Our very own Ginger Henderson was inducted into the Intercollegiate Dressage (IDA) Hall of Fame last month during the National Competition in New Jersey. According to the IDA, the award recognizes outstanding service in an administrative capacity to the functioning of the organization. “This year’s recipient epitomizes the spirit of service. She is a founding board member, regional representative, past organizer of Nationals, coach, development officer and coordinator of the USDF Quiz Challenge.” Congratulations, Ginger!

Without hours of volunteerism, IDA could not function in its daily operations as a 501c3 organization on both the national and regional level. Every year the organization honors an outstanding individual and presents them with a plaque.



fulcher_elizabethGPS Student Spotlight

Throughout 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 Elizabeth “Lizzy” Fulcher, one of our master in education in administration and supervision students. Lizzy will graduate next year.

Why she chose the GPS Program: “I chose Averett’s program because they had a very flexible online degree program that would work around my work schedule. I had heard great things about Averett and their programs. When I checked into it, they had a new cohort beginning the following month, so there was my sign that it was time to start my new journey.”

What is motivating her to earn her M.Ed.: “I have been teaching for eight years and have always wanted to get my master’s degree, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to get it in. Last fall my superintendent came to me and suggested that I get my master’s in leadership, as she saw great things in me and thought I would be a great leader. This was my sign and my time to move forward with my future. She believed in me and I decided that it was time to believe in myself and make this happen!”

What keeps her motivated: “My motivation throughout the program is my future. I have goals set and hope to be able to achieve them once I finish this program. These goals keep my drive and ambition strong as I complete each class. I also have an amazing support group that helps keep me focused!”

Tip for fellow and future classmates: “One tip that I have for students completing online programs would be to keep a planner of assignments and due dates. When you are working full time and trying to balance life and school, it can be challenging. However, if you plan ahead and do things a little at a time then I have found that you will be less stressed and will be able to accomplish your goals.”



id_cardUpdate Photo ID Card

If you have not already done so, all faculty and staff are asked to stop by the Security Office on the Main Campus to have your photo ID updated and a new ID card printed. Jamie Walker, director of security, has designated Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. as the time he will be in the security office to take photos and issue new IDs. If you need to set up another time, you can email Jamie or call him at 434-791-5874.




Our Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield representative provides a monthly promotional wellness flyer to all employees under the health plan. The May Health Awareness flyer looks at allergies.


health-insuranceClaims Reporting Note

The Primary General Liability (GL) and Excess General Liability (GLX) policies provided by United Educators (UE) require that notices of claims and incidents that have not yet become claims, but which are “reasonably likely to involve” either or both policies, be made in writing as soon as practicable.

Prompt reporting is necessary so that UE claims professionals have the opportunity to assess threatened legal action, gather additional facts from key institutional contacts, approve or select outside defense counsel to represent your legal interests and, where appropriate, coordinate with UE risk management specialists to assist you in handling ongoing events that may have an impact on future litigation.

In certain instances, the severity of the injury requires the institution to report all incidents, regardless of whether the institution feels that a claim will arise. These instances are as follows:

  • Any fatality
  • Major paralytic conditions, such as paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Second or third degree burns to 25 percent or more of the body
  • Amputation or permanent loss of use or permanent loss of sensation of a major extremity
  • Head or brain injuries resulting in permanent disorientation, behavioral disorders, personality changes, seizures, aphasia or coma
  • Loss of sight in one or both eyes or loss of hearing
  • Injury resulting in incontinence of bowel or bladder
  • Sexual molestation, sexual assault or rape
  • Bodily injury resulting from medical services (excess policy only) or bodily injury resulting from health-care services provided in a clinic, infirmary, student health center, treatment room, or other similar facility that provides medical or health services to students or at other locations in the event of a medical emergency

In addition, both policies have a special reporting requirement for occurrences involving pollution.

Any claim or incident known to a reporting officer (President, CFO), must be reported to RCM&D who will notify UE. Failure to notify UE of a claim or an incident that may give rise to a claim could compromise coverage.

A claim is defined as written notice of the intent to hold the institution, or an entity or individual covered under the member’s policy, responsible for a wrongful act. Claims can come in many forms, including a lawsuit, a charge filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or state civil rights agency, an attorney demand letter, a demand for arbitration or even an email.