AU CoffeeBreak 9-23-15

Posted on September 23rd, 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 25 for a Wednesday, September 30 publication.


A Warm Averett Welcome Is Extended To:

logan_shekinahShekinah Logan, our new Campus Guest Coordinator for the Admissions Office. Shekinah is a Danville native and a 2015 graduate of Liberty University where she studied speech communications with a minor in crisis management.



ballance_dennisWe Bid Farewell to Dennis Ballance

Dennis Ballance ’15, Simulation Technologist, has accepted a position with Gloster Furniture in South Boston. His last day with Averett is September 25.

We’re delighted for this professional opportunity for Dennis – definitely a shorter drive, and perhaps a chance to utilize his new degree to its fullest. He has been with the nursing program a long time, and we’re sorry to see him go.

Please take time to congratulate Dennis on this exciting opportunity and to wish him well.

thank_youThank You to Our Volunteers!

The CCECC staff would like to thank all of the Averett faculty and staff who volunteered or donated during Week to Engage! In next week’s edition of Coffee Break, we will show you the impact this university had on our community during Week to Engage.

Did you volunteer and not receive a t-shirt? Just stop by the CCECC to give us your size, and we will try to get you one soon!



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 Hannah Glover, Michael Williams, Jake Comer and Jessie Gomes.



DCA1Free DCA Tickets

The university has a limited number of tickets available for this Friday’s Danville Concert Association event. If you are interested in seeing Flamenco Fire perform at 7:30 p.m. at George Washington High School’s auditorium contact Jennifer Hooper at 434-791-7184. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is an initial limit of two tickets per person.

instrumentsAU Cougar Band

We have nearly a dozen very enthusiastic band students ready to start playing in the inaugural Averett University Cougar Band! We are looking for additional players to help them out. We welcome any faculty and staff who play instruments to join us. This semester is mostly a building and rehearsing stage, and we aim to begin public performances late this semester or early next semester. Rehearsals will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings.

If you are interested in joining this adventure, please contact Janet Phillips at 434-791-5715 with your name, contact info, and instrument. If you need an instrument to be able to participate, let her know that as well.

main_hallCougar Connection

If you would like to submit an article for the Cougar Connection, please use this form. This newsletter is sent out to students every Sunday night to inform them of the week’s events.

If you have any questions, please email Thank you!

welcome_baby1Baby Shower Reminder

Don’t forget about the floating baby shower this Saturday (Sept. 26) from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate 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 in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. The parents to be are registered at Target, Babies R Us and If you have questions, please contact Marion Breen at 791-5674. Click here to see the invitation.