Averett CoffeeBreak 10-30-19

Posted on October 30th, 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, Nov. 1, for a Wednesday, Nov. 6, publication.

Open Enrollment Postponed by One Day

For technical reasons, we have been advised to postpone Open Enrollment by 24 hours. The portal is due to open on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8:30 a.m. instead of this morning. Benefitsolver is working with us to do a final run through of our enrollment portal to make sure the information is updated and correct. They have sent us their apologies for the inconvenience. The end date remains the same: Thursday, Nov. 14, at midnight.

Also, vendors will be in the MPR tomorrow, Oct. 31, and around the staff meeting. Some will have giveaways!

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as they work through the site. For questions, contact Kathie Tune at ktune@averett.edu.

Spring 2020 Pre-Registration Dates

Spring registration for the traditional students started on Monday, Oct. 28! Help remind our traditional students to register!

All degree-seeking undergraduate students currently enrolled in traditional programs at Averett will pre-register for classes online with PC Self-Serve. Prior to this, all students will meet with their advisors to discuss their continued course of student and to select courses for the next term(s). At that time, the advisor will ‘authorize’ PC Self-Service pre-registration. Students will then pre-register online according to the following schedule:

1. Senior (90+ credits):  October 28 and October 29
2. Junior (60-89 credits):   October 30 and October 31
3. Sophomore (30-59 credits): November 1 and November 2
4. Freshman (00-29 credits): November 3 and November 4

Each registration group is based on credits earned prior to the current semester. If students miss their registration window above, they may still register online beginning November 5. Students may add classes after this time but should be advised that there is a $50 late fee that will be charge.

CLICK HERE for more registration procedure details.

Center for Spiritual Life

Chapel service will be held tomorrow, Oct. 31, at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel. We invite you to take a 30-minute break and worship with us! Bring a friend or colleague and come hear God’s message for you this week. Our speaker will be Rev. Bruce Wilson.

Averett’s Annual Hallowen Costume Contest & Staff Meeting TOMORROW!

The staff meeting for October will be held tomorrow, Oct. 31, from 11:15-11:45 a.m. 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.

The annual Halloween Costume Contest will take place directly after the staff meeting in the café. Winners will be announced around 12:30 p.m. Students, faculty/staff individual, and group/department costumes can enter the contest. Come dressed to impress! If you or your department plan to participate in the contest, email Katie Johnston at kjohnston@averett.edu so that she can put you or your department in the lineup.

We are still taking nominations for Staff Council! Please send all nominations to staffcouncil@averett.edu

Understanding Breast Cancer Doesn’t Have to be Spooky!

On Thursday, Oct. 31, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (after the Staff Meeting) outside of the MPR, Employee Wellness and Kappa Delta Alpha will be hosting a breast cancer awareness event. KDA will also be selling KIND bars for $1; cash and Venmo are accepted.

All funds raised will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Don’t get SPOOKED, stop by for information and be knowledgeable!

SET Weekly Events

Tomorrow, Oct. 31:
SACC will start their “Can-o-Ween” at 4 p.m. throughout campus and the Danville community. They will go around neighborhoods surrounding Averett and drop off explanations and bags letting every know what they are doing, and then collect the bags starting at 4 p.m. This is all for Cans Across the Conference.

The Annual “Halloween on Main” will begin at 5 p.m. Candy will be given out to those in the Danville Community. Candy donations are being accepted in the Student Engagement Office.

Monday, Nov. 4: Leadership Council at 8 p.m. in Bishop Conference.

Wednesday, Nov. 6: National Stress Awareness Day. There will be an informational tabling event at 11 a.m. in the café.

Averett Can Ride Free

Danville Transit’s Mainline Trolley bus service is free each weekend during the month of November! Explore Danville and take advantage of the off-route, door-to-door option from your residence hall, apartment or house to restaurants and other locations within ¼ mile of the route. Service hours are from 6 p.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The Mainline Trolley has a stop in front of Averett on West Main Street.

To request the trolley to go off-route, please call (434) 799-5144 in advance by 2 p.m. the day of service. The Mainline Trolley service is offered from April through December. For more information, visit www.danvilletransit.com

Grapple & Tackle Outdoor Wrestling Duel

Come join us at the Frank. R. Campbell Stadium for our first-ever outdoor wrestling event on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. Admission is free!




It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Are you ready for Christmas? Joe Franks and the Facilities team will be updating our Christmas ball lights and would love your help!

If you’d like to help get the decorations ready for Christmas, meet at the Facilities House, 119 Robertson Ave., on Monday, Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m. Free pizza, courtesy of Joe Franks!

Arts@Averett presents: The Robber Bridegroom

November 7-9, at 7 p.m., and November 10, at 2 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students/senior citizens (60+) – Averett employees receive two free tickets, and Averett students are free.

The Averett Theatre and Music departments present a rousing, bawdy Southern fairytale set in eighteenth-century Mississippi. The show follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother, her hen-pecked husband, a henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have a rollicking country romp.

Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign

Employees received a letter last month regarding our annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. As a reminder, it’s not about how much you give – what’s important is that we have participation across the board. Gifts can be made in-person, online or through payroll deduction. Sign up by November 8 for a chance to win a $250 Amazon card, a Fitbit or a $75 bookstore gift card! For questions, contact Dan Hayes at dhayes@averett.edu.

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.

Soul Food Festival and Blue Ribbon Competition

Come celebrate Danville’s rich civil rights history and cultural influences on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
the Danville Community Market.

The Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness will host the Dan River Region Soul Food Festival to commemorate Virginia’s connections to 1619, and we will celebrate the positive influences African and African-American culture have had on our region’s customs, culture and cuisine.

Part of the festival features a community dinner (noon to 1 p.m.) and soul food challenge (judging will start at 11:30 a.m.), during which we invite you and your friends to submit your favorite dish(es) and compete for blue ribbons in four different categories: main dish, side dish, dessert and bread. You may submit one entry per category, and we will use the food entries to host the community meal. To submit your entries for the competition, please complete the survey mentioned below.

Starting at 11 a.m., we will also have arts and cultural presentations featuring exhibits of Danville’s own history with civil rights, vendors displaying and selling cultural artifacts, live music, dramatic readings, etc. We will also have games for kids during the event. Any arts and cultural presenters (poets, painters, graphic designers, dancers, rappers, etc.) will be showcased throughout the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Billy Wooten at bwooten@averett.edu or (434) 791-7212. We hope you will take the opportunity to enter our food competition or become a vendor by registering using the survey found at this link: https://bit.ly/2VQ1Zte.

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 Violet T. 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.

The Harlem Globetrotters at Averett

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Averett on Sunday, Dec. 8. Get your tickets today! Click here for full details.




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!

“Comfortable being in small groups and talking.”
“Time between classes – freedom.”
“Teachers are nice and helpful with office hours.”
“Averett teaches life skills.”
“People are open and positive.”
“The first few days here, the activities in the Carrington Gym encouraged making new friends and connections.”
“There is a unity on this campus – no discrimination – unified feelings.”
“Theatre program.”
“AU works hard to volunteer in the community.”