Averett CoffeeBreak 7-17-19

Posted on July 17th, 2019 by Cassie Jones

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. For the next CoffeeBreak, please submit by Friday, July 19, for a Wednesday, July 24, publication.

CCECC Receives Three Grants for Faculty And Community

The CCECC is happy to announce three approved grants that will help us expand our offerings for faculty and community:

The National Bonner Foundation awarded a $10,000 Community-Engaged Learning Initiative grant to develop a Faculty Fellowship in Bonner Leader Development. We hope to finalize a summer fellowship for which Averett faculty may apply Summer 2020. This fellowship will involve a stipend for accepted faculty, who will collaborate with us on initiatives to enhance the Bonner Leaders Program at Averett.

The Virginia American Evolution Foundation awarded us $5,000 to host the Dan River Region’s First Annual Soul Food Festival and Competition on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Danville Community Market. As part of Virginia’s 400th Commemoration, the festival honors and uplifts the influence African and African-American cuisine has had on the Commonwealth and our region. Everyone is invited to attend free of charge and enter their favorite soul food dishes in the competition. There will be art exhibits, performances, music and a community meal.

Virginia Humanities awarded the CCECC, in partnership with Toni Gazda and the African and African-American Studies minor, $2,500 to support a diversity speaker series during 2019-2020. Look for more details as those opportunities are developed.

New GPS Hires

Averett’s Graduate and Professional Studies program is excited to share the members of its new Nontraditional Admissions and Nontraditional Student Services teams. The Admissions team includes Stephanie Mullins, Kamrin Johnson, Nathaniel Lake and Riley Smith, and the Student Services team includes Quantico Military Site and Support Liaison Jonathan Nichels and New Start Coordinator Rachael Lipscomb. For position details and contact information for each of these, click here. Congratulations to all!

Saying Goodbye

Please join Student Life in saying thank you and goodbye to Jawoin Williams, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life. He has worked for that office since 2010 and will be greatly missed. He spearheaded many initiatives to automate Housing and Residence Life’s processes and was affectionately known as “Chef Woin” because he grilled at all of the tailgate events that Student Life sponsored for students. We wish him the best of luck in his new position as a residence life coordinator at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.




AHEC Scholar Brittany Roller

The CCECC and the Averett School of Nursing are pleased to announce that nursing student Brittany Roller (left) has been accepted as a VA AHEC Scholar. The Virginia AHEC Area Health Education Centers Scholars Program is an experiential training fellowship for health care professionals in rural and underserved populations. It is a two-year program that provides students with extensive training, a stipend, job placement after graduation and an honor cord or stole at graduation. Congratulations, Brittany!