Averett CoffeeBreak 01-09-19

Posted on January 9th, 2019 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 formFor the next CoffeeBreak, please submit by Friday, Jan. 11, for a Wednesday, Jan. 16, publication.

Averett Chapel

The first Averett Chapel of the semester is tomorrow, Jan. 10, at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel. Start your semester right with 30 minutes of worship, prayer and inspiration. Chaplain Skyler’s message: “A Dark Path Toward Peace.”



Founders’ Day 2019

Please join us in celebrating Founders’ Day on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11:15 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. If you would like to walk in the procession, those with a masters degree or higher may do so.

Please contact Mary Sullivan, [email protected], by noon on Monday, Jan. 14, if you would like to process.

Happy January Birthday!

Wishing you the nicest things that life can bring your way, and this is not just a birthday wish…it’s meant for every day!

Host: President Franks and Joe Franks
For: Celebration for Faculty and Staff with a January Birthday
When: Tuesday, Jan. 15
Where: Main Hall Penthouse
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

RSVP to [email protected]

America’s Sunday Supper at Averett

The National Bonner Leaders are hosting Averett’s Sunday Supper: “Seeing Past Appearances” on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 3-5 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

America’s Sunday Supper is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of people of diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels. At this event, you will join other members of the Averett family for dinner and a facilitated discussion. The discussion will be centered around diversity and equality, and how these issues affect our daily lives.

RSVP by clicking here.


MLK Day of Service

There are several MLK Day of Service opportunities on Monday, Jan. 21, for everyone to get involved with. All are welcome to choose from below or choose a service of your own.

1. God’s Pit Crew, 132 Parkland Dr. Warehouse sorting and organizing from 9 a.m. until noon or 1-3 p.m.
2. Averett University Student Center (back café), 351 Townes St. Notes of encouragement for God’s Pit Crew Blessing Buckets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3. Salvation Army Thrift Store, 2905 Riverside Dr. Family Store sorting and organizing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4. Second Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. (Open Mic Night) in the back café from 7 -9 p.m.

Visit www.serve365.org for more service opportunities.

W-2 Processing and Delivery

Again this year, the Business Office will be using the electronic W-2 delivery through Paperless Pay (E-Stub) system. If you consented to receive your W-2 electronically last year, you will not need to consent again this year. You will automatically receive a notice when your W-2 is ready for you to log in, view and print. If you did not consent last year or you are new to the Paperless Pay system, you will have to log in and consent to receive your W-2 electronically.

If you elect to not receive your W-2 through the electronic system, your form will be printed and mailed by a third party vendor in Florida by Thursday, Jan. 31. Please allow at least seven days for receipt. The Business Office will not be printing, delivering or mailing any W-2’s.

We will work as diligently as possible to have your forms completed as soon as possible. When viewing your pay stub, make sure your name is spelled correctly and your updated address appears on your pay stub. This will help us make sure your form is accurate. If you have any questions please contact Pam Paynter at (434) 791-5613.

Have you scheduled your Millennium Advisor appointment?

The Millennium Financial Advisors will return to campus next week, starting Monday, Jan. 14. The one-on-one appointment scheduler continues to be available for any Averett employee (full or part-time, non-student worker) to set an appointment with a Millennium Financial Advisor.

These individual meetings offer an opportunity to review the upcoming changes in the University retirement plan and to discuss the new options available in the Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) for 2019.

The Millennium Newsletter is available by clicking here. Call or email Kathie Tune, director of Human Resources, with questions at (434) 791-7106 or [email protected].

New Program Opportunities Abroad!

One of Averett’s affiliate institutions, IAU, is offering new graduate programs through The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM). Like IAU, ACM is located in Aix-en-Provence, France, and has campuses in Spain and Morocco. ACM offers the same institutional advantages as IAU including small class sizes, a rigorous curriculum, high-quality faculty, student support services, and integration of the history, culture and languages of the Mediterranean region. Click here or contact [email protected] for more information.

In addition to IAU undergraduate classes, Averett students (and faculty and staff) are invited to study in the following programs: Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA); Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting or Sculpture; Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH); Master of Arts in French Studies (MAFS); Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR); Master of Arts in Media Studies (MAMS).

Want to Volunteer as an Advocate for Title IX Complainants and Respondents?

Students who experience sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and dating/domestic violence often experience trauma and significant disruption to their lives. Advocates can play an important role in providing emotional support and assistance. Their main goal is to provide affirming, empowering and confidential support for both the complainant and the respondent, and bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options and resources.

The advocate would help to:
• Facilitate and provide options for access to medical care and forensic exams;
• Ensure complainants/respondents are aware of their options for reporting on-campus and to law enforcement;
• Help complainants/respondents connect with resources on-campus or within the community, such as counseling and crisis intervention services;
• Guide complainants/respondents who have reported through the disciplinary process;
• Provide support;
• Serve as a trusted point of contact throughout the whole process.

If you are interested, contact Jordyn Minton at [email protected].

A Healthy Workplace

Got the flu? Please don’t share. Last year saw a record-breaking number of flu cases according to the CDC, and this year’s flu season is expected to be worse. Nearly 40 percent of people participating in a Walgreens’ survey said they went to work with the flu. Not surprising, 45 percent of people in a Staples survey blamed their illness on coworkers who came to work sick. Work areas have shared spaces and equipment that serve to spread germs: copy machines, doorknobs, elevator buttons and break rooms.

There are steps to take to prevent or limit the spread of the flu on campus. Get a flu vaccine that reduces the likelihood of getting sick. See your doctor when you are ill and stay home until you are no longer contagious. Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently. Clean high-contact surfaces with disinfecting wipes. Let’s work toward having a healthy workplace in 2019.


Averett 101: From the Eyes of Freshmen

During every Averett 101 class each fall semester, the students go to the president’s house and enjoy a dinner with Dr. Franks and her husband, Joe. During that time, Dr. Franks asks the students what they love about Averett and if they have any concerns. During the spring, we will be sharing some of the comments students shared with Dr. Franks and Joe about Averett!

“Football coach gives me a lot of opportunities. I’m now on travel squad.”

“I like the cheer coach.”

“My team is my family.”

“I like hanging out at the Jordan Commons.”

“I really like all my new friendships – commuter.”

“The kick off activities before school started were great.”

“I love Jill Adams – Miss Jill.”

GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Bridgette Williams, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2019. To read about Bridgette on the GPS blog, click here.

What advice would you share for current and incoming students in Averett’s GPS program?  

“My advice to current or incoming students is make sure you have communication with the professors. As an older student, I found being honest with them if you are struggling or don’t understand something, they prefer that and will accommodate.”