Averett CoffeeBreak 9-11-19

Posted on September 11th, 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, Sept. 13, for a Wednesday, Sept. 18, publication.

SET Weekly Updates

Today, Sept. 11:
-Suicide Prevention Program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center. Come out to learn about warning signs and factors, statistics and treatments.
-Poster participation or volunteer with CCECC to thank first responders and veterans for their service.

Thursday, Sept. 12:
-Treat Thursday: There will be treats in the Student Engagement Office! Stop by and get some treats before they are all gone!
– Super Smash Bros Tournament at 7:30 p.m. in the esports room. Please make sure you register at www.imleagues.com/averett. If you have any questions or concerns, stop by the Student Engagement Office to speak with Phillip Mitchell or via email at pmitchell@averett.edu.

Friday, Sept 13:
-Fridays are Blue and Gold Days. Make sure you wear blue and goal to show your school spirit!

9/11 First Responders and Veterans Appreciation Luncheon

The CCECC invites all first responders and veterans to an appreciation luncheon today, Sept 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion 325 in North Danville (135 American Legion Blvd.). We will welcome and serve guests starting at 11 a.m., and at noon we’ll have a formal program, including the National Anthem, an ROTC presentation of flags and remarks from Mayor Alonzo Jones. Come out and celebrate service to our community!

Staff Meeting

Please join us for Staff Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11:15 a.m. in the MPR. We look forward to seeing everyone there for the opening meeting of the year!



Arts@Averett: Charlotte’s Web & Dlanieous

We are excited to invite you to check out and join the University in celebrating the arts with its 2018-19 Arts@Averett lineup, which includes the 1859 Coffeehouse Lecture Series. All events are open to the public. Averett students get in free with a student I.D., and faculty and staff receive two free tickets. To view the full schedule, click here.

In Pritchett Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19-20, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m., the Averett Theatre for Young People Series brings you Charlotte’s Web. Based on the beloved children’s novel by E.B. White, the show tells the story of Wilbur the pig, who is born the runt of the litter and thought too weak to live, and his friendship with Fern Arable, the little girl who saves him and adopts him. We then meet a few barnyard friends but most importantly, Charlotte the spider, who truly saves his life.

On Friday, Sept. 27, Averett is hosting “Dlanieous – Funk and Groove Review” in Pritchett Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Dlanieous Band has rocked and continues to rock audiences at every event with soulful renditions of music from yesterday and today. Featuring soul, R&B, blues, beach, funk, Motown and original tunes. Small band, big sound. The band members are seasoned artists who have traveled the world.

Save the Date: Strategic Planning Roundtable Session

The Averett 2025 Roundtable Session for all faculty and staff will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carrington Gym. Stay tuned for more details to follow soon!


Study Abroad Fair!

Spread the word! As part of Averett’s International Education Week, the Annual Study Abroad Fair will take place in the multipurpose room on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can meet study abroad alumni and program providers from around the globe, win free stuff and learn about how an international experience can work for their career!

In addition, representatives from service-learning, financial aid and career services will be there to help maximize study abroad opportunities. We will have a passport table on site, and refreshments will be served. Search for #AUStudyAbroad2019 on social media and click here to see the event on Facebook.

Reserve your spot for the Danville Civil Rights Tour

On Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., the CCECC and History United are excited to offer Averett’s first Danville Civil Rights Tour for faculty, staff and students. We have spots for 40 people on our trolleys and will leave from Main Hall promptly at 1 p.m. NPR will join us to run a very positive story on how Averett promotes diversity and inclusion through our various programming.

Sites on the tour include sections of Danville many have not seen:

1. The Danville Courthouse Complex and its connection to Bloody Monday
2. The green book houses on Holbrook Street
3. The Williams House (now the Williams Community Resource Center)
4. High Street Church
5. The Sutherlin Mansion Complex– the Museum will provide free admission and a talkback after the tour

If you are interested in learning about Danville’s historic connections to the Civil Rights Movement, please RSVP by clicking here.

Teaching a Spring Course with an African or African American Angle?

Faculty, if you are planning (or thinking about planning) a course for the spring or fall 2020 semesters that could include an African and/or African American component, please contact Toni Gazda, coordinator of the African & African American studies minor.

