Averett CoffeeBreak 10-16-19

Posted on October 16th, 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, Oct. 18, for a Wednesday, Oct. 23, publication.

Today, Oct.16: Rep Your City Day
7 p.m. – Women’s Volleyball Game. Free Homecoming T-shirts will be given out the first 50 students. Come out and cheer them on!

Thursday, Oct. 17: Dress for Success Day
6 p.m. – LinkedIn Profile Training in the multipurpose room
8:30 p.m. – Homecoming Hypnotist Show in Pritchett Auditorium. The underclassman Homecoming Court winners will also be announced this evening!

Friday, Oct. 18: Blue and Gold Day
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Homecoming Cougar Carnival in Jordan Commons and the Student Center Lawn. There will be music, games, prizes and a petting zoo!

Saturday, Oct. 19: Homecoming 2019
10 a.m. – Alumni Awards Ceremony and Athletics Hall of Fame Induction in Pritchett Auditorium. We will also honor the Class of ’69 for their 50th Reunion, and pin the Class of ’94 for their 25th Reunion.
4 p.m. Cougar Walk. Come see the Cougars close up and cheer for them before the game.
5 p.m. – Gates Open. Full concessions available
6 p.m. – Football vs N.C. Wesleyan
10 p.m. Homecoming After Party will be held following the football game that evening. All guests must be 18 or older and need to be registered beforehand. Please use the QR code to register any guests.

Sunday, Oct. 20
10 a.m. – Service of Remembrance in Blount Chapel. This chapel service honors members of the Averett community who passed away in the last year. The Averett Singers will perform.

The Fresh Start Journey Continues!

Today, Oct. 16, from 1-2 p.m. in the MPR, we will be hosting week 5 of the Lifestyle Management Program: Fresh Start. This week’s topic, Get Moving, will help you find reasons to be active that go beyond weight management through exploring the benefits physical activity has on the body and mind. You’ll learn the value of different types of physical activity, and get tips for managing time and overcoming other barriers to being more physically active.

The week 6 session, Emotional Eating, will be held in a different location. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, we will host the event from 1-2 p.m. in Carrington Conference Room.

Wellness events are open to all faculty and staff! Benefits eligible employees earn points for participating. If you’ve attended a wellness event, be sure to attest through the portal by visiting vwc.2iwellness.com. Please contact Dana Dominguez at djdominguez@averett.edu with any wellness questions.

Medicare Presentation

The Medicare Presentation is scheduled for today, Oct. 16. FAQs on Medicare eligibility and your HSA information are outlined in this document.

Information for anyone who is interested in learning more about Medicare and HSA contribution rules will be available today at the event from 3-5 p.m. in Carrington Conference Room. Please bring any questions you may have.

Advising Workshop

An Advising Workshop will take place today, Oct. 16, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Blount Chapel. Topics to be discussed will be common characteristics of Averett students, checklist before an advising appointment, FERPA, financial aid and best advising practices.


SET Weekly Events

THIS MONTH: The Student Engagement Team is collecting candy for the annual “Halloween on Main.” Please drop off any candy that you would like us to hand out to the Danville community. Just bring it by the Student Engagement Center.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Treat Thursday is today! Stop by the Student Engagement office and grab a treat before they are all gone!

October 21-25: Kappa Delta Alpha will have a Think Pink Fundraiser. KDA will be passing out donuts and coffee for donations

Tuesday, Oct. 22: Red Flag Healthy Dating Tabling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 23: There will be a National Bully Prevention Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center.

Time to Chalk!

Thank you to everyone that sent in an RSVP for the social well being activity, Chalk Couture. Just a reminder: the event will be held this Friday, Oct. 18, from 1- 2 p.m. in Carrington Conference Room!




Day to Engage: Back to the Block!

We will be heading Back to the Block (the Westmoreland Neighborhood) for Day to Engage on Monday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Sign up with your team, club, organization or as an individual! Everyone is welcome. We will serve from 9 a.m. until noon and celebrate with a cookout afterwards.

Campuswide Roundtable

Members of the Planning Team are excited to host an Averett 2025 Campuswide 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 time frame 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! A light lunch will be available.

Headshots and Handshakes

The Danville and Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce invites you to the next Young Professionals event on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Brynes Gould Law, 312 Main St. At “Headshots and Handshakes,” attendees can get a professional headshot taken and network with community leaders. The cost is $10/person. Click here to register.

Kappa Delta Pi Fundraiser

Kappa Delta Pi will be hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on Wednesday, Oct. 23, between 4-8 p.m. The proceeds will be in support of the Angel Tree program and the battered women’s shelter. Please come out and support the cause and help out Averett University students!

