Averett CoffeeBreak 10-03-18

Posted on October 3rd, 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, Oct. 5, for a Wednesday, Oct. 10, publication.

Commas and Cookies

Tomorrow, Oct. 4, from 4-5 p.m., join with other grammar geeks to determine who knows commas the best. Meet in the Student Success Center/Writing Center and eat cookies while you battle, TRIVIA STYLE! The winner receives a coveted cookie cake.

Questions? Email Holly Kilby at hkilby@averett.edu.

Volunteer for Rock the Vote

Help the CCECC Rock the Vote in Danville on Monday, Oct. 8, from 2-5 p.m. in the Westmoreland neighborhood community field. Sign up to get involved and make a difference today!

Help us register and engage voters, defend our rights to make ourselves heard and take action on the issues that impact our lives. There are only a few spots available, so sign up now by clicking here.

Voter Registration Opportunities

The CCECC is hosting one more voter registration drive at the table in front of the dining hall before the Oct. 15, deadline. Let your students know they are allowed to vote in Virginia if they are from another state.

Please stop by the table on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from noon-1:30 p.m.

Are You Interested in Yoga?

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the MPR you can practice yoga! Please join your fellow co-workers for a yoga class offered by Gingy Caguioa.

Reserve your place by emailing Tammy Wall at twall@averett.edu with the subject line YOGA.


The Golden Bagel and a Staff Social

Congratulations to Carly Pearce who won the Golden Bagel award for the month of September! You can nominate your co-workers for the Golden Bagel award by emailing your nomination to staffcouncil@averett.edu.

All staff are invited to a staff social on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4:45 p.m. at Crema & Vine, hosted by Staff Council. Please join us! It’s okay if you can only stay 10 minutes or if you want to stay for two hours!

The idea is to give staff an option to gather off campus after work and relax with co-workers. Finger food will be provided by Staff Council. Crema & Vine is a Cougar Nation Discount Program business and that means all other purchases (coffee, soda, wine or beer) are 15 percent off. See you there!

Freedom of Expression Panel

Not even a hurricane can suppress our freedom of expression. Our Constitution Day panel on college campus protests, academic freedom, and other hot topic issues related to the 1st Amendment has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Bishop Conference Center.

Please come out and voice your concerns and ask those burning questions you have always wanted answered.

Story Time for the Averett Community

English and education students in ENG444 Literature for Children will be leading a story time for children of Averett faculty, staff and students. Each week will feature a different storybook reading of favorite fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.

The first story time will be Friday, Oct. 12, from 2-2:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Blount Library. Please join us!

Future story times (same time and location): Oct. 19, Oct. 26, and Nov. 2. Contact Dr. Catherine Clark with questions at coclark@averett.edu.

Flu Clinic

Flu clinic will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18, in the MPR. Please bring a copy of your health insurance card and photo id.


Happy October Birthdays!

Toot the horn! Bang the drum! It’s a party! Can you come? President Franks and Joe Franks are inviting faculty and staff to celebrate with October birthdays on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Main Hall Parlor/Lobby from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Cyndie Basinger by emailing cbasinger@averett.edu.

Open Horse Show, Bring the Kids!

The Equestrian Studies Department is hosting their fall semester open horse show on Sunday, Oct. 14. There will be a “leadline” class especially for children and grandchildren of Averett faculty and staff. Children will be led on Averett horses by equestrian students. They will be asked to perform movements and judged by our show official. There will be ribbons and prizes for all contestants. The cost is $5.00, children should wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Helmets will be provided.

Contact Ginger at vhenderson@averett.edu to get more information, sign up and to reserve your favorite Equestrian studies student to be your child’s navigator. Hope to see you there!

 Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Town

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will be performing at the Grant Center on Averett’s North Campus on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at North Campus front office.


Health Insurance Vendor

Please save the date for the open enrollment vendor day. It will be Friday, Oct. 26, in the MPR from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. More to come regarding open enrollment dates.



New Master’s Programs Available

Averett University’s Graduate and Professional Studies program is excited to announce two new master’s degree programs! These new programs include a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership and Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics.

