Averett CoffeeBreak 10-23-19

Posted on October 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 form. For the next CoffeeBreak, please submit by Friday, Oct. 25, for a Wednesday, Oct. 30, publication.

Last Day to Register: CyberUp Summit

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 5 p.m. today!

Kappa Delta Pi Fundraiser

Kappa Delta Pi is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle today, Oct. 23, between 4 and 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 [email protected].

Trick or Treating with the Horses

Join the Averett Equestrian Department for a fun afternoon of Halloween excitement. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the 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.

The address is 1231 Gammon Rd., Providence, N.C. For more information or directions, call Ginger Henderson at (434) 441-6448. 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 [email protected] or (434) 791-7212.

Center for Spiritual Life

Prayer Labyrinth: Monday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. on the Student Center Lawn. A prayer labyrinth will be set up during Take Back the Night for students and anyone to reflect and pray for victims and survivors of violence and domestic abuse. Rev. Skyler Daniel and CSF leaders will be there to assist and guide participants through the labyrinth.

For more information about this activity, please email [email protected].

Averett’s Annual Hallowen Costume Contest & Staff Meeting

The staff meeting for October will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the multipurpose room. There will be a media slideshow, Golden Bagel Award and staff department announcements. All those who attend will get a lunch ticket.

Who is ready for the annual Halloween Costume Contest? If you or your department plan to participate in the Halloween Costume Contest, please email Katie Johnston at [email protected] so that she can put you or in the lineup.

The annual Halloween Costume Contest will take place directly after the staff meeting in the café. Winners will be announced during the lunch hour. Students, faculty/staff individual and group/department costumes can enter the contest. Come dressed to impress!

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 [email protected].


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.


Spring 2020 Courses to Satisfy the African & African American Studies Minor

To all faculty: Please alert interested advisees of the following spring semester courses in service of the African & African American Studies minor: REL/AFAM 306: African American Religions (Young); ENG/WGS/AFAM 309: Women in Literature (Gazda); SOC/AFAM 317: Race and Ethnicity (Brune); ENG/AFAM 308: African American Cinema (Groskopf); MUS/AFAM 399: Music and Society (Olson); and ENG/AFAM 399: Youth Narratives of the Civil Rights Movement (Gazda).

Contact Toni Gazda at [email protected] or 791-7101 if you have questions or send students directly to her for more information. Thank you!

Thank you and Congratulations

Homecoming 2019 was a huge success! Homecoming requires a special effort from every department of our University to make it successful for students, alumni and the community. Thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend happen! Homecoming 2020 will be October 16-18!

Open Enrollment

Mark Your calendars: Open enrollment begins October 30 and ends November 14. Vendor Day is Thursday, Oct. 31.



First Generation College Program

As part of our efforts to uplift our first generation college students and help with retention, members of Student Life, Student Success and the CCECC are developing new programming. One such program is to have faculty and staff who self-identify as first generation place signs on their door or in a visible space outside their offices so that our first generation students know they can approach us with unique questions and concerns about being a first generation student.

In effect, we are searching for first generation faculty and staff who agree to serve as mentors and role models for our first generation students. Would you please complete this very short survey to help us launch this initiative?

CLICK HERE to fill out the form and learn more.

Fall Engage Showcase

You are cordially invited to the CCECC’s Fall Experiential Learning Expo (Engage Showcase) on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Frith Fine Arts Center.

All students, faculty and community partners engaged in service-learning, internships, field research, job shadowing, clinicals, student teaching, study abroad, senior capstone research or any high impact practice are invited to showcase their work to the community (Averett and extended community).

We will reserve tables and chairs for each participant and will reimburse for materials needed to create your display (tri-fold boards, etc.). We will also have light refreshments available. Please join us as we celebrate learning, service and labor.

We ask that you please register so that we can plan accordingly. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Encourage Students to Pursue an Internship

An internship is a great way for a student to gain valuable, hands-on experience. Unfortunately, too few of our students take advantage of this opportunity.

There will be a new internship “course” this spring (IDS 499) that is open to students from all majors. Encourage students to contact Angie McAdams (CCECC) or to speak with their academic adviser.


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!

“I can play two sports here.”
“Golf program, I am really pushed by the coach, he was just on the team and wants to exceed academically (highest team GPA) and competitively.”
“I’m already leaning on Skyler Daniel.”
“The President is accessible.”
“Freedom away from home.”
“Easy to get involved.”
“Tutoring is really helpful.”
“The campus is not judgemental – I can be myself.”
“Nursing Program”
“New Dance Team”