Understanding Cancer

On Friday, Oct. 25, Bryan Price, outreach and education specialist from the UVA Cancer Center, will be facilitating our next Live and Learn: Understanding Cancer. This event will be held in Carrington Conference Room from 1-2 p.m., and it will focus on understanding risk factors, prevention and screening recommendations.

A make-your-own trail mix snack will be provided. To RSVP for this event, please email wellness@averett.edu.

Trick or Treating with the Horses

Join the Averett Equestrian Department for a fun afternoon of Halloween excitement. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the equestrian department is hosting an open horse show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During the last class of the day, at 2:30 p.m., riders and their horses will perform in costume. At 3 p.m. the horses are opening up their doors to trick or treaters. All children are invited to attend in costume. There will be plenty of candy and opportunities for children to have their picture taken with a costumed equine. Hope to see you there!

Take Back the Night

On Monday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. on the Student Center patio and lawn, Averett will host its annual Take Back the Night event to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. We plan to have interactive displays, information tables, guest speakers, poetry readings, music and end with a cookout to come together in solidarity and fellowship against rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.

For any questions, contact Dr. Billy Wooten at the CCECC at bwooten@averett.edu or (434) 791-7212.

CyberUp Summit: How Vulnerable are You?

Averett University, with the Southern Piedmont Technology Council and the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, is proud to present the CyberUp Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

This free summit is for anyone – individuals or businesses – to learn how to better safeguard their digital assets. Hear from renowned keynote speaker, John Sileo – award-winning security expert featured in USA Today and the Washington Post – as he shares his personal story of a cyber attack and how he overcame the challenges that resulted. Participate in breakout sessions on topics like phone fraud, securing your devices, surviving an attack, and more!

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Lunch is provided. Visit www.sptc-va.org or call 434-766-6771 to register by October 21. Space is limited, so register today!

Averett University Graduate School Fair

Averett University is hosting a graduate school fair Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MPR.  Please help us spread the word and encourage students to attend. Please contact Angie McAdams with any questions at amcadams@averett.edu.

The Harlem Globetrotters at Averett

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Averett on Sunday, Dec. 8

Get your tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters today! Click here for full details.

Taking the Library on the Road

Do you need help accessing and using the resources available through Averett’s Mary Blount Library? Librarians Kevin Harden and Jennifer Robinson are going on the road for students, faculty and staff!

Stop by the Student Center on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., or on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Student Success Center. No appointments are needed. Walk-ins are welcome!

You can also come to the library in person, call (434) 791-5962 or email aclib@averett.edu for assistance.

Thank you and Congratulations

A special thank you to the Athletics Department! One-hundred percent of the employees in their department have given to the Annual Fund. Donors include full time, part time and support employees. It also includes all of the graduate assistants! This is a great commitment toward insuring that our students have a great experience at Averett.

There are several other departments that have reached 100%, but none quite as large! Remember, all gifts of any size help us with reaching the University goal of 87%. Contact Greg Hawley or Dan Hayes if you have any questions about the giving options available.

To All Hiring Managers

We have had a number of recent part-time employees (both students and non-students) have their paperwork incomplete and, therefore, their first pay delayed. Remember, if the new employee does not have their paperwork completed with both HR and payroll, they cannot start work! It is the responsibility of the hiring manager to ensure that paperwork is complete. If you are not sure for any new employee, it is your responsibility to call and verify with HR and payroll.

In addition, Federal Work Study students must return their contract and payroll documents to Stephanie Walker or they cannot work. Again, if you’re not sure they’ve done this, you should call to confirm.

The required documents include the Part time Agreement (or the Hiring Request for non-students and graduate assistants), W-4 and VA-4 tax forms, the Employee Demographic, the Direct Deposit, and the I-9 forms.

Do not delay these folks from getting paid by allowing your new part-timer to begin work without confirming their paperwork is complete. All documents can be scanned to Pam Paynter in payroll at pdocs@averett.edu or delivered directly to her office.

Thank you for your help in ensuring our folks are set to be paid.

Be Our Mascot!

Do you know a student who would want to be our mascot? Well, now is their opportunity to find out! We’re looking for people who want to see what life is like as our fabulous Cougar mascots, Ave and Rett.

Call or email Chloe Mayhew at cemayhew@averett.edu or (434) 791-7114, if you are interested in becoming one of the official Averett Cougars!






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 food is good.”

“In athletics there is equality – everybody gets the same stuff.”

“Student Success Center – tutors are great.”

“Faculty and staff are really nice. They care about us and want to help us succeed.”

“People at the barn are so friendly.”

“Flight Center – easy to contact the instructors with any questions.”

“Freedom – teachers treat you like a young adult.”

“Campus activities – I love playing Bingo.”

Student from the Bahamas – “My coach and people were there for me when I needed them.”

“Bonner program.”