AU CoffeeBreak 7-6-16

Posted on July 6th, 2016 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 8 for a Wednesday, July 13 publication.

cb_nkotbdeandreA warm Averett welcome is extended to …

DeAndre Howard, our new director of housing and residence life. He joins us from Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, N.C., where he was the associate director of housing and residence life.

As a first generation college student, DeAndre attended what is now Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C., and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and a minor in Spanish. After college, he went on to pursue his master of arts degree in criminal justice with a concentration in juvenile justice at Norfolk State University. His concentration instilled within him the desire to work with young people.

He has been involved in housing and residence life since his undergraduate tenure as a work study student and as a resident assistant for the department. At Norfolk State University, he served as a graduate assistant for three consecutive years where he supervised a residence hall of 334 first-year male students and nine resident assistants. After finishing his graduate work, DeAndre accepted a community coordinator position with the office of housing and residence life at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

As you see DeAndre around campus, please say hello and introduce yourself.



caribeckBeck Passes National Board Exam

The Athletic Training Education Program would like to congratulate Carianna “Cari” Beck ’14 for passing her Board of Certification exam to become a certified athletic trainer. Carianna has assisted in the Student Success Center here at Averett for the past year and prior to that worked in the CCECC as an Americorps Vista. Cari will be attending The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine this fall. Congratulations, Cari!



aprilrigneyGPS 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!

Meet April Rigney, one of our bachelor of business administration (BBA) students. April will graduate in May 2017.

Why she chose the GPS Program: “I chose Averett’s GPS Program because I am unable to attend classes on campus due to my work schedule. Because of the GPS Program being online, I can work on my classes early in the morning, late at night or even on the weekend. I have even taken my computer and worked on my classes while on vacation. It is flexible, so I can achieve my goals on my time.”

What is motivating her to earn her degree: “My motivation for obtaining my degree is to have the sense of accomplishment and to know that with my degree I will have so many more opportunities for the future as well as for my career. I don’t just want a job; I want a career!”

What keeps her motivated: “Honestly, what keeps me motivated in the program is the fact that I will be one of the only people in my family with a degree. My mother, father and grandmother will be so happy for me. I can’t wait to see the look on their faces when they see me receive my degree. It will be very special for me, but even more special for them.”

Tip for fellow and future classmates: “I have to share two tips, which are, do not procrastinate and use a planner. I am super organized and feel that this helps me to move from week to week more easily and when I feel overwhelmed, I can look in my planner and see how I can get my assignments done one at a time.”



dcaDanville Cancer Association Honored

Delegate Adams presented a resolution from the Virginia General Assembly honoring the Danville Cancer Association for their service. Dr. Carrie Hendrick, assistant professor and director of the athletic training program, serves as a board member for the association. To learn more about how you can help our local cancer patients and care takers, contact Dr. Carrie Hendrick.

beck_cariParting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Please come by the Office of Student Success on Wednesday, July 6, from 3-4 p.m. to wish Carianna Beck ’14 the best of luck as she moves on to attend graduate school this fall (and get married this summer). Refreshments will be served.



newGPS_websiteGPS Unveils New Website

On Friday, July 1, the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program launched their brand new website. Visit to check out the new look, 8 Big Reasons Why Students Love Averett, student testimonials and much more!  The new site is designed to be more user friendly and provides more information about our programs, making it easier for everyone to look at what we offer students.

Take a few moments to review the new site, and read some of the student testimonials. You will notice a completely different organization of the site, where all navigation is on the left side of the screen. When you scroll to the bottom of the home page, you will also notice a link titled “Information for Enrolled Students.” This page contains information and links needed to assist students after they have started – Moodle, PC Self Service, the Library and more.  This part of the site has been password protected with the password of “averettgps.” An announcement has been sent to students, faculty and staff with this information.


cb_healthdoctor runs to aid. Isolated 3D imageA Message From Anthem

What should you do when you need care right away, but it’s not an emergency? The emergency room (ER) might be your first choice, but you also have options that cost less and are quicker than the ER. Learn more about these choices and how to find care by clicking here.