AU CoffeeBreak 7-19-17

Posted on July 19th, 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 21, for a Wednesday, July 26, publication.

Welcome, Tammy Jackson!

Please welcome Tammy Jackson to the Averett Family. Tammy lives in South Boston, Va., with her husband, Michael, two sons, Malik and Mekhi, and an adopted niece, Tylisia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management and development from Bluefield College in 2004, and her MBA from Averett University in 2008.

Tammy has worked in college education for more than 16 years in areas such as admissions, advising, registration, business and financial aid. She enjoys walking, binge-watching television, classic literature and movies and planting flowers. She is a student advocate who is passionate about seeing all students set and reach their goals. Tammy will serve as operations coordinator in Student Life within the Dean of Student’s Office.

Volleyball Welcomes Two New Graduate Assistants

Please welcome Annie DeLoid and Matt Stolz to the Averett Family!

A native of Plymouth, Mass., DeLoid played four seasons at Division III Framingham State University. She finished her career with three Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference championships, including back-to-back MASCAC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in her final two seasons with the Rams.

DeLoid’s coaching experience includes one season as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Westwood High School in 2016. She also served as the head coach of the Southern Alliance Volleyball Club from 2012-2017.

DeLoid earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Framingham State in 2016. She is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration from Averett.


Stolz comes to Averett following a four-year collegiate men’s volleyball career at Lakeland University. The Wauwatosa, Wis. native owns Lakeland’s career kills record with 895, and he received All-Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League First Team honors in each of his final two seasons with the Muskies. He also earned academic all-conference honors multiple times.

In addition to his playing career, Stolz served as the girls’ junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Howards Grove High School from 2014-2015 and coached youth volleyball from 2010-2012.

Stolz earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lakeland in 2017. He is pursuing his master’s degree in business administration from Averett.

The pair will coach alongside Volleyball coach Danny Miller this fall. Go Cougars!


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 Shantelle Johnson, who is pursuing her bachelor of business administration degree. She is expected to graduate in 2018.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree? “My son and husband are my motivation for obtaining my degree. I want my family to know that it’s never too late to obtain your degree.”

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program? “I chose Averett’s Graduate and Professional Studies program because it’s built for working adults like me.”

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students. “Always remember that it’s a marathon, not a sprint!”

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program? “Moving at my own pace, and not taking on more than I can handle… This has helped keep me motivated while in the program.”

Lightning: “Lightning strikes twice…well, at least once.”

As those of you who live in the local area are aware, we had a pretty good lightning storm pass through last week on Wednesday night. Late that night and on Thursday morning, it became evident that Averett suffered some damages from that storm and some of our electric/electronic equipment was no longer functioning. Specifically, the elevator in Frith Hall was knocked out of commission, as were two fire monitoring panels and a few other pieces of equipment. The good news is that we do have insurance coverage for this type of event.

While Elliot Baynes (our new facilities director) and crew are working to identify any additional damaged equipment, and are working with various vendors to get repairs made, there may be other damage that we have yet to uncover. If you notice any equipment that has ceased function, or notice any other potential storm damage since Wednesday, July 5, please contact Elliot at, to have his folks come take a look so we can determine if we need to add it to the claim.

New Library Database

Statista is an online database of statistical information that incorporates market research, opinion  and survey data, business forecasting, and other economic related data in several languages. Statista provides over a million records available in several different formats including Excel, PowerPoint and Portable Network Graphics (PNG). Source data is compiled from research institutions, businesses and government organizations. Statista also provides data on market forecasts, white paper studies, dossiers, industry reports, digital market outlooks and consumer market outlooks. The scope is international. Business, sociology, education and communication are some of the disciplines that will find this resource useful. To access the database, click here.

Opening Convocation

Staff members are invited to participate in the 2017 Opening Convocation academic procession on Tuesday, 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.