Averett CoffeeBreak 6-20-18

Posted on June 20th, 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, June 22, for a Wednesday, June 27, publication.

Coordinator of Partnership Development

The position of Coordinator of Partnership Development has been filled after a robust search yielded applicants from throughout the region, state and country! It is an honor and a pleasure to share that Katherine Bishop, currently Averett Central’s student concierge coordinator, has accepted the position and will begin on July 1. Katherine’s exemplary customer service, attention to detail, focus on enrollment as well as her experience building relationships with local businesses to support Averett’s Cougar Nation Discount program are the perfect fit for the Coordinator of Partnership Development.

With this wonderful news, comes more wonderful news! We are now seeking a dynamic individual to lead Averett Central. Please stay tuned to the website for the Averett Central job posting soon to be considered for this important position that serves students, faculty, staff and the public.

Congratulations, Katherine!

Keifer to Head Averett Cross Country Programs

Averett University Director of Athletics Meg Stevens proudly announced the hiring of Lucas Keifer as the men’s and women’s cross country head coach. Keifer, a native of Lincoln, Neb., competed collegiately in cross country and track. He was on both teams for three seasons at NAIA Hastings College, earning all-conference honors. Prior to that, he ran one season of track for Division I Oklahoma State University and one season of cross country at Division I University of Nebraska. To read the full story, click here.

2018 Riverview Rotary Club President

Congratulations to Dan Hayes, who was just inducted as President of the Riverview Rotary Club. Hayes has been a member of rotary since 1995. He says after being a member of rotary for some time, he felt it was his time to give back to the club.







Running late?

On March 23, we launched a mandatory training for all employees: “Mosaic: Prevent Discrimination and Harassment Together.” Employees choose between a version for supervisors and one for faculty and staff. Offered online through EduRisk/United Educators, this course is one of several that can help us lower our insurance costs, keep Averett a safe place to work and learn and to reinforce our core values of Integrity and Diversity. We asked that everyone complete the program by May 16.

Did you just say, “Oops?” That date has come and gone. Reports have been sent to supervisors listing who has and has not completed the course. With more training to come throughout the year, it is important we wrap this one up. If you need your login information or other assistance accessing the course, contact Anna Kautzman at (434) 791-2144 or akautzman@averett.edu. Even if you’re running late, you can still complete this course!

Chamber of Commerce: Young Professionals Meet Up

Join the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals at Reid Street Gallery on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. for the next Young Professionals Meet Up. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, networking and a 25 percent discount on merchandise purchased during the evening. In addition, you will receive an extra 25 percent coupon to use the next time you visit Reid Street Gallery.

Because of the University’s membership, all Averett employees are eligible to attend Chamber events. To RSVP for the event, click here. To join the Facebook event, click here.

Collidescope Pride Event – Stakeholder Kickoff

Would you like to show your support to the Danville LGBTQ+ community?  Are you a part of this community?

Collidescope, a new community organization created by an Averett alumnus, an Averett staff member and a community leader, is hosting a free pride event this month. Join us Friday, June 29, from 5-8 p.m., at Ballad Brewing to join in celebration of our vibrant, diverse and inclusive community. Non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, a DJ and a selfie-station will be provided, and Dr. Monica Motley, founder of The Motley Consulting Group, will be the keynote speaker. There will also be tables and information of affirming and open faith groups, supportive businesses and community resources. Registration is not required but encouraged.

Collidescope is an LGBTQ+ support group in Danville whose goal is to give LGBTQ+ members affirmation that they belong, are wanted and are celebrated in our region, regardless of sexuality, race, faith, gender or socioeconomic status. If you know of a business who would like to be an ally, please let Liz Cervantes know at lcervantes@averett.edu.

Save the Date for New Employee Orientation 2018

It’s almost August and the New Employee Orientation is coming soon. It will take place on Monday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Frith Fine Arts Center. Look for your invitation from Punchbowl in July but in the meantime, mark your calendars. All new faculty, staff and graduate assistants hired since March 2018 will be invited. Email Kathie Tune for additional information at ktune@averett.edu.

AU People Directory

Speaking of Summer Projects… no. 2 on the list is updating the AU People web directory.

If you are in the directory and your information is correct, great! If not, send Kathie Tune your correct information. Travis Dix will make those corrections once he receives the list from Kathie. Click here to access the directory.

Thank you for assisting with Summer Project no. 2! By the way, Summer Project no. 1 is collecting Confidentiality Forms from every Averett employee. Send yours soon. Click here for the form, which is also on the intranet.

Staff Council and July Meeting Update

Thank you to everyone who came out for our June Staff Meeting and PC Cookout yesterday! There will be no Staff Meeting in July.

A quick update for those staff who could not make it. Your Staff Council will be working on a number of things this summer and wants to hear your questions and concerns. In the “New Business” section of our meeting, you are still encouraged to bring up new business; however, Staff Council hopes to also have certain issues or topics to bring up – issues or topics that you as a staff have brought to our attention. During the “New Business” time, as a Staff Council we will update the staff on what we are working on for you in that next month. Again, any questions can always be directed to any member of staff council and/or emailed to staffcouncil@averett.edu.

During the Staff Council retreat, the council members voted on the positions for the 2018-19 year.

Chair – Danielle Staub
Vice Chair – Chloe Mayhew
Secretary – Mark Sheets
Nominating Committee – Katherine Bishop (Chair) and Chris Ellis
Events Committee – Mary Sullivan (Chair) and Caroline Wilborn
Staff Meeting Committee – Tony Mackin (Chair), James Thurnes and Jawoin Williams

Another congratulations to Cheryl Dalton who won the Golden Bagel for the month of June! If you want to nominate a staff member who you feel as gone above and beyond, please send your nomination to staffcouncil@averett.edu.