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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. 23 for a Nov. 30 publication.


Complete open enrollment by Dec. 2! See Below...

coffeebreakLate 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.

coffeebreakAverett 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.

coffeebreakHoliday 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.

coffeebreakHoliday 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

coffeebreakNew 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.

coffeebreakTidewater 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.

coffeebreakFeed 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.

coffeebreakCentral 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."

coffeebreakDisplay 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.

coffeebreak"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.

coffeebreakChristmas 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.

healthy solutions

“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke

coffeebreakOpen 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.




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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

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 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ

February 4, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Ferrum College



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