Averett CoffeeBreak 4-24-19

Posted on April 24th, 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 formFor the next CoffeeBreak, please submit by Friday, April 26, for a Wednesday, May 1, publication.

Wrapping Up the Stop Stress Now! Series

The last event of the Stop Stress Now! series will be held today, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the MPR. Dr. Lynise Anderson will be speaking about tools for managing stress and building resilience. Please feel free to join us!


Academic Support Updates

The last day for drop-in consultations in the Writing Center is today, April 24. The last day for regularly scheduled tutoring sessions and open group tutoring opportunities is also today. Should a student need assistance after today, please email hkilby@averett.edu with your request, and the student will most likely be scheduled with a professional tutor/consultant for assistance.


Aflac Representative

A representative from Aflac will be on campus tomorrow, April 25, should you be interested in meeting with them to discuss available options. Riverview campus 8:30 – 10 a.m.  and 3 – 4:30 p.m. and Main Campus in cafeteria between 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CLICK HERE to see the full flyer.

Late Night Breakfast

As the semester is nearing an end, the Office of Student Engagement is working to organize the annual late night breakfast. Late night breakfast occurs on Reading Day, tomorrow, April 25, and will begin at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Center Café.

We are still searching for staff and faculty willing to participate and help serve breakfast for the students as they prepare for exams. Please email jadams@averett.edu if you are available and willing to help. The theme this semester will be Beach Time!

Growth Mindset

We want to hear about what awesome things your department is doing to promote growth mindset, our school’s designated QEP. Please take an opportunity to fill out this Growth Mindset Best Practice/Event Form and send it back to eschlauch@averett.edu by Friday, April 26, so we can know about all the great things you are doing. Thank you!


Day to Engage Around the World: Autism 5K

The CCECC and Turning Points Autism Center are sponsoring Averett’s “Day to Engage Around the World” Light the Path for Autism 5K Walk on Saturday, April 27, at North Campus. We are looking for volunteers to help make the walk a success; please register to volunteer through campusengage.org. For those who want to walk/run, registration is $25 (includes 5K T-shirt); under 16 is free. If you have questions, please contact April Love at alove@averett.edu.

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Appreciation Luncheon

The luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 2, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Please RSVP to your Punchbowl invite!

We will be recognizing our milestone employees and retirees and appreciating all of you for your commitment to Averett and higher education. See you at the event! Email Kathie Tune with any questions or for more information at ktune@averett.edu.

Campus Store Summer Hours

The Campus Store hours will be changing for the summer. From May 6 to August 11, the Campus Store will be open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Friday’s it is open 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Your Campus Store will have extended hours on orientation Fridays. CLICK HERE to shop online.

Happy May Birthday!

Wishing you the nicest things that life can bring your way, And this is not just a Birthday wish…it’s meant for every day!

Host: President Franks and Joe Franks
For: Celebration for Faculty & Staff with May Birthdays
When: Wednesday, May 8
Where: Main Hall Penthouse
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

RSVP to cbasinger@averett.edu

GPS Graduate Programs

Attention all seniors or anyone looking to earn their next degree! Did you know you could qualify for a $1,000 alumni scholarship when you enroll in one of our master’s degrees? Classes start Monday, Aug. 12. Click here to apply today and your personal admissions counselor, Jonathan Nichels, will reach out to assist you!

• Master of Accountancy
• Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics
• Master of Business Administration
• Master of Business Administration: Human Resource Management Concentration
• Master of Business Administration: Leadership Concentration
• Master of Business Administration: Marketing Concentration
• Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration & Leadership
• Master of Education in Administration & Supervision
• Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
• Master of Education in Special Education (Endorsement Track)
• Master of Education in Special Education (Licensure Track)

Brigid Belko Gorton Well Wishes

The CCECC would like to express our sincere gratitude to Brigid Belko Gorton, whose work has been at the very core of the CCECC for the past four and a half years. While we wish her well on the new direction she has planned for her life, we will continue to serve our students, staff, faculty and community partners in transformative ways.

Brigid, you will be missed and thank you for your passion, your service and your help in catalyzing our students into the social change agents they have become. Please join us for Well Wishes on Friday, April 26, from 2-4 p.m.


Student Life Employee Highlights

Lesley Villarose, dean of students, has been appointed to the Executive Council of the Virginia Higher Education Substance Use Advisory Committee (VHESUAC). This committee will explore statewide strategic planning and data collection. It will also help institutions of higher learning provide networking and training resources and materials as well as contribute to an annual report on activities to the Governor and the General Assembly.




Kyle Patterson, director of Housing and Residence Life, is serving on the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Governing Council as the state representative for Virginia. At this year’s conference, he voted on behalf of the state on amendments or initiatives brought forth to the Governing Council from the executive board and also reported on the events and initiatives occurring in the state of Virginia.




Jawoin Williams, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, received the Outstanding New Professional Award at this year’s Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Conference.





Tammy C. Jackson, operations coordinator for Student Life, is now the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) for the University. She will handle paperwork and reporting requirements for our international students and answer questions regarding international student policies for faculty and staff. She has also been sworn in as a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia.





GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Annette Foster, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, expected to graduate in 2019. To read more about Annette on the GPS blog, click here.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree here at Averett?  

“My motivation for pursuing a degree is both a personal and professional goal. I have raised my family and decided it was my turn to do something that I wanted.”

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. During the spring, we will be sharing some of the comments students shared with Dr. Franks and Joe about Averett!

“Easy to communicate with teachers.”

“Classes are more personal.”

“There are so many resources to help you be successful – student success and tutoring.”

“I love the equestrian program – the girls are my sisters.”

“Small class sizes make for better learning opportunities.”

“Cougar Connection is good.”

“Scenery around campus is beautiful with all the trees.”

“People at the YMCA are great and recognize my AU gear.”

“Cook-Out is so close to campus.”