AU CoffeeBreak 4-8-15

Posted on April 8th, 2015 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. March 10 for a March 15 publication.



Johnston_KatieA Warm Averett Welcome Is Extended To:

Katie Johnston, who began working at Averett March 23 as the new Averett Central Student Concierge Coordinator. In this position, Katie will assist students with basic questions related to all departments. She will also provide information about upcoming events on campus and other student activities.

Her most recent job experience includes working at Karen’s Hallmark Shop in the mall and Dominion Eye Center. Katie is a Danville native and a 2012 graduate of Sweet Briar College. Welcome, Katie!



thankyouThank You!

Dear Averett Family,

Thank you! Your prayers, love and support meant so much to me and my family. Words can’t express my gratitude during the passing of my sister, Kim.

Alonzo Jones, Director of Facilities



interview1Candidates on Campus

Three finalists for the position of Vice President for Business and Finance will be on campus for interviews next week (April 13-21). There will be a meet and greet for the campus community in Jut’s Café for each candidate as follows:

Lori Gardea — Monday, April 13, from 3:15–4:15 p.m.

Aaron Howell — Wednesday, April 15, from 3:15–4:15 p.m.

Dirk Wilmoth — Monday, April 20, from 3:15–4:15 p.m.

If you would like to review each candidate’s résumé, please let Karen Ward know. Dr. Franks is hopeful that many of you will be able to attend the meet and greet, and she welcomes you to email her with your impression of each candidate.

autism_awarenessApril Is Autism Awareness Month

April is such an important time in the world of autism. A special thank you to those who either attended or helped with the 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Expo and/or the Light It Up Blue on 4/2 event(s)!

If you missed those, no worries! There are more opportunities to grow in your knowledge and awareness of autism in April. Tomorrow (Thursday, April 9) from 6-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room there will be a Sensory Experience Lab in which participants will be able to see what everyday tasks might be like for individuals with sensory processing difficulties. Then, toward the end of April, you can participate in the Dan River Autism Awareness 5K on Saturday, April 25 at Angler’s Park. For more information about the 5K, visit

As promised, listed below are seven more facts about autism spectrum disorders to assist the AU community in becoming more aware of this complex disorder.

  1. From the Greek, autos, meaning “self,” autism literally means “alone.”
  2. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded.
  3. Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.
  4. Autism now affects 1:68 children and 1:42 boys.
  5. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism.
  6. Children who have a sibling with autism are at a higher risk of also having autism.
  7. Autism affects all nationalities, all creeds, all religions and all races. It does not differentiate.

main_hallLuncheon Invitations

Invitations to the Faculty/Staff/Retiree luncheon were sent via email on Thursday, April 2. Please RSVP by Friday, April 24 in order for us to confirm the number of attendees with Chef Mike Moroni. If you missed the email, the subject line reads, “Averett University sent you an invitation.” Call (434) 791-7106 or email Kathie Tune with questions concerning the event.

week_engageWeek to Engage Is Almost Here!

Week to Engage will be here in just a few days! There are about 100 AU faculty and staff committed to volunteer with a project. Thank you to everyone who has signed up!

If you have not yet received your Week to Engage t-shirt, please stop by the CCECC to pick it up by the end of this week so you can wear it while you volunteer.

Also, remember to take pictures/video of your service and use #weektoengage and #365daysofservice when posting!


jobs1Community-Wide Job Fair

On April 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., students are invited to attend the Community-Wide Job Fair at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. More than 30 employers will be in attendance, and if students preregister for the fair, they can enter at 10 a.m. More information can be found by clicking the following link: If students need transportation, they may contact Tia Yancey. Please encourage your students to attend!


cb_healthhealth_screening1Wellness Screenings Coming Soon!

The Spring Wellness Screenings are scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, from 7-10 a.m. in the multipurpose room. These free screenings are available to anyone on the Averett University Health Plan. Additional information to schedule an appointment time will be coming to eligible members via email this week.