AU CoffeeBreak 5-31-17

Posted on May 31st, 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, June 2, for a Wednesday, June 7, publication.

Best Paper Award

Dr. Sergey Samoilenko, associate professor of computer science and information systems, presented his latest research at the International Conference on Information Research Management in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Samoilenko’s submission titled, “A Methodology for Identifying Sources of Disparities in the Socio-Economic Impacts of ICT Capabilities in Sub-Saharan Economies” received “Valuable Contribution” diploma, as well as overall “Best Paper Award.”





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

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “I am a part-time mental health counselor and one day I hope to use my studies to achieve a stable career by running a small establishment of mental health counselors in the Danville- Pittsylvania County area.”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “I chose Averett’s GPS Program because it was convenient and a better choice for my lifestyle.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students. “Do not give up on yourself, even when it appears that everything is against you. Keep pushing toward your goals; there will be light at the end of the tunnel if you keep faith.”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “As a single mother, my hobbies are somewhat restricted but I do still try to find time for myself outside of my children’s activities. Completing my education is important to me for a future career, as well as to set an example for my two daughters.”

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. You are encouraged to go check these out.

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 Anna Kautzman at to be added.

“Sights of the Seasons” Photo Exhibit

Dr. David E. Hoffman, professor of communication studies/journalism and English, will display 12 of his nature photos at the Danville Science Center. The exhibit, “Sights of the Seasons,” includes photographs taken on Danville’s Riverwalk Trail. The exhibit opens June 1, and the photos will be on display through December. The photo here is a  hummingbird moth and one of Dr. Hoffman’s photos to be displayed.



2017 Cougar Golf Classic

Cougars Golf TourThe Cougar Golf Classic is next Friday, June 9. Do you have a team yet? You still have time! 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.