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|Late Night Breakfast|
Late night breakfast for our students will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10-11 p.m. We need volunteers to help cook, serve and clean-up. If you are interested please email Lesley Villarose.
|Averett Family Holiday Celebration|
Faculty, staff and their guests are invited to the home of Tiffany and Joe Franks on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP by Dec. 1 if you plan on attending to Jennifer Hooper or call her at 434-791-5600.
|Holiday Community Service Project|
For the last few years, staff have participated in a service project. This year, we will be collecting items for the community toiletry drive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 21. All of the items collected will be donated to the community Christmas dinner, which is hosted by the city of Danville.
Each office is asked to wrap a box with holiday wrapping paper and place the following items in it: toothpaste and mouthwash, dental floss, soap, feminine products, toothbrushes (adult/children), tissue, shampoos/conditioners, lotion and toilet paper.
Please bring your completed boxes to the Office of Student Engagement Leadership Development on the fourth floor of the Student Center by Dec. 21.
|Holiday Payroll Dates|
Wondering when you'll be paid around the holidays? Below is the holiday schedule, as previously released by the business office.
Nov. 23, includes all that are normally paid on the twenty-fifth of the month
Dec. 9, includes all employees that are normally paid on the tenth
Dec. 20, includes all employees that are normally paid on the twenty-fifth
|New System for Timesheets|
Earlier this month, the business office experimented with sending out individual emails to staff with the vacation/sick timesheet attached. Since the more efficient process was a success, it is being implemented.
From now on, everyone needs to print and fill out the timesheet and obtain proper approval before resubmitting it to the business office by the fifth of each month.
|Tidewater Region Honors Veterans|
The GPS Tidewater Region honored veterans, active duty military, reservists, families and supporters of our military by preparing and distributing red and blue bags of snacks to students in all clusters at the Chesapeake and Newport News campuses Nov. 7–10. On behalf of Averett University, the director of academic services, director of enrollment services, academic advisors, enrollment counselors and faculty coordinator thanked all students for their military service and expressed appreciation for those who support our armed forces.
|Feed the Basketball Teams|
The men's and women's basketball teams commit to playing the first part of their season during the Christmas break. They don't get the long Christmas break that the other students get and they work very hard. In order to give them a taste of home - groups and individuals have committed to providing meals for them when they are home. If you would be willing to help support the teams individually or with a group, please email Dan Hayes.
|Central Region Campus Supports St. Joseph Villa|
Academic services for the GPS Central Region is sponsoring a coat drive to assist St. Joseph Villa in Richmond. Sarah Plaut is the project coordinator. Their goal is to collect 35 new and slightly new coats for children and adults who are clients of St. Joseph Villa. Coats will be collected until Dec. 6. For more information, contact Nancy Atkins or Sarah Plaut.
Establish in 1834, St. Joseph Villa is the oldest and largest continuously operating children's nonprofit organization in Richmond. The Villa provides a variety of educational, residential and day programs to children and families dealing with autism, homelessness or physical and mental disabilities or behaviors that classify the child as being "at risk."
|Display Promotes Awareness of Domestic Violence|
From now through Dec. 1, The Beating Hearts: Stories of Domestic Violence display will be set up in the multipurpose room. Beating Hearts is a photographic project inspired by true stories of domestic violence. It was created by artist/photographer Kate Sartor Hilburn and writer/activist Terrie Queen Autrey, both of Louisiana.
Please make an effort to stop by and check out this poignant display.
|"Behind the Makeup"|
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 11:15 a.m., the student life office will host a special presentation of "Behind the Makeup" in the lounge area on the fourth floor of the Student Center. The presentation, which will feature excerpts from the original production, is in honor of the Beating Hearts display in the multipurpose room. "Behind the Makeup," which was written by Jewell Medley, executive director of the Halifax County United Way, tells the stories of women who are affected by domestic violence. The play was presented to sold out audiences at The Prizery in South Boston in October.
|Christmas Stories and Chrismons|
Take a time out from your holiday shopping, feel free to bring the entire family, and join us on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Jut's Café for a special evening to celebrate Christmas. Dr. Ann Garbett and friends will present "The History of the Chrismons" and Dr. Betty Heard will present "Christmas Readings for Children" (ages 4-9). The event is sponsored by the 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series.
“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke
|Open Enrollment for Health Insurance|
Open enrollment for Averett's benefits plan will run now through Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. During open enrollment, employees with Averett insurance coverage need to confirm their coverage choices and make any relevant changes to medical coverage, dental coverage, vision coverage or their Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Also at this time, employees who had waived Averett insurance coverage in the past may sign up for coverage for 2012.
If you have any questions or need more information email Kathie Tune or call her at 434-791-7106.
|Arnold Represents Averett at National Roll Call|
On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, Katreena Arnold, regional director of academic services, represented Averett University as a community participant in the "Remembrance Day National Roll Call" at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton.
The "National Day of Remembrance" was an event held at 170 colleges and universities across the country. It was a day to recognize all who have fallen during "Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom," now called "Operation New Dawn."
Over the course of eight hours, the names of all 6,313 of "the fallen" were read. While the reading of names was the central focus of the event, the program also included the presentation of colors by the Langley Air Force Color Guard, invocation by a chaplain from Langley Air Force Base, patriotic music selections, remarks by Dr. John Dever, president of Thomas Nelson Community College, the "Nationwide Moment of Silence at 2:00 p.m." and continued with final reading of names.
"I have to admit, about one third of the way through my reading of names, it hit me that these were the names of real men and women," said Arnold. "I felt a lump in my throat and tears threatened to well up, but I sucked it up and continued reading. It took real concentration to finish my list of names after I let myself feel human compassion for those lost lives."
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