AU CoffeeBreak 9-16-15

Posted on September 16th, 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, September 18 for a Wednesday, September 23 publication.


A Warm Averett Welcome Is Extended To:

Timcoston_tim Coston ’15, Assistant Area Director of Fugate and Main Building, who joins the Office of Residence Life. Tim worked with Residence Life as a Resident Assistant for three years before graduating in the spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. While attending Averett, Tim was an ever-present figure in the residence halls and at the North Campus, where he performed as an athlete on the baseball team. Please help us welcome Tim back to our Averett family!


mahaffey_taylorTaylor Mahaffey ’15, Assistant Coordinator of Student Engagement. Taylor comes to us with a degree in Marketing Management and a minor in Coaching. She will serve as a fantastic member of the Student Life team, and more specifically the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. She was a four-year softball player here at Averett, and a three-time captain of the team. The team won a conference championship during her senior year. She is very excited to begin the process of achieving her next goal of graduating with her MBA in Marketing. Taylor is ready to hit the ground running and can’t wait to work alongside her colleagues at Averett.


welcome_baby1Baby Shower

You’re invited to a floating baby shower! Join the Theatre Department Saturday, September 26 from 2-4 p.m. as they roll out the red carpet for the much anticipated birth of baby Echeverria (parents: Amy Echeverria, Costume Designer/Costume Shop Supervisor and Theatre Instructor and Henry Echeverria, Technical Director/Sound Engineer and Theatre Instructor). The shower will be held at the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. They are registered at Target, Babies R Us and To view the invitation, click here.

thankyouThank You

Dear Averett Family,

Thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your condolences and inspirational messages allow us to remember my sister, Anne, as the generous spirit that she was; and as someone who will continue to be a special person in our hearts and memories.


Kathie Tune and Family


student_accoladesStudent Accolades

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 we would like to recognize Ashley Rutledge, Jeremiah Smith, Carter Jones, Charles Bryant, Deontae Pannell, John Matrisciano, Josh Hatcher, Isaac York, Ja’Stiyha Daniels, Amani Ajayi, Marcus Terry, Ja’Corey Burley, Treshaun Clayton and Clifton Glover.

We would also like to recognize the Week to Engage project leaders. They are Angelica Orlikowski, Katey Holley, Lexi Sollars, Lindsey Fulcher, Frida Lundquist, Allie Crouse, Jordan Palma, Ricky Roman, Mitchell Smith, Hannah Shields, Brittany Daley, Ryne Gammon, Blair Bolton, Hannah Glover, Damion Bishoff, Bradley Hedges, Jasmine Lipscomb, Maurice Thomas, Kamrin Johnson, Ashley Rutledge, Moustafa Nassar and Annalies Jobsis.


senior_pinning1Senior Pinning

President Tiffany Franks cordially invites faculty and staff to join in honoring seniors at the Senior Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, September 24 at 4 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. A reception at the home of President Dr. Tiffany Franks will immediately follow the ceremony. RSVP by Friday, September 18 to Please let us know if you will be attending the ceremony and reception and if you will be bringing a guest.

theatre_masks1Theatre Performs #YourSongsOurWay

Averett Theatre will be performing a Cabaret entitled #YourSongsOurWay. This will be an interactive show and they need our help! Use the hashtag above to tell them what songs you want to hear them perform. Don’t forget to tell them why you’d like to hear the song as well. Post it on any social media website and then come see the show October 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. to see if your song was chosen! All submissions are due by Friday, September 25.

expoimage2015Alumni Career Expo

Averett’s annual Alumni Career Expo will be held on Friday, October 2 in the multipurpose room of the Student Center from 12-3 p.m. Please encourage your students to visit the Expo. We will have several Averett alumni present to speak to students about various career fields. If you have questions, contact Angie McAdams at 434-791-5629.


workshop1Citation Style Workshops

Kevin Harden, Social Sciences Librarian and Associate Professor, will be offering bi-weekly workshops in the Academic Commons at Blount Library on academic sources and citation style. Sessions alternate between MLA and APA styles, and continue through fall semester. For more information, and the workshop schedule, click here. Please encourage students to attend a workshop, or ask Kevin to meet with your class by emailing or calling 434-791-5696.

meeting1Reminder: University Staff Meeting

The first University Staff Meeting of the 2015 fall semester is at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, September 17). Please note there is a change of venue for this meeting only – the meeting will be held in Blount Chapel.



health12015 Health Summit

The Health Summit is being sponsored by the Dan River Region Health Collaborative, a multi-sector partnership that is creating a regional vision to improve health and wellness.

The Summit will be held at Averett on September 17 in the Frith Fine Arts Center and the Student Center. We are expecting up to 150 participants on campus that day. Please welcome them to Averett!

music_notes1Concert on Saturday

The Ribs Rhythm & Blues Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, September 19 from 5-10 p.m. at the Carrington Pavilion. Tickets may be purchased in advance by going to or at the gate on the day of the concert. Check out the flyer for more information.