Averett CoffeeBreak 10-2-19

Posted on October 2nd, 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. 4, for a Wednesday, Oct. 9, publication.

SET Weekly Events

Today, Oct. 2:

  • Red Flag Campaign Kick-Off in the café at 11 a.m.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Program at 11 a.m. outside of the MPR. Come out to learn about breast cancer, early detection and diagnosis.
  • The members of Kappa Alpha Psi will have a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness. There will be apparel such as wristbands, sports gear and more. Also, an educational point about breast cancer each Wednesday while they are selling the items.

Thursday, Oct. 3: 

  • Fantasy Basketball Draft at 8 p.m. in the eports room. Sign up here or contact Phillip Mitchell at pmitchell@averett.edu for more information.
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success will be have a Leadership Training Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Blount Chapel.
  • Madden 20 Tournament at 7:30 p.m. in the esports room! Please sign up by clicking here or speak with Phillip Mitchell about how to sign up for this event. Come out for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Monday, Oct. 7:

  • Red Flag Truth Talk with CCECC from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A movie will be shown with discussion held afterwards.
  • Leadership Council at 8 p.m. in Bishop conference room.

Wednesday, Oct. 9:

  • The members of Kappa Alpha Psi will have a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness. There will be apparel such as wristbands, sports gear, and more. Also, an educational point about breast cancer each Wednesday while they are selling the items.

Flu Shot Clinics

Flu shot clinics will continue today, 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.

Week 3 of Fresh Start

Thank you to everyone who has attended our last couple of sessions of the lifestyle management program!

Today, Oct. 2, the third session of Fresh Start will be held in the multipurpose room from 1-2 p.m. This week’s topic will be “Focus on Making a Plan.” You will set a healthy goal, learn about the five elements of a healthy lifestyle and why they’re important to your health/weight-loss journey, and design a meal plan and grocery list based on the information from a dietary assessment.

Next Wednesday, Dr. Lynise Green will be hosting the fourth session, “Creating a Supportive Environment,”  live! This event will be held in the multipurpose room from 1-2 p.m.

Please email Dana Dominguez at wellness@averett.edu for any questions regarding wellness.

Fall Fiesta Staff Social

The Fall Fiesta Staff Social is tomorrow, 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 and 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!

WE Lead: Women in Politics

Reminder for those who have registered: Join Averett and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce tomorrow, 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 and Mary Franklin, three women working in Virginia state politics. Dr. Tiffany Franks will moderate this conversation, and a networking social with beverages will follow.

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.

“Roll Red Roll” TRUTH Talk

The CCECC’s Monday, Oct. 7, TRUTH Talk in Blount Chapel from 6-8 p.m. (refreshments at 5:30 p.m.) centers on raising awareness of rape and sexual assault. We are screening the documentary “Roll Red Roll,” based on the Steubenville High School rape case in 2012. The aftermath exposes an entire culture of complicity and the roles that peer pressure, denial, sports machismo and social media played in the tragedy. We will have a talkback after the screening.

Arts@Averett: Coffeehouse Lecture Series

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.


Interested in a Social Wellbeing Activity?

On Friday, Oct. 18, from 1-2 p.m. in Carrington Conference Room, 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.

Medicare Presentation

The Medicare Presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, 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 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.

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.


Thank you Averett Family!

Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s University Christmas card photo shoot! The pictures turned out great, and we can’t wait to share them with the campus community during the Christmas season!

FIT Mobile and Averett Win State Award

The FIT Mobile Program through Danville Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Averett University Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Science Department has recently won an award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s 64th Annual State Conference.

Danville Parks and Recreation was recognized in a field of 155 applicants for the Fit Mobile Program, which received the Best Health and Wellness Initiative Award in its population category. Students in the physical education department learn about fitness testing and program design in Averett courses and then get hands-on experience in the community through the FIT Mobile program by providing and administering free fitness programs to Danville residents. Congratulations to the PE faculty and students!

Wellness Premium Incentive

This year, a variety of doctor’s visits/screenings qualify you for the wellness premium incentive. Please know that attesting to your visit through the wellness portal is required in order to receive the incentive! The portal can be accessed by visiting vwc.2iwellness.com.

Using your login information, bring up your main dashboard, and scroll down until you see a few icons for the most common visits- “Biometric Screening”, “Assessment/Screening for General Health” or “Annual Physical Exam.” Click on the icon that pertains most to your visit, fill out the required information and attest to your participation.

Please direct any questions regarding the wellness portal to Dana Dominguez at wellness@averett.edu and any questions regarding benefits to Tammy Wall at twall@averett.edu.

Advising Tip

Forming a relationship with students can lead to successful academic advising. Start by thinking of yourself as a mentor to your advisees. A quick email reminding them of important dates or events will help the advising process and help the students stay on track to graduation. Consider the following for this week:

  1. Remind students of your office hours.
  2. Discuss experiences, problems to date.
  3. Provide referral information, if needed.
  4. Remind students if they have transfer credit from another institution, to have it submitted to the registrar’s office.

Annual Safety Report Available Online

Each year, every U.S. college and university must publish an annual safety report that discloses statistics about serious crime at each campus location along with summaries of key safety and security policies. The “Clery Report,” as it is known, for calendar year 2018 is now available on the Averett website under:
•       Student Life – Campus Safety,
•       Financial Aid — Consumer Information, and
•       Human Resources & Payroll – Employment Opportunities.

We have a very safe campus with a low rate of crime. Download your copy of the report here and check out the statistics at the back!  Print copies of the report are available upon request from the Campus Safety and Security office.

To help us continue our great record of safety, if you see something suspicious or a crime in progress, call Campus Safety and Security or 911. As an Averett employee you are required to notify Campus Safety and Security if a student tells you they have been the victim of a crime. Averett will respond with support for the student, take appropriate action to assure safe conditions for students, employees and visitors, and maintain the required records for next year’s report. Thank you everyone for your part in keeping our Averett Family safe on campus!

Study Abroad T-shirts

The Study Abroad office has new, soft T-shirts, designed by alumna Brianna Shelton at KG Graphics! Faculty and staff can buy one for $15 at the CCECC. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the new Averett Diversity in Study Abroad grant. Click here for more information. Contact Dr. Catherine Clark with any questions at coclark@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.


Field Trip to Caswell Correctional Center

On September 16, four criminal justice/sociology students and their advisor toured the Caswell Correctional Center in Blanch, N.C. The tour included a walk-through of the facility which houses 454 male inmates, an explanation of inmate activities: agricultural, recreational and educational programs. Correctional staff responsibilities were also explained.

Left-to-right in pic:  Jasmine Lipscomb, Jasmine Tinnis, Criminal Justice Club advisor John Wilt, Joseph Jones and Andrew Van Der Hyde.

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!

“Yoga outside the caf.”
“Easy to get to class.”
“Good role models in the student leadership – Devin Merritt is someone I look up to.”
“Easy to engage with different people.”
“Averett 101 feels like a homeroom where I get info.”
“The closeness and brotherhood of the teams.”
“The campus doesn’t feel isolated from the community.”
“The science labs are great.”
“It takes effort to fail – there are so many who want to help.”