Averett CoffeeBreak 4-4-18

Posted on April 4th, 2018 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. Please submit by Friday, Apr. 6, for a Wednesday, Apr. 11, publication.


GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Penny Nunnally, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree who is expected to graduate in 2018.

QUESTION: What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?

ANSWER: “I realize that in today’s healthcare, one must have a BSN in order to be able to progress in most areas of nursing. I have had the experience of being laid off and had a difficult time finding the type of nursing job that I preferred. I realized that if I had a BSN, I would have been more marketable.”

Averett: 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 this spring semester, we will be sharing some of those positive comments with you. Enjoy!

“I love the Equestrian program and the riding – we can show all year long.”

“In Aviation, we are flying within the first week.”

“Dr. Hanbury has had an impact on me, I want to minor is developmental psychology now.”

“The Nursing facility is high-tech and hands-on.”

“The Theatre professors are top-notch.”

“It’s like a close family – I can go to my professors to get help.”

Criminal Justice Club to host Fish Fry and Cookout

Come out to support the Criminal Justice Club tomorrow, Apr. 5, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Student Center lawn. The club will be serving whiting fish, hamburgers, hot dogs (with or without chili), chips, french fries, slaw, condiments, water and soda. Prices are: $2.50–fish plate only; $5 for fish, hamburger or chili dog, slaw, french fries (or chips) and a drink. Direct any questions to John Wilt, co-advisor, at (434) 770-8822.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Averett’s Theatre Department presents “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” The play explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Florida, particularly between Pippi, “the stripper on the run,” the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic Jeannie, and Jeannie’s tollbooth-collector husband, Norbert. It’s a raucous, good fun, good time.

The play runs Thursday, Apr. 5 through Saturday, Apr. 7, at 7 p.m. each night and on Sunday, Apr. 8, at 2 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. Averett students get in free, and faculty and staff get two free tickets. All other tickets are $10 adults, $8 students/senior citizens (60+).

Engage Showcase

Discover experiential learning at its finest! Join us on Monday, Apr. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center, as Averett students showcase their internships, service-learning, experiential learning, leadership and community engagement. Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

Criminal Justice Club Spring “Rummage Sale” Donation Request

Averett’s Criminal Justice Club is accepting donations to their rummage sale! Donations of books, dishes, baby items and/or clothing should be placed in a box or sack for pickup by John Wilt. The Criminal Justice Club Spring “Rummage Sale” will take place on Saturday, Apr. 21, at Christ Episcopal Church located on the Franklin Turnpike from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For questions or to drop donations off, call or stop by and see Dr. Steve Wray, club advisor, in Frith Hall room 311, or call (434) 791-5769. Questions can also be directed to John Wilt, co-advisor, by calling (434) 770-8822.

ERT Updates

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) conducted a campus safety walk at the end of the fall semester, and identified a number of improvements that could be made to make Main Campus a safer place for all. Since that time, the Facilities team has addressed over a dozen items from the list, including repairing doors and hand railings that were broken, and repairing and replacing outside lights around Blount Chapel, Carrington Gym, Davenport Hall, Frith Hall, Fugate Hall, Main Hall, Pritchett Auditorium, the Student Center and the Student Success Center. The team will conduct four safety walks a year, and is working to schedule them at North and Riverview campuses, as well. Facilities will continue working on the remaining items on the list.

Additionally, the ERT has purchased locking mechanisms to be installed in 10 classrooms upon arrival, and additional ones will be ordered at the beginning of the next fiscal year to complete the inventory of classrooms that do not lock from the inside. This will allow for all classrooms to be locked in case of an urgent situation, like an active shooter scenario. As a reminder, materials and the video from the Faculty/Staff Active Shooter Training presentation last semester are available here.

Outstanding Faculty & Staff Award Nominations

It’s that of year again! It’s time to nominate candidates for the Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards. The awards will be presented at the Faculty, Staff, Retiree Luncheon to be held Thursday, May 3. The criteria for the award and nomination process can be found by clicking here. The nomination form can be found by clicking here.

The deadline to submit nominations is this Friday, Apr. 6, by 4:30 p.m. Completed nomination forms need to be sent to awards@averett.edu.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Averett employees and students can read the Chronicle of Higher Education online by clicking here. Premium access is automatic from the Main Campus network (Averett IP’s). For smart phones, tablets and when away from Main Campus, simply create a free Chronicle login using your “averett.edu” email address. The Chronicle will then associate you with Averett’s subscription. We recommend ignoring “subscribe” prompts. (You’re already in!) Note that some special reports are not included in premium access. Please inform a librarian of any Chronicle reports you would like us to acquire for Blount Library collections.

Book Sale & New Clearance Items

The Averett Campus Store is having a sale on an assortment of fiction and non-fiction titles. Lots of apparel has been moved to clearance. Stop by and check out the selection!