Averett CoffeeBreak 7-31-19

Posted on July 31st, 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 form. For the next CoffeeBreak, please submit by Friday, Aug. 2, for a Wednesday, Aug. 7, publication.

Have You RSVP’d for the August Opening Family Social?

Join your fellow faculty and staff as we celebrate the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 14, starting at 2 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center lobby for the 2019 August Opening! The afternoon begins with refreshments and fellowship until 2:30 p.m., followed by our program in Pritchett Auditorium featuring new faculty and staff pinning, a live interview discussion with Dr. Franks, and a fun and informative game of Averett Family Feud! Following our Opening of the Year Session, President Franks and Joe Franks will host you and your loved ones for a family social at their home, 500 Hawthorne Dr.

Please RSVP via the PunchBowl invite you received last week for yourself and the number of family guests you will be bringing by Wednesday, Aug. 7. Please note, families are invited to join at 4 p.m. at the President’s House, but the program in Pritchett is for faculty and staff.

Fall New Employee University Orientation

Just a quick reminder to RSVP to your invitation for the New Employee Orientation. We’re looking to a full audience on Monday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon with an optional campus tour to follow. We want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to attend this fun and informative onboarding event.

Click here to see the schedule. We’ve heard it’s one of a kind! Contact Kathie Tune, ktune@averett.edu with any questions or if you need additional information.

Middle Border Explorer!

Dare to discover all that the Middle Border region has to offer! Take part in an exciting scavenger hunt via Smartphone app hosted by the Middle Border Forward Fellowship. Use the app to visit at least 10 free and unique scavenger hunt locations for a chance to win up to $600! The competition begins Thursday, Aug. 1, and ends Thursday, Sept. 12!

Instructions:
-Download the ‘Actionbound’ app from the App Store.
-Head to Middle Border Forward’s office in Downtown Danville.
-Open the App, click ‘Scan Code’ and scan the QR code on the poster.
-Begin Exploring!

Click here to see the link to learn more. This is a great way to explore the region that we call home. If you have any questions contact Jude Swanson, records specialist and Middle Border Forward fellow, at jwswanson@averett.edu

2019-20 Middle Border Forward Fellowship

The Middle Border Forward (MBF) Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its next round of fellows. The MBF Fellowship is a year-long, leadership development program designed to introduce emerging leaders to the opportunities and challenges within the Middle Border region, encourage civic engagement and create a network of grassroots leaders poised to make a change where they live and work.

Fellows meet monthly for day-long sessions on a variety of topics and work collaboratively to complete a community impact project prior to graduation. Interested applicants can apply here through August 19.

Submit to Cougar Connection

The first Cougar Connection of the 2019-20 academic year will go out to students on Monday, Aug. 19. Please submit to Cougar Connection through this form. Submissions are due on the Wednesday prior. For example: please submit by Wednesday, Aug. 14, for a Monday, Aug. 19 publication. Cougar Connection is a weekly newsletter for students, informing them of weekly and upcoming events.

Averett University is a proud sponsor of the Danville-Pittsylvania Heart Walk

Join us for the 2nd annual Danville-Pittsylvania Heart Walk! Averett University’s North Campus is excited to be hosting the event once again this year, Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9 a.m. Heart Disease is the no. one killer of all Americans, and our community is no exception. Bring your family and friends (and dogs) out to enjoy a day of fun! Get your body moving, laugh with co-workers, learn hands-only CPR, and more. Know that you will be saving lives in the community and making a difference if you join one of the Averett University Heart Walk teams; join Team Ave or Team Rett today!

You can register at: www.DanvilleHeartWalk.org

Got Service Hours? Sign up for The 2019 SOVA Career ChoICE Youth Expo

Use your service leave to volunteer at the Southern Virginia Career Choice Youth Expo on Sept. 25-26 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham. As you know, a key part of ensuring the event comes together and runs smoothly is the amazing volunteers!

REGISTER to volunteer at this year’s event by clicking here! You play a vital role in the success of the Expo. The deadline for volunteer registration is Friday, Aug. 30. Thank you in advance for your support of the 2019 Career Expo and for your commitment to the region’s students. Contact Tia Yancey at tyancey@averett.edu for more information.

2019-20 Staff Meeting Dates

The dates of the University staff meetings for the 2019-20 school year are as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 19
Thursday, Oct. 31
Thursday, Nov. 21
Thursday, Jan. 2
Thursday, Feb. 20
Thursday, March 19
Thursday, Apr. 16
Thursday, May 21

Staff Council is accepting nominations for the Golden Bagel Award! If you feel that one of your coworkers has gone above and beyond this month, please email your nomination to staffcouncil@averett.edu.

Liz Cervantes Won the Academic Student Grant for the SESUG 2019 Conference

GPS Student Success Coach and Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics candidate Liz Cervantes has recently been awarded the Academic Student Grant for the SESUG 2019 Conference by the SouthEast SAS User Group. The conference will be held October 20-22 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va.

The SouthEast SAS® Users Group (SESUG) is a Regional Users Group (RUG) for users of SAS Software. SESUG’s mission is to serve and support users of SAS software in the southeastern United States through ongoing education, professional development opportunities, and facilitating communication with SAS. These goals are most directly supported by SESUG’s annual multi-day conference.

Averett’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics program was developed in collaboration with SAS TM, a premier, longtime trusted leader in analytics. The collaboration with SAS TM allows students access to two opportunities to include SAS TM University Edition software (for the duration of the program) at no charge. Also, built into the course work, Averett and SAS TM have joined to give students a joint certificate.