If you or anyone you know are interested in pursuing their master’s or even finishing a bachelor’s, check us out online by clicking here to request more information.

New Timesheet Templates

It’s time…time for a time sheet change! As we move forward in the world of compliance, we have added a column for the Shared Leave Pool (SLP) use and accrual. Pam Paynter will be sending the new templates with the Leave Reports and Kathie Tune will explain in greater detail when she meets with managers for the Managers Training 2.0 program and will answer any questions at that time or at any time.

We will also announce the change at the next staff meeting and address questions then as well.  Please begin using the new time sheets as soon as possible…they are available on the intranet and the Averett website under the HR payroll tab.

Turnitin.com Resource Page

Visit www.averett.edu/turnitin to find resources, for both instructors and students, relating to using the Turnitin software at Averett.

Benefits Plan

The Virginia Private College Benefits Consortium is pleased to announce our Health Advocate benefit. The VPCBC Board of Directors understands that it is easy to be confused by the complexity of the healthcare system. It has approved this new benefit to help health plan participants and their families navigate not only our medical, dental and vision benefits but also the other health and wellness benefits offered by your institution.

Please read the brochure listed here and contact the Health Advocate Services with your questions.

How Safe Are You?

We love our university, but is it as safe as we assume? Each year every college and university must publish a report that discloses statistics about serious crime on or near each campus location along with summaries of key safety and security policies. The Clery Report, as it is known, for calendar year 2017 is now available on the Averett website under Student Life-Campus Safety and Human Resources & Payroll-Employment Opportunities. If you need a paper copy of the report, please contact Campus Safety and Security at jwalker@averett.edu.

How safe is Averett?  Turns out, we have a very safe campus with a low rate of crime. To see just how low or what crimes we have managed in the last year, download your copy of the report by clicking here and check out the statistics at the back.

Remember if you see something suspicious or a crime in progress, call Campus Safety and Security or 911. If a student tells you they were the victim of a crime, promptly notify Campus Safety and Security so that we can respond appropriately and maintain the required records for our next Clery report. Thank you for your help in keeping us all safe at Averett!

Reavis Promoted to Assistant Director for Student Accounts

Carl Bradsher, director of Student Financial Services, announces the promotion of Rhonda Reavis to assistant director for Student Accounts.

Rhonda has served as assistant director of GPS Financial Services since March 2016. Rhonda is an alumni of Averett University with a BS in 1994 and a MBA in 2000. Rhonda’s hard work and dedication to this University for the past 18 years has not gone unrecognized.


New Faces in Success Center

The Success Center would like to introduce you to our three new employees! We are so thrilled to have  them as part of the team!

Fredrick Betts, coordinator of retention and persistence. Fredrick comes to us from DCC where he has served as a career coach/success coach since 2013. He enjoys working with the students, faculty and staff to provide students with a rewarding college experience. He is excited to join the Student Success Center here at Averett to help be a part of the continued success of the students.



Devenia Thorpe, AmeriCorps student success coach. Born in Ruffin, N.C., Devenia is a military veteran (United States Army) in which she worked as a human resource specialist. She has worked for Rockingham County Schools for over six years as a Head Volleyball Coach, where she has not only coached but has served as a mentor and tutor to student athletes. Devenia also has over eight years of armed security background. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in business management focusing on human resources. Devenia will be meeting with our students and assisting them in developing habits for success.

Nia Johnson, graduate assistant for Student Success. Nia recently graduated from Averett in spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management and management science with a minor in economics. Nia is a student in the MBA program at Averett. She is from Richmond, Va., and joined the Student Success Center in August of 2018. She finds value in helping others and giving back to the community. Her passion for giving back allows her to strengthen her communication and problem solving skills. She will oversee the scheduling and operations of the Success Center.


Meet Diane Bell, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2018. To learn more about Diane on this GPS blog, click here.

Why did you choose Averett University’s Graduate & Professional Studies program?

“Averett was a natural choice after their partnership with Friendship in 2016. Having known of their great reputation for many years, I was impressed right away with the depth of the education available online through Averett.”