Averett CoffeeBreak 09-25-19

Posted on September 25th, 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 form. For the next CoffeeBreak, please submit by Friday, Sept. 27, for a Wednesday, Oct. 2, publication.

SET Weekly Events

Tomorrow, Sept. 26: Bingo Night at 8:30 p.m. in the Back Café. $600 worth of prizes will be given away, so come out and win some prizes!
Friday, Sept. 27: Movie Night at 9 p.m. in Blount Chapel. Bring you blankets and come out to enjoy a movie and snacks! Toy Story 4 will be shown.
Wednesday, Oct. 2: 1) Red Flag Campaign Kick Off
2) Breast Cancer Awareness Program at 11 a.m. outside of the Multipurpose Room. Come out to learn about breast cancer, early detection and diagnosis.

Study Abroad Fair

As part of Averett’s International Education Week, the Annual Study Abroad Fair will take place in the multipurpose room tomorrow, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can meet study abroad alumni and program providers from around the globe, win free stuff and learn about how an international experience can work for their career!

In addition, representatives from service-learning, financial aid and career services will be there to help maximize study abroad opportunities. We will have a passport table on site, and refreshments will be served. Search for #AUStudyAbroad2019 on social media and click here to see the event on Facebook.

Senior Pinning Ceremony

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the Senior Pinning Ceremony tomorrow, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow the ceremony at the President’s House.

Arts@Averett and Coffeehouse Lecture Series

This Friday, Sept. 27, Averett is hosting “Dlanieous – Funk and Groove Review” in Pritchett Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is FREE. Dlanieous Band has rocked and continues to rock audiences at every event with soulful renditions of music from yesterday and today. Featuring soul, R&B, blues, beach, funk, Motown and original tunes. Small band, big sound. The band members are seasoned artists who have traveled the world.

Then on Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Coffeehouse Lecture Series centered on staff and faculty hobbies will present professor Stephen Davidson discussing comic book collecting at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room. The event is free and open to the public.

Kappa Delta Pi

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Education Department is happy to announce we are accepting new applicants into the Alpha Zeta Alpha Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. This honor society recognizes elite students and educators. For an undergraduate student to be inducted, he or she must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have already taken at least three education courses OR have been inducted into the Teacher Education Program. For a graduate student to be inducted, he or she must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be enrolled in one of our M.Ed. programs for educators. Members will be initiated into the society on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m.

Prospective students can apply for membership and pay society dues ($50/one year or $85/two years, plus $5 local chapter’s dues) by clicking here.

If you have any questions or would like to know more information about this society, please email Dr. Nancy Riddell at nriddell@averett.edu or leave her a message at (434) 791-5741. We look forward to seeing our future educators succeed and grow!

Flu Shot Clinics

Flu shot clinics will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m to 12:30 p.m. each day in the multipurpose room.

Please complete the registration form and bring with you a copy of your insurance card or at least have your card available for the  clinicians to write down the information.

And remember, the flu shot is on the eligibility list for your Wellness Premium Incentive for those who are on the Averett University Health Plan.

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

Dr. Tiffany Franks requests all available students, faculty and staff to join her on the Student Center lawn on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11:15 a.m. for a photo shoot for this year’s University Christmas card. Every year, Averett sends a holiday card to more than 3,000 University donors and friends, and this year will be a huge group photo in the shape of a Christmas tree. Participants should wear the University’s navy blue and gold.

WE Lead: Women in Politics

Join Averett and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 4-6 p.m. in the President’s Suite of the Frank R. Campbell Stadium on North Campus to hear from Delegate Lashrecse Aird and Missy Neff, two women working in Virginia state politics. Dr. Tiffany Franks will moderate this conversation, and a networking social with beverages will follow. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by clicking here.

Del. Aird was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2016 and represents the Counties of Chesterfield (part), Dinwiddie (part), and Prince George (part); Cities of Hopewell (part) and Petersburg. In the House, she serves on the Appropriations; Health, Welfare and Institutions; and General Laws committees.

Neff currently is a senior vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting where she works in the firm’s MWCAdvocacy group. She assists clients on a wide variety of health care, natural resources and educational legislative issues at the federal, state and local level and has developed strong relationships statewide with a wide range of constituencies.

WE Lead events provide access to energizing programs that develop leadership skills and build professional networks for women in business.

NEW DATE: Fall Fiesta Staff Social

The Fall Fiesta Staff Social will now be on Thursday, Oct. 3. The Staff Social will be held at Two Witches Winery & Brewery Co., 209 Trade St. from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Los Tres Magueyes will provide delicious tacos, chips & salsa. Two Witches Winery & Brewery Co. will have a variety of other beverages to purchase that will pair perfectly with you Los Tres Magueys snack. We hope to see you there!

Reserve your Spot: Danville Civil Rights Tour

On Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., the CCECC and History United are excited to offer Averett’s first Danville Civil Rights Tour for faculty, staff and students. We have spots for 40 people on our trolleys and will leave from Main Hall promptly at 1 p.m. NPR will join us to run a very positive story on how Averett promotes diversity and inclusion through our various programming.

Sites on the tour include sections of Danville many have not seen:

1. The Danville Courthouse Complex and its connection to Bloody Monday
2. The green book houses on Holbrook Street
3. The Williams House (now the Williams Community Resource Center)
4. High Street Church
5. The Sutherlin Mansion Complex– the Museum will provide free admission and a talkback after the tour

If you are interested in learning about Danville’s historic connections to the Civil Rights Movement, please RSVP by clicking here.

FAQs on Medicare Eligibility and Your HSA Information

Information for anyone who is interested in learning more about Medicare and HSA contribution rules will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 16., from 3-5 p.m. in Carrington Conference Room.

Please bring any questions you may have. If possible, email Kathie Tune at ktune@averett.edu to let her know if you plan on attending the workshop.

Interested in a Social Well-being Activity?

On Friday, Oct. 18, the wellness team will be hosting a social well-being activity: de-stressing with Chalk Couture. Chalk Couture is a chalking technique using silk screen stencils so that even those who are the least crafty can participate while socializing. The stencils provided focus on the upcoming holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Supplies must be ordered in advance for this event. If you’re interested, please send an RSVP to wellness@averett.edu.

NEW DATE: Strategic Planning Roundtable Session

Members of the Planning Team are excited to host an Averett 2025 Campus-Wide Roundtable Session for all faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carrington Gym. Everyone is encouraged to come for as long as their time allows, during the 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. timeframe, to learn how the Averett 2025 plan and strategies are taking shape and how we will measure our success; to give us your feedback; and learn ways to get involved in future projects.

Attendees can choose to join in on one, two, three or more short roundtable discussions on the various strategies that grew out of the Sun Porch Sessions this past spring in support of our four Strategic Imperatives – Innovative Partnerships, Transformational Learning, Enrollment Growth and Visibility and Sustainable Foundations.

We hope you will plan to join us for this meaningful event!

Student Success Center Scheduling

Students, professors and staff members can utilize our Student Success Center scheduling software by clicking here. There are numerous uses.

For instance, if you are a professor with a special needs student requiring ADA testing accommodations, then you can arrange for testing via this link. For questions about this link, please contact Nia Johnson, graduate assistant, at njjohnson@averett.edu.

Center for Spiritual Life

Prayer Garden – located between Fugate Parking Lot and behind the Admissions House – this is a dedicated space for you to find peaceful solitude. We hope faculty and staff will enjoy this quiet space as well as students.

Prayer & Meditation Room – located above the Dining Hall and open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. – This is a dedicated space for anyone to find quiet for prayer, meditation, reflection or study. Faculty and staff are welcomed to use this space, as well.


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. Throughout the year, we will be sharing some of the comments students shared with Dr. Franks and Joe about Averett!

“The bridge program was great- people are so supportive.”
“Coaches are personable and really get to know you.”
“Family-oriented campus.”
“Community involvement by students.”
“Diversity on campus.”
“The horse barn is great – I like the equestrian program.”
“Teachers push you and help you at the same time.”
“I enjoyed the Club Fair.”
“Feel at home – can get help when I need it.”
“Scenery on campus.”