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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 Oct. 3 for a Oct. 10 publication.


coffeebreakWhose Life Are You Changing?
Shelia Smithers, a records specialist in the registrar's office, is trying to change lives. She uses her son as a "walking billboard" in the halls of Dan River High School. He wears Averett apparel and uses Averett gear to tell his friends about AU.

Whose life are you changing? Please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life.

coffeebreakHands-on Technology Workshops Offered
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will offer a variety of hands-on workshops during the month of October, including Moodle Gradebook, Moodle Basics, PC Self-Service Advising and Registration, Intermediate Word and PowerPoint Audio and Video. All faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of these professional development opportunities. Click here for workshop descriptions and their schedules.

If you'd like to attend a workshop that doesn't fit your schedule, just contact Kim at about offering another workshop or scheduling a personal training session.

coffeebreakDeadline Extended for Averett Journal Submissions!
The deadline has now been extended for Averett Journal submissions! Please feel free to submit articles, essays, book reviews, poetry, short stories or art/photography to Alana Baker by Oct. 15.

coffeebreakWalk to End Alzheimer's
Danville's Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at Ballou Park. If you are interested in starting a walk team, or walking as an individual, visit

For more information about the walk, contact Jane Massie, volunteer outreach manager, at 434-845-8540 or

coffeebreakInternational Education Luncheon
Faculty and staff are invited to the first international education luncheon for faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. This workshop is for anyone interested in traveling abroad, leading student groups, implementing languages across the curriculum, team-teaching and interdisciplinary courses, ... or for those who just want to attend out of curiosity!

The agenda will include tips on leading a trip abroad, recent success stories from colleagues and a roundtable discussion on the future of international education at Averett (it will also include a buffet of tasty sandwich wraps and beverages).

Please RSVP to Dr. Catherine Clark, assistant professor of English and director of the study abroad program by Monday, Oct. 15, and contact her with any questions.

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 after 11 a.m. 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.

coffeebreakCoffee Talks
There are two upcoming Coffee Talks on the second floor of Blount Library.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m., Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Toby Smith on sports books and sports publishing

Monday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m., library orientation for scholars of all ages

For more information, contact Elaine Day or visit the website.

coffeebreakAuthor in Residence
Sports journalist and author Toby Smith has joined us this week as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Smith is lecturing in several classes across campus. On Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. he will lead a lecture, "Roswell: Why won't that goofy UFO business go away?" in Blount Chapel. Please encourage your students to attend.

coffeebreakMock Presidential Election
The staff of The Chanticleer News Media invites you to participate in a mock presidential election Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voting locations will be set up in the Frith breezeway and in the dining hall.

Come out and register your support for the candidate of your choice. We hope all members of the Averett community will participate.

healthy solutions

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”—Ralph Nichols

coffeebreakFlu Clinic
The Virginia Department of Health will administer the flu vaccine at Averett on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7-10 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student Center.

The Health Department representatives will need a copy of your insurance card for processing. All insurance provider cards will be accepted and processed. There is no cost for the vaccine for Averett University health plan participants.

coffeebreakWellness Screenings to be Rescheduled!
The Wellness Screenings scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2 and Wednesday, Oct. 3 will be rescheduled at later dates. Please stay tuned for more details.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Patricia "Trish" Nicols is our newest enrollment counselor in the GPS Central Virginia office in Richmond. Trish is originally from Maryland and has lived in West Virginia, Minnesota and Delaware. She moved to Richmond about 4 years ago for a better quality of life for her three children - a daughter 19, and two sons, 21 and 10.

Prior to coming to Averett, she was a relationship manager with Chase Bank in Delaware, managing their largest third-party client account. Trish has been a volunteer swim coach with Special Olympics; and was active in the Delaware Greyhound Rescue Network, fostering and placing retired Greyhounds. She is an avid reader, gardener, and a self-proclaimed sports nut, favoring pro-football and college basketball.

We are happy to have her join the Averett enrollment team!

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