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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 Nov. 9 for a Nov. 16 publication.


coffeebreakPlanning for Retirement?
Whether you're older and looking to retire soon or are younger and have just started your career, everyone wants to know that they will be able to retire in style. The hard part is knowing how to do it. On Wednesday, Nov. 9 you're in luck! From 4-6 p.m. in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Student Center, some experts will be on hand to talk about a retirement planning program. Topics include retirement funds, long-term care and Medicare. Companies that will have representatives on campus are Millenium Advisory Services Inc., BB&T Insurance Services and Valic Financial Advisors Inc. The representative from Valic will only be available at 5:30 p.m. for a general session.

coffeebreakThanksgiving Lunch
The dining hall will be serving its sumptuous holiday feast on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu of delectable eats includes: roasted turkey, apricot stuffed porkloin, homestyle bread stuffing, mashed Yukon gold potatoes with gravy, corn pudding, herb & bacon roasted brussel sprouts, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, sweet potato pie and molasses cookies.

Lunch for that day is the regularly discounted price of $5.94 plus tax for faculty and staff. It is $8.80 plus tax for the public.

coffeebreakHelp Our Furry Friends
Students in Dr. Deb DeMarey's biology, botany and coastal ecosystem classes are collecting donations for the Danville Area Humane Society and The Carolina Veterinary Assistance and Adoption Group. The following items are needed: dog and cat treats, dog and cat food (dry and canned), bowls, old blankets, old towels, toys (new or old), collars (new or old) and leashes (new or old). Collection boxes are set up on the third and fourth floors of Frith Hall, the dining hall and in Main Hall.

For more information, email DeMarey at or call her at ext. 15772.

coffeebreakOpen Positions Announced
The academic affairs office recently posted a position for an associate/assistant professor of business and an assistant professor of English. For information about these positions please visit Jobs @ Averett.

coffeebreakLondon Workshop for Faculty
One of the University's affiliates, CAPA, is hosting an affiliate site visit to the CAPA London Center April 11-15, 2012. Information about the site visit, including a draft itinerary and an application to apply can be found online at: Affiliate Site Visits.

The site visit will include various workshops with staff and faculty, opportunities to visit classes, housing and internship sites and interaction with students. CAPA will personalize the visit with major-specific internship site visits.

The application deadline is mid-February, but it would be good to apply earlier as airfare to London in April tends to be higher due to the Easter holidays.

For additional information, you can email Larry Wilburn or reach him at ext. 14993.

coffeebreakNeed to Update Information Under AU People?
Do you need to change your information online under AU People? Good news, you can do it yourself! It's a very simple process. Go to FindPeople Directory.

username: directory
password: update

Then you can begin to update your information so that everyone knows where your office is located and how to get in touch with you.

coffeebreakAU Career & Networking Fair
The Col. Stone Gregory Career Services Center will host a Career and Networking Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair will be open to the public from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Please encourage all students to attend the fair. Some of the companies scheduled to attend include: GSO Aviation, Greensboro Police Department, Telvista, Alliance Human Services; Hargrave Military Academy, Danville Public Schools, Edward Jones Investments and Piedmont Broadcasting Corporation. For more information contact Petrina Carter.



coffeebreakGuarino to Join GPS Faculty
Dr. John Guarino, associate professor in the business department, is joining the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) faculty effective Jan. 1, 2012. He will continue working in the traditional program in the spring as an adjunct professor. Once he joins the GPS Program, in addition to his teaching duties he will be working with other GPS faculty to develop a concentration in human resource management as well as an online delivery for the concentration and other courses. Guarino has taught at Averett since 2003.

coffeebreakSincere Thanks
Thank you very much for the beautiful flower arrangement.

Your kindness during this time has been much appreciated.

Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.

Mary J. Fulton
Wife of Frank H. Fulton

coffeebreakEducation Department Inducts Honorary Member
This semester the education department has started recognizing those students who are accepted into the program with a special pin. In late October, they inducted an honorary member into their faculty ranks - Dr. Franks, who received a letter and the special pin.

Students who are accepted into the education program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, three faculty recommendation letters (not education professors), a letter from the dean of students and they must have passed PRAXIS I. Typically, students enter the program at the end of their sophomore year.

 GPS Celebrates its Students
The Central Region of Averett University's Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) Program celebrated fall student appreciation in October. The team members traveled to five of our locations - two Richmond campuses, Charlottesville, Petersburg and Quantico - sharing goodies such as apple cider, popcorn and candy corn with the students.

The Averett Cougar even made an appearance and posed for pictures with the students. The Cougar really enjoyed seeing all of their smiling faces and had fun visiting the classrooms. We received great feedback from the students and are excited for the upcoming winter student appreciation, which will take place in January.

On Halloween night the men's basketball team went door to door, not asking for candy, but asking for cans of food. The team took part in the SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) sponsored can-o-ween festivities. The effort was part of the USA South Conference "Cans Across the Conference" food drive.

In one night, the men's basketball team collected more than 170 cans, which turned out to be the most of any Averett team. As a school, Averett students brought in nearly 500 cans which will all be donated to benefit a local charity.

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SORRY, there are no people to announce this week. If you have a new employee to add to our next issue, please send us this form!






coffeebreakA Change in Passions
It was a love of horses that first led Heidi Roach '06 to choose Averett. But once she was here, she discovered another passion - a passion that was greater than the one she had for horses.

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coffeebreakRichmond Job Fair Deemed a Success
On Oct. 10, Averett's Richmond team hosted their second annual Job Fair at the Watkins Centre Campus. This year, more than 50 employers - 16 more than last year - participated. The event also included four workshops: résumé writing, interview skills, professional image and electronic job searching. More than 650 job seekers attended the Job Fair and 84 of them inquired about Averett degree programs.

One of the STAY committees, the Student Satisfaction Committee, has been conducting student satisfaction surveys and focus groups. The people and offices featured here have been continually recognized for their outstanding service to students.


This week we are proud to recognize Bill Woodward, dean of students, for a job well done. Congratulations, Bill!






Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 25, 2014
Kruger Brothers and The Kontras Quartet

October 26, 2014
Student Art Show

October 27, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 25, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Piedmont College

October 25, 2014
Football vs. Ferrum College

October 27, 2014
Men's Golf O'Briant-Jensen Memorial



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