Averett CoffeeBreak 5-9-18

Posted on May 9th, 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, May 11, for a Wednesday, May 16, publication.

Yancey Honored with PACE Award

Tia Yancey, coordinator of community engagement and study abroad at the CCECC, received the Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Award at the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner Monday night. The PACE Award is given to those aged 25 to 40 who have made contributions to the Dan River Region through achievements and community/volunteer service. Congratulations, Tia!

Pearce Graduates Leadership Southside

Carly Pearce, executive director for GPS Student Services, graduated from Leadership Southside and received her award at the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner Monday night. The Leadership Southside program works to develop leadership skills by providing information, education, experience and exchange of ideas. Congratulations, Carly!


Faculty and Staff Degrees

At the Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Luncheon, many Averett faculty and staff were recognized. Congratulations to all who have accomplished the following achievements within the past year!

Terminal Degrees

  • Dr. Teresa Beach, assistant professor, Nursing, Doctorate of Education in Health Care Education, Nova Southeastern
  • Dr. Melanie Lewis, program director of Athletic Training & Assistant Professor Department of Physical Education, Wellness & Sports Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Sports Management, Northcentral University
  • Dr. Anna Kautzman, policy and compliance specialist, Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration, with a specialization in Policy Analysis, Walden University
  • Brian Finney, accounting associate, Business Office, Master of Accountancy, Averett University
  • Brad Bass, artist in residence, Theatre department, Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing with a focus in Libretto from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont

Master of Business Administration, Averett University

  • Tahnai Annis, assistant coach, Women’s Soccer
  • David Gurganus, assistant coach, Men’s Basketball
  • Kendra Hoes, assistant director, Sports Information
  • Harry John, assistant coach, Football
  • Shekinah Logan, campus guest coordinator
  • Taylor Mahaffey, graduate assistant, Student Engagement
  • Jordan Quinn, assistant coach, Baseball
  • Natalie Ruechel, assistant coach, Softball
  • Caroline Wilborn, accounting associate, Accounts Payable, Business Office

Bachelor of Arts, Averett University

  • Peggy Adkins, library document delivery specialist, Religion with a Theatre minor
  • Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, director of counseling, Music Performance

Bachelor of Business Administration, Averett University

  • Rodney Harper, mailroom supervisor

Bachelor of Science, Averett University

  • Octavius Ross, mailroom assistant, Physical Education: Personal Training with a minor in Business Administration

Additionally, Karen Nelson wrote a book entitled, Chaos to Peace which was published April 2018 and is available on Amazon.


GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Meeta Patel, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2019.

QUESTION: Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program?

ANSWER: “I chose the GPS Program because I quickly realized trying to juggle a full-time job and school was not ideal. The GPS program allows me to work an 8 to 5 schedule and maintain my life outside of everything.  I highly recommend this program.”


Network outage = Day of Service!

On Thursday, May 17, and possibly Friday, May 18, although we would love to avoid it, we must do an administrative network switch of vendors and it has to be a weekday. During this time, the administrative side of the network will have no internet access at all. The student side will be fine, but this will affect anything that relies on internet traffic. Normally, we would advise working from home for somewhere that has internet access. This will not work in this case because no one will be able to access our network from the outside. All Danville campuses will be affected.

To that end, we are offering opportunities to do some painting in Fugate Hall as part of our facelift there this summer. We need to paint one wall in each room in Fugate. If you or your team would like to participate, get your list of folks together and then let Elliot Baynes know so that he can arrange for the paint and materials necessary. Please make your plans and get the information to Elliot by Monday, May, 14 at ebaynes@Averett.edu.

During this service, you will not have to use your community service leave hours. This day will be logged as a regular day of work.

Bookstore Summer Hours

Summer hours for The Schoolfield House Booksellers at the Averett University Campus Store begin Monday, May 7, and will be Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The campus store will have extended hours for orientation days.