AU CoffeeBreak 8-26-15

Posted on August 26th, 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 28 for a Wednesday, September 2 publication.


Ausband_bookAusband Published in New Book

A book published by Cambridge University Press features a chapter from our very own Dr. Steve Ausband, former English professor. Ausband’s essay on William Byrd covers the entire third chapter in A History of Virginia Literature. The book is now available in Mary B. Blount Library.



welcome1Have 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.




 Hooray for AU Students!

The Student Life Department began recognizing students who go the extra mile in whatever they are doing on campus last fall. Each week during Student Life Staff meetings, staff members nominate students they want to recognize for their dedication to AU. Students are notified about the nomination and their chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. At the end of the semester, all of the names of those nominated are put into a bowl and the name of one lucky student is selected. This is the department’s way of letting the students know they appreciate all they do.

This week, they would like to recognize all of our Orientation Leaders and the RA staff for their continued support to ensure a smooth opening to the fall academic year.

Also recognized this week are Carter Jones, Trevonne Thompson, Ryne Gammon, Kamihla Preston, Hannah Glover, Jessie Gomes, Alex Argentieri, Chris Walton, Brandon Veasey and Mostafa Asadi.



Watch what you sign

As we start the new school year and the “business” of Averett kicks up, the opportunity to sign contractual documents presents itself. Remember that unless specifically authorized, only President Franks and the CFO, Aaron Howell, are authorized to bind Averett by signing contracts. If you are ever in doubt as to whether what you are looking at falls into this category, protect yourself and email it to Aaron and he will take a quick look for you.

keyboard1IT Roles in Transition

With the change of leadership in the IT department, some roles and responsibilities have shifted in order to continue providing the best service possible. Kevin Lipscomb has assumed all duties associated with the role of Director of Technology as well as facilitating an outside consultant for intranet issues until a new individual is identified and trained. Don D’Alfonzo continues in his roles of IT Project Manager and Network Consultant. Pat Bowman will continue in her role as Database Manager, Stephen Stone will take on more server-related duties, and the Help Desk/Support Services, consisting of manager Jim Sauser, Chris Hanks and Tony Harris will continue providing excellent customer service.

Kevin is very interested in making contact with the various departments at Averett to see how IT can help meet and exceed their goals for the coming year and beyond. Please feel free to contact him at or (434) 791-7273 to set up a meeting.

lee_harper_booksBook Discussions: Harper Lee

Beginning October 19, Katie Whitehead will lead a series of three discussions addressing two books by Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015). This series is scheduled from 3-4 p.m. on Mondays, October 19, October 26, and November 2.

To sign up for the Harper Lee series and receive copies of both books to read and keep, or to recommend titles and offer to lead future discussions, contact Jim Verdini, Humanities Librarian, at (434) 791-5694 or For more information about this event, and others, click here.

The Cathy Edwards Literary Fund sponsors informal discussions in the Academic Commons@Blount Library. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to select books and lead discussions.

Sams_ClubSam’s Club Rep on Campus

The university’s Sam’s Club rep will be on campus Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the dining hall. Click here for more information about a Sam’s Club membership.


main_hallOpening Session Video Link Available

In case you could not attend the Opening Session, or you want to see the video or #audifference and #averett19 tweets again, the Opening Session was recorded and here is a link to it!