AU CoffeeBreak 9/20/17

Posted on September 20th, 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. 22, for a Wednesday, Sept. 27, publication.


GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Ashley Rutledge, a student pursuing her Master of Accountancy degree and is expected to graduate in 2019. To see her on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students.

ANSWER: “Make sure to listen to what your teachers say and study your tail off; it pays off to work hard.”



Staff Meeting

The first full staff meeting of the year will take place tomorrow, Sept. 21, at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room. All staff are strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided after.

Women’s Network

On Thursday, Sept. 21, immediately after the staff meeting, the Averett Women’s Network Planning Committee invites you to get your lunch in the dining hall and then return to the multipurpose room at 12:30 p.m. for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists,” and subsequent discussion. Please contact Alexis Ehrhardt at with any questions.


Christian Student Fellowship

Come on out every Thursday for CSF and chapel service at 11:15 a.m. in Blount chapel. Enjoy lunch and fellowship following the service with students, faculty and staff.


Arts@Averett: Tango Buenos Aires

Averett is proud to sponsor the Danville Concert Association’s Tango Buenos Aires. A heady blend of Spanish and African traditions, the tango developed in the brothels and communal backstreets of Buenos Aires’ poorer port districts in the 1880s. As an art form, the tango demonstrates the first decades of the 20th century when the language of the streets formed the poetic lyrics of tango.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. There are a few more free tickets available. Stop by Alumni Hall to pick them up from Lynnette Lawson. First come, first served.

Senior Pinning Ceremony

Reminder: President Tiffany Franks has invited faculty and staff to join in honoring our seniors at the Senior Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. 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


A Message from TIAA

Encouraging participants to access education and advice is one of the ways Averett University can help ensure our employees are retirement ready. Personalized advice allows employees to focus on their particular situations and can motivate them to make contribution and asset allocation changes or create a formal retirement plan. TIAA provides that service for us and more.

Make sure you take advantage of any opportunity to meet with a TIAA financial representative, by phone, email or in person, who will review how to join the plan (there is no waiting period for new employees) and discuss some strategies to plan for your future. To do that, click here.

 Averett Moves up in U.S. News & World Report Rankings!

Great news! Averett has reached its highest ranking yet as the no. 17 best regional liberal arts college in the south this year by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Averett climbed in other rankings, being named the seventh best regional college in the south for veterans in 2018, as well as the ninth-ranking Southern regional college for best value. To read the full article, click here.


Averett Unveils its Historical Marker

Averett unveiled its new state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. At a ceremony in front of the university’s Main Hall, a large crowd gathered to hear remarks from college and city leaders. Then students had the opportunity to help pull down the cover. Go check out our marker! To see the full story, click here.


 Sophomore Student Success Week

During the week of September 11, the Student Success Center hosted a Sophomore Student Success Week with multiple events to help assist our second-year students. Students attended the following events: “Get Me to My Degree” with Kristi Gilliam, “How to Manage Your Money” with Dr. Ernest Pegram, and “Study Abroad” with Dr. Catherine Clark. Sophomore Student Success Week proved to be successful in helping prepare and plan our student’s second year at Averett. If you would like to know more about upcoming events with Student Success Center, please contact Aries Wilson at

Football Game Day

We would like all faculty and staff to be aware of the upcoming themes we have in store for our HOME football games!

Sept. 23: “Danville Appreciation Day” All Rotary club members and city personnel (Police, EMS, Fire) are invited to be recognized. For those it applies to, wear your uniform or bring your employee ID and you will receive free entry to the game.
Sept. 30: “Ave and Rett Cougar Cub Day” Entry fee is waived for all youth 17 and under. We invite youth to join us for pre game activities as well an opportunity to be part of halftime.
Oct 28: “Military Appreciation Day”

With any questions, contact Courtney Leddy at

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: Disassociate improvement from failure. Stop assuming that “room for improvement” translates into failure.