AU CoffeeBreak 6-3-15

Posted on June 3rd, 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, June 5 for a Wednesday, June 10 publication.



Recent Graduate Finds Job

Kassia White ’15 is working in Chatham at the Green Rock Correctional Facility. Kassia majored in Criminal Justice/Sociology and double minored in Business Administration and Equestrian Studies. She is originally from Lebanon, N.H.

Buckner ’15 Heads to Ole Miss

Zach Buckner ’15 has been accepted into the Master of Criminal Justice program at the University of Mississippi where he will be studying Homeland Security. Zach was a Criminal Justice/Sociology major with a Biology minor. He played football, was a football manager, and was also involved with FCA and Theta Chi during his time at Averett. He is originally from Florida.



promotion1Promotions & Tenure

Congratulations to those faculty members who received tenure and were promoted during the Board of Trustees meeting in April.


Professor Antionette Gazda – promoted to Assistant Professor, Department of English

Dr. Jeffrey Woo, promoted to Professor, Business Administration

Dr. Susan Huckstep, promoted to Associate Professor, Communication Studies and Journalism


Dr. Simona Kragh, Associate Professor, Political Science

Dr. Chung Kwon, Associate Professor, Business Administration

welcome1Someone New?

Have you welcomed someone new to your department lately? We want to meet them! Make sure you fill out the CoffeeBreak submission form online so an announcement can be run in the next edition.



service_learning1Service-Learning Brain Pick-nic

On the first Thursday of every month, any and all service-learning enthusiasts are invited to brainstorm, share, and discuss service-learning best practices during a Service-Learning Brain Pick-nic. These events will be held in the bookstore sunroom (or on the porch on very nice days). The first Service-Learning Brain Pick-nic is tomorrow (June 4) from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please bring your lunch and join us for an interesting discussion!

For our first topic, Feleta Morton and Brigid Belko will go through a values-based activity with everyone. It will be fun, and you can use it in your class, too!

jobs1New Job Posting

A new position that is open on campus has been posted online: Area Director – Assistant Coordinator of Conduct. For more information, or to apply for this position, click here.


Wilbur_retiresStar AU Horse Retires, Rides Off Into Sunset

For 15 years, he was the beloved workhorse of Averett’s Equestrian Studies program, an integral part of over 2,000 lessons for approximately 300 riders. He also participated in at least 60 horse shows, and was named the “High Scoring Horse of the Show” at several Intercollegiate Dressage Association shows.

On May 29, the horse fondly known as “Wilbur” (a.k.a. Freeunion Rocket Redglare) rode off into the sunset after being honored in a special retirement celebration held at our Equestrian Center. In attendance were several Averett students, faculty members and administrators, and Dr. Franks delivered some poignant remarks. Retired Equestrian Studies Professor Jane Faulkner, who was responsible for bringing Wilbur to Averett in 2000, was also honored for her 26 years of service to Averett during the ceremony. Wilbur will be enjoying his retirement at Faulkner’s farm in Michigan.