AU CoffeeBreak 8-19-15

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


A Warm Averett Welcome Is Extended To:

nichols_genaDr. Gena Nichols, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Gena received a PhD from Wake Forest University in Microbiology and Immunology, focusing on interactions between viruses and human DNA repair systems. She continued to focus on viral infections during postdoctoral fellowships at Tulane University and SRI International, investigating new drugs and vaccines for influenza virus and studying how dengue virus, a hemorrhagic fever virus, alters blood vessels during infection. Gena has taught Microbiology at South University in High Point, N.C., and particularly enjoys sections on infectious diseases caused by viruses and protozoan parasites. Outside of studying how microbes make people sick, Gena enjoys entertaining her husband and two children, attempting to grow indoor plants, and running really long distances.


mehalko_danaLeadership Southside Announces New Class

Dana Mehalko, Associate Director of Institutional Research, has been selected to participate in Leadership Southside XXI. Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and an exchange of ideas. Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, crisis leadership, board leadership and communication in a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity and effective facilitation. Congratulations, Dana!


spineboardAthletic Training Students Get a Start on the Semester

The Athletic Training program held in-service training recently. Program Director Dr. Carrie Hendrick said this in-service provided the Athletic Training students the opportunity to learn the necessary skills needed as well as to network with each other, in preparation for the beginning of their clinical experience this fall semester. The students had two full days of in-depth training including spine boarding and splinting. Awesome job to all of these future Athletic Trainers!


engaged_employersEngaged Employers Initiative Announced

Averett is proud to announce Engaged Employers, which encourages and allows all Averett employees to take time off to volunteer for up to one full day a year. We expect volunteerism of our students, and we are committed to making it possible for our employees to bring our mission to life by being a catalyst for positive change.

The inaugural group of Engaged Employers includes the following businesses and organizations:

American National Bank, Blair Construction, Danville-Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Davenport Energy, Dewberry, Danville Regional Foundation, Danville Regional Medical Center, First Piedmont Corporation, Gateway Health, Maddyzack, Noblis, Supply Resources and Wilkins & Co. Realtors.

To learn more about how you can participate, go to the HR section on the Intranet. Should you have any questions about this initiative, please feel free to contact Alexis Ehrhardt at (434) 791-7212.

save_the_date1Save the Dates!

Customer Service Workshops will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 12:30 -4:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct, 22 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both workshops, which will be held in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center, will be presented by Kristina Barkhouser of Excelen Performance.

1:1 appointments with the TIAA-CREF representative will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28; Thursday, October 29; and Friday, October 30; from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Main Hall 131.

Watch CoffeeBreak for fall program updates.


save_the_date1Save the Dates!

Fall Wellness Screenings: Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room

Flu Shot Clinic: Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room