AU CoffeeBreak 9-27-17

Posted on September 27th, 2017 by Danielle Staub

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, Sept. 29, for a Wednesday, Oct. 4, publication.

Study Abroad Director to Attend Conference in Costa Rica

Dr. Catherine Clark has received a professional development grant from The College Consortium for International Studies to attend their 28th Annual Conference on Creating Sustainability in Education Abroad in Costa Rica. Themes will include sustaining education abroad in a changing global environment; creating fiscal sustainability for education abroad; incorporating environmental and social sustainability into programming; and maintaining institutional, personal, and professional sustainability. Click here to learn more about the conference she will attend. Dr. Clark will host a workshop for faculty and staff upon her return.

Teacher of the Year Recognition Ceremony

Dr. Toney McNair Jr., was the 2017 Teacher of the Year in Virginia. He is currently earning a master’s degree at Averett University in administration and supervision. McNair is the Department Chair and Choral Music Teacher at Indian River Middle School in Chesapeake, Va.

The Mary V. Bicouvaris 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year Recognition Ceremony took place at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Sept. 18. It was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Teacher Education and Licensure. McNair was a featured speaker at the event. Pictured here: McNair at the ceremony with Dr. Cathy A. Cutright, Averett’s supervisor for administration and supervision and director of GPS education.



GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Susan Friesz, a student pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree and is expected to graduate in 2019. To see her on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: What helps keep you motivated while you are in the program?

ANSWER: “I cannot be complacent with what I know today, change is going to happen, it is up to me to learn to adapt. Most of us can probably remember hearing our grandparents or even parents say that is not how we did it back then, or life was so much simpler. They were right, but what is to be gained dwelling on it?”

Averett Student in Paris for Fall Semester

Criminal Justice major Christine Johnson is studying abroad in Paris, France, for the 2017 fall semester, where she will take classes in French, sociology, culture and fashion! For more information on study abroad programs for your department, contact Dr. Catherine Clark at



Christian Student Fellowship

Join Christian Student Fellowship for chapel tomorrow, Sept. 28, at 11:15 a.m. in Blount chapel. Enjoy lunch and fellowship following the service with students, faculty and staff. This week hear from the Black Student Union as they lead a short worship service.


Senior Pinning Ceremony

The Senior Pinning Ceremony will take place tomorrow, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. President Tiffany Franks has invited faculty and staff to join in honoring our seniors. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony at the home of Dr. Franks and Joe Franks, 500 Hawthorne Drive. The RSVP date was Sept. 18. Send any further questions to


Football Game Day and GOLDRUSH

The Volleyball GOLDRUSH game will be Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. Rally towels will be given to the first 50 fans entering the game!

Saturday, Sept. 30, is “Ave and Rett Cougar Cub Day.” All youth 17 and under will receive free admission. Youth are invited to join us for pre-game activities as well as an opportunity to be a part of the halftime show on the field.
Saturday, Oct. 21, is Homecoming!
Saturday, Oct. 28, is “Military Appreciation Day!”

With any questions, contact Courtney Leddy at

Middle Border Forward Vision 2035 is Coming to Averett

What will Danville look like in the year 2035? What changes would you like to see? How should we, as a community, go about making those changes? This is your chance to speak up and let your ideas be heard. So, make plan to join us for one of the FREE community sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m., in the multipurpose room. Each session is approx. 45 minutes. Lunch is included, but space is limited so arrive early.

Vote Today for Averett Football’s Sean Bowman!

Today through Friday only, the Averett Family is asking you to click on this link and vote for student-athlete Sean Bowman. Bowman is in the running for Hero Sports’ DIII “Hero of the Week.” Bowman had five touchdowns and 226 rushing yards on 36 carries in Averett’s 35-6 win over Methodist University last Saturday. You can vote everyday! To vote multiple times a day, switch browsers on your computer and don’t forget to vote from your phone!

There’s No Place Like Homecoming!!

Homecoming will be here before you know it! The Homecoming Hometown Party is on Friday, Oct. 20. If you would be willing to help sell tickets please contact Dan Hayes at If you sell nine, you get one free!

On Saturday, Oct. 21, two sports will be having their senior day activities – Women’s Soccer and Football! We will be honoring award recipients, athletics hall of fame and the National Championship equestrian team. For the full homecoming schedule, to sign up for events or to buy tickets, click here.

Academic Support: Open Group Tutoring and Drop-In Writing Assistance

Academic Support offers open group tutoring in high-need subject areas; these sessions operate as a drop-in service for students in need. Additionally, the Writing Center offers numerous drop-in hours for individual consultation. To learn more about these academic opportunities click here: Open Group Tutoring and Writing Support Fall 2017.


On-Campus Jobs for Students

Several students who are non-federal work-study are seeking on-campus jobs. If your area hires students for on-campus part-time jobs, please contact Angie McAdams, director of career development, at, so that she may share this information with interested students.

Averett Athletics Naming Opportunities

You have the opportunity to be a part of history! Would you like to see your name on a brick in Frank R. Campbell Stadium, your business on the scoreboard or your name on a chair in the Grant Center? To see the full list of options and pricing, click here. For questions and to purchase, contact Bren Taylor at (434) 791-5677 or


Mindset Minute: Averett’s QEP

Have you helped a student think with a growth mindset today? Need ideas for encouraging students? Each week we will provide a snapshot into the world of growth mindset research and practice through “Mindset Minute,” where you can check back for tips!

Growth Mindset Tip of the Week: Learning isn’t easy. Embrace the struggle and grow.