AU CoffeeBreak 7-12-17

Posted on July 12th, 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, July 14, for a Wednesday, July 19, publication.

Welcome Jamal Forney!

Jamal Forney was recently hired as a graduate assistant in the office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development. He is a recent graduate of Averett, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing. The Office of Student Engagement is excited to welcome him on the team as he will focus on leadership development programs, as well as commuter programming. Please welcome Jamal to the staff family at Averett!





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 Jonathan Balko, who is pursuing his bachelor of business administration degree. He is expected to graduate in 2018.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “My immediate family. Obtaining a degree will not only allow progression in my career field, this degree will be an example for my children as well.”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “Averett University offered the bachelor’s program I was most interested in. Having a satellite campus location near work (Marine Corps Base Quantico) makes for convenience. Colleagues have also told me how great Averett’s program and professors are.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students. “One tip I would share to fellow classmates (on campus) would be to use your Moodle account. This allowance of interaction among classmates and professors ensures information and assignments are understood. Always have your syllabus on hand.”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “Knowing that I’m continually getting closer to graduation and a short term goal of mine. My wife, Heather, has also been very supportive of my attendance as a ground student and provides the extra assurance that I will be able to get assignments completed on time.”

Residence Life On-Call

The Student Life Department has updated the residence life on-call number. The new number is (434) 203-7245. Please make the necessary updates. If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Villarose, dean of students, at

Service Year Fellowships

The Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC) at Averett is looking for recent Averett graduates to fill two fellowship positions. Do you know a young alumnus who wants to engage in a year of service? The CCECC is partnering with the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County for the first-of-its-kind service year fellowships. Fellows will serve one year in the locality, and a monthly stipend will be provided. More information can be found by clicking here. For other questions, please contact Alexis Ehrhardt at or (434) 791-7212.

2017-18 Middle Border Forward Fellowship

The Middle Border Forward (MBF) Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its next round of Fellows. The program was designed to foster emerging leaders throughout the region. Candidates are selected to participate in a year-long learning and leadership growth process.

The Fellows engage in exercises, sessions, and other activities to become more connected with their peers to learn the history of how the region came to be, to address challenges, to preserve the assets of the region, and to grow as future leaders.

The program culminates with Fellow-designed independent change initiatives to address one of MBF’s six Areas of Focus. Interested applicants can apply here until Aug. 11, at 5 p.m.

Opening Convocation

Staff members are invited to participate in the 2017 Opening Convocation academic procession on Aug. 22. In order to participate in the exercises, you must have received at least a graduate degree and have the proper regalia. If you would like to participate, please email Mary Sullivan at by Friday, Aug. 4.

Fall Wellness Screenings 2017

Save the dates! The 2017 Fall Wellness Screenings will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. We will have a flu clinic set up for both dates, compliments of Danville Regional Medical Center. More information will be coming soon.