Averett CoffeeBreak 8-28-19

Posted on August 28th, 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, Aug. 30, for a Wednesday, Sept. 4, publication.

SET Weekly Student Events

Wednesday, Aug. 28: YMCA signup deadline by 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 29: Treat Thursday! There will be treats in the Student Engagement Office until they are all gone.

Friday, Aug. 30: “Find The AU” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., everyone can participate in the “Find the AU” challenge to win some prizes!

Sam’s Club

Karen Shields, our Sam’s Club representative, will be in the dining hall from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29. She can register new members and renew current members, including renewing membership several months in advance. See this poster for membership information.

Call or email Kathie Tune at (434) 791-7106 or ktune@averett.edu with questions.

Morning Brew

Averett and the Danville Pittsylvania Country Chamber of Commerce invite you to the President’s Suite for Morning Brew on Friday, Sept. 6, from 8-9 a.m. Morning Brew is a program put on by the Chamber to provide access to intentional networking to share your business’s message with business and community leaders.

Averett is excited to host this event and hopes students, faculty and staff will stop by! Register by clicking here.

Averett University Sponsoring Danville-Pittsylvania Heart Walk

Join us for the second 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 coworkers, 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! Please direct any questions to Emma Lugar at elugar@averett.edu or Tia Yancey at tyancey@averett.edu. You can register at: www.DanvilleHeartWalk.org

Millennium Advisors Returning

Millennium Advisory Services will be at Averett on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 9 and 10, to meet individually with interested employees. The appointment scheduler will be available soon. The Booksellers Conference Room and the Round Room will be the venues for their 1:1 meetings.

A financial advisor will be available to meet with employees who are interested in:
• Reviewing any questions pertaining to the Averett retirement plan and their retirement account
• Going through Millennium’s financial planning process offered to all employees
• Reviewing and updating a financial plan that has previously been created for you
• Retaining Millennium for professional fee-based asset management of their retirement plan account(s)

Millennium Advisory Services is a registered investment advisory firm that specializes in working with higher education institutions and their employees, providing education and advice services to retirement plan participants.

All Averett employees are offered the opportunity to meet privately with an advisor to go through Millennium’s financial planning process and receive a personalized financial plan. This goal-based financial planning process is intended to help provide guidance on issues such as how much you should be saving for retirement, how your retirement account should be invested, and whether you are on track to reach your personal retirement goals. Spouses/significant others are encouraged to participate as well.

Middle Border Explorer!

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 began Thursday, Aug. 1, and ends Thursday, Sept. 12!

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

Housekeeping Updates and Protocols

As you’ve heard, Budd Group recently made some account management changes within Averett’s housekeeping team. Jeff Hubbard has transitioned to Roanoke to manage an account there, and we are appreciative of his many years of service to Averett. April Whitsett (april.whitsett@aumail.averett.edu) is now the housekeeping manager for Averett. She is working to re-organize cleaning schedules and tasks for her team, and is carefully defining where her folks are supposed to be all throughout the day. In order to help her get the campus, as a whole, cleaned on a regular basis, we will have to request that we curtail individual requests to housekeepers as you see them on campus. When this happens, you may be requested to contact April to discuss your needs. Please accommodate this – again, to help her clean campus as a whole. If you have a specific need for an upcoming event, or if you identify an area that appears to have been missed on a regular schedule, please do put in a work order in the SchoolDude system. This will help us track these and allow April to make corrections, as needed.

Also, to create efficiencies across campus and to make it easier to ensure we never run out of supplies, the Budd Group has been working with a new supplier to install all new soap, toilet paper and paper towel dispensers throughout campus. If you find your restroom completely out of supplies, please let Aaron Howell, Mike Fisher or April Whitsett know and we’ll be sure to get transition supplies to the space. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we go through this switchover.

For any housekeeping or facilities questions or concerns, contact Aaron Howell at ahowell@Averett.edu.

Free Football Tickets for Employees

All faculty and staff get two FREE tickets (one for themselves and one for a guest) to all home football games. To retrieve your free tickets, show your Averett ID at the ticket tent on game days.


2019 Football Parking Ticket Information

Would you like to purchase season passes for a reserved tailgate alley spot or preferred parking for the Averett Football games this year? Buy them now before they are all gone! CLICK HERE for full details.

NetTutor – Free Online Tutoring Service for ALL Students

NetTutor is Now Live in Canvas for ALL students! NetTutor is an online tutoring service that provides students the support they need, whenever they need it, for any subject, on any device AND housed within their Canvas courses.

NetTutor resources are now posted online under the student tools section, or by clicking here.

Cougar Cares Program

The Cougar Cares Program provides students with the basic necessities to help them succeed inside and outside the classroom. Select services are given to students who meet specific criteria.

Services include medical help, educational resources, food assistance, emergency housing, and access to personal items, such as toiletries and professional clothing. The Foundation Student Resources Center (FSRC), which is located behind the CCECC, houses a quality selection of professional clothing, toiletries, and emergency food items for Averett students in need. The FSRC is open to students Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students can access these resources by visiting the CCECC.

For more information about the Cougar Cares Program, please email cougarcares@Averett.edu. All requests and inquiries are confidential.

Counseling Center Move

The Counseling Center has moved down the hall to offices 412, 413 and 414 on the fourth floor of the Student Center. The space includes offices for counselors, a refurbished waiting room and is partitioned off to protect the privacy of students.

All counseling services are FREE for students. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other times may vary by appointments. To make an appointment with a counselor, please stop by the new space or email jkahwajy@averett.edu or jthenderson@averett.edu.

The Pentegra Email is Legitimate!

Pentegra Retirement Services is the group hired by the Council of Independent Colleges (CICV) as the entity responsible for all things compliance; i.e., overseeing the administration of the 403(b) retirement plan (submitting government required reporting, sending participant notices, performing non-discrimination testing, etc.).

Millennium Advisory Services, Inc. will continue to be the financial advisory component also contracted by CICV. TIAA will continue to serve as the plan’s recordkeeper.

The email attachment you received last week includes a number of resources for Averett Plan participants, such as a Contact Information Sheet, listed here. Information on joining the plan, guidelines and instructions, a payroll deduction form and other pertinent information is included in the packet of information, as well. If you have questions concerning the new hire packets, contact Kathie Tune at ktune@averett.edu or (434) 791-7106.

Review the Student Handbook

If you haven’t already, please remember to review the 2019-2020 Student Handbook and the Code of Conduct, which can be accessed here. If you have any questions regarding the handbook, please contact the Dean of Students’ Office at (434) 791-5620.