AU CoffeeBreak 5-17-17

Posted on May 17th, 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, May 19, for a Wednesday, May 24, publication.


Averett Softball Finishes Season at NCAA Regional

Averett softball capped off a great year following the USA South Tournament championship with an appearance in the NCAA Regional in Ashland, Va. The Cougars knocked off No. 16 Randolph-Macon thanks to a one-hit, 8-0 shutout in six innings to open the regional. Averett then lost a tough matchup 3-0 to No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan before falling to Randolph-Macon 3-1 in an elimination game on Sunday. Senior Samantha Hall and freshman Kaitlyn Aherron were voted to the Regional All-Tournament Team.

Athletic Training Seniors Pass the Board of Certification Exam

Congratulations to recently graduated seniors Ashlee Dunlevy and Robert Hanna on passing their Board of Certification Exam to become a certified athletic trainer in April. Not only did they walk across the Commencement stage to receive their diplomas, but they walked across the stage as certified athletic trainers! Senior DaQuilla Washington will be taking her exam at the end of May. Good Luck DQ! Dr. Carrie Hendrick and the rest of the faculty are very proud of you!


May Graduates Have Big Plans

Jessica Long ’17, is headed to Mary Baldwin University to pursue her doctorate in occupational therapy. Jessica majored in biology: biomedical science and minored in psychology and physical education. She is a member of the softball team, SAAC, CSF, Beta Beta Beta, National Athlete Honor Society, and is a regular volunteer in the community. Jessica is originally from Caswell County, N.C. Best wishes, Jessica!!


Elizabeth Kueng ’17, has accepted a position as an eighth grade English teacher at Chatham Middle School. Elizabeth majored in English and minored in communications. While at Averett, she was a captain for the Cross Country team, president of Kappa Delta Alpha, CSF leader, and a writing consultant for the Writing Center. Elizabeth is from Danville. Congratulations!


GPS 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!

Today, meet Albert Copeland, who is pursuing his master’s of education in curriculum and instruction. He is expected to graduate in 2018.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “My motivation for obtaining my degree is to set an example for my children and increase my job opportunities.”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “I received my bachelor of business administration degree from Averett, and the program fits my work and personal schedule.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students. “One tip I’d like to share is to manage your time and use the available resources offered from Averett.”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “I am motivated by the goal of receiving my master’s in education.”

Mindset Minute: Averett’s QEP

Ever wonder from what research our QEP was founded? Want ideas on how to develop a growth mindset in your students? Each week we will provide a snapshot into the world of growth mindset research and practice through “Mindset Minute,” where you can check back for more tips and links to key related research and application.

This week, hear what David L. Kirp, a professor at the graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, a senior fellow at the Learning Policy Institute and a contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, is saying about growth mindset by clicking here.

Staff Meeting

Thank you for your Staff Council nominations. The candidates will be voted on during the meeting tomorrow, May 18, at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel.


New Facilities Services Model: Director Candidate on Campus

As some of you may know, as of July 1, Averett will be changing to a new model for facilities services. Aramark will continue to provide our housekeeping and we will hire a new firm to manage grounds and landscaping. In addition, we will be hiring the facilities maintenance staff as Averett employees.

Another candidate for the director of Facilities Services position will be on campus tomorrow, May 18. This person will manage the maintenance staff and then also be the primary liaison to Aramark and the new grounds/landscape firm. Faculty and staff are invited to meet with the candidate in an open forum from 1:30–2:30 p.m., in Jut’s Café.

Averett to Host NCAA Baseball Regional

We still need volunteers to help run the NCAA Division III South Baseball Regional this weekend, specifically Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. Averett has partnered with the City of Danville and the Braves to make this event work. All games will take place at American Legion Field at Dan Daniel Park (home of the Braves). The tournament runs from Thursday, May 18, to Monday, May 22.

We want to make sure we represent Averett to the best of our ability. Volunteering involves nothing too strenuous, selling tickets, hospitality tent attendant etc. If you are interested and able to work, please contact Bren Taylor at as soon as possible. Every little bit helps!

2017 Cougar Golf Classic

Cougars Golf TourDo you have your team yet? Come join in on the fun and get a four-person team together for this year’s Cougar Golf Classic on Friday, June 9. There is a minimum handicap of 30 required for each team. Prizes are given for 1st and 2nd place and then a random draw for 3rd place so everyone has a chance to win. Every participant receives a gift and has a chance to bid at the silent auction. (Rumor is there are items autographed by Steph Curry along with other valuable choices.) Please contact Barb Kushubar for more information at or at (434) 791-5687. To register click here.


Hear ye! Hear ye!

Good news for all! According to the Town Crier. In order to have a bit more time to prepare for your July 4 holiday this summer, which happens to be on a Tuesday, it has recently been decided that Monday, July 3, is also a paid holiday for full-time staff. So enjoy the long weekend and if you would like to brush up on your American history, click here! Be safe and enjoy the holiday festivities!


New Job Postings

North Campus Facilities has four open positions as of July 1, 2017. Athletic facilities coordinator, (2) utility/general labor, and one in housekeeping. Click here to apply and for additional information.

Acknowledgements: Staff Earned Degrees

At the annual Faculty, Staff and Retiree Appreciation Luncheon, we celebrated four retirees, the faculty and staff members of the year and years of service: members of our faculty and staff who have been with Averett for five to 40 years. To see the full story, click here.

At the luncheon, the University also recognized those who earned degree’s over the last year. We want to recognize those folks again below:

  • Laura Branham, assistant Athletic Trainer, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Kirkland Brown, assistant Football coach, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Kaitlin Buchanan, New Start coordinator, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Nick Carter, assistant Men’s Soccer coach, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Abby Bailey, assistant Women’s Basketball coach, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Morgan Crawford, assistant Women’s Basketball coach, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  • Christopher McDonald, admissions counselor, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Devonte Reese, Master of Business Administration, Winston-Salem State University
  •  Karmen Robinson, assistant director Sports Information, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Brent Skipper, assistant Football coach, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Kelsey Smith, assistant Volleyball coach, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Cornelius Snow, assistant Men’s Basketball coach/Asst. CC Coach, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  •  Stephanie Walker, Student Financial Services counselor (Federal Work Study Coordinator), Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, Averett University
  •  Davin Wilson, assistant director Sports Information, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  • Jennifer Robinson, technical services librarian, assistant professor, Master of Education
  •  Tia Yancey, coordinator of community engagement and study abroad, CCECC, Bachelor of Applied Science, Averett University
  • Ebonee Strother, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Biology Minor, Averett University
  • Drew Wilson, sports information director, has completed the Leadership Southside XXII program, offered by the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce.