AU CoffeeBreak 6-24-15

Posted on June 24th, 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. Friday, July 3 for a Wednesday, July 8 publication.

cb_successbarringer_nicole1Barringer Receives Two Awards

Volleyball player Nicole Barringer ’15 was named the 2015 USA South Woman of the Year and was the female recipient of the USA South’s Don Scalf Award. She became the third conference student-athlete to earn Woman of the Year and Scalf Award honors in the same season.

As the USA South Woman of the Year, Barringer’s name and her accolades have been forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee as the USA South’s nominee. The committee will choose the top 10 nominees in each division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. From those nine, the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year will be chosen.

For the complete story about Barringer’s most recent accomplishments, visit the Athletics website by clicking here and here.


cb_peoplefulbright_fltaAverett Welcomes Fulbright FLTA

The Department of Modern Languages is excited to welcome their second Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) for the upcoming academic year. Jawad Essakri of Lyon, France, has a Masters in Political Science from Paris 1 Sorbonne and from Moscow State University. He has taught French as a second language in Australia and looks forward to living in the U.S.

Essakri will tutor French students, teach and take classes, and conduct regular conversation groups open to all members of the Averett community with at least a basic knowledge of French. In addition to his work with Averett students, he will offer two presentations (topics TBD) to the University and local community.

staff_council1Announcing New Staff Council Members

During the University-wide staff meeting Thursday, June 18, the new members of Staff Council were announced. Congratulations to Holly Kilby, Feleta Morton, Bren Taylor and Patrick Henry.

Special thanks to those staff members who have served the last two years: Lisa Stewart, Liz Hickey, Marty Jackson and Lesley Villarose; and warm thanks to Donna Benz, who served as president this past year, and who will continue to serve on Staff Council during the upcoming academic year as past president.



A Warm Averett Welcome Is Extended to:

chapman_sarahSarah Chapman, our new Women’s Soccer Head Coach. Chapman most recently served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Stony Brook University after enjoying a stellar playing career at the University of Florida. To learn more about Sarah, visit the Athletics website by clicking here.


Kirkland Brown ’14 and Benjamin Harris ’15, who are now assistant coaches with the football staff.

brown_kirklandDuring his time at Averett, Kirkland was a member of the Honors Program, an orientation leader, team captain, and won numerous awards including All-Conference Honors, Rookie of the Year, All-Sportsmanship Award, and more. He majored in Sports Management and is originally from Lexington, N.C.


harris_benBen majored in Physical Education and was a member of the football team as well. During his time at Averett, he volunteered, received All-Conference Honors and was involved with the CCECC. Ben is originally from Warrenton.



cb_announcements2015golf_tournamentFundraiser a Success for Averett Athletics

Not even a quick thunderstorm that rolled through the fairways of Goodyear Golf Club could put a damper on the 2015 Cougar Golf Classic, the annual fundraiser for the Department of Athletics. The tournament, which featured 23 teams of four, was a smashing success according to Director of Athletics Meg Stevens. To read more about the event, please click here.


Join us on the main floor of Mary Blount Library for the first SummerReads@Averett. We’ll meet between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays to discuss “The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter-and how to make the most of them now.” Brigid Belko, Averett’s Director of Experiential Learning, will lead the conversation. Each discussion will focus on one of the three major sections of Dr. Meg Jay’s book beginning with “Work” on June 30, continuing with “Love” on July 7 and concluding with “The Brain and the Body” on July 14.

Light refreshments will be available, and all members of the community, both Averett and local, are invited. If you’d like to participate but do not have a copy of the book, please contact Jim Verdini at the Mary Blount Library by phone, (434) 791-5694, or email, to request a copy.

2015gearReserve Your Averett Gear

The Athletics Department has begun pre-selling items for the 2015-16 season. Alumni, family and fans can pre-order golf umbrellas, chairs, tailgate tents and stadium cushions to get a head start in preparations for the upcoming season. Averett car flags and university flags can be purchased as well. There are a limited number of items, and orders will be placed once payment is received. Once orders are placed, they will be available for pick-up on Sept. 1 at the North Campus. For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at (434) 791-5700. Click here to shop.

grillingMidsummer Cookout Reminder

Don’t forget to RSVP to Jennifer Hooper by tomorrow for next week’s cookout (Monday, June 29 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). This is great opportunity to test the cooking skills of President’s Council, who is providing lunch. Grilling will take place outside on the Student Center Plaza, but we’ll be eating in the multipurpose room.

You are welcome to bring a favorite summer dish to share. However, please know it is not required.

reminder1Reminder from Kathie Tune

Dear Averett Faculty and Staff:

You are receiving this message as a reminder to enroll and complete the online coursework we require of all employees (part-time and full-time faculty and staff, which includes adjunct instructors). These courses were developed by United Educators (UE), the institution’s liability insurance carrier, specifically for higher education institutions. This training is important and an integral part of our policy to maintain a work environment free from sexual harassment and discrimination as well as protect our students from sexual assault.

In order for the University to be in compliance with federal regulations, you must complete two online learning courses that address Workplace Harassment and the Campus SaVE Act:

  1. Workplace Harassment Prevention WH-110

* Choose the Supervisor module if you are a staff member.

* Choose Faculty who Supervise if you are a faculty member.

  1. Campus SaVE Act-CS 102, Introduction to the Campus Save Act for Employees

To enroll in these courses, please go to and login to select your courses. If you do not have your password from an earlier email, simply ask for a reset and follow the prompts. The coursework must be completed by July 1.

Feel free to email or call (434) 791-7106 with any questions or concerns.

Kathie Tune, Director of Human Resources