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Delta Dental
The open enrollment period for the Delta Dental plan will continue through to July 27. There will be a slight increase in the cost of coverage this year. Enrollment forms and new costs will be posted on the Averett website on the Fringe Benefits Fact Sheet.


New and Improved
In August, Coffee Break will be rolling out a fresh look and new submission process. In addition, it will be sent out more frequently to help keep you informed. Stay tuned!


Summer Sizzle
For staff, the month of July is booming with events. The Summer Series of Something (SSS) kicks off July 7 at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Football 101-Team Building will be presented by Head Football Coach Mike Dunlevy. Refreshments will be served.

* On Thursday, July 21 at 11 a.m. the Flight Center will host an open house and tours. Van service is available and refreshments will be served.

* The series wraps up Thursday, July 28 with customer service training seminars presented by Jim Black, president and CEO of SEM Works in Greensboro. Staff may choose between two sessions - 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Blount Chapel. Refreshments will be served. For more information about SSS contact Kathie Tune, Marietta Sanford or Dan Hayes.

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Coffee Break is a 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 Coffee Break, via e-mail to etomlinson@averett.edu August 3 for a August 10 publication.
 




Jingle Balls, Jingle Balls, Jingle all the Way
Yes, it is July. And yes, you probably have "Jingle Bells" in your head now. However, it is for a good reason. The University is hosting a Christmas Ball Workshop and you're invited!
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Hammer Time
If you've visited Main Hall within the last two months you might have noticed the noise level has increased a few decibels. As the old saying goes, short-term pain for long-term gain. So while it has been noisy, it's for a good cause that will better serve our students.
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Registrar to Command Local DAV
Not usually one to seek the limelight, it would be a safe bet to say that no one was more surprised than Janet Roberson when she was unanimously named the first woman commander of the local Disabled American Veterans' Chapter.
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Professor Leads Effort to Re-Activate Oratory Society
For Dr. Gene Steadman Jr., the loss of the Euphradian Society at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, was a call to action. For the past two years, Steadman worked to re-initiate the society, achieving his goal earlier this year.
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NKOTB
NKOTB (New Kids on the Block) @ Averett
A warm Averett welcome is extended to:

condon Dr. Mary Anne Blum Condon, chair of nursing education. She joins us from Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y. where she served as professor and director of the BSN and associate degree nursing programs. She has more than 23 years of military nursing experience in the Army Reserve.

Andy Fitch, controller. Fitch has been in the accounting field for 25 years with experience in healthcare, tribal government and higher education industries. Prior to joining Averett he worked for a small, private specialty hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Andy and his wife, Katie, have been married 21 years and have three grown sons with families of their own. They are planning the final phase of their move to Danville sometime in August.

jones Terri Jones, assistant to the chief financial officer. Jones is moving from director of conferences, camps, and special events. Prior to coming to the University she was administrative assistant to the president at Manchester College with additional responsibilities to the executive vice president as well. Jones is a five-time Indiana State Champion Seamstress, competing with garments she has sewn and modeled for herself. She has two children and two step-sons as well as five beautiful grandchildren with a sixth on the way.
laughlin Dr. Janet Laughlin, vice president for academic affairs. No stranger to Averett, as the wife of Dr. John Laughlin and an Averett alumna (MBA class of 1987), she joins us from Danville Community College where she was the dean of student success and academic advancement.

Loss of Former Professor and VP
Dr. Oliver Wendell "Buddy" Smith of Columbus, Miss. passed away June 9 at his residence. His funeral service was held June 12. He was formerly a professor in economics and business at Averett as well as vice president for external affairs. He battled cancer for more than 40 years of his life and served on the boards of several cancer societies at the local and state level.



Jones Presented Regional Webinar
Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment management, presented a regional webinar through SEM Works entitled: Early Identification and Intervention for At-Risk Students. He will also be presenting a workshop in late July at the National Small College Enrollment Conference in Augustine, Fla. on: The Four Fundamental Factors that Impact Student Retention.







Steadman Presented at Economics Workshop
Dr. Gene Steadman Jr., department chair of the business administration program for the Adult Professional Program, was one of eight presenters at the 16th Annual University of Kentucky Economics Teaching Workshop April 23. His presentation was entitled: Marginal Revenue Product and Optimal Employment Levels: An Illustration of Student Involvement in the Classroom.







Tune Presented to DACCS
Kathie Tune, vice president of human resources, presented to the Danville Area Council of Community Service members on Friday, June 24. Her presentation was entitled: How Averett University impacts the Danville/Pittsylvania County region. DACCS is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian service organization.



 




Adult Professional Staff Participate in 4-Miler
On June 9, Amanda Yager, enrollment counselor; Dr. Nancy Atkins, regional director of academic services; and Mandy Owens, enrollment coordinator represented the University in the Federal Credit Union 4-Miler benefiting Fit4Kids. Fit4Kids is a non-profit organization that works with local county schools in the Richmond area advocating healthy school nutrition for kids, physical activities for children and supports the fight against obesity. Atkins said at the end of the 4-miler after walking in 97+ degree heat, "I was glad to receive from cheering finish line greeters a cold bottle of water, an energy drink, a cold towel and bananas." Dozens of companies participated in this annual 4-miler, including UPS, Sussex County Middle School, Bank of America, Capital One, Altria, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Richmond Spiders.



Introducing New Staff Council Members
The University's Staff Council welcomed three new members in June: Petrina Carter, Matt Nidiffer and Marsha Foster, who was named president elect. Congratulations, everyone!

 

Sports Arts Activities
July 7, 10 a.m., Summer Series of Something - SSS (Student Center Multipurpose Room)

July 12, 6 p.m., Christmas Ball Workshop (Dining Hall)

July 14, Transfer Orientation

July 15-18, Freshman Orientation (two back-to-back)

July 21, 11 a.m., SSS - Open House and Tours of Flight Center (Flight Center)

July 28, 9 a.m.-Noon OR 1-4 p.m., SSS - Customer Service Training Seminars (Blount Chapel)