Averett CoffeeBreak 6-12-19

Posted on June 12th, 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, June 14, for a Wednesday, June 19, publication.

June & July Birthday Celebration

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 June & July birthdays
When: TODAY, June 12
Where: Main Hall Penthouse
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
RSVP to cemayhew@averett.edu

Go Vote for Averett’s Fire Hydrant!

The Danville Fire Department is holding a fire hydrant competition and they painted the fire hydrant outside Main Hall along West Main St. They did a great job! To vote, head to the Facebook page, “Danville Fire Dept” and click on the “Hydrant Social Media Contest 2019.” Voting runs through Sunday, June 16. Only one vote per Facebook account, so spread the word!

Campus Service Day

On Tuesday, June 18, the Averett community will be coming together for a service day. We will be painting rooms in Danville Hall to prepare them for the fall semester. There are two shifts to volunteer: 8:30-11 a.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.

Volunteers can register to serve our campus and log their volunteer hours by visiting www.campusengage.org and linking to the “Averett University Service Day” need on the right hand tool bar. To create a volunteer account, please follow the directions by clicking here.

June Staff Meeting

The June staff meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 18, from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Recently, the Staff Council held a retreat with its new members and it will present what’s new for 2019-20.

We are always accepting nominations for the Golden Bagel Award! If you feel that one of your coworkers has gone above and beyond this month, please email staffcouncil@averett.edu.

President’s Council Cookout

Following the staff meeting, lunch will be provided for ALL FACULTY AND STAFF courtesy of President’s Council on the Student Center lawn from noon-1 p.m. Mark your calendar and join us for some good food and great company!




Danville Community Movie Night

Averett students currently in the Leadership in Action summer class are putting on a Danville Community Movie Night at URW Community Federal Credit Union, 539 Arnett Blvd. Come out and support our Averett students and our community with this movie night! Click here for full details.



Averett and LifeSpire Sign Partnership Agreement

On Friday, June 7, Averett University and LifeSpire of Virginia launched the first-ever educational partnership for LifeSpire in Richmond, Va.

Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks and LifeSpire of Virginia’s CEO Jonathan Cook signed an agreement that includes a three-pronged partnership between the school and LifeSpire’s continuing care retirement communities. The partnership allows employees of LifeSpire to earn their degree at Averett with scholarships awarded by Averett, LifeSpire residents to attend college-level lectures right where they live and Averett students to serve as interns at LifeSpire. To read the full story, click here.

Bishop Campbell Book Signing

Yesterday, Averett hosted an event in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness, the Danville Police Department and History United titled: “1963 to 2019: a chat with Bishop Lawrence Campbell” with a special interview led by Danville Police Chief Scott Booth.

It was a historic day as the two discussed what we have learned from the past, what Bishop Campbell sees today and if we are moving in the right direction since the time of the Civil Rights movement. To find out what happened, read the full story about the event from the Danville Register and Bee by clicking here.

Summer Camp Training & Abuse Reporting Policy

Each summer, Averett University shares its campus and talent with children. From church groups to athletic camps, minors will be on campus and interacting with University staff and faculty. Virginia law makes employees and volunteers of a private or public university mandatory reporters for child abuse. To assure that risk of harm to minors is minimized, all personnel, students or volunteers who interact with minors on campus must complete prevention and awareness training. Completing the training modules takes less than an hour.

In addition, everyone working with or around children on campus this summer should review the University’s updated policy on Preventing & Reporting Sexual Abuse of Children posted on the Intranet’s Policy Library in the section on Health & Safety. Questions regarding the training or the policy should be sent to akautzman@averett.edu.

Welcome, Izy Obi

The School of Nursing is delighted to welcome Izy Obi (pronounced EYE-zee OWE-bee) as the director of MSN clinical placement and BSN student success. Izy comes to us from Duke University where, in 1997,  she initiated the clinical placement process for their graduate nursing program. She now manages this process which finds clinical experiences for over 800 graduate nursing students each year. Izy earned her M.A. in counselor education from N.C. Central University, as well as additional professional certifications from Duke. Izy lives with her husband in Mebane, N.C. She is very familiar with Danville and is excited to help us launch the new MSN program here at Averett.

Welcome, Dr. Ryan Mallo

We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Ryan Mallo to the School of Nursing as the director of nurse practitioner programs. Ryan is certified as a family nurse practitioner and an emergency nurse practitioner. He earned a Ph.D in educational leadership from Northwest Nazarene University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Concordia University. Ryan is a well-known speaker and author, and is active in several national nursing organizations. Our NP students will benefit greatly from his knowledge and experience. Welcome, Ryan!


Welcome Dr. Beth DeKoninck

We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Beth DeKoninck to the School of Nursing as the assistant dean, graduate nursing programs. Beth and her husband, Kevin, have moved to Danville from Indiana, where Beth was an associate professor at the Univeristy of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Beth is a family nurse practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University, and has practiced in a wide variety of settings, including working with the U.S. Foreign Service in the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria from 2007-2009. Be sure to share a warm southern welcome when you see her.




GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Tyler Pace, a student pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice degree, expected to graduate in 2020. To read more about Tyler on the GPS blog, click here.

What keeps you motivated while in your degree program? 

“My family and personal desires help keep me motivated in pursuing my academic goals here at Averett, and it will be a very big honor to not only myself, but also to my friends and family who have helped me along my academic career.”