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CoffeeBreak 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 CoffeeBreak via this form by Sept. 5 for a Sept. 12 publication.


coffeebreakRed Cross Club
The University's Red Cross Club will be collecting items for the local Red Cross office to send to help support our troops in Afghanistan. Collect the items listed below and drop them off at the Student Center multipurpose room from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Please stick to the list and make sure all products are in-date. The group will also need financial donations to cover the costs of mailing the packages overseas.

Here is a list of items the troops either need and/or would like to have:
Food/Snack Items:
Cookies (any and all kinds), Pop Tarts, Rice Krispy Treats, Granola Bars, Fruit & Nut Bars, Candy (mostly hard candy), Twizzlers (all flavors), Nuts (canned or in packages), Trail Mix, Snack Crackers (any kind, any flavor), Gum, Beef Jerky, individual packets of drink mix (for troops to use in bottled water)

Personal Hygiene Items:
Lens Cleaners (to clean goggles & eyeglasses), tooth paste, tooth brushes, mouth wash, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, lotion and hand wipes

If you have any questions, or need additional information contact Sherry Phelps at ext. 15093. Let's show our troops we care!

coffeebreakAramark Information
Greetings faculty and staff, I hope your summer was exciting and enjoyable! For your convenience we have supplied you with some information that will make it easy for you to contact your facilities department. Our goal this year is do everything possible to assist you in the most proficient way.

The most efficient way to reach our maintenance, housekeeping and grounds staff is to use the email address. By using this email address, the request is automatically sent to the phones of maintenance, housekeeping and grounds staff. A member of our facilities staff is always on campus from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Click here for information about the schedules for the various departments.

coffeebreakLibrary Coffee Talks
Blount Library hosts weekly Coffee Talks for the Averett community. Coffee Talks are 20-minute presentations on academic themes and sources, followed by questions and discussion. Averett students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome to attend, and welcome to propose and present new topics! Coffee Talks

coffeebreakThank You!
Dear Averett Family,
I can't begin to tell you how many compliments we received from parents of freshmen during our recent opening weekend. The new families who spoke to us were appreciative, confident and comforted in the way Averett faculty and staff work with their sons and daughters. Compliments such as these, especially during what is a highly emotional, sensitive and stressful time, don't simply happen.

I want to extend my deepest thanks for all the ways-both small and large-that you go the extra mile to create a welcoming and supportive environment for our students and their families.


Tiffany Franks

coffeebreakCommunity Service Resource Day
On Thursday, Sept. 13 the office of student engagement and leadership development will be hosting a Community Service Resource day for the Averett community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the volunteer opportunities that are offered in the city of Danville as well as Pittsylvania County.

Please contact Lesley Villarose at ext. 15627 if you have any questions.

coffeebreakHealth Benefits Exploration
The people and processes committee, one of the University's six strategic planning committees, has been examining a variety of systems and programs that impact our employees. Our goal is to ensure that we are implementing not only the best systems and processes on our campus, but that we are also creating an environment that allows Averett to be a competitive employer. One of the items being examined is the University's health insurance program.

This year we will reach the end of our current contract with Gateway Health, which makes this an ideal time to examine both our current plan and other options that may be available to us. We are interested in collecting feedback from employees currently enrolled in the University's plan, administered by Gateway Health. The link below will direct you to a quick survey (less than 5 minutes) that will allow you to provide feedback about our current plan. Please take a few minutes and let us know your thoughts! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marietta Sanford or Joey Wilkerson.

Health Benefits Survey

coffeebreakUpdate: Helping Our Furry Troops
In March, the University collected money to purchase items for U.S. service dogs that are part of an active military police unit in Afghanistan. The first package was lost in the mail, but Fosters & Smith, who shipped the purchased items for free, replaced it and it finally arrived at its destination. Alumnus Capt. Scott Grimsey '05, who is stationed there, wrote "Some little guys wanted me to thank you and the rest of the AU supporters for their great presents! It means so much to our Centurion family that you thought about our K9 support. Thanks again!"

In other dog related news, the next Puppy Palooza is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details.

coffeebreakInstructional Technology Help Available
Faculty who need a refresher on a technology workshop topic or help with any instructional technology are encouraged to email Kim McMurtry to set up a personal training session. In addition, video clips from prior workshops are available online to view at your convenience.

The next hands-on workshop, which is scheduled for Sept. 11 and 13, focuses on activities in Moodle, with in-depth practice on the chat and forum - register today!

healthy solutions

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

coffeebreakHomemade Cereal
Starting off the day with a nutritious breakfast is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and a great way to help you stay focused on the challenges you meet. A breakfast which is quick and easy to prepare, delicious, packed with nutrients and cost-effective can be elusive, but the perfect choice may be closer than you think.

Cereal is a great option, if you can find one that is not loaded with sugar, salt, artificial flavorings and colorings. Plus most prepackaged breakfast cereals have little fiber and carry an exorbitant price tag. A simple solution is to make your own cereal. Hot or cold, cereal is a breeze to make at home. It will be far more nutritious than store bought cereals, especially if you use whole grains like oats, Bulgur wheat, millet and quinoa. All of these grains can be prepared in a similar manner to oatmeal and by throwing in your favorite fresh or dried fruits, a handful of nuts or seeds and a dollop of a natural sweetener like honey or pure maple syrup. You have an excellent start to the day.

Homemade Low-Fat Granola
Makes 9 Servings
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

4 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1/3 cup sliced almonds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup raisins

Serve with:
1 cup fat-free milk, per serving
fresh berries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stir together oatmeal, almonds, cinnamon and salt, if desired, in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk maple syrup, apple juice and vegetable oil; pour over oatmeal mixture and stir to coat thoroughly.

Spread mixture evenly onto a 15x12-inch baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring twice during baking time.
Cool mixture in the pan before adding raisins. Store granola in an airtight container.

To serve: Pour 1 cup of milk over a heaping 1/2 cup of granola. Top with fresh berries, if desired. Serving suggestion: Instead of milk, top 1 cup of fat-free yogurt with the granola.

Recipe created by 3-Every-Day of Dairy.



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Fac/Staff events:

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

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Arts events:

February 5, 2015
AndJam Jazz Trio

February 10, 2015
1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series

February 17, 2015
"A Long Civil Rights Movement"

Sports events:

January 25, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Piedmont College

January 25, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Piedmont College

January 28, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Greensboro College



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