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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. 26 for a Oct. 3 publication.


coffeebreakConquer the Chaos
Are you tired of the clutter and stuff in your house? On Monday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 beginning at 6 p.m., Karen Nelson will lead two consecutive classes regarding removing the "stuff" from our lives and our homes. The course combines humor with practical life strategies and teaches people how to let go of stuff by identifying the causes of our "clutter culture" that turns our homes into piles of stuff with a top on it. The class costs $20 and will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. To register for the class, call Gloria Robertson at ext. 15638.

For more information about our continuing education courses visit the community programs link on the web.

coffeebreakCampus Staff Meeting Agendas and Notes
Campus Staff Meeting Agendas and Notes Staff Council will start posting the agendas and minutes from campus staff meetings to Moodle. This will allow any staff members who are unable to attend the meetings to stay abreast of what was discussed and shared every month.

To access the information, go to Moodle Login under the faculty and staff link; login in the right hand corner at the top of the page using the login you use to log into your computer; and then, once you're logged in, click "administrative updates" and scroll down to "staff council."

coffeebreakPC Self-Service Advising and Registration Workshop
Faculty who are advising and registering students for the first time (and any faculty who need a refresher) are encouraged to participate in a hands-on workshop, offered Oct. 9 and 17. Upon completion of this half-hour workshop, participants will be able to use PowerCampus Self-Service to: manage advisees by viewing their schedules, unofficial transcripts, grade reports, and attendance; authorize student registration; and approve changes to student course schedules.

Other upcoming workshop topics include Moodle Basics, Moodle Gradebook, intermediate Word and PowerPoint Audio & Video. To see the complete schedule and to register, click here.

coffeebreakHit the Links
Southern Hills Golf Club, formerly Ray's Creek/Glen Oak, on Stokesland Avenue is offering a special deal to Averett faculty, staff and students. As long as you present your Averett ID, faculty, staff and students can play a round of golf for $15.

On the weekends, call 793-2582 for a tee-time.

coffeebreakRed Cross Club Blood Drive
On Friday, Sept. 28, Averett's Red Cross Club will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Please come by to give blood. You can sign up for a donation time by contacting Sherry Phelps, or just drop by if you find you have extra time you were planning on.

coffeebreakStaff & Faculty Volunteers Needed
We're looking for faculty and staff to volunteer during the River District Festival, Saturday, Oct. 6 (Our students will be out in force!). Help man the Averett sponsored River District Festival table for one hour shifts from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be working with the alumni board to sell Homecoming tickets and distribute Averett materials. Call Debbie Flinn at ext. 15680 to volunteer.

coffeebreakCommunity Read
This year's community read, sponsored by the DRF and the Chamber of Commerce, features the book "Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change" by Tim Wilson. The book is on sale at the Schoolfield House Booksellers for $10. Wilson will speak about his book Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute.

To register for the breakfast, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 434-836-6990 or email

coffeebreakRecruit for Averett
There's an age old saying "It takes a village to raise a child." This saying applies to Averett in many different ways as we work to prepare our students for bigger, bolder futures. It also applies to recruiting new students - an area each and every one of us can make a difference.

Think of high school student and/or one adult friend or acquaintance you know who is considering furthering their education. Once you have those names in mind: tell them about Averett and direct them to our website or encourage them to get in touch with the admissions office and stop by for a visit; email their name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones so the admissions office can also contact them; and finally, share your recruiting story with the rest of us by submitting it to Coffee Break.

coffeebreakSam's Returns!
If you want to renew your membership to Sam's Club, establish a membership or have a question, the University's Sam's Club representative will be on the Main Campus Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall.



coffeebreakWelcome back, Fred!
Col. Fred Bolton returns to Averett after serving two and a half years of active duty in our nation's military, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan. We are most grateful to him for his service to our country, and we are thankful to have him safely home. Fred has rejoined the University as a member of the GPS faculty. In addition to teaching, he will be developing a proposed bachelor of arts in in public administration program.

coffeebreakThank You!
Dear Averett University Family,
Thank you for the lovely bouquet of yellow roses that graced the altar at the celebration of Albert's life. This was so appropriate. We all appreciate this gift and the comfort of your caring.

With love,
Pat Maurakis,wife of alumnus Albert Maurakis '41, '08

coffeebreakGPS Helps to Fill the Bus!
Members of the GPS SOVA team collected school supplies for the First State Bank Fill the Bus campaign.

Pictured left to right are: Kelvin Perry, president of First State Bank; Carter Neal, GPS faculty coordinator; Tiffany Mitchell, GPS academic advisor; Shirley Hodge, AVP human resources of First State Bank; and Marietta Sanford, GPS SOVA regional director. (Not pictured is Dana Mehalko, GPS academic advisor)

coffeebreakLooking for Golden Voices
Averett is one of the sponsors of the 150th anniversary of the Delius Festival. Delius was a composer who lived in Danville from 1885-86, and the Delius Society is looking for singers to join a city-wide choir in performance of his works. Anyone interested in joining can come to rehearsals Monday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Moffat Memorial Baptist Church and Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Epiphany Episcopal Church under the directorship of Jean Vernon.

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Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 25, 2014
Student Art Show

October 25, 2014
Kruger Brothers and The Kontras Quartet

October 26, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 24, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. William Peace University

October 25, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Piedmont College

October 25, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Piedmont College



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