AU CoffeeBreak 6-14-17

Posted on June 14th, 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 16, for a Wednesday, June 21, publication.

New Director of Housing and Residence Life

This week, Kyle Patterson officially became the new director of Housing and Residence Life. Kyle has served in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at Averett University since 2012. He was previously the associate director of Residence Life & Coordinator of Student Conduct. Patterson received his Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Kyle has served in Housing & Residence Life through multiple roles since 2006. Most recently prior to Averett, he worked as an area coordinator at Catawba College. His mission is to provide equitable opportunities for all students, and foster a supportive living-learning environment. His long-term professional aspiration is to become a Dean of Students.


MRI Scholarship

The annual Dan Daniel Military Resale Invitational (MRI) Endowed Scholarship, dinner and golf tournament at Andrews Air Force Base was held on June 5 and 6. Around $10,000 in scholarships was given out to four Averett students this year who have either served in the military, are currently serving or lost a family member in the line of duty.

The 2017 event had one presenting sponsor, plus 11 platinum and 12 gold sponsors. Final monetary amounts for 2017-18 are still being calculated. All proceeds from the tournament go to an endowment devoted to military scholarships. Averett has approximately $380,000 in endowment and after the proceeds from this year, will have $430,000 in endowment.

Pictured above, three of the scholarship winners standing with United States Army Major General Jim Richardson and his wife, Major General Laura Richardson at the scholarship dinner. From left to right, students Christine Harris, Mark McKinney and Aaron J. Westhusing. Scholarship recipient Kenneth Whitehead, not pictured.

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 Joshua Larkin, who is pursuing his bachelor of business administration. He is expected to graduate in 2018.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “I am motivated by my current place of employment to further my education to have greater opportunities for growth and to earn the respect of my current coworkers.”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “I chose the GPS Program based upon the flexibility of completing one class course at a time.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students. “Keeping organized and working ahead helps keep a good line of communication between yourself and the professors.”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “My motivation is driven due to multiple co-workers currently enrolled in the GPS Program. Therefore, we motivate each other.”


Head Baseball Coach Candidates

Three more candidates for our head baseball coach position will be on campus in the coming week. Please join the selection committee at the following 60-minute sessions. After brief introductions, there will be plenty of time for Q&A. All sessions will be at North Campus in the Grant Center, classroom 116. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Thursday, June 15
1:50-2:50 p.m.
Geoff Fox

Monday, June 19
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Drew Bailey

Tuesday, June 20
1:50-2:50 p.m.
CJ Rhodes

Women’s Lacrosse Clinics

Averett Women’s Lacrosse will put on two events this summer at North Campus for girls, ages 4-14. Equipment will be supplied. The players will need to register online and show up ready to play! They will also receive an Averett Lacrosse t-shirt.

Youth Clinic: Tomorrow, June 15, 9 a.m.-noon
Summer Lacrosse Camp: July 27-29, 9 a.m.-noon

Register here. Contact Coach Kelly Ryan with any questions at or (516) 652-7961.

Staff Meeting and PC Cookout

There is a staff meeting on Thursday, June 22, at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Immediately following, lunch will be provided courtesy of President’s Council on the Student Center lawn from noon-1:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and join us for some good food and great company!

Visitor Parking for Admissions Guests

Reminder, please do not park in the two visitor parking spots located on Woodland Avenue. These two spots are specifically reserved for prospective students and their families visiting Averett University. These parking spots have placeholders for the family’s name; however, just because the placeholder is blank doesn’t mean the space is available. We receive many unexpected visits and these spots are where they are instructed to park. We want to do everything possible to make a great first impression with our prospective students and families and if someone is parked in their spot it often ruins our chance to make a great first impression. Thank for your understanding and cooperation with this as we try to better serve our students.

Dates to Engage!

Please go on and mark your calendars for the upcoming year’s Week to Engage and Day to Engage!

Week to Engage: September 10-16, 2017
Day to Engage: March 20, 2018

So that we can properly track our numbers, all sign-ups will be done through Get Connected. If you have any questions about Get Connected, please contact Rachel Covington. All staff and faculty are invited to model the way for our students and volunteer! Don’t forget that you can use your Engaged Employers paid service leave to volunteer with these events.