Applicable courses on the 200-, 300-, or 400-levels in your discipline could be cross-listed and count toward the AFAM studies minor. These courses tend to be popular; by nature, are interdisciplinary; and they address a desire expressed by our students to explore diverse topics relevant to the world around them. Questions or ideas? Email Toni at agazda@averett.edu.

New 20 MPH Speed Limit Sign on Woodland

Following feedback from the freshmen dinners at the President’s home, Averett staff and a student worked with the City of Danville to place a new 20 MPH speed limit sign along Woodland Drive. Remember, our students, faculty and staff are always walking around campus, and safety on our roads is a priority. Please use caution and slow down on this road and others throughout our campuses.

Flu Shot Clinics Coming Soon

SOVAH Regional Family Medicine will once again provide nurses for us to have a two-day flu shot clinic this fall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room.



Ave and Rett Thanks You!

A HUGE thank you to our team leaders for Team Ave (Liz Cervantes) and Team Rett (Sandy Isom) from the Danville-Pittsylvania Heart Walk & 5K at Averett’s North Campus! Together, with the help of our Averett family and alumni, we raised over $600 towards the American Heart Association. Many thanks to all who donated and participated in the walk to support the awareness of heart disease. You all are heroes!

Also, you can earn wellness points for the Heart Walk! Participating and engaging in a healthy lifestyle means you qualify for wellness points. Wellness points accumulate yearly and qualify you for wellness prizes, once you enroll in the wellness portal. If you participated in the event, attest to your points through the wellness portal. Please contact Dana Dominguez at djdominguez@averett.edu for assistance with navigating the portal or getting registered as a new, benefits-eligible employee.

Medicare Presentation

A Medicare workshop for anyone interested will be held by Carolyn B. Smith, president and CEO of The Marketplace Insurance Agency and ElderCare Associates, Inc., on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Carrington Conference Room. She will present a one-hour workshop and will have booklets available. Contact Kathie Tune at ktune@averett.edu or (434) 791-7106 with questions.

Upcoming Lifestyle Management Course

Join us for a seven-week series! Live and Learn: Fresh Start will run each Wednesday afternoon, beginning September 18 until October 30, at 1 p.m. in the MPR. This program is a lifestyle program that emphasizes positive behaviors and lifestyle strategies as a means to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Themes for the course include:
· Connecting to Values – What’s Your Why?
· The Science of Food
· Make a Plan
· Creating a Helpful Environment
· Get Moving
· Emotional Eating
· Keep it Going!

Participants will receive handouts, activities, a diet and exercise journal, and other resources to support the concepts and ideas covered in the program. Refreshments will be provided. Please reserve your spot by emailing wellness@averett.edu.

Need tech help?  IT HelpDesk Ticket!

Technology is an integral part of Averett’s day-to day-operations. It allows us to work with more efficiency and accuracy than ever before. However, when that technology fails, it causes frustrations and creates disruptions in business operations. The IT department understands and shares in these frustrations. When that report needs to get out, or that transcript needs to be printed, or just knowing that if someone misses a call, voicemail will be there.

To that end, the IT department cannot solve an issue of which they are not aware. This is why the HelpDesk system is so important. It is quicker to email or phone someone, but chances are, they are not at their desk, so the phone call goes unanswered and the email sits in the inbox.

The HelpDesk system allows the IT department to prioritize and assign tickets to the appropriate “tech.” It also allows an “audit trail” for tracking the progress and status of issues. Phone messages and emails do not allow for this. Since each person within the department has unique duties and skills, they often are working on other issues that require immediate attention, where phone calls and emails are a distraction to IT’s operation flow. In light of all this, with the amount of time and resources ultimately saved with a ticket instead of a call or an email, the very few minutes it takes to create a ticket is well worth it. Click here to fill out a ticket!

Download the LiveSafe App

Please remember to download the LiveSafe app, Averett’s tool for emergency notifications. Click here for instructions on how to download the app from iPhone or Android.

The LiveSafe service is a two-way communication application between users and safety officials. It consists of a mobile app for users on their cell phone and a web-based dashboard for officials. The tool ties right into our existing “See it, Say it!” campaign, and allows for tip reporting, emergency communications, mapping and user-to-user communications.