Averett CoffeeBreak 1-23-19

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

Academic Support

Academic Support tutoring opportunities began yesterday. This includes individual tutoring, open group tutoring, supplemental peer instruction group sessions and writing support. Please remind your students! To schedule and/or review support sessions, please visit our scheduling link by clicking here.

Spiritual Life

Join your fellow faculty, staff and students for Averett Chapel tomorrow, Jan. 24, at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel. We will hear an inspirational word from Dr. Ralph Hawkins. Faculty and staff have permission to attend Averett Chapel, but please double-check with your supervisor.

Senior Dinner

The Senior Dinner will be Thursday, Feb. 7. We need two bits of help! First, the dinner is served to the students by faculty and staff. If you are interested in helping, please let Dan Hayes know. Students appreciate it so much and it will amaze you how this brief act of service makes a difference. Second, if you have something we could use as a gift to hand out during the event, please let Dan know! Contact Dan Hayes at  (434) 791-7252 or dhayes@averett.edu.

Counseling Center Resiliency Group

The Counseling Center will be facilitating a five-week psychoeducation group for students on the topic of resiliency starting Tuesday, Jan. 29. The group will meet every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Counseling Center lobby.

Joan Kahwajy-Anderson and Jessie Henderson will address topics such as defining resiliency, cultivating resilience through mindset, healing past wounds, creating boundaries and more. This is an open group, meaning students do not have to sign up ahead of time, and are welcome to come to as many group meetings as they would like.

If you have a student that you would like to refer to the group, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Joan at jkahwajy@averett.edu or Jessie at jthenderson@averett.edu.

Part-Time Job Opportunities for Averett Students

The CCECC and the City of Danville’s Office of Community Development have multiple part-time job opportunities working for the city government performing a housing study of blighted properties in the area. Primary responsibilities include working in teams to conduct field visits to each property in the city and assessing each property’s condition and noting potential issues regarding the structure. They will also be tasked with taking new photographs of each property for comparison purposes. These photographs and property assessment will be used to determine future maintenance code violations and create focus areas for housing improvements.

The pay is $10 per hour; the work will span from mid-February until May; the city will offer training, so no experience is necessary. If you know students who may be interested, please have them contact Dr. Billy Wooten to receive application details at bwooten@averett.edu or (434) 791-7212.

Community Foundation Invests $25,000 in Cyber Security Symposiums

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has invested $25,000 to assist Averett in presenting several cyber security symposiums. The “Cyber-UP” symposiums will consist of key industry advisors, Department of Homeland Security leaders and computer experts to inform the region of key trends and workforce needs.

Averett, along with almost 50 other local organizations, was presented a check on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the annual grant payment reception at Ballou Recreational Center, in which more than $714,000 was awarded. We sincerely thank the Community Foundation for all they do for our region and for Averett.

Welcome Greg Hawley!

We are pleased to welcome Greg Hawley as the director of annual and leadership giving in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Greg brings over 25 years of experience in secondary and higher education as a classroom instructor and fundraiser. Prior to joining Averett, Greg worked at the Virginia Community College System, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M University and Hargrave Military Academy. He is also a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. Greg currently resides in Altavista with his wife, Jennifer, their dogs T.T. and Manzilla, and their Cat, Kee Kee.




GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Robert Horn, a student pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2019. To read more about Robert on the GPS blog, click here.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree here at Averett University? 

“My motivation for obtaining my master’s degree is to gain more knowledge in how to effectively lead people. As a law enforcement officer, it is vitally important to see everything around you as an asset, from your equipment to your vehicle to the people around you, they’re all resources to manage and strategically employ. Because of this, I chose to pursue a degree in business administration. I feel this career path will give me the greatest opportunity to help other police officers unlock their full potential. The contributions I will be making to the department will help fortify and enhance an already-strong department.”

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!

“The administration is open and helpful.”

“The Women’s Soccer team is like my family.”

“I love the renovations to Main Hall.”

“It is a very safe campus.”

“People here engage in conversation. I like the pace and the slower lifestyle.”

“It is easy to find new friends and relationships.”