Averett CoffeeBreak 12-2-2020

Posted on December 2nd, 2020 by Matt Bell

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, Dec. 4, for a Wednesday, Dec. 9, publication.

Remain Vigilant, Continue Following COVID-19 Protocols

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving holiday! Although the absence of students in-person and entering into the Christmas holiday season might be a tempting time to relax your vigilance, this is a reminder that everyone in the Averett community is to maintain their vigilance regarding COVID-19 health protocols. The nation has entered into the winter surge, and it is more important than ever that you continue to fill out your daily LiveSafe health questionnaire, wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. Be especially vigilant if you engaged in large indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving against which the CDC recommended, and remember that what you do can have a bearing on others at Averett and off campus.

Timothy E. Fulop, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

Kathie Tune
Director, Human Resources


Due to the Governor of Virginia’s recent order limiting all indoor and outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people, Averett University will not be able to hold Commencement in the way we have been planning. However, we are committed to reinventing this experience and making this milestone as meaningful and memorable as possible.

We have developed a two-pronged approach that includes an in-person opportunity and a virtual component. First, we will livestream a virtual commencement ceremony full of the many graduation traditions on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at AverettCougars.com/live. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 12, we are excited to invite graduates to come to the Averett University E. Stuart James Grant North Campus for an individualized, in-person commencement experience with up to four guests in attendance. The full details can be found here, and this event will also be livestreamed at AverettCougars.com/live2.

Welcome Timothy Mooney to Averett Online

We are excited to announce that Timothy Mooney has accepted the position of director for Averett Online Admissions. He will be on campus next week, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Averett family! Tim is located in Riverview 208 and can be reached at ext. 17275 or tmooney@averett.edu. Enjoy the video he created for us!

No Parking on Mountain View Avenue This Week

Work began this morning, Dec. 2, to repave and make any necessary repairs to Mountain View Avenue. While crews work to complete the project, the City of Danville has asked that we do not park on Mountain View Avenue during this time. The repair and repaving project is expected to last through December 4. Please follow any LiveSafe updates.

Student Book Rental Returns

Students have the following options for returning rental books. They are due back to the campus store by December 14! Here are the options:

  • Bring them in-person to the campus store.
  • Ship them back to the store by purchasing a label from the store for $7.50.
  • Ship them using the shipping carrier of their choice.

Averett Cougar Band Holds Socially Distanced Performance

We hope you will enjoy this show by the Averett Cougar Band as they perform “Superstitious” by Stevie Wonder; The Phantom of the Opera – “All I Ask of You,” “Think of Me” and “Music of the Night;” Michael Jackson Hit Mix – “Billy Jean,” “Beat It,” “Bad” and “Thriller;” and “Born to be Wild.” Watch the performance by clicking here.

Tuition Remission Applications

If you are planning to enroll for spring classes under the tuition remission benefit, make sure to have your application for tuition remission approval by the add/drop date of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

Contact Kathie Tune, HR director, at ktune@averett.edu for questions concerning the tuition benefit approval process.


Tuition Exchange Programs

Remember to consider the tuition exchange programs when researching colleges and universities for your personal professional development or for your dependents.

Averett University holds membership in the Tuition Exchange and the Tuition Exchange Program for benefits-eligible University employees and their dependents.

Contact Kathie Tune, HR director, at ktune@averett.edu for additional information or to schedule an appointment to review the opportunities available for Tuition Exchange members.

Let’s Change the National Average Together

Did you know on average only 8% of the United States population pursue their master’s degree?* We can help to increase this percentage together! Averett Online offers several programs for students to choose from, such as: business, education, criminal justice, sociology, nursing, data analytics and more! Click here to view all of our programs as you share with your students. Classes start January 13, 2021.

*Statistics from Abound College