AU CoffeeBreak 5-24-17

Posted on May 24th, 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 26, for a Wednesday, May 31, publication.

Howard Leaving for New Position at Longwood

DeAndre Howard, director of Housing and Residence Life, has accepted a new position at Longwood University as the assistant dean of students for Residential and Commuter Life. His last day with the University will be June 12. Please join us in congratulating DeAndre on his new position.




May Graduates Find Success

Arianna Hargrove, ’17, has accepted a position as a news producer for the Daybreak Show at WTAP in Parkersburg, W. Va. She will be producing newscasts, lining up stories for the morning show, and doing a little bit of reporting and anchoring. Arianna majored in communications and journalism. She is originally from Chase City, Va. Break a leg, Arianna!!

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 Debbie Williams, who is pursuing her bachelor of business administration. She is expected to graduate in 2018.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “I have secretly longed to obtain my degree since high school. I knew, however, that I lacked the focus to do it with a good outcome. My intentions were to go into the military to gain some ‘discipline’ while earning money for college. Well, life happened to me and it was not until 33 years later I would take the steps to earn my degree. I did it, yes, to be more competitive for promotions at work, but let’s face it, I am closer to retirement than most college students! So, deep down inside, I know that I am doing this to prove to myself that I can. In a sense, earning a degree made it onto my bucket list!”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “I had never heard of Averett University, but one of my coworkers had graduated from Averett with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. That was exactly the degree I wanted and I thought highly of this person so decided to check Averett out. After speaking with Andrea in Admissions, I was sold on going to Averett. You see, it wasn’t my very first attempt. Months earlier I tried to get into another university, but it was such a hassle getting started, I decided to give up and that maybe college wasn’t for me. Along came Andrea – I was enrolled and starting my first class in no time with her help.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students. “The best tip I can give is to never, ever stop! I felt like stopping many times, and thankfully I had people in my life telling me this. It is too easy to stop and think you will start again, but it’s more likely that you won’t. Don’t ever stop, the finish line gets closer every five weeks. Focus on one class at a time. If you look at the entire program, it will feel like it’s too much.”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “I am a highly-motivated person from the start, but my classmates are a big part of my motivation. We commiserate about assignments and our graded papers, but at the same time we have so much fun learning together and debating topics we never thought we would!”

Averett Women’s Network AND Danny Miller!

Please join us at noon today in the Frith 403 for our next program, “Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone—Men Included,” (and are encouraged to attend!) After a short TED Talk, Danny Miller will facilitate a conversation around this topic. Bring your lunch and we’ll see you there!

Policy Library Additions

Earlier this year, we added a Policy Library to the employee intranet. Since then, we have continued to add updated policies to this convenient resource. Some recent additions include policies on: Authorized Driver and use of University Vehicles; Employee Tuition Remission; and Children on Campus.

Through the Risk Management Committee, a Transportation Committee was formed and over the past year has been working to revise the University Vehicle Policy, as well as the Vehicle Driver Authorization policy. Please make sure that you read these, especially if you are a frequent driver. Each driver will be required to do certain training, as well as to submit their driving record. For question on the vehicle policy, please refer to Lesley Villarose at

If you have an approved policy that affects more than just your department or needs to be published for compliance purposes and that is not included in the Policy Library yet, please send it via email to to be added.

New Job Postings

There are four new job postings on the Averett website: General Maintenance Worker (2 positions), Assistant Athletic Trainer and Student Life Operations Coordinator. Click here to apply and for additional information.



2017 Cougar Golf Classic

Cougars Golf TourIt’s getting closer! Do